Ipsy March 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

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The theme for March was Floral Fantasy which I like and the bag for this month was pretty nice so I was impressed with that. Let’s see what came in my March bag!

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Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels

Eye gels and eye masks are such a big thing right now and I really enjoy them. Everyone who got this in their glam bag received two pairs which I think is really great because it gives you a better idea of whether or not you like them. I have already tried a pair of these and I found them so refreshing! These might be my favourite eye gels out of all the ones I’ve tried to date!

A full size box contains 8 pairs and retails for $30, making these 2 pairs worth about $7.50.

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Acure Day Cream

Since I have so many creams lined up from my Memeboxes in the past, a day cream isn’t necessarily the most exciting thing in the world for me. I would much rather try various makeup products but it is nice to mix it up every once in awhile. I know that I have tried skincare that I’ve received in past Ipsy bags and really enjoyed them so I can’t make a snap judgement. I will definitely try this out at some point.

A full size of this is 1.75 oz and retails for $18.99, making this 1 oz sample worth about $10.86.

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Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow

From what I can tell, this little duo was made for Ipsy but I am not 100% sure on that one. I quite like using Pixi shadows, and have a palette from them that I really enjoy. These colours are beautiful and are definitely the kinds of colours I wear on a daily basis. I have such mixed opinions on the colours I get from Ipsy. I have mostly gotten neutrals which means I end up with a lot of single shadows that are near the same colour. However, I wear those kinds of colours and if I were getting blues and greens all the time, I would be complaining that I never get wearable colours. So, that being said, I am very happy with what I have received here.

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Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter

I remember before I subscribed to Ipsy, I watched through so many videos of past bags. I remember seeing this Chella highlighter in some of the earlier bags, thinking it looked cool, and being a little sad that I wouldn’t ever get it because it had already been featured. Fast forward to this March bag and I got it! I quite like the effect it has, although it can be a little tough to blend. I think the colour is perfect for me and once I get the hang of how much I should be using, I will be even happier with it!

I think this might be a full size of the product, making is $18, but I could be wrong about that.

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NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Pops

I absolutely LOVE this lipstick. First of all, I am a bit of a lipstick junkie these days so I am super happy to have received this in my bag. There were a couple colours you could have gotten. This one, a berry-ish pink, and a brighter pink I believe. I am happy to have received this more nude shade because it is perfect for daily wear. Not only that, but it feels so lovely to wear. It goes on so smoothly and just feels lovely. This is by far my favourite item in the bag!

I’m really happy about this bag! I received quite a few items that I am pretty excited about and everything in the bag will get used so that is a success to me. The overall value of this bag was $46.36 which is pretty good so I would say it’s a win!

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Beauty Joy Box March 2015

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.

This will be my last Beauty Joy Box. It may be my last box ever or my last box for a couple of months, we will see how things go. As for now, let’s see what came in this box.

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They sent out a new box to try this month and I think it is beautiful. One thing that Beauty Joy is really good at is packing their boxes nicely.

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Gold and Glass Necklace ($12)

Hand blown glass beads with gold plated cores individually made, just for you!

I am a little bit on the fence about this necklace. I do have to say that I love the beads on this one, I think they are beautiful. However, the chain is that fake yellow gold and it is quite short so that part isn’t great. I would happily put the beads on a different chain though.

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Bare Minerals Full Size Eyeshadow ($14)

Borrow some beauty from our lady Mother Nature, capturing the pure pigments of stone, seed, and soil. Rich and velvety, these subdued shades, including Java, Cocoa, and Clay let you emphasize your eyes with understated oomph.

I received this shadow in the colour You Can Never Be Too Rich Brown. Although I don’t typically reach for loose shadows too much, I do really like this colour. I think it would be a good outer corner/crease kind of colour and I look forward to trying this one out.

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($12)

Bigger. Blacker. Badder. Urban Decay’s ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumizing mascara features triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend.

I am super happy to have gotten this. I received this same sample in one of my first Ipsy bags and I really liked it! I have so many mascaras open at the moment so I won’t be using it for awhile but I am very excited about it.

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Ciate Nail Polish Mini Pot ($8)

A stunningly beautiful and intensely pigmented nail colour. Made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, and phthalates. 

I am not really sure which colour I received, which bothers me a little bit because I like knowing my nail polish colour names. Crazy, I know. Anyways, I asked Beauty Joy which colours went out in the boxes and the reds were Hopscotch, Playdate, and Boudoir. As far as I can tell, Hopscotch is a much more orange colour so I’m in between the other two. If anyone knows which it might be, let me know in the comments. Either way, I am super excited to have gotten this. Some people received clear polishes so I am happy to have a colour!

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Pharmacopia Verbena Lotion ($2)

A nourishing moisturizer that leaves skin smooth and soft. Enriched with certified organic aloe vera and shea butter to nourish and protect.

This is a nice scented lotion, very citrusy and a little bit floral. It is a thinner consistency but I don’t mind that. I like that it has shea butter in it and apparently this is a Canadian company which is awesome!

The approximate value of the products this month is $48. I am really happy with this box, it is probably my favourite Beauty Joy Box so far.

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.

Naturebox March 2015

Naturebox

Naturebox is an American subscription service that sends out healthy and delicious snacks. There are a couple of different box sizes that you can receive. The monthly deluxe box is $19.95 monthly (plus shipping) and you get 5 full sized bags of snacks. They do have other size options which are: 3 snacks ($13.95 + shipping), 10 snacks ($29.95 + shipping), or 20 snacks ($49.95 + shipping). The shipping for Canadians is $7.95 per box. It used to be $4.95 but the cost went up for some reason when they launched the full site which isn’t the best. With the exchange rate at the moment, the cost can end up being fairly high.

You can sign up for a trial box which is free but you do have to pay the shipping cost. In this trial you will receive 4 different single serving bags of snacks and one full size bag of snacks. After that month, you will be signed up for a recurring monthly subscription but you can cancel anytime. This is my second full size box, let’s see what I got!

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Lemon Tea Biscuits

It’s 4:00pm and you’re ready for afternoon tea. Or maybe it’s only 10:00am and it’s time for that pre-lunch pick-me-up. In either scenario, help yourself to these lightly lemony treats. They’re decadent but they’re bite-sized, so it’s easy to portion them into snack-sized servings. Simply add them to your favorite scalloped saucer and serve them with a steaming cup of freshly-brewed green tea.

These snacks are pretty good! They are a little bit shortbread cookie-ish for my taste but they are nice to have every once in awhile. I really love lemon so I am happy that these are flavoured with lemon.

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Pistachio Power Clusters

There’s no question that it’s important to fuel up after a workout. And after that intense cycling class? You deserve it. Treat yourself to this substantial snack, full of heart-healthy nuts and seasoned with just a pinch of sea salt. Better yet, toss this pouch into your tote before heading out to the gym – your appetite will thank you!

These clusters are jam packed with nuts and not much else! It makes you feel like you really are eating a healthy little snack. I can’t eat more than one or two at a time because they are so dense but I do like these.

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Praline Pumpkin Seeds

It’s raining, it’s pouring, this tasty snack is totally reassuring. Crawl back under the covers, turn on your favorite rainy day movie, and curl up with a bowl of these sweetly crunchy pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin pie-spiced and everything nice, they’ll have you wishing for cuddle weather every day.

These little guys are super tasty! I like pumpkin seeds anyways but the coating on these are delicious. I don’t eat pumpkin pie but my mom said the spices on these seeds tastes just like the seasoning of a pumpkin pie. These have such a nice crunch too, I would gladly have them again!

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Big Island Pineapple

There’s just nothing quite like the sweet bite of tangy pineapple. For a sweet ending to a meal, snack on one or two rings. Better yet, get even more creative and halve them to have handy garnishes for homemade tropical drinks. Cheers to that!

The Big Island Pineapple is the product that always gets hyped when people talk about Naturebox. Since I love pineapple, I had to try it and I am so glad I did! It is absolutely delicious! It is still juicy despite the fact that it is dried and it has a nice chew to it. I absolutely love these!

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Sriracha Rice Crackers

My apologies for not having the actual Naturebox description for these ones, it isn’t on the website at the moment and although it could just be out of stock, I feel like it may be gone for real. If it is gone, than I am a little disappointed because these are ridiculous. These might be my favourite Naturebox snack so far. I just wanted to eat it all the time. They had a bit of spice with a bit of sweetness and just the most awesome texture. They were gone way faster than I wanted them to be because I was sad that they were gone.

Once again I am so happy with my Naturebox and it is not a subscription I can see myself cancelling anytime soon.

If you would like to check out Naturebox for yourself, you can find their website at https://naturebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional images and product descriptions are taken from the Naturebox website. All other pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

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

Valentines Day 2

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

Valentines Day 1

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.