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 🙂


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!

I Feel Fancy: a Royal Nectar Original Face Mask & Moisturizing Face Lift with Bee Venom Review

I purchased the Royal Nectar Original Face Mask & Moisturizing Face Lift after doing some extensive reading on the fascinating topic of bee venom utilized in cosmetics. Seemingly overnight, it was being touted as the natural alternative to Botox, with Royals and celebs singing its praises.
As far as Bostox – I have no issue with people choosing to partake in elective procedures and may find myself doing the same at some point down the line (a little light dabbling at most, I’m sure), but as it stands I would much prefer to go the natural route on my way to what I hope will be aging gracefully. I’m of the mindset that youth doesn’t make one beautiful, but we can certainly be our best at any age. Being in my early thirties, I think I’m already slightly late for the prevention train, but you know what they say… you better hurry and catch up! 😉
That slight urgency is partly what led me to what can be considered a somewhat high-end product with prices of each of these items averaging at about $65. This purchase pre-dated my Korean cosmetics obsession and I realize that there are a great many, effective skincare items out there that contain bee venom and are a fraction of this price tag. However, one of these items remains a HG for me and one I will continue to repurchase.


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First, a bit about bee venom in cosmetics. I noted in a prior post that the cosmetic benefits of bee venom are derived from its tricking the skin into believing it has been lightly stung. This causes our body to direct blood towards that area, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which promote skin repair. The venom also acts to remove excess keratin and sebum, eliminate acne inducing bacteria, and block inflammatory agents within skin pores to heal acne lesions. So this reaction promotes cell regeneration and has tremendous healing properties, which of course lead to the much-touted, anti-aging benefits..

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Royal Nectar’s Face Mask & Face Lift are made with New Zealand Manuka honey, bee venom and a soothing blend of waxes and oils. Manuka honey is quite an impressive ingredient in its own right. Clinical studies have shown it to have anti-bacterial properties, targeting one bacteria in particular – Streptococcus pyogenes – which is associated with wounds.
Real Manuka honey comes only from New Zealand because ithe Manuka tree that provides the pollen for Manuka honey is native to New Zealand.
Here are the full ingredient lists, which are wonderfully brief and fairly comprehensible. The only item that some may find unrecognizable is ‘ticaxan’, which is another name for xanthum gum and used as a viscosity agent in cosmetics. The rest is a lovely melange of bee venom, Manuka honey, and waxes/oils – as advertised.

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This range of apitherapy products is produced in New Zealand by Nelson Apiaries. Formed in 1973, Nelson Apiaries Ltd is a family owned business operated by Philip and Evelyn Cropp. Philip’s grandfather started producing honey from hives in the Nelson area on a part time basis over 100 years ago. Over the past 25 years the company has grown substantially and has diversified into the natural health market., specializing now in the increasingly popular Manuka honey, bee venom and other apitherapy products. Based in the upper Motupiko Valley, Nelson Apiaries, in conjunction with it’s sister company Rainbow, now has approximately 4,000 hives sited throughout the Nelson and West Coast areas of the South Island of New Zealand. Placed in the pristine bush and forests of this beautiful part of New Zealand, the hives produce a variety of natural honeys free from insecticide or other agricultural sprays. [source]
I really love that this little gem is made by a family business and the pride they have in their product is evident in the quality of what they produce.


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I’ve used a great many skincare items throughout my life that make a great many claims and promises. It’s rare that any of these are delivered upon, and if you are so fortunate as to find something that truly works, it typically takes a considerable amount of time and continued effort on your part to ensure this happens. I was sincerely taken aback by the essentially overnight results I saw with this mask.
It can be utilized in two ways – either as a wash off mask that you leave on for 20 minutes or so and then remove or in a thin layer as an overnight mask. I thought I would get more traction with the latter option so I opted to use this as my evening moisturizer. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my reflection greeted me with an audible, “Oh, wow” when I faced the mirror the following morning. What acne scarring I had was significantly reduced and my complexion had an overall brighter/refreshed tone. Since I began to use this under a Korean-made sleeping pack (Elizavecca Green piggy Collagen Jella Pack) I found the efficacy to be even further improved. This may be due to prolonged use, but I also believe the sleeping pack helps the product to absorb better.

My Experience – Royal Nectar Moisturizing Face Lift

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As you can see from the above ingredient labels, the two products are essentially identical, with the main differentiation being that the Face Mask contains a greater concentration of the two main compounds. Can I pin-point the ingredient on which I can hang this ‘lifting’ clam? Not really. Do I think it’s necessary to utilize both the Mask and Face Lift in tandem? I wouldn’t say so. Though I voice this with the caveat that I am still fairly young. If my skin were more mature, I might see more benefit in utilizing these creams both day and night. As it stands, this is a perfectly lovely moisturizer and still packing those power-house ingredients, so I certainly wouldn’t poo-poo it if you’re considering purchasing one or the other. However, to me, the Mask is really the star of the show.

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Both products are a lovely, light cream consistency with a slight yellowish hue. They place nice with my combination skin and I think they would be appropriate for someone with dry or oily skin as well (and normal, of course). The consistency really seems quite universally-appealing. They don’t have a strong scent (which I really appreciate), though the aroma is slightly floral and sweet.

I do plan to test out some Korean products with similar compounds in order to compare and contrast, though I must admit I am partial to the fact that these particular items are manufactured at the source. I am eager to see what my findings will show and will certainly update this post accordingly.
In the interim though, I would highly recommend trying the Royal Nectar Original Face Mask. You can purchase samples direct from Nelson Honey here, which would be a nice way to dip your toe in. I would love to hear of your experience if you decide to do so!

Quality Time with my Blackheads No More Memebox: a Superbox #63 Unboxing & Review

This box was a dark horse for me. It became what amounted to a fixture on the Memebox site; ever-present, yet unassuming. I didn’t feel I had blackhead issues to the degree that would warrant a box specifically-suited to their annihilation. However, as time went on and I saw that Pore Care 3 was, tragically, not getting a sequel, I began to look at Blackheads No More with new eyes. Could this box be the answer to my pore problems?

On a whim, I decided to put at least one of these seemingly unloved boxes out of its misery and bring it home. After seeing the initial unboxings, I had mixed feelings. All the items seemed appropriate enough for the theme, but there wasn’t much flash there to get me excited. I stoically awaited my box to see where my feelings might settle. Well, I am very happy to report, after spending weeks’ worth of quality time with this box, that it quickly became one of my favorite and most utilized. Read on for details!

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Blackheads. Just the word itself gets people riled up!

If you’re one of the many people that suffer from blackheads, it’s likely that you’ve been fighting a losing battle. There’s a hoard of products out there that claim to clear blackheads, but are they really effective? Right now, you may think that the best way to remove blackheads is to squeeze them with your fingers, but that’s really not a great idea.

With the help of this Blackheads No More Box, a mix of blackhead clearing, blackhead preventing, and pore minimizing essentials, you’ll pull out all pore-cloggers straight and clean and shrink oversized pores for the best skin you’ve ever had! 


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Migabee Hot & Cool Pore Care Set

(30ml, 30ml, 70ml, RV $43)

1. Hot Pore Peeling System
Opens up clogged pores by heating up the surface of the skin with pepper extract infusions, and adds steam deep into the pores for effective surface skin exfoliation.

2. Cooling Mask Clean
This multi-function, multi-purpose mask/cleanser tightens enlarged pores and soothes irritated skin. When used as a facial mask, it calms and soothes the skin after exfoliation. When used as a facial cleanser, it removes oil, dirt, and other impurities from deep within the pores.

3. Peppermint Mist
Spritz your way to blackhead relief! Infused with a powerful blend of peppermint and witch hazel, this mist will refine pores and leave skin with an ultra-clean sensation!

Impressions: I was surprised to find that this set was considered full-sized, as it’s quite small. I fear that this may not allow for too many applications because I really enjoyed using it. As you will see from the images below though, these products definitely do come in larger sizes/tubs, but I’m assuming Meme is considering this a full-sized set and the value is still relevant to the set itself (?). Some people have noted that the Hot Pore Peeling System gets too hot, but I didn’t find that to be the case. I think I’m fortunately in that my skin isn’t terribly sensitive at all. On me, this created a pleasant enough warming sensation and a noticeable improvement of clogged pores. I have to add the caveat here that this most definitely does not compare to my beloved D-Toc, as far as peels go, but it was certainly still effective. The Cooling Mask was a welcome second step as it cooled and calmed my skin and also helped to cleanse away any remaining residue. I didn’t find the mist to be especially useful as a final step because I would have preferred one with soothing ingredients such as aloe rather than further ‘medicating’ with peppermint and witch hazel. Having said that, I definitely do enjoy the mist on its own, throughout the day, when I want to give my skin a refreshing boost while also combating clogging. Overall, I was certainly pleased with this set and think I will save the remainder for any extended travel that I do.

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Nella Fantasia Pore Control Astringent Gel (180ml, RV $34)

This Pore Control Astringent Gel is an all-in-one pore toning gel formulated to control excess oil, sebum, and blackheads by refining and tightening enlarged pores. It contains witch hazel extract, grapefruit, persimmon extract, white willow extract, jasmine oil, cabbage rose oil, lemon oil. 

Impressions: All I can say is I hope there is a drag queen out there just ROCKING the Nella Fantasia moniker. Nella Fantasia is now my sassy biffle. I wasn’t all about the Nella Fantasia life initially because ‘astringent’ has a negative connotation for me and brings to mind thoughts of alcohol-heavy, acid-mantle stripping horror cosmetics. I’m glad I put my preconceived notions aside and tried this item because it’s pretty fantastic. I keep it in the refrigerator and use it almost daily, after cleansing, to tighten my pores. I can visually see that it does the trick, but garnered further proof when I decided to pluck a stray hair or two after using this gel and hurt myself like a motherf*er. The pores were tight, any excess oils were removed, my faced felt lovely and clean. I would recommend definitely having a hydrating mist at the ready though. I typically follow this up with my mist booster from Earth & Sea Cosmetics. This was a new step for me in my skincare routine and one I think my skin really needed.


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ProYou Pore Control Foam Deep Cleanser (100ml, RV $34)

currently on sale in the Memeshop for $20

The invigorating cleanser contains a powerful blend of pore refining ingredients to remove impurities and excess sebum without drying or irritating the skin. This carbonated bubbles in the formula remove impurities from pores to reveal smoother skin. It exfoliates dead skin cells while it soothes, protects, and softens the skin. It contains carbonated water, hyaluronic acid, collage. 

Impressions: I LOVE this cleanser. I love it so. I knew after the first time I tried it that this one was special and after testing the pH I had my confirmation. This cleanser is very-well balanced with a pH around 6, so pretty perfect for our skin. It’s clear to see from the highly moisturizing ingredients that this lovely foam would be good to us. What really brings the product over the top though, is not just that it’s gentle, but that it’s incredibly effective in cleansing the skin while remaining so.

It pumps out as a greenish-tinted gel that you spread evenly over your face and then the magic happens. As you let it rest there, it bubbles up and becomes a foam that continues to carbonate on your skin and clearing out impurities as it does so. After a minute or so, I typically go at the foam with item 5 from this box (the pore brush) to give it a further cleansing boost. I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my skin since I’ve begun using this cleanser.

The cleansing step of our skincare routine is where we are liable to do some of the most serious damage to our skin. A lot of cleansers out there are extremely harsh and alkaline. Substances leaning toward the basic side of the pH scale (high pH) can be great cleaners, but cosmetics with this chemical makeup can strip our protective acid-mantle. This layer protects us from external bacteria and once that barrier is stripped, we leave ourselves vulnerable and breakouts can occur. So it’s really important to find fantastic cleansers, such as this one, that will cleanse but do so while protecting our skin’s balance. I will absolutely be repurchasing this one.

As an aside, I can’t speak highly enough about the ProYou line of cosmetics, in general. Right now it seems like the Memeshop is the only place to really find them and I will continue to come back for more.


dermahouse deep cleanser

Dermahouse Deep Cleansing Cream (150ml, RV $18)

This Deep Cleansing Cream cleanses in one step, effectively washing away dirt, impurities, and makeup from the face and eyes. Formulated with aloe vera water, avocado oil, hydolyed collagen, and squalane, it forms a protective hydration shield on the skin to prevent dehydration and leave skin smooth and supple. This pure and mild formula is ideal for all skin types.

Impressions: I was initially at a loss as to why two cleansers were included in the same box, though I quickly realized this is essentially an oil cleanser in cream form. So I have been using this when I’ve worn makeup as my first cleansing step. I felt as though I hit the jackpot with this box because here was another mild, balanced cleanser that really did the job. I find that it removes my makeup extremely well, though some stubborn eyeliner may take a few extra swipes. You can really feel this ‘shield’ that’s described above and it first struck me as rather unpleasant; as though residue was being left behind. But once you rinse all you really feel is nice, clean skin.


cheek room pore brush

Cheek Room Pore Brush (1ea, RV $36)

Over 310 thousand fine bristles thinner than 0.045mm gently yet effectively clear away trapped oil, dirt, and other impurities from pores, leaving skin refreshingly clean, blackhead-free, and ultra-smooth!

Impression: Please excuse the photo above because the brush is still damp and isn’t shown its full glory. It’s difficult for me to get a picture of it fully dry because I use it multiple times each day. It’s like angel wings are gently brushing up against my face, this thing is so incredibly soft and luxurious. There are many variations of this brush out there and you should be able to find something comparable for far less money. I don’t think it’s an item I would have ever purchased for myself, but I am so happy to own it. I truly feel it has made a difference in how well my skin is cleansed, but I would probably get it all up in my face either way because it just feels heavenly and can be pretty relaxing.


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Purederm Nose Pore Strips Charcoal (6ea, RV $6)

This Nose Pore Strips Charcoal is a one-step pore care treatment specifically designed to unclog excess blackheads, whiteheads, dirt, and oil piled up in your pores. You’ll fee a dramatic difference after just one use.

Impressions: Well, nose pore strips aren’t anything new or revolutionary, but as far as pore strips go these are quite nice. I’ve been using them in conjunction with my Volcanic Clay mask from Earth & Sea Cosmetics and beyond being color-coordinated, which is of course essential 😉 I’ve found these to be very effective. More so than the Holika Holika Pig Nose 3-step Kits, which are about 400% more expensive. The cacao version of this set of 6 strips is on sale for just $2 right now.


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Overall Impressions

This box sold for $39 + shipping, so quite pricey in comparison to other boxes and I’m sure this was one of the deterrents that kept people away (for a time, myself included). The overall Memevalue is $171 and while that could definitely be argued as inflated, I think there is no doubt that I more than got my money’s worth. I have a great many cosmetics items on hand right now and for me to have received a box fairly recently and to have already incorporated all of it into my daily routine really speaks volumes. This box may have lacked flash, but it had an abundance of substance!


November 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 codes: A4JKQ1 or 4VCJXK or…

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 $70 on USA only Memeshop items with the code FREESHIPPING

Happy Memeboxing!


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Where have you been all my life? A Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel Review

I’m going to begin this review with what some may consider a bold statement, but I truly feel it down to my core – this may just be the best skincare product I have ever used.

Soon after embarking on my voyage of beauty discovery, I realized I needed a peeling cream in my life. These creams exfoliate the skin, removing dead cells, revealing a smoother, brighter skin beneath, and evening out skin tone. Most of my previous exfoliation experience has been with abrasive cleansers. St. Ives Apricot Scrub, anyone? While I can’t dog what has been a cult favorite, I realized that a chemical exfoliant may be kinder to my skin. I’ve spent the majority of my life being pretty rough with it; my worst offense happening on those many days and nights that I didn’t pay it any mind at all. Looking back on that, I feel my skin truly deserves the daily pampering it’s now getting. Ah, the folly of youth.

My search for a peeling cream began a couple of months ago and I quickly stumbled onto what is an adorable and popular option – the TonyMoly Appletox Peeling Cream.

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The green is Appletox Peeling Cream & the red is Appletox Honey Cream

The cutest, right? The cream also smells strongly of, as you might guess, apples. While I was waiting for this little gem to ship, I stumbled onto an Instagram post from the lovely Kelsey of All These Lotions and Potions (yes, more blogger PDA may be forthcoming. I can’t help myself!). She had just hauled the Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel and was singing its praises. Soon after, Christine of MMnoob joined the conversation and my resistance faltered. So before I even had the Appletox in my possession, I had the D-Toc on order. I knew these beauty gurus couldn’t steer me wrong and I was not disappointed!

The Appletox arrived shortly after and it was… fine. The packaging was to-die-for, the scent was lovely, and the peeling efficacy was acceptable. Had this been all I knew of peeling creams, I may have lived out the rest of my life in blissful ignorance. But then D-Toc came into my life, and nothing was ever the same. I had high hopes, but certainly not expectations, so when my skin began peeling before I had even finished applying the product, an audible “wow” had escaped my lips. This product took off in seconds what seemed to me like a lifetime of skin gone by. I’m just going to get gross for a moment here, so fair warning –  I literally had to stand over my sink when I did this because dead skin was just falling off my face in clumps. It sounds pretty hardcore, but it felt like nothing! This is one of the most gentle products I have ever used, and I would even venture to say, more so than the Appletox. The latter came with a very slight stinging sensation for maybe a fifth of the payoff. The D-Toc was SHOCKINGLY effective. I’ve just never had a skincare product deliver to this degree and so immediately. And then came the afterglow. It’s like I had a brand new face. My skin was smooth, radiant, and even-toned. Blemish scars and discoloration that I’ve accepted to be a permanent fixture were visibly reduced. I LOVE THIS GEL!! I want to shout it from the rooftops. Nothing has made such a difference in my skin as this unassuming little tube.

I promptly ran to tell my husband that despite his continued refusal to try any of the Korean beauty products I try to spritz in his direction,  this… THIS he needed to experience. About a week later, he actually came asking for it and I was legitimately giddy. Why is it so exciting to indoctrinate people into this addiction? I wanted to record this moment for posterity! That, he refused, but he obligingly applied the D-Toc and soon after began a repetitive dialogue, alternating between of “gross” and “this is awesome”. When he was done and I got in my “I told you!” 😉 he noted that he will now “have the skin of a beautiful, k-pop girl” haha. The amazingly unfair thing is, I think he’s more apt to get there than I am! The man is blessed with gorgeous skin he doesn’t have to put any work into. I told him not to get any ideas about moving in on my dressing area inner sanctum, but I quite enjoyed sharing 🙂

Please do yourselves (and maybe your loved ones) a favor and try this product that has garnered instant holy grail status in my regimen and in my heart.

Currently, it can be found for $12.48 on Amazon with Prime shipping (!) and $9.99 on eBay, both with free shipping from very reputable and trustworthy sellers in SK.

Please also head over to read Kelsey’s fantastic review of the D-Toc!

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A Brief Interlude with my OMG2 Memebox: a Special #32 Unboxing & Review

Nothing says love like when I come home to a surprise Memebox waiting for me on the dining room table – a siren’s song calling to me at the end of a long and stressful workday, promising new cosmetics goodies and unadulterated joy – nothing says love like seeing that and still going over to say hi to my husband first. I hope he appreciates the sacrifices I make on his behalf.

This box was a surprise because it was sent to me by the lovely people at Memebox (thanks Lauren!) and I was quite excited upon opening it because this was one in a long line of boxes whose unboxings I’ve seen online and instantly coveted. Somehow that excitement ended up fizzling a bit for me when I initially dug into this box in person, but I think I got to the crux of my issue  and it actually has nothing to do with the products that made up the contents. It took me a while to put my finger on it, but in looking over the box it dawned on me that this really screams ‘mature’ woman. Between the gold, the lavender, the snakeskin, the wrinkle-balance masks – I kind of felt like this box should go straight to my mom. She would have been thrilled, but alas, I’m definitely keeping a good chunk of these items because once you get past the (probably only odd to me) aesthetics, you get to some killer cosmetics. Is there an OMG factor to them? I really wouldn’t say so. I’ve come to view the OMG series as containing unique/interesting cosmetics ingredients, but nothing that I would call all that weird and funky. A part of me feels maybe this series warrants a re-branding. Maybe make it an Oh! box instead and temper expectations a bit 😉

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If you haven’t had enough of our kooky beauty obsessions, take the OMG 2 beauty challenge!

We rounded up some of the kookiest and most unusual beauty trends that took Seoul by storm! From funky makeup trends to cool skin and hair treatments, these fun cosmetic innovations will definitely inspire you to rethink your current makeup routine. Loaded with even weirder, even funkier Memebox cult favorites, this box is a must have for beauty enthusiasts and beauty-holics!

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Cristallin Celllulose Mask (28g x 2, RV $10)

These concentrated cellulose sheet masks encourage the skin’s natural recovery function by providing a rich infusion of nutrition to help improve skin’s clarity and elasticity. Plus, the jelly-like texture feels like an octopus wrapped around your face.

First Impressions: Alright Memebox, I feel like you just tacked on that last sentence because someone in HQ decided you need to justify why you’re putting masks in an OMG box. Despite that being a bit of a reach, these look like really wonderful gel masks and special since we typically only get the sheet variety from Memebox. Most gel masks are geared for the eyes only, so it’s quite lovely and luxurious to have a couple for your whole face. Gel masks can calm irritated skin, shrink pores and blood vessels, and lend themselves to an overall soothing experience. This particular variety has targeted ingredients for anti-aging, firming benefits. I’m going to stick these in the fridge before use for the ultimate refresher and really can’t wait to try them.

  Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream (50ml, RV $50)

on sale in the Memeshop for $25

This Vanpir Dark Repair Cream is a clinically proven skin brightener that restores luminosity, corrects weak moisture barriers, and protects skin from future discolorations. This moisturizer with melanin-inhibiting green tea extracts visibly helps to diminish dark spots and discolorations while restoring clarity and brightness to dull, uneven skin. It also has anti-aging properties to enhance the look of skin by reducing the look of fines lines and wrinkles. It’s infused with Damask Rose, hyaluronic acid, and ummm Dragon’s Blood (?) to get you your best looking skin ever!

First Impressions: The packaging has adorable, little vampire teeth on it, which almost sold me right then and there. I was curious as to how this cream would compare to the Osho and I feel as though Osho came out ahead, in reviewing the ingredients. That cream is formulated without ethanol, benzophenone, mineral oil, alcohol, artificial color or fragrance, while I can’t say the same for the Vanpir (which contains at least half of them, from what I can tell). Now, I’m not a stickler for natural cosmetics, but that is always my preference, as I don’t want to be too harsh to my skin. The hyaluronic acid in the Vanpir instantly piqued my interest, as that ingredient is purported to have healing and anti-aging properties, but I think I will be passing this one on since I do own the Osho and enjoy it. I think my mom would really like this and I’m trying this new thing called not hording everything that comes into my possession.

Milky Dress Bohr-effect Carboxy Gel (1 set, RV $24)

on sale in the Memeshop for $8

Turn back the clock with this Bohr-effect Carboxy Gel! This 2-step facial mask cleans deep down into pores to extract pore-clogging bacteria, and firms and tightens sagging skin. The result? Facial contours appear sculpted and newly defined, lines and wrinkles look nicely smoothed, and skin is moisturized to perfection. Over time, skin’s strength, resiliancy, and volume appear renewed and you’ll see a remarkably younger, revitalized look. Directions: Apply the gel mask onto a cleansed face. Massage a generous amount all over cheeks, forehead, and chin. Place the 100% naturally made Korean paper mask sheet over the face. Layer on a second layer of the gel mask over the sheet mask. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove. Rinse with tepid water.

First Impressions: I don’t usually include usage instructions in my reviews, but I had to add this one because I think part of the OMG factor here, is OMG that seems like a process! In all honesty though, I CANNOT wait to put my time in with this product because I kind of love that this will be a bit of a science experiment. Carboxy refers to carbon dioxide therapy and the Bohr-effect is how this CO2 will be formulated. This occurs when the gel is combined with the mask and is supposed to result in the stimulation of collagen and cell activity delays, creation of new cells, smoothing of facial features, improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, and deep exfoliation. Very excited by all this! This item could be considered OMG, but definitely more in the sense that OMG, that’s interesting rather than strange.

Priori Aroma Ac Moisture Gel Mist (100ml, RV $24)

Enriched with bee venom, propolis, sophora roots, balloon flower roots, and Multi Ex Magnotics, the Aroma AC Moisture Gel Mist helps soothe and treat skin troubles and blemishes. The lavender aroma essential oil is also infused for soothing and purifying both your skin and soul.

First Impressions: It’s finally happened. I found a mist I don’t like 😦 I really thought it an impossibility, but I find the scent of this one rather unpleasant. I know there are people out there who have very strong opinions about lavender and I didn’t think myself among them… but… you guys know how much I love my mists! To that end, I think I will be keeping this and seeing if I can get over it. Unlike most of my other mists, which are largely glacial water and aloe based, this one is packed with some wonderful skincare ingredients that not only soothe, but also treat. So it would really benefit me to douse my face in this now and then. I think I may save it for next summer, keep it chilled, and then have it handy for some poolside action. The thought of that already has me liking this mist more.

Seatree Syn-Ake Essence (45ml, RV $20)

This was randomly selected from either the Essence, which is what I received, or the Total Solution. For the life of me, I can’t quite figure out what would be the difference between these two. 

Seatree Syn-Ake Essence contains youth-preserving ingredients, such as Syn-ake peptides, similar in composition to snake venom, and hylaluronic acid to help deliver targeted repair – as needed, where needed. Recommended for all skin types, ages, and ethnicities, it visibly addresses uneven skintone, lines, and wrinkles for a visibly firmer, more radiant, and more supple skin.

First Impressions: Finally, a syn-ake item!! I’ve been dying to try this cosmetics ingredient since first reading about it a few months back. As the description above alludes, syn-ake is a synthetic agent, so not actual snake venom because that would definitely hurt some people. Syn-ake replicates the effects of a peptide that is known as Waglerin 1, which is a component of the venom found in the Temple Viper, a poisonous snake native to southeast Asia. How cool is that?! Syn-ake is designed to work much like Botox, which reduces muscular contractions in the face and reduces cell movement; thereby keeping the skin smooth. The concept behind Syn-ake is that since snake venom causes muscular paralysis, a synthetic derivative of the venom would work to temporarily deaden the muscles in the face to prevent the formation or deepening of wrinkles (source). I feel that I’m at the right age to try this sort of thing. I don’t think I could ever get Botox because I find that it effects your appearance and expression to a severe degree, but this certainly seems like it may be a viable alternative.

Haruen Dorothy Haruen-S (1ea, RV $26)

This volcanic rock rollerball absorbs excess oil, grease, and other blackhead and acne inducers just by rolling it across your skin. Made with 100% volcanic rock, this mattifier controls oil and eliminate excess sebum and shine for a fresh look and longer-lasting makeup application.

Impressions: Unlike the rest, I’ve actually spent extended quality time with this item because after seeing it in the box originally, I purchased one without hesitation when it first became available in the Memeshop. My T-zone is forever and always a moist mess. I’ve won some battles, with the help of some fantastic cosmetics items I’ve received from Meme, but the war rolls on. So I was very interested in exploring an alternative to blotting sheets. I must admit, I was somewhat disappointed and that only has to do with the severity of my oiliness. When I find myself reaching for this at the end of a long day, it certainly does what it’s intended to do, but it takes a few repetitions of rolling, letting dry, rolling again, before my skin is clear. It may help if I remember to use it more regularly, so I’m still giving it a chance and trying to work out the kinks. The concept is very interesting and I had definitely never seen anything like it, so points on the OMG front for that.


Overall Impression

  I did not pay for this box, but it originally cost $29 + shipping. It contains six full-sized products (with more than one of the masks – yay!) and a total memevalue of $154, though it’s $113 when adjusted for current prices. This box was a bit of a mixed bag for me, but overall I found more than half the items to be quite interesting and unique. I think Memebox may have a tough road ahead with this series. On one hand, this level of OMG isn’t enough for some hardcore k-beauty fans that have sort of been there done that, and know of some of the truly bizarre cosmetics out there. But on the other hand, Memebox doesn’t want to alienate what may be a broader swath of their global customer base, who may not want to go too far out there. OMG 3 has already been released and shipped out and that one struck me as very similar to this box, in that the products seem quite good, but somewhat lacking in the weird/funky/OMG department. So if you’re out to try some cool and different cosmetics, I certainly wouldn’t shy away from the OMG series, but if you’re looking for more of a shock factor, you may want to pick up those weirdly wonderful items directly. OMG 4 is already sold out, but you may be able to grab it when it gets closer to the shipping date (Nov 18th) and boxes that people may have cancelled typically pop up.


November Codes

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 codes: A4JKQ1 or4VCJXK or…

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 $70 on USA only Memeshop items with the code FREESHIPPING

Happy Memeboxing!


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