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Meme Box – Special #67 Blackout Review

Published February 19, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

“Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to. ….Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to. In addition to our box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering easy access to Korean cosmetic trends”

Blackout Review

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Black is still the new black! If intensity is your game, take the challenge with this Blackout Box. Say bye bye to Miss Plain Jane and turn up the drama in your beauty routine with this Black Box! Packed with all things beauty and black that you can imagine, you’ll be surprised at how much intensity this awesome box brings.

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This box contained the following items:

B&Soap Black Block 85g $24

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Product Description: A black bar soap made from nature’s complexion clean-up crew — charcoal, rosemary, and olive oil. It gets to the bottom of skin’s cloudy, clogged pores to clear the way for smoother, softer, and brighter-looking skin. Formulated for combination to oily skin, this handmade charcoal soap absorbs debris and impurities while the rosemary extracts act as a natural antibacterial agent to detoxify pores without irritation.

How To Use: Create a lather using hands and massage the foam all over the face. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

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Review: Reading the ingredients for this soap was very interesting. Full of spot busting natural  additives. When you use it, it creates a lovely creamy lather in your hands, which I then massaged into my face. You can smell the charcoal, but that is actually quite nice. It left my skin feeling clean and clear without stripping it totally of natural oils. A great soap to use in the morning when you wake up.

Honest Clinic Black Hole Spot 10ml $26

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Product Description:  This night care gel contains a special A+BHA complex – the perfect balance of AHA and BHA components – formulated by Honest Clinic to gently melt away excessive dead skin cells and impurities from both inside the pores and the outer surface of the skin.  It effectively treats acne and blemish spots with just a single application while brightening up darkened, uneven skin tone at the same time.

How To Use:  Take a small amount of the formula and place it over troubled spot just before going to bed. Make sure it doesn’t go on non-problematic area of the skin as it could result in reddening.

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Review: I do not normally suffer from spots, but one appeared on my forehead, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try this product. I put it on just before bed.It said to apply it only on the spot, not the surrounding skin, so I knew it would be power packed. It feels very cool when you apply it and dries quickly. There is a slight medicinal smell but that fades very quickly once applied. When I woke in the morning the spot had really gone down and was a lot less red. I normally just dab spots with tea tree but will be using this spot treatment from now on.

Tosowoong Black Head Nose Pack x8 $6

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Product Description: Formulated with Moroccan lava clay, charcoal powder and volcanic ash, this blackhead removing nose pack is entirely made up of natural ingredients and the black color of the patches comes from actual charcoal powders.  It’s gentle on the skin yet effectively draws out stubborn blackheads from your nose

How To Use:  Cleanse and wet your nose with water.  Remove the film from the pack and place the smoother side of it over your nose.  Wait for 15 minutes until the pack is entirely dried.  Then peel it off from the edges, gently as it is pretty sticky and may stimulate the skin

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Review: I have used many varieties of pore strips, but never black charcoal ones. There is always something satisfying about seeing all the blackheads on the strip afterwards. This one has the added charcoal which you can smell when it is on your nose. It is not unpleasant, but you can definitely smell it. I am not sure if the charcoal did anything, but these were very effective pore strips. These were very easy to use and did the job well. The pores on my nose were super clean afterwards.

L’Cret Hair Colour Keeper Treatment Shampoo 300ml $42

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Product Description: A must have treatment shampoo for those with dyed hair. The colour keeping blend of sunflower seed, babassu seed oil, panthenol, and silk protein protects the hair from fading in colour or UV bleaching, while delivering rich nutrients for a healthy moisture and oil balance.

How To Use: Lather well and massage into scalp and hair. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Ingredients: water, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerine, potassium cocoyl glycinate, cocamide mipa, cocamide dea, sodium chloride, butylene glycol, polyquarternium 7, polyquaternium 10, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed extract, argania spinosa kernel oil, orbignya oleifera seed oil, fragrance, panthenol, disodium edta, citric acid, sodium benzoate, hydrolzed silk, methylchloroisothiaz olinone, methylisothiazolinone, ci 15985

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Review: No sulfates!! Hooray!! This shampoo has a lovely fresh herby smell. When I first saw the shampoo I was slightly worried about a black shampoo, but luckily it was only the bottle that was black. Looking through the ingredients it sounded like a nourishing gentle shampoo. Even though it does not contain SLS it still lathered quite well. It was very easy to wash out and left my hair feeling fresh and clean. I had recently coloured my hair and there was no noticable colour fade, so this shampoo will hopefully make my colour last longer.

Summary

This is a well curated box and am glad there was no black eyeliner included ( I am drowning in those). They are all products that I will use so this was great value at only $19

Boxes and individual products are available at

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Meme box – Scentbox #6 Sweet Shop Review

Published February 14, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

“Memebox curates only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. An extremely competitive industry, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their unprecedented quality developed through cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of the industry, Memebox is determined to deliver the enchantment of discovery through effortless experiences, at prices you’ll never say no to. ….Order from Memebox only when you want to, as often as you want to. In addition to our box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering easy access to Korean cosmetic trends”

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Sweet Shop Review

“Can’t get enough of your favourite sweet treat?  indulge your senses with our decadent, deliciously scented and cute as a button Sweet Shop Scentbox! This too good for words Sweet Shop Scentbox offers you scrumptiously scented beauty treats that will leave you smelling like yummy sugar crystals and sprinkles! Satisfy your sweet fix with his 100 percent calorie free and 100 percent delightfully and deliciously scented Sweet Shop Scentbox!

Pure Smile Jewelry Scrub Glitter Sugar Scrub 100ml $8

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Product Description: Pure Smiles sweetly scented body scrub is made from black sugar, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, glycerine and also diamond powder extracts for clearing your skin of any impurities and maintaining it silky smooth and healthy!

How To Use: Gently massage the body scrub onto wet skin for couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

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Review: This is the second Jewelry Scrub I have received and was very happy to get another one. This pleasant gel had a slightly floral scent, but nothing too overpowering.  It was gritty without being too rough. More like caster sugar than granulated sugar. It feels very moisturising, with an almost glycerin  texture. After using this scrub my skin was left bright and moisturised. There was no need for a separate moisturiser

Hello Everybody Vita Berry Shampoo 220ml $23

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Product Description: This spa vita shampoo is supercharged with 10 berrycomplexes that gently cleanse and repairdamage without stripping colour, wilting perms or drying out hair. It deeply penetrates into eachlock of hair to reconstruct each individual strand of hair from the inside out to rebuild and resurface hair, leaving strands strong, healthy, smooth, shiny and fully restored.

How To Use: Massage throughout wet hair. Rinse thoroughly.

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Review: This smells amazing. The strawberry scent fills the bathroom when you wash your hair. It is delicious. The light pink gel lathers up well considering it does not have any SLS in it.

The ingredients are listed below

Water, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Onsen-Sui, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-75 Lanolin, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-22, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Butylene Glycol, Buteth-3, Laureth-3, Laureth-5, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride, Tributyl Citrate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis Fruit Extract, Empetrum Nigrum Fruit Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Sodium Benzotriazolyl, Butylphenol Sulphonate, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 14700, CI 17200, CI 15985, Fragrance.

It leaves your hair feeling clean,soft and bouncy.

Everyone in the house has started using it. It makes the hair smell of sweet berries and I like the fact it does not contain any SLS

This is the new family shampoo. They also do a matching conditioner which I will be purchasing shortly.

Hope Girl Tinted Lip Balm 5g $12

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Product Description: Scented with a delicate strawberry, peach or cherry fragrance. Hope Girls Tinted Lip Balm is both a lip tintand a lip balm. While the co enzyme Q10 and shea butter formula deeply nourishes your chapped lips, the lovely pink tint will stain your lips with a long lasting colourful radiance.

How To Use: Apply the tinted lip balm with your finger and blend it into your lips.

Review: I was a bit worried about the colour when I first saw the pot. I got the peach one and thought it might be a bit too orange for me. Luckily it is more of a red orange, so suits my colouring. It feels very moisturising and smells lovely and fruity. The colour is buildable. It can go from very sheer to a lovely pop of colour ( as in the swatch pic ). I am pleased with this product and the cute little pot will easily fit into a pocket or purse.

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Pure Smile Choosy LipPack Shining (white pearl and pink pearl) 3ml x 2 $5

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Product Description: Enriched with collagen, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and honey. The Choosy Lip Pack Shining editions deliver abundant moistureand nutrition to your lip easily and quickly. The hydrogel adheres tightly onto the lips and offers a cooling and soothing effects to chapped stressed out skin as well.

How To Use: After toner application, place the lip pack over the lip. Rest for 5-30 minutes, remove the patch, and pat in the remaining essence on to your lip.

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Review: I have never seen these mask before and was intrigued. When I opened the packet, the lip mask came in a small plastic packet so that none of the essence was lost. I had to lay down when I had the mask on, as it does not stick. Cue lots of laughter and picture taking from my daughters.

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I left the mask on for 10 minutes. It was very pleasent, with no fragrance or taste that I could detect.  The mask itself is very silky.

I did not notice much of a difference to my lip area after I removed the mask. This might be because my lip area is already hydrated from all the lip balms I use.

Summary: I think it was good value for money and will use all these products.

Products are available at http:/www.memebox.com

Memebox – Anti Aging Box

Published February 3, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

Memebox is a beauty box full of the best loved Korean beauty products at great prices.

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This is not a subscription service, so you can pick and choose which boxes you would like.

They introduce new boxes all the time, full of on trend cosmetics, skincare, bodycare and haircare.

The box I am reviewing today is the anti aging box.

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We are in the middle of winter and I thought that this box would provide much needed moisture to my face.

I was not wrong. As soon as I opened up the box, I saw it was bursting with creamy cleansers and moisture enhancing creams, serums and masks. They are all full sizes, so will see me through to spring, when hopefully the weather will improve.

Each box comes with a very helpful card that shows you how to use each product, which can come in handy when you look at the back of the products and the instructions are in Korean.

The products included are

Bory Wrinkle repair serum 50ml ($48)

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Product description

This anti aging wrinkle repair serum works on the skin to remodel and rejuvenate the skins surface for the look of firm and supple skin. It contains EGF to enhance collagen production and Acetyl Hexa Peptide, a natural ingredient with properties similar to that of Botox, to relax the facial muscles and prevent the creation of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains co enzyme Q20 and Lipidue PMB to hydrate skin and lock in moisture and nutrients. Best recommended for those with aging, lifeless skin

How to use

On cleansed and toned skin, take 2 to 3 pumps of serum and apply onto the skin and neck. For best results, use daily, morning and night.

Key Ingredients

EGF, Lipidure-PMB, Acetyl Haex Peptide

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My review

Texture – A very light gel/cream texture that sunk into my winter parched skin in seconds.

Smell – A slight floral smell that disappeared in a few minutes.

Thoughts – After reading the blurb on this product, I was keen to try it. All the beauty magazines are packed full of articles on how good peptides are for the skin.

After cleansing and toning, I pumped a small amount onto my hand and massaged it into my face. It absorbed very easily and left my skin feeling smooth and plump, with no traces of greasiness.

My lines looked diminished after a week of using this product.

I think this is a fabulous serum , which I will continue to use.

Esthetic House Collagen Herb Complex Eye Cream 100ml ($42)

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Product description

Now you can have it all. This jumbo sized eye cream will give you the lifted look, the firmer feeling, and glowing radiance from around the eyes. The intensely nourishing formula contains marine collagen, herbal complex, and adenosine to lift, firm, define and brighten the area to improve visible signs of aging around the eyes, mouth, brow bone, neck and other areas that show signs of aging. Dab it under and around the eyes, around the mouth and brow area to blur the look of wrinkles and deep lines for the look of firmer, brighter, smoother skin.

How to use

On clean skin, take a dime sized amount of cream and smooth around the eyes, mouth, brow and neck.

Key Ingredients

Marine collagen, herbal complex, adenosine

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My review

Texture – A light cream texture that still felt very rich.

Smell – A faint fresh smell that disappeared soon after application.

Thoughts – As soon as I saw marine collagen, my eyes lit up. I love the Elemis Marine collagen range and hoped this was comparable.

The cream took quite a while to sink in to the skin. Although that may be my fault, by using too much. I think the big tube makes you apply it more liberally. The light texture of the cream is great as it does not drag the delicate eye area.

I think this is a great cream for night time use as it really plumps up the skin, but I would not use it during the day as it I am always in too much of a rush to let it sink in before applying make up.

It is very economical as most eye creams are only 10-15ml, so this 100ml tube will last for ages.

Enesti Day to Day Pomegrante Acerola Foaming Cleanser 160g ($14)

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Product Description

This daily pomegranate and acerola infused foaming cleanser effectively removes make up and oil, opens and de clogs pores, enhances skins elasticity and brightens up the overall complexion. The micro bubble gently yet effectively dissolves oil and makeup, rinsing away pore clogging surface debris, impurities and excess oil. it refines skin texture, brightens skin clarity and enhances skin suppleness and firmness.

How to use

Gently massage cleanser onto dampened face and create a warm lather. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Key Ingredients

Pomegranate extract, Acerola extract

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My review

Texture – A very creamy texture that felt very rich and luxurious.

Smell – This smells delicious. I love the smell of pomegranates. It releases the scent when you rub it into your face.

Thoughts – I love fruity smells. This smells like the scent that is released when you cut open a pomegranate. It is not artificial at all. The cleanser foams up slightly and then turns into a milky cream when you add water. It removed all traces of makeup and left the skin feeling lovely and clean without making it feel tight.

Most foaming cleansers I have tried make my skin cry out for moisturise. With this one, I did not have to run to the shelf for my serums and creams. This suits my normal to dry skin, especially in these winter months when my skin needs a bit more looking after.

Puresmile Mask 5 pack box 23ml ($6)

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Product Description

These facial sheet masks are concentrated with hyaluronic acid, vitamin e, collagen and other nourishing ingredients to address all your skincare concerns.

Pearl:Hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Bee Venom:Softens and smooths the skins texture and delivers a radiant glow.

Snail:Repairs, renews and rejuvenates skin

Red Ginseng: Deliversvital nutrientsto the skin and enhances skin elasticity.

Vitamin: Revitalises and energises dull skin.

How to use

On clean skin, place sheet mask over the skin. Leave on for 15 minutes. Remove. Do not rinse.

Key Ingredients

Hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, collagen

My review

Texture – A sheet mask dripping with essence.

Thoughts – I am so glad I have discovered sheet masks. They are so easy to use and leave your face plump and radiant. I use these every week in the winter months

These masks have so much essence in them. I am sure with these 5 different varieties you will find one to suit you.

Tip – cut open the packet after you have removed the mask and rub the remaining mask essence into your neck.

Tosowoong Snail Natural Pure Cream 45ml ($26)

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Product Description

This intensive skin repairing, anti blemish cream containssnail mucin, renowned for its regenerative properties. Snail mucin and galactomyces help to control excessive sebum production, the core of ll acne and skin blemishes, and support natural cell regeneration to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and other flaws. It is super concentrated to replenish, repair and moisturise to maximise the appearance of elasticity and firmness.

How to use

After applying moisturiser to the skin, take 1 to 2 dollops of the cream and massage into the skin, focusing on problem areas. Use daily, morning and night.

Key Ingredients

Snail mucin extract, galactomyces

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My review

Texture – A light easily  absorbed cream.

Smell – This cream has no smell.

Thoughts – When I first came across snail creams, my first reaction was ewwwwhh. There was no way I was going to put that on my face. But after hearing all the rave reviews I gave it a go. It does not feel like snail goo. It feels like a normal cream.

After cleansing, toning and moisturising, I applied the snail cream to my face and neck. It absorbed into my skin quite quickly, but I felt it left and layer on top. I would use this as a night cream.

Overall Thoughts

This box contains some great products for dry/normal skin that is concerned with aging.

This Meme box cost $29 and the value of the box is over $136

Memebox is a great way to try Korean beauty products at a fantastic price.

http://www.memebox.com