Category Archives: Skincare

Beauteque Head to Toe Milk Bag

Beauteque’s Head to Toe bags are themed single-purchase bags. They’re less mysterious than comparable bags/boxes, as you get to choose the variant for 2-3 products, and most of the products are pictured (but not described) when you purchase.

The theme for this bag is milk. All the products contain or are somehow related to milk.

The bag itself is black and white with a woven texture, and nearly fits all the products.

Head to Toe Milk Bag

Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner

Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner

The product card description of this toner is so buzzwordy it doesn’t even make sense. No, really: Ions are good for your skins “immunity”? Surprisingly enough, I don’t care. This product smells wonderful, feels wonderful, and just makes my skin feel good. This should come in handy six-packs for easy purchase.

Skinfood Wildberry Milk Cleansing Foam

Skinfood Wildberry Milk Cleansing Foam

This foaming cleanser feels quite luxurious. It’s so nice and relaxing to massage my face with this, but it does make my skin feel on the dry side afterwards. That’s a bad sign, but I will still use up this tube of delicious foamy goodness, I just won’t use it every day.

Secret Key Milk Hand Cream

Secret Key Milk Hand Cream

The milk used in this hand cream is donkey milk. Why not!

The product card claims this is a light weight hand cream. Personally I think this is one of the thickest and richest hand creams I’ve ever used. That said, it’s absorbed surprisingly quickly, and the greasy feeling after is minimal. One of the better creams I’ve used on winter dry hands.

Milk Wash Off Sponge

Milk Wash Off Sponge

I feel the milk link is tenuous here — what kind of “milk properties” can a sponge have? But there is an adorable cow on the packaging! Three cheers for adoracow!

There are two large sponges — each is nearly as big as my hand — in the pack. The feel on the skin is similar to a konjac sponge, but denser and softer. Very comfortable and relaxing. If the toner should come in a six-pack, these sponges should come in boxes of a dozen. And I’d order two.

3W Climic Milk Mask

3W Clinic Milk Mask

Oooh, a sheet mask. I like sheet masks. I do, however, have a literal boxful of sheet masks waiting to be used, and this will join the pile to be used some day.

Skinfood Shea Butter Milk Lip Care Balm

Skinfood Shea Butter Milk Lip Care Balm

This lip balm feels very similar to the hand cream. Rich, thick, and a serious solution to winter dry lips. I’ll happily keep this stashed in my handbag.

Skinfood Milk Creamy Nail Polish

Skinfood Milk Creamy Nail Polish

Such a cute little bottle with such a cute pastel colour. I’m a bit bored with nail polish at the moment, but this is top of my list to try for spring.

Verdict

Wow. I will use every product in this bag, and I love the bag it came in. I’m even likely to repurchase several of these products. Major hit for me.

Bag value

This bag cost $25 plus $8.95 in shipping. Beauteque sells the individual products for the stated retail values, so the stated prices don’t feel hilariously jacked up as those by some other box sellers do.

Pretty decent value for money here, all in all!

Product Stated Retail Value
Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner $19
Skinfood Wildberry Milk Cleansing Foam $12
Secret Key Milk Hand Cream $6.50
Milk Wash Off Sponge $10
3W Climic Milk Mask $3
Skinfood Shea Butter Milk Lip Care Balm $7
Skinfood Milk Creamy Nail Polish $8.50
Total bag value $66

Memebox Superbox #48 Daily Dose of Beauty

The mission of Superbox #48 Daily Dose of Beauty is to bring something special to every day of the week. My weeks feel far too long far too often, so having a little something to brighten each day is nothing to scoff at!

This all looks and sounds very comfy, and when I say all, let me also say that this box is packed. There’s no tissue paper for padding here, which seems a bit of a gamble with two glass bottles in the pack. Both survived, though!

Screw the strange and random order the products are listed in on the product card, let’s look at them sorted by day.

Monday

Today is Makeup Monday, so it’s time to beat the monday morning blues!

Cheek Room Eye Shadow

Cheek Room Eye Shadow

For Makeup Monday we have … the neutralest eye shadow ever. I already have a dozen eye shadows in this shade or close-enoughs. Not impressed yet.

I got this product in 03 Honey Pink.

Tuesday

Today is Treatment Tuesday, so give myself the ultimate skin pampering session that’s fit for a queen!

Sally’s Box Delight Hydrogel Mask

Three sheet masks in different flavours; Ceramide, Collagen and Panthenol. I already have a pile of different sheet masks and will happily add these to it. While I don’t really feel that such masks make a difference to my skin, setting aside the time to wear one does wonders for my mind.

I’m glad instructions and ingredients are in english on these, because the Memebox product card gives a description and instructions for a lip gloss — specifically the lip gloss that was included in Office Essentials, I believe.

D’ran Aqua Wonder Intensive Renewing Serum

D'ran Aqua Wonder Intensive Renewing Serum

One of the many potential steps in the korean skincare routine, this particular serum is meant to be applied after emulsion. A single squirt is easily patted into the skin, and feels quite nice. I can definitely find a use for this in a comforting pampering routine.

Wednesday

Today is Weird Wednesday, so time surprise myself with crazy beauty who-know-whats!

Yu Choo By Me Steam Silk Hair Pack

Yu Choo By Me Steam Silk Hair Pack

I’ve never heard of hair steam treatments before, so I’ll have to trust the product card when it claims such treatments are expensive, and this product is an affordable alternative.

From the instructions, you wear this hair pack as you would a shower cap. You apply it after towel-drying your hair, let your hair soak in all the super amazing oils for fifteen minutes, then rinse off.

I have very well-behaved hair, and previous experiments with hair oil has only led to intense washing to get the damned stuff out again. I’m not excited for this at all. It’s just a single-use pack, so I might try it when bored, or I might give it away to someone with dry hair.

Thursday

Today is Therapy Thursday, so give myself a therapeutic relaxation session!

Grinif Rawganic Jojoba Golden Oil

Grinif Rawganic Jojoba Golden Oil

Rawganic: When organic just isn’t natural enough. Bah.

The hideous buzzwordiness and the lavender fragrance put me off in puke-worthy ways, and I have oily skin rather than the “extremely dry skin types” this product is intended for. No thanks.

Eglips JolieBeBe Lip Treatment

Eglips JolieBeBe Lip Treatment

I hate the feeling of dry lips, and this lip treatment is adequate for fixing that. It’ll find room in a bag or other.

Friday

Today is Funky Friday, so it’s time to glam up and let loose!

Croquis Bulgeum Lipstick

Croquis Bulgeum Lipstick

This is supposed to be a lip essence, lip stick, lip tint, and lip gloss in one. It’s also either broken or really stupidly designed.

What may look like a typical lip stick bullet is a hard plastic tube with liquid inside it. I can twist this tube either way, but I cannot get product to come out consistently. When trying to swatch, I got a great big squirt of product. When trying it on my lips, I only got enough product for 3/4 of my lip surface.

Croquis Bulgeum Lipstick swatch

This product looks and feels quite nice, but what good is that if I can’t get to it?

I got this in 01 Campari Orange.

Weekend

It’s finally time for Wrinkle-free Weekend, so time to de-stress and erase the years off my face!

ProYou S Wrinkle SC Renewal Ampoule

ProYou S Wrinkle SC Renewal Ampoule

Going by the description, this is clearly a product of pure magic. It does all the good skin things — nourishes! improves! treats! rejuvenates! — while containing nothing bad — no evil parabens! no evil mineral oils! no evil artificial things! Parabens, mineral oil and artificial ingredients are not scary, and I do not have an irrational fear of them. Reading this just makes me annoyed.

The product does feel quite nice on the skin. I don’t have any wrinkles and don’t expect any soon, but I suppose it can’t hurt anything but my pride to use this for the sensation’s sake.

Verdict

Most of these products are useful, but this box doesn’t excite me. Necessities and comfort items just don’t.

As I often do, I want to punch the hype/fear-machine writing the product descriptions.

Box value

This box cost $29 plus $6.99 in shipping. It contains six full-size products and four single-use packs.

Product Stated retail value
Cheek Room Eye Shadow $8
Sally’s Box Delight Hydrogel Mask 3 × $13
D’ran Aqua Wonder Intensive Renewing Serum $43
Yu Choo By Me Steam Silk Hair Pack $9
Grinif Rawganic Jojoba Golden Oil $36
Eglips JolieBeBe Lip Treatment $8
Croquis Bulgeum Lipstick $20
ProYou S Wrinkle SC Renewal Ampoule $96
Total box value $259
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.

Memebox Special #26 Hand & Nail Care

You may have noticed that I’m a bit of a nail polish enthusiast, so naturally I grabbed Memebox Special #26 Hand & Nail Care when it became available.

The description says:

At Memebox, we believe that healthy and pretty hands are a girl’s best accessory, that hands should be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and that crazy manis are the best pick-me-up for any crappy day! So, treat and moisturise hands and nails to prevent early signs of aging, strengthen and pamper nails to perfection to create that impeccable nail salon-done look!

I feel reasonably certain I’ve seen most of what the nail market has to offer, so I’m expecting staple products from new brands here rather than anything brand new and super exciting. Let’s see!

PURE SKIN Hand Care Pack

PURE SKIN Hand Care Pack

The grape extracts, witch hazel, grapefruit extracts, collagen, baobab tree extracts, and olive leaf extracts included in the Hand Care Pack not only work to deeply moisturize and nourish your roughened hands but also to remove any excess skin impurities and firm up signs of aging on your hands!

This looks to be a sheet mask for your hands, which should probably be called a glove mask. I assume your hands will be useless for the 20-30 minutes you’re supposed to wear these, so you’d better remember to pee first.

I’m curious what kind of “skin impurities” are so common on hands that there are products to remove them. Seriously, I have no idea.

SUR 3D Nail Art Kit

SUR 3D Nail Art Kit

Create gorgeous nail art in minutes with this revolutionary polish that uses a Nail Art Pen to create an amazing nail art design.

This kit contains a dark green magnetic polish, a magnet with a stripe design, and a nail art pen in dark blue. Neither of these things are revolutionary, but they do make for a nice kit.

I have some doubts about the colour choices, though. I don’t think the blue is going to show up very well against the green, and what’s the point of having these items in a kit if you can’t use them together?

I may already have a magnetic polish of this colour, and I definitely have a magnet with this pattern, so those go the swap box. The pen stays with me.

PURE PLUS Hydrogel Moisturizing Nail Patch

PURE PLUS Hydrogel Moisturising Nail Patch

Enriched with collagen, milk, pearl powder, gold, and paraffin, this hydro-gel type Nail Patch delivers intense moisturise and nutrition deep into your nails within just 20 minutes of application, for a visible improvement in your nail condition.

The picture on the product card shows a packet that is indeed labeled PUREPLUS, but as you can see the packet I received is labeled ROCKACHIC. The font and style is exactly the same, though, and the sticker on the back of my packet says PUREPLUS.

This product looks like it will be excellent for emergency care. My hands have started drying out in the winter, so I expect to give this a go a cold winter’s day.

with shan Dr. Care Set

with shan Dr. Care Set

This Dr. Care Set is an emergency kit for your split, broken nails. Dr.001 strengthens from the root of your nails and works to protect them from further damage. Then, use the Paper File to file away the nails into the right shape and length.

This looks like a pretty typical nail strengthener. I have very soft and weak nails, so I use such a product every time I paint my nails. I don’t know if they actually help, but I do it anyway.

The nail file is … a paper nail file. Nothing more to say about that.

I have several bottles of nail strengthener already, so this will live in the swap box for now.

BARBINIE Shea Butter Hand Cream

BARBINIE Shea Butter Hand Cream

Enriched with abundant shea butter and aloe vera extracts, this Shea Butter Hand Cream delivers deep nourishment and moisture relief and helps maintain moist, supple hands.

A hand cream was a given for this box. The scent was chosen randomly, I received Violet Musk. The tube is sealed, so I can’t easily decide if the scent is okay for my sensitive nose.

Shara Shara Soft Hand Gommage

Shara Shara Soft Hand Gommage

This is a gentle, moisturizing peeling gel for dry, callused hands. The Gommage works to remove any hardened calluse and skin impurities, leaving your hands soft and silky smooth.

Again with the skin impurities.

I don’t really need or use scrubs or peels anywhere, and I wasn’t even aware that hand peels existed until this moment. Straight to the swap box.

with shan Baby Hand Set

with shan Baby Hand Set

Infused with lemon juice and vitamin E, the Treatment Oil is gentle on the skin and helps nourish and soften the roughened calluses and cuticles on your nails. The Nail Wall File then works to gently file away away the softened calluses and cuticles, making your hands moist and soft like real baby hands!

The oil sounds like a pretty typical nail oil, but the file confuses me. The instructions say to soak the file with the oil, then file away “all hardened sides and cuticles.” Does this mean you’re supposed to use the file on the skin around the nail? It sure sounds that way.

I’m pretty freaked out by the thought of filing away my cuticles, so I think I’ll just ignore the file and use this as any other nail oil.

The type of this product was selected randomly. I received Lemon Treatment Oil.

Verdict

I got pretty much exactly what I expected in this box. Most of the products are useful to me, but I also already have most of them, just from other brands.

This box would be excellent for someone who is just getting into nail polish. Just put a bow on the box and you have a gift ready to go.

Box value

This box cost $23 plus $6.99 in shipping.

It contains five full-size products and two single-use packets.

Product Stated Retail Value
PURE SKIN Hand Care Pack $4
SUR 3D Nail Art Kit $29
PURE PLUS Hydrogel Moisturizing Nail Patch $8
with shan Dr. Care Set $13
BARBINIE Shea Butter Hand Cream $18
Shara Shara Soft Hand Gommage $6
with shan Baby Hand Set $9
Total box value $87
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.

Memebox Special #25 Traveller’s Beauty Kit

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

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 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 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

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.

ideeB Sweet Jelish Eyeliner swatch

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

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

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.

S&B Aqua Tint Orange swatch

NoTS UV Protection Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++

NoTS UV Protection Sun Cream

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

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

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.

Verdict

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.

Box value

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.

Product Stated Retail Value
Amini Traveller Kit $10
T.P.O No-Wash Toner Sheet $7
Easydew EX Active Soothing Serum
ideeB Sweet Jelish Eyeliner $11
Pure Smile Powder in refresh SHEETS $1
S&B Aqua Tint Orange $4
NoTS UV Protection Sun Cream
Pure Smile Hand Gel Maldives Dancing Waters $2
Total box value $35

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.

Memebox Special #16 OMG Box

Today we’ll be opening up the Memebox Special #16 OMG Box. I have four boxes waiting to be unpacked, and I can tell you this is easily the heaviest of the four.

The description says:

Our O.M.G. Box will literally make you go “Huh?” “Hmmm…Cool!” because we’ve loaded this box up with weirdly awesome, yet effective beauty treasures that will work miracles for your hair, skin and body) If you’re a daring beauty enthusiast or beautyholic who is open to trying bizarre new trends, we dare you to take this beauty challenge!

I regularly shop for beauty items on eBay. If that doesn’t qualify me for “daring” and “open to trying bizarre new trends,” I don’t know what does.

Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss

Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss

This is a lip gloss with two different shades gradated together in a single product! Despite it being a gloss, the Night Diva Gloss is a non-sticky, smoothly spreading, and highly moist all in one. Also, it carries a built-in LED light and a mirror, so you don’t have to take out your hand mirror or visit the ladies room for a quick touch-up anymore!

A lip gloss? Is this some sneaky trick to set the “OMG” bar low? The built-in mirror and light is a nice touch, but not even close to an OMG.

In my opinion lip gloss is only good for making lipstick sliding off your lips at maximum speed, so I don’t use lip gloss. This product is so useless to me I’m not even going to bother swatching it. Perhaps I should start a swap box.

The colour of this product was chosen randomly. I received 04 Pink Candy.

SKINAZ Premium Vitablet

SKINAZ Premium Vitablet

You might wonder — what is a vitablet? Vitablet comes from combining ‘vitamin’ with ‘tablet’ and refers to SKINAZ’s unique tablet-type of vitamin cleanser rich in vitamin C and aroma oil. What’s so special about this is that it even takes care of skincare while cleansing with its skin beneficial formula containing more than 300g of vitamin C which is equivalent to 4.3 whole lemons. It’ll be like having done a nourishing vitamin pack!

The description is so vague that I did indeed go “Huh?”. For a moment I thought this was multivitamin supplement (which are utterly useless to me), but this is in fact a skincare product. You’re supposed to dissolve a tablet in water, and use the resulting mix as a cleanser or facial mist. It can also be used “for hair, bath, or even on babies,” so I have some serious doubts on its efficacy as a cleanser. I’ll try it as a face mist if I can locate a suitable spray bottle.

Yes, that is a silica packet in the bottle, your ridiculously sharp eyes do not betray you.

SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo

SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo

SKINAZ takes lip makeup to a whole new level with its Lip Tattoo! This’ll be the ultimate no-makeup makeup since it actually works like an impermanent color tattoo on your lips and does not smudge or gets erased for 24 hours long. Plus, it comes in five lusciously radiant colors.

On weirdness factor alone, this product justifies this box. No, seriously, let me youtube this shit up for you.

You apply the suspiciously lip gloss-looking product to your lips, let it dry for a few minutes, then peel off the outer layer, leaving only the stain behind. Yeah, really. It’s so unlike any other product I’ve tried that I immediately ordered two more colours.

The product is a little tricky to use:

  • The application is not precise at all. You just have to slather it all over.
  • While the product is drying, it feels like your lips are getting stuck together with glue. Not pleasant.
  • The peeling phase is nowhere near as easy as in the video. I had to peel off little bits at the time, and didn’t feel like I got it all off.
  • Shortly after peeling, my lips felt painfully dry. Applying lip balm on top is pretty much required.

The resulting stain is very nice, and lasts through lip balm, drinking, and eating with no noticable transfer or fading. It does not last for the stated 24 hours, though. Four to eight is more realistic.

The product has a distinct fruity scent that thankfully fades upon application. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Lip Tattoos in Scentbox #5 Tropical Fruits.

The colour of this product was chosen randomly. I’m not sure which colour I received, as there is nothing on the box or tube to indicate the colour — not in english, anyway. My best guess is Lovely Pink.

Pure Smile 3step Bust Pack

Pure Smile 3step Bust Pack

This is a quick 3 step process for taking care of your bust, especially recommended to be used before wearing a bikini! The gommage, the hydro-gel pack, and the cream are enriched with various nutritious ingredients for maintaining your bust skin soft and well-moisturized.

It’s a single-use pack of exfoliator, mask, and moisturiser for your breasts. Doesn’t sound all that special to me, so let’s talk about the lady on the packaging instead.

Just look at her. Doesn’t she just have the exact facial expression that you see on a female porn star when her male co-star drops his trousers? It’s like the skincare equivalent of a Greg Land comic. No, don’t follow that link while at work.

Now that I’ve completely ruined this product, let’s move on to the next.

Elizaveccy Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

Elizaveccy Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

This is the ultimate one-step facial mask with both pore care and cleansing functions. Not only is it packed with green tea extracts, pomegranate extracts, and charcoal extracts, this Clay Mask contains carbonated water which starts to bubble up the very moment it’s applied on your face and deeply penetrates into your pores for getting all the gunk out without having to harden up like average clay masks.

This is the order the products are listed in on the description card, I did not intentionally put the product with “facial” and “penetrate” in the description after the pornfacey product. It’s definitely something I would do, but just for the record, in this case, I didn’t.

Are we done with the giggling now? Good.

I’ve never used a classic clay mask. They look ridiculous, and I’m not at all convinced face masks in general have a purpose beyond the mental effect of self-care. These factors haven’t stopped me from buying a big pile of korean sheet masks, but still.

This particular mask sounds like it would be funny to use, and I’m pretty sure the packaging is trying to convince me that pigs have amazing skin and therefore clay masks must be just as amazing. I’ll give it a try the next time I need a moment of self-care.

Big bonus points for having a space for the spatula underneath the lid! I have so many spatulas littering my bathroom, but at least this one won’t get away so easily. And let’s be honest, a bonus point for the cute pig, too.

Ladykin Aqua Exfoliator for Body

Ladykin Aqua Exfoliator for Body

In Korea, going down to a local public bath for a nice scrub is a very common and popular thing. You can get a quick glimpse into the world of ‘body scrubs/exfoliators’ with this gentle exfoliator from Ladykin! Enriched with cellulose components from papaya and pineapple extracts, this Aqua Exfoliator for Body removes all bodily dead skill cells and unecessary impurities without having to scrub down hard enough to stimulate your sensitive skin. All you need to do is spray this product all over your body and softly roll away the dead skin cells, for cleaner, fresher, and smoother body skin!

You’re supposed to use this after showering and drying. Just the thought of standing there, rolling off dead skin, after a shower is enough to make me want another shower. It sounds so disgusting I can’t imagine I’ll even try this.


Out of six products I like one, I will try three, and I’m utterly disgusted by one. With the exception of the Lip Tattoo none of them are OMG-worthy.

Box value

This box cost $29 plus $6.99 in shipping. It contained all full-size products, with one being a single-use pack.

Product Stated Retail Value
Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss $22
SKINAZ Premium Vitablet $46
SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo $18
Pure Smile 3step Bust Pack $6
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask $46
Ladykin Aqua Exfoliator for Body $14
Total Box Value $152
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.

Memebox Special #15 Waterproof Makeup

I took an interest in beauty boxes earlier this year, and my favourite service so far is Memebox. Rather than being a subscription service, Memebox lets you order single boxes. The contents is still a mystery, but each box has a theme to help you decide.

Memebox is stupidly addicting, so I may as well be useful and review the avalanche of boxes I’m receiving. Here we go, with Memebox Special #15 Waterproof Makeup!

The included description says:

This summer, look out for the Waterproof Makeup Box! Loaded with only makeup items that passed our “all-proof test”, this Waterproof Makeup Box defies the laws of makeup with its all-day long lasting staying power. From eye makeup to lip and skin makeup, it has got only the best waterproof and sweat-proof products that are sure to last all throughout the day! You’ll look like a million bucks all day long! No smudging or smearing, you’ll never have to carry around your makeup pouch around ever again!

The description is overly excited and could do with some proofreading. The theme for this box is a bit oddly timed — a summer box as we’re nearing the end of summer? Still, cute boy and I are taking a holiday somewhere hot in october, so that will extend this box’ usefulness this year.

Y.E.T. Mission Impossible Lip Marker

Y.E.T. Mission Impossible Lip Marker

Highly waterproof and long-lasting, the Mission Impossible Lip Marker glides smoothly and leaves a radiant yet naturally-gradiated stain on your lips. It’s rich in avocado oil, rosehip extracts, and macadamia oil, and thus maintains your lips moist and supple as well.

A brightly coloured lip stain in crayon format? Was this product made especially for me? I’m not convinced about the blending sponge at the end, but apart from that this product ticks all my boxes.

The colour of this product was chosen randomly. I received 01 Ruby.

Y.E.T. Mission Impossible Lip Marker swatch

The colour is a bit warmer than I prefer, but wearable. It applies evenly and opaquely, and feels like a thick balm on the lips.

Cheek Room Curl and Long Lash Mascara

Cheek Room Curl and Long Lash Mascara

Cheek Room’s famous Curl and Long Lash Mascara will add volume and strength to your short, thin eyelashes for a long-lasting, perfectly waterproof finish. The olive oil and resin components allow it to apply smoothly with a silky finish without clogging the lashes.

It’s a black mascara. Like all mascaras, the description makes incredible claims.

I like the skinny brush, but I just can’t get excited over a plain black mascara. It’s useful, but that’s it.

Enesti UV Cut Sun Block SPF50

Enesti UV Cut Sun Block

Enesti’s new UV Cut Sun Block is not only waterproof with a strong UV protection level but is also highly effective in toning out excess sebum and enlarged pores. Its gentle formula based on green tea and rosemary extracts works as a strong protective agent against the sun and other external toxins.

So this is a sun block that protects against “external toxins.” What does that even mean? What are these external toxins? Still, sun screen and sun block are expensive, and that goes double for sun products that are suitable for wearing under makeup. I’ll find a use for this with just a small amount of annoyance.

From the description, it sounds like this could double as a primer, or at least make a primer less necessary. It’s also a pretty small bottle at 40ml, so this should be a useful travel item.

Rubelli Water Glow BB Cream

Rubelli Water Glow BB Cream

The illite powder component of the BB Cream works to adhere tightly onto enlarged pores, covering and evening them out into a very natural, brighter tone. This smart BB Cream not only contains anti-wrinkle, brightening, UV protection functions but it also makes your skin to look most natural and supple, as if you’ve just applied a moisturizing ampoule.

Wow. The description is clearly catering to the “BB creams are magic” crowd. It’s making me cringe a little.

Rubelli Water Glow BB Cream swatch

I’m stupidly pale, so if I can’t choose the shade, a BB cream or other foundation product is likely to be a waste for me. This one looks to be a tiny bit too dark, but with careful blending it will probably work on my extremely lightly tanned summer face.

It feels a bit greasy on the skin, as waterproof foundations tend to do.

Color Bucket Flash Pop-up Geller

Color Bucket Flash Pop-up Geller

Color Bucket is the new brand launched by Touch In Sol — a very famous Korean makeup brand renown for being in charge of numerous K-Pop idols’ makeup) This ‘Geller’ is a waterproof, gel-type eyeliner that comes in 10 different pop-up colors and glides onto your eyelids smoothly with an extremely long-lasting finish.

I like gel eyeliners in pencil form, and this seems one of the better ones. It goes on smoothly with no tugging. Staying power is pretty good; water or even rubbing with a towel doesn’t move this colour at all. It even puts up a fight against oil-based makeup remover.

The colour of this product was chosen randomly. I received 10 Flash Purple.

Color Bucket Flash Pop-up Geller swatch

I like the colour, but I’m not too big on the glitter.

Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 06 Shimmer Peach

Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 06 Shimmer Peach

When blended in with a darker color shadow and a liner, Croquis’ waterproof, cream-type crayon can create a shimmery peach gradiation eye makeup! It smoothly glides onto your eye contours, giving it a nice, silky finish without being clumpy or sticky.

If I hadn’t read the description card, I would have assumed this to be a lip crayon and discarded it, as I really don’t wear this kind of colour on my lips. As a blusher, I’ll keep it around. I’m not too fond of cream eyeshadows — my hooded lids tend to just eat them — but I might give it a try.

Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 06 Shimmer Peach swatch

I’ve actually wanted a blusher of this colour recently, so this is brilliant.

Pencil Sharpener

In addition to the products listed, I also received a pencil sharpener. Presumably it goes with the Croquis crayon, as the Mission Impossible marker and the Color Bucket pencil are both twist-ups.

Product Retail Value
Y.E.T. Mission Impossible Lip Marker $12
Cheek Room Curl and Long Lash Mascara $9
Enesti UV Cut Sun Block $15
Rubelli Water Glow BB Cream $24
Color Bucket Flash Pop-up Geller $10
Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 06 Shimmer Peach $17
Total Box Value $87
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.

Collaboration #1 Memebox X Pink Diary

As the name indicates, this Memebox is a collaboration with Sharon of the blog The Pink Diary. Sharon has a very different style than me, so this box will be interesting. Let’s open it up!

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry

Scented with a delicate strawberry fragrance, Hope Girl’s Tinted Lip Balm serves both as a lip tint as well as a lip balm. While the co-enzyme Q-10 and shea butter formula deeply nourishes your chapped lips, the lovely pink tint will leave your lips with a long-lasting radiance.

I’ve bought many lip balms like this, with or without tint, over the years. Usually as an emergency purchases when I’m out and about, finding myself in dire need of lip balm but have forgotten to bring one with me. Typically the product will be used that day only, and then forgotten in a drawer somewhere.

This is not a fault of the product, but entirely of the packaging. I simply don’t like balms in jars, and I don’t like applying lip products with my fingers. It’s sticky and messy and can quickly get outright disgusting.

So while this seems a fine product — although all lip balms seem about equal to me — I doubt I’ll use it. I may keep it with my makeup and use it pre-lipstick, when I’m wielding a lip brush anyway.

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry swatch

There’s a very light pink tint. The strawberry fragrance is mild enough to not offend my scent-sensitive nose.

Croquis crayons

A-ha. There’s two Croquis crayons included in this box, and one of them is for lip use. I don’t feel so silly for assuming the crayon in the Waterproof Makeup box was a lip product now.

Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown and Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Go

Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown

The famous Lip & Blush from Croquis can be applied on both your lips and cheeks for a natural and well-blended pink that gently enhances your complexion. While this shade itself might seem light and shimmery, it will leave your lips and cheeks with a long-lasting radiance.

I don’t see much brown in this “pink brown” shade, which is just as well. I can’t wear brown anything on my lips at all, it just looks like dirt. Instead this looks like a pleasantly pink shade which is just a touch darker than my natural lips. This will be excellent for those days when I wake up and find a pale grey ghost in the mirror.

Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown swatch

The colour is very sheer; the swatch is about ten swipes.

This applies like a balm, and continues to feel like a balm long after application. I’m not trusting it to last long, but it’s not a crisis if a subtle shade like this wears off.

Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Goldy Brown

When blended in with a darker color shadow and a liner, Croquis’ waterproof, cream-type crayon can create a shimmery peach gradiation eye makeup! It smoothly glides onto your eye contours, giving it a nice, silky finish without being clumpy or sticky.

Yup, the description is exactly the same as in the Waterproof Makeup box.

I feel the colour of this crayon is less gold and more bronze. Which is great, as I’ve been wanting a bronze for my autumn colour lineup. The swatch is refusing to budge from my arm, which gives me some hope this could actually survive on my eyelids for more than ten minutes.

Screw using this on the cheeks, though.

Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Goldy Brown swatch

Now that I have three Croquis crayons, a problem is surfacing: The crayons all look the same. There’s nothing to indicate a given crayon’s intended use. There’s some writing in korean on the crayons — which I can’t read — but as far as I can tell it’s exactly the same for both Lip & Blush crayons and Eye Shadow & Blusher crayons. I’ll either have to mark them somehow, and/or hope they are all lip-safe and eye-safe.

Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic

Banila co. Prime Primer Classic

Prep your face with the ultimate Banila Co. Prime Primer! Banila Co. is one of Korea’s cult favorites and this primer is one of its longest standing bestsellers. It’s a must-have classic that smoothens out any unevenness in skin texture by filling in all fine lines and enlarged pores. It also coats your face with a protective layer for optimum moisture retention while preventing your skin from getting oily.

The description makes Banila Co. out to be a big, famous brand. I find this intriguing, as other sources tell me Banila Co. are small and kinda ignored, and this primer is one of the few products that justifies their continued existence. I can’t verify either claim easily, but it’s interesting. Anyway…

Primers are another product that seem more similar than different to me. This one is clear and does the skin-smoothing thing that primers do. It’s very similar to Maybelline Baby Skin, but does perhaps feel a little bit lighter on the skin.

Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub

Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub

All natural, and made from sugar, sunflower seed oil, portulaca extract, huttuynia cordata and various other minerals and vitamins, the Black Sugar Facial Scrub works to remove stubborn blackheads, excess sebum, and dead skin cells without dehydrating your skin. It will leave your face glowing with a natural radiance.

This is not a product I would have purchased myself. Peels and scrubs just don’t seem to do much for my skin, so I tend not to bother. I’ve also heard some fairly convincing explanations on how sugar scrubs can be too harsh for the face, so I’m really not keen on this product.

I guess I could use it as a body scrub, except I don’t really feel a need for those either. Most likely I’ll use this once and then forget it in a cupboard somewhere.

L.vida Nail Polish LC-06 Baby Angel

L.vida Nail Polish LC-06 Baby Angel

Pamper your nails with L.vida’s bright, beautiful nail polish colors that last. This collection is formulated with a unique combination of resins and waxes that provide a fast drying, long-wear shine.

Very cute little nail polish with decorative flower. I like. Many points for presentation.

The colour looks suspiciously like yet another so-sheer-you-can-barely-see-it bridal pink, AKA “colour I don’t see the point of”. We’ll see. I’ll do a proper manicure with it, as soon as I can be bothered to peel Gumdrop off my nails.


Pencil Sharpener

In addition to the products listed, I also received a pencil sharpener. It’s exactly the same as in the Waterproof Makeup box, and I now have enough pencil sharpeners to keep one in every bag and still have a few to spare.

All in all, this box is a little meh. The crayons are quite nice. The primer is useful, but not exciting. I remain cautiously optimistic about the nail polish, but the lip balm and the sugar scrub are pretty much wasted.

Box Value

This box cost $23 plus shipping.

Product Stated Retail Value
Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 01 Strawberry $12
Croquis Lip & Blush 10 Pink Brown $17
Croquis Eye Shadow & Blusher 04 Goldy Brown $17
Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic $22
Tosowoong Black Sugar Facial Scrub $12
L.vida Nail Polish LC-06 Baby Angel $6
Total Box Value $86
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.

Security theater: Liquids edition

I travel several times each year. As I travel with hand luggage only, I’m getting used to running into the limitations on liquids:

Liquids in hand luggage

There are restrictions on the amount of liquids, creams and gels that can be carried in hand luggage onboard all flights. A maximum of 1 liter of liquid, creams and gels are permitted in hand luggage. Each item must not exceed 100ml. Liquids, creams and gels must be packed in a separate transparent re-sealable bag must be presented at the security checkpoint.

The helpful signs at the airport’s security checkpoint usually show a nearly empty bag, where a tube of toothpaste, a stick of deodorant, and maybe a small bottle of perfume have plenty of room. When I’m flying out, my bag does in fact look a lot like that.

But when I’m coming home from a week of shopping? We’re playing for keeps, darlings.

Security theater: Liquids edition

Said signs also say “do not overfill”. It’s not overfilled if I can close it without bursting a seam. Serious Tetris skills certainly doesn’t hurt.

Here is the lot, unpacked:

Security theater: Liquids edition

With some determination, I could fit:

  • Moisturiser (75ml and the biggest item in the lot)
  • Two bottles of liquid foundation
  • Deodorant
  • Two mascaras
  • Four lipsticks
  • Traveldose of Lemony Flutter
  • Concealer
  • Two gel eyeliners
  • Eyecream
  • Perfume
  • Dry shampoo (not even sure when or why I picked this up, but uh, it could come in useful, I guess)
  • Eye shadow base
  • Samples of lip plumper, lip primer, and eye primer
  • Handwash
  • Eye pencil (which probably didn’t need to go in this bag, but it’s big and I didn’t feel like potentially getting my bag searched for the sake of one bloody pencil)

Let’s not get into the non-liquids I purchased, although packing all of those was certainly an art in itself…