Top 10 Birthday Beauty Freebies

A new year is almost upon us and I thought it pertinent to compile a list of free birthday beauty gifts offered by various stores and brands.
This is one of the aspects of my birthday that I look forward to the most and, in case you’re of the same mindset, here’s a handy reference to ensure you don’t miss out!


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I’ll start off with the freebie most of you are likely already familiar with. It’s an oldie and a goodie; something I have been enjoying for years and which also introduced me to some of my favorite brands and products.
Sephora’s Beauty Insider program offers a number of benefits, among these being a free gift during your birthday month. No purchase is necessary if you’d like to just stop by a store to grab it, but I believe you do need to purchase something in order to add this at checkout online. The gift changes each year and in 2015 we will be receiving two deluxe-sized (1.7g ea) NARS lippies in Rikugien Satin and Cruella Velvet Matte ❤

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A different gift is available for those gentlemen that frequent Sephora and may not appreciate the lippies. The 2014 gift for men was a Jack Black Turbo Wash. Though one can obviously choose any gift they like, regardless of gender.


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Ulta’s ULTAmate Rewards program is fairly new, though it’s very similar to Sephora’s. You earn points with purchases, though rather than deluxe samples or special sets, these transition to money toward future purchases. During your birthday month, you earn double reward points and Platinum members also receive a $10 off any purchase coupon.
2014 was the first year a birthday freebie was offered to subscribers and this was a full-sized CK One Mascara, which was only available in-store.

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It’s to soon to tell whether 2015 will bring the same, though I hope they again follow suit with Sephora and offer a new annual alternative. Though I certainly appreciate that they’ve strayed from their counterpart in offering a full-sized item.


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Smashbox’s Pretty Points Rewards program offers extensive freebie opportunities and not just during your birthday month. You receive an additional deluxe sample with each order, weekly gifts every Tuesday and Thursday, and of course the birthday goodies. The only caveat here is that each of these requires your making a $35 minimum purchase. I personally find no issue waiting until my birthday month to purchase a Smashbox item or two that I may have been coveting or need to replace.

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Above is an example of a past birthday gift – the Cream Liner Palette in Vixen – so I certainly think it’s worthwhile, as this exceeds the value of any of the gifts discussed so far.


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By simply registering at Aveda.com you become eligible for a special offer on  your birthday. This ranges from an experience at one of their salons to free products to certificates toward a future purchase.
A separate offer is available through their Invati line, if you sign up for their Invati Birthday Program. Invati is a line of products that addresses hair loss, however the gift is a seemingly unrelated Personal Blends, Pure-Fume™ Spirit or body care product ($25 value) custom blended with the aroma of your choice.

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Lovely! I’m really looking forward to this one.


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The Body Shop offers the Love Your Body Program. This is a rewards card that costs $10 to sign up, but saves you 10% on each purchase, provides access to special events, and various other benefit tiers when you accumulate a certain number of points. On your birthday, you receive a gift of $10 off your purchase. With just that perk, the card pays for itself, and if you are a fan of The Body Shop, seems like a no-brainer.

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They certainly have a massive variety of items to make it worth your while. I’m a fan of the almond hand cream in particular.


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Tarte’s Pretty Perks Program offers great benefits throughout the year. On your birthday, you receive a 20% off code that’s valid for 30 days. If you make a purchase during that period, you also receive a special deluxe sample when utilizing that code.

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While World Market (Cost Plus) isn’t strictly a beauty brand or retailer, the site offers some lovely beauty items for purchase. I would recommend the artisinal, specialty soaps in particular.
Their World Explorer program offers fantastic benefits and a surprise on your birthday. In previous years, the surprise has been $10 off a purchase, though it’s possible they may deviate from this.

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Bare Escentuals’ Friends and Benefits (FAB) program offers benefits such as being able to select your own personal sale day and receive 15% off. On your birthday, you are sent a voucher for a free product! Past options have ranged from eyeshadow to lip gloss. This can be picked up at a boutique or outlet or added to an online order placed during the qualifying period.

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Fabulous.


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The Fresh Family Rewards program offers the typical sort of perks and, you guessed it, a birthday gift! The gift is valued at $25 and can be picked up at any Fresh boutique location. If you’re unable to visit a store or don’t have one near you, you can still receive your gift online, but this will require a $25 minimum purchase.

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These rewards are fresh ta death (I apologize)


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When you register with Ojon, they send you a gift for your birthday. While they don’t specify what this will be, in prior years it was a very nice three-piece set, which Included small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and a treatment.

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Their products are really lovely, so this really feels like you’re getting a special treat.


Bonus Freebie #11!!
I may have saved the best for last.

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When you register to be a YSL Blackbook member, you receive fantastic perks such as free shipping, two deluxe samples with each order, and a personalized birthday gift of a full-sized product. Yaaas.

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This offer previously stated ‘sample’ and now definitely denotes ‘full-sized’, so I am very eager to see what this year will bring.


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That’s all I’ve got for you, lovelies. I hope you all have beautiful birthdays! I’m not sure it’s possible to have a bad birthday when you’re assured to get some beauty goodies.
Do you know of any other beauty birthday freebies that should be included in this list?

All These Things and More – Holiday GIVEAWAY!! **CLOSED**

***Congratulations to our winner, Kate L. from Temple City, CA!!! I hope you enjoy your goodies!
Thanks again to everyone who entered for supporting beautybangbang ❤ ***

**January 13th Update: thank you so much for the wonderful response to this giveaway!! It’s now closed and the winner has been contacted. They have 24 hours to respond before I will have to draw another. I will update this post and gleam widget once the winner is confirmed. Thanks again!!**

The most overreaching lesson I’ve learned since embarking on this beauty journey and starting my blog is that the best gift you can give yourself is time and attention. It doesn’t have to be beauty-centered, but if that’s what you happen to be into (you’re in the right place) then I wanted to pass along some goodies that might facilitate you doing so.
One lucky winner will receive ‘all these things’ and what I hope will be the much-deserved gift of a little focus on self. We’re soon embarking on a new year and if you’re making any sort of resolutions, I hope it involves doing that and all the little things that make you happy ❤

Please read on for details of what the winner will receive as well as entry terms and instructions. This giveaway is open to the US only, but I do plan on hosting an international giveaway in the near future.
This giveaway will run December 20th through January 12th.
Please reference the Terms & Conditions within the Gleam entry widget for further details.

This giveaway is part of the K-Beauty GIveaway Blog Hop, so please scroll down for details and enter for more chances to win some fantastic k-beauty prizes!


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Lorac Champagne Dreams Palette
Make your eyes pop with the LORAC Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette! This exclusive ultra-luxe palette is packed with seven nude-inspired shimmering Eye Shadow shades that are perfect for any celebration. Cheers to the endless possibilities!

Just want to note that the palette pictured is my own. The winner’s will be BNIB and sealed. I’ve been loving this beautiful palette since receiving it and am so glad that I’ll be able to share it with someone who may not have been able to snag it on Cyber Monday (these exclusives go fast!). As I’ve come to expect with Lorac, the quality and color payoff are fantastic and I adore the subdued and romantic looks that you can accomplish with this little beauty.

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ideeB Goodbye Oil Pact
The shine-stopping translucent pressed powder blots oil and keeps shine at bay. The lavender shade applies invisibly and works on every skintone. Try it on naked skin or over foundation or touch ups any time throughout the day because the formula contains super lightweight, oil-absorbing ingredients to get you shine-free results.

I’ve already raved about this pact after receiving one in my Free From Oil & Trouble 4 Memebox and again am excited to share something I’ve enjoyed so much.

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‘Highly-Deceiving’, Adorable Liquid Eyeliner Doll
This is a black, waterproof eyeliner with a felt tip applicator. The stem of the applicator also opens to reveal a pencil, so you can tackle both top and bottom lash lines with one product.

I say this item is highly-deceiving because you don’t expect something this cutesy to actually be effective, but it’s one of my most favorite liners. The applicator makes it incredibly easy to apply and the color is JET BLACK. I have to put that in caps because wow, you really need only one swipe to do the job and it stays put until you use makeup remover. It also does’t hurt that the packaging is seriously precious.

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The Secret Nature Skincare

Secret Nature From Jeju Peeling Gel
Made from volcanic clay, natural cellulose components, and the pesticide-free Jeju all from the Jeju Island, Secret Nature’s From Jeju Peeing Gel is 97% pure, raw and directly derived from nature. Its gentle yet effective formula will exfoliate any excess dead skin cells and skin impurities, and work to purify and brighten up the overall complexion as well.

As some of you may know, I have a HG peeling cream, so it’s difficult for me to even look at another, but this one certainly does get high marks and will help one to obtain a glowing complexion. This is chemical exfoliant made largely of all-natural ingredients and so much better for you than the harsh alternative with physical ‘scrubbers’. If you haven’t tried something like this before, I urge you to do so!

Secret Nature From Jeju Serum
Did you know that aloe has four times faster penetration rate than regular water? Secret Nature From Jeju Serum uses Jeju complex from pure Jeju Island and 100% non-additive aloe extracts instead of water to provide rich hydration and restoration to skin. Strengthens skin elasticity and realigns subtle layers of skin for increased smoothness. The organic extracts hydrate and nourish skin with nutrients while also pulling in water molecules surrounding skin.

After ridding yourself of dead skin cells with the peeling gel, this serum will do wonders to invigorate and hydrate your skin. I really appreciate the natural ingredients found in this line, so it should suit various skin types, which is part of the reason I wanted share this with my readers.


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The Rest! (bunny snow globe not included)

Lanocreme Manuka Honey Face Masks (set of 5)
These masks are a rich formulation infused with a unique combination of New Zealand natural ingredients including UMF Manuka Honey to intesely nourish and moisturize dry skin. The activity of the UMF Honey, highly recognized for its remarkable, nourishing, and revitalizing properties helps soothe and moisturize the skin whilst Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid promote firmness. Use as part of your skin care routine to give your face the extra nourishment and treatment it deserves. This mask will warm your skin, opening the pores thereby enabling the powerful natural active ingredients to deliver optimum benefit to the skin, promoting a smoother, healthier, radiant, and more youthful complexion.

You guys, I’ve tried a lot of sheet masks and this remains one of my absolute, diehard favorites – THE favorite, in fact. I love it so that it’s genuinely hard for me to let go, but I want to share the wonders of this mask with my lovely readers! Unlike a lot of sheet masks, which are saturated in a watery essence or ampoule, this one has more of a cream base. There’s something about the magical combination of real Manuka Honey from NZ and these fabulously moisturizing and firming ingredients that just leaves my face absolutely radiant. I’m very excited for someone else to try this and report back.

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Ariul Stress Relieving Purefull Cleansing Foam
Abundant, cream-like foam bubbles penetrate deep into your pores, cleansing away any makeup residues, skin impurities, blackheads, and dead skin cells piled up and leaving your skin freshly cleaned, moist, and brighter overall.

This is an aromatherapy, foaming cleanser with ingredients including bergamot, lemon, eucalyptus, lime, and orange essential oils. Doesn’t that sound lovely? I thought it a perfect item for a giveaway intended to help you destress and beautify.

BOUTIQE BEBE Hair Salon Argan Oil Essence
A high-quality hair essence offering a real hair salon treatment right in your home, Boutique Bebe’s argan oil essence will instantly deliver nutrition and hydration to deep within, bringing back the healthy glow and luster to your now dry, crumbly hair. 

This is another item that I use personally and really love it for taming frizz or flyaways. It’s a lovely light scent and texture.

Etude House Clean & Moist Green Tea Blendjng Sleeping Cream
A one-time sleeping cream packed with abundant nutrients from green tea cultivated in the Jeju island. It’s highly effective in soothing and moisturizing skin at the end of a stressful day.
Another item intended to help you take away the stresses of the day nourish your skin. You use it by taking out the spoon from its package and separating the handle part of the spoon by breaking it apart. You then use the handle as a spatula to scoop up the pack and spread it evenly over a clean face. This is intended to be applied at the end of your skincare routine and then rinsed off the next morning.

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Quality Time with my Oh! My Lips Memebox: a Superbox #79 Unboxing & Review

The moment this box went on sale, I threw my money at the computer screen to the chanting of “Gimme!”. I have serious lip issues in the colder months and was desperate for some new solutions. This Memebox promised all that and more. Did it deliver? Read on to find out!

Ok, YES. I know the suspense was killing you. This box is fantastic and incredibly, still available for purchase!
I would highly recommend grabbing your own and here is why….

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Oh my lips! The colder season is comin’ round the corner, but are your lips ready?

Cracked, blistered, and dry lips were never hot in beauty history, (and never hot in your love life!) so do you have all the lip essentials to keep your kisser nice and smooth this winter?

If taking care of your lips isn’t part of your beauty to-do list this winter, re-think your beauty priorities. Most people don’t know, but collagen loss and wrinkles around the lips add ages to your face, and with winter winds and drier climate, lips are more prone to aging and thinning. Scared yet? Don’t fret because we’re here to help you fight against lip-aging with this Oh! My Lips Box. Bursting with lip masks, lip patches, lip balm, and lip-thingamabobs, plus some holy-grail lips colors, this box is the answer to all your winter lip problems. All goodies are made with a bold blend of potent age-delaying, moisture-enhancing, volumizing, and smoothing ingredients to give you the look of beautiful, plump, and youthful lips!


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VIVITO Painting Sweet Lip Balm – 02 Berry Farm (12g, RV $24)

This chubby jelly-textured tinted lip balm gives rich moisture and nutrition for dry lips. With a refreshing blend of blackberry, orange peel, grape, cacao seed butter, and more natural ingredients, this cute jelly balm will be the answer to winter’s lip care concerns. It also comes in a cute tin case for on-the-go care!

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Impressions: This is a lovely balm, which also functions as a tint. I already had the Grape Farm variety from one of the Thanksgiving Memeboxes and was happy to add to the collection with Berry Farm. Just one more to go! These balms don’t feel overly sticky and add a really nice touch of color to the lips. The color is certainly subtle, but I was actually somewhat surprised at the amount of pigmentation. This does a nice job of hydrating my lips as well and I really adore the sleek packaging. I am a huge Vivito fan since discovering them through Memebox. Each item I’ve tried has been smartly packaged and excellent quality.


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Lassie’el Kiss Me! Glam Up! Lipstick (6ea, RV $6)

These are not one-time, disposable tattoos. They are real pigmented lipsticks packaged into these easy-to-carry lip cards, providing you with 6 different color options to choose from according to your mood, day, and occasion!

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Impressions: When I initially saw this item in the box I thought to myself “ok, they sent as lipstick samples?”. I was not jazzed. Not even slightly. But having read up on these a bit more and also seen one in action, I think these have potential. The colors are all fairly neutral and wearable and I appreciate that these aren’t just one-time use as I had initially suspected. I’m still attempting to come up with the perfect occasion to utilize these, where a standard lippie isn’t preferable and am slightly stumped. But it’s certainly a fun and unique item. If I had younger, female relatives in my life, I might pass these on as I think they would make a great gift for a young girl.


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SR Lip Scrub (30ml, RV $12)

Exfoliate away dead skin cells and deeply soothese and hydrate dry, chapped lips with SR’s Lip Scrub entriched with a blend of argan oil, tocopherol, vitamin E, snail filtrate, and pearl extracts. The gentle micro-beads soften and smooth out roughened lips for suppler, kissable pout!

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Impressions: This item is tied for my favorite in the box because it really delivers on my closely held hopes and dreams when I was making this purchase. The micro-beads that are described are totally undetectable. So much so that when I initially slathered on this scrub without even reading the description, I had thought that it was a chemical exfoliant. So you don’t feel any granules (small or otherwise) scrubbing at your lips when you use this, but after 20-30 seconds of gently massaging this over and then rising off… wow… my lips haven’t looked or felt this good in months! As the photo above shows, there is more to this SR line and I am very eager to try the rest.


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Vivito Dessin Solution Lip & Eye Remover (100ml, RV $32)

A double-layered Lip & Eye Remover that effectively melts away stubborn point makeup and skin impurities around sensitive eye contours and lips. Make sure to shake the upper and lower layers well together before application. Its gentle blend of lemon grass oil and rosehip oil has soothing and moisturizing effects as well.

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Impressions: Another perfectly lovely Vivito product. It’s difficult to get too excited about a makeup remover, but this one is quite nice and effective. It doesn’t have any sort of overwhelming scent, which I always appreciate, and didn’t irritate my eyes at all when I used it, which sometimes occurs even with products intended for that area. I didn’t need to scrub at all as makeup essentially melted off at the touch my cotton bud or swab. I like anything that allows me to be gentle in and around my eye area and this didn’t dry my lips at all, which sometimes occurs when attempting to remove a stubborn lippie. The Vivito items might seem to have inflated RVs (which wouldn’t be anything new), but these are in-line with pricing for these products on sites outside of Meme as well. After using these items, I can see why they aren’t cheap.


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Rosemine Vitamin E Lip Balm – Mint Tea (12g, RV $7)

Scented with a refreshingly minty, herbal fragrance,the Vitamin E Lip Balm is richly formulated from a blend of vitamin E, ceramide, peppermint extracts, and 5 different kinds of moisturizing esential oils. It coats over dry, chapped lips with a moisture layer to lock in the moisture and to protect against external damage or dehydration.

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Impressions: This is my other favorite item in the box. A lip balm. Who knew? But it’s SUCH  a lovely lip balm! The scent is light and the texture is more gel-like than creamy. I’ve tried too many lip balms to even attempt at estimate and the large majority of them just sort of sit on your lips and don’t do much of anything. This one is instantly and miraculously hydrating and also leaves the pretties glossy finish on your lips. It also last forever. I’ve put it on before I go to bed at night and can still feel it on my lips in the morning. I mean. Come on! I love this stuff. Can you tell? I received the Rose Fairy variety in the My Pouch Essentials Memebox and have been very happily using one at home and the second on-the-go. I was one of those people who was miffed at Meme for including what are essentially duplicate items in boxes that were released so close together, but I take it all back! If you want to include these in more boxes, Meme, please have at it!


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Overall Impressions

This box cost $23 + shipping and contains 5 full-sized items. I can’t say I was thrilled upon first receiving it, but I can honestly say I am now. The Memevalue amounts to $81, though that means little to me – particular as some of my favorite products are the cheapest in the bunch (bodes well for backups!). This box fully delivered on my intent when ordering it, which is that it provided some serious relief to the dry/chapped lips I always get this time of year and made it possible for me to continue my lippie obsession without looking ridiculous in the darker F/W colors and my beloved mattes.
I’m really tempted to pick up another box while it’s still available.

Did you purchase this box? Did it grow on you as it did for me??


December Discounts

If you utilize any of the links above, you will automatically receive $5 off a purchase of $100+ or $10 off a purchase of $150+

In addition to this, you can stack another $5 discount off purchased of $30+ with the following code: FFFH0A

Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes using the code MEMEBUNDLE3

Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes using the code MEMEBUNDLE4

Get free shipping on purchases over $30 on USA only Memeshop items: no code needed!

Happy Memeboxing!


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Quality Time with my Luckybox #10 Memebox: an Unboxing & Review

This was one of the first Memeboxes I ever purchased, though I had to wait some time to receive it. Luckyboxes, as well as Global boxes, are released on a recurring, monthly basis. This box is intended to contain favorites from past boxes. I think the moniker ‘Lucky’ is really key here because what’s deemed a favorite may depend entirely on what’s languishing in Meme’s warehouse, so how pleased you might be with each of these boxes may wholly depend on the luck of the draw.
The lovely Veri of PULCHRITUDINOUS  has an fantastic resource on her blog, which lists the contents of all prior Lucky and Global boxes. I utilized this when initially making my purchasing decision and determined that I was likely to enjoy the contents of this box, as prior iterations contained a nice mix of items; and a variety of cosmetics is, in fact, the spice of life.

Did I get lucky? Read on to find out!

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Luckybox #10 is finally here! In this Luckybox #10, you’ll find all you favorite beauty goodies featured in previous Memeboxes! You’ll find everything you need to keep on with your Memeboxing!  


Dr Mj Bee Tox Cream

Dr. MJ Bee Tox Control Cream (55ml, RV $ 50)

Repair and renew with Dr. MJ’s Bee Tox Control Cream rich in skin-repairing agents – bee venom, propolis extracts, tea tree leaf water, rosemary extracts, and calendula extracts. It’ll soothe, nourish, and rejuvenate the skin damaged or stimulated from external environment by creating a protective moisture barrier over and retaining moisture and nutrition within skin.

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Major ingredients:
Propolis Extract – skin conditioning
Tea Tree Extract – anti-inflammatory
Hyaluronic Acid – moisturizer
Trehalose  – moisturizer
Rosemary – astringent
Calendula – emollient, anti-inflammatory
Camellia – emolient
Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, whitening
Wtich Hazel – anti-inflammatory, astringent
Allantoin. – anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic
No color, parabens, mineral oil, or benzophenone.

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Impressions: This item reminded me very much of the Royal Nectar mask and moisturizer in both composition and efficacy, though it has the added benefit of some anti-inflammatory ingredients. I tend to prefer creams, such as my beloved Goddess Cream, that a gelatinous in texture, as I find that’s really ideal for my combination skin. But I didn’t find this cream to be too heavy, though I still prefer it for night-time use. I think it does a good job of helping to combat any breakouts or related discoloration, as well as keeping me hydrated without leaving me oily.


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Mstar Malus Intensive Hair Treatment (30g, RV $14)

Consisting 70% of apple water and made from 40 different kinds of naturally-derived extracts, the Malus Intensive Hair Treatment works to replenish protein and mineral nutrients to dry, damaged hair ends for strengthening and firming up the hair with continuous use. 

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Impressions: I really love this hair treatment. I typically use WEN – sometimes in conjunction with a shampoo and sometimes on its own – and I felt it did a nice job of keeping my hair in good condition. But it does have a tendency to build over time and leave a residue, on both hair and scalp (not cute). So I was very excited to try this alternative, particularly after reading about the powerhouse of ingredients and lack of anything that might be deemed harmful. Well, it really does do a lovely job of deeply conditioning my hair; leaving me with soft, shiny, manageable locks. I cut my hair significantly shorter recently and I’m kind of glad I won’t have to use as much of this treatment to keep it looking healthy because I don’t want to run out! I will definitely be picking up more of this when that sad day comes.


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The Skin House Aloe Water Mist (80ml, RV $11)

A Finely spraying facial mist, the Skin House’s popular Aloe Water Mist is packed with aloe moisture for delivering instant replenishment to dry or irritated skin. A gentle, hydrating mist is definitely a beauty essential for every girl all season long!

Main Ingredients:
Tea Tree Extact – anti-inflammatory
Guarana Extract – skin-coniditoning
Aloe Extract – anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic

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Impressions: So we all are well aware that it’s unlikely I will ever hate on a mist. I just adore them. Aloe mists are incredibly hydrating and refreshing and I’m so pleased with the addition of tea tree extract in this one. It really makes me feel as though I’m taking good care of myself and my skin and when I can quickly spritz throughout my day. This one comes in a lovely clear, plastic bottle that’s compact enough for me to carry in my purse. In comparison to my Derma House Aloe Mist from my Moisture Surge Memebox, I do prefer that scent to this one, but truly this one is lovely, so that’s my only minor ‘complaint’. Very happy with this item!


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Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence (60ml, RV $22)

This product contains 90% snail extract and bee venom instead of water. Powerful ingredients such as snail mucin and bee venom help to heal acne, fade acne scars, brighten skin tone, and maintain hydration throughout the day. Snail mucin supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase firmness, and bee venom has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. The gel-like essence is also fragrance free! Best recommended for those with sensitive and troubled skin. 

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Impressions: I’ve been very eager to try this serum because it is a HG for so many. There was some controversy over the summer with a contaminated batch of product (March 2014 batch) having caused considerable damage and stress for some people. I won’t get into all the sordid details here, but they can be found through a simple google search. Having said that, I do personally feel confident that the issue was isolated to that batch and haven’t heard of anything similar arising in recent months. While some people also take issue with how Benton handled that situation, I also feel satisfied that they have taken the appropriate, precautionary measures going forward.
After trying this serum for just a few days, I certainly understood what all the fuss was about. Similarly to my Royal Nectar mask, the beneficial results could be seen almost overnight. Unlike the RN products though, this item has the added benefit of being largely comprised of snail mucin. This ingredient has huge restorative and regenerative benefits. Combined with bee venom’s healing properties… well, this serum really is amazing. I’m going to have to jump on the bandwagon and declare it a HG for myself as well.


E choice snow brightening body cream

E choice Snow Brightening Body Cream (100g, RV $4)

Rich in mineral and herbal complex, the Snow Brightening Body Cream is an instant skin brightener which offers a long-lasting tone-up effect as well as a deep hydration and nourishment. it’s especially recommended for those troubling over darkened spots, uneven skin tones, or pigmentation. 

Impressions: E choice seems to be a ‘budget’ k-beauty brand. This was the first item of theirs that I have tried and I found it to be a nice enough body lotion. I wouldn’t say it was anything special or something I would repurchase, but it has a nice, thick consistency – great for the colder months – and a creamy scent. The packaging is cute as well and would make a nice holiday gift. As far as the purported brightening benefits – I have minimal sun damage, but haven’t observed any changes in that regard.


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Beauty People Miss 100 Auto Gel Pencil Liner (0.5g, RV $38)

Randomly selected from Glimmer Coral, Glimmer Bronze, and Glam Brown.
Feature a sophisticated point eye makeup with Beauty People’s gel liner pencils that come in 3 delicate pearl shades – coral, bronze, and brown – and can be used as both a liner and a shadow. They’re auto-type liners that easily glides onto your eyelids, making them easy to use for even makeup beginners. Plus, there’s an eye liner sharpener attached on the other end for convenience.

Impressions: I was fortunate enough to snag a set of the non-auto version of this pencil (pictured below) about a month back, so I was already intimately familiar with the cuteness factor of the Snow White theme as well as the quality of these pencils. I was very pleased to receive another in Glimmer Bronze. This is a color I did already have in my set, but also one of my favorites, so I’m happy to have a backup! Really lovely liner with a creamy consistency as well as staying power and again, the cute factor is off-the-charts here. Another winner! [note the RV above is for a set of three]
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Blithe Patting Water Pack (pouch sample – full size RV $46)

Included are two pouches of each Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey, Soothing & Healing Green Tea, and Rejuvenating Purple Berry.
No need to stick on a sheet mask every night with Blithe’s all-new Patting Water Pack! Simply through patting on the water pack onto your skin, it’ll remove dead skin cells, delivery moisture and nutrition, and renew the skin balance for mailtaning soft, moist skin condition. The Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey revitalizes and brightens up the skin and the Soothing & Healing Green Tea is for oil and pore control, while the Rejuvenating Purple Berry works to improve skin elasticity and firmness. 

Mild Exfoliation: Because of the presence of “carbohydrate fermented ingredient”, the dead skin cells are gently washed out.
Moisturising & Nourishment with vitamins: Replenish the skin with moisture and give vitality to the skin as it contains abundant cellulose, water soluble vitamins and minerals.
Skin Balance: Water can cause dryness as it makes the skin loses its balance by getting alkalized when washing. Patting water pack enhances the skin balance as it helps making the skin subacid condition in a short time.
Elasticity & Pore Care: Patting massage lowers temperature of the skin and smoothens its fine circulation. Also it is good for preventing the pores from being sagged and for skin elasticity as it strengthens up the skin barrier. Maximizes absorption rate of nutrients during skin care as it makes the skin condition optimal in a short amount of time. Your skin feels softer after just 3 days of use [source]

Impressions: This was one instance where I may have been happier to get deluxe samples rather than a full-sized product because I got try out all three variants. The bad news is, I really love them, so I may need to shell out the $46 (or whatever this costs outside of Memeland) to get the full-size. My favorite is the Soothing & Healing Green Tea, which I’ve added to about a 3/4 full bottle of my Derma House Aloe Mist. This suggestion came courtesy of Veri (again!) and her fabulous blog. I use this almost daily as a booster step after cleansing. I find it does wonders for balancing my skin and leaving it incredibly soft.


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Overall Impressions

I feel that my gamble really paid off this time around and $30 (with shipping) got me a box I am very pleased with. The overall Memevalue is approximately $139. I’m not counting the blithe packets because those were deluxe samples, but you can estimate the added value, which to me personally was quite significant. This was another box from which I was able to get good use out of all the items. I would say that I hope this trend continues, but we need Meme to come out with new boxes first! Whether the company is transitioning to something else entirely is a subject for extensive debate. I do hope they hold to the core of their business and not become just another online retailer, but time will tell. In the interim, I do have many more boxes on order that I look forward to thoroughly reviewing 🙂


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