Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Memebox: OMG Box #2 Review

 Next up in my Bundle-O-Memeboxes: The second edition of the OMG Box. I was a bit skeptical on whether or not this box was going to be worth it as the first OMG Box was anything but shocking. I had already jumped on buying #2 before I even saw what was in the first one, so I felt like rather than cancel the order, I would just ride it out and see if the products got any weirder. 

At this stage in the game, I am ready for anything. Give me weird, wild and crazy, Memebox! I've been praying for a bird poop face mask (yes, they exist) to be in one of these boxes, but no such luck so far.
(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. The OMG Box #2 has 6 full size items and cost $29 plus $6.99 shipping.
 OMG Box #2 was described as:
We've rounded up some of the kookiest and most unusual beauty trends that took Seoul by storm! From funky makeup trends to cool skin and hair treatments, these fun cosmetic innovations will definitely inspire you to rethink your current makeup routine. Loaded with even weirder, even funkier Memebox cult favorites, this box is a must have for beauty enthusiasts and beauty-holics!
1. Cristallin: Cellulose Mask x2 
(Full Size Product: $10)
These are cellulose sheet masks that help maintain skins elasticity and clarity. They're used exactly like every other sheet mask on the planet: pull it out of the packet, place it on your face for 10-15 minutes an then remove. These masks are gel rather than cotton or paper, so Memebox tried really hard to make them sound weird by putting this exact quote on the info card:
"The jelly-like texture feels like an octopus wrapped around your face."
Hmm...I'm going to have to disagree with you on that one, Memebox. It feels like a gel mask on my face. Memebox basically throws all shame out the window when trying to make things sound more weird than they are.  These are not like a sea creature wrapping it's suctioned tentacles around my head. I mentioned this on a forum I frequent, (makeuptalk!) but I would have rather had these be an ACTUAL Octopus. Give me a mythical skincare octopus that wraps around my face and sucks out all the oil and blackheads before returning to his natural habitat or something. Give me something weird, Memebox!

2. Ladykin: Vanpir Dark Repair Cream 
(Full Size Product: $50) 
 This is a moisturizer that is also a skin brightener and wrinkle reducer. It also apparently restores weak moisture barriers, which protects skin from future discoloration. It contains melanin-inhibiting green tea extracts to reduce discolorations while brightening and evening skintone. There's really nothing more to it than that. It isn't made out of bird poop or the hairs of a baby unicorn. It's just a moisturizer. Having said that, it's a super classy-looking moisturizer. The packaging looks and feels high-end, and the cream is very luxurious and has a light floral scent. The weirdest thing about this product is the little fangs on the jar, which are super cute, I must admit. I am obsessed with and absolutely love brightening/evening/whitening products as I want my skin to be as evenly bright and pale as possible, so this is a winning product for me, even if I don't think it's totally perfect for an OMG box.

3. Priori: Aroma AC Moisture Gel Mist
(Full Size Product: $24) 
 My first thought when I saw this gel mist was, "oh come ON!" A lavender facial mist is seriously the last thing that should be in an OMG box, however this one is a bit different. This gel mist is made with bee venom and propolis, which is a substance collected from trees by honey bees to help them build their honeycombs. It also contains more boring ingredients like sophora roots, balloon flower roots (wtf is a balloon flower?) and Multi EX Magnotics, which is an herbal antibiotic agent. So if you've never used skincare with bee venom before, I can see how this might be an OMG product for you. It's supposed to help soothe and treat troubled, blemished skin, and the lavender scent is just a bonus relaxing aromatherapy treatment. I'm happy with this product and actually excited to try it out!

4. Seatree: Syn-Ake Total Solution
(Full Size Product: $20) 
There were two Seatree products that you could have received, either the essence or the total solution. I received the essence, which I'm happy about. This essence is made with syn-ake peptides, which are a popular, buzzworthy ingredient for Korean skincare. They are basically synthetic protein that replicates part of the venom of the malaysian temple viper. It's not actually snake venom. I've read that it can act similarly to botox in smoothing out lines and wrinkles, but I haven't really tried any syn-ake product to know if that claim is true. This essence is used by placing it on a cotton pad and applying it to your skin after cleansing and toning.  Again, while this isn't a weird product for me, it probably is to a lot of people, so I can see why it was put into this box. 

5. Haruen Dorothy: Haruen-S
(Full Size Product: $26)
 Now this is interesting! Upon first glance, I can't lie- this looks like a vibrator. I sold adult toys for the company Athena's for a short time, and I'm telling you, there was a toy that looked very similar to this. I was so weirded out when I took this out of the box, but was quickly relieved when I discovered it's actually a volcanic rock in a rollerball!
Yep. Basically you uncap this little guy and roll the volcanic rock around on your skin to absorb excess oils. This is weird and awesome and perfectly fits into this box. It works like a charm, too! Something like this is much easier to toss into my bag and use on the go than a bunch of blotting papers! My only concern is the directions show you how to replace the rock, but it doesn't tell you WHEN you should replace it. I get the feeling this thing will probably get pretty grody after sucking up face oil for a couple of months.

6. Milky Dress: Bohr-Effect Carboxy Gel
(Full Size Product: $24) 
Finally we have another face mask that isn't weird or strange at all. The tagline of this mask should be, "Just like a sheet mask, only with more work!" Because that's pretty much what we've got going on here. This mask is supposed to deep clean pores as well as firm and tighten skin. To apply, they didn't want to just give you an essence-soaked sheet mask, oh no. You have to apply the gel mask onto your clean face and massage it in a bit. Then you lay the cotton mask over your face and smooth it out. Then, you slap on a second layer of the gel mask on top of the sheet mask, and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. After time is up, it suggests rinsing with tepid water. I think Memebox put this in the OMG box because when people use it, they say "OMG this is such a pointless and tedious process!" Why not just use a sheet mask? They're already soaked in the product, and I don't have to rinse my face afterwards! All joking aside though, I'll probably use this stuff just to see how it works. Why not, right?

Overall Thoughts
 OMG #2 cost $36 shipped, and had a total value of $154! While Memebox tends to inflate their prices a bit, (and I think it's because there are so many different prices for Korean cosmetics sometimes) this is still a fantastic value! While I still didn't think this was a very "OMG" kind of box, I think it would be for someone who is just getting into Korean skincare. Products containing Bee Venom, syn-ake "venom" as well as the fun and interesting weirdness of the Vanpir cream and the roll-on volcanic rock make this box just weird enough that I will give it a pass. There is rarely anything in the skincare world that can weird me out anymore, so I have to look at this objectively and see that there may be a few things in here that might make the average person go, 'Wait...what?"
Overall, it's a well-rounded box with a solid variety of products and brands, and definitely surpasses the first OMG box in my opinion!

Do you think this box is "OMG" enough for you, or did it miss the mark? I didn't buy OMG #3 because I was so lukewarm about #1, but now I'm interested to see if these boxes continue to get better and better!

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  1. The octopus comment has me cracking up! Great review as always!

    1. hahaha I mean...they were REALLY reaching with that octopus comparison! ;) Thanks so much for reading! <3

  2. I don't think this is totally OMG-worthy, but it still is an interesting box in its own way. The roller thing does look like a vibrator though, lol. Memebox sent tampons once so you never know what's next....

    1. It definitely surpasses the OMG level of the first box, that's for sure. At least this had the fake snake venom and bee venom and a volcanic rock vibrator LOL. It's true...if tampons can happen, anything can! I just got the Earth and Sea box today, and there's a cleanser with "spider extract" and collagen from pig skin in it. I have no idea how that is Earth and Sea at all, but it certainly would have been great for this box!

  3. I really like that volcano rock roller! I hope they sell it in the Memeshop, I definitely want to pick one up.

    1. If they don't have them up, you should e-mail them and let them know you're interested. Sometimes they can direct you to where you can buy them, or they will stock it if enough people request it!

  4. I have balloon flowers in my garden! They are pretty purple and when they bud the petals are pulled together like a little puffy balloon before they open. Really fun plant!

    1. Aw that sounds so pretty! Now I kind of want some balloon flowers in my life! lol :)

  5. I really like the way you've written this post. This box does have nice products but nothing that would make one go OMG. In fact, spider extract, pig skin collagen and horse oil (one of the boxes had a mask with house oil in it) are the kind of ingredients that will get such an OMG response.

    1. Thanks so much Dollie! I totally agree that they have had so many OMG products thrown into other boxes that it doesn't make sense why they include these things! I do like everything in this box, but I just wish there was a little more "weirdness" to it!