I decided to purchase the Shara Shara Skincare Season 2 value set a few weeks ago as I kept coming back to look at the Fresh Apple Martini Ampoule! It is pretty looking :) I am not a fan of Shara Shara makeup, but their skincare line has been a good value for me ~ I view it as being similar to Secret Key, which I love.
Hinoki Spa Lotion Can I first say how cute the box design is? That little dude in the front happens to be the famous Japanese macaque (snow monkey) who love to sit in the heated mineral waters.
“Jigokudani hotspring in Nagano Japan 001” by Yosemite – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons (source)
This lotion is reported to reduce hyper-pigmentation and improve skin tone and contains phytoncide, extracted from Hinoki Cypress, and is supposed to refresh and vitalize your skin by promoting skin cell turnover at a faster rate. This also contains witch hazel, soybean extract, oat extract and chlorella to help balance the oil-moisture levels in your skin. As lotions are more lightweight than creams, I am saving this for the warmer months, so I will not be opening this up to swatch. Full Size 140 mL Retail Value: $20.80
Description: This lightweight lotion boosts radiance, minimizes dark spots and delivers intense hydration to dehydrated skin to promote a dewy, radiant look. Hinoki Cypress and bamboo extracts sink deep into the pores to deliver cosmic does of essential nutrients and moisture to give skin a smooth, healthy appearance. The results? You’ll look like you just stepped out of a luxurious oriental spa with skin that glows as radiantly as a goddess.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Sodium hyaluronate, Cyclomethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Macademia Seed Oil / Hydrogenated Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Betaine, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-60 Sorbitan Stearate, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, polysorbate 80, Dimethicone, Bambusa Vulgaris (bamboo) Extract, Allantoin, Pinus Densiflora (pine) Extract, Thuja Orientalis (cypress) Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa (cypress) Leaf Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/leaf Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Carbomer, Arginine, Ceramide 3, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol,Glycereth-20, Dipropylene Glycol, Sea Water, 1-2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Xanthan Gum Crosspolymer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, fragrance, phenoxyethanol cosDNA.com analysis
Fresh Apple Martini Ampoule This was the product I was most keenly interested in ~ it contains fruit extracts of all kinds: kiwi, lemon, apple, lime, melon, mango, acerola, acai, pineapple, guava and cranberry ~ for a highly concentrated ampoule of antioxidants, vitamins and also gentle exfoliation with the pineapple extract. This has sea water as well as lemongrass and vitamin E. When this is resting, you can see the 3 layers in the ampoule ~ water, oil and fluorine ~ the flourine ingredients are interesting. Perfluorodecalin is reported to help revive skin and also reduce wrinkles, without being greasy and clogging pores. There are also claims that it injects pure oxygen into the skin to speed up cellular function. Flourines are also reported to be a non-irritant and safe for sensitive skin types to use. PCF’s (perfluorocarbons) do have a greenhouse effect that lasts over 50 years, but that does not pertain to its use in skincare and medical applications.
Okay, how does it smell, feel and apply on the skin? When I first opened this up, I had initially shaken the bottle and then removed the safely seal. Do not do what I did. Remove the safely seal first and then shake the bottle. Why? Because the ampoule spurted out some of its contents! haha. It does smell like granny smith apples and initially, it applies with a very oily film. However, as I massaged it into my skin, the oil disappeared and my skin felt hydrated without any greasy residue. This is a pore care ampoule, so I will be using it around my nose and chin to see if it helps with tightening my pores. Full Size 35 mL Retail Value $22.60
Description: Get it: your ideal skin. This fast-acting 3 layer serum is the all-in-one pore care solution as it resurfaces skin for an incredibly clear, even-toned, luminous complexion. It clarifies, refines, controls sebum production and snaps pores back into shape. The fun formula is divided into 3 layers: carbonated layer to revitalize the pores, water-based layer to deliver hydration to pores and oil layer to lock in moisture. So shake it, and smooth it on and instantly enjoy that soft, seamless, silky feeling you love.
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Perfluorohexane, glycerin, dimethicone, Perfluorodecalin, Pentafluorophenyl, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20 Benzoate, 1,2-hexanediol, Sodium hyaluronate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Tilia Tomentosa (Silver Lime) Extract, Kiwi Fruit Extract Beta-Glucan, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract/Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Nymphaea Coerulea (Blue Lotus) Flower Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract/Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) Fruit Extract, Nephelium Lappaceum Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Melo (melon) Fruit Extract, Pineapple Fruit Extract Beta-Glucan, Psidium Guajava (guava) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus (lemongrass) Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia (Apple Mint) Leaf Extract, Sea Water/Maris Aqua, sodium chloride, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), citric acid, sodium citrate, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, CI 19140, CI 42090, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Moisture Poten Cream This is a very buttery cream that has a strong scent ~ but it is a fresh scent and does disappear after a few minutes. I found this cream to be really moisturizing for my skin type and will use this as part of my night time routine. This cream contains adenosine, collagen, baobab seed extract, green tea extract, rice extract, niacinamine, ceramide 3, argan oil and shea butter. It is a whitening, anti-wrinkle and deeply moisturizing cream. I think that if you have combo/dry skin, you could wear this as a day cream. Full Size 50 mL Retail Value $25.32
Description: This lavish facial cream addresses signs of aging and keeps the skin hydrated and nourished to perfection. Skin protecting ingredients form a protective veil of the skin to keep moisture and nutrients in and external aggressors out!
Intensive moisture and elasticity Cream Day Moist CLR ™ contains ingredients like cactus extract moisture laden water and give a moisturizing cream that adds momentum to bring the potentiometer rich nutrition. Anti-wrinkle ingredient is adenosine – containing functionality helps the functional ingredient in wrinkle whitening is niacinamide helps cultivate a clear skin. Wrap your skin soft and comfortable to apply a liquid emulsion method similar to the skin structure
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, niacinamide, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract/Oubaku Ekisu, Phellinus Linteus (mushroom) Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Piper Methysticum (kava) Leaf/Root/ Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea extract, Pueraria Mirifica (kudzu) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Officinalis (peony) Root Extract peony extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract/Cnidium Officinale Rhizome Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Adansonia Digitata (baobab) Seed Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (catcus) Stem Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, soluble collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, sodium hyaluronate, polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyacrylate-13, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, 1, 2-hexanediol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-75 Stearate, sodium polyacrylate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, xanthan gum, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Bisabolol, panthenol, caramel, Folic Acid, ceramide 3, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, cholesterol, propylene glycol, raffinose, sucrose distearate, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, tromethamine, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, fragrance, phenoxyethanol cosDNA.com analysis
Pure Source Ocean Mist This mist has several seaweed extracts ~ sea grape, kelp extract, hizikia fusiforme ~ and shea butter to help keep your skin moisturized. It does not contain parabens, mineral oil, sulfates or triethanolamine. I find that I am using my hydrating mists in the winter quite a bit. We’ve been getting a lot of snow recently and between the winds, the bitter cold and then coming into a dry, heated environment, my skin does need to be hydrated often! I find that using these mists before I go outside for an extended period of time, when I come back inside and also before bed, as the first step after cleansing. This does have alcohol in it, so I would follow up with a moisturizer as well. You hold this 10 to 12 inches from your face and spray. I don’t really smell much with this spray, but then again, I am currently sick with a cold, so unless it is really potent, like the cream and ampoule, I am not picking up a lot of subtle scents. This packaging is so retro looking ~ throw-back to the 1970’s and kinda dirty looking too (yes, I have a filthy mind ~ haha) Full Size 70 mL Retail Value $4.43
Description: Bursting with moisture and collagen, this must-have facial mist softens, soothes and replenishes lost moisture to dry skin while restoring skin’s balance. The perfect size to use on the go for showers of hydration, this spray rapidly refreshes and rejuvenates the skin
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B, glycerin, Sodium hyaluronate, Caulerpa Lentillifera (sea grape) Extract, Sea Water / Maris Aqua, Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Laminaria Japonica (kelp) Extract, Gelidium Sesquipedale (Agar) Extract, Lactobacillus/Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Hexyldecyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Collagen, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Triisostearate, trehalose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Gold Label Repescargo Hydrogel Mask I received the cream in one of my Memeboxes earlier and gave it away because I wasn’t going to use it up in time ~ it had an expiration date that I knew I wasn’t going to get to, with all of the creams I currently have. I am glad that I received the mask in the Repescargo line (ahahaha ~ play on words ~ repair ~ escargot = repescargo) as I did want to try at least one product in this line myself. This mask is a two-piece hydrogel, not my favorite type of mask and not only contains the snail slime (1000 mg) , but gold extract .025ppm (woot, woot). This is a whitening and wrinkle repair mask. Full Size 35 g Retail Value $5.00
Description: This super-hydrating hydrogel mask repairs, restores, and adds bounce to skin. Its unique hydrogel material allows for powerful ingredients to penetrate deep down into the skin and locks in moisture. Snail mucin, gold and other natural extracts delivers cosmic doses of energy to dry, rough or dehydrated skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and signs of aging
Mask: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, glycerin, Snail Secretion Filtrate (1000mg), propanediol, niacinamide, Sodium hyaluronate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Olive Oil PEG-8 Esters, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, mineral oil, cellulose gum, dimethicone, Chlorphenesin, betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, titanium dioxide, CI 77491 (iron oxides), Disodium EDTA, polyacrylate-13, sodium polyacrylate, polysorbate 20, adenosine, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, coptis japonica root extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Essences: Water (Aqua), Butylene glycol, glycerin, niacinamide, cellulose gum, chlorphenesin, adenosine, sodium hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Nymphaea Coerulea (blue lotus) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, acetyl glucosamine, Portulaca Oleracea extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Germ Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, gold (.025ppm) cosDNA.com analysis
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Shara Shara does have some cute packaging, that is for sure! I loved the design on the Hinoki Spa Lotion (I just love those snow monkeys!), the ampoule is cute and the snail mask is very funky with the swirls of green to mimic the swirls in a snail’s shell ~ plus I love the play on words. This value set was $38.00 including shipping and has a MemeValue of $88.00. I happen to like Shara Shara skincare products, so I am pretty happy with this box. It is decently curated, the expiration dates are at least 1 1/2 years in the future and I think this was a good value. It is still on sale (click here to purchase) at the International Shop, but you will have to hurry if you want this set ~ Memebox International Shop and shipping is over by the end of 2/10/2015. Any orders made prior to the end of the day will be shipped out, but after 2/10/2015, you won’t be able to place any international orders.
Promos for February
I don’t have much in promo codes, Memebox has not sent any affiliate codes yet, so I am posting one time use codes that I received in emails. They just switched over to a new affiliate program, so there might be some delays for many things, including VIP codes.
- These 2 codes are first come, first serve. SAVE 15% Coupon valid for 1 time use, till 11:59pm Feb 28, 2015. Coupon valid for USA SHOP and XO MEMEBOX products only (excluding XO MEMEBOX value sets, XO MEMEBOX Hydrogel Mask, XO MEMEBOX International shipping items). Codes GTQOQM P03SE8
- MEMEBUNDLE3: Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes
- MEMEBUNDLE4: Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes
- FREESHIPPING: Get free shipping on purchases over $70 on only Memeshop items (while it lasts in the international shop)
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