I posted last month about my first Memebox, the Wonder Woman box. Memebox is a company that sells curated boxes of Korean beauty and skincare products. It’s similar to a subscription box in that for the most part you don’t know what products you are getting when you buy it (with the exception of occasional spoilers), but it’s not a subscription. The boxes are typically themed but how well the products fit the theme can be hit-or-miss. The price of each box varies and they can contain anywhere from 4-8 deluxe samples and full-sized products. The actual value of the products is pretty high compared to what you spend, but since the contents are a surprise it can be a bit of a gamble.
Korean skincare and beauty products have been raved about for awhile, so when I heard about Memebox I decided to give it a try. I’m not a huge fan of subscription boxes (I like surprises but hate feeling disappointed and like I should have just spent my money on something I actually wanted) but the reviews for Memebox were pretty good. Plus, being new to Korean beauty, I had no idea where to start. Unfortunately, I got into Memebox at a time when they were slowing down their releases and there wasn’t much for me to buy. Things have picked back up though, and I recently was able to grab the Memebox Detox & Renew box.
The cold weather months leaves us susceptible to get lazy on our skincare routine! But, did you know? The constant switching back and forth between central heating and frigid winds causes excessive dead skin build up, in addition to lazy skincare increases the rate at pore-dwellers multiply and grow!
While “the more the merrier” applies to most things in life, the growing party of pore-dwellers is never fun, and is definitely not a beautiful sight! To help you in your skincare predicament, we bring you our newest Detox & Renew box, perfectly curated to eliminate the deepest skin toxins, remove dead skin cells, clarify congested pores, and alleviate damage from internal and external aggressors. Each product in the box is a one-stop solution on its own, addressing everything from large pores and clogging to brightening cloudy skin!
Take this box, your one and only solution for lustrous and healthy skin, use after use!
I love mud masks and anything that exfoliates or brightens my skin, so I liked the idea of a detoxing and renewing box. I purchased this box before any spoilers were released but eventually three items were listed on the website before shipping began.
Each Memebox contains a card that lists the contents, their “retail” value (Memebox pricing can be a little high on some items), and how to use the products. This is very useful since a lot of the labeling is in Korean. My Detox & Renew box contained five items, all full-sized.
Korean skincare routines involve a lot of different products, and this box included a good variety of items. I received a Gu:amm Method Black Pearl Protein 35 Whitening Serum, a Yadah Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser, a Mayn Bio Mineraltox Mist, an Araon Detox Skin Essence, and an Esthetic House Vitamin 3000 Vitamin B Vita-Capsule Cream.
The Gu:amm Method Black Pearl Protein 35 Whitening Serum was one of the spoilers for this box. It is a lightweight serum that contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) to support cell turnover and eliminate toxins from the skin. Black pearl proteins eliminate toxins and dead skin cells. Korean skincare uses the term “whitening” but it really just means brightening. This is designed to decongest your skin, leaving it brighter and firmer. I really like chemical exfoliants and anything with pearl in it makes me feel fancy (who cares if it actually works? I’m using pearl on my face!). Memebox says this is worth $30.
I really like this serum. It feels light on and it does seem to make my skin brighter. It is a little sticky on the face like a lot of Korean serums/essences are, but I layer my moisturizer over it and that solves the problem. I think it fits well with the theme- it is designed to detoxify and renew the skin.
The Yadah Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser uses a foaming formula to reduce trouble spots and make skin clearer. It contains a mixture of salicylic acid to reduce blemishes and herbal extracts to soothe and moisturize skin. This also helps control extra oil to prevent future breakouts. My skin is pretty clear and I prefer gel cleansers over foaming ones but I like the addition of a cleanser in this box. Retail value is $27.
This bubble cleanser looks light but the foam is actually pretty dense. I only need about one pump for my face. It feels nice on the skin and seems to cleanse well, but it doesn’t remove all of my eye makeup (but very few cleansers do). I’m not sure how well this fits with the theme. I would have preferred a clay or peeling mask instead.
The Mayn Bio Mineraltox Mist was the first spoiler Memebox released for Detox & Renew. This is a mist that is designed to refresh and rejuvenate skin. It uses lemon balm, apple mint, royal jelly, and “secret beads” containing ions along with mineral water to detoxify skin. This brightens and clears skin and makes applying makeup easier. I’ve never used facial mists before but I was excited when I saw this would be in the box. I really like using this mist but it does have a very strong perfume-y/floral scent to it. It feels very refreshing and it’s fun to pick up the bottle and hear the secret beads rattle around but it might not be the best if you’re sensitive to strong fragrances. I was initially surprised to see this in the box, but after reading the description, it fits pretty well with the theme. Retail value is $44.
The Araon Detox Skin Essence was another spoiler. Essences are lighter and less powerful than serums, and both are used in Korean skincare routines, but it seems a little redundant to have both this and the Gu:amm Method serum in the same box. This essence uses maple water and green tea extract to smooth, plump, and detoxify the skin. The result is brighter, more luminous skin. I love anything that brightens my complexion and makes my skin look more “awake” so I’m excited to have this essence. Retail value is $34.
This essence is very watery and is a little hard to get onto my face because it runs everywhere. It does seem to brighten my skin and I’m happy with the huge size of it. This will last for a long time. I think this essence fits well with the theme although I might have preferred a different product instead (I’m just not into a 10-12 step skincare routine and prefer to use just one essence or serum at a time).
The final item in this box is the Esthetic House Vitamin 3000 Vitamin B Vita-Capsule Cream. This vitamin b cream soothes irritated skin. It helps calm and moisturize inflamed skin. This can be mixed with your daily moisturizer or applied directly to problem areas. Retail value is $24.
This is a pretty thick face cream. I used a tiny amount all over my face the first night and it was a little greasy feeling. I prefer to use this as a targeted treatment in certain areas or mixed with my regular moisturizer and then applied all over my face. This is another item that doesn’t seem to fit the box theme very well but I can see it being useful for me.
I am really happy with the Memebox Detox & Renew box, although a couple of the items don’t fit the theme as well as I would have liked. While all of the products are designed to detoxify and renew the skin, when I first read the description I pictured detoxifying clay or mud masks, peeling gels, or bubble masks. I was a little disappointed when I saw the contents of the box but after reading the descriptions and trying them out, I’m excited to have everything. With discounts and Memepoints, I paid around $30 for this box and the value is $159. It was a great value but more importantly, I will use all of the products. I’m really excited about the Gu:amm Method Black Pearl Protein 35 Whitening Serum and Mayn Bio Mineraltox Mist. I’m least excited about the Yadah Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser, but I will still be able to use it. All of the products are full size (and pretty big sizes at that) so they will last me a long time. Definitely long enough for me to see how my skin reacts to Korean skincare (hopefully it lives up to the hype!).
Memebox has recently made changes to the Memebox program. They will no longer ship internationally (which doesn’t make much sense since they have a world-wide fan base). They will now be broken up into Memebox Korea, Memebox China, and Memebox USA. Hopefully this means faster shipping times for me but I’m worried that US boxes may go up in price and have lower values (they’ve recently released US-only boxes that are just that). I still have one more Memebox on the way, but I hope it’s not the last one.