Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack

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The Product:

Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack by banila co

The Cost:

My tiny jar is worth about $2.52

For a full size Korea Depart has it for $15.22

The Claim:

Clay with minerals to cleanse excessive sebum and exfoliate dead skin cells.  Offers moisture, while making skin smoother and softer.

The Ingredients:

Shea butter, macadamia seed oil, trehalose, honey extract, edelweiss extract, calendu la flower extract, chamomile flower extract 

The Experience:

I got this little jar in a Memebox, and since it was the product I was as most interested in in the box, I tried it right away. The mask has the following ingredients: Shea butter, macadamia seed oil, trehalose, honey extract, edelweiss extract, calendula flower extract, chamomile flower extract Since a lot of these are things I already use on my face in their raw form (Shea butter, honey, oils) I threw caution to the wind,skipped the patch test, and spread this goop all over my face. I used a pretty thin layer, and was pleasantly surprised that I only used about 1/3 of the jar. It goes on like this: 

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At the 20 min mark I washed it off with a face cloth and inspected my skin.

The Verdict

I don’t think clay masks are ideal for my dryish skin, but I have been wanting to try one for a while.  This one was great for me since the oils seemed to keep it from being too drying for me, but I felt like I got all the benefit of using clay.  After using it my skin really readily absorbed my serums and moisturizers, which makes me think even though it isn’t as drying as some clay, it was a little too drying for my skin.  I did have smooth, lovely feeling skin for the next day though, I credit this mask with improving the texture of it.  

I don’t plan to buy a full size product, as I don’t have acne prone skin any more and I’d rather spend my mask hours moisturizing and soothing my face.

For someone with acne prone skin who isn’t sensitive to the ingredients (there are more than something like plain Aztec Clay has in it,) this mask would be a nice choice.

             Works Well to draw out oil without over drying!

 

       (Under $20) Cheapskate Approved!

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IPSY June 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…. probably great for someone who is not me.  I didn’t like it at all, and I’ve overcompensated by taking some nicer pictures of it than I usually do.  Gotta get excited about something, right?

Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner:  $4.99

 

 

I’m sure there is someone that this looks great on.  IImage unfortunately do not think that person is over 25.  As a 31 year old, I will never use this. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYX Butter Gloss: $5

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OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil: $13

Good value, though when I swatched it I was unimpressed as it caked a bit.  I don’t do my brows on a regular basis, so I haven’t tried it on my face yet.  I’ll try it and we will see, maybe it will convert me.  The color is right for me at least!
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Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage & Anti-Frizz Styling Cream:  The full size is $12, the sample is tiny and I will probably use it twice before it’s empty.  I actually would have been pretty happy if they sent the surf spray, but I have probably 6 or 7 different kinds of anti frizz stuff, I really don’t need any more.

 

 

 

 

Realtree for her:  $0 because no sane person would ever pay for a perfume sample.

This smells like a combination of bar bathroom and air freshener.  

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The Bag:  I actually like this bag.  It’s cute, seems to be good quality, and is a good size.  

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The swatches:  NYX, OFRA, Nicka K

 

 

 

 

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I’m about 1 more bag away from unsubscribing from ipsy.  I’m just not getting value or products I like or want to try.  But for now:

(Under $20)

   I will use the products that I like, but I don’t expect to buy any, and the value to cost just isn’t there this month.

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MEMEBOX #21 Dermo-Cosmetics

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 $39, I bought it during a $10 off sale.

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.  You get 10 memepoints just for signing up right now, which is a really good value!

On to the box!

Memebox  21 Dermo Cosmetics

I bought this box because I thought it would likely contain non-irritating, effective products.  I had hoped for free of scents, and free of irritants.

The Goods

  1. Dr Oracle Real White Eye Gel
  2. Dr Oracle Easy Care Shiny Water Pack
  3. Kangskin Beauty Multi Block Sun Cream
  4. Kangskin Beauty Scalp Treatment Shampoo
  5. Dewy Tree 7 Cut Facial Cream
  6. Kangskin Beauty Aqua Soothing Mask
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Dewy Tree 7 Cut Facial Cream $40 Value:

INGREDIENTS:  Water, chamaecyparis obtusa water, hydrogenated polydecine, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, dipropylene glycol, shea butter, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, triethyhexanion, macadamia temifolica seed oil, polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose disterate, sorbitan stearate, grapefruit extract, isopropyl palmitate, caulerpa len tillfera extract, ecklonia cava extract, cladosiphon okamuranus extract, ceramide 3, althea rosea root extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, sciadopitys verticillata root extract, polygonum multiforum root extract, eleuthro root extract, portulaca oleracea extract, panax ginsing root extract, asparagus cochinchinesis root extract, betaine, trehalose, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, glyceryl sterate SE, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium hydraulate, dextrain, citrus fruit oil, basil oil, lavander oil, thuja occidentalis leaf extract, cedrus altantica bark oil, chamomilla recuitita flower extract, cictus ladaniferus resin, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, citrus medica limonum peel oil citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil, pogo stemon calin oil, thyme flower/leaf extract, arginine trisodium EDTA, xanthin gum, carbomer, 1, 2,-Hexanediol, phedoxyethanol.

That’s a LOT of versions of citrus products.  Too many.  COSDNA mainly returned a lot of fragrance and potential acne and irritation triggers.

A product page I found said:  “7 Additive effects of toxic elements are maximized by minimizing the daily cream. Miracle of the forest and the sea blue algae Phytoncide sap effective ingredients helps to improve nervous and tired skin.”

This is probably something I’ll try on my body.

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Kangskin Beauty Scalp Treatment Shampoo ($18):

INGREDIENTS:  It actually says “Main ingredients” on the box, so I guess that isn’t the whole list:  Biotin, collagen, tripeptide, cooper peptide, herb complex, ECT.

Shampoo?  OK, not what I expected.  This stuff smells… bad.  Like medicinal bad.  But my hair seems to like it OK. The product explanation card says that this shampoo is infused with stem cell activating ingredients to treat damaged scalp tissue and damaged hair ends for healthy hair growth.  It’s in a very small container, but you don’t need much, so I guess it will last a while.  I’ll try it for a few weeks and see if my hair magically looks better.  I won’t be holding my breath.

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Dr Oracle Easy Care Shiny Water Pack ($25)

INGREDIENTS: This is another one I can’t find anywhere online.  The product card says it contains grape seed oil, jojoba oil, macadamia seed oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, avocado oil and annatto oils.  The box itself has “No added agreeable: parabens, phenoxyethyl, benzophenone, surfactants, animal oil, GMO, imidazolidinyl urea, artifical colors, talc.”  Below that there is a section that says “Fermented Caragana Root Extract” which I guess means it’s got that ingredient.

I have loved every product that I have tried with the words “water pack” in them.  If there is one thing Korean skin care products have consistently been “wins” for me, it’s subtle watery moisture.  I’ve so far only tried this on my hand, but it’s got a watery consistency.

The instructions card says you can either massage it in for 10 seconds, and rinse it off, of layer it under makeup for a dewy look.  Once I’m done patch testing, I’m going to try the latter.  My dehydrated skin always looks much better when it’s made to look “dewy.”

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Kangskin Beauty Multi Block Sun Cream ($42)

I’m always thrilled to get sun screen in my beauty boxes.  It’s expensive, and another thing I’ve had really really good luck with from Korean brands.

INGREDIENTS: Arbutin, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Isomany p-MC, Ceramide

Good list!  I love physical sunscreens, I don’t care about white cast since I wear makeup anyway.  I’m looking forward to using this.

 

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Dr Oracle Real White Eye Gel $30

INGREDIENTS: Not listed, and another I can’t find online.  The box says it doesn’t have any mineral oil, triethanolamine, sulfate surfactant, talc, artificial colorants.  It contains 8 white flower extracts.

I like this kind of eye cream, and the consistency is liquidy and nice.  I’m still using the Dr Jart from a previous Memebox, so this will go into the “to try later” pile.

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Kangskin Beauty Aqua Soothing Mask $10

More stem cell activating ingredients!

I love sheet masks, so I’ll try this one soon.

 

I’m overall pretty happy with this box.  I love trying new products, and the sunscreen, shiny water pack and eye cream alone make this box well worth the cost.  I’m excited to order more from memebox since their boxes seem to be really really good value and have great products (because high value products I don’t like aren’t going to be worth much to me.)

The total value of this box is $165 in products.  I’d remove the Dewy Tree 7 Cut from the “value to me” price, making it still a $125 box.

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

 

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

Beauty Box 5: May 2014

What’s BeautyBox5: BeautyBox5 is a beauty sampling subscription service.  Each box is a surprise, and supposed to contain more value than the cost of the box.  At the time I ordered this box, there was a “firstboxfree” promo, so I didn’t pay for this one.

COST: $12 a month. Use my referral link to join if you want to share the love!

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

WAITLIST: Not at this time.

THE GOODIES:

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MaskerAide Sheet Mast:  Value $6 – For one mask?  Yes, for one mask.  That’s a pricy one.  I like sheet masks and I use various ones from Asian Skincare lines (My Beauty Diary in Caviar and Snail are currently on rotation in my routine.)  I look forward to using this!  As I mentioned in the past posting, I’m not putting anything new on my face right now since I’m still peeling after my Retin A incident.

 

 

Cattiva Retractable Waterproof Eye Liner – Value $20, this one is a full size item.  I love black eyeliner, it’s pretty much the only color I wear, so this is a perfect match for my.  Retractable, goes on velvety smooth, I’m a fan.

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Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths: Value $1, for the three of them.  These are going to be super handy for camping this summer.  I’ll be saving them until then.

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Image H20+ Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel (8 ml): Value $1.20, the full size is 4oz for $18.  I love my facewash, so I don’t think I’ll try this one.  Facewash is one of the things that I don’t like to experiment with.

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Harvey Prince Hello Perfume  (2 ml): Value $2, full size is 50ml for $55.  Can I be honest here?  Yes, this is my blog, I can be honest here. I do not like this at all.  It smells cheap, like it wants to be Clinique Happy but failed.

 

Overall, this bag was free and I can’t really complain about that.  Will I join the BB5 subscription?  I’m signed up, so I’ll see what they send my in June.  I think this free bag was a way to clear the warehouse of old junk, based on what I’ve seen online, and I’m happy to give them a chance.  But if this box turns out to be indicative of what they normally send I won’t keep the subscription.

(Under $20)

 

  I will use the products, but the only one I’m happy about is the eyeliner.

Memebox LuckyBox 2

What’s a Memebox?

 

Memebox is a Korean beauty box service that ships from Korea to Canada and the US. In each Memebox, you get 6-8 Korean beauty products, some are deluxe samples and some are full sizes.  It’s $23 + shipping (and not shipping per box but per order, so if you order multiples it’s a way better deal.  plus right now if you order 3 you get $5 off as well. 

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.  You get 2 memepoints just for signing up!

 

On to the box!

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Apolla wants to know what this is.  She’s very suspicious.

The Goodies!

Espoir Lipstick:  I can’t figure out the color name, I think they have a numbering system, so the color is called RS103G?

This isn’t a color I’d normally wear, and I was actually going to try and trade it away.  But maybe I’ll give it a go.  I never thought I’d wear hot pink, either, and since I got a hot pink balm in my ipsy box, I’ve been wearing it.  The lipstick seems really nice, goes on like butter.  It makes me wish even more that I’d gotten something more neutral.

 Value:  $15 (full siz

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Dr. G BIO-RTx Mentor Cream 3:  There were three possible options and I got the one for oily skin, which I do not have.  I will probably hold on to this one until it starts getting hot out before I give it a go.  My skin gets a bit more combination in the summer.  It seemed ok when I spot tested it, so I think this will work for me.

Value:  $14ish?  The full size would be $35, this is a 20ml sample

 

  LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence:  I was a little worried when I saw that this is Tea Tree since usually Tea Tree is something in anti acne products for oily skin, and I’m on Retin A (not for acne though, for my wrinkles) and I don’t want to double down on drying products.  It is created though for sensative skin, and has sea buckhorn and centella asiatica which claims to delay the aging process.  Count me in!

The spot testing went well, so now I just need to figure out where to put this into my skin care routine.  The directions say to apply to cleansed skin so I’m thinking it goes right before the serums.

Value:  $13ish?  The full size would be $32, this is a 20ml sample

 Miseenscene 2X Curl Essence:  I’m usually not wowed by hair care products, BUT I just cut all my hair off 2 days ago (I think I had over a foot cut off and now I have a bob) so I’m finding renewed interest in this kind of product!  Since it’s called curl essence I’m wondering if my semi wavy curly hair might do great with this.
Value:  $2, the full size is $10 and this is a 30ml sample


Nugenic Customized Sunblock Fresh SPF50PA+++:  Yessssss I was so glad to get this.  As I mentioned a bit back, I’ve started on Retin A and now I need to be even more obsessive with sunscreen because it makes you more photosensative, plus the sun damage I’m trying to cure will just get worse.  The spot test went great, it seems to rub in smooth without a white cast.  I can’t figure out if it’s a physical or a chemical sunscreen, but I like it either way.
Value:  $45, this is full size

Dr. Jart V7 Eye Serum:  This product is why I ordered this box.  It was a spoiler and I’ve really wanted to try the Dr Jart products for some time now.  On the card is says it brightens the skin and gets rid of any dark circles.

Value: $38, full size product

Well, I’m terribly hung over today (I’m too old for this shit) so I thought I’d really give it a chance to shine.

I don’t know what the appropriate amount is, but I went with a mid size blob (pea size) which was too much.  So probably just a little dab would be fine and this will last a pretty long time I think


Before and After.  I don’t see a difference (except in the angle of the photo of course.)  Maybe this stuff isn’t powerful enough for hangovers.
It feels really nice though, it’s a lite serum feel, and made my skin feel soft.

Leaders Insolution Mask Sheets (2)

Bio Medi-curing Mask Aqua Dressing
Coconut Bio Mask with Tomato
I like sheet masks, and I want to try these… I’m hesitent though since I’m not sure if coconut makes me break out, it seems to be a problem for a lot of people.  Also, I’m not sure if coconut jelly is as likely to cause breakouts as coconut oils. I’m probably going to give this one a go tonight.
Value:  $3 each

I’m overall thrilled with this box.  I love trying new products, and the sunscreen and eye cream alone make this box well worth the cost.  I’m excited to order more from memebox (I have one coming in June already) since their boxes seem to be really really good value and have great products (because high value products I don’t like aren’t going to be worth much to me.)

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

 

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