I do enjoy the various themed holiday boxes that Memebox curates. This one is a 4th of July box to celebrate the USA’s independence from Great Britain ~ hey, I still love my British actors from Richard Armitage to Tom Hardy and so many in-between! I purchased the Independence Day Box because I am sucker for fruit scented things and this has a watermelon cleanser in it! This is not a mystery box, as Memebox revealed the contents when it went on sale.
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4th of July is approaching! In celebration of this American holiday we’ve curated a special box. We’ve included revitalizing and hydrating skincare refreshments that are red, white, and/or blue so you can get that fresh face. Show your patriotism and snag this special box.
I am not too happy at the “new boxes” that Memebox is using. I suppose it is better in terms of less wasted materials, but you cannot gift them anymore as the shipping box is the actual box for the contents, instead of the pink box. Well, at least it is with this purchase. I hope this is not a trend going forward.
Etude House Play Therapy Sleeping Pack (Moist Up) My first product is blue for the blue background on our flag. I keep getting this sleep pack as samples in my K-Beauty orders and I have never tried it before. I guess the packaging just turned me off ~ I supposed it is supposed to be cute, but I don’t like it nor the “play therapy” name either. Ahh, what’s in a name, anyway? This does have some good ingredients in it, along with something I rarely see in skincare products ~ hydrolyzed coral! I think I will have to crack this out and give it a try ~ since this is the moist version, I will wait until the weather turns more cooler.
- Glycerin ~ a humectant that works to moisturize the skin by attracting water from the air into your skin’s outer layer. It forms a protective moisture barrier layer to prevent loss
- Trehalose ~ has hydrating and water binding properties, which allow the skin to keeps its moisture without loss. It also has antioxidant properties as well.
- Sodium hyaluronate ~ SH has a smaller molecular size than hyaluronic acid, which means it can penetrate deeper and quicker, and can hold more moisture/water than any other natural substance ~ up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. When applied topically, SH can penetrate into your skin layer deepper, to maintain and attract water. It also helps to better absorb nutrients and will create a softer, smoother skin, with less wrinkle appearance, as it will plump out those fine lines and wrinkles.
- Hydrolyzed coral ~ this product is full of minerals, which are needed to keep your skin healthy, balanced and prevent dryness. It can act as an anti-inflammatory, strengthen the skin and keep moisture in, while enforcing the moisture barrier of the skin. It is also full of micro-nutrients from the sea water, which are needed to produce collagen, creating essential fatty acids and stabilizing our cellular membranes.
Full Size 150 mL Value $10.00
Description: This is a deep moisture sleeping pack that provides abundant moisture with marine mineral and hyaluronic acid for “oasis skin.”
Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, trehalose, cyclohexasiloxane, hydrogenated poly(c6-14 olefin), sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed coral, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, polysorbate 20, polypropylsilsesquioxane, dimethicone, carbomer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, tromethamine, ethylhexylglycerin, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
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Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Ampoule Mask Another blue for our red, white & blue theme! Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Ampoule Mask uses something called N.M.F, which stands for natural moisture factor. This is supposed to instantly hydrate your skin. N.M.F. contains hyaluronic acid and ceramide which help attract and retain/lock in moisture in your skin, and the claim is that this mask is three times more effective than average products. It will also help clean out pores while regulating sebum to help bring a balance to your skin. Alas, this mask contains rose water, so I will be be giving this to my mom. It also seems that this mask is more suited to dry skin, which she has and I do not. Full Size 1 sheet mask Value $2.00
Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, glycereth-26, propylene glycol, rose centifolia flower water, hamamelis virginana (witch hazel), water, fomes officinalis (mushroom) extract, bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, betaine, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, carbomer, triethanolamine, allantoin, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almong) seed extract, methylparaben, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), adenosine, disodium EDTA, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, fragrance, propylparaben, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, trehalose, glycine, serine, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, leucine, glycerin, alanine, lysine, arginine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, proline, threonine, valine, isoleucine, histidine, cysteine, methionine, alcohol, hydrogenated lechithin, ceramide 3, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, ethylhexylglycerin cosDNA.com analysis
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SNP Birds Nest Revital Cream Still blue, but now some white with the jar, keeping with the USA flag theme. This is a 6 in 1 cream ~ it will moisturize, whiten/brighten, anti-wrinkle, soothing, firm, improve elasticity in your skin. It has a very strange texture ~ it looks like egg drop soup to me! It is a jelly based cream, with white moisturizing capsules and it really does leave behind moist and hydrated skin. Maybe too much for me during daytime use ~ this looks to be more of a sleep pack for me, due to my oily skin. This is made with 1,000 mg of swiflet nest extract, which is an edible treat in Asian cuisine ~ rich in vitamins and proteins, it will help brighten your skin tone, normalize your skin’s cellular turnover and help assist in forming collagen. Swiflet nest extract is made from the ….spit of these little swifts (swallows).
Major ingredients (source)
Edible-nest swiftlet nest extract: One of the three beauties of the world Yang Guifei has been known to have frequently consumed edible-nest swiftlet in order to maintain her beauty. Edible-nest swiftlet nest is one of the four health foods of the world. Rich in vitamins and proteins, it brightens skin, normalizes the skin turnover cycle, and helps form collagen. By strengthening skin, it improves dryness and treats skin troubles.
Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid exists between the mesh of collagen and elastin, and it is a high polymer which absorbs moisture into skin 1,000 times its own amount. With age, the content of hyaluronic acid within skin drops. Hyaluronic acid combines with moisture to make skin soft and smooth.
Beta-glucan: A type of polysaccharides, it activates the immune functions of cellular tissues and activates immune cells.
Birch sap: Also known as the water of life, contains high levels of effective ingredients such as amino acid, mineral, sugar, and organisms to provide luster to skin as it tones and moisturizes skin.
Green tea extract: Green tea extract contains vitamin A which makes skin cells healthy and lustrous, vitamin C which prevents melanin pigmentation to suppress the formation of freckles, and tocopherol which prevents cell membrane oxidation to suppress aging. When applied to skin, it suppresses the growth of bacteria, as polyphenol complex in green tea helps strong oxidation to effectively remove pigmentation, and it also suppresses excessive sebum or sweat secretion. Also, the ingredient with bitter taste helps tighten pores, making it a very popular ingredient for cosmetics products.
Pomegranate tree extract: Pomegranate tree extract contains high levels of estrogen type hormones estradiol and estrone to prevent aging.
Purslane extract: With exceptional dryness prevention and anti-inflammatory effects, it effectively relieves skin stimulation and allergic reactions, and provides outstanding antibacterial and hydration effects
Niacinamide: A type of vitamin B3, niacinamide is a KFDA certified whitening agent which improves skin tone and provides anti-inflammatory effects.
Adenosine: Representative wrinkle diminishing substance certified by the KFDA (wrinkle diminishing effects confirmed through domestic clinical tests) safest for skin to reduce the signs of aging (almost no stimulation); it consists of ingredients created in cells making it safe during the day, and it is also strong against contact with air.
This cream is paraben-free and free from artificial colors. It has a fresh light scent to it and really is a fun product to use, due to its weird funky texture! Full Size 100 g Value $30.00
Description: This double functional moisturizing cream rejuvenates dull skin and effectively fights early signs of aging such as dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines. This cream features 1000mg extract of the swiftlet nest which is scientifically and dermatologically proven to be highly rich in vitamins and minerals beneficial to the skin. It promotes skin elasticity while also giving the skin a whiter and fairer complexion. This cream has a quick-absorbing formulation which makes it a perfect cream both daytime and nighttime.
Ingredients: Water, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Trehalose, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Swiftlet Nest Extract (1000mg), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethiconecrosspolymer, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Japanese Coptis (Coptis japonica) Extract, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkly Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica (Japanese White Birch) Juice, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Convallaria Majalis Bulb/Root Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Ceramide 3, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Phytotree Watermelon Bubble Foaming Cleanser Finally, some red. About time this color showed up! Ahh, I won’t lie here. This cute little watermelon container was one of the driving forces for me to purchase this box. Very creative ~ starting from the bottom with the green rind, shading to a lighter green and then into the pink watermelon with seeds! It is a bubbling foam cleanser that does smell lightly like fresh watermelons. It has a thick foam, but it does take a bit of trickery to get that foam to look really nice ~ I first shook the bottle. Nope. Then I squeezed a bit out and it was watery. The trick is NOT to shake the bottle first and then squeeze firmly, ignoring the first little bit of watery soap that comes out. Now, you have a thick and creamy foam. I think this is too much work ~ lol. At any rate, this foaming cleanser has a pH level of 9.5 to 10. I will use this as a body wash, as it does foam up nicely on my body sponge and smells lovely. This has a lot of fruit enzymes ~ lemon, orange, bilberry, watermelon ~ plus sugar cane and maple sap extracts, so it is marketed as an AHA product too. Full Size 150 mL Value $16.00
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Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauric Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, TEA-Cocoyl Glutamate, Methylglucamine, Myristic Acid, Coco-Betaine, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG/PPG-20/22 Butyl Ether Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract cosDNA.com analysis
3W Clinic Collagen Brightening Emulsion And to finish off the box with white, for the alternating stripes on our flag. Do you all know that I love brightening products? I think you do, but if you don’t ~ well I DO love ’em! I suffer from hyper-pigmentation spots, not that much, but enough to drive me bat-shit crazy ~ from sun damage and old acne picks. I’ve tried 3W Clinic’s sheet masks before but I believe this is the first time that I am trying an honest to goodness full size, multi-use skincare product! And a good one at that! This Collagen Brightening Emulsion contains 1% sodium hyaluronate, Japanese apricot and licorice extracts, which are known to soften dry and damaged skin and bring moisture back into your skin. It also contains THE whitening & brightening ingredient ~ niacinamide ~ which will help even out skin tones, while brightening the face. Witch hazel will help tighten pores while soothing skin. It also contains collagen ~ from 3W Clinic packaging:
What is Collagen? Collagen is a protein which makes up almost 80% of our skin. With age, the
support structure of collagen goes through wear and tear. That is when the signs of aging manifest. Wrinkles and loose skin are some of the most evident signs of aging. Therefore, additional collagen is required to allow for the repair of aging skin. This water-based collagen skincare product can be used to help and relieve the aging of ones’ skin. This Rejuvenating Collagen is an anti-aging skincare product, suitable to all skin types, but best for combination skin and can be used at any age.
This is a huge size of emulsion and I am currently working on another brightening emulsion. Once I finish that, I will start in with this one. You use an emulsion right before your moisturizer or if you have really oily skin, you could just use the emulsion in place of a moisturizer, if you are short on time. I love the glass jar and it is very classy looking. I can see this emulsion sitting out on my dresser, as it is elegant. Full Size 150 mL Value $25.00
Description: Medium-weight daytime moisturizer with whitening agent brightens moisturizes your skin in safe way. Contains marine collagen, minerals and botanical extracts to help treat and prevent cellular discoloration for unsurpassed skin brightening and tonal balancing. Good for all skin types and leaves no oily or sticky feeling. Use after skin softener or serum, followed by cream.
Ingredients: water, mineral oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, propylene glycol, petrolatum, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60,macadamia ternifolia seed oil, sorbitan stearate, PEG-100 stearate, dimethicone, carbomer, methylparaben, trithanolamine, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate (1%), propylparaben, prunus mume (Japanese apricot) fruit water, hydrolyzed collagen, ginkgo biloba leaf extract,hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) bark/leaf/twig extract, allantoin, tocopheryl acetate, disodium EDTA, betaine, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Despite the fact that the Watermelon cleanser cannot be used on my face, I really enjoyed this box! The cleanser will be used as a body wash and it does work out quite nicely. The SNP cream is really fun and once cooler weather starts up in late September, I will be using this as a sleeping pack. I am really excited about the 3W Clinic emulsion product as I am always looking for whitening/brightening products. This is a pretty decent box and I think that if you want to try a nice variety of products, this one might be of interest to you! I spent $36.00 on this box and received a MemeValue of $93.00. Independence Day Box is still available for purchase at Memebox.
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