Friday, August 15, 2014

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.


  1. You can buy plain, dry mask sheets on eBay and places like that if you want more to use with that 23 Years Old thing. I mean it should probably come with more than one if there's that much mask goop in the tube, but plain masks aren't the worst thing to have around anyway. You can soak them in toner for a DIY mask!

  2. Ooh thanks for the tip! I feel silly for not thinking of that!


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