Memebox – Secret Key Premium Red Edition

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The blurb:

‘SECRETKEY is back & this time, it’s decked out in Valentine’s Day colors – red & pink!’

This is the second version of a Secret Key Value Set that they did (I think) and this one was apparently themed around the colours of Valentines Day (or perhaps more romantically and less commercially, also the colours of the marriage equality symbol!).

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As this was likely to be the only ‘Valentine’ I would get this year I decided to treat myself, having already tried one of the products before and really enjoyed it. This box cost $35 including shipping (£22.70 approx) and contained 6 products (3 sheet masks count as one) at a Memevalue of $156 (£101.10 approx) ….not at all bad, but obviously the products can be found cheaper elsewhere as usual.

The Box

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The Brand

After a bit of judicious googling I found the Secret Key website, which is very lovely and in keeping with their ethos of ‘cosmetics which have nature in‘.

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They promise to – always pursue healthy beauty, to always supply customers with high quality products at a reasonable price, use natural and environmentally friendly ingredients which can be used safely for every skin type and they will continuously support the environment campaign to leave a clean and beautiful environment for our descendants.

That sounds pretty damn good to me!

The company logo (at the top of the page) represents the following:

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(Source: Secret Key Brand brief)

Secret Key makes a wide range of products arranged into different product lines. I have used some of the different lines before. I especially like the Lemon D Toc Peeling gel.

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The Contents

1. Super Plumping Jelly Cream
Full Size Product: 50ml ($38.40 / £24.90)
This super plumping jelly cream will erase the years off your face.  Facial contours appear plumper and newly defined, lines and wrinkles look nicely smoothed, and skin is moisturised to perfection.  Over time, skin’s strength, resiliency and volume appear renewed and you’ll see a remarkably younger, revitalized look.
– Contains the 10 best super foods in the world ~ Salmon Egg, Blueberry, Orange, Sweet Almond fruit, Broccoli     and Pumpkin.
– It is a jelly-type Cream and helps to keep your skin supple.
– It contains beta-glucan which is good for moisturizing and repairing the skin.
– Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is especially helpful keeping moisture in your skin.
– Whitening and Wrinkle Improvement  – It is a dual functional Cream.
– Adenosine helps to improve reduction of wrinkles.
– Niacinamide inhibits producing melanin in the skin so helps to keep the skin clean and clear.
– 5 Free – does not contain  paraben, mineral oil, benzophenone, phenoxyethanol animal oil or alcohol.

This product, along with their Let me Know CC Cream, passed the US FDA stability testing in 2013.

How to use: After washing or basic skin care, dispense an appropriate amount and apply evenly along the skin texture. If you feel dry on the skin, apply it more than usual and then go to bed. You can apply it not only on the face but also on the neck.

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Ingredients: in Korean but the key ones are Niacinamide, Adenosine, Beta Glucan, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Extract of Salmon egg, Blueberry, Orange, Sweet Almond Fruit, Broccoli and Pumpkin.

My Thoughts

I managed to get a pot of this in a sale in the UK Meme Facebook Group last year and finished it a few weeks ago. This Jelly was the main reason that I bought this box. It comes in a heavy bottomed glass jar with a little spatula (although I did not get the spatula last time, that was not a problem as I used it fairly quickly and always with clean hands). It was a bit difficult to extract with your fingers though, due to the jelly like wobbly texture, so I would advise using the spatula!

When you warm it in your hands prior to applying, the gel turns into more of a water based essence texture and applies to your skin easily and quickly.

I really enjoyed using this. It isn’t wonderful for underneath makeup on skin as oily as mine, as although it is not greasy at all it does make your skin shine (the desired look for a Korean girl I understand) so I used it as my daily moisturiser on days when I wouldn’t be wearing makeup (most of the week at the moment) and it functioned perfectly well in that capacity.

What I absolutely loved about this product was the texture and cooling feeling that it gave to my skin. It is just an absolute delight to use. It absorbed fast and well and as I said, did not feel at all greasy (I hate that!). I am not opening this one yet as I am going to save it for the summer due to the aforementioned cooling refreshing ability but this is the promotional picture of the texture and look of the gel cream.

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The gel cream smells a little bit floral but only mildly to me. I really missed this one when I finished it and I think that it contributed very well to the more polished, tightened appearance of my skin over the past few months. I don’t really have many wrinkles for it to try out those claims on but I definitely did not see any new ones appearing and my skin felt moisturised and hydrated at all times. It may not be moisturising enough for those with drier, more dehydrated skins and you may need additional moisture if using this.

This product is widely available in the usual places at very good prices. Beauty Net Korea / f2plus1 (their ebay account) at the best price about $14.99 (£9.70) with free postage; Korea Depart and Tester Korea,

2. Super Plumping Gel Oil
Full Size Product: 30ml ($42 / £27.25)
Super Plumping Gel Oil has a three layer system – 1st layer: refreshing gel, 2nd layer: hydrating moisture lock, 3rd layer: nourishing oil – to combat dryness and signs of aging.
The refreshing gel transforms into a hydrating liquid upon contact and turns into a non-sticky oil texture to better absorb into the skin.  The unique formula is made with salmon egg extract, blueberry, orange and to provide 24 hour hydration, anti-aging benefits, skin brightening and skin resiliency. It is a skin friendly product for sensitive skin.

How to use: After facial wash, apply appropriate amount on skin and spread gently.
Using right after facial wash: Lightweight instant moisturising
After essence or mixed with cream: prolonged deep moisturising and nourishing
Mixed with basic makeup cosmetics: if mixed with BB cream or foundation, it enhances adherence and moisturising. To bed, you can apply it not only on the face, but also on the neck.

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Ingredients: in Korean but the key ones are Niacinamide, Adenosine, Beta Glucan, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Extract of Salmon egg, Blueberry, Orange, Sweet Almond Fruit, Broccoli and Pumpkin.

My Thoughts

I am intrigued to see how this differs to the Jelly. As far as I can tell, the main difference will be the delivery mechanism / the texture – rather than from gel to watery essence, this one goes from gel to oil. That sounds to me like it will be richer and more moisturising, perhaps one for the night time in the summer rather than the day … for me at least. I would not be thinking about mixing it with a BB or foundation as they suggest, that would be a recipe for a very shiny face indeed! Flashbacks to high school?

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I think I will try the second suggestion, after essence and probably before my cream but not every night – we shall see and I may be back with an update!

I do very much enjoy facial oils. Despite having oily skin, I know that they can often really suit my skin and give me a glow that I don’t get from bog standard moisturising creams. I am enjoying the one by IOPE at the moment and have already bought a back up of that one.

This is what it looks like in action (not my hand .. mines a hell of a lot paler than that!):

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Yeah, I’m not going to be throwing confetti at my face to see if it sticks either 😉

This is available to buy from Beauty Net Korea at $13.41 (£8.70) with free shipping; f2plus1 and Korea Depart.

3. Starting Treatment Eye Cream
Full size product: 30g ($26.40/ £17.10)
This is a special and concentrated treatment for the weak eye area. It helps the sensitive skin around the eye to be elastic and revitalised, providing plentiful moisture to the area and creating a moisture barrier that helps the skin be moist all of the time. It also has a double functioning component: anti wrinkle and whitening. It will also calm down irritated and exhausted skin around the eyes. It is very suitable for sensitive and weak skin as it contains no stimulating ingredients.

How to use: Release appropriate amount onto the skin and and pat until absorbed.

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Ingredients (They were on the inside of the box!!):
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Niacinamide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose, Distearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Butyrosperum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Adenosine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ceramide 3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

My Thoughts

I am very happy to get an eye treatment with galactomyces as a main ingredient. I have another in my stash by Purebess to use as well and it will be interesting to compare the two. I am using the IOPE eye cream at the moment, which I am very much enjoying – much more visible results than the Pro You one I was using before it.

I therefore won’t be opening this for a while as I am aware of the speeded up expiry once a product is opened. The texture of the cream looks like this – very gel cream like, nice and light:

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This is available to buy at Beauty Net Korea for $7.20 (£4,70) with shipping included and the other usual suspects (but for more money!).

4. Berry Milk Hand Cream
Full Size Product: 60ml ($8.40 / £5.40 approx)
This is a hand cream made with donkey milk and 3 different kinds of berries, which moisturise and smooth the skin and nails. It also contains hyaluronic acid which creates a moisture protection layer, keeping skin healthy and moisturised and collagen which improves the moisture levels and skin elasticity as well as being smoothing at the same time. It is meant to penetrate deep into the skin without leaving it feeling heavy or sticky.

How to use: After washing hands or whenever feeling dry, release appropriate amount on the back of hands, nails and fingers. It is recommended to apply whenever the hands are feeling dry.

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Ingredients:
in Korean, but the important components are Donkey Milk, Hyaluronic Acid, Water Soluble Collagen, Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackberry.

My Thoughts

The blurb on the front is in English – Donkey Milk is rich in essential fatty acids, minerals and other nutrients (and) has the most similar structure to human breast milk, and it’s active ingredients quickly and gently permeate through the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and moisturised without irritating the sensitive or dry skin. It also protects the skin by maintaining the balance between moisture and oil in the skin, keeping it soft, smooth and supple all day long.

A demonstration on how to milk a donkey, in case you hadn’t guessed:

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I have traditionally really badly neglected my hands. From years rooting around in the soil, dust and mud (Archaeology) to a desk job and just never really having the time or inclination, I have pretty much left them to get on with it themselves. I gave up wearing nail varnish years back, mainly because it never stayed on anyway so there wasn’t any point.

When I discovered Memebox, I also rediscovered the joy of pampering a much neglected part of my body. One of my boxes last year, From Jeju, had the most wondrous hand cream in it. It smelt lovely and sank in like a dream. Unfortunately all dreams must come to an end, right? (Right? Memebox??). I finished the tube…….

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Luckily, I can obtain this miraculous cream online but in the meanwhile I am trying out other products to discover whether that one was a fluke or whether my hands were just crying out for moisture from any source. So far my experiments have been a failure … that one cream is still the holy grail …..but now I have this one to try, could it be??

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hmmm …. one small problem there, we all know what happens when seeking the holy grail…

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Again as I haven’t yet opened this (fear?), here is the promo picture to show the texture:

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You can buy not one but two of these potential HG’s at Beauty Net Korea for $7.20 (£4.70), including shipping. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

5. Sweet Glam Tint Glow (Fuschia / Pussia Purple)
Full Size: 3.5g ($33.60 / £21.80)
This is a lipstick that moisturises like a lipbalm, due to it containing Lanolin oil which has a strong moisturising effect. It provides a natural and soft colour, that lasts a long time without stickiness. It forms a protective film on the lips and provides a glossy natural effect. It can be layered for a stronger look or applied once for a slight glow.

How to Use: Apply to lips as needed. Can be used under, or in place of lipstick or lip gloss.

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My Thoughts

It looks very vibrant in the photograph but is actually a sheer pretty glossy purple-y pink in real life.  I have worn this and it was very easy to wear, felt comfortable and stayed moist. The colour was a little too pale for my lips though, however many coats I applied. This is the theory:

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and this is the colour selection available – I think I would have preferred the Burgundy shade for my colouring, but at least it wasn’t the orange one!.

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I may apply it over a tint next time (like the Skin Factory one I will review next perhaps?) just to give it a bit of a boost.

This is a swatch on my skin (very pale!), with the leftover tint from the Skin Factory tattoo tint above (please ignore .. they are pretty similar though!):

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The full range is available at BNK (Beauty Net Korea) for $9 each inc shipping (£5.80 approx).

6. Snail + EGF Repairing Mask Pack x 3
Full Size Product: 20g each ($7.20 for 3 / £4.70)
Tightening / Brightening / Moisturising / Restoring / Soothing.
These masks have a dual function essence that has Whitening & Wrinkle diminishing properties including over 90% of yeast ferment filtrate.  They also contain filtered extract of snail and ingredients of EGF, which will make your damaged skin look much healthier and smoother. This concentrate type of essence will revive the healthy skin rhythm keeping the skin moist and with a clear tone.  This Essence with rich nutrition will help improve the condition of your skin and provide continuous moisturising effects after application so that your skin can remain healthy and hydrated.

They have 7 intensive results of Hydration, Resilience, Brightening, Wrinkle diminishing, Soothing, Rearranging skin texture, and Anti-oxidation.

How to use: After washing face and applying toner, open the pouch and unfold the mask gently. (For sensitive skin test it on the back of your hand first before applying on the face), Place the mask onto the face and adjust to fit the shape of your face. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. After removal, tap the rest of the essence into the skin gently to make sure it is all absorbed properly.

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Ingredients:
in Korean but the key ones are Snail Mucin (Chondrotin Sulfate), Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Albutin, Adenosine, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract , Grapefruit extract and Rosemary Leaf Extract. It also contains rhEGF, which helps skin firming.

My Thoughts

I have actually tried one of these masks as I also received one just before this in a new mask subscription pouch by the very wonderful MaskGenie. This mask was one of 10 included in the January subscription pouch (I also have the Feb), both of which I will be writing up very soon (and promise to be a lot quicker with the March one!).

Sheet masks are all pretty similar. It is rare to find either a really terrible or a really amazing one. This was one of the good but not amazing ones. The fit was a bit off (after all everyone’s face shape is different). There were huge gaps at either side of the nose and the mask was incredibly wide on me with excess folds at the cheeks (I don’t have a narrow face!).

The mask did not smell of much and had a decent amount of essence soaked into it. I invariably always fall asleep when I have a sheet mask on and I did when I tried this out, when I woke up some hours later it was bone dry and even the essence that is usually left in the pouch (there always seems to be plenty with a lot of brands) was non existent.
The mask left my skin feeling comfortable and clear but it was not luxurious or special in any way. I did compare it unfavourably with the Benton Snail Bee Mask, which has a similar function.

Having said that, I am happy to have another three as I use masks at least a few times a week and it is great to have some standard useful ones of different types for when your skin has different needs.

These can be bought at BNK for $5.40 for 3 with free shipping (£3.50).

7. Teeny tiny Starting Treatment Essence 7ml
Full Size Product: 155ml (not sure on full retail or Meme price)
This is another Galactomyces based essence, similar to the ones I have mentioned before in my previous post on the Elizavecca Value Set. I think that this one is a bit different in that it is not solely a Galactomyces essence but contains other goodies as well. It contains the yeast proteins at 50% and also Vitamins B1, B2, Niacin and Folic Acid. It is supposed to have these advantages: anti wrinkle, whitening, elasticity, soothing, moisturising, sebum control and keeping the skins texture trim (firm?). Contains no parabens, mineral oil, benzophenone, alcohol, animal oil, artificial colour or artificial fragrance.

How to use: As the first step in skin care after cleansing. Apply onto a cotton pad or hands and then to your face, patting softly and evenly.

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Ingredients:
in Korean, key ones are Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Albutin, Adenosine, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract , Grapefruit extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Witch Hazel Extract,  Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Ground Cherry Fruit Extract, Chopi Tree (Japanese Pepper Tree) Fruit Extract.

My Thoughts

I do like getting surprises, however diddy. This little bottle will contain at least a few applications though and will be very useful when I write a short comparison post for various types of Galactomyces based essences. It is also amazingly cute 🙂

The full size is available at BNK for $16.11 inc shipping (£10.40 approx).

Conclusion

I really like this box and will use everything in it. The lipstick may need to be used on top of something else but I am interested in checking out the darker colour. It was a well put together selection of products but I feel a bit like the red/pink theme was just a bit arbitrary and it could have just have been a ‘Season 2’ box like the Elizavecca  and perhaps had a bit of variation in the cream / oil being from different ranges. Having said that, I am pleased that they didn’t as these are the ones that I know suit my skin so far.

Any questions or comments about this box or any other please don’t hesitate to ask, Skin Factory next!

……and remember to watch out for those vicious bunnies on the route to finding your holy grail products…..

Charlotte x

Memebox Winter Essential Masks

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This will be the final ‘whole’ Memebox that I will review as the ones I received prior to this are quite frankly all over the place, some parts in use, some in other lovely people’s homes as a result of swaps or sales and some gone to the ether that is the empties pile. Not to worry though as I still have a shitload of value sets and then lots of individual products to review – I’ll even venture out of K Beauty!

If you want to know one major thing about me it is that I LOVE masks – any kind of masks……all kinds of masks! Not as much as I love bunnies (that’s a given and for evidence of how right that is please see the bonus Billy picture at the end) but they are pretty high up there and therefore I would always want to purchase a mask box, however angry I am with a company at the time.

I bought this on the 18th December when it was released and although it wasn’t shipped until the 23rd, I received it on the 5th of January, so not too bad for holiday posting time. The box cost $23 + 6.99 shipping (approx £19.50) and has a Memevalue of $72 (£46.80) for 6 different types of products.

This was one of the boxes sadly absent one of the invaluable information cards and the information was all online and is still there (here) at the moment but who knows for how much longer, as the site continues to change.

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This is the marketing blurb that drew me in (not really .. I’ve said before I don’t read these but MASKSSSSS!!)

Box Description

The winter season is the most festive time of the year, filled with holiday parties and homeward travels. While winter wonderland may be all fun and games for the mind and soul, it’s not the same story for the skin! During the winter season, your skin needs more lovin’, especially with the constant switching between moisture-sucking indoor heating to frigid cold outdoor temperatures. The harsh environment leaves skin dull, flaky, and as dry-as-a-desert. No matter how much makeup and moisturizer you slather onto your face, when skin cells are dehydrated and malnourished, no amount of highlighter or luminizer will bring back that radiance.   Fret not, because your winter skin care solution is right here. This box, full of winter’s essential masks, caters to all winter skincare needs. Each mask is formulated with unique potent ingredients designed to nourish the skin cells and instantly restore lost radiance. Hydrate, renew, and revitalize the skin for noticeably smoother, velvety, younger-looking skin!

Contents

1. VELIEVE Girlish Mask 20ml X 3ea

Full size product: 20ml X 3ea ($7)
Randomly selected from Collagen Lifting, Honey Moisture, Vita Shining, Aloe Soothing

Velieve’s Girlish Mask series comes in 4 different types each enriched with natural ingredients catered to target different skin care concerns – marine collagen for firming and tightening, honey extracts for nourishing, lemon extracts for brightening, and aloe vera extracts for moisturizing and soothing. The thin pulp type sheet masks adhere tightly to skin with ease and without any mask essence drooping down.

How to use:
Place the sheet mask over clean face. Remove the mask after 15~20 minutes of rest. Pat in the remaining essence for full absorbance.

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Out of four possibilities, I received the random selection of two Aloe Soothing and one Collagen lifting masks.

Ingredients (Aloe): Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract (0.2%), Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Ingredients (Collagen): Water, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Hydrolyzed Collagen (0.1%), Corallina Officinalis Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

My Thoughts

The blurb on the back of the Aloe mask is as follows: .
“Greedy girls soothing mask for the skin relief” – Aloe Vera leaf extract protects the skin against harmful environments and stress making the skin more moist and healthier by delivering moisture.

and the Collagen mask:
“Greedy girls firming mask for V line” – Marine Collagen ingredient restores lost firmness and brings back the V line while increasing moisture for moist and firm skin.

Well that sounds good. I presume the grumpy looking moppets on the front are the ‘Greedy girls’? I’m not really one for cutesy things but at least these aren’t as alarming as the very scary Ddung girls, who are also featured on K Beauty products. I did have some of those items but I burnt them (…gave them to someone who would appreciate them more).

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My V line needs all the help it can get to be honest. The ‘V LIne’ is the Korean term for ‘A slim and oval face narrowing towards the chin’ (source). My face is wide and round and does not noticeably narrow towards the chin! Hence, the vast amounts of help needed 🙂

Aloe masks will also come in very handy this summer when I intend to venture outdoors and enjoy what little sunshine the English summer brings. I always put sheet masks in the fridge at least half an hour before use (even when it is below freezing outside) as I enjoy the cooling sensation (and it is actually meant to be good for your skin – I will look further into that in a later post) and that will be extra luscious in the summer stickiness.

If anyone needs a guideline on how to use a sheet mask, the company kindly provides this demo:

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Sheet masks are sheet masks though, they are not miraculous – they mostly provide a lovely soothing, moisturising boost to your skin and I think a lot of why I love them so much is the pampering aspect of having to lie there perfectly still whilst they do their work. I do however pretty much always fall asleep with them on so they have a dual advantage there as a sleep aid!

If you would like to purchase some of these masks there are various listings on ebay. The one that I used for this images shown here is called Littlecutiepie1 (which definitely fits with the petulant poppets!). They are selling at £1.59 ($2.44) per mask at the time of posting;

2. RIRE Patting Water Pack 300ml
Full size product: 300ml ($42)
Randomly selected from Lifting, Brightening, Moisture
A new generation of ‘patting water packs’ that works miraculously to balance skin’s PH level, gently melt away dead skin cells, and ultimately enhancing skin tone and texture to reveal clearer, smoother complexion with continuous use. The yellow Lifting pack is made from evening primrose extracts and works to tighten and rejuvenate tired skin. The purple Brightening pack bases its formula on violet extracts which help to balance and brighten uneven skin tone. The pink Moisture pack is enriched with a blend of cherry blossom extracts to deliver rich hydration and healthy moisture & oil balance.

How to use:
Remove makeup residues with cleansing oil or foam. Then fill 2/3 of a bowl with water and drop in 1~2 lid-ful of the Patting Water Pack. Mix well and gently pat it all over the face for 15~20 times. Do not rinse afterwards.

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Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol Denat, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Viola Tricolor Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Betaine, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

My Thoughts

This was the big ticket item. A previous Memeaddicts holy grail was a similar patting water by a company called Blithe. The wonderful Veri Tazy of the blog Pulchritudinous did some very valuable experimentation adding patting water to existing spray mists to cut out the rigmarole of the basin technique described above. Her post on this can be found here.

If you would rather try the product in the manner in the manner to which it was intended, this informative video may help.

I have some sachets of Blithe from a previous box that I have been meaning to add to my aloe mists but as with all things, I still have not got round to it. Now I have this one too! The blurb on the side of the box specifies that this variant (Brightening) is also good for ‘Deep cleansing – Exfoliation – Pore Care – Brightening – Skin Tone Improvement – Nutrition Supply – Control of Skin Balance – Promote the Period of Skin Turn Over’.

The liquid is extremely gloopy (a bit reminiscent of washing up liquid) and smells…….well……exactly like washing up liquid! Perhaps that is harsh, maybe more like a really cheap bubble bath that you had as a kid (that could be a good thing as they are meant to be very gentle on your skin and eyes!).

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I’m not sure whether I will keep this as I’m inherently lazy and it does seem like a bit of a faff to be honest.

If you would like to purchase your very own Matey patting water the full range can be found on ebay for around £15.25 ($23) here.

3. INOFACE Real Natural Pulp Essence Sheet Mask 23ml
Full size product: 23ml ($2)
Randomly selected from Snail, Q10, Collagen, Aloe
Replenish moisture and firmness to dry, sagging skin with the Inoface Real Natural Pulp Essence Sheet Masks each formulated from the concentrated essence of natural ingredients – snail mucus, Q10, collagen and aloe extracts. These masks are composed of highly effective skin soothing, moisturizing, and firming agents and are suitable for all skin types and for all 4 seasons.

How to use:
Spread the sheet mask evenly over clean face. Rest for 15~20 minutes. Remove and pat in the remaining mask essence onto skin for full absorbance.

(Best Before October 23rd, 2015) 

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Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Snail Secretion Filtrate (12mg), Fragrance.

My Thoughts

I love anything to do with snail goo!

Not because I am strange (although I am …) but because it has done wonders for my skin in other mediums. I speak of course of the Holy Grail (HG) that is Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence. I will no doubt talk of this more in the future but I loves it!! I also love that brands Snail Bee sheet masks and of course wanted to compare this to their wondrousness.

I’ll be quick. It was OK …………just ok. I am glad that I got this option, having received the collagen and aloe in the previous mask types. However, the snail secretion filtrate, as you can see, is barely a blip on the ingredients radar. I need MORE SNAIL than that to keep this visage glowing!!

To demonstrate, I bring you snail wars! This is the Inoface mask:

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Never going to win is it? *sigh*

On the other hand – this is the snail I want to slime over my skin products – Super Snail!:

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Enough of the shenanigans and on to the important question: are the snails harmed when donating their goo?

It is difficult to find a definitive answer. We do know that the snails are not killed to extract the slime / mucin. They can collect from the same snail many times over which I am sure is much more cost effective. Similar to the bee venom industry,  the snails are mechanically stressed by moving over some form of collection tray. I am going to try to look into this further in one upcoming post to celebrate the recent announcement from South Korea that they are planning to ban animal testing for cosmetics, joining not only the E.U., but also India, Brazil and China in their efforts to stop the use of animal testing for beauty products (see here for further information). Please look out for it and if there is anything you would like me to look into (within reason!) please let me know.

I couldn’t find these to buy online (plenty of Benton ones though) but the company does have a website at http://www.ino-face.com.

4. ESTHETIC HOUSE Collagen Jelly Mask Pack 100ml
Full size product: 100ml ($13)
Swallow your skepticism—pig collagen has been shown to be highly effective in firming and tightening the elasticity of skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Rich in collagen peptides extracted from pork rinds, this leave-in, highly-concentrated collagen facial mask pack from Esthetic House absorbs easily, leaving skin firmer, nourished, moisturized, and freshened. Suitable for all skin types.

How to use:
Apply a moderate amount to clean face, massaging until absorbed. No need for rinsing off.

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Ingredients: in Korean only

My Thoughts

It is unfortunate that I couldn’t find an English ingredient list as the product itself is pretty unassuming and dare I say it, a bit boring looking. I have a similar collagen piggy mask by the brand Elizavecca, which is a lot more interesting, and I intend to use that one first and then consider this one if that produces decent enough results. The products entry on Alibaba lists the following plus points:

Pig skin is quite simillar to human skin and it contains rich collagen and elastin.

This is facial pack contains rich collagen (50%) from pig skin.

– It contains 50g of collagen extracted sanitarily from fresh pig skin sterilized and deodorized.

(It’s much higher than sheet/gel mask products.)

– It contains valuable plant extracts also, such as bean fermentation extract, macadamia seed oil, cacao seed extract.

– It keeps your skin fully moisturized.

– It tightens skin cells and presents you a young face.

– It is gel type and is applied onto skin smoothly.

– It’s absorbed into skin  quickly.

– No need to wash, it can be used as sleeping pack.

– It’s good for all skin types.

– It’s 6 free (paraben, ethanol, animal oil, coloring, benzophenone, mineral oil)

The mask smells very lightly fruity (hey, better than smelling of a pig sty!). I would use this as a sleeping mask and hope that the promised tightening and firming came to pass! I don’t have many wrinkles but some general improvements in elasticity would be much appreciated. I may compare the two when I am finished.

If you would like your own piggy goodness it looks like this mask is available here

5. LASSIE’EL Raspberry Age Defying Yogurt Massage Mask 12g
Full size product: 12g ($6)
Deeply replenish and revive dry, dulled skin with a rich blend of yogurt extracts that effectively sloughs away dead skin cells and skin impurities from the pores and prevent oxidation of the skin. The yogurt formula consists of lactobacillus, raspberry extracts, and collagen extracts which all work to fight and diminish appearance of wrinkles and sagging, aging skin.

How to use:
Spread the mask evenly over clean face. Massage onto the face using hands until the micro-beads in the mask formula completely disappear. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 5~10 minutes.

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Ingredients:
Water, Collagen, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic, Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sucrose, Mannan, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yogurt Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methyl Paraben, CI 42090, CI 17200, Fragrance.

My Thoughts

We received some sleeping masks from Lassie’el previously that were really very good so I hold out high hopes for these very cute looking masks.

The company is named as ‘the god’s gift of nature for your skin everyday to restore youthful skin’. ‘Lassie’ is the Scottish nickname for girls and ‘el’ refers to Ancient Syria’s ‘father of gods’.

Yeah, me neither??!

I do like their concept though – they intend their products to free you from the short shelf life of other skincare products to help you feel like you are using new products all the time. So basically, instead of huge jars and bottles that you never finish (especially if you hoard Meme products, am I right?) you have individual pouches and pods all ready to face another day! I do think this is especially good for travel and they could also aim their products at that market with a few tweaks I’m sure.

I haven’t used one yet (there are 4 in the packet) as I have similar large pot masks open that I need to use up first. I love the addition of the little lid so that you can use each pod more than once (to be stored in the fridge). The sleeping masks also contained enough for more than one go (I had avocado and pearl ones) but as they did not have such a nifty gadget I utilised that age old favorite tin foil!

Yogurt is meant to be great for soothing and cooling the skin, so these may be another gem for the summer months. It can also exfoliate, prevent skin oxidation and clean out pores. Raspberry can apparently help prevent freckles and age spots and has benefits for anti ageing and firming of the skin. The website specifies that these masks are recommended for 1. anyone who wants to prevent wrinkles and help with age defying and 2. anyone who is concerned about blemishes such as freckles and age spots. They also do a Kiwi, Aloe and Strawberry version of these masks.

I haven’t been able to find these directly to buy online but I do know that Forever 21 in the US has started stocking the sleeping packs (those lucky Americans again!!) and Lassie’el do have a comprehensive website here.

6. PURE SMILE Jewelry Bubble Ruby & Pure Bubble Royal Jelly 3g X 2ea
Full size product: 3g X 2ea ($2)
These two wash-off facial packs are each formulated from concentrates of ruby extracts and royal jelly extracts. The Jewelry Bubble Ruby pack is a skin soothing and replenishing formula that consists of ruby powder, green tea, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera leaf, glycerin, vitamin E, and portulaca extracts. The Pure Bubble Royal Jelly pack is also enriched with over 40 kinds of vitamins and minerals and helps treat acne-prone skin types by deeply cleansing the pores and nourishing damaged skin.

How to use:
Spread the pack evenly over clean, towel-dried face. Gently massage the self-generated bubbles 2~3 times as the bubbles penetrate deep into the pores and extract skin impurities clogged up. Rinse off with lukewarm water when the bubbling stops.

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Ingredients: all in Korean

My Thoughts

Whelp……they are Pure Smile and they are teeny bubbling mask pods. I do like bubbling masks (especially the Elizavecca Carbonated bubble clay mask) but Pure Smile is a bit cheap. I have been using the Pure Smile Jewellery Scrub that came in a previous box and I am not altogether impressed. It does the job but in a not very pleasant and fun way.

The packaging is a bit shit – they look like those marmalade pods that you get at cheap B&B’s. The ingredients sound better – ruby extracts and royal jelly. We shall see, the proof is in the pudding or in this case, the marmalade portion.

Pure Smile has it’s own website here.

Conclusion

This is not the best of the Mask boxes that I have received from Memebox, in fact I would probably say that it is my least favorite ….by a very long shot. This one disappointed me.
I will try most of the products out and although the curation is fitting to the theme, the quality of the products just isn’t there. They all seem to be inferior dupes of items that we have known and loved before. It seems cheap and although I don’t usually take heed in the perceived value of the box, that does show that this one is a lesser box by far.  I think I will enjoy the Lassie’el masks and the sheet masks are of course always welcome (even though they are obviously not the best of their type). I wonder if at this point the knew that they were stopping shipping to most of the world? It does smack a little of giving up.
Then again, they came back hard with the first two boxes that I have reviewed, which were both pretty good (Night care and Detox and Renew). Maybe it is purely what they can get their hands on at the time? Who knows .. we probably never will.

I said at the start that this would be the last actual box I would review but if there are any old ones that you would particularly like me to do and I happen to have received, please let me know. If not, it’s onto the value sets….

Cheers

Charlotte xx

Oh yes, bonus Bunny (almost forgot) – he was 9 last week 🙂

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