Memebox Global #13 Review and Coupon

If you haven't heard of Memebox by now, you may be living under a rock (or you just don't read subscription box/beauty blogs that often).  They're a beauty box that features the best in Korean beauty and skincare, and they have tons of one-time purchase boxes to choose from!


This box was my first experience with Memebox's (pronounced "Mi-mi-box") global series.  I ordered Memebox Global #14, but that doesn't start shipping until the end of the month.  Global Box #13 doesn't disappoint; it has a lot of different types of products to try.


This box is currently sold out, but there are tons of current Memeboxes and Superboxes available in the store.  It was priced at $23, which is pretty standard for Global boxes (and a total steal considering how many products you get and their accumulated value).  If you're interested in getting a complete surprise out of your Memebox, I recommend the Global boxes because they're going to have some great products, but since there isn't a specific theme there's a better chance that you'll have no idea what to expect!


  • CNP Cosmetics CNP Derma-Scalp Shampoo (~$2.75 for 25g): This shampoo is my favorite product in the box because it's the one that's most relevant to my needs.  I have itchy, oily scalp and am always looking for ways to combat it.  This works to deeply cleanse, unclog, and exfoliate the pores in your scalp.  I like that it contains tea tree oil, one of the ingredients that's well-known for battling scalp issues.
  • CNP Cosmetics CNP Tone-Up Protection Sun ($10.20 for 15 mL): This is a sunblock with SPF 42, and it contains "powdery components" that help keep your skin feeling silky-smooth in the sun.  It's a great travel-sized bottle, and I like having little sunscreens I can throw in my purse.
  • Soy BIO+ Fermented Lumpoule (~$24.90 for 10 mL): I love the packaging on this lumpoule set!  I also didn't realize how expensive a full-sized set of 14 bottles would be ($174!), so I'm really glad that Memebox included this product in the box.  I wouldn't have been able to try it any other way!  The word "lumpoule" is new to me, but it's a portmanteau of "lump" and "ampoule."  An ampoule is a sealed glass capsule of liquid, i.e. the packaging, and the "lump" part is because it's made from soy bean lumps.  This is essentially a serum, as you're supposed to apply it before your moisturizer.  It's very light and absorbs into the skin quickly, and I like it a lot.
  • Donga Tempo Eco Natural Super (~$2.07 for three): When I first saw these I thought, "are those...?"  Yep, they're tampons.  I don't use tampons so I don't have any comments on usage, but apparently Donga was the first Korean brand to produce tampons back in the 1970s.  They're made from 100% organic cotton.
  • Yufit Eon Wheat-Germ Gream75 ($48 for 75 mL, full-sized): More than 75% of this cream consists of wheat bud extracts, and they work to hydrate, firm, brighten, and fight signs of aging.  The cream also helps tighten pores.  I noticed that it has "whitening" on the jar as well, and I know a lot of Korean products have whitening ingredients, but I like my tan skin and don't wish to lighten it so I used this sparingly.  The texture is incredibly smooth, though, so as a moisturizer I think it's great.
  • 23years old CX Detoxifying Air Therapy ($50 for one mask, full-sized): This product is made up of a syringe full of the mask material and a face mask to apply over it, called a Carboxy pack.  I was really interested to try this because the liquid mask is made up of carbonated water, creating sparkling bubbles that penetrate deeply into the skin to cleanse.  The informational card warns that it "may prickle a bit," and they weren't kidding.  When I applied the liquid I didn't feel anything, but as soon as I put on the mask it felt like my skin was burning.  It stung quite a bit, so if you're sensitive to that kind of thing this might not be the best product for you.  I have sensitive skin and I was afraid my face would be red after using this, but it didn't seem to be too irritated.  The stinging sensation did subside after about five minutes.  One thing I find odd about this pack, though, is that it only contains one face mask but enough liquid for many applications, and I'm assuming you need the paper mask to get the full effect.
  • Nuganic Customized Sun Base Color Control Cream ($54 for 40 mL, full-sized): Prior to receiving this box I had never tried a CC cream before, so I was intrigued by this.  The info card says that it works to balance out the skin's oil/moisture level for a silky-smooth finish to your makeup, and the packaging states it will provide coverage for imperfections.  It also is SPF 50.  I assumed that it would be tinted, but it's actually white with little specks.  When I applied it it blended in to my skin, but it was several shades lighter than my natural tone so it just looked odd.  I wish this had a darker tint, because then it would be perfect!
Bottom Line: Memebox Global #13 had a total retail value of $191.92, with three full-sized products!  How can you say no to that for only $23?  If you're still not convinced that Memebox is a great introduction to Korean beauty, I recommend checking out their shop.  Not only do they have tons of boxes to choose from, you can also purchase full-sized products separately.  Use coupon code STTENZ for $5 off any order (one use per customer, good through August 31st).

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Memebox.  No monetary compensation was received.  Post contains affiliate links.

ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower Giveaway - Calling All Bloggers!

ESSIO is seeking bloggers to review their new aromatherapy diffuser for the shower.  This little gadget will turn your ordinary shower experience into a spa-like escape!  It clips onto any shower head and diffuses 100% organic oils to scent your shower water.


You can learn more about ESSIO at their website, and sign up to participate in the review/giveaway here.

10 Free Samples from Beauty Box 5!

Beauty Box 5 just announced that they're offering a free 10-item sample pack, you just have to pay shipping!  This is basically getting two boxes for the price of shipping, since each Beauty Box 5 contains five samples.


You'll receive two packets of their best-selling HASK Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment (I can vouch for this one, it's amazing!), plus eight other samples from brands like L.A. Fresh and Jergens!  This is a one-time purchase, by buying one you are not committing to a subscription.

Hurry and grab yours, it's only available while supplies last!  Click here to check it out!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Beauty Box 5.  No monetary compensation was received.

INNI Nail Wraps Review

I love painting my nails, but I'm no good at nail art.  I don't have the patience to sit down and do intricate designs, which is why products like INNI Nail Wraps are perfect for me!


INNI Nail Wraps are different than some of the other brands out there because they're completely customizable.  A set of completely unique wraps can be yours for only $10, just upload the design you want (you can use photos you've taken, patterns you've drawn, anything!) to their website and order away!  You can also browse their gallery and select from pre-made designs from other users.

INNI sent me three designs to try, which are pictured above.  The ones that really stood out to me where the diamond/crystal pattern, but the pineapples and blue/green pattern were really fun, too.  I love that they have so many designs to choose from, there really is one for any occasion (and even if there isn't--you can create your own!).  They come in sets of 30 pieces with 13 different sizes, and a nail file is also included to use during application.


My nail wraps lasted for about five days before they started to peel.  It wasn't listed on the instructions, but I painted a clear top coat over them after application for extra staying power.  I type all day at work, though, so I have a feeling that contributed to the early wear and tear on them.  They apply really easily, though--easier than any other nail wrap I've ever used.  They're more of a sticker than a lacquer (think ncLA over Sally Hansen, if you've used either of those brands), which I prefer because I find the lacquer ones to be too flimsy.  The adhesive is strong, but after you've been wearing them for a while you can easily remove them with a little bit of nail polish to loosen the glue.

Contest alert! INNI is currently running a design-your-own nail wraps contest, and the winner will receive a years' supply of wraps as well as their design gifted to celebrities at the Emmy awards!  To enter, simply create your own design and then upload it to the contest page on INNI's Facebook (click here).  The grand prize winner will be the person with the most votes, so be sure to promote your design on social media and get your friends to vote for you!  The contest ends on the 17th, so be sure to get your entries in!

Bottom Line: I really liked using INNI Nail Wraps and I would definitely purchase more in the future.  The fact that they're completely customizable is a total win for me!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by INNI Nail Wraps.  No monetary compensation was received.

Primal Pit Paste Review and Coupon

I know that the search for an all-natural deodorant that has a good amount of efficacy is often a frustrating experience.  I've heard from a lot of people that natural deodorants just don't "work."  If you're one of those people, I urge you to give Primal Pit Paste a try before you give up on natural deodorants completely!


Primal Pit Paste "kills body odor without killing your body."  What's so bad about non-natural deodorants, you say?  When applying deodorant or antiperspirant, you're applying it directly to your underarm area, which connects directly to the lymph system.  Sweating occurs because the body is trying to cool itself down, but it's also working to rid itself of waste.  Many antiperspirants contain aluminum, which works to temporarily plug the sweat glands (more information here).  Why is this bad?  Well, would you want to plug up a garbage disposal?  Probably not.  There have been a lot of conflicting reports on whether or not the aluminum is really that harmful, but I'd rather err on the side of caution!


Primal Pit Paste is free from aluminum and parabens.  It's also cruelty-free, and they were recently Leaping Bunny certified (this means they've passed the strictest tests for cruelty-free certification)!  Instead of harmful ingredients, it contains organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, non-aluminum baking soda, and organic arrowroot powder.  Coconut oil and shea butter moisturize, while baking soda fights odor and the arrowroot powder helps soak up sweat.  Primal Pit Paste comes in two varieties: an actual paste in a jar, and a more portable stick.  It's available in a variety of scents, including Thyme & Lemongrass, Lavender, Jacked Up Jasmine, Pachouli, Spice, Royal & Rogue, Unscented, and Orange Creamsicle (for kids).


I received a Primal Pit Paste Stick in the Lavender scent and I instantly loved it.  For those who are just beginning the transition to natural deodorant, this would be a great choice because the application is familiar.  The scent is light and pleasing but not overpowering, and believe me--this stuff works!  I started using it during the two weeks before a theater performance, which meant long nights of dancing and sweating.  It held up!  It's not an antiperspirant, so you can expect to sweat, but this stuff kept its promises.  I didn't notice any funky odors emanating from my body!


The paste form might take some getting used to for people used to "regular" deodorants, but I don't think the transition would be that difficult.  I definitely have enjoyed using it.  The scent I received was "Jacked-Up Jasmine," and, like the Lavender stick, it smells great.  It came with a small wooden applicator, but you could also just use your fingers (which is what I prefer to do).  A little goes a long way and it spreads on very easily.  I honestly don't have a preference of the stick or the paste, and I would suggest giving both a try to see which one works best for you.

 

  • Visit Primal Pit Paste and view their full line of products
  • Use coupon code ORCA20 for 20% off of your order!

Bottom Line: Finding a deodorant that works well for you can be challenging regardless of whether it's natural or not, so don't be discouraged if the natural deodorants you've tried in the past weren't quite what you were looking for.  I definitely recommend trying Primal Pit Paste, though -- they've got two great options to choose from with lots of great scents, they're cruelty-free, and they worked for me!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Primal Pit Paste.  No monetary compensation was received.

Hope Girl Cosmetics Review and Coupon

Hope Girl is a Korean cosmetics brand and one that's often featured by Memebox.  Memebox was kind enough to send me an assortment of Hope Girl products to review, and I can easily see why this brand is so popular!


Memebox is well known for their huge selection of beauty boxes, but they also sell individual products like the Hope Girl ones I'll be reviewing in their Shop.  If you're not familiar with Korean beauty, Memebox is a great place to start.  They've got so many products to choose from, along with detailed information about each of them so you can choose things that are perfect for your needs.  The Hope Girl brand boasts everything from nail polish to mascara and more!


  • Wonder Magic Mascara - This 3-in-1 volumizing, lengthening, and curling mascara has a specially-designed brush with staggered bristles that grab lashes close to the root.  I have very straight, short lashes, and this mascara does do a great job of lengthening and curling.
  • Milky Balm Lipstick in Chicago Red - I'm not usually a red lip kind of girl, but I was just in a theater revue and needed a good red lipstick for my stage makeup.  This one worked wonderfully!  It glides on smoothly and is perfectly pigmented.
  • Honey Bling Blusher - This blush is made up of a mineral-rich coral and pearl powder that works to keep skin looking healthy and youthful.  Fine powder particles allow the blush to closely adhere to the skin, preventing it from becoming cake-y or drying.  I found that this particular shade is a bit too light for my skin, but I'd definitely be interested in trying other colors.
  • Powdery Body Perfume - I received this in the Memebox 10 Minute Box as well, but a spare is great to have.  It's a scented silica powder containing sweat-absorbing microparticles that help keep you feeling fresh all night long.  The scent is very subtle, like a sweet floral mix to me.
  • Nail Travel Bling Bling Set - These nail polishes are my favorite item of the bunch because I'm a total polish addict!  They're densely pigmented and quick drying.  I really like this color combination because it's neutral but still has tons of sparkle.
You can browse the entire line of Hope Girl products available at the Memebox Shop here.  Use coupon code STTENZ for $5 off any order in August!

Bottom Line: I'm so glad Memebox introduced me to the Hope Girl line!  All of these products were a lot of fun to use and were really effective and delivering on their promises.

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Memebox. Post contains affiliate links.

Memebox Superbox 42: Birthday Box Review and Coupon

If you're keyed into the beauty world, you're probably well aware that Korean products have become incredibly popular.  Memebox (pronounced "Mi-mi-box") is a beauty box service that makes it easy to access the latest beauty trends from Korea!  They're not a subscription -- you can buy as many boxes as you want, but they're all one-time purchases, so you don't have to worry about cancelling or putting a subscription on hold if you ever need to save some cash.  I've received a few boxes from them now and have really loved every one!


Memebox Superbox #42 Birthday Box is my favorite box yet!  It's sold out now, but there are tons of other boxes to choose from still.  This was my first experience with a Superbox; they're generally bit more expensive than the standard Memeboxes, and the difference is that they contain all full-sized products.  I think they're well worth the price tag.


All of the items in Superbox 42 are ones that I'll put to good use, so this box was a win for me!  To be honest, I was a little confused as to why it was called the "Birthday Box," but here's the description from the Memebox website:
Give the gift of gorgeous for any occasion this July with Memebox’s Birthday Box! Packed with only the cutest and most charming goodies, this Birthday Box will perfectly pamper your favorite gal pals from head to toe! This premium brand features only the most high-quality total spa care products that is suitable for all ages, and for a limited time, it's up for an exclusive deal only at Memebox! So, don’t miss this limited-time only chance to truly show appreciation for all the favorite women in your life!

  •  i belivyu All in One Hair & Body Wash ($14 for 250 mL) - I love the packaging on this bottle, it's so pretty!  The wash itself is rich in apricot, carrot, green tea, chamomile, rosemary, centella asiatica, and gold extracts; making it very gentle but effectively cleansing.  I love the scent, too; it's very sweet and fruity.
  • i belivyu Flower Hand Cream ($36 for four 30mL tubes) - I love having a stock of travel-sized hand creams because I'm always sticking one in my purse or on my desk at work.  These come in orange, yellow, red, and purple flower scents.  I've only used the purple flower one, but the cream is smooth and the scent is incredibly light.
  • i belivyu Cube Sparkling Lemon Sugar Scrub ($24 for seven 8g cubes) - This is my favorite product in the box.  I love a good exfoliating scrub, and these can be used on the face or body.  They smell so delicious and lemony, and are really effective.  The instructions say to crumble one up and use on the face, but I found that I'd rather rub the cube across my skin and not use all of it at once (since there is a lot of product in just one cube).  I'd probably crush it up and use the whole thing if I used it on my body, though.
  • i belivyu Powder Wash Vitamin Face Cleanser ($24 for 70g) - This is my second favorite item.  I had never seen a powder face wash before so I was really interested in giving it a try.  I put a dime-sized amount in my hands and added some water as the instructions said to and found that it lathered up really well.    Granol particles and papaine enzymes softly and thoroughly work away impurities and residue while macadamia and olive oils deliver protection and hydration to the skin.
Bottom Line: This box would make a great birthday or anytime gift for the beauty lover in your life!  I think it's a great introduction to Korean beauty, too, since the products in their basic state (lotions, face washes) are familiar to most U.S. women.
  • Use coupon code STTENZ to receive $5 off any order from Memebox (expires August 31st)!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Memebox.

Sundown Naturals Review

I know that taking a daily vitamin supplement is good for you, but I hate traditional vitamins because they're usually giant pills (and I can't swallow giant pills).  I was happy once vitamin gummies for adults became more widely available, and Sundown Naturals is a company that offers plenty of options for pill-averse people such as myself!



Sundown Naturals offers a variety of healthy vitamins and supplements for the whole family, from immune system support to energy boosting.  To determine which supplement best suits yours needs, you can take their Gummy Match Quiz.  I was matched up with the B12 Gluten-Free Gummies, which boast 500mcg per service of vitamin B12 for energy support.  The bottle has three yummy flavors: mixed berry, raspberry, and orange.  Check out my quick video below for more information.



What I like best about these gummies is that they really are quite natural, as the brand name suggests.  They do not contain any artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.  They're also free from gluten, milk, lactose, soy, wheat, and fish; making them great for people with food allergies as well.


Bottom Line: I would definitely purchase more vitamins from Sundown Naturals in the future!  The B12 Gluten-Free Gummies I received tasted great and were fun to eat, and gave me a boost of B12 to help stay focused and energized throughout the day.

*Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. You can join Smiley360 here!