Saturday, July 26, 2014

I Knew You Were Trouble When You Showed Up, On My Skin

Acne, pimples, zits, comedones, blemishes, spots. In Asian skincare, they are referred to as troubles, which I think is the cutest, least disgusting way to talk about acne lol.

I am cursed with oily, acne prone skin, so when Memebox released their Free From Oil and Trouble Superbox, I jumped on it.

Memebox says:

"Tried and true—our Free From Oil & Troubles #3 is packed with the newest and best trouble-fighting and oil controlling products yet!

Tired of being a shiny face Cinderella by the time the clock hits 12? Turn down the shine and control excessive sebum with our Free From Oil & Troubles #3! This box is the ultimate go-to box for covering those pesky little pimples, treating blemishes, keeping skin matte all day and soothing troubled yet sensitive skin. Our oil absorbing products are proven to work-fast, so that your skin is left refreshed, smooth, blemish free, and healthy-looking!

Don't let your prince spot you with an oily face again with our Free From Oil & Troubles #3!!"

The Inside!

 The helpful product list and instructions!

1. Skin 1004 Foam Foam Cleanser Morning & Night (90ml/2 bottles/$35)

These are two coordinating cleansers, one containing protective ingredients like argan seed oil and edelweiss extracts for a gentle cleansing in the morning and a stronger deep pore cleansing formula with lavender and lotus. These both are foam cleansers.  I've used different moisturizers for night and day, but I've never done two different cleansers for night and day. I'm intrigued by the concept.

2. Milky Dress Anti-Trouble Body Mist (80ml/$23)

Worth the entire cost of admission! What a clever product, a spray to help get troubles that pop up in the hard to reach areas! I tried the Murad version, and it was not effective, so I am really excited to try this.

3. Dermahouse Pore Tighten Ample (30ml/$22)

Ampoules are something not usually sold in the US markets. They are more concentrated versions of serums, with more of the active ingredient. They often have the higher price tag to match as well.  This goes on after your skincare routine to tighten large pores and treat and prevent dark spots.

 4. Yuri Pibu Parsley Herb Toner (150ml/$23)

This is a gentle moisturizing toner that is supposed to be used after cleansing night and day.

5. L'Ocean Pink Powder (20ml/$24)

Excuse the picture, my bottle was still mixed from transport. The fluid is supposed to be in two layers, a yellow layer on top and a pink layer on bottom. The top layer has BHA and AHA and the bottom layer contains calamine and volcanic ash. You stick a Q Tip into the solution and dab into the bottom layer. You then apply it to any blemishes and leave on overnight.  I have never tried a solution like this, but I hear they are very effective. FYI, do not shake!

6. Tosowoong Silk Touching Powder (10g/$34)

This a transparent powder that offers a soft silky texture that claims to last all day. The directions say to spritz onto fabric, clothes and anywhere else for an instantly refreshing feel, which I assume is misprint from a different item. I assume this is either a finishing powder or a priming powder, but if anyone knows better, let me know!!

The open compact!

This box costs $32 plus $6.99 shipping. The value is $161. The box is worth it to me just for the body mist. This box is currently sold out, but there are some new arrivals you can grab. These all give 3 memepoints, which you can use for $3 off a future purchase.

You can also get $5 off by using the code AFFILIATE-7599-IJMWD-YAEN.

This post contains affiliate links, but all items were purchased, not provided, and all opinions are my own. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Memebox Milk!

Another memebox! This is the milk one, I purchased in a bundle with Whole Grains and Oriental Medicine. I figured milk does a body good ;)

The inside.
Here's how Memebox advertised this box.

"We all know milk is good for teeth and bones, but betcha didn’t know it’s also good for your skin!

Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, is a famous beauty icon who is known to have used milk as a secret ingredient for maintaining smooth, supple and radiant skin. Milk has healing properties that repairs sun damaged skin, prevents premature aging, and also provides abundant nutrients for a youthful look.

Now, we’re letting out this ancient beauty secret with our Milk Box to share with you all the skincare benefits that milk has to offer!"

The handy dandy what's in my box cards! With English instructions.

When I opened this box, I thought it smelled wonderful. The culprit is the first product listed.

1. Hello Everybody Bubble Steam Milk Bath (25g/$4)

This smells sooo good. I think it's the combination of almond oil and chamomile and vanilla. Can't wait to use it.  I've never used bath powder before, so I hope it's good and bubbly and pleasant smelling. The description claims it softens skin, but I look for more yummy, relaxing smells in my bath products than skin benefits, since I always lotion up afterwards. Am I alone in that?

2. Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion Milk (300ml/$25)

This is generous sized body lotion. The scent is a little lemon-citrusy (there's lemon balm in it) which is ok to me, but if you are sensitive to fragrance, I'd give it a skip. The lotion is very thin in it's consistency, and I do prefer a thicker formula.  The lotion is made from organic goats milk, and does leave skin soft and non-greasy. It absorbed fast as well. This was the weakest link in this box for me, but is something I will still use.

3. Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub (25g/$11)

I like lip scrubs, but I never remember to use them. I need to keep them out by the bed. I currently have a philosophy one that I feel like I've been using forever. So, needless to say, I haven't tried this. I am a little iffy, this came in either Chamomile Milk or Peach Milk. I got Chamomile Milk, so I'm a little hesitant about the taste.  This scrub contains sugar, milk, peach, chamomile and bees wax. If you've never used a lip scrub before, the process is simple. You roll a bit of scrub on dry lips to get the flakies off. Then you remove the dead skin with a warm towel or washcloth. It's recommended to apply a lip treatment or chapstick afterwards. It sounds painful, but it's really not, and I have a low low tolerance for pain.

4. Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack (23ml/$1)

 I love love sheet masks, I will never be able to get enough of them. In fact, I am kicking myself for not getting Memebox Mask Edition 4 :(  This is a Milk Essence Mask, with Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. It's supposed to be moisturizing, anti-aging and smoothing for uneven skin texture. Sheet masks, for the uninitiated, are little paper masks from heaven, coated in a serum, that you place on your face from anywhere to 15 minutes to 30. 

5. Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream (100g/$34)

 This is the product I am most intrigued by. This is essential a face cream, but made from donkey's milk and argan oil. Memebox claims that donkey's milk is more nutritious than cow or goat milk. Now, I love me some goat milk, but I have never had anything made with donkey's milk. I'm a little curious, I might need to go on a Strange Foods expedition and try some donkey milk or donkey milk cheese.  Anyway, although this has the word steam in it, you just apply it as the last step in your skincare routine. It's supposed to be intensive hydrating, so my oily skin might need to wait till winter to try this. Btw, there is no smell, donkey or otherwise, from this cream.

6. Enesti Rice & Milk Foaming Cleanser (120ml/$15)

This a foam cleanser made with rice and milk, that's supposed to deep clean pores, moisturize and brighten. I always get a chuckle since I see many Asian skincare lines claiming to give you translucent skin. Like see through? Like one of those genetically modified goldfish? 


7. Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Milk ($1)

Another lip patch! Going to save for when I need to fake Angelina Jolie lips.

So this memebox has a total value of $91, and cost me $23, plus I got 5 memepoints for it. It's currently sold out, but if you like to stalk to see if it would come back in stock. (Occasionally happens), here's the link.

If you like to try a different box, here's some new ones!


All About Lips

Memebox description:

We got the Meme-Fans’ Kiss of Approval!

Give your lips some oomph with this lip makeup -only box!

Kiss ghoulish-colored lips goodbye with creamy lipsticks, smooch-proof tints, long-lasting lip lacquers, non-sticky glosses and enviably cute lip who-know-whats! Packed with both beautifully baffling trendy colors and drop-dead gorgeous office appropriate hues, this All About Lips Box will be the box that you’ll be reaching for every day and every night!

With a lip combo this good, you’re gonna wonder how you ever got by without it!

Two memepoints with purchase of this box to get $2 off a future order.

All About Eyes

Memebox says:

Shut your lips and let your eyes do the talking. 
We found the perfect eye treatment, mascaras, liners, and eyeshadow combo that will make your eyes bigger, brighter, and sexier. Because, really, isn't that what it's all about?
Need a lift? Wrinkles, bags, crow's-feet—they don't stand a chance against this easy plan. Pamper and brighten eyes with eye treatments that work to diminish the look of dark circles, under eye shadows and fine lines.
Go from daytime eyes to lush evening eyes in a flash with versatile colored shadows and easy glide-on liners! Enhance your eyes with a do-all mascara that promises lush, defined, mile-long lashes with the swipe of a wand!
[Shipping starts Sept. 2nd]
Buying this box gives you 2 memepoints for $2 off a future purchase.

Korea's Most Wanted
Memebox says:

It's a sister act!

Did you know that Memebox Global  has an older sister named Memebox Korea?

Both sisters were both born in Seoul, yes, but after Memebox Global's move to San Francisco, and a long time of separation, the sisters are finally doing something fun! This time, it’s a sister act!

Memebox Global and Memebox Korea are teaming up to bring you Korea’s Most Wanted Box, the best of the best in K-Beauty!

Also a global hub for K-beauty-holics and makeup addicts, Memebox Korea carries only the hottest and most up-to-date Korean trends, and she’s giving us everything from hair and body products to makeup and skin care products so that you can get a taste of real Korean beauty! This box retails at over $100, but you can get yours for only $32!

[Shipping starts August 27th]

This box gives 3 memepoints for $3 off a future purchase.

Daily Dose of Beauty

I've got this one coming to me! Something about different pampering treatments on different days appeals to my OCD side.

Memebox says:
Confronting a new work week can be tough! So in order to make you feel—and look—polished everyday before heading out the door, we  have our tried and true beauty products that will add a little more sass and spice into each day of your week. Here are our weekly beauty staples!

Makeup Mondays: Beat Monday Morning Blues!
Treatment Tuesdays: Give yourself the ultimate skin pampering session that is  fit for a queen!
Weird Wednesdays: Surprise yourself with crazy beauty who-know-whats!
Therapy Thursday: Give yourself a therapeutic relaxation session!
Funky Fridays: Glam up and let loose!
Wrinkle-free Weekends: De-stress and erase the years off your face!

Everyone needs something beautiful everyday!

[Shipping starts August 27th]

This box gives 3 memepoints for $3 off a future purchase.

And if none of these new boxes appeal to you, there's still these older boxes available.



You can click on this box to get $5 off



This post contains affiliate links, but all items were purchased, not provided, and all opinions are my own. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Special Deal for My Readers

I was planning on revealing the contents of another memebox today, when I got an email from Memebox offering 10 memepoints (1 memepoint = $1 off a future purchase) on the both the IOPE 1 and IOPE 2 boxes. They are also both discounted by $10 through my link.  You can also get 3 memepoints for buying any of the boxes available on that page. I'm thinking of grabbing Pore Care 3, since I was so pleased with Pore Care 2.

Here's the link.

And here's a break down of the boxes. 


IOPE is a Korean Skincare Brand. This box costs $65 through the link (regularly $75) and has a value of $325.

Included is 
1.  IOPE Essential Skin Boosting Serum 40ml Full-size product: 40ml, ($84)
This boosting serum instantly hydrates the skin when used as the first step of skincare routine, preventing any possible dehydration after cleansing. It also works to maintain just the right balance on your skin by strengthening the natural healing power and the moisture lock-in capability.
Right after cleansing, apply a dime-sized amount of the serum evenly over your face and pat it in for full absorbance.
2. IOPE Essential Tone & Wrinkle Care Eye Cream 25ml Full-size product: 25ml, ($86)Enriched with shea butter and jojoba oil, this moisturizing eye cream will fill in between the fine lines & wrinkles around the eyes and create a protective moisture layer on top to prevent further sagging and wrinkle formation.
HOW TO USETake a small amount on your fingers and softly spread it both under and over your eyelids. Draw circles around your eyes until it’s all absorbed into your skin.
3. IOPE Lip & Cheek 01 Rose Pink 4g Full size product: 4g, ($42)A dual item for both lips and cheeks, this rosy lip & cheek stein comes in a neat, compact packaging with a mirror as well. Blend it into your lips and cheeks to add more color and radiance to your overall complexion.
HOW TO USEUse your finger to softly dab it onto either your lips or cheeks and blend it in for a natural rosy look. 
4. IOPE Essential Facial Oil 30ml Full size product: 30ml, ($90)This thickly spreading yet quickly absorbing facial oil creates a thin, protective layer over the skin for a softer, smoother skin texture. Organic argan oil and macadamia oil contained also deliver deep nourishment and hydration to the skin.
HOW TO USEAfter essence application, take 2 drops of the essential oil on your hands and gently spread it over your face, pressing on to facilitate full absorbance.
5. IOPE Essential Moisture Relief Cream 50ml Full size product: 50ml, ($87)A light-textured moisturizing cream especially suitable for the summer time, the Essential Moisture Relief Cream soothes, moisturizes, and tightens up the dried, worn-out skin overnight for a refreshing revitalized condition the next morning.
HOW TO USEApply the relief cream abundantly and evenly over your face and pat it in for full absorbance. Suitable to be used both day and night, but it is recommended to apply more thickly overnight.  (description taken from

The second IOPE box has the same contents as the first, as well as an IOPE Air Cushion Moisturizing Foundation in Shade 21.  The Air Cushion retails for $48. 

The regular price is $89. The estimated value is $325.  It ships out July 21st and shipping is 6.99.

You could also grab this box, which I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of. 

Here's the description from Memebox 
Referral Only Deals
Get 3 reward points for purchasing this box! 

Friday nights out are awesome, but sometimes, a girl has got to take a break! 

Recharge with this At Home Box because we’ve got all the self-beauty kits packed into this box! From self hair kits to self skin and makeup kits, this box will surely enhance your look and mood so that you can start off refreshed and energized for the next week! Our simple DIY box will let you pamper yourself right in your own home so that you can get the superstar treatment without having to pay the superstar cost!Sit back, relax, grab a tub of ice cream and this At Home Box to feed some food for your soul!

Spoiler #1 CNKCOS Sexy Beans - retails at $17

Lighten & tighten up your body line with this ultimate at-home self body-slimming item! CNKCOS’s famous ‘Sexy Beans’ is made from a gentle, non-irritating formula entirely made from natural soy beans, corn, centella asiatica extracts, and caffeine. Whereas other slimming creams are recommended to be used once a week, Sexy Beans are gentle enough for daily use. Here’s how to slim up with continuous use of these Sexy Beans:

1. Take out one Sexy Bean and crush it onto the part of your body you specifically wish to slim be it your thighs, arms, or bellies. (Do this while you’re taking a shower. Makes things so much easier.)2. Gently massage the specific body part with the crushed Sexy Bean, lathering it nice and evenly.3. Then, wait for 3~5 minutes before rinsing off.

A second spoiler was released for this box.

OSEQUE Silk Foot Peeling 
Full size product: 70g, ($42)

Relax and take the time to care for tired and exhausted feet with this easy-to-use Silk Foot 
Peeling! The jelly-like texture and nutrition-rich formula works to rid feet of calluses and nourish and moisturize cracked and dry feet.  

I know my feet could use this, especially since it's sandal season!

Now, I'm off to try to whittle down the $400 worth of Nordstrom Anniversary specials in my cart to a more manageable amount.

This post contains affiliate links, but all items were purchased, not provided, and all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Addiction! Memeboxes!!

So I am not really great so much at the regular posting, yea? I do have a ton of boxes, hauls and stuff to show you guys, so hopefully I can update more often than biannually!

I was always hesitant to try a beauty box, mostly because none of them appealed to me brand wise, size wise, cost wise, etc. I am also very reluctant to get color products blindly! So when I heard about memebox, I was super curious! I love love Korean and Asian beauty products, which are supposed to be about 10 years ahead of US skincare products in terms of ingredients and technology. I also love that there is no commitment for us commitmentphobes, so no worrying if a box doesn't sound good. You can buy as you want, which has lead to me buying all the things!!

Here's what Memebox says about Memebox

Memebox is a rapidly-growing, leading e-commerce beauty retailer born in Seoul, currently headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to.
Gently guiding your discovery, Memebox believes in offering consumers the utmost freedom, steering away from the traditional subscription-based programs offered by most other sampling services. Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to. In addition to our box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering easy access to Korean cosmetic trends.

Our boxes
The original Memebox comes packed with 4 - 8 full sized products and deluxe samples, carefully curated from Korea to give you the best experience and widest exposure to a range of products.
Superbox was inspired by our Memebox lovers, looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with it's own theme, designed to target particular concerns.
We only have a limited supply of each Memebox series, and Luckybox was created to bring back our most popular items selected from previously sold-out Memeboxes, all combined in one wonderful collection. Each Luckybox contains a selection of products from past Memeboxes, occasionally including a few new favorites we simply could not resist including. Just like our Memebox and Superbox, Luckybox products are sourced directly from Korea, including only the best-loved items thoughtfully curated by our cosmetic aficionados at Memebox.

I've done Superboxes and Themed Memeboxes, and I have loved them. I've never done the regular global memebox or a luckybox. All memeboxes go pretty fast, but luckyboxes sell out the fastest from what I've noticed.

Memebox often does discount codes and bundles and sales, but they do charge for shipping, which I know is a bummer for some people. I will have some affiliate links at the bottom of the review that will save you some cash ;)

Now on to the review. This memebox is Memebox Special #6 Whole Grain. I got 5 memepoints (1 memepoint equals $1 off a future order). 

Isn't the box cute? Very sturdy and it always feels like opening a present with the pink packaging the little box on top.

Inside of the box.

 What I love about Memebox is that they include a card that describes all the products and how to use them, since many of the products are in Korean.

Let's pretend like I know how to take a picture.

1. Grinif Nature Oatmeal Scrub Bar (130g/$9)

This is a cleansing bar for your face, but I may try it on other acne prone areas as well. It is organic and handmade with oatmeal, rice bran, mung beans, red beans, shea butter and jojoba oil. It is meant to deep cleanse skin, as well as nourish and moisturize. It has a pleasant, spicy smell to it, reminds me of some of Lush's products.

2. Herbclinic Rice Bran Powder (80g/$8)

This is the only product in the box I'm meh about, only because I don't want to have to mix my own stuff! LAZY ORZ. This is Rice Bran Powder that is supposed to mixed with oatmeal, black bean or brown rice as well as milk to make a facial mask.  It is claims to be nourishing and revitalizing.  I think by black bean or brown rice they mean some sort of powder, because I feel like whole beans on my face is really weird, even for a country with snail facials.

3. Purebess Galactomyces 100% (50ml/$15)

Before getting this, I had no idea what galactomyces were.  Apparently it is a fungi.  The galactomyces are fermented to get a filtrate that is used as an ingredient. This is an essence, and the directions say to use as the first step of skincare. I consider cleansing my first step, and then toner (American), so I figure it would be after those two steps, since it doesn't say to wash off.  Anyway, this essence is supposed to lock in moisture, remove fine lines, brighten skin and rid pores of residues.

4. Purebess Galactomyces 80 Eye Cream (50ml/$20)

Fungi eyecream!! The description for this was the same as for the essence, but I assume the eye cream will not be getting rid of pore residue. My guess is the benefits would be moisturizing, brightening, and lessening fine lines.  I don't have fine lines yet luckily, but I could pass as a panda, so definitely excited to try this.

5. Purederm Anti Stress Heat Therapy Mask Oatmeal (150ml/$12)

So amped to get this. It just sounds so relaxing.  This mask opens pores with heat to get rid of residues in the pores, while delivering nourishment and moisture. It also claims to help skin elasticity and your overall complexion. 

6. Purederm Rice Bran Collagen Mask (18ml/ 2 masks/ $5)
Sheet masks are my obsession. There is nothing more relaxing than kicking back with a sheet mask on. This mask contains rice bran, plant collagen and vitamin E, and claims to brighten and smooth dull skin.

7. Purederm Daily Moisturizing Hand Mask Oatmeal ($7)

I have never tried a hand mask before, but I am pretty excited to do this. Especially since my hands are peeling right now from my sunburn.  You are supposed to wash your hands with warm water, then wear the hand masks like gloves for 20-30 minutes, so pick a day to try these when you don't have to do anything.
 8. Purederm Invigorating Foot Scrub Walnut (25ml/$4)

At first when I got this, I thought of how bad everyone says the St Ives Walnut scrub is. But feet have thicker skin, so I guess the walnuts in this will cause less damage.  The scrub says it can also be used on elbows and knees.  Afterwards, you will have smoother, cleaner, softer feet! I do have some dry, rough skin on my feet from the amount of time I spent barefoot on my latest vacay, so this could be a godsend.

The Whole Grain is still available here for $23 plus $6.99 shipping. It will ship immediately since it has been released.

$23 for $80 worth of product is a great deal! Plus, all the products are vary usable, so this box is a hit for me, I would totally recommend and buy again (if I ever got through my monumental stash)

You can get $5 off your order with this code AFFILIATE-7599-IJMWD-YAEN or $3 off Bubble Box with AFFILIATE-2080-IP5MA-PSGF. 

Those are obviously affiliate codes, but I can assure that anything I would get would go to more memeboxes, since I have At Home, Cacao, Skincare, Free from Oil and Trouble, Bubble Pop, Smile Care, Cleansing Kit, My Cute Wishlist, Detox Care, Superfood, Hair and Beauty 3, K Beauty Wrap up, Floral, Tropical and Sweet Shop on the way.  I may have a problem.

This post contains affiliate links, but all items were purchased, not provided, and all opinions are my own.