When Memebox announced a special edition box devoted to office essentials, I was excited. I immediately knew I was going to order the box. I wanted all the best goodies from Korea to get me through the work day.
I spend eight hours a day in an office. That's more than the rest of my waking day. It's important to me to be happy at my job, get along with my co-workers, and be comfortable. Sometimes to achieve that I have to have an organized desk drawer devoted to a few personal items. Although I'm totally ready to admit there's way too many small bottles of lotion and lip gloss.
Before the box launched, Memebox created a YouTube spoiler video. If you're an extreme-Meme-fan, I highly suggest you follow the Memebox YouTube channel, G+ account, and Facebook . There's always great updates, contests and spoilers to be found. The YouTube video; however, gave me the impression that perhaps my vision for an ideal Office Essentials Box and Memebox's vision didn't quite match up.
Here's what I received:
Hope Girl 140 Super Lash Mascara: $22.00
Very Six 6 Seconds Kissing Lipgloss: $17.00
Pure Smile Refresh Tissue Citrus Pouch 2x: $6.00
Label Young Shocking Toner: $28.00
RiveCowe Sebum Control Convenient Compact: $14.00
Lovey Dovey Perfume Fabric Mist: $5.00
Maxim Maxim Gold 2x samples: $1.20 (based upon product weight)
Total Value: $93.20
Hope Girl 140 Super Lash Mascara
I have certain expectations of my mascara: I apply it in the morning, it stays on all day, and doesn't leave me with raccoon-y type eyes. I can't imagine ever refreshing my mascara mid-day at the office. Do people do that?
I am thrilled though that Memebox sent mascara. Even though it doesn't fit in with the theme, I'm pretty happy with receiving more Korean cosmetics.
Pure Smile Refresh Tissue
Pure Smile is the company that brought us the awesome snail conditioner. There are ten wet tissues in each pouch, and Memebox thoughtfully sent two pouches. Honestly, having wet tissues at work is handy. I can't think of a specific example, but they are just handy buggers to have around.
Dude, they are leaking. Do you see the droplets? The bags they come in are covered in their fragranced water. That's a big no bueno. I'll have to use them around the house, I can't throw them in my purse.
Very Six 6 Seconds Kissing Gloss
Does anyone need a office sexual harassment briefing? No? Good. Moving along.
I'm almost at a loss to describe this gloss just because it's so unusual. I find the 'generic spa treatment' fragrance to be overwhelming for a lipgloss. I also don't associate that scent with lip products. I would say that this gloss smells more like a nice hand soap. I would totally wash my hands with this, but hesitate to put it on my lips. Does that make any sense?
The gloss itself completely seals my lips, to the point where I wonder if this is what pure silicone feels like.
It's not bad. Just different. And I totally signed on board for different. I kinda like the feeling of it on my lips. It forms what feels like an unpenetrable barrier of glossiness and isn't at all sticky.
I just need this in strawberry, mint and watermelon.
Label Young Shocking Toner
There's nothing shocking about this toner, unless you find lurid purple shocking. It's alcohol free, so it won't burn you either, which is a very positive thing, but I thought - 'hey, that could be shocking!'
This is a very generously sized bottle of purple toner. I dislike the fact that it's a wide mouth jar for germs. I also dislike the fact that Memebox thought that a big sloshy jar was office appropriate.
Lovey Dovey Perfume Fabric Mist
This is the product that everyone is upset about. Memebox released a spoiler for this box, promising that Secret Key Aura Mist would be in every box. Then they quietly removed the spoiler from online and replaced the Secret Key with this Lovey Dovey fabric spray - because, maybe nobody would notice?
People noticed, and Memebox sent everyone 10 Memepoints. This is the second time they've switched a spoiler product in a box I've ordered. I think giving Memepoints was the right move, but I hope next time they'll let people know up front about the switch.
Oddly, I don't mind the Fabric Mist at all. It's completely practical for the office. I like it.
RiveCowe Sebum Control Convenient Compact
This is so pretty! It's translucent powder, so skintone shouldn't be too much of an issue for most ladies. (Thank you Memebox!) And it has oil/sebum control properties, plus a nice mirror. Definitely the best product inside the box.
Mid-day at the office I'd never refresh my mascara, but powder my nose? Yeah, that makes sense.
Maxim Maxim Gold
Coffee. I'm not sure what more needs to be said about this. You drink it. Or like me, you drink a lot of it.
Sigh. I'm trying to look at these products objectively and think what Memebox's motivations for putting them in the Office Essentials box were, but I'm coming up a bit empty handed.
Yes, this box was worth a lot more than the $23.00 I paid for it, and yes, it's almost entirely made of full size products, but I don't think it's the box for me. This is disappointing.
Also, I would hate to look through the office drawers at Memebox.
Also #2 - Can somebody please explain to me how the picture for this Memebox has a bottle of nail polish on it and there's not a single nail-related product in here? Gah!
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