Hydra-Total 5 Ultra-Even Ritual

Hey Everyone!

I know I haven’t been posting in a long time, life catches up with us and things slip away. However, I wanted to come write a post about some products that I received for free so that I could try them and write some reviews. Just as a note, the fact that I received these for free does not impact my opinion on these products and so everything you will read is my honest opinion.

The products that I received are from a new skincare line from L’Oreal called Hydra-Total 5. There are several different options but the line that I received was the Ultra-Even line, meant to help even out skin tone as well as hydrating, illuminating, and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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There are four products in the Ultra-Even line: a scrub, a toner, a lotion, and a moisturizer. I have been testing all four products out since I received them and have been able to form an opinion on them now.

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First, we have the Ultra-Even Scrub. L’Oreal claims that this scrub will cleanse, exfoliate, even skin tone, illuminate, and smooth. I have been using this scrub twice a day, once when I wake up, and once before I go to bed. I was a little bit worried about the texture of the scrub, since it is finely milled, I didn’t want it to be too abrasive of an exfoliant. This is especially true because for some reason lately, I’ve been breaking out which is unusual for me, and I didn’t want this scrub to be irritating my problem areas.

I have really been enjoying the texture of this scrub! It doesn’t feel too harsh but is exfoliating enough to feel like it’s really cleaning your face. My face definitely feels clean after using it and does feel smooth, although it is still important to make sure you moisturize after using it. I have normal skin that isn’t sensitive to new products so I can’t speak to other skin types, but I am quite enjoying this and think that it will replace my regular face scrub!

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The next product that I was sent is the Ultra-Even Toner. This toner is said to tone, remove impurities, even skin tone, illuminate, and smooth. Now, I use toners every day, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not sure they do all that they claim. This isn’t referring to this toner specifically, but rather toners in general. I’m not sure if the product can illuminate and smooth your skin or not. What I look for in a toner, is whether it helps get extra residue off of my skin and out of my pores so that my moisturizer can be more effective.

I have been using this toner twice a day as well, immediately after cleansing both morning and night. I do notice that there is extra stuff coming off of my face when I use this toner so I consider it a success! It does have a scent to it that reminds me of a lemon household cleaner but I kind of like the smell. The only problem is the use of alcohol in the toner which isn’t great for the skin but isn’t a complete deal breaker for me. This isn’t the best toner I’ve ever used but I do like it so I think I would repurchase.

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Next up, we have the Ultra-Even Lotion. This lotion has SPF 20 which is absolutely great because it seems like not enough skincare lines place a focus on including SPF. This one claims to moisturize, even skin tone, protect, illuminate, and smooth. I always worry a little bit about the consistency of products with SPF. I find that they can be thick and gummy, and don’t spread or absorb very well. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this product. It spreads nicely, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t have much of a scent. I have been using this only in the morning between my toner and moisturizer and have been quite happy with it. This is another product that I would repurchase.

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Finally, we received the Ultra-Even moisturizer which is said to moisturize, reduce dark spots, even skin tone, illuminate, and smooth. This product is quite a bit thicker than the lotion and that worried me a little bit in terms of spread and absorption once again. I don’t like moisturizers to take a long time to absorb because in the morning, I hate waiting forever to be able to put my makeup on. This moisturizer absorbs so quickly though, it was astonishing! I am really happy with this moisturizer, I feel like it has been improving the dryness in my skin since I’ve been using it which is really important since the winter air is so hard on my face. I would repurchase this one too!

I have been making a conscious effort to be using all of these products so that I can give an effective review of them. The only product outside of this line that I’ve been using is my eye cream, and that’s just because this line does not have it’s own eye cream. I have found all of the products in this line to be effective and would repurchase all of them! Like I said, I have normal skin without sensitivities so I would recommend the product to people of similar skin type but can not speak to how it would work for others. I would say this product is definitely worth trying out and it is relatively low cost in the realm of skin care which is great!

Thanks for reading!

xo Amanda

#5Works #Beyond Hydration

 

 

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Beauty Joy Box February 2015

Now, it should be mentioned that my Beauty Joy posts have been absent for awhile. I have had some issues with shipping and what not so it has been a bit of a process. My January box was never sent. I had contacted them and they said it was re-sent but after a couple weeks without hearing anything, they ended up refunding me. We had some trouble with the shipping of this box too so it got to me pretty late.

Anyways, on to what this box is all about. The cost of this box is $15 a month with free shipping within the US. There is an extra $5 shipping fee to Canada and $10 to ship internationally. Each box ships on the 15th of the month so for those of us in Canada, that means receiving it relatively late in the month (November 24 for this particular month). Each box comes with 1 jewelry item, 1 full sized beauty item and 2-3 deluxe sized samples. Let’s see what came in the February 2015 box.

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This box was re-sent which is why it took so long and I am assuming that is also the reason I didn’t get an informational card in the box. Fortunately, I was able to look at other blog posts for pictures of the card to find out the values of each product.

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LipFusion Micro-Collagen Color Shine Lip Plumper ($38)

The colour that this lip gloss came in is called Bare. You can see why from the swatch picture above. It is definitely a nude which doesn’t really provide a colour on my lips, more of just a shine. Lip gloss isn’t my favourite kind of product because of the stickiness and I certainly can’t imagine paying $38 for a lip gloss. I didn’t notice any real plumping effects but I did feel the tingle. I am kind of neutral on this product, it isn’t bad but I would have preferred a nude lipstick.

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Silver Plated Heart Locket Necklace ($20)

This isn’t necessarily my favourite piece of jewelry but it isn’t bad. I’m not sure if it’s worth $20 or not because it does feel a little light and cheap but I may wear it at some point. It is a little bit rattly when it is hanging around my neck so we will see if that drives me crazy or not. I do really like the patterning on the front of the heart though.

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Alexandra de Markoff Balancing Cleanser ($3)

From what I can tell, other people who received the February box only received one of these cleansers so my value is actually $6 instead of $3. I have been using one of these are my shower cleanser lately and it definitely does do a good job of cleaning my face. It is a cream cleanser and it doesn’t foam so it kind of feels like I am rubbing lotion on my face in the shower which is a strange sensation. It does its job though for sure!

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Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer ($1.75)

This is another product in the box that I think everyone else only got one of. I really like the hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works so I’m definitely not sad to have gotten two of them. My value for these is actually $3.50 instead of $1.75. I think that there was an assortment of different scents people received which is always fun. I received Jungle Passionfruit and Blue Skies & Blooms. Jungle Passionfruit is pretty good, definitely one I would have bought myself.

It was kind of funny because the day I got this box, I had been at Bath and Body Works that morning. While I was there, I had pointed out Blue Skies & Blooms because it sounded like it would smell great. I am happy that I have it because it smells great!

This box isn’t my favourite by any means but it isn’t bad.  The box value for this month was $67.50. I do have to say that after the frustration with all the shipping, I ended up cancelling my subscription. I had already paid for my March box so I have that one and that will it for awhile at least. I’m going to be unsubscribed for at least a few months and see if I really miss it. In the mean time, I have a couple other subscriptions I will be trying out to see how I feel about them.

If you are interested in this service and want to check them out, you can find their website at www.beautyjoybox.com or their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeautyJoyBox

Also, the company does have a referral program so if you would like to sign up using my referral link than I would really appreciate it! My link is www.beautyjoybox.com/beautylife

xo Amanda

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own.

Memebox Valentine’s Day #2 Candy For Me

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Whether you’re single or with someone, Valentine’s Day is a good day to be a lady! It’s because it’s the one and only day where you can get away with some indulgent self-gifts for decadent, self pampering. Because you’re so awesome, we gift you something super sweet! A box full of candy-scented wonderliciously made, and scrumptious-looking Korean beauty skincare and makeup goodies that will sweeten up your year! Screw Cupid, who says you need a valentine to get great gifts on Valentine;s Day?

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Please be aware that Memebox will no longer be shipping internationally. They will only ship to addresses in China, Korea, and the USA as of February 10 2015.

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This will be my very last Memebox unboxing/review which definitely makes me sad. I know that I received this box a few weeks ago but actually writing up my last unboxing makes it feel more real. Anyways, let’s see what came in this box.

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Shara Shara Berry Berry Cleansing Sherbet 70g ($14)

Sorbet doesn’t just melt in the mouth, this Berry Berry Cleansing Sorbet melts on your face! It’s the perfect filling to go inside your favourite chocolate, but you’ll be able to massage this sinful delight into your skin! Designed to gently remove  even the most stubborn makeup, this sweet cleanser dissolves makeup, impurities, and oil without irritating or drying out the skin.

This has the same kind of cleanser texture as the Zero cleansers do and I really enjoy them so I think I will really like this! it has a nice scent to it so that is nice. I have really been liking these oil cleansers for taking off my makeup because they just make it easier! I am working on another oil cleanser and the moment but I look forward to trying this!

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Elizavecca Aqua Rising Steam Filler Moisture Cream 100g ($46)

Nope! It’s not the filling to your post-dinner dessert! This moisturizer, aka Gelato Cream, is a sweet remedy for soothing and moisturizing the skin! It uses a unique steam technology to provide a surge of a hyaluronic acid, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultra hydrating facial-in-a-jar has a chewy marshmallow gelato texture that instantly absorbs into the skin to deliver a powerful dose of hydration, and creates a protective shield over the skin to keep moisture and nutrients in and environmental stressors out! The results? You’ll see noticeable improvements in skin’s texture and supple, refreshed skin.

This is my first Elizavecca product and I am really happy to have it because I have heard Meme fans rave about their products. I have also heard some awesome things about this cream in particular so that makes me even more excited to use it. I do have to say that this is one weirdly described texture. I have never heard a cream described as having a “chewy marshmallow gelato” texture but we will see what it’s like. I’m not going to open it up until it’s time to use it.

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Rappol Nutritious Bio Ampoule Mask 27ml x 3 sheets ($18)

These unique facial sheet masks contain sweet  and savoury pomegranate, and Cleopatra’s secret to her legendary beauty, hibiscus flower extract. The micro-fiber material is saturated with a blend of sweet ingredients to help diminish wrinkles and fine lines and maximize brightness and evenness in the complexion for a youthful look all around. The intense formula delivers radiant results instantly, while reducing existing pigmentation for a breathtakingly beautiful finish. Who knew such candy-sweet ingredients will you give you your radiant glow?

I love me some sheet masks! Not too much i can say about this one other than I love masks and I am excited to use these ones. They sound like the results will be great so I look forward to using them! I’m glad that they gave us three of these and not just one.

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Lassie’el Kiwi Brightening Yogurt Massage Mask 12g x 4 ($6)

Brighten and perfect your complexion with this sweet and refreshing kiwi and yogurt twist! Kiwi and yogurt flavours are extremely popular candy flavours in Korea, and can be easily found in candy baskets and gift boxes during the Valentine’s season in Korea. Now, take this sweet mix, infused with real kiwi extracts, yogurt, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to brighten, correct, hydrate, and firm saggy skin for your best skin ever!

I have received this mask before in a black raspberry yogurt formula and I really like it! One thing that I love about these masks is that they come with a lid so that you don’t need to waste it. I think I can get 2-3 uses out of each pack so that lid really comes in handy! I’m excited to try the kiwi formula!

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Etude Sweet Recipe Candy Stick 2g ($5)

Enriched with bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon extracts, the Sweet Recipe Candy Stick is a loss type lip tint that moisturizes and plumps up your dry, chapped lips for a long-lasting radiance.

Last but not least we have this lip tint. I’m pretty sure this came in a Memebox before I started buying them but I have never received one before. There were three possible scents/colours for this box: seedless strawberry candy, oh! orange candy or sour lemon candy. I received the seedless strawberry version and I am pretty happy with it. I was surprised by how much colour it actually put off and the scent is quite nice! I look forward to using this!

I am surprisingly happy with this box. I bought it because it was part of the bundle but thought that it might just be cutesy stuff that I didn’t really care about. I was surprised at how nice the products in the box were. I paid $25 for this box and the total retail value is $89. I am glad I bought this one so I have mixed feelings of happy and sad because this is the last box.

Sorry I don’t have any coupon codes for you but if you would like to check out their website and make a purchase (until February 10 for everybody or anytime for China, Korea, and US residents), than you can do so at http://us.memebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image and product descriptions taken from the Memebox website. All other images and opinions are honest and my own. This box was purchased with my own money.

Memebox Valentine’s Day #1 Gifts For You

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Your heart belongs to someone, and you want them to know it, especially on Valentine’s Day, the international day of L-O-V-E! Whether it’s mom, sister, cousin, aunt, or friend, show your favourite gal pal your token of appreciation in the season of love with this specially curated box! This unique collection of innovative K-Beauty skincare and body selects is perfect for expressing your one-of-a-kind-love! Yes, it’s no ring in a box, but this box full of wonderlicious K-Beauty goodies will get her beaming! Each goody packs a punch on its own, but all together, it’s a mega K-Beauty punch that will get her jumping with excitement!

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Please be aware that Memebox will no longer be shipping internationally. They will only ship to addresses in China, Korea, and the USA as of February 10 2015.

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This box was part of a bundle so I grabbed it as my last Memebox purchase ever. Let’s see what we got!

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Sevendrops Criste-Marine Firming Eye Cream 25ml ($52)

This high-performance eye treatment uses Criste-Marine extract and Alaskan Glacial Water to improve multiple visible signs of aging around the delicate eye area including lines, wrinkles, and crepiness. Potent Criste-Marine, a wild plant that lives along the coast of the sea, is renowned for its ability to delay premature aging by smoothing the look and size of wrinkles and firming up saggy areas. The velvety texture instantly nourishes and revitalizes as it helps create a more youthful look. Eyes appear firmer, brighter, and more beautiful.

I have a bit of a gripe about this one to be honest. This is quite an expensive, fancy sounding eye cream that is in a larger than usual size. Most eye creams I’ve used are 15 ml and this one is 25. All of this is great except for the fact that this expires in November of 2015. What the heck Memebox? I am using a 15 ml eye cream that I started about 5 months ago and I’m still not finished it. You expect me to drop everything and use this bigger eye cream in only 7 months. I am a little peeved about this as you may be able to tell because this sounds like a beautiful product and I feel like they are kind of ripping us off a bit. Like the cherry on top of the end of Memebox’s international career. Other than that, this eye cream does sound good and the only reason it upsets me so much is because I actually want to be able to use it in its entirety.

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A.H.C. The First Caviar Ampoule 30ml ($50)

This powerful anti-aging treatment features concentrated doses of caviar, berry complex, ginseng, and other active ingredients that correct visible signs of aging in a single step. Caviar, known as the diamond of all skincare ingredients, hydrates, brightens, repairs, protects, and nourishes the skin for complex perfection. Day after day, the skin is transformed: imperfections and wrinkles are diminished, the skin texture is refined, and the complexion becomes more even and radiant. The smooth and soft texture of the fluid melts onto the skin for a naturally perfect and luminous result.

It would be nice if this product lives up to all of its promises but I won’t find out for awhile. I am still working on an ampoule that is only about half done so this will be packed away until I need it. It would be really great if it could get give my skin a lot of hydration because these days it really needs it!

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Secretkey Colour Recipe Cream 55g ($17)

This high-performance skin-brightening facial cream delivers powerfil vitamins to the skin, fighting external damage, increasing luminosity, and supporting natural collagen for a visibly brighter, firmer, more youthful appearance. The Yellow Cream brightens, firms, hydrates, and fights damage done onto the skin with its vitamin-rich formula, and the Blue Cream replenishes moisture content to aging and damaged skin to restore a glowing, youthful radiance to the skin. Antioxidant rich vitamin capsules burst onto the surface of the skin to deliver cosmic doses of nutrients to the skin, leaving skin fresh and ab. Paraben-free, mineral oil-free, Benzophenone-free, phenoxyethanol-free, animal cruelty-free.

I love how there are just weird translation issues in these descriptions sometimes. Such as “leaving the skin fresh and ab”. Where were they going with that one? I received the yellow version of this cream which is brightening and hydrating which sounds good to me. Much like every other product, it will be awhile before I get to this one. I have so many creams stashed away, it may take me forever to get through them all.

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The Yeon Wannabe Romance Gel Perfume 02 Peach Blossom 12ml ($12)

Stylish and lovely, with a distinctive personality, Peach Blossom gel perfume takes you on a romantic getaway with pleasant peaches and crisp florals. Portable and easy-to-use, this travel size gel perfume goes on clean without leaving any sticky residue behind to leave a subtle and lovely fragrance. Use it on the hair, wrist, and body to invigorate your senses. Top Notes: freesia, Seville orange, jasmine tea, grapefruit. Middle Notes: jasmine, rose, magnolia, white peach. Base Notes: white musk, amber, white cedar.

This is something that would have made more sense in the signature scent box than this one but what do I know. I have never even heard of gel perfume before so this was quite interesting to me. As you can see in the picture, the applicator is almost like a little spatula which could almost pass as a lip gloss wand. I do like the scent of this one although it is really subtle and doesn’t last for too long. Maybe I need to try it out some more to see if it really is as subtle as I think it is. This is another one that has to be used up within 2015 which annoys me once again although not as much as the eye cream does!

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Rosemine Whipping Milk Body Lotion Passion Fruit 300ml ($15)

This rich yet surprisingly lightweight hydrator delivers the perfect level of moisture to the skin. Its rich, deep-sinking formula is made with mango seed butter, rose water, and rosehip seed oils and more emollients to swiftly replenish lost moisture to the elbows, knees, feet, and hands. This lotion goes on silky – never greasy – and is perfectly encased in an adorable floral container and has a fun and fruity passion fruit fragrance.

This is a huge container of lotion. I like to use my FCS whipped cream so I don’t tend to use other lotions but I will definitely try and use this up. The smell is decent so I won’t hate putting it on which is always a good thing!

Overall I am relatively happy with this box. Other than my annoyance at the expiry dates of products, I think we got some pretty good stuff in this box. I paid $25 for this box and the retail value of the products is $146. I just wish that Memebox had left off with the final boxes being great all around!

Sorry I don’t have any coupon codes for you but if you would like to check out their website and make a purchase (until February 10 for everybody or anytime for China, Korea, and US residents), than you can do so at http://us.memebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image and product descriptions taken from the Memebox website. All other images and opinions are honest and my own. This box was purchased with my own money.

MaskGenie Oriental Beauty Pouch

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MaskGenie is a service that I am so excited about! As of right now, this is a service that you need to “purchase” each month, so it is not a recurring subscription at the moment. Every month, you will receive different types of face masks that Genie has tested out and thinks are of good enough quality for you to try! There are two options for purchase: 5 masks for $12, or 10 masks for $22. Both of these prices include the shipping from Hong Kong so that is pretty good.

This particular pouch was a special limited edition one that only came in a 10 mask variety. Since the Chinese New Year started in February, Genie decided to create the Oriental Beauty Pouch to focus on ingredients that are Asian and have inclusions in traditions of different Oriental cultures. I am a sucker for both masks and limited edition things so of course I purchased it.

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Along with this beautiful bag that represents Chinese New Year, Genie included a couple of candies that are considered lucky candies for the Chinese New Year. To me, they taste kind of like strawberry milk and from what I can find online, they are strawberry flavoured. They definitely aren’t as sweet as the candies we get here in Canada but they definitely are tasty!

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Tosowoong Rice Paper Pack ($7)

This package was so big that it had to be put outside of the red bag, just inside of the mailer. It is such a neat sounding mask. Apparently, it comes with a mask that is made of rice paper and it’s dry. There is also an essence that comes with it. You pour the essence over the mask and let it soak for about 2-3 minutes until the rice paper gets soft and pliable. This is when you put it on your face like a regular mask. Apparently, it is important to try and get the mask placement right the first time because it can be tricky to readjust it. The price of $7 is kind of a guess but I think it is a lower end price because this mask is quite expensive. I can’t wait to try this!

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The History of Fo Nok Yong Pack ($2)

This is just a sample size of a larger product but apparently we should be able to get 1-2 uses out of it. This mask is meant to be put on your face, massaged for 20-30 minutes and then washed off. It includes an ingredient that is basically taken from ground deer antlers. In Chinese culture, after women give birth, they have a one month confinement period and you are supposed to drink a soup that is made with this ingredient. It is also used in Korean beauty products. I think that massaging my own face for 20-30 minutes may be more tiring than relaxing but I will definitely give this a go!

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Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask ($2)

This is another product that is a sample size of a larger product. Sulwhasoo is a famous Korean beauty brand apparently and this is a sleeping pack that is made using ginseng which is a popular Asian ingredient. Sleeping packs aren’t necessarily the most exciting but I will definitely try it out!

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My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird’s Nest Mask ($1.60)

Genie says that My Beauty Diary has both this Imperial Bird’s Nest Mask as well as a regular Bird’s Nest Mask so she got this one because it sounded better. I think that the packaging of this as well as the name both sound like they fit in with Chinese culture. I still haven’t tried my masks from My Beauty Diary yet but I look forward to seeing what they offer.

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Kao Steam Eye Mask ($1.30)

This mask definitely sounds interesting! It is made with chamomile and is meant to relieve tired eyes. Apparently, once you put it on, the mask heats up to about 40 degrees and the warmth lasts for about 10 minutes. To wear it, you loop it around your ears and it will stay on. I think this is super cool and definitely different from any other eye masks I’ve seen. I may even try this one tonight!

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Lebelage Natural Mask Pearl ($1.20)

This is the same company that we received the egg mask from in the January pouch and I absolutely loved that mask! It may be one of my favourite masks I have used so far, so I am excited to have another one from them. According to Genie, in Chinese culture, pearls are ground into a powder to eat and to use as skincare. This mask is meant to moisturize and soften your skin. I am definitely not going to turn down extra moisture for my face so I am excited to try this for sure!

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Dermal Gold Collagen Essence Mask ($.50)

This is another brand we have seen before from MaskGenie and I do believe I liked their Syn-ake mask so I look forward to trying this. Apparently, these masks are thick and have lots of essence so they are nice for your skin!

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Snowy Green Tea Seaweed Collagen Facial Essence Mask ($1.30)

I have never heard of this brand but apparently it is from Korea. These masks have a god shape and lots of essence according to Genie, and apparently they smell really nice which is always nice when it is sitting on your face. I haven’t tried any seaweed masks before so I am excited to have this!

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Lovemore Pearl Barley & Milk ($2)

Genie says that this mask has a great smell, and it is made from a 100% natural silk sheet so it is really nice to wear. This is another brand that I have’t heard of before but we received two masks from them in this pouch so I am excited to see how they are. This mask is supposed to soothe skin and leave it more radiant.

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Lovemore Herba Saussurea Involucrata Revival Sheet Mask ($2)

This mask includes an ingredient called the snow lotus which apparently is only obtained by climbing mountains and trekking through dangerous terrain. Genie says that in the Chinese soap operas, whenever someone is dying, the only way to save them is to give them this flower so that is kind of neat. She says that there is a very specific way to put this mask on, and that you should keep the blue plastic piece on until you have it situated on your face. So if you received this pouch or own this mask, just keep this in mind. Just like the pearl barley & milk type, this is also a 100% natural silk sheet.

Once again I am very pleased with this pouch. Genie never fails to include neat masks that are super fun to try. I look forward to trying the steam eye mask and the rice paper pack the most I think! The value of this particular pouch was about $20.90 which could still be higher depending on the value of the rice paper pack. This is our highest value yet and I am very happy with it!

If you are interested in learning more about this service, you can find the MaskGenie Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MaskGenie or you can watch Genie’s video that will tell you about Mask Genie here: MaskGenie Video.

You can also watch Genie’s “unpouching” of the Oriental Beauty Pouch here:         Genie’s Oriental Beauty Unpouching

If you would like to try out this service, just email maskgenie@gmail.com with your paypal email address and they will send you an invoice!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This pouch was purchased with my own money. All photos and opinions are honest and my own. 

Memebox Find Your Signature Scent

Signature Scent

What’s your signature scent? Committing to one scent can be hard for most women. This box, packed with a variety of mood-enhancing aromas that will help you to relax and take a break from all the stress! Why limit yourself to one fragrance when there are so many to choose from?

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Please be aware that Memebox will no longer be shipping internationally. They will only ship to addresses in China, Korea, and the USA as of February 10 2015.

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I ordered this box because I thought there would be some cool scented products and some perfumes in here, let’s see what came in the box and what I thought of it!

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Bellespiani Boutique Cleanser Rose 100g ($41)

This gently skin brightening cleanser powered by real rose petals dissolves away makeup, oil, and impurities and exfoliates skin naturally to uncover even, luminous skin. Real bits of rose petals gives a subtle rose fragrance and also acts as natural exfoliant to cleanse away all makeup and oil residue to leave the skin cleansed, refreshed, and glowing. Also, the pH 5 formula makes it a great daily cleanser gently enough for daily use.

This was the spoiler for this box which did sound nice, although not exactly the kind of scented product I had in mind. I can’t imagine paying $41 for this little jar of cleanser but we do know that Memebox retail prices tend to be inflated. I don’t usually open products that I don’t need at the moment but since this was a scent box, I figured I should be able to actually comment on the scents. I do enjoy the scent of this one. It has a super unusual looking texture but I think it will be nice. It is noted on the card that this is best before December of 2015 which is a bit disappointing but since it is pretty easy to use cleansers up quickly, this shouldn’t be a big issue.

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Yahah Auto Lip Crayon in Pink Holic 2.5g ($10)

This super sweet and fruity scented lip crayon glides on effortlessly and wraps lips in sinfully sweet scent and highly pigmented colour. The hydrating formula is packed with rose hip oil, avocado oil, and macadamia seed oil to plump and perfect, for more lovely lip. The high-pigment colour stays put – no smudging or bleeding – making sure your lips are on point throughout the night.

I actually really love the colour of this lip crayon. I’m not sure if it will live up to the promises of no smudging or bleeding because I haven’t worn it on my lips yet, but it definitely is pigmented. I wasn’t expecting the smell to be great but it actually is! It is a nice berry type smell that I really enjoy!

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Innoface Alie Vera Soothing Gel 100ml ($18)

This refreshing aloe vera scented gel is formulated with fresh aloe vera, trelahose, parsley, and broccoli extract, this portable, soothing gel soothes sunburns, windburns, razor burns and other minor irritations. It can also be used as a daily moisturizer for those that suffer with oily skin. Use it on the face to speed up the recovery process for acne and other blemishes, or just to keep yourself refreshed throughout the day, never have this portable gel out of sight. 

I have to say, this one irritates me a little bit. First of all, I think they are overstating how much people use aloe vera in day to day life. I personally only use it when I have a pretty bad sunburn which in the middle of winter, does not happen for me. Secondly, I would not consider this to be a product that fits the scent theme really. I don’t know anyone who wears aloe gel so that they can smell like aloe vera. Finally, this little pot is definitely not worth $18 so I think for the most part, this is a miss for me. I may find some use for it in the summer but I’m not sure, hopefully I won’t be getting any bad sunburns.

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Secretkey Glam Romance Perfume Body Lotion 180ml ($16)

This beautifully scented, creamy body lotion has a beautiful musky scent that is enriched with macadamia nut and aloe vera extracts to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Plant extracts in the formula deeply nourish, help improve skin elasticity and smoothness, and provide head-to-toe hydration. It contains a proprietary blend of natural oils, emollients, extract, and oils known to soften and revitalize dry, tired skin.

I think that they were on the right track with a scented body lotion and this definitely could have been a hit. However, I do not find musky scents to be beautiful at all. I personally dislike them quite a bit so this scent really isn’t for me. This is just a personal preference though, I’m sure some people find the scent to be very nice, it just isn’t for me unfortunately.

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X.O.X Kisses Mist 30ml ($4)

This product was randomly selected from green tea, floral, rose bouquet, peppermint, fruity, or lavender. I received the peppermint version which is just a plain packaging knock off of Red Bull holy moly. I probably would have preferred the fruity or lavender version of this. The peppermint is very strong and I wouldn’t want to smell like it but maybe I can use it as a kind of aromatherapy or something when I’m not feeling well. This bottle actually had leaked all over my box too when I received it so a far amount of the product was actually lost.

Overall, I think that Memebox kind of missed the mark on this one in terms of the actual theme. I think that a lot of people were disappointed in the fact that this is a scent box and not a single actual perfume type product was included. I think I was disappointed because the scents all seemed to be drugstore, plain types of scents and I think they could have done a much better job curating this one. For this box, I paid about $25 and the total retail value was $89.

Sorry I don’t have any coupon codes for you but if you would like to check out their website and make a purchase (until February 10 for everybody or anytime for China, Korea, and US residents), than you can do so at http://us.memebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image and product descriptions taken from the Memebox website. All other images and opinions are honest and my own. This box was purchased with my own money.

Memebox Detox & Renew

Detox & Renew

The cold weather months leaves us susceptible to get lazy on our skincare routine! But, did you know? The constant switching back and forth between central heating and frigid winds causes excessive dead skin build up and increases the rate at which pore-dwellers multiply and grow! While “the more the merrier” applies to most things in life, the growing party of pore-dwellers is never fun, and is definitely not a beautiful sight! To help you in your skincare predicament, we bring you our newest Detox & Renew box, perfectly curated to eliminate the deepest skin toxins, remove dead skin cells, clarify congested pores, and alleviate damage from internal and external aggressors. Each product in this box is a one-stop solution on its own, addressing everything from large pores and clogging to brightening cloudy skin! Take this box, your one and only solution for lustrous and healthy skin, use after use!

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Please be aware that Memebox will no longer be shipping internationally. They will only ship to addresses in China, Korea, and the USA as of February 10 2015.

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This is one of my last Memeboxes. I purchased it because this has been an especially cold winter and I thought it would be nice to have some extra revitalizing products. Let’s see what this box came with!

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Gu:aam Method Black Pearl Protein (Conchiolin) 35 Whitening Serum 60ml ($30)

This lightweight skin-renewing serum is formulated with bifida, AHA, and black pearl protein to help support the natural cell renewal and toxin elimination. Powerful black pearl proteins eliminate toxins and dead skin cells in the skin and enhance the skin’s natural healing cycle to detox and renew the skin’s surface. The results? Skin is decongested, skin-pollutants are removed, and skin is left looking brighter and firmer, more radiant, and youthful-looking. Free of chemical preservatives, artificial fragrance, artificial colours, mineral oils, silicon oils, sulfates, parabens, and EDTA.

Considering how many Memeboxes I have gotten, I have surprisingly few serums stored away. This definitely sounds nice because every day I find myself battling dry skin in some form or another. It would be nice to get rid of all those dead skin cells and help it to heal a little bit. I am still using the serum from my Soothing Sista box but I will tuck this away to use later.

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Yadah Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser 150ml ($27)

Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanse has a foaming formula that delivers gentle acne medication and improves skin’s appearance. It uses salicylic acid technology provides a long-acting acne treatment that continues to fight acne and blemishes while herbal extracts soothe and bind moisture to skin to optimize hydration and restore suppleness. The micro bubbles helps to detoxify the pores by clarifying dirt and oil build up in the pores. It also helps to control excess oil secretion to prevent breakouts. Approved by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety administration, this cleanser is recommended as a step one cleanser in acne regime. 

I don’t suffer from acne but I do occasionally have little breakouts, which for me is a couple zits across my face. However, maybe using this type of cleanser will help prevent even those small breakouts from happening. I have so many cleansers at the moment that I am using in order of expiration date so this will join the rest of them in storage until it’s turn comes along.

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Mayn Bio Mineraltox Mist 100ml ($44)

Skin looking dull, tired, lifeless? Makeup looking cakey and not setting in? Bio Mineraltox Mist refreshes, detoxifies, and rejuvenates the skin with detoxifying lemon balm, apple mint, royal jelly, and more and propriety “secret beads” made with ions and mineral water. The micro mist instantly purifies, brightens, clears, and invigorates the skin cells that have been damaged by external aggressors such as dust, alcohol consumption and more for clearer pores, and plumper skin cells, the perfect canvas for absorbing skincare products and makeup.

I haven’t tried this over makeup yet, although I really want to. I have just sprayed it on my plain face though and it really does feel quite refreshing. The smell is a little odd and I can’t put my finger on what it is but I do enjoy this product. I don’t think I would ever pay $44 for it but I am happy to have received it in this box!

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Araon Detox Skin Essence 100ml ($34)

This detoxifying skin essence features a blend of naturally detoxifying ingredients to eliminate even the deepest skin toxins, giving the skin a brighter, more even toned complexion. Formulated with maple water, green tea extract, and other skin detoxifying and renewing ingredients, this essence smooths, plumps, and detoxifies for luminous skin that appears visibly renewed.

For 100ml, this package feels weirdly light, almost like it is empty. However, that could just be because they used really light packaging instead of a glass bottle or something similar. Who knows, I guess I will find out when it comes time to use this because I do not want to open this and not use it for awhile. I kind of like how simple the packaging is and think it makes it look rather sleek.

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Esthetic House Vitamin 3000 Vitamin B Vita-Capsule Cream 30ml ($24)

This skin-renewing vitamin B cream helps to sooth irritated and inflamed. The innovative encapsulation technology allows for an effective delivery of pure potent vitamin B to soothe irritated skin, and calm red, inflamed skin. Layer individually or blend with daily moisturizer to provide optimal results and create a powerful, multipurpose product – designed to treat your skin’s unique needs. 

I feel like from the description, this may be a good product for when you are sick and get what I like to call “kleenex rash” around your nose. I find in the winter I am sick more often than any other time of the year and around my nose is so irritated, so it might be nice to see if this would help! My skin isn’t super irritated all that often so this may last me a long time.

I am pretty happy with this box! I paid $29 for this box (may have been less with coupons but I can’t quite remember) and the value of the box is a whopping $159. I think there are some great skincare products in here that I can’t wait to try!

Sorry I don’t have any coupon codes for you but if you would like to check out their website and make a purchase (until February 10 for everybody or anytime for China, Korea, and US residents), than you can do so at http://us.memebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image and product descriptions taken from the Memebox website. All other images and opinions are honest and my own. This box was purchased with my own money.