Memebox Coupon Code and a Giveaway

I haven’t been buying things lately, but for those not tortuing themselves with nobuys, Membox has released their $5 coupon code

You can get a $5 coupon too

For October enter: 9ZCL

For $5

The reason for this post is that Memebox is doing a Free Giveaway (ha, their words, I guess some giveaways aren’t free?) contest!
Here is the details:
Dates: Oct. 9 – Oct 20th, 2014
Qualification: International, anyone can enter (have your parents permission if you are younger than 18).  We will choose 30 winners that will be announced on Oct. 22nd.
* TO ENTER:
1. Sign up with Memebox and subscribe to our newsletter

2. Leave a comment, like and share both Vagabond posts on Facebook and Instagram

Yay, enjoy, ect.

I’ll be sulking at home with no new stuff for a while.

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MEMEBOX LUCKYBOX #7

What’s a Memebox?

Memebox is a Korean beauty box service that ships from Korea to Canada and the US (and quite a few other countries). In each Memebox, you get 6-8 Korean beauty products, some are deluxe samples and some are full sizes. The normal box is $23 + shipping (and not shipping per box but per order, so if you order multiples it’s a way better deal. Superboxes, are between $29 and $39 This particular one was $23.

You can earn “meme points” as well for additional discounts, and the way and number you earn is varied and seems a little random. If you want one click here if you would like to use my affiliate link and give me some sweet sweet points or dollars or something. You get 3 memepoints just for signing up right now, which is a $3 value!

On to the box!

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The Goods:

  1. Illi Green Tea Brightening Mask
  2. Botanic Hill Boh Radiant Youth Ampule Essence & Boh Moist Youth Ampoule Essence
  3. Hanskin Bio Origin Royale Ampule BB Spf 30 PA++
  4. Charm Mud Green Pearl
  5. Mise en Scene Curling Essence
  6. Illi Cleansing Oil and Foam Set
  7. Elle Girl I Say Tint You Say Gloss
  8. 23 Years Old Air-laynic Pore Masc

Illi Green Tea Brightening Mask: $3 DSC_0013

A Sheet Mask.  I like sheet masks and I’ve had good luck with green tea ones.

Botanic Hill Boh Radiant Youth Ampule Essence & Boh Moist Youth Ampoule Essence: $3.20 and $4

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They are supposed to provide youth.  An ampule and an essence that are supposed to be used together. 

Hanskin Bio Origin Royale Ampule BB Spf 30 PA++: $8.40

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This is kind of a neat way to package BB cream.  It’s a pretty good color for me as you can see from the swatch, I’ll try it out on my face.  PA++ though.  Not great considering the ++++ of many of the new ones coming out.

Charm Mud Green Pearl:  Full Size $70 

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This stuff smells BAD.  Really bad.  Like that sewagy mud scent I remember from the mud on the side of the road.  It apparently comes from ancient bedrocks and is very rich in minerals.  I don’t know why exactly, but there is a wormwood powder package that is supposed to be added.  Very strange.

Since this is a product I want to try, I asked for help from reddit to get a translation on the ingredients.  This is what a very kind stranger provided as a translation:

씨실트, 정제수, 개산초열매추출물, 할미꽃추출물, 어스니어추출물, 일라이트

Sea Silt, Water, Zanthoxylum Alatum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Beard Moss) Extract, Illite

Not a bad ingredients list.  

I plugged the ingredients into COSDNA, which is an amazing website made to analyze ingredient safety and how likely it is to cause acne.  It got pretty good marks, nothing that’s clearly an irritant or pore clogger in most.  I’ll give it a try and see how it goes.

Mise en Scene Curling Essence: $12

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Meh.  I get a lot of this kind of thing, and they are all pretty similar.  De-frizzer with a bit of hold.  Not bad.

Illi Cleansing Oil and Foam Set: $1.65 each (15ml)

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Oil and foam cleansing!  This is pretty much the only part of the korean skincare routine I haven’t tried, mostly because I can’t justify buying overpriced mixed up oils when my argon, jojoba, baby oil and avocado oil that I use for oil cleansing, followed by Spectro Gel.  Cheap and effective.  But maybe I’ll be a convert after this.

Elle Girl I Say Tint You Say Gloss: $23

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Lip gloss!  It’s bright and I like it.  Not too sticky, goes on smooth.

23 Years Old Air-laynic Pore Masc: $14

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This looks like a yeast infection treatment kit but it is actually kind of an assemble it yourself sheet mask.  I guess it’s supposed to make me look like I’m 23 years old?  It’s pricy!  But looks kind of neat.

Total Value:  $140.90

I wouldn’t pay anything close to $70 for a stinky clay mask, but I guess if they are saying that’s the retail value I can believe it.  Glamglow is more per ml.

This box is OK.  It’s the first that didn’t include a full size sun screen, which I’ve come to rely on.  I’ve been spoiled.  I’ll use a lot of the products, but I think I may be holding off ordering more Memeboxes, I’m tiring of getting so many tiny essences and hair smoothening creams.

(Under $30) Cheapskate Approved because it’s so high value!

    Just OK, probably will use some, but not all.

IPSY July 2014

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What’s an IPSY: IPSY sends out a package of surprises in the GLAM BAG (well, they spoil the surprise right before they ship, but when you but you don’t know what you are getting so it starts as a surprise.)

COST:  $10 a month (it’s $10 + $4.95 shipping)  Use my referral link to join if you want to share the love!

DELIVERY:  Ships Mid Month (Canada is a bit behind the US shipping from what I saw online)

WAITLIST:  Yes.  But if you refer someone they will move you off it.

This month was pretty good.  I was about to cancel, and I think I’ll give it one more month.

 

 

Pur~lisse pur~protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30 (Sample Size $16)

That math seems off… the full size is $55 and this is a .5oz.  Expensive moisturizer.  I liked the one I got a while back that didn’t have spf, so I expect this will be similar.  

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derma e BB Creme with SPF 25 (Sample Size $7.35)

This isn’t really the right color for me, it’s a bit dark.  Plus it didn’t really rub in that well.  It’s a decent sized sample though, so I wish it was the right color for me.

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POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer (Full Size I think it was $5ish, but it’s sold out on their site and someone on reddit posted that it’s on sale in US drugstores for 75% off)

Looks like it’s probably discontinued.  It’s also the wrong color for me.  I’ll try it and see, but the swatch doesn’t make it look too promising.  Maybe I can use it on my eyes.

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Bare Minerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 (Sample Size/mini)

This is pretty small, I like the colors and I look forward to giving this a try.  The swatches seem pretty pigmented and nice.  Pinkish eye colors aren’t normally my thing, though.

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Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm (Sample Size/mini)

This is pretty much clear.  It’s apparently supposed to change color on your lips, I don’t see it.  It’s lip balm feeling, not sticky.  

 

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Swtaches

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It’s an OK bag.  Compared to others I’ve seen it looks like I got lucky.  I’m going to keep Ipsy for one last month.  But for now:

 

(Under $20)

 

   I will use the products that I like, but I don’t expect to buy any.

 

 

 

MEMEBOX Superbox #23 Summermeeting

My Summer box!

I was so excited for this box, I ordered it ages ago.  

What’s a Memebox?

Memebox is a Korean beauty box service that ships from Korea to Canada and the US (and quite a few other countries). In each Memebox, you get 6-8 Korean beauty products, some are deluxe samples and some are full sizes.  The normal box is $23 + shipping (and not shipping per box but per order, so if you order multiples it’s a way better deal.  Superboxes, like the one reviewed here, are between $29 and $39  This particular one was $32.

You can earn “meme points” as well for additional discounts, and the way and number you earn is varied and seems a little random.  If you want one click here if you would like to use my affiliate link.  

On to the box!

MEMEBOX Superbox #23  Sumemrmeeting

I love Korean Sunscreen and BB Cream.  That was what I was hoping for in this box, and they mostly delivered.

The Goods

  1. Finco UV Control Sun Block 
  2. Hope Girl Power Volume Mascara Wand Waterproof
  3. CNKCOS Transformer Solution 1st and 2nd (They work together)
  4. borntree Bloom Mineral Avenue Air Fir Sun CC
  5. W.HOLIC Glutathion Whitening Essence

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Finco UV Control Sun Block ($54 for 60ml)

DSC_0035 As I mentioned, I love Korean Sunscreen.  This one is PA+++ and doesn’t leave too much of a white cast.  I usually don’t concern myself with white cast because I always wear makeup, but I think this one could be worn alone too.

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Hope Girl Power Volume Mascara Wand Waterproof ($22)

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Waterproof mascara.  Not bad, it’s subtle and natural looking.  I usually go for the MEGA SUPER EXTRA FAT LASHES kind of mascara, but for a day out or at the beach this would be great I think.

CNKCOS Transformer Solution 1st and 2nd (They work together) ($20)

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My main concern is how long this lasts after mixing together.  I didn’t mix it yet because I don’t want to waste it if it’s limited after use.  I can’t find much online about it.  I’m going to wait until I want to try it to mix them, just to be sure I don’t waste it.

borntree Bloom Mineral Avenue Air Fir Sun CC ($21)

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It’s the right color for me 🙂

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It blends in well, but has very minimal coverage.  And wow are my hands veiny.DSC_0048

I’ve never tried CC cream, but the card calls it “lighter and more natural looking” base makeup.  This will actually be great for carrying around when I’m traveling next week.  I guess I better spot check asap.

W.HOLIC Glutathion Whitening Essence ($43)

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Whitening makes me a bit nervous.  If it’s whitening because it gets rid of sunspots (using AHA, niacanimide, or Vitamin C) I am OK using it, but I get concerned when it’s not one of those because I don’t want to actually lighten my skin.

I tested it on my wrist and it’s a thick whitish serum, it doesn’t smell like anything, and it rubs in well.

This product uses Glutathione, an antioxidant.  Taken by the mouth it does all kinds of things, but I couldn’t find much about what it does when applied topically.  I’m going to hold off using this until I get an ingredients list, the search is on

 

I’m overall pretty happy with this box.  It’s really high value, and I think I’m going to get good use from everything in it. I have about 4 more memboxes coming, I keep getting caught up in the deals and coupons, and if more are like this one I’ll keep on ordering them. 

The total value of this box is $160 in products.  

(Under $30) Cheapskate Approved because it’s so high value!

 

    Will use most products, very happy with the box all in all. Good Buy!