As a serious travel minimalist, I could not purchase the Memebox Special #25 Traveller’s Beauty Kit fast enough. Finding good travel products is hard, so I will absolutely take a boxful of suggestions!
The description says:
Whether you’re heading out for a weeked road trip or flying out to your dream vaca destination, there’s no need to say bon voyage to looking your best. Travel light and still look like a million bucks with all your beauty needs on hand with this traveller’s checklist of what to stow when you’re on the go! Packed with all the easy-to-go makeup, skincare, body essentials plus Memebox’s summer special limited makeup pouch to carry your goodies, this Box is a travelling beauty’s delight! Toss these travel-friendly goodies straight into your carry-on, so looking fabulous will be on your itinerary, no matter where your destination!
The box is so packed there’s only a token amount of tissue paper in it, so this all looks very promising!
Amini Traveller Kit
Enriched with various organic extracts and natural essential oil, Amini’s popular Traveller Kit consists of a Moisturising Body Cleanser for gently cleansing your body and a Moisturising Body Emulsion for re-filling moisture deep down into your skin.
Shower gel and moisturiser in handy travel sizes. I typically bring a bar soap instead of gel to cut down on liquids, but I’ll grab these for a trip where I don’t need to worry about ridiculous liquid rules.
Both products have a distinct scent I can’t quite place. Kind of like a fruity alcoholic drink? It’s quite mild and not bothersome.
The moisturiser is very thin and light, as you would expect an emulsion to be — a western-style moisturiser is much thicker and heavier. This should be perfect for my skin, which only occasionally wants a little bit of moisture, and finds typical lotions far too heavy.
T.P.O No-Wash Toner Sheet
T.P.O’s No-Wash Toner sheet is a cleansing tissue which works to remove even the most stubborn makeup residues from your face without having to rinse off afterwards. This all-in-one cleansing tissue is the perfect beauty essential for when you need to quickly, easily yet thoroughly cleanse all unnecessary gunk out of your face.
Wipes like this is the only makeup remover I bother carrying when travelling. A good cleansing oil may do a better job, but wipes are so much more convenient. Such packs tends to dry out so quickly I only get one trip out of a pack, so having spares is appreciated!
The lid on this is pretty serious, and the sticker underneath even more so. This should preserve the moisture inside for quite a while.
I used a wipe to remove the swatches of the eyeliner and the lip tint, and it fared well against both products. I had to go over both several times to get all the product, but both are intended to be long-wearing.
Easydew EX Active Soothing Serum
Easydew EX’s Active Soothing Serum is made from natural Swiss glacier water which works to cool and refresh dry, irritated skin and monk’s pepper berries complex which works to sooth and repair damaged skin.
It’s just as well this is just a tiny sample bottle, because this product smells so strongly that putting in on my face would make me feel sick. It was donated to my mother before I even finished writing this review.
ideeB Sweet Jelish Eyeliner
An eyeliner and an eye shadow combined in one smart, easy-to-apply item, ideeb’s Sweet Jelish Eyeliner comes in three most popular eye makeup colors and its softly gliding, creamy gel texture makes it possible for makeup beginners to feature a finely defined and naturally blended look! Plus, it’s totally waterproof and won’t ever wear off from water, tears, or sweat.
It amuses me how Memebox seems to think using eye pencils as eyeshadow is something brand new that koreans only recently thought up.
The colour of this product was randomly selected. I received 02 Ultra Fine Pearl Black.
This is a plain pencil, no twist-up, no built-in sharpener. Considering how eagerly Memebox has thrown pencil sharpeners at me in the past, I find it strange that one is not included in this box.
This is not a very dark black. One swipe goes on grey. There’s a noticable amount of glitter in it. I found it difficult to apply sharply to the eyes, so I’d save this for intentionally smudgy looks.
Pure Smile Powder in refresh SHEETS
Refresh with Pure Smile’s handy deodorant-functional sheets with a powder-infused formula that works to clean, refresh, and remove bad odor from sweaty areas of your body.
From the description it sounds like deodorant in sheet form — which would be pretty cool — but I believe this is just scented wet wipes.
Bringing this with me is one less pack I have to buy at inflated airport prices, because flying without wet wipes available is just not happening.
S&B Aqua Tint Orange
This Aqua Tint is not your average cotton swab, because it combines the functions of a cotton swab and a lip tint in one sensational item! Simply twist one end of the cotton swab and you’ll see how the liquid tint from inside slides down to the other tip! This is the ultimate throw-away type of lip tint to carry around with you wherever you go.
What a weird combination, but why not? Can’t hurt to toss a few of these in my bag next time I’m off into the world.
In opening, these go from weird to hilarious. You know those tampon commercials with the blue liquid? Well… In these the liquid is proper red. The effect is so disturbing I had a very sudden need to figure out how my camera can record video.
The colour applies very sheer. On the lips it looks very natural. It has that very bitter taste that lip tints often have, and feels really drying.
NoTS UV Protection Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++
With a strong level of UV protection, this Sun Cream is gentle in its formula (free of mineral oil, talc, tar coloring, benzophenone-4, and artifical fragrance) and works to not only protect the skin but also to hydrate and smooth out the skin texture.
I was hoping for a handy sample-sized bottle when I saw the little box, but no, it houses ten sample packets. I would have preferred a bottle. They could be useful for keeping in assorted places for “I forgot to apply sunscreen and now we’re an hour away from the hotel” moments.
Pure Smile Hand Gel Maldives Dancing Waters
Made from collagen extracts, jojoba extracts, and ascorbyl palmitate widely acknowledged for its moisture lock-in capability, Pure Smile’s Hand Gel in Maldives Dancing Waters will hydrate, clean, and refresh your easily-contaminated hands. It comes in a small, cute packaging and is easy to carry around wherever you go.
Another travel bag staple. It smells and behaves like a typical hand gel.
Memebox makeup pouch
This one doesn’t have an entry on the product card, so no official description. It’s a good-sized meshbag in black with a pink zipper. It’s big enough to fit every other product in this box at once.
The fabric feels sturdy enough, but the sewing isn’t brilliant. The end of the zipper is coming out of the seams on my bag.
Straight out of the packaging, it absolutely stinks. Hopefully airing it out will fix that.
This box doesn’t feel complete, as in I couldn’t grab just the contents of this box and be ready to go, but it does provide a decent spread of basics.
With only one straight-up nope, this box is a good hit with me. Apart from the cotton swab/lip tint, there isn’t anything brand new or super interesting for me, but with an upcoming holiday getting a stash of travel staples doesn’t hurt.
This box cost $23 plus $6.99 in shipping. It contains five full-size items, one travel-size item (not full size as Memebox claims!) and two samples. No retail values are stated for the samples; they would typically be free anyway.
||Stated Retail Value
|Amini Traveller Kit
|T.P.O No-Wash Toner Sheet
|Easydew EX Active Soothing Serum
|ideeB Sweet Jelish Eyeliner
|Pure Smile Powder in refresh SHEETS
|S&B Aqua Tint Orange
|NoTS UV Protection Sun Cream
|Pure Smile Hand Gel Maldives Dancing Waters
|Total box value
As you would expect, most of these products are quite cheap. Cost-wise, this box is the worst value I’ve gotten so far, although most of this is stuff I would be buying anyway.
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.