Saturday, November 29, 2014

PopSugar Must Have Box November 2014 Review and Unboxing

Cutting it incredibly close, my November PopSugar Must Have Box showed up on my snowy porch the day before Thanksgiving. Of course, I was on my way out the door to stuff my face with turkey, so I wasn't able to get my review up until now. Had my box been any later, I'd probably be reviewing it in December. I've never received my box this late in the month before, and I'm really hoping it doesn't become a regular thing considering I just treated myself to a 6 month subscription during their Black Friday sale!

If you're not familiar with PopSugar Must Have Box, I've got to say it's my absolute, hands-down favorite subscription. I've had sub boxes come and go- but PopSugar is consistently high valued, curated well, and includes unique and interesting items. They don't just focus on one type of product, either! They include cosmetics, skincare, snacks, home decor, jewelry, books, kitchen gadgets- you name it! I think that the variety is what makes this box so special.

The Cost
PopSugar is $40 per month, however you can save more by buying a longer subscription, or if you gift yourself a box each month, you can use the frequent coupon codes they have available (usually monthly) that range from $5 off, to sometimes $20 off! 

Now let's dig into the November Box!
Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes Hardcover Book ($35)
This is an absolutely beautiful, huge and heavy hardcover cook book by Dominique Ansel, who is apparently the inventor of the famous "cronut." This cook book focuses on desserts and sweets, and is an absolute pleasure to glance through- the photos are outstanding! While I really love baking, I tend to take the easier route and do the classics (cookies, pies etc) so any fancy pastry baking isn't really up my alley. Even so, I think this would make a great gift for someone I know!

 G.H. Cretors: Chicago Mix Popped Corn ($3.69)
PopSugar rarely fails when it comes to delivering tasty snacks. This popcorn is an interesting mix of buttery caramel and cheddar cheese, and while it sounds a bit odd- it tastes absolutely delicious! I got approximately 1 handful of this popcorn before my fiance completely ravaged the entire bag. It was good. Really good! Maybe Jeff will get lucky and find a big bag of this in his stocking this year!

Wine Glass Writer ($9.95)
This is a 3 pack of fast-drying, nontoxic "markers" that you can use directly on glass. It apparently washed off with some friction and hot water, or a run through the dishwasher. While I am the only one in my house that enjoys wine, I think these could probably be used on any kind of glass, so in the craft drawer they go! I also think these would be a great addition to a hostess gift or a wine gift basket. You could also use them to mark glasses and use them as seat markers for a big family gathering!

K. Hall Simpatico: Ambergris Shea Butter Cream ($22)
This shea butter hand cream is so fancy-looking! I love old-timey or classic-looking packaging, so I was really drawn to this! The scent is "Ambergris" which sounds a bit disgusting to me at first. If you don't know what ambergris is, allow me to provide a definition:
a waxlike substance that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale, found floating in tropical seas and used in perfume manufacture.
Mmkay. Well, luckily for this hand cream, it doesn't smell anything like a waxy substance that would be found in a whale's intestine. In fact, it has a sweet, musky scent that is right up my alley. It is also very moisturizing and thick, which is perfect for this freezing weather lately!

Tiny Prints: Thoughtful Heart Stationary ($15)
This little stationary set is adorable! I'm already thinking about switching up the Christmas cards this year and doing little hand written notes on these cards instead! The design was created by Lisa Sugar (the mind behind PopSugar!) and is a very cute watercolor-like pattern. There was also a $25 gift card to Tiny Prints included in this box, however I can't seem to find it, so I'm guessing mine was missing. :( I already contacted PopSugar about a different issue, so I'll probably just let this one go, but I thought I'd mention it as it is a nice bonus!

Sorial: Saffiano Wallet on a Chain ($49)
When I saw the spoiler for this box and found out we were getting a wallet, I shrieked with joy; Because instead of going out and buying products I actually need (in this case- a wallet) I will spend my extra spending money on subscription boxes instead and simply hope that one appears. Such rationality, right? Luckily, a wallet showed up in this box; Unfortunately for me, it's more like a change purse than a wallet. 
This "wallet on a chain" by Sorial is made with vegan leather, and is actually a very well-made piece. It's navy blue on the outside and has leopard print fabric on the inside. The zipper pocket on the back is helpful for extra storage, although I'm not a big fan of the chain. I find the look of a teeny purse hanging off someone's shoulder very odd. It just makes the person wearing it look gigantic or something. Am I the only one that thinks that? I was disappointed to see that the chain doesn't clip on and off on it's own, but I think I can just use some jewelry clippers and snip it off. I intend on using this as a change purse. I like to keep some spending money in a smaller pouch in my purse along with a lip balm and other small items so I can just grab it and go. It's nice to be able to run in and out of the store without lugging my gigantic purse in with me, so this little guy will be useful for that!

Overall Thoughts
This box retails for $39.99 a month, however I used a coupon code that made it $29.99. The total value of the products in the November box is $134.64, which as usual, is a fantastic value.
Not everything in this box was a complete home run for me, but I think it's beautifully curated, and would actually make a nice gift on it's own, or parted out and the items be gifted individually. I think I will definitely be gifting the recipe book, simply because the recipes seems way too complicated for my liking! Everything else is quite unique and useful, so I am pleased overall!
Next month, (December) will be my 1 year PopSugar Anniversary since I subscribed for the first time in December last year. I'm incredibly excited to see what they have in store for the end of the year. I'm hoping chocolate and jewelry!

If you'd like to join in on the fun, you can sign up for PopSugar HERE.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

K-Beauty Blog Hop Week #9

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The Glitter Chick: Meme Mask from Memebox Review

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

InstaNatural Skincare and Haircare Review


I'm pretty loyal to Korean skincare brands, although there are times when I'd like to venture out and try some new things. I do talk a lot of smack about western skincare, but there are a lot of fantastic brands doing great things- I just plug my eyes and close my eyes and pretend they don't exist. You've gotta admit, quality western skincare can sometimes cost a fortune, and I can't get down with that!
Occasionally though, I'll come across a brand or a product in particular that is focused on natural ingredients and quality performance, and I'm intrigued. When I got the opportunity to try some products from InstaNatural, I thought it would be a great chance to see how they held up to my favorite Korean brands in regards to quality and results.

This mask is 100% Natural, cruelty free, and made in the USA.  It is made with Pure Dead Sea mud, which has been known for years in the beauty world as a powerhouse ingredient that detoxifies the skin, helps with acne and enlarged pores, and has anti-aging benefits.

It comes in a gigantic 16oz jar, which is a very generous size, although I cannot imagine EVER using all of this. It's suggested that this mask is to be used once per week. At that rate, I should be finished with this jar in 3-4 years! Interestingly, the company says this mask can also be used on the body to soothe irritated skin, so I suppose that would be a good way to use this up a bit more quickly!

This Dead Sea Mud Mask captures the minerals of the Dead Sea waters, along with other nourishing organic ingredients, to provide the ultimate detoxifier & purifier that delivers exceptional results:

- Removes excess dirt, oil, grime & dead skin
- Improves acne and blemishes
- Reduces appearance of wrinkles & fine lines
- Soothes body aches
- Hydrates skin for softness
- Restores even skin tone and texture
- Helps achieve more vibrant, refined skin
Ingredients:
Pure Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hickory Bark Extract, Organic Calendula Oil, Filtered Water, Xanthan Gum
My Thoughts
This mask is used like any other- applied to clean skin and left for 10-15 minutes to dry, then rinsed off with warm water. The directions state not to use this mask more than once per week, and I can definitely see why.
While my experience with this mask was a good one, I do think people with dry skin need to be very careful when using this product. I have combination skin, so clay and mud masks can be beneficial for me, although will dry my skin out if I over-use them. I have used this mask 2 times now, and I can confidently say that this will really dry up that excess oil! If you have oily skin, this mask would be amazing for you!
I didn't feel any tingling or irritation while using the product, although it has a cooling feel to it once applied. Once this mask was dry, my skin felt very tight and continued to feel that way once the mask was removed. After using this product, I continued on with my regular nighttime skincare routine, and my skin did not feel any drier or more irritated than before.
Immediately after washing the mask off and drying my face, I could feel and see my skin was more firm. The pores on my nose were less noticeable, and the surface of my skin felt soft and clean. I do think that if I hadn't continued on with my product routine, my skin probably would have felt super dry. If you don't have oily skin, it's important to replenish healthy moisture to your skin after using this product.
Overall, I've only used it twice, so I haven't seen any miraculous results, although I love the way it makes my skin feel. It's a really relaxing and spa-like product that is perfect for pampering yourself at the end of a long week. I might avoid it if you have dry skin, but it would be amazing for body and spot treatments!


This is a vegan Hyaluronic Acid serum, and it's packed with awesome skin-loving ingredients including vitamin C,  and jojoba oil. There are no parabens, fragrances, additives or alcohol. it delivers immediate moisture and nourishment, leaaving the skin feelings soft and looking more vibrant. Hyaluronic acid is known to be a very potent natural moisturizer, without leaving behind a greasy or oily residue like a regular lotion or cream. The bottle holds 2oz, which is quite a large size for a serum!

This Serum Has many skincare benefits, including:
- Diminishes appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Reduces hyper-pigmentation (sun spots, age spots, discoloration)
- Helps make the skin soft, supple, firm
- Hydrates dry, rough skin
- Reduces puffiness and appearance of dark circles
- Achieves an overall vibrant, healthy complexion

Ingredients:
Deionized water, organic aloe, witch hazel, hyaluronic acid, kosher vegetable glycerin, MSM (methyisulfonylmethane), hydroxyethyl, cellulose, carrageenan gum, organic jojoba oil, wildcrafted green tea, geranium essential oil, vitamin c (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) vitamin e (tocopheryl acetate), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethyl hexyl glycerin
My Thoughts
 I used this serum in the morning and evening after using my toner. InstaNatural suggests using it this often for the best results, but it can be used as after as you need it. The formula is very lightweight. It feels a bit like a gel, rather than a serum. As soon as it hits the skin and is massaged in, it becomes more of a watery consistency. This absorbs incredibly quickly, and you can immediately feel the different in the texture of your skin. A good way to test this is to apply a generous amount to the top of one hand and leave the other one without. Wait a few minutes and then gently feel the skin each hand. You'll be amazed at how much softer the skin is after using this serum.
This product can also be worn under makeup without changing the consistency of foundation, or pilling, which I appreciate! So many of my serums tend to pill and roll up when I apply a foundation over them. After just a few days of use, I am continuously happy with this serum. My skin feels absolutely baby-soft. I've been using it on my hands as well as my face and I've also seen a huge difference there as well. I had some discoloration on my hands that has already started to fade! I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it with my own eyes. Of course after only a few days, I haven't noticed any anti-aging benefits yet. I've been using this product along with my Foxbrim eye cream, so I'm not entirely sure if the lessening of my dark circles and puffiness around my eyes is due to the eye cream, or this serum, however I will report back if I figure it out! 
So far, I'm very pleased with this serum. I haven't had any adverse effects, no breakouts or irritation, and my skin feels softer than ever.

This is hair mask contains argan oil, amino acid complex, coconut oil shea butter, vitamin b5, jojoba oil, and avocado oil, which work together to moisturize and rejuvenate the hair. It's main use is as a deep conditioning treatment, as it permeates the follicles and delivers nutrients and hydration. It restores health to damaged hair to enhance a soft texture and provide luminous shine. It also protects hair by repairing existing damage and making it stronger so that it can withstand heat styling.
This is a gigantic 8oz tub of product, so if this is only used sporadically as a mask, it will last you a practical lifetime. However, it is also suggested that rather than keeping it on for 15 minutes, it can also be used as a regular hair conditioner.
Key Ingredients:
Organic Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Sesame Seed Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Olive Fruit Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Linseed Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Starflower Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Palm Oil.
My Thoughts
This product, as I mentioned above, can be used not only as a hair mask, but as a daily conditioner. It has an amazing vanilla-orange (creamsicle) scent that I really enjoyed.
When I first used this product, I used it as a simple conditioner, which only requires 1-2 minutes of wait time before rinsing. Unfortunately, I found that after rinsing and towel-drying my hair, it was tangled and even a bit greasy-feeling, which I was not fond of at all. Once I brushed out my hair and it was fully dry, I did notice my hair has a nice shine to it and felt softer, but I wasn't willing to go through the tangled, greasy mess in order to get those results.
I decided to use it as intended a few days later: as a hair mask. I applied it to towel-dried hair and ran my fingers through to make sure it was covering all the strands. I left it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing it out very well this time, as I was trying to avoid that greasy-feel. 
Yet again, my hair was tangled and difficult to brush out. I rinsed very well this time, so I do feel like the greasiness subsided quite a bit. I had the same sort of results using it as a mask, although I do feel like my hair was significantly softer and more manageable once fully dry.

Here's what I think is going on here: I have very thin, color treated hair. It doesn't take much to make my hair greasy. I think this product is best used for thick, long, damaged hair, or some combination of those. While my hair is very thin, it's not very dry or damaged.
"Hair Treatment" doesn't always mean "very good conditioner" as many of us like to think. So I decided to give this product one more try, except with my roommates hair. He has thick, damaged hair. I also explained to him that we were going to use it a bit differently.
I decided to have him wash his hair, put in the treatment and wait 15 minutes, then rinse. Then instead of that being it, I had him re-shampoo his hair, and then use a little bit of his regular conditioner and rinse as normal.

What I found was that this product really should be used as a treatment, and not a conditioner. It absolutely works wonders (and did for my roommate) in regards to making your hair look visibly healthier, softer and shinier. However it doesn't detangle like a typical conditioner, and it doesn't rinse clean out of the hair like one. While the company does say it can be used as such, I would definitely not recommend it. This works beautifully for severely dry, damaged hair treatment-wise. Just make sure to cleanse and condition as normal after use.
Overall Thoughts
 I think that the skincare products I've tried from InstaNatural have been top notch. It's amazing how much product you receive for the price. I honestly don't think anyone would go through these containers very quickly, even with daily use. I love that their products are all-natural ingredients as well.
The Dead Sea Mud Mask and Hyaluronic Acid Serum have been wonderful for my skin when used correctly. While the Argan Oil Hair Mask didn't work well on my thin, color-treated hair, it did work to soften and repair my roommates thick, damaged hair when used as a treatment rather than a conditioner. 
Overall, I am very happy that I tried these products, and I would definitely repurchase and/or try more of their skincare line, however I would be a bit more hesitant to buy any further haircare products, just because I wouldn't be sure if they would work on my hair type.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Boxycharm November 2014 Review and Unboxing

My November Boxycharm showed up completely unannounced, as I had not received any tracking information. Hey, I'm always down for a surprise! Plus, not having the tracking info to obsessively check every 2 hours is kind of a nice break! I was hoping that since Boxycharm is a makeup-heavy beauty subscription, that there would be lots of nice holiday/winter themed makeup! 

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box that while usually includes makeup, occasionally includes hair and skincare as well. Much of the time the products included are full size. The cost is only $21 per month. 
 The theme this month was "Sparkle and Shine." Reading the card got me excited, because while I don't normally wear a ton of glitter or sparkle in my makeup, there's no better time to do it than the holidays! Festive makeup is kind of my thing- I get so busy during the regular day-to-day, that I'm usually throwing on a quickly bronze smokey eye and a nude lip. The holidays are the perfect time for me to experiment and have fun with my makeup.

Let's see what was in the November box, shall we?

Kevin Murphy: Color Bug ($20)
 Well, this is quite an interesting product! Essentially, this is a fancy hair chalk, which applies on your hair by simply wiping it where you want the color to appear. They recommend using a styling product (like gel or hairspray) before applying so the color will stick better to the hair. Even though I have dark brown-black hair, this purple did show up when I did a little swatch. It's kind of a neat idea, especially if I'm going out and want to have some purple ombre going on. I don't really think it fits the theme well, and I'm not sure if I'd go out to family parties with this in my hair, but I suppose it will be fun to use!

Tarina Tarantino: Eyelicity Glitter Liner in "Black Diamond" ($16)
Any other time of the year I would have been disappointed to receive this product. I'm not huge into glitter, but this kind of product is perfect for festive eye looks. I believe there was an option of receiving either white or black, so I am very happy I received the one I did. The black pigment in this liner isn't very intense and it does apply a bit streaky, so I will most likely use this over my regular liner to give it a little sparkle. I don't know how often I'll use this, but I think it's nice to have for special occasions.

MicaBeauty Eye Primer ($45)
 I have a serious bone to pick with MicaBeauty. They have shown up in many different low cost subscriptions and yet, their products come with obscenely high price tags. So high, that I'm personally offended that they think consumers are dumb enough to spend that much on their products. This is an eye primer. Just a basic eye primer, in a generic jar that a million different companies use (see the next product as an example.) There is absolutely nothing about this primer that sets it apart from any others, or makes it worth a $45 price tag. I even went on the Nordstrom website to see the price of the Chanel eye primer. Guess what? Chanel's is $32. I can't even. The mark up on this product must be astronomical. I really despise companies like this, and they are not the only one.
Many companies that are featured in Boxycharm and Ipsy in particular (ex: Cailyn Cosmetcs, Be A Bombshell), have this sneaky little system. The retail prices of their products are embarrassingly high, and then they offer these constant 30%,-50% off "sales" that make people think they're getting a great deal, when in actuality, the products aren't even worth the sale price they're paying for them. I hate shady business practices, and I hate overpriced drugstore-quality makeup. I'll probably toss this in my makeup drawer and use it at some point, but I will never support this company.

bellapierre: Shimmer Powder in "Sensation" ($15)
I don't know much about bellapierre, but I did a little research on their site, and their prices seem to be reasonable and their products are unique. This is a shimmer shadow that is made with 100% mineral powder. It's incredibly soft and finely milled, and has a frosty, shimmery color payoff that is just lovely. This would make for a great highlight on the brow bone, and would probably look nice lightly dusted over the décolleté for a little extra festive sparkle!

OFRA Cosmetics: Pressed Blush in "Paradise Pink" ($25)
 OFRA is another one of those companies that pops up a lot in lower-priced subscriptions, however like bellapierre, they don't have obscenely overpriced products, however $25 for a blush is a bit much for a small company, in my opinion. I also think that they have very unappealing packaging, which makes me think "cheap" when I see it. Regardless of my first impressions, this blush is actually strongly pigmented- a little goes a long way. This color is very hard to make work on my very pale skin, because even with a light hand, this stuff is flamingo pink to the max. I'm sure I can use a different brush and buff it out very well, but the work involved in that doesn't seem worth it when I can just as easily use one of the blushes in my collection that match my tone better. This would be beautiful on deep skin tones, though!

Overall Thoughts
I paid $21 for this box, and the "retail value" is about $120.
I cannot help but snort at that retail value, because it's so incredibly deceiving due to that MicaBeauty primer. $45 of the box value is a bunch of bull. The primer, if priced the way it should be, would probably be about $12. I also think that the OFRA blush is a overpriced at $25, considering most high end brand blushes go for about the same (Tarte's for example, retail at $26). If I went to the store and bought all of these products on their own, I wouldn't pay more than maybe $40. Since I only paid $21 for the box, I do feel like the value is there. The thing that bums me out is that I wouldn't actually buy any of these products, so my money feels a bit like it could have been used better elsewhere. 
This is my 3rd month of Boxycharm, and it's the second month in a row where I wasn't completely wowed by it's contents. The first month was so good, that I keep hoping that I'm just having bad luck. I know quite a few people enjoyed this box much more than I did, which gives me hope that maybe an upcoming box will be more my style. I'm not quite at the point where I want to cancel this subscription yet, but if December's box rolls in and it's just as disappointing for me, Boxycharm is getting chopped from my subscription box roster. We'll see!

If you're interested in signing up for Boxycharm, They occasionally have a short waiting list, so I would jump on it now if you are hoping for a December box! You can sign up here: Get BoxyCharm!
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Memebox: Step by Step Skincare Review and Unboxing

While Memebox offers lots of variety in their boxes, I've always been partial to skincare-heavy curations. Before my whirlwind romance with Korean skincare, I had an undying obsession with cosmetics. So much so, that I filled my small bedroom with towering storage units filled with an organized chaos of makeup. Any product you could imagine was most likely in my possession. While that might seem like a dream come true to some people, I found it to be exhausting after years of collecting and splurging on the newest and best cosmetics. I always stuck to the same tried-and-true favorites, while occasionally venturing out to test or sample something else. Interestingly enough, if I paired down my cosmetics to just what I used semi-regularly, all of it could fit into a shoe box. 
So after burning myself out on cosmetics and realizing that maybe I just liked to HAVE beauty products rather than actually use them, I decided to take a small break from buying makeup outside of my essentials. During that time, I found Korean skincare. I discovered a world that valued beautiful skin, and rather than simply covering up the flaws- you fix and prevent them! What a novel concept, eh? It helped me discover that skincare didn't need to boring and tedious, but fun and pampering. 

I mention this little back story, because my obsession with Memeboxes is strongly rooted in my love for new and exciting skincare products. I'm always looking for the next thing to rock my world. And while Memebox does a great job of that, there are occasions where I get boxes that are a bit too makeup-heavy for my liking. So when I saw the Step By Step Skincare box, I knew I had to have it. As someone who cherishes her billion-step routine, it just seemed like the perfect box!
 (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 Superboxes, which contain all full size products.
  "Step-By-Step Skincare" cost $29 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 6 products.
From Memebox:
Korean skincare is a multi-step daily routine that sparks a ton of intrigue in the beauty world. It's billion-step regimen sounds a bit extreme to outsiders looking in, but it all boils down to treating, hydrating and protecting skin, and preventing damage before it starts!

Let the unboxing of glorious goodies commence! 
Mizon: Mojito Punch Pore Toner
(Full Size Product: $22)
Toners are a rare breed in Memeboxes, although lately I've been seeing them pop up a lot more often. Mizon is one of my favorite brands right now, and I've been eyeing this toner for awhile. I shrieked with sheer joy when I saw it was going to be in this box! It's made with ingredients that you'd find in a real mojito: lime, sugar, mineral water, apple and peppermint leaf juice. Even with all those ingredients, I'd say the strongest scent I can detect is lime. This toner prevents skin impurities from clogging pores and delivers nutrients while refreshing dry, tired skin.
The great thing about Korean toners, is that they don't have that astringent quality of many western brands. My sister and I were recently talking about toners, and she said she didn't like to use them, even with her oily skin, because they tended to trigger over-production of oil. I was happy to tell her that Korean toners are wonderful in that they replenish the moisture lost from cleansing, and aren't harsh or stripping. This toner in particularly is amazing, because it doesn't feel drying on the skin, even though it's a toner for people with excess oil and pore issues. I've been using it for a few days and I absolutely love the way it's been making my skin feel. It's so refreshing to apply this on my skin after cleansing.

Taphre: Special Care Sheet Mask
(Full Size Product: $7)
While they're pretty common in Memeboxes, it seems like I've been getting a LOT of boxes that have sheet masks in them! This one is actually pretty pricy at $7, as I'm used to paying $1 or less for mine! This sheet mask is made with propolis extracts, hyaluronic acid, collagen, as well as fruit and nut extracts. These ingredients replenish, repair and protect the skin while soothing and hydrating the skin and giving it a more luminous appearance. This is the only product in this box I haven't tried, and it's only because I've got a massive hoard of sheet masks already. This one will go in the pile with the rest and wait it's turn to be used!

Insobeau: Super Yellow Intense Renew Essence
(Full Size Product: $78)
My jaw almost dropped to the floor when I saw this essence priced at $78. I had a bit of a difficult time finding this online, but I did find some products from the same "super yellow" line that were all being priced at around $50, so I guess it's not too far off. This stuff must be yellow because it's made out of gold or something!
Anyway, lets get on to what this essence actually does. It's essentially and anti-aging essence that is made with an idebenone formula (click the link to read more about what that is, exactly) that treats fine lines and wrinkles while brightening and evening out the complexion. Essences are applied after toner, however if you're like me and have a zillion steps to your skincare, they're applied after chemical exfoliators and sheet mask usage. This medium viscosity essence looks a bit like a thin, yellow lotion, but absorbs into skin very quickly with no residue or stickiness. It has a light citrus scent, which is quite pleasant. I've only been using this for a few days, but so far I love how soft it makes my skin!

Migabee: Royal Jelly & Honey Energy Ampoule
(Full Size Product: $30)
 It's like Memebox can read my thoughts, because my mind is always saying, "More Migabee!" This is a newer brand to me, however everything I've tried from them so far has been a mega success in quality, ingredients and performance. This ampoule is highly concentrated, so while it's tiny in stature, you only need a very small amount to do the job. It's enriched with royal jelly and royal honey extracts, and it's used to soothe, moisturize and strengthen the skin. This is a thick, clear, gel-like formula, however it absorbs very quickly, leaving no residue or stickiness. It does have a perfume-like fragrance in the bottle, however once it is massaged into the skin, the scent all but disappears. After a few days of using this, I can only report good things. My skin feels moisturized, no new acne or trouble spots have emerged, and I'm pretty pleased overall. I can't say it's a miracle-worker yet- but we'll have to check back in once I'm finished with the bottle!

She's Uris: Rice Water Double Action Cream
(Full Size Product: $42)
OH yes! My favorite consistency for creams, this opaque gel-cream is a water-drop type cream, (which means it turns into sort-of water droplets when it hits your skin) and is made with rice water, It does all of my favorite things: tone brightening, hydrating and wrinkle refining. Some of the ingredients include rice bran water, adenosine (anti-aging ingredient), cacao extracts and various herbal ingredients. This cream absorbs quickly, although it leaves a slight "moisturized feeling" on the skin rather than completely disappearing. It has a light floral/fresh scent that does linger a bit, so use caution if you're sensitive to fragrance.
I haven't been using this product for very long, but I absolutely LOVE it. I find it to be soothing and non-irritating, and I love how there's no weird "moisturizer residue" left behind when it's applied. Even though it's a water-drop gel, it feels very moisturizing. The past few days using this, I've woken up with bright, refreshed skin. I'm incredibly thrilled with this product so far!

TonyMoly: My Sunny Milky Sun Cream
(Full Size Product: $10)
I find that a lot of people groan in boredom when they get sunscreen in Memeboxes. I am not one of those people. Granted, there was a time that I never wore SPF. I know...but now I wear it every single day, and I can't tell you how much better I feel now that I know I'm protecting my skin!
This mineral oil-free suscreen works to color control uneven skin tone (yessss) and of course, protects skin from UV exposure. It has a gentle formula and leave skin feeling silky and soft with a healthy glow.
This is actually quite different from the sunscreens I already own. The cream itself is densely white in color, which gives it some whitening abilities, hence the claim that it evens skin tone. I might even say that it whitening/evens better than my actual whitening cream. It has a slightly floral scent, but it's very subtle.
The great thing about this "cream" is that it's not really a cream at all. It doesn't feel sticky or greasy and absorbs quickly, which is a rare treat when it comes to sunscreen. So far, this might be the best Korean sunscreen I've used. Granted, I haven't used very many, but it would be hard to beat the whitening properties and texture of this one!

Overall Thoughts
This box cost $29 + $6.99 shipping, and has a total value of $189!! What a value!
I cannot stop swooning over this box. The more I test the product and begin to write my reviews on them, the more I fall in love. I would elope with this box, guys. Not only is it skincare-focused, but it's filled with quality brands and quality products. I dare say that it is probably my favorite Memebox to date, and that's saying something! I usually wait until I finish up products I'm currently using before I incorporate new ones into my regular routine, but these were so tempting that I just couldn't wait to try them. I loved them so much that they've booted out some of the items I was regularly using. If you can find these products for sale, I would highly recommend all of them! Step by Step Skincare is Meme-Royalty in my book!

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