Category Archives: Subscription Boxes

Candy Japan, early February 2015

Candy Japan is a monthly subscription service that delivers every other week. As the name says, you get japanese candy. This is the shipment that was sent out in early february.

Puchi Pasuteru

Crunchy candy balls topped with chocolate in a number of random shapes. The candy balls are kind of dull, the chocolate is good, and the concept is excellent. All the fun of Rowntree’s Randoms but with chocolate. This pack contained ice cream cones, trains, pumpkins, ghosts, and space ships, among other shapes. I am so sold.

Limone Double Chocolate

Sugared lemon jelly covered in white and dark chocolate. The chocolate is very good, but I’m not a fan of citrus in other stuff, so I’ll pass on these.

Mini Boro

Tiny crunchy candies that turn into a horrible, dry powder when you eat it. Awful stuff. These should make suitable punishment the next time my gaming group is being bad.

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

Candy Japan, late november 2014

Candy Japan is a monthly subscription service that delivers every other week. As the name says, you get japanese candy. This is the shipment that was sent out in late november.

Grape candy floss

In this bag we found a sheet of pink candy floss. Hidden in the sheet was purple fizz rocks/powder. I wanted to take a picture of the contents because candy floss in a bag looked so odd, but the sour fizz against the sweet floss just tasted so good we ate it all before pictures could happen. I need someone to send me regular supplies of just this.

Wine gums

I think the wine gums in this were supposed to look like the cute creatures pictured on the bag, but the gums were so tiny you can’t really tell any detail. Taste was generically fruity. Not very exciting, but the bag disappeared within a couple of hours.

Rose chews

Chewy sweets with a hard shell. I didn’t notice any significant rosy scent while devouring the whole bag like a sugar-starved hermit.

Candy Japan, early november 2014

Candy Japan is a monthly subscription service that delivers every other week. As the name says, you get japanese candy. This is the shipment that was sent out in early november.

Dry chocolate balls filled with a sweet, green filling. So delicious cute boy and I nearly snorted the bag between us.

Based on the pictures on the bag, we though these single-wrapped sheets were bubblegum. They are not. They are wine gum sheets that taste of rubbery sadness.

Sweet biscuit sticks with a coating, that’s pocky, right? I guess that makes this Poképocky. I’m not entirely sure what the coating is on these, but it tastes kind of yoghurty.

I think pocky is kind of dry and dull, and would never buy it myself by choice. It’s okay when presented to me like this, though. At least the bag emptied somehow…

Candy Japan, late october 2014

There are so many interesting subscription boxes out there — or in other words, my Lip Factory money quickly found somewhere else to go: Candy Japan. It’s a very simple service: Every other week, you get an envelope with japanese candy. Works for me!

The package don’t have names, numbers or any kind of identifiers, so I have to refer to them by their shipment period. My first envelope is from the late october shipment. There’s no product card or any kind of description included, so I have no extra info on any of the products.

This bag contains banana-flavoured foam monkeys, and a cardboard display you can assemble. I think it’s a game you can play with the monkeys? The kids in the instructions certainly look like they’re having fun.

These candies are a bit drier and firmer than foam candies I’m used to. Cute boy and I finished off the entire bag before I finished writing this review, so there were clearly no major complaints.

Individually wrapped, fruit-flavoured hard candies. There’s a pretty flower on each candy’s wrapping.

I can get similar candies in a dozen varieties from any shop around here. Like other candies of this type, they taste mostly of sugar and only vaguely fruity. Not a major hit, but they’ll keep forever, so they can stay in the back of a drawer and be re-discovered when someone’s desperately searching for a sugar fix.

Memebox Superbox #59 Halloween Special

There are just so many places you can take a Halloween kit, so I wasted no time in ordering the Memebox Superbox #59 Halloween Special. What kind of amazing things could hide inside? Let’s have a look.

The description makes some big promises for coming in Memebox’ smallest box. It’s so small one of the products doesn’t actually fit inside the box, it was sticking out from under the lid when I pulled the box from the envelope.

The first thing I notice when opening this box is a strong smell of mold. The box and everything in it smells moldy, and the products appear covered in dust and small hairs. I don’t trust that this smell is intentional, so I’ll skip the swatches for this one.

Rêvecen Face Control Foundation

Receven Face Control Foundation

White face paint, a staple of many costume looks.

Rêvecen Cake Eye Liner

Revecen Cake Eye Liner

Black cake eye liner. Apply dry as eye shadow, or mix with water for liner.

Rêvecen Supra Lining Color

Revecen Supra Lining Color

Purple face and body paint. Claims to be eye and lip safe.

Rêvecen Eye Lash

Revecen Eye Lash

One set of false lashes with some slight spikiness in them. I have gotten far spookier false lashes in other, non-costume boxes.

Rêvecen Liquid Lipstick

Revecen Liquid Lipstick

Liquid lipstick in the colour of blood. Use as lipstick or paint blood stains in appropriate places.

Elizavecca Lip Tattoo

Elizavecca Lip Tattoo

A temporary tattoo for applying to your lips.

I’ve seen some amazing designs done as lip tattoos, but this is just a solid colour. I’ve been told repeatedly that lip tattoos are difficult to apply, even more difficult to apply well, and very uncomfortable to wear for more than few minutes. I can’t imagine why you’d choose this over just plain lipstick, especially when there’s a lipstick in nearly the same colour in this box.

The packaging on this is too big to fit in the box. One of the “wings” was poking out.

Lalanc Real Tattoo

Lalanc Real Tattoo

Temporary tattoos that claim to look like the real deal.

Verdict

If it wasn’t already obvious: This box is a massive fail.

The contents are just scary makeup basics, with no guidelines for how to make a look with them. The product card promises this box is “loaded with fun and crafty makeup ideas”, so it definitely sounds like some simple face charts or similar were meant to be included, but there’s just nothing here.

Memebox could have done so much with this box, and just … didn’t. I’m very disappointed, and that’s before taking the moldy smell into account.

Box value

This box cost $23 plus $6.99 in shipping. Because of the smell I’m unlikely to use, trade, or even gift any of the products. In other words, this was a complete waste.

Product Stated retail value
Rêvecen Face Control Foundation $22
Rêvecen Cake Eye Liner $8
Rêvecen Supra Lining Color $30
Rêvecen Eye Lash $6
Rêvecen Liquid Lipstick $16
Elizavecca Lip Tattoo $14
Lalanc Real Tattoo $5
Total box value $101
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 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 Superbox #44 No Makeup Makeup

No-makeup makeup is a damned neat trick to know, and one I have yet to master. Can the Memebox Superbox #44 No Makeup Makeup give me a quickstart here? We’ll see.

The description says:

Sure, the “I just wake up this pretty” look looks simple, but it’s actually one of the hardest looks to recreate! Play up your natural features with an always in style and always wearable barely-there makeup look. Let your skin do the talking with skin perfectors that allow for a flawless and luminous complexion and enhance your features with stunning and versatile natural colors that will give you a refined and elegant look. Finish off with a naturally pretty pout and rosy flushed cheeks, and you’ve just earned yourself a black belt in beauty.

No kidding it’s hard. Let’s have a look at the products.

Macqueen New York Mineral CC Cushion Cover

Macqueen New York Mineral CC Cushion Cover

This popular Mineral CC Cushion is wideligy acknowledged for its high level of UV protection and moisture, effective and long-lasting coverage, and its non-sticky, silky after touch previously unfounded in any other CC or Air Cushions. Dab away with the Mineral CC Cushion to feature the ultimate no-makeup look, because it’ll bring out the most natural and healthy-looking glow on your face! Plus, the high concentrates of bamboo water deliver instant soothing and cooling effect, making it perfect to be used in the summer times.

I love cushion foundations. They give a lovely, light coverage, have a pleasant cooling sensation on application, and are handy to carry and re-apply. I love them so much I opened this up despite knowing that #21 is just too dark for me.

Macqueen New York Mineral CC Cushion Cover swatch

Sigh. The downside of cushions is the unhygienic packaging. Since I had already contaminated this cushion with the swatch, I went ahead and tried it on my face. I managed to look at my mask-like visage for almost a full minute before frantically cleaning my face.

On the plus side, the compact case is re-usable. Just pop out the cushion by pushing firmly from the bottom.

I tried inserting the cushion into my Etude House Minnie Mouse case, but the two are not compatible. The Macqueen cushion is about a millimeter too big to fit.

Drww. Power Lift Strong Cream

Drww. Power Lift Strong Cream

Containing Omega 3.6.9, hyaluronic acid, and 5 different kinds of flower seed extracts, Drww’s Power Lift Strong Cream works to treat skin darkening and wrinkles. The best part of this cream, however, is in its function as a makeup booster. It can also be applied in small amounts along the T-zone for highlighting your features before or after makeup. What’s more, mix it in with a makeup base or a foundation and apply on your face for a naturally glowing and radiant complexion.

I can’t quite place where “makeup booster” belongs in a routine. It sounds kind of like a primer, kind of like a hilighter? A bit of experimenting shows that it works wonderfully as a very subtle hilighter.

Milky Dress Silky Velvet Primer

Milky Dress Silky Velvet Primer

The Silky Velvet Primer works to make your skin soft and silky before application of base makeup. Made from “USDA” patented organic ingredients such as rhodiola rosea root extracts, damask rose extracts, and rosemary leaf extracts, this primer is gentle and adheres thinly and smoothly to the skin, filling in all the uneven skin texture and fine lines & wrinkles for a long-lasting, velvet-like skin condition.

I’ve used a number of different primers, and they’ve all been quite similar: Transparent gel that makes the skin look smoother. But this stuff? It’s white, and does not go on transparent. It does not make the skin look smoother at all, quite the opposite — I haven’t seen my pores look this big and defined since Benefit hello flawless oxygen wow!

Hideous stuff. I don’t think I can swap this in good conscience, so I’ll probably just bin it.

DD’ell Gel Color Pot

DD'ell Gel Color Pot

A whitening, anti-wrinkle, brightening, and moisturizing facial essence Now this Gel Color Pot is a real multi-player when it comes to featuring a natural, no-makeup look. It works as a light snowy-colored shadow and a highlighter all in one! Its texture is cushiony and creamy when applied, and the sublte pearls and sophisticated color formation brings out the best in your complexion.

This seems like a pretty darned decent hilighter. I just wish the packaging was anything but a jar.

DD'ell Gel Color Pot swatch

It looks glittery on the swatch, but beautifully natural when applied lightly to the face.

ProYou Vita CC Lip Essence

ProYou Vita CC Lip Essence

Enriched with vitamin E, shea butter, jojoba oil, and macademia oil, this Lip Essence works to deeply moisturize dry, chapped lips and protect it from further dehydration by delivering nutrition from within. What makes this lip product so unique is that when applied, it’ll alter its color according to individual’s lip color and PH level. Thus, the vita CC Lip Essence will not only moisturize and care for your lips but also add natural color and radiance at the same time!

Oh, this is the gem of this box. The packing is big and awkward, but the product is outright amazing.

ProYou Vita CC Lip Essence swatch

Changing colour “according to individual’s lip color and PH level” sounds like so much woo to me, but this is a clear gel that does gain colour when touching skin. The result is shiny like a gloss, feels like the most intense lip treatment ever, and leaves a light, natural-looking stain.

I love this product to bits and want to have one in every strategic location.

Missha The Style Perfect Concealer

Missha The Style Perfect Concealer

The Style Perfect Concealer naturally covers up skin imperfections and dark circles and prevents skin tone from darkening throughout the day. The gentle formula soothes the skin yet at the same time strongly adheres to the skin for a long-lasting coverage.

I was overly optimistic about the cushion, but the handy window in the lid means I can clearly see this product is way too dark for me without even breaking the seal. Into the swap box unopened.

Verdict

The type of products chosen for this box’ theme are good, but the actual products vary so much in quality and usefulness to make this box a gamble.

The description implies that a cheek colour product is included, but there’s no such product in the box.

Box value

This box cost $29 plus $6.99 in shipping. It contains six full-size products.

Product Stated retail value
Macqueen New York Mineral CC Cushion Cover $23
Drww. Power Lift Strong Cream $60
Milky Dress Silky Velvet Primer $30
DD’ell Gel Color Pot $16
ProYou Vita CC Lip Essence $24
Missha The Style Perfect Concealer $4
Total box value $157

The stated retail values feel even more inflated than usual in this box, but between the Power Lift Strong Cream, Gel Color Pot and Lip Essence, I think I got my money’s worth.

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.