Memebox Superbox #49 All About Lips Review

I don't remember the last time I purchased a new lip gloss or lipstick, but somehow I always have about five billion of them at any one time.  I think that is probably because I love them, which is why the Memebox Superbox 49: All About Lips is such a perfect box for me!

Memebox (pronounced "mi-mi-box") sells the best in Korean beauty, and while they have a shop stocked with individual products, they also have tons of Memeboxes and Superboxes to choose from.  They're not a subscription service; each box is a one-time purchase and is usually centered around a theme.  Superboxes are different from regular Memeboxes because they contain all full-sized products.

The All About Lips Superbox is exactly what it sounds like, it contains six lip products, from balms to lipsticks!  Four out of the five brands featured are new to me, so I was excited to try them.  I was also hoping for at least one coral-colored lipgloss since they have evaded my thus far, and I kind of got what I was wishing for.

Here's what was inside:
  • ROYAL NATURE Paint Mousse Lip Lacquer ($24 for 5 mL) - I received the shade "XO.Baby," which is a nude color.  I think it's too light for my skin tone and would just look wrong, which is kind of a bummer because I was the most excited to try this one.  It was randomly selected from five colors, and any of the other four would have been so much better!  Anyway, it glides on with a silky finish while leaving matte color.
  • RiRe Tick Tock Lip Gloss ($18 for 3.5g) - When I read the name of this it reminded me of my cheerleading days back in high school.  Not surprisingly, the name has nothing to do with the stunt move, but instead is called "tick tock" because the cap contains a button you click to make the brush come out.  I got the color "Blossom Pink," and it is incredibly pigmented.  Even though this is labeled a gloss, I would definitely consider it more of a lip lacquer.
  • Cheek Room Lip Tint ($10 for 8 mL) - *Sigh,* Cheek Room.  If you read a lot of Memebox reviews, you've probably come across at least one blogger who was less-than-in-love with this brand.  If you haven't yet, well--now you can consider me one of those bloggers.  First off, Cheek Room's packaging is horrendous.  I can look past that, though, if the product is great.  They're not the worst lip products I've ever tried, but they certainly are nothing special.  This tint, in the shade "02 Orange," supposedly stays on the lips for 2-3 hours.  I can say with certainty that this is not true.  It's a thin gloss with not a ton of color and it definitely comes off as easily as any other gloss.
  • Cheek Room Color Lips ($10 for 4 g) - I like this Cheek Room lipstick a lot better than the tint.  I got the shade "03 Red," and it's a very nice lipstick.  It is red with gold flecks and the color isn't too in-your-face.
  • Very Six 6 Seconds Kissing Lip Gloss ($17 for 10 mL) - This gloss will "perfectly aint your lips with the most natural and healthy-looking color radiance in just a single touch."  You're supposed to apply it, then wait six seconds for it to bring out the best color from your lips.  I was doubtful, but this does actually bring out a bit of color!
  • Shara Shara Petit Friend Tint Balm ($8 for 20 g) - Everyone got the same shade, "OR01 Crown Orange."  I think the packaging for this is adorable!  The inside has a crown shape (see photo below), which contains the pink tint portion, and the outer portion is a nourishing balm.

I think the inside of the Shara Shara lip balm looks like a frog's foot imprint.

Bottom Line: This Superbox has a retail value of $87, which is great considering the box sold for only $23 (it is now sold out, but there are plenty of other boxes to choose from).  Obviously if you're not a fan of lip products this box wouldn't appeal to you, but I think they had a good variety of items that would please any lipgloss fanatic!

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Liquid BioCell SKIN Review

We've all heard the sayings "beauty comes from within" and "you are what you eat."  Liquid BioCell SKIN, a new nutricosmetic supplement, makes good on both of these maxims!  It is the only liquid collagen and hyaluronic acid supplement on the market that's been proven effective by nearly 40 clinical trials.

Liquid BioCell is available in three different formulas: Sport, Life, and Skin.  I chose to review Skin because I had never tried a skincare product like this before.  In clinical trials it has been shown to reduce deep lines and wrinkles, decrease dryness, increase skin's collagen content, and reduce hyaluronidase (an enzyme that makes your skin age).  It also works to increase skin's tone and firmness.

Two of the main ingredients, collagen and hyaluronic acid, are naturally found in our bodies and are chief components of healthy connective tissue throughout the body.  In regards to your skin, they are essential for hydration, tissue repair, and an overall youthful appearance.  Only two ounces twice a day of Liquid BioCell SKIN are necessary to start transforming your skin.

I wasn't quite sure how Liquid BioCell SKIN would taste, but I was pleasantly surprised!  As you can see from the photo above, it also contains fruits, pomegranate, green tea, and grape seed extracts. The flavor most closely resembles cranberry juice to me, and I enjoyed drinking it.  You could also mix the serving into a smoothie or other drink if you'd like.

I have been drinking Liquid BioCell SKIN for about a month, but the suggested time period for seeing results is 12 weeks.  I am confident that I will see beneficial results after that time since the product is backed by nearly 40 clinical trials.  One of their 12-week bioavailability studes demonstrated that within as little as 28 days, daily intake of Liquid BioCell SKIN led to a 6000% increase in hyaluronic acid in the body, essentially decreasing wrinkles from the inside out without the need for cosmetic injections.  They even have an app, called "Hello Beautiful!" (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play) that you can download to track your results by taking selfies at different intervals.  I can say that I have noticed a reduction in dryness on my face.  My skin is combination, most of the time it's oily in my T-zone but I do get patches of rough skin on my cheeks.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a way to firm up your skin without having to rely on injections, Liquid BioCell SKIN is definitely worth looking at.  They're backed by proven results in clinical trials, and I like how simple it is to use.  It tastes great, and you only need to drink four ounces a day.  Easy!

*Disclaimer: This product was sent for review purposes.

Green Esthetics Giveaway!

Last month I reviewed the Green Esthetics Argan Oil Gift Basket, and today I have one of their argan oil Anti-Aging Creams to give away!

The Anti-Aging Cream is made with cosmetic argan, which moisturizes and stimulates skin regeneration to reduce wrinkles.  It's Leaping Bunny certified as cruelty-free and is also free from chemical dyes, parabens, and GMOs.  It's incredibly luxurious, and you can enter to win this full-sized, 2 oz jar by using the Rafflecopter below!

This sweepstakes begins on 26 October 2014 and ends at 12 AM EST on 7 November 2014.  Sweepstakes is open to US residents aged 18+ only.  See Rafflecopter for full terms.

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Memebox "Time On My Lip" Review & Launch Info!

A few days ago I posted about a new product that Memebox was launching, and today I have the product to share with you!

Memebox is excited to announce the launch of their very first makeup item: Time On My Lip!  Here's the information, straight from Memebox:
Time on My Lip has a revolutionary hybrid gel formula that adds glamour to your lips while moisturizing them with natural ingredients. Layer it up to achieve three different looks as a tint, gloss or lipstick. Change your look as the day goes on and benefit from paraben-free ingredients.
The lip stain is available in two colors, Awesome Pink and Whop Coral.  Both are gorgeous, buildable shades, and I received Awesome Pink to review.

Memebox partnered with cult Korean beauty brand RE:CIPE to create this stain, and I love how versatile it is.  One layer is perfect for a daytime look or for work, but when you want a bigger pop of color you can build it up to be as vibrant as you like!  The Awesome Pink shade looks really bright on the applicator, but it's quite flattering on my lips.  It's nice and long-lasting, and the formula feels like a stain on my lips.  It's a little bit drying, so if you aren't used to using stains I would recommend layering a clear gloss over this.

Above is how one layer of the Awesome Pink Time On My Lip looks on my lips!  As you can see it's a nice flush of color.

Time On My Lips officially launches tomorrow, October 23rd at 12pm PST, and you can sign up for an early access deal by clicking here.  You can also get $5 off your purchase (or the purchase of anything from the Memebox shop) by using my affiliate coupon code, YS00.  Since this is an affiliate code, you must purchase through my affiliate link.

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Memebox Special #39 Cafe Box Review and Coupon

I got my Memebox Cafe Box in the mail a few days ago and it's one of the best ones yet!  I purchased it a while ago, sometime over the summer, and honestly had forgotten about it until I got a shipment notice.  Memeboxes are usually shipped months after they originally go on sale, so it's easy to forget.  It made for a nice surprise when it showed up, though!

This box cost $23, but I think I got it for free or nearly for free due to meme points.  I love coffee, so when I saw this box I knew I had to snatch it up.  Here's the description from the Memebox website:
Wake up and smell the coffee has just taken on a whole new meaning! We’ve rounded up freshly brewed beauty goods that will remind you of your favorite indulgent drinks from your go-to coffee joint. Indulge your senses in a swirl of sweet sin, and brim with delight with milky sweeties that will boost your beauty!
I was hoping for lots of coffee- and sweet-scented products, and the box didn't disappoint.

This box had six products total, all of which were full-sized!  Normally Memeboxes have at least a few full-sized products, but the Superboxes are the ones that have all full-sized items.  Even if I had spent the full $23 on this, it would have been well worth the price.

  • Pure Smile Herb Essence Mask ($1) - This was randomly selected from the Herb Mask Sheet or the Green Tea Mask Sheet, and I got the Herb one.  I actually posted it up for swap because I don't use sheet masks as much, but this one has lavender extracts, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and collagen to relieve and moisturize skin.
  • Holika Holika Dessert Time Lip Balm ($6) - I know that Holika Holika is a pretty popular brand in Korea, so I was excited to try this.  I got the Peach Cupcake flavor/scent and it smells so good!  I haven't used the actual lip balm yet, but I love the packaging.
  • Binu Cook Ice Cream Scoop Cacao Body Soap ($3) - I could smell this as soon as I opened the box, but I didn't realize it was the soap I was smelling.  To be honest, it kind of looks like a turd to me, but it definitely doesn't smell like one.  It has the most delicious chocolate scent and it's a handmade soap that will "cleanse away excess oil, sebum, and dead skin cells."
  • Vella Fresh Creamy Soap ($13) - Memebox announced this as a spoiler and I was intrigued; it's a creamy facial cleanser that's supposed to create lots of tiny bubbles.  I'm not sure I like it, though, since I don't quite "get" it.  The instructions say to lather the soap between your palms and then "Without getting your palms to touch the skin, gently massage the creamy bubbles onto your face."  What? do I get the bubbles onto my face, then?  Also, it really doesn't lather up at all.  I had high hopes for this, but I'm disappointed with it.
  • Tonymoly Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-In Scrub ($13) - Tonymoly is another really popular brand that I had never tried before, and this scrub has the cutest packaging!  It's a pretty typical scrub, just apply to the face and massage in for exfoliation.  It actually doesn't have a ton of scrubbing beads, but I noticed that as I massaged it into my skin it left a really nice warming sensation, so that probably is a means of exfoliation as well.
  • Cleomee Anti-Wrinkle Donkey Lotion ($83) - I have a really hard time believing that one bottle of this costs $83, but that's what the info card says.  It's also the product I feel fits the theme the least, but I'm guessing the fact that it's made with donkey milk is why they included it (coffee, milk, creamer, etc.).  Aside from donkey milk, it also contains hyaluronic acid, ceramide, glycerin, vitamin E, and EGF complex.  I ran out of body lotion recently, so this came at a good time and is a good replacement.
Bottom Line: The Cafe Box had a total retail value of $119, but if you take out the supposed price of the lotion it would only be $36.  That's still a higher value than what the box cost, so I think it's a good deal.  I'm very happy with this box and I really like the products, so I'm glad I was able to get it!

Don't forget that you can use my affiliate coupon code YS00 for $5 off of any order.  Since it's an affiliate code, you have to purchase through my affiliate link in order for it to work.

Also, my giveaway ends tonight!  Create a new account on Memebox and automatically get $3 in meme points to spend, and enter to win up to $30 more!  Click here to enter.

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October Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review

Vegan Cuts is an awesome subscription service that offers two types of boxes: snacks and beauty.  I received their October Snack Box to review, and it's a great one!

I loooove snacks.  I'm not a vegan, but I like getting vegan and vegetarian boxes because they usually contain brands that have products and practices that I can really stand by, such as Non-GMO Project-verified and USDA organic items.  The Vegan Cuts Snack Box has all that and more, and for only $19.95 a month they'll send you 7-10 of these great foods!  Shipping is free within the U.S., $8 to Canada, and $15 to any other international countries.

October's box is themed "No Tricks, All Treats" and contained nine snacks.  When I opened the box the first thing I noticed was the Rosemary Truffle popcorn and I got so excited (I love truffle-flavored things), and it only got better as I continued to look through the assortment!

  • Pop Art Rosemary Truffle Gourmet Popcorn - If you've never cooked with truffle oil, I highly urge you to.  It's a bit on the expensive side, but it's so worth it.  This popcorn had a light rosemary truffle flavor, and I wish it was stronger.  Overall, though, it's a healthier snack that's fiber-filled and very yummy.
  • Flamous Organic Sprouted Multigrain Zatar Chips - These chips are 100% organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free.  They're thicker, kind of like tortilla chips (but so much better), and have a hint of spicy flavor.  I absolutely loved them and I think they would pair great with guacamole.
  • Coconut Organics Coconut Chips - I could have gotten one of two flavors, and I got Dark Chocolate (the other being Toasted Coconut Chips).  I haven't tried these yet because I'm not the biggest coconut fan, but the fact that they're chocolate flavored and chips might change my mind!  They're certified USDA organic and made with 100% raw cacao coconut sugar.
  • Numi Organic Tea - The flavors I received are Chocolate Spice (black tea) and Chocolate Rooibos (herbal teasan).  Both sound amazing, but I'm especially excited to try the Chocolate Spice tea.  I've had Numi teas before and they're a great brand.
  • Tasty Organic Smoothie Fruit Snacks - These were my favorite snack in the box!  They're organic, non-GMO gummies with no gelatin, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  I try to steer clear of gelatin because it grosses me out, so these are a great alternative.  The flavors were amazing.
  • MRM Veggie Elite Performance Protein - I usually drink a glass of chocolate milk for protein after I strength train, but obviously a vegan would not be drinking milk, so this is a great alternative.  The flavor is Chocolate Mocha and I'm interested to see how it stacks up to my milk.
  • TCHO Chocolate - I always see TCHO chocolate squares at the grocery store but I've never bought one because they're kind of pricey, so I was excited to get to try one!  I'm not sure what the flavor is, but the ingredients listed dark chocolate and vanilla, so I think it was just a basic dark chocolate.  Nonetheless, it was delicious.  All TCHO chocolates are organic and Beyond Fair Trade-certified.
  • Luv You PB&J - This item isn't on the informational card that came with the box and I'm disappointed because I want to know more about it!  At first I didn't know what it was, so I opened it to find that it looked like a protein bar of some sort.  It tasted so good, just like a PB&J sandwich, and was shaped like a heart!  I want to buy more of these, I'm going to have to do a search for them.
  • Zevia - Zevia is a zero-calorie soda that's naturally sweetened with stevia.  I don't normally like stevia, but I'm willing to give this a try.  I got a can of ginger ale and it's a little bit dented, but that doesn't dissuade me from wanting to try it.  I'll just have to be careful when I open it.
Bottom Line: I loved this box of treats!  I think Vegan Cuts does a great job of selecting a fun, healthy, and delicious variety of vegan snacks that anyone would enjoy.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent for review purposes.

New Memebox Makeup Launching Soon!

Today Memebox announced that they're launching their very own makeup product that will be available starting October 23rd! They've been listening to what we the customers have been saying, and they've taken our feedback into account and will be releasing products that are trendsetting, unique, and affordable.

You can be the first in line to get your hands on this mystery product, which they're projected to launch at 12pm PST on October 23rd.  To qualify for early access, you must sign up at this page.

In the meantime, you can use my affiliate coupon code YS00 for $5 off of any order in the Memeshop.  Since it's an affiliate code, you have to purchase something via my affiliate link.

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October Birchbox Review

Each month during sample selection time, Birchbox has also given subscribers the opportunity to pick a special curated box.  Usually I just choose a specific sample I want, but this time around I wasn't really interested in what they were offering.  I did, however, like the looks of the curated Laggies box.

I had no idea what Laggies was before receiving this box, but I guess it's a movie with Keira Knightley that's coming out on the 24th.  I think it's a romantic comedy?  I have no interest in the movie, but the items featured in the box were all relevant to my interests and needs, so I decided to forego being surprised and chose it.  I always peek on the 10th to see what I'm getting anyway, so it was no big deal for me to know all of the items ahead of time.

I had actually used three out of the five products previously (the lotion, scrub, and hair treatment), but the reason why I chose the box was because I really liked all three of them and wanted more samples.

  • TOCCA Crema de Mano in Bianca - I had previously gotten a TOCCA handcream in the scent "Cleopatra" from Birchbox and I liked it, so I wanted to see what this scent was like.  It has notes of green tea and lemon and is nice and citrus-y.  I can never have too many sample hand creams; I love keeping one in my purse, one at my desk, and having spares for travel.
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - I really liked this exfoliator the last time I got on in a Birchbox so I was excited that it was going to be in this box.  It's actually one of the best scrubs I've ever used--it's gentle and has lots of microbeads that leave my skin feeling smooth.
  • ModelCo POWERLASH High Impact Black Mascara - This is the only product I didn't really care for, and that's only because I don't get too excited for mascaras in general (I also have a ton of them, so more aren't needed right now).  I put it up for swap.
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle - I absolutely love Beauty Protector's products!  They smell amazing and work really well.  I had also gotten this in a previous Birchbox, and I used it then and will again now as a heat protectant.
  • Sage + Fasten Eau de Parfum in Onward - This is the only perfume sample I've ever gotten from Birchbox that was in a rollerball applicator, and I like it a lot.  Unfortunately the writing on the packaging got scratched/rubbed off so I can't read it at all (this happened to Rebecca at Hello Pretty Bird, too), but it doesn't bother me so much because I love the scent itself.  It has notes of grapefruit, green apple, and lemon.
Bottom Line: The Laggies Birchbox was a great pick for me.  Even though it featured repeat products, they were all at the top of my list of favorites, so I'm glad to have more!  I'll probably let Birchbox pick my samples next month, though.

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