Memebox Oriental Medicine- a quick review

 

I am privileged enough to get the Memebox Oriental Medicine! It was sold out and was one of the boxes from the three (Whole Grain, Oriental Medicine and Milk)-themed series which became a hit as they were sort of like a breakaway from what memebox normally did at that time.

[note: Mind you, Memebox is such an innovative company, this was just about a month ago. Now they have like a gazillion newly-themed boxes so check them out here!]

 

I know this review is a tad late, but I got to try some of the products rather than just blindly posting about an unboxing without swatching, smelling, observing or tasting it…

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This box came in an express package tru DHL and I swear they are like the best folks because they reposted my box a couple of times while I was out. Okay, on to the box!

Info card as usual;

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I just love Oriental stuff firstly because I have stayed in Asia when I was younger, and also because I can’t get these babies here. You know it is more precious when it is rare.

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The products in their respective packagings are huge! I was wondering if they are all full-sized— and they are!! except for the Donginbi deluxe samples.

 

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Unpacked.

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Aren’t they just gorgeous? I can’t read half of these, but thanks to the info card I can at least figure out some.

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First item (or two) are the Purederm Korean Herb Masks (19ml each at $2) and I got the;
1. “Soo-an” Moisturizing Korean Herb Mask for dry skin
2. “Jung-an” Refining Korean Herb Mask for oily & combi skin

I guess I can always use this with another friend who has a different problem…and so I did!
They did feel a little soapy for my liking, but they smelled mild and lovely. I didn’t see much difference (probably not after one use anyways) and neither did my friend. Otherwise, masks are always fun for pajama parties.

 

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I love serums, and you have to agree with me that this one is an exciting addition to the box. Wonder+ Serum?? Two of my favourite words in beauty.

The D’Ran Wonder Serum is 30ml and costs $30 according to Memebox. It is packed with Asian miracles such as ginseng, black hoof and a bunch of other Latin herb names I can’t recognize. But hey, proof is in the result, no? I tried this alternately with my Cantella Ampoule (O&T box) and I can tell my skin is loving me atm. Not sure if it is just that skin-friendly time of the month.

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Verdict: I love this. It smells oriental alright and there is a protective cap that comes with it. Extra points! I probably need more tries to proof it’s efficacy.

 

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These twins are the only ones I have not thoroughly tried. They remind me of the mini Botanic Hill essence and oil we received back then from memebox!–but it’s Asian cousin.

The Donginbi- Donginbidam Red Ginseng Aqua Oil & Aqua Pack Essence are both 5ml samples prices approximately at $9 and $18 respectively. It is said that this brand is a super premium brand found only in Korean beauty department stores to quote memebox exactly.

They smell great (as with all the rest). I think it is an acquired scent, sort of like if you can tolerate licorice if you loved it since your tender days. I know I can.

 

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Next is a favourite among memeaddicts: the Shib Jang Ceng – Chun Ji Heang hand cream which contains 80ml of products and is $17. Placebo or not, I think I need to finish it to decide. They claim to have added the 110-year-old wild ginseng extract in (holy!).

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Texture-wise, it is not as annoying as some shea butter hand creams I have tried. It smells of chinese drug stores which transports me back in time (yep, I keep repeating this but I LOVE!).

 

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The Hanhui CC cream (50ml, $30) reminds me alot about the Nabi CC cream from Holika Holika. Same texture and color, and they both adapt to your skin after awhile, but leaves a slight powdery cast. I am still not sold on CC creams, because so far I have been using them like primers.

Since this one has ginseng, cactus extracts and galactomyces fermented extracts, I guess it is worth a long-term trial to see whether or not it will brighten my complexion and make imperfections perfect as it claims. 3 uses ain’t enough imho.

 

The Memebox Oriental Medicine total up to $81 excluding the two deluxe samples ($27). I think it is worth a try as we don’t often come across these in our standard Western beauty products store.. or even online stores!

Memebox offers codes on their site for multiple purchases and they also have value sets.

You may also use the following promo codes;

 588KKYR9G4 – $5 discount on any memebox order. (Valid date : July 1st ~ end of July, limit to one time per customer.)
EJPWG5 – $5 off any pruchase. Valid until the end of July.

or head to this memebox-dedicated page for more bonuses and links to boxes.
Happy memeshopping!

 

 

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Review: Makeup bases

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Today I would like to do a quick comparison on a CC cream, BB cream and a mixed formulation. To do that, I have employed the different representative of each: The Holika Holika Nabi Cream (CC cream), Tony Moly BCDation (mixed), Dr. Jart Black Label Detox Healing (BB cream) and also my favourite oil blotter, The Kose Super Clean Tissue.

As you might have already read on the blogosphere about…

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Review: Makeup bases- a comparison

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Today I would like to do a quick comparison on a CC cream, BB cream and a mixed formulation. To do that, I have employed the different representative of each: The Holika Holika Nabi Cream (CC cream), Tony Moly BCDation (mixed), Dr. Jart Black Label Detox Healing (BB cream) and also my favourite oil blotter, The Kose Super Clean Tissue.

As you might have already read on the blogosphere about these makeup bases, there is no need for extra introduction. Recently, the popular Korean beauty show Get It Beauty has introduced the fact that CC creams are more water-based compared to BB creams and hence does not cause oiliness or unwanted shine. How true is this?

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It is universally known that CC creams provide minimal coverage, apply smoother and less shiny as compared to BB creams. Here on my forearm in descending order is Dr Jart (DRJ) – BCDation (BCD)- Nabi cream (NABI). I will abbreviate it this way as I go along.

As you can see from the initial swatch, the DRJ is greyish compared to the BCD that has yellow undertone. The NABI remains lavender-ish.

 

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They all spread well, with BCD being a tad runnier compared to DRJ. The NABI feels somewhat in between the consistency of BCD and DRJ and leaves a powdery finish on your skin.

 

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Not sure if you can see from this picture…obviously the DRJ covers best, and the BCD and NABI are almost similar in terms of coverage. The problem with these three bases are that if you don’t exfoliate well, there are of course more obvious dry patches on your skin.

 

So what about staying matte / fresh and dewy all day long? I put them through the infamous blotting paper test;

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Initially.. (top to bottom: NABI- BCD- DRJ)

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As you can see, the CC cream is less oily compared to the BB creams so the researchers of GIB was right. However, this does not mean the CC creams are better. If you have oily/combi skin to begin with, the CC cream might not be of great help… always keep a mist, blotter and finishing powder in your bag for touch ups.

I would say the CC creams are great for oily but clear skin (which is freakin rare alright) and the BB creams for those who wants more coverage, but don’t want to look all cakey with thick foundation.

I am not a fan of the BCDation (got this sample from a memebox) and is still searching for my holy grail CC/BB cream. There is just too much to try!!!