Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ipsy June 2014 Review


This marks my second month with Ipsy! After a fantastic first month, I was anxious to see what I got this month. This month, the bag displays a floral-y, tropical pattern. It's not my first choice of bag, but I plan to use this to hold make up at home in an attempt to organize. Ipsy does minimal "matching", but for the most part I believe they use a variety of pre-curated bags. Let's see what I got!

Box: Ipsy (Referral link)
Price: $10/month, $110/year; $4.95 shipping to Canada
Ships to: North America
What’s inside: Various beauty product samples and full size products, very roughly personalized


Jesse's Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Full Size || Value: $6.99
Beneficial ingredients of note: none
Detrimental ingredients of note: none
This eyeliner claims to reference Japanese calligraphy brushes in order to create a liquid eyeliner applicator which can go on delicately and precisely, with lines down to 1 mm thick. I find these claims to be true -- this applicator is incredibly fine. The eyeliner is a pitch, pure black. My only issue, I believe, is my inexperience. I simply do not know how to apply this eyeliner well! That's what practice is for, though. I'm happy to try this.


Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray 45mL/1.52fl oz || Estimated value: $2.53
Beneficial ingredients of note: n/a
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance (last half of list)
This spray primarily uses magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) in order to make one's hair scrunchable and get that beach wave look going on. Some find that using magnesium sulfate can dry the hair out, so I don't advise using this every day! This spray smells like coconuts -- pina coladas, really. And if you've been reading this blog a while, you know that I love coconuts, enough to abstain from my hatred of added fragrance in products. That said, my hair is infamous for not being able to hold a curl. I've tried this spray on both damp and dry hair, held it up in a messy bun for over a minute to try and get those scrunches to stick, and... no dice. The smell also dissipated within an hour or two. Oh well. Maybe one day I'll try using the entire can and see if that works.

NYX Butter Gloss - Creme Brulee Full size || Value: $5.00
Beneficial ingredients of note: mineral oil (may be comedogenic to some) (first ingredient), beeswax (third ingredient)
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance (last half of list)
As I'm currently abstaining from frequent use of lip products, I haven't been able to try this much. This colour is a "natural" colour but doesn't look very natural on my lips, since I have darker lips... naturally. In a thin layer, it does look more natural, lightening my natural lip colour or lipstick/stain somewhat. As the name implies, it goes on very buttery; the doe-tip applicator helps immensely. I haven't fallen in love with this (primarily because of the colour, and because I tend to not like lip glosses), but since it is a lip gloss that doesn't leave my lips looking like they're twice the size, I'm willing to give it a shot.  


Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser 58mL/2.0oz || Estimated value: $12.00
Beneficial ingredients of note: safflower oleosomes (second ingredient), sunflower seed oil (third ingredient), papaya enzymes?, olive oil, avocado oil
Detrimental ingredients of note: orange fruit extract (first ingredient)
What would be a really amazing cleanser/mask ended up disappointing me when I saw that orange fruit extract was the first ingredient. Citrus fruits on the face are something I am still highly disapproving of! I trust that Skinn has accounted for the pH levels of this formula, so that it is not too acidic, but orange extract still contains phototoxic enzymes. I've yet to use this because I haven't found the time to stay indoors out of the sun after using this as a mask. Sorry, all! I've got places to be, no time for phototoxic enzymes causing me skin irritation!

One product for which I do not have a product picture (you can see it in the first look picture) is the...
Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara Full Size || Value: $15
Beneficial ingredients of note: n/a
Detrimental ingredients of note: n/a
The ingredients in this mascara are the following:
acrylates copolymer, deionized water, talc, cera alba, propylene glycol, copernicia cerifera wax, stearic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, polysorbate 80, propylparaben, methylparaben, ci 77499
Nothing too scary, right? Why then, is this not like my usual product reviews? Well, when I and many other Ipsy subscribers opened this mascara up, an immediate, acrid smell was noticed. Though this mascara does not contain added fragrance, I've had similar mascaras which do not smell nearly as bad as this does. Some people have reported allergic reactions to this mascara. Please use with caution. Or don't, because I found that this mascara wasn't all that great in the first place. It has a dry formula, and only lengthened by lashes -- no thickening. It was completely average.

Now, I am not a chemist, please keep that in mind. But one possibility I have found as an amateur on the Internet is that it may be the acrylates copolymer, a common ingredient in cosmetics and especially mascara, that is causing these issues. This source states that the monomer of acrylates copolymer (basically, the building block of the molecule) is a nasal irritant. It states that when formulated well, the amount of acrylates monomer in a cosmetics product should be too low to be noticeably irritating. Perhaps there is more acrylataes monomer in this mascara than there should be, for whatever reason?

Be a Bombshell has responded that this batch of mascara is safe to use, but do be careful. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially since this is by no means an expensive subscription. If you are nervous about this mascara, just throw it out. That is what I have done (thus the lack of picture). 

This subscription is about $15 for a Canadian subscriber like me, and I received about $40 worth of product. Unfortunately, the $15 mascara which I've decided to throw away makes up much of that value -- so truly, this bag has a $25 value to me. I haven't fallen in love with any of these products (except for the smell of the hair spray), but at the same time I'm happy to try them because I've not had experience with these sorts of items. I'm still excited to be subscribing to Ipsy and will continue to do so.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Golden Tote June 2014 Review


I was very surprised when this came to my front porch. Firstly because I don't remember getting my tracking number for this tote, and secondly because I got hit with customs! My first $149 in April didn't get hit with customs, and my second $49 tote in May was sent to my boyfriend's house in the U.S. so I didn't have to deal with them there. But oh boy, they caught me this time. This $149 tote, in addition to the $25 shipping, netted me an extra $31 in duty fees. That's a $205 tote, for anyone counting.

Box: Golden Tote (Referral link)
Price: $49 (1 chosen item + 1-2 surprise items), $149 (2 chosen items + 3-5 surprise items), ($25 flat rate international shipping)
Ships to: International
What’s inside: Clothing


At the very least, I wasn't shortchanged on the number of items in this tote. $149 totes come with 5-7 items in total; I received 6, which is the usual number. I also picked some pricier items this month, which will help bring up the value of the tote. Let's take a look! I was able to pick two items from their Golden Tote's June line, and four items were surprises.


Whisked Away Dress by Collective Concepts || Value: $70
This was my first pick, one of the few items that came in an XS. I still think it's just a touch too big for me, but I've had a few people say that it looks just fine. It's rather comfortable and easy to put on, and the bottom is lined. It ties at the waist, there's no elastic. The material is thin but opaque, so it'll be nice for the summer.  


Crochet Lace Romper by re:named || Value: $68
My second pick, and one of the first rompers I've ever owned. Took me a while to figure out how to get in this... but it was comfortable once I put it on! I wasn't sure if the crochet lace would hold up, but it seems to be sturdy enough for everyday use. The fabric is not completely opaque, unfortunately. I like that the shorts are longer than most I've seen. And it has pockets!


Black Simple Knot Top by Esley || Estimated value: $25?
Esley is a company which appears to sell clothes primarily by whole sale, so I wasn't able to find a price on this shirt. It's 100% cotton, very thin and light. It's styled with a sort of knot at the collar. This shirt completely overwhelms me although it's a size small. I also have a similar shirt. I've put this up for trade.


Printed Slouchy Pants by Priddy (Puella) || Estimated value: $40?
Pardon the bralette! I have no idea what I would wear with these pants. They are certainly very slouchy. Maybe a little too much. They hang loosely above my hips, but are too long to wear any lower (I think they're meant to be above the hips, anyway). Apparently, steaming the band carefully using an iron placed a few inches above it will shrink it up an inch or two, which I may try. I'm very on the fence about these pants. Printed pants are a new territory for me, much less pants that remind me of pajamas. Perhaps I'll wear these on exam days?


Nautical Top by Porridge || Estimated value: $35?
I love the print on this top. I like the neckline, although you can see that it's pretty wide and shows off my bra straps in the back (oops!). It's a bit big on me, but I think it will shrink if I wash it carefully with warm water. I wish it was a different material, though -- I hate ironing. 


Geo Print Dress by Fantastic Fawn || Value: $44
I love this dress. It hits me at my natural waist, and just above the knees. I don't necessarily need to wear a belt with it, which is good because I can get lazy in the morning with my clothing choices. It's got a cool print without being too crazy for my tastes, and it has teal on it (one of my favourite colours, because it reminds me of my boyfriend... as corny as that is). It has sleeves so I don't need to worry about strapless bras or anything like that. It's opaque and yet very thin and light material (with lining on the bottom). Best of all? It has pockets! This dress made my tote, I think.

Altogether I spent 149 tote+25 shipping+31 duty fees = $205 for this Golden Tote (plus a little extra for conversion to CAD). Was it worth it? Well, I got over $250 worth of clothing, even if I don't count the shirt that I put up for trade. Although I probably wouldn't pay full price for most of these items, I love that Golden Tote gets me items that I couldn't get anywhere in my city, and I love the surprise factor. The community is pretty great, too! So to me, this tote was definitely worth my money, even if I got caught with duty fees.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Saffron Rouge Inner Circle June 2014 Review


Another month, another Saffron Rouge Inner Circle box. Let's take a look at this month's products!

Box Overview
Box: Saffron Rouge Inner Circle
Price: $24.99 per month
Ships to: Canada, US International
What's inside: Organic beauty products, a mix of full-size and samples


Vapour Aura Multi Use Blush (Mystic) Nickel-sized pressed powder, 1g? || Estimated value: $5.30
Beneficial ingredients of note: sunflower oil (first ingredient), beeswax (second ingredient), castor oil, vitamin E, frankensense, basil extract, lotus leaf extract
Detrimental ingredients of note: essential oils? (not specified what kinds)
I thought last month had tiny samples, but this takes the cake. This is miniscule. It's a highly pigmented pink powder with blue iridescent glitter/sparkle, but still, it's so tiny... yet worth five dollars, somehow! I definitely think this is too glittery for a blush, especially for everyday use. It could be used for a nice eyeshadow, though I'm not really a pink sort of girl.

ilike Lemon Cleansing Milk Unknown volume, 5mL? || Estimated value: $0.85
Beneficial ingredients of note: glycerin (third ingredient), vitamin E, salicylic acid
Detrimental ingredients of note: corn oil (second ingredient), apple (fourth ingredient), lemon (fifth ingredient), alcohol (seventh ingredient), limonene, citral (last ingredient)
Would you look at that ingredients list. Ughhhhh. I wouldn't put this on my face in a million years. Corn oil, really? Not that corn oil is particularly terrible for the skin, but as a skin care ingredient it definitely isn't luxurious, and is also higher on the comedogenicity scale. Then there's a bunch of citrus and some alcohol thrown in there too. The only plus is that it smells like lemon lollipops. It didn't even do a great job of washing off the blush from my arm when I swatched it.

Oh, and this is a repeat from March, where they gave the grape stem cell cleansing milk. Very disappointing.


Primavera Energizing Ginger Lime Hand Cream Full size || Value: $18
Beneficial ingredients of note: jojoba oil (second ingredient), sweet almond oil (third ingredient), glycerin, shea butter, avocado oil, macadamia oil, green tea (last half of list)
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance (halfway through list), lime oil (halfway through list), ginger oil (halfway through list), alcohol (last ingredient)
I haven't opened this lotion yet, as I don't think I would like a ginger lime scent, and haven't had huge luck with Primavera products in the past (since Inner Circle likes to give one Primavera product each month, it feels). Though the lime oil is lower in the list, it's still high enough to make me nervous, though because it's a hand cream and not a face cream I'm not as upset as I am with the cleanser. I like that jojoba and sweet almond (both great oils with low comedogenicity) are the second and third ingredients.
 

The Body Deli Body Lotion (Jasmine Tuberose) 60g/2oz || Estimated value: $9.50
Beneficial ingredients of note: coconut water, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, glycerin, various "superfoods", vitamin E, vitamin C, some floral oils
Detrimental ingredients of note: lavender oil (second last ingredient) (unlikely to cause issue)

Though I think it's funny to put a superfood in a skin care product, such as spinach or carrot juice, none are likely to cause any negative effects. At worst, they have no effect; at best, they impart some of their vitamins or whatnot into the skin. Unfortunately there's not much research on superfoods on the skin, since we tend to eat them instead. Regardless, the other ingredients in this body lotion are great. I'm not a huge fan of the floral smell, personally; but it's inoffensive. I think it soaks in and moisturizes as well as any other similar moisturizer.

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Extreme Lip Gloss Full size || Value: $23.50
Beneficial ingredients of note: coconut oil (second ingredient), grape seed oil (third ingredient), vitamin E, aloe
Detrimental ingredients of note: peppermint oil?, spearmint oil?, star anise oil, wintergreen oil?
This clear lip gloss and plumper smells of mint, which I personally enjoy as a scent. As an ingredient, not so much. Though mint oils are generally regarded as safe, especially in low concentrations, I've personally been having some issues with my lips and I can't help but be cautious about ingredients that produce cooling, warming, or tingling sensations. These sensations are indicative of nociceptors (pain receptors) firing, which means irritation. Truth be told, any sort of plumping product involves irritation to the skin. Plumping is not a normal reaction, it's inflammation. Since my lips are still healing, and because my lips are plump on their own, I do not need this product. It's a shame, because the packaging is quite nice.
 This month, I received just over $55 worth of product, but I'm only planning on using one (the body lotion). It seems like with every month, I get a little more disappointed with Saffron Rouge Inner Circle, which I used to call my favourite subscription box. They have such a great variety of product and brands in their store, yet continue to send lotions, tiny samples, mists, hand and body lotions, and Primavera. It doesn't help that usually the products are filled with citrus -- and worse, some have alcohol! I'd love to see some pure facial oils, konjac sponges, foundation/powder in a decent sample size, brushes, masks, scrubs...

I've decided to give Inner Circle one more month. As it's a subscription on the pricier side, it's simply not worth it if I'm only using one or two items from it each month. I really do hope I am impressed in July.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Beauty Box 5 June 2014 Review + $12 Coupon (Or one box free)


After cancelling my quarterly subscription and seeing the spoiler item for this box, I wasn't super excited. I'm happy to say that I was actually pleasantly surprised. Let's take a look at this month's BB5.

Box Overview 
Price: $12/month, $30/quarter, $99/year (shipping free)
Ships to: Lower 48 United States and Canada
What's inside: 4-5 samples of make-up & beauty products, nail products, skin care, hair care, fragrance, and so on.


Nicka K New York Nail Polish - Ripe Apple Full Size || Value: $4.99
Beneficial ingredients of note: none
Detrimental ingredients of note: isopropyl alcohol (likely required as a solvent and drying agent)
As I said, I wasn't really excited for this nail polish. Neither of the colours were interesting to me, and I don't really wear nail polish in the first place. I'll probably swap this or give this to my mother.

Glam Natural Mascara 3.7mL/0.125fl oz || Estimated value: $14.00
Beneficial ingredients of note: glycerin, safflower oil, jojoba oil
Detrimental ingredients of note: cinnamon leaf oil, curry leaf oil (last ingredients)
I haven't opened this because I already have several mascaras open right now. I like that it's very minimal and free of various harsh chemicals, but... cinnamon and curry oil? Do I really want this near my eyes in the first place? I've accidentally gotten curry in my eyes before, and let me tell you, it's not fun.


Organix Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner 7.4mL/0.25fl oz each || Estimated value:$0.30 total
Beneficial ingredients of note: coconut oil (in both)
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance (4th last ingredient in shampoo, last ingredient in conditioner)
I've seen this in the drug store and always wanted to try it, because I love coconut scented things, regardless of how much fragrance is in them -- it's my guilty pleasure. The shampoo's surfactant is ammonium lauryl sulfate, known to be much less harsh than the oft-used sodium lauryl sulfate. Unfortunately, this shampoo still stripped my hair a bit, leaving it strangely squeaky when I washed it. The conditioner did a good job of making my hair feel normal again, but just in case I did throw in my own leave-in after I stepped out of the shower. It smelled delicious while it lasted, but I wouldn't buy the shampoo on my own.

Vitabath Body Wash - Wild Red Cherry 60mL/2fl oz || Estimated value: $1.32
Beneficial ingredients of note: niacinamide, wild cherry fruit extract?, aloe, various other fruit/flower extracts, coffee extract?
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance (fifth ingredient)
I was worried about the amount of fragrance in this when I looked at the ingredients list, and oh boy, does this smell like cherry. Overwhelmingly so, in fact. I don't think I'd be able to use this at all because I don't love cherries as much as I love coconuts. 


Eslor Soothing Refiner & Cleanser 5mL/.17fl oz || Estimated value: $2.33
Beneficial ingredients of note: aloe, glycerin, coltsfoot extract, hops extract, rosemary leaves extract, sage leaves extract, carrot extract
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrant oil (last third of list)

Eslor Soothing Cream 5mL/.17fl oz || Estimated value: $6.50
Beneficial ingredients of note: aloe, almond oil, avocado oil, wheat germ oil, hazelnut oil, various flower extracts, live yeast cell derivative, carrot oil
Detrimental ingredients of note: orange peel extract

Eslor Replenishing Scrub 5mL/.17fl oz || Estimated value: $2.80
Beneficial ingredients of note: aloe, various flours and meals from things like wheat and corn, oatmeal, honey, hops and arnica and horsetail extracts
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrant oil (fourth last ingredient)

Eslor Comforting Mask 5mL/.17fl oz || Estimated value: $3.80
Beneficial ingredients of note: aloe, kaolin, glycerin, seaweed extracts, zinc oxide, sweet almond oil, avocado oil
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrant oil

Though I haven't been able to use all of these yet, I'm very pleased with the ingredients lists. I've tried the soothing cream and though it goes on thick and creamy, it soaks in rather well and does not irritate my face at all, even the sensitive parts. I'm excited to try the other packets in time. They're surprisingly full of product, and I suspect that each should last me at least 4-5 days each.

This box cost me $10 with my quarterly subscription, and I received over $35 worth of product, a great value. I loved that BB5 took an approach to products this month that were free of harsh chemicals as opposed to previous months. I still don't regret cancelling my subscription, as I think I will only truly like the Eslor products, with the rest being okay or not something I would use.

To get a free introductory box with a monthly subscription, or $12 either a quarterly or yearly subscription, use the code FREE614 before the end of June. Please consider using my referral link while you're there!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Golden Tote May 2014 Review


This review comes late because I had this tote shipped to my boyfriend's house in New York, to avoid some shipping costs.

Box: Golden Tote (Referral link)
Price: $49 (1 chosen item + 1-2 surprise items), $149 (2 chosen items + 3-5 surprise items), ($25 flat rate international shipping)
Ships to: International
What’s inside: Clothing
  
Golden Tote is one of my new obsessions, unfortunately for my wallet. There's something about spoilers before a big release day that gets to me. The lovely Golden Tote community on Facebook helps a lot, too. I love how you get to choose something so you know you'll have at least one thing you like the look of. I got the $49 tote this month, which means that I can choose one item and will receive one or two surprise items.

 Cotton Crochet Top (White) by miss love || Value: $25
I'm really liking tops I can wear with bandeaus recently, so I was quite excited to get this shirt. I love the crochet detailing. I wish it came in colours other than white, but luckily this cotton shirt is not completely see through in the front (not that I would wear a bra with this anyway -- the electric blue bra is for transparency viewing purposes only!). The cotton is super light while being thick enough to feel sturdy. I do think this is a touch big on me but with careful hand washing I think it will shrink up to be the perfect size.

 Adore You Dress (Aqua) by Naked Zebra || Value: $69.99
I don't really feel like this dress is worth $70. But then, it doesn't look very good on me, either. The height was fine, the spaghetti straps didn't bother me like I thought they would when I first saw pictures of it, and I like the colour. But the waist and torso were simply too big for my small stature. When I dropped the waist, I looked as flat and straight as a ruler, so that was out. But when hiked up even a little bit, the waist simply could not tie small enough to make it look flattering. I've traded this away already for another Golden Tote top which I hope I will like very much.

I paid $49 plus tax and shipping (about $7) for this tote and got $95 worth of clothing. Unfortunately, I'm not 100% happy with the top as it came in the tote and I'm not happy with the dress at all. Luckily, Golden Tote's community makes it super easy to find something that you like for sale or trade, and if the top I get for this dress works out and the crochet top shrinks well, then I'll be very happy! I've already ordered my June tote and I hope it works out well.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Memebox Luckybox #2 (Two) Review


This Luckybox 2 from Memebox was a restocked edition I happened to grab. Memeboxes continue to be one of my favourite boxes to date, due to their interesting items, ability to choose from various themed boxes, and value.

Box Overview
Box: Memebox (Global)
Price: $15 (for Memebox Mini), $23 (for Memebox Global or Luckybox), $23-$39 (for Nakedbox), $32-$70 (for Superbox), + shipping
Ships to: United States, Canada, and over 40 other countries -- check here
What's inside: Korean beauty products. Specifics for each box may be found on their website.


LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence 20mL/0.68 fl oz || Estimated value: $12.80
Beneficial ingredients of note: tea tree oil, trehalose, sea buckthorn, centella asiatica
Detrimental ingredients of note: none
Tea tree is a great ingredient if diluted (otherwise, it's very drying and has a high chance of contact dermatitis and chemical burns after prolonged use). If the ingredients list is as stated, then this is pretty much perfect for anyone who likes tea tree. Only a few drops can cover the entire face, working its antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory magic. I use this a few times per week to help with my acne, and I think it does help. I hope it's diluted enough to not cause any problems for me; I haven't yet had any reactions. If the 90 is to be taken literally, this may be 90% tea tree oil; I may dilute it more to be safe.


Espoir Lip Gloss - Magic Hour 4.4g || Estimated value: $1.78
Beneficial ingredients of note: N/A
Detrimental ingredients of note: N/A
I wasn't able to find any ingredients list for this item, a rather large "sample" sized lip gloss. Swatched above, you can see the colour is very vivid, but it actually spreads out finely to a more subtle colour. Unfortunately, lip glosses are not my thing, so I've swapped this item. 


Dr. Jart V7 Eye Serum Full Size || Value: $38
Beneficial ingredients of note: niacinamide, several flower/seed extracts, aloe
Detrimental ingredients of note: high amount of silicones/parabens/preservatives, more than what I usually see in ingredients lists
I think eye serums like this are something you would have to use for months and months to see an effect. I haven't been super strict on using this every day, so I haven't personally seen any results from this.

Miseenscene 2x Curl Essence 30mL/1fl oz || Estimated value: $2
Beneficial ingredients of note: N/A
Detrimental ingredients of note: N/A, but definitely some sort of fragrance
From what I understand, this is supposed to be some sort of hair essence but also a styling treatment for curly hair? But it can also be used in straight hair, like mine. A plus is that it can be used in damp or dry hair, sort of as a leave-in conditioner. I wouldn't use this on my entire head because it's heavily fragranced. I've used it on my dry ends and it's okay at sealing split ends up temporarily, but too much leaves my hair tacky. It's alright.


Dr. G BIO-RTx Mentor Cream - 7 (for damaged skin) 20mL/0.68fl oz || Estimated value: $14
Beneficial ingredients of note: N/A -- see below
Detrimental ingredients of note: N/A -- see below 
This is one of three creams in the range, the other two being for dry and oily skin. It contains 7% of the compound "Bio-RTx", a trademarked formula that is supposed to be really great for skin. This cream also contains salicylic acid. Beyond that, I cannot translate the ingredients list. Since Bio-RTx is a combination of ingredients that are trademarked, I wasn't able to find anything about that, either. It says it controls sebum, which worries me that there are drying alcohols in this. It dries very quickly, too, which I feel confirmed my suspicions. I've used this on my entire face a few times, and though it isn't noticeably dry afterwards I can't say it's been super moisturizing, either. The salicylic acid (a great ingredient, though drying) doesn't help, either. I'm unsure of how I feel about this product.


Nuganic Customize Sunblock Fresh SPF 50 PA+++ Full size || Value: $45
Beneficial ingredients of note: zinc oxide, niacinamide, baobab extract, water lily extract
Detrimental ingredients of note: fragrance, lime extract
I cannot believe that this is a physical sunscreen. To be honest, before writing this review I assumed it was a chemical sunscreen because of how wonderfully it applies. The white cast immediately upon application is minimal, and once soaked in it's unnoticeable. It's incredibly lightweight and feels no different from a moisturizer. It does not dry matte (compared to, say, Nutrogena Ultrasheer Dry Touch), but that's easily covered up with some powder once dry. I am in love with this sunscreen. It is my best friend. If only it wasn't a measly 40mL for $45.


Leaders Insolution Mask Sheets - Bio Medi-curing Mask Aqua Dressing & Coconut Bio Mask with Tomato Full size || Value: $6 in total 
See my thoughts on these masks in my Mask Box Edition 2 review. (Short version: I love these masks!)

I paid $23 for this box and got -- get this -- over $100 worth of items! To be honest, just the masks and the sunscreen make the box for me; they're by far my favourite Memebox items so far. I highly recommend Luckyboxes for the Memebox newbie; they tend to have the highest value and are collections of some of the best Memebox items from prior Memebox Globals and Memebox Luckyboxes.