Sunday, December 28, 2014

Memebox: Dirty Gal Review and Unboxing

So we're finally starting to come to the end of the seemingly endless Memebox reviews. I do have a few coming to me, but since the releases have dramatically slowed, I can finally get back to have a non-memebox centric blog! You know I love My Memeboxes, but there are so many other reviews I'd like to work on, so I'm glad for a little break in the swarm of pink boxes. 
I swear, I had no intention of buying this box! I know you're all nodding your head in sarcastic agreement, but really- I had passed on this box and made a solid decision not to get it. For some reason, it was priced at $32, which is way higher than I will usually spend on a Memebox, so for that reason alone it was out of my mind. Then Memebox went on a strike it seems, and almost completely stopped releasing boxes. I had memepoints in my account for quite some time- almost enough to cover this box entirely, and this one just kept calling to me. The siren song of fun masks and goopy-messy skincare gloriousness. Once I saw the first 2 spoilers (the first ones listed on the info card below), I caved. Who can resist a snail mucin cream and a blue-colored face mask? I couldn't pass up an opportunity to terrify my fiance with a goopy blue face, guys. I just couldn't.
 (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.
  "Dirty Gal" cost $32 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 5 products.

From Memebox:
Think dirty. Play dirty. Cake fights, sticky syrup, muddy tracks, grease stains and more, these are some icky-sticky situations you wouldn't want on your skin and body...or do you? Say bye-bye to Miss Clean Freak and unleash your inner dirty girl with this box- bursting with so called "dirty" but oh-so-fun beauty ingredients! Join in on this hot mess because it's all about dirty fun fun fun in this box!
Esthetic House: Mayo Hair Pack
(Full Size Product: $12)
While I'm normally pretty meh about receiving hair products in my Memeboxes, lately I've been getting some really fantastic products. Now I'm opening my arms up and inviting them into my beauty product hoard. Give me all the amazing hair treatments, Memebox! This one is most likely in the Dirty Gal box since it's a "mayo" hair pack, which sounds kind of gross, except I've been hearing for decades that slapping some mayo in your hair is great for making hair soft and shiny! Korean brands tend to call their conditioners "hair packs" and it seems like it's the same for this one, as it's applied to wet, clean hair and left on for 3 minutes before rinsing. I haven't tried this yet as I'm still finishing up a conditioner, but I've been hearing a good buzz about this product!

Pure Smile: Muddy Girl Masks in "Mud" and "Kaolin"
(Full Size Product: $2 each) 
I received one of these masks in a different type in my first Cute Wishlist box. I admittedly gave it away to a friend who was desperate for some clay mask love in her life. These are wash-off mud masks made from clay, mud, and pearl extracts. They work to soothe, purify and moisturize the skin. I'd say they're your typical mud/clay masks. I like that they're individual use packets, as they're great to toss in my overnight bag when I travel. I do wish a little bit that these were replaced by a full sized product of some sort, considering this box only has 5 products and it was a more expensive box than most. These will get used, however, so I guess I can't complain too much!

B&SOAP: Mamie Blue Wash Off Pack
(Full Size Product: $29) 
This was one of the products I knew was going to be in the box and woo boy am I excited for this one! Known as the "smurf facial mask", this blue herbal-scented goodness is used to clear away dead skin cells and vacuum up impurities from the skin. Infused with peppermint, soothing evening primrose oil and more, this mask is great for all skin types. You use this like you would any other mask- slap it on a clean face, let it rest for 10-15 minutes and rinse. It's been suggested by other bloggers to mix this mask with a bit of water, as it's very crumbly and doesn't spread very well. This product should be used within 1 year of unsealing. I find that the packaging of this product reminds me a LOT of Lush, which is something I think they were going for. I'm cool with that. I love me some Lush, I just hope this product performs as well as their masks do!

Cleomee: Natural Donkey Oil
(Full Size Product: $83) 
This is a gentle and nourishing oil made from a blend of natural EGF donkey oil, olive oil annatto oil grape seed oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil and macadamia oil. It delivers rich nutrition and replenishment deep down into the skin. It's free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, artificial coloring, benzophenone and mineral oil. 
It doesn't really have a scent to it. It smells like a natural oil. It's very liquidy and absorbs nicely into the skin. I've tried to do some research on donkey oil and how it's made, but most of the cosmetics I find are made with donkey milk, not oil, so information was hard to come by. I'm assuming it's made similarly to how emu oil is made, which you can read about here if you're interested. Basically it comes from the fat of the animal. Kind of gross, but hey- I put snail goo and bee venom on my face, right?

Dr. MJ: Real Mucin Restore Cream
(Full Size Product: $46) 
Speaking of snail goo, here we have a ridiculously gooey, stringy, snail mucin-filled cream! Snail mucin is renowned for it's skin regenerative and revitalizing properties, and I am a huge proponent of it. I find that my skin feels incredibly soft, looks brigher and more clear, and has an all-around healthier appearance since adding snail mucin-based products into my routine. This particular cream supports natural cell regeneration to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, replenishes moisture and maximizes the skins elasticity and firmness. It is VERY stringy. So much so that it strings out all over the place when you're trying to apply it. While this is a wonderful little gimmick, it does get a little annoying and messy when trying to apply it. This product feels nice on the skin and isn't sticky, even though it looks like it should be. I really want to add this into my routine and see how it works for me in comparison to my Benton steam cream. We'll see!

Overall Thoughts
This box cost $32 +$6.99 shipping, and has a total retail value of $174.
I still feel like this could have easily been a $23 box, considering many of them have had higher values that this one. Having said that, the $174 value of this box is still substantial. I would have liked to see maybe 6 products, or 5 full sized products instead of the 2 small (and inexpensive) Pure Smile masks. The good news is: I really like everything in this box! I think there's a great variety of product in here, considering I was assuming it would be mask-heavy. Mud masks are the easy answer to a "Dirty Gal" theme. The mayo hair pack and snail mucin cream fit the theme really well, and are the 2 products I can see myself using the most. Overall, I'm very pleased with this box, and think it's a fun theme as well! If they release a similar box in the future though, I won't be picking it up unless it's back down to the $23 price range! $32 is just too much of a gamble when it comes to Memebox for me.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm curious to see what you think of the Mamie Blue mask. I know you already mentioned that it's similar to LUSH's masks, and I think it reminds me most of their Mask of Magnaminty which I currently use.

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