Volume Up! is a box that I had envisioned would contain lip plumpers, bust creams, volumizing hair products, mascaras, serums and wrinkle fillers. Either Memebox was going to pull this off or not and originally I was not interested in purchasing this box. However, it was bundled with Scrub 2 and I really loved the first Scrub box and wanted to get express shipping, as I have been patient with regular old snail mail for the majority of my boxes. Sometimes, I just want to get my hands on my purchases!! ASAP. Knowing that this box could contain at least a couple of items that I have no interest in whatsoever, I did factor that into how I would review and view this box.
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“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. ….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.” from us.memebox.com
It’s time to Volume Up! When it comes to enhancing the hair, skin, and body, “volume” can speak volumes about a person’s age. As time goes by, things sag, cheeks are hollowed, hair is limp, lips thin – gravity gets to even the best of us. But fret not, because we bring you this age-defying, gravity-defying, Volume Up! Box to plump, tighten, volumize, fill in, and lift all those saggy parts! Rebuild volume and re-contour sagging facial features for supple, plump-as-a-tomato cheeks! Go the extra mile and add some oomph to seriously limp hair for the mane of a temptress! Seriously turn back the clock with fuller, plumper lips, and lift, firm, and add extra “bounce” to your body that will get you a double – no triple take. Address all the telltale signs of aging with this Volume Up! Box for your bounciest, firmest, and juiciest self yet!
Informational Card which should explain what I got and its value.
As these products are unknown to me and perhaps even to my readers, I am posting a description of the product under my thoughts for every product. Normally, I just do a snippet or if it is a product that doesn’t really need a description, I won’t post it. But for the purposes of my Memeboxes, I will make sure I find the appropriate description, usage and ingredient list if I can find it. The descriptions will be from the webpage that is linked to the product name. Not all of these products are sold in the Memebox Shop, so I had to look for them on various sites. I really had a hard time finding these products, by the way, so don’t be thrown off by the Korean websites that are linked here!
803 cream Randomly selected from Sam B Cream, Sam H Cream So, I kinda figured that they would include a boob product in this box and this product is either the boob or hip volumizer. I received the Sam B Cream (Bust). This actually sounds like a great moisturizer but I don’t need to be plumped up on my boobs, so I might use this on my elbows, cause that is the one part of my body where I have really dry skin and would like to get rid of that. Hey, you have to be creative with Memebox. This is an expensive elbow cream (for me). Full Size 50 g Value $34.00
Product Description: The 803 cream series is specifically designed so that each cream targets different parts of the face ~ okay, first off, my bust and hips are not part of my face ~ They’re enriched with shea butter, adenosine, adipophillin, niacinamide and borphillin which have effective skin brightening and firming functions. The Sam B Cream (bust cream) and Sam H Cream (hip cream) are both enriched with 5 natural essential oils to nourish, rejuvenate and add extra volumn to bust and hips
I don’t think so! I do not need extra volume in these area ~ Mother Nature gave me more than enough!!
Key Ingredients: pueraria extracts, pomegranate extracts, vegetable flavonoid, adenosine, argan oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, collagen, caviar
Without: Paraben, mineral oil, artifical coloring, talc, benzophenone
Enesti Ultra Volume Mascara This was another product I thought would be in this box ~ it is a given that a volume mascara would be in a Volume Up! box. That said, I also knew I would not use this, as I like my current brands of mascaras. It is okay, as I anticipated this type of product in this box. Full Size 7 mL Value $9.00
image from http://www.enesti.com/
Mise En Scene 2X Curling Essence Now I did want a hair product, but this is so off the target with a “volume up” theme. This is a curl smoother and tamer. It is not a volumizing product and I had expected a texturizing or hairspray product to give VOLUME to hair. This is a repeat item as it came from an earlier Memebox. I am sad to see that the lone hair product in this box is for taming curls, not volumizing your hair. This is both a hair essence and hair style product. Mise En Scene is made by Amore Pacific, which is a very quality skincare/beauty company. If you have dry or curly/wavy hair, this product is for you. Deluxe Size 30 mL Value $2.40
Product Description: Enriched with argan oil and cedar wood oil, this two-in-one hair essence provides deep nutrition and helps define your curls all at once. It will instantly make your sagging curls bounce with luster and elasticity.
Shara Shara Glitter Pearl Powder WH01 Snow White I am not sure how this product made its way into the Volume Up! box. It is just a glitter highlighter eyeshadow in white. I do have many white highlighter eye shadows, so this will be gifted or traded, as you CAN have too many white glitter eye shadows!! This is another repeat item from an earlier box. Full Size 2.2 g Value $7.00
Tonymoly Kiss Lover Lip Plumper 02 Hoot Mint I am so excited!! Hoot Mint ~ it’s a hootananny!! This is the first product in the box that I will use for its intended use! Enough with the !!!!! Sorry, but I am finally happy about a product in this box. It contains Vitamin E, argan oil and MAXI-LIP complex ~ which contains marine collagen and olive peptides ~ menthol ~ PLUS PEPPERMINT!! I love mint, gimme all of your mint products. This is a clear gloss and despite the fact it looks sparkly, it really isn’t that sparkly. It has a minor cooling and minty-tingling feeling ~ I’ve had lip plumpers that felt like they were dissolving my lips and this one is not like that at all. This gloss slightly darkens my natural lip color, is not tacky but a smooth gloss. I happen to quite like this one! Full Size 4.6 Value $8.00
Product Description: Marine Collagen , menthol and oligo-peptides belonging to a special set of Maxi-Lip, make the lips more voluminous and smooth. Argan oil nourishes, moisturizes, eliminates peeling and also has anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Vitamin E moisturizes and prevents aging.
The Tonymoly site had a list of ingredients in Korean, and Google Translate just gave up and died with it ~ I mean, “hit a tree hex elderly” ~ and then most of the ingredients are in Korean letters – hahaha. I was trying to avoid typing the ingredient list manually, as it is on the back of the box, but as it stands, I did wind up typing them in manually. BTW – “hit a tree elderly” is the ingredient trethylhexanoin 😀
Ingredients: polybutene, diisostearl malate, capryic/capric triglyceride, trethylhexanoin, silica dimethyl silylate, menthol, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, argania spinosa kernal oil, hydrolyzed collagen, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, menthyl lactate, tocopheryl acetate, vanillyl butyl ether, polyglycertyl-2 triisostearate, sorbitan isosterate, ethylhexyl palmitate, tribehenin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, tin oxide (CI 77861), dehydroacetic acid, fragrance, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Blue Lake 1 (CI 42090)
Mizon Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream This is a lightweight cream that has Alaska glacier water, deep ocean water, coral water, witch hazel left, watermelon, basil leaf, lotus, niacinamide and birch tree sap. It is also free of paraben. This gel-cream sounds perfect for me as it seems to be designed for oily and sensitive skin types. The Mizon Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream smells refreshing to me.
I don’t think that the ingredients on the box are correct. The description and 125 mL version have the watermelon, basil leaf, etc, but this version, which is 50 mL, seems to be the ingredient list of a totally different product, as it states it has shea butter, mango seed butter, rose hybrid and so on. I did some research and found a totally different ingredient list with the 125 mL jar. I will post a picture of the box ingredients as well as what I think are the real ingredients here. I had no reaction when I did a spot test, so I feel that the box list is totally incorrect. All other sources for this cream match the 125 mL list of ingredients. Full Size 50mL Value $9.00
Product Description: Cooling facial moisturizer from Mizon. A hard-to-find cult fave from Korea, Mizon Hydra-Full Solution Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream is a lightweight gel-style cream with a refreshing, cooling finish. Formulated with glacial water, deep sea water and natural ingredients for ultra hydration.
What is Coral Water? Coral Water comes from the mineral-filled seawater near coral reefs. Coral water is enriched with 40 different types of minerals that work to boost hydration in the skin. For people with dry skin, coral water will help to restore moisturization and dewyness. For people with normal skin, coral water helps to maintain hydration balance. from http://www.peachandlily.com/products/watermax-aqua-gel-cream
Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Xantham Gum, Lecithin, Ursolic Acid, Atelocollagen, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Harnamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Glacier Water, Sea Water, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Hydrolized Corallina Officinalis Extract, Honey Extract, Biosccharide Gum-1, Sodium PCA, Betain, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Broussonetia Extract, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Tropolone, Ci 19140, Ci 42090, Fragrance
Box List of Ingredients (which I believe to be totally incorrect for this product)
- Differentiated Water – AQUA DEEP MOIST FORMULA EX: Differentiated in combination of water which is the most important process of making moisturizing cream. Provides outstanding moisturizing and relieving effect combining alaska glacial water, deep sea water, hita heaven water, and birch sap all together.
- Delivering refreshing feeling – cooling effect: Gel-type light texture with refreshing feeling delivers cooling effect as soon as it touches skin. Controlling unbalanced skin temperature seen if the balance is broken.
- Oil free – fresh texture: Rich moisturizing cream with oil included, can cause trouble for oily and complexity skin type. Water Volume aqua gel cream absorbed quickly and does not burden much on skin to fully fill with moisture
- Skin relief – Witch Hazel Leaf Extract, watermelon extract, basil leaf extract, Nelumbo nucifera extract. Skin exposed to various harmful ingredients, UV rays and so on. Rough and sensitive vegetable active ingredients relieve skin and prevent various external skin protection
- Effective for moisturizing – Glycerin, Hyaluronic acid
- Improve of skin elasticity – Atelocollagen, Olive oil
- Preventing and being irritated from skin damage & Skin relief solution protected or irritated skin – Witch Hazel Leaf Extract, Watermelon extract, Lotus extract
- Differentiated 水 (Water) –Supply concentrated aqua moist – Alaska glacial milk, Deep ocean water, Active hydrogen, Birch sap
Mizon Water Volume Aqua Gel Cream penetrates deep with its gel-type texture and controls skin’s moisture oil balance with its cooling effect. Its fresh and light formula soothes sensitive skin while deeply moisturizing with natural oil free ingredients, such as alaska glacial water, deep sea water, coral water, hita heaven water, and birch sap all together. It has also been formulated with brightening and blemish controlling properties for a clearer more even complexion. Gel-type light texture with refreshing feeling delivers cooling effect as soon as it touches skin. Controlling unbalanced skin temperature seen if the balance is broken. Watermax aqua gel cream absorbed quickly and does not burden much on skin to fully fill with moisture. Best suited for oily, acne prone, and sensitive skin types. Rough and sensitive vegetable active ingredients as witch Hazel Leaf Extract, watermelon extract, basil leaf extract and nelumbo nucifera extract relieve skin and prevent various external skin protection.
Pureplus+ Lip Treatment Milk Bebe At first, I groaned at another lip product, but at least this product does fit the “Volume Up!” theme. I could have done without another lip treatment in this box, as I did purchase Oh! My Lips box ~ maybe the honey bee version will find its way into that box, as the strawberry was claimed by the Dry & Sensitive box ~ but I can always use another hydrating lip treatment. God knows I am becoming the Queen of Lip Balms right now ~ I should take a pic of all of my lip balms, but I am too embarrassed. And let’s not get into lipsticks and glosses!! Okay, so back to this item. This does have milk protein extracts, snail mucus, collagen, shea butter, grape seed oil, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. I guess Memebox really wants me to put snail slime on my lips so I will give it a shot. Maybe the cow spots on the tube makes it seem less snaily to me 🙂 Full Size 10 g Value $10.00
So other than the eyeshadow, hair product and mascara, I will use 4 of the items here, although the cream is a very expensive elbow cream. I have to say ~ I knew that Volume Up! was either going to be fabulous or a complete bust (pun intended). When I purchased this box, I knew that there would be two products that I wouldn’t use, just because I am clairvoyant (lol, not really) ~ I had anticipated that a bust product and mascara would be included, so I was not disappointed that they did have them. That said, I am perplexed at a hair treatment that is so obviously not a volumizing product and an eyeshadow was included here. This makes no sense in a Volume Up! box. I was thinking that there would be a wrinkle eye filler product or a targeted point pack pads for the face to plump up the skin, but nope.
The Mizon, Tonymoly with the wonderful “hit a tree hex elderly” ingredient and the Pureplus+ lip treatment are welcomed additions to my overflowing stash of skincare products. I really am looking forward to using the Mizon gel-cream ~ Memebox has been doing great on that area ~ lots of Mizon products in their boxes lately and I really enjoy using them. I would say that if they had replaced the curling essence with a texturizing hair product and the eyeshadow with an eye wrinkle filler product, this box would have been a winner for me.
I paid $23.00 + $6.99 in shipping, for a total of $29.99 ~ I am sure I had Memepoints and this box was much less ~ and received a MemeValue ** of $79.40. This is a very low valued box, made even lower because I will not use 3 of the products in here.
Did you get the Memebox #61 Volume Up!? What did you think of it and what is your favorite product?
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