Saturday, August 9, 2014

Memebox Vitamin Care Edition

 As if you didn't already know, I get a lot of Memeboxes. My entire skincare and haircare routine has been taken over by Korean beauty products, thanks to Memebox. I am talking to friends, recommending the latest whitening ampoule, (of course I have to repeatedly assure them whitening usually just means brightening/evening skin tone) or the latest sheet mask I tried that I SWEAR made my pores look smaller. I walk through the drugstore aisles as if the skincare department doesn't even exist. Thanks to Memebox, I have not only found some of my holy grail products, but I have enough stuff to last me years at this rate! So much so, that I give things away to friends and family like I'm their personal shopper.

This box in particular was one I was on the fence about as it was $29, where most Memeboxes that I receive are $23. I'm kind of a cheapskate, not going to lie! Either way, Memebox was wonderful enough to offer me this box to review, and hey- how can I pass that up? I was very interested to see their interpretation of "Vitamin Care" and what kind of products would be inside!

(product info card tells you more information and how to use each product!)
 
 If you're new to Memebox, they are a website that sells Korean beauty products, but their most popular items are of course, the Memeboxes. These boxes are full of deluxe samples and full size Korean beauty products and are delivered to you all the way from Korea. Memebox has been kind enough to create a FAQs page that you can view HERE if you want more info on the boxes, as there are many to choose from!

This particular box is one of their special editions, which are curated around a specific theme. 
The Vitamin Care box cost $29 plus $6.99 shipping. Most of the time, unless it's a "Superbox", Memeboxes usually contain a mix between full size and deluxe size samples. In the case of the Vitamin Care box, all 7 items are Full Size.

1. Pure Smile: Hand Gel in "Citrus Crash"
(Full Size Product: $2) 
 Hmm. OK. It's a hand sanitizer. This very well could be the least exciting product I've ever received in a Memebox, but you know? If it's a little extra that was thrown in, I'm totally fine with that. The Info Card states that it's "Citrus Infused" so I'm assuming that is how it fits in with the vitamin theme? Either way, it's...you know, a hand sanitizer. Not much to see here. I'll give this to my fiance so he can have it on his desk at work.

2. Pure Smile: Gelee Labo Marmalade
(Full Size Product: $1)
 Pure Smile seems to be a recurring brand in many of the boxes lately. Their products tend to be low cost, so while I'm fine with getting these kinds of products, I'm hoping that there are less Pure Smile in future boxes. I just like to be introduced to new and different brands, so it's getting a tiny bit redundant for me. Either way, this little container holds a gel-like face mask that is made from fruits and other skincare goodies. This one has orange extract, hyaluronic acid, centella asiatica (wha?) and licorice root extracts. It's made to treat rough textured skin and improve the skins elasticity. I love me a good mask, so this will go into the newly christened "mask drawer" and I'll definitely be using it in the near future.

3. Elizavecca: Real White Vita Sauce 30
(Full Size Product: $48) 
 Woo! Now here's a high value product that is not only cute, but different! Definitely the most exciting thing for me in this box. My skin loves vitamin C, and this ampoule is 30% Vit.C, which is a great concentration. It is made to provide moisture, whitening and wrinkle care and skin protecting all in one. The directions say you only need 2-3 drops gently pat into your skin. As most Vitamin C serums suggest, you are recommended to shake it gently so the vitamin capsules are evenly distributed. I have a TON of vitamin C ampoules, however this one is mega adorable (piggy wearing a scarf!) so I'll probably sneak this one into my routine sooner rather than later. I'm a sucker for cute packaging.

4. Evas Vitamin Sun Cream SPF 38
(Full Size Product: $11) 
 First of all, am I the only one that noticed that this packaging is almost a carbon copy of a vitamin water? So strange! Once I got past that, I was actually pretty happy with this product. I know it seems like it's not so exciting, but I am a pale girl who loves to avoid tanning and sun exposure, so I love a good SPF. This one also has skin brightening effects and wrinkle care all in one, and of course, is rich with vitamins! This will go directly into my daily routine as I just recently run out of my face SPF.

5. Pure Smile: Juicy Point Pads "Lemon" and "Orange"
(Full Size Product: $2 each) 
 This is the 3rd Pure Smile product in the box. I received a very similar product in my Mask box, but I am happy to have more! The pads contain vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and collagen, and they are used to spot treat certain areas of your face. Once you've cleansed, these little pads are placed on irritated or dehydrated skin for 5-10 minutes. Memebox also suggests using them on your body, if desired. These are useful especially in the winter when I get dry patches on my face. They are kind of like mini, targeted sheet masks, which I'm totally down with!

 6. Amini: Vitamin Shower Body Soap Bar
(Full Size Product: $12)
 This soap contains rose-hip, lavender and peppermint oils that are gentle on skin while replenishing moisture and rejuvenating tired skin. Memebox's directions on how to use this are a bit confusing, as they say to use it as a face soap...yet the product is called "body soap bar." I haven't opened this to see what the smell is like, or how well it works, as I don't like bar soaps, generally. I think I would stick to using this on the hands and body though, considering the name. This little guy will either be passed on to a friend or put into my giant Memebox giveaway pile!

7. Pure Smile: Lip Treatment in "Mixed Fruits"
(Full Size Product: $5) 
This is the 4th Pure Smile product in this box, and there are 7 products total. Something about that seems a little off-putting, but maybe they just got a TON of Pure Smile products to put into boxes, who knows? 
Regardless of that, This is a snail lip treatment. There was a time where I shuddered at the thought of putting snail goo on my FACE, let alone on my lips. Of course, these days I just slapped this stuff right on without missing a beat. Love me some snail cream, people!
This is made from fruits rich in vitamin E, snail mucus extracts and hyaluronic acid, which seems to be in practically EVERYTHING I get in Memeboxes these days. It's a very popular ingredient. This is supposed to be a highly moisturizing lip treatment. I have used it a few times and it's OK at best. The "mixed fruits" smell is a little intense for me, and the formula is definitely on the sticky side. Even so, it does seem to moisturize pretty well and keep my lips from getting flaky, so I think I'll keep using this to see if it gives me any impressive or noticeable results.

Overall Thoughts
With shipping, the Vitamin Care box cost $36.  The total value of the products included in this box is $83. While this is a great value overall, it's interesting to see that removing the high value of the vitamin C serum, the rest of the products together have a total value of only $35. I found the overwhelming amount of Pure Smile products to be a bit redundant as well. Gripes aside, I actually think this was a pretty well-rounded box overall. For the right person, this could be a home run. I think the only products I won't be using are the hand gel and the soap. Probably one of my lesser favorites of the Memeboxes I have received, but I gotta say: the Vitamin C serum with the scarfed piggy just makes it all worth it for me!

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5 comments:

  1. I bought this box (with points and discount code thank God) and I'm not loving it. I'll use the products, but I feel like there are SO many other products and brands they have access to that fit with the vitamin theme they could have included, This could have (and should have) been an AMAZING box instead of just eh. This box sort of feels like an afterthought, especially for the $29 price tag. Oh well. They can't all be winners :). I am excited about that Vitamin C ampule though.

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    1. I feel the same way. It's like, "Ok, I'll probably use most of this..." but it still feels like it falls flat on so many levels. You're right that there are so many other products/brands that would have fit well in this, and it's a shame that more than half of the products are from the same brand. This definitely should have been a $23 box, and I'm honestly not sure what made them price it at $29. I've received $23 that were light years better than this one. But you're right, there's bound to be some duds here and there with memebox since there are SO many!

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  2. I totally see the Vitamin Water-ness on the sun cream bottle - too funny! This box seems like kind of a mixed bag ... a few "meh" things, but if the sunscreen and Vitamin C serum are actually good then that would totally make it feel "worth it" for me.

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  3. I'm relatively new to the memebox world and on the whole the concept of beauty boxes but I'm really intrigued by what you've shared about these here on your blog.

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    1. They are a blast Alison, but VERY addicting! Once you get one box, you just have to get more! LOL If you are ever interested in Memebox or have any questions, please don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail!

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