Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Unboxing + Review: MEMEBOX Free from Oil & Trouble (겟잇뷰티박스 by 미미박스) + GIVEAWAY??

*memebox discount codes below*

As a growing teenager, I know how hard it is battling acne and excess oil secretion. Especially when you have tried so desperately, product after product, in finding the right ones YOUR OWN holy grail. I have spent a lot of money testing skincare products because I believe that it is a must, to protect and retain good skin throughout the years. Maintenance is essential!

So MEMEBOX was lovely enough to hear about your concerns and product this box called "Free from Oil & Trouble" for people with oily and sensitive skin. This entire box is dedicated to you, all the individuals who are tired of breaking out. Particularly targeted for all skin troubles (blackheads, acne, oils etc), this box is equipped with everything you need to save you and your skin.

[Previous MEMEBOX reviews: 3th Gen, 4th Gen, 6th Gen]

If this is your first time hearing about MEMEBOX, what is it? (taken from memebox)

Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to.

Gently guiding your discovery, Memebox believes in offering consumers the utmost freedom, steering away from the traditional subscription-based programs offered by most other sampling services. Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to. In addition to our box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering easy access to Korean cosmetic trends.
To sum it up, Memebox only uses Korean brands which is a great way of expanding your product range and finding new and innovative beauty trends. Some subscription services ask you to buy multiple boxes at a time, making you obligated to pay, but MEMEBOX is a "buy one at a time service". Also, they have several kinds of boxes for every individual.

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 - 8 full sized products and deluxe samples, carefully curated from Korea to give you the best experience and widest exposure to a range of products. 

 Superbox was inspired by our Memebox lovers, looking for full-sized products catered to specific needs. Each Superbox series comes with it’s own theme, designed to target particular concerns. 

We only have a limited supply of each Memebox series, and Luckybox was created to bring back our most popular items selected from previously sold-out Memeboxes, all combined in one wonderful collection. Each Luckybox contains a selection of products from past Memeboxes, occasionally including a few new favorites we simply could not resist including. Just like our Memebox and Superbox, Luckybox products are sourced directly from Korea, including only the best-loved items thoughtfully curated by our cosmetic aficionados at Memebox
 And MEMEBOX is extremely fast forward with popular skin troubles, trends and innovations with their special "catered" boxes like this "Free from Oil & Trouble"! Currently, they have boxes for hair & body, office workers, colour boxes (which are themed but colour) and much more! Check it out here. But hurry because their boxes are popular and sell out fast, I will have discount codes down the bottom of this blog post. And do not fret if the box you wanted sells out, they sometimes are able to restock their boxes so make sure to always check back.
I personally want to try out the scent boxes, the idea is intriguing! I’m someone who believes in aromatherapy and loves trying out new scents. 


Packaging and shipping:

Once again MEMEBOX has overdone itself with it's packaging and shipping! Like always, it was safely sent to me in a protective layer of bubble wrap and a plastic pink MEMEBOX cover. It makes the box easy to spot from your local postman! I always get excited when I see them with a deliriously cute pink box.

MEMEBOX shipped the box to me on Friday 30th of May and I received it Monday, 3 days after it was shipping (including the weekends). In total... It took 2 business days. Absolutely amazing the MEMEBOX team is! And they always reply to your emails promptly. So they get 5 stars out of 5 for their packaging and shipping.

Now onto the products!

1. Cosrx Original Pure All Cleansing Bar 120g
Full size product: 120g ($14)
Product description: Containing high concentrates of vitamin C and houttuynia cordata, a herbal plant widely acknowledged for its healing and detoxifying effects, this all-natural cleansing bar gently yet thoroughly removes all excess sebum and blackhead from your skin, making it especially suitable to be as an anti-blemish massage scrub for sensitive and/or oily skins.

How to use: Use warm water to lather the cleansing bar, and gently massage your face with the creamy foam. Then thoroughly wash off with warm water to make sure there no residue is left on your skin.
First impressions: I actually really want to try this product, because I have never tried a cleansing soap scrub before. But the herbal smell is really overwhelming. I have yet to open the packaging encasing the soap.

Price outside Memebox:
US$15.50 on eBay
Cosmetic Jolse: US$11.98 without shipping. 

2. Ciracle Red Spot Cream 30ml
Full size product: 30ml ($23)
Product description:
This spot scream is not like any other anti-blemish creams in that it promises whitening/brightening effect as well as clearing effect on areas with red spots and uneven skin tone. There are three types of heads on your skin – whitehead, blackhead and redhead. Redhead is the last stage of dead skin development that this is what is targeted.
How to use:
After using skin toner, apply a small proportion of the cream over problematic areas of overred spots. Do not apply thicker creams on top afterwards. Simply use a BB cream or sun-cream to finish it off.
First impression: This, thank you so much MEMEBOX! The Ciracle red spot cream has been on my “most wanted Korean acne skincare products” since Beautifymeeh on YouTube introduced it. I suffer from breakouts often when I am trying out new products (like now), seasons change or am having a poor diet.
Smells slightly like tea tree as well, but very demure. The paste is white and thick which reminds me of a slightly lighter version of the ProActiv Blemish mask. When it dries, the paste does not blend into the skin so I recommend you wear it at night. It doesn’t seem harsh at all, there’s no tingly sensation.

Price outside Memebox:
WishTrend: US$16.99 without shipping.
eBay: AUD$21.98 with shipping

3. Dr Young U-Line Clearing Mist 140ml
Full size product: 140ml ($49)
Product Description:
Controlling excess sebum, hydrating and soothing your skin from deep down, this all-in-one facial & body mist will end all your troubles over sensitive, easily-stressed skin. It sprays on very finely and as a wide range, making it suitable for both body and face.

How to use:
Face: After cleansing, close your eyes and spray the mist from 30cm away and let it absorb into your skin.
Body: After shower, spray abundantly over sensitive areas of your body and let it absorb
First impressions: I love mists because I think they are extremely easy to use as it involves no need for hands, which can transfer bacteria and dirt onto the skin. The pump needs to be worked a few times before it is spritzing finely. Even though it contains tea tree oil, I can’t smell it at all which is a huge plus! Dries fast with no left over residue for quick absorption.

Price outside Memebox:
YesStyle: AUD$ 27.90 with shipping

4. LJH Cellabell M.C. Recovery Balm SPF 28 PA++ 5ml

Full size product: 45ml ($50)
Product description:
Despite the name balm, this is actually a proper BB cream with natural yet effective, long-lasting coverage and strong UVA/B level to protect your skin. Being a multi-functional BB cream, it also provides whitening and anti-wrinkle effects along with the light-oil-free texture that give your skin a nice and silky finish.
How to use:
As the last step of basic skincare procedure, apply evenly over our face. If using more than two types of cream, apply last.
First impressions: This is a very pink based BB cream and is an even lighter shade than the Skin79 Hot Pink BB cream. It dries semi matte (no glossy finish) and smells heavenly. I know I’m talking a lot about the scent of products but it’s easy to notice. It smells like fragranced baby powder.
It blends well even though it initially looked like it couldn’t. Surprisingly, it blends better into my hand than my holy grail Skin79 BB cream. 

Price outside Memebox:
KoreaDepart: US$47.12 FULL SIZE without shipping

5. LJH 5a Control Cleansing Gel 15ml
Full size product: 150ml ($31)
Product description:
Achieving the perfect balance of moisture and oil within your skin is something extremely difficult yet so vital for healthy skincare. The Oleanolic acid, contained in this cleansing gel prevents collagen and moisture inside the skin from escaping, ultimately providing the right balance to your skin

How to use:
Take ample amount of the cleansing fel and massage your face with it for about 30 seconds, letting the makeup melt with the foaming gel. Then, wash off with warm water and move onto the next level with a foam cleanser or a cleansing bar.

Price outside Memebox:
KoreaDepart: US$39.32 without shipping

7. Verikos Teatree Modeling Pack 25g + Spatula
Full size product: 230ml ($20)
Product description:
Enriched with herbal extracts from teatree, centella and licorice, the Teatree Modeling Pack works to clean, soothe and nourish your skin, helping your complexion to look must evener and healthier

How to use:
First mix the powder with water, in the appropriate ratio of 1 water:0.8 power. Use the spatula inside to thoroughly mix and make sure to be quick because the mixture might start to harden if you’re too slow. When the mixture is ready, spread it thickly all over your face with the spatula. Wait for 15-20 minutes until it is hard like rubber then peel off slowly from the chin going upwards. 

First impressions:
I’m not kidding you when I say that I was more intrigued with the spatula than the mask itself. The Modeling mask powder comes with a Red Point Light Soother, which is a completely separate product.  I will use this soon and come back to this post for a more in depth review. I've been breaking out a lot recently so it'll be the perfect time to test these products!

Price outside Memebox:
Couldn’t find any. Sorry.

In general:

I seriously do think MEMEBOX is worth the money. My mum loves MEMEBOX as well. Everytime I receive one from the postman, my mum is more excited about opening it than me! Don’t worry mum, I will share with you! My mum was beside me checking out the products while I wrote this review.

Plus if you have seen my previous reviews, you can see that the value of all the products in the box is always more than 3 times the amount you have paid. In this box, the total of all the products came to almost $97! I love beauty boxes because it's a great way of finding new products that you usually wouldn't purchase. I've found so many great products this way.

Negative points? If you don’t like heavy scents, especially TEA TREE, you might want to skip this. I am okay with strong scents but this box is absolutely overwhelming.
And also their “colour products” like BB cream. The shades are very limited so you could possibly end up with lots of BB cream that you cannot use.

If having oily skin and break outs does not concern you, I’m sure you will be able to find a box you’re interested in on the site. 

1. November discount code is EFR5HP. 
Enter the code at checkout to get $5 off for orders $30+.
2. Get an automatic $10 off orders $150+ through my advert on the side

I’m excited to share with you that I am planning on having a (big) giveaway for my blog followers and readers soon! I have been collecting products since a while back that I wanted to send to followers for being with me while this blog grows. The giveaway will be opened internationally 

HOWEVER I will not announce it until I hit a certain amount of followers on Google Connect.
But not need to worry, if you invite your friends to follow my blog, the number will be reached in no time.
The giveaway so far include Korean and American beauty brands but I have not finished collecting all of it yet. If you want a specific product for me to add into the giveaway, do not hesitate to tell me in the comments or send me an email.

Until next time, bye bye~

  *this post contains affiliate links and was sent to me for review purpose In no way am I influenced by MEMEBOX.
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