anyways, i briefly described Memebox in my last post, but in short, it's a service/shop that sends out tons of curated boxes full of awesome and fascinating korean beauty products. you buy one-off boxes, so it's not a subscription service, but they release new collections all the time (no really, all the time. it's really bad for my self-control...). there's the general Memebox, and then they also have themed or branded boxes that can be really fun. the regular memeboxes tend to be $20-30, but there are plenty of boxes that are cheaper (~$15) or more expensive (for some of the branded or themed boxes, or "superboxes" which are supposed to be full of full-sized products). it's always been a great value for me - i don't really care about the monetary value of a box, but it's always full of things that more than make up for the price i paid. more importantly, the amount of fun and cool things i get to try (often full sized if not very generously sized) is worth way more than what i pay for it!
anyway, today i'll be showing my Memebox #11 (no theme here). as usual, i am extremely pleased.
as with every memebox, there's a card telling you what everything is and how to use it (super useful if, like me, you can read korean about as well as you can go fishing with your bare hands). so in this box we have the following:
Description: Booskin is a word made from combining 'booster' and 'skin toner'. Without the need for a separate toner and a first essence serum, this smart Booskin will relieve your skin with deep hydration and nourishment, boosting up the effects of skincare to its maximum.
The box says "Don't be jealous of her bright and flawless face anymore. The amazing Booskin is prepared for you. This boost
your skin more moist and elastic amazingly [sic everywhere]! 'Believe in the power of Booskin'"
Price: about $23 here (random website so take with a grain of salt) (as usual, i am just pulling these prices as estimates only, because the prices Memebox lists don't always seem accurate)
initial thoughts: Dear By Enprani already seems to have a good reputation for the curiously named Bounce Cheese Cream that everyone seems to rave about (i have yet to try it), so i'm already looking forward to this. i have a few questions though. 1) why did "toner" not make it into this new word? why not boostoner? 2) what is first essence serum and why do i need to combine these hypothetically separate steps that are currently non-existent in my skin care regimen? sadly i don't have an answer to the first question, but my impression is that this is supposed to be a combination toner and serum, although to be perfectly honest this doesn't seem like much of a multitasker to me. but i'm ok with that. the instructions say to dab on an "adequate amount" as the first step of your skincare routine. i put some on my hand, and it was definitely thicker than a traditional toner, and maybe even thicker than some serums - almost a gel-like liquid. i didn't notice much of a difference on my hand (though to be fair it didn't need any hydration), but i think the more sensitive skin on your face might feel more of a difference. it was just the tiniest bit sticky, but not necessarily in a bad way, though i'd have to test it out on my entire face to really tell how it affects me.
2. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Cinema City
Description: Delivering abundant nutrition and moisture to your skin for an egg-smooth texture, this multi-functional CC cream will brighten up your complexion, protect from the sun, and take care of signs of aging as well.
Price: ~$24 at the same random website
initial thoughts: awesome name (what is a dinoplatz? can i have one? i can't decide if it should be some sort of dinosaur accessory or a medical procedure). super cute packaging. a dinosaur climbing the empire state building (at least that's what i'll say it is)? i am on board. as for the product itself, it seems like it might be a bit light for me (and im pretty light skinned). my hand is darker than my face though, so i'll have to test it out. as far as texture goes, it didn't seem like it would be cakey, which is good, but my hand is also much smoother than my face, so i have some testing to do.
3. Hope Girl Nail Travel Bling Bling Set - Sugar Mint
Description: Hope Girl's professional quality nail lacquers are densely pigmented, quick-drying and super long-lasting. The results are unique camera-ready nails just moments after application.
Price: $10 on Memebox (on sale from $14, but $10 is roughly what i found elsewhere)
initial thoughts: cute idea, cute packaging. i love that they're designed to be able to work together for cool nail art the way it's illustrated on the back of the box. unfortunately, i don't really wear blue or overly sparkly nail polish, so this will be going to someone else, despite my curiosity and desire to play with it just once.
4. Witch's Pouch Radiant Lolli Tint #3 Funky Bloom
Description: This moist-full lip tint will plump up your lips for a more radiant, younger look.
Price: $14 according to Memebox
5. illi Fresh Moisture Body Lotion
Price: $22 here
initial thoughts: apparently amore pacific owns illi - who knew? (i don't know why i say this as if i've ever heard of illi before... but shh let me pretend). love the design. it reminds me of the kind of thing i'd see in Muji (a japanese design store). as for the product itself, it seems pretty unremarkable. i know a lot of people thought it was actually very drying. i didn't experience that, it just isn't something i'd go out of my way to buy. it smells citrusy but not amazing (again, some people complained it smelled too much like cleaning products, but i didn't feel this way). it was strangely watery/liquidy once i rubbed it in, but it seemed to work just fine. i don't think i would use this on my face, though that just may be a psychological block against using body lotion on my face.
6. illi Green Tea Brightening Mask - total aging care
Description: This 100 percent cotton mask drenches the skin with green tea, amino acids, minerals and organic acids, while working to revitalize, comfort and provide intense hydration. It immediately replenishes dehydrated skin, leaving it refreshed and cool.
Price: $3 each or about $12 for four
initial thoughts: not much to say until i try it, except that i think it's strange they call it a brightening mask when the description says nothing about brightening. in any case, i love masks, green tea and brightening, so i will definitely give this a try.
7. Purederm Botanical Choice Pure Solution Eye Cream
Description: Purederm Botanical Choice Pure Solution Eye Cream not only prevents water loss from the skin, but it also replaces lost moisture. With the power of White Flower Complex, Niacinamide and other botanical emollients provide abundant nutrition and amplifies the skins [sic] natural ability to look healthy. This cream's light and fresh texture absorbs easily into the skin and gives you a smooth and radiant finish.
Price: $34 according to Memebox
initial thoughts: full sized product! of course eye creams are the ONE product i have waaay more than enough of and the last thing i need another full size of, but i can't complain. the description certainly sounds hydrating and nice, albeit ungrammatical. i don't really have any under eye issues at the moment though, so eye creams are basically all the same to me in terms of results since i don't see any, so it's all about the texture. i haven't opened this yet since i have so many already, but will update once i do.