Thursday, August 6, 2015

Memebox Missha Box Review and Unboxing

The Missha Box was the second box I picked up during the big Memebox sale. I paid $20 each for these boxes, which is less than the old school Memeboxes used to retail for. Plus I had $10 in points and a 20% off coupon code. On top of it all, Memebox was offering free shipping with a $30 purchase. I mean, how could I resist a deal that good, right? 
As I mentioned in my previous review of the Glowing Skin Box, it's been almost 6 months since I've done a Memebox unboxing, and that's because I haven't purchased a single box since then. It's hard to believe considering I have probably doing more Meme-unboxings than anything else on this blog! I just felt that the overall value had declined too much and the brands were a little too familiar to me. One awesome thing that Memebox hasn't gotten back is that they always included brands I had never heard of and were always introducing me to something new. 
The Missha Box wasn't something that I expected to blow me away with new and exciting products. I'm quite familiar with Missha and their product line, but I grabbed this box more-so for the hope that I might get some back-ups of my favorites. If not my favorites, then I hoped to get a box full of things I hadn't tried from Missha before. I know their products are great quality, so I didn't think I could go wrong grabbing this one!
(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.
  "Missha Box" cost me $20 (this was a sale price, I believe), and includes 5 products.

From Memebox:
It's the inside that counts. Missha is a big player in the Korean cosmetics industry, and they’ve been a part of Memebox for as long as we can remember!  Using state-of-the-art technology, this box proves that point exactly with products that will have you saying "Ooh and Ahhh".

Missha: In Shower Comfort Hair Removal Cream For Sensitive Skin ($13)
Hmm. Alrighty, we're off to a semi-weird start. I suppose when I bought the Missha box, I made the assumption that it would be heavy on the skincare...but I guess this is something new and interesting which is what I wanted, right? This is apparently a cream that contains ingredients that help soften hair so it's easy to remove, however it also soothes and moisturizes the skin. Memebox refers to this product using something called the SMART system: Speedy, Mild, Aromatic, Rinsable, and Treats irritated skin. Alrighty...
The one thing that does interest me about this hair removal cream is the fact that it can be used in the shower. However I was fooled by the name into thinking you put this on while in the shower, but unfortunately the directions state to put this on the area you wish to remove hair from before you get into the shower. It does say you can get into the shower once the cream is applied, however I feel like it would just rinse away immediately if I did that- so I plan on waiting 2-3 minutes before hopping under the water. The directions suggest removing the hair and cream with the sponge. Honestly I have no idea how this stuff could work that quickly and be able to simply rinse the hair and cream away in the shower, especially if it's made for sensitive skin, but hey- I'll give it a try!

Missa: Procure Extra Volume Hair Serum ($11)
OK, so still no skincare products- but I'm hopeful! I'm usually not that wild about getting hair products in my Memeboxes, but I have a mighty need for thickening and volumizing hair treatments, so this is right up my alley! This product uses all kinds of crazy ingredients that I can't understand (nano liposomed HF complex...mkay?) to enhance the hair's cuticle and promote the production of collagen and elastine while nourishing and revitalizing the hair. It's a hair serum rather than a treatment, so it can be applied to towel dried hair without needing to rinse it out. The directions also say you can apply it to the ends when hair has completely dried. I'm actually interested in trying this product because it's so rare that a haircare product actually gives me the volume and health I want for my hair. I'm always willing to give stuff a shot to see if it will become one of my few holy grail haircare products. Stay tuned for an empties update on this one in the future!

Missha: Procure Sebum Control Scalp and Hair Pack ($19)
First of all...ANOTHER hair care product? Seriously? Where are all the famous Missha skincare products, Memebox? Do you really think people bought this box and hoped for Missha haircare? Grumble...
Second of all...Scalf and hair pack? What is a Scalf though, seriously? I thought the print had come off the bottle until I noticed the plastic packaging also said "Scalf and Hair Pack." Very odd.
Also I find it so weird referring to "sebum" when it comes to hair. I now sebum is kbeauty's buzz word for "oil" but it's still odd to use on a hair product. Regardless of my weird feelings about this bottle, what does it do, exactly?
Three things, apparently. First, it takes care of oily scalf (snicker snicker...I had to) and oily hair by balancing moisture and controlling oil production, which in turn soothes itching. Second this hair pack provides a "dual coat layer" to keep hair soft and moisturized while preventing against static and tangles. The third and final thing this hair pack does is give ginger, bamboo and ceramide to the scalp which help lock in moisture and keep the scalp healthy. This product is used after shampooing on hair that has been wrung out a bit. It's applied and then massaged into the scalp and on the hair for 3 minutes and then rinsed out. Think of it as a fancy conditioner. I'm all for fancy conditioners, although I'm not entirely sold by this one yet.

Missha: Super Aqua Double Enzyme Oxygen Mask ($20)
FINALLY! A skincare product!! *throws confetti excitedly*
The Super Aqua line from Missha is quite popular, although I am more fond of the snail line myself so this is a new product to me, personally. This mask removes dead skin cells and impurities with a gentle bubbling effect. This effect also results in a natural phase of the oxygen micro-peeling process that leaves skin looking brighter and detoxified. This mask also contains special enzymes and vitamins that protect the skin from harmful environmental factors. To use, apply to a clean, towel dried face and leave on for 3-5 minutes until bubbling occurs, then begin to gently massage the mask on your skin for about a minute. Then rinse off with warm water. It is suggested to use this mask 1-2 times a week.
I like masks that I don't have to leave on my face for a long time and then spend an even longer time scrubbing it off my face, so this is going right into the bathroom so I can give it a whirl. I want to look into the ingredients a bit more and see if this will work well with my skin type, but I have never had a serious issue with any Missha product I've used before so I'm not too worried. Can't wait to see how well this works!
Here's a 'lil peek at what the mask looks like in the jar. Lots of mysterious little particles in there!

Missha: Bourdeaux Absolute Body Scrub ($14)
Well...we've reached the end of the box and alas...another body product. Seriously, Memebox? ONE skincare product in the entire box? This is MISSHA we're talking about! Sigh. Honestly I feel bad because I'm sure these products are perfectly fine, but I'm side-eyeing them so hard right now because I expected something so different from this box! Regardless, let me try to compose myself here and at least tell you about this product!
This is a sweet wine-scented body scrub, which I can already get behind because I'm kind of obsessed with wine. Alright, I'm really obsessed with wine. This smells amazing, and kind of makes me want a glass of pinot. Having said that, this scrub is made with all natural ingredients including salt, and grapeseed. Apparently this scrub will form a "moisture shield" on your skin after uses, which helps protect the skin from harsh external factors while strengthening the skins natural barrier by healing and relieving tired skin.
Overall Thoughts
This box cost $20 on sale and has a total value of $77.
I'm not going to lie, I'm at a total loss for words on this one. I guess I really expected a box full of skincare delights courtesy of Missha, but I got a lot of haircare and body care. It's just a really, really bad curation for a Missha box in my opinion when they have soooo many products that are wonderful and such a vast line of skincare products- I don't understand why I got 2 hair products and a hair removal cream? It's just so boggling to the mind. Having said that, if I take away the idea that this is a "Missha Box" and just look at the products objectively, it's not too bad. I will definitely use, or at least try everything here, and all the products are full size so I can get a good idea on how I feel about everything. I don't know...this one was kind of a bummer, I gotta say. I think if I had paid full price for this box I would have been pretty grumpy, although I don't know how much they were originally selling it for (most likely in the $40-$45 range?). Since I only paid a small amount for this box, I'm still happy with the things I got because they're all useable and all brand new to me- so hey, it's not all bad, right?

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  1. I loved this box! The description should have stated that the products were not all skincare, but it also didn't say skincare either. I am on skincare overload, so having a box full of items that were body and hair products was pretty nice for me. I did pay full price and still think it was worth it! Give the conditioner a try - your scalf will love it!! haha

    1. I totally agree that this would have been a pleasant surprise for anyone who is on skincare overload. I got rid of anything I wasn't going to use before it expired or things that didn't work for me so I'm back on the hunt for new and exciting skincare goodies- which is why I bought this box, so it was a bit of a let down for me. Having said that, I plan on using almost everything here so I didn't feel like I wasted my money at all. This would have been a great hair and body box back in the day! haha :D

  2. I almost bought this box but then I read one of the reviews that said that were only 1 skincare product and I removed from my cart.My understand would be that a MIssha box would be packed full of skincare I guess Memebox was trying to get rid of some of the products .

    1. I was planning on buying boxes blindly to make it a little more fun but now I kind of wish I looked this one up first- I was buying boxes so I could get more skincare since I don't really use a ton of stuff in my hair, really. It was a bit of a bummer but at least it's some new products I can try out. I agree it seems like they were trying to unload some non-skincare items because they're probably not as popular sellers on the site.

  3. SCALF! I don't think this is a bad box, but I can definitely see how it would be a letdown for folks expecting facial care or makeup. The scalf pack (lol) actually sounds pretty good to me. I've used similar products and I feel like they make my scalp less itchy.

    1. hahahah I don't think I'll ever get over "Scalf" I keep laughing at it! I don't think it's a bad box, either if I had expected body stuff. For some reason when you see "missha box" one normally thinks of the famous missha products that are skincare related. The products are all pretty good and actually it's nice to get some variety in regards to kbeauty products, but I definitely bought this with skincare in mind- so it gave me a bit of a "womp womp" feeing when I opened it lol ;)