The other day, Memebox kicked off their 12 days of Christmas specials by releasing two Christmas/Holiday boxes. I was not interested, of course, so I purchased them 😉 They shipped out quickly and this review is for the Skincare version of the Christmas Box, Stress-Free Holidays.
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Holidays got you stressed? It’s time to relax with a box full of easy skincare and body essentials to help keep holiday tension from taking over. The end-of-the-year holiday season is the most delightful time of the year…or it can get you to cringe, stress, and drive you crazy. Worry not because we’ve gathered a box full of skincare and body must-haves to help you cope with the stresses that follow holiday preparations. This box will help you to fight skin and body blemishes and flaws that follow stress – skin’s #1 enemy – and help you to maintain your beauty all season long!
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!
Recipe By Nature Ice Cream Swing Gloss 01 Very Lovely I received this item in Petit Treasures in a different “flavor” so I am glad to see it again! It is very cute. I now have 3 of them, as I did purchase the Recipe By Nature value set and two will go to my nieces. This one…might just be for me and my Kawaii collection! This is the berry version and it just smells berry-fruity to me 🙂 I wonder if the orange version of this item will be in our Pumpkin box? Full Size 6 g Value $6.00
Product Description: A lip essence that melts onto lips like ice cream and leaves it moist and supple. The non-sticky formula is sweetly scented with hints of fruitiness and delivers rich moisture and nutrition to dry, chapped lips. The darker berry swirl is the gloss part and the lighter, sheer pink is the essence part enriched with jojoba seed oil, argan oil and grape seed oil.
Ingredients in Korean: 폴리부텐 , 디이소스테아릴말레이트 , 미네랄오일 , 트리에칠헥사노인, 오조케라이트, 비즈왁스, 라놀린, 호호바씨오일, 마이크로크리스탈린왁스, 부틸렌/에칠렌/스타이렌코폴리머, 에칠렌/프로필렌/스타이렌코폴리머, 소르비탄올리베이트, 향료, 에칠헥실메톡시신나메이트, 토코페릴아세테이트, 폴리글리세릴-2트리이소스테아레이트, 카프릴릴글라이콜, 페녹시에탄올,행인오일, 아르간트리커넬오일, 포도씨오일, 헥실렌글라이콜, 펜타에리스리틸테트라-디-t-부틸하이드록시하이드로신나메이트, 적색201호, 티타늄디옥사이드, 적색104호의(1)
Ingredients according to Google Translate: polybutene, di-isostearyl malate, mineral oil, trethylhexanoin , ozokerite, beeswax, lanolin, jojoba seed oil, microcrystalline wax, butylene / ethylene / styrene polymer renko, ethylene / propylene / styrene polymer renko, sorbitan up the bait, spices, the chilhek silme methoxy cinnamate, tocopheryl acetate, poly glyceryl stearate, isopropyl -2 tree, caprylic rilgeul glycol, phenoxyethanol, passers oil, argan tree kernel oil, grape seed oil, hexylene glycol, tetraethylene penta ritil erythro–di -t- butyl-hydroxy-hydro-cinnamate, Red No. 201, titanium dioxide, red arc 104 (1)
Angel’s Black Head Eraser Coconut 97% This is a facial soap made from 97% pure coconut extracts and carbonated hot spring water! This soap is 100% natural and is specifically formulated to help treat acne, blemishes, blackheads….and wrinkles? The last item in the list sounded so out of place, but it is perfect for me, as I do have issues with blemishes and wrinkles ~ 😉 This is made by bonkorea where B O N = Blue Ocean Network. You can find bonkorea at their FB page and bonkorea.net. I actually like their mission statement, where 1/4 of their profits are shared with others ~ I am assuming that means charity, giving back to the community? Full Size 100 g Value $12.00
Product Description: Effective natural care for skin prone to blemishes and blackheads. Gently cleans deep into the pores. Free of soap and alkali. Cares for skin with valuable amino acids, vitamins and active moisturizers. This soap has a pH level of 5.5, which is compatible to your skin. It stabilizes the natural protective acid layer of the skin for additional protection
Ingredients: coconut soap, zea mays (corn) starch, citric acid, coconut oil
They have other products, which I hope we will see in future boxes
image from https://www.facebook.com/bonkorea
Dipodeur Dress Perfume Randomly selected from 03 Lemon & Ylang Ylang, 07 Orange & Fiore, 12 Rose & Flower Garden, 21 Figuier & Glass Leaf, 24 Lime & Mandarine, 27 Iris & Whitebouquet. I received 03 Lemon & YlangYlang and this does smell like fresh lemons. This is a “dress perfume” that combines a “fresh” soap scent with phytonicide water and then adds the other fragrances to make a unique blend. This is a perfume for your clothes, but it is so nice, it might be used as a body mist. There is one scent that wasn’t sent out, the Tangerine & Woody. I am hoping that shows up in the Pumpkin box! Cause it is orange, you know 😉 Full Size 150 mL Value $19.00
DD’ell Moisture Facial Mask 04 Gold Kiwi Ohh…another fancy facial sheet mask! I received a DD’ell mask in my Tea Tree Box and I am not sure why these masks are so expensive, but I call ’em fancy masks because they are pricey 🙂 This is made with mineral-rich deep ocean water and vitamin rich gold kiwi extracts ~ yes, there is a kiwi fruit that the fruit flesh is a beautiful yellow-gold color and they are yummy. This mask helps soothe, detoxify and helps with to even out the skin tone. Full Size 23 g Value $7.00
Product Description: Gold Kiwi Mask helps to moisturize and promote clear and translucent skin. Gold Kiwi is rich in Vitamin C which is known to reduce hyper-pigmentation and dark spots caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
psstt…if you haven’t seen Pineapple Express, you should
The name alone makes this a favorite with me!! Don’t Cry, Armpits ~ Your pits need love and attention too! Don’t make ’em cry (sweat) 😀 Lots of angry Meme-customers over this one, but I happen to like it. I use deodorant and this is a nice size to toss in the work/gym bag. I do not think it smells like peppermint or eucalyptus, which I would have loved. It has more of a perfume scent. Too bad it isn’t an antiperspirant ~ just so I could use that tag line of “Never let them see you sweat!” This is one expensive “armpit care essential” too. Full Size 15 g Value $17.00
Product Description: Eucalyptus is excellent as an antibacterial ingredient and both eucalyptus and peppermint have deodorizing and refreshing and cool properties. Alaska glacial water (binghasu) is a natural moisturizer and will keep your skin hydrated and conditioned. This deodorant has a powdery finish so it is not sticky.
Ingredients: purified water, propylene glycol, glycerin, sodium stearate, silica, butylene glycol, binghasu (glacial water), eucalyptus globulus leaf extract, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, menbinghasu tha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, sodium hyaluronate, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, yellow no. 4 (CI 19140), fragrance
Shara Shara Gold Label Repescargo Cream Oh a little play on words? Repescargo = Repair… Escargot … Repair with Snails!! This not only has snail mucus extract, which helps with nourishing the skin, whitening and repairing damage skin, but gold, pearl powder, hyaluronic acid and glucosamine which helps deliver moisture as well. I happen to like Shara Shara skin care products, but I do think Memebox and Shara Shara/AHC/Vivito have struck a deal somewhere as they are showing up a lot in our boxes lately. Which is fine ~ as I stated, I like the skin care lines and Vivito is AMAZING with its makeup ~ please send more of that ~ but some of the Shara Shara and AHC items have an expired date that is within one year or less. This is the 6th Shara Shara/AHC product I have received that has an expiration date within a year. I have other creams that I want to use first, so I doubt I will get to this, so it will be gifted/traded away. I am sad about that, but Memebox should know that many of their customers purchase quite a bit of their boxes and are used to a 2-3 year shelf life, because the product is freshly “made”. I do not like this trend. I hope Memebox stops with this practice quickly, because in the past, they were embarrassed to send out a product that expired so soon and would give us another item to make up for it (See Fermented 2) I did run the ingredients thru cosDNA.com and I didn’t find any triggers that were worrisome. I think this is probably a solid facial cream, but something has to give in my already growing stash of creams. Full Size 50 mL Value $41.00
Production Description: Nutrition cream that is mixed with 70% of snail mucus extract for double care ~ whitening + wrinkles. Takes care of skin damage to soothe sensitive skin. Adjusts oil and moisture balance and delivers nutrition to create radiant skin. Synergy of natural moisturizing factor keeps moisturizing skin for hours. Hypo-allergenic base takes care of skin to be comfortable and healthy. Natural preservative system ~ Zanthoxylum Piperitum (Sichuan Pepper) Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana (Pasqueflower) Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract
Ingredients: Snail slime filtered water (70%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, DI -C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 60, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Beeswax, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Laureth -7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum (Sichuan Pepper) Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana (Pasqueflower) Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Camellia Sinensis (green tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Purified Water, Xanthan Gum, Benzophenone-9, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Acetyl Glucosamine, Copper Tripeptide-1, Trehalose, Pearl Powder, Gold, Yellow No. 5
image from http://www.sharashara.co.kr/product/product_detail.php?catCode=002000010004&productID=176
image from http://www.sharashara.co.kr/product/product_detail.php?catCode=002000010004&productID=176
I do think this is a fun box and Memebox did call it a Stress-Free Holiday, so it makes sense that a deodorant would be included….you don’t want to worry about that! The description also mentioned blemishes (soap=check) and the repairing snail cream by Shara Shara will help smooth out those wrinkles from worrying. The lip gloss is just fun and I look forward to using my fancy-mask from DD’ell!
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 $102.00. ** What is MemeValue? It is my term to describe the value that Memebox puts on the products, which can be very over inflated. You can usually find these products at a lesser cost, so I do suggest researching first if you wish to purchase them.
Did you get the Memebox Christmas Collection #1 Stress-Free Holidays? What did you think of it and what is your favorite product? Please comment below and let me know!
BTW ~ Memebox did a huge restock of older boxes recently, so check it out here. I picked up Cleanse & Tone and once I receive it, I will be reviewing it here. If you want to see what is in some of those boxes, I have reviews on many of them here.
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