#MemeBox Volume Up: Unboxing and Review

Today I am unboxing and reviewing MemeBox’s “Volume Up” collection. I was a little worried that the box might be too makeup-heavy from the description, but purchased it as a value set because I wanted to get the express shipping upgrade. Read on to see what I thought.

First looks at the box
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Information Card Side 1

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Information Card Side 2

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Item #1: Mizon Watervolume Gel Cream. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Mizon from the bloggerverse and am excited to try this out.

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Item 2. There were two possible choices for this, and I got the bust cream. I’m not really very sure whether I want to use this or not. I find the whole brand a little strange tbh.

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Item #3: This is a leave-in treatment for hair. I will probably use this because I like the fact that I don’t need to wash it out–plus my hair is starting to get pretty dry because of the cold weather.

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Memebox’s description card calls this a “pearl powder” to add glitter and radiance to your skin, and instructs the user to apply it along upper and lower lash lines and/or over your eyelids. I suppose this is some kind of highlighter? (I hardly wear makeup, so am completely lost by this.)

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This is the Pureplus+ Lip Treatment Milk Bebe. It’s to replenish chapped lips–I should break into this soon because my lips are so chapped they recently split while I was eating (TMI, sorry :P) I’m a fan of anything milk-flavored or fragranced.
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This is a “lip plumper” from TonyMoly. The product is pretty cute–looks like blue glitter in a tube–but I’m a little annoyed by how thick and sticky the product is. I have to pump pretty hard to get enough out of the tube, and it doesn’t spread easily on my lips.

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Ernesti “Ultra Volume” mascara. Again I rarely wear makeup but I guess one can always use another mascara.

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All in all I’m a little underwhelmed by the Volume Up box, simply because I would have preferred more face products. I’m surprised that given the name of the box some kind of moisturizer or mask wasn’t provided–that would have greatly improved the box for me. As it is, the box is fine, just not really what I like from Korean skincare products.

Memebox Discounts for December:

$5 coupon code on $30 or more (S&H and taxes do not apply): QH7V71 (1 time use only)

$5 off a $100 order: AFFILIATE-5165-68I68-DOWR 

$10 off a $150 order: AFFILIATE-0778-7NC2K-OVDW

The last two coupons are stackable with the ones on top.

 

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#MemeBox While You Were Sleeping: Unboxing and Review

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My While You Were Sleeping Memebox finally arrived today! It was sent via regular mail, meaning that it (felt like) ages before it got here. It was stuck in customs for over five days, and then suddenly I got word it was released and two days later it was delivered. Overall, I was wanting a sleeping pack, which the box certainly delivered on, along with a few other goodies…

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info card front info card backItem 1: A travel-sized A.H.C. Whitening Special Gen Skin Care Kit, complete with solution, serum and cream. I’m a little leery of “whitening” products but have read that these products do not bleach your skin but even out your skin tone so will give this set a try.

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Next item: the sleeping pack I was looking forward to! This is called the “Dr MJ Jasmine Sleeping Water Mask. I’m looking forward to the Jasmine scent and my parched skin from the cold weather can really use this boost right now.

sleeping water mask in box sleeping water mask unboxedItem 3: A Hand Mask from Pure Smile. I’m not very thrilled by hand masks (or foot masks, or anything other than face masks), but I know how dry my hands get in winter and guess this will come in useful.

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2014-11-22 16.40.24Next up: a rose eye cream by Grinif. I love the smell of rose and am happy to get it. The cream looks thick and luxurious which my undereye areas really need.

rose cream boxed rose cream jar rose cream openedItem 5: A “Multi-Balm” Shea butter by Grinif. I love this product, because I love Shea butter.

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Item 6: A foot cream. Sigh, not into full body products but my body will probably thank me for using this. My feet get really gnarly in the wintertime.

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Item 7: A Hair Ampoule from Glam Up. This intrigues me! My hair has been getting a little dry and will benefit from a treatment like this. I especially like the fact that it doesn’t need the additional step to be washed out (win)!

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And finally: the Rosemine Azulene Calming Gel.

Interestingly enough, MemeBox claims that the blue color of this gel is naturally derived from chamomile extracts, and can be used to calm irritated patches of skin. I can see this definitely getting a lot of use–parts of my skin have already gotten enraged recently with the cold weather.

calming cream front calming cream backIn sum–I’m quite happy with the Memebox While You Were Sleeping box! It certainly came with a lot of items I will use. I wish though, that the box had been more face-skincare heavy (my wish for all the memeboxes, really). But I’m glad I snapped this one up.

Memebox Discounts for November:

$5 coupon code on $30 or more (S&H and taxes do not apply)Q14RWQ (1 time use only)

$5 off 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3

$8 off 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

FREESHIPPING: Free shipping on purchases over $70 only on Memeshop items

$5 off a $100 order: AFFILIATE-5165-68I68-DOWR 

$10 off a $150 order: AFFILIATE-0778-7NC2K-OVDW

The last two coupons are stackable with the ones on top.

#Memebox Thanksgiving FOR ME Set: Review and Unboxing

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No, this is not the same review as the previous one I just published 😉 I bought both the Memebox thanksgiving boxes (“for me” and “for you”), and while bloggers were a little afraid that the boxes would have the same stuff, they actually had different contents (yay!)

This is my review of the Memebox Thanksgiving “for me” set. In summary I liked this box a lot more than the “for you” set because it was much more skincare heavy (as is my preference 🙂 )

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First look…

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Second look…

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Info Card Front

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First item: A set of four sheet masks (score! I love sheet masks). And 3/4 of them (everything that isn’t the apple) are types which I usually buy on my own. This is called the Sally’s Box4Set, which contains an apple, panthenol, ceramide and collagen mask!

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Next item: 803 Cream Series. I got the “wrinkle cream” (hinting at something, Memebox?) I’m a little confused about whether this is used on the face or the body, the information card included seemed to indicate it could be used… in a lot of places…

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Tonymoly Hello Bunny Perfume Bar

This is TOO ADORABLE. I’m not 100% about the scent but adore the packaging.

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Pisteo Bright & Pure C Serum. Ooh, a fancy looking serum! I’ve been wanting to try something like this. The information card says this is made up of pure vitamin C concentrates, which will firm up fine wrinkles and brighten up your complexion.

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Clio Virgin Kiss Tinted Lip #22 Electric

I thought at first that the coral-ish color was promising, but when I tried it on I looked like I kissed a pumpkin. :/ Would be happy to give it away.

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Finally, the Jaminkyung Gokmul Care Ultra Ampoule toner! I’m really stoked about this–it seems to be a combination of ampoule with toner, and will help with dry, sensitive skin. Plus the packaging is also heavy and luxurious in feel.

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(Sorry for the sideways picture… all my attempts to rotate it tonight are making the image go wonky for some reason. Also unpictured: the Ariul Stress Relieving Cleansing Foam, which I’m having problems getting onto my computer.)

Final thoughts: outside of the lipstick fail, I really like this box. I’m especially excited to try out the Ampoule toner, the pisteo serum, and all the masks! Overall, I’m very happy with the Thanksgiving box for me selection by Memebox.

Memebox Discounts for November:

$5 coupon code on $30 or more (S&H and taxes do not apply)Q14RWQ (1 time use only)

$5 off 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3

$8 off 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

FREESHIPPING: Free shipping on purchases over $70 only on Memeshop items

$5 off a $100 order: AFFILIATE-5165-68I68-DOWR 

$10 off a $150 order: AFFILIATE-0778-7NC2K-OVDW

The last two coupons are stackable with the ones on top.

#Memebox Thanksgiving Box For You: Unboxing and Review

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I was so excited when my Memebox Thanksgiving bundle arrived today! They showed up all pretty and perfect, in a little brown package that opened up to reveal two lovely Thanksgiving-themed Memeboxes.

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The rest of the review is of my unboxing!

First looks…
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Second look…box second look

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Peripera Heart Gold Stick, Gold Aura–from the information card, it seems to be a highlighter with good stuff to help your skin health

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Seriously, the house box was too adorable.

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Some would probably appreciate the additional plastic hygenic cap for the top of the highlighter.

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Next Items: Milk sheet masks from Pure Smile. Strawberry milk and plain milk.

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Next: Vivito Painting Sweet Lip Balm

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The balm is completely clear in color. I was a little surprised, thought it might be tinted in some way (almost wish that it was.)

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Next up: Shara Shara Miracle Multi Cream. Description says it’s got a lot of different oils including grapeseed, rosehip and green tea seed, and will take care of dry patches. I’m so going to need this… my cheeks are already dry in a few hours despite my layering regimen.

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Next: Vivito Illust Lumiere Primer. I was pleasantly surprised by the weight and finish of the bottle, which seemed like an expensive product.

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With Shyan Nail Lacquer

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Saracen Nail Glitter

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Shara Shara brush set in a pouch–really glad for this, I’m in need of some brushes!

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Final thoughts: this box was more makeup heavy than I would prefer, but I think what’s in here was really useful for me. I hardly ever wear makeup, and have been told that a few essential tools–like brushes and primer–would be really helpful to have. I’m very happy to have gotten them in this set, as a result. The cream for the oils also looks promising, I love how cute the highlighter is, and the nail stuff… I will deal with. 🙂 Overall, nice job Memebox!

Memebox Discounts for November:

$5 coupon code on $30 or more (S&H and taxes do not apply)Q14RWQ (1 time use only)

$5 off 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3

$8 off 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

FREESHIPPING: Free shipping on purchases over $70 only on Memeshop items

$5 off a $100 order: AFFILIATE-5165-68I68-DOWR 

$10 off a $150 order: AFFILIATE-0778-7NC2K-OVDW

The last two coupons are stackable with the ones on top.

Review: Banila Clean It Zero Purity

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In case you’ve not been keeping up to date on the latest in K-beauty: the Banila Clean-It Zero sherbet oil cleansers have been consistently touted as the latest Holy Grail item. Given that I was about to run out of my first oil cleanser (The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil), I gave in to curiosity and ordered the Banila Clean-It Zero Purity cleanser, which is specially formulated for sensitive skin.

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Verdict: OMG THE BLOGGERS ARE NOT LYING THIS IS TOTALLY LEGIT. It comes as a balm, in solid form, and melts upon contact with your skin to turn into an oil cleanser. When I scooped a little using the provided spatula and put it on my face it melted instantly. Like buttah.

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absolutely love this cleanser. It melted instantly upon contact, turned into this rich oil which felt wonderful on my skin, and once I added water lathered up and washed off easily. While I liked my Face Shop oil cleanser, I always felt that not all of the oil had been washed off when I was done. Not so with the Banila cleanser. Everything came off, and my skin was instantly softer and smoother. It was terrific.

In other words: I love this product so hard. Especially because it comes in a balm form meaning that I can travel with it without any issues (maintaining a Korean 10-step regime while traveling can be very onerous)! Three words: buy. it. now. 🙂

 

 

Review: Missha Pearl Mask

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As my reviews have shown, I’ve been more than a little obsessed with all things Missha. Today I’m reviewing one of their masks, the Missha Pure Source Sheet Mask Pearl. 

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The sheet mask is pretty standard–cotton, soaked in good stuff, and you’re to leave it on for 15-20 minutes (I wore my mask while in the bath.)

Well, my thoughts on this mask were that it did not work for me. I’m not sure if it was the combination of this mask with the Missha Pomegranate mask that I’d tried the day before, but the Pomegranate mask broke me out while I was wearing it. I tried this mask the day after to calm down the irritation, but it didn’t seem to have much effect. It calmed down a few angry bumps that were appearing right after, but the next day I noticed two or three more which lasted for the next few days. It’s been four days, and my skin is still looking uneven from all the spots. They are going away, but my skin tone is still discolored.

So–I am not a fan of both the Missha pearl mask and the pomegranate mask. But funnily enough I used another Missha product to calm down the irritation, very effectively–the Missha Super Aqua Snail Cell Renew Treatment that I just reviewed. The snail treatment immediately soothed my irritated skin–I was quite impressed.

So: I’m not a fan of the pearl and pomegranate masks, which stood in sharp contrast to the Missha Honey mask from the same line. Unlike both the former masks, the honey mask was delightful, both brightening my skin and smelling just like honey.

Lesson learned–I won’t love everything from the same brand, unfortunately. But, onwards and upwards!

Review: Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Skin Treatment

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Spoiler: I am a sucker for anything snail + Missha.

I bought this baby from the US Memeshop, and have been using it for about two weeks now.

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The texture of the product is more like an ampoule than an essence, although I’ve been using it to replace my SKII essence in my regime. It’s more substantial than an essence, but goes on smooth, dries without stickiness and smells great.

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As with all the Missha Super Aqua snail line that I’ve reviewed so far, I really love this product. My skin is instantly brightened, and combined with the other products in the line (I’m also using the cream and have ordered the sleeping mask… waiting very impatiently for it to arrive!), I see effects almost immediately. The other night I wore a sheet mask which annoyed my skin, right after I took it off there were angry red blemishes all over. I applied the essence overnight and this morning, and most of the irritation has cleared already. I’m now even wondering if I will need to buy a separate treatment for those occasional spots, given how well and quickly this stuff heals my skin.

The best thing about the product, I think, is the quantity. I have used it at least twice daily for more than two weeks and it’s still 4/5ths full if not more.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5, will definitely repurchase when I’m out.

Memebox Discounts for November:

$5 coupon code on $30 or more (S&H and taxes do not apply)Q14RWQ (1 time use only)

$5 off 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3

$8 off 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

FREESHIPPING: Free shipping on purchases over $70 only on Memeshop items

$5 off a $100 order: AFFILIATE-5165-68I68-DOWR 

$10 off a $150 order: AFFILIATE-0778-7NC2K-OVDW

The last two coupons are stackable with the ones on top.