Memebox – 4th Global Edition

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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.

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And without further ado, the beauty goodness:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This is after wiping off the tint and washing my hands a couple of times:

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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.

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Memebox – 3rd Global Edition

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I am beyond excited to be able to share this post with you today. A couple of weeks ago I was browsing videos on YouTube when I discovered Memebox. 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. This year, I will be turning 30 so it’s about time that I really start thinking about skincare (I actually should have started a regimen years ago). So when I found out about Memebox, the only edition available was the 3rd edition and I snatched one up. I placed my order on January 11th and less than one week later, it arrived waiting for me to open it (actually, I missed the mailman so I had to pick it up a day later).

So first, let’s talk about packaging. It comes in a bright pink sturdy plastic baggie which you can easily open by ripping off a strip at the top.

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The box inside is then wrapped in bubble wrap for safe traveling. I’d received some subscription boxes before where they mailed the items in a box and nothing else– no protective bubble wrap nor plastic bag– so while it is something simple (and maybe insignificant to some) I truly appreciate the extra steps.IMG_5066

The box comes with an insert. On one side, it gives a description of what Memebox is and how to purchase Memebox.

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The other side of the card lists the different products, their descriptions, how to use the products, and also pictures of them so you know what is what. An added plus is that the card also gives the size and price of each of the full size products if you choose to buy them. Underneath the card is all the beauty goodness. My goodness, look at all that amazingness stuffed into the pretty pink box:

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1. Dear by Enprani bounce cheese cream (value $11.60, full size $29.00)

The first thing I thought was, what the heck is a bounce cheese cream?! You know you thought it, too… but rest assured as far I know there’s no cheese in this cream. (The second thing I thought of was R. Kelly. Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce…. you knowwww, that “Beep Beep” song.) The pot of cream says that “it will extend bouncily on your face such like ‘mozzarella-cheese’ and give elasticity without drying all day long!” It has a light soapy/floral smell which I find to be very refreshing. I understood the mozzarella cheese analogy when I opened the cream. The pot has a plastic top in addition to the screw top lid and when I pulled off the plastic top the product kind of… stretched?

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It has a liquidy paste texture that reminds me of white school glue. A little bit of product goes a long way– I applied about a nickel-size amount of product onto my face and it smoothed over and covered it completely.

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2. Dr. Jahrt V7 eye serum (full size $38)

One of the skincare items that I desperately needed was an eye cream. I have really dark undereye circles and I’ve had them for as long as I can remember, so when I found this Dr. Jahrt eye serum in my Memebox I was absolutely stoked.  This item is the full size 15 ml product. The product description says that it uses a complex of 7 essential vitamins (vitamins A, B3, B5, C, E, H, and F) to brighten the skin under the eyes and manage puffiness.

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3. Tonymoly Delight Tony Tiny in red (value unknown, full size $3)

This lip product is labeled as one of the bestselling lip tints in Korea and it is supposed to give a natural gradient lip appearance. First off, let’s talk about packaging and I’m talking about the little tube in the picture above. The first thing I noticed is that the product name nor any other information is listed on the product. Granted, I know this is a sample size but having that information would be helpful in the event that later down the line I DO chose to purchase it but I can’t find the product name. Second thing about the packaging is the brush handle.

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It’s shaped like a freakin’ heart! Sooooo cute and definitely a fun little detail. I thought this was a lipgloss but when I unscrewed the cap I found an applicator that you would find on a lipgloss but it’s a thin red liquid.

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I’ve never used it before, but just by reading about the Tonymoly lip tint, it seems to be similar to how products like Benefit’s Benetint works, where it creates a stain. I would err on the side of caution when using this product because the last thing you want is to have red stains all over your skin, or worse, your face. This really does stain! I’ll post a swatch of it a little bit later down the post because you know how I like to wait until the end for product swatches.

4. Papa Recipe princess lip gel patch (full size $3)

The other fun item in the picture a little ways up is that product that is actually lip shaped. It is a lip gel patch that is supposed to hydrate the lips to prepare them for make-up or I guess you can use it anytime you really need some moisturizing on your lips. You simply place the product on your lips for 10-20 minutes, remove the gel patch, then tap your lips lightly to help absorb the product. I’m actually going to wait a bit to use this product for a day when I really need soft, smooth lips to try this out but I can’t wait to use this.

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5. Banila Co. It Radiant products (value unknown)

The next brand in the Memebox actually includes quite a few different products from Banila Co. They all came in a see-through pouch which included the whitening moisturizing color control base, melting pact, and five foil packets of the brightening cream. I was pretty surprised with the amount of product just from this one brand. In other subscription boxes, just one of these products would have counted as a single sample but here, everything in this photo was included as one sample.

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Wow, that’s a whole lot of stuff! So I guess these all come in a kit whose purpose is to give your skin a radiant, dewy glow. I’m excited to give this a try as well.

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6. Aritaum the professional eyelash (value $3)

I’m not typically a false eyelash person. I can’t remember if I’d mentioned this before on my blog, but I don’t use them mainly because I can’t apply them. Shame on me. The funny thing is, I still buy them occasionally. The last ones I purchased, I think, was a set of three different styles from the ones Katy Perry came out with. Anyway, I’m never one to turn down a pair of eyelashes that is basically just given to me. These came in the style clear brown No. 6 daily. The thing I first noticed about these false eyelashes is the band:

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It’s a clear band! They look like the individual falsies on a clear band which I think is great to 1) give a more natural look because you don’t have that thick black band and 2) you don’t have to sit there and place each individual lash. Great addition to my collection of unused eyelashes actually.

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7. Secret Key Twinkle waterproof gel pencil liner in deep black (value $12)

I love eyeliner. One of the products that I always have to wear when going out is eyeliner. Even better is it is in the color deep black. I don’t need colorful eyeliner, that’s what eyeshadows are generally for to me. I just love the look of a classic black eyeliner. Period. Welll….. this deep black eyeliner actually has a little shimmer in it. So, I guess it’s not a classic black but it’s still black, just with a little bit more oomph. The pencil is pretty pigmented and just in the short run, you really have to put pressure on it to smear it. I’m looking forward to seeing what the results of this product are after, say, a day’s wear.

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8. Nuganic Customize sun block Fresh (value $45)

And last but certainly not least is this sunblock from Nuganic. It’s described as a 3 in 1 sun protectant with brightening and anti-wrinkle properties. Anti-wrinkle? I love it already!  It has SPF 50. It contains Adansonia digitata seed and Nymphaea alba flower extract. I won’t even pretend to know what those are. The package says that it can be used on the face or body so I’m crossing my fingers that this doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin. I am currently still using up a Coola facial sunblock so once that’s gone, I’ll be giving this a try.

Then there are the beauty product swatches:

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The top is the lip tint and eyeliner when first applied. The bottom picture is about 30 second later after I tried to wipe them off and I mean really tried to wipe them off– they wouldn’t budge without using force. See how the lip tint stains?

So, that is my first Memebox which is the 3rd edition. Now for price, I paid $21 plus just under $7 for shipping.  In terms of the value of the box I received, I couldn’t find the Banila Co. products on the Memebox store and I couldn’t find a price online (at least one I could read) so not including those samples the value of the box is $115.60. WOW! Definitely a bargain and especially for products that you don’t typically have easy access to in the US to just walk into a store and buy. I’m amazed with the value of the boxes and the wide range of beauty and skincare products that I received. Would I recommend Memebox? Absolutely. As of right now, the 3rd edition of the global Memebox is still available here and for those of you that already have the 3rd edition, the 4th edition is also now available for purchase– I already ordered mine. Shipping for the 4th edition is set to ship at the end of January to be sure to get yours before they sell out!