Have you ever looked at your skincare collection and thought "Man, this stuff just isn't weird enough"? I generally don't find myself thinking that, but when Memebox OMG Box #3 showed up on my doorstep I couldn't help but get a bit excited too see what sorts of delightful oddities might be within. Living large! Living on the edge! Livin' la vida loca! Or something.
Before I get into the contents of the box, here's how Memebox works: Memebox (pronounced mi-mi-box) is a non-subscription beauty box service and online shop based in Korea. Every month Memebox releases several new beauty boxes that customers can purchase as they like. They ship to over 50 counties—check here for the complete list. At the moment they offer several different general types of boxes:
- Memebox Global Box: The "classic" version of Memebox, priced at $23 + shipping. A mixture of mystery deluxe samples and/or full-sized products.
- Memebox Special Box: Mystery deluxe samples and/or full-sized products curated around a theme. Prices vary but many of them are also $23 + shipping.
- Superbox: Made up exclusively of full-sized items curated around a specific theme or brand. Prices vary.
- Lucky Box: Mystery selections from past Memeboxes, priced at $23 + shipping. These only pop up once in a while.
OMG Box #3 is part of a series of several boxes featuring products with unusual ingredients or usage methods. This edition sold for $29 plus shipping—here's the description:
"For the 3rd time, Memebox has searched near and far to bring you the weirdest, the coolest, and most eye-brow raising beauty trends in all of Korea. From bizarre and nutty ingredients to inventive cosmetics trends, the latest addition to the OMG series will bring even the most daring beauty devils to their knees! Here, shop for a box full of weirdly awesome beauty products that might change your life, and your makeup wardrobe. Plus, this OMG 3 Box will be a great conversation starter – after dinner, of course."
They got the "after dinner" part right—you'll see why in a minute.
Tosowoong Platinum Pore Tightening Pack (150ml, value $19):
This is a wash-off mask pack meant to "control oil slicks and dull skin from blackhead overload." It's formulated with platinum gold powder (fancy?) and tea tree oil. My face isn't exactly overloaded with blackheads, but I did test this on my nose (which can get a bit oily):
Um yes, that color is a bit... frightening. Dried blood meets... well... I don't have to say it. In terms of efficacy, I did find that it had some oil controlling properties, though personally I didn't care for the scent (smells sort of perfumey and bitter herbal at the same time?) It makes for awesomely terrifying selfies though.
OMG- worthy? That color is horrifying, so yes.
Migabee Bee Venom & Honey Cream (50ml, value $54):
A rich moisturizing ream formulated with honey, propolis, royal jelly, and bee venom. Bee-tastic! This is the only item from OMG Box #3 Stan or I haven't tried yet, but the list of star ingredients is very promising. Based on my visual inspection, this seems to be a richer cream suitable for dry skin or anti-aging purposes. I will certainly be giving it a shot once my current jar-o-cream is depleted!
OMG-worthy? Not really because I feel like I'm used to seeing bee venom products, but I am interested in trying it so no biggie.
On the Body Makgeolli Soap (85g, value $12):
A cleansing bar made with makgeolli extracts. For those unfamiliar, makgeolli is a traditional Korean drink that is essentially a fermented rice wine. It's a bit milky/cloudy in color and supposedly is more "healthy" than other alcohols since it's unfiltered—that means that some of the natural lactic acid and fiber from the rice and wheat it's made of stay in the finished product, as well as beneficial bacteria from fermentation. In terms of how well that concept translates to this bar of soap... I'm not sure yet. I've been testing it out as a body cleanser but it's too soon to comment on results! The scent is interesting though—I don't think I've ever actually tasted makgeolli so I'm not sure how it compares to the real thing, but it has a very faint, almost sweet scent. Think fermented butterscotch. I kind of like it?
OMG-worthy? Not quite gasp-worthy, but I am intrigued by the concept of makgeolli skincare.
Tonymoly Delight Tint Crayon in 06 Neon Pink (2.8g, value $8):
The Memebox info card says "TonyMoly presents you with the one and only Delight Tint Crayon that makes your lips glow-in-the-dark! It shows as a lovely pink under the daylight, but under the strobe lights, your lip will turn into a hot neon pink!"
Ooh, so does that mean this is UV reactive? I feel like I've been saying this a LOT recently, but maaaaan I need a blacklight to test stuff like this. On it's own, the crayon is a very bright bubblegum pink:
I was able to wear it out in public without getting weird stares, but it certainly is bright.
OMG-worthy? If it actually glows in the dark then yes, I'd say so!
Skymilk Cleomee Three-Layer Perfume Donkey Oil Mist (100ml, value $59):
This is a fragranced moisturizing body mist made with donkey milk and donkey oil. Yeah, donkey oil. I'll admit that that concept grossed me out a bit, but I suspect it is actually quite an effective product for applying a light (but rich) layer of moisture. As you can see above the different ingredients settle into pretty layers (salad dressing!), but when you're ready to use it you're supposed to shake it up and mix them all together. Then it looks a bit something like this:
Stan was like "oooooooooh donkey oil" when I described this to him, so I let him have it for testing purposes. Here's his first impressions video:
So wonderfully awkward.
OMG-worthy? Yes. And let's wait until after dinner to talk about where donkey oil comes from.
Total value: Approximately $152
The OMG #3 box promised "bizarre and nutty ingredients" and "eyebrow-raising beauty trends" and I think it delivered on that. While I didn't necessarily love every single product, I certainly found myself saying "What in the..." as I was opening it, so mission accomplished. In terms of what I did like, the makgeolli soap is a standout and I also have very high hopes for the Migabee cream. If that tuns out to be a winner then that makes the whole box more than worth it!
All of the OMG boxes are sold out at the moment, but you can browse what is currently available here. And keep your eyes peeled because Memebox may release another box of this type at some point!
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What do you think of OMG Box #3? If you got this box yourself, which items did you like the most (or least)?
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