Thursday, November 6, 2014

Memebox Hair and Body #4 Review and Unboxing

I have given this warning before, but this time I mean business: There are a LOT of Memebox reviews coming your way this month. For some reason, the boxes I bought over the past couple of months all happen to be shipping throughout November, and while I love Memebox, I try really hard to not to make this blog an all-memebox, all the time kind of thing. However, I try and review things as they arrive on my doorstep, so you will be seeing quite a few Meme-unboxings this month!

I've had some ups and downs with the "Hair and Body" Memebox series. The very first one was wonderfully curated, and filled with lots of useful products. One of my all-time favorite products came from that box: the cherry blossom hair treatment. Unfortunately Hair & Body 2 was a let down, and #3 was better than 2, but still not up to par with what I expect from Memebox. I told myself I was done getting these particular boxes, however I saw this one bundled with My Dessert Box, and that upgrade to express shipping was too good to resist!
(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 curated around a specific theme.
  "Hair and Body #4" cost $23 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  "Hair and Body #4", all 6 items are full size.
  
From Memebox:
Escape the world with this Hair and Body #4: Spa Edition!
Take down your hair, light a candle, and step into the world of bubbles and frothy goodness with the fourth edition of our best-selling Hair and Body series. Packed with the best spa-quality hair-reviving and body-beautifying essentials yet, Hair and Body 4: Spa Edition will turn your ordinary bathtub into a world-class spa! Experience first-class beauty with this Memebox classic, and be beautiful from head to toe! 

Zamian: Clean Foot
(Full Size Product: $36)
I thought it was quite strange that this foot pack retailed at $36 until I actually opened it up and tried it!
This is unlike a typical foot pack. Most I have tried contain plastic foot-shaped bags filled with essence that you slip your foot into and tape closed for an hour or so. Once the bags are removed, it takes about 3-4 days before you start seeing the top layer of skin peel off your feet. It's super gross, but oh-so-satisfying! I'm not usually a huge fan of peeling foot packs because I find that my skin peels a bit TOO much and I'm stuck wearing socks for 2 weeks before it finally subsides. 
This "Clean Foot" product is similar in outcome, but totally different in appearance and application! First off, there's a pair of actual cotton socks that are soaked in essence. These socks have a little section for each toe so the essence can surround the toes as well. The socks are stretchy, and pull over the foot pretty easily. My main issue when I tried these was that the overwhelming alcohol/chemical smell was gag-inducing. 
Once the cloth socks are in place, there is a set of sock-shaped plastic bags that go over the cloth socks. Finally, you place your regular socks over the plastic bags to hold everything in place for the hour that it takes the product to work. After an hour has passed, it's suggested that you clean your feet with soap and water. This seems like it could work amazingly well, or be just like every other foot peeling mask I've used. I just tried them tonight, so I'm interested to see the outcome in a few days!

Milky Dress: Pink Lovely Fast Shampoo
(Full Size Product: $40)
This is the second product in the box that has a ridiculously high price. I am a fan of Milky Dress, so I know for a fact that this shampoo doesn't sell for $40. Even Memebox has this up on their site for $32, "on sale" for $18. I hate wasting time commenting on the retail price they've listed, but it effects the overall value of the box and makes it look like a better value than it is. If this was a set of both the shampoo and conditioner together, $40 would make more sense.
Having said that, I really do love this shampoo. I've used it in the past and it has a lovely fresh and floral scent. This shampoo calms scalp irritation and strengthens hair for a shiny luster. It prevents and slows thinning and loss of hair while treating inflammation on the scalp. This stuff really does live up to it's claims. After I had stomach surgery, I wasn't able to eat a lot and because of my lack of protein intake, my hair fell out in clumps. I bought this product to help with the thinning hair and it lessened the amount I was losing in the shower every day. I'm very happy to have another one of these, although I do wish there was a conditioner included in the box as well.

Dermahouse: Stretch Care Cream
(Full Size Product: $20)
This product is pretty straight forward: it's a cream that helps prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks while reinforcing the elasticity of the skin. The directions say to apply this product 2-3 times a day, which I think is hilarious. I barely have time to use lotion all over my body once a day, never mind 3 times. Even so, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have my fair share of marks on my skin, so I definitely have plenty of places to test this product out on. I haven't tried a product marketed toward stretch marks that actually helped since mine are already white-colored, but I suppose it's worth a shot to try this on my surgery scars to see if it helps lighten them up a bit!

Mstar: Malus Intensive Hair Treatment
(Full Size Product: $15)
This is a hair treatment that is made up of 70% apple sap rather than water. It contains ceramide, panthenol, and 40 different kinds of naturally derived ingredients. It delivers rich nutrition and moisture into the hair, resulting in firmer, glossier hair and a healthier scalp. This is applied to clean, towel-dried hair and left for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. I'm always annoying by treatments that require me to wash my hair, get out of the shower and towel-dry, put on the treatment, wait around for 15 minutes, get back in the shower and rinse it off. I like things to be quick and easy, especially when it comes to my hair. I will try this product though, because now that it's winter my hair tends to get dry and crispy. I did some research on this stuff and it looks like it does well moisturizing and revitalizing, so here's hoping it works for me!

Swanicoco: 100% Natural Peeling Herb Pack
(Full Size Product: $12)
This is quite an interesting product. At first glance, I saw it was a powder, and assumed it would be something I'd have to hand mix and apply to my face or body. As I said above, I hate products that take more time than they're worth. This powder is made from 100% natural medicinal herbs, and is used to exfoliate the face or body. It removes dead skin cells and skin impurities while softening coarse skin. 
To use, simply pour the herb powder onto a face cloth and lather it well with body wash. Gently massage it all over the body and then rinse with warm water. You can also mix this with water and apply to the face, however I have enough facial exfoliators, so I would most likely only use this for the body. They make this stuff sound like it would be easy enough to use, so I'll toss it on the shelf by my shower and hopefully remember to give it a try!

Nadu Skin: Aroma Mini Bathboom
(Full Size Product: $2)
There are 4 large tablets in this pack, and they're infused with essential oil to help cleanse and de-stress. These are like little bath bombs, and they melt away when dropped in water. Memebox suggests using 2 for a full bath, or a half of a tablet for a foot bath.
With this product clocking in with a $2 retail price, I have to say...they're charging too much. Seriously, these things stink. Bad. Maybe I got a bad batch, but they smell like musty roses, or like the cheapest, dustiest bath product you can find at the dollar store. Not something I want my body to smell like, so I definitely won't be trying these.

Overall Thoughts
This box cost about $30 shipped, and the overall retail value is $125. Granted that is going by the prices provided by Memebox. Looking at prices of some of these products across the internet, I would say that this box has an actual value of about $85. That is still almost 3 times the price I paid for it, so I don't understand why Memebox doesn't just put the actual prices down. They used to pull these price-hike shenanigans all the time, and I thought they were getting better at putting the real prices...and yet here we are again. 
Aside from the value being questioned, this box was just one big, sad trombone. Nothing in this box is particularly bad, but they touted this "fancy spa" theme in the description, and absolutely nothing in this box makes me think of a luxurious spa. More like the discount bin at a small town k-beauty store. Yes everything in this box is used on the hair or the body, so at least they got that part right. I just don't think this box looks well curated. Aside from Milky Dress, I haven't heard of any of these brands, the size of most of the products isn't very impressive. Overall, this is one of the least exciting boxes I've ever received, and it has become the final nail in the coffin that is the Hair and Body series. I don't care what these are bundled with in the future: I won't be buying.

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6 comments:

  1. It's such a shame that the Hair & Body line hasn't progressed well after such a good start. Just like the Cute Wishlist range...I'm sensing a pattern here.

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  2. Rachel,
    It looked to me as if the rose bath tablets come in other scents. I, for example, cannot be around lavender scents as I am allergic and sneeze and so forth.
    I have this box shipped and on the way. If you would like to hold onto your rose bath bombs or tablets, if I do get lavender, as I suspect I will.. Murphy's Law being what it is, I will trade with you.
    I've never had an aversion to a rose scented Memebox item, so I'm willing to " risk it".

    Also, I think the new type foot mask might be worth more. The other type of foot peeling mask is quite perilous to walk around while wearing on wood and tile flooring, and this seems to be a lot safer.

    I did think this box would have SPA treatment items in it but it doesn't, not really.
    I have spa booties which have a grain pellet ( buckwheat I think) which heats in the microwave .. hand made in Italy and a joy in the winter with a lovely foot cream.
    We probably all have home spa products and I wish Memebox had given us one or two more. Even cute plastic disposable " shower caps" for all the hair mask products would be nice. Similar thoughts to the " tools" box you have suggested, I believe.. spa items can also be reusable tools. :)

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  3. Ooh, a foot peel that comes with actual socks? Fancy! The rest ... maybe not so fancy, hah. :) #kbeautybloghop

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  4. There are some great hair and body kbeauty products out there so it's a shame this box isn't better! I came real close to buying this one so I'm glad I passed on it! #kbeautybloghop

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  5. The foot mask and hair treatment seem to be nice. The Swanicoco herb pack might be good too. I got a snail peeling gel from Swanicoco in my From Nature box and I love it. #kbeautybloghop

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  6. I've heard very good things about that hair treatment. I received the same one in Luckybox 10 and look forward to trying it. #kbeautybloghop

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