Sunday, January 26, 2014

Meme Box - 3rd Edition

Another box review!

I'm not a huge subscription box gal, but I had no choice really but to start getting this box.  You've probably never heard of Meme box, but let me tell you, you need to know about it.

Meme box is a subscription like service based in South Korea.  They're huge in SK, and they're now expanding outside their home country to introduce others to some fun and unique Asian brands.  I'm part Asian, and I love Asian products. I feel like they just work for me.  So, I'm all about this.

I received my first box Saturday, and let me tell you.  I'm blow away.  I haven't even tried any of the products, but the very presentation of it: it's beautiful.  Take a look.

This is the outer wrapper.  It has some instructions in Korean on the back.  The front is a giant shipping label.

Gorgeous box.  There is also an IR code on the bottom.

A detailed card.  It explains everything in English.  A nice touch.

Under the card.  Still pretty.

All the products.

This is a fantastic box!  So many full size products, and they're all so interesting.  The Tony Moly is not full size, despite what the card says, but it's still a great sample.  The pink box itself was also bubble wrapped, which was nice as well.  To be honest, these all seem like high quality products and well worth the price.  At this time, I have no reviews for any of these, but I will try to get some out as I try them here and there.

If you are interested in trying out Meme, check out their US website,  This box is the 3rd edition, which is currently sold out, but the 5th box is available, and it is likely that the 4th box will return.  They've recently had a price increase from $21 a box, to $23 due to a currency change.  There is also a $7 shipping charge.  It's worth it in my opinion.  I am unaffiliated with this brand in any way. Thanks for viewing!

Ipsy - January 2014

Hey everyone!

It's been a long time!  I never had any intentions of abandoning this place, but you know...while this is fun for me, I'm pretty busy most of the time.  Couple that with the fact that it's winter, so my hands, fingers, nails, cuticles, everything, are totally suffering.  I no longer bother painting them when they're severely broken, because I just hate the way it looks. I'm hopeful I'll have a nail polish post soon, but until then, I've got a couple of boxes to talk about.

I've been getting an Ipsy bag for a few months now.  I'm not blow away by it, but it's hard breaking up.  I do feel I've found a wonderful box to replace it, but I might give Ipsy another month or two (in case Zoya makes another appearance).  Here's my Janurary bag:

I don't have the card.  I had a leaky item, and it was covered in oil, so I tossed it.  The bag itself, I quite like.  Pretty colors.  I do think it would have been better if they had used an actual skyline, but it's not a bad bag.

Here's the suspect of the leak.  Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Manoi Sugar Scrub.  I'm excited about this.  It still contained enough oil to use, so I'm probably going to give this a try tonight.  It smells strongly of sugar.  I do believe this is an indie brand.

Nourish Organic Face Lotion.  Smells ok.  Has a light fruit and rose scent.  It's very runny, which concerns me for some reason.  I left it at work for those days I'm in too big a rush to moisturize at home.

This is a leave in conditioner.  I'm going to try it, but hair products...I'm meh on.  I don't like to get them, unless maybe they're dry shampoo.  Generous sample.

Ah...another one of these Mica products.  Ipsy, this is where my issue with you lies.  The same recycled brands that nobody has ever heard of.  Any way, this is a lip balm in the color Natural.  Looks not bad.  No scent or anything and it's quite thin.  This is pretty much the exact same color as my lips.  Exact.  Oh and look at this:

The pot is completely shattered.  Wth...The product itself is fine, but

Oh you.  I was most excited to receive you.  But you are a big ol' fail. This is the color penny.  You might ask, "what's the big deal?  What's wrong with it?"  Well...
First, it doesn't set.  I don't know about you guys, but this is a deal breaker.  This appears to be an eye shadow stick, so why would I want something for my lids that won't set?  It will crease.  But's where the fail really happened:

The pencil broke. I put the lid on the end to swatch, and it got stuck onto the copper colored plastic.  The whole thing came off.  I would not have been able to recap, so I tried prying it out with my tweezers but it was stuck in there.  I stuck it back on to give it another twist, and it broke.  Complete waste.

Here are swatches:

Not a big hit this month, Ipsy.