I am THRILLED to receive this Tea Cosmetics Memebox to review. I have no idea how the lovely Memebox people would know that I wanted this, but thanks, memespies–they are real! It was shipped early in September, and I got the backup one only last week.
First of all, I am a huge tea drinker and I think that teas contain many beauty benefits such as antioxidants both consumable and applicable. This natural remedy also calms the skin and on top of that smells good too!
So what is in this box?
There are 4 full-sized products and a whole can of A-true deluxe samples! Whoop whoop~ ♥
I would talk about the A-true first because I missed these in the Minibox #3 and wanted to try them out for so long! I even emailed the rep from A-true to ask where to buy them but they can only offer me samples if I pay for the exorbitant shipping. 😦 Thank you, Memebox!
(Left) Vanilla Black Tea Day Relief Body Wash, 20ml
This smells more vanilla than tea. It is said to relieve stress and yields moisture for smoother, softer skin. The wash lathers just okay and my skin does not feel dry after shower. Loving the vanilla smell a lot (kept sniffing it) and I do believe it is definitely a calming product. This reminds me abit of the Victoria’s Secret’s Vanilla Love but not as perfume-y thanks to the Black Tea notes. Love! Wish you could smell this through the screen. I have only tried this once because I want to save it up for traveling in winter. 😉
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(130,340mg), Lauryl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoylalaninate, Glycerin, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1,200mg), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract(13mg), Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ocimum Basilicum(Basil) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Helichrysum Arenarium Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Sodium Bisulfite, Allantoin, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA
(Right) Sweet Song Black Tea One-Step Cleansing Water, 20ml
The star ingredients of this product is the verbena leaves and orange blossoms. It is highly rich in minerals and vitamins for soft and purified skin. I used about 5 drops of this on a cotton pad and it removes my makeup pretty well, though I needed like 3 cotton pads for the whole face. The cleansing water claims to effectively removes daily makeup, impurities, and even eye and lip makeup. Its hypoallergenic formula uses safe ingredients without leaving any burning sensatons or irritations. This smells is very familiar- like the Blithe Green Patting Water but without the pungent tea tree!
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(258,426mg), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Salix nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Verbena Officinalis Leaf Extract(17.2458mg), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract(2.613mg), Water, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
(Left) White Snow Tea Brilliant Essence, 20ml
On the website it says this “White Tea was once only exclusively reserved for Emperors of China”. Does it make me feel like a royalty? Lol maybe not, but it does feel fab! I love that it moisturizes while evening the skin tone. This could be the milder, better-smelling Asian cousin of Estee Lauder’s Micro Essence as both claims to do practically the same. This also smells milder than the cleansing water (see previous).
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(32,880mg), 1,2-Hexanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Triethylhexanoin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panthenol, Salix nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(13mg), Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyurethane-39, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Propanediol, Fragrance, Water, Disodium EDTA
(Right) Black Tea All Day Long Sun Cream SPF50+PA+++ 10g
The sun cream contains a mix of black tea, orange peels and cinnamon. Don’t be put off by the cinnamon though: It certainly does not smell or feel like cinnamon on the skin! I was skeptical when I first tried this by the pasty look of it but it spreads and disappears like any other creamy moisturizers! Amazing. Other than my Shiseido liquid sunscreen, I have never used another that smells this nice and absorbs without leaving a white cast.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(19,715mg), Cyclopentasiloxane, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Titanium Dioxide, C12-15 Alkyl benzoate, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Glycerin, Niacinamide, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Zinc Oxide, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ozokerite, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aluminium Cunt Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(148mg), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract(5.02mg), Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract(1.67mg), Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, BHT, Panthenol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Perfume
(Bottom) Himalaya Black Watery Gel Cream, 15g
The cream promises to prevent skin damage against environmental elements and deliver all-day moisture for a glowing skin tone. It holds it’s shape as a gel at first but melts into a watery-texture as you spread it. Like the other products, this smells good as well, but it is the most subtle one imho. I like how light it is, and would use this for days where I just want to flaunt my flawless skin. Probably slap on some light BB cream like Hanskin or a simple CC cream and run out to do grocery rounds.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water(66%), Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trehalose, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Betaine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(16,750mg), Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, C14-22 Alcohols, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethylhexanoin, Tromethamine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethiconol, Carbomer, Aqua, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
These samples came in the red can alongside a satchet of black tea (for drinking). If I am to choose a favorite product to repurchase, it would have to be the face sunscreen since it smells the best and would easily make my staple morning routine.
a:t Fox Tea Toc Water Tablet 4g ($2)
This is a one-time use water tablet for facial cleansing. Just drop this into a bowl of warm water and get the best detox experience at pH4.9 (best for the skin!). It is like making a patting water, but with a tea bag. I don’t see how it is practical to spend $2 per cleansing but I’m privileged to try this out. Maybe it is a Korean thing to use a basin for cleansing. I wonder if they would make a no cleanse cleansing water in the future (sort of like a waterless hand sanitizer)! That would be nice for a lazy person like me hehe.
This product appeared in a previous memebox before.
a:t Fox Gyoolpy Tea Fresh Water 100ml ($10)
Another a:t Fox product is this facial mist that soothes the dry skin. This is one from the Gyoolpy series previously featured in the Cute Wishlist 1 Memebox! It can also be used as a toner/ makeup fixer. I think this mist is pretty mild and it does the job. I might mix this with the Blithe patting water as well since they are both tea-based. Unfortunately I can only understand a small fraction of the ingredients, so I am trying my luck here and will do a small spritz to patch-test it.
Check out the product page here
The Skin House Lavender Lightening Emulsion, 120ml ($40)
This is probably the most expensive product in the box. It smells lovely–of lavender! ♥ This deserves some raves since it is light and moisturizing. An emulsion is basically a colloidal suspension of a liquid in another liquid. It spreads like water but pumps out as a whitish gel-cream.
They also have a whole Lavender range and this is just the first step after cleansing!
If you would have paid $30 for this box and gotten this, the rest are just free with purchase! I love how we can get such a high value for so little. Great job, Memepeople o(╥﹏╥)o !
e choice Fermented Tea Skin Drinks Sleeping Pack, 70g ($2)
Err..not sure if it is a typo but maybe $2 for a supermarket-store-standard travel size sleeping pack sounds about right. This is not exactly HG but it does contain some lovely ingredients I adore like jasmine, rose, chamomile, green tea and white tea extracts. It works for when your skin is sensitive and needed a sleeping pack/ moisturizer that isn’t too heavy. Just rinse off with warm water the next morning to get that rested look.
This box is a must-have. While it is not as highly valued as other boxes, it is packed with things to try and I love it! The A-true and lavender emulsion smell so good. I would be rushing for the next tea box if there would ever be a sequel.
Do check out the other available memeboxes here and use my promo codes. These are good till the end of October and gives a discount of $5 off all orders (good for one use each).