Memebox contacted me to ask if I would be willing to review sample products for them fairly regularly. This may sound strange, but I’ve never actually asked Memebox for the opportunity to review boxes. In fact, with the exception of one box (that I inquired about reviewing for my kpop blog) I’ve never inquired about press samples (items provided to bloggers and YouTubers for free for the purpose of review). The main reason is because I’m lazy; I’d rather just hand over some money and forego the communication with a company that a free box or product requires. hahaha The other reason is because I need to know that I can write in my usual, straightforward way without ending up with a bunch of screaming messages in my voicemail or email. Over the past many months as a Memebox affiliate, I’ve come to trust that Memebox is committed to giving bloggers the opportunity to write direct, honest reviews–good or bad–without reprisal. I’m going to provide a bit more information in these reviews that in, say, my quick unboxings, but my reviews and opinions still reflect my full and true opinions.
The first product I’ve been sent is the My Honey Memebox Superbox #53. Oh em gee I actually flailed a bit when I found out it was coming because I wanted this box so badly once I saw the contents, but I missed, like, two restocks of it due to the necessity of sleep. The idea behind the box is that honey is a natural beauty enhancer that repairs damaged skin, gives antibacterial and anti-inflammatory help, delivers antioxidants to halt aging, and improves radiance. That’s a pretty tall order, really. I would argue that for those in the Northern Hemisphere right now, honey’s main attribute that will make your skin sing is moisture. And, wow, these products are basically the moisture bomb I needed now that temperatures in New York have dipped as low as about 20 degree Fahrenheit.
My Memebox contact tells me that the company will prioritize restocks of these products in the Memeshop based on how many people visit the product links I’ve put in the titles here and how many people stick these products in their Wishlists, so if you see something you like, consider clicking through and adding it to your Wishlist to “vote” for it to appear in the shop. I’ll tell you which things I’ve added to mine at the end of the post. Oh, and there’s a giveaway of one of the products at the end, so keep on going til you reach it!
Memebox Global is a company that sends boxes of Korean skincare and makeup products to customers around the world. It began shipping to international customers in January 2014. For more information about Memebox check out my Memebox 101 post.
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My Honey Info Card
Migabee Antipollution RE-Peeling 100ml, $37
I’m so excited about receiving a new Migabee product in this box. I wanted to try this peeling mask so badly that I actually bought one from another Memebox fan who received this box, but didn’t end up using it. Now I have two, so I’m giving one of them away at the end of this post.^^
This product has a ton of extracts and just one minor potential acne trigger, hydrogenated castor oil (rating 1 out of 5 as a trigger), and it’s waaaay down the ingredient list. Here’s the full COSDNA ingredient analysis. Migabee is such an exciting new brand for me in part because I keep finding that their products are not only effective, but can work for skin like mine, which has a history of hating all nice things I want to put on it. I can’t wait to test more from this brand.
The box info card instructions for this state:
Spread the pack adequately over your face. The texture will be sticky and honey-like at first but it’ll quickly start to dry off according to the skin temperature. Remove when it’s completely dried off.
That’s not the whole story, really, and you could end up with a gummy mess without a bit more information. Here’s the process in photos and gifs:
I tried this on my face, too, and it came off really easily despite my sloppy application technique. I even got some in my eyebrows, but I was able to just rub it out without pain or hair loss (I’m working on bushing up my eyebrows to try to disguise my age a bit ahhahah). My face was noticeably smoother and more moisturized after using the mask and I didn’t experience irritation or anything like that. SCORE. I dig it, another winner from Migabee. Do I think I could ever buy a $37 peeling mask? I dunno. Migabee is a legit brand and their products aren’t cheap at all (at all at all–but I find myself willing to splurge anyway because they’re just that good), but I think that the only product I’d pay $37 for is the best bb cream I’ve found so far–Vella’s Flower Flower–seriously, that stuff is magic. I’m going to need to test it more and watch my skin over time to see if I could drop about 1/10th of one of my monthly student loan payments on a peeling mask. ahahah It’s the best peeling mask I’ve used, but wow I hope it goes on sale at some point!
Mi Click Manuka Honey Treatment 30ml, $5
I don’t quite know how to put this, but I think this hair treatment is trying to kill me. No, let me explain: I used it two nights ago and then last night stepped in to take a shower. I slid. My life flashed before my eyes. My last thought “Oh, god, that damn manuka honey hair treatment has killed me. Hair treatment, hair treatment, my non-kingdom for a hair treatment!” So is it worth a premature death?
Eh, not really. Sure, it’s a good enough treatment that smoothed my hair’s frizzies and made it feel softer, but the smoothness came at a cost: a noticeable coating on my strands of hair that caused them to feel slightly sticky when wet, if that makes sense. I have color-treated ends recovering from a lot of bleaching in the past, and they tend to feel sticky and unpleasant when I use certain treatments on them. This product improved my hair a bit, but not enough to be worth the 1) stickiness and 2) premature death in my gross bathtub.
Enesti Apple & Honey Shea Butter Hand Cream 50g, $5
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. Urgh, it smells so good [I just reached for it because I need to smell and apply it again, I’m in love]. It smells like real tart apples with a hint of honey YUM. What I adore about this hand cream is that it sinks right into my skin rather than hanging out as a filmy mess on the surface. I’ve always side-eyed kbeauty hand creams because I associate hand creams with icky, too sticky, too greasy disgustingness, but if this is what Korean hand creams are like, I’m in 1000%. [I just sniffed it again. Heaven.]. I received the My Honey box at work on Friday and I immediately grabbed this cream and started applying it. I haven’t stopped since–there’s an actual dent in my tube that I had to work around for taking photos!
Enesti is another favorite brand of mine–their products are modestly priced, but they work fantastically. They actually make one of my favorite sheet masks, the Aloe mask from the Aloe Superbox. I’m really excited to find that their products are generally high quality–I would love to see more in the Memeshop, but right now I’m focused on being able to buy more of this hand cream. At the rate I’m using it (reapplying it every time I think about it or see it), it will be gone in about 10 days. I’m that obsessed. Mmm I hope Memebox stocks lots of it because I need to get this for the ladies in my family for the holidays–they will seriously love it. Mmm [I sniffed it again] and maybe more scents, too? Can we please make this happen, Memebox?
From Nature Multi Effect Collagen Honey Mask 1 mask, $1
If Memebox stocks this mask, you’re going to have to fight me to get it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a regular sheet mask, but a regular sheet mask that’s done very well. The ingredients are really good. Here’s the COSDNA anaylsis. Butylene Glycol and Triethanolamine are two possible triggers for acne, but they’re rated 1 out of 5 and 2 out of 5 respectively, so this mask will likely be fine for most people. What sets this sheet mask apart from others in the budget-friendly category is the variety and number of extracts included. What I don’t like to see in sheet masks is water, glycerin, one active ingredient, and then not much else going on. This mask has a bunch of ingredients like Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract that are used for skin conditioning, but also ingredients like Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract and Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract that have antimicrobial properties. This is exactly what I want to see in my sheet mask ingredient list. Ahh–and for those concerned about alcohol in the list: it’s commonly added to sheet masks because it helps skin to absorb the actives in the time the sheet is on your face. Unless your dermatologist or experince says otherwise, it’s not the ingredient of death that people make it out to be. If you’re interested in more about alcohol (and other cool skincare chemistry questions!) check out Skin&Tonics’ interview with a cosmetic chemist.
Just as important as the mask chemistry is the question of whether I can stand having this mask on my face. The fit of the mask was good–nothing crazy perfect like the Meme Mask hydrogels, but it’s a good fit for a one-piece sheet mask. One of the things I liked most was that the sheet and the essence combined to cause the sheet to cling to my face without me needing to touch and adjust things; it just stayed in position. The mask smelled really good–it had a light fragrance and there was certainly a sweet honey note in there, but not so much that it felt overpowering. The essence was plentiful, but it isn’t thick and smothering like that on some other masks I’ve tried–it’s a light essence that feels great even on oily skin. There was plenty of essence in the envelope even after I pulled the mask out (and as you can see in the gif of me taking the mask out of the package, the sheet comes soaked). I slapped that into the fabric to load it up with moisture. The mask fabric itself is a nice, medium-thickness, durable paper-almost-cloth. It was pleasant to have on my skin.
Finally, this mask passes the hardest test of all: is it so pleasant and comfortable to wear that I almost fall asleep while wearing it. Yup, the nice fragrance, good fit, and general coziness led to me leaving my computer and crawling into bed for a moment to talk to the cat, at which point I almost nodded off. That’s a rare thing for me with sheet masks due to being irritated at the smallest “off” things and a general need to make the most of every minute. This mask is seriously good and I can see myself stocking up on them in the future for when I want a surefire good, relaxing mask.
At the end of wearing the mask my skin felt nicely hydrated, but not coated in a film–which sometimes happens with other masks. I’m actually a bit allergic to rosemary (this contains rosemary extract), but my face was fine with this mask. I’m a fan.
EDMONG Honeybee Water Cream 50ml, $29
Lemme just hit you with the money shot:
Yeah, so after seeing that, you probably want to buy it. It looks delicious, it has nice extracts like propolis and Camellia Sinensis Leaf in the ingredient list, and it sinks into one’s skin really nicely. Like the sheet mask, Butylene Glycol and Triethanolamine show up as potential triggers for acne and/or sensitive skin, but they’re not throwing up major red flags. Here’s the full COSDNA ingredient analysis. As an Oily Skin Person (OSP) I think that this cream would be perfect for summer; I’m actually throwing my jar into my skincare fridge (formerly the home of my grad school era experiments in procrastination-related cheesemaking) to save until the humidity makes it impossible to wear other products. What I especially appreciate about this product is the non-sticky finish; it sinks in pretty quickly so that I’m not hanging around forever waiting to get my makeup on. For this blistering winter, I think I’d need to wear this as a first-layer cream under a richer cream that would lock all of the moisture in. Come summer, hello honey [water cream].
This feels good and actually works for my skin–PRAISE!
Daycell Essential Honey Lift Massage Cream 150ml, $20
This looks pretty standard when you squeeze it out of the tube and then…
Wahhh! It’s a super fun stringy lotion!!! The strands remind me of making holiday candy on my stovetop–at a certain temperature sugar and water transmute into a glorious, stringy concoction. This is great to play with. I was nervous about the fun texture meaning that the product has ingredients that aren’t good for skin, but the analysis shows that the ingredient list isn’t bad–there are some triggers, but nothing rates over a 2 out of 5 in terms of likelihood of risk. Here’s the full COSDNA ingredient analysis. I wasn’t sure about whether this was meant for one’s face or body since the product comes in a squeezy tube so I tried both. I used it as a sleeping pack on my face and as a lotion on my poor, dry legs. It worked well for both, actually. I was particularly impressed by how this transformed my painfully dry leg skin–this has the moisture power to really turn the tide and help skin recover–I think I’ll keep using it on my leg rescue mission. ahaha
Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment Honey 10g, $5
I’ve heard two responses to this product. One is “SNAIL ON MY LIPS!??!!?” and the other is “Best. Lip. Product. Ever. Need. More.” Regarding the snail: it’s in the first half of the list, but when I apply this, it just feels like really effective lip soother.
I get why the fans love it–it has a hint of cinnamon for a moment when it first goes on and then it just parks on your lips, taking care of any and all tenderness, flaking, and non-smoothness. It’s an absolutely amazing product for winter lips. I didn’t even put any on today and my lips are still gloriously smooth from yesterday’s tests. Honestly, this is one of those miracle products that I think is worth way more than $5, but if it’s priced in that range, hot damn, I’m grabbing multiple tubes for people I know. If they can handle snail filtrate on their lips.
I currently have the hand cream, lip treatment, and sheet mask in my wishlist in hopes that they’re stocked in the Memeshop VERY VERY SOON PLEASE MEMEBOX HEAR ME. I’m going to keep testing the massage cream and peel-off mask before I decide whether they’re going to need to be replaced when I run out. I suspect that I may need more of the water cream in the summer, but I need to see how my skin reacts to it vs. the disgusting swamp-like humidity here. I won’t be buying the hair treatment–I want to live! Taking stock of the whole box, hot damn, this was a fine Superbox (it cost $32 + shipping, so it was a crazy good deal) that really delivered on the premise. If I were writing the copy for these products and this box, given the dry, cold season, I’d really emphasize how gentle yet powerful these items are for very dry skin (with the water cream as the lighter exception). Now let’s listen to the song I had stuck in my head while writing this review:
Any items on your Memewishlist? Any favorites in the mix?
While you’re here, enter to win a tube of the Migabee Antipollution RE-Peeling mask; I have an extra tube and I think you want to try it, right? OK–see, that was easy!
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