Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Memebox Boxing Day #2 Review and Unboxing

Around the holidays, Memebox released a series of "Boxing Day" boxes that were kind of a mystery in regards to contents. I haven't had much luck recently with Global boxes, and since they have a similar theme, I decided to pass on getting any of these. However, when I saw that Boxing Day #2 was only $12, I figured I couldn't go wrong! It promised 10 deluxe samples and a full size item, and since Korean companies are usually quite generous when it comes to sizing their deluxe samples, I thought this would be a good one to get! I have to say- it was the first time in a long time that I was pleasantly surprised upon first opening a Memebox. This box was stuffed FULL of product!
(product info card tells you more information and how to use each product. Some recent boxes have included these types of cards, which direct you to a virtual info card on the Memebox website.)
 
 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.
  "Boxing Day #2" cost $12 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 11+ products.

From Memebox:
This super special box bursts with 10 deluxe miniatures and 1 full-sized item for only $12!
It's got everything from cleansing essentials, complexion-perfectors, and salon quality hair treatments that is sure to level up your beauty!

Mise En Scene: Perfect Repair Treatment Pack 
(Full Size Product: $16)
What luck! The full size product in this box just so happens to be one of my 2014 Favorites! I use this hair treatment as a daily conditioner, and even though I have very thin, fine hair, it doesn't weigh it down, but leaves it super soft and shiny! I think this stuff also smells absolutely incredible. I get compliments all the time on my "perfume" when it's really this conditioner. So happy to have another tube of this as I'm so close to running out of my first one!

Banila Co: Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack x2
(Deluxe Samples: $2.64 ea / Full Size Product: $22)
This clay mask has been featured a few different times in a variety of Memeboxes, but it seems to be quite popular! It's made with 100% pure mud extracted from the Dead Sea (ooh fanc!) and effectively removes excess sebum, oil, dead skin cells and external pollutants that are clogging your pores. The great thing about this mask is that instead of it being drying like a typical clay mask, it delivers deep hydration and nourishment to the skin.  It's applied to a clean face and left for 10 minutes. When you're rinsing, gently massage your skin with your fingers to help exfoliate dead skin cells.

Dr. Young: Anti Pore Syok-Syok Cleansing Gel x2
 (Deluxe Samples: $2.80 ea / Full Size Product: $28 )
This is a gel cleanser that penetrates into pores to remove dirt, oil, impurities and sebum. It contains morus bark, agrimonia eupatoria root and lime extracts that deliver gentle oil control and pore care. It claims to be oil-free, lightweight and moisturizing. I have a few things from Dr. Young that I enjoy, however I have already found a really great cleanser that I love. I am going to put these aside so I can PH test them and possibly use them as a travel cleanser.

Banila Co: Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm (x2 Original x2 Reservatrol)
(Deluxe Samples: $1.54 ea / Full Size Product $22)
Clean It Zero is an insanely popular product that takes the place of an oil cleanser in your routine. It's essentially a balm that melts down into an oil that helps dissolve makeup and sunscreen as a precursor to your regular cleansing. It's non-greasy and gentle on skin, made from papaya, acerola and herbal extracts that cleanse without irritation or dehydrating the skin. You can use this like a regular oil cleanser- applying it to dry skin and massaging. It then says to rinse with water or wipe away with a tissue. I've heard that this can kind of congeal on your skin if you rinse with water that isn't warm enough, so keep that in mind if you're going to try this out!

Derma B: Fresh Moisture Body Lotion
(Deluxe Sample: $2.38 / Full Size Product: $19)
This is a body lotion that is made for dry and sensitive skin. It is infused with tea tree, peppermint, bergamot, ginger and amber notes. It's gentle, non-sticky and fast absorbing. I haven't tried this yet as I already have a gazillion body lotions, but it's a good size for traveling!

Sevendrops: High Protection Morninga Light Sunblock
(Deluxe Sample: $5.32 / Full Size Product: $38)
This is a lightweight sunblock that is enriched with nourishing moringa extracts. It has a100% naturally derived formula that works on all skin types and is free of paraben, mineral oil, benzophenone, silicon, and talc. It provides high level of UV protection and the light formula absorbs easily and smoothly into skin similar to an essence rather than a lotion. I love a good sunscreen, so I'm happy to try this, I only wish it was a slightly larger sample!

Too Cool For School: Dinoplatz Cinema City CC Cream
(Deluxe Sample: $10 / Full Size Product: $30)
This product claims to deliver nutrition and moisture to the skin for an "egg-smooth" texture...which is a weird description, but...OK. It's a CC cream that brightens the complexion, protects from sun exposure and minimizes signs of aging. I have tried this CC cream before, and for some reason, it has sort of a grey-undertone on my skin. Needless to say, it doesn't look so hot on me. I'll be passing this one on.

Tonymoly: BCDation All Master
(Deluxe Sample: $9.60 / Full Size Product: $24)
This product is multifunctional as a makeup base,  BB cream, CC cream, and  foundation all in one. It not only corrects, blurs, and balances out the skin tone but also moisturizes, lifts, and adds extra volume for a silky smooth 3D complexion. This all sounds pretty amazing, right? I'm not entirely sure it works as well as it claims, though. I've only used it a couple of times but the shade seems a little off on me, and I find it to be a little drying. Not entirely sure of my thoughts on this one yet.

Witch's Pouch: Radiant Lolli Tint in 03 "Funky Bloom"
(Deluxe Sample: $7.78 / Full Size Product: $14)
This is now the 3rd time I've received this sample, however I enjoy it enough that I'm happy to have another! This is a 3 in 1 type of lip item that has the shine of a lip gloss, the blendability of a lip tint, and the color payoff of a lipstick, depending on how you apply it. I find that it has great pigmentation, and can really be used in a multitude of ways. I think the downfall of this tint is that it doesn't have the staying power of one. Some tints I have to scrub off my lips at the end of a long day, unfortunately this one seems to wear off within a couple of hours. I'd consider this more of a pigmented lip gloss than anything else.

Hanskin: Bio Origin Royal Ampoule BB 
(Deluxe Sample: $7.71 / Full Size Product: $54)
I have received this sample so many times that I feel like a broken record reviewing it repeatedly. I am pretty sure this is the 4th sample of this I've gotten from Memebox. I'm not upset about seeing it again in this box though, as I kind of expected some repeats here. This is an incredibly popular BB cream, and since I am pretty stuck in my ways with my favorites, I've swapped or sold every sample of this I've received. I think I should probably give this a try, considering so many people love it so much! It's applied with a dropper, which is quite different from most BB creams. It contains royal jelly extracts to help it glide over skin, and you apparently only need a drop or two to cover the whole face. I guess we'll see!

RYO: Anti-Hairloss Treatment Pack
(Deluxe Sample: $3 / Full Size Product: $12)
I have also received this hair treatment a few times in Memeboxes, the first time being a very early on in a Global box. I have thinning hair, and I have actually found this product to work pretty well! It has a very herbal scent to it, which isn't too pleasant for me, but I usually use it before shampooing so the scent is gone by the time I get out of the shower. This treatment is infused with biota seed, coix seed, green tea and gold extracts. It not only prevents hair loss, but re-energizes and strengthens thin, damaged hair. Basically, you apply this on wet hair and massage it onto the scalp with your finger tips. Wait 2-3 minutes and then rinse off with water. After using this, I simply continue with shampoo and conditioner as I normally would. I have found that this does seem to make my hair feel thicker and stronger at the roots, and even though the sample is small, I feel like it lasts long enough to actually notice a positive difference.
Overall Thoughts
This box cost me $12 + $6.99 shipping and has a total value of $78.83!
Considering this box of samples cost me under $20, I'd say this was a big winner value-wise! I'm actually hoping they do these kinds of boxes more often, because I rarely go through an entire full size bottle of something. It's more exciting for me to try out a large variety of products and then purchase full sizes of the ones I do like. I have tried quite a few of these products already, but some of them I'm a big fan of, and I'm very happy to have travel-size. I am going to keep my eye out for similar boxes to this in the future, and I'm even going so far as to shoot Memebox an e-mail requesting another deluxe-sample-heavy box. If they're all as packed as this one, I'd say it's a no-brainer for $12!
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7 comments:

  1. I have this box on its way to me and I'm very excited, yay! This kind of reminds me of the early days of Memebox Global. I'd rather have a bunch of deluxe samples of different things than a few giant products I may or may not care about, personally.

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    1. I agree it was very remiscent of the early days! Lots of deluxe samples! I loved how cheap this box was and yet how packed with stuff it is. I'm exactly like you- I'd much rather spend less money on a bunch of deluxe samples and then spend the money i saved on full size versions of things I like!

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  2. I managed to snag this in the restocks and I cant wait! I got my tracking a few days ago so I should have it in a month... :P

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    1. SO happy you were able to snag this one! It's one of my favorite boxes in a very long time- lots of stuff to sample and and everything is generously sized. Can't ask for more than that!

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  3. This looks so fun. But I have SO many full-size Memebox products I'm afraid they'd get pushed to side and lost forever!

    #kbeautybloghop

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  4. Out of all of the Boxing Day boxes, this is the one that I am saddest I missed. It looks like a great box. #kbeautybloghop

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  5. Hi, I think your referral link stopped working. Can you post a new one? Thanks!

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