MEMEBOX GLOBAL #14

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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!  (This is in no particular order, other than the order I photographed the items in)

  1. Recipe by Nature Golden Time Vita Capsule Essence: Full Size $42
  2. Shower Mate Perfume de Whip Body Wash
  3. a;t fox Fantasy Holic Lip & Cheek Designer Pencil in Lovely Coral
  4. Beauty People Miss 100 Super Waterproof Gel Liner in glimmer bronze
  5. VOV Good-Bye Black Smudge Waterproof Mascara
  6. Sua Young Mineral Essence in Liquid Foundation SPF33 PA+++
  7. Sally’s box 4 Set (Love Recipe Apple Mask, Delight Ceramide Hydrogel Mask, Delight Collagen Hydrogel mask, Delight Panthenol Hydrogel Mask
  8. Kocostar 4 Package Set:  Ggongii Hair Pack, 10 Face Spot Mirror Patch, 5 finger nail pack, 3 Foot Peeling Pack

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Recipe by Nature Golden Time Vita Capsule Essence: Full Size $42

Vitamin Essence. This is another item that I’m going to have to go on a big ingredient list hunt for. There is an ebay listing that says it has

Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Vitamin C

But… what else?  That’s just the actives, right?  I like essences, but to try them out I think it’s good to know what else is in there.  I get worried about things like lemon, ect, that seem to show up from time to time in Korean skin care products.

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Shower Mate Perfume de Whip Body Wash:  Full size $4 each (2 total)

These are very scented.  The card says fruity and sweet floral refreshingly crisp white blossom (lighter tube) and elegant rose and jasmine scented Marilyn Red Fantasy (black tube.)  I say overwhelming perfume scent.  It’s a good scent, but I’ve been trying out indie perfumes lately, and these are just cloying in comparison.

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a;t fox Fantasy Holic Lip & Cheek Designer Pencil in Lovely Coral: Full Size $7

All over color, it’s pretty pigmented and a little shimmery. I tried this on my lips and it went on OK.  I don’t think I want bright coral colored cheeks, so I haven’t tried that yet.  It’s got enough shimmer to it that I probably won’t top it with a gloss.  I went out for dinner right after I put it on, and by the time I got to the restaurant it had rubbed off.

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Beauty People Miss 100 Super Waterproof Gel Liner in glimmer bronze: Full Size $38

Bronze eyeliner.  Not much more to say, than Yay it’s waterproof and I’m going to the beach this winter so I’m totally going to use it there! I am not normally one for golds and bronzes as eyeliners, but it’s good to branch out, right?  I’m going to give it a try, I think it will look great with black dresses and red lips.DSC_0031

VOV Good-Bye Black Smudge Waterproof Mascara:  Full Size $16

I like getting mascara samples.  I’m going to keep this one sealed up for now, since I already have 3 tubes going.  So no swatch.  I’m going to be bringing this with me on my Christmas beach holiday!  Whoo!

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Sua Young Mineral Essence in Liquid Foundation SPF33 PA+++:  Sample (5g) $5.65

The formula seems OK but the color is too light for me.  It’s creamy, and seems like it’s great for the right person’s skin though!  It’s also a really big sample for foundation.  I like it when samples are big enough that I can try things for a day or so before buying.

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Sally’s box 4 Set (Love Recipe Apple Mask, Delight Ceramide Hydrogel Mask, Delight Collagen Hydrogel mask, Delight Panthenol Hydrogel Mask:  Full Size $14
I love Sheet Masks. So much. And these are Hydrogel ones (aside from the apple one). I’m pretty pumped.  I’ve been wanting more good sheet masks ever since the Leaders Insolution ones I got in another Memebox.  They are hard to come by in Canada (The Face Shop has some disappointing ones, but otherwise it’s big shipping costs to get them here.)

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Kocostar 4 Package Set:  Ggongii Hair Pack, 10 Face Spot Mirror Patch, 5 finger nail pack, 3 Foot Peeling Pack:  $20 Total Value

I’m totally excited to see my feel peel up like crazy. This is going to be so gross and awesome.  I like packs, masks and other things like this, so i’m glad there were so many in this box.  I’m very curious about how this finger nail pack works out, you are supposed to put them on and let them sit for about an hour.  The hair one says you don’t wash it out, but it should also involve a ponytail…. my chin length hair can only get into slightly questionable looking pigtails, so hopefully that will work.  Then the foot pack… it says to only leave it on for an hour!  Then I will molt after 3-5 days.

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Swatches

a;t fox Fantasy Holic Lip & Cheek Designer Pencil in Lovely Coral

Beauty People Miss 100 Super Waterproof Gel Liner in glimmer bronze

Sua Young Mineral Essence in Liquid Foundation SPF33 PA+++

Total Value:  $150

This box is pretty awesome!  I think there is more in here that I will use than I’ve had in most other boxes, even though it seems like it has less big ticket items.   Quality over quantity, right?  I think I’m going to get good use most everything.

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

  Pretty Great!

Edit:  I don’t know why some things are links, but for whatever reason I can’t remove the links (wordpress conspiracy?)

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!

 

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!

Seeking the Fountain of Youth: Adventures in Tretinoin Week 4 of Tretinoin, and Getting Past the Purge

Ughhhhhh.  I can’t wait for this part to be over.

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My prescription is dated May 15, which means I’ve been using the tretinoin for a full month now, about 4.5 weeks.

What is purging:

Purging is something that might happen (not to everyone, not every time, but apparently I’m just that lucky) if you are using products with active exfoliants, such as AHAs, BHAs, and yes, retinoids. It’s essentially because the increased exfoliation causes your skin to push the blockages inside of it out to the surface.

What does purging look like:

Acne. It looks like skin getting worse before it gets better.  Sometimes for weeks.  In fact, it can take up to 12 weeks for things to actually turn around.  Skinacea has a big pile of information on purging.  It’s worth a read.

My experience:

I’m still peeling a bit, especially the morning after those nights that I get lazy about the wait time between cleansing and application (the recommended wait time is at least 15 mins, longer if you can, since water seems to increase irritation and peeling.)  My forehead is, of course, purging and covered in red bumps.  That’s my worst trouble zone, and always where I break out if I’m going to.  This time I’m also getting breakouts down the left side of my face, along my temples and toward my cheeks.  I love foundation these days.  The pictures above are me, no makeup, no photoshop, no cover.

I’m not on tretinoin to reduce acne, and it looks like so far I don’t have any decrease in my fine lines.  It’s supposed to take up to a year before that happens, but I’m hoping I will see SOMETHING before then.

Patience, patience, patience.  This is the hard part.

Hydration:

This is becoming something I think about a lot.  I’m having to alter my products a little, and add a few more hydrating products.

I’m still using CeraVe  as my final moisturizing step.  It stings.  But it seems to keep my skin quite well hydrated, and absorbs really quickly.  A coating of Vaseline over my chin and around my mouth (where the peeling shows up) seems to really help as well.

I’m in the market now for a new hyaluronic acid product.  My Garden of Wisdom ones are almost out, and I didn’t see enough of a difference while using them to re-order.  I’m eyeing up the Hada Labo one I keep seeing good reviews of.  For now I’m using these My Beauty Diary Caviar Masks I got atT&T Market.  I was a bit worried about the scent but they don’t irritate and leave my skin smooth and soft.  Caviar also just sounds so luxurious, I couldn’t resist.  These masks do contain hyaluronic acid and feel really hydrating and nice.  I also feel like I’m spoiling myself when I use them. They all seem to have pretty similar ingredients, here is a list of the MBD items that have been run through COSDNA.  I really like COSDNA, it checks for possible irritants and acne triggers, and lists each of the ingredients and what their usual purpose is in skin care products.  It’s a good way to get past the unknowns on a product list, and avoid things you know your skin can’t take.  MBD isn’t by any means a perfect product (the fragrance could irritate some people,) but it works for a lot of people and seems to have a pretty solid list of ingredients.

Seeking the Fountain of Youth: Adventures in Tretinoin (Stieva-A) Week 1, Tretinoin and the Changes to My Routine

 

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Before: AM Routine

I’m a Paula’s Choice Junkie, so you may notice a trend.  I like deals, but even better than deals I like products that actually do what the label promises.  Paula’s Choice consistently delivers.

5AM: Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Lotion + Sunscreen

Then I head to the gym to work out, post gym I shower there and get ready for work

7AM

Spectro Gel Cleanser (Just a gentle cleanser, it was recommended by my derm when I was a teenager and it’s worked for me for years now.  It’s cheap, gentle, and awesome)

Super Serum by Silk Naturals which I’ve been phasing out (it’s almost empty) and replacing with Paula’s Choice RESIST Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment – both of these have Niacinamide, I don’t really think they are equal products, and I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do once I’m out of the Paula’s Choice.  I may try something else entirely.

Snail Bee High Content Essence is awesome.  I love it.  I’ll probably write about it soon.   I never thought I’d put literal snail slime on my face, but I’m a convert.  More raving about it to follow.

Dr Jart V7 Eye Serum I actually got this in a Memebox, it was a spoiler and pretty much the reason that I ordered the box.  I like it a lot, even though a lot that I’ve read says don’t bother with eye cream.  This one is light and gentle, and doesn’t run into my eyes.

CeraVE AM sunscreen.  I know I need to add an actual sunscreen + moisturizer as separate steps, but I really like CeraVE AM.  More Niacinamide, moisture, and a decent SPF.  I put a ton on and just let it sink in while I do my hair, so i know I’m getting the requisite 1/4 teaspoon on my face.  Actually I think I put about double that, these days.

Makeup is various things.  I bought both the BB cream and the Paula’s Choice foundation in the wrong color, but mixing them together seems to make the color right.  Next time I’m just going to Sephora to get a proper color match and some good foundation to try.

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Before: PM Routine

OCM:  I’m an OCM junkie, I started with just unscented baby oil, but then I went on a Garden of Wisdom buying spree to the tune of $200 or so, and got a ton of oils to try.  Right now I’m using Argon, Avocado, Almond, Jojoba and baby oil all mixed together.

Spectro Gel to double cleanse

The sometimes treatments section of masks, and AHA.  I love this Weekly Resurfacing Treatment AHA by (who else?) Paul’s Choice.  I can’t wait to bring it back into rotation once my skin is used to the tretinoin.  I fit in My Beauty Diary sheets masks a few days a week.  Right now I’m on Snail and Caviar.  They just sell these at the T&T Market by my house, they are more than online but it’s very convenient.  I also like this Skin Food Black Sugar Scrub.  I don’t use physical exfoliants often, but I do like it throw it every once in a while.

Resist C 15 Super Serum by Paula’s Choice.  This one is expensive as far as C Serums go, and it seems to do the same thing as the Silk Naturals one.  I love C Serum though, so I will always use one from some brand or other.

Garden of Wisdom Hydraulic Acid serum.  This one is blueberry, the one I tried before was Grapefruit, and next I may try Honey.

CeraVE in the tub works well as a moisturizer for me, it’s thick and creamy and great.

Laniege Water Sleeping Pack to top it all off.  This is pretty scented, but it works well for me.

 

This is my current routine.  I won’t go into all the products again, especially since the only new addition is the trentinoin at night.  I’ve removed all my chemical exfoliants, which i can not wait to add back in once my skin adjusts in a couple of months.

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Current AM Routine

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Current PM Routine

Seeing this all laid out like this I feel like such a product junkie.

Anyway, what do you think?  What did you change in your routine when you started something more extreme?

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!

Memebox LuckyBox 2

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!