Monday, August 18, 2014

Memebox Special #24 Brightening Skincare Review

It was a fun mail weekend, and this box kicked it off. I love how Memebox arrives so quickly. This box shipped out on 8/12 and took just three days to get here. And that's with standard shipping! I guess sometimes it does pay to live in the middle of nowhere after all.

What: Memebox is NOT a subscription box. Rather it is a themed one-time purchase box filled with beauty products from Korea. There are several types of boxes: Memebox, Superbox, and Luckybox to name a few.
When: New boxes come out quite often, about every week or so.
Cost: $15 - $39, depending on the type of box + $6.99 shipping (from Korea)

I've been looking forward to the Brightening Skincare box ever since I ordered it because I KNOW I can use a little lot of help on my skincare routine. I was hoping for some good stuff to fade dark spots because I have this one (well several, but one in particular) acne scar from several months ago that JUST WON'T GO AWAY. Did Memebox deliver?

Brightening Skincare box description from Memebox website:
"There's no denying that the gorgeous, even-toned and glowing complexion that we see on K-celebs comes from a great skin care routine. Before you can even consider choosing the perfect foundation or tackling those pesky hyperpigmented dark spots, you need to address how to even out and brighten up your complexion not matter what your skin color. So, learn the insider secrets to the latest Korean brightening skincare craze with skincare products that give you a smoother and brighter skin, minus the dark spots caused by sun damage and scarring! De-makeup and reveal radiant and even complexion without a hint of blemish!"

From the looks of it, this seems like a great box. AND I SEE A SPOT CREAM! (Yes!)

Dermahouse Perfect Moisture Whitening Mask (Full Size Value: $29)

There are two ways to use this: as a 15 minute mask or as an overnight mask. This has got niacinamide aka vitamin B3 which helps to whiten, brighten, and reduce discoloration and redness. Here's what it says on the tube: "This perfect whitening mask will help brighten, illuminate uneven skin tones with vitamin B3 derivative 'niacinamide' and swiss alpine herbs. Saccharides/amino acids complex and herb ferment extract readapts the moisture balance of skin." I'm not sure what else is in it since the ingredient list is in Korean and I can't find an English translation, but I'll try it and see how it works. Here's a screenshot from the Dermahouse website. Too bad Google translate doesn't work on images :( So it fades age spots and I guess sun spots too. I hope it works to diminish pesky acne scar(s).

Isfren Rx Magic Eye Solution Wise Patch (Full Size value: $3)

YY U say, YY U C, I C U R YY for me. Sorry, the name made me think of that. This must be one smart mask because it can turn a sad panda into a happy one. Here's what the actual mask looks like.

I haven't gotten a chance to try it yet since I haven't had any under eye circles for a while. Maybe I should try pulling an all nighter just so I can use this the next day. The gel on the patch locks in moisture, hydrating and brightening up "panda-eyes." Luckily the ingredient list is in English, and niacinamide is third on the list, after water and glycerin. And I love Asian cartoon drawings. They're so much better than the boring American pictures.


But you gotta admit, there are some pretty ridiculous American drawings out there too:

Yufit EON Wheat-Germ 97 Essence (Full Size Value: $36)

I don't currently incorporate an essence into my skincare routine; I guess it's about time I did. This essence contains 97% wheat germ, which is loaded with vitamin E. The other 3% is comprised of niacinamide, a couple of plant extracts, sodium hyaluronate, and a few other anti-wrinkle/whitening/firming chemicals.

The essence itself is like water and has no scent, but it's kinda oily going on. It does absorb into the skin after a few minutes though. I can't read Korean, but I think this shows the evening of skin tone over 10 days (correct me if I'm wrong). Let's see how true this is...

Cleosis Professional All in one Water Shining Finisher (Full Size Value: $39)

Yep. All-in-one, as in you don't need anything else in your routine other than a cleanser. Supposedly this bad boy is a toner, essence, moisturizer, and primer ALL. IN. ONE. I really don't think I'll ditch my toner because I love it too much, but I may use this as a moisturizer after my current one runs out. I love how quickly it absorbs into my skin. The only thing is it smells like baby powder, which is good for a baby but I'm not so much a fan of my face smelling like it.

As far as what's in it, it's got sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide, and titanium dioxide pretty high up on the ingredient list. So maybe it's also got some UV protection in there as well? There's also a whole load of plant extracts. And lactose ferment. I'm not totally sure why Cleosis decided that throwing on pictures of bacilli onto the product page would be appealing. I mean I guess it's the universal way to let everyone know there's some kind of bacteria/bacteria product in there, but being a microbiologist...jeez, talk about getting the heebie-jeebies.

Finco Solution Spot (Full Size Value: $42)

Look, it's what I've been looking for - a spot gel to target acne scars and blemishes! I don't know why the card says $42 because this sells for $35 in the Memeshop. This is a clear silicone-based gel and can be applied under or over makeup.
Again with the microbes. Pollen this time..? Viruses?
According to the box, the star ingredient is the anti-inflammatory Agrimonia eupatoria extract. Also in this tube of wonders are niacinamide as you probably guessed, and A LOT of plant extracts. I've already used it a few times and I'm eagerly waiting to see if my spots fade. It takes a while to fully absorb into your skin and a little goes a long way. It's got a fresh scent that I KNOW is super common but I can't remember what it is. Think clean linen + cucumber. Ohmygosh what is it?? It's bothering me! Aloe? Smells good though. 

This box sold for $23 but I used a code (now expired) to get it for $8 plus shipping. It had a value of $149 ($142 w/ Memeshop prices). Whoa! I'm so glad I decided to get this box because I will use everything in here...yes, even the eye mask one day. Plus, four of the five (full sized!) items have English ingredient lists, so maybe Memebox heard our cries for help. #theuneducatededucated I may hold off on the all-in-one finisher until I get through my current moisturizer, but the wheat germ essence and spot gel have already found a place in my routine. I haven't had a chance to try the whitening mask yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

As always, Memebox has seemingly never-ending specials:


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  1. Perhaps the mystery "fresh" scent is green tea? That seems to be a popular choice amongst Korean skincare brands.

    1. Hmm...possibly? If it is, I wish my green tea smelled that good when brewed. I'm sure I'd drink it more often. But then again, I love my black tea caffeine kick too...

  2. Im still waiting for mine to get here! Im excited for the wheat germ essence and the spot treatment! Yay!

    1. I use them everyday! Maybe it's because I'm just not very essence-educated and it's normal, but the wheat germ essence is kinda oily and leaves your face slightly clammy for about 5-10 minutes. But I'm hellbent on seeing what it can do! Really excited about this box!