Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Memebox From Jeju Review and Unboxing

From Jeju is one of the Memeboxes that I ordered on it's own, so it came incredibly slowly via registered mail. I feel like I might be one of the very last people on Earth to get it, and I've looked at so many spoilers and reviews at this point that I feel like I've had it for weeks! Even so, this was one of those boxes that I knew would be right up my alley. Jeju-themed products are always something I enjoy and gravitate toward.

A little info before we dig into the box! Jeju Island (also know as Jeju Province) is an absolutely beautiful island that is part of South Korea, and is widely known as the "Hawaii of Korea." It's a volcanic island that is covered in lush waterfalls, interesting statues and tourist attractions galore. Many people flock here to shop, as it is also home to all kinds of natural beauty ingredients like green tea, volcanic ash, and hallabong fruit: a orange-looking citrus fruit grown on Jeju Island. There are many companies that use ingredients cultivated from this island and create entire lines of skincare around them. I figured this box would be pretty difficult for Memebox to mess up!

(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 edition boxes, which are all based around a specific theme.
  "From Jeju" cost $23 plus $6.99 shipping, and featured 7 full sized items.
  
From Memebox:
Greetings from Jeju Island! Famously known as the Hawaii of Korea, Jeju Island bursts with natural beautifying ingredients such as citrus, green tea, volcanic ash and other famous Jeju Island natives that are sure to soothe and pamper to give you the beauty vacation that you need! Open this box, and you'll be instantly transported to this gem of an island, and experience all the beauty benefits that Jeju-derived ingredients offer!

Secret Nature: From Jeju Serum
(Full Size Product: $33)
I am SO sorry for the blur-tastic picture of this product. I am rarely home during the day and by the time I get home from work, I am rushing to beat the sun before it sets, and clearly this photo was a casualty of my rushed, shaking hands. I swear, if you could see me trying to get my photos done before it gets dark...you would never stop laughing. It's like a one-woman comedy show.
But back to the topic at hand, this is a great product to start off this box. It's a serum that is enriched with 'jeju complex', (broccoli, carrot, aloe and asparagus extracts) which delivers rich nutrition and instant moisture deep into the skin. Since this is a serum, it's usually used following an essence, and right before a moisturizer. It's a bit different than most serums I have, because it's more of a lotion-like consistency rather than an oil/serum-like consistency. That's A-OK with me, as I prefer a lighter feel to my serums.
This product has no parabens, artificial coloring/fragrance, talc, or benzophenone, which is a chemical used in cosmetics to block UV rays. Quick science lesson: Benzophenone is put into skincare products to protect the item from being degraded in sunlight as well as protect the color and smell of the product etc. Many health-conscious companies will leave out this chemical because it has been known to have a carcinogenic effect in studies done on rats, and is apparently absorbed into skin more quickly than any other comparable ingredients. So yay for this product not including it!

The Yeon: Jeju Hallabong Ade Energy Peeling Toner
(Full Size Product: $19)
The Yeon products have been popping up quite a bit in Memeboxes lately, however this is the best box they could possibly be in, since every product I've seen from them is Jeju-related. This is a Hallabong peeling toner that uses a moisturizing formula made of hallabong fruit, kiwi and broccoli to soften and soothe skin. It also contains papaya and black willow extracts, which help remove excess skin cells. I love the idea of a peeling toner because it somewhat removes the need for a chemical exfoliator. I currently use the BHA gel from Paula's Choice to exfoliate, and while I love it, it would be nice to have one less step in my already long routine. Definitely interested in testing this out further.

Skindeco: Volcanic Pore Clay Sparkling Heating Mask
(Full Size Product $33)
A Jeju-themed box just wouldn't be complete without a volcanic clay mask! This one contains volcanic clay (obvs), sparkling mineral water and plankton from Jeju Island. It deeply cleanses, soothes and firms the skin and heats up when applied to open up and clean out pores. This is used like any other mask: simply apply it to over a clean face and rinse after 15 minutes or so. 
As much as I hate to admit it- I don't use these kinds of masks as much as I  like to pretend I do. I love sheet masks because they're easy to apply and can be removed with one quick step. Clay masks and things that need to be spread on my face and thoroughly washed off just don't do it for me. My routine is quite long, and I'm usually exhausted by the end of the night and would rather not have to take more time to use this clay mask. I do have a few on hand for those "pampering" days, but I think I will pass this one on to someone who will use it and appreciate it way more than I do!

Skincure: SanDaWha Natural Mild Cleansing Oil
(Full Size Product: $10)
This is a cleansing oil that is made with 100% natural extra virgin jeju camellia oil. Cleansing oils might seem a little scary to some people, (especially those with oily skin)  but they really are a great thing to have in your routine. The best way to use a cleansing oil is for removing makeup. They're used on dry skin by simply massaging a small amount onto the face to begin breaking down the makeup. I like to apply a bit of water to my hands after a minute or so, and continue to massage the oil into my skin. Then I rinse and follow up with a cream/foam cleanser to remove excess oil and debris from my skin. This is apparently a very gentle cleanser that is good for sensitive skin, although I have heard some mixed reviews. Some people have loved it, and others had some negative reactions to it. I'm going to have to see if I can find a more detailed ingredients list and figure out if it's OK for me to try out. I've been much more aware of ingredients lately because my skin hasn't been behaving. I'm trying to get to the root of the issue, so until I figure it out, all my products will be researched before I decide to add them to my routine!
This is shockingly small for a "full size" product. Only about 1oz. I'm not sure how long this will last if used daily, but perhaps it only requires a very small amount to be effective.

The Yeon: Jeju Canola Honey Silky Hand Cream
(Full Size Product: $5)
I love to have an overabundance of hand cream during this time of year. It can get very cold here in Massachusetts, and the skin on my hands tends to suffer the most. I use hand creams multiple times a day to make sure that I avoid getting any dry, cracked skin on my hands. This particular hand cream is made with Jeju Canola Honey, and has a very floral-honey scent. It's quite nice, although if you're sensitive to fragrance it might be a little much. It does feel very luxurious and moisturizing, which I love. I think this will be the hand cream I put on before I go to sleep.

Etude House: Clear & Moist Green Tea Blending Sleeping Cream
(Full Size Product: $2)
This is a very interesting (and admittedly a bit gimmicky) product. Basically it's a plastic spoon with a foil covering on it. Inside the spoon is a green tea sleeping pack. There's enough product for one use. To apply the sleeping pack, you snap off the "handle" of the spoon and it becomes a sort of spatula to help apply the product. Since this is a sleeping pack, it is applied at the end of a nighttime skincare routine, and rinsed off in the morning. I will probably toss this in my travel bag, as I think it's a great product to use on the go.

Etude House: Soothing & Clean Green tea Mask Pack
(Full Size Product: $1)
This is a standard Etude House sheet mask. It uses green tea leaves to hydrate and brighten the skin. This sheet mask is great for all skin types as well. There's really not a ton to say about this product as it's a typical, low cost sheet mask. I think if this took the place of a product in the box it would be a huge let down, however I like to think on the bright side and imagine that Memebox tossed it in as a little bonus product. I have amassed an absurdly large collection of sheet masks, so while this is a welcome addition, it's not particularly interesting or exciting.

Overall Thoughts
This box cost $23 + $6.99 shipping, and has a total value of $103.
Upon first glance, I was actually pretty happy with this box, although once I started digging into everything a bit more, I realize that the value isn't as great as I had originally anticipated. I don't think anything in this box is necessarily bad, and I will absolutely use the toner and the serum happily. However I found that the rest of the products, aside from the clay mask, are kind of  low-cost add on kind of products. They are things I will use, but I was just expecting more exotic ingredients. 2 cheap green tea products aren't exactly very exciting. Also, while this isn't really Memebox's fault, I was sort of anticipating some Innisfree items since they tend to use a lot of Jeju ingredients. Overall, it's not the best box I've ever received, but it's a solid box of useful products. I think the winner is the peeling toner. I don't have anything like it in my skincare collection, and that is what I'm always looking for in my memeboxes: something new and different!

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6 comments:

  1. My skin adores charcoal. I don't know why but charcoal makes my skin dance and sing so I continue to use it. I use my volcanic pore pack before I get in the shower. I don't really like wash off masks but the sacrifice of a little extra time is worth it for me in this case. Slap it on, fiddle on the internet and wash off in the shower.
    I really wanted this box but I missed it and every restock. I think I'm okay with that. The toner and essence are the most interesting but I have comparable items already. Such is the beauty of Memebox, right? haha! Too much product and not enough face!

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  2. ohh wow I didn't even THINK about throwing on a clay/charcoal mask before getting in the shower, that would make it so much easier to use! Always the simplest solutions that I never think of LOL. I think you're right in feeling okay about not getting this box It's just not a WOW box at all. Luckily it has nice enough products that will get used!

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  3. Good review. I was a bit disappointed in the size of the cleansing oil plus the mask & sleeping pack as full sized items. Definitely thought they could have included other things in the box.

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  4. Love your detailed review! I thought there would be Innisfree products in this box too, since Innisfree is really known for using Jeju ingredients in their products. But it seems like a pretty good box still, there's a couple of products in here I'd love to try. I missed this box when it came out and missed all the restocks, sadly. Hopefully they will make something similar in the future because there are a lot of wonderful Jeju products out there. #kbeautybloghop

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  5. The cleansing oil is on cosdna if you want to check out the ingredients. It hated me unfortunately and I dealt with 2 weeks of irritated skin but I heard some people really liked it! I am being more conscious of ingredients too lately so I can start to know what ingredients my skin doesn't like. Nice review! #kbeautybloghop

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  6. I am so jealous of the volcanic clay mask! I've heard great things about those types of facial products and haven't managed to get anything like that in my Memeboxes. Thanks for such a detailed review! Great post! #kbeautybloghop

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