Friday, September 26, 2014

Memebox Special #37 Wake Up Makeup Review

So Memebox does this thing where you become slightly interested in K-beauty while blog surfing so you decide to finally give in to the hype and pick up ONE (and only one) box "just to see what it's all about." Then some kind of weird magic happens and you just. can't. stop. buying Memeboxes. I was doing good for a while and went a whole month without buying any. Then the Memegods got mad and coaxed me into buying 5 in two weeks. If you're one of the curious folk looking for an addiction, look no further...

What: Memebox is not a recurring 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)

The Wake Up Makeup box is sold out now but was selling for $23 + $6.99 shipping. I think I used a blogger code for this one to get $5 off. My advice is always use a discount code when getting a Memebox (they are always coming out with new ones). If not, you'll wonder where all your money went a lot quicker.
I was pretty darn thrilled when I saw how much stuff was in this box. All Wake Up Makeup boxes came with a Free Gift so I'm not sure why they didn't just include it as part of the box. Maybe because it was the only non-makeup item? Oh well, but it's a great free gift. More on that later.

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Cheek Room Two Color Lip Gloss - Wine & Nude Peach (Value: $12)
I'm not gonna lie, when I first took this out of the box I immediately thought of the litmus milk test for differentiation of bacteria. I always thought it was a pretty test. Right. Anyway. I never understood two-toned lip glosses. I still don't. According to the info card you use the doe foot to "apply to lips and spread it well. Wait 30 seconds after first application and apply gloss on top for a super glossy effect." It was glossy after the first swipe and the second one just added more color. It comes out as a mixture of the two halves (duh) and I just kinda mixed them together because I wasn't sure what else to do and got a sort of fucshia color:
Cheek Room lip gloss in Wine & Nude Peach
There was a questionable crack in the bottom half that made me think of curdled milk, but it disappeared after the first use and doesn't bother me anymore because outta sight, outta mind. I can totally see myself messing up the layers. I already added pink streaks to the bottom half after just one use.

Shara Shara Glitter Pearl Powder - Bronze Gold (Value: $7)
Sorry I don't have a picture of the actual thing for you. I can't open the box without ripping it to shreds and I'm not planning on keeping this, so you just get this corset-looking thing. This is a bronze-gold body glitter (more gold-gold based on the info card picture) that can also be used as a highlighter. Not totally sure I'd want gold glitter highlighter on my face. But that's just me, I'm not so much the adventurous makeup type.

Bbia Downy Cheek - Downy Peach (Value: $12)
You could receive one of two colors of this cream blush: downy pink or downy peach. I got the peach, which is still pretty pink, just not as much as the actual pink. It's more like a coral I guess. I'm not a huge fan of cream blushes, mostly because I end up patting off all my concealer when I apply the blush and all my dark spots say Hello! The other thing I don't care for is the oiliness, and this one is no exception. Color-wise though, I like this. I normally don't go for coral, but this blush is so subtle that I think it works. The swatch below is after four swipes with my finger.
Bbia Down Cheek in Downy Peach
Here's what it can look like. I don't really want to to look like a doll so I'll be cutting this amount in half. Or thirds. But it is a very nice rosy color, not too bright or off the wall.

It's Skin Babyface Young Girl Gel Eye Liner - Black/Purple + Liner Brush (Eyeliner Value: $13)
When I first saw that this was a black/purple combo eye liner I cowered in fear. It's purple again! This color's been haunting me all summer and I can't pull off purple so I've been avoiding it like the plague.
After staring at it for a good five minutes I read the Memecard how-to. "Wear alone for an ultra-reflective, high-shine finish without stickiness, or apply over or under your favorite lip products." Wait. Since when do eyeliners go on your lips? *giggle giggle* Okay, since I got a laugh out of it and because the packaging is so cute, I'll give this a chance. Besides, the purple part is really tiny and if I don't like it I just won't use it. Besides, it came with a liner brush extra so how can I say no?
It's weird. The black picks up fine, but I had the hardest time picking up the purple. The purple is kinda shimmery but I don't see why that should make it so hard to stick to the brush? I did 10 passes over the purple just to get the swatch below. The gel globs up on the brush and comes off in globs too. Not liking this so far. At least I can use the black.
It's Skin Babyface Young Girl Gel Eye Liner in Purple & Black
Assuming I can get the purple to work properly, this is how they can be applied together to "create a younger-looking, lovelier effect on your eyes":

Royal Nature The Original Soothing Blemish Balm SPF30 PA++ (Value: $43)
Calendula, chamomile, cypress, portulaca, and a special "Angel's Tear" complex make for a BB cream that will relieve and brighten skin. I generally don't care for BB creams because they make my face sticky and gray. I think I'm gonna wait till I see more reviews before I decide to unseal this tube. I wonder what's in the Angel's Tear complex? Something OMG worthy like snail or grub extracts?

Shara Shara Creamy Dual Auto Eye Stick - Holly Pink Brown (Value: $9)
Those in favor of consolidating makeup tools may want to take a look at this stick. It's an eyeshadow + eyeliner in one.
It's not great quality stuff but it's something fun. Both ends are retractable and have quite a bit of product. Practically the whole white part on both ends is filled with product.
The liner end reminds me of those skinny waxy shiny almost-crayons that I used to play with as a kid. Okay I know that's not a very good description but I don't know how to describe them, even though I can picture it in my head clearly. So clearly. It's not a very dark brown and it will easily wipe clean so maybe I'll use this end as a crayon later. The eye shadow end is kind of fun. I'd call this a shimmer rather than a shadow though. I've never worn pinky pink shadow before, especially not shimmery pink, but I think this still looks fun. One swipe will give you the swatch you see below. I can use this. If not on my eyelids then as another body shimmer. Or something. Basically I'm keeping this more for fun than for function. Maybe I'll add it to my writing/decorating supplies.
This is what it can look like but I've got these hooded monolids that don't hide anything so what you'll see with my eyes closed is exactly what you'll see with my eyes open and that's BAM! blinding shimmer.

Cellbydate The Real Galacto Zero Essence (Approx value: $14)
This was the free gift in the Wake Up Makeup box and the only non-makeup item. This is a large bottle (100ml) of essence containing 95% galactomyces ferment. That's about all the information we get because it's not included on the info card. Galactomyces has a 7-fold effect on skin:
Here's what went into making this bottle of wonders. I recognize galactomyces yeast (though that's not what yeast cells look like) and flowers. Any idea on what the rest is?
I like pictures and I thought this looked fun. I believe it's a warning not to store the open bottle in elevated temperatures. Because is that a petri dish with yeast colonies growing on it? Anyhow, it's not good for you. Okay, maybe "fun" is the wrong word. I'm excited to try this but I already have so many essences open I just can't yet. :(

I didn't expect this to be such a fun Memebox. It was worth $96 thanks to the BB cream making up half of that value. And that's not including the essence or liner brush! I thought it had a lot of pinkish makeup in it (lip gloss, blush, eye shimmer), but I guess that's better than the orangey things they tend to give out. I think the only thing I'll be giving up is the glitter powder, so overall it was a good box. I probably won't purchase another make up box for a while though, I just have way more makeup than I'll be able to use.

If you picked up this box what did you think of it? I expect there to be lots of color variations since most of the items can be one of several colors.

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  1. Love it! I didnt try the purple yet. I didn't like the brush and used my own on the black and it worked much better. I love the picture of high temperatures and the skull and crossbones :D Also good to know you didn't die using the Cheek Room with the crack. I didn't even open mine and I think its because it reminds me of curdled milk. That texture just didn't seem right. Must be normal, though.

    1. Yeah, I didn't care for the brush either. I prefer super skinny stiff liner brushes but then I think I'm pretty picky so I thought it was just me. I haven't tried the purple with a different brush yet, I hope it picks up better! The Cheek Room does look like spoiled milk but it smelled okay soooo.......and I'm still here :)

  2. Awww I missed this one... but at least I have 15 others on their way.

    ... darn Memeaddiction

    1. Haha. They Mememind-wash us! Once you buy IT NEVER ENDS!

  3. That liner brush looks like it would annoy the crap out of me. Hopefully you'll get better results with a different brush! As for the two-toned lip gloss ... I don't understand the point. But if you've found a way to use it, no worries right? :)

    1. Yeah, it's not that great of a brush. Or I'm just not good enough to make it work. Either way, I like my skinny one with stiff bristles better. I still haven't found a way to make the lip gloss work the way it's supposed to, but it's not that horrible if you just mix the colors. And just shake it...shake, shake it like a polaroid picture.