Memebox Review: # 53 Wine and Cheese

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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?

Memebox Review: #66 Petit Treasures

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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: Collaboration #6 Vagabond Youth

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Vagabond Youth is a box that was released last month that was curated with “YouTube beauty and fashion mentor” Vagabond Youth. I have never heard of her, but then again I have never heard of any of the other personalities that Memebox has collaborated with.

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One of the major differences with the collab boxes is that the contents are released when the box goes up for sale, this removing any surprise element. This would typically be a deal breaker for me, but when I saw the contents of this box, there were a few must have items and nothing that I absolutely didn’t want, so I bought it.

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For those of you unfamiliar with Memebox, it is a Korean company that curates beauty boxes based on different themes. The boxes are typically of great value and it is a fun way to get your hands on some Korean skin and beauty care! To see some of the boxes that are currently available, click here. (This is an affiliate link).

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Miss Age Essential Lip Rouge in Pure Red, Meme value $17.

This was the one product I wasn’t sure I would use, as I have tons of red lip color. This leaned closer to pink though and had a cool, jelly like texture. My only complaint is that it gravitated towards the edges of my lips, so that wasn’t very flattering. I am going to give it a few more tries to see if I can get it to stay put.

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Shara Shara Color Control Cream in Natural Beige, SPF 50+, Meme value $24.

This is one of the products that convinced me to buy this box. I typically use BB creams but wanted to try a CC cream. So far, I really like it and I have been using it almost daily.

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RiveCowe Plenty Volume Mascara, Meme value $15.

So far, I am not super impressed with this mascara. It doesn’t apply very easily and makes my lashes very sparse. I always need mascara, but I’m not sure I will make it through this.

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√Čtude House Proof 10 Eye Primer, Meme value $7.

I needed an eye primer, so this was another product that sold me on this box. This one works just as it should. I have noticed a remarkable difference in how long my eye makeup stays put.

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dearberry Toc Toc Blusher, Meme value $9.

There was a color variation for this product. I think I got Peach Sorbet. It is a rich, shimmery peach color. I just don’t like the applicator. I feel like barely any color comes out and when I went to use the powder from my Earth & Sea box, which I just got a few weeks ago, the applicator for that one had a bunch of black mold on it! I just use my own brushes to apply these.

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Color World Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Meme value $36.

Neutral shadow palettes are a must for me. I love how big this palette is and the colors are pretty pigmented.

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√Čtude House Tear Drop Liner, Meme value $7.

This had multiple color variations. I believe I got #4, which is more of a gold color. It is so pretty and shimmery and I was super excited to wear it, but I have used it twice now and unfortunately it rubbed and flaked off within thirty minutes if application both times. I even tried the primer underneath to hold it in place but that was no help. I guess my eyes are too watery for this type of product.

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good’p Madeca Cream, Meme value $24.

From what I understand, this is a moisturizer that is meant to be mixed in with your CC cream. I have been using it that way and I really like it! My skin is desperate for that extra moisture right now but I also walk a fine line between looking greasy and being hydrated. This has really helped!

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ideeB Sweet Gelish Eyeliner in Gold Brown, Meme value $9.

I like that this is a gel pencil and I prefer brown eyeliners over black. I have used this once so far and it did the trick.

The overall value for this Memebox is $148 and it was sold for $23 plus shipping! I was blown away by how many products were included. I would have to say this may be my favorite Memebox to date and I am usually not so impressed by makeup items. The CC cream and Madeca cream really made this box for me.

Did you buy the Vagabond Youth box? What did you think?

-s

Memebox Review: Superbox #84 Skinfood

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Memebox has offered brand themed boxes before, but I had never been tempted to buy one until they released a Skinfood box. Skinfood emphasizes the idea of “feeding” the skin and their products include a lot of fruits and veggies. It reminds me a lot of LUSH, whose products I predominantly use, so I decided to give this box a try.

For anyone unfamiliar with Memebox, it is a Korean company that curates boxes based on a specific theme. The boxes are typically a great value, and are filled with Korean cosmetics and beauty products. To see some of the boxes currently available, click here. (This is an affiliate link).

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I am not familiar at all with the Skinfood range, but I believe they sell bodycare and cosmetics. This box was very skincare heavy though, so I am not entirely sure. Had I known that this box was pretty much all skincare, I would have likely passed. I have more products than I could ever possibly use on my face!

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Tomato Whitening Toner, Meme value $17.

This is a toner with tomato extracts and vitamin c to brighten the complexion. I have read that it is best for oilier skin but I haven’t tried it because I have two open toners right now!

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Egg White Pore Meringue Foam, Meme value $13.

This is a deep cleansing facial soap with a meringue like texture for sensitive, oily skin. I don’t want a cleanser that is going to dry me out now that we are heading into winter so I will gift this.

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Facial Water Vita-C Cream, Meme value $13.

This is a rich facial cream with acai, raspberry, strawberry and cranberry extracts that brightens and moisturizes. It is recommended that it be refrigerated which is why I haven’t opened it yet. I want to try it as a morning moisturizer but if it is in the fridge, I will forget about it, in which case I may as well gift it. I need to look into this product more to see if the refrigeration is a necessity.

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Black Sugar Mask, Meme value $9.

This is the one item in the box I am semi excited about. I have heard mainly good things and it seems to be a popular product. It is a deep cleansing, exfoliating mask so I may save it for the summer months when I am a bit oilier.

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Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake, Meme value $5.

I thought these were eyeshadows at first and I was ok with that because neutral shadows are something I would use. Then I realized it was brow powder and was immediately disappointed. I just got a brow pencil in my Chocolate Mania box and that is all I need. This doesn’t seem as effective or user friendly. I plan on gifting this.

Skinfood is the most disappointing Memebox I have received in a long time. It is the first box I have ever gotten where I didn’t try at least one or two products right away. The products seemed mostly geared toward oilier akin, which isn’t what I am looking for right now. The overall Meme value is $57, which isn’t high for Memebox in general but is more common with brand boxes.

What did you think of this box?

-s

Memebox Review: #45 Chocolate Mania

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I have gotten quite a few MemeBoxes recently, as you can tell. This was probably my most anticipated box and I have been looking forward to it for awhile. I missed out on the Cacao box a few months ago and I had hoped this one could live up to how great that box was. Luckily, I think this might have been even better than the Cacao box!

If you are unfamiliar with Memebox, they are a Korean company that offers boxes curated based on different themes. They usually are an amazing value and it’s a great way to try new products. To see some of the boxes currently available on their site, click here. (This is an affiliate link).

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I could smell the chocolate products in this box as I was opening the mailer. I LOVE chocolate, so I was in heaven!

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Skinfood Cacao Hand Balm, Meme value $5.

This may have been my favorite product in the box. It is an odd consistency, somewhere between a gel and a cream. It has such a rich cocoa smell that isn’t overpowering at all. I use a hand cream before bed every night and this has quickly jumped to the front of the line. Love!

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Binucook Cacao Chocolate Pie Soap, Meme value $6.

If this was a shower gel, I would be all over it! As it is, I prefer not to use bar soap. This smells yummy but I will be gifting it!

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Missha Cacao and Cream Facial Scrub, Meme value $12.

This is a deep cleansing, gentle cream cleanser. It looks and smells fantastic, like icing! I really can’t justify opening another cleanser right now, so I have hidden this in my closet for the time being. Out of sight, out of mind!

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Neogen Code9 Gold Cacao Cream, Meme value $30.

This is a very moisturizing face cream to combat dry, rough winter skin. It contains olive oil, mango seed butter, Shea butter, gold (?!) and cacao seed butter. This has a very light scent, which is kind of a bummer. I want to feel like I am rubbing chocolate all over my face! It’s just what I need now that we are getting into the colder months.

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Shara Shara Tempting Avocado Chocolate Massage Cream, Meme value $11.

I was all kinds of confused by the name. At first I thought it was a lotion, then a massage cream. According to the info card, it is a facial cleanser with banana, avocado and cacao. I have been getting a lot of cleansers in my boxes recently that are just too drying for my skin, so I am super glad to have this!

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Zamian Super Gold Cacao Pack, Meme value $22.

This mask is amazing! It is infused with a blend of cacao and gold powder to smooth and firm the skin. Once again, the scent is delicious and my skin felt so soft and smooth after I used it!

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Purederm Choco Cacao Collagen Mask, Meme value $2.

A chocolate sheet mask, yes please! I am saving this for the next time I use a really sweet bath bomb.

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dearberry Miss Mina Lisa Eyebrow in Choco Brownie, Meme value $2.

This is an eyebrow filler with a nifty built in brush. Definitely a product I am in need of currently. I do wish that there had been a chocolate lip balm though instead. This kind of missed the theme for me because I was hoping for everything to have a chocolate scent.

Despite my minor quibble with the eyebrow pencil, I thought Chocolate Mania was a phenomenal box. It exceeded my expectations and had a great amount of product in it. The overall Meme value is $90. It isn’t the most impressive value I have seen, but the curation was pretty much spot on, so you won’t hear any complaints from me!

Did you get Chocolate Mania? What are your thoughts?

-s