I get, on occasion, products from Memebox to unbox for you as I am an Ambassador with them. Memebox sent me their KBeauty Starter Kit and it is JUST.SO.CUTE. Seriously. It is mini-meme-love.
A trial-sized box to introduce novices to the world of K-Beauty (aficionados also welcome!) We’ve selected some of the best Korean products out there that are guaranteed to improve your complexion. At $10 there’s no reason not to get one!
These are all samples, and some of these I have the full size or have tried them, so I will do “mini” reviews on those products that I have tried here and if I have blogged about them in the past, I will repost that information as well.
Botanic Farm Grain Cleansing Sherbet (10 mL) The sherbet cleanser was randomly selected from Banila Co Clean It Zero or Botanic Farm Grain Cleansing Sherbet (10ml). I have tried both in the past and will re-post my original review
This is an oil based cleanser and only a little is needed to thoroughly remove makeup and dirt from your skin. This is the first step in a 2 step cleansing process, the oil step. I don’t use water initially ~ I just scoop out a bit of this cleanser and then massage it into my face. It turns to oil right away and then it dissolves my makeup. When I am ready to clean off the oil from my face, I use warm water to emulsify it and then I rinse it off. I do not like to use the “tissue” method. My face does not feel dry or tight. This cleanser doesn’t have a scent that I can detect and contains 100ppm each of these fermented grains to help with conditioning and act as a humectant: rice bran (sake), rice and soybean, as well as Vitamin E.
Description: Botanic Farm’s Grain Ferment Sherbet is specially formulated to thoroughly remove face makeup without irritating the skin. It contains fermented rice bran which brightens the skin while removing skin impurities. With just a small amount of the makeup removing cream, it effectively melts down makeup, even waterproof ones, while promoting a better skin texture by providing balanced hydration coming from its premium natural ingredients.
How to Use: Take an appropriate amount of the Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet and gently massage it all over the face using your fingertips. Massage until the makeup fully melts. Wipe off with tissue and proceed to washing the face.
Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-10 Isostearate, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake) (100ppm), Saccharomyces/Rice Bran Ferment (100ppm), Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract (100ppm), Trihydroxystearin, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Benton Honest Cleansing Foam (8g) I have received the full size before and I will repeat my original review here. I did use it, it is an okay cleanser, but it does have a higher pH level if that type of thing concerns you.
I did reach out to Benton, asking them about the usage of Palm Oil in their product and this is what they had to say
We are using RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil in Benton Honest Cleansing Foam. We would like to thank you for your opinion with good point of view. Regarding RSPO certification mark on the product, we would take it into consideration.
So, according to their response and they even responded publicly on FB when I asked them that question there as well, Benton is using RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil in this product, which is better than the alternative.
Next issue was the pH level in this cleanser. I finally received my pH strips by Maherey-Nagel SEOH pH-Fix 0-14 strips. They have four color fixed blocks on each strip and you match it up to their pH level on the box. As this foam is thick and not a liquid, I mixed a little water, same as if I would be applying this cleanser to my face, to the cleanser and dipped the strip into the liquid. I did research this method and it is quite valid to do this, as some skincare items are too thick and you need to “liquify” them. I have marked the strip as “1” on the photos to show you that is where the strip is. I placed it between 6 and 7, 7 and 8 and 8 and 9 pH levels.
Comparing strip between pH level 6 and 7: Not a 6 for sure. The yellows look 7ish to me.
Comparing strip between pH level 7 and 8: The green looks more like an 8 than a 7, yellows are more 7 than 8. Orange is more 8 than 7.
Comparing strip between pH level 8 and 9: This cleanser doesn’t look even close to a 9 to me.
Based on my findings, the Benton Honest Foam Cleanser looks to have a pH level of 7 – 8, which is high for a facial cleanser. Some of the colors look to be lower, but since some are higher, I am going to give this that range. I would not say it is a 9 or 10. I am not an expert in pH level testing so that is why I have included the 3 photos so you can review this yourself and draw your own conclusions. I also read and took the photos of the strip when it was still wet, so it will bump up the reading about .4. Next time I take photos of a pH test, I will make sure the strip is dry.
It isn’t offensive or yucky. It has the fresh clean scent of soap. Just my opinion, of course.
Product Description: We called it the Benton Honest Cleansing Foam because you could be reassured of using the product due to its honest ingredients used in making the product. In order to have a healthy face wash, Benton Honest Cleansing Foam cleanses fatigued skin caused by various stress and pollution. This natural cleansing foam not only cleanses your face but further moisturizes your skin to minimize dryness of your skin.
Ingredients: Water, Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Myristate, Potassium Laurate, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sobitan Olivate, Polyquaternium-10, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Extract, Propandiol, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Phytosterol, Lecithin, Olea Europaea(Olive) Fruit Oil, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide-3, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extact, Usnea Berbata (Lichen) Extract cosDNA.com analysis
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off (8g) I own this and really like this sugar scrub. I think Skinfood makes the best sugar scrubs out there, and I own all three of them! This is their original Black Sugar Wash off mask, and it is a lovely brown scrub, with the fresh sweet scent of lemons. It is gentle and really does help exfoliate my skin, while moisturizing it. Totally recommend getting the full size version of this!
Description: An exfoliating skin-softening mask that will remove dead skin cells and create a soft, radiant complexion with Brazilian black sugar and helps decrease the number of black and white heads.
Ingredients: Sucrose, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Butyrospermum Parkll (Shea Butter), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Laurate, BHT, Butylparaben, Fragrance, Caramel cosDNA.com analysis
Innisfree Green Tea items: The Balancing line is for combo skin type, Fresh is for oily and Moisture for dry skin. The Green Tea Seed Serum is for all skin types.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin Skin (Toner ) (15ml) Description: A moisturizing and nourishing toner with eco-friendly Jeju fresh green tea & green tea seeds More moisturizing and refreshing than ever before!
Ingredients: green Tea Extract (86.9%), Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum (1ml -3pcs) I own this and really like this a lot. It does have a stronger scent than most of my Innisfree products, a green floral, but it goes away pretty quickly. One day I will write a nice review on this product.
Description: Experience soft and radiant skin with Innisfree’s Green tea Seed Serum! It is infused with pure and natural green tea extract which is rich in nutrients such as amino acids that improve the skin’s texture and complexion. It provides rich hydration and leaves a strong protective barrier to prevent the skin from experiencing damage due to outdoor exposure. It also soothes irritated skin and helps brighten up dull skin by making the skin tone more even and fair.
Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (75.9%), Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethanol, Glycerin, Betaine, The green Tea Seed Oil (208mg), Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream (5ml) Description: Oily and Combination skin may still suffer to moisture imbalance and rough skin which may require more than just regular day and night cream. Innisfree’s Green Tea Balancing Cream is made from premium Green Tea extract which efficiently balances the skin’s normal hydration levels. This cream is highly suitable for people with oily/combination skin as this special formula helps the skin control excessive sebum while still supplying proper nourishment to the skin to maintain its healthy state. It’s free from parabens, mineral oil, synthetic colorants, animal-extracted ingredients and imidazolidinyl urea.
Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (69.5%), Propanediol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Orchid Extract, Cocoa Seed Butter, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Tangerine Extract, Orange Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Shea Butter, Betaine, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, PPG-5-Laureth-5, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion (15ml) Description: A moisturizing and nourishing serum containing eco-friendly Jeju fresh green tea and green tea seeds More moisturizing and refreshing than ever before! 1. More moisture and freshness with 100% green tea.Rich in amino acids and minerals, green tea from Jeju’s own green tea leaves hydrates your skin.2. With a water-like texture, it applies smoothly and absorbs quickly without any stickiness. 3. The natural moisturizing agent betaine, derived from amino acids, provides intense moisture for combination skin to restore the skin’s natural balance
Ingredients: green Tea Extract (87.0%), Propanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, , Tangerine Peel Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors are serums that are targeted for specific issues. I’ve actually owned a few of these and I like to use them under a facial sheet mask ~ to get a bit more power (haha) for my facial treatment
Power 10 Formula YE Effector with Yeast Extracts Description: Known to be the bestseller out of all of the popular Power 10 series. This particular YE Effector withholds skin reviving properties to improve texture and restore clarity. Stay young and fresh with the help of these anti-aging properties that rapidly hydrates and leaves the skin silky and smooth. Revives, improves skin texture, nourishes and holds age defying properties
Ingredients: Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polyglutamic Acid, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, Triethanol amine, Carbomer, Methylparaben, PEG-80 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Saccharomyces Polypeptides cosDNA.com analysis
Power 10 Formula SYN-AKE Description: The peptides in this essence is similar to snake venom, visibly firming and improving the skin. Its anti-aging benefits improve fine lines and wrinkles to help keep your skin young and supple. For all skin types, recommended for premature skin.
Ingredients: Water ,Butylene Glycol ,Alcohol Denat ,Glycerin ,Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate ,PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Neopentyl glycol diheptanoate ,Opuntia Tuna Fruit Extract ,Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract ,Lactobacillus ferment ,Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate ,Malt Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Carbomer, Triethanol amine, Porphyra Yezoensis Extract, Trehalose, Adenosine, Caramel, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol cosDNA.com analysis
Power 10 Formula PO Effector with Houttuynia Cordata Description: The PO Effector is a silky essence specially designed to treat enlarged pores. This essence feels light on your skin, and is suitable for all skin types. Made from highly concentrated Houttuynia cordata extracts, it is great for sebum control, shrinking pores, and preventing the formation of blackheads and other pesky skin troubles.
Ingredients: Water ,Cyclomethicone ,Glycerin ,Prunus Mume Fruit Extract ,Alcohol ,Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol ,Lactobacillus ferment ,Polymethyl Methacrylate, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Viola Yedoensis Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene , Methylparaben, Fragrance, Rhus Semialata Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Polysorbate 20, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Saccharomycopsis ferment filtrate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Adenosine, Caramel, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol cosDNA.com analysis
Power 10 Formula VC Effector with Vitamin C I received the full size of this in the past. Repeating original blog post
This is their VC Effector, which is a Vitamin C serum, that helps brighten and even out your skin tone, help reduce the appearance of your pores. It contains green tea, which is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. What I really like is that it has polyglutamic acid, which is made from fermented soybeans and you might know its traditional name of natto gum. This is a highly moisturizing ingredient that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, help reverse hyper-pigmentation damage, and penetrates to your deepest skin layers, delivering nutrients and moisture. I like to use these types of serums under my facial sheet masks, just to add an extra boost to my treatment. I do not like using It’s Skin Power 10 products for the daytime, as this line is very sticky and doesn’t absorb quickly, but it is great as a facial sheet mask booster and also at night time.
Description: Naturally rich Vitamin C derivatives and green tea extract suppress melanin formation to reduce the appearance of dark spots – even freckles and pesky acne scars! Refine your skin texture and create visibly brighter and a more even complexion in just a matter of days for a nourished, healthy, and radiant complexion.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polyglutamic Acid, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Carbomer, Methylparaben, Triethanol amine, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA cosDNA.com analysis
Power 10 Formula WH Effector with Arbutin I have also received this (twice!)
This ampoule is designed for whitening and brightening the skin tone, and I am so happy to get this. It has both arbutin and Chinese mulberry extracts to really help with brightening the skin tone. The ingredients on the body label, the English version on the official website and the Korean version all differed ~ lol. I went with the Korean version for the ingredients list.
Description: Holds high nutritional values, and features anti-aging properties to create a radiant, fresh and healthy complexion.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polyglutamic Acid, Arbutin, Cudrania Tricuspidata (Chinese Mulberry) Bark Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Methylparaben,Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (6.90 pH) Ingredients: 12 Repeating my original blog post here (btw, I do love this!)
This is made with 96% snail slime (snail secretion filtrate) which is 100% natural and domestic. Snail slime is really a great ingredient ~ it seems to work on all skin types and is full of nutrients that will help lessen wrinkles and deeply hydrated without any irritation. It will repair existing damage to your skin (scarring, hyper-pigmentation) , while preventing new damage, such as blemishes and dryness. It has been proven that if you apply skin care products with snail slime daily, it reduces significantly fine lines and wrinkles. . Daily application of topical products containing snail secretion is also shown to significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I am pretty excited to add this into my skin care regime and plan to do so once I finish my Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. This essence is very thick, just like the Hydra Power, but it is also stringy, like snail mucus! There is no scent and it leaves my skin feeling cool and hydrated.
Description: Snail mucin is scientifically and dermatologically proven to be highly effective and beneficial when it comes to skin cell regeneration and repair. COSRX’s Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains 96% of snail secretion filtrate blended with other nourishing herbal extracts. Problems like acne, sun damage and scars need skin cell regeneration which this highly-concentrated essence offers. It repairs the skin from within and gives the skin proper moisture and nourishment for its full recovery. Expect smoother, softer and healthier skin with this premium snail essence!
Ingredients: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol cosDNA.com analysis
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid Description: BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is clinically proven to reduce the formation of blackheads and excess sebum and hydrate the skin. With Betaine Salicylate, natural BHA ingredients, It strengthen both skin-safety and effect. Instead of using purified water, It made with White Willow bark water to strengthen both skin-safety and effect. Free of paraben, artificial colorant, artificial fragrance, triethanolamine and phthalein.
Ingredients: Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol cosDNA.com analysis
Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid Description: Free your skin from displeasing whiteheads and clogged pores with AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. This liquid is a premium formulation of apple water, AHA and glycolic acid. This power liquid effectively clarifies the pores and completely eliminate whiteheads. With its AHA content, this also offers gentle exfoliation which removes dead skin that are usually clogging the pores. It reveals new and healthy skin which makes it appear brighter and more evenly toned.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream (10mL) I’ve actually tried this before and it really is way too rich for my skin ~ I broke out (more so than usual) and my face was a greasy pit. Perhaps those with drier skin will like it. I cannot believe this is a top pick for all skin types, yeah. I normally love Goodal but this was an epic fail for me. Runs away from this product.
Description: This unique light-weight melting-type cream is specially formulated with Mistletoe Complex and ceramides, helping to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. In addition, it provides additional moisture benefits with water sourced from South Korea’s Seorak Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a biosphere reserve. Your complexion is visibly smoother, brighter and stronger skin with Goodal’s Moisture Barrier Cream.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Mango Seed Butter, Cyclopentasiloxane, Myristic acid, Palmitic Acid, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Water, Mistletoe Leaf Extract, Camellia, Lotus, Jasmine Flower/leaf Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Iris, Edelweiss, Rose Extract, Daffodil Flower Water, Panthenol, PEG 150 Distearate, Hydrogenated lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-40 Stearate, C18-21 alkane, Adenosine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trideceth-6, Polydecene, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ceramide 3, Squalane, Xantham Gum,C12-16 alcohols, BHT,Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, mistletoe berry extract, freesia extract cosDNA.com analysis
With the exception of the Goodal product, this is a really nice KBeauty sampler with products that normal skin types can use. I do hope that Memebox brings this back in stock for Black Friday. For $10.00, this is a fantastic holiday gift idea!! Speaking of Black Friday…
Memebox Black Friday
You can keep up to date with me and also check out this teaser from Memebox ~ click here
- Memebox will have a category of select skincare and makeup items, some which will include their favorite sheet masks.
- For the first time, they are adding vault boxes to our Black Friday lineup. Vault boxes are large boxes full of some of their most popular products (16 products in each box). Two different vault boxes will be offered:
- K-beauty makeup
- K-beauty skincare and makeup
Both boxes will be steeply discounted from retail value at almost 60% off: the K-beauty skincare and makeup vault box, worth $363 retail, will be priced at $149, and the K-beauty makeup vault box, worth $195 retail, will be priced at $79.
- Year of masks bundle that includes 100 of their best masks at an even steeper discount, north of 70% off. Memebox will be selling the year of masks bundle for $79, a steal for what is worth $302 retail.
- Doorbusters will run for four days, with a new batch of products released every 12 hours. They will include some of our bestsellers at discounts up to 80% off. The first set of doorbuster items launches on Thursday 11/26 at 9PM PST. From Friday, 11/27 through Sunday 11/29, Memebox will be releasing new batches of doorbusters items every 24 hours starting on Friday 9AM PST
- Buy one get one free masks during our Black Friday promotion.
- Surprises on Cyber Monday!
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