Saturday, November 30, 2013

Memebox 1st Global Edition Review (2013 미미박스)

 I have always been a fan of Korean beauty products. I feel that there is a quality to them that just cannot be found in American products, and let's face it: they're always packaged so adorably! Korean brands are always coming out with new and innovative products long before the US even hears about them (hello, BB cream anyone?) and are always striving to push the envelope in the Beauty Industry.

However, here in the United States, it's impossible to find these products without scouring the internet and occasionally taking a risk and purchasing from a website that you're not sure can be trusted. On top of that, many of these sites over-charge for the products because they know you can't get them anywhere else! How many Korean products have you been interested in trying but didn't want to take the risk on buying a full size?

Enter Memebox! Don't worry, this is not just another monthly subscription service, although it brings some of the best things about those services to the table. Memebox is the #1 beauty box subscription service in Asia, and they have JUST launched in the USA. Their mission is to introduce interesting and trendy Korean beauty products to beauty fans that wouldn't normally have access to them.

On the Memebox website, you are able to purchase various 100% authentic, Korean cosmetics and beauty products at up to 80% off the retail price, as well as the monthly Memebox "Beauty Box."

Memebox is pronounced, "Me Me/ Mi Mi" box, and is named after "Mi-Mi" which is a Korean version of Barbie, and has been a beauty idol for many years. Add that to the word "Me" to refer to the box being all about you, and you get "Memebox"!

Before I get into all the goodies I received, I just want to cover a few common questions that may come up about Memebox:

-The cost of Memebox is $23+ with shipping being $6.99.  Memebox usually fills these boxes with well over $100 worth of products!

-Memebox is shipped directly from Korea and they work with over 400 different brands and companies!

-Memebox is not a continuous subscription, like Birchbox or Ipsy. (Memebox says this may be an option in the future) You will have the option to buy each box every time it comes out. All you have to do to snag a new box is to register your e-mail on their website, and they will send out a message when a new box is available!

-Memebox includes 5-6 (this box had 7!) Korean beauty products that are deluxe samples or full size. The boxes are not currently customizable, but they try to compose boxes with a large variety!

Memebox is packaged adorably in a bright pink box with pink tissue paper concealing all your goodies! If you don't want to spoil the surprise, avoid turning over your card that appears on top. It has all the info you will need on each product including how to use each item, and what it retails for:

This Memebox included 7 different items, all being skincare related with the exception of one. This is the first US box, so I am not sure if it is generally more skincare than cosmetics, but hopefully I'll be able to get the next one as well so we can compare the two!

Upon opening the box, there was what seemed to be a wide variety of items! I couldn't wait to dig in and see what I got!

I noticed a packet on top that had a handwritten note (how cute!) and a BUNCH of foil packets. 

1. "SN-T" Plant Stem Cell Skincare Sample Kit: Cleansing Foam, Toner and Cream

The note explains how this is their #1 selling product and that it comes highly recommended from the Memebox team. Even though I usually don't like foil packets, I was SO happy to see that there were 5 SETS of this skincare "kit" which will give me more than enough to try out this product. Each strip contains a packet for each step of the system: Cleansing Foam, Toner and Cream (2 packs). Memebox says that it floods the skin with hydration and is designed to soothe oily and blemished skin, while improving skin's tone. 

I tried this for the first time tonight after my shower. There is a very light, fruity scent to these products that reminds me a bit of the Juice Beauty line of products. The Cleanser is very smooth and foams very lightly. A little bit goes a very long way. It really made my skin feel nice a clean after one use. Have a cotton ball ready for the toner and the cream. My one complaint is that there isn't much toner in the little packet, so make sure to let it drop onto a cotton ball and then dab it on the places you need toner the most. Finally, I used both packets of cream on my face by applying it with a cotton ball and allowing it to absorb. My skin felt clean and fresh without feeling dried out! Very excited to see the results when I use up the rest of the samples.

2. "Too Cool For School" Aqua Gel Mist (Full Size) Retails at: $12

Here's the first full size item in the box and it's adorable! This little mist has a gel-like texture. The main ingredient, "Trehalos" instantly replenishes the skin with soothing hydration and provides a healthier appearance to skin. To use, you simply hold away from your face a bit and spray lightly. Memebox suggests using it along with your moisturizer, and that it can be used under or over makeup, whenever skin feels thirsty. I've tried this product out already and I really like it! It's very similar to a few other facial mists I've tried, but it really does feel moisturizing and gives the skin a more hydrated appearance!
 3. "Mamonde" First Energy Serum (Deluxe Sample) Full Size: $27

This next sample came packaged in a cute little box. Within the box was the tube along with a foil pack sample of another serum and a CC cream from the same brand. This First Energy Serum is a light-texture serum that has "powerful natural ingredients" of gold and silver flower vinegar. The Flower vinegar evens out the skins texture and tone, giving a more beautiful appearance and also preps the skin for makeup. Directions state to use serum after cleansing by using 3-4 pumps on a cotton pad and applying to skin from the middle to the edges of face. Then to gently pat in the serum to help it absorb. I have used this for a few days and while I think it makes my skin feel really nice, I haven't noticed a huge difference in how my makeup applies. It's possible it takes a it longer for more results to appear, but I am still enjoying this product!

4. "Recipe By Nature" Spray Essence Water (Full Size) Retails at: $35

Wow! the value of this product pays for the whole box and then some! This is the second full-size product in the box. It's a two-phase type liquid spray that is enriched with natural essential oils, and celtic water, which is well known for containing high mineral content to instantly hydrate and nourish the skin. This is also available to purchase on the Memebox website. Simply shake the bottle a bit and spray about 7 inches away from the face with eyes closed. I also tried this product and was surprised how moisturized my skin felt after just one use. I tend to get very dry skin during the winter months, so if something can quench it that quickly, it must be a quality product! The only downfall I see is that there were 2 facial mists in the same box. While I will use and enjoy both, I hope that there isn't another one in the next box that is released!

5. "Nots" 28 Remedy Acne Pore Deep Cleanser (Deluxe Sample) Full Size: $31

While this isn't a full size, it's a great size sample. This is a acne/pore deep cleanser that is suitable for use on acne-prone skin. It helps fight against bacteria and build up of excess sebum. It claims to tighten the pores and creates even, flawless-looking skin. Simply apply to cotton pad and wipe face from the inside to the outside. I have used this a few times and already I see a drastic difference in my skin. I have acne-prone skin, so this produce was something I was looking forward to using. I was able to see the acne around my chin drying out and lightening in color after 2 uses, and after using it again today, my acne has all but diminished. I am extremely pleased with this product and I am so excited I found something that works this well!

6. "Glory" Vegan Nail Lacquer in "Yanggaeng" T-Series (Full Size) Retails at: $20

Yet another full size product! This is a beautiful blood-red shade with a bit of gold and silver microglitter. As you can tell by the name, it's a vegan nail lacquer, yet it applies like a super professional high-grade polish. It's a pretty pricey lacquer at $20 a bottle, but as you can see from the swatch I did on my thumb, it's worth it. That is ONE very quick coat. A polish that can be that opaque after 1 coat is pretty impressive. Not to mention this stuff dried incredibly quickly. One of my favorite items in the box!

7. "SEP" Face Lifting Mask (Full Size) Retails at: $14

This is similar to a paper face mask which were originally made popular by Korean beauty companies. It's a 6-in-1 facial hydro-gel mask that is made with fabric that is normally used for body-shaping underwear. It's infused with intensive nutrition for your skin, fights wrinkles, brightens, firms and hydrates. The directions are simple: remove the paper mask from the foil packet and peel off the plastic film. place your face on the side of the mask where you removed the plastic. Leave on for 20-40 minutes and then remove. Upon doing a bit more research on this mask I have found nothing but positive reviews. I also noticed that it looks like a beautiful piece of lace! How cute! I really wanted to save this for a special day since it's a $14 one use mask, but I couldn't help myself! I opened up the package and immediately put it on.

It's a bit hard to get a hold of because it's a gel mask, so it's a bit slimy and slippery. The one great thing I noticed about this mask is that it comes in two pieces, which unlike paper masks, makes it very easy to apply. I applied the top half first, by simply laying it over my eyes/nose and then pulling and smoothing it out so it laid flat along my skin. I unfolded the bottom half next and did the same thing with that one. I looked quite silly, as these kinds of masks tend to do, but this one is just so cute with all the lace running through it!

The gel makes this mask so refreshing! It didn't irritate my skin at all, it just felt so soothing and nice. I left it on for 40 minutes, which is on the longer end of what is suggested, and my skin felt SO soft after I removed it. It feels like I went to the spa!

So that is everything I received in my Memebox!  These 7 products alone are valued at over $100, which is a great value considering the box is only $21 ($27 with shipping). I am very impressed with the variety of brands offered in Memebox, and I am very much looking forward to trying all of these products out more as the weeks go on. I will absolutely do updates on each item and let you know which one has become my favorite!

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