I think the post I am most excited about posting nowadays is my Memebox unboxing. If you aren’t familiar with it, Memebox is a beauty box that is Korean based but recently expanded to offer a global edition. It offers 6-8 different items exclusively from Korean brands. It’s similar to a lot of beauty subscriptions that have taken over mailboxes everywhere but one of the main differences is that you are not automatically billed each month– you have to go to the website and purchase the box each time one is available. Read more about Memebox here.
I posted my first review on Memebox towards the middle of January and, surprise surprise, my next Memebox has already arrived! They don’t wait one month between each release like most regular subscription boxes do. So when I logged onto the website to purchase the next box, they were already on the 7th edition! Yeah, I missed out on 5th and 6th =(. So word to the wise, if you are interested in getting a Memebox of your own, DO IT NOW.
I’ll spare you the unwrapping portion of it. It came in a black tear strip top bag and the box came wrapped in bubble wrap. Love companies that put so much thought into packaging and don’t skimp on it. When I opened the box, it was jam packed. The 4th edition included 10 products. Woo hoo! The double sided insert as usual shows the products sent as well as descriptions, direction on use, and full-size product information.
And without further ado, the beauty goodness:
1. Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil (value $7.20, full size $48.00)
I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of facial oils recently in beauty reviews and subscriptions boxes. I had tried one a few years ago that I’d purchased from Avon and for the life of me I can’t remember how it performed which means two things: 1) it didn’t mess up my skin and 2) it wasn’t a miracle product. This product contains multiple difference essential oils– argan, olive, macadamia, sunflower, jojoba, camellia, and green tea. This combination is supposed to hydrate, firm, and enhance your complexion.
The product has a dropper so you can easily control how much of the product you dispense. It has a slight herbal scent this is not too overpowering but it is definitely noticeable. I applies this to my face last night after washing and so far so good.This product can also be used on the hair and nails.
2. LJH Dr’s Care Vita Propolis Ampoule (value $8.67, full size $26)
Oils must be a pretty popular product because the second item included is this oil and, oh my, isn’t the packaging adorable. Gold and silver? It’s captured my heart. This is another sample size bottle with a dropper for dispensing. The writing on the package is all in Korean so thank goodness for the description card! This oil is described as the “perfect combination of vitamins and propolis harvested by bees to bring out the natural, healthy luminosity of your face.” It is also suitable for sensitive skin. The usage instructions recommend mixing it with a facial lotion or hydrating cream. On days when I don’t wear makeup, my face looks so lifeless so I’m excited to try this.
Update: I had a chance to try the LJH serum this morning and the one thing I immediately noticed was that it took a bit longer for my skin to absorb than the Goodall serum.
3.Lanoa natural soap sulfur (full size $12)
This is the first time I’ve received a bar of soap in a subscription/beauty box. This bar of soap came wrapped in plastic and packaged in a box and has a strong scent that I have yet to decide if I like or not. It is a 100% natural handmade soap that contains sulfur, shea butter, chamomille, and lavender.
I actually just started using Asepxia soap for my face about a week ago and it is working well for my oily, acne prone, and scarred face so unfortunately this soap will have to take the backseat for now.
4. The Shampoo Plus natural waterless shampoo (full size $5)
I’ve seen powdered and spray dry shampoos but never a foaming dry shampoo which is what this is. I’ve tried a couple of dry shampoos and to be honest haven’t really been a fan of them. My hair tends to be naturally dry and using a dry shampoo after a day or so of not washing makes me feel even dirtier. When I pumped a little of product into my hand and it was more on the runny foam side versus a thicker styling hair foam. The product did not leave my hands sticky and my hair so far feels alright. I still prefer good ol’ shampoo and water.
5. Clio VF 21 Water BB SPF35 PA++ (value $6, full size $20)
One of the products I was hoping I’d get samples of from Memebox is a BB cream. I’ve only tried a couple of different BB creams which were both American brand and neither one impressed me completely. This BB cream has SPF35 which is always good in skincare or beauty products especially in California. Only downside for me is the color will inevitably be off for me which was the case here. It was too light for my NC40 complexion but at least I get to try the formula. This BB cream is to offer a long-lasting medium coverage and give a natural dewy glow to the skin. There isn’t much of a scent to the product. I applied it with just my fingertips. The formula is not thick nor runny so application is very easy. It blends in very nicely and the claim to medium coverage is just about right.
6. IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning (value $6.43, full size $60)
When I saw “Intensive Conditioning” at first I thought this was for the hair… but then I read that it wasn’t. The sample size received is a 3 days sample kit which includes an 18mL sample bottle of the product and a baggie of cotton squares. The product is supposed to clear and smooth the skin texture in 3 days. So I guess once the sample is done, your skin goes kapput or you buy more. Hah. I haven’t yet tried this product but, again, something I’m happy to have received and look forward to giving a go.
7. Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss (value $12)
First off all, doesn’t the name just want you to buy it automatically?! Snow Crystal Pure lip gloss, come on. The gloss contains micr0 glitter that gives this gloss a beautiful sheen giving the appearance of fuller lips. I received this in the color veil rose which is a pretty coral pink color. The formula is slightly sticky but not bothersome. There is a bit of a fruity scent that sort of reminds me of the gum I used to get at the asian markets as a kid. Anyone remember these?
8. T.E.N. Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence (value $13.33)
The packaging of this product is really pretty– it’s a matte see-through bottle with a swirly pattern in white decorating it all around. This is one of those bottles that I would hold onto after the product is gone just because it looks nice. This product works to hydrate, tighten, brighten, and even out your complexion. All properties that I could definitely use a little help with when it comes to my skin. It is paraben free and fragrance free (as well as other things free) which is great. Reeeally excited to try this and add it to my skin regime.
9. Peripera Peri’s tint mint mandarin juice (value $2.69, full size $7)
Ladies, we’ve got another lip tint! Again, packaging is cute but I don’t know if the packaging will save this product. Like the Tonymoly tint from the 3rd edition, this stuff has great staining power. I swatched this on my hand last night and have washed my hands multiple times since then and I can still see the color. This one fro Peripera is an orange color which I don’t see myself wearing on it’s own. One of the main differences I found between this tine and the Tonymoly is that this formula bled much more which is a big negative for me. I want a lip tint to stay on my lips not wander around, so seeing as how it bled when swatched I’m a little hesitant to try this on my lips. Tonymoly is the winner here.
10. Danahan bon yeon jin essence (value $16.32, full size $68)
And to round out the 4th edition Membox, I have for you an anti-wrinkle serum which contains red ginseng and herbal extracts. It has a very subtle scent that I can only describe as… clean. Anti-wrinkle anything, give it to me!!!
Last but not least, here are swatches of the cosmetic items. To the left is the Laneige lip gloss and to the right is the Peripera tint. You can see the shimmer in the gloss and also how the lip tint bled into the lines on my hand.
This is after wiping off the tint and washing my hands a couple of times:
The value of the Memebox 4th Global Editiona comes out to $89.64 which is significantly less than the 3rd edition but still a great value considering the cost of the box. I paid $21 plus $6.97 shipping to the U.S. which included a free upgrade to express shipping. I missed out on the 5th and 6th editions– apparently there are two version 5s and two version 6s and I missed out on all of them. I did order the 7th edition though. Beginning with the 5th editions, the price of Memebox has gone up– instead of $21 it is now $23. Not a significant difference but it is more, maybe because of the popularity of the boxes now? Regardless, I would still recommend Memebox to anyone who wants to try new skincare products that are not readily available here in the U.S.