Memebox Special #17 K-Style

It’s time to open up another Memebox! Today we’ll be having a look at the Memebox Special #17 K-Style box.

The very first thing I’m noticing is how small it is. The box is the smallest I’ve seen Memebox do, it barely has room for the product card! I have some doubts about how many amazing and hot trends can fit in a box this tiny, but we’ll see.

The description says:

Ever wondered how Korean celebrities look so perfectly gorgeous on screen without looking like they have pounds of makeup caked onto their face? Now, you can recreate whatever K-style look you desire with just the tools in this box! Whether you want to go for that signature Korean “no-makeup” look with this perfect porcelain skin, youthful aegyo-sal eyes and gradient baby lips, or want to glam up your style with your favorite K-POP idol makeup trends, this box is a must have for Korean beauty addicts! Unbox the hottest beauty trends in Korea!

If you’re wondering what the heck “aegyo-sal eyes” is, it’s under-eye bags. They’re small, and look very cute on flatter faces where there’s little definition around the eyes. This improves a person’s look by supposedly making them look younger, but honestly, I would say the reason it looks good is much simpler: Aegyo-sal makes it look like a person is smiling.

My caucasian face is not at all flat, and I have such bags naturally. Emphasising them will only make me look incredibly tired, which I’m managing just fine on my own, thank you very much. Hopefully the products for this can be useful for other purposes for me.

Speaking of products, let’s see what Memebox has to offer this time!

Bbia Pigment

Bbia Pigment

Glam up your eyes with jewel glitters which glies onto your eyelids smoothly with just enough pearly effect and, more than anything, lasts for all day and night! With Bbia’s Pigment, it’s possible to feature a glittery, real K-Pop idol-like makeup in no time!

A small jar of loose pigment. Ugh. Exactly two jars of pigment survived my last makeup purge, and for good reason. It’s difficult to get an appropriate amount of pigment on a brush, and it’s easy to bump the jar and get pigment all over the floor. I’ll pass.

The colour of this product was selected randomly. The product card lists the possible colours as 01 Mild, 02 Sour, and 04 Sweet. I received 03.


Swatching this product reveals the true horror: This is not just a pigment, this is full-on glitter. I’ll be finding brown glitter in and around my kitchen sink for days just from swatching.

I’m honestly considering just binning this. I’m scared of it coming open and covering all my swap products in glitter if I put it in my swap pile.

Awesome Aqua Radiance CC Cream

Awesome Aqua Radiance CC Cream

This all-in-one CC cream offers everything from balancing out skin tone & texture, treating fine lines & wrinkles, maintaining the moisture/oil balance, and covering up skin imperfections! There’s no need to worry about which shade it is, because it doesn’t change the skin tone but rather brings out your most naturally glowing complexion.

This description made me vomit in my mouth a little. Apparently CC creams are even more magic than BB creams.

I can give a foundation product “balancing out skin tone & texture” — that’s kinda what they’re for — but I don’t believe a word of the rest. I especially don’t believe not having to worry about the shade, because this product does definitely have colour to it — it blends in okay on my skin, but I’d love to test this claim on dark skin!

Awesome Aqua Radiance CC Cream swatch

This tube has a pump, which is nice.

RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner

RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner Champagne

Waterproof, long-lasting, and smoothly applying, RiRe’s Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner in Champagne works wonders for featuring the sweet baby pink daily makeup also highly popular amongst Korean ladies. It can be worn for work, dates, and even a quick walk in the park with your dog.

RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner Choco Brown

Waterproof, long-lasting, and smoothly applying, RiRe’s Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner in Choco Brown is the perfect shade for featuring the popular softened yet defined eye makup that Koreans so enjoy! After all, it’s about how natural your makeup looks but at the same time how far from natural it really is.

Here we have the aegyo-sal products: A shimmery pink pencil for hilighting, and an also shimmery brown for shading. They did not reach me in a brilliant state: In both pencils, the product had detached and falled into the cap. I could gently push them back into place, but the tips on both were destroyed.

These will serve me fine as their original purpose — eyeliners — but I just have to note that both of these pencils give a lot of colour with little effort, and they set quite quickly. I dread to think of the blending required to make aegyo-sal with these pencils.

Note the glitter coming down my arm in the Choco Brown swatch. GLITTER

A’PIEU Full of Nature Mascara

A'PIEU Full of Nature Mascara

The mascara brush and the setting wax formula combine to elongate your eyelashes and fix it up for a lasting finish. Various grain, berry, and flower extracts also help maintain healthy lashes.

Memebox works hard to make sure you will never be without a mascara. In this case, a very tiny mascara. Despite the impression the photo might give, this mascara does not have a comically oversized brush. It’s a normal sized brush in a travel- or sample-size container.

The name of this mascara reeks of my favourite logical fallacy, the appeal to nature. Thus I am honour-bound to remind everyone reading that anthrax and hungry bears are perfectly natural, and yet you wouldn’t want to put either on your face.

I hope this mascara is absolutely brimming with lovely preservatives, because I intend to stuff it into my emergency makeup kit and leave it there for months and months.

Shara Shara Feminine Single Blusher

Shara Shara Feminine Single Blusher

Adorably cute and petite in its packaging, this blusher is extremely long-lasting with silica components which work to maintain your skin soft and silky. Plus, it’s very easy to carry around and will be perfect for quick makeup fix-ups or finish-ups by adding some colour and radiance to your pale cheeks.

This tiny1 blusher and it’s fluffy puff is indeed adorable. I approve. This will also go into my emergency kit.

The colour of this product was randomly selected. I received OR01 Warm Apricot.

Shara Shara Feminine Single Blusher swatch

The colour is so subtle I’m not 100% certain I found the right spot on my arm when cropping the swatch. At least it will be hard to accidentally do clown cheeks with this.

Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint Glow

Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint

Secret Key’s Glam Tint Glow is a moisturising, long-wear lip tint for adding colourful radiance and natural glow to your dry, dulled-out lips.

The colour of this product was randomly selected. Once again the colour is not stated in any language I understand, but it does not look at all pink or purple, so I’m assuming I received 02 Juicy Orange.

Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint swatch

There’s a decent amount of colour in this tint, without becoming overwhelming. It feels like a comfortable balm on the lips, and as you would expect from a balm feel, it wears off really easily.


All in all, this box isn’t bad. I’m likely to use all the products except the pigment. I appreciate that the box I received is consistently warm-toned rather than a random mix of tones. I would have preferred to receive cool-toned colours, but my neutral skin will deal with both.

Box value

This box cost $23 plus $6.99 in shipping. It contains seven supposedly full-sized products.

Product Stated retail value
Bbia Pigment $5
Awesome Aqua Radiance CC Cream $29
RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner Champagne $14
RiRe Luxe Auto Gel Eyeliner Choco Brown $14
A’PIEU Full of Nature Mascara $3
Shara Shara Feminine Single Blusher $7
Secret Key Sweet Glam Tint Glow $24
Total box value $96
Since writing this review, Memebox has changed significantly. They no longer publish frequent & interesting boxes, and they no longer ship outside of the US.

  1. Small is becoming a theme with this box, if you hadn’t noticed. 

An absolute pain in the tit

I’ve had such a fun week.

It started okay. Last monday was as good as a monday can get, but it went downhill from there — you know it’s bad when monday is the best day of the week.

In the middle of the night between monday and tuesday I woke up with a sharp pain in my chest. I realise that sounds pretty ominous, but a few key points made it less of a worry: The pain was about half-way between my sternum and my armpit, not near the center of my chest. I didn’t have problems breathing or feel like there was a weight on my chest. I had no pain or numbness in my limbs. I did feel a little light-headed, but no more than you would expect from being woken up in the middle of the night.

All in all, I decided this could wait until the morning, and getting more sleep was a priority. This was perhaps a bit optimistic, but I did get some sleep despite the pain.

I called the doctor’s office in the morning, and got to experience first-hand how chest pains are treated differently than, well, any other ailment I’ve had ever: My phone call was immediately transferred directly to my doctor, and the doctor asked me to come in right away.

So I did, and a quick examination confirmed what I already suspected: It’s highly unlikely to be dangerous. Heart and lungs sound okay, so it’s probably a muscle issue, perhaps caused by me coughing like I have the coughing plague for the last couple of weeks. The doctor promised me a prescription for some fancy painkillers, and off I went.

Back home I went for a nap, both to catch up the sleep I didn’t get during the night, and to spend a couple of hours before heading to the pharmacy. For some reason it sometimes takes an hour or three before a prescription becomes available, and I didn’t fancy walking to the pharmacy twice.

Except, of course, when I came to the pharmacy, there was no prescription waiting, and phone hours at the doctor’s were now closed.

I had to survive the night on over the counter painkillers, and found that they do absolutely nothing for this pain. Fun times. I felt barely human calling the doctor the next morning. Things did not improve when I was told my doctor was not in this day, but thankfully another doctor was willing to write me a prescription.

From there on the pain got worse. Thursday was okay, friday was a bit worse, saturday got really bad. The motion of sitting up hurt so much I barely managed to get out of bed saturday morning. Coughing hurt. Laughing hurt. Just breathing deeply hurt. Breathing deeply actually hurt so much I found myself unable to sneeze! I would feel the sneeze come, I would do the sharp intake of breath pre-sneeze — and the pain would come and the sneeze just stopped there. Hilariously fun times, because if you manage to stop a sneeze, it will just try again a minute later. And again. And again.

Oh, and the fancy painkillers I got do nothing for this pain, either. They work marvelously for eradicating every other pain in my body, but the chest pain seems to be broadcasting on a different pain channel.

Trying to lie back down on saturday evening was a slow process. Falling asleep was even slower. Waking up in slightly less pain on sunday was an incredible relief.

This monday I’m feeling more or less functional again, as long as I don’t cough or laugh too hard. I still have no idea what caused this, but I’m hoping it’s almost over.

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.

Sedona Lace does happy seal

Sedona Lace does happy seal

It’s been a while since I got any happy boxes, but Sedona Lace¬†indulged me with this ridiculously cute seal. I’m impressed, as I made this order during a 20% off and free shipping sale, so I can imagine their shipping department was very busy.

Inside the box: One flat top brush that … someone on Youtube convinced me is The Ultimate Brush for applying foundation, one angled brush because I can never have too many of those suckers, and the packing slip with proof that¬†my request entertained somebody.

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.