Month: August 2014

Memebox Luckybox #9 Review & Unboxing

It’s tiiiiiiiiiime! After some people posted their recent Memeboxes on a certain enabling subreddit, I went a little crazy and bought multiple boxes – as I detail in this post, it’s really hard to resist the siren call of Memeboxes once you get started, even before you receive your first box!

Speaking of which, that is a thing that happened today. My first Memebox arrived!

memebox

This is Luckybox #9 – from their description: Luckybox has always offered only the must-have items for both the loyal fans of Memebox and also those new to Memebox! For Luckybox #9 we’ve included the best items from previous Luckyboxes and Memeboxes!

So basically, the Luckybox series is a “best of” past boxes kind of deal. IIRC, this is the only unthemed box that I purchased, so I really had no idea what to expect!

memeboxfirstlook

So here’s our first look. Gotta love detailed information cards, particularly when all the packaging is in a language I don’t speak at all!

unboxedmeme

Here we have all the products laid out – so that’s four full-sized products, four samples, and a sheet mask. For $23 plus $6.99 shipping, that’s not bad at ALL. I’m also happy to see that it’s all skincare, too – makeup is fun and all, but I only need so many mascaras at any given time, you know? I go through skincare products much faster than makeup, and I’m still looking for my personal holy grail products in almost every category.

Anyhow, let’s get down to it and check out the info cards + each product individually!

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Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask Review

Today, I’m finally going to give my Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask review. I’ve been meaning to write this since I started the site last month, lol. I realized when I used the mask yesterday that I’m almost out of this product, so I chose to review it ASAP before I forgot again and used it up entirely – I want to be good and include pictures!

While I don’t really consider pore refining/detox/etc facial masks to be particularly important to my skincare regime, I usually do try to keep one around for days where my skin just feels particularly gross – whether it’s from extra oil/clogged pores due to a bad product, greasiness from humidity, or just a few days of being under the weather leaving my skin particularly sallow and sluggish, sometimes just the routine of doing a ‘purifying’ facial mask can help you shake off the mental blah and anxiety about bad skin days – even if it’s just temporarily.

So, to make it clear, when I review masks it’s within that frame of reference – I don’t expect a facial mask to give me any long-term benefits; they’re temporary treatments and their effects usually only last a day, sometimes two at maximum. What’s important to me is that said mask DOES do SOMETHING, at least, and that it doesn’t irritate my skin and make a bad situation worse. Additionally, the mask has to be pleasant to use, with a good texture, inoffensive/nice scent, no side effects like itching/dryness while it’s on, and it can’t be too complicated/time-consuming to use.

As I’ve said before, I usually use My Beauty Diary Sake Yeast Sheet Masks for a temporary radiance boost and Holika Holika’s Acetyl Medi-Medi Mask for soothing inflammation and helping angry breakouts calm down/heal faster. So what role has Boscia’s Clarifying Detox Mask been playing for me?

boscia clarifying detox mask

Boscia markets this particular mask as follows:

A deep-cleansing clay mask of beneficial botanicals that absorbs impurities and controls oil to detoxify and refine your skin.

For Skin Types
Normal to Oily
Problem
Combination

So, basically, it’s an oil control/deep cleansing mask, which is pretty much what you would expect given the name. The formula is Kaolin-based, with added ingredients like green tea and willow bark to boost its acne-fighting properties. Frankly, you’ve probably used some permutation of this mask before in your life if you have even remotely troubled or oily skin – this is pretty classic.

Yes, yes, yes, but does it work?? …is probably what you’re thinking right about now, right? Click the read more and let’s get down to business!

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Sample Stash Quickie: Skinfood Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser Review

My Sample Stash Quickie Reviews are pretty much just as they say on the tin – reviews where I try out sample(s) of a product and then give my basic, initial thoughts. They obviously won’t be as in-depth as reviews where I’ve been able to use a product for weeks or even months, which I usually prefer, but my hope is that they will still be helpful to people who are looking for any information and thoughts on the reviewed product.

Today’s sample review is about Skinfood’s Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser.

Skinfood Aloe Vera Foaming Cleanser

Here are the product claims from Skinfood’s English-language website:

This soft, refreshing cleansing foam contains aloe extract that soothes sensitive skin, and cucumber extracts to moisturize skin, while cleansing.

To Use: Foam a desired amount by rubbing in wet hands, and massage gently and thoroughly on the face. Rinse with warm water.

So, as you can see, Skinfood markets this cleanser as being gentle, hydrating, and non-irritating.

I managed to try this for a few days, since I purchased a multiple-sample pack from Ruby Ruby Shop on eBay – 10 sample packets for $3.84 + $2.50 shipping. You can see the precise listing here, if you’re interested.

skinfood aloe sample

Does this match up with my actual experience? Click the read more to find out!

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August 2014 Bulu Box Review

Last month, I posted about the Amazon Local deal for Bulu Box that I’d picked up. You can read about the specifics here.

Well, my first Bulu Box arrived a couple days ago, and as promised I’m going to review it!

August 2014 Bulu Box First Look

The boxes are rather small, which makes sense as they are sample-only boxes. Here’s the first look at the August 2014 Bulu Box, which was apparently “curated” by celebrity trainer Larysa Didio. I’d never heard of her before, myself, but it seems that she is the creator of “Strogation” – a combination of stretching, yoga, and meditation that really just makes me hungry for Stroganoff. Oops.

August Bulu Unboxed

Here’s everything unboxed and laid out. As you can see, it’s samples and some information cards/promo codes. Yes, I know the photos look worse than usual, somehow my upgrading my Kindle HD to the HDX has resulted in WORSE photos. I need to figure out if there’s a way to mess with the photography settings, because this is just bad.

August Bulu Box Info Card

The information card! Yes, I know you can’t read it because of the chronic blur that seems to be present in all HDX photos. Don’t worry, I’ll be showing pics & describing each individual product, I just wanted you guys to see that they do provide this information for you, with photos, pricing/sizes, and a summary of each product.

Click the read more to see everything!

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Sample Stash Quickie: Etude House Milky You One Step Cleansing Foam Review

My Sample Stash Quickie Reviews are pretty much just as they say on the tin – reviews where I try out sample(s) of a product and then give my basic, initial thoughts. They obviously won’t be as in-depth as reviews where I’ve been able to use a product for weeks or even months, which I usually prefer, but my hope is that they will still be helpful to people who are looking for any information and thoughts on the reviewed product.

Today’s sample is one that I’ve actually received quite a few packets of from various eBayers – Etude House’s Milky You One Step Cleansing Foam!

The product’s claims:

The Cleansing Foam cleanses in just one step, instantly melting away dirt, impurities, and makeup for moist and smooth baby skin.
Containing milk from New Zealand, the milk ceramides keep your skin moist and the colostrum helps maintain healthy skin.

So it can supposedly be used in place of the double cleansing method to fully remove your makeup/sunscreen and clean your skin all in one step, thus the name. It says it will do this without drying out your skin, rather, it presents itself as a moisturizing/hydrating cleanser.

Milk (in beauty products, at least) is usually associated with moisturizing, soothing, gentle effects as well as giving a “milky white” complexion that is soft and pure of blemishes – I’m sure this is the general idea that Etude House is trying to encourage in consumers when they see this product.

Etude House Milky You One Step Cleansing Foam

Even the packaging tries to imply moisture by way of the tube looking like it’s a glass being poured full of milk. The simple-yet-cute design of the package and the blue/white/gold color scheme is very calming (remember, milk is associated with being soothing!) and appealing!

I’m not sure that I would agree with this marketing in regards to this particular cleanser, unfortunately. No, my Etude House Milky You One Step Cleansing Foam review will not be quite so gentle as the milky-soft impression of this product that Etude House has tried to give us!

Read on if you’re curious as to why.

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Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Review: Essential SPF 30/PA++

I’m still pretty new to Asian cosmetics, and BB creams are one of the products that I’m most unfamiliar with. I’ve usually just used light-coverage tinted moisturizer for most of my life, simply because anything heavier tended to look weird on me. It’s been changing in recent years as cosmetic companies expand their ranges to include a wider variety of skintones, but most companies tended to create light shades of foundations with pink-undertoned people in mind. I have a definite olive/green/yellow mix, as well as a definite cool tone overall, so I always had a lot of trouble finding a match. I found that at least with lighter coverage products, I could cheat a bit and use something that was slightly off (too pink, or olive but warm) and not look jarring or overly pale/dark – however, anything with higher converage made the difference really obvious. It just became an ingrained habit to always buy tinted moisturizers instead of actual foundation, even after companies began offering more shades.

Now that I’m trying Asian cosmetics, I’m finding that I usually match the #2 shade (the slightly darker, yellow-y undertoned shade) in many concealers/BB samples. For example, I can wear the Sunkiller tinted sunscreen and have people believe that I don’t have anything on whatsoever, same with the Etude BB samples that I’ve received and my Holika Holika Naked concealer. So I’ve decided to try and find an Asian BB cream that offers higher coverage than my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, because it seems that I fall into the ‘intended audience’ skintone for most Asian brands. I feel this gives me a good opportunity, since I believe that a lot of mid-range/drugstore Korean brands tend to deliver high quality for a fraction of the price that I’d have to pay for a similar product here in the States.

With all that in mind, I decided to try one of Holika Holika’s Petit BB Creams first. They’re small and cheap – around $5-6 per tube – which makes them a pretty good option for someone looking to try out multiple BBs. I selected the Essential version, because despite it not being explicity formulated for oily skin, I read reviews saying that it had yellow undertones, the best coverage of all the Petit BBs, and the highest SPF in the line as well. I figured I’d give it a shot, and if it clogged me I’d only be out a few bucks.

Holika Holika Petit BB Cream in Essential

Official description from Holika Holika’s Canadian website:

Essential – the perfect elasticity and nutrition care with Caviar proponents! A smart BB that provides whitening, facelift and sunblock makes your skin clear and tight through perfect covering.

Read on to see how these promises panned out for me!

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Sasa.com & eBay Haul: More Asian Beauty Products (Featuring Photos, Descriptions & Mini Reviews)!

Apparently the mail service tapped into the speed force this month, because most of my overseas purchases from the last week of July have somehow arrived already! Usually it takes about 3-4 weeks for me to receive packages from Asia. Well, I’m not complaining! It’s been great fun having so much mail these past few weeks between my Etsy buys and now these all these earlier-than-expected packages~

Sasa August 2014 Haul

So this haul is from various eBay sellers and SASA.com, a well known place to buy Asian products online. As you can see, I got a decent range of Asian beauty products this time around – sunscreen, sheet masks, lipsticks, BB cream, etc.

Want specifics and some serious TL;DR about my product choices? Like you had to ask! Just click the read more~

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