Memebox Korean Beauty Starter Kit- Troubled Skin #beginwithskin2

I have oily skin and I still, despite my teen years long gone in the annals of time, still suffer from blemishes.  I’ve been lucky that since I have been using Korean skincare products, my acne is few and far between now, but that is because I do follow a routine that does target oily and blemished (or as Koreans like to say, Troubled) skin.   Memebox released a few boxes that deal with skin issues

After reviewing the contents of the oily/combo kit and the troubled skin kit, I decided to purchase the troubled skin starter kit.

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Korean Beauty Starter Kit- Troubled Skin #beginwithskin2

We’ve curated this Korean beauty starter kit geared towards your specific skincare needs. We know that acne prone skin needs very specific products that efficiently cleanse and purify the skin, and prevent future breakouts. That’s why we’ve selected only top quality and effective products that will help keep your skin clean and clear!

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Etude House AC Clinic Daily Acne Foam Cleanser  This is a foaming cleanser that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, won’t produce acne and it won’t irritate existing acne.   Etude House AC Clinic product line has been made with ingredients that will not produce acne. It contains salicylic acid to help exfoliate and remove any dirt and oil from your skin, unclogging your pores.   I am pretty impressed by the few ingredients in this cleanser, as usually foaming cleansers have a mile long list of stuff in it.  Alas, I did a pH test on it and it looks to be a 9.  You know what that means ~ Body Wash!  Full Size 150 mL Value $11.00

Ingredients: water, glycerin, stearic acid, myristic acid, PEG-32, potassium hydroxide, lauric acid, butylene glycol, cocamidopropyl betaine, hydrated silica, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, salicylic acid, PEG-90m, disodium EDTA, sodium benzoate, fragrance analysis

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Goodal Natural Clear Mild Peeling Gel I totally love Goodal products and I am so happy that I received their Peeling Gel.  I have several peeling gels in use right now, but I do use them and cannot wait to finish one of them, so I can get to this one!   This has a natural cleanser from soapberries, which is highly moisturizing and has antioxidants with its green tea extract.  Goodal is known for its fermented ingredients, and this contains fermented pumpkin and radish root filtrates, along with AHA ingredients ~ wintergreen and lemon extracts, which will help exfoliate and brighten your skin. 

What is a peeling gel?  It is a special exfoliating treatment that you apply to clean and dry skin.   You gently massage the gel into your face and within minutes, you will see little balls form ~ this is the cellulose in the product collecting oil, dead skin cells and dirt on your skin and it is getting trapped by forming those little balls.  Full Size 120 mL Value $25.00

Ingredients: water, dipropylene glycol, cellulose, glycerin, sapindus mukurossi fruit extract, saccharomyces ferment, betula alba juice, camellia sinensis leaf extract, lactobacillus/pumpkin ferment extract, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen) leaf extract, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract,  pyrus malas (apple) fruit extract, betaine, panthenol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, carbomer,tromethamine, pantolactone, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance analysis


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Innisfree Jeju Bija Anti-Trouble Skin Toner I LOVE and ADORE my Innisfree Bija Facial Sheet masks ~ I’ve written about them a couple of times here in the past and this product was a major factor in why I picked this box over the oily/combo skin care version.  I have also tried, via samples, some of the other products in the Bija line and I really liked them.  So, I really, really and I mean, really wanted this toner.  It is a nice big size and it is a watery toner, that will help control both oiliness and zits.   The star ingredient is Jeju Island’s own Bija, also known as Torreya nucifera, aka Japanese nutmeg aka yew ~ it has many aliases!  Innisfree’s Bija masks have helped me calm and soothe my skin when it was feeling “troubled” (meaning I was seeing some pimples form) and it does help soothe my skin.  Innisfree has this to say about the Bija ingredient:

Experience bija’s excellent soothing effects! The nutmeg is a rare ingredient that can only be used after it has endured 20 years of survival in the wild. Its hardy properties allow for the skin to be gently smoothed and for the skin’s natural defense system to be enhanced.  

Yes, it does have alcohol in it, but it is naturally “fermented” alcohol (I have never heard that before ~ I knew that foods fermented become alcohol, but once it is alcohol, can it ferment some more?  I have no idea!) which is to help soothe the skin.   I have really oily skin, so for toners, I can and will accept alcohol ingredients as I know that my followup skin care products won’t have that in there.  This also contains salicylic acid, which is from the Willow Bark extract, that will exfoliate and remove dirt and debris from pores, helping to unclog them and leaving your skin clean.  It also has some great antioxidant ingredients to also help combat free radicals and slow down aging:  green tea, camellia and prickly pear extracts. This has the best scent in the world ~ it is a woodsy scent, made with 100% natural essential oils from pine and juniper berries and it is just so relaxing.   Now I can zap my zits zenfully!  This is also a 6-free system:  no parabens, synthetic colorants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, artificial fragrances and imidazolidinyl urea.   Full Size 200 mL Value $19.00

I love the packaging design as well on the box…

Ingredients:  water, alcohol, camellia sinensis leaf extract, torreya nucifera seed oil, salix alba (willow) bark extract, camellia japonica leaf extract,orchid extract, opuntia coccinellifera (prickly pear) fruit extract, citrus unshiu peel extract, BIS-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, glycereth-26, butylene glycol, urea, betaine, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, octyldodeceth-16, ethylhexylglycerin, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, abies sibirica (Siberian fir) oil, juniperus communis fruit oil, juniperus virginiana oil, fragrance analysis

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Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel   I received a small tiny sample of this in my April 3B box and I really loved it!  This was the other reason why I purchased this box over the oily/combo skin care version.   I will repeat my review here.  The Aloe Vera Propolis Soothing Gel is to be used after cleansing–> toner –> essence.   This is a gel moisturizer that would be considered the emulsion step as it is before the actual moisturizing cream.  This doesn’t contain any water or alcohol and has soothing aloe vera, propolis ~ made from the resinous substance that comes from honeybees and is an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, helps speed up wound healing;  arginine and allantoin ~ both are antioxidants which helps with stimulating collagen production.  Lots of good ingredients in here and there are no irritants or triggers for acne.   This product is supposed to help with reducing the inflammation and redness caused by acne and sensitive skin issues.  This is a nice medium weight gel that absorbs quickly into my skin and has no scent to it.  If you have redness on your skin, either from acne or other issues, it is recommended that you apply some of the gel on a cotton pad and then adhere it to that area on your skin for 15-20 minutes, to help reduce redness and swelling.   Full Size 100 mL Value $17.00

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (80%), Propolis Extract (10%), Glycerin, Arginine, Allantoin, Betaine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract analysis



MemeMask Hydrogel Mask  This is a bonus item and was not part of the kit description when I purchased it.  I wish they would have put a different mask in this box, as I do not think this one is a good fit for a troubled skin care box.  I also do not like 2 piece hydrogel masks and wish Memebox would make a cotton one.  Full Size Value $3.00

Description:   More hydrating that a traditional facial sheet mask, the unique hydrogel material delivers mega does of hydrating actives to the skin that glows with each use.  The gel consistency has a pleasing, cooling sensation and adheres closely to the skin.  Propriety PGA penetrates the dermal layer at levels 10 times greater  hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and nutrients into the skin. Hydrates:  natural moisturizing actives replenish and preserve hydration for 24 hours, promotes suppleness and smooth texture for youthful, glowing skin.  Brightens & Corrects:  Niacinamide and other brightening ingredients significantly reduce the appearance of dark spots and even out the complexion.  Anti-Aging:  Hyaluronic acid, adenosine and other wrinkle-fighters target fine lines and wrinkles to restore a youthful, healthy-looking complexion.

Key Ingredients:  Baobab Extract: tightens, tones and moisturizes the skin.  Encourages skin regeneration.   Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: enhances the skin’s  elasticity and delivers cosmic blasts of moisture to the skin. Chamomile Extract: encourages collagen production to maintain the look of  healthy skin

Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, glycerin, niacinamide, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ceratonia silique gum,  chondus crispus (carageenan), polyacrylate-13, polyisobutene, polysorbate 20, phenyl trimethicone, cellulose gum, phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium polyacrylate, adenosine, disodium EDTA, fragrance, polyglutamic acid, 1,2-hexanediol, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower water, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, argania spinosa kernel oil, adandonia digitata seed extract, potassium hydroxide analysis


What do I think about this box?  I knew what I was purchasing as this box was not a mystery one, so I figured the foam cleanser would be iffy.  Other than that, I do love Innisfree, Goodal and Benton, so this made the $39.00 price tag a bit easier and I used my Friends & Family code to get an additional 20% off, bringing it down to $31.20.  The MemeValue of this box is $75.00.    Benton and Innisfree are hard to find here in the states, so that means unless you find free shipping, the costs to ship these from overseas is going to be expensive.  I found that this made the box worth the price tag as I really wanted full sized versions of those 3 products.   Korean Beauty Starter Kit- Troubled Skin is still available for sale at Memebox.

Did you get any of the Korean Starter Beauty Begin With Skin Kits?  Which one did you purchase and what was your favorite item?   I love hearing from my readers and would love it if you commented below!

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