Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beach Day Was Pupping Awesome

Normally corgis love the water. I mean, you can see the corgi happies on this one's face. Then there's my dogs. I'm not sure how I managed to score the only two corgis in the world who fear bodies of water. Show them a garden hose or a sprinkler and they love it so much that their barks become excited (usually obnoxious) yaps. You know, like how a schoolgirl suddenly becomes all high-pitched and giggly around the boy she has a crush on. But show them a kiddie pool and it quite literally scares the pee out of them.
Not my dog. I wish this was my dog.
This past weekend was our third dog beach day with our corgi friends to a nearby dog-friendly beach with a sand bar. Macho has gone on quite a few beach outings and I think he's finally accepted the fact that we will not let him be a 100% land dog. He'll walk around in tummy-deep water (so about 5") and pretend he's okay with that. And he'll just keep going in circles until we decide it's time to get out. Pretty boring but it's better than nothing.

Pebbles, on the other hand, refuses to even touch the water every single time we take her near the shoreline. She'll panic and start air doggy-paddling. C and I figured we'd be in for another repeat but we walked onto the sandbar anyway. The water was about 2" deep so Macho had no problem following us in. Well I guess Pebbles has finally reached the point in her puppyhood where she wants to copy everything her big brother does because the next thing we knew she walked into the water on her own!

When the water got a bit deeper Macho stopped because his stomach got wet and he's a pansy, but Pebbles kept going and going. Before we knew it she was swimming on her own for the first time ever! We didn't even have to hold her up once.
Proud dog mom moment. Her fear of water is gone!
Within about five minutes she was totally into the water-beach-swimming thing. She started prancing! It could be because her legs were too short but I don't care because she thoroughly enjoyed the moment.
Not sure why it's sideways but you get the idea
Pretty soon the rest of the dogs joined us. I guess Pebbles is afraid of crowds because at this point she clung to us like a toddler.
Scaredy pup
Then she chose to be reclusive and dig around on the sand bar for amusement. In the meantime, the normal corgis were having fun herding my bf.
When we got out of the water the dogs lined up for a corgi jump picture.
Pebbles didn't get the memo.
Too bad they're easily distracted and got sidetracked by food...

This is what it looks like from the first person point of view when you try to eat a hot dog in secret but one dog catches a whiff. Word travels fast among those ears.
The furturds must have had a great day because they were dead to the world by the time we got on the freeway to go home. Humans win.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Birchbox Review - January 2015

It's a new year, and with it comes new beauty choices. And Birchbox is all about new beauty finds, so let's see what January has in store!

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.

Each month Birchbox lets you either choose one of your samples and have the rest remain a mystery, or you can opt for a guest editor box which is completely revealed. I wasn't really feeling any of the January sample choices so I went ahead and got my very first guest editor box - Relax and Recharge. 

Since I already saw what would be in the box it wasn't a total surprise, but I had forgotten what most of them were over the last few weeks so it was kinda like getting a mystery box anyway. 

January Birchbox info card
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (1oz sample value: $5.00) - I tried this hair mask before in an Ipsy Glam Bag and I actually kind of love it. It left my hair feeling soft without being greasy. Most conditioners/masks give me one or the other (or neither), never both. This mask is enriched with avocado, sweet almond oil, argan oil, and rosehip oil to leave hair hydrated as well as essential vitamins to keep it healthy and shiny.

When Travelmate Sheet Mask (Value: $7.00) - This is a hydrogel mask and I don't think the cheap side of me would let me cough up that much for a one-time use thing. That's why I have a love-hate relationship with these masks. They hurt my wallet, which is one of the reasons why I opted for this box. This mask alone almost makes up for the cost of the box. Not that I need more masks or anything. I have more than I know what to do with. I think I'm gonna start using masks on my entire body instead of just my face. Mud mask bath, perhaps?

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (0.2oz travel size value: $15.20) - I need to start using an eye cream. I think the last time my peepers have seen an eye cream was about 6 months ago, when I ran out of my last sample. So far I've been lucky and don't have wrinkles or dark circles under my eyes, but I guess preventive maintenance never hurts, right? Cocounut, rosehip, and carrot oils work to soften skin, and chamomile, cucumber oil, and witch hazel fight dark shadows. Plus hyaluronic acid adds a hydration boost. When you combine all these things you get something that smells like an herby orange that my skin sucks up right away. The only bad thing is that if this really does end up being WONDERful, I'll have to give up a kidney to pay for this. Okay it's not that bad. *sigh* I don't think I'll ever get used to the price of flawless skin.

Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm - Shea Lavender (1oz travel size value: $4.25) - I got this before in a previous Birchbox. It works well as a moisturizer but smells way too strong. I like the smell of lavender, but this smells like lavender + baby powder, which alone is a bit much for me. Maybe the shea almond alternative will appeal more to my senses.

Manna Kadar  Lip Locked - All of Me (0.01oz sample value: $1.40) - This is another item I got in last month's Birchbox but in a different (but similar) color. This is a tint + gloss that got rave reviews, but I personally didn't care for it too much. It feels way too oily on my lips and while the tint does have some staying power, it's not enough to offset the oiliness. On the bright side, since it's oily it's not sticky whatsoever so you don't have to worry about your hair sticking to your mouth at the most inopportune times (e.g. when you're about to eat ice cream outdoors but instead catch a mouthful of ponytail when a breeze blows. I don't know about you but I love my ice cream and that totally ruins the moment).

Teapigs Tea Temples (2 tea bags: $1.30) - Since I don't drink coffee, I get my caffeine fix from tea. It's the only way I'm able to make it through the work day without knocking out and drooling all over my desk. Fortunately, I'm not a very picky tea drinker so I'm fine with pretty much any tea that comes my way, from traditional Earl Grey to funky rum-caramel flavors. These tea bags aka temples are a bonus item in the box. I'm pretty certain the Teapigs chamomile flowers variety will put me straight to sleep so that won't be able to stay with me at work. I am quite interested in the liquorice and peppermint, however. Especially since they used the fun spelling :D But as luck would have it, I just read the packaging and both are caffeine free. *sigh* Well it'll still be fun to try them anyway.
Update 1/29/15: LOVE the liquorice & peppermint flavor! First you get a blast of minty freshness followed by a very sweet aftertaste that I can only compare to drinking diet soda. It's weird because the sweet taste is the very reason I hate diet soda, but with the tea it just works. I think it's the peppermint that makes it tolerable. Plus Teapigs teabags contain whole leaf bits instead of ground up leaf dust which is why they're a bit on the expensive side. The teabag brand I normally buy also uses whole leaves and is a bit cheaper, but I haven't tasted anything with this level of complexity. Hmm......maybe my next Birchbox buy?

The Relax & Recharge guest editor box was pretty great, considering it had a $34 value (thank you, eye cream). I'm sure the lotion and lip tint can find great homes; they're great products, but it's just a personal preference thing. Besides, I knew I'd be getting them anyway so I can't be disappointed. If you want to sign up for a Birchbox, use my link and start discovering some awesome stuff!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

BarkBox Review - January 2015 + Get 10% Off A New Subscription

Behold, the return of the Ice Age! This month's BarkBox is full of winter fun. I'd like to partake in some winter fun for once; the extent of my snow experience involves making a 1' tall snowman out of old semi-slushy snow on the side of the road on the way to Mt. Charleston. And that only happened because I insisted the driver pull over so I could tell everybody back home that I got to play in snow. As far as witnessing a snowfall - that's still on my to-do list. Deprived child here.

What: BarkBox is a subscription box for dogs filled with 4-6 treat, toy, and hygiene items. Boxes are curated according to your dog's size. This review is for a medium-dog box.
When: Ships monthly on the 15th
Cost: $18-$29 per month depending on the length of your subscription
Fun Fact: 10% of proceeds from each Barkbox goes to rescue groups! This month Barkbox is donating to the Bark-N-Rest Retirement Center.

Sorry I'm missing the usual info card photo. I was full of mixed feelings (you'll see why later) and snapping the card totally slipped my mind.

Delca Corp Adorable Snowman (Value: $9) - This has got the be the most adorable abominable snowman I've ever seen. And it's a Barkbox exclusive! I love that the past several boxes have all included a Barkbox exclusive that can't be found anywhere else. It makes getting a Barkbox that much more special! This snowman would not last a day with my dogs. I can't really bring myself to part with it either, so I think I'll add this to MY stuffed animal collection. The other option would be to take advantage of Scout's Honor which lets you pick out another equal-valued item more suited to Fido, but I already did that a couple of months ago and I don't want to be known as that dogmom who's never satisfied. So, mine you are!

Max & Ruffy's Blizzard Bites (Value: $5) - This is either the third or fourth time we've gotten Max & Ruffy's treats, and this company is probably my (and the furbutts') favorite treat brand ever. They're a Maryland-based company that makes 100% all natural organic treats using only human-grade ingredients. And folks, this means I can eat them! I always feel the need to taste test any human-grade dog treat. You know, for quality control purposes and stuff... Especially if they smell delish. And holy snowballs, these biscuits smell EXACTLY LIKE GINGERBREAD.
And just as I expected, the dogs LOVE IT. All caps, because that's how much they dig these little magical wafers (though it was kind of bland for my tastes). Plus these are also a Barkbox exclusive! Pebbles loved it so much she even played dead for it. Well, as much as she could with her brother sitting right there blocking her, anyway.
And Macho, well, um, he was so frozen with excitement that all he could think of doing was staring. The drool started soon after.

Lumpy bumpy Stix
Complete Natural Nutrition Off-Leash Stix (Value: $9) - Off-Leash makes meaty treats for those dogs who prefer meat over flour. Most of the treats we've gotten from this brand smell like mouth-watering beef jerky and the dogs have always gladly accepted them. Off-Least Stix are dental chews made for medium dogs (there's also Twigs for small dogs and Branches for large dogs). It's got sort of a bumpy texture to clean teeth and gums while dogs chew. Perfect timing because our vet just told us Macho has got a bit of tartar build-up on his teeth. Stix only come in turkey & pumpkin flavor which is a nice alternative for beef- or chicken-sensitive pups.

Dex & Penny Squeaky Icicle (Value: $11) - Ok so this is where the mixed feelings come in. I thought this toy looked a little..odd...but then I told myself to get my mind out of the gutter. I only read the info card now and saw that it's supposed to be an icicle. Oh? Anyway, I gave this to Pebbles to gnaw on (I guess you could smear peanut butter or something on it, but there isn't much space to stuff treats inside) and she had a freak poop accident. I washed it and threw it in the front yard so that the sun and sprinklers could hit it a few times before I washed it again. It was out there for a couple of days then C comes running to me exclaiming, "Heyyy why'd you put this in the front where everyone can see? What if the neighbors don't know it's a dog toy? What if they think it's something else?" Ha. So I wasn't the only one who thought it looked a bit weird for a dog toy. But at least The Pebz approves. And it's another BarkBox exclusive!

Heartland Premium The Dynamo Bone (Value: $4) - I need to get more of these types of chews. Femur, larynx, knuckles. You know, the gross ones. These are the only kind that can keep my dogs out of my hair for more than 15 minutes at a time. Plus I'm 110% sure they prefer bones and connective tissue over normal dog treats. This is a chunk of beef femur from Nebraska. It's not totally hollow, but I'm not so sure if that's marrow in there. Welp, I guess only the dogs will know because this is one thing I will not try.

Lately BarkBox has been pretty consistent in giving two toys per month. I can't complain because Pebbles wrecks toys just as fast so we're pretty much breaking even in the toy department. I think one of the reasons they're focusing more on dog toys is because customers used to remark that the boxes were pretty treat heavy. I agreed back then and welcomed the increase in toys, but now I want treats! Pebbles is a living garbage disposal and will polish off a bag of treats in 1/4 the time it takes Macho to finish one. Several months ago we had 15 extra bags of treats in the pantry. Now we're down to 2. Looks like I'll have to make my first dog treat purchase in over a year!

As far as box curation, BarkBox always does a pretty good job of sticking to the theme. Even the Off-Leash Stix fits because they look like tree branches in the winter. Not totally sure what's ice age-y about the beef femur but my dogs don't discriminate when it comes to chews. If you want to share in the surprise of opening a box of dog goodies for your furball each month, click here to start a subscription with BarkBox and get a ton of puppy kisses in return!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday to My Furry Poopster!

You're fun. And you're one. You also poop a ton.

~Happy Birthday Pebbles!~

Hyper pup + birthday beer = even more hyper pup

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & Review - January 2015

So far it's been a very busy new year, in case you haven't been able to tell from my lack of posts. I've actually had this Ipsy Glam Bag for over a week now and still haven't gotten around to trying out everything, thanks to a million get togethers and work. *sigh* work: new year = new issues requiring my immediate attention. Truth be told, I probably won't even finish this post in one sitting. Someone please add more hours to the day!

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.

This month's Glam Bag theme is Fresh Start. Ha. I wish. You know how they say to start the year off right so that the rest of the year will follow suit? I think I should've gotten rid of the stack of unfinished work projects on my desk. Because now there's twice as much paper there, and we're only three weeks into the new year. I know. Woe is me woe is me!
So...fresh start. I hope Ipsy likes me better than work does.

Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample value: $7) - If you read my posts regularly then you know that I have a somewhat creepy attraction to peels. A peel fetish? I love seeing dead skin peel off my face/feet/whatever. As much as I'd like to say it's because I know I'm exposing the new radiant skin underneath, the real reason is just because I like to peel things. Morbid, right?  This is an AHA peel with a gel consistency. Smear it all over your face, wait 15 minutes, then go to town peeling it all off! Most peels I've tried have a weird chemical/glue-ish scent that's kind of a turn off, but not this one. It smells sooo refreshing. Not like honey like I expected, but more like crisp linen with a splash of citrus. My bf walked in on me just as I was peeling this stuff off my face and it was making that sickening skin peeling sound. I wish I had my camera on me at that moment. He made the ugliest face ever, like he thought I was Hannibal Lecter playing in other peoples' skin or something. The only downside: a full 1.7oz tube costs $35, and I cannot bring myself to pay that much for something that will only last me about 10 uses.

LA Fresh Eco-Beauty Good Day Day Moisturizer (0.5oz sample value: $12) - Wasabi. That's what I kept thinking the entire time I was massaging this into my face. I kept imagining rubbing hot mustard into my skin and was half expecting my eyes to start burning. This moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, peptides, and a plethora of natural botanicals to give you fresh and happy skin. Unfortunately, I found it was too hydrating for me. Two hours later my face was still tacky. And I couldn't get past the smell. I love wasabi, just not in my cosmetics. And at the end of it all I was craving sushi. 

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow - Ethereal (0.08oz full size value: $5?) - I wish I used eye shadows more because this sounds so interesting. This shadow is infused with coconut water for a velvety, creamy finish. Plus it's vegan and cruelty-free. It's a nude color that I would totally use if I didn't already have a similar color in loose powder already open. 
Pacifica coconut eye shadow in Ethereal
Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner - Jet (0.203oz full size value: $3) - I have a love-hate relationship with liquid eyeliners. I love them because of the crisp, precise lines that stay put without smudging, but I hate them because, um, operator error. My hands are nowhere near steady enough to pull off liquid liner. I guess the only way to get better is practice, though...
Felt tip applicator for Coastal Scents liquid eyeliner
Velvet 59 Velvet Rose Lipgloss - Noisette (0.35oz travel size value: $13) - Love the nude cocoa color, hate the rose scent. I love glosses and I'd love to report on the consistency and color payoff of this one, especially since Velvet 59 is a new brand to me, but rose scents give me a headache. Actually, now that I'm looking at their website, I think Velvet 59 is a totally new brand. Their product pages are set up, but the only thing for sale at the moment are the lipglosses. And these are big lipglosses. I thought the size I got in my bag was pretty sizable, but the full size contains 0.5oz of gloss! Wowzers.

Makeup Bag - I love the bags that Ipsy has been sending out lately. This one is textured white one one side, blue on the other, with a salmon colored nylon interior. I'm glad that they haven't been giving us ugly gaudy designs, but now I'm keeping them all and they're piling up. Need to find stuff to put in bags...that shouldn't be too hard, right?

Overall, not bad! Over $35 worth of skincare and makeup plus a nice little bag. However, nothing in here elicited that ZOMG! I NEED THAT NOW OR ELSE MY HEAD WILL EXPLODE reaction from me, but aside from the weird-smelling items it was a pretty good haul. I just wish that peel was a little more within my price range. *sniff sniff* I would've loved to see the Malin+Goetz mojito lip balm in here because MOJITO (you can read all about the balm in Subaholic's blog...she's got some informative reviews and photos). Who doesn't love a little bit of sugar, mint and rum in their lives? But then again, not getting it might be a good thing because I already have enough lip balms to last me three lifetimes.

If you want to subscribe to Ipsy, please use my link to sign up for an account! Glam bags always have a fantastic value for just $10. There's most likely a wait list, but if you don't want to wait a few weeks, you can get off the list by posting to Facebook and having a friend subscribe from your link. It's that easy!

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Memebox Superbox #63 Blackheads No More Review + January Code!

As far back as I can remember I've struggled with blackheads. I've got these big ugly pores and combination-to-oily skin that make my face a playground for dirt. People even used to tease me about my bumpy nose :( Then I discovered K-beauty and began a structred skin regimen and my nose got a little smoother, but my pores still trapped dirt every chance it got. 

Then Memebox released the box I'd been waiting for:

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: Memebox recently paused their boxes but released several over the holiday season. Hope they continue to release boxes into the new year!
Cost: $15 - $39, depending on the type of box + $6.99 shipping (from Korea). The Blackheads No More box was selling for $39+$6.99 shipping and is now sold out.

I reeeally wanted to pick up the Blackheads No More box but that price tag, yo. I hate blackheads, but I hate an empty pocket more so I sat back and thought about it. A couple of months later it was still available - probably since it was one of their more expensive boxes - and I had earned enough Memepoints to pick it up without hurting my wallet. By then I had seen some reviews of the box and was pretty interested in the Migabee Pore Care Set (which was one of the spoilers). For some reason this box took longer than normal to reach me but it's here at last...

Blackheads. Just the word itself gets people riled up! If you're one of the many people that suffer from blackheads, it's likely that you've been fighting a losing battle. There's a hoard of products out there that claim to clear blackheads, but are they really effective? Right now, you may think that the best way to remove blackheads is to squeeze them with your fingers, but that's really not a good idea. With the help of this Blackheads No More Box, a mix of blackhead clearing, blackhead preventing, and pore minimizing essentials, you'll pull out all pore-cloggers straight and clean and shrink oversized pores for the best skin you've ever had!

Blackheads No More Superbox info card

Derma House Deep Cleansing Cream (150ml full size value: $18) - They weren't kidding when they called this a cream cleanser. Not only is this in cream form, but it moisturizes like a cream as well. It has a pretty thick consistency, sort of like a body cream. This cleanser contains aloe vera water, avocado oil, and hydrolyzed collagen and forms a protective hydration shield to leave skin soft and supple. This should be followed with a foam cleanser.
I couldn't find an English ingredient list, but the Memecard states that it contains squalane, and the graphic from the Dermahouse website shows a shark, suggesting it's shark-derived rather than vegetable-derived. I'm kind of turned off by this - I figured the S. Korean cosmetics industry of all places would be against animal cruelty.

ProYou Pore Control Foam Deep Cleanser (100ml full size value: $34) - How nice of Memebox to include a foaming cleanser to use after the cream cleanser. This cleanser contains collagen and hyaluronic acid and bubbles up to draw out sebum, makeup, and dirt. After applying the cleanser, you're supposed to wait for oxygen bubbles to start forming before massaging it into skin. So there I was waiting for my face to start bubbling like a bottle of champagne. Except that didn't happen. Basically it was like any other foam cleanser with teeny tiny bubbles. These Memecard descriptions always give me such exaggerated ideas of the actual effect. But that's not to say I don't like this. Because I do. Foaming cleansers are my favorite type because a little bit goes a long way and that totally agrees with my chinsy ways.

Cheek Room Pore Brush (Value: $36) - SOFT. If I could use one word to describe this brush that would be it. ALL IN CAPZZ. Because I cannot stress how freakin soft this brush is. Each bristle is 45um thick, which is thinner than a human hair. Now gather together 310,000 of those bristles and you get this creation. My phone's camera couldn't even focus on the individual bristles because they were so thin that they pretty much blended into a pool of white.
To use, wet the brush and squeeze a bit of foaming cleanser onto it then rub in circular motions on your face. I don't care if this actually works well or not - I'd use it just because it's super duperly soft. But be sure to hang this by a fan or something to dry; these bristles are so fine that it took over 24 hours to dry completely without any draft nearby.

Nella Fantasia Pore Control Astringent Gel (180ml full size value: $34) - I'm almost out of my current toner and I think this gel toner will get a ticket to the front of the queue. There's yummy things like citrus, persimmon, witch hazel (okay that's not yummy), and other plant extracts in here that help to control excess oil by refining and tightening enlarged pores. The gel's cooling effect (and thus pore minimizing effect) can be enhanced by storing it in a refrigerator until use. Ooh, I haven't tried that yet, but it does sound nice after a hot shower. I love that this gel dries quickly and leaves no tackiness whatsoever.
Key ingredients in Nella Fantasia Astringent Gel
Purederm Nose Pore Charcoal Strips (6pc full size value: $6) - Riddle me this: why would Memebox include a full size pack of strips, but instead of leaving it in its original packaging, they repackage it into tiny baggies? ..... The only answer I can come up with is that they bought this in bulk, like a 100-pack, and had to divvy it up. Hm. Anyway, Purederm is one of those affordable drugstore brands, but I personally have liked every single Purederm product I've gotten. I seriously cannot see myself paying an arm and a leg and possibly a butt cheek for something that will last me just one month. I heard lots of good things about these charcoal strips. I've tried the Biore strips and they've done absolutely NOTHING for removing blackheads. I hope these are better.
The instructions are similar to Biore strips. Wet your nose. Slap on the strip. Wait 15 minutes. Remove and prepare to be grossed out. This is what you can expect to see:
This is what I really saw:
Yikes. I forgot how much these things hurt by the undereye area. Owie. But the results? Not too shabby. And this was after I washed my face. Ugh. Please do not enlarge the above photo. For your own sake.

MIGABEE HOT & COOL PORE CARE SET (30ml + 30ml + 70ml value: $43) - I'm glad that Memebox included the entire 3-step pore care system instead of just one component. No one likes having a hair conditioner with no shampoo. This system is designed to get rid of blackheads by enlgaring pores with heat so that the yuckies can be removed, then cooling skin to close them back up. According to Memebox we're receiving all full-sized products in this set. Um, not really. Step 3 (cooling mist) is full-sized, but the rest are about 1/3 size. But that's okay with me because they gave enough to tell if it'll work or not. Each of the three steps is described in more detail below:

Step 1 is a peel that opens up pores by heating up the skin's surface with pepper extract infusions then adds steam deep into pores to get the crud out.  
I guess this is how they harvest their capsaicins. Straight from the lovely pepper juice. Seeing as how just chopping chili peppers makes my fingers burn for about 30 minutes, I thought capsaicin extracts would make my face feel like it was on fire. To my surprise my face didn't burn up. In fact, I felt no burning sensation whatsoever. And whatever "steam" effect they were talking about is lost on me. But it did work as a peel. The Memestructions say to leave it on for 10-20 minutes but the peel started drying up after only a couple of minutes.

After your pores are opened up by the supposedly hot pepper extracts and you've rolled away all the uglies clogging up your pores, it's time to close them back up. Step 2 is a cleansing mask that (1) removes dirt and oil from pores, and (2) calms and soothes skin following exfoliation. I have idea what the third function of this 3in1 mask is. It has a nice minty smell that has a soothing aromatherapy effect. Maybe that's the third function??
Apples. I would've never guessed there were apples in here. I don't know why apple gets to be the star ingredient in here, but oh well lucky apple I guess. I'm hungry.

Finally, Step 3. More cooling goodness. This spray is infused with peppermint and witch hazel for a cooling and soothing effect. This spray can be used anytime your face feels dry or irritated, not just during your skincare routine. Lots of people swear by facial mists, but I have yet to incorporate one into my regimen. There's something about spraying cold stuff on my face that catches me off-guard me even though I'm already anticipating it. I suppose it's an acquired feeling.

The Blackheads No More box was on the higher end of the Memebox price spectrum, but it was valued at $171 so it's not too bad, though I'm sure the pore brush doesn't really cost $36. I really liked that there was almost a complete blackhead skincare regimen in here: cream cleanser, foam cleanser, pore brush, and gel toner. Just add your own moisturizer. I'm impressed with the nose strips because it showed me just how gross my nose really is. Yuck! The toner is my other favorite find in this box because it's cooling and DRIES FAST. I tend to be impatient when it comes to drying time so anything that absorbs quickly is a win for me. However, I am disappointed that the cream cleanser contains shark-derived squalane. And I'm not too sure if the brush is really that effective but I'm keeping it even if it's just to run it across my face for therapeutic stress relief purposes. Umm right. Don't judge. 

Sadly, this box is sold out but Memebox recently restocked and there's still a few boxes available

Plus, January codes are out!!-----

GV8E9U - $3 off orders over $30 (excluding S&H and taxes. Exp 1/31)
FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30 from the USA Shop (no code required)
USE MY AFFILIATE LINK for $5 off orders over $100 (discount will apply automatically if you use any of the Memebox links in this post)
USE MY AFFILIATE LINK for $10 off orders over $150 (discount will apply automatically if you use any of the Memebox links in this post)

UPDATE 1/7/15: Memebox has just released their first box curation of the new year - the Night Care box!
Your pre-slumber beauty plan has never been so good! Your body repairs itself and night, and this box makes sure to optimize your precious 8 hours of sleep to ensure that you wake up to a flawless complexion, smooth skin, and soft-as-silk hair. It perfectly caters to all your nighttime beauty needs to rejuvenate, replenish, and repair your skin, hair, and body all while you catch up on so z's. Enjoy!
Just as heads up: It appears that Memebox will no longer cancel, refund, or exchange box purchases, so choose wisely!

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