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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