Unboxing : IBB January VVIP Bag

7:39:00 PM

Hellow hellow hellow!

My mood just turned from completely rotten (because i was sleepy *Like a baby, i need my naps because i am very cranky without them. Ironically my 6-years-old son never naps-unless you take him riding in a car then he'll doze off FTL* and my hunny came home out-of-characterically early at around 3. I need the room to myself from afternoon to early evening to be able to nap in peace. I NEED MY SPACE!!! This is why i usually naps around 12 to 1, or even 2 when i'm especially tired. Then wake up just in time to welcome my Baby Boy from school. I got a bit of a late start today because i am obsessive and all these bills coming and needing to be paid before Chinese New Year stress me out! You know, organizing sh** and all that) to absolutely cheery and peachy. That's the beauty of power naps (it was like, 20 minutes, but i was in deep sleep) for ya!

Anyway, yeah... I can hear some of you sighing and shaking your heads saying "This woman is crazy. Didn't she say she's giving up on beauty boxes already?". Errrr... Yeah, i am not continuing my subs to BTI, and i still haven't decided on whether i will continue with Lola Box even (so far i'm leaning towards NOT), i also have no interests on the stuffs ready to be sampled at VT, but i decided to try out this new (ish) homey beauty box instead!
What's inside my very first Indonesia Beauty Box' Beauty Bag
I wrote an introduction of this beauty box here (i didn't win, but then again i never expected to anyway *LOL*) so i'm not gonna yap too much about it. Honestly speaking, i wasn't too keen on trying it out  mainly because they have so many options, it confuses me. Plus they seem to work with familiar brands and i prefer trying out new brands that i've never heard of before from beauty boxes. 

BUT, when i saw a good deal, i find it literally impossible to pass on them! That's why when they announced that January beauty box/bag subscribers will automatically get a free box/bag in upcoming month i simply cannot stop myself from wanting to subscribe! This is my reasoning, even if i get like the cheapest bag (i chose bag over box because i seriously have no more space for more boxes and the bag's slightly cheaper than the box) that's worth IDR 100.000 for free, that's still IDR 100.000 off this beauty bag (i chose the most expensive bag : VVIP bag. There were 3 more options for the bags. And the box? They have 7 options. Told you it's confusing!) and that's pretty great! So, i ordered it. Sue me.

Wrapped it pretty carefully
Since this beauty box service is a bit more... homey? They do not have a special box/bag produced just for them, instead they used bags/boxes that you can purchase in local accessories chain stores/book stores. Not necessarily a bad thing except mine broke as soon as i opened it *LOL*. Nothing a good dose of glue cannot fix though (so i can re-use this for giving out pressies)
What i got
To be brutally honest with y'all, i was a teeny-tiny bit disappointed when i opened my box. Mainly because i chose the most expensive bag available (which costed me IDR 250.000 PLUS shipping fee), i expected more... I dunno, slightly high-end brands? I did some stalking on their box/bag's unboxing reviews and deducted that the more you pay, the better the brands you'd get. I was hoping that i'd get mainly Korean branded stuffs (i did stated Etude House to be my favorite brand in the beauty data they asked me to fill in), so i was feeling pretty deflated when i saw Just Miss and Mizzu (which are super cheap local brands) in there. I expected them to make appearances in like, the cheapest boxes/bags only. Oh well...
A hand made card they gave me. It was hand written and errrr... a bit kiddie class' art & craft really. Not in a bad way of course. It has its own quirky charm i guess. It's good for you who likes a bit more of a human touch in your beauty boxes
The personal greeting. I'm getting a free bag in April. If i can give a little constructive criticism though, the "Don't forget to review our beauty bag in you site" part sounds a bit pushy... I mean, i'd be posting this whether or not they wrote that, but i don't really like being TOLD to do that. I paid for this bag after all (so i have no obligation whatsoever to cover it in my blog), i believe brands should only write stuffs like that for sponsored items. But that's probably just me being a total B *LOL*
The list of stuffs. There were two other things that weren't featured in the list though, maybe they're extras?
Silky Girl Moisture Gloss (full size) in Almost Nude, IDR 20.000
I love Silky Girl and i love lip glosses, but like i said... I was expecting a bit more than a regular drugstore lip gloss for a pretty expensive beauty bag (it's the most expensive beauty box i've ever subscribed to so far). Having said that, lip gloss is always a winner in my book (since i will definitely use it), and i almost do not have a nude colored lip gloss (i have... one. Shiseido's one that i rarely use because it made me look like a zombie. I guess it was too pale *LOL*) so it's a welcome addition to my *crazy* collection.
Mizzu Eyeliner Pen in Black (full size), IDR 20.000
This is a local brand that made quite a buzz in the local beauty scene a while back (because they have decent quality and cheap as chips). I've always wanted to try this out but since it's only available online and i wasn't about to pay the same amount for shipping as the eyeliner itself, i never really gotten around to order it. Again, not a product i expected in an expensive beauty bag *LOL* but a great product that i do like and was quite happy to receive.
Etude House CC Cream Silky (full size), IDR 195.000
The star of the bag haha. Somehow i already KNEW i'd get this product since not only i wrote EH as my fave brand, but i also wrote CC Cream as the product i most wanted to try. I do not have any CC Cream (at all! Really! I do have a few sachet samples though) and seeing the amount of BB Creams i have in my stash (it's nothing compared to most beauty bloggers out there though, i swear!!!) always prevented me from purchasing any base make up, be it foundie, BB Cream or CC Cream. So, of course i am happy to receive this, but i was nowhere near surprised of it.

Etude House Go Back Trial Kit (worth IDR 12.000)
No specific opinion for this product. It's decent (not sachet) and all, never heard of this Go Back line (then again i never really dabble in Korean skin care much, i only know and use the Moistfull Collagen line) so it's all good.
Just Miss Eye Shadow (full size) IDR 22.000
Errrr... I'm no brand snob or whatever okay. I've heard of Just Miss before, it's a local brand that's available in local cheap accessories chain store called Stroberi and i've always thought it was one of those cheap-ass China no brand stuffs (you know, the ones that might contains fabric coloring, or wall paints LOLOLOL), but it's actually a legit local brand (with registered BPOM number) so it's a completely safe and harmless brand. I was even interested in buying something from them since they are so so so cheap, plus the reviews were mostly "good for the price". Problem was probably... the color selection? The left row were fine, the right one scares the beejeezus out of me. LOL. It just look... CHEAP. You know what i mean? And i seriously didn't expect to see this in my IDR 250.000 (267.000 with shipping, i must add) box. LOL.

The next two items were not listed in the card :
Hada Labo Gokujyun starter pack
Decent sized trial sample, i have neutral feeling about this (because they are easy to get drugstore one, but it's a bonus so i shouldn't complain).
Mentholatum Beauty Mask in Collagen Firming
Another drugstore brand, it's worth around IDR 12.000 if i'm not mistaken (i have a few lying around in my stash because i got them when they were on sale for 50% off a while back). I'd never say no to sheet masks so it's all good.
Beauty Editor's Pick : Hair band and all about hair accessories
A nice bonus from them. They also seem to pay attention to overseas' beauty boxes that often features little bits and bobs as extras including something edible.
Cadburry Hot Chocolate Drink
That's a very nice touch, i must say!

The verdict :

In terms of value for money, this beauty bag is pretty good. Only the listed products' worth already covered the bag's price including shipping (total value of the listed products : IDR 269.000). There were still the two non-listed products and accessories bonuses, so it's totally worth it. It also featured no sachet samples for my type of bag, another plus in my book. There were 4 full sized products out of 5 that were featured, that's yet another plus. Having said that, meeting the value of the box doesn't mean they featured all wonderful stuffs inside. I'd say this bag contained one pretty fantastic item (the CC Cream), 3-5 pretty acceptable items and one disappointing product (yeah, the Just Miss one, in my case). So, value for money : check. It being a fantastic bag for its price? Not really. I hope you understand what i mean? Like, they just choose one good thing for you (with value in accordance to the type of box/bag you paid for), and then chuck cheap (cheap doesn't mean bad, of course) stuffs as fillers.

I think this is more of a... surprise catered beauty bag/box as opposed to your regular beauty boxes (which focus mainly on samples of new products/brands). All the brands they featured are familiar, easy to access brand (so no surprises there, whether it's in a good or bad way) so if you're the easily enraged "But all of those stuffs i can get like, in the supermarket!" type, IBB is most definitely not for you. For mystery boxes/bags addicts like me, this is a good, sure (as in it won't make you go like "Dafug, i paid so much more then the poducts inside's worth!!!") and refreshing choice to go for. And for bargain hunters too, how can you say no to a FREE bag on top of this bag you already purchased for yourself?

For me, this is more like a personal shopper experience (only you get no say in the final products you'd get) more than anything. It's got pros and cons, of course. You'd get stuffs that (mostly) would suit your preferance (they stick pretty closely to the info you gave them in your beauty profile) so you'd most probably be at least OKAY with all of the products they gave you (remember, my only real problem with the eyeshadow was the shade, which is not something you can blame on beauty boxes as they'd chuck in random shades anyway), they will also try to give you your most wanted products to try, so thumbs up for that!

If you're a die-hard traditional beauty box (as in you want to be surprised and see new brands/products) lover, this is not for you. This is also not for the easily confused (like me hahaha) because of the number of options they have for their box/bags, and with all those different type you'd never know what differentiate them (maybe the "Star" product's worth. Like, you definitely won't get an expensive CC Cream if you subscribed to a cheaper bag. But the other products i suspect would be pretty much the same, you know... Local/drugstore brands) in the first place. They also keep on changing their pricing and boxes option (which only grows in number, even compared to that last entry where i introduced them, the number of options pretty much... doubles by now) so that also adds to the confusion.

This would also make a good idea for a birthday present for your beauty-products loving friends, no need to hunt for stuffs anymore just get them one of these boxes and you can just give it to them! All the hard works already done by IBB team hahaha.

Will i subscribe to them again? Maybe! Not sometime in the near future i think :) (but don't take my words for it. Not sometime in the near future could be like, two months from now in my book. If they are having another promotion i'd subscribe again in a heartbeat though :p.




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26 comments

  1. ak pernah beli cbain yg paling murah cee :D
    hehe tp diitung2 sih segituan jg harganya, lebih milih uangnya dipake beli barang sendiri ._.
    btw (not trying to be a price police) the cc cream can be bought with IDR 100rb only instead of 195 :|

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    1. WHATTTTT *very high pitched voice*, 100rb? LOL. Iya Cel, makanya aq bilang kan emg harganya ga rugi tp bukan berarti ini a fantastic beauty bag juga gitu *LOL*, it was more like a personal shopper drpd beauty box. Aq jujur aja subscribe krn ada promo bag gratis itu sih *ga tahan sama barang gratisan* jd... ga rugi2 banget lah ya meskipun cc cream nya cm 100rb *LOL*.

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    2. *dan kaca rumah pecah* LOL
      iyaa tp seengganya better drpd BTI lah ya~ hahah itu yg 100rb jg kmren2 lg ada promo sih cee :p

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    3. Huahahaha iya Icel, tuh makin banyak yg muncul dan komenin soal CC Cream nya, kesimpulannya CC Cream nya kira2 135rb lah ya utk ukuran non-promo hahaha

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  2. Just miss eyeshadow itu kayak shadow mainan :-p anak sodara aku pakai itu buat main makeup-makeupan,,wkwkwk eh tapi sebenarnya isi bagsnya lumayan yach sis..aku dari dulu pengen sub ke ibb tapi masih mikir2, soalnya bkn dr perusahaan gede jadi agak ragu gitu,,xixixixi :v

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    1. Hahahaha iya bener kayak mainan yah, buat iseng2 coret2 muka juga boleh kan murah tp ber BPOM... Gimana yah, mnrtku lumayan sih, tp byk yg ga stuju kalo di bilang lumayan nih hahahaha

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  3. aku pernah mau coba juga nyobain IBB ini, cuma kok masih ragu. Pas liat postingan ini a little bit dissapointing >< CC Creamnya kemalahan menurutku. Aku pernah beli itu disalah satu olshop cuma 135-150an deh. Produk lain SG, Mizzu oke. Cuma just miss? Ummmmm... no comment :p hehehehehe

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    1. Iyah bener, banyak yg bilang kemahalan CC Cream nya, tp aq yakin pihak box nya bakalan bilang kalo bandingin harga sama di counter pasti lbh mahal d counter, tul gak? Secara semua beauty box setauku sll ngambil comparison dgn harga tertinggi juga hahahaha... Iya aq cuciwa sama Just Mizz nya bok, mbok ya yg mendingan dikit gt, Sari Ayu kek! LOL

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  4. Wee.. aku baru denger banget nih.. *brb cek link di atas* haha

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  5. setuju sama icel, CC Cream harganya ga semahal itu hehehee aku beli no promo ajah cuma 135rb hahahaha :p

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    1. Agree juga, cm ya itu, kalo protes k beauty box nya di jamin mrk bisa bela diri dgn compare ke harga counter, yg technically ga salah...

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  6. I'm one of those that sighing because of your new beauty box ce hahaha btw, I don't really like the handmade card *somehow it looks ugly for me* but the products are quite okay. though, like you've said it isn't really fantastic considering the price. Can't wait to read your next beauty box wkwkwk *I already quit this whole beauty box syndrom*

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    1. LOL! I totally knew you'd be sighing, i can hear it all the way from here Sha :D! Emg aq agak2 masochistic kayaknya ya hahahaha. And FYI, i didn't like the handmade card either *LOL* i was just trying to put it more...i dunno, less harshly hahahaha. And i'm done with beauty boxes juga koq so far, cm masih ada BTI yg free boxes itu so cannot blame me righttt

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  7. yg handwriting letternya itu kok menurutku errr... ya ce -__- yg alakadarnya gt..
    klo mau nulis tgn mending kertasnya yg bagusan dikit kek... kok kertasnya kyk ngasal gt... x_x

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    1. Gyahahaha bener Shel, sebenernya tinggal ketik and print di kertas putih biasa aja masih mendingan koq drpd d tulis dengan tulisan miring2 gitu :)

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  8. Aku juga pernah nyoba yang limited box sekitar 300rb an ce, soalnya aku liat box pertama mereka tuh isinya brand korea semua. Dapetnya juga ga worth bangett walaupun dapet 1 any cushion. Ga lagi deh nyoba" beauty box :/

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    1. Iya aq juga tertarik krn review2 awal... Tp... just my suspicion ya, cm kayaknya review nya ada yg review pancingan :)... Iyah, aq juga merasa gimana gitu loh, in a way ga bisa di bilang ini horrible at least CC Cream nya okay lah, tp kalo di bilang bagus juga masih jauh deh hahaha...
      I'll add your G+ ya :) thank u

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  9. wah mengejutkan juga melihat isinya... to badd... :(
    by the way new follower ;)

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    www.chubzlicious.net

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  10. sayang banget isina... tapi ya... lumayanna masih ada etude CC creamnya hahaha
    by the way new follower

    come see my blog
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    1. Hehehe iyah, lumayan lah (terutama krn masih di janjiin dpt free box in April) :p

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  11. Hahahaha sepertinya kurang profesional yah :((

    Coba kalo di Indo ada semacam ipsy :(


    follback ya btw,, thankyou :) semoga lain kali gak lagi2 kaya gitu ya

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    1. Hehe kalo ada Ipsy aq bakalan lsg subscribe, 1 taon lsg juga gpp hahaha :p

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  12. ya ampun >,< this is one of many reasons why i won't try any beautybox x_x mending beli dan pilih sendiri sih kalo harga segitu dapetnya nggak pasti2. Just Miss?? Ya ampun siiss...hehe...
    bener kata temen2, itu kartunya itu lho :( duh..

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