Memebox sent me this box, #50 Step-By-Step Skincare, for my unbiased and honest review. I was totally gobsmacked (thank you Harry Potter novels and movies for introducing that phrase to me) when I opened this box as I had tried to purchase it when they did their recent restocks and failed to get it. I also wonder if I received this because of my review on the Apple Mojito box…haha This review will be my initial impressions of the Step-By-Step Skincare box and I have to say ~ this is a FANTASTIC BOX.
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
- Tone: Toners help to remove pollutants and leftover residue in skin even after cleansing, and soothes and preps skin for next-step skin care.
- Essence: Still a mystery to many, essences are considered the most important step in Korean skin care. Usually a watery consistency, essence contains concentrated youth-saving ingredients that target wrinkles and fine lines, and brightens dull and uneven complexions.
- Ampoule: Infused with super-concentrated beauty-boosting ingredients, ampoules help to revitalize and brighten dull skin, fade dark spots, and smooth out the look of fine lines.
- Moisturize: Dewy, luminous skin is the most sought after skin care trend in Korea. Flaunt a radiant glow with moisturizers that hydrate without feeling heavy on the skin, and lock in moisture without the grease.
- Sunscreen: You’ve seen Asian ladies with an umbrella under clear, sunny days. Yea, we’re that serious about sun protection. Make SPF protection a priority, and slap on the sunscreen, Korean style!
- Treatments: Treat and heal your skin with a weekly dose of intense beautification. Slap on a mask and see the anti-aging and healing benefits right before your eyes!
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!
Mizon Alcohol Toner Mojito I had thought this would have been in the Apple Mojito box, but it was not! However, it is in here and yes, it does have alcohol in it. Now, for toners, I am fine with some alcohol as I do follow up with essence, ampoules, moisturizers. This is a pore care & sebum (oil) control toner, so it makes sense that this would have that ingredient in. Mizon’s Mojito does have a scent of lime + peppermint + alcohol and it is specifically designed for oily skin needs. This has lots of nice ingredients in it ~ tea tree, green tea, applemint, apple, a load of citrus, rosemary, lavender, sugar maple…and jasmine. I have done a few skin spot tests to make sure that the jasmine would not adversely affect me ~ I normally am just allergic to the scent and I do not smell any jasmine, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. I am pleased to report that my skin didn’t bubble up in hives and I can use this toner! This toner may have alcohol in it, but it does not have that astringent feeling that Western toners have. It actually leaves my skin feeling refreshed, clean and moist, not dried out. Mizon also makes Punch Toners in Rice Wine, which is a whiting/brightening toner and Tequila, a moisturizing toner. Full Size 150 mL Value $22.00
Product Description: Fancy a bottle of mojito for your skin? This unique facial toner is formulated with all the ingredients found in a glass of mojito – lime, sugar cane, sparkling mineral water, apple, and peppermint leaf juice! The lime complex will prevent skin impurities from clogging up the pores and the mineral-rich components will refresh and deliver abundant nutrients to dry, tired skin.
How to use: Apply to face with a cotton pad or with your hands. Use it right after cleansing as the very 1st step into skincare.
Main ingredients of Mojito, lime, sparkling water, tea tree oil, green tea, chamomile plant soothing ingredients. Prevents piling impurities to pores to create clean and smooth skin. Sparkling water with full of mineral offers nutrition and refreshing feeling makes skin fresh. Controls excessive sebum to create refreshing skin without shine. Skin booster that enhances absorption of the next product. Plant soothing ingredients soothe stimulation by external environment.
Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, alcohol denat., pentylene glycol, carbonated water, cananga odorata flower extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower water, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf water, mentha rotundifolia (applemint) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria-chamomile) flower water, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf water, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower extract, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower water, portulaca oleracea extract, citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract(100ppm), pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, vacciniu myrtillus (bilberry) fruit/leaf extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, orthosiphone stamineus leaf extract, glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated caster oil, PPG-26-buteth-26, benzophenone-9, arginine, biosaccharide gum-1, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, maltodextrin, carbomer, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, yellow 5 (CI 19140), blue 1(CI 42090) cosDNA.com analysis
insobeau Super Yellow Intense Renew Essence The name is just awful ~ super yellow? And the cost is pricey ~ $78.00. However, I have had several insobeau products and I have really liked them, especially their cleansing water. This is a light-weight essence that is a creamy light yellow and has a very herbal scent to it. When I started to massage it into my skin, it liquified pretty quickly and also absorbed quickly as well. Essences are specialized to target a specific issue and their ingredient list will reflect that. This essence will treat fine lines and wrinkles, but it is formulated for brightening up uneven skin tone, which explains the arbutin (a glucosylated hydroquinone) ingredient so high on the list. The Super Yellow product line is part of insobeau’s Anti-Aging line, so Vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), an antioxidant ~ protects cells from free radicals, is also high up on the ingredient list. insobeau’s website is selling this for about $60.00 at this moment, so this is one of the more expensive essences I have tried.
Once again, this product does contain jasmine and rose, but they are further down the ingredient list. I did a skin spot test patch for a few days and no adverse reaction, so I can use this product. I always recommend doing a skin spot test patch if you are allergic to some of the ingredients in a product or are unsure how some “new” ingredient will react to your skin. Sometimes, I will break out in hives and in other cases, I am okay ~ it really depends on the concentration of the ingredient in question. Usually, the further down the list, the less potent it will be ~ unless it is a fragrance ~ then all bets are off. I am a wheezing machine with rose and jasmine scents! I am providing the link to product ingredient list analysis that I ran through cosDNA here. Full Size 30 mL Value $78.00
Product Description: An anti-aging facial essence made with a special idebenone formula for effectively treating fine lines & wrinkles as well as brightening up uneven and dulled complexion.
How to use: After toner application, apply a dime-size amount of essence evenly over face and pat it in for full absorbance.
Ingredients:water, cyclopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, glycerin, triethylhexanoin, hydrogenated C6-14 olefin polymers, hydrogenated lecithin, arbutin, tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), polyquarternium-51, piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, phellinus linteus extract, arctium lappa root extract, portulaca oleracea extract, pueraria thunbergiana root extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, paeonia lactiflora root extract, cnidium officinale root extract, centella asiatica extract, houttuynia cordata extract, artemisia asbinthium extract, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, soluble collagen, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, citrisu aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cedrus atlantica bark oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, jasminum officinale (jasmine) oil, myrtus communis oil, rose flower oil, ferula galbaniflus (galbanum) resin oil, 1,2-hexanediol, tromethamine, carbomer, hydroxydecyl ubiquinone, ethylhexylglycerin, panthenol, folic acid, xanthan gum, ceramide 3, cholesterol, raffinose, copaifera officinal (balsam copaiba) resin, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, phenoxyethanol cosDNA.com analysis
Migabee Royal Jelly & Honey Energy Ampoule Okay, can this box be any better? Migabee and HONEY!! I really have enjoyed all Migabee products that I have received in my Memeboxes and even purchased or traded for some that I did not receive. This is has a gel-like texture with a light honey-floral scent. It absorbs nicely into my skin. Ampoules usually have the lightest textures with the most concentrated ingredients out of their similar skincare mates ~ essences and serums. Ampoules will penetrate their concentrated ingredients into the skin quicker and have faster results in shorter periods of time. They are also used as way for an instant hydration boost when needed. Migabee Royal Jelly & Honey Energy Ampoule has many good ingredients, such as (of course), 10% Honey extract, .01% Royal Jelly extract, Boerhavia Diffusa ~ a plant that has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties ~ and niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which helps even out skin tone and improves elasticity. I ran an analysis on cosDNA.com and there are no triggers with this product. I am really excited to try this out!! Full Size 12 mL Value $30.00
Product Description: A highly concentrated facial ampoule enriched with nutrition-rich royal jelly and royal honey extracts. It will soothe, moisturize, and strengthen skin’s natural protective barrier.
How to use: After essence application, apply a couple drops of ampoule evenly over face and pat it in for full absorbance.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Honey Extract (10%) Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Beta-Glucan, Adenosine, Royal Jelly Extract (0.01%), Arginine, Carbomer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
She’s Uris Rice Water Double Action This is a “water-drop” facial cream. Water Drop is a special cream that when you apply it to your skin and massage it in, you will see little droplets of “water” forming on your skin from the cream. You just pat it in gently for full absorbance. This is a gel-cream hybrid, pale beige in color and it has a fresh light scent to it, which absorbs quickly into my skin. This cream is purported to keep moisture into your skin, attract moisture and contains rice water, which has minerals and vitamins which will help with brightening your skin tone and help with any problematic skin issues. It also promotes collagen activity, which helps with reducing wrinkles. This product is available in the Memeshop. Full Size 80 g Value $42.00
Product Description: A moisturizing water-drop type facial cream. This Rice Water Double Action is a smart, multi-functional cream for hydrating, tone brightening, and wrinkle refining. Its formula includes rice bran water, adenosine, cacao extracts, and various herbal ingredients.
What It Does: Hydrates, tones, brightens, refines and renews skin to promote the look of smooth, supple skin. It’ high antioxidant concentration helps to fight signs of aging and free radical damage
How to use: Apply directly to face and pat it in for full absorbance.
Key Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Cacao extract, arbutin, Adenosine, Oriental Medicines Complex (7 different types of herbal extracts)
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Tonymoly My Sunny Milky Sun Cream SPF35 PA+++ A sunscreen!! Wooty-woot-woot. I have more sunscreens now, thanks to Memebox, than I ever did at once. I use them, but I have a stack of them. This is a mineral oil free sunscreen. It is a thick white cream and doesn’t leave any tint. Full Size 45 g Value $10.00
Product Description: A mineral oil free sunscreen that works to color control uneven skin tone and to protect skin from UV exposure. It’s extremely gentle and it leaves skin silky soft and smooth, with a healthy glow.
How to use: Apply directly to face at the very end of skincare routine.
Ingredients: water, cyclopentasiloxane zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, dicaprylyl carbonate, glacier water, dipropylene glycol, PEG-10 dimethicone, methyl methacraylate crosspolymer, disteardimonum hectorite, origanum vulgare leaf extract, chamaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, portulaca Oleracea extract, cinnamonum cassia bark extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, nymphaea alba (water lily) flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cyclomethicone, magnesium sulfate, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum stearate, silica, talc, methicone, glyceryl caprylate, caprylyl glycol, stearoyl inulin, sorbitan sesquioleate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, polyglyceryl-6 polyricinoleate, dimethicone, glyceryl polymethacrylate, platinum powder, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Taphre Special Care Mask ohhh, a fancy mask!! I call all masks that cost more than a couple of bucks, fancy masks ~ :D It does not have a water base, but a propolis base and 750mg of Peptide ingredients, with 2500mg of hyaluronic acid and EGF, along with rh-oligopeptide-1, pomegranate, mulberry, fig and ginkgo nut extracts. The sheet mask is 100% natural and this mask is a skin repairing, lifting and firming mask. I think I need several hundred of these ~ please send them to me, Memebox!! You can purchase this mask at the Memeshop. Full Size 1 sheet mask 25 mL Value $7.00
Product Description: Enriched with propolis extracts, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and various fruit & nut extracts, this Special Care Mask helps replenish, repair, protect and soothe skin against dehydration and aging, for a much softer and more luminous complexion. Treat your skin to a new kind of indulgence.
What It Does: Refines, replumps, and hydrates and treats skin for skin that looks lit from within.
How to use: Cleanse face and apply toner with a cotton pad. Unfold the mask and spread it evenly over face, aligning the eyes, nose, and mouth properly. Rest for 15~20 minutes, remove mask, and pat in the remaining essence for full absorbance.
Ingredients: propolis extract, hyaluronic acid, dipropylene glycol, butylglycerin, acetyl hexapeptide-8, rh-Oligopeptide-1, polyglutamic acid, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract, ficus carica (fig) extract, morus alba (mulberry) fruit extract, ginkgo biloba nut extract, hydroxyethylcellulose, collagen, arginine
This box is just fan-fricking-tastic! I am not just saying this because I got it for free, mind you. I really was going to purchase it with the restock, along with Cleanse & Tone, but this box sold out quickly, as the restocks happened while I was sleeping :( I was able purchase Cleanse & Tone, so I felt pretty lucky that I got that one. To have Memebox send me this box of all boxes, WOW. I am so happy with it, even with the sunscreen product! From the Mizon toner, to the Migabee (a brand I love!) and then the She’s Uris gel-cream, this is one rock-solid box. Great items and a great value. I wish every Memebox could be like this one (minus sunscreen ~ lol)
I received this box for free in exchange for my honest review. This box sold for $29.00 + $6.99 in shipping, for a total of $35.99. The total MemeValue of this box is of $189.00
Did you get the Memebox Special #50 Step-By-Step Skincare box? What did you think of it and what is your favorite product?
Memebox is starting something new at their shop! I have links to the shop for each product. If Memebox does not have an item in stock, you can add it to your wishlist. This is how they will know if a product is popular and if they should carry the item in their MemeShop. Voting with the power of the waitlist :D If you are interested in any of these items, please click on product name below and see if it is available at Memebox.
- Mizon Alcohol Toner Mojito
- insobeau Super Yellow Intense Renew Essence
- Migabee Royal Jelly & Honey Energy Ampoule
- She’s Uris Rice Water Double Action – in stock in Memeshop!!
- Tonymoly My Sunny Milky Sun Cream SPF35 PA+++
- Taphre Special Care Mask – in stock in the Memeshop!!
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