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Memebox Office Essentials Box Review


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.




Final Thoughts:
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!


Special Announcement:
Memebox is now shipping to Italy, Malta, Moldova, and Honduras!  
Here's the full list of all 45: Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.

COUPONS AND DISCOUNTS:

Promo code- $3 off on any order promo code for Unpack the Box readers: D84ACKUJI61C  - Valid until end of Jun, limit to one time per customer.

If you create a new Memebox account, please don't forget to send hi@memebox.com an email and tell them Unpack the Box sent you so they can award you 5 Memepoints!

Referral link savings - use these links and save an extra $3.00 on top of any other stacked discounts - such as the promo code above - ends June 29.

Memebox Skincare Box



Yup, it's that good.

I bought this box with my own money. This post contains affiliate links.

Memebox Special Makeup Edition Review


Korean cosmetics is very much skincare dominated. In fact, I still sort of hold out hope that one day Memebox will unveil some sort of Mega 10-step Beauty Routine Box.  

Beautiful skin is more important than lots of makeup. The Korean market is skincare dominated, and Memeboxes tend to be skincare dominated as well.  When I receive an occasional piece of makeup to try out, I pretty much jump for joy.

I guess that's why I get so excited for these 'All Makeup' Memeboxes.  Memebox kindly sent this Makeup Edition to me to review. It is a Memebox Special Edition, which like a Membox Global can include 4-8 full size and deluxe-sample products, but it has a special theme. 

This box is currently sold out, but Burst of Color #2 is still available (and if you use my referral link Memebox will give you $3.00 off).  Burst of Color is a Superbox which means it has a special theme, but it features all full size products. You can read my review of Burst of Color #1 here.



Here's what I received:
Cheek Room Makeup Base in Green 30ml: $9.00
Dr. Young Anti Pore: Pore Eraser Balm: $38.00
MustaeV Spot Eraser Concealer Pencil No. 5: $18.00
N.S.M ReBorn Sorbet Melting Tint Gloss: $21.00
Ladykin Blossom Blusher in 05 Luna Reddish: $15.00
Total Value: $101.00



Cheek Room Makeup Base

This correcting fluid comes in two colors: purple and green and the products we received were random.  Since my skintone has yellow undertones I really wanted purple to neutralize that out. When I saw I'd received green, I was immediately disappointed, but then I figured - why not, let's try it out.

I have some 'red areas' around my cheeks, nose, and chin - mostly because I do not live in a basement avoiding all contact with the sun.  I don't typically mind this because my foundation has decent coverage and I'm going to tap some blush on my cheeks anyway. 



I was pretty impressed by the red-neutralization of this thin green makeup base. It felt really light, covered easily and disappeared quickly. My foundation also looked much better over top of it.  (I'm less impressed with my camera's ability to snap a picture in the same light a few minutes apart.)

I will probably not do this extra step often, but if I need to dress up and look particularly nice I'll definitely use it.



Dr. Young Anti Pore Erase Balm

I don't fret about my pores and I'm thankful that I don't have enlarged pores, but I do like a good primer. Some times I'll smooth primer on and skip foundation all together - shock horror, I know. This was a lot thicker than the primers that I'm accustomed to using.  A lot thicker.  

I also felt it on my skin for the large part of the day.  It sat heavily on top of my skin feeling very silicon-y. I thought that was odd considering this product is considered beneficial for controlling excess sebum and yet it made me feel a bit oily.

I don't know if this is typical of Korean primers because this is my first Korean primer, but I wasn't very happy with it. On the plus, a little bit goes a long way meaning there's a ton of product in this little glass jar.



MustaeV Spot Eraser Concealer Pencil

I think I would be much happier with this pencil if it were closer to my skintone.  I get bothered sometimes that Memebox sends a variety of BB and CC creams and other skintone-specific products to try and they are a total crapshoot.  

I suppose the same can be said for any sample box service, but since Memebox sends out more skincare products it's particularly noticeable.



N.S.M. ReBorn Sorbet Tint

I have not perfected the Korean gradient tint look. I seem to botch it every time. But I think this bright strawberry tint would probably be perfect for creating it. Memebox claims it has 'cooling' properties, but I haven't experienced that.  



I would agree that it's very moist without being a bit glossy or sticky. It's less drying than the Tony Moly tint sample that has been in many Luckyboxes and just as long wearing.



Ladykin Blossom Blusher

It's killing me that the flower top blush design reminds me of another brand, but I can't remember which brand it is!  Either way, this soft coral blush is my favorite item in the entire box, and that's speaking as someone who typically avoids corals. 

Memebox describes this as a, 'soft micro-textured blusher, which can be layered multiple times without sticking together and blocking up your pores.' I would totally agree that it is micro-textured even if I'm not entirely sure what that means.  It's very finely milled, incredibly soft to the touch and very light.  It's not crazy-pigmented so there's no risk of going from normal to aggggh-scary-clowns in a few swipes. 

Definitely a keeper and now Ladykin is totally on my radar.



Final Thoughts:
As much as I enjoyed all the products I got to test out in this box, I really wish there had been some sort of eye product.  Two face primers and a concealer made it feel like most of the box was very face-heavy.

In fact, the more that I consider it, I wish Memebox would come out with an 'All Eyes' Box to include eyeliners, mascara, eyebrow products, a highlighter, or an eye cream.  If anything, my limited experience with Korean makeup has made me want to search it out and experience it more.

What do you think?  Are you planning to pick up the Burst of Color #2?

Special Announcement:
Memebox is now shipping to Italy, Malta, Moldova, and Honduras!  
Here's the full list of all 45: Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.

COUPONS AND DISCOUNTS:

Promo code- $3 off on any order promo code for Unpack the Box readers: D84ACKUJI61C  - Valid until end of Jun, limit to one time per customer.

If you create a new Memebox account, please don't forget to send hi@memebox.com an email and tell them Unpack the Box sent you so they can award you 5 Memepoints!

Referral link savings - use these links and save an extra $3.00 on top of any other stacked discounts - such as the promo code above - ends June 29.

Memebox Skincare Box



Yup, it's that good.

I received this box in exchange for a review. This post contains affiliate links.

Boxycharm Subscription Review Bridal Beauty June 2014


I was one of the very first subscribers to Boxycharm when they first launched, and while I was happy with many of the products I received I understood that the subscription was very new and had a lot of growing ahead. 
The box has been noted for its eerie similarity to the Glossybox format, and it also costs $21.00/month.  Now a seasoned subscription, Boxycharm is gaining its own reputation and many people are taking note of the quality products inside the boxes.
After being tempted by several months of boxes, I re-subscribed to Boxycharm when the June spoiler announced that every box would include a $30.00 Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride. The deal was done.  If Glossybox is going to include Tarte in their boxes, I will be a solid fan.

Here’s what I received:
Total Value: $92.99

Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride

The only Tarte Cheek Stain I own is in Natural Beauty, which I adore. I love that with a simple swipe + blend, I can get perfectly glowy cheeks. It's so easy when you're running through your routine in the morning.
Blushing Bride is a creamy pink that I’m so excited about.
This is also my first time trying out the cheek stain reformulation. I was really gritting my teeth about the 'half the product for the same price' bit, but this has a little better lasting power and blends better - so no complaints. Also, it now actually fits into a makeup bag.

Tarina Tarantino HyperLight
Tarina Tarantino is one of those cosmetics companies that has been on my radar because the products consistently get high ratings, yet I've never managed to buy anything. This HyperLight made me feel like perhaps I wasn't missing out on anything.
The click pen is nicely weighted and the packaging looks fabulous, but the product itself was a pretty big fail for me.  It's supposed to be a 'universal shade brightener' (meaning that it is only available in one "universal" shade). You can blend over or under foundation/concealer to give you a youthful glow.
The universal shade happens to work okay with my skintone. However, the formula is waaaay to thick for my liking. It's heavier than my concealer. It's blendable with some effort, but honestly I prefer more fluid highlighters.

Tarina Tarantino HyperLiner
I'm glad this HyperLiner is in the box, because if I based my entire impression off of the HyperLight, that would have been unfair to the brand.  I adore this eyeliner!
What makes it pure awesomesauce is the formula, formula, formula.  Tightlining is a breeze. It applies so easily; with a feather-light stroke you have rich color. It can be built up, smudged out, and left to dry because it's waterproof. 
Cute Robot is a dark navy - and cue the collective appreciation for a non-black eyeliner. I will purchase more of these. Count on it.

STRANGEBEAUTIFUL 
This brand has been showing up in boxes lately. The brand has designed the colors within the boxes to go together - which makes sense, the gold and blue do look complimentary - but has deliberately declined to name the colors. They are sold in evocative collections.
Apparently, they're supposed to be 'accessories for your hand than just nail polish.' 
When I read their website it made me feel like I didn't know crap about art - or nail polish.

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara
So, this was a happy discovery.  I expected this to be pretty horrid because Revlon mascaras and I haven't always had the best history. That, and they stink.  Well, this one still stinks too.
I am going to just go ahead and say that I liked this.  For a $7.99 mascara it delivers reasonable results.  It didn't give me raccoon-eyes, it did a decent job, and it had good slip. Not an HG-product, but I didn't expect that. 
All Dolled Up :

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream HyperLight, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream HyperLiner in Cute Robot

Final Thoughts:
Boxycharm nailed it! This box was a total hit for me.  Even though the HyperLight and I didn't work out, I appreciated the opportunity to test it.  If this box is indicative of what Boxycharm has in store for the future, subscription box fangirls had better watch out.
I paid for this box with my own money. This post includes a referral link.


Yup, it's that good.
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