Monday, February 23, 2015

Memebox Cleopatra Review and Unboxing

It seems like ages since I've done a Memebox review! So much has been changing with them lately that it's hard to keep up. Obviously the major thing that changed, is they stopped shipping internationally. This is not only a hugely sad moment for any Memebox fan that doesn't live in the US, but the US has taken a hit as well. No longer are boxes being shipped from Korea. They're all being curated and shipped from the US headquarters, and Memebox Global is now known as Memebox USA, and they're obviously not as great of a value in my opinion. Plus the majority of them are revealed before they even ship, so there is no mystery to them. I discussed my thoughts on this on facebook back when it all happened, but let's just say things are not the same with Memebox now, so you may see less box review here for the time being.
Memebox recently held a sale where they encouraged bloggers to purchase some of their leftover boxes for review purposes. Any box that was purchased and reviewed, the buyer would be refunded 100%. Of course, I couldn't resist a deal that good considering I review all my Memeboxes anyway, so over the next week or so, you'll be seeing a few reviews of older boxes that I missed out on the first time they came around. The first one up is the Cleopatra Box.
This box came out with the Wonder Woman and Empress' Secrets boxes, and while I was a bit tempted at the time, the $29 price tag kept me from pulling the trigger on them, especially since the themes were a bit too vague for my liking. However, I noticed the Cleopatra box in the sale this time around, and I hadn't remembered what was in it, so I thought it would be a fun surprise to get and review!
(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. Memebox has been kind enough to create a FAQs page that you can view HERE if you want more info on the boxes and what they offer.

This particular box is one of their special edition boxes, which are based around a specific theme.
  "Memebox Cleopatra" cost $29 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 5 products.

From Memebox:
Have you ever wondered the secret behind the timeless beauty of the famous ancient Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra? Her ancient skin and body beauty rituals made her the most coveted and celebrated woman of her time, making her historically famous as the spellbinding enchantress that held Caesar hostage by her blinding beauty. This box explodes with Cleopatra's most celebrated ancient skin and body beautifying secrets that transcends time, all made with the most natural, effective ingredients. 
 
Cossu: Body Ade in 'Rose'
(Full Size Product: $29)
This is a liquid bubble soap that contains 75% rose water, which Memebox claims was an ingredient used in Cleopatra's daily baths. It provides intense hydration and soothing relief for the skin while also clarifying and nourishing. It can be used as a foaming facial cleanser, body wash, shampoo or bubble bath. However the PH of this product is pretty high for the face (can't remember exactly what it was now, but it was over 7), so I will be using it as a body wash. I don't usualy like the scent of rose, but this isn't straight rose-scented. It isn't as overpowering as I thought it would be, so I'll use it up. This product did leak a little in the packaging, so I think that it most likely comes full to the top, unlike what you see in the photo.

Calmia: Oatmeal Therpay Foam Facial Cleanser
(Full Size Product: $10)
This cleanser is enriched with oatmeal extracts to help soothe your skin while deep cleaning and softening skins texture. It contains portulaca, lavender, rosemary, chamomile, and basil in an herbal blend that cleanses away excess dirt and oil. This cleanser is very, very thick, so while it was difficult to get a PH reading on it, it's reading about a 9, which is around the ph of a laundry detergent. I have no interest in putting that on my face, so it'll be passing this on.

Xaivita: Goat Milke Whitening Cream
(Full Size Product: $70)
Memebox says that goat milk is regarded as one of the secrets of Cleopatra's "unfailing beauty" as she not only drank it but bathed in it regularly. This particular cream is enriched with over 10,000ppm of real goat milk, which helps moisture and nutrients absorbs into the skin while creating a protective moisture barrier to prevent further damage to the skin. I think that the consistency of this cream is just lovely. It feels smooth, silky and creamy, but not so much that it's overbearing on my combination skin. It absorbs quickly and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. I do think that the price of this cream is probably insanely inflated...I can't imagine a cream like this costing $70.

Aromawiz: Spa Bath Bomb in "Chocolate"
(Full Size Product: $42...but really $3)
Memebox has the retail price of this bath bomb listed at $42. I am desperately trying to figure out where they got that number from, considering the Aromawiz website has it listed for 3,000 won, which is just under $3 USD. That's a hell of a markup, Memebox. I'm side-eyeing them like crazy right now...but I digress. Taking a peek at the Aromawiz website, it seems like this company is kind of like Lush- they sell bath bombs and fun soaps etc. This bath bomb is 100% handmade, and looking at the ingredients- (sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, crystal salt, chocolate scent, cacao powder) I don't think it has a huge effect on your skin, other than making bath time a little more fun and chocolatey scented.

WillSpa Touch: Secret Touch for Woman
(Full Size Product: $35)
This is the second product in this box that arrived leaking, and I could smell this from a mile away. It is formulated with 100% natural essential oils including frankincense oil, bergamot, ylang ylang, rose geranium, rose absolute, lavender, jojoba and patchouli. It's effective for relieving stress and refreshing in between an exhausting day. This stuff is incredibly strong and earthy scented. Many people say they can smell the lavender in this first, however it's the patchouli that really hits me when I sniff my wrist after applying it. I like really herby/hippie scents, so I do actually like this, although it's definitely not something everyone would like.
  Overall Thoughts
This box cost $29 + $6.99 shipping and has a projected retail value of $186.
While that would be a fantastic value, realistically, the prices listed on the card are pretty inflated for some of these items. I'm guessing the retail value of this box is much closer to around $90, which is still a good value...I don't understand the hugely inflated prices at all.
Regardless of the price issues, I think Memebox did a decent job with this box. The curation is OK, although I feel like a chocolate bath bomb and rose pump soap are not things I think of when I think, "Cleopatra." Overall, I will probably use 3 out of the 5 products, which is pretty good for me! I'm really happy to have the goat milk cream, and I actually really like the perfume, even it if is super-strong!

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4 comments:

  1. Multiple leaking products would annoy me greatly. Just saying. And $42 for a bath bomb?! Hahaha. Maybe whoever was writing the info card tried to type $4 but had sticky fingers. :P

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    1. The ONLY reason why I didn't e-mail them to complain about the leaky products is because this is one of those boxes they offered a full refund on if a review was completed- so i'll be getting my money back anyway- otherwise I'd be all over them for the leaking stuff. I just got an order from the memeshop and not only was the soothing sista palette in a box that had multiple rips on it, it was missing the sponge applicator. I got a missha lotion along with it and that was also leaking all in the package. Not happy at ALL.

      As for the bath bomb, I thought the SAME thing until I found their old page listing for this. Even though they never sold it, they had the price listed at $70. SEVENTY DOLLARS. I can't.

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  2. Maybe the $42 bath bomb was priced like what the bulk would be if you bought a 10-pack???

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