Saturday, November 15, 2014

Memebox City Girl Review and Unboxing

I know most of us here are all Memefans, but even I am fully aware the Memebox review spam is getting out of control! Somehow I went on an insane Memebox shopping spree and now I'm paying for it by having all the boxes pour in one after the other. I'm desperately trying to keep up and make sure I get the reviews done before they're no longer relevant, but I also have other subscriptions, and a few fantastic products I'm going to be reviewing this month! Until then, please enjoy the title picture of a super adorbs cat being super pleased with her flower crown!

The Memebox City Girl box wasn't one I intended on buying. The description seemed a bit too vague for my liking. It was released around the same time as the Peach and Lily Seoulcialite box, which had a very similar theme/idea behind it. Basically both boxes were supposed to be products that are being buzzed about by the beautiful ladies in Seoul. While Peach and Lily did a pretty nice job of including some genuinely exciting new products, I was interested to see if Memebox would do the same. I ended up grabbing this in a bundle with "While You Were Sleeping" and "Foot Therapy" (reviews on those are to come) so I figured if I hated it, at least I had two other boxes to enjoy!
 (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 Superboxes, which are boxes that feature all full size products.
  "City Girl" cost $23 plus $6.99 shipping, and included 6 items.
  
From Memebox:
If you could only use one K-Beauty product for the rest of your life, what would it be? That's the question we asked all the ladies of Seoul City! We hunted down the beautiful ladies of Seoul to see which beauty products they can't live without to curate this special box, bursting with only the most buzzed about beauty innovations that's all the rage amount hot Seoulites! When it comes to K-Beauty, these ladies are the experts. Come on, have you ever come across a Korean woman who doesn't have the most put-together makeup and hauntingly flawless skin? We sure haven't.
 
Migabee: Honey Pureberry Oil Soap
(Full Size Product: $29)
Migabee is a brand that is being buzzed about quite a bit in my social circle of k-beauty lovers. I'm not sure if they are a super popular brand in Seoul or not, but I was still thrilled to see not one, but two products from Migabee in this box. This is an all-in-one multi cleanser for hair, body and face It contains saponin complex that help create tiny, creamy bubbles that soothe and hydrate the skin while also deeply cleansing. This blend of soap is made with bee venom, honey, propolis and acai extracts that strengthen and firm the skin while balancing and evening out the skin's texture and tone.
Oil cleansers are usually used to remove makeup, but since this is an "oil soap" and it is supposed to be foamed up and used as a cleanser, I think this would do best as a body wash for me, personally. I really love the ingredients in this product, although I have heard through the grapevine that it may be a little irritating on sensitive facial skin. This is something very different from what I have in my massive skincare stash already, so I am happily keeping this and plan on testing it out once my Etude House Chocolate Milk body wash has seen it's last day. That stuff is just way too good to not finish up!

Mizon: Oh! Shy Gorgeous On Liqud Cheek
(Full Size Product: $16) 
I love Mizon skincare products, so I supposed I should try out their cosmetics as well! This is a light-reflecting blush and lip liquid that enhances the complexion. You can wear it alone or mix it with a BB cream. It's a very intense peachy coral shade, and it looks like it would be very flattering on most (if not all) skin tones. This stuff was leaking EVERYWHERE when I opened it, so I was too busy cleaning it up to even think of getting a swatch. I apologize for that, because I'm usually very swatch-happy when it comes to these kinds of products!
The bottle and applicator are a little strange on this, because it almost resembles nail polish. The blush is applied with a small brush, and it can be made to look just as intense as it does in the bottle, although I can't imagine anyone wanting their cheeks to look that shade! While it can be used on the lips, I wouldn't recommend it due to the fact that these blush/lip duo products seem to settle into my lip lines and look very chalky. This product is very blendable on the cheeks, and looks absolutely lovely when sheered out. It really does seem like a shade that would flatter everyone. Even though this was leaking in the box, there's still more than enough product in here for me to enjoy and play with a bit more!

Migabee: Verbena Cream
(Full Size Product: $29) 
This is the second Migabee product included in this box. It's a cream that can be used at night, or as a daily moisturizer. It is formulated with shea butter, peptide complex and natural moisturizing factors that improve the skins elasticity, and provide moisturized, silky smooth skin. The scent is a light, not overpowering verbena/floral, which is pleasant! I need to research this product a bit more before I decide whether or not I want to keep it, because creams can either do wonders for my skin, or be way too heavy and cause breakouts. Hopefully this one will be a winner!

Shara Shara: Dew Veil Primer Balm
(Full Size Product: $13) 
Hmm. Shara Shara. I've been on the fence with this company for some time now. Most of the products I've seen or tried from them look cheap or creepy (scary doll heads galore on their packaging), but occasionally there's one that looks intriguing, like this Dew Veil Primer Balm. This product is supposed to hydrate, neutralize the skin tone and create a smooth canvas for makeup application. I find it a bit strange that it's a primer in a jar, considering most of the one I own are in a tube of some sort. I have large pores, so I frequently use primer to keep my foundation or BB creams from sinking into my pores and making my skin look ridiculous. I was excited to try this product at first until I saw something not-so-positive things written about this item.
Tracy over at the awesome Fanserviced-b mentioned in her review of this box that after looking into the ingredients, this product is a nightmare for anyone with troubled or sensitive skin. After taking a long trip down never-ending-acne lane, I am finally starting to clear up, so I'll be passing this on to one of those lucky ladies that has awesome skin and can wear anything. So jealous of that skin type!

Original Raw: I am Designer Multi Pigments in "Orange, Pink and Beige"
(Full Size Product: $42) 
If you're one of the few people who read my blog regularly (uhm I love you), you might notice me mentioning I hate products that require extra work. I don't want to mix water into powder to create a face mask. I don't want to fill my sink with water and mix products into it and then splash it on my face. And when it come to makeup, the least appealing thing in the world is pigments. Especially ones that "can be mixed together." Everyone is so obsessed with the ability to mix products to create a custom color. I'd rather just buy the custom color outright. I just don't have enough time in my day to be playing artist with my makeup.
These pigments (in beige, orange, and pink) are creamy and have a nice color payoff. They can be used as a lip, cheek, or eye product, however I can only suggest these be used on the cheeks. Like most pigments that are multi-purpose, they have a sort of powdery finish that doesn't play nice with the lips. And I'm not sure I'd want orange or pink on my eyes. The beige would probably work nicely as an eye and lip primer, but the other two shades are just not something I really need in my collection right now.  I have already passed these on to a family member who will enjoy them much more than I could!

From left to right: Mizon Oh! Shy Liquid Cheek, Original Raw Pigments in Pink, Orange and Beige. Top row is blended, bottom row is concentrated.
Overall Thoughts
This box cost $23 +$6.99 shipping, and has a total value of $129.
I can't help but feel a bit let down by this box. I know there were some people that loved it, but there is nothing here that I immediately love or know I will use. I'm happy to see both Migabee products, but I am new to their brand, so I am going to be testing these 2 items out to see how I feel overall. The Mizon blush is nice, but I'm not sure how often I will stray from my NARS Orgasm. The pigments and the face primer are going in the give away pile. I find it also a bit of a bummer that there are only 5 items in this box, and I don't think any of them are "must haves" for the Seoul woman. I don't understand this box and how it was curated at all, unfortunately. I can't say this is a terrible box as the product might be absolutely perfect for someone else, but for me it was a definite bust. Ah well. You win some, you lose some with Memebox, I suppose!

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6 comments:

  1. the liquid cheek blush looks like a great color for summer time! It is funny how I dislike coral lip colors,but I do like coral blushes :D Please give an update on the Migabee oilsoap - that looks amazing! #kbeautybloghop

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    1. I am the SAME way with coral shades- hate them on my lips but looove them on my cheeks! I'll definitely keep you updated on the oil soap! It seems different enough from what I already have that I'm going to want to try it sooner rather than later!

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  2. Migabee's Honey Pureberry Oil Soap sounds so handy~ ^ u ^
    A cleanser which can be used for your body, face and hair! ^ v ^

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  3. I don't think you're spamming at all! Keep the Memebox reviews coming, I love seeing what's in all of the different boxes.

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    1. I agree. I love all of your reviews and the fun of seeing what all comes in these mysterious Memeboxes!

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    2. Thank you Danielle and Shanon!! :) I try to mix it up with a different variety of reviews, and I've had a reader or two in the past complain about long stretches of Memeboxes reviews...but hey- I can't help my addiction! LOL

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