Thursday, January 22, 2015

Memebox Global 18 Review and Unboxing

I've had the Global #18 Memebox for a little while now. I put off taking pictures, put off editing, and then put off actually writing this post for over a week because, spoiler alert: I'm so bored by this box. I love kbeauty, and Memebox was a huge player in helping me to familiarize myself with new Korean brands and products, but lately the boxes have just been more of a bummer than anything else. Global boxes used to be packed with a wide variety of goodies, yet this one just completely bombed for me. I'm not sure if I'll ever buy a Global box again at this rate. They used to be safe bets- now it's like 1 in every 5 Global boxes is actually worth it. But enough with my complaints- let's take a look at the box and you can decide for yourself.

(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 Global boxes, which are boxes that are not curated around a specific theme, but filled with a random variety of products from skincare to makeup.
  "Global #18" cost $23 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 6 products.

From Memebox:
Let's Celebrate! We've already made it to the 18th global box! To celebrate the release of the 18th version of our hottest box series, we've made sure to fill it with our very own favorite goodies, perfect for any and every occasion! As much as we put in extra time and effort into curating this box, we hope that you love each and every one of the goodies inside! We'd hate to have you miss out, so pre-order your box right now to celebrate this exciting milestone with us!
  By the way they made such a big deal in the description about this box being a milestone and how they put "extra time and effort" into the curation of this box, you'd think it would be amazing. But it wasn't. At all.

Pure Smile: Animal Point Pads
(Full Size Product: $1)
These are mask pads that moisturize and soothe dry and troubled skin on the face and body. They're formulated with pineapple extracts, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and natto gum. They're used similarly to sheet masks, where they're applied to a spot on your face and body that needs moisture or nutrition and is left there for 10-15 minutes.
To have a $1 item as one of the six products in a box is just ridiculous to me, not to mention there are other low-cost products in this box. To have these as a little add-on item in a box is totally acceptable, but to feature these as a full size product in the box is a joke. These should be called PointLESS Pads, because they're like little sheet masks for random spots on your body. I don't understand why one wouldn't just use a sheet mask on their face, or lotion on their body rather than these. I suppose if you run out of sheet masks and want to slap these all over your face instead they'd be useful. Otherwise...nope.

DermaLift: Intensiderm Aqua Rich Cream
(Deluxe Sample: (for all 3 mini tubes) $37.80  / Full Size Product: $42)
This is a gentle facial cream that is super moisturizing and used to soothe and repair damaged skin while helping to prevent further damage to the skins moisture barrier. Essentially, it's a moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin. It's insane to think that each on of these tubes is valued at over $12, but that's according to Memebox pricing. I did try these out on my arms and legs at first, and found them to work quite well for moisturizing my always-crazy-dry legs, so I went ahead and gave it a whirl on my face. If you have dry skin in any capacity, this stuff would be amazing for you. It really does moisturize well without overdoing it, and I found there to be no irritation or oil-slicks on my face after 2 nights of use. Since my skin has been more dry than usual due to the weather, I'm happy to have these moisture-packed little buggers!

EChoice: Hand Therapy in "Cherry Blossom and Shea Butter"
(Full Size Product: $2)
This hand cream is infused with shea butter and cherry blossom extracts. It doesn't have any special ingredients or fancy ingredients, which is always fine by me, but I don't think I'll be keeping this as I have way too many hand creams that seem much higher quality than this one.
If this hand cream doesn't scream, "Korean Dollar Store" than I don't know what does. The packaging looks and feels cheap. I love hand creams, but I'm getting tired of Memebox using them as a cheap way to fill a box, and I've only gotten a few that I've actually enjoyed.

Touch By Lee Kyung Min: Extreme Shield Master
(Full Size Product: $46)
Lee Kyung min is apparently a Korean creative director who is famous for her winter skincare beauty classes. This product is from her line, and is apparently a "magical ampoule" that is enriched with "essence-type oil components" for an instant moisture surge. It calms and takes care of flaking and dead skin cells on skin damaged by cold winter weather. It's housed in essentially a lip gloss tube. You twist the bottom about ten thousand times to get the product to push up through the silicon brush tip and then dab the product over dry spots on the face. To me, $46 for a ridiculously tiny tube of product is absolutely insane, and there's never a time were I need a moisturizing spot treatment. I have oily skin, so I rarely deal with dry patches on my face. Even so, I would direct dry skinned people to a million other things before this. It's goopy, it's kind of weird in application, and it doesn't do anything special. Hard pass on this.

Dr. MJ: Bee Tox Control Cream
(Full Size Product: $50)
This cream contains bee venom, propolis extracts, tea tree leaf water, rosemary and calendula extracts which are used to soothe, nourish and rejuvenate the skin by creating a protective moisture barrier. I received this as a bonus product in my Cutie Pie Marzia 2 box, so this isn't exactly an exciting thing to see repeated. I have used it and while it's not a bad cream, I don't find that it doesn't anything spectacular, or anything that my dozens of other creams can't do. I've already passed this on to someone else, although it wasn't an awful product to see here- it's just unfortunate that it takes up $50 in value for this box, because it's definitely not worth that much.

Purederm: Shower Jelly in "Brightening Milk"
(Full Size Product: $6)
I have tried the Lush shower jellies before and really enjoyed them, so I was happy to see a less expensive Purederm version! This is a jar of jello-like shower gel. You can scoop some out and use it as is, take the whole blob out and rub it all over your body, or put the jelly into the net bag that is provided and wet it with water until it begins to foam, then massage it on your body. I haven't used this one yet so I'm not sure how long one container lasts, but they're definitely a fun thing to try out!

Overall Thoughts
This box cost $23 + $6.99 shipping, and has a total value of about $143.
While that seems like a great value, take into consideration that two of the products here are valued at under $3, and the Purederm Shower Jelly is valued at $6. Because of the over-priced tube of weird skin goop and the Bee Tox cream, this box's value skyrockets when you look at the numbers alone. But looking at this box as a whole, I don't think I would have purchased this for $10 if I had known what was in it.

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