Tag: face creams/moisturizers

Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit Review & Unboxing

ETA: Okay, wow. This post was meant to go up back in late July, but unfortunately my motherboard died and the repairs to the PC ended up taking almost the full month of August. So this review is slightly outdated as the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit is no longer available, but I’m going to post it anyway just in case they bring it back (which, frankly, they should – this was a bomb kit and easily the best Sephora Favorites box to date in my opinion)!

I was lucky enough to grab the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit before it went out of stock, and I thought I’d post my unboxing and initial thoughts just in case anyone’s out there considering going to a brick & mortar Sephora to try and get their hands on one. Given how quickly this kit sold out, though, I would be pretty shocked if Sephora didn’t restock – seems like it’s leaving money on the table if they don’t, you know?

Since the link may or may not be dead depending on current stock levels, here is what you get in this kit:

1 oz / 30 g Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
.32 oz / 9 g Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
2 oz / 60 g Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish
.15 fl oz / 5 mL Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
2.5 fl oz / 75 mL Kopari Beauty Coconut Melt
.23 fl oz / 7 mL Tarte Maracuja Oil
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
.4 fl oz / 12 mL Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Mask

…all packaged up quite prettily in a very on-trend faux rose-gold-and-marble box.

Read on for my individual thoughts on each item!

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Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream Review

Thanks to my 2014 Memebox spree, my backstash of moisturizers and facial cream is positively insane. Today, I’m going to post my Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream Review – this is a product that I’ve been using for the past eight weeks, but I’ve actually owned since the Cleopatra Memebox was released way back in winter of 2014!! Seriously, guys, this is why I’ve been trying to make 2017 the year of depop, because things are a little out of control…

Anyhow, the Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream is one that I’ve had on my shortlist for when I needed a new wintertime moisturizer, due to its myriad hydrating ingredients. Among other standouts, this cream includes sodium hyaluronate, goat milk at 10,000 ppm, macadamia oil, jojoba esters, niacinamide, and glycerin. It seemed like a great choice for a season where my skin would be battered by cold temperature and winds when outside walking my dog and running errands, you know?

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Summer 2015 Sephora Haul

Wow, it’s been awhile since I did a haul post, huh? I’m happy to say that the reason is mainly because I did manage to stick to a beauty no-buy for several months; beyond the essentials like replacement shampoo, deodorant, renewing my PocketDerm script, etc, I’ve been a very good girl and have stuck to just whittling down my massive stash rather than making new purchases.

However, when eBates emailed me with the opportunity to turn my cash back reward into a Sephora gift card, I saw the excuse for a haul and jumped!

This urge was only solidified when I saw that Sephora had brought back a kit that I’d missed and envied horribly last year: their Summer Sun Safety set. Given how the sunscreen category seems to have exploded this year (seriously, browsing through the sun protection category, it seems like almost every brand has recognized what we Asian beauty devotees already realized: people with different skincare needs also have different sunscreen formulation needs, as well – look at all those new products!) it’s actually probably a blessing in disguise that I waited until this year, just for the new variety!

As you can see, I ended up buying a few more things than just the suncare kit… they had a number of kits that really piqued my interest from brands that I’d been lusting after for some time, so I just went a little nuts. This is a full-blown Sephora haul!

Hit the jump to see all the madness~

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Sample Stash Quickie: Shara Shara Gold Label Repescargo Cream Review

My Sample Stash Quickie Reviews are pretty much just as they say on the tin – reviews where I try out sample(s) of a product and then give my basic, initial thoughts. They obviously won’t be as in-depth as reviews where I’ve been able to use a product for weeks or even months, which I usually prefer, but my hope is that they will still be helpful to people who are looking for any information and thoughts on the reviewed product.

It’s actually pretty funny that Memebox recently began to put craploads of Shara Shara products into their boxes, because a few months ago finding English-speaking bloggers with any experience of the brand was almost impossible. I remember posting on /r/AsianBeauty about it and the general consensus was that while a lot of their products looked appealing, nobody had tried them just by virtue of them not being on anybody’s radar.

So of course, I decided to use that as justification to buy a metric crapton of Shara Shara samples from Tester Korea & Rose Rose Shop, haha. Hey, I was trying the brand for everyone’s sake, right, so it was totally okay to buy tons of samples!

Anyhow, since then, Memebox clearly struck some sort of deal with Shara Shara because they’ve been popping up in almost every recent Memebox. Combining that with my pre-existing sample stash and I have months and months of Shara Shara products to try out now!

Today, I’ll give my Shara Shara Gold Label Repescargo Cream review. This was the first Shara Shara product that I tried out of my massive sample stash, and I have to say that it has set a good precedent – I’m even more excited to keep trying this brand after using this cream. But I’m getting ahead of myself, as always!

Prior to using this cream, I’d never used any snail mucin products before – sure, I’d seen the hype and glowing reviews that Mizon’s various flavors of snail goo were getting from my fellow AB addicts, but for some reason I’d just not yet taken the plunge. It was on my to-do list for sure, since I’d heard a lot about snail mucin being excellent for acne prone skins as it helps to repair and soothe inflamed skin, but somehow snail products just never made it into any of my various carts by the time I pulled the trigger on a purchase.

shara shara gold label repescargo cream

Please click the read more for the full post!

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Superbox #54 Pinkaholic Memebox Review & Unboxing

I know, I know. I’m really behind on my Memebox review posts, largely because I just haven’t had the drive for beauty blogging lately. On the bright side, this means that I’ve actually had a chance to use a couple of these products for a month-ish already, so full reviews will be incoming & I can give a better overview of them in this post.

Today’s unboxing will by the Superbox # 54 Pinkaholic Memebox review. Here’s the premise of the box, according to Memebox’s site:

Life is so much better in shades of pink!

Pink cotton candy clouds, baby pink lips, happy pink balloons, little presents with big pink bows, bubbly pink champagnes, sweet pink peas… at Memebox we’re so obsessed with all things pink!

If you’re a fellow pinkholic, this is the box for you! Filled with every shade of pink that you can possibly imagine, and all lovely pink-y things, this box is an explosion of pretty, pink beauty things that will surely satisfy all you pink manias!

I’ve always loved pink (when I was little, I often told people that my favorite color was “cotton pink” which apparently confused my mother to no end – but I meant, like, cotton candy, you know?) and obviously, if you’ve been reading my blog here, you know that I love cute packaging. So I was instantly sold on this particular superbox as soon as I saw the listing!

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Here’s the first look. The hot pink Memebox packaging really suits this box, you know? If you’ve never received a Memebox before, they come shipped in BRIGHT PINK bubble mailers and then a hot pink box within the mailer. I love it!

pinkaholic memebox

…And here’s everything laid out and unboxed. It really is a whole lotta pink products, eh? I personally think they did a really good job and selecting products that were PINK PINK PINK yet still very functional and useful.

Let’s get down to the blow-by-blows for each product. As always, if you’re viewing this from the main page, please click the read more to see the entire post!

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Superbox #56 Yogurt Cosmetics Memebox Review & Unboxing

Let’s cut to the chase: yes, it’s another food-themed Memebox. I know, I have a problem!

But yogurt in cosmetics is really not unusual or new, it’s generally associated with being soothing and hydrating – which makes it a prime ingredient for winter skincare products. Many people, myself included, suffer from dryness and irritation due to winter weather, so I was able to justify buying the Superbox #56 Yogurt Cosmetics pretty easily.

first look

Here’s the official summary of this Memebox:

Yogurt is a yummy and wholesome snack, but when applied topically, you’ll see that this creamy wonder food  also has a multitude of beauty benefits!

Yogurt used as part of a beauty regimen dates back to ancient Egypt, when Cleopatra used it as a part of her daily beauty routine to maintain her youth. It contains lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cells that accumulate into the pores! Also, proteins, calcium, and vitamins prevent premature aging, brighten skin, and give the skin a naturally youthful glow!

Unlock this ancient beauty secret for your best self ever!

Whoever writes the sales copy for Memeboxes is damn good at their job, because I always end up thinking “well, that sounds like something that could definitely benefit my skin!” after almost every new box gets released. I mean, who doesn’t want youthful, glowing skin, right?

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So, just at a glance, we’ve got three different types of face mask, a cleanser, a moisturizer, and a lip balm set. I’m always happiest when my boxes are more skincare oriented – unless of course it’s a specifically makeup/haircare/whatever-themed box – so I’m pleased with this lineup.

Let’s get down to the unboxing – click the read more to see the individual products and my thoughts on each!

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Whole Grains 2 Memebox Review & Unboxing

Next up in my seemingly endless line of food-themed Memeboxes… it’s time for my Whole Grains 2 Memebox review!

Several years ago, Davies Gate released a series of “Seeds and Grains” beauty products. It included items like Whole Wheat Body Lotion, Cardamom Foot Butter, Barley Body Wash, etc. For some reason, this really appealed to me and I remember trying to find it in stock online or at the Bath & Body Works near me, but never having any luck – I think I found out about it too late, and so it was all being phased out. Ever since then, I’ve always kind of kept an eye out for similar-sounding beauty products, to make up for my missing out on that particular collection.

So obviously, when I saw that Memebox had released a Whole Grains box and I’d missed THAT, I was totally bummed. Luckily for me, they announced Whole Grains 2 pretty soon after, and I immediately snapped it up. The box arrived on my doorstep this week, so now it’s time for me to revel in FINALLY getting my hands on some grain glamour!

overview

Memebox’s official description of Superbox #34 Whole Grains 2:

“Whole grains are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, yet powerful enough to buff away dead skin cells and encourage surface cell turnover! Whole grains will leave skin feeling silky soft, smooth and glowing. Rich in vitamins A and E, whole grains are full of antioxidants that promote cell respiration and also stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory compounds, slowing down the aging process.”

For someone who counts inflammation/sensitivity, dullness caused by inadequate natural exfoliation, and anti-aging as some of her skin concerns, this box sounds like a no-brainer!

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This box has some items that I’m really excited about, and a few that I’m not too hyped to try… but of course, I will end up testing everything eventually, because you never know when a seemingly boring product can actually be a game-changer, right?

You know the drill: if you’re seeing this post from the main page, the rest of the post is beyond the read more!

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September 2014 Glossybox Review & Unboxing + October 2014 Glossybox Spoilers!

Continuing my pattern of slowpoke Glossybox unboxing posts, it’s almost a week into October and here I am about to do my September 2014 Glossybox review! Apparently my mailman only feels like delivering packages in giant batches, I received *five* Memeboxes (that I’d been waiting on for like a month) and my Glossybox all on the same day. Since that’s highly unlikely to be coincidence – their shipping notices were all at least several days apart – it looks like my PO is content to just let people’s packages sit around until they finally feel like delivering things.

Sigh.

I’m on a no-buy right now, but if we still have the same abysmal mailman at the start of next year, I’ll probably have to look into getting a PO box (at a different PO because I’m not rewarding mine for bad service by paying them more $$ to get my mail on time) for my sub boxes and orders that need to ship USPS.

Anyhow, enough complaining, because the September box is pretty nice!

firstlook

As you can see, the September box was curated by Harper’s Bazaar. This had me interested, because I actually subscribe to and generally enjoy their magazine! If only they’d stop working with Terry Richardson, though… I find him distasteful enough that I likely won’t renew my subscription when it ends unless they’ve dropped him.

Their beauty advice is generally far sounder than their taste in skeezy photographers, though, so I expected that this would be a good box, and I wasn’t disappointed!

openbox

Here’s the first look with the card and tissue paper pulled back so that you can actually see the products. I spy an Essie polish, BVLGARI something, and an OCC Lip Tar! We had a spoiler about Benefit They’re Real Mascara, so that’s obviously what the black box contains, but the other white box is still a mystery at this point…!

I am really glad that they’ve kept the new box style that they premiered last month. I still feel something about the texture and shape just looks crisper and more chic. This special edition box was white and black rather than the classic pastel pink and black – I love that they let the guest curators design their own boxes as well. Really adds to the experience, I think!

unboxed

Here’s everything pulled out and lined up. Uh, please ignore the fact that the lip tar appears to be about to fire a laser beam at my (new, significantly less shitty!) camera.

Hit the read more if you’d like to see the blow-by-blow list of each product and my thoughts~

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Massive Rose Rose Shop & Tester Korea Asian Beauty Haul!

Last month, both Rose Rose Shop and Tester Korea had some decent sales – and TK in particular had the coveted SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick in stock for only $3 markup over retail – so I ended up splurging big time. The boxes arrived within two days of each other, so the end result was a gigantic Asian beauty haul! Between this and my upcoming Memeboxes, I’m pretty much set with buying new skincare stuff for awhile, I think. I also included a lot of sample packs in both orders so that I could try a bunch of new items without breaking the bank (or risking a bunch of dud products), so I’ll have a lot to review in the upcoming months even if I manage to stick to my skincare no-buy plans for the rest of the year!

megahaul

A few things are missing (like my OST Vitamin C serum, as I’d already opened it and forgot to pull it out of the fridge for pictures) or my Skinfood Trouble Clear Spot Patches as I’d already used up half the box by the time I decided to do this haul post. But you can still see that this was a big batch of beauty! I’m very excited as I managed to get some items that I’d really been ogling for months for really nice prices.

Let’s take a look at all the goodies after the cut!

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August 2014 Glossybox Review & Unboxing + Future Spoilers

Yes. Really. I don’t know what happened, but I only now received my August 2014 GLOSSYBOX this weekend – September 5th, to be precise. It was postmarked August 5th, so I have absolutely no clue why or how a package going from Kentucky to Ohio managed to take longer to get to me than most of my Korean orders!

glossybox-august

I seem to be the only one who got their box so staggeringly late, so I’m assuming it has something to do with my local post office – UPS has the local mail man deliver some, but not all, of their parcels, and our the mailman that our neighborhood got a few months back is notoriously bad. He’s been caught several times leaving the ‘sorry we missed you’ message in people’s mailboxes when they were standing in their yard and said hello to him, people have been finding both incoming and outgoing mail just… abandoned in piles in people’s yards (including an outgoing mortgage payment) or on the sidewalk, packages are being marked as delivered full weeks before he actually bothers to truly deliver anything – unfortunately, it seems like if an entire neighborhood constantly filing complaints for three months about him hasn’t given any results, I’m assuming that we’re stuck with him no matter how badly he does his job. I’ve always heard that it’s next to impossible to get even the worst postal worker fired, and given how serious some of his offenses are – particularly the leaving outgoing bills on the sidewalk in piles with other mail and flat-out lying about deliveries – this situation seems to be proving that statement.

If this keeps up, I’ll have to get a PO box or something because I’m losing faith in my postman’s ability to actually guarantee delivery of my parcels. But honestly, I’d probably take it out with the UPS store or something. I’d rather give them money than essentially reward my PO for being so bad by giving them even more money just to receive my mail properly.

Sigh. Okay, okay, rant over – it’s just that this is the second parcel in a week’s time that I was expecting almost a month earlier, and the PO has been absolutely zero help. Our neighborhood has a Facebook group and we’ve been documenting all this nonsense, but it seems like the PO simply doesn’t find it important enough to hire someone who actually does his damned job and doesn’t put the community at risk for theft via leaving all their mail and important documents all over the street. Seriously, how the fuck is that considered good enough to keep a job?!

I just wanted to clarify that this fault does not lie with GLOSSYBOX. They fulfilled their part and mailed it out over a month ago, so I don’t hold them accountable for my local PO’s insistence on employing this irresponsible, dishonest, and lazy idiot masquerading as a mailman.

So anyhow, not like anyone will really care since this unboxing is about a month later than everyone else’s, but here we go – my August 2014 Glossybox review and unboxing!

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