Monday, April 25, 2016

Memebox Mini K-Beauty Travel Kit - Unboxing & Review!

Memebox has come a very long way; from a Korea-based company that focused solely on value boxes of Korean makeup/skincare (which took forever to get here since they shipped from Korea and you had to sign for them and it was annoying), to a US-based location (it's still a Korean company, I believe, but it now has a base of operations in the US) that still sells boxes, but is more focused on individual products. If you love Korean skincare and makeup, Memebox is a great website to check out since everything is reasonably priced, the shipping is free with a $35+ order, and all the products are authentic (I always get slightly weirded out buying stuff from random sellers on Amazon since you never really know). For this post, I want to share with you a box I recently picked up (and that's still available!): the Mini K-Beauty Travel Kit.
This kit is $10 and, while you don't get a huge value in products (the retail value is around $22 and it includes a lot of foil packets), you get a wide variety of things to try and it's a great introduction to Korean skincare (it's also, obviously, great for travel). Everything comes in a clear plastic zip-top bag with the Memebox logo and there is an information card that lists all the products, how to use them, and in what order you should use them in.

Instead of one giant picture of the info card, I decided to break it down into sections. Each section is dedicated to one step in a skincare regimen; some steps only have one product included, other steps have multiple products. One of the biggest differences between Korean skincare and American skincare is the amount of time and products used. In Korea, they tend to take their time and use multiple products; even cleansing can take up to ten minutes. In America, there's a lot more focus on multi-use products (such as a toner/serum/moisturizer in one product) and getting things done as quickly as possible. I tend to prefer the Korean method since I believe that using multiple products that all have a single use is much more effective than using one product with multiple uses (I also tend to do this in other aspects of beauty; I would rather use a separate top coat and base coat when painting my nails and a separate shampoo and condition when washing my hair).
For the initial cleanse (yes, there will be another cleanse!), Memebox included a deluxe sized sample of Botanic Farm Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet.
This is kind of like a solid cleansing oil, and you use it in a similar way; you apply it on dry skin and gently massage it on before rinsing it off to remove makeup and impurities.
After the first cleanse, which is to get rid of any surface grime, you then cleanse again, this time for a much deeper clean. There are two cleansers for this step: a randomly selected Re:cipe Slowganic Cleanser (I got Lemon) deluxe-size sample, and a Benton Honest Cleansing Foam deluxe-size sample.
 This cleanser has a really unique texture; it's like a thick mousse!
I haven't opened mine yet because I'm worried about it going bad, even though it is in a resealable container. I've never used a cleanser like this before, so I'm not really sure what to expect.
The Benton Honest Cleansing Foam is pretty standard when it comes to foaming cleansers. If you have dry skin, you might want to avoid this one since things that foam tend to be a little on the drying side.
The next step is to exfoliate and/or use a face mask. Memebox gave us a sample packet of a product that does both: the Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask (I know the card has to different, but this makes more sense). Even though the product is already a liquid, the directions say to mix it with something to make it less irritating (so you can customize the amount of exfoliation by how concentrated you use it). I don't have pictures of the foil packets individually, but I will include one of all them at the end.
Next is toning! I didn't realize it before, but in Korea, toning products are called "skin" products. On the bottle, this toner is actually called "Green Tea Balancing Skin". Kind of odd, but very interesting!
This product actually came in a set of three deluxe sizes, the other two are discussed in the "Moisturize" section.

After toning, are serums, effectors (this is the first time I've heard of these, but they're basically essences), and essences. You can also use an essence before using a serum, making this two steps in one, but since this is a starter set, I think Memebox wanted to simplify things a little. This section is broken up between the front and back of the card, which is why there are two pictures. We got a bunch of foil packet samples of these types of products, but you only have to use one or two drops of each, so even a packet will last 2-3 uses.
Next is treating, which is mostly focused on acne. We got two products to try, a BHA blackhead clearing product and an AHA whitehead clearing product, both by Cosrx. I'm glad they included both, since, again, I think that products focused on one use are much more effective than products focused on multiple uses.
And, finally, the last step (at least with these products; the final step to any skincare regimen, no matter how intensive or minimal, should be applying sunscreen) is to moisturize! For this step, we got the other two deluxe-sized sample products in the Innisfree set and a foil packet of Bounce Cheese Cream (which I have wanted to try ever since I started buying things from Memebox).
While a lot of the samples in this kit are foil packets, you still get six deluxe sized samples, which, for $10, is equivalent to what you'd get in a Birchbox. You also get a wide variety of products to sample, which is good for a starter or travel kit and, if you end up really liking something, all of these products are easy to get directly from Memebox. If you've been curious about trying K-Beauty products, or if you already love them and want to try more, this is an excellent kit and I highly recommend it!

Thanks for reading! <3

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