Sunday, November 23, 2014

Memebox: Special #39 Cafe Box

This is my fifth Memebox, and I am now officially a Memebox-aholic because I've ordered thirteen since I first discovered them.  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."

My primary motivation to order this box was the café motif with the steaming cup of coffee pictured.  I was hoping for a COFFEE themed box (which the below description alludes to), but that was not the case.  It was more of a stuff you put in coffee kit.

This box was $23 for the kit (plus $6.99 S+H).  The box has a worth of $119, with the Cleomee donkey lotion alone priced at $83.  Very interested to try that!

"Get your daily caffeine buzz with this Café Box!"

"Wake up and smell the coffee has just taken on a whole new meaning!  We've rounded up freshly brewed beauty goods that will remind you of your favorite indulgent drinks from your go-to coffee joint.  Indulge your senses in a swirl of sweet sin, and brim with delight with milky sweeties that will boost your beauty!"

Included in this kit were SIX 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.

I am choosing to use all of them in one luxurious shower/pampering experience.

VELLA Fresh Creamy Soap (100ml FULL-SIZE) - This whip cream-textured cleanser is enriched with deeply hydrating and soothing formula: donkey milk, 3 kinds of honey complex, and 4 kinds of floral extracts.  Its highly concentrated and minutely fine creamy bubbles thoroughly cleanse away all skin impurities and excess sebum while making sure to soothe, protect, and moisturize the skin so that its pH balance isn't broken during cleansing.

TONYMOLY Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-In Scrub (95g FULL-SIZED) - Enriched with milk protein, caffeine, coffee extracts, and acetyl hexapeptide-8, the Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-In Scrub is a massaging-type facial scrub that works to effectively remove all skin impurities clogging up the pores, deliver rich nutrition, and firm up the skin elasticity all in one.  This product is especially recommended for rough, darkened skin conditions suffering from dryness and white flakes.
The creamy soap looks like a paste and doesn't have much of a smell.  It takes a little while to get it to foam up but when it does it feels great.  And my skin feels very moisturized.  The cream-in scrub smells heavenly of cappuccino.  At first my face felt kind of dry, but as I sit and write this, it feels pretty soft.  I believe I'll be incorporating both of these products into my usual showering routine until I use them up.

HOLIKA HOLIKA Dessert Time Lip Balm (7g FULL-SIZED) The tinted 03 Peach Cupcake is scented with a delicate peach fragrance and features peach colored, unjaded lips with a lasting color formation.

CLEOMEE Anti-Wrinkle Donkey Lotion (250ml FULL-SIZED) - Cleomee's gentle and moisturizing formula consisting of donkey milk, hyaluronic acid, ceramide, glycerin, Vitamin E, and EGF complex delivers rich nutrition and replenishment deep down into your skin.  Donkey milk and its milky goodness far exceeds cow's milk and even goat's milk in its similarity to mother's breast milk, and is also highly prized to have been the secret to Cleopatra's unfailing beauty and skincare.

The lip balm was peachy, I'll give it that.  But the flavor was more of an actual peach than a peach cupcake.  It's tasty.  It's also moisturizing and leaves a light peach-ish hue on your lips.  Okay, so even though I would never actually purchase an $83 lotion, I am thrilled with this showing up in a Memebox.  It's amazing!  It goes on like a thin lotion with a greasy feeling.  The scent is a little lotion-y and it takes a while to absorb into the skin, but when it dries... oh, there are no words to describe how smooth and silky it leaves it.  Big fan!!!

PURE SMILE Mask Sheet (23ml FULL-SIZED) - The Green Tea Mask Sheet contains abundant green tea extracts for maintaining the skin's moisture/oil balance and its firmness.

BINU COOK Ice Cream Scoop Cacao Body Soap (70g FULL-SIZED) - Shaped and smells like a scoop of delicious chocolate ice cream, this 100% natural, hand-made soap bar will cleanse away all excess oil, sebum, and dead skin cells from your face and body, and leaves the skin feeling nice and supple.

A fabric mask is a fabric mask, is a fabric mask, and I love them.  This one was especially moisturizing and did not leave my skin feeling tight initially like some of them do.  Of course I have to post a gratuitous photo of me wearing the mask, just for fun, and so that newbies can see how they work.  The body soap, which I used in place of my regular anti-bacterial soap on my body, never really foamed up.  It of course smelled like delicious chocolate ice cream, but I think if I use it again, it may just be as a hand soap.  I love a good anti-bacterial bar soap to start off my showers.

THE VERDICT:  Despite my initial reservations about the quality of this box, I was pleasantly surprised.  The only item I was not thrilled with was the cacao body soap.  It seemed like an after thought, like they needed one more item to add.  The box smelled divine when I opened it and only got better from there!

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