The much anticipated box from Memebox ~ Special #53 Wine & Cheese! This box was originally sold with a ship date of 11/7, which Memebox changed to 11/13 and then to 11/19, due to Innisfree not getting one of the products to them in time. Then all hell broke loose on 11/20, when customers, like myself, who ordered the bundle did not receive it on the 20th, nor could find any tracking information on it. Read on to find out why…..
What is 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. ….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
We love wine and we love cheese, but wine and cheese beauty products in a Wine & Cheese Box? That’s just a match made in heaven! Wine and cheese have gone hand in hand for centuries, but this is probably the first time you’ve seen a wine and cheese beauty box. Leave it to Memebox to cook up the weirdest, yummiest beauty box that will amplify your beauty! Wine, famously known to be rich in antioxidants and essential minerals, speeds up the cell renewal process and stimulates the blood circulation for the look of rejuvenated, brighter skin! Cheese, considered an excellent source of Vitamin B for the skin. supports the look of supple, bouncy and glowing skin.
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!
LadyKin MangChee Lifting Mask Oh DUH!! I figured out the name – mang = mango, chee = cheese. No flies on me…. This cream is a sleeping pack mask and contains some very interesting ingredients ~ mango, cheese, green tea leaf water and fermented moroheiya leaf extract, also known as Bacillus/Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Ferment Filtrate.
Moroheiya is a superfood that has been cultivated since ancient times in the Mideastern countries, such as Egypt. It contains 1.5 times the amount of beta carotene in carrots ~ beta carotene is an antioxidant and helps to improve skin texture, even out skin tone and help protect the skin against sun damage. As I have lots of sleep packs right now open, I will save this one for later. Once it is opened, it will expire in about a year, whereas, if it is not opened, it can last up to 3 years from the made by date. Full Size 50 mL Value $43.00
Product Description: This Mangchee Lifting Mask moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Mango, cheese, and shea butter extracts boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result. It leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.
- Witch Hazel extract, Allantoin: reduce inflammation and soothe skin
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Te) Leaf water, Witch Hazel extract: refine and purify pore appearance
- Vitamin E, Camellia Sinensis Leaf water: antioxidants, which help with cellular turnover and circulation to reduce the appearance of aging.
Soothes the skin & Relives the skin stress : The night sleeping mask with Allantoin, Shea butter, Betaine relaxes the skin from environmental irritants and helps to provide moisture and nutrient to the skin. Gives vitality and elasticity- Bacillus/Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Ferment Filtrate that Cleopatra used for her skin care and Adenosine which is the anti-wrinkle functional ingredient absorb into skin texture, help to strengthen the skin shield and make the skin more vital and healthier control skin balance. Mango extract makes the skin transparent and clear and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water which has rich vitamin and polyphenol balances the skin tone and skin condition. Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water and Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract prevent the production of sebum and control pores. The rich cream that applies to skin very softly and absorbs cleanly without sticky feeling provides plentiful moisture and nourishment with mango extract, cheese extract, Shea butter, Bacillus/Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Ferment Filtrate, and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water
How cute is that mouse! Reminds me of a Disney character 🙂
LadyKin MangChee Replenishing Hand Cream This is the matching hand cream in the MangChee line. This is a very rich and nourishing cream. I did open this up to try as I do use hand cream a lot. This smells nice, a very lightly scented mango. Full Size 60 mL value 14.00
Product Description: The anti-wrinkle functional hand cream containing Bacillus/CorchorusOlitorius Leaf Ferment Filtrate that Cleopatra used for her skin care and Adenosine which is the anti-wrinkle functional ingredient absorbs into skin texture and helps to strengthen the skin shield and make the skin more vital and healthier. Mango Extract that makes the skin clear and transparent and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water which has rich vitamin and polyphenol keep the hand elastic and smooth.
- The Anti wrinkle functional hand cream containing Bacillus/Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Ferment Filtrate that Cleopatra used for her skin care and Adenosine which is the anti-wrinkle functional ingredient absorbs into skin texture and helps to strengthen the skin shield and make the skin more vital and healthier
- Mango Extract that makes the skin clear and transparent and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water which has rich vitamin and polyphenol keep the hand elastic and smooth
- Bacillus/Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, and Witch Hazel ingredient protect the hands and nails from environmental irritants and relieve the itching from dryness
- It applies smoothly and softly on the hands without any stickiness. It provides sufficient moisture and nourishment
- Free Paraben, Free sythentic pigment, free benzophenone, Free animal originated ingredient.
Key Ingredients: mineral oil, glycerin, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, bacillus/corchorus olitorius leaf ferment filtrate, green tea leaf water, beeswax, quark cheese, mango extracts, witch hazel extracts, spices
It was hard to translate this image as even with an image translator, it is subjective on how it will interpret the Korean letters.
Blanc Doux Pinot Noir UV Shield & Tone Up Sensitive A sunscreen, made with Pinot Noir and is formulated especially for oily skin types. I am pretty jazzed about that. This might be a sunscreen that I can fall in love with. This has a nice light texture and a light scent ~ not wine! Full Size 40mL Value $36.00
Product Description: No more blemish-instigating, oily sunscreens! Specially formulated from a strong antioxidant – premium red wine “Pinot Noir” – this mild, moisturizing sunblock not only provides moderate UVA and UVB protection, but also replenishes and brightens up uneven skin tone and texture, for a glowing, supple complexion
How To Use: Apply evenly over face as a makeup base to prep skin before applying foundation or BB cream
Key Ingredients: Red Wine Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E
- Hypoallergenic sunscreen + Skin + moisturizing natural skin tone correction
- Without problems due to sunscreen, sunscreen is a bundle bundles oily enough.
- Fresh feeling without stickiness ,
- UV protection as well as water- filling representation and bright skin
Blanc Doux is a combined word of ‘blanc’ for indicating white color and ‘doux’ for representing sweet flavor and hence means ‘sweet white color.’ It represents clean and transparent skin comparing a desire for pureness and cleanliness of white color to sweet flavor.
Pinot Noir is usually cultivated at Bourgogne area in France that is very sensitive with weather and strict conditions for cultivation. Therefore, only a small amount of Pinot Noir is yielded since it is known as the best quality of grapes for making the best quality red wines. Blanc Doux is explicitly reflected in Pinot Noir Spray Serum and Pinot Noir UV Shield & Tone-Up Sensitive by specifically developing the wine extract from Pinot Noir wine produced in France.
image from http://us.memebox.com
enprani dear by enprani Bounce Cheese Cream I already have this cream from my LuckyBox #5 and it is very moisturizing and very heavy. Too heavy as a day cream for those with oily skin or combo skin that is more normal than dry, imho. I use this in the evening and I have been also using this as a neck cream as well. This cream has a natural whey protein and honey extracts, as well as shea butter. Full size 75 mL value $35.00
Product Description : The optimum moisturizing power of natural protein (Whey) found in cheese and enriched vitamin A, B, E protect skin against external factors and offer radiance at the same time. Synergy with protein extracted from natural honey and vitamin recharges lack of nourishment based on enriched moisturizing power of cheese extract. Represents texture of chewy and stretching Mozzarella cheese to hold moisture with chewy and firm finish.
Ingredients: Water, Whey (10%), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycereth-26, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Staerate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Honey Extract, Glycol Stearate, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Yellow No.4, Yellow No. 5, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Spices.
A vitamin enriched moisturizing and toning cream formulated with 10% Whey Extract – has the stretchy consistency of cheese for a unique application experience. For all skin types. Formulated with 10% Whey Extract, vitamins and pure honey, this bouncy, stretchy cream helps to improve hydration, texture and elasticity of skin. Over time, skin looks visibly toned and smoother. The stringy texture is from the main Whey ingredient, which is extracted from cheese. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like cheese! Free of Parabens, Mineral Oils.
Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener I was one of the 300 unlucky customers out of 500 who did not received this product. I guess Innisfree could not make good with their contract on this item with Memebox … grrrr …. Innisfree …. maybe their own website took priority? Anyway, I did purchase this product from HonestSkin, along with the Holika Holika White Wine Therapy Sleeping Pack. And just because I am one of those types of people that need to finish completing what they started, I will include the product description and ingredients here.
Full Size 180 mL Value $12.00
Product Description: One of Innisfree’s trademark products, this Wine Peeling Jelly Softener visibly rolls and lifts away dead skin cells when gently massaged onto skin. Infused with Chateau Margaux, the queen of all wines, this gentle exfoliator effectively rolls away the dead dermal layer to uncover a smooth and fresh new skin! It also removes impurities and decongests stubborn clogged pores for a youth, radiant look!
Smoothing and clarifying treatment gently yet effectively sloughs off dead skin cells for smoothness and softness with improved vitality. Used after cleansing, Jelly Softener exfoliates and drenches skin with generous antioxidants, prepping it to easily accept the hydrating ingredients from succeeding products. This hypoallergenic hydrating peeling softener creates a clear and smooth jelly-like skin. It exfoliates dead skin cells and provides moisture with wine.
How To Use: After cleansing, dampen cotton pad with Jelly Softener and sweep pad all over face. Rinse face well to remove the dead skin cells that will begin to ball up on the surface.
Ingredients : water, glycern, cellulose, propaneidol, wine extract, lumus davidiana root extract, amaranthus caudatus seed extract, centella asiatica extract, ficus carca (FIG) fruit extract, citrus unshu peel extract, orchid extract, camellia snensis leaf extract, camellia japonica leaf extract, opuntia coccinellifera fruit extract, sodium hyaluronate, hydrogenated lecithin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, beta-glucan, ethylhexylglycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, disodium edta, ceramide 3, fragrance, phenoxyethanol
Sigh…No treats from Jeju Island in this box
TonyMoly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet Pore Care Yeah, Memebox gave us TWO masks this time! This is a micro emulsion red wine essence mask that is designed to give deep hydration to your skin and the red wine will help clear out your pores. No Paraben, talc, benzophenone, triethanol or tar coloring. Full Size 2 masks $2.00
Product Description: Triple layer pulp sheet mask adheres closely to effectively steep skin in moisture and nutrient-enriched beauty serum, leaving skin soft and smooth after every use. Rapidly absorbing serum contains antioxidant-rich wine extract that minimizes pore size and enhances skin vitality for a more refined texture with continued use.
How to Use: For best results, apply mask on cleansed and towel-dried face, leaving on for 20-30 minutes before removing and patting in excess serum. Do not rinse off.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Wine Extract, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Jasminum Officinale Flower Water, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Memebox also sent a card, apologizing for the delay in shipping as well. They included one of their Hydro-Gel Mememasks, which I am pretty happy to receive and try out, even though it is a two piece mask. I want to see how their masks compare to other hydro-gel masks, so I will put up with the sliding-down-the-lower-half-of-my-face thing Full Size Value $2.00
Product Description: More hydrating that a traditional facial sheet mask, the unique hydrogel material delivers mega does of hydrating actives to the skin that glows with each use. The gel consistency has a pleasing, cooling sensation and adheres closely to the skin. Propriety PGA penetrates the dermal layer at levels 10 times greater hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and nutrients into the skin. Hydrates: natural moisturizing actives replenish and preserve hydration for 24 hours, promotes suppleness and smooth texture for youthful, glowing skin. Brightens & Corrects: Niacinamide and other brightening ingredients significantly reduce the appearance of dark spots and even out the complexion. Anti-Aging: Hyaluronic acid, adenosine and other wrinkle-fighters target fine lines and wrinkles to restore a youthful, healthy-looking complexion.
Key Ingredients: Baobab Extract: tightens, tones and moisturizes the skin. Encourages skin regeneration. Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: enhances the skin’s elasticity and delivers cosmic blasts of moisture to the skin. Chamomile Extract: encourages collagen production to maintain the look of healthy skin
My thoughts on this box. It is a decent box, but since it was missing one wine product, it is heavy on the cheese 😀 Both of these facial creams will be night time creams for me and I think that is a mistake on Memebox’s part to include two very rich and heavy facial creams. They should have had the Wine Therapy Sleep Mask by Holika Holika, as those are not so heavy and replace the LadyKin Mask with that. We would still have a LadyKin MangChee product, but just in the form of a hand cream. I’ve provided the information on the Holika Holika products here, so you can see that Memebox lost a great opportunity to provide a popular item in this box that could have been used by just anyone ~ They could have randomly selected from White or Red Wine
- Red Wine: Anti wrinkle sleeping pack that makes your skin smooth and resilient with shape memory moisture membrane of red wine
- White Wine: Whitening sleeping pack that makes your skin moist and bright with water drop moisture membrane of white wine
White Wine Ingredients: Water,Wine Extract, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol,Cyclomethicone,Sodium Chloride,Butylene Glycol,Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Niacinamide, Sorbitan Sesquioleate,Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Quaternium-18 Bentonite,Silica Dimethyl Silylate,PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol,Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone,Allantoin,Caprylhydroxamic Acid,Caprylyl Glycol,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract,Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract,Bergenia Ciliata Root Extract,Viola Mandshurica Flower Extract,Impatiens Balsamina Flower Extract,Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract,Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract,Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract,Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract,Disodium EDTA,Sodium Hyaluronate,Fragrance
Red Wine Ingredients: Water,Wine Extract,Alcohol,Dipropylene Glycol,Glycereth-26,PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether,Glycerin,Bis-PEG-18Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane,PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3Glycerin,Propylene Glycol,Butylene Glycol,Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Biosaccharide Gum-1,Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer,Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Phenoxyethanol,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract,Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract,Bergenia Ciliata Root Extract,Viola Mandshurica Flower Extract,Impatiens Balsamina Flower Extract,Xanthan Gum,Adenosine,Caprylyl Glycol,Disodium EDTA,Caprylhydroxamic Acid,Fragrance,Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract,Yellow 5 (CI 15985),Red 227 (CI 17200)
Information and image from http://www.holikaholika.ca/products/cleansing/wine-therapy-sleeping-mask
A bit of a Rant Ahead….
I know that Memebox gave those customers who did not receive the Innisfree product 12 Memepoints, but the communication around what happened with this box was just awful. Once Memebox realized that they didn’t have the Innisfree product, they should have contacted the customers ASAP. Instead, there was a huge delay in communications and 200 boxes went out with the Innisfree product in them ~ and there was no logic about which boxes got shipped out first. Memebox didn’t ship them out as first order in, first order out. It was very random and I think that upset many Memebox customers who ordered this box within hours after its release and they didn’t get this product, but some customers who ordered it weeks later did get it. Also, with express shipping, making their customers wait 12 days before shipping the box out, after they discovered the issue, is bad customer service. There were customers who received their standard shipping order with the Innisfree even before the express shipped bundles without the Innisfree were even shipped out! To make matters worse, the Innisfree branded box has been cancelled due to a supplier deciding to weasel out of their obligations with Memebox and the time-line.
Memebox really messed up with this box and how it was handled ~ which seems to have been a total communication breakdown between their US Headquarters and the Korean logistics department. I am unsure what is going on with Memebox ~ the lack of new boxes, not only in the Global site, but at Memebox Korea as well. There has been no communication with the customers or affiliates about what is going on and I hope they just had a brain fart for the month of November and will get back on track soon.
They need to put the BOX back into Memebox ~ that is what people want ~ Facebook, instagram, chat boards ~ customers are upset by this change and will go elsewhere to purchase their items. The store is fine, but you can get great deals elsewhere on individual items, such as beautynetkorea, testerkorea, honestskin ~ just to name a few.
Memebox claim to fame is their boxes. They need to go back and curate them well and offer us a variety of boxes to choose from. Most of the coupons I have below are useless to customers, as there are no boxes to choose from and who wants to make a $200.00 purchase at their shop? And not to mention that the USA shop vs the Global shop takes an ugly turn when non-USA Global customers want to purchase the deals that the USA shop has but the Global does not.
I am very frustrated and confused by the direction Memebox is taking. And since no one at Memebox will talk to us as adults, I don’t feel bad about posting this rant of mine. I want Memebox to succeed as I really enjoy their boxes, but they do need to communicate better with us.
I paid $29.00 + $6.99 in shipping, for a total of $35.99. I was credited 12 Memepoints because of the missing Innisfree product, so I paid $23.99 total and received a MemeValue ** of $130.00 even without the Innisfree product, $132.00 with the MemeMask.
Did you get the Memebox Special #53 Wine & Cheese? What did you think of it and what is your favorite product? I am really happy to try out the Blanc Doux Pinot Noir UV, which is a first for me ~ getting excited over SUNSCREEN!
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