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!!-----

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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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  1. Mmm, apples. You're probably right about Memebox buying the PureDerm strips in bulk - they've shown up in at least one or two of the Memeboxes I got, and they were never in the original box. They do work though! I got my boyfriend to use one and it looked a lot like your "after" picture. Delicious!

    1. Oh they work alright - I wonder if there's a waiting period between uses because it's oddly addicting and my nose is starting to feel bumpy again...

  2. What a nice box! I like the purederm nose strips. I have them in chocolate but I think I'd rather have them in charcoal!

    1. Mmm...chocolate. I'm not sure if there's a difference between the two in terms of how well they work, but I love the charcoal ones! This is starting to feel like a repeat of the foot mask addiction - what's my problem with my weird attraction to gross stuff??