Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Memebox Moisture Surge Review and Unboxing

This is the second of 3 boxes that I decided to pick up during the review sale that Memebox did not too long ago, and it is probably the box that I was most looking forward to getting! When this was first released, I honestly had very little interest. While I think it's important for everyone to keep their skin moisturized and healthy, A lot of times when you hear "moisturize" of any kind in a description of a Memebox, it usually means that the products are geared towards dry skin. I have combination/oily skin, so I didn't think this would be the best fit for me at first glance. Once I saw the reviews, I knew I missed out on some pretty great products! Luckily I was able to snag one during the restock!
(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.
  "Moisture Surge" cost $29 plus $6.99 shipping, and includes 5 products.

From Memebox:
 It's a Dry Skin Smackdown! Dry, flaky skin sucks almost as much as breakouts and oily skin! Whether you're dealing with an all-over moisture problem, or battling just a few annoying dry patches, this moisture surge box will cure all- even during the harshest fall and winter months! This box will lock in moisture for a dewy, supple complexion, and fortify the skin's moisture barrier for all day hydration!

Original Raw Deluxe Kit 3.0 ($60)
This Deluxe kit includes a cleanser, essence and moisturizer. I really love how this set comes in a little gift box! Each tube contains just over 1 ounce or product, so I think it's pretty nuts that this kit retails for $60. Regardless- there's some interesting products in here! Here's a description of each one:
 Black Bubble- This cleanser is naturally derived, and is a bubbling machine! The formula contains an oxygen transmitter that when put in contact with the air, transforms the cleanser into fine, minute bubbles that help deep clean your face. This didn't bubble at all when I applied it to my dry skin, however it went nuts as soon as I added a bit of water to my face first and then applied. This has a ph of about 6.5, which not awful, but still a bit to high for my liking, so I'll be passing this on to a friend.
 Chan-mool Patting Essence- A patting essence is essentially product that you apply to the skin and then gently pat onto your skin until absorbed. Most of the patting essences I've tried have been quite liquidy, but this is a jelly-texture and actually pretty thick. It's supposed to moisturize, brighten and tighten the skin while creating a protective moisture barrier. Since this is a thick consistency, it's best to apply this over the face first and then pat it into the skin. I honestly don't believe in the patting motion helping products absorb- you really cant push products into your skin...but hey- I'll still use this as a regular essence and apply it normally.
 Water Block Black Jam- I expected this to have a black or grey tint to it, but it's just as clear and jelly-like as the patting essence. This is essentially a moisturizer that doubles as a sleeping pack if you'd prefer to use it that way. It uses plant extracts and hyaluronic acid to create a moisture wall over your skin. It also claims that a single application will keep your skin moisturized for 48 hours without need for re-hydration. Interesting...I'll have to test that out on a weekend when I'm just laying around the house!

Derma House: Aloe Vera Moisture Mist ($14)
Aloe Vera mists are great for dry and sensitive skin. It can be used to cool and soothe burned or irritated skin, or simply pack an extra moisture punch for flaky skin. I have used a few different aloe mists from various Memeboxes and I've always used them all up! I was never sure how often I'd use mists, but I found a really great time to use them is right after you remove a sheet mask. Sometimes, certain masks can leave a sticky residue on my face, and a gentle mist can not only add extra moisture and skincare benefits, but it will also break up any of the residue on the face, and let you continue layering your products.

imface: Vio-Xellose Neck Patch ($5)
I love getting neck patches in kbeauty boxes, because it's one of the places I neglect more than I'd like to admit, and let's face it: no one wants saggy, wrinkled skin on their neck as they age! This patch has a naturally derived coconut jelly texture and contains a botanical wrinkle complex and adenosine, which all work to great signs of aging along the neckline. This mask is free of parabens, benzophenone, sulfates and artificial pigment and fragrance. To use this, simply apply the patch to the neck area and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Peel away the patch and massage in any remaining essence and that's it. It's essentially a sheet mask for you neck. I wish that these neck patches were as cheap and widely available as regular sheet masks-I'd use them all the time!

Wish Formula: Premium Ampoule Mask ($14)
This sheet mask improves the skin's natural recovery power while combating winkles and deeply nourishing the skin, leaving it moist, supple and radiant. I figured I'd give this $14 sheet mask a try considering most of the masks I have in my collection are all under $1 in value. This fit my face well, stayed moist for awhile and really did make my face feel super soft and smooth. I don't know if I'd spent anywhere near $14 for a single sheet mask, but this was definitely nicer than the ones I usually use!

Insobeau: Hiaromax Vitamin Stick ($29)
This product was the main reason why I wanted to grab the restock of this box! Sarah over at Bits & Boxes had a lot of great things to say about this product, and since she's awesome and I trust her opinions, I knew I needed this in my life asap. You can use this around your eyes and mouth, on your cheeks...really anywhere that you need some instant moisture. It replenishes skin with a vitamin and hyaluronic acid formula while also cooling and soothing. It even treats enlarged pores, which I most definitely have. You can use this under or over makeup as well, so it's great to stick in your purse and apply through the day when your skin gets dry. I don't normally suffer from an abundance of dry skin, but since this winter has been so frigidly cold, I've definitely had more dry patches than usual. This stuff has a light mentholated scent, but it's not unpleasant at all. It feels instantly cooling when you swipe it on, and almost feels like it turns to water when it hits the skin. It's incredibly soothing and really works well on the dryness I have. Definitely the best item in this box, hands down!

Rosemoon: Rich 53% Collagen Smart Balm ($47)
I really dig the sleek packaging of this product for some reason. It just reminds me of a high-end American brand or something. Either way, this is essentially a moisturizer. It has 53% collagen, which is great for moisturizing the skin, but for not much more than that. According to Paula and well, all scientists, collagen molecules in skincare are too large to penetrate into the skin, so it cannot be absorbed. Even it if was made small enough to absorb into the skin, it still cannot bind to existing collagen in the skin. This doesn't make these products useless though, since collagen is a great moisturizer, but you should never spend an arm and a leg on a collagen product simply because it contains collagen- you're better off just buying a regular moisturizer for a tenth of the price! I have more moisturizers and creams than any other skincare product in my collection, so I am going to be passing this on to my mom, who will love it I'm sure!

Overall Thoughts
The Moisture Surge Memebox cost $29 + $6.99 shipping, and has a retail value of $169.
This is the kind of Memebox I really miss! This was well curated, filled with a variety of products, and has a great value. The current offerings that Memebox has are really leaving something to be desired. I can see they're trying to curate fun boxes, but because they're all unboxed (you're able to see what's in it before you buy the box) the mystery factor is gone. On top of that, now that Memebox is working out of the US and not Korea, the prices of the boxes have gone up, and the overall value has gone down. They may be featuring more recognizable brands, which is good for some people, but I know many of their customers loved being introduced to unfamiliar brands and products- that is really what made Memebox stand out so much. Getting this box yesterday gave me a little kick of nostalgia since this was originally released back in the Fall. 
I can only hope that Memebox sees where they can be most lucrative, opens up international shipping again, and starts to curate boxes like they used to. 
My thoughts on this box in particular: Fan-freakin-tastic! There's nothing here that is focused too much on dry skin, so I think people with all skin types could make good use of these products. Really glad I snatched this one up!

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  1. I still love my VitaStick!! It's so perfect for traveling, too, especially on planes. Since it's not a liquid they can't snatch it from you. I use it on my hands when they get especially dry and cracked. I don't know what it is but I think it's wonderful. It's so efficient, there's no finding ways to get rid of excess lotion either. *love* I had to buy a second Moisture Surge box so I could get another one. If you're gonna be outside shoveling snow, it makes a great moisture barrier for your face.

    Okay, I'll stop. Haha! It's just too perfect for me. I am curious to know how the Original Raw works for you. I found that it broke me out. I was so disappointed, too, because it gets such good reviews.

    1. hahah that's exactly how I feel about it! I love convenient products, and I love products that will work for almost everyone, regardless of skin type. I'm not sure if I'm going to try the Original Raw stuff- the cleanser ph is a bit too high for my liking, and since I'm not using that, I might just keep the whole set together and give it to someone who might like it- plus it worries me that it broke you out LOL...my skin breaks out at the drop of a hat so I might want to steer clear!

  2. Now I want a VitaStick! It sounds like it would be the perfect thing to not leak all over my travel bag, lol.