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I've won the Memebox Herbal Cosmetics box from entering I Love Beauty Boxes' July Memebox giveaway! This Superbox cost $32 plus $6.99 for shipping, so I'm really chuffed to have won! It was posted to me using express delivery too which would have costed me $25.99!
The Herbal Cosmetics box, which is currently still in stock, is approx. £22.96 in total. The box is fully packed, with 6 full size products. The box came with
Calmia Herb Cleansing Oil Gel (100ml, worth $18)
Calmia Rooibox Aqua Sprinkler Gel Cream (150ml, worth $34)
Nasarang Herb B.B SPF50+ PA+++ (30g, $46)
Skinfood Bath Salt Honey Jasmine (80g, $3)
Rose Mine Azulene Calming Gel (75ml, $29)
Kskin Rose Sense 100% Essential Oil (5ml, $42)
Total value of this box is $172, although some say that Memebox over valued their products. However, as some of their products aren't available in the market (including Ebay), and the retail price of the products are still higher than what you have paid for for the box, it's worth paying it to get the good things here.
According to the info card, the Herb Cleansing Oil Gel is suppose to "turn into milk-coloured foams", but for some reason mine just won't lather up. It actually felt like cleansing milk because of the organic argan oil. The instruction also told me to rinse it off with warm water, which isn't something I'd normally do as I like to use cold water to tighten up my pores after a good clean. Having said that, I was also told to use warm water to rinse my face off by Shiseido's retailer.
Anyway. My skin did feel nourishingly soft afterwards (the kind of feeling you get after patting oil based serum on your face), and my cotton pad was clean when I used Bioderma to do a final sweep, so I guess it's working.
The cleansing oil gel smells very familiar, definitely from one of the skincare or perfume brand you can find in Debenhams. It's pleasant and not too heady.
This is my favourite product from the box. The Rooibos (tea leaves high in antioxidant and low in caffeine) Gel Cream is a multi tasker, and can be used as skin booster, toner, emulsion, essence and gel cream. It smells like lemonade and the texture is a bit like pudding as described on the bottle, so a bit between gel and cream like the Goddess Cream from the From Nature box. Skin feels plump and soft after use without feeling sticky. Now if this spray is more cooling, it'll be the perfect spray for this Summer!
This BB cream matches my Summer tanned skin very well, though it does have a greyish base tone in it. I'm also not very keen in the smell, which comes from the herb and grain extracts. However, a tiny bit goes a long way, and it settles into my skin really well and it doesn't feel greasy.
This smells delicious! I used to love this hard boiled sweet that tasted like honey tea, and this smelled almost like it, but with a stronger smell from the Jasmine. I keep inhaling it while writing this post up, and I can't wait to use it during our holiday! With all the walking to be done, this will be very useful!
The Azulene Calming Gel is an after sun gel that smells mildy of chamomile before applying. When applied it gives out a strong smell of alcohol, which evaporates quickly. The gel gives a burst of moisture to the skin, but it takes a bit longer to absorb than the Rooibos Gel Cream. My skin feels soft afterwards.
I think that the Rooibos and Azulene are fairly similar in what they do. But then, even though the Rooibos might not have the same healing effect that after sun care has, I prefer it over the Azulene. I'm not keen in the alcohol smell from the Azulene, even though it didn't last, and it does take a bit longer to absorb, giving me that sticky feel for a while. So I probably won't use the Azulene unless I ran out of after sun cares.
I don't normally use Essential Oil, but I don't think the Korean essential oil is that different from the ones you get anywhere else, let it be top quality or lower. So I don't really see the need for buying Essential Oil from another country.
I tried it out anyway by diluted a bit of the oil with water and it smelled like a mixture of chest rub and lavender, which was a bit confusing as it's called Rose Sense. Well, to those who bought this box and said that Peppermint is missing from the box but listed in the box description: mystery solved!
Overall I think this is an OK box. It's not something I would have bought, although I'm glad that I've won it of course! I did find over half of the products I'm ok with, 3 that I like and 2 I will use up, so that makes it alright!
If you like what you see in this box, they are currently still available from the website.
Favourite product: Rooibos Aqua Sprinkler Gel Cream
Products I like: 3/6
Products I'll consider buying again: 2/6
Products I'll pass on: 2/6