A Brief Interlude with my Seeds & Flowers Memebox: Unboxing & First Impressions [with brand & ingredient info]

This is the first Memebox I’ve received in some time and the last I have on order. This feels incredibly strange after the whirlwind love affair we shared not long ago. It’s not yet clear where Memebox is heading in it’s evolution, but this is the only box of late that elicited an excitement in me and made me feel that I want/need whatever is inside.
Alas, I was a little late on the draw in purchasing it, but to my surprise and delight, Memebox offered to send me one for review. A sort of last hurrah for the few, remaining boxes that would be shipping from Korea. I feel really fortunate to have had this opportunity as this actually feels like a Memebox of old. I truly hope these aren’t entirely a thing of the past.
Alright, enough with this wistful chatter. On to the box!

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Congratulations Guys! We made it through the brutal winds, freezing temps, and cold,cold winter! And now, we’re about to sail smooth into warmer spring season, but as the weather changes, so too should your skincare regime. With the warmer spring season bringing in a mix of gentle breezes and sunnier days, we also invite pollen, dirt, and stronger sun rays to rampage our skin and body! This box is your ticket to gorgeous, glowing skin all year long! It is literally bursting with goodies that will safeguard you from beauty perils that come with the sunnier seasons – antioxidant-rich seeds to protect and strengthen, and flower-infused cosmetics to soothe and heal, for a glowing complexion that will be the envy of all! 


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YADAH Pure Green Emulsion (120ml, RV $21)
Packed with rosemary, Chamomile, royal jelly, and prickly pear, this hydrating emulsion contains powerful antioxidants that stimulate micro-circulation in the skin and help skin to maintain optimal levels of hydration. Chamomile and rosemary enrich this quick-acting formula to soothe and calm the skin, and royal jelly forms a protective hydration coat over the skin’s surface to lock in moisture and nutrients in the skin. 

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• 80% water content to maintain optimal skin moisture content and to keep skin protected against dry and harsh environment.

• Nourishing and hydrating emulsion that soothe dry, sensitive skin.

• Leaves skin soft and hydrated throughout the day.

Key Innovations:

• Royal Jelly Extract increases the moisture content of the skin which in turn helps treat dry, damaged skin.

• Locks in skin moisture for long-lasting hydration up to 24 hrs.

• Unique combination of ingredients helps reduce moisture loss from skin surface.

• Contains up to 90% in water content.

• Free from Parabens, Mineral Oil, Sulfate Surfactant, Benzophenone.

Key Ingredient:

• Contains Royal Jelly Extract that increases the moisture content of the skin which in turn helps treat dry, damaged skin.

• Opuntia Humifusa (Cactus) Flower Extract contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and acts as natural moisturiser to skin.

•  Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice are rich in water, minerals, amino acids, proteins and polysaccharides, making it a valuable moisturizing, healing, and soothing ingredient.

• Contains Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Water to soothe and calm sensitive, dry or irritated skin.

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He’s not a bunny or upside down pants, you guys. I feel enlightened.

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Impressions: I don’t yet have an emulsion step in my routine and was on the fence about whether I needed one, as I have combination skin so my thought was that either the emulsion would take the place of my cream/moisturizer or it’s just not necessary. It seems it was meant to be that this emulsion came into my life because it showed me how parched my skin has actually become in this harsh, New England winter and that it could absolutely handle and be happy with a multi-step hydration process. So I have been using this under my regular day moisturizer (I don’t feel it necessary at night, as I already layer cream and sleeping pack). As with most emulsions, this is a lotion-like viscosity. It feels light and absorbs beautifully. True to the theme of the box, it has a fairly strong flora scent. I don’t mind it at all, but those who are sensitive to strong scents may. I’m always pleased when Memebox includes a brand that focuses on natural ingredients. This one is geared toward a younger clientele, but that really doesn’t phase me as all it really means is that we get cute packaging in addition to the powerhouse ingredients.


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ECHOICE Perfume Body Mist Dear Iris (120ml, RV $4)
This refreshing perfumed body mist lightly scents the skin with the clean, beautifully feminine scent of Iris flowers while providing hydration and antioxidant benefits. The fresh fragrance captures the citrusy top notes, floral middle note, and a sensuous base note to lift the spirits! Never overpowering or overwhelming, the subtle fragrance hydrates the skin and enchants the spirits with lovely florals.
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Impressions: I agree with the provided description in that this is a very subtle, floral scent. I don’t, however, feel it’s complex enough to speak to ranges of notes. I was concerned this would be a scent better-suited to a ‘mature’ woman (something about Iris just elicits that impression for me), but I think it’s certainly wearable for someone younger who enjoys fresh, floral scents. It seems to dissipate INCREDIBLY quickly though. I may start to utilize it as a sheet spray or some other sort of fabric refresher. ECHOICE has the impression of a ‘bargain brand’, just based on the few products from them that I’ve come across, but I don’t have many complaints about their overall quality. Unfortunately, I’m finding it impossible to locate an english list of ingredients for this item and am unable address the hydrating claims above. I haven’t really noticed this doing anything beyond imparting a scent, but that would be sufficient honestly. I was mostly curious to see if this contained alcohol, which most fragrances do, and that would make me further dubious about this aiding in hydration.


sevendrops moringa sunblock

    SEVENDROPS Moringa Light Sunlock (50g, RV $38)
This fast-absorbing, ultra-lightweigh fluid provides daily protection against broad-spectrum UVA/UVB damage. Miraculous moringa tree extract combined with antioxidant-rich nutrients and UVA/UVB protecting actives to delay signs of aging caused by sun and environmental stressors. Moringa extract, a beauty essential to ancient kings and queens, was part of daily beauty routine due to its hydrating and repairing abilities. The sheer formular has a silky texture and weightless feel, designed to apply smoothly on top of other skincare products and under makeup for a soft, matte finish.

Click for a brief video about he brand.

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Impressions: Memebox has included sunblock in a lot of their boxes and many people are seriously over it, but I’m always happy to receive more. We have a pool that gives me minor anxiety due to the inherent sun exposure, so every little bit helps! 😉 This sunblock, in particular, looks fantastic. It offers some major protection [SPF 50+/PA+++] and is a lovely, light texture that won’t feel heavy or ‘suffocating’ under makeup. I’m also loving that this does double-duty by providing antioxidant benefits as well. I know I should be wearing sunblock daily, but I am really not seeing much sun these days, so I’m looking forward to trying this once spring is upon us!

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KSKIN Rose Moisture & Nutrition Facial Cream (100ml, RV $8)
This facial cream is formulated with Bulgarian rose, trelahose, and a range of ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. Bulgarian rose, a natural source of vitamin C, helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations, and provides continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin. 
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Impressions
: This seems to be a thick cream with what I imagine would be a rose scent. I honestly don’t even want to open this, as I know it won’t suit my combo skin and rose scents can easily go either way (great or terrible). This looks to contain a host of lovely ingredients, so I hope to share this with dry-skinned individual who likes their florals.

ernesti cleanser memebox

ENESTI Rose Hip Oil Foaming Cleanser (120ml, RV $15)
Deeply cleanse skin and lift away impurities with this luxurious rose hip oil infused cleanser. Powered by rose hip oil and mineral water, this non-drying formula bursts into a rich lather when activated with water to deep-clean pores, instantly refresh skin, and give you a naturally luminous glow. With gradual use, you’ll notice that skin is brighter, smoother, and younger look[ing]. 
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Impressions: I absolutely adore this packaging. So pretty! Unfortunately, this is another item I will have to pass on. While I’ve really enjoyed some ENESTI products, their cleansers have a fairly high pH [8-9] along with some other triggers (see above), which do not at all agree with my skin. I wish it were otherwise because I like their aesthetic and affordability.


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PUREDERM Lavender Collagen Pulp Mask (18ml, RV $2)
100% pure pulp sheet-type masks, these famous Purederm Pulp Masks address the most common skincare concerns such as aging, dullness, rough texture, irritation, and dryness. When used regularly, this lavender infused mask will deliver deep nutrition and replenishment to tired, sensitive skin and help maintain a healthy, glowing complexion.

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Impressions: I really enjoy this line of masks. I’ve only tried a couple of the Choco Cacao variety previously, but was taken aback by the positive effect on my skin even after a single use. This will be a nice mask to use in the evening, as the scent of lavender is often used for calming aromatherapy. Again, wishing that Memebox would have included at least a couple, but single masks certainly seem to be the standard.


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Overall Impressions

This box cost $25 + shipping and had a Memevalue of $88, with a couple of items being slightly inflated, as they could be found cheaper [per usual]. The overall value is certainly lower than most boxes we’ve seen from Meme in the past, but I am on the whole satisfied with this one. While two of the items are unsuitable for my skin, the others I really do like. This essentially being a mystery box, you can’t win them all, but I think the items I am keeping and enjoying would have made the purchase worthwhile.

What I’m seeing from Memebox US right now is a couple mystery boxes like those we’re used to (at a higher price) but mostly what they previously might have called Value Sets. They are essentially ‘naked’ boxes with the contents exposed and the cost being very close to their value. I’m sincerely not seeing the appeal and think that a lot of the people around for Meme’s ‘golden age’ feel much the same. But they are clearly trying to bring in new customers and, for them, this may still be an exciting avenue into Korean beauty. Most of what’s been recently available is showing as sold out, so something they’re doing must be working. I look forward to seeing what’s to come. 

One item of note that’s currently available and does look very appealing is the Memebox x Soothing Sista Eyeshadow Quad collab. The price is reasonable, colors are lovely, and Memebox shadows have always been a great quality.

Soothingsista X Memebox Eyeshadow QuadDownload the new MEMEBOX app for discounts!
1) 5% off all app purchases with 5OFFMOBILE
2) FREE SHIPPING on all Tony Moly & Skinfood purchases with FREESHIPMOBILE


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***These items were provided to me for review purposes. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and I have not received any sort of compensation in writing this review.

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Quality Time with my Soothing Sista x Memebox… Memebox: a Collaboration Box #9 Unboxing & Review [Memebox Company Update & Feb Codes]

Memebox recently announced that, effective February 10th, they will no longer be operating in countries other than Korea, China, and the US. It’s quite a blow to the thousands of international Meme fans that have come to love what this company has to offer. Memebox has grown tremendously in the short time it’s been in operation and changed a great deal from month-to-month. This move seems to be an attempt to gather their bearings and improve their service, which has recently been lacking in multiple aspects. It seems a drastic move, but we can only hope it will result in broad improvements and the eventual reinstatement of their global customer base.
In light of these recent developments, I thought it only fitting to review a box that hearkens back to the ‘good ‘ol days of Meme’ – their collaboration with Soothing Sista.
This was the first and only collaboration box I’ve purchase, as it’s the only one that has appealed to me and here is why…

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Most often found on the streets of San Francisco, Soothing Sista AKA Stephanie Villa is taking the YouTube world by storm with her skincare, makeup and fashion tutorials. Showcasing looks for the edgier goddess in you, Stephanie isn’t afraid to take a risk.
She’s hand-picked hottest skincare and makeup products of the month straight from Korea, which we’re sure you’ll love!


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ETUDE HOUSE Goodbye Pore Ever Primer Essence 20ml ($12)
The silky, lightweight formula mattifies excessive oil and shine, and enhances makeup adherence. It can be worn under makeup to fill in uneven skin surfaces and visible pores, creating a smoother-than-smooth canvas.

Ingredients: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, WATER, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ALCOHOL DENAT., METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PEG/PPG-20/20 DIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, SILICA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE(PARFUM), MICA (CI 77019), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499)

Impressions: This primer has a creamy consistency with a slight tint. I was really excited for this item as I’m on a bit of a primer kick and was looking forward to testing out another. Unfortunately, this particular one just did not measure up for me. I didn’t find that it did an especially good job of filling in, but the killer for me was that it left my skin quite dry and flaked under foundation or BB. I have combination skin, so a mattifying effect is usually what I look for, but this went above and beyond into desert wasteland territory. I know a lot of people enjoy this primer, but I was just not for me. If you’re a fan of primers with a creamy texture I would highly recommend the Milky Dress Silky Velvet Primer instead. It’s my absolute favorite of that variety.



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VICIONI Super Aqua Soothing Serum 30ml ($24)

Do something good for your skin! This Super Aqua Soothing Serum is free of carbomer, silicon, artificial ingredients, and chemical preservatives to give your skin a cosmic blast of naturally beautifying ingredients. Use it daily to replenish, brighten, soothe, and smooth the complexion.

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Impressions: I absolutely loved that this serum was packed with 100% natural ingredients including sea minerals, rice brand, hyaluronic acid, and aloe.  I’m sure it’s just as lovely as other serums I’ve tried from this brand and really enjoyed (Pore Minimizing Detox Essence = fantastic). But I made the executive decision to pass this on because it seemed much better-suited to someone with dry and/or sensitive skin. That’s not to say that someone with my skin type couldn’t or shouldn’t use this, but ideally the products in our skincare routine are specifically targeted to address existing issues. So while I may have gotten some enjoyment out of slathering this on, I doubt it would have accomplished much for me personally.


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TONYMOLY Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm 30g ($9)
This self-heating steam balm opens up clogged pores and extracts all unwelcome pore-dwellers for a smoother, more supple surface skin.  Three types of natural exfoliators – white salt, charcoal powders, and egg yolk – remove blackheads, whiteheads, and dead skin cells to cleanse and minimize pores.

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Impressions: This was another item I was very excited to try. It’s part of Tony Moly’s three egg/three step set of which this is the first. The second is a Pore Tightening Cooling Pack and the third is a Pore Silky Smooth Balm, which also happens to be my favorite silicon-based primer. Consequently, I had high hopes for this items, but it just didn’t do much for me. After application there was a slight warming sensation, but I would have been hard-pressed to see any noticeable extraction happening. This was not a winner for me.


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VIVITO Painting Matte Finish Lip Stick ($25)
Randomly selected from RD01 Sour Red, RD02 Red Sun, RD03 Red Ribbon, PP01 Raspberry Purple, PP02 Orchid Purple
This lipstick paints lips with covetable color and ultra-comfortable texture. Enriched with a cocktail of nourishing ingredients, this must-have lipstick plumps and hydrates lips while offering a balance between beautiful hue and ultra comfortable wear.
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Impressions: Alright, so this without-a-doubt is the star of the show for me. I was already excited after purchasing this box just having seen the array of colors from which our lipstick would be selected – gorgeous. But I was thoroughly impressed once I received my beautiful Raspberry Purple and put it to the test. This lipstick has fantastically smooth application and strong pigmentation. Even more impressive is the staying power. I accidentally feel asleep wearing this and it was STILL ON when I woke up the next morning. And not just a stain that was left over, the lipstick itself. Not only that, but my lips weren’t a shriveled mess; they actually felt moisturized. Suffice it to say, I wanted them all and to-date have been able to garner Sour Red and Red Ribbon for my very own. These are, unfortunately, very hard to find, but are now being carried by TesterKorea for 27,500 won (~$26). Worth every penny!


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REVECEN Blooming Collagentox Sleeping Water Pack 90ml ($24)
This nourishing overnight facial treatment delivers powerful snail mucin extract, bird nest extract, and prickly ash berries to the skin to replenish lost moisture, firm up and tone the skin, and even out uneven complexions.

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Impressions: I was thrilled to finally be receiving a bird next product from Meme. It’s one of those unique ingredients most prevalent in Asia and I was eager to see if the claims I’ve heard were true. I can’t say which of the fantastic ingredients should get the majority of the credit, but as a singular product this pack is really lovely. I use it on those nights that I feel my face requires extra nourishment and am always pleased by what I see in the mirror when I wake up in the morning. The pack really does help to hydrate as well as even out skin tone.


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SHARA SHARA Miracle Capsule Cream 50ml ($15)
This anti-wrinkle moisturizer is enriched with glacial water and 24 types of nourishing oil to deliver a surge of moisture to the skin to firm, rejuvenate, and revitalize the skin.

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Ingredients [partial]: transparent oil capsule, caulerpa racemosa extract, argan tree kernel oil, glacier water, adenosine
Free of parabens, alcohol, benzophenone, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol

Impressions: I absolutely adore gel-based moisturizers. As someone whose t-zone can get incredibly oily, traditional cream-based products are oftentimes much too heavy. This is a wonderfully light moisturizer that isn’t light on the hydration and nourishment it provides. The adorable packaging really doesn’t hurt either. This item coordinates with the Shara Shara White Bear Multi Cream that was included in one of the Thanksgiving boxes.


dewytree detox mask

DEWYTREE Deep Detox Black Mask 1 Sheet ($3)
This detoxifying facial sheet mask is formulated with Jeju Island’s volcanic scoria clay to detoxify, clarify, and revitalize the skin.

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Impressions: This mask is not new to me and my opinions of it have been outlined in my Dewytree Black Sheet Mask review where I discussed the full line. This Detox version is the stand out favorite of that line for me, so I was very happy to get another. I would have been happier to get multiple, but what can you do. I truly feel this mask delivers on it’s clarifying claims as I always see a noticeable improvement in any clogging or dullness, after using this mask.


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Overall Impressions

This box cost $23 + shipping and has an overall Memevalue of $112. This box had some winners and losers for me, but I was incredibly pleased with it overall. The items I did like, I liked a great deal and that increases personal value exponentially. The box itself was beautifully designed and the contents, nicely curated with a broad range of items. While it was clear that Stephanie didn’t choose all the items on her own, it also truly seemed to be a collaborative effort between her and Memebox. Prior collaborations seemed forced, with individuals who don’t much know or care about kbeauty. I hope to see more collaborations such as this one in the future, and more boxes that offer this thoughtful curation and excellent value.


February Discount Codes

Take $5 off orders above $50, valid for for USA Shop and XO Memebox items (3x use) – FABFIVE

10% off makeup purchases – MEMELOVE

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