Friday, October 31, 2014

Memebox: Superbox #59 Halloween Special

This is actually my SIXTH Memebox.  I've reviewed three, but since this is Halloween I wanted to go ahead and get this one reviewed.  

I'm OBSESSED with Memebox.  They are not a subscription service; instead they allow you to only buy the boxes you're interested in, although most are mysteries.  I would be stoked if they did have a subscription service though.

A little background:  "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."

I was interested in this box because I fully intended on wearing this adorable creepy Raggedy Ann costume.  It is super cute and super demented.  But here we are, Halloween, and no place to go.

This box was $23 for the kit (plus $6.99 S+H), so I paid $29.99 for this kit, but I ordered it with another kit as well, which got me $6.99 off the other box.

"This Halloween, your possibilities are endless with a chock-full of spooky makeup ideas!  No need to drop loads of cash on costumes you'll only wear once a year, just grab this Halloween Special box, loaded with fun and crafty makeup ideas that are fit for any Halloween occasion!  Whether you plan on being a sexy vamp, a pretty pixie, or just sport your trust ol' witch hat for the night, these doable Halloween makeup ideas will compliment any costume and also be sure to get you a double-take!"
Included in this kit were SEVEN full-sized items, fully-detailed with a great informational card with directions for use, which was extremely helpful since the directions on the packaging is almost all in Korean.  The total value for all of the products is a whopping $101.00.

REVECEN Face Control Foundation 100 White (17g FULL-SIZE) - This unique Face Control Foundation works to cover up skin imperfections and control dull, yellow skin tone for a more refined, evenly balanced, and healthier-looking complexion.  For our Halloween Special box, we've included this product in 'white' to help you create that whitened-out face perfect as base makeup for featuring basically anything you choose to be this Halloween!  Plus, it contains natural preservatives such as green tea extracts and magnolia extracts, and thus gentle and suitable for all skin types.

REVECEN Cake Eye Liner Black (3.5g FULL-SIZED) - REVECEN's Cake Eye Liner is made into a hard-type powder formula which can be used as an eye shadow, but when mixed with a little bit of water, it turns into a gel-type eye liner and you can control how gel-like it is by regulating the water concentration.  Use a thin eye liner brush or a paint brush to paint things like a spider's web or a devil's eye on your face.

REVECEN Supra Lining Color 007 Purple (17g FULL-SIZED) - This Supra Lining Color is a real face and body paint and its color formation, gentle formula, and lasting strength is highly acknowledged and well-loved by Korean beauty explorers who enjoy experimenting with different items for creating various eye, lip, and facial makeup looks.
I'm pale-skinned to begin with.  The foundation went on so smoothly.  I just used my fingers.  It also came off super easy.  I had some trouble using the eye liner even as I wetted it.  I'll probably just use a regular stick liner in the future.  I used the lining color as both an eyeshadow and a lip liner.  It went on pretty thickly on my lid, and spread as an ombre to a light violet on my lids.  I couldn't really get it to stay in line on my lips though.

RECEVEN Eye Lash (FULL-SIZED) Thick, exaggerated, and glittery fake lashes for this Halloween?  REVECEN boosts many lash types and its gentle acrylic emulsion for adhering the fake lashes over your own.  Maintain your lashes healthy and strong while beautifying with these lovely accentuations!

REVECEN Liquid Lipstick Blood (8ml FULL-SIZED) - No need to purchase a bottle of fake blood this year with REVECEN's newly formulated Liquid Lipstick in blood color!  Specially designed to resemble liquid blood, this lipstick can be used not only for creating that bloody lip makeup but also for painting blood gushing out of your eyes and mouth or for featuring a fake scar.

I am definitely not good at putting on fake eyelashes!  HA!  But once I got them in place, they looked pretty good.  I'd probably go with a more dramatic lash in the future since my eyelashes almost disappear into my eye fold.   I LOVED the lipstick.  It was a gorgeous blood red, so smooth, but it does stain your skin pretty easily.  It got a little messy with on my hands and fingers.

ELIZAVECCA Lip Tattoo (FULL-SIZED) - Ever thought of getting a tattoo on your lips?  Completely waterproof and lasting for more than 8 hours without an smudges whatsoever, Elizavecca's Lip Tattoo offers you a fun, unique beauty item to play around with this Halloween.  Indulge in deep wine or a dark burgundy colored lip tattoo!

LALANC Real Tattoo (FULL-SIZED) - LALANC's fashion Real Tattoos are easy to apply, long-lasting, waterproof, and actually look like real tattoos.  Pick out a skull, s wing, or even an anchor and tattoo it right beside your eyes, on your neck, over your wrist, or wherever you want to add a special finish to your Halloween concept.

As you can see from the picture on the left, the lip tattoo did not go... so well.  I'll probably be staying away from those, but I'm sure it was operator error!  The tattoos were easy to use, but they were pretty low quality.  One of them stuck to the waxy side and I barely had to press the tattoo itself onto my skin for it to stick.  In fact, a second tattoo stuck as well without even putting any pressure on it... and it rubbed off really easily. 

THE VERDICT:  With the exception of the two tattoo packages, I was very pleased with all of the products included.  Another win for Memebox!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Memebox: Superbox #53 My Honey Box

This is my third Memebox, and I a gob more ordered.  I'm OBSESSED with Memebox.  They are not a subscription service; instead they allow you to only buy the boxes you're interested in, although most are mysteries.  I would be stoked if they did have a subscription service though.  This box came with a nifty card detailing the benefits of each product and how to use them, which is awesome because the information on the packaging is all in Korean.

A little background:  "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."

I was very intrigued by the honey theme of this box.  This is the second honey box they released and the first had some seemingly great products in it.

This box was $29 for the kit (plus $6.99 S+H), and using a $5 off coupon code, "QACQU9", I paid $30.99.

"Bigger, better, and sweeter than Honey Box #1, My Honey Box oozes with all things honey to enhance your natural beauty.

"Honey is a pretty amazing substance and there is a lot more to it than just a sweet tasting treat.  Hailed as the queen of natural beauty enhancers, honey is rich in natural sugars and minerals that work to nourish and repair damaged skin.  Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties stop bacterial growth and heal infections, while its antioxidant-rich formula creates a youth-preserving veil over the face to protect against wrinkle-causing free radical and improve the skin's radiance!"

Included in this kit were SEVEN full-sized items, fully-detailed with a great informational card with directions for use, which was extremely helpful since the directions on the packaging is almost all in Korean.

Before I begin, I have to say, EVERYTHING IN THIS BOX SMELLED DIVINE!!!

MIGABEE Antipollution RE-Peeling (100ml FULL-SIZE) - This is a peel-off type of facial pack enriched with natural ingredients renown for nourishing and brightening effects - honey, bee venom, propolis, royal jelly.  It'll work to exfoliate dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads and to control excess oil and sebum by maintaining the skin clean and well-balanced.

MI CLICK Manuka Honey Treatment (30ml FULL-SIZED) - Enriched with high concentrates of honey, the Manuka Honey Treatment delivers deep nourishment, repairs damaged ends, and provides an intensive protein care to your dry hair.  The natural manuka oil infused also works to renew damaged cuticles and restore silky gloss to your hair.
ENESTI Apple & Honey Shea Butter Hand Cream (50g FULL-SIZED) - The heavily nourishing honey and vitamin-rich apple formula of this hand cream works to moisturize, purify, and firm up dry hands.

The peeling mask was fun to use.  I'll probably put it on a little thicker next time, because even though I enjoyed pulling off the mask, it was a little thin.  I had to wash off some of it.  It left my skin a little dry and definitely oil-free.  The honey hair treatment really did leave my hair feeling silky smooth, which is amazing for a frizzy-haired girl.  Only thing was, it read like it would last for thirty washings, in place of conditioner from what I could tell, but I'll be lucky to get three uses out of it.  Still an amazing product.  The hand lotion goes on a little thick, but after it absorbs, it does leave your hands feeling very moisturized.

FROM NATURE Multi Effect Collagen Honey Mask (FULL-SIZED) Containing high concentrates of real honey and collagen extracts, this nourishing Honey Mask delivers deep nutrition and improves skin elasticity by creating a protective moisture barrier over your skin.  Plus, this mask is packed with over 9 different herbal ingredients  for soothing and brightening up the overall complexion.

EDMONG Honeybee Water Cream (50ml FULL-SIZED) - Enriched with honey extracts, natural spring water, propolis extracts, aloe vera water, hyaluronic acid, and green tea extracts, this Honeybee Water Cream is a fast-absorbing moisturizer which strengthens the skin's natural restorative properties.  It's free of paraben, artificial coloring, mineral oil, benzophenone, BHT, talc, etc.

I love these fabric masks drenched in moisturizers, especially the higher quality ones like this.  Aside from the delight I get from making my husband really uncomfortable as I sit beside him looking all serial killer-y, they moisturize like no other and leave your face dewy for a very long time.  The water cream has a nice consistency and moisturizes nicely, but doesn't have a long-lasting effect.

DAYCELL Essential Honey Lift Massage Cream (150ml FULL-SIZED) - This is the perfect solution for dehydrated, sagging skin.  When gently patted onto the skin, the natural honey and collagen complex of the massage cream delivers deep nutrition and firms up the skin elasticity by creating a tight-knit gel network on the skin.  Plus, its unique honey-like gooey texture glides smoothly and absorbs deeply into the skin.

PURE SMILE Snail Lip Treatment Honey (10g FULL-SIZED) - Enriched with honey extracts, snail mucus extracts, grape seed oil, shea butter, and many more naturally-derived nutrients, Pure Smile's Lip Treatment moisturizes, nourishes, and protects dry, chapped lips.

I used the massage cream on my arms rather than my face because I have so many face products, and so little time to review them all.  It has a fun gooey texture, made my skin feel like satin, and smelled heavenly... probably the best in a box full of wonderful scents.   As far as the snail lip treatment... well, I'm sorry guys, but I just couldn't do it.  If it was a skin product I would've totally tried it.  I can't bring myself to put snail mucus on my lips though.  However, it will make a nice swap or giveaway item.

THE VERDICT:  This is obviously another big win for Memebox.  I only wish that they could've made the box more diverse with fewer face creams, and maybe a couple of makeup items.  Otherwise, two thumbs WAY up!  Plus, did I mention how WONDERFUL EVERYTHING SMELLS!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beauty Box 5 (October 2014)

I have no words left.

At least they included a card this month.

1)  Chapstick Hydration Lock (FULL SIZE) - "This double-ended wonder balm with 2 conditioning formulas will keep your put protected, soothed, and smooth."

2)  Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic Tool - "Throwing away precious products hurts, so make sure you get every single drop!  This handy spatula grabs that hard-to-reach last bit and lengthens the life of your beauty essentials."

3)  Lashem Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer (0.17oz) - "Look fab at every age!  This nourishing serum reduces fine lines for a gorgeous glow when applied after cleansing."  I also received a different Lashem product last month, and wasn't excited about it either.

4)  Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink (FULL SIZE) - Do double duty with this sweet stain!  Use your fingertip to apply a small amount to your lips or lend onto the apples of your cheeks."

5)  Nanacoco Nail Polish in Mermaid Lake - Pretty polish, please!  We (BB5) love these high-quality lacquers for their thick professional formulas."  In recent months, BB5 has seemed to become fond of Nancoco products.

I think I'm done with BB5.  The Chapstick is the only product I was glad to see in this box.  I can't pull of the pink cheek/lip stain, which isn't their fault but a little customization might help.  The polish is clearly not a Fall color.  The makeup stick is kind of neat but is poorly made, probably very cheap for them to add to the box.  I'm very picky about my eye and wrinkle creams, plus I have a surplus of these products anyways.  I just don't feel the quality is there anymore.  I'd be better going with a service like ipsy or Birchbox that feature higher end products, with better range.

Beauty Box 5 (September 2014)

Pretty disappointed with this month's BB5, and I had high hopes because August's box wasn't the greatest either.  Usually Beauty Box 5 comes with a handy card detailing each product they have included this month, but mine must've gone missing this month, so I'll try to detail each product as best I can.

1)  My Beauty Spot Nail Polish - I'm not certain what color this is because there's no label, but it's a very dark purple/plum.  It's a pretty color for Fall.

2)  Sally Hansen Toe Spacers - Toe spacers are a pretty chinsy addition to a beauty box.  It's the third set I've received from various boxes in the past few months, and honestly, who needs more than one set of these?

3)  Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner & Co-Wash - I don't mind foil packets, so long as there's enough product in the packet to really get good use of it.  These are 0.5oz and there are two of them, so it shouldn't be a problem.  This conditioner is 100% sulfate and paraben free, and contains organic shea butter, sweet almond oil, virgin olive oil, bamboo oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, avocado oil, virgin coconut oil and pomegranate seed oil.  Yeah, that's a lot of oil.

4)  Nicka K Eye Light Crayon in Gold (FULL SIZE) - BB5 seems to really like including Nicka K products in their boxes.  This appears to just be a gold cream eyeshadow.  Gold doesn't really work on me so this will be going in the swap pile.

5)  Lash Em 3 in 1 Eye Bright (0.17oz) - I've never heard of this brand.  The product claims to lift, firm and brighten eyes.  I have a big supply of really high quality eye creams and brightening products so this is another for the swap pile.

I'm not very excited for the quality of this box.  Since they're $2 more expensive than Birchbox, I think I'll give them one more chance before I switch back.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nature Box (September 2014)

NatureBox is available in a variety of plans starting at $19.95 per month.  Each month you will receive 5 full-sized snack packages, delivered right to your door. You can choose your snacks or get a surprise box of the newest items. Remember to come back and browse the catalog -- they add new snacks all the time!
If you're a first-timer, you can pay just $2 shipping for a free trial, in which you will receive one full-sized treat, and four deluxe samplers.  You will automatically be transferred to a monthly membership should you decide not to cancel.
For every box they deliver, one meal is donated through Feeding America® to help the millions of Americans who go hungry.
Sea Salt Pop Pops, sea salted popcorn kernels, were okay... nothing to write home about. Soft popcorn kernels with a lightly salted flavor.
Sea Salt Sun-Crunch, sunflower and sesame seeded crackers, were delicious... just enough salt so as not to overwhelm the nutty flavors encrusting the cracker. My only complaint... not enough.
Garden Tomato Crunchies, tomato flavored almonds, were nearly perfection. They tasted exactly as described. Super tomato-y, if slightly salty.  I like salt.
Coconut cashews were cashews surrounded with a coconut (a little salty) coating.  They were sweet and hit the spot.
Cinnamon Swirl Kettle Kernels, cinnamon roasted corn kernels, were an interesting combination.  Like corn nuts only with a cinnamon dusting.
I wasn't super impressed with my sample package from NatureBox.  It wasn't bad... I just have higher expectations when it comes to wooing me to buy a subscription box.  I would have thought they'd send me some of their more intriguing treats to entice me to purchase the full subscription.