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06 November, 2014

Memebox Superbox #55 - Free From Oil & Trouble 4: Review & Unboxing

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Calling all oily-skinned folks and fellow acne-sufferers! Today I have a pretty awesome Memebox to show you—more specifically, the fourth installment in their "Free From Oil & Troubles" series. Want to know why I think it's so great? Keep reading ....

Memebox Superbox #55 - Free From Oil & Trouble 4: Review & Unboxing

Here are some Memebox basic for the uninitiated: 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.

Superbox #55 - Free From Oil & Troubles 4 sold for $32 and was, as one would expect, stuffed with full-sized products. Woo! FYI, in Korean beauty lingo "troubles" often refers to acne. Full disclosure: I would describe my skin more as combination that straight-up oily, but I'll try to be as objective as possible. Let's get started!


The Skin House Dr. Clear Magic Toner (130ml, value $25):

The Skin House Dr. Clear Magic Toner

This is a toner in a spray bottle (convenient!) that's meant to balance and soothe oily or sensitive skin. The formula includes witch hazel and tea tree and a variety of other botanical extracts, plus some moisturizing agents. The scent is sort of fruity ... it's difficult for me to put my finger on the exact scent, but it's pleasant. My skin isn't super-duper oily this time of year so it's hard for me to gauge its sebum-controlling properties, but it is indeed rather soothing! I like it.


Benenet Herb & Bee A.C. Control Serum (60ml, value $38):


Benenet Herb & Bee A.C. Control Serum

This serum is formulated with bee venom and a variety of other herbal extracts, including eucalyptus, sophora root, grapefruit, citron, and clove flower. Bee venom is not something I have much personal experience with, but it's actually well-known as a skin-repairing ingredient, so this is quite an interesting serum indeed.


Insobeau Acne Blemish Spot Solution (15ml, value $20):

Insobeau Acne Blemish Spot Solution

This is a dual-phase liquid/powder calamine product designed to diminish blemishes. Not sure how easy this is to tell from the photo, but do you see how the left side is thicker and the right side is more watery? The left is the "powder" and the right is the "liquid". Normally the powder would be on the bottom, but I put this on its side before I took the photo. :P Anyway, I'm pointing this out because you're NOT supposed to mix the layers prior to use—just dip a cotton bud all the way down to the powder and apply a generous layer to your blemishes. I've used something like this in the past and it worked well, so I'm very excited about this product!


Pro You Aroma AC Cream (60g, value $54):

Pro You Aroma AC Cream

This cream supposedly has sebum-controlling properties and is made with a variety of essential oils and herbal extracts designed to soothe skin. I haven't tried this myself because I tend to go for richer creams around this time of year—has anyone reading tried it? Is it more on the creamy or gel-like side? Curious minds are curious.


Lindsay Linzy Egg Pack (60g, value $12):

Lindsay Linzy Egg Pack

OK, first of all, this product is adorable. Housed in the mini carton pictured above are two little egg-shaped soaps:


They look almost like real eggs. Magical. Uh, anyway, you're supposed to use these as part of a two-step routine: First lather your face with the white egg (which is made from egg whites and witch hazel). Next you do the brown egg, which is made with red clay and NMF. The white egg is meant to cleanse pores to reduce blackheads and whatnot, and the brown egg is meant to temporarily tighten pores for a smoother-looking complexion. Sounds like a rather thorough cleansing routine!


ideeB Goodbye Oil Pact (12g, value $12):

ideeB Goodbye Oil Pact
 
A cute little translucent powder pact. I think it was smart of Memebox to put something like this in the box, as a lot of us use powder or tissues to mattify our shiny spots throughout the day. Anyway the compact is small, but still manages to hold a generously-sized mirror and applicator puff:


As for the texture, I LOVE IT! It doesn't look chalky and it feels super-silky on the skin. This will definitely go in my purse makeup bag.


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Total value: Approximately $161
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Overall impressions:

I think this was a well-curated box—all of the items fit well with the theme and a variety of product types were covered. We got a cleanser, toner, serum, cream, spot treatment and powder—pretty much a whole basic routine! Well done Memebox, well done.

Superbox #55 is sold out now, but if you have oily/troubled skin you may be interested in their Tea Tree Cosmetics box, which is still available at the time of posting this. Not to mention a bunch of other boxes! This isn't specifically related to oily/acne-prone skin, but I'm sort of tempted to get the Pumpkin Pie Cosmetics box. Happy holidays, face!


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What do you think of Memebox Superbox #55 - Free From Oil & Trouble 4? If you got this box, which items did you love (or hate) the most?

Disclosure: The Memebox featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.
 

13 comments:

  1. Very cool box! Love the curated items! Etude House has something similar to that acne potion and if it is anything like that, it should be amazing! The value in the Memeboxes always seems to be so jam-packed with stuff I sort of wonder how they manage to stay in business!


    Thanks for the post!


    Tiff | AMtoPM

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  2. This is a great box for people with oily skin. I don't know why but over the past year or so my face has become more and more oily! Its so annoying. That egg carton face system is so cute!

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  3. I got this box too and I love it! The bee venom serum kind of scares me, but I'm willing to try it. I'm going to use the AC Cream tonight too, so I'll let you know what I think of it.

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  4. Looks like a good box. I have oily skin. :( The Insobeau Acne Blemish Spot Solution reminds me of something Etude House did a while ago. I forget the name, but it did work well.

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  5. Oh, I love these products! The serum with bee venom sounds like something I would try. Those egg soaps are just too cute. This is so adorable!

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  6. I think there are a few brands with a similar acne pink potion - hopefully this one works just as well! :)

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  7. My skin was pretty clear for most of my 20s, but when I was around 27 or so I started getting tons of breakouts again. Who knows why. But your skin can change as you can get older!

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  8. I have a Mario Badescu one from Ulta. I seem to have the Wrong Kind of Acne as my general ongoing issue but when I get little surface breakouts it's great.

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  9. Haha very good idea! And yeah, I kind of don't want to use the eggs just because they're so precious-looking. Also I'm not sure how to store them once they're wet, because the carton is made of cardboard...

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  10. Wrong Kind of Acne = cystic acne? If so, I feel your pain. I tried a sample of the Mario Badescu one and it seemed to work pretty well for surface breakouts.

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  11. I had no issues with the bee serum! Lol, thankfully. The AC Cream is okay. I'm curious to see if it reduces sebum over time, but I'm not hopeful. Nothing against the product, I've just never been able to find anything that really regulated my oily skin.

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  12. I would be (pleasantly) surprised if a topical product could really cut oil long-term. I do have to say though, I've been using the powder that came in this box and it keeps my nose un-shiny for a pretty long time relative to other powders! Not bad at all.

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  13. Yep, cystic acne. At 46 I am just so over it, but sadly my skin isn't.

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