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):

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  1. Haha!! I should have known you'd get this box!! It looks like fun and I also am now in love with foot masks after Hair and Body 2. I have two more now and I'm hoarding them for some reason. I shouldn't hoard them, I should use them. Your post has inspired me.
    Also, ew gross!! Feet! :D

    1. Yes, use them! Where'd you find foot masks/peels? I've been looking everywhere for them and always come home empty-handed. Not even the store that specializes in Asian merch has foot peels :( I guess Amazon it is...

  2. Mmm, natto goo. I don't really get grossed out by feet unless they're so cracked they're bleeding. I didn't get this box (too bad because it looks AWESOME), but I'm about to try another foot peel that I just happened to buy. Let the nasty peeling begin! (Seriously, there was an absolutely horrifying pile of dead skin next to my bed next time.)

    1. Those peels are so addicting, aren't they? I was kind of sad the last time when my brand new skin started cracking and flaking again just 5 days after they finished peeling. I guess that shows the importance of having a full foot care regimen, huh?

  3. "My bf told me I better not commit any crimes wherever I went because my DNA was flaking allll over the creation." LOL. I can't resist foot peeling either.. it's like once you know its there you HAVE to just ... remove it. You have to. It is written.

    1. I KNOW RIGHT!!? It's too bad they're so expensive...if not I'd be using them every other week just to satisfy my twisted peel cravings.

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