Favorite Products of 2014!

As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on some of my favorite products from the year. Some of them are tried and true favorites, while others I discovered this year. There are quite a few Korean products on the list this year, thanks to my discovery of Memebox. I also found a few gems through Birchbox too!


1. Skinfood Cacao Hand Balm.

I discovered this balm through the Chocolate Mania memebox and I have another scent on the way right now from Tester Korea. The consistency of this product is so hydrating without being greasy.  It doesn’t sink in as quickly as most hand creams, which makes it the ideal bedtime moisturizer.

2. Lush Cosmetics African Paradise Body Conditioner.

Just one of many Lush products on the list this year. I am so bad at body lotion. Sounds silly, I know, but I just am. I never remember to out it on, so moisturizing in the shower is a must for me. This self preserving option was released earlier this year. I used it for the first time when I was in the hospital, the day after I gave birth to my youngest daughter. Whenever I smell it now, I think of her and that time and so the scent has become very special for me. I realize that is somewhat creepy!

3. Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips.

This was a Birchbox sample turned HG product. It is 100% lanolin and so hydrating for lips. I use it before bed every night and I swear the next morning I can still feel the effects. You can also buy this at Sephora and Anthropologie.

4. Dreams Come True Bounce Cheese Cream.

Another Memebox discovery, this came from the Wine & Cheese box. I use it before bed, under my sleeping pack and I love the level of moisture (thick but not cloying) and how quickly it soaks in. Plus it has a stringy texture that is really cool!

5. Lush Cosmetics Ambrosia Shaving Cream.

I love Lush. There is not a single product in their shop that I haven’t tried.  This product is one I put off for awhile though. Until they released D’Fluff over the summer, the only other shaving creams sold in stores were Dirty and Prince. Both of those are too thick for my preferences. I finally got around to trying Ambrosia and everything changed. My itchy, bumpy legs no longer made me long for a good scratching. It is a miracle cream!

6. Lush Cosmetics Sex Bomb Bath Bomb.

Truth is, I just picked a random Lush bomb out of my stash. I don’t have a favorite scent really, but I use a bath bomb almost every night. Not to worry, I also throw in bubble bars and melts too, but bombs are my favorite. I love the fizz and the softness of them and in the years since I have discovered Lush, I have tried other brands, but nothing can compare to the original.

7. Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer.

Every woman needs a good eye primer. I actually hadn’t been using one for awhile, so I was happy to receive this in the Vagabond Youth memebox. I now wear it religiously anytime I use eye makeup!

8. Davines Absolute Beautifying Potion Oil.

Before discovering this product, I didn’t use a hair oil as part of my daily routine. I received a sample of this in my September Birchbox and instantly fell in love with the scent. It has a muskiness that appeals to me. I braid my hair before bed every night to keep it out of the way and beforehand I always rub some of this oil into the ends to keep them healthy.

9. Lush Cosmetics Ultrabland Cleanser.

I can’t imagine a time where this doesn’t appear on my favorites list. I prefer oil based cleansers in general because I dislike that tight, “clean” feeling that you get from soap based cleansers. Ultrabland has been a staple of mine for years and I love how gentle and soothing it is.

10. Shara Shara CC Cream in Natural Beige.

I am not one for a full face of heavy makeup. I prefer my base to be a lightweight BB or CC cream. This cream in particular I also discovered in the Vagabond Youth memebox (that was an amazing box) and I love how effortless it is while still giving me some coverage. I know cushions are now the rage in Korea, so  trying a cushion is one of my beauty resolutions for 2015.

Now that I have completed my list, I realize that I left a few items out. So honorable mentions go to Lush Cosmetics Full of Grace serum bar, Holika Holika Wine Therapy Sleeping mask and Boscia Luminizing Black Mask.

What were your beauty must haves this year?



Memebox Review: # 53 Wine and Cheese


Ah, the infamous Wine and Cheese box. This may very well have been my most anticipated Memebox ever. And I don’t even drink wine! The concept just sounded really cool and I couldn’t wait to see what products were included!

Memebox is a Korean company that curates boxes based on specific themes. They typically are a really good value and it is a great way to try different Korean products. Unfortunately, Memebox doesn’t release new boxes very often anymore. Click here to see what boxes are currently available.




So, if you are a fan if Memebox you probably heard of the fiasco with this box. It shipped a month late, after the shipping date was pushed back multiple times. There were issues with Memebox getting the Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly from their supplier. Eventually, they just left it out of most boxes and the recipients of those boxes, myself included, were given the choice of canceling the box altogether or keeping it and receiving a credit of 12 meme points. Meme points equal $1 apiece and can be applied towards purchases from the website. Even though I was disappointed because I wanted the peeling jelly, I was happy with the compensation we were offered and decided to keep the box. And on top of that, Memebox included one of their new sheet masks as well!

While I think the situation could have been handled in perhaps a more timely manner, I am ok with the outcome. Tester Korea has the peeling jelly on their site right now for less than $10 I believe, so I may order it!


LadyKin Mangchee Lifting Mask, meme value $43.

This is a sleeping pack with mango, cheese and Shea butter to lock in moisture. I am really looking forward to using this. I swear by a sleeping pack every night, so this will get used!


Enprani Dear by Enorani Bouncr Cream Cheese, meme value $35.

This has a cult following in the Meme world, and Memebox announced with the box release that this would be included, so I knew I had to snag this box for that alone. You can see in the picture what a stringy texture it has. I love it! I use it before bed and it sinks in very quickly and leaves my skin so smooth!


LadyKin Mangchee Replenishing Hand Cream, meme value $14.

This is an anti wrinkle hand cream with cheese extracts. Mango extracts help to brighten the skin. This is a medium weight hand cream. It is not heavy enough for me to use before bed and I think I will have better luck if I use it during the day.


Blanche Doux Pinot Noir UV Shield & Tone Up Sensitive, meme value $36.

This is a mild sunblock that is meant for oilier skin. I think this will be an amazing summer product, so I am holding on to this until the weather warms up!


Tonymoly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet Pore Care and XO Memebox Meme Mask, meme value ($2 each).

The Tonymoly mask has red wine complex and is meant to balance sebum production. It smells very strongly of red wine, which I don’t love, but the scent fades quickly. The effects were really nice. My skin felt toned and even. I will definitely buy this again.

The Memebox mask is a 2 piece hydrogel mask, which is meant to be more moisturizing. Since I need the extra hydration this time of the year, this was a real treat. I need to use hydrogel masks more often!

Overall, this box had a value of $146. I included the Innisfree product in that figure since I received $12 in compensation for it. This box certainly lived up to my expectations and I am pleased with it despite the missing Innisfree Peeling Jelly.

What did you think of the Wine & Cheese box?

Birchbox December 2014 Review!


I love the Birchbox box this month! They have a way of branding themselves that makes them seem very upscale, classic and trendy all at the same time and I love it. This carries over to their boxes. I think their classic brown boxes are great and I also look forward to the fun box designs they release every so often.

For this of you who may not know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for $10 a month, you receive a box of beauty samples curated for you based on your beauty profile. You can review each product in your box for ten Birchbox (BB) points. 100 points=$10 off products in the BB store. Their rewards system is amazing!


This month’s theme is Decked Out. As has been the case the past few months, subscribers were given a sample choice. We were able to choose one of our samples and although I don’t always choose, this month there were quite a few that I wanted to try. Not to mention that this is the second time I have taken advantage of the sample choice and both times I have been completely wowed by my box. I think I should choose start choosing a sample every month!


Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil, full size $18

This was my sample choice this month. I had a difficult time choosing, but rose gold is so in right now that I had to go for this one. I really love the color and although I wore it on my entire lid, I think I will use it more to highlight my tear ducts. I need more time to play around with it.

I was able to find full dimensions for this eyeliner on Amazon. According to that info, this sample has a value of $1. I find that hard to believe because it is a great size!


Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and Mini Fan Brush, full size $37 and $30.

These two items really made this box a home run for me. I love Laura Mercier and that fan brush is so cute! I am so excited to use them as I have lived everything from this brand that I have tried.

A bonus sample of the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer was included as well. When I saw it was in my box, I had hoped for a bigger sample but wasn’t surprised that it was a little foil packet. I didn’t include the value if this in my box total but it was nice of them to include it!


Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, full size $16.

This is a moisturizer that is apparently a makeup artist favorite that goes well under foundation. I am overloaded on facial creams right now so I am going to save this for a few months in the hopes that I will need it at some point. It felt nice on my hand–moisturizing without being greasy or thick.


Whish Shave Cream in Acai Grapefruit, full size $20.

The scent if this isn’t completely awful to me, but I don’t love it either. Synthetic fruit scents are typically a huge no no for me. I did like the lather of this but my legs are very sensitive to razor burn, especially this time if year, and so far LUSH’s Ambrosia is the only shaving cream that soothes them. I think I will save this for my travel bag.


Beauty Protector Protect & Oil, full size $25.95

This hair oil protects against UV rays, heat and breakage. It smells just like the brand’s de tangling spray, which isn’t my favorite. It smells like fake brown sugar and butter. This is a nice enough hair oil but I got a Davines hair oil in my September box that already has my heart!

I was so thrilled with my box this month. Not everything was a hit but there were some amazing products included. I had a hard time calculating the value of the box. Two samples didn’t have a weight on them (the hair oil and the fan brush), so I pretty much guessed on the values for those two items. I value the box to be right around $22.37. It doesn’t sound that high but factor in the 70 points I will get for reviewing these products and I essentially paid only $3 for the box.

What did you think of your December Birchbox?


Memebox Review: #66 Petit Treasures


I’ll admit, I was none too pleased when I initially received this box. At first glance, it looked juvenile and sparse. The price was $19, so customers knew it would be lower value than a typical Memebox, but I had still anticipated something similar to My Cute Wishlist.

For anyone new to Memebox, they are a Korean cosmetics company that previously specialized in Korean beauty boxes that were curated toward a specific theme. Now they seem to be moving away from their boxes and are focused more on just selling Korean cosmetics. Such a bummer! You can check out their website here. They did recently restock a bunch of previous boxes, so grab some while you can!



I ordered this box in a bundle with the Blackout box. Both boxes only contained four items because they were lower prices boxes. Had Memebox thrown in a sheet mask in each box, I would have been more mollified. This one was my bigger disappointment because although I will get more use out of of these products, Blackout seemed more thoughtfully curated to me (with the exception of the shampoo). Now that it has been a few weeks since I received this box, I feel a little differently.


Recipe by Nature Ice Cream Swing Gloss in Sweet Fiona, Meme value $5.

I don’t mind cheap lip gloss. In fact, that is pretty par for the course in these boxes. This one annoyed me though. It seems very juvenile and just clunky to have in my pocket. And the thought of carrying a gloss on my keychain seemed absurd. But now I am thinking it might be convenient and actually not a bad idea! And it goes well with the theme.


Shara Shara Revital Magic Cream, Meme value $16.

Yet another face cream. I have a ton to go through and Memebox made us aware on the info card that this has a use by date of July 21, 2015 (thank you for sharing that info Memebox!), so I added this in to my current rotation. And I actually really like it. It goes on so thick, but it mattifying and smells like eucalyptus. According to the info card, it helps uneven skin tone and blemish scars.


ddung Lively Girl Mascara, Meme value $24.

I always need mascara but the mascaras in my MemeBoxes are always hit or miss. Luckily, I like this one. It goes on sparsely but is pretty easy to build up. It won’t become a holy grail product but I will use it up.


Shara Shara Feminine Single Blusher, Meme value $7.

I am kind of over all the blushers I have been getting in my MemeBoxes. This makes #4 I think. BUT I love the color I got, so again, I am over my disappointment. There were three different colors sent out and I believe I got warm apricot.

This box was one of my biggest disappointments from Memebox but I have since changed my mind. It isn’t my favorite box by any means, but I am happy with what I got and I will use it all.

Did you get Petit Treasures? Did you like the contents?

Memebox Review: Blackout!


I ordered Blackout! as a bundle with Petit Treasures awhile back. It was a less expensive box ($19 I think?), so it only included four products.



I honestly don’t know why I ordered this. I assumed it was all skincare, and typically that type of skincare is better suited toward oilier skin, which I don’t have this time of year.


B&SOAP Black Block, Meme value $24.

This is a facial soap with charcoal, rosemary and olive oil to clear out pores without irritating the skin. This reminds me a lot of LUSH’s Coalface cleanser, which is nice but way too drying for my skin. I won’t be using this.


Honest Clinic Black Hole Spot, Meme value $26.

This is a spot treatment that is meant to be used overnight. It specifically says not to use on a non problematic area as it could result in reddening. That kind of makes me nervous. And I am lucky enough not to regularly need a spot treatment, so I am not sure that this will get used. We’ll see!


Tosowoong Black-Head Nose Pack, 8 pack, Meme value $6.

I just got the tonymoly egg pore strips and I still have plenty of blackout sauce from my At Home box, so I am not sure when I will ever get around to these. #memeboxproblems.


L’CRET Hair Color Keeper Treatment Shampoo, Meme value $42.

Wtf Memebox?! Just because the packaging on this is black does not make it relevant to this box. I already received this in my Rapunzel box and have been trying to figure out what to do with it ever since. Now I have a second one! I do color treat my hair, but I still prefer a more clarifying shampoo. Guess I should finally try this now before making a final decision.

Overall, with the exception of the shampoo, I feel this box was curated well. I just have no use for the products. That is entirely my own fault. The meme value on this box is $98, which is very high for four products.

Did you get the Blackout! box? Thoughts?

Memebox Review: My Cute Wishlist 4


To date, Memebox has done four versions of My Cute Wishlist. The first one was a huge hit and although I was a fan of MCW2 (the only other one I ordered), each subsequent box has been less and less popular.

Memebox is a Korean company that curates beauty boxes full of Korean beauty care. Recently they have stopped offering multiple boxes and are instead focusing on their Memeshop, which sells their cosmetics brand as well as other Korean brands. It’s a real shame in my opinion, as their boxes are a great value and I love the mystery aspect of them. I doubt I will be ordering from the Memeshop much.

Check out their site here.



At first glance, this box definitely seemed like it fit the cute theme. It was pretty much exactly what I would expect from this type of box.


Étude House Sweet Recipe Candy Stick in Oh! Orange Candy, Meme value $5.

I love getting lip products like this in my Memeboxes. They are great to keep at work and in my bag. I was concerned that this would be too orange but it goes on sheer enough that is is wearable. It smells like candy too!


Tonymoly Apple Red Tox Honey Cream, Meme value $12.

The last thing I need is a face cream. Seriously. But I really wanted to try this one so I am glad it was included. I actually almost bought the infamous Cutie Pie Marzia 2 box just for this so I am glad I held out. It is definitely very cute and I think it will be a great day cream as it sinks in quickly.


ddung Liquid Eyeliner, Meme value $12.

This is a water proof, smudge proof liquid eyeliner. I usually prefer brown eyeliner because it’s not as harsh looking, but this works and it has cute packaging. I appreciate it when Memebox doesn’t focus too heavily on skincare or makeup in their boxes, unless that is the actual theme, so I appreciate that this box had a wide range.


Tonymoly Egg Pore Nose Pack 7ea, Meme Value $4.

These have charcoal and egg to shrink pores and remove whiteheads and blackheads. They smell very strange, like burning rubber or something. I did feel like my nose felt smoother and looked cleaner after I used this.


Yadah Vita-Whitening Aqua Gel and Puregreen Moisturizing cream, $24.

These better be amazing if the “travel size” costs $24. They are great for travel but they look like deluxe samples, not the full size that Memebox claims.


Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack in Milk, Meme Value $1.

This has milk protein extracts to moisturize. The other lipnmask like this that I got from Memebox was a total dud, so I hope this is a better brand because my lips need some moisture!


Pure Smile Snail hand Cream Milk, $5.

I have a lot of products from this snail line, so I was excited for the hand cream. It has a really watery texture and sinks in immediately. I have used it twice now and five minutes after applying, my hands felt dry. This unfortunately just isn’t strong enough at all.


Holika Holika Pig-nose Black Head Steam Starter, Meme value $6.

I have always thought this product line was adorable, so I think this is a great inclusion in this box. It is meant to “melt away” blackheads when you massage it into the skin. It also has aloe Vera to soothe. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet.

Overall, the Meme value of this box is $69. It is likely the lowest valued Memebox I have ever received. I like the contents, so I am not bothered by the low value but I am guessing others will take issue with it. If you take out the two travel size moisturizers, you are left with a $45 value!

What did you think of My Cute Wishlist 4?