“Very deep. You should send that in to the Reader’s Digest. They’ve got a page for people like you.”

One of the most fulfilling realizations I’ve come to as I began this journey is that I was doing it for me, and me alone. I didn’t panic at the thought of getting older or evidence of that creeping into what I saw in the mirror. I chose, instead, to congratulate myself with the gift of love and attention.

It’s unfortunate that we don’t do that nearly as often as we should. Focusing on one’s appearance comes with so many negative connotations in this day and age; most entirely justified. From the time we are small, women especially, are bombarded with conceptions of an unattainable standard. We grow up obsessed with body image and how others see us; distracted from nurturing the beauty within. By the time we are old enough to know better, a focus on appearance is oftentimes viewed simply as vain and shallow… frivolous.

Well, it has taken me some time, but I see the immense sensibility in focus on self; the joy in something as simple as trying a new lipstick – fire engine red, of course 🙂

“If you can think of times in your life that you’ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think it’s probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job we’re here for is to learn how to do it.”

David Foster Wallace

Descent into the K-Hole: My Hard and Fast Love-affair with a Korean Beauty Box

It all happened so fast.

The buzz in the world of beauty lately has been all about subscription boxes. Ipsy, Birchbox, Glossybox, Beauty Fix… the possibilities are endless. Never being one to act impulsively with so much qualitative data at my disposal, I took my time to ensure I chose the perfect one for me. And then… into my life came, Memebox.

My first taste of Korea’s number-one, online beauty retailer came while exploring another blog: A Year of Boxes’ “Memebox SuperBox #33 Collagen” review. My excitement as I read this review was palatable and only grew as I went on the Memebox site and found this Collage box to still be available (alas, it is now sold out). Of course, I snagged it on the spot… in addition to two others: Anti-Aging 3 and Global #17. Since then six… SIX more boxes have been purchased and are being eagerly anticipated. Do I have a problem? More than likely. But how can something so right ever be wrong?

The beauty (pun intended) of this service is multi-faceted:

  • you don’t have to sign on for a monthly subscription. Boxes are released continuously and you can purchase as many or as few as appeal to you, at any time (though many sell out fast!)
  • unlike other subscriptions, you aren’t entirely blind as to what you might receive in each box. Memeboxes have themes, though the overall content is typically a surprise (which I think is wonderful – who doesn’t love presents?! Even if you did buy them yourself. Let me be the first to say – you deserve it!) So, to a degree, you can still personalize your purchase based on interests and needs.
  • Asian cosmetics are seemingly much more effective than American brands. Just a basic review of ingredients in their products demonstrates this, but I’ve already found it to be the case in my own, brief experience.
  • also unlike most other subscriptions, with Memebox, you receive mostly FULL-SIZED products. This was the thing that really pulled me in. The value you receive for your investment is just incredible – even if Memebox inflates RTV.

In future posts, I am very excited to bring you unboxings and reviews of these products. I encourage you to check out Memebox for yourself and let me know your thoughts… or prior experience, since I know many of you would likely consider me late to the party 😉

And off we go…

Coming into my early 30s, the realization dawned on me that all those things that used to come very easily – glowing complexion, smooth skin, a steady metabolism, etc.., – were now going to be harder to come by. This blog was created so that others might share in my journey of discovering what beauty means at this stage of life… and those to come. 

Welcome! I so much look forward to hearing from others; your input and what I’m sure will be invaluable advice.