MEMEBOX Special #16 OMG Box


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!

  1. SKINAZ Premium Vitablet
  2. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
  3. Ladykin Aqua Exfoliater For Body
  4. Pure Smile 3 Step Bust Pack
  5. SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo in 24H (Orange of some kind)
  6. Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss in Pink Candy

  DSC_0041 Oh hey, what’s this thing?  Very interesting.

DSC_0045 Seriously, WTF is this?

DSC_0047 It kind of looks like I could play with it…?  I’m going to play with this.  It’s a toy.

DSC_0049 It doesn’t really slide very well around the floor like the rest of my toys….

DSC_0050  Backup has arrived!  I want to see too!

(The backup cat tasted the tablet, so at this point it was taken away from them.)

SKINAZ Premium Vitablet:  Full Size $46

These are meant to be dissolved in water, then used to rinse your face. They have Vitamin C and “aroma oil” which I assume is what my cat was so very interested in.


Ladykin Aqua Exfoliater For Body:  Full Size $14

This is a chemical exfoliant I guess, the ingredients are all in Korean, and I don’t read Korean, so I’m not sure what’s in it exactly. Since it “removes dead skin cells” I’m guessing an AHA of some kind.  These is some mention in the writeup about public baths. He products gets sprayed on and then rubbed off so that it will ball up dead skin and remove it. Interesting. I’ve got the question of ingredients list translation to memebox, I wonder if this will help with the KP on my upper arms (bumps.)

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask: Full Size $46


This is a weirdly textured bouncy scrub that has green tea, pomegranate and charcoal extracts. The packaging is really nice, and THIS mask smells nice and clay like, unlike my last clay type mask from Memebox, which smelled somewhat like sewage.  I like this one.  I’m excited to try it out.

Pure Smile 3 Step Bust Pack: Full Size $6


This is the only item that I actually found at all “OMG” worthy. It’s a 3 step process that involves a hydrogel for the bust. I’m pretty excited to try this one.  Hopefully it makes my skin smooth smooth smooth.

SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo in 24H (Orange of some kind) and Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss in Pink Candy: Full Size $18 and $22 

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Lip gloss is expensive in Korea it seems.  These are OK, I wouldn’t really buy an orangy lip product but I gave this one a try and it’s actually pretty cute. It’s gimmicky in that you put it on thick and let it try, then peel it off. It leaves being the color like a stick on tattoo.  The Hope Girl is very sheer, so I will use this for sure. It’s ombré in the bottle, but just pinky sheer in use.  

Total Value:  $152

This box is pretty fun!  I think I’m going to get good use out of everything, especially if I can get translations for the ingredients.  

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

  Pretty Great!

Seeking the Fountain of Youth: Adventures in Tretinoin (Stieva-A) Week 6, Tretinoin and Flaking Skin

Flaking skin is a pretty widely accepted part of tretinoin usage, and I’ve found a few ways to combat this unpleasant side effect.


Do what you can to prevent the flakes:

1. Let your skin dry completely before application. Moisture left on the skin can, and in my experience does, increase skin irritation. Since the tretinoin is the first product applied (to bare skin) that means starting the skin care routine early.

2. Use it consistently.  There is no fun in constantly being in the beginning stages of retinoid use (the peeling, purging, dry, no results yet part.)  Consistent use means getting through the adjustment.  For me it was a little over 6 weeks (I still flake if I get impatient and apply it to semi wet skin though, and keep in mind I’m on a 0.01% product) but up to 3 months adjustment time is considered normal.  (More, and I’d ask my dermatologist.  You may need a lower concentration.)

3. Products might start to sting, may need to be replaced.  “If it burns it’s working.”  No, no, no.  There is no reason to be in excessive pain from skin care products!  Again, the adjustment time may vary, but some products may just not be right any more.  From the directions I was given, a bit of stinging is considered normal and OK (that will subside with the adjustment period) but anything that causes further irritation and “burns” should be dropped for the time being.

4. Products with chemical exfoliants should be dropped.  For now.  Once a few months have past, they can be spot tested and possibly re-introduced, but while adjusting to the tretinoin, BHAs and AHAs should be left off the menu.  Anecdote time!  I got so sick of the flaking that I said “fuck it” and applied some Weekly Resurfacing Treatment AHA by (who else?) Paul’s Choice.  It just made the flaking worse and made me red and angry at myself.  Patience is key.

5.  Sunscreen.  Don’t get burned on top of dealing with flakes and irritation.  That will only compound the irritation, cause or worsen PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) and sun damage, and if you burn in the way I do, it could cause more peeling and flakes.  Sunscreen is super super important to use with tretinoin.

6. Ease into the usage by mixing or layering it immediately (under or over) with moisturizer.  This can be a good way to get used to the tretinoin and is called buffering it.  It reduces the products effectiveness by decreasing it’s penetration into the skin, but it can really help with the symptoms that come with the adjustment.  Including the flaking.


Dealing with the flakes

1.  Leave them alone as much as possible.  It’s soooo tempting to scrub them away, but that can just cause more irritation, which can cause more flakes.  My sugar scrub is banned from my bathroom for the time being because it’s too tempting.

2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  And then moisturize again.  I’m having some luck with CeraVe in the tub topped with Vaseline.  It’s a thick, somewhat unpleasant feeling pile of products on my face, but it’s better than flaking.  I try to spare my husband the shiny very very transferable layer of vaseline by applying it right before I got to sleep.

3. Cheat and very lightly exfoliate.  I’m not going to pretend I don’t buff the flakes away with a very soft wash cloth.  Do this with caution, your milage may vary, and it you starting making things worse STOP IT and let the flakes be.  This doesn’t work long term, but it can help a bit for a few hours.


Covering the flakes.

I’m by no means a makeup guru, but I have found a way that I can cover the flakes and keep them pretty well managed throughout the day.

First, skip serums unless you already know they play nice with sunscreen, makeup, and moisturizer.  I find that most of them cause the sunscreen especially to ball up and create what looks like even worse flakyness.

The order I’ve found works well is

1. Oil.  A really light layer of oil, like miniscule, but focused on the dryest areas.  I use a combo of jojoba, argon, and almond.  

2. Moisturize like crazy.  My next layer is CeraVe in the tub.  This helps more than anything because if your skin is too dry the makeup itself will be the “moisturizer” and the moisture in the makeup will become absorbed into the skin.  This leaves the “caky” look that some foundation can give.  Not a good look.  My theory is that since no one is going to be touching my face during the day, it doesn’t need to be touchable. Moisturizer can go on over the oil, or under.  I put a generous amount on and let it sink in for about 10 mins before the next step, but if you aren’t into the “dewy” look you can probably ease up on how thick this is applied.

3. Sunscreen.  I like asian ones, and I’m using one from biore at the moment.  It’s chemical only though, I’m kind of still in the market to find my perfect physical sunscreen.  (Sunscreen needs about 20 mins to sink in before applying anything else on top of it.)

4. Vaseline.  Dabbed on, pretty light, but not rubbed in.  Dab dab dab dab dab onto the flaky spots.  This is where things get a bit heavy and greasy feeling.  I don’t mind because during the day no one is going to touch my face, and I just want it to look good.  

5. BB cream mixed with my Paula’s Choice foundation.  These are other products I’m still not totally in love with, but they work for now.  Eventually I’ll find my perfect foundation.  This step needs to be applied by dabbing and dabbing and dabbing, like the vaseline.  The dabbing both helps keep the vaseline in place, and helps to not bring out new flakes or cause any of the previous products to ball up.  I put it onto my finger tips and just pat it on everywhere.  It takes a while to get it to look smooth, but eventually it will.

6. Powder if required.  Ideally I don’t use powder, since the brush can actually bring out the flakes like rubbing can, but if I overdid it with the vaseline and look super shiny I might pat on a bit.  

7. Rest of the makeup. Eyes, ect.  I flake on my chin and around my mouth more than anywhere else, so adding blush has been OK.  Again your mileage may vary.


This keeps the flakes away for several hours, at least in my fairly mild case.  The key I think is to keep the layer of vaseline over the flakes, it seems to keep my skin kind of moist so flakes can’t form.  


For mid-day touch ups, I keep samples of BB cream around to mix with a bit more vaseline and dab it onto the flaky patches. If things get really bad, and I’m going somewhere after work (out for dinner or something) I’ll re-do the really bad spots by using Vaseline as a crude oil cleanse, and reapply my foundation using as many of the above steps as I have available.


I hope this helps someone, I know the flaking is really unpleasant.  Take solace in the fact that it will be over soon!



IPSY June 2014



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

This I actually do like  It is buttery, and the color is good for me.Image

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!














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.  

It reminds me of the body sprays people used to use to cover up the cigarette smell so their parents wouldn’t notice.Image

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














The swatches:  NYX, OFRA, Nicka K















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.


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.




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.





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.



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.



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.

IPSY May 2014

DSC_0999  What is this, why is this here, is this allowed in my house, is this for us?

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 was 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 almost all skincare:


So, I’m picky about skincare.  I like what I like and I don’t like to try cheap new brands.  I’ve never heard of any of these, except Avene, so I’m not really excited to try them.  Especially in light of my recently very irritated skin.  So , because I haven’t actually tried these yet, I’m going to just talk about what I go, without much of a review.

DSC_1052DSC_1040  Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo

Meh.  Neutrals are always good I guess, but this isn’t exactly exciting new colors or even very pigmented.  The darker one is very very shimmery and gold, and the lighter one is going to make a really nice highlighter.  I’ll use this product, as you can see from the swatch it isn’t super pigmented, but the colors are nice.

Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer:  Other reviews are raving about this, so once my skin is less mad, I’ll give it a try.  The full size is really expensive though ($50ish)

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Avène Thermal Spring Water:  I like this one, it’s nice to spray on before I add my hydraulic acid serum.  The full size is listed at $18 online though, which is damn pricy for a bottle of water.

DSC_1050 Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask:  I like peeling masks.  This is another I’ll give a try to once my face heals.  Honey is great for me, usually.  This is another with a pricy full size ($35) but I feel OK about spending that much on a really good mask.

DSC_1051 Jersey Shore Sun® Sans Tan Anti-aging Sunscreen: I actually kind of thought this was going to be tanning lotion at first glance, based on the name.  SPF 35, isn’t bad.  This is another expensive one, at $40 for 2oz.  The sample is really little, but I’ll give it a go.

 Overall, I’m not happy with this bag.  I’ve got my IPSY preferences set to NO skincare, and that’s pretty much all this is.  Tiny tiny samples don’t have a lot of value to me, even to try and figure out if I like a product.  By the time I’m done spot testing these they look small enough that they will probably be empty.

(Under $20)


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


Julep Welcome Box

Julep Maven is a subscription nail polish / care box service.    You can pick just nails, or they can include makeup as well.

It’s $20 a month, which is one of the priceier boxes.  But they let you try it free!  Enter the promo FREEBOX and you get what’s below (I included an add-in, but I talk about that below)

 I had it shipped to work, so this was a little embarrassing.  I guess I could (should) probably have checked out what their packaging was like before I did that.


It did look really nicely displayed once I got it opened up though!  I ordered the boho glam welcome box and added on “The Resort Collection” which was 4 minis (3 colors and a top coat) 


The Boho Glam welcome box

The Boho Glam Colors were:

  • Michelle – Navy Blue
  • Stevie – Sort of sheer silvery metal color

The nail polishes are listed at $14 on their site, but as a Maven you don’t pay full price on purchases outside the monthly box, so they would be $11.20.  Pricy.  And they are small as well.

 The Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum: $19.99

I would not repurchase this.  I don’t think it’s really doing anything for my cuticles, and I’ve been using it for a few days.  Definitely wouldn’t pay $19.99 for it.

 This is all of the polishes.  The 4 on the right are the Resort Collection add on for $12.99 and that got me free shipping:

  • Lani – It Girl: Mediterranean teal blue crème
  • Anita – Bombshell: Berry sorbet crème
  • Malia – Classic with a Twist: Brilliant coral crème
  • Freedom Polymer Top Coat

I love these bright colors.  The original price of the minis was $28, but they are on sale now on the site for $11.99.


I really look forward to trying these out!


Total cost of the welcome box:  $12.99 (really just the purchase of the Resort Collection)

Total Value:  $75.99


Not a bad haul!


I’m now a subscriber to the Julep Maven program, and I’ll see how I feel about the value of it once I get to actually paying for the box.  But for now, for great polishes and nice colors, I’m happy!



(Under $30) Cheapskate Semi Approved!

This is more than I would normally spend, but for great quality I’m ok with it.


    (Will use all products) Good Buy!

All are great quality, and I like them a lot!


Stay Don’t Stray by Benefit

PRODUCT: Benefit Stay Don’t stray

COST:  $30

BOUGHT AT:  Sephora (at the advice of a beauty consultant)

I have been really annoyed lately at the way my sunscreen and the rest of my makeup are interacting.  I get clumps and pills when I try to add my foundation, and no matter what I try to prime my eyelids with, my eyeliner smudges and moves around and gets all over my lids.

Someone in Sephora suggested I try this primer to stop the makeup migration.  And because I have been looking at it for ages, I also grabbed the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.  Neither of these purchases are compatible with my cheapskate mentality but I have been wanting that liner for ages, so oh well.

First impressions:  The color is very very yellowy.  It makes my eye area look quite different from the rest of my face.  I’m not wearing my face-makeup yet at this point, just my pre-makeup potions and my CeraVe AM moisturizer-sunscreen.  So far it’s the best I’ve been able to find, foundaiton interaction wise.  I do put it on my eyelids.

10 mins later:  creases

The 10 min time lapse is because  blowdry my hair while my sunscreen is absorbing.  When I came back to my makeup-station, the primer had already creased up in my eyelides.  I smoothed it all back down again and added my foundation to the rest of my face (I’m using a mixture of MISSHA Perfect Cover in #21, and Paula’s Choice All Bases Covered in Sand.  The combo seems to make the right shade on me.)  I brush everything over with e.l.f. powder foundation and a kabuki brush.

 The after: Kat Von D Tattoo liner, I love you.

The primer did seem to stop the tatto liner from getting onto my eyelids, I kept my eyes closed while it dried and it’s apparently stuck in place.

“That’s just my face, sir”

I’m wearing my Cailyn lip balm from the April IPSY bag.  Not bad!

THE VERDICT:  I wouldn’t buy this again, but I will use it until the bottle is empty.

              (Under $30) A bit pricy

                                      Just OK