Sunday, April 27, 2014

boxfullove links :: Share Your Subscription Link Party! :: April 2014

It's the end of the month, and you know what that means...

Share Your Subscription with Unpack the Box
Hosted by Unpack the Box and MommySplurge

...It's linkup party time, courtesy of your lovely hosts Unpack the Box and Mommysplurge!

Click the party button above, and you'll be transported to a festive page filled with links to other bloggers' April subscription box posts.  Connect with other smart, witty, box-obsessed and likeminded ladies and, if you're a sub box blogger yourself, join the linkup too!

As always, cocktails optional, and BYOB.

See you there!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

boxfullove patchouli :: Glossybox review + coupon codes :: March 2014

How am I still catching up on March reviews? As I was organizing this post I completely flaked and thought this was my April Glossybox -- which, in fact, I haven't received yet. (I do tend to get these late in the month.) Oops. Too many boxes, too little time!

Glossybox' March installment was so perfumey, I could smell it right through the cardboard mailer! Which is just fine by me. I mean, a deliciously scented unboxing > a meh, bland unscented one, right?

If you're not yet acquainted with Glossybox, you can read through some of my other reviews to get an idea for how it works and what it delivers. Basically, it's a monthly subscription of luxe beauty products and cosmetics; it'll cost you $21 a month to sign up, unless you choose to prepay for a longer sub, for which you'll receive a discount; you'll earn points towards free boxes by filling out product reviews; and your boxes'll arrive gorgeously packaged every time without fail.

Fancypants photo shoot in the hoooouse.

Chock full of goodies! These guys rarely disappoint. I received three deluxe samples, two full-sized items, and a bonus gift in this box.

Glossybox partnered with Rhode Island-based jewelry design house Alex and Ani this month to celebrate the launch of their Scent 7 bath and body collection, so each box included one of three Scent 7 items: hand cream, body soap, or body mist.

As you can see, I got a soap bar, also the party responsible for the heavenly-scented unboxing.  Here's how the Alex and Ani website explains the inspiration behind the soap and Scent 7 Collection as a whole:
Inspired by ancient alchemy, and scented with warm spice and sweet floral undertones, Scent 7 Soap Bar is crafted with essential oils that embody the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. When balanced, these four natural elements assist in harmonizing one’s chi. Earth stabilizes, air calms and regenerates, fire stimulates the power of the heart, and water purifies. Created with shea butter and coconut oil, Scent 7 Soap Bar effectively nurtures the skin, increasing hydration and thoroughly cleansing the body. Invigorate your senses and lift your spirit with each use. 
The Scent 7 soap bar definitely lends itself to an invigorating shower: it packs a serious patchouli punch tempered by soapy, floral overtones. Definitely not burdened with a typically "feminine" scent, this guy is both really earthy and really fresh, which I love. If you're not afraid of strong, musky perfume (I had a phase years ago during which I only wore Hugo by Hugo Boss cologne, and my favorite detergent scent is "mountain fresh," so clearly I'm not squeamish in this department), you'll love this collection.

Alex and Ani also sent along this pretty adjustable bangle in a silver finish. I probably wouldn't have picked this out for myself, but in all honesty the swan charm won me over. Loved getting this quality bonus in my box. (Took this picture with my iPhone -- we forgot to shoot the bangle with the rest of the products, as he had already found a home inside my jewelry box!)

Another full-sized product! Woo! And an exclusive one, to boot -- this new-to-me brand is German and, from what I can tell, unavailable in the US unless purchased through Glossybox. I haven't tried it yet because my lips are crazy sensitive, and I'm scared to put anything more abrasive than a sugar scrub on them... But the moment I'm feeling adventurous, I'll throw caution to the wind and give this a whirl.

Nails Inc Brook Street Nail Polish. $9.50 for 0.33 fl oz. Sample is 0.13 fl oz, so about $3.74.

This coral-pink shade is perfect for spring, and the polish itself goes on pretty thick and opaque, so two coats give great coverage. The deluxe sample size should last through two or three pedicures at least. A promising intro to Nails Inc, which I'd never tried before. (Yes, I have a Julep obsession. It's a problem.)

Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask. $158 for 2.1 fl oz. Sample is 0.38 fl oz, so about $28.59.

Alert! Alert! A full-sized version of this tube costs $158! The Glossybox info card insists that this facial mask, "rich in trace elements, vitamins and plant extracts, [is] specially formulated to act instantly on the signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality." For that price, I fully expect little baby peptides to jump out on two legs, plunge into the fine (ahem) lines around my eyes, and poof! make them disappear entirely. All snark aside, though, I'm excited to slather this on my face. Saving it for the aftermath of a particularly fun, overindulgent weekend. I'll let you know about the plunging peptides.

Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand. $22 for 4 fl oz. Sample is 0.85 fl oz, or about $4.68.

I have super thick straight hair, so I'm not sure this is necessarily the product for me... thought it does claim to volumize while it strengthens and moisturizes hair, so I'll have to give Mr. Stand Expand a try.

Glossybox is generally a high-quality package and an excellent value, but even by GB standards, March was outstanding. Receiving the swan bangle and participating in the Alex and Ani Scent 7 Collection launch made this one extra special. Total retail value came out to $97.01 -- ridonkulous!

What did you think of the March box, ladies?  
Not a subscriber and interested in signing up for a Glossybox sub? Feel free to follow any of the Glossybox links on this page (I'll get a little commish for the favor -- thank you!) and, at checkout, type in code SHINE to score a bonus Too Faced Glamour Gloss, BONUS for a bonus Beauty Blender sponge, or PINK for a bonus Glossybox blush.  Codes are good through April 30, and only one code per order will work.  Enjoy! 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

boxfullove tarjay :: Target Spring Beauty Box review

Who knew? Target has jumped on the subscription box bandwagon!

Actually, it looks like this is nothing new. I've heard rumors and stories of mythical makeup bags filled with samples that Target would release to its customers every few months, free of charge. I'm not sure whether these fabled bags were gift-with-purchase deals, or whether they were offered solo, but either way, they are no longer.  The newest version of the Target Beauty Bag comes in a cardboard box, costs $5, and features full-sized products and deluxe samples.

Unfortunately, these guys were a limited edition, and they're no longer available for purchase.  Until the next edition rolls around, I hope.  I hear (it's all rumor and conjecture with these things!) that new beauty bag releases are posted on the Target Style Facebook page, so if you want to snag one of these when they're next offered, you might want to hit "like" and follow. 

My bag came with an info card listing and briefly describing each of the included products, with a coupon for $3.00 off a Target beauty purchase of $15 or more, and a coupon for 20% off and free shipping on the dermstore, blush, and hairenvy sites.  I doubt it's an exclusive coupon, so I'm going to share it with you, too: just enter BEAUTY4U at checkout sometime before June 30 on any or all of the participating sites.

 Unboxed! Lots of deluxe sample action going on.

The loot on display: Two full-sized cosmetics and three deluxe-sample-sized hair and skincare items.

A girl can never have too much mascara, even if she is mostly loyal to one particularly foolproof and wonderful orange tube. This aerodynamic "butterfly" applicator promises to "lengthen, stretch and volumize every lash to the outer corners of the eye."  Yes, please. This looks really promising, and I can't wait to try it... once my orange tube runs out, that is.

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo. $4.99 for 4.9 oz. My sample is 1.7 oz, so about $1.70.

A girl --this girl, anyway-- can never have too much dry shampoo, either! I have long, straight hair that gets oily and goes limp fast, and short of a shower, there's nothing better to revive second- and third-day hair.  I haven't tried Herbal Essences' version yet, but I'm happy to add it to my arsenal of hair secret weapons. Also, the "Naked" in the name isn't just there for shock value: this shamp is paraben- and colorant-free, and made with natural tapioca to absorb oil. Nice!

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream. $11.95 for 7.5 fl oz. My sample is 2 fl oz, so about $3.19.

A BB cream for your whole body? Genius idea! In practice, this cream doesn't really conceal or minimize the appearance of "flaws" (in other words, don't bother using this to camouflage age spots, spider veins, stretch marks, and the like, because it won't) as much as it adds the subtlest hint of a tinted glow. I don't know that how cost-effective it would be to buy this in place of a daily body lotion, but I would definitely use it every now and then on bare arms and legs. As an added bonus, it's really moisturizing, though light, and it smells pretty great.

Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray. $14.99 for 6.8 fl oz. Also available as a 2.5 fl oz deluxe sample, which is the version I received, for $4.99.

This is the second Toni & Guy sea salt spray sample I've received in recent months, and I've yet to try it. I guess I'm scared that spritzing this on my roots will result in creating a matted, unwashed look rather than the preferred beachy, carefree, boho vibe. I don't know... Can any of you ladies vouch for this texturizer?

Although this might look a bit intimidating in the tube --the petal-pink color, the shimmer, and the Smoochies name kind of skew pre-teen,-- it's actually incredibly wearable in practice. The color I received, Tickled Pink, goes on sheer, and gives only a hint of flattering shimmer. It's super moisturizing and, incredibly, not at all sticky. Plus is smells and tastes like strawberry bubble gum. This one really surprised me, and I think it'll be added to the rotation of mainstay lip balms and glosses.

All in all, the Target Beauty Box adds up to a $22.26 retail value, which is excellent considering I only paid $5.00, and that shipping was free. (I know there was a temporary snafu that affected some Beauty Box purchases, adding shipping fees in error -- though I believe those shipping fees were later refunded on request.) Granted, these aren't the most exciting or cutting-edge products, they're drugstore standbys; but the way I see it, for less than the price of a mascara I would've bought at Target anyway, I received four other generously-sized beauty samples (three, actually, since the gloss was a full-size), and two coupons to boot. The Beauty Box is so cheap it's almost criminal to pass up!

What do you guys think? Was this a worthwhile purchase for you, too, or would you rather have had a different experience with the Target Beauty Box?

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boxfullove prizes :: SquareHue box giveaway!


It's been a looooong week, guys. Are you with me? Yeah, I thought so.    

I figured that, to kick the weekend off right, and to thank you all for sticking out this bloggy ride with me, I'd host a little celebration of sorts.  And since a case of champagne is a bit too pricey and too much of a mission to ship across state lines, political borders, and oceans, I thought I'd better go a different route.

And this is it!  Wecome to boxfullove's first-ever giveaway!

I loved this month's SquareHue box so much that, beyond reviewing it on the blog, I thought I'd share the real thing with you, too.

If you win, you'll receive SquareHue's April box, the Amsterdam edition of its Passport Collection.  It includes three gorgeous shades of polish (all full-sized bottles) inspired by the Dutch capital.  That's all of them in the photo above these lines.  If you want to learn a little more about the SquareHue sub and the April box, you can read the review I posted last week, or check out the SquareHue site.

You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run through midnight EST next Saturday. Good luck everyone, and have a great weekend!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

boxfullove polish :: SquareHue review :: Amsterdam 04.14

Dear SquareHue:

I thought I was done. I thought I'd kicked the habit. I'd put my polish memberships on hold, and I was doing fine.

And then you came along, with your sexy bottle designs and travel-porny concept and come-hither colors.

I couldn't help it: I had to have you. 

You're right up my alley: a nailpolish subscription service delivering three unique colors each month, whose "5-Free" formula is made without formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, or formaldehyde resin, and is never tested on animals.

Each month, you are inspired by a different city in the world, selecting polish colors that recall its location, and naming them after its notable streets, avenues, and thoroughfares. You've termed this concept The Passport Collection, leaving room for growth and future collections once you feel you've finished exploring the globe.

At $14.99 plus $5 shipping and handling per month, your pricing is reasonable and offers a great value. Plus you're taking 50% off the first box for signing up to your newsletter. You're generous, too!

Speaking of generosity, I love that you support The A21 Campaign to end human trafficking by donating a portion of the proceeds from our subs.

From your info card we get the name of the city we're visiting, the names of the polishes we're receiving, and that's it: you allow the colors to speak for themselves.

You're all about a minimalistic, visually impactful unboxing.

This month you took us on a trip to Amsterdam, the beautiful, old-world capital of the Netherlands.

Polish colors, left to right:

  • Beethovenstraat.
  • Kalverstraat.
  • P. C. Hooftstraat.

The word straat means street in Dutch (SquareHue, you're so worldly), and it's tacked on to the name of the street it's describing. So, for example, Beethovenstraat is Beethoven Street, and P. C. Hooftstraat is P. C. Hooft street. Neat foreign grammar quirks.

Beethovenstraat, in Amsterdam's upscale Apolloburt neighborhood, where streets are all named after painters, composers, and Greek mythology, is known for luxury shops and gourmet restaurants. It was named after the über-famous German composer Ludwig van Beethoven

Kalverstraat, which means calves' street (apparently this was once the site of a cattle market), features the most expensive shopping in the Netherlands.

And finally, P. C. Hooftstraat, named after Dutch historian, poet, and playwright (a real Renaissance man, obvs.) P. C. Hooft, is also a famous and very upscale shopping street in Amsterdam.   

I've never been to Amsterdam, myself, SquareHue; but from the photos and Travel Channel shows I've seen, I'd say you did a great job of capturing the fusion of old world and modern edge that characterizes the Dutch city.

On top of taking me on an impressionistic virtual trip to Europe, you've given me brand-new polishes that look nothing like the dozens already overcrowding my dresser.  (P. C. Hooftstraat, that unreal, iridescent, inky-night-sky purple, is probably my favorite, but I'm totally inspired by all three.) You've rekindled my polish affair, and you know what?  I have no regrets.

So thank you, SquareHue, for bringing me back. I'm on board for next month, so I'll see you in Rio!



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Saturday, April 5, 2014

boxfullove spring :: PopSugar Must Have :: March 2014

Punxsutawney Phil predicted spring would arrive a few weeks late this year, so let's blame my delayed posting of this March PopSugar Must Have review on the clairvoyant groundhog, ok?

PopSugar Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box curated by the editors of the PopSugar website. For $39.95 per month (plus tax; shipping is free), you'll receive a box filled with full-sized items plucked from the pages of the PopSugar website and the editors' wish lists. You can check out my February Must Have review here if you want to get a better idea of what you might expect from this sub.

Each Must Have box is organized around a theme, and March's was about spring renewal, according to its info booklet.  The editor's note read
Get ready to shed that Winter coat and welcome Spring with open arms. Before you do that, though, you'll want to prepare with products that are all about new beginnings -- new foods to get healthy, new skin care finds, and new accessories for organizing your jewelry. Of course, you'll need a fresh scarf and necklace to look your best too. It's all about putting some spring in your step. Open away!
I don't know about the rest of you guys, but we're definitely feeling the early warnings of spring in South Florida, with our balmy "wintertime" 70-degree temps creeping up into the 80s range. We probably look forward to spring a lot less than most of you guys down here in the subtropics (summer is a nonstop sauna cranked to high, all the time), but hey, the pill does go down a little more easily with the help of some sub box goodies.

A colorful, spring-y unboxing! Off to a good start.

This beautiful, super-soft scarf was my most anticipated and probably favorite item in the box. A couple of years ago, soon after Must Have got its start, I missed out on the fabled September box (or was it October?), which included a gorgeous gray Brokedown scarf -- so I was so psyched to get a do-over this month! I love scarves, and plan to get tons of wear out of this one. Also, at $72, this is a major score! Woo!

This little guy is also a contender for favorite. He is incredibly adorable and functional! Also, I'd been looking for a companion or two for my fox ring holder, so he arrived right on time. He is a solid, silver-chrome plated dude with a felted bottom that won't scratch up your dresser. Love.

We had fun shooting him for the blog -- turns out he's really photogenic.

I love serums. I have no idea whether or not they're actually effective, but it makes me feel good to slather these antioxidant concoctions on my face and imagine they're working to reverse aging and nourish my skin and all that good stuff. I've been using this Jurlique serum since I received it in the Must Have box, and it's fantastic: super fast-absorbing, lightly and pleasantly scented, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Win.

Maybe packed with St. Patty's Day in mind? Either way, I'm always game for a charm necklace. I do wish the charm came on a fine gold chain rather than a string, but it's still pretty -- and the charm can easily be placed on a chain of my own. The horseshoe is gold-dipped, and the thread is brown silk. According to the attached card, you're supposed to make a wish and then wear this necklace  until the thread wears and it falls off, at which point your wish will come true. Nice backstory, though I think I'd rather keep the charm, thank you!

Sorry about the deflated-balloon look of this pic -- using your lungs and the attached straw, this actually inflates to reveal a small exercise ball. Once blown up, it's about 7.5" tall. I wasn't terribly thrilled to receive this in my box, but then I quickly found out that, if you lie of the floor and place this under your back, it works really well as a back-cracker/massager. I guess the moral here is feel free to get creative with the random sub box picks. (Hey, if you do attempt to massage/crack yourself with this, please be careful -- I am totally not sanctioning this alternative usage.)

We've finally caught up to Japan! Japanese manufacturer Calbee has been making snow pea crisps for years, so I guess it was just a matter of time until the fad caught on in the US, because these things are delicious.  With a slight hint of pea sweetness, these are crispy, salty, airy miracle puffs. Insanely addictive and yummy. The Japanese version of these, Calbee's Saya Snow Pea Crisps, is superior in my humble opinion, mainly because it's far less greasy -- the Snapeas left oil beads all over the inside of the bag.

Nature's Bakery All Natural Strawberry Fig Bars. About $3 or $4 for a box of 6 at Walmart. Also available in bulk on Amazon.

This was labeled as a "special extra" in the info booklet, and I was very happy to see it. I first spotted and picked these up at Walmart some months ago, and I've been a fan ever since. They're a vast improvement over the bland and artificial Fig Newton -- you can actually taste the natural ingredients here. 

Needless to say, I loved this box. The items were interesting and useful and fun, and came to a whopping retail value of about $153. PopSugar's set the bar a wee bit high -- how on Earth is April going to measure up?

Was this one of your favorite Must Have boxes too? What did you like best?

As always, if you're interested in finding out more about PopSugar Must Have or would like to sign up, please feel free to use my referral link (thank you!). Use code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box. 

Oh, and if you're into spoilers and want to know what to expect from the April Must Have box, check out photos and price breakdowns over at MommySplurge's blog.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

boxfullove Korean beauty :: Memebox #7

I may have to start giving out packaging awards. Cashless, satisfaction-only awards, but still. These subscription boxes keep upping the ante in the aesthetics department.  I mean, just look at that Memebox!

If you've been reading subscription box or beauty blogs these past few months, you've probably come across Memebox. In case you haven't, I'll give you a short intro.  Memebox (pronounced mee-mee-box) is a Korean beauty service based entirely online that just recently started shipping internationally. Its website has a virtual shop (the aptly named Memeshop) in which you can buy all manner of Korean beauty products and tools. But probably the coolest thing about Memebox is that you can sample a variety of its products through its Memebox Global packages, one of which I'm reviewing in this post.

Memeboxes are announced for preorder to email subscribers once every week or couple of weeks, after they've been curated and prepared. The contents of the boxes are a complete mystery -- all you know on signup is you'll be receiving an assortment of four to eight full-sized or deluxe sample products from the Memebox store. Each edition is numbered (for example, here I'm reviewing Memebox #7), and contains the same products, save for the occasional color, style, or fragrance variation. These "original" boxes are $23 each, to which you'll need to add a $6.99 fee for shipping and handling (you can also upgrade your shipping for an additional fee).

Aside from the original boxes, there are occasional Luckybox, Superbox, and  special edition releases, too. Luckyboxes compile items from previous sold out original Memeboxes; Superboxes carry only full-sized products; and special ed. boxes are generally curated around a theme, like bath and body products or all-natural items.  These are usually a little pricier than original boxes, by the way.

If you're thinking, Why Korea? I'll just say this -- Korea optimized and popularized the BB cream. You can thank it for your L'Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier, ok? Need I say more?

Really: Korea loves its beauty, skincare, and cosmetics, makes them well, and packages them beautifully (always a boxfullove bonus). For a little more info/backstory on Korean beauty products, click here, here, and especially here.

But what you really want to know is what's in the box, right? What's in the booooox?

A whole bunch of gorgeousness, that's what.  

(We got really fancy with the photo shoot here, huh?)

Mise en Scène Curling Essence 2X. $10 for a full-sized 150ml tube. My deluxe sample is 30ml, or about $2. 

Guys, I couldn't find this product anywhere online. It's not sold in the Memeshop, unfortunately, and furious Googling only led me to the conclusion that the Mise en Scène brand is part of the Amore Pacific parent company. I'll keep investigating. Anyway, this is a leave-in conditioner that is purported to "rejuvenate dry damaged hair," per the Memebox information card. It has a great light floral scent with musky undertones.

A quick word on the Memebox information card: Thank goodness it's included! A vast majority of the product packaging text and application details are in Korean, so there would've been a lot of interpretive dabbling and trial-and-error and funky results involved without the insert, which is mercifully printed in English.

Leaders Insolution Bio Medi-curing Mask: Aqua Dressing. $3 for one 20ml mask, so $6 total for two.

Woo masks! I haven't used these yet, but I think they are the famous Korean paper masks I've been excited to try. These are hydrating and moisturizing, and made with 100% coconut jelly (!). They are also supposed to "dramatically reduce the appearance of you [sic] wrinkles!" My budding eye crinkles and I think that sounds like a plan.

These are not sold in the Memeshop either, and were sort of difficult to track down online, so I linked you guys up to the brand's website... which is all in Korean. Feel free to exercise your right to Google Translate, and good luck. 

Dr. G Bio-RTx™ Mentor Cream 5. $35 for a full-sized 50ml. My deluxe sample is 20ml, so about $14.

This is a "moisturizing & enhancing skin barrier cream for dry skin." If you ordered this box, you might have received the oily skin version (#3) or the sensitive/damaged skin version (#7) instead. My skin does the combination thing, so #5 is fine with me. I am not entirely sure what "Bio-RTx" is all about, but if my new skincare mentor Dr. G endorses it, I'm sure it has to be good. That's Dr. G there on the right side of the box -- I wish we'd taken a bigger picture of him, because the illustration is seriously adorable. The cream itself is thick but looks water-based, and has a great fresh floral scent.

Recipe By Nature Slowganic Cleanse: Lemon, Green Tea, & Adlay. $40 for a full-sized 100g tub. I got three 10g samples, so my box is about $12. 

These guys are facial cleansers, packaged adorably in little individual plastic containers just like the ones you see drawn on the box in the photo above. The fact that we didn't photograph them out of the box is an epic fail! Oh well.  So the lemon and adlay (what the heck is adlay?) samples are white and soft and jiggly, and look kind of like mozzarella balls, while the green tea sample is grainy and looks almost solid, like a scrub. These are made with "organic raw materials, such as lemon extract, lime oil and herbs." The lemon cleanser is available in the Memeshop, so you can click on the "Lemon" link above to check it out; the others may exist on the Recipe By Nature site, also linked above, but I can't be sure -- enjoy Google Translating into Korean!

Catrin Natural 100 Mineral Sunkill SPF 42 in natural beige. $38 for a full-sized 12g, which is exactly what I received. Score!

This is such a cool idea: a powder sunscreen! If these exist in the US, I'm totally unaware of them; and that's fine with me, because I'm sure they're not as beautifully packaged as this guy. After you pop off the white top, you'll see a sponge pouf attached to the bottom portion of the container. Unscrew the pouf attachment, dip it into the powder below, and dust over your face. A word of caution to the non-pale: this "natural beige" goes on really, really light, so it may not work for a medium complexion. Also, I wouldn't use this in place of, say, BB cream, since doesn't really provide any coverage (not that it's supposed to). As a side note, I love the name of this product. Sunkill sounds super over-the-top hardcore. I think this powder should be applied while \m/ .

And finally, my favorite item in Memebox #7:

a;t Fantasy Holic Makeup Designer Kit in Black Tea. $23 for a full-sized kit, which is what I received.

See what I mean about packaging? This is impeccable. 

The contents of my Black Tea tin:
  • Three eyeliner pencils in velvet pink, blind red, and golden khaki.
  • One eyeliner crayon in urban black.
  • One lip and cheek crayon in rose beige.
  • One set of 10 nail stickers and a small nail file.

While I probably won't ever wear the lacy, glittery-pink nail stickers (really, really not my style), I love and will definitely get lots of use out of the rest of these items. But even if I didn't, receiving this gorgeous tin with its little wooden pencils and chubby eye crayon was treat enough in itself. It's almost unbearably pretty. I love the Victorian-stamp look of the front illustration, too. 

If you're curious, you can also check out the second variation of this tin, the Jaysop Herb Tea version, by clicking the product link above. The tin, pencil and crayon colors, and nail sticker design are different, and really just as great.

All totaled, the items in this box add up to $95, which is an amazing value considering the $29.99 cost of this box -- not to mention to discovery, oddity, surprise, and fun factor.  I didn't really know what to expect from this box (the idea of possibly receiving cleansing cocoons, for example, kind of freaked me out), but I absolutely loved it, and --amazement!-- I'll be able to use all the included products. 

Another awesome Memebox perk is that it's not really a subscription service: there are no recurring charges, so if you're not into a newly-released box, you can simply choose not to buy it. You can buy as many or as few boxes as you want -- but just be aware that they tend to sell out really quickly.

Interested in finding out more? Click here to check out the Memebox website, or click here to go straight to the curated box section. Once you creat an account, you'll get 2 Memepoints (each point = $1) to apply towards your first purchase. Through March 31, you can also use code SHIP4CHEAP to get free shipping up to $7 (thanks to Unpack the Box for the tip!).

What did you guys think about Memebox #7? Are you down to try Korean skincare and cosmetics?

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