Sunday, June 29, 2014

Memebox Global #12

So as soon as I was finishing up my recent Memebox Mini review, there was a knock on my door. I ran out (in my pajamas, obvs) to find my DHL man holding yet ANOTHER Memebox. Do I have a problem? Is there a Memeholics anonymous that I can join? 
Since this is one of the Global boxes, I wanted to get the review up soon as the next one is sure to be rolling out before you know it. As you can see, my cat Artemis wasn't thrilled when I decided to take over the dining room table so I could take pictures. The dining room gets the most sun for the longest amount of time, so not only is it the best place indoors for me to photograph, but it's also a favorite spot for all my cats to nap. She was very adamant about standing in that spot for most of my photography session, but hey- no one can complain about a gumpy/sleepy cat face, right?

(product info card tells you more information and how to use each product!)

 If you're new to Memebox, they are a great website that sells Korean Beauty products, but their most popular items are of course, the Memeboxes. These boxes are full of deluxe sample and full size Korean beauty products and are delivered right into your excited little hands. I usually take the time to explain a bit further, but Memebox has been kind enough to create a FAQs page that you can view HERE if you want more info!

This particular box is one of their classic "Global" boxes, which contains a variety of products in an array of sizes. Global boxes are numbered (this one is #12) and cost $23 + $6.99 shipping.
Memebox Global #12 contains 7 products, 3 of which are full sized, and 4 are deluxe samples.

1. Palan Cysense Organic Essence
(Full Size Product: $60)
Now Memebox has been known to inflate prices a bit on their info cards, or at least they've been accused of it, but now it's flat out obvious. Memebox listed this product with a retail value of $72, however the back of the box itself says $60, so you know what? I'm going with $60. Because even THAT is ridiculously expensive for a hair cream. 
I am not familiar enough with Korean brands/products to know if this is true, but Memebox claims this stuff is highly praised and famous in Korea. It's a leave-in treatment for dry damaged hair and is gentle yet deeply moisturizing. It says to use 5-10 pumps of this product in your hair after shampooing and towel drying. The consistency is creamy, yet light. It didn't weigh down my hair at all after using it. The smell is pretty generic. I'd say it's a subtle "hair product" scent if that makes sense. I think only using it once isn't enough to give a review on it, but it did make my hair feel nice. It didn't rock my world after one use, though.

2. Plagentra White Mark Cream
(Deluxe Sample: 15g / Full Size Product: 100g $38)
 This is marketed as stretch mark cream, but Memebox says on the info card that it can be used to balance out any kind of uneven skin tone on the body, which is pretty cool. I've used the cream once on some old scarring to test consistency etc, and while I obviously haven't seen any instant results, I'm interested to see how this performs. I felt like the cream absorbed very slowly, and more or less just kind of sat on the skin, so this might be better to apply at night. 
The info card still doesn't really specify why there is a massage gel, lotion and cream. I'm assuming it's just a preference thing? They all seem to do the same thing and are used "anywhere" on the skin, so I suppose they put them in for options.

3. Inter-cos Smooth Sensitive Removal Cream
(Full Size Product: $43)
$43 for some Nair? Okayyyy. But weird price point aside, This is a spray-type removal cream. It says to cleanse and dry your skin before using it, and then to apply the cream abundantly so that it covers up all the hair. It says not to smear the cream, so I guess you just spray it on and leave it be. Memebox suggests that after about 15 minutes, you can remove hair with a wet towel. The product box says to remove it with the wooden spatulas (popscicle sticks obvs) if possible. I haven't tried this stuff, and I'm not 100% sure I will, but I'm pretty sure it's essentially Nair for sensitive skin in a spray bottle. 

4. Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Treatment
(Deluxe Sample: 50ml / Full Size Product: 200ml $12)
 I have thin hair, and I tend to lose a good chunk of it when I dye it every other month, so I thought this would be good to try and combat that. I've got to say, this stuff has a very odd smell. I'm not a huge fan. The best way to describe it would be "herby." It smells like someone crushed up a bunch of fresh herbs and made it into a paste for your hair. The good thing is, it's not a shampoo or conditioner, really, so by the time I got out of the shower I could barely smell it anymore. 
Basically you apply this onto wet hair and massage it into the scalp with your fingertips. Then wait a few minutes before rinsing. It doesn't say whether or not to use this before or after shampooing / conditioning, though. I used it first thing in the shower. I let it sit on my hair while I washed my face and then after I rinsed it out, I shampooed and conditioned like normal. I'm not sure if that's the right way to use it, but there's no way I'm walking around with that smell on my hair. The directions say to use daily, so I'll be interested to see if this little tube can produce results.

5. Banila Co. Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack
(Deluxe Sample: 12g / Full Product 100g $21)
I know this is just me being insane, but does anyone else think that this should be called Clayopatra instead of Claypatra? Just sayin!
Anyway, Banila Co. rocks, and I always love seeing their products in Memebox. This is 100% pure mud that is extracted straight from the dead sea. Fancy! It removes oil, dead skin and external pollutants as well as delivering deep hydration to the skin. I find it kind of crazy that a clay mask provides hydration, considering when I think of clay masks, I think of something that feels like a small vacuum on my face. I haven't tried this yet, but the directions indicate you apply it like a normal clay mask and wait for about 10 minutes. You're supposed to massage this gently while you're rinsing as it has that salt factor that most clay masks don't have. It has a gentle exfoliating effect. I did do a quick swatch of this on my face rather than an entire mask, and it doesn't feel super drying like most clay masks. That alone makes me super excited to try it out. I only wish there was a larger sample!

6. L.vida Nail Polish in "Pink Orange"
(Full Size Product: $7)
Right off the bat I was impressed with this polish. The price is good, the packaging is super cute, and the color was interesting. Pink Orange is exactly that. Depending on how I looked at it, it either came off as rosy coral shade, or a pastel barbie pink. I actually don't own anything of this shade so I'm excited to try it out. I'm going in for surgery in a couple of days and I'm not allowed to wear nail polish for contamination reasons, so I wasn't able to test this out. However, looking at the consistency and a quick swatch on the box shows me that this is going to be a color I'll probably reach for quite a bit this summer.

The cost of Memebox #12 was $23 + $6.99 shipping. The total value of the product is about $121, not including the foil packets. While I do think that some of Memeboxes prices are a bit inflated, it's still an amazing value, as always.
I think this was a nice variety of products, although 2 hair treatments in one box was kind of pushing it. They could have easily put a cleanser or a moisturizer or something like that in place of one of the haircare items. Even so, I felt like there was a nice representation of products. I'm not sure if everything in this box is a winner for me, but I think I will enjoy trying everything out!

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  1. Waiting on my box! Glad to see the spoilers, so thank you so much for sharing!! Have a blessed week and I really hope your surgery goes well!

  2. I need to join a Memebox support group, too!

  3. I need to join too, I received 5 boxes yesterday...

  4. I'm totally freaked by their constant uploading of " new" boxes. Their 3 a day emails. Their hard sell for every product they want to unload on the USA.
    I have willpower, I ordered 3 early in June ( which haven't even shipped) and said " That's it for me until I see what I ordered and received". Plus, I hope your revenue is really good for the ads because Memebox is getting to be synonymous with " Obnoxious" in my eyes. Meaning- the ads take away from your very pretty site. We ALL know the boxes are there. Some of us simply choose to look elsewhere for our beauty boxes. I think Beautique has a very good chance of being what I want. NO high pressure, all Korean products, customization possible for all items, and they ship from the USA to the USA. What's not to love? Memeboxes, that's what. SO over them. They over- saturated, and in many cases, they've promised more than they have delivered ( I may not buy them but I do read the reviews because they make me laugh til I cry most of the time). They cannot provide products which will revolutionize anyone's skin, hair, nails, body or life, y'all.