I know I am very late to the party with this one. I discovered Memebox right on the cusp of Earth & Sea’s initial ship date and was too distracted by other, flashier boxes to realize what I so carelessly cast aside. After seeing the full contents, it quickly became my white whale (except I fared better than Ahab). This was the box I coveted above all other past boxes. The one that prompted me to stalk the site, hoping against all hope for a restock that finally came. Why Earth & Sea? It just… spoke to me. My combination skin loves all thing ash and charcoal, so I was essentially sold on that point alone, but the ‘sea’ elements in the box drew me in as well. The miraculous combination of products that drew out impurities and refreshed the skin was simply irresistible. I know, you’ve likely heard it all by now. Few who have attained this box had anything negative to say about it. Undaunted, I add my voice to the cacophony of praise; although, there are some sour notes as well. I’ve spent a few, special weeks with my Earth & Sea Cosmetics box now and feel I may have something of substance to offer in the way of a review. I’ve also included links to purchase the products that have quickly become some of my HGs.
When toxins, dirt and oil build up get under the skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, ultimately clogging up pores and making skin look dull. So, we’re bringing you nature’s clean up crew to clear the way for cleaner and brighter skin.
Charcoal, volcanic ash and mud all work together to draw out dirt and excess oil to extract stubborn impurities from deep within pores! Mineral rich marine energy works as the step 2 treatment for refining pores and replenishing moisture to the skin.
Our Earth & Sea Cosmetics Box offers the best natural ingredients to give you your best looking skin yet.
Tosowoong Super Aqua Cooling Gel (80g, RV $34)
Available at the link above, or on eBay for $29.98
The Super Aqua Cooling Gel is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Full of minerals and nutrients from glacier waters, this gel is ideal for cooling overheated skin and relieving irritated skin. Deep sea minerals also strengthen and moisturize skin so that you can have firm and supple skin all day long.
Impressions: I really like this brand and this product looked pretty amazing. I waged an epic internal battle when it came to this item because on one hand I would have loved to try it, but on the other I am turning into a cosmetics hoarder. An opportunity presented itself for me to swap this item for something I was already using and loving from the Free From Oil & Trouble 4 Memebox (review to follow!) and I decided to take the plunge and get a backup of the serum that I was so enjoying. Initially, I was going to hold this product until the summer because it seems like it would be ideal for the season and very refreshing. I think I would have been more apt to keep it if I suffered from dry skin, but thankfully that is not one among my litany of issues. This gel was a gorgeous blue color with a lovely fresh scent. The texture (which I tested using a spatula) was lovely and reminded me slightly of the Goddess Cream, aka the most amazing moisturizer my combination skin has ever known. That was another thing that gave me some comfort as I let this baby go – I had something even better to substitute. I will be posting an individual review of the Goddess Cream in the near future, but in the interim please let me reassure you that I have used every other item in this box, so you should definitely keep reading 😉
Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack (100g, RV $36)
on eBay for $16.98
Enriched with organic Jeju complex and mineral rich volcanic ash, charcoal, green tea, and pine needle extracts, this Volcanic Ash Pore Pack works wonders for controlling excess sebum and tightening enlarged pores. Plus, it’s free of parabens, artificial fragrances, and artificial coloring, and suitable for all skin types.
Impressions: This item was one of the things that made this box incredibly appealing to me. It’s a grey, fairly thick cream with a scent that’s indicative of the green tea and pine needle extracts that are some of its main ingredients. Clogged pores are a recurring issue for many and every product I have ever tried that has charcoal or ash in it has helped me to achieve fantastic results. I was very pleased to learn that this pack is no different. For those unfamiliar with Korean cosmetics terms, a pack would be akin to a mask in the US. I think a lot of people tend to pile this sort of thing on, but it’s best applied in an even and fairly thin layer all over the face. After about 15 minutes or so, the mask will dry and your face will feel tighter. I used to scrub this sort of thing off, but since embarking on my Korean skincare regimen I’ve been a lot kinder to my face; so I just splash water on for a minute or so until all residue is gone. My face feels incredibly clean after this treatment and pores tight. I have definitely noticed that this masks helps to clear away clogging and also that I don’t get as much of that since I’ve begun using it. I have already purchased a backup, so that really speaks volumes.
Dewytree Mineral Healthy Sun Cut Loose Powder SPF36 PA++ (10g, RV $34)
Unfortunately this product is very difficult to find. The Memeshop does offer a comparable item made by Natural 100. Innisfree also makes a fantastic mineral powder that that can be found on eBay for $7.15 (though it doesn’t offer the same sun protection)
Dewytree’s loose powder is enriched with natural minerals and essential oil for maintaining your skin’s moisture level and leaving a long-lasting silky finish to a makeup. Plus, it has a UV protection level of SPF 36 PA++ and uses an air pocket puff that does not clog pores with powder application.
Impressions: The PA++ may be unfamiliar to some, as it’s a rating system that was originally developed in Japan and is used to indicate how much UVA protection a product has, whereas the SPF refers to UVB protection. The UVA rating ranges from PA+ to PA+++, with higher being better. There is some controversy as to the accuracy of the tests utilized in determining these levels, but I find that it’s still a useful indicator of sun protection. To that end, I have never owned a powder that offers sun protection and was very happy to have received this one. It comes packaged in a small jar with a mirror on top of the lid. When you open it, you find the air puff that is attached to a yet another, screw-on lid. The item also comes with an extra puff, which I really appreciated. The packaging is clever and compact and nice option for travel. I have used the puff to dab the powder onto my face after makeup application, but then use a powder brush to blend it a bit better. The powder’s texture is quite lovely and delicate. It is translucent, but does have a slight golden tone so I’m not sure that it would work well on a darker complexion. I love love love that this powder has a matte finish and it does double-duty in also helping to control excess sebum throughout the day. A wonderful item I have been using regularly.
Shara Shara Black Charcoal Mask Purifying (23g, RV $2)
on Korea Depart for $8.85/5PK
Shara Shara’s Black Charcoal Mask contains high concentrates of charcoal powder and volcanic ash complex for clearing your skin of dirt, impurities, and sebum clogging up your pores. It also works to soothe and protect sensitive skin with its wine and aloe very leaf formula.
Impressions: I absolutely loved this mask. I am typically of the mindset that more is better when it comes to getting your money’s worth on cosmetics, but I really dislike when sheet masks are overly-saturated. This one contained the perfect amount of serum, was easy to put on and adjust, and felt amazing both during an after. My face was noticeably clearer and brighter. While this is, of course, a full-sized item, I truly wish Memebox included more than just one mask. Thankfully, one was enough to demonstrate this mask’s efficacy, so I will definitely be hunting down more.
Elizavecca Elastic Pore Mask Cleansing Foam (120ml, RV $29)
on Amazon for $19.99
Made from 3,000mg of collagen from pig skin, and spider extracts, the Elastic Pore mask Cleansing Foam is a mask and a facial cleanser all in one. As weird as the combination of charcoal, collagen, and spider extracts sounds, this black mask will penetrate deep into your pores, clearing away all dead skin cells and blackheads with bubbles a s fine as spider web. A quick 5 minutes every day is all your ever need to treat enlarged pores and excess skin impurities!
Impressions: I find the duality of the adorable packaging being representative of the ingredients that lie within somewhat amusing – in a really morbid way. But I do consume meat and if products like this mean that parts of the animal don’t go to waste, then I’m all for it. This was an item I was very excited about. Elizavecca has an excellent reputation and I’ve been a big fan of their other products (such as the Collagen Jella Pack – amazing!). This also seemed to be formulated to address a number of my concerns and contain some of my favorite ingredients (charcoal and collagen). Unfortunately, all that amounted to my being very uncertain about this item I’m not put off by the black color or somewhat thick texture, but these are just not things that I look for in a cleanser and so I just really didn’t enjoy my Piggy Pore Cleansing experience. I also didn’t find it all that foamy and that made the 3-5 minutes of massaging this over my face all the more unpleasant. But alright, who cares about all that if the results are good. Well, the results were mixed. My face did feel nicely clean once I washed this off, but also more dry and dull than with other cleansers. After my initial experience, I came across an Instagram post noting that the pH of this product was very high. That would explain the after-affects. I haven’t used it since, but am torn about where to go from here. Many people really adore this product, so I do wonder if I didn’t give it enough of a chance. I may try it again and use an aloe mist after to soothe and re-hydrate my skin and maybe bring it back to an appropriate pH (4.5-6).
Ariul Spa Water 24 Hours Moisturizing Refreshing Mist (100ml, RV $18)
Unfortunately, this is another product that is difficult to find online, but there is a similar Ariul item available from the Memeshop for $19.
Ariul SPA WATER 24hours Moisturizing Refreshing Mist is made from pure spa water extracted straight from Belgium rich in minerals and various amino acids. The Mist works to deliver an instant replenishment into your skin, creating a moisture barrier for preventing any dehydration for all day long. It can also be used as a boosting serum for enhancing absorbency of other skincare products.
Impressions: This Mist. Oh man. I’m starting to realize I have a thing for mists, but wow some of them are just amazing and I wonder where they’ve been all my life. I’ve been using this one strictly as a booster and it works wonders as the step after cleansing and before toner. It really helps to rehydrate my skin and also prep it for the many lotions and potions to come. I truly consider it one of the most vital steps in my skincare regimen because it so effectively helps my skin to take in everything else that I slather on. If you don’t currently have a booster step in your skincare routine, I strongly encourage you to add it! It takes seconds and is hugely worthwhile.
This box cost $29 + shipping and has an overall Memevalue of $153. The main determinant of value to me is how many of the products I truly love and will use. With this box, it’s an overwhelming majority. The items here were wonderfully curated to the theme (though the Piggy foam could be questionable) and I feel this theme is appropriate for a variety of skin types and concerns. This may be why this box was one of Meme’s most popular and people are still clamoring for restocks. I hope they make this a series because I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase another Earth & Sea Cosmetics box. I did purchase The Little Mermaid Princess Edition box in the hopes that it will be similar. Fingers crossed! If this box ever pops up again as a restock – and it has at least three times now – I strongly encourage you to grab it!
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