Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Memebox: Hand and Nail Care Review

OK Guys, it's truth time: I take terrible care of my hands.
I spend hours on skincare and makeup every day, but the most I do with my hands is slap some messily painted polish on my nails, and occasionally put some lotion on. I've always known that the way to tell a woman's "true age" is by looking at her hands, as they tend to be neglected in regards to skincare. Lately, I've been applying sunscreen to the tops of my hands and looking into more hand-care products so I can pamper the skin on my hands as much as I do the skin on my face!

This isn't a box that I picked out myself, because admittedly, it didn't look like it was going to be very good. The picture on the Memebox site showed a row of brightly colored nail polishes as well as a manicured hand, and to me that just screamed "Nail Polish Box." I have a small shelf of nail polishes, and I enjoy them, but I am not one of those polish-obsessed people. I could wear the same 3-4 colors for the rest of my life and be happy. Because of that first impression on this box, I passed on it. However, Memebox asked if I'd want to review it and I have to say, I was curious to see what was 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 boxes, which are Memeboxes that are curated around a specific theme. While it's usually Superboxes that contain full size products, it's becoming more and more common to see a box full of full size items in regular boxes as well. Hand and Nail Care has 7 full size items and cost $23 plus $6.99 shipping.
  The Hand and Nail Care Box was described as:
Our hands and nails are so neglected! From washing loads of post-dinner dishes to picking open lipstick packaging and applying and removing nail polishes, our hands and nails go through daily abuse that will eventually lead us to have withered zombie fingers.

At Memebox, we believe that healthy and pretty hands are a girl’s best accessory, that hands should be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and that crazy manis are the best pick-me-up for any crappy day!

So, treat and moisturize hands and nails to prevent early signs of aging, strengthen and pamper nails to perfection to create that impeccable nail salon-done look! 
 I just read that description for the first time and I am cracking up laughing at "withered zombie fingers." I just...I can't even. 

1. Pure Skin: Hand Care Pack
(Full Size Product: $4)
 I've used these hand masks a few times in the past, and they always make my hands feel super soft! They are basically little plastic gloves that are filled with a moisturizing essence. You leave them on for 20-30 minutes and then remove them to reveal super awesome softness. This particular mask has grape and grapefruit extracts, witch hazel, and olive leaf extracts which moisturize rough skin and remove skin impurities. This mask also apparently firms the skin and smooths out signs of aging. Memebox suggests "doing whatever you need to do" while wearing these, but I can say from experience it's not easy trying to make a sandwich wearing plastic bags on your hands. I'd suggest watching TV or taking a nap...or a combination of both, as I tend to do.

2. SUR 3D Nail Art Kit in "Emerald" / Nail Art Pen in "Silver"
(Full Size Product: $29)
 This is a fun little Nail art kit. Granted, I find "magnetic" polish to be a little gimmicky, but I suppose within a nail art kit, it's acceptable. You basically paint on the emerald polish, and while it's still wet, hold the magnet over your nail as close as you can get it without actually touching the polish. It makes a design on the nails that usually looks pretty cool if you can do it right. Every time I've tried a magnetic nail polish it tends to either look like a hot mess, or not work at all. Once the polish is fully dried, you can use the nail art pen to put designs and such on your nails. This seems like a LOT of work to me since just painting my nails normally is a groan-worthy process, but I'll give it a shot.

3. Rockachic: Hydrogel Moisturizing Nail Patch
(Full Size Product: $8) 
These are little patches that go on top of your nails and nail bed that deliver nutrition and moisture to dry, brittle nails. They contain collagen, milk, pearl powder, gold and paraffin. Memebox suggests keeping these on for 20 minutes and then using a hand cream after removal. 
This is a product I fully intend on using the moment I have the energy to take off my current nail polish. Why I thought using a glitter polish would be a good idea is beyond me. It's just impossible to remove! If I ever want to build a shelter that withstands any sort of inclement weather, it will be constructed somehow out of glitter polish.

4. With Shyan: Dr. Care Set
(Full Size Product: $13) 
 This is another product that is right up my alley. I have incredibly dry, brittle nails, and no matter what I have used, they still break if someone looks at them the wrong way. this product strengthens weak nails from the root and protects them from further damage. It's applied to your nails every 2 days for a week. After that week is over, a nail polish remover is used to take it off, and then you begin the process again. It also comes with a nail file-which is kind of pointless in regards to the product, but nail file. It may be boring, but I've been using the same file from the Dollar store for so long that there's barely any grit left, so I'm pretty pumped about getting a replacement!

5. With Shyan: Baby Hand Set
(Full Size Product: $9) 
This treatment oil is infused with lemon juice and vitamin E, and is used to nourish and soften calluses and your cuticles. At first glance I thought it was just a simple cuticle oil with another bonus file, but there's an interesting way to use this stuff: You soak the file with the treatment oil and wait for it to absorb. Then you apply a little oil onto your nails. Using the file, you gently buff away the dead skin and dry cuticles. I love the idea of this product, as I am pretty much glued to my computer at all times. My finger tips can get pretty rough-looking, so if this stuff works I'll be rationing it out until I can find out how to get more.

6. Barbinie: Shea Butter Hand Cream in "Violet Musk"
(Full Size Product: $18)
 This is a shea butter and aloe vera hand cream. While it's a pretty basic product, it would be really weird for there not to be a hand cream in a Hand and Nail Care box. This one is actually super pretty, and smells divine! I'm not a floral fan, but I love musk scents, and this smells very close to a classic white musk. It's actually a perfect scent for the colder months, so this is going right into my purse.

7. Shara Shara: Soft Hand Gommage
(Full Size Product: $6) 
I have a bunch of hand scrubs, (thanks Julep and Mary Kay samples!) but I definitely don't have a Hand Gommage! A gommage is a gel that is applied to your skin and left for a short time so it can dry slightly. Once it begins to dry, you then massage the skin to cause the gel to roll up and take dead skin cells with it. After it's all massaged off, you rinse with warm water and apply a hand cream if you so desire. I've used these on my face before, so I'm interested to try one on my hands and see if it has a similar effect.

Overall Thoughts
 The Hand and Nail Care box cost $30 shipped, and has a total value of $87.
I was pretty skeptical of this box, but it ended up being pretty fantastic. I think what made it so awesome was how perfectly it was curated. A mask for your hands and nails, a hand exfoliator and moisturizer. Cuticle and nail treatments, and some fun nail art to top it off. You could really use all of these products in one go. This is a perfect box for anyone looking to have a hand care routine that's as in-depth as their skincare, or even for someone who just wants some good products on hand for a spa night!

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  1. Thanks for the review. I'm feeling my hands are so neglected. Should rip open one of those hand mask I have lying around. This seems like a pretty good box.

    1. It was a fantastic box! I was convinced when it was released that it would be a bunch of nail art and polishes, but this really was a perfect "hand and nail care" collection of products. I've been loving the hand masks lately! I hope you enjoy yours!

  2. Oo! The grommage sounds like fun! I agree about the magnetic nail polish. I tried one and apparently my nails curve too much? The magnet held over my fingernail only made the pattern in a stripe right down the middle :P A nail art pen might be fun, though!

    1. Oh my gosh that is probably what is wrong with my nails too! The same thing happens to me! haha :D I have never tried a nail art pen before because the less time I can spend on my nails, the better- but it does seem pretty easy to use and it could be fun...although I can't imagine I'd do a very good job trying to use my left hand to do designs on my right hand nails LOL

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