Sunday, November 30, 2014

Memebox #53 Wine & Cheese Cosmetics Unboxing

I love food. Therefore I am a sucker for food-themes, and that carries into Memeboxes. When the Wine & Cheese Cosmetics box was released it sat in my cart for a looong time while I battled my internal money demons. Lately I've been trying to cut back on sub box spending so I've been very selective about which Memeboxes to get. In the end those pesky demons won (mostly because I like to drink wine and eat cheese) and I was awaiting the arrival of my next food-not-food box. 
What: Memebox is not a recurring subscription box. It's a 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: Lately new boxes have been coming out about once a week
Cost: $15 - $39, depending on the type of box + $6.99 shipping (from Korea). The Wine & Cheese Cosmetics box was $29+shipping and is now sold out.

The original ship date for this box was November 7th but it got pushed back to the 13th. Then it got pushed back again to the 19th because they were still waiting for one of the items to arrive at the warehouse. But of course the 19th came and went and still nothing. It finally ended up shipping out a couple days after that. I know a lot of people were irked about this but I didn't really mind because I was busy playing with my new feet goodies I got in the Foot Therapy box :)

Wine & Cheese Cosmetics info card (click to enlarge)

Tonymoly I'm REAL Red Wine Sheet Mask (2 masks value: $2) - I haven't opened this yet, but if this sheet mask smells like wine and I have to put it on my face, it'll take every ounce of strength to resist seeing if it actually tastes like red wine. This mask is supposed to tighten pores and evens out your complexion.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil hlorphenesin Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Phenyl Trimethicone Wine Extract, Carboer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melissa Offiinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmrinus Officinalis (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
LadyKin Mangchee Lifting Mask (50ml full size value: $43) - That's quite a hefty price tag for this little jar of wonders. This mask is supposed to be worn overnight for it to do its magic. It moisturizes skin with mango, cheese, and shea butter extracts. The antioxidants in this cream (vitamin E and tea leaf water) help in repairing skin and stimulating cellular turnover for an anti-aging effect. Witch hazel and allantonin help calm skin and reduce inflammation. I want to use this, but things with shea butter tend to be overkill for my skin and leaves it greasy. I really hope that's not the case with this mask. If anything I'll probably just wear it for a couple hours instead of overnight.

Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener (180ml full size value: $12) - This is the item that was holding up box shipments but I'm glad to finally have it because it smells just like red wine! It's infused with actual wine (Chateau Margaux) extracts that makes me want to lick my face (like I imagine would be the case with the sheet masks). This is used after your cleanser to peel and roll away any dead skin. I love peels. I have enough dead skin on my face and body for all the peels my little heart desires. This is a thick milky liquid (but thinner than typical gel peels) so you have to use more than you would a regular gel since it doesn't spread out as evenly. I do love the results I got though. Peeling skin plus sniffing wine throughout the whole process is a total win for me. And I have to mention the packaging. It's a mini wine bottle - how adorable is that??!

Enprani Dear Bounce Cheese Cream (75ml full size value: $35) - Memebox must really love this cream because this is the fourth box I've seen it in. But this is the first time I'm getting it and I've always wanted to try it so I'm happy :) Protein whey gives the cream a stretchy melted cheese-like texture that is a mess to work with but oh so FUN at the same time. I just took a swipe off the protective lid/seal and got it alllll over the place. Unfortunately, as much as I enjoyed making a melted cheesy mess, this was waaay too hydrating for my skin. It left my face oily throughout the whole day :( And when I say whole day I mean overnight all the way until I took a shower in the evening. I'd absolutely recommend this for dry skin types.
Ooey gooey bouncy cheesy fun

LadyKin Mangchee Replenishing Hand Cream (60ml full size value: $14) - This is pretty much the lotion version of the LadyKin Lifting Mask above. Adenosine helps to reduce wrinkles, and quark cheese extracts, Corchorus olitorius leaf ferment filtrate, mango extracts, and tea leaf water keep skin hydrated and resilient.

Blanc Doux Pinot Noir UV Shield & Tone-Up - for Sensitive Skin (40ml full size value: $36) - Whoa. I would not pay $36 for a sunscreen. But this one is not like other sunscreens. Okay I don't know exactly what's in it, but my trusty Memecard tells me that aside from providing UV protection, this sunscreen has Pinot Noir in here to replenish and brighten skin. I'm gonna say the same thing now that I've been saying throughout this post: I wanna slather this all over my face (and perhaps body) so I can smell like wine!!

The Wine & Cheese Cosmetics box was very interesting to say the least. Everything was jam packed into a smaller-than-normal box, but it had a $142 value! Nice, very nice. I'm glad everything had something to do with the theme so it wasn't a curation dud. I'm pretty sad that the bounce cream is too moisturizing for me though, and I really hope that's not the case with the LadyKin lifting mask too or else that'd decrease the box's value by half for me :( I'm loving the Innisfree wine peel so far and want to go out and buy red wine now so I can have my own little drunken Wine & Cheese facial.

I know the month is just about over, but you still have one day left to use these codes if you decide to pick up something from Memebox/Memeshop!

YNDE82 - get $5 off any $30+ purchase (before S&H) in November (exp 11/30)
9I4QWO - 20% off an order over $200 (VIP 2x use code; if it doesn't work that means it has already been used twice. Exp 11/30)
8L8HUR - 10% off an order over $40 from Shop USA (VIP 2x use code; if it doesn't work that means it has already been used twice. Exp 11/30)
FN5Q4X - FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30 from Shop Global (VIP code. Exp 11/30)
MEMEBUNDLE3 - $5 off when you buy 3+ Memeboxes
MEMEBUNDLE4 - $8 off when you buy 4+ Memeboxes
FREESHIPPONY50 - Free shipping on orders over $50 from the Memeshop
Sign up now for a new account and automatically get 2 free points ($2 in Memeshop)!
USE MY AFFILIATE LINK for $5 off orders over $100 or $10 off orders over $150 (discount will apply automatically if you use any of the Memebox links in this post)

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Memebox Thanksgiving Box Collection #1 For Me Unboxing

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I hope you all are stuffing yourselves silly with delicious food and remembering what you're thankful for on this holiday (other than Black Friday). Right now I'm thankful that I got this box in time for Thanksgiving!

Two weeks ago Memebox released their special edition Thanksgiving boxes. One was called "For Me" and the other "For You," which was made for gifting. I got the "For Me" box because I have no shame in saying that I like buying things for myself. Plus, I don't give out Thanksgiving presents anyway. They can wait till Christmas.

What: Memebox is not a recurring subscription box. It's a 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: Lately new boxes have been coming out about once a week
Cost: $15 - $39, depending on the type of box + $6.99 shipping (from Korea). The Thanksgiving box was $26+shipping and is now sold out.

This box shipped on the 17th, and at the rate I hear about Memebox shipping woes I highly doubt it'll get to most people in time for Thanksgiving. I think they should've pushed everything up a month to avoid upsetting customers. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about missing out on anything seasonal. There's nothing really Thanksgiving-ish in the box so it's not like it'll be an October Popsugar fiasco all over again. But the box itself was festive:
The box was pretty heavy and to my delight there were seven things in it. :) There shouldn't be much variation on this one since only one of the items had different options:

Thanksgiving box info card (click to enlarge)

Ariul Stress Relieving Purefull Cleansing Foam (75ml full size value: $8) - I got this in the Global #15 box and was excited to see what the "double bubble" experience was all about but I still haven't finished my current bottle. I think I need to start washing my face 5 times a day so I can get through all my cleansers before I turn 50. This face wash has a Pure Botanical Extracts Pool complex containing bergamot, lime, eucalyptus, chamomile, and six essential oils to nourish and hydrate skin. I have a few questions about this ingredient list, like Who is Rick Lau and why does he get an acid named after him? And what's a sodium tree? And itty.
INGREDIENTS: Glycerin, acid pre-Stick, Water, Butylene Glycol, Potassium cocoyl glycidyl carbonate, potassium hydroxide, stearic acid, cocamidopropyl beaine, Rick Lau acid, sodium methyl cocoyl Taur rate, blood's-40 stearate, glyceryl stearate, stearate-100's blood, the living tree fruit extract, chamomile flower/leaf extract, rosemary extract, pine extract, bear, sanseberiah Leaf Extract, Bergamot fruit oil, lemon peel oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, sunflower seed oil, Eurpoe pine leaf oil, lime oil, orange peel oil, tocopheryl acetate, sodium tree this itty, mineral water, oxygen, phenoxyethanol
Jaminkyung Gokmul Care Ultra Ampoule Toner (110ml full size value: $46) - Memebox doesn't send out toners too often so I'm happy to get one. I am 100% sure I've never seen any toner quite like this before. Jaminkyung prides itself on using naturally-derived ingredients in their products. It has a milky consistency but separates over time so you have to shake it before each use.
Gokmul Ultra Ampuole Toner...shake before using
The top half is the ampuole oil part and the bottom is water. Yellow water?  The top layer is rich in essential oils, primarily camellia seed oil and sweet almond oil. The bottom water layer is rich in eight grain extracts including black sesame seed, barley, and wild fructus perilla. I have about a month left in my current toner but this will be next in line. It looks fun! I'd imagine this would be fantastic for dry skin; I have combination skin so I hope it won't make my face too oily.

Sally's Box Mask Set - Love Recipe Apple Mask and Delight Masks (Value: $13 (!!)) - Holy sheet, these Delight masks better be made of gold if they're $4 each. Each is infused with a skin boosting agent. Panthenol and ceramide are great humectants that help in retaining moisture. But I'm not sure how well (if at all) collagen can absorb into skin. The Love Recipe Apple mask contains apple extracts to smooth out and hydrate skin.

803 Palazza Wrinkle Cream (50g full size value: $34 $28) - This is currently on sale in the Memeshop AND it's free shipping! 803 makes a bunch of creams, each targeting a specific part of the body. There were three options going out in boxes: Sam N (neck) Cream, Young (moisturizing) Cream, and Palazza (smile lines) Cream. There's even butt-lifting and breast-lifting creams! :-O I got the Palazza variety for smile lines. Smile lines are defined as the lines that run from your nose to the corners of your mouth. I didn't know those were undesirable? Unless they're talking about the wrinkles at just the corners of your mouth.. But it smells WONDERFUL. Like a baby unicorn just ate Skittles and pooped flowers. The consistency is a tad on the thicker side but I don't like goopy creams anyway so it works out for me!
I don't have smile wrinkles but I'll use this as a regular cream because I'm pretty sure if it can work on smile lines then it'll work on any face lines. But if you're curious how to apply a smile cream here are the instructions:
KEY INGREDIENTS: Collagen, Caviar, Royal Jelly, Adenosine, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil
Pisteo Birght & Pure C Serum (7ml single vial value: $25) - This little bottle is concentrated Vitamin C that replenishes moisture and smooth out fine lines. If anything I would think Vitamin C is drying to skin since it's pretty acidic, so I guess it's good that there's some moisturizing ingredient in there, though I have absolutely no idea what it is.

Clio Virgin Kiss Tinted Lip - Electric (3.5g full size value: $10) - ORANGE! >:( I know orange is very appropriate for the holiday, but there's no way I'm going to wear it on my lips. Memebox seems hellbent on sending out orange lip products for some reason. Is that the in color right now? Or is that the reject color that nobody buys so it ends up in unsuspecting Memeboxers' hands? I guess it's kind of cool that the orange turns glow-in-the-dark under blue LED lights (is that the same as blacklight?). I couldn't find a picture of the glow action so I'll just have to take Memebox's word for it.

Tonymoly Hello Bunny Perfume Bar - Momo Fruity (9g full size value: $11) -  This is the cutest thing! The bunny top pulls off to reveal a rub-on perfume stick.
It's supposed to smell like peaches but the description is anything but. It has citrus top notes, white rose and frisia (freesia?) middle notes, and a sandalwood and musk base. All I can smell is the freesia. I like that the stick is moisturizing and doesn't contain alcohol. Basically it's like a scented lip balm made for your skin. Momo was the only option for this box but there is also baby powder, rose, floral, and green tea. Each bunny has a different expression and they're so cute I want them all!
TONYMOLY Hello Bunny Perfume Bar
INGREDIENTS: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ceresin, Microcrysalline Wax, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Butyrospermium Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Trenifolia Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Lanolin, CI 77492, CI 15985, Phynoxyethanol, Fragrance
According to Memebox, the Thanksgiving box is valued at $141 (with the 803 cream sale price)!! I guess I should be thankful that this box was technically free since I used points to purchase it :) I'm actually very happy with it. I'll be using everything except for the lipstick so I'd call this a successful FOR ME box. I'm not really sure what everything has to do with Thanksgiving, but I'm grateful for my new goodies nonetheless :)

The month is almost over, but you can still use these codes on your Memebox/Memeshop purchases!

YNDE82 - get $5 off any $30+ purchase (before S&H) in November (exp 11/30)
9I4QWO - 20% off an order over $200 (VIP 2x use code; if it doesn't work that means it has already been used twice. Exp 11/30)
8L8HUR - 10% off an order over $40 from Shop USA (VIP 2x use code; if it doesn't work that means it has already been used twice. Exp 11/30)
FN5Q4X - FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30 from Shop Global (VIP code. Exp 11/30)
MEMEBUNDLE3 - $5 off when you buy 3+ Memeboxes
MEMEBUNDLE4 - $8 off when you buy 4+ Memeboxes
FREESHIPPONY50 - Free shipping on orders over $50 from the Memeshop
Sign up now for a new account and automatically get 2 free points ($2 in Memeshop)!
USE MY AFFILIATE LINK for $5 off orders over $100 or $10 off orders over $150 (discount will apply automatically if you use any of the Memebox links in this post)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Memebox Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals!

Time to clear out your drawers and make room for new beauty essentials come Black Friday! Here's a breakdown of the deals Memebox has going on:

BLACK FRIDAY SALE: 11/27 thru 11/30
  • 20% off sitewide in ShopUSA
  • FREE Lioele BB Cream sample with all purchases
  • FREE It's Skin Pearl Mask for the first 200 customers
  • Gift with purchase of select brands such as It's Skin & Missha
CYBER MONDAY SALE: 12/1 thru 12/7
  • FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25
  • FREE Lioele BB Cream sample with all purchases
  • FREE LJH Tea Tree Essence sample for the first 50 customers
  • Gift with purchase of select products
  • All Meme-branded products will be Buy One Get One 50% Off

And don't forget, you can also use these codes through the end of November:
YNDE82 - get $5 off any $30+ purchase (before S&H) in November (exp 11/30)
9I4QWO - 20% off an order over $200 (VIP 2x use code; if it doesn't work that means it has already been used twice. I don't expect to spend $200 on a single transaction this month so I figured I'd let other Memeboxers benefit from it! Exp 11/30)
8L8HUR - 10% off an order over $40 from Shop USA (VIP 2x use code; if it doesn't work that means it has already been used twice. Exp 11/30)
FN5Q4X - FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30 from Shop Global (VIP code. Exp 11/30)
MEMEBUNDLE3 - $5 off when you buy 3+ Memeboxes
MEMEBUNDLE4 - $8 off when you buy 4+ Memeboxes
FREESHIPPONY50 - Free shipping on orders over $50 from the Memeshop
Sign up now for a new account and automatically get 2 free points ($2 in Memeshop)!
USE MY AFFILIATE LINK for $5 off orders over $100 or $10 off orders over $150 (discount will apply automatically if you use any of the Memebox links in this post)

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Birchbox Unboxing - November 2014

Whew! With all the shopping and DIY gifting craziness that's been going on lately it's hard to find time to just sit down and write a review.

Okay. I lied. I'm just lazy. Well things really are busy, just that when I do have some down time I choose to stuff my face in preparation for holiday feasting rather than jump on the computer. Nobody else is gonna stretch out these pants so that they're ready for Thanksgiving. I know I can't be the only one who feels this way. I know at least half of you guys can relate, amirite?

Well Birchbox arrived early this month along with my Ipsy Glam Bag, and by early I mean it took 15 days instead of the normal 25. *sigh* the little things.

What: Birchbox contains 4-6 samples of high-end beauty and lifestyle products
When: Ships on the 10th of each month
Cost: $10/month or $110/year upfront
Fun fact: Birchbox has an awesome points system where you can review products or make purchases from the Birchbox shop to earn points. Every 100 points gets you $10 credit in the BB shop.

November info card (click to enlarge)
This month Birchbox is giving back. Birchbox has partnered with (RED) to raise awareness for the fight against AIDS. (RED)'s mission is to bring the number of babies born with HIV down to zero. All monies raised are used to fund HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. You can help, too. November's outer box has HIV/AIDS facts printed on it. For every photo of these facts shared on Instagram or Twitter through 12/10 with the hashtag #shaRED, Birchbox will donate $1 to (RED). Also, all (RED) downloads via the App Store will raise money for awareness. Check out their site for more ways to help.

Now that you've helped a great cause and feel warm and cuddly inside, time to see if that fuzzy feeling lasts through this unboxing:

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive (0.26oz sample value: $4.70) - Okay I'm not sure if I'm missing something here. This is an exfoliant that's gentle enough for sensitive skin. You leave it on your face for 10 minutes and when you wash it off all of your dead skin is supposed to flake off with it. Um. Couple things. #1: This has the consistency of water and I had the hardest time keeping it from running off my face. Actually, it did run off my face and it made a big drippy mess. #2: When I washed it off there was no flaking of dead skin whatsoever and my face felt exactly the same as earlier. No brightening, no tightening. Am I using it wrong?? I'm kinda sad because I really wanted this when I saw the spoilers and was so happy when I saw it in my box but......sad face :( It also smells nothing like green apples or citrus. Double sad face :((

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream (0.2oz sample value: $4.80) - I was so sad after the Juice Beauty letdown that I didn't even try out anything else from the box yet. Next up is a cream. Not just any ol' cream; this one's for those with dry skin. People with dry or wrinkled skin often lack the lipids that retain moisture aka ceramides. This cream is enriched with ceramides to make skin soft and supple again. I haven't actually squeezed it out of the tube yet, but it smells faintly of tea and flower petals. Not bad.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (0.75oz sample value: $6.75) - I don't think I fully understand the appeal of dry shampoos. I was hoping to get the Amika dry shampoo a while ago just to try but got a different brand instead and started using that one. Then stopped because I kept forgetting I had it. Anyway I feel like dry shampoos just aren't effective for me. My hair doesn't smell if I don't wash it for a while so I really don't care if a dry shampoo is scented or not, but it will get oily near the scalp and dry shampoos have never done anything about that. This one claims to soak up excess oil and dirt......and put it where? Hm.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash (1.35oz sample value: $2.50) - Japanese sea wrack extract is the key ingredient in this body wash to give you elements of a seaweed wrap-like spa treatment at home. Okay I don't know if it'll feel that luxurious but I'll try it. This smells just like the Gilchrist & Soames Lotion with Sea Fennel. It's a soothing scent that I couldn't place but according to Birchbox it smells like aqualeaf and citrus.

theBalm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer (0.02oz sample value: $1.60) - Ha, what a cute name! At first I thought it looked like something from Benefit but it's actually a luminizer from theBalm. The packaging looks like a tiny little book with a magnetic closure. The color is a bit too pinky cool for my skin tone, but I'll see if I can use it as a body shimmer or something. I don't even use body shimmers but I guess it's never too late to start, eh? But I want to keep it because I can't stop playing with the magnet! *sigh* small kid tendencies.

Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter (1.15oz single serving value: $1.20) - I don't think I've ever tried almond butter, but seeing as how I love peanut butter and cookie butter I'm pretty sure I'll love this too. Justin's almond butter comes in packets so you don't have to worry about lugging around a tub in your purse for those times you need to sweeten up your crackers or ANYTHING on the go. There's a fair amount of almond butter in a single packet (over one ounce) so if you feel like doing a small binge sesh at work GO FOR IT.

My thoughts on this month's loot: I have mixed feelings. I'm pretty bummed that the green apple peel was a dud since that's the one thing I was hoping to try the most. On the other hand, I got almond butter baby! And I can't stop playing with this damn magnet. If I had to grade this box I'd give it a B. Nothing really stood out but nothing was disappointing either (aside from the peel). Plus there were six things so I can review them to get $6 worth of points to spend in the Birchbox shop!

Do you like what you see in this box? If you want to sign up for a Birchbox, use my link and start discovering some awesome beauty products. The shop also has some lifestyle and foodstuff too, so have a look around, but be forewarned it's easy to find yourself spending HOURS browsing their stock!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ipsy Review - November 2014

OMIGOSH is this for real? Has Ipsy reached me in two weeks? Unbelievable! And here's another OMG-worthy tidbit: BIRCHBOX TOO! This has never ever happened before and I was pretty ecstatic to say the least. Especially around the Thanksgiving/holiday season.

What: Ipsy Glam Bags contain 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month
Fun Extras: You can review your products each month to earn ipsyPoints which can be redeemed for monthly bonus items.

November's theme was glittery. I like glitter in my nail polish and I thought I liked it in makeup as well until I found myself always giving away my glittery cosmetics. Subtle glitter eyeliners and slightly shimmery shadows are cool though. I don't like to peek at what I'm getting beforehand so I wasn't sure what to expect this month.

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish - Guys & Galaxies (0.5oz full size value: ~$7.00) - Nice one to kick off this Glam Bag. I once had a classic silver glittery nail polish from Julep and swapped it. Then I realized that I have 367,438 glitter polishes but not a single basic silver glitter one. So I will be keeping this for me, myself, and I. I haven't used it yet, but my past experiences with Nicole by OPI are positive so I'm getting good vibes about this one as well.

Tarte Maracuja Oil (0.23oz sample value: $6.20) - I think Tarte has some of the best packaging ever. It's colorful and I like colorful things. That's probably why kaleidoscopes were my favorite toy as a kid. I was a simple child. I still am. When I saw this my first reaction was *groan* not another oil! I've tried so many oils that I can't remember what kind works well and what doesn't. This one is pure maracuja oil and comes from the seeds of passion fruit, or lilikoi as I call it. But it smells nothing like lilikoi; it's nutty. Well obviously, since it's from seeds and all. Duh. I should think before I type. Anyway I used it since it's got the cutest button dropper dispenser. And I love it. Of course it's oily but it absorbs wonderfully. Tarte's primary way of using this oil on your face; supposedly it will hydrate and even out your complexion. Other uses are for hair, cuticles, and dry skin. The nutty smell lingers for a while though, so if you're sensitive to scents then you may not want to use it.

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil - Ultra Orchid (0.08oz full size value: $17.00) -  And the purple haunting continues. It's a gorgeous sparkly color, just not for me. While I'm on the subject of colors, I thought orchid was more pinky than purpley? And wouldn't "ultra" mean intense? Like a fucshia or something? Oh well.
Ultra orchid aka purple
Starlooks has had glittery gem pencils for a while, but this is part of the NEW line of gem pencils debuting in Ipsy Glam Bags. They're all pretty (okay maybe not the olive one), but I just haven't found any color I can pull off other than black or brown. I have no idea how this performs because it will remain shrink wrapped until it gets transferred to someone more worthy of it than I. If you love this formula, you can check out more of what they have to offer by picking up their monthly subscription, Starbox.

SeaRx Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub (0.3oz sample value: $2.70) - I really wish there was more scrub in here. It says 0.3oz but the tube was more than half empty from the get-go. I used it once for my face and I think there's about two uses left. If I had used it on my whole body as it suggests it'd be gone by now. I'm not quite sure if it worked because my face didn't look or feel any different afterwards, but I did feel the microbeads during so they must've been doing at least some scrubbing. On the plus side, the beads are very fine and didn't leave behind any redness on my face whatsoever. Plus it smells like grapefruit :)

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (1.5oz sample value: $1.50) - I remember the top 3 reasons why I stopped using hairspray back in the '90s: #1-those white flakes! #2-my hands got sticky every time they were wet and I ran them through my hair; #3-said hands would get stuck in my hair after one inch and leave a huge tangled bird's nest of a knot. Every hairspray I've gotten in a sub box has been instantly thrown in the swap pile. Then last week my coworker was talking about curling her hair and I thought that might be something fun to play around with since I have a total of three hairstyles for my straight hair: all down, ponytail, and half ponytail. Woopwoop, boring people represent. Of course, curling my hair will require a curling iron and some hairspray, both of which I don't have. Well I have one now. Yay, halfway there! This spray is supposed to give you extra volume with flexible hold without stickiness or flaking. Have hairsprays really come that far and everything I hated about them now fixed? .....Well, it smells a heck of a lot better. *wait several minutes* Yes! It's flexible AND not sticky! Oh, how I've been behind the times. I probably wouldn't trust this to hold up a beehive updo, but for loose curls it's perrrrrfect.

November Makeup Bag - This month's bag is designed by Forever 21. The first thing I like is that it's glittery plastic so the glitters won't fall off and make a mess. The next good thing is that the zipper's on the top so you don't get an inch of wasted space like you do with side-zip bags. The silver/pink combo is also very pretty. Plus the inside is lined with black nylon so you can't tell if your eye pencil accidentally marks up the inside. I approve.

This month's Ipsy bag rang in at $34 worth of cosmetics. I'm kind of bummed that I'll be giving away the highest valued item, but I like everything else so I'm still satisfied. :) I'm especially happy that the two things I was the least thrilled about (maracuja oil and hairspray) turned out to be my favorites! That's why these beauty subs are so great, you can find so many things you would've never bought for yourself. 

If you want to subscribe to Ipsy, use my link to sign up for an account. You always get a higher valued bag than what you paid. There's a waitlist for Glam Bags, but you can skip the wait by posting to Facebook and having a friend subscribe from your link.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Bulu Box Review - November 2014

I was certain my Bulu Box subscription expired last month but according to customer service I still had one more box left. Oh well, you can't beat a free box. 

What: Bulu Box is a health, wellness, and (optional) weight loss subscription box containing 4-6 premium samples. Two box curations: Regular and Weight Loss. This review is for the Regular box.
When: Ships monthly on the 15th
Cost: $10/month (free shipping)
Extra tidbits: Earn points for purchasing Bulu Boxes/items in the shop, reviewing box items, and referring friends. Every 10 points counts as $1 credit in the Bulu Box shop

Lately Bulu Box has been getting a lot of heat for the dip in the quality of curation - most times the boxes have foils or teeny tiny samples that only amount to about $5, then all of a sudden they'll surprise you with a full size bottle of something worth $25-50. Except it's something you won't use. Sorry, scalp's still hairy, I don't require a hair rejuvenator just yet. If you thought Birchbox was hit or miss, you haven't met Bulu. So I was curious to see if I'd go out with a bang with my last box.

November info card (click to enlarge)

AllergEase Herbal Lozenges (Value: $7.00) - I don't know about you, but I think my body hates the cold more than it hates pollen so I suffer from allergies the most during the winter months. I don't even know why since it doesn't even get that cold around here. These lozenges don't have the chemicals like other antihistamines (you know, the chemicals that WORK...usually); instead they're packed with 100% of your Vitamin C and some natural medicinal herbs: stinging nettle leaf, European elder flower, plantain leaf, eyebright, and menthol. Very natural sounding. In any case these lozenges couldn't have come at a better time. I'm not currently sneezy and stuffy so I can't attest to how well they work, but as far as taste goes it's like the original flavor Ricola. Pretty much exactly. It looks the same, tastes the same, and lasts the same amount of time. I still like this though. And bonus points to Bulu for not including just one in here - this box is actually half size with 21 lozenges. Whooo!

Nuline Nutritionals DSpeed Fast-Melt Vitamin D3 (Two capsules value: $0.50 $0.23) - Either Bulu is having a massive gigantic sale or they're trying to get rid of old/ineffective stock because I see no other reason why this would be on sale at the Bulushop for over 50% off. This is a tablet that dissolves on your tongue and releases 1000 IU (~25mcg) of vitamin D3 which is good for immunity and bone health. Since uncoated tablets are usually bitter this one is peach flavored so you don't gag and spit out all that precious goodness. Of course, an alternative would be to stand out in the sun for several hours, but seeing as how that's pretty tough to do when the days are only several hours long, I think this is a seasonally appropriate supplement. Fun fact: Did you know that D3 supplements are made from lamb wool fat? Whoaaa...

Brode Electrolyte Vitamins (Single serving value: $2.50) - Look, it's Gatorade in a capsule! These are basically capsules packed with electrolytes. When you drink water they combine so that your body's nervous and muscular systems can function properly. The brand suggests using it prior to drinking, air travel, and athletics. I'll give this a try at our next practice. I suppose it's easier to carry around a tiny packet than a Gatorade bottle. But I'll still have to carry a water bottle AND the packet sooo...the convenience factor is moot.

Supreme Protein Bar
Supreme Protein Accelerate Morning Protein Bar - Strawberry Banana (Single bar value: $2.75) - This bar comes in four flavors and I'm glad I got the strawberry banana! These are gluten-free and contain 15g of protein to start off your day. It looks yummy and smells even better. And it tastes good too! I don't have time to sit down and eat breakfast in the morning (hashtag #trafficwoes) so a breakfast bar would be totally ideal for me. But there's one reason why I don't eat them, or any protein/workout supplement for that matter: they're freakin expensive. Bars, gels, pills, powders, they all cost more than I'd like to spend, and why spend myself broke when I can get by without them? But if you don't mind the price, this bar really is yummy and has earned two thumbs up from me.

NeoCell Biotin Bursts (Single chew value: $0.72) - Biotin, aka Vitamin B7, is important for skin, nail, and hair health. This chew is packed with 10,000 mcg of it. My goodness. You don't need very much biotin (~30-50mcg/day) so I think this is super overkill. Fortunately, I don't think there's a such thing as biotin overdose so I guess 10,000 mcg is okay? The company claims that taking biotin has never been so delicious. I agree with that statement. These soft chews are acai berry flavor (I think it tastes like grape) and reminds me of the Now and Later candy. I doubt I'll be buying anymore of this since I can get enough from a regular diet, but it was delicious to try.

Waxelene Lip Balm (Full size tube value: $4.00 $3.60) - If you're looking to live greener, this is a good place to start. Waxelene is the biodegradable alternative to Vaseline and other petroleum jellies. It's completely organic and only contains four ingredients: organic soy oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil, and rosemary oil. They use recyclable packaging and even their production facility is 100% wind powered. Plus, this is a certified cruelty-free company. It's called lip balm but you can really use this for anything you'd use Vaseline for - dry skin, chapped lips, chafe prevention, etc. Supposedly it's odorless and won't clog pores. I keep pawning off my balms to my bf since he suffers from dry skin, but every single one has made him break out - even the ones that claim they won't clog pores. I doubt he'll trust me on this one. Looks like I'll have to find this cute little tube and spokesbee a new home.

There was also a $100 Naked Wines voucher off a $160 purchase. I won't use it so let me know if you want the code! Other than that, no extra cards in the box. That's a first. I kind of like that there weren't a gazillion cards with coupon codes because I've never used a single one. They just end up in the trash. At least they saved some trees this month.

This month's box had almost a $17 value. This is an example of what I feel a typical Bulu Box should look like. There was a nice variety of products and not everything was in pill form. I've got some lozenges, bars, chews, and balm. If only they made a box like this every month...

If you want to become a Bulugan, use my referral link to start receiving supplements to help you live a healthy lifestyle! You can choose either a Regular or a Weight Loss box. The Regular box generally has a lot of multivitamins while the Weight Loss box is heavy on the fat-burners. Hopefully that helps you decide which one to pick. Just keep in mind that these boxes can be pretty hit or miss so don't expect to be completely mindblown month after month.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Memebox Superbox #77 Foot Therapy Review

Alright, I know lots of people find the subject of feet appalling and inappropriate for conversation. Well too bad because if you clicked on this post then you must be okay with it since it's right there in the title. I'm around wastewater all day and feet are probably the least offensive subject of chatter around here. It's all relative.
So. Feet.
Admittedly, mine are kind of yucky. C calls them dinosaur feet, and rightly so. You'd think I'd get offended and shoot back some remark about his callused hands, but no. I wholeheartedly agree that mine are pretty gross. I constantly have calluses and dry skin flaking off as a result of 30 years of neglect.

I tried a foot peel from Memebox a few months ago and was IN LOVE at how smooth it made my foot. When I couldn't find anymore foot peels I fell off the foot wagon again and lost all hope in nice tootsies. Then this box came out:
What: Memebox is not a recurring subscription box. It's a 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: Lately new boxes have been coming out about once a week
Cost: $15 - $39, depending on the type of box + $6.99 shipping (from Korea). This Foot Therapy box was $23+shipping and is now sold out.

I missed the previous two Foot Care boxes, but when Memebox announced the Foot Therapy box I was suuuper interested. But I had to hold back on purchasing it. I try to limit myself to one Memebox a month (hasn't ever happened though) but I went too crazy the month this one came out and went way over my limit. So I sat tight till November. This box was set to ship out on 11/6 and I actually completely forgot about it until a week after they started going out. By then I had enough points to cover the entire box so wooohoooo nice feet here I come!
Memebox recently redid their box design and did away with the silver foil gift graphic. I liked that logo but no matter, I'll still repurpose this box regardless.
Foot Therapy box info card (click to enlarge)

Tonymoly Shiny Foot Scrub Wash (Value: $7) - First things first: I did a Tonymoly search and I had NO idea there's a Tonymoly Hawaii website! AND store! Yay!! It's actually only a few miles from where I work so I think now I have to make it a point to check it out. How did I not know about this earlier?! I couldn't find this particular foot scrub on the site but it's pretty much like any other scrub. It has peppermint extracts, lavender extracts, and argan oil to soothe and moisturize dry skin. Urea complex also helps to absorb and lock in moisture. I honestly didn't notice a difference between this and other scrubs I've tried. It's about as abrasive as a sugar scrub (and didn't do much in the way of exfoliation for me), but I think the selling point is its scent. I can't pick up on the lavender, but the peppermint isn't overpowering and is just the right amount of soothing. Ahh, aromatherapy.
Ingredients: Water, Polyethylene, Sodium aureth Sulfate, SD Alcohol 40-B, Glycerin, Lauramide DEA, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Solicate, Urea, Natto Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Atractyloides Japonica Rhizome Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolonone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance.
Wait, this has natto in it??? If you've never heard of natto before, it's fermented soybeans and is widely popular among Japanese. It's slimy and usually stinky and is one of those things that you either love or you hate (I'm Japanese and I still hate it). I had no idea there was any cosmetic benefit to it though I'm not surprised. I mean, who would've thought snail slime was good for your skin also?? Thankfully, you can't smell any natto through the peppermint.

with shyan Professional Foot File Remover (Value: $9) - with shyan is actually a Korean nail polish brand but they have manicure and pedicure tools as well. This is a pretty normal foot file - you start with the coarser side and follow up with the finer grit. I like that it's a BIG file so it covers a BIG area at once.
Finer grit for use after the red side
If this file looks semi-familiar it's because the Foot Care 2 box had a sugar file from the same brand. Here's a little comparison between the two:
Thankfully my feet look more like the first picture than the second one, so hopefully this is the right file for me. I used it last night on my heels and didn't notice much difference, but that's expected after just one use. You don't want to go and slough off ALL of your dead skin at once or else you'll be left with raw, sore feet. I'm gonna try this again tonight and tomorrow to see if they gradually improve.

Mizon Magic Peeling Foot (Value: $11) - Yesss! A peeling foot mask!! This is the thing that made me temporarily obsessed with foot care when I got it in the Hair & Body 2 box. Basically these are plastic socks that you slip over your feet and tape shut for about 90 minutes (I highly suggest using your own tape or rubberbands because the ones that come with the socks suck). After about 4 days your feet will look horrible and peely. Like a bad sunburn. Or a snake shedding its skin. But afterward your skin will look much nicer than a snake's, trust me. You're supposed to resist the urge to peel the skin but I-I-I. CAN'T. HELP. IT. I peeled those suckers and made mini piles all over the living room. And bedroom. And car. My bf told me I better not commit any crimes wherever I went because my DNA was flaking allll over the creation. It's so disgustingly awesome. I cannot wait to use this, but we have an engagement photo shoot this weekend so it'll have to wait till after that. I'll post pics later on! (of the gross skin I mean) Here's the ingredient list if you're curious. About a million plant extracts along with a couple of algal extracts too:
Ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B, Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Alcohol, Urea, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Betaine, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Flower Extract, Prunus Serrulata Flower Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melissa officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus linearis Leaf Extract, Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Water, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Lamnaria Japonica Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Porphyra Yezoensis Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Menthol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triclosan, Salicylic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Purederm Callus Reducer Heel Patches (Value: $14) - I thought Purederm is supposed to be one of those affordable drugstore brands. SO WHY DOES IT COST $14 FOR 4 PATCHES? That's $3.50 per patch. Well I know Memebox likes to inflate their prices, but even $2 per patch would be pushing it. 
One use = $7!
That said, these patches were the other item that had me giddy because holy moly this is EXACTLY what my gross heels need. And since I couldn't use the foot peel, you bet I busted this out right away. Each patch is pretty big and is meant to wrap around your heel (there are slits so that it cups nicely without bunching up too much). So these four patches are good for two uses. Since I like to stretch my dollar I did what any penny pincher would do. I cut the patch in half. I don't recommend doing this if your heels are big. For reference my feet are size 7 and the half-patch barely fit around my heel. But frugal me made it work. The box instructs you to remove the cover sheet from the gel surface. I was expecting some kind of jelly but it pretty much just looks like a big Band-Aid. The pad is ever so slightly moistened, but unless you already knew there was something on it you wouldn't be able to tell. At this point I was kind of doubtful it'd have any effect since the patch itself was so lacking in moisture but I wore it overnight anyway as instructed. I had used the foot cream (mentioned later in this post) earlier, so my feet were still moisturized and not in its usual gross flaky state. Here are the before and after pics of wearing the heel patch:
Sorry for the junk lighting in the after photo; C was still sleeping so I had to use the bathroom lighting. And pay no attention to the black marks that my feet picked up overnight. I haven't swept in a while. Don't judge me. (But now you can see how cracked they really are :( ) If you look REALLY closely (if you dare) you can see that my heels weren't as dry in the morning. However just like Band-Aids, it leaves behind sticky residue that will pick up any and all dirt. But I still like these patches. That price though.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Lanolin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Stearic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Jojoba) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Urea, Cocoa Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Polysorbate 60, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben
Lassha New Cool Foot V2.0 (Value: $18) - This is for stink feetsies. And it's the new and improved Version 2.0! I hope this doesn't mean that Version 1.0 was a failure. This is a cooling foot spray enriched with naturally-derived plant extracts. According to the bottle it's also effective at preventing athlete's foot and keeping your feet moisturized. Good News: I don't suffer from foot odor. Bad News: I don't suffer from foot odor. I won't be getting much use out of this. You can spray stink shoes with this also, but fortunately my feet don't sweat enough to make my shoes smell. Someone else can use this and let me know if it works.

Holika Holika Healing Nails Cuticle Oil (Value: $2) - Mmm, smells lemony. This cuticle oil is packed with plant oil complexes to hydrate and deliver nutrients deep into dry, cracked nails and to soothe dry skin. I'm really bad at remembering to use cuticle oil regularly so I have 3 bottles open right now and each has only been used once. I'm 99.9% sure I'll never get to this bottle (the 0.01% is if I manage to drop all three bottles and spill its contents on the ground).

Calmia Silky Soft Foot Cream (Value: $18) - Since this is a foot cream I expected it to be thick to the point where if I molded it into the shape of a race car it'd hold its shape. Not quite - instead it has the consistency of a typical lotion. I actually like that it's not super thick because it absorbs nicely into my feet so that I don't go slipping and sliding on my bathroom floor and leave greasy tracks all over the place. This cream is enriched with shea butter and macadamia seed oil to nourish and repair skin. It's also moderately perfumed, but since it's way down on my feet the smell doesn't bother me.

Holika Holika Baby Silky Foot Mask (Valule: $3) - Another foot mask! This one's not a peeling mask, though. It's a moisturizing mask that contains urea, shea butter, peppermint, and aloe vera to refresh and moisturize your feet so that they can look like a baby's. I personally think my tootsies are beyond hope of ever being baby-like; even after using the peeling mask my feet were still hard, just without the cracked skin.
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Trehalose, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea eurpoaea (olive) fruit oil, Honey Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Milk Protein Extract, Salicylic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polyacrylate-13, Polysobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparabn, Fragrance

Another well-curated box from Memebox. This one contained an entire foot regimen (scrub, file, mask, cream, overnight callus treatment) which is super awesome because I had none. It was probably the lowest value Superbox I've received to date ($82 with inflated Memeprices) but I'm not disappointed because anything is better than a nonexistent routine. If I'm not at work, I'm always wearing rubber slippers (aka flip flops) because they're more comfortable, but they can do quite a number on your feet. Thanks to Foot Therapy and my new foot routine, hopefully my dinosaur feet will go into hiding. And man, I gotta find somewhere that sells callus patches for cheap.

The Foot Therapy box is sold out for now, but they have a lot of other boxes still available. Memebox hasn't been releasing too many boxes lately, but they are promoting their own makeup line like crazy so go check it out if you haven't already. Also, if you decide to order a Memebox or make a purchase in the Memeshop, you can save some money by using one of the codes below (limit one code per transaction):

YNDE82 - get $5 off any $30+ purchase (before S&H) in November (exp 11/30)
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