Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Korean Skincare With MemeBox

When it comes to skincare, Korean cosmetics are renowned for their innovation and unprecedented ideas developed through cutting-edge technology. I’m a dental surgeon by profession, which is what fuels my passion for skincare and science; I’m always looking for the next big thing in beauty. I’ve always been so intrigued by Asian skincare products and I finally had an opportunity to try some out through Meme Box.

Meme Box is a beauty box company unlike any of the others. Firstly, there’s no need to subscribe as such and there are a plethora of different boxes to choose from. I chose the Mask Edition #4 box and I could not wait to try out what’s new on the Asian skincare market.

Firstly I’d like to state that the delivery all the way from Seoul, South Korea, was impeccable. It arrived in a week and I received regular texts tracking my parcel. That was the part I was most concerned about, but it honestly took the same amount of time to arrive as some of my UK deliveries!

The box came with a breakdown of the products included, in English of course, outlining what should be in the box. Here are my thoughts on the products:

1. Sua Young Berristure Moisture Cream - This product is amazing. It’s a bit like the Origins Overnight Mask in the sense that it can be done as a face mask or left on overnight. Either way, it’s very hydrating and contains Acaiberry, Blueberry and Cranberry extracts as well as collagen capsules that all aid to increase moisture levels. This product comes with a small plastic spatula that I love for the hygiene factor and smells absolutely scrumptious!

2. Purederm Vitamin C Facial Pads – I’ve never come across a product like this in London. Firstly they smell and look like little orange slices, which I just can’t get over. Secondly, they’re pre-moistened pads loaded with orange, ginseng, gingko, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid to soothe and revitalize tired skin. I keep this in the fridge and pop them on either in the evening or morning. Again, this also comes with plastic tweezers to avoid contamination.

3. Skin Factory 7 Second Morning Sheet 7 in 1 – This is an exfoliator, toner and serum in one. It comes with tweezers to carefully remove one of the dual-sided sheets. I use the dotted side of the sheet to exfoliate and with the softer side I pat on more essence. It contains natural fruit acids to exfoliate, niacinamide to brighten skin, green tea, rose water, aloe and so much more. This is truly a brilliant product.

4. When 10:00pm & Travelmate Sheet Masks – I’ve never used sheet masks before but I really enjoyed using these. These are made from bio-cellulose sheets as opposed to the average paper or fabric sheet masks and can hold up to 10 times more fluid. The 10:00pm mask is beyond hydrating and meant to be used at night before bed. The Travelmate mask is for tired, UV exposed skin.

5. SLCosmetic Soo Effect Plus Sheet Masks – There are 3 of these in the box; one to repair, one to energize and one to hydrate. They are enriched with baobab, olive, aloe vera and red ginseng extracts that are highly moisturizing and beneficial to the skin.

Overall, I am highly impressed with the quality of these products. You’ll already know if you’re a regular reader of The Beauty Boardroom that I am a big interpreter of ingredients and although I haven’t listed all of the ingredients of each product in this post as there are way too many items, they are fantastic. Most of the masks do not contain any nasties and are all natural. These are quality products and I’ve been using these religiously over the last few weeks. My skin hasn’t felt dehydrated or dry at all since I’ve started my new mask routine despite the weather changes in London. These products are all full sizes and have a combined retail value of around $125, although the box only costs $23 which is about £13.

Now for my only qualm with this box – the information on the packaging of products are obviously written in Korean but most of them also have all the information and full ingredients list translated into English. However, one of the brands of sheet masks hasn’t got the ingredients written in English anywhere, so I think Memebox should provide that information elsewhere just for that one product, because I like to know exactly what I’m putting on my face.

Other than that, I am completely blown away by these Korean face masks – the technology, the innovation, the high quality ingredients. If like me, you are a true skincare junkie, and you’d like to try some Asian beauty products but have absolutely no idea where to start or where to get hold of them, Memebox are the answer. They’ve always got new boxes up on the website so go take a look here.

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