Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beauteque August Beauty Bag: Head to Toe Spa Bag

Arghhh.  I've been so ridiculously busy at work I haven't had time to keep up with my reviews, and now I'm way behind... I'm also writing this on absolutely no sleep because I don't have enough time to go back to sleep before I have to get up again... so here I am.

On that note, anything spa related sounds perfect right now.  And Beauteque's [side note: I always pronounce this like "bow-tek"... but apparently it's "byoo-tek". I blame my pitiful high school french classes on this.] August Head-to-Toe Spa Bag is just the thing.  (Full disclosure: I received this bag for free to review, but all my opinions are my own, sincere thoughts).  [Skip the next two paragraphs if you're bored and just want to see the damn bag already!]

A bit of background: Asian cosmetics are the new rage (at least in the circles I run in), whether it's Memebox or Beauteque or even just a spontaneous trip to H-Mart (currently at the top of my list of things to do).  Beauteque broke out onto the scene fairly recently, and it sells Asian cosmetics from within the US (New Jersey, I believe), so shipping is very reasonable, and overall their prices are reasonable.  The company has had some awesome marketing techniques as it gets off the ground, including sending sample bags out to anyone who managed to order it.  What I think is really awesome, though, is that it was founded by a 16 year old girl (Elina Hsueh) in order to share Asian cosmetics with the Western world (and I know I speak for many people when I say we are all for making these things more accessible!).  When I was 16, I was... I don't even know.  But I certainly wasn't starting a company.  In any case, business reasons I aside, I fully support young people (making myself sound like a grandma here) going out into world on their own accord and just doing things, whatever they may be.

Also, despite the fact that Beauteque is less than a year old, it's already had its first charity event (Shine a Light in the Dark: a Night of Female Empowerment).  For $10/$15 (10% of the proceeds went to a battered woman's shelter), there were guest speakers, cocktails and food, a donation drive, free facial and body sessions and access to sample bags and Beauteque products.  I know I've already gushed (and I swear, no one is paying me to say these things), but I am honestly very impressed.  This is definitely a worthy cause and events like this are not something I see often from beauty companies.

ANYWAY.  On to the bag.  Since I know that's what you're here for, I'll just put this lovely picture of my goodies up front.  (My at-home photo set up was kind of out of commission at this point, so I didn't take many pictures - my apologies.  Also, flat pouches are just not that fun to photograph...)

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I think Beauteque only started these bags in July, and I didn't get one of those, so this is my first.  August's theme was Head-to-To Spa and it centered around all kinds of masks, which are super popular these days.  What I really liked about this though was the customization option.  Memebox has a series of Mask boxes, which tend to be fun and awesome (and I'm certainly not complaining about those boxes), the only drawback for me is that sometimes you get products that just aren't really meant for you.  I, for example, have very oily skin, and so many face masks out there are for moisture or wrinkles, neither of which are concerns for me.  This is why I got excited to see that for the Beauteque bag, you could customize the majority of the contents of the bag.
beauteque august head to toe spa bag masks skinfood rice wash off my beauty diary apple

The bag comes with 7 masks (all in a sturdy bag like so -->):
-  1 eye mask
-  1 wash-off face mask
-  2 sheet face masks
-  1 hair mask
-  1 hand mask
-  1 foot mask
plus a terrycloth headband/wrap type thing to keep your hair out of your face while you use the masks.

For the eye mask, we could choose between masks meant for dark circles, puffiness or smoothness. I thankfully don't have dark circles or puffy eyes (yet), so I went for smoothness, although now that I think about it, that's probably to get rid of wrinkles, eh?  Don't have those either, but oh well.  The eye mask is the small green pouch.  Unfortunately it's almost exclusively in Chinese, but I can make out "my beautiful/beauty" and what I think is the character for "book", so I'm gonna go ahead and guess this is a My Beauty Diary mask.  It's the Smoothness Intensive Care Eye Mask.  After some googling, I see that MBD has three eye masks in this line: Smoothness, Dark Circles and Puffiness, so I was right. (Yay for minimal competency in Chinese!)  The puffiness one looks cool (kind of like a masquerade mask), whereas the dark circles one looks like a mix of  Goldfish (the snack, not the animal) and lobster claws (picture here).  Sadly mine looks the least interesting, but I guess I should be rational and not let my judgment be based on how closely my mask resembles food.

Anyway, for the hair mask, the options are: nourishing, split ends, hydrating, chemically treated - keratin and extremely damaged hair.  Again, I (thankfully) have pretty normal hair, so I just got the nourishing hair mask.  I received the Hask Monoi Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner.  While I certainly don't mind it, this seems to be the odd one out as all the other products are from various Asian brands.  I kind of wish the hair mask had also been from an Asian brand simply because it's those brands I don't get on my own, but oh well.

The next (and best, in my opinion) choice is for the facial sheet masks.  Of these, I got to choose any two of the following concerns: oil control, whitening, pore control, anti-aging, soothing, nourishing, moisturizing and brightening.  Hooray!  I had a hard time picking these, but I ultimately went with pore control, due to my crater-sized pores, and brightening, because my face has always had a bit of redness and ruddiness to it that I just can't get rid of.  The two masks I received were the Tony Moly I'm Real Red Wine Mask Sheet for Pore Care, and the My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask, for tightening pores, brightening and clarifying (sweet- this one hit both of my concerns!)  Given the infinite of masks there are out there, I'm not sure if there was just one set of masks these came from, or if someone at Beauteque just picked out two from their selection based on your choices.  Either way, I was pumped as I love trying these sheet masks.  I've only tried the MBD one, but I did enjoy it.  To be perfectly honest, I've never really seen noticeable results from using a mask once (which makes me wonder why I love them so much, considering I usually only have one...).  I don't know if it's just because my skin is that stubborn or what, but I know other people have had great success.  That being said, while I don't think my skin was suddenly brighter or my pores were smaller after using this, my skin did feel very moist (in a real, healthy way, as opposed to feeling like I just had a layer of wet serum on my skin, which is often the case with these masks).  I would use this again!

That was all for the choices, but the remaining products were:
-  Skin Food Rive Mask (Wash Off) -- this was a full sized container!  Super generous and I know some people rave about this mask.  Unfortunately I already own it so this isn't a huge value add for me, but I think someone will be very appreciative to get it as a gift.  My thoughts on the mask: it's not super effective on my thick as nails skin.  If I'm going to exfoliate, I want something that really helps smooth out my skin.  I think this mask would be great for people with sensitive skin as it's very gentle, but what can I say? I like it rough.  Also, you're supposed to leave it on your face after massaging, but the texture makes me feel like the primary point of the mask is exfoliation, and I'm not sure what the benefit of leaving it on is.  But like I said, my skin doesn't react (well) to anything, so it's hard for me to judge performance.

-  Baby Silky Hand and Foot Mask Sheets -- I'm excited about these too.  When I first took these out, though, I thought of the now-famous peeling-type foot masks (including one called Baby Foot) that are super effective and getting rough skin off your feet because they literally make your feet peel off in sheets. Pretty gross.  But hey, it works.  So when I took these out, I automatically assumed it was that type of foot mask, then got a bit concerned about a hand mask that did the same thing.  I can cover my gross peeling feet, but peeling hands?  Not so easy... But as it turns out, these are of the less aggressive family of hand and foot masks, and they're supposed to make your hands and feet baby soft, but does so through moisturizing rather than by unearthing the deepest layers of your skin.  So I guess that's good.  I haven't used these either though, because I actually do have a peeling foot mask, and I think this one would work much better as maintenance once I get rid of some of the tough skin on my feet.  And the hand mask I'm saving for a special occasion (read: first date, i.e. when I expect to be holding someone's hand... is that dumb?  Probably...).  This is why I have so much crap though... I save everything for the perfect occasion which means I never use it!

Anyways, one thing I wish this had included is instructions on the various products.  Some are straightforward enough (with pictures and clocks on the back), whereas some (mainly the eye mask), I have no idea how long I'm supposed to use it for.  Not a huge deal, as marks are generally pretty simple, but it would have been nice to have some guidance for products whose info I can't read.  That being said, it did include a cute little schedule for a relaxing spa day at home:

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While the schedule does have some time guidelines, I would imagine different masks of the same category have different instructions.  But honestly if that's my biggest grievance I'll be ok. Hopefully I'm competent enough to figure out how to not mess up a mask...

ANYWAY this post has become much longer than anticipated, and quite boring without pictures.  But I wanted to share my goodies with you, since the mask craze is spreading.  The bag costs $20 from Beauteque (available here).  The Skinfood mask seems to be worth about $10-$15 ($9 on Amazon) which makes up for most of the cost. don't think this is some fantastic overwhelming value of a set, since single masks tend to be on the less expensive side (though to be frank I didn't look these up), but for $20 for a good selection of masks, it's $20 I'd easily spend on this over a crazy expensive actual spa day.

If you're interested, hurry and pick it up now - it's only available until Sept. 1. (but then hopefully we get to see the September box!).  Did any of you pick this up (or are you planning on it?)  Let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Memebox: At Home Box Unboxing and Review

Happy weekend y'all!

I've been crazy busy at work and haven't been keeping up with my posts, but have a few things to share.  Tonight however, in the spirit of spending a relaxing Friday night staying in, I'd like to share my thoughts on one box in particular: the Memebox At Home box.  The theme of this box was pampering yourself for a relaxing night in, and it was definitely one I enjoyed receiving, if nothing else for the sheer entertainment value.  For reference, I paid about $26 for this box including international shipping from Korea.

Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review

Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review CNKCOS Sexy Beans The first product is the CNKCOS Sexy Beans (full size, valued at $17).  These powdery balls are supposed to have a slimming effect when you smush them and massage/lather it into your body part of choice (rinsing after leaving it on for 3-5 minutes).  Big surprise headline of the day -- these sexy beans for some reason did not turn me into a swimsuit model.  Quite the shocker, I know.  To be fair (well, as fair as I can try to be with a straight face), it says you will slim up "with continuous use", but I hope you won't mind if I go on and assume that rubbing mashed up soy bean, corn, centella asiatica (also known as Asiatic or Indian pennywort) extracts and caffeine will not make me slimmer, no matter how long I use it.  I still gave these a try just in case they proved useful for something else, but to be perfectly frank these just seem pretty pointless to me.

Side note: the instructions recommend using it in the shower, and letting it sit on your skin for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.  Is it just me, or does anyone else not have time to stand in a shower for five minutes not getting your legs/stomach/butt wet?

Next up we have the cotterang Blackhead & Black Mask Economic Kit (full sized, listed as $29).

Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review cotterang Blackhead Out Black Mask Economic Kit Source Sauce This neat little blackhead remover kit comes with a petri dish, cloth strips (40 for your nose, 20 for your chin), a formula that you spray onto the strips (Memebox called it Blackhead-Out Sauce, which is a cooler name than the actual name, which is Blackhead Out Source), a pair of pincers/tongs to grab the wet strips, 25 black sticks with a q-tip on one and and a blackhead remover on the other, and a plastic bag for it all.  I was excited to try this as I have crater-sized pores that get filled up with sebum every single day and had high hopes that this would draw them out.  It's a bit different than other pore strips in that you spray the formula on the cloth strips and keep them on your skin, but the strip isn't stick, so I felt the need to continue pressing it down to ensure constant contact.  Also, it doesn't harden and pull out the gunk in your pores - the instructions actually say to remove the strip before it dries completely and then to remove the "extracted blackheads' with the q-tip sticks.  I'm not sure why you're not supposed to let these dry, but I've tried it twice and didn't really notice any difference (and there certainly wasn't anything pushed out of my pores enough for me to remove it with a q-tip).  That being said, I think my pores might actually be more clear than usual, in terms of that gunky sebum stuff.  I used a different pore strip and nothing really came of that either, so maybe I just don't actually need this right now? On the other hand, I have more blackheads than usual (I usually have no blackheads but lots of gunk, and now it's reversed), but this didn't seem to do anything for blackheads.  In any case, I'll definitely try again another time.

Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review cotterang Blackhead Out Black Mask Economic Kit Source Sauce
 Although this was also kind of a dead end for me, it was fun to try (though the whole set up is admittedly a bit gimmicky - I'm pretty sure I don't need a petri dish and tweezers to spray a piece of fabric).  More than that though, I'm actually really happy to have these disposable extractor sticks!  I'll use these up either way and they seem handy to have, although I find it hard to imagine how the q-tip end would be useful at removing blackheads...

Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review Labstory V-Line B-Tox Lifting Mask So the next product is a bit weird...  it's the Labstory V-Line B-Tox Lifting Mask (apparently $34).  This mask is made of rubber and you fasten it under your chin to lift up the wrinkles on your chin and neck.  If you Google-image search this (and please do), it looks a little bit like it came out of a horror movie.  Fortunately for me, I have no wrinkles on my chin (yet) so don't really have any use for this, but it will surely make for an interesting gift!
Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review Oseque Silk Foot Peeling GelAnother product I was very excited to try out was the Oseque Silk Foot Peeling gel (full sized, apparently $42 - though I question the accuracy of this.  First of all $42 seems very overpriced for this, and also the picture Memebox put out as a spoiler included two bottles and a buffer thing, which they sadly did not include, so I wonder if "full size" is the entire set).  In any case, my feet are always suffering from horrible calluses so I was looking forward to trying this (especially about hearing about the efficacy of various foot peeling masks people have used).  This is one of those gels that balls up on your skin.  Memebox says to apply it on your heels then use a callus removing buffer to rub off dead skin cells, which is why it would have been helpful if they included the buffer.  I tried this with a (pretty hard) loofah and I think it's just not strong enough for my calluses.  I think these gels are good for more sensitive skin as it seems to gently exfoliate the very top layer of skin, but it just does not get deep down into rough calluses.  This might be helpful after using a real foot peeling mask (the ones with super intense peeling) to maintain soft feet, or if you don't have tough calluses to begin with, but until then it probably won't do much for me.  On the plus side, unlike the intense foot peeling masks, this one won't leave your feet looking gross for weeks on end, which is always a plus!

Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review withshyan with shyan Ruby Pusher Eraser Nail CuticleThe next product is great for those of you who take better care of their nails than I do, or who use nail polish a lot.  It's the with shyan Ruby Pusher and Eraser ($17) - this is a solution that you put on your cuticles and rinse off after 30-60 seconds.  You're then supposed to use the included cuticle pusher to push your cuticles up and scrape off the loose, dead skin from under your cuticles.  Let me say - this stuff is named Eraser for a reason.  It actually stung quite a bit when I put it on my cuticles, which was not pleasant.  I don't know if it's dissolving my skin cells or what, but hopefully that means it's actually doing something.  That being said, after about 45 seconds it really did make it easier to push my cuticles back with the included cuticle stick (sorry for not having a clear picture of that, but it's a ceramic, slanted tip that gets under your cuticles very effectively).  I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be scraping my cuticles off, but I tried to scrape out whatever was "under" them.  The picture below shows my nails before and after using this, and to be perfectly honest I think my nails look better before I used this stuff, but that's because my cuticles are now just pushed up and loose (and my nails are slightly scraped).  I think once they've recovered a bit, or if I figure out a good way to scrape off the loose cuticle, it will probably look better.  Ultimately though, I thought my nails were fine the way they were, and although this might work, it's just too much trouble for me, with too little payoff.  If this something you care about though, I think it would work quite well!

Before and after:
Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review withshyan with shyan Ruby Pusher Eraser Nail Cuticle

The last two products are the RiRe Cool Dr. Scalp+ and Hot Speed Manicure ($11).  The Cool Dr. Scalp+ is supposed to cool down scalp temperature to prevent hair loss (I was not aware hair loss was related to an overheated scalp...) and also remove impurities and dead skin cells from your scalp.  Though I don't expect much from the first half of these claims, removing impurities and dead skin cells sounds good, especially since I tend to have an oily but flaky scalp.  I'm not totally certain how to use this - it says to apply directly onto your scalp whenever and wherever needed, no washing necessary.  I'm wary of the grease/heaviness-factor of putting a cream directly on my scalp on dry hair, but I massaged a small amount in my scalp when my hair was still slightly damp, and it didn't seem to make my hair any greasier.  That being said, I didn't notice any cooling effect and I'm not really sure what other effects I would see in terms of cleansing my scalp without rinsing.  Maybe I just need to use more, but I'll reserve that for a day where no one will see my potentially product-overloaded scalp.  It does smell relatively nice though, and seems fairly light (similar in texture to the Palan Crysence Hair Essence we got in Memebox 12).   I will definitely keep trying it, but I'm sad it's such a small tube (speaking of which, it's kind of weird that it's in a lip gloss type tube, with a slanted tip with a hole in the middle).  If I end up liking it, it's not going to last very long.
Memebox Superbox 37 At Home Unboxing Review RiRe Cool Dr. Scalp Plus + Hot Speed Manicure
This Hot Speed Manicure, though... I'm not really sure what this is about.  First of all, the name literally makes no sense.  You're supposed to apply it to the ends of your hair and it's supposed to deliver nutrition and create a strong protein layer for maintaining a healthy moisture balance in your hair.  I guess the Manicure is a reference to the protein, in the same way protein is related to nail care?  I'm honestly not sure.  As for the hot and speedy, this is neither hot nor is it any speedier than any other hair treatment out there.  But I won't hold that against them - a lot of foreign products have names that don't work particularly well in English, and it doesn't detract from the product itself.  But on that note, holy crap does this stuff smell like baby powder.  As in, this makes my hair smell like baby powder more than putting baby powder in my hair (and I used to use baby powder as dry shampoo so I have lots of experience in that area).  The smell was so prominent that I literally put it in my hair and then immediately went to the bathroom to try to rinse it out (and as someone who hates waiting for her hair to dry, this was a big deal). The smell itself is not that bad in and of itself, but it's just really not what I want to smell like, and it's strong enough that other people would be able to smell it too (in particular, the guy I thought I might be seeing - nothing kills the mood like cuddling with someone who smells like your grandmother's house).  Because I rinsed it off immediately, I can't speak to what this does for your hair (although my ends are very soft today, but I don't know if it has anything to do with any residual product).   I suppose I will try it again someday, but only when I know I won't be in close contact with anyone before my next shower.  Sadly though, this means no matter how effective it is, I'm never going to want more because it kind of defeats the purpose if I can only use it when in isolation mode...

In conclusion, somehow despite the fact that most of these products were a bust for me, I actually still had a lot of fun trying them out and I don't think it was a waste of money.  If nothing else, $26 for a nice cuticle pusher, some disposable blackhead extractors and a foot peeling gel that I will probably eventually use (once I deal with some of these more stubborn calluses) plus the sheer entertainment of being surprised by the box and trying everything out was totally worth it for me.

What did you guys think, and did you have any more luck with any of these than I did?

If you're interested in trying Memebox, they have some promotions going on.  If you go through my link here, you can get 3 reward points back (equivalent to $3 credit) for the Vitamin Care box, Herbal Cosmetics box (this one looked great!), Collagen Cosmetics, Dermo Cosmetics 2, $5 in points back for the Anti-Aging 3 box, $10 in points for the IOPE 2 box and $2 in points for the Whole Grain 2 box, Diet Box, All about Eyes box.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Memebox Global #13 Unboxing and Review

Happy Sunday everyone!  I won't waste time on silly introductory language (see my earlier posts if you don't know what Memebox is!).  Without further delay, I present to you Memebox Global #13!

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review

First up we have the 23 years old CX Detoxifying Air Therapy. This mask is made from carbonated water, and the bubbles are supposed to penetrate your skin and cleanse your pores.  The mineral-rich carbonated water also helps brighten and firm up your overall skin for a revitalized feeling.  I have to say, I'm a sucker for interesting packaging.  While I love masks in general, I can't help but be fascinated by a mask that comes in a syringe.  That being said, it does seem to be purely aesthetic because I can't for the life of me think of a practical reason to package it like this - the directions just say to apply it to your face and then place the included sheet mask on top (then rinse after 20-30 minutes).  Either way, I'm excited to try it and will report back!

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review 23 years old CX detoxifying air therapy mask

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review Donga Tempo Eco Natural TamponsNext up: erm.... tampons? While these are apparently unique in that they're purely 100% organic cotton and made by the first Korean brand to make tampons, these Donga Tempo Eco Natural tampons are still just tampons.  Practical, I suppose, for some of us, but also quite possibly the least exciting item I've ever received in a subscription box (and that includes pens (in a beauty box), and a bag of nuts (I hate nuts)).  But whatever, it doesn't bother me, I just have very little to say about this.  Apologies if y'all wanted a better picture... but I figured this would be sufficient for most of you.

Next: CNP Laboratory Derma-Scalp Shampoo.  This shampoo contains tea tree oil extract and is supposed to deep cleanse and unclog the pores on your scalp.  I didn't realized clogged pores on my scalp were an issue, but I do have an oily scalp, and cooling and refreshing sounds good.  Initial thoughts: I'm sad this is small (25 g) - a decent size for a sample, but it's one I would definitely use (whereas I have tons of full-sized products that just sit around taking up space).  Also, this does have a tea tree oil scent - a bit medicinal, so probably not something I would use before a date, assuming the smell lingers in my hair (and I also have a feeling it won't go well with the smell of my conditioner).

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review CNP Laboratory Derma-Scalp Shampoo Tone Up Protection Sun

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review CNP Laboratory Tone Up Protection Sun
I've definitely seen a bit of repeats from the same brands, and the next product is also from CNP Laboratory, and it's the Tone-Up Protection Sun (spf 42).  This is also kind of small (15 ml) but I have more than enough sun protection products, so that's quite alright.  According to Memebox, this SPF 42/PA+++ (sidenote: apparently PA+++ seems to mean the highest protection against UVA rays, so hooray for that!) contains powdery components to keep skin silky soft while deep sea water prevents your skin from drying out in the summer time.  It can also be used as a makeup base. As you can see, this has a tint to it and it's pretty light,
Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review CNP Laboratory Tone Up Protection Sunbut once blended it's pretty translucent.  It may leave a slight whitish cast in photos though (my hand in the blended picture looks slightly lighter than in real life).  I have high hopes for this, though, because it was not greasy in the slightest - in fact, I can't even tell it's on my hand anymore.  This is great for oily-skinned people like me.  As I'm writing this, I'm starting to wish they included a bigger size!

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review Yufit Eon Wheat Germ Cream 75Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review Yufit Eon Wheat Germ Cream 75The next product is the Yufit Eon Wheat-Germ Cream 75 (full size - Memebox says $48).  Memebox says: more than 75% of this cream is made of organic wheat bud extracts, which work to hydrate, firm, brighten and fight signs of aging.  It's gentle and lightly absorbing texture won't irritate even sensitive skin, and it will help tighten pores.  This is for both day and night.  All of these things sound good to me, but how does it perform?  I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but this has an interesting consistency. It's thick but not heavy, and it's almost matte-like.  Not a great description, but it's less "shiny" than other moisturizers, and it doesn't leave my face shiny, which I'm happy about.  I don't have dry skin, but it feels decently moisturizing, though maybe not heavy duty enough for those with really dry skin.  According to Dr. Oz (the most reliable source out there, of course), wheat germ has lots of antioxidants in the form of Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, which sound great, but that's in the context of ingesting it.  Most of what I can find on wheat germ in skincare is about wheat germ oil rather than wheat germ extract, so I will refrain from making any claims about this.  Fan-B has a useful post about the ingredients here. In any case, I  really can't tell any benefits from using this for a few days but I will definitely keep using this and report back if I have anything else to say about it!

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review Soy Bio Plus Fermented Lumpoule Soy Bean AmpouleAnyways, onwards and upwards! Next we have the Soy BIO + Fermented Lumpoule.  Yes, "lumpoule".  Whoever is naming these products in Korea should really get some input from English speakers because lumpoule just sounds awful - pretty sure I wouldn't think twice if I heard someone talking about the benign lumpoule their doctor found.  That being said, I will forgive the rather unfortunate choice of name (so named because it's a facial ampoule made from fermented soy bean lump) because 1) I love these tiny matte-glass bottles and 2) it's supposed to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles as well as brighten complexion.  You're suppose to use 2-3 drops after applying toner.  Normally I find it hard to get 2-3 drops of anything to apply to my entire face, but interestingly, this "lumpoule" seems to take a little time to absorb, so I can rub 3 drops around my hand and it spreads so easily without yet actually absorbing into my hand, which makes it quite easy to pat it in over my entire face.  These are pretty small bottles (about as tall as half a finger) but given how you really need very little, I think they will last a decent amount of time.  Like the wheat-germ moisturizer, I can't tell yet how well this works but will continue to try them.  I do notice that it leaves my hands slightly tacky after application, but it's fine on my face since I end up layering other things on top.

Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review Nuganic Customize Sun Base Color Control CC Cream
The last product is the Nuganic Customized Sun Base Color Control Cream (also full-sized, and worth $54 according to Memebox).  Boxes contained either this or the Nuganic Customized Pure Snail Color Control Cream, which I would have liked to try, but oh well.  That being said, based on the info card, I'm not sure what the difference is.  Both appear to list wrinkle improvement, whitening function and the same sun-protection level.  I'm also not sure if the product description applies to both of them, but it's apparently enriched with snail mucus extract (in both?), aloe vera, lemon and various plant extracts.  Memebox calls this an "easy to use" CC cream that will balance oil and moisture for a silky smooth finish, cover up imperfections and leave skin glowing with a natural shine ("dewy" makeup, anyone?).  Personally, I'm not sure I would call this easy to use.  It starts off white, and eventually blends into a beige-ish color, but it took a lot of blending for me (second picture is after a decent amount of blending, third is pretty much fully blended) and having to rub my face that much seems like it would be bad for my skin.  The amount of blending required is also problematic with the number of face products I use that are at risk of pilling of I rub too hard.  On top of which, it's still a little light for me, although that can be fixed with a tad of bronzer.  It's too bad, since this is full-sized, but I'll still give it a try.
Memebox Global 13 Unboxing Review Nuganic Customize Sun Base Color Control CC Cream Swatch

Final verdict: I don't regret spending ~$26 on this.  While I may not love or fully use everything, I don't think it was a waste of money and it's always a pleasure to be able to try new things, which ultimately makes these boxes worthwhile for me.

If you guys have thoughts about this box or any of the products, please do share!

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