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!

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imPress Review (Influenster VoxBox)

I have to admit.  When I was chosen by Influenster to review imPress press on manicure, my initial reaction was less than enthusiastic.  They brought to mind fake nails I’ve tried, and my past experience with that kind of product was underwhelming.  I’m a beauty junkie, but I’m very active, plus I wear contacts!  Fake nail claws coming at my eyes while I was trying to put my contacts in was enough to have me ripping them off after about a day.  The ones I hadn’t broken by that point, that is.

This is my first Influenseter VoxBox, and I was genuinely bummed that I’d have to put up a negative review because I was sent a product that was sooooo not me.

In comes imPress.

This is what it looks like now that I’ve used half of them.

This is why you should take a before picture BEFORE you use a product

 This is the other color I was sent.

I’m kind of excited to use this one now that I have the hang of putting them on.  They look kind of Day of the Dead to me.

 The before.  My nails look like shit.  I have been trying to get them into better condition but the second I neglect them, this is what they look like again.  It’s frustrating and upsetting.  I don’t bite them I swear!

Putting them on:  Simple.  Really really simple.  Once applied they look like this:

  Too long.

 So I trimmed them down to my real nail length.  I think I was supposed to use the little piece of sand paper in the box to do this, but since I was taking so much length off that would have taken ages.  I just cut them with nail scissors.  They look really good and really natural!  I’m happy!  I’m impressed!

First Impressions:  They flex a bit, which is good.  This means they won’t break off the second they get caught against something.  They look natural, which is important to me, and are solidly stuck on.

Quality: So far I’m happy with the quality.  I’ve had them on for 2 days and they aren’t lifting or shifting, and they don’t show any signs of wear at all.  I have this habit of clicking my nails against my desk and each other all day long when they get any longer than the past the end of my finger, and i’ve been doing that for 2 days now without issue.  You can’t see where I cut them, either, which is very good. I was admittedly concerned there would be plasticy white edges.

 

But do they stay put?: I didn’t think about my plans for the next day when I applied these.  I applied them on a Monday.  Tuesday is Deadlift day.  I didn’t expect this to go well.

I don’t have a photo of my nails while I’m deadlifting, gym selfies are not my style.  I do, however, have a picture of my nails taken while sitting in my car post-deadlifting:

 All in one piece!  Color me impressed (ba-ding-tsh)

Cost:  I found imPress press on manicure on WalMarts website for $5.97.  The bottle contains enough nails for 2 uses, which puts this product on the pricier side since they are single use.

Final Thoughts: These are really great.  I like the way they look, they look and feel natural, and they are easy to use.  I think I’d really like to use these on vacation (beach vacations) since regular nail polish in heat and humidity is sticky gross and disastrous.  For me, they are expensive for everyday use, but for special occasions I definitely recommend giving them a shot!

 Cheapskate Semi Approved!

While it isn’t a lot of money, it’s very expensive on a per use cost basis

 

  Solid product, would purchase.

 

voxbox-blogimage-popup2I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

IPSY April 2014

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.

 

 

The first item was the bag itself.  IPSY products always come packaged in a makeup bag, this one is underwhelming. It’s OK, but I won’t go out of my way to use it.

 

 New IPSY Glam Bag!  The goodies!

 

 

 Looks So Natural Lash by KISS: $3.99

 

The value of this product is listed as $3.99 on their website.  I won’t be trying these for a while, I don’t often wear fake eyelashes, but next time I am dressed up for something fancy I’ll try them out.  I’m really glad I got the natural looking ones instead of an overly glam set.

 

Lollitint by Benefit:  (This is a sample, Full size, $30)

 

This is a neat product and a look forward to using it.  It’s very very pink when put on thick (left), but blends well (right.)  Cheek and lip tint.

Swatched on my inner arm, which is paler than me cheek.

 

 

White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse by City Color: $3.99 

 

This is a foamy thick gel like shadow.  It went on a bit yellow on me (check out the swatches at the bottom of the page) but I think I can make it work if I blend it well with other colors.  

 

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil (Travel size)

 

Three travel sized pencils are between $18 and $20, so I guess this is worth around $7.  It’s a decent size, and went on smooth like butter.  I love a good eyeliner, and I’m very happy to have this one!

 

Tinted Lip Balm by Cailyn In Acid Pink: $19

 

The color (ACID PINK) was kind of scary in the container.  I thought it was going to be ridiculous looking and way too bright.  I swatched it on my hand and still thought it looked way to bright.   But on my lips it’s great!  Pink, yes.  But I guess it’s the right pink for me, because I really like it.

 

 Swatches!  Below each swatch is the product. 

 

 

 Overall, I’m happy with this bag.  It doesn’t have the value to me that I was hoping, but I will use all of the products.

 

 

 

(Under $20) Cheapskate Approved!

 

    (Will use all products) Good Buy!

 

e.l.f. Studio Brush Shampoo

I was ordering from e.l.f. and when I saw this brush shampoo in the brushes section it occurred to me that I don’t clean my brushes enough.  Possibly because I don’t have brush shampoo.  This was only $3 so I threw it in the cart.  Last halloween I used my foundation brush to apply blue makeup to my face for my Neytiri costume, and I had to wash it 5 or 6 times (using oil, makeup remover, and dish soap, repeatedly.)  I had little faith that any kind of brush shampoo would do a better job, since in my experience nothing removes makeup better than baby oil and then a wash with a cleansing agent.  Despite my skepticism, I ordered the e.l.f Studio Brush Shampoo  and this morning I gave it a try.

 

My dirty brush.  I’ve been using it for…. longer than I would like to admit without cleaning it.

Dirty.  I should take better care of my brushes.

 

 

 

 This is the shampoo.  Kind of thick and shampoo like.

 

I mashed the brush into the shampoo and tried to work the shampoo into the bristles.  

Rince, and review.  The verdict?  Clean!

 

 Clean.

All in all I’m happy with how clean my brush came out!  This e.l.f. product exceeded by expectations  which shouldn’t be surprising, most e.l.f. products do.

 

 

                                   Works Great!

 

 (Under $10) Cheapskate Approved!