Monday, December 15, 2014

Memebox Cleanse and Tone Review and Unboxing

 Memebox hasn't been known to send a lot of toners in their boxes. While a few have popped up more recently, it's one of the things that I barely have any of in my stash. When I saw the "Cleanse and Tone" box go up for sale, I knew I'd probably be in store for an avalanche of foam cleansers and face wipes (which I have plenty of) but on the off chance that it was toner heavy, I scooped it up!
Korean toners are so much different from the Western "astringents." My sister recently gave me her Ladykin Broccoli Toner (I'm in love with it!) because she was worried that using a toner would strip her skin and make her more oily. I was excited to tell her that Korean toners are completely different than what you might be used to. They are used to replenish the skin after the harsh cleansing process, and don't have a burning or astringent quality to them at all! If anything, they feel soothing and moisturizing on freshly cleansed skin, and bring a balance back to the skins surface. I honestly feel like I cannot live without them in my routine! 

I apologize in advance for the dark, gritty photos. I've mentioned many times that my camera is absolute garbage, but it gets even worse when it's dark, cold and rainy out for days on end, and I end up having to take pictures with unnatural light. I didn't want to have to wait too long to get these pictures done, so I did my best with what I had!
 (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 based around a specific theme.
  "Cleanse and Tone" cost $23 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 6 products.

From Memebox:
While impeccable Korean skin has been receiving lots of attention world-wide, it's the notion that multi-step cleansing, toning and prepping the skin prior to makeup application to achieve flawless skin that captured the hearts of many beauty junkies. With this box, you'll see that the mythical Korean cleansing routine is not actually a fable, and that the mysterious application techniques aren't so mysterious after all. All products are gentle to use, even for the most sensitive skin types, to dissolve away even the most stubborn makeup!

Banila Co.: Clean it Zero Original & Reservatol
(Deluxe Samples: 7g (about $2 ea) / Full Size Product: 100ml ($22/ $26)
Clean it ZERO is a ridiculously popular and relatively new product from Banila Co. I own a full size of the original, however I haven't had a chance to dig into it yet! It's essentially a makeup remover, but has a solid balm-like consistency that transforms into an oil when warmed up in your hands. It dissolves makeup and sunscreen similarly to how an oil cleanser would typical work. It has a non-greasy, gentle formula made from papaya, acerola, and herbal extracts that cleanse the skin without dehydrating it. The Reservatol formula is great for it's antioxidant and anti-aging properties. 
I feel embarrassed that I'm excited to get these, because I have an unused full size, but these will be great to toss in an overnight bag, rather than taking my clunky oil cleanser along with me. I really enjoy this product and don't know many people who haven't had great results with it!

A;T FOX: Tea Tox Water Clear Tablet
(Full Size Product: $2) 
Welp. This stinks. Not only did I get THREE of these tea toc tablets in one of the very first global boxes (global #2, I believe) but they were also featured in the Tea Box that I did not receive. Here they are yet again, and I'm not that excited about it. I love a;t fox products. I think they have adorable packaging and nice quality items, but these tablets are just not my thing. This little tea bag is dropped in warm water and the tablet dissolves in the water and then you splash your face with it. That's it. I honestly have never used one of these types of products and had my skin miraculously look amazing, and quite honestly, I've never seen or felt a difference in my skin period. I find these "dissolve in water" products to be super gimmicky. This would make a cute addition to a gift, but not very useful or practical.

Neogen: Code9 Glucose Skin
(Full Size Product: $26) 
Come to me, oh beautiful Neogen toner! 
This is what I was waiting for in this box! Give me allll the toners, Memebox. All of them. 
This is a lightweight, hydrating toner that rejuvenates the skin by using a naturally fermented glucose complex. It soothes, replenishes and firms up dry aging skin. Yes. Give me. 
Since this is a mist toner, I usually will mist my face with it first, then spritz it onto a cotton pad and pat/swipe it over my skin. Just in case you don't know, toners are used immediately after cleansing. I like to use them in this order: Oil cleanser, foaming cleanser, booster (optional), Toner. Then the rest of your steps will follow.

Mizon: Cotton Shower Sheet Essence
(Full Size Product: $7) 
Yay for Mizon, and yay for a new and different product!
I'm always looking for things that I don't already have a ton of in my skincare collection, and these "shower sheet essence" pads are definitely new to me! There are quite a few in this little resealable packet! They are basically little rectangular sheets that are soaked in spa water, shea butter and witch hazel. They can be used as a toning sheet, or placed directly on the skin wherever there is irritation or dryness. They're kind of like mini sheet masks that target specific areas. There are two types that could have been in this box: Moist (for dry skin) and Fresh (for oily skin). I received "Moist" which I'm pretty OK with. I do have combo skin, although I prefer oil-control products because I can get very oily when I over moisturize. Even so, I do get lots of dry patches on my skin during the Winter, so I'm happy to have these on hand! I will most likely end up using them as a toner sheet though, because that idea is very intriguing to me!

Enesti: Yuzu Foaming Cleanser
(Full Size Product: $14) 
Yawn. I knew there would be a foaming cleanser in here somewhere, but I was hoping it would at least be interesting: made of snail slime and spiders and bamboo from a magical forest, but nope. We get a citrus cleanser. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice enough cleanser and I'm sure it does the job, but I'm over simplistic products. I want something to surprise me, or be loaded with amazing ingredients. This contains hot spring water, citron extracts and citron seed oil. Boring, but useful to someone who needs a cleanser, I suppose? Passed this off to my roommate. He's a guy who doesn't really care about cleansers, as long as they don't irritate his face, so I think this one will work well for him.

Charmzone: Ginkgo Natural Cleansing Tissue
(Deluxe Sample: $2 / Full Size Product: $15)
You have to appreciate the irony of a product made by a company called "Charmzone", that has the most boring, yawn-worthy packaging out of every skincare product in the history of mankind. This looks like a free package of wet naps that a stewardess would give you on an airplane, or some kind of cleansing tissue they would have at a hospital so you can clean up while you're laying around in your hospital bed. Not very charming, Charmzone. Hire someone to spruce up your look!
They're cleansing wipes. Yet again, nothing exciting to see here. I also can't even recommend using these regularly, as they're not good for your skin. However they are better than not cleansing at all, so if you're in a pinch, or need to take off your makeup after a night of partying, these are good to have on hand.

Overall Thoughts
This box cost $23 + $6.99 shipping and has a total retail value of about $55. I can't get an exact amount considering the Banila Co. mini's are converted from ml to grams, so I took a stab about about how much they would be. The value of this box is painful, I'm not going to lie. They couldn't give us more than one tea toc tablet? A full size Clean it Zero? Heck...a full size of the boring ass ginkgo cleansing wipes? I just got a box that has almost a $200 value, so it's not like they couldn't have thrown another product in here to bump up the value a bit. It's just incredibly confusing to me.
Aside from the lack of value, I'm more than happy with the Neogen toner, Mizon Sheets and mini Clean it Zeros. They are all things I will happily add into my routine. I can't even get mad about the cleanser, as the box is called "Cleanse and Tone," but I just wish it wasn't such a boring one. I really don't hate this box. It's got some useful things as well as some new-to-me items, but I am having a hard time getting over the lack of value as well as the lack of excitement here.
Not completely sold on this one, but it's definitely light years better than some of the other Memeboxes I've been getting lately!

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  1. The value of the bx might not be that good, but the products certainly are nice.

    1. I agree- I feel the same way about the "Wish Upon a Mask" box, which also had a lower value, but very nice products. As long as the value is more than I paid, and the products are useful, then I'm pretty happy. :)

  2. Im excited for the Neogen toner and clean it zeros. :D

    1. They're definitely the best items in this box, although I've been digging the Mizon sheets as well. They're nice for a quick toning session, and I've also used them to remove my spot treatments and sleeping packs off my face when I wake up in the morning, since I don't shower right when I wake up. very useful little things!