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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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 (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.
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.
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!
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