Wednesday, July 23, 2014


ETA (07/24/14): MEMEBOX just added new deals! Buy any of these boxes and get memepoints (cash to use on your next order back). It's a referral only deal so it only works if you use that link, happy shopping!
So I have an obsessive personality. Extremely so. So when I found out that Korea has a subscription beauty box service last month I promptly signed up and ordered a box. And then another. And then another. And another. So far I've ordered TEN boxes, all before I even received one. Yeah, I'm ridiculous. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you my newest obsession: Memebox.

As soon as I saw the word "Cacao" it was a wrap. I'd experienced great results with Missha's Choco Cacao scrub so I am more then willing to try out some more chocolate products, plus it just smells so damn good. So good. Like, mmm mmm good. I also quickly picked out the K Style box and the Mask#4 boxes, because I'm obsessed with Korean pop stars and face masks. This shouldn't be news to you if you have ever glanced at my Twitter.

Let's take a look at the Mask 4 box:
memebox unboxing
when 10:00pm mask when essence mask when travel mate mask
You see those When masks right there? Yeah, those sell at Sephora for $28 bucks for 4. I AM WAY TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. HOLD MY HAND. Something about buying quality stuff for WAY less than retail gives me a funny feeling down below. 

The breakdown for the Mask 4 box ($23) is as follows:

1. Sua Young Berristure (Fullsize, $40)
Face cream with Acaiberry, Blueberry, and Cranberry. This literally smells like strawberry air freshener though, at as little bits that look like strawberry seeds that are actually little pieces of collagen. So cool.

2. SLCOSMETIC Soo Effect Plus Essence Sheet Masks x 3 (Repairing, Energizing, and Waterdrop Masks) ($2 ea)
Has tree, olive, aloe vera, and red ginseng extracts. Supposed to quickly and deeply moisturize the skin. Never heard of this brand but excited to try it.

3. WHEN 10:00PM & Travelmate Masks ($28 for 4, approx value is $14)
3D masks! The sheet is actually made from coconuts! The 10:00pm mask is for soothing and the Traveling mask is for treating UV irritated skin. So excited.

4. Skin Factory 7 Secons Morning Sheet (Fullsize, $39)
This 7 second wipe is an all in one mask, literally. Face massage, anti-wrinkle serum, dead skin remover, makeup remover, toner, emulsion, essence and more. What's also cool is you are supposed to store it in the fridge for optimal awesomeness.

5. Purederm Vitamin C Facial Pads (Fullsize, $12)
I'll go ahead and say I'm not totally optimistic about this. I'll admit I am a bit prejudiced against this brand purely because they sell it at Forever 21. However it's totally cute the pads look like little oranges and the ingredients look pretty boss. The third ingredient is Butylene Glycol (Vitamin C), followed closely by Orange Extract, Aloe, Gingko Biloba and Ginseng. 

Now for the box I was the most pee-my-pants-excited for, The Cacao (aka Chocolate) Box:

memebox cacao

chocolate lip scrub

The breakdown is as follows for the Cacao Box ($23):

1. Etude House Milk Talk in Cacao (Full Size $7)
Etude House is pretty much the cutest fucking brand on the planet. I am so excited to try this. They actually make a little foam cartoony puff that attached to the spout of it (sold separately) and I kinda wish I had that to complete what might have been an utterly cute experience.

2. Wonderuci Cacao Brightening Mask (Fullsize, $38)
Guh, just look at the prettiness. As soon as Memebox posted the spoiler of the Wonderuci Cacao Brightening Mask I knew I was in for some major happiness. Slather chocolate on my face? Yes please. And it's going to make it softer and brighter? A duh. It really does smell like chocolate pudding. I wonder if I'm fat enough to taste it? What am I talking about? Of course I'm fat enough. Stay tuned for my tasting review.

3. Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub Chocolate (Full size, $11)
This also smells amazing. Okay, this..THIS better taste good. I mean no one is cruel enough to make a chocolate lip scrub and it doesn't taste good, right? Right? If it doesn't I swear I'll burn this whole blog down.

4. Pure Smile Essence Mask Chocolate Milk ($1)
Yummo more choco for my already chocolate face :). This has milk protein, cacao extracts, vitamin E and collagen, designed to brighten the skin.

5. Evas Vitamin Cleansing Dessert Magic Cream Soap Coconut & Cacao (Full size, $18)
Gentle creme cleanser with coconut and cacao. I'm excited to try this only because I've never used a creme cleanser before so I'm excited to try this out. I honestly can't tell if I like the smell or not, it sort of reminds me of cocoa butter.

6. Purederm Nose Pore 6 strips (Full Size $6)
1-step strips for blackheads, whiteheads, and dirt. Probably the chocolate version of Biore strips. I just ordered the SkinMiso 3-step pore kit last night (it's supposed to be AH-MA-ZING) so it'll be interesting to see which works better.

Something I find interesting is that Memebox seems to have a new design for their boxes, I received both styles in this order. The Mask edition came in the old hot pink English box, and the Cacao came in the new black and pink Korean text box. Either way, both are cuteeeee. I'm really going to keep the boxes because my skincare can't just sit in multiple sephora shopping bags forever, nah what I'm saying'?

So if you can handle having to wait to get your boxes (Memebox lists the shipping dates on the items, sometimes they can be up to 6 weeks before they even ship out) then please do yourself a favor and just. do. it. I have zero regrets, just love. Both the Cacao and Mask 4 boxes are sold out, but Memebox routinely restocks sold out boxes so you might look out and snag one. Or pick something new out, like the new All About Lips box is SCREAMING my name. Someone gimme? Yes? Yes.

So check out Memebox and if you tell em' I sent ya, you'll get $5 off your order :)
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

This Week in Photos (07/20)

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask Review

So I picked up this sample the other day from my local Origins counter (along with a few others I'll review soon) and wanted to give it a try. I'm not sure if ya'll know this about me but I am completely and totally obsessed with face masks. If I had the time an patience I'd do one everyday. Bet on it.

So I was pretty excited to try this, as I have had a very limited experience with Origins products. I knew that they were supposed to be all natural, with no artificial ingredients or fragrances and the like, but I've never been particularly drawn to trying their stuff.

So I tried the ORIGINS Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin tonight and wanted to share my thoughts with ya'll. This is the description found at Sephora:

What it is:A multi-action mask that rescues troubled skin. 
What it is formulated to do:When skin is too slick or when more pressing problems start to pop up, it's Origins to the rescue. Formulated with natural troubleshooters, including super-absorbent zinc oxide and sulfur plus calming camphor, this mask rapidly responds to problem skin with a three-part plan: sop up oily-shine, slough off sticky, dead cells, and sweep away irksome debris

Smell: If you ever used Noxzema as a kid, yeah it smells exactly like that. I'm not sure what the ingredient is that makes it smell that way, but it's not unpleasant. Sort of fresh.

Application: This product comes in a tube and you can just spread it out with your fingers and Voila! You're done. It feels really soothing while it's on, perhaps it's the smell, but it doesn't tingle or heat up as some masks do. Yeah this feels exactly that Noxzema too.

Price: At $24 I think this mask is really affordable. Just the little sample I got was enough for 3 uses, so I can't imagine how long the full size would last. Probably 6 months with biweekly application.

Result: Since this mask is geared more toward oily and acne prone skin, my expectations weren't high. I have combination skin strictly in my T-ZONE and lately I've been getting the occasional pesky (and overstaying) pimple on my face, but not acne. Never acne. It definitely sucked all the moisture out of my skin. So much so that I had to apply my trusty BOSCIA Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask to recuperate. Definitely not made for my skin type, but if you have really oily skin you should experience good results with this. 

The one problem I do have with this mask is that it claims to have exfoliate and "slough" off dead skin but my skin was even rougher than before I even did the mask. Maybe that's part of the de-moisturization of my skin via this mask but I was really displeased with the result. I thought maybe it was a fluke so I tried it again a couple of days later. Same result. Boo.

Verdict: All in all this is definitely not a mask for Dry or even Combination skin types, but those with really Oily skin should give it a whirl.

Where to Buy: for $24, 3.4 oz.

Monday, July 14, 2014


I use color #15 Bare Honey and color #16 Bare Almond as my skin color tends to fluctuate in the summer. Watch the video to find out my thoughts!

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