Sunday, July 13, 2014

Memebox Global #12 Unboxing and Review

happy weekend everyone!  today i'll be reviewing Memebox #12 (part of their standard series of memeboxes).  i'll spare you the description of what memebox is and will direct you to my last few posts if you're curious (and please do check it out if you don't know what it is - it's awesome!)

without further delay: memebox 12!
Memebox Global Edition 12 Unboxing Review
First up we have:

1.  Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Treatment ($3 value)

Description: Infused with biota seed, coix seed, green tea and gold extracts, this hair treatment will not only prevent hair loss but also re-energize and strengthen thin, damaged hair. Its excellent cooling formula will gently soothe and nourish your scalp at the same time.

Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Treatment Memebox 12 Global Unboxing ReviewThoughts: I don't really have any use for an anti-hair loss treatment, unfortunately (fortunate really) so I will probably give this away.  I've heard it smells strongly of ginseng, so even if it works well as an overall hair treatment, I probably wouldn't love it anyway.  The ingredients looked interesting though, so I looked up a few of them.  Biota seed is apparently often used for hair loss and baldness, but it has also been recommended to prevent the graying of hair (source), which sounds good to me!  I recently realized my gray hair count went up from 1 to 3 so while I'm not really worried about it now, two more years of this new job of mine and I might need this... Coix seed is also known as Job's Tears, allegedly to represent the tears Job shed through all his suffering.  I'm curious about 1) who saw these seeds and said "you know what? These don't just look like tears - they look like Job's tears and 2) who said "hmm these seeds of suffering sound like the perfect remedy to my sad, balding head".  According to this site, coix seed is valued for its "cooling" property, so I guess that's where the cooling comes into this product, though I'm not sure how that helps with hair loss.  It's also supposed to have a number of other benefits, though none I saw that had anything to do with hair.  Green tea, on the other hand, seems to be touted all over the place as a hair growth stimulant, though it looks like it may be related to increasing testosterone, which I'm guessing many Memebox fans have on interest in.  That being said, I doubt the topical use of a hair mask would be potent enough to affect anyone's hormones.  Last but not least (or perhaps it is the least (effective)), I haven't seen anything on gold extract (and honestly I'm not really sure what it is) so I kind of feel like it's either poorly translated or just there for show.

2.  banila co. Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack ($2.52 value)

Description: The 100% pure mud extracted straight from the Dead Sea (consisting of 32% salt and minerals) effectively removes any excess sebum, dead skin and external pollutants clogged up in your pores.  The mineral-rich formula also delivers deep hydration and nourishment to the skin.
banila co. Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack Memebox Global 12 Unboxing Review

banila co. Claypatra Mineral Salt Clay Pack Memebox 12 Global Unboxing ReviewThoughts: I'm a skincare junkie, so this was my favorite product in the box.  I found it a little bit disappointing, though, that not only was it a pretty small container from the get go, but when you turn it upside down, you see that the interior of the jar is even smaller.  Given how little product there is to start with, that extra unused space could be one more application of this mask!  Which is unfortunate, particularly since I liked it the first time I used it.  It was very creamy and didn't tingle like some other mud masks, nor did it feel like it was pulling on my skin once it dried.  I left it on for about ten minutes and when I washed it off, my skin felt pretty smooth.  What I was more impressed with was that my pores actually seemed to look tighter and cleaner (unlike when I use the Originals charcoal mask, which seems to draw everything in my pores to the surface but then leaves it there, making my nose look like a sebum version of Whack-a-mole).  I'll have to see if I still feel that way after using it a few times, but as of right now I'm pretty excited to keep using it, and may end up buying the full size if it keeps up.

3.  Plagentra White Mark Cream (plus foils of the cream, lotion and massage gel) ($5.7 value + some foil packets)

Plagentra White Mark Cream Lotion Massage Gel Memebox 12 Global Unboxing Review
Description for the cream: Ever been stressed over stretch marks on your belly or on your thighs?  Plagentra's White Mark Cream will be your life-saver, with its scientifically approved formula to treat overly stretched skin and balance out any uneven skin tone on your body.

The foil packets were technically listed as a separate item, except that we were instructed to use the cream (bottle) on any areas with stretch marks, whereas the instructions for the packets say to apply the lotion and cream over your face, and then massage the gel on your thighs and legs.

Thoughts: First of all, I would not put stretch mark cream on my face.  This may be just a psychological thing - if they had just marketed it as a cream that targets uneven skin tone that can also be used on your body, I would try it on my face in a heartbeat.  But since it seems to be for stretchmarks and primarily for your body, I'm hesitant to use it on my face.  Also, this seems to be a three-step process - the cream is labeled step I, the lotion Step II, and the massage gel Step III - but the instructions and my instinct are all out of synch. First of all, I would typically expect to start from the lightest (the gel) and end with the heaviest (the cream).  Second, the instructions from Memebox don't indicate that you use these together, aside from applying both the lotion and cream to your face.  Lastly, it's unclear if these are supposed to do different things, but looking online at the manufacturer's website, it appears that the massage gel prevents and reduces stretch marks and helps slim thighs and calves with the "lymph drainage through cool massage and shrinkage of skin". Yea, ok. I'll report back to y'all about my newly slim legs next week. Meanwhile, the lotion appears to also prevent stretch marks and also help skin texture and tone (it does contain niacinamide as well as address wrinkles, pigments and "goose bumps".  This one is also said to reduce cellulite through removal of body water and waste in the cellulite layer.  I have a feeling that will be about as effective as the gel. And finally, the cream seems to be intended for older stretch marks.  I'm actually relieved that this one doesn't also promise some sort of slimming effect, though I still don't expect to see any different from using 15g of this stuff.

4.  L.vida Nail Polish (in Hyacinth Bouquet) ($7)

L.vida Nail Polish Hyacinth Bouquet Memebox 12 Global Unboxing Review
L.vida Nail Polish Swatch Hyacinth Bouquet Memebox 12 Global Unboxing Review
Do you need a description? This is nail polish. It is blue.  It comes in a pretty bottle.  I'll probably give this away as it's not a color I'll really use, but it seems like a good enough polish. The picture is one coat, and no top coat.

5.  Inter-cos Smooth Sensitive Removal Cream (250 ml (full size) - $43 according to Memebox)

Inter-cos Smooth Sensitive Removal Cream Spray Memebox 12 Global Unboxing ReviewDescription: This unique spray-type removal cream allows you to remove any unwanted hair from even the most sensitive areas of the body.

Thoughts: $43 for hair removal cream seems a bit high to me, and I can't say the packaging makes it look particularly luxurious.  It is a pretty large bottle though, so I will get a lot of uses out of this.  Memebox is notorious for marking up the prices on these info cards, so I wouldn't be surprised if the retail value is actually less than this.  In any case, this is indeed a spray-on hair removal cream, presumably so designed to minimize the mess and getting it all over your hands.  That being said, I'm not a huge fan of the spray design.  I don't think a spray is a very good delivery system for cream - this comes out kind of thick, so I ended up with a very uneven layer on my skin - I kind of had splotches with big clumps of lotion and other areas that barely got any.  To get a thick layer all over, I think I'd have to spray a ton, which would ultimately waste product. Also, it's kind of drippy, so I would spray in one area but if I sprayed a lot, it would start dripping down instead of staying in place.  I think I might just spray into my hand next time and then apply that way for more control.  Anyway, Memebox says to leave it on for 15-20 minutes then wipe away, and that you may have to use it more than once for "perfect removal".  The bottle says to leave on for 5 minutes and then test to see if the hair comes off when you scrape it with one of the popsicle sticks, then leave on for another 1-2/5 minutes (it's not really clear) if you need more time.  Silly me, I thought I should follow the manufacturer's instructions because they must know what they're talking about.  Sadly, my hair did not really come off after 5 minutes and upon discovering this I had to reapply where I had scraped off, so I let it sit for another 5, then jumped in the shower because I was tired of it dripping everywhere.  At that point I still kind of had to scrub a bit to get the hair off, and it definitely left quite a bit.  That being said, it definitely did work, but I think next time I'll just leave it on for the full 20 (it didn't irritate my skin at all) and I think it should be pretty effective.

6.  Palan Crysence Organic Essence (120 ml (full size), $60)

Description: Highly praised by beauty experts and hair designers, Palan's famous hair essence is a non-greasy lotion type treatment for dry, damaged hair that you don't have to wash off.  Made from natural herbal ingredients, it's extremely gentle and deeply moisturizing.
Palan Crysence Organic Essence Memebox 12 Global Unboxing Review

Thoughts: Really Memebox?  Labeling this as being worth $72 when it says on the box itself that the price is $60?  Whatever, doesn't bother me, but it's just careless on their part.  It is a nice sleek (and quite large) bottle (and very substantial) and I very much appreciate that it comes with a little plastic stopper that keeps the pump from being pumped inadvertently (great for travel!).  Anyway, I was not particularly excited about this since my hair is already fairly healthy and I don't really use leave in hair products (or if I do, I use Beauty Protector, which I already love) because they tend to just weigh my hair down or make it greasy, and rarely have a positive effect.  So I was going to give this away, but for some reason I just couldn't resist trying it out (for the sake of the blog, of course).  It's a white lotion-type essence, similar to a lot of other leave-in conditioners out there.  I wouldn't say I love the smell, which is hard to describe but kind of like your average hair product with a slight herbal hint) but it's not bad either, and it's very faint and does not linger in my hair.  As for the product itself, I put in a quarter sized amount in my almost dry, medium length hair, and it actually did make my hair softer.  It didn't seem to do much else (but I don't style my hair either - just air dry) but I like soft hair, so I guess maybe I'll actually use up the rest of this.

Final verdict: this was not the most exciting box for me, given that almost all of the value of the box lies in the hair removal spray and hair essence, both of which I will use but neither of which will have me jumping for joy.  Throw in the anti-hair loss treatment, and you've got a pretty heavy hair-care oriented box.  Given that Memebox sells specific Hair and Body boxes that you can buy if those are your interests, it's a bit disappointing to see so much hair-related stuff in this box (though to be fair, the spray is really a body product, but if you then add in the stretch mark cream, this is that much closer to a Hair + Body box).  I also wish there were more skincare (or at least a bigger sample of the Claypatra mask!).  One of the biggest draws of Korean beauty products for me is how much they care about their skin, so what I really want is access to some awesome new skincare products.  But oh well, you can't win every time, and it's certainly not a bad box by any means, just not one I'll be remembering for years (or months, or weeks, really, until I get my hands on the next box...) to come.

Let me know if you guys had any thoughts or questions about any of these products as I'd love to hear other opinions!

As I mentioned in my last Memebox post, there are a couple codes I have to share which are still going on:

right now, if you order through here, through July 30 you can get $5 any order of over $100, and you can get $3 off the Bubble Pop Cosmetics Superbox (note: Superboxes are for full-sized products).  this box looks super fun and there are two spoilers already, the Brilliant Sparkling Powder Set and OSEQUE Melting Cleanser:

Brilliant Sparkling Powder Set:
The CO2 bubbles created when you blend the sparkling powders with water will penetrate deep into your skin, effectively removing all pore-clogging impurities and blackheads for good! These sparkling bubbles will not only leave your skin spick-and-span but also deliver deep moisturizing, brightening, and tightening results! 

OSEQUE Melting Cleanser ($40 retail value)
If you’ve experienced any skin irritations, break-outs, or dehydration from using skin stripping cleansers, OSEQUE’s Melting Cleanser is the perfect solution! Deep clean your pores with this gentle cleanser made from Co2 spring water, quillaja treeextracts, and 17 amino acids for a flawless and luminous complexion!

to get the discounts, you can also use the codes AFFILIATE-1806-RSVYH-XRLS for the $5 off $100 and AFFILIATE-5467-FXZ6R-OUBV for the Bubble Pop Box.   hope you enjoyed the review, and stay tuned for more coming up shortly!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 2014 Birchbox Unboxing

and now for something completely different!

today i received my july birchbox, something i have not yet reviewed.  birchbox was my intro to beauty subscription boxes, and is so far the only one i have stuck with the entire time.  while i get tired and bored of others, something about birchbox just keeps me coming back for more.  perhaps it's the fact that it's only $10 a month, compared to other subscriptions that can be a bit pricier.  or perhaps it's the fact that i generally find myself getting to try a decently wide variety of products with birchbox, and despite the fact that everyone loves getting full sizes, it's actually kind of a relief that you can only fit so much in a birchbox that it can't add too much to my ever-growing hoard of unused products.  or perhaps, and most likely, i LOVE the point system.  basically, you get 4-5 products (sometimes more) every month, and you get 10 points, equivalent to $1 credit in the birchbox shop.  so as long as i do these super quick and easy reviews (really just ratings), i get to enjoy a fun surprise every month, try new beauty products constantly, and ultimately it only costs me about $5 a month.  pretty freakin' awesome if i do say so myself.  on top of which, the point system incentivizes me to actually use the products every month so i can get my points, whereas i have to admit that with other boxes, i sometimes excitedly collect my new products, then shelve them away for the "right time" to use them, only to forget about them while they clutter up my room.

anyways, onto the july box! this month since i got my box before the 10th, i managed to go spoiler free, which hasn't happened in a long time.  it reminded me how fun it is to be totally surprised.  note to self: stop checking spoilers already... in fact, this month birchbox let us choose one sample (or rather, we could choose between two samples, and then choose the color of whichever we picked).  i, however, being careless with my emails, apparently deleted that email without even looking at it, so i didn't even know which one of those i'd be getting.  in any case, here's the box:

July 2014 Birchbox Unboxing Review

from left to right (clockwise) we have:

1.  Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Valentine (full size is $20)

this is one samples we could have chosen - it was between the lip stain (two colors) and the Ruffian nail polish (three colors).  at first i wanted the nail polish since i don't use lip stains often, but i'm intrigued by the texture of this. it's creamier than other, gel or liquid based lip stains of tried (benefit and theBalm, in particular).  perhaps because of the texture, it doesn't dry as fast as the benetints which makes it easier to blend, and it also seems less drying.
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain Valentine Birchbox 2014 July Unboxing Review
 apologies for the lighting - i work late hours and rarely have natural light for my photos, so the lip stain is pinker than it appears in these pictures.  this is birchbox's representation of the color, although honestly i think it's more true pink and less orange than that picture looks too.  in any case, it's a fun summer color that's not too bright but can undoubtedly be layered on for even more color, and in an initial swatch on my lips, it does seem less drying than other lip stains, although as someone who is dependent on lip balm, i would definitely layer some balm over this for additional comfort.
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain Swatch Valentine  Birchbox 2014 July Unboxing Review
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain Swatch Valentine  Birchbox 2014 July Unboxing Review
as you can see it blends pretty far without leaving stain lines, which i'm pleased with! also the more you blend the more sheer it is, so you can see i blended this a decent amount beyond the initial application and it's still definitely noticeable, but you could easily build up more color with no trouble.

2.  Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel ($48 for full size)

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel Sample  Birchbox 2014 July Unboxing Review
i've gotten a whole lot of peels like this in various subscription boxes over the years - thin gels that instantly start pilling on your skin, claiming that the pilling is your dead skin cells coming off - and this one seems pretty much like the others.  i've always been wary of these, since i read that it's just a chemical reaction in the gel making it ball up on itself. i'm no scientist so i won't make any claims one way or the other.  these types of exfoliants/peels do generally leave my face a bit smoother/softer/less flaky, though how much of it is due to the chemical exfoliation and how much of it is due to the fact that i'm massaging little beads of something around my face for 2 minutes, i don't know. that being said, this did help get rid of some minor flakiness.  however, it also gave me a very mild sensation (i don't want to say burning since it didn't burn, but it was like 5 steps down from burning), so if you have sensitive skin, maybe test this on a small patch first.  final verdict - i will continue to use this up (though there isn't really that much in there, considering they tell you to use a quarter sized amount) but don't think i'll be shelling out $48 for it anytime soon.

3.  NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion (full size is $24)

to be perfectly honest, i'm always pretty unimpressed and unexcited about getting body lotion in subscription boxes.  i rarely need body lotion on anything but my hands, and even then, i'm rarely impressed with lotion. best case, it gets the job done. worst case, it's too greasy, too watery, too powdery, or smells funky.  so i don't have much to say about this one.  the description says it has olive oil and avocado to naturally hydrate and soften the skin.  this one isn't thick and greasy, which i like, but it's also nothing special for me.  it doesn't seem more hydrating than other lotions i've tried, and i'm not a huge fan of the smell.  it's not bad per se (unless i stick my hand right under my nose, in which case i don't really like it at all. it's not really sweet or floral. i'm not sure it smells like avocado or olive oil either, but it does lean more to the savory side of scents, if that makes any sense...).  it doesn't seem to extend far though - i can only smell it when i press my hand right up against my nose.  ultimately, not a win for me, but that's ok.  lotions never are.

4.  Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil (full size! $13)

even if i got no points for this box, this pencil would make up for the entire price of the box, so everything else is basically a freebie (or sweet gwp).  that being said, i have to admit i wasn't giddy with excitement over seeing an eyebrow pencil, since i rarely do anything to my eyebrows besides pluck them, but i actually really like this. the shade is supposedly "universally flattering" (see pic below - it almost looks a little greenish on my screen, but rest assured it's brown).  i can't say if that's true or not, but it definitely worked well with my eyebrows (which are very dark brown).  it went on smoothly and is apparently waterproof, which i guess is good next time i want to go swimming with well defined brows... it says to gently smudge with a small brush, which i feel like kind of defeats the purpose of having a convenient pencil (at least for someone who doesn't really have a real brush set or carry around brushes).  thankfully i discovered it works just as well to just smudge it a bit with my finger (and somehow my finger even came away pretty clean!) minimal effort, and my brows actually looked much improved, to my surprise.  given how easy it was and the difference it made, i will probably continue using this regularly (hooray for it being full sized!)

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil Swatch  Birchbox 2014 July Unboxing Review

UPDATE: as requested, i've uploaded a photo of my brows with and without the Ofra pencil. the picture on the top is my untouched brows, and the picture on the bottom is with a few swipes of the pencil blended (not very well.. i may have been late to work) by finger.  still looks completely natural, but more defined and less haphazard.  i'm also about as far from being an expert as you could get so it would probably look better in the hands of someone more experienced :)

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil Before After Swatch  Birchbox 2014 July Unboxing Review

5.  100% Pure honey cream wash gingerade Shower Gel (full size is $15)

last but not least, we have our "beauty extra" (i.e. what is supposed to be an extra that doesn't count as one of your 4-5 samples).  sometimes these are a bit different than the other samples (e.g. we've gotten pens, drugstore finds, notecards, etc.). this one is pretty in line with normal birchbox samples (i've gotten tons of body washes, and another month i got two identically sized packets of lotion).  body wash is another thing i really do not get excited about.  if it cleans me and doesn't dry or break me out (which is true for basically every body wash i've ever tried) and doesn't smell bad, it's fine with me.  i don't get a kick out of using fancier or nicer body washes.  that being said, "honey cream gingerade" sounds like it could be delicious! i'm not even taking a shower until tomorrow morning but i couldn't resist tearing this open just a tad to see how it smells.  verdict - it smells pretty good.  nothing mindblowing that would make me buy it, but pretty good.  it also looks slightly liquidy for shower gel, but i'll get a better sense of that when i actually use it.

UPDATE: ok, this shower gel is in fact super liquidy.  the information card describes it as a "richly foaming cleanser" and tells you to use sparingly.  that is about as far off from my experience as you could get.  first, i put it onto a spongy-type loofah thing i use, and it basically disappeared.  it soaked right in and i basically felt like i was scratching myself.  there was no lather whatsoever.  so then i used the second packet (i.e. not sparingly) with my hands, and that gave me no lather either, so i basically spread it around until it washed away.  on top of that, the smell? eh.  nothing special.

anyway, that's my july birchbox for you!  if you have any desire to try out birchbox, you can sign up here (warning: referral link). you won't regret it!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Memebox Scentbox #3 Grapefruit Unboxing and Review + coupons

hello again!

today i continue my streak (if you can call it that) of memebox reviews/unboxings.  this time i'd like to show you a new type of box - the scentbox.  a scentbox is, shockingly, a box that's themed around a particular scent.  the first three (perhaps of many) scentboxes memebox offered were rose, baby powder and grapefruit.  i'm not a huge fan of the first two, but i love the smell of grapefruit and at $15 (plus $6.99 shipping) for 3-4 full-deluxe sized products, i couldn't resist (then again, i can't seem to resist memeboxes no matter what the theme or cost, so it's a bit of a moot point).  i won't go into details about memebox again except to say that i'm seriously loving it, and skip to the bottom of this post for some codes/discounts (warning: they are affiliate codes).

anyways, onto the box itself! [apologies in advance for the crappy photos - i wanted to get this out, but getting home at midnight means no natural light...]

at only $15 (compared to normal memeboxes, which are around $23 and go up if they're superboxes or otherwise themed), this scentbox was less chock full than other boxes, which is fair.  the box included the following:
Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing ReviewMemebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review

Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review

1.  Evas Mimi Lauryne's Dress Perfume Mist de Grapefruit (full size) ($18)

Description: Mimi Lauryne's Dress Perfume Mist is an all-around scented mist for refreshing and riddling of any stenches from your clothes, beddings, curtains, sofas, and even inside your car.  A quick spritz of this citrus juiciness infused with grapefruit, lilac, orange flower, violet, and musk fragrances will lift up your mood and spirit!
Evas Mimi Lauryne's Dress Perfume Mist de Grapefruit Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review
 Initial thoughts: soo this is a fancy febreze?  that's the impression i get.  i sprayed this on my pillow and it smells nice enough - not overwhelmingly of grapefruit and more sweet than tart, but nice.  a lot of people seemed really excited about this mist.  i personally thing it's a nice alternative to febreze or other air fresheners but is otherwise pretty unremarkable.  also, the smell didn't seem to last all that long on my pillow.

2.  Kael28 Sun Killing Grapefruit Gel (full size) ($30)

Description: With more than 16,200 mg of real grapefruit extracts packed inside, this all-in-one ultra-hydrating soothing gel combines all the functions of a toner, an emulsion, an essence, a cream, a soothing [sic] and a sleeping pack. Deliver deep hydration and treat signs of aging with this multi-player!

Kael28 Sun Killing Grapefruit Gel Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review

Kael28 Sun Killing Grapefruit Gel Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review

 Initial thoughts: first of all, what is "sun killing gel"? does it kill the sun? does it kill my skin? is it for skin killed by the sun?  i'm just not sure. second, i'm assuming they're using the comma in the non-american way (i.e., 16.200 grams rather than 16,200).  sixteen thousand grams of extract would be a whoole lot of grapefruit extract.  third, it's a pretty lofty claim to call this a toner/emulsion/essence/cream/soothing (a soothing what? what is a soothing...) and sleeping pack.  to me it honestly seems like a glorified (but admittedly nicer) aloe gel for sun burnt skin.  this website has a bit more information, including that the grapefruit has a "trouble-soothing effect" [sic] on acne, but that it also makes skin shiny.  i'm guessing they mean in the "dewy" sense of the word that seems to be all the range in asia right now, but i am unfortunately good on the dewiness and have no lack of shine in my life.  so i will probably not be using this on my face, although maybe if i'm feeling reckless i'll try it overnight.   i did try it on my body, and it is in fact similar in consistency to aloe.  it absorbs fairly quickly but didn't leave my skin feeling particularly moisturized, and also left a very mild sensation on my leg - not burning, but a very very mild version of it.  which reminds me, i'm not sure i'd want to put something citrusy and acidic on my sunburnt skin... but i guess i'll try it if need be.  in any event, while this may come in handy this summer (or what's left of it), i don't see myself getting a whole lot of use out of it as i won't have many opportunities to get out into the sun, so i'm not particularly thrilled about it.

also, the smell is very very faint, but i suppose i detect a hint of grapefruit.  being a scentbox, though, i'd expect more grapefruity smells...

3.  Sun Smile Hydro Gel Choosy Fruit Lip Mask ($2 each)

Description: Enriched with collagen, vitamen E, and jojoba oil, Hydro Gel Choosy Smile is an easy-to-apply, gel-type lip pack for delivering moisture and vitamin nutrition deep into your dry, chapped lips.

Use: place over lips for 15-30 minutes, then pat in the remaining essence for full absorbance [sic - just trying to stay true to memebox...]
Sun Smile Hydro Gel Choosy Fruit Lip Mask Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review

Initial thoughts: i so wanted to try one of these as soon as i opened my box so that i could include a review of it, but considering i only have two, i decided it was a waste to use it right before going to bed.  so i'm going to use it at a time where it might be better appreciated (*date night* ahem) and will report back.  they do look mighty strange though, based on the picture in the corner, so this is definitely a pre date night thing.

also, YOU CAN USE THEM FOR YOUR NIPPLES?? that's... super random.  i think i'll refrain from testing out that use of these lip masks, but hey if anyone was desperately in need of an all-in-one lip/nipple mask, boy are you in for a treat!
Sun Smile Hydro Gel Choosy Fruit Lip Mask Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review

final comment: these are labeled as "fruit", and there is no mention of grapefruit.  not that i mind that much, but why were these included?

4.  Happy Fam Deo Fresh Grapefruit ($20 for 20 sheets)

Description: Happy Fam Deo Fresh tissue with its powder formula allows you to quickly and easily refresh your sweaty, smelly under-arms throughout the daytime.

Initial thoughts: wow, memebox really thought we needed help with our bodily issues, huh?  first they give us a mist for our "stenches" and now we get deodorant wipes for our smelly under-arms.  useful for the summer, i suppose.  that being said, while these will certainly get used, i'm also not especially over the moon about these - rarely do i get up in the morning saying "gosh, i can't wait to use my deodorant wipes today!"  but oh well, what can a girl do.  also, i opened up the pack and this doesn't smell strongly of grapefruit either... what gives, memebox?  where are my grapefruit scents??
Happy Fam Deo Fresh Grapefruit deodorant wipes Memebox Scentbox 3 Grapefruit Unboxing Review

Final verdict: for ~ 22, i can't say i didn't get my money's worth.  if i wanted all these things, i'd easily pay more than $22 for them.  sadly, however, none of these products really get me going, though they will generally get used.  one thing i do wish though is that, as stated above, there would be MOAR GRAPEFRUIT SMELLS!  i got grapefruit as a theme, but as a scentbox, i felt like it kinda dropped the ball, aside from the mist (which is nice smelling, don't get me wrong, but not strongly grapefruit in my opinion).  but who knows, maybe the lip masks will smell like grapefruit, or maybe these deodorant wipes, when mixed with the stench of my body, will combine into something magical and grapefruity.


anyways, onto the coupons!  as part of the memebox affiliate program, i'm pleased to bring you various promotions (to be updated regularly).  right now, if you order through here, through July 30 you can get $5 any order of over $100, and you can get $3 off the Bubble Pop Cosmetics Superbox.  this box looks super fun and the first spoiler is the Brilliant Sparkling Powder Set:

The CO2 bubbles created when you blend the sparkling powders with water will penetrate deep into your skin, effectively removing all pore-clogging impurities and blackheads for good! These sparkling bubbles will not only leave your skin spick-and-span but also deliver deep moisturizing, brightening, and tightening results! 

to get the discounts, you can also use the codes AFFILIATE-1806-RSVYH-XRLS for the $5 off $100 and AFFILIATE-5467-FXZ6R-OUBV for the Bubble Pop Box.   hope you enjoyed the review, and stay tuned for more coming up shortly!
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