Ah, the Traveller's Beauty Kit. This kit contains travel friendly beauty and skincare goodies so you can look your best without lugging around your entire bathroom. I suppose it would have been too much to ask to get this in time for me to actually use it on my one and only vacation, eh? This is the one box I wanted by a certain time that was comfortably in the estimated delivery date, and it was the one box that took forever to get here. It took the longest time getting to the US of all the boxes I've ordered, and then when it finally got here, it was delivered the very afternoon I left on vacation. Of course, it got here after I had left for the airport. So frustrating, given that so many of the things in this box would have come in handy on my trip... but I guess it was not meant to be.
I threw out the box already, but here are the contents of the Traveller's Beauty Kit (and also the pouch that came with it, though the pouch was nothing to write home about for me):
The first product (or two) is the Amini Traveller Kit, with Moisturizing Body Cleanser and Emulsion (30 ml each). Memebox says these are "full sized", but I suppose it's a full-sized travel duo? In any case, it's a pretty standard body wash + moisturizer set, with a mildly citrus scent. The body wash was pretty ordinary, but I do like the body emulsion. I felt like it really does moisturize my skin rather than just covering it with a layer of lotion. Although it's not the most chic packaging, I actually wish I had more of this (which is unusual for me - body lotions tend to all be one and the same to me).
The second product is one I really wish I had had on my trip. It's the T.P.O. No-Wash Toner Sheet (full size, $10), which is a cleansing wipe. Although I have plenty of these at home, vacation would have been the ideal time to use them. After running around all day, I would go out at night but wouldn't want to wash my face three times in one day, so these cleansing wipes would have been perfect, whereas I don't have as much reason to use them at home. I'm also curious if these are any different in that they're called Toner Sheets - I can't tell if they're supposed to also tone in addition to remove makeup and cleanse. In any case, I already have an open package at home, so will wait until I finish that up before opening these. One thing I found interesting is that the outer packaging, which markets this as a travel product, seems to have no connection to the product inside, as far as design goes. That being said, T.P.O. apparently stands for Time, Place and Occasion, so maybe the entire brand/line revolves around products that can be used on the go?
The next item is a small (5 ml) sample of Easydew EX Active Soothing Serum. This serum is made from Swiss glacier water (sounds nice, but I'm not sure what the benefits are... most google search results lead to product pages, which I am wary of) and it's supposed to cool and refresh dry, irritated skin. It also has monk's pepper berries (sidenote: apparently the plant is known as Chaste Tree because it was believed to be an anaphrodisiac. So, you know... if your face is feeling a bit too lusty, you know what to use) which is supposed to sooth and repair damaged skin. I haven't used this yet, as my skin is neither dry nor damaged, but it feels like a pretty typical serum.
The next piece of the beauty kit is the ideeB Sweet Jelish Eyeliner ($11). This came in two colors (Ultra Fine Pearl Black and Champagne Gold Brown) and I received the Pearl Black. This is described as both an eyeliner and eyeshadow in an easy-to-apply product. I'm not sure what makes this an eyeshadow, except for the fact that you can smudge it, and it doesn't smudge so easily that I would actually use this as an eyeshadow. At most, I might smudge my liner a bit to make it smokier, but I think that's true of most pencil liners. I'm also not sure why this is a traveler's item, except for the fact that it's waterproof. I guess that's helpful if you're swimming or sweating while on vacation, but the connections seems tenuous to me. In addition, this seems to be one of those annoying products that is made of plastic but has no internal mechanism to push the liner out, so you have to use a pencil sharpener on plastic, which I hate, and which is not as travel friendly as a twist up liner. Also, I have about 100 black eyeliners to use up, which may put a damper on my enthusiasm for this.
As for application, the liner goes on smoothly enough. It's not as easy as kohl pencils for my waterline, which is primarily where I wear eyeliner, but it does show up, and doesn't seem like it would smudge. The color is black but not deep, jet black, and has a bit of shimmer which is (thankfully) not too noticeable.
The next product is another I really would have liked to have on my trip, and which is less useful now. It's the Pure Smile Powder in refresh Sheets (sorry about the bad quality... I decided to retake the photo and was too lazy to break out the real camera). This is a set of 10 deodorant sheets with a powder-infused formula to clean and refresh yourself. Again, these would have been great at the end of a long day of sightseeing when I don't have time to shower before dinner or going out, especially since it comes in a cute little package that would easily fit into any bag.
Oh well. The next item is a fun one, and it's the S&B Aqua Tint in Orange ($4). These are cotton swabs that are filled with lip stain liquid. You twist the plastic on one end, and the liquid very quickly seeps into the other end, leaving you with one disposable cotton swap with enough lip tint for one application on your lips. I think this is a cool idea, but maybe not the most practical. It is definitely convenient to have disposable, one-time use make up products, but to carry this case around, I may as well just carry a lip tint, since there are plenty that are smaller than this case. That being said, it's still a fun product to use, and there's no doubt I will use them up. I've only tried one (I would have swatched again for a photo, but since there are limited uses, I decided to save them) but the color was much less intense than I expected from the name and the look of the swabs. It's possible I was just wearing lip balm at the time and that interfered with the lip stain absorbing on my lips, but I prefer the natural look anyway, so I like that it was a tint but not a full on lip color or bright stain.
The second to last product, again, would haven useful on a vacation... It's the NoTS UV Protection Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA +++, and it came in a box with 10 foil packets. Normally I wouldn't be a fan of getting 10 foil packets instead of just a small container, but it would be convenient to have on vacation (for example, if I want to bring one packet to the beach and not bring the whole container just to leave it sitting out in the sun). Now that I'm home and spending no more than 10 minutes in the sun on the average day, I don't have much use for SPF 50+, so I'm not sure when I'll use these.
The final item is (spoiler alert) yet another product that would have been more useful to have on vacation than it is to have it at home. It's the Pure Smile Hand Gel - Maldives Dancing Waters, in a 30 ml bottle ($2). This cute little bottle of hand sanitizer contains collagen extracts, jojoba extracts and ascorbyl palmitate (an antioxidant and... food additive?). I don't have much to say about this, except that it's cuter than Purell and, as far as I can tell, works just fine.
So that's the Memebox Traveller's Beauty Box. Overall I thought it was good box that I would have gotten a lot of use out of if I had had it on vacation. What do you guys think?
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