Thursday, February 26, 2015

Benton Snail Bee Value Set from Memebox Unboxing and Review

This value set was the last purchase I made from Memebox before they stopped shipping from Korea. I have been a big fan of Benton (until recently, which I've explained in my customer service post) and when I saw how great of a deal this whole Snail Bee line was, I just had to buy it!

Let's take a look at the products inside, shall we?

1. Benton Honest Cleansing Foam

This cleansing foam is supposed to restore balance to the skin and prevent moisture from being stripped during washing. The ingredients are decent so I had high hopes for this new cleanser (cosdna analysis of ingredients can be found here - thank you biancardi). Unfortunately it has a very high pH and dried out even my very oily skin. I will finish using it on my makeup brushes so it doesn't break me out.

2. Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin

I think I was most excited to try this toner out of the whole value set. I already love and use the essence, and toners are something that I tend to be on a constant search for. I loved their aloe toner, so this sounded even more promising for my acne-prone skin! The ingredients list is perfect, no acne or sensitive skin triggers (you can view the cosdna analysis here - thank you biancardi). Unfortunately this particular batch of toner has been compromised. Please do not use your toner if it was manufactured on Jan 5, 2015 until further notice! Memebox has issued me a partial refund for this bad product.

3. Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

This is like a holy grail item for me from Benton. This essence it thicker like a serum, has the consistency of a gel and absorbs into my skin very quickly. Snail mucin is like a miracle for my skin - and the rest of the ingredients list is basically perfect like the toner (you can view the cosdna analysis here - thank you biancardi). This essence moisturizes ever so lightly, but also helps clear up my acne, lighten acne scarring and sun spots, and helps even out my skin's complexion.

4. Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion

This lotion has a nice consistency - not too thick and not too thin - and it absorbs easily into my oily skin. It is not greasy, is perfect for day-time use, and has no scent. Being enchanted by Benton's ingredients of their other products I started using this lotion every morning before checking the ingredients. You may remember if you're a regular reader of my blog, that I am allergic to alcohol - I get a rash and swell if I ingest it, and develop cystic acne if I apply it to my skin. So guess what? I have some nice cysts I'm trying to treat on my face right now. The ingredients of this lotion isn't bad, just not quite as nice compared to the other products I've used (or wanted to use) from Benton and doesn't completely fit the natural image they strive for (you can view the cosdna analysis here - thank you skinandtonics). Needless to say I'm now unable to continue using this product.

5. Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream

Learning my lesson from the lotion, I checked the ingredients of the steam cream before I got to opening this one (thankfully I already had a thicker cream to use up before I needed this). Yep, this cream has alcohol too, so it's a no-go for me (you can view the cosdna analysis here - thank you supinengolden).

6. Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack
Aside from the other items in this value set, it also included 5 sheet masks - hooray! I love sheet masks because they deliver a whole lot of goodness to your skin in a little amount of time. Sheet masks are a huge key to my skincare routine and keeping my skin clear and healthy looking. These masks are some of my favorite, with a glowing group of ingredients (you can view the cosdna analysis here - thank you biancardi).

To be completely honest, this value set ended up being a bit of a bust for me - out of six different items, I'm only able to use two. Also, with the continuing growth of less-than-par products coming from Benton, I don't think I'll continue to use their products. I just want to thank Memebox again for being so quick and helpful with my concerns about the bad toner - without your prompt customer service I'd be a lost k-beauty addict!

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Disclaimer: The Glitter Chic blog purchased the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received for this post. The Glitter Chic blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at gothickornchic at gmail dot com. This blog contains affiliate links. The Glitter Chic is not responsible for prize delivery. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Review Of Customer Service: AKA Who Does It Best When You've Been Done Wrong?

The most depressing thing about k-beauty is having to wait on your beloved treasure-trove of products because a majority of the products come directly from Korea. Sure, more and more retailers are popping up in the US and in other parts of the world, but how reliable are they? How easy are they to work with?

This isn't a typical "I had a bad experience" blog post. No, this post is going to highlight some recent customer service experiences, both good and bad - explaining why I had to contact customer service, what they did or didn't do to resolve it, and if I would order from them again. Ready? Ok!

First up, Memebox!
Memebox is like a treasure in my soul. Lots of people have had issues with their packages when they were still shipping from Korea, but I was lucky enough to never have a problem with those bright pink boxes flying half way around the world to get to me. Until they started shipping from within the US, that is. Out of my most recent two boxes I've had to contact Memebox about an item in each box.
Firstly, I received a cushion with no product in my "Korean Makeup Starter Kit" box, which was both surprising and disappointing since the cushion was the main reason I ordered the box! I posted photos of the empty cushion in my review.
How did Memebox handle this? They sent me a new cushion! Good call, Memebox, because I loved this cushion so much I ordered another after actually getting to try it!

Secondly, I received a serum instead of an emulsion in my "Winter Skin Revival" box - which wasn't all bad, but I've been in the market for an emulsion and was kinda bummed that I didn't receive it. You can see the serum I received, and info about the emulsion I should have received in my review.
I contacted Meme to let them know, and they sent me out a bottle of the emulsion!

Now I did have one other problem with a Memebox, and this one is a bit more touchy since it's been plaguing the k-beauty community lately. I purchased a Benton value set; which, if you're unfamiliar with Benton, they pride themselves in providing healthy products for the skin with limited ingredients and no fillers - while Memebox was still shipping from Korea. I purchased the set on January 28th, and had in my hands in the first part of February. I wasn't ready to use the products when I received the value set so I placed it with my other Memeboxes on my dresser until this past week when I needed a new toner. This is what I saw:
It's difficult to see because they're so tiny, but my Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin is full of tiny floating bits. Since Benton likes to keep their products more on the natural side, I'm afraid (as well as others who have been experiencing this same issue) that a batch of product has been contaminated. I contacted both Memebox and Benton on this one. 
Memebox issued me a $10 refund to cover the cost of the toner in the value set. 
Benton responded letting me know they already know about the issue with this batch of product:
Really Benton? Where's the announcement to hold off use until you can investigate? 

After this latest debacle, I'm most impressed with Memebox and will most definitely continue to purchase from them when I have points or they have a good value set/box available, but Benton has turned me off from purchasing more of their products with their lack of customer awareness and consideration.

Next up we have Amazon.
Amazon isn't a k-beauty retailer, but I buy a lot of my beauty products from them because I have Prime - so when I find what I want I can usually find it being distributed by Amazon and get it in two days. I've been buying from Amazon for years, and never had issues until the past couple weeks. I'm not sure what it is, but it's been pretty depressing to be honest, when it's almost every order you place!

Firstly, was an order I placed for a new Missha serum and other moisturizing goodies. This was an expensive order. I watched FedEx drive down my road, then turn around in the cul de sac, and drive back off my road. They stopped once at the end but not anywhere near my home. I checked Amazon to see what the delay was for my package and it was marked as delivered. I bundled up and looked around outside, nothing. The package was not delivered. A call to FedEx proved uneventful, but Amazon took care of me. 
After the package did not arrive over the next 24 hours, Amazon issued a full refund for my order even though FedEx marked it as delivered. Kudos to you, Amazon, for saving this mom's sanity.

Secondly, was an order I paid extra for one day shipping with a Saturday delivery on. I actually needed supplies for an art assignment, and wanted time to work on it over the weekend. Saturday came and half way through the day the package still hadn't arrived. I checked my tracking to find a delay due to weather and that my package wouldn't arrive until Monday. I can deal with that, but what about the extra money I paid for shipping? Sure, weather is unpredictable, but I'm not paying for services I don't receive. Sorry! 
No worries for me though, Amazon refunded the full cost of the shipping I paid (since it was a Prime order, it would have been free for me to receive it Monday anyway).

Finally, is my newest Amazon order and probably the most confusing one for me. I placed an order on February 20th with an expected delivery date of February 24th. The longest I've ever waited on a Prime order but I didn't need it right away so I wasn't bothered by it. Tuesday came and went and the package never arrived, and the delivery date never updated saying there was a delay. Great. 
I contacted Amazon the following morning to find that my package had been returned but with no reason as to why. It never made it to my state, so I know it wasn't mis-delivered or something strange like that. My best guess is that UPS damaged my package somehow and returned it to Amazon instead of delivering it to me - in which case I'd be grateful that they eliminated a lot of work for me. However after contacting Amazon, they have no idea why the package was returned to them. 
Amazon put in a refund request for me on 2/25 and I received the refund on my card a few days later. They will definitely have me as a repeat customer.

Our next retailer is Beauteque
Beauteque is a smaller company, started by a high school student with a small bit of help from her mother. I have heard of Beauteque in the past, and almost ordered some of their amazing BB Bags and they now have a mask subscription service too! They really do seem like a fun company to order from with a lot of nice new ideas popping up often.
My first order from them was just a toner. At this point I was still waiting on the Benton Value Set from Memebox mentioned above and I had used the Benton Aloe BHA Toner in the past (was currently still using it at the time of ordering actually) so I bought a bottle from them when it was on sale. 
The packaging time for a single bottle of toner seemed long, but once it finally shipped it arrived after a couple days. Then when it arrived I could tell immediately that something was wrong. It looked like someone had dropped a handful of dust into the bottle. It appears that this bottle had been contaminated as well:
This toner is generally lightly cloudy in nature due to the BHA, but if you look closely you can (hopefully) see what I can see in person. I immediately contacted Beauteque when I received the toner on 2/13, and they responded later that night after I posted that I had emailed them on their Facebook page. I replied to their email immediately and never heard back. *UPDATE* I opened up a PayPal dispute on 2/25 after remembering I used PayPal to pay for my order, and instead of receiving an email or any type of response I received a refund on 2/26.

I just recently wrote Benton about this, and they responded telling me that the black chunks I can see inside my toner are actually air bubbles. I'm pretty sure the bubbles that look like bubbles are actually air bubbles, but I guess I'm not qualified enough to distinguish bubbles from specks. Benton has assured me that the toner is safe to use - but this stuff is going no where near my face, it's now in the trash. I refuse to spray mold on my face due to the negligence of a manufacturer who doesn't want to admit another potential error. As for the spray nozzle - they have brought back the old spray nozzle because they are concerned about the product going bad or getting contaminated from their bottles opening each day and being exposed to air. Are their products really that touchy?
I admit, I feel a bit wary about ordering from Beauteque again after all this. I know an issue like this is out of their control, but I am disappointed about their customer service team not being able to respond to me. I am happy to have gotten my issue resolved in the end, but I didn't want to have to file a claim with PayPal to do it.

As for Benton... I think I am done with their brand after this. What a waste of money, and the potential danger to customers skin? No thank you.

Last up is Wish Trend
This is another retailer that I had never ordered from before, but had heard good things about. They (at the time of ordering) were the only place I could find the new C20 Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum (if that isn't a mouthful... sheesh!) so I decided to give them a try! I placed my order and waited - they issued me a usps tracking number so I had to wait for it to hit the States before I could track it, but of course my luck was that the tracking number never updated so it just showed up one day. What a fun surprise! Until I opened the package of course...
An empty vial is what I found. But the tiny spot on the box without a pool of product in the package leaves me to believe that this didn't leak during transit to me, but before it was even shipped.
I contacted WishTrend and they responded within 24 hours asking for more pictures (I actually think that the first ones I attached to my message didn't send correctly, because they weren't in the response I received) which I promptly sent back to them. 
I am currently waiting to hear back from WishTrend about this issue, but their initial quick response is a good sign. I will update here as soon as I hear more, or if I don't!
UPDATE: Wish Trend has sent me a replacement serum that arrived perfectly! Thank you WishTrend for the amazing service!

I hope this post is helpful is some way to some of you. My experiences are simply just my own, and are no reflection of how a company runs as a whole - but I hope that my simple experiences can give you some insight on how certain company's handle situations better or worse than others, and maybe give you some insight on where you should order from next.

Disclaimer: The Glitter Chic blog created this post of past purchases for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received for this post. The Glitter Chic blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at gothickornchic at gmail dot com. This blog contains affiliate links. The Glitter Chic is not responsible for prize delivery. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hello Cutie Mud Mask Review

Hello Cutie’s Mud Mask is the one treatment that gives you the skin you deserve. This is no ordinary facial mask. This mask uses the highest quality grade ingredients for you to receive all the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE, Vitamin B3, Pomegranate and Green Tea Extract, Cucumber, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Chamomille. This exclusive formula combines all these fantastic benefits in one simple to use product. We use only natural perservatives. No parabens, petroleums, sulfites or other harmful ingredients. These ingredients do not cause skin irritations or have harmful side effects to the skin and body.

This powerhouse exclusive formula makes this mud mask very special. These high quality scientifically proven ingredients were carefully selected to correct most problems in the skin. We are passionate about skin care. Our philosophy was born with you having beautiful skin with real results. We’ve known for years the harmful chemicals, dyes, perfumes and preservatives that are in other products. Glam Essentials products are designed to give your skin the best absorption and effective results. The Hello Cutie Mud Mask was created to provide regenerative and healing properties to aid in keeping your skin healthy. Regenerative properties means to restore your skin to its original youthful state by improving elasticity and brighten and even skin tone. It's really beneficial for those with Acne, Eczema, and Dull Dry Skin.

High Quality Scienfifcaly Proven Formula Means No Adverse Skin Reactions, Deep Hydration Cocktail That Leaves Your Skin Healthy, Clearer, Firmer, Tighter and Brighter. The Hello Cutie Mud Mask aids in reducing, preventing and reversing the signs of aging on dry, young or mature skin. Our specially blended, all natural and hydrating mud mask was formulated to specifically detoxify environmental toxins, shrink pores, clear acne and repair damaged skin. This unisex formula id designed for sensitive skin, women, men and effective for teens. Can be use for your entire face or use as a spot treatment.

The Hello Cutie Mud Mask from Glam Essentials comes with a nice natural bristle brush for an easier, and less messy, application. 

The texture of this mask is smooth and creamy. It has a pleasant fresh scent. 

So how evenly it spreads? This was with using the included brush. It feels so relaxing spreading the creamy mask on your skin with the brush. 

As it dries, the charcoal in the mask pulls oil and impurities from your pores - I love seeing my masks work!

Before and After.
I feel like this mask soothed the redness I was experiencing from active acne and new acne scars. It also brightened my complexion, moisturized my skin and really deep cleaned my skin.

This mask reminds me of a much more expensive mask I regularly use. Anyone reading this familiar with the GlamGlow Supermud? This is a more moisturizing dupe for that mask, with no chunks of tea leaves, and twice as much in the jar for half the price. Yup - I'm in love with this mask. 

Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog received the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received for this post. Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyandthechis at gmail dot com. This blog contains affiliate links. Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for prize delivery. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Beauty Sale!

Welcome to my blog sale!
Each item will include a photo, and a description of it's condition (new, swatched, or gently used) along with it's price.
My prices include shipping + tracking within the United States.
To make a purchase, please email me at lilbabyvenus [at] yahoo [dot] com with the subject "Blog Sale" and include your paypal address for invoicing along with the item(s) you wish to purchase, OR if you found me on Facebook, you may pm me there!
Invoice must be paid within one hour ~ please let me know if you need more time!

SOHO Deluxe Weekender Bag
Asking $20 (r.v. $30)
Very gently used for a brief time to store clean makeup brushes.
12" x 5" x 9"

SOHO Envelope Clutch
Asking $7 shipped (r.v. $10)
10" x .25" x 7.25"

Illumask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask
Asking $20 shipped (r.v. $30)

Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue [Sheet] Mask
Asking $10 shipped (r.v. $25)

* * * * * ALL SOLD BELOW THIS LINE * * * * *

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette
Asking $10 (r.v $20)
New, but missing box & plastic insert that covers shadows.

Dr Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask
Asking $7 (r.v. $9)


Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 3B Box: January 2015 Unboxing & Review

This is my second month of receiving 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), and it is also just their second "box" that they've had available. 3B is a new monthly subscription service providing the must-have Asian beauty products to those who may not have their readily available for purchase for just $12 a month! 3B is based in the United States, and currently only ships within the States, but they are working on branching outwards internationally (so keep an eye out on their Facebook page for updates). I have more details about this subscription and how to sign up in my first review of 3B.

By this time, I've actually already received my February 3B bag, but J and I planned a last minute wedding near the end of January (we actually got married on February 2nd) so I was a bit frazzled and I didn't get much done. >_< Sorry guys!

Let's take a look at the January bag, shall we?

1. Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

Enjoy a full-size version of our all-time favorite waterproof Japanese mascara. This mascara does wonders to instantly increase the thickness and length of your lashes.
Expert tip: Remove with an oil-based waterproof eye makeup remover. Hold a cotton pad over lashes for 30 seconds to loosen the mascara and gently wipe off.

I've never said "no" to any mascara. This one sounds amazing - like a miracle for lashes. I'm excited to try this, I am just currently waiting to use up one of the four others I have open before I try out this one. I promise, this one jumped to the front of the line.

2. TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream

You won't believe how good this hand cream smells. A Korean nourishing and moisturizing hand cream enriched with peach and apricot extracts for instantly softer, smoother hands. Massage into skin for better results.

Since discovering Korean beauty products, I've gone from despising the greasiness of Western hand creams, to embracing the rich moisturizing capabilities of the new hand creams I've discovered - like the ones from TonyMoly. This hand cream is thick, rich, soothing to my dry cracked hands, and smells like I'm in fruit heaven.

3. Nature Republic Flower Jelly Drop Gloss

Reminiscent of delicious fruit, this lip gloss is refreshing and beautiful on the lips. Pair on top of your favorite lipstick or wear alone for a natural shine.

I'm not a huge fan of lip gloss. This one looks cute, and the sounds of jelly makes me think this gloss would look really pretty - but I've heard it has a subtle flower scent to it, which I absolutely cannot tolerate on my lips. So this will be passed along.

4. Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack

A Korean staple, the Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack is a supple and resilient mask that restores skin's firmness while you sleep. After cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, gently spread Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack all over your face. Leave product on during the night and wash off in the morning. For best results use 1-2 times per week. 

Score! Laneige makes my favorite sleeping packs - they don't cause me to break out, they're moisturizing, soothing, moisturizing, repairing and actually make my complexion look better the next morning. This pack is a bit more thick and jelly-like than their water sleeping pack, and has a bit more perfume-scent to it, but it feels good on my face and appears to improve my skin, so I'll probably buy the full size.

5. My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid Mask

Suitable for all skin types, this Taiwanese mask is amazing for restoring intense moisture to the skin and sealing it in. After cleansing and toning, place the sheet mask on your face for 20-30 minutes and remove. For best results, use 2-3 times per week. Keep your skin healthy, glowing, and soft with this sheet mask.

My Beauty Diary was new to me when I received this mask. I tried it, and loved how well it fit my face and how the thickness was perfect enough to hold enough essence to keep my face moist but not be so thick that it didn't adhere to my skin properly. It was intensely moisturizing, but it was a good healthy dose of moisturization that even my oily skin was able to appreciate. This mask opened up a whole new world for me, and I ended up purchasing six other boxes (yes, boxes of 10 masks each...) of MBD masks that I've been enjoying every other night.

This was a fun bag! I've been able to use (and will use) four out of the five products in this bag, and for $12 that is a steal! You can find more info about The 3B Box , and join their wait-list by visiting their website.

Disclaimer: The Glitter Chic blog purchased/received the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received for this post. The Glitter Chic blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at gothickornchic at gmail dot com. This blog contains affiliate links. The Glitter Chic is not responsible for prize delivery. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Best Beauty Forward #Memebox Unboxing & Review

*This post contains affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking my link.*

When "Best Beauty Forward" was released, I knew I needed this box. I still consider myself to be new to k-beauty, with barely seven months of learning about and experiencing new products under my belt - but Memebox was my gateway into this world, and I look to them to keep my skincare stash and routine at it's very best. Memebox was kind enough to send me this box to look over, and share my thoughts with you all.

With hundreds of new K-beauty products hitting shelves every year, how can you tell apart the goodies that you'll be loving for a lifetime and the duds of the century? Beauty experts at Memebox tried and tested the most talked-about skincare and body products of 2015 to curate the most perfect box, jam-packed with Memebox-tested winners that will up your gorgeous factor this year. We promise. 

1. Rimbi Powerful Treatment Essence (full size; 125ml) $34

Powerful Treatment Essence functions as a toner and essence, and is enriched with 85 percent galactomyces ferment filtrate - a key ingredient that penetrates deep into the skin to balance the skin's renewal process and boost the skin's radiance. It is also formulated with nourishing vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids to enhance the efficacy of the complete skincare ritual. With daily application, this essence hydrates, brightens, diminishes the look and size of wrinkles, improves texture and clarity, and contributes to a more beautiful, balanced, and glowing complexion. 
How to use: After cleansing, use a cotton pad or your fingers to apply the essence all over your face. 

I remember this being a spoiler for this box, and a huge reason behind me wanting it. I was introduced to galactomyces with one of my first Memeboxes and my skin loves it. This toner and essence hybrid provides light moisturization back to your skin that may have been stripped during washing, and preps your skin for better absorption of your following skincare items. This essence has very little scent to it (it reminds me slightly of the grainy smell of the SK-II essence, but not as strong - huge plus for me) and absorbs nicely into my skin. This is the highlight of the box for me!

2. W.Lab 3P+ CO2 Pore Crown Pack (Sample size: gel syringe & mask sheet*1) $13
(Full size: gel syringe*3 & mask sheet*6; $79)

These powerful yet gentle blackhead butterfly patches instantly remove blackheads and unclog pores while tightening and cleansing the pores. Complete with a carbonated gel syringe and a butterfly shape mask sheet, this two-step system features optimal pore-purifying benefits for clear, healthy-looking skin. The refreshing, fizzy carbonated formula gets down deep into the pores to remove the deepest, darkest pore-dwellers, and stimulate the skin to exfoliate dead surface skin, and soothing tea tree and green tea soothe the skin. The results? Skin is healthy, glowing, and radiant.
How to use: Take the mask sheet and place on hard surface. Inject the contents in the syringe onto the butterfly mask sheet, and spread until evenly distributed. On cleansed face, place the butterfly mask sheet onto the center of the face, so that the mask covers the nose, and cheek areas. Leave on for 15 minutes,  remove, and rinse well with lukewarm water.

This was the other box spoiler, and another product I knew I'd love. A holy grail pore cleansing product for me is the 23YearsOld Air Laynic mask, and this certainly seems similar. The claims this product makes about cleaning out your pores and renewing your skin are completely true with regular use. The gel inside the syringe bubbles when applied to the "nose" strip, and it's that carbonation that works it's way deep down to clear out your pores. These are perfect for oily skin like mine.

3. SecretKey Perfume Peeling Body Scrub (200g) $24
Randomly selected from "Fun & Fruity" or "Clean & Soft"

This gently exfoliating body scrub hydrates skin and locks in moisture in the skin while the rubbery peelings form to resurface, enrich, and revitalize. Without the use of hard granules, this formula is enriched with nourishing sweet almond oil, milk proteins, shea butter and walnut powder for an irritation-free cleansing. Roll it onto the skin to slough away dead surface skin to reveal radiant skin underneath. Continued use provides the healthy of the skin to come into balance. 
How to use: Use approximately a dime size of scrub and spread it onto your face. Massage in a light circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water.

The term "scrub" is used pretty loosely here, as this is not a scrub at all as we would think of them here in the Western culture. This is a peeling gel with no scrubbing or rough granules involved. You apply the gel to your dry skin and gently massage it in. The gel bonds with the dead skin cells building up, and forms them together so they can be easily rinsed away, leaving your fresh radiant skin behind. I am a big fan of peeling gels, and it sounds like this one is made to be used on both the face and the body. I've been using it as such and am pleased with it's gentle effectiveness.

4. SUR Nail Polish (full size) $6
Randomly selected from: Nobelesse Red, Nobelesse Purple, or Stea Glam Gold

Love your nails with bold, beautiful nail polish colors that last. Each lacquer is formulated with a unique combination of resins and waxes that provide fast-drying, long-wearing shine. Get high coverage in one stroke, from classic must-have shades to vibrant, fashion-forward hues.
How to use: On clean and filed nails, apply a base coat. Shake well. Then, place the brush at the base of the nail and spread the polish to the tip of the nail. Apply multiple coats if necessary. Wait a few minutes until the polish has dried, and finally add a clear top coat for longer-lasting wear.

I was a bit surprised to see nail polish in this box. Nail polish isn't something that comes to mind when I think of winning products of the year for beauty. Maybe it's because my nail polish never lasts, or because I do too much dirty work with my hands and it gets covered in other paint or crud right away, or maybe it's just because my nails break too easily so I don't enjoy showing them off. Who knows.. As you can see above, I received the gold glitter polish, which applies nicely with just one coat (shown in the photo). I wouldn't mind wearing this alone, or on top of another solid colored polish. The formula lasts a good few days without chipping, which is a good amount of time compared to other polishes I've tried.

5. Ferfree Ultra Facial Intense Hydration Cream (full size; 50ml) $16

This comfortable moisturizing cream is an oasis-in-the-desert for the skin, continuously plumping it with hydration for 24 hours. It improves the appearance of fine lines, flakiness, and tightness, leaving skin looking and feeling happier and healthier - all day long. The olive oil and squalene formula forms a protective hydration coat over the skin that protects the skin from environmental toxins and agressors, and locks in moisture, imparting a coveted dewy glow. 
How to use: After cleansing the skin, take a dime-sized amount of cream and massage all over the face and neck. Use daily, morning and night.

The first thing that caught my attention was squalene: which is a naturally occuring oil found in the liver. Apparently, for commercial use, this oil is extracted from fish oil - which I've found to be quite healthy when taken in vitamin form, so I have high hopes for this cream.
This is a wonderful sounding cream, that is surprisingly not heavy or too rich for my oily skin. It instantly provides moisture to even my oily skin, bringing to it a healthy glow. It is a bit too much for me during the day, but using this cream in the evening somehow transformed the moisture content of my face overnight and I found I did't need as much moisturizer to keep my oil balanced during the day. The smell is very light and subtle, which is also a positive note for me.

6. Virgin Farms Double Care Fresh Gel & Ultra Cream Set (sample size: 3g*7 gel + 3g*7 cream foils) $15
(Full size is 100ml of gel & 100ml of cream; $94 each)

Virgin Farm's Double Care Set aggressively, yet gently and effectively targets matters that plagues blemish riddled skin, such as mild acne, redness, dryness, and sensitivity as it enhances the skin's moisture balance and elasticity. The dual skincare set uses natural ingredients such as boabab seed and fermented galactomyces filtrate to deliver cosmic doses of hydration, energy, and nutrition to blemished skin, and also forms a protective hydration coat over the skin to keep vital nourishment and moisture in, while keeping environmental toxins out. Plus, concentrated doses of niacinamide brightens, corrects, and evens out the complexion for the look of real porcelain skin.
How to use: On clean face, apply Double Care Fresh Gel to the entire face. After complete absorption, apply Double Care Ultra Cream to the entire face. For best results, use twice daily. Continued use helps keep skin looking fresh and relaxed. 

I tend to shudder when I see foil packets of product in any subscription box, so these immediately got the cold shoulder from me. Of course, my curiosity got the best of me and I just had to give these a try. They are a two-part system, that I used as the last two steps of my skincare routine at night. These, once again, are a bit too much for me to use during the day. I can on days where I am staying home and not applying makeup, but otherwise it provides a bit too much moisture to my oily t-zone for makeup to adhere properly when out and about.
I love that this set includes galactomyces in them - one of my favorite skincare ingredients. Of course I'm also pleased to see niacinamide as I've been hoping to lighten up some of my sun spots. So far this seems like a great duo that provides an excellent source of moisture and clarity to my skin. It's helped heal my acne, brighten sun and scar spots, and balance my skin better. I wish we had received full sized products instead of tiny samples.

7. TonyMoly Delight Tony Tint in Red (Sample size; 1.5ml) $1
(Full size: 8.3ml; $4)

One of the bestselling lip tint in Korea, this tint instantly gives vivid red color to your lips with just a single touch. It creates the long-lasting, radiant lips popular amount Korean beauty lovers. 
How to use: Apply small amount of the tint from the inside to outside of your lip. Apply before lip gloss to give natural gradient lips.

I've received this tint in a few past Memeboxes, and I love the color, smell, flavor, and texture of this product. This tint is like a sweet berry juice you gently dab on your lips. I'm not big on the gradient lip, but this produces a nice deep yet almost natural red tint to the lips that sits nicely under a sheer gloss. It does smudge slightly, but for most part this color sinks in rapidly with a lasting tint of color.

This was a nice Memebox! I will continue to enjoy all the items, and am still giddy over the galactomyces products. I would have been a little happier to see an all skincare beauty box like this, but maybe in the future!


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