I was lucky enough to get in on the very first box from Mishibox last month, which is the latest player for K-Beauty subscription boxes. I was impressed by the packaging, informational card and easy access to ingredient lists, but the box itself was a letdown, as they included same o’ same o’ K-Beauty products, a high pH level cleanser and only one really exciting new product and brand. I received my 2nd Mishibox, so let’s see if they did a bit better this month. What is Mishibox?
MISHIBOX is a U.S.-based Korean beauty discovery subscription service that delivers a combination of 4-6 deluxe-sized samples and full-sized Korean beauty products to you every month to help you discover your favorite Korean beauty products.
Our mission at MISHIBOX is to help you explore the world of Korean beauty and discover your favorite products in a convenient, effortless, and affordable way. We want to make Korean beauty products accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of where you live or what language you speak.
The cost of this subscription is $18.95/monthly (for now ~ it will go up to $19.95) and that does include shipping. This box is only available for USA addresses at this time.
Kwailnara Touch Therapy Cacao Pore Clear Nose Sheet The dreaded nose pore sheet! A K-Beauty sub is not a sub until it includes one of these! Kwailnara is a member of the Welcos company, which I have received a few things from that brand from other subs. The cocoa extract will help soften the dirt in clogged pores and silica will absorb and control oil. One pore sheet Value $1.00
How To Use: Wet your nose and area around your nose with a generous amount of water, and remove the transparent film apply it on your nose. Let it dry for 15 minutes(summer), 10 minutes(winter). Remove dried pack slowly from the edges. Apply toner on the area.
Ingredients: Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Water, Silica, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Extract), Allantoin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides (Cl 77499) Iron Oxides (Cl77491), Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
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Kwailnara Hand Essence in Pink Peach This was randomly selected from 3 hand creams ~ avocado, pink peach or blueberry. I am happy that I received the peach one, as I love peach scents! This is a rich, moisturizing hand cream with Vitamin A, which is retinol, and Vitamin C, both powerful antioxidants. It will help combat free radicals to help slow down signs of aging plus it will lighten any hyper pigmentation. It smells pretty good! Full Size 8 g Value $7.00
Ingredients: Water, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, CI 15510, CI 14700, Propylparaben, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mineral Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, Pyrus malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Perfume cosDNA.com analysis
Confume Argan Gold Hair Pack I normally do not use hair packs, but I do color treat my hair monthly, so this might come in handy after I color my hair. This is enriched with 100% argan oil which will lock in the moisture and natural luster of your hair, while coconut and almond oils will help strengthen the hair. You apply to damp, clean hair and massage it into your hair. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse out. Deluxe Size 30 mL Value $1.50
Description: Cofume’s Argan Gold Treatment contains argan oil, also known as God’s oil which grows only in the desert of Sahara, Morocco. This oil supplies 4 times more moisture than olive oil providing luster and healthier hair. It prevents your hair from any external damage caused by environment, aging or skin troubles. This treatment features almond and coconut oil which helps in providing adequate moisture to the hair.
Ingredients: Water, Amodimethicone, Bihentrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Laureth-5, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Citric Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vegetable Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Coconut Oil, White Fungus Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Polysaccharides, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, CI 77480 (Gold), Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6), Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Top: Kwailnara Hand Essence in Pink Peach
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It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm in Grape This was another item that could be randomly selected from grape, strawberry, green apple and pineapple. I already own grape, so this will go into the swap/giveaway pile. This is a made with shea and cocoa butter, and contains Vitamins A, C and E. Full Size 7 g Value $10.50
Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polybutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Ceresin, Microcyrstalline Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, C30-45 Olefin, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, CI 17200 (Red 33 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
MISSHA The Style Green Tea Lip & Eye Makeup Remover Missha is another popular K-beauty brand and I own this product currently. I really love this particular makeup remover, made with green tea, mistletoe, camellia and chamomile extracts. This was another randomly selected item ~ the other Missha Lip & Eye Makeup Remover was the regular version. I am very glad I got this item. Also, look how cute the packaging is ~ it is a heart shape tube! You do have to shake this bottle first before applying the remover to your makeup, as the oil does separate from the water. Full Size 90 mL Value $10.00
Description: Formulated with pure green tea extract, this make-up remover gets rid of all impurities and makeup residues on the sensitive lip and eye areas without causing any skin irritations. Green tea also contains antioxidants great for anti-aging care. Green tea lip & makeup remover helps soft cleansing, containing pure and fresh green tea extract. Containing pure green tea extract, it removes impurities and makeup residues on the sensitive lip and eyes areas, leaving your skin refreshed with its mild texture. Green tea extract with mild oil and abundant moisture leaves your skin moisturized. Containing mistletoe extract and portulaca oferacea extract, it helps reduce irritations while helps softly cleanse makeup on sensitive lip and eye areas. Containing camellia extract and chamomile extract, it helps reduce irritations on the skin with a soothing benefit.
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Viscum Album (mistletoe) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Caprylyl/Capric Glucoside, Benzophenone-4, Caprylyl/Capric Triglyceride, Polydecene, Squalane, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Blue 1 cosDNA.com analysis
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MJ Care Charcoal Essence Mask The last item in my Mishibox this month was a facial sheet mask ~ randomly selected from Charcoal, Snail, Seaweed, Royal Jelly, Pearl and Green Caviar. I received the charcoal version and I am glad, as this is for oily skin and will help control the oil in my face and act as an astringent. MJ Care is a new brand to me and I am pretty happy to have this version in my box . The charcoal is made from bamboo, instead of wood charcoal. Bamboo charcoal has four times more cavities than wood, 3 times the amount of minerals and 4 times better absorption rate. Bamboo charcoal will absorb the toxins from your skin and remove impurities, dead skin cells, excess oil and also regulate sebum production. Full Size Value $2.00
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Charcoal Extract (water/butylene Glycol/Charcoal powder 5%), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Carbomer, Arginine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Allantoin, Betaine, Sodium PCA, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Propylparaben cosDNA. com analysis
How did Mishibox rate this month? Well, a hella lot better, imho. It still is a little bit boring, but the majority of the brands are brand new to me and that is fantastic! Two of the products are K-Beauty favorite brands, It’s Skin and Missha, so they are stepping up with finding new companies, but.. the products leave much to be desired. I think instead of the lip balm, a deluxe size of a facial cream or serum would have been nice instead. Again, another 7/10 rating, as even though Mishibox featured more unknown brands, the products themselves are not that exciting, with the exception of the Confume hair pack ~ believe it or not, that is my favorite item! I do know that they are going to feature Skylake again in an upcoming box, so I think that will be an exciting product 🙂
What do I like about Mishibox? I do think that Mishibox has excellent customer service as after last month’s high pH level cleanser, they did send out a survey asking us our preferences in the future about pH levels. They are listening to feedback, because this month has more unknown company brands than well-known ones. They also give us a complete ingredient list for all variations on their website, which is AMAZING!! Thank you! And they are the only Beauty Box I know of that always tells us to do a patch skin test 🙂 The packaging and presentation is beautiful as well. I do think they are trying to improve and just like any new subscription box, they need a few months to “find” themselves and I hope that they offer unique brands for their subscribers!
I paid $18.95, including shipping and received a MishiBox Value of $32.50. Again, just like Beauteque and Memebox, MishiBox value just means that you can find these products cheaper elsewhere.
Did you receive this month’s Mishibox? What did you think of it?
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