Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jini Beauty - New Customizable Asian Beauty Monthly Sub Launches!

I've been diving into the Asian/Korean beauty and skin care realm over the past few months and while I'm no expert, I do enjoy reading about snails and algae and ferment filtrate, and of course slathering it on my face to see what happens!

While trolling the internet the other day, I found a new Asian beauty monthly sub box that's different than most because you can choose from four different targeted skin concerns.  Jini Beauty promises to deliver a variety of skincare and makeup items targeted towards your skin concerns: dry/mature, normal/combo, oily/acne, and sensitive/troubled.  

Jini Beauty costs $24.95/month.  You can save by purchasing a 3, 6 or 12 month sub, or if you go month to month, you have the option of skipping months if you like.  

I received my first in the mail today and am really excited about the contents!  My box is the February 2016 Normal/Combo set.  The website FAQ says you can expect 1-2 full size items and 3-5 deluxe samples per month.  

The box contained a nice card with a code for 10% off your next renewal when you complete a short survey.  A fun addition to the card was a a little translation of the characters for Korean manufacturing and expiration dates.  

The items:

1) COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner  - 150 ml Full size!  $16 from Memebox (affiliate link)
This toner is a chemical exfoliator that will soften your skin and even your complexion.  It's considered an active in the lbeauty routine, so it goes right after your cleanser and before serums/ampoules and moisturizers.  I haven't tried this toner before, but am excited because I've used other COSRX products before and they are affordable and effective.

2) Etude House I Need You Vita Complex Mask - 1 mask $2 from Memebox
I'm wearing this mask while writing this post.  The mask doesn't fit my face as well as others I've tried, but it's super juicy with essence and very soothing on my skin.  With sheet masks, I feel like you definitely need to try the same one several times in a row to see if they'll be effective, but I'm happy to sample as many as possible!

3) Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb - 10 ml Deluxe sample $7.69 from Sephora
I tried this super moisturizing gel cream last year when it was in Sephora's sold out kbeauty sampler.  I completely fell in love!  I have dry skin, so this isn't moisturizing enough on its own in the winter, but will be great for summer.  I always love having more minis for travel.

4) Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm - 10 ml Deluxe sample $1.60 value

This is an oil cleanser, which is the first step in the kbeauty routine, and is designed to be a makeup remover and cleanser in one step.  I've been eyeing this cleanser for awhile!

5) Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence - Foil
I just bought a full size bottle of this and was waiting to finish my sample of SK-II lotion before I dove in.  This particular essence is full of saccharomyces ferment filtrate, which is similar to the magic ingredient in SK-II.  This goes on after you cleanse and tone.  It would be pretty hard to tell if you like this product with just the foil though.

6) Mizon Original Skin Energy Placenta 45 Ampoule - Foil
I may have tried snails, but I haven't tried placenta yet!  This product is made with 45% mammalian placenta, which makes it not a good option for vegans.  The placenta is supposed to stimulate cell regeneration and slow down the aging process.  To be used after toner.  Again, this will be tough to determine if this works as claimed with just the foil packet. 

7) TonyMoly Delight Tony Tint in 02 Red - $2 value Deluxe sample from Birchbox (affiliate link)
I tried this a few months ago through the Birchbox kbeauty box and it wasn't for me.  The color doesn't look that great on my fair skin, but it does last for a long time!

Total Jini Beauty February value: $  29.29
Number of Items: 7
Full size: 2
Deluxe size: 3

Foils: 2
Categories: Haircare (0)  Skincare (6)  Makeup (1)  Perfume (0)
Brands:  COSRX, Banila Co, Etude House, Belif, Missha, Mizon, Tony Moly

I bought a 3 month sub when they first started advertising and received a 15% discount, so each box is $XX.  I'm happy with the curation of this box and am excited to try all of these products except the Tony Moly, which I tried before and didn't like.  I didn't count the foils as contributing towards the final value of the box, so with my calculations, the box value was only a few bucks more than the subscription price.  However, keep in mind that if you were to find all these things in just one place, you'd likely still pay shipping and tax, so I still think it's a great way to try kbeauty for newbies who don't have an extensive collection.  My favorite item this month is the Banilo Co Clean It, what's yours?  Have you subscribed to Jini Beauty?  Which skin concern did you choose?  I can't wait to see what comes next month!