Saturday, December 6, 2014

Memebox Wine and Cheese Cosmetics Review, Unboxing and GIVEAWAY!

Ah, Wine and Cheese. Two of my favorite things in the world! In my opinion, everything tastes better with cheese, and there's no better way to get in the party spirit than with a good bottle (or box in my case!) of wine! I'm not a big drinker, but when I do decide to have something alcoholic, it's always wine. I'm an old-fashioned white zinfandel fan, although I really dig any wine that is isn't bitter or dry. As you know, another one of my favorite things in the World is of course, Memebox! So when I saw Wine and Cheese as a box, I was a little confused as to how they would pull it off as a cosmetics box, but I was more than happy to find out!
I will go into more detail below, however I will state clearly that this box was accidentally sent to me. I had canceled it after quite a few delays on shipping, but there must have been a glitch and it was sent to me regardless. So...yay? Let's unbox the heck out of it!
(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.
  "Wine & Cheese Cosmetics" cost $23 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 6 products.

From Memebox:
We love wine and we love cheese, but wine and cheese beauty products in a Wine and Cheese Box? That's just a match made in heaven! Wine and cheese have gone hand in hand for centuries, but this is probably the first time you've seen a wine and cheese beauty box. Leave it to Memebox to cook up the weirdest, yummiest beauty box that will amplify your beauty! Wine, famously known to be rich in antioxidants and essential minerals, speeds up the cell renewal process and stimulates the blood circulation for the look of rejuvenated, brighter sin! Cheese, considered an excellent source of vitamin B for the skin, supports the look of supple, bouncy and glowing skin.

Some Issues With Wine and Cheese Box
Before I begin the review, I wanted to mention that this box actually does not include all the products that it's supposed to come with. Memebox had delayed the shipment of this box for quite some time, as they were waiting on an Innisfree product called "Wine Peeling Jelly Softener." After customers became impatient with the ship date constantly being pushed back, Memebox released a statement that only some of the boxes would be shipped with the product in question. The rest would not. Customers had the option of canceling their box and getting an immediate refund, or receiving 12 memepoints ($12 credit on the site, as well as the retail price of the missing product) and a small bonus gift as Memebox's way of apologizing for the wait. 

Strangely enough, even though I canceled my Wine and Cheese box, along with the box it was bundled with, they somehow ended up being delivered to me anyway. My box was unfortunately not one of the lucky few that received the Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener, however I did receive the bonus gift and an apology letter, which you will see below.

GIVEAWAY!
At the end of this post, you can enter to win your very own Wine and Cheese box! A wonderful member of the Memebox MakeupTalk thread has graciously donated her brand new Wine and Cheese box to me so that I can give it away to one of my amazing readers! And the best part: It includes the Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener! So you will get the FULL box as it was intended to be!

Bonus item: Meme Mask
(Full Size Product: $3) 
Since the issues I explained above made it so the Innisfree product was not included in this box, an hand signed apology letter along with one of the new Meme Masks was included. No problemo, Memebox. I've been wanting to try one of these bad boys for awhile now. 
Memebox has been slowly cranking out their own branded products, and the Meme Mask is their first skincare related product. Meme Mask is a 2-piece hydro gel mask. Which means it comes in 2 separate upper and lower pieces, and it is made from a gel-like substance with a fabric in between to hold it all together. It's supposedly delivers more hydration and longer moisturization to the skin than a typical cotton/paper sheet mask. The Meme Mask brightens and corrects skin tone, and contains anti-aging and moisturizing products such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and chamomile. I'm interested to see how this one compares to the other hydro gels in my stash!

Tonymoly: I'm Real- Red Wine Pore Care Sheet Mask x2
(Full Size Product: $1 ea) 
To start off the actual products in the box, we've got a pair of Red Wine Sheet masks. I have tried these before and I actually really love them! They smell like grape juice, and are enriched with red wine complex, which softens uneven skin texture and maintains a moisture balance in your skin. The "Im Real" line is free of parabens, talc, bezophenon, tri-ethanolamide and tar coloring. (Tar coloring? wtf...)
Do I think these are the greatest sheet masks ever? Not really. But the great thing about these ones in particular is that even though they're a paper/cotton mask, they stay moist for the entire time I wear them. Sometimes I'll even leave it on for 30 minutes instead of 20, and the sheet is still soaking wet with product. It also takes me some time to massage in the essence once the sheet is removed. I do feel like my skin is more even-toned after using these masks, and I haven't had any irritation or breakouts from them, so they're a go in my book!

Enprani: Dear by Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream
(Full Size Product: $35) 
Oh the ridiculously famous cheese cream! This product came in a very early Memebox (I believe Global #2) and since then has been a huge cult favorite among Memebox fans. This is a full sized jar, which is amazing because this product is NOT easy to find. It has a very interesting stringy texture, similar to mozzarella cheese, which is where it gets it's name. It has a pleasant, fresh floral scent, and even with the strange texture, it goes on smoothly without feeling sticky. This product does an amazing job at moisturizing, and might become your all-time favorite nighttime cream if you have normal to dry skin. I would hesitate recommending this product to anyone with severely oily skin as it is incredibly rich and thick, however if you have some dry patches, this will work like magic!

Ladykin: Mangchee Replenishing Hand Cream
(Full Size Product: $14) 
Mmm hand cream. Come to mama! I never used to care about hand cream. I would toss one in my bag and it would fall to the bottom underneath receipts and lip glosses and whatever other terrifying things loom in the depths of my purse. I rarely used it, until I started getting some interesting ones from Memeboxes. I've now become obsessed with how soft my hands feel and how smooth they look. I use hand creams multiple times a day now! This hand cream is from the "Mangchee" line from Ladykin- Mangchee being a combination of the words Mango and Cheese. It's an anti-wrinkle cream with cheese extractss, adenosine, mango extracts and camellia sinesis leaf water among other goodies. It has a light mango scent which I find delighful. I've been using up a Pure Smile Snail hand cream that I got in another box (review coming soon on that one!) and I love it so much that it's already almost gone, so I think this one will go in my regular rotation soon!

Blanc Doux: Pinot Noir Shield & Tone-Up Sensitive
(Full Size Product: $36) 
A lot of people get grumpy about sunscreens being in Memeboxes. They usually say something like, "it's Winter what do I need a sunscreen for?" Interestingly enough, you need sunscreen just as much in the winter! It should be used year-round, because even though it's cold outside, the sun is still beating down causing potential damage to your skin! The good news is, this sunscreen by Blanc Doux is made for sensitive skin, and isn't a thick or oily consistency like so many others. It's safe for all skin types! It's moisturizing, brightens uneven skintone and protects from the sun while providing strong antioxidants from the red wine, Pinot Noir. Since I love sunscreens, this one seems like holy grail status and I haven't even tried it yet! I love the idea of an oily skin/sensitive skin sunscreen.

Ladykin: Mangchee Lifting Mask
(Full Size Product: $43) 
Here's another fun product from the Ladykin Mangchee line! This is a lifting cream used to moisturize, restore and calm the skin. It contains Mango, cheese and shea butter extracts to boost and lock in moisture. It's essentially a sleeping pack, however it does not have to be rinsed off in the morning, which I love! I'm still working through a huge pile of sleeping packs, so as tempting as this is for me, I think I will pass this onto my wonderful mom. I've been trying to get her into more than her cleansing/moisturizer nighttime routine, so maybe a sleeping pack is the next logical step!

Overall Thoughts
 This box cost $23 + $6.99 shipping and has a total value of $133 (or $142 if you receive the Innisfree Product).
Even without the Innisfree product, this was still a really fantastic box. The Ladykin products seem like great quality items, and are nicely packaged so they'd make great gifts as well! The full size Cheese Cream is awesome to have, as I have mentioned it's pretty hard to find, but also a big favorite among Memeboxers. You also can't go wrong with a great sun screen and some sheet masks, either! I think both wine and cheese were well represented here, and the box felt nicely curated, not just thrown together at the last minute. Some boxes recently have confused me in their quality (see some upcoming reviews to see what I mean) but this box really does come through as one of the better ones Memebox has ever released!

GIVEAWAY TIME!
Use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win a Wine and Cheese Memebox for yourself! MemeJunkie, who is a fantastic lady and active member of the Memebox thead over at makeuptalk.com has graciously donated a Wine and Cheese box for me to give away to my readers! It does not include the Meme Mask, but it will include the original product: The Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener!

 
WTF BOX GIVEAWAY
Want to try and win the WTF (Wonderful Treasure Finds) Box as well? Head over to Unboxing Beauty, and enter to win!!


To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget above. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, age 18 years or older.  The prize is one "Wine and Cheese Cosmetics Memebox" which includes the 6 products listed. The approximate retail value of this prize package is US $142, and the winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be contacted through e-mail provided by Rafflecopter account, and will have 48 hours to respond before they are disqualified and a new winner is chosen. Name and address will be required if chosen as winner in order for prize fulfillment.  

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53 comments:

  1. I'm glad they at least included a handwritten note! And those red wine masks sound amazing.

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    1. I agree, I thought it was nice to them to acknowledge there was an issue, and try to make up for it. The extra Meme Mask was a nice gesture as well, especially since they refunded customers 12 memepoints for the missing item. :)

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  2. I missed this box the first time and then was refunded because they accidentally sent them to people who had cancelled. Oh well, I do have a good meme stash.

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    1. Ugh see- I knew that is what happened! I feel bad for the people that bought these on Black Friday or during a restock and weren't able to get what they ordered. I think it bothered me even more because they parted out the Wine and Cheese boxes and put them in some of the Black Friday boxes. I'm hoping that the person who wins this box is someone who wanted it and wasn't able to get it!

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  3. I missed out on this box and Memebox restocks go out of stock so fast I can't keep up! I can't believe that this box came with the full size bounce cheese cream! I am hoarding my jar for fear of running out!

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    1. I hear you! I think the severe lack of new boxes makes the restocks go even FASTER if that's possible! LOL I can't believe this came with a full size cheese cream, either! What a deal considering the price of the full size and how hard it is to come by outside of meme-land! Good luck on winning so you can get your back up cheese cream! hehe ;)

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  4. I did not order this box, but I was really hoping to get one somewhere down the line. Thank you for this awesome giveaway, and Merry Christmas!!!!

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    1. You're so welcome Ashley! Good luck and Merry Christmas to you too! <3 :)

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  5. This memebox has some nice products. It's sad the The Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener wasn't included, I have the sleeping mask and it's good enough, but I love the smell :D
    Thanks for the giveaway to you and memejunkie. Merry Christmas!

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    1. I agree Rossella! The good news is, the Wine Peeling Jelly Softener WILL be included in the giveaway box, so at least the winner can enjoy it! ;)

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  6. This is one of the boxes I truly regret missing out on. Didn't buy it coz i don't like cheese and I thought it would be filled with stuff that smells like cheese.
    Thanks for giving us another chance for this box :)

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    1. I felt the same way, Dollie! I was really unsure how they were going to pull it off- but I did a little research beforehand to see what kind of "cheese" products were out there, and it made me feel better about picking this one up. Sending you all the luck for this giveaway! :D

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  7. Great review! I've never tried memebox yet! :)

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    1. This would be a great box to start off with Celise! ;) Good luck!

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  8. I've been dying to try the bounce cheese cream to see what all they hype's about!!

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    1. There's a good reason for the hype! It has a really interesting and fun texture, and is a gentle, yet rich moisturizer! Sometimes it's a bit TOO rich for my combination skin, but it's absolutely perfect for those really dry/cold days!

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  9. Thank you for holding this giveaway! I really wanted to get this box but I was broke when it came out. The item I most want to try is the bounce cheese cream after hearing so much about it!

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    1. I know the feeling Kaman! I can't tell you how many boxes I missed out on because I didn't have the funds! :( I'm crossing my fingers that you get to try the cheese cream soon! Good luck!

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  10. I am still waiting for my first Memebox to arrive (Dirty Gal) but I have such K-beauty envy and am desperate to try that HG bounce cheese cream, and I've been looking for a good hand cream. My fingers are crossed!

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    1. I've got Dirty Gal coming too, and from the spoilers I've seen- it really looks great! Can't wait to dig in to that one and review it! I'm crossing my fingers for you too! Everyone should get to try the cheese cream! haha ;)

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  11. I've been thinking about trying one of these boxes for a while. Glad I found your blog. Your reviews are great! Thanks! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Melissa, that means a lot! <3
      Unfortunately, Memebox has been very slow with releasing boxes over the past couple of weeks, but I always keep my readers updated via facebook when new ones go on sale, along with coupons/sales etc, so keep a look out there!
      I believe they're taking a little break from boxes due to the holiday rush as well as some warehouse moving going on, but hopefully boxes will be rolling out again soon with the New Year!

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    2. I follow you there too and I'll definitely keep my eyes open!

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  12. Thanks for doing all these reviews! I've really enjoyed reading your blog to get caught up on all the meme news!

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    1. You're so welcome! I love doing them- I'm a MemeAddict, what can I say? ;) Thank you so much for the kind words, they mean so much! <3

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  13. A lot of these creams look like it'd be too thick for my skin for a majority of the year, but I do like the hand cream. I don't own many hand creams, and this winter season is eating them up >.< Does it smell like mangoes?

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    1. The hand cream smells like mangoes, yes! It's very subtle but also very nice :)

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  14. I'd love to win this box! Even with all the delays and drama, I'd say the box turned out pretty well. -Scarlett

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    1. I have to agree- this box really is a winner. Good luck in the giveaway Scarlett!! :)

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  15. I was super bummed I didn't get this box! It looks great and I would love to try thee Bounce Cheese Cream!

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    1. That was originally the only reason why I bought this box! LOL I couldn't resist a full size cheese cream! ;)

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  16. i definitely did not believe this would be a good box when memebox first released it. hahaha i thought it sounded weird. but it has so many great products and everyone raves about the cheese cream! it makes me sad i missed this one!

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    1. I agree Ariel! I think they should have been more specific about this box because at first glance it sounds like it wouldn't be a very good skincare box! LOL But it came out so much better than anyone expected, I think!

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  17. I've been trying to get a Memebox for months!! I've only gotten as far as checking out and trying to pay, only to get an error saying that the box or boxes are all sold out :(

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    1. Omgosh that sounds awful! You must be choosing the reall popular boxes! They just recently did a restock of boxes, you should head over to their site as there are still plenty left!

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  18. Love that the memeboxes get better each month! - shaunie on rafflecopter

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  19. Love memeboxes ! They're cute and very creative. I really like your blog. It's really detailed and sometimes funny. I always come visit your blog when it comes to memebox because you always have a lot of their boxes which I couldn't find their reviews on other blogs. Thanks for posting your reviews! I will keep supporting you! :D

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    1. Aww Lisa your comment truly means so much to me, thank you! Your support is so appreciated, and I'm so happy you enjoy reading my posts. I will keep bringing you lots of Memebox reviews and of course try to keep making you laugh! hehe ;) <3

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  20. Thank you so much for such an amazing giveaway. Happy Holidays!

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    1. You're very welcome Samantha! Good luck! :D Happy Holidays to you too!

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  21. I missed this one and have been hearing great things about it! I would really love to try and implement these goodies to my skincare routine. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you so much for such a fabulous giveaway!!! <3

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    1. Good luck Angela, and you're very welcome! :D

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  22. would love to win this one.. love all the cheese products

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  23. Thank you for the awesome giveaway and review! I was kind of disappointed for not getting this box when I saw the spoilers. But with all the issues that occurred from this box I'm kind of happy I didn't get it lol. Still a great box of goodies that I would have loved to try. That Mangchee hand cream sounds interesting, mango and cheese is such an odd pair. I'm glad it smells like mango and not cheese lol. I used to be the same way about hand creams too, didn't care for them and they'd sit in my purse collecting dust. But then I read an article about someone having hands that look 50 when they are only 20 and one of the contributing factors was not using hand creams. After that I used my hand creams daily. #kbeautybloghop

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    1. You're very welcome Michelle! I totally agree that this "mangchee" combo is such an odd thing to combine, but it really works! I guess using the skincare benefits of cheese and the scent of mango works pretty well! that's so funny that you had the same hand cream experience! LOL I have always read similar things and now I make sure to have a hand cream everywhere! One in my car, purse, side table, you name it! I must apply it 5x a day during the winter! LOL :)

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  24. Thank you so much for the chance to win this (:

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  25. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I have not purchased a box that came with the Bounce Cheese Cream. It's a product I would like to try.

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  26. I was really bummed I didn't buy this box before it sold out :( The products look amazing!!! I was especially excited for the Dreams Come True Cheese cream because I've heard so much about it, but haven't had the chance to try it yet. Thanks for the review/unboxing and giving me a chance to win this :)

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  27. I am dying to try this box out... mangoes and cheese are two of my favorite things one earth!

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  28. Hi it's Ronee here. Would you recommend the products in this box for oily, dry, or combination skin?

    Thanks :)

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  29. Hi, I wanted this box so badly, but it was sold out in a flash! :-( It would make the best gift for my sis!
    Glykeria

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