Monday, November 10, 2014

Unboxing: Vagabond Youth x Memebox

So the newest thing on the market, aside from starfish and the ever amazing snail would definitely have to be Memebox! 

"The Memebox is curated by our experts in Korea to offer you the widest selection of the hottest Korean beauty products. Memeboxes contains 4 - 7 full-sized items and deluxe samples, and contents vary from makeup, skin care, hair and body products."

For those of us in the States, they also have a store located here for super fast shipping and easier access to those products we know and love so well. 

The boxes themselves range in price on whether they're filled with full-size products, if it's a brand box (Banila Co, TonyMoly...) or if they're for the body or hair. I've gotten two myself and loved them both dearly. The only downside to Memeboxes is if they haven't released a list of spoilers (what's inside) or there hasn't been an "unboxing" yet. It can be bit of a gamble when you're not entirely sure of what you're getting!

I was aimlessly browsing my Instagram one day and saw Memebox release a new collab with Vagabond Youth. She is a Youtuber located in the beautiful city of Los Angeles who is quite famous for her fashion pieces and makeup pointers (she also has her own store!). I personally hadn't heard of her until this box but I really only use YouTube for makeup tutorials instead of Outfits Of the Day. Luckily for me, Memebox had released a full list of the entire box along with photos! Once I saw the Shara Shara CC and the two Etude products? Totally sold. So, lets dig into this box!

Rivecowe Plenty Volume Mascara - $15

"Creating instant over sized volume and curl, this revolutionary formula nourishes your lashes with a unique formula that strengthens and smoothes for long-lasting volume."

This mascara looked nice and dandy in the box but it's definitely not the type of wand I prefer. I like slightly fat wands while this one is fairly small and straight. It boasts a 24 hour volume, waterproof and helps nourish lashes while still being able to remove with warm water. Sounds like a dream come true! 

dearberry Toc Toc Blusher - $9

"This easy to use blusher creates a subdued color finish that creates a more 3 dimensional face shape for the look of a sharper jaw line and smaller-sized face. Sebum-controlling powder absorbs sweat and oil for the look of a radiant glow."

I'm not gonna lie, there was a choice between Peach Sorbet (the one I received) and Moonshine which is more of a highlighter....I was hoping for the Moonshine. Sadly, it's randomly selected and you get no choice :/
Sadness aside, the color is actually quite pretty on me and my pale skin. It's not at all chalky and is quite easy to apply. I was hooked the moment I saw it online as my favorite makeup artist and her team, Jung Saemmool, seem to absolutely love puff blushers. Apparently dearberry is now using Boyfriend as their brand representatives. Hmm.

Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer - $7

"A creamy-textured primer to be applied before eye makeup application to increase pigment adherence and lasting power, and to marrify and smooth out skin texture. Suitable for all skin types especially for sensitive skin."

Now I've already used this primer and absolutely loved it. It worked just as well as the description brags so this has still stayed sealed. I have so many primers to use so perhaps I'll do a giveaway soon? I really prefer this over my MAC Paintpots as this is more...creamy and tacky, which is perfect for helping bright shadows adhere and stay as bright as they are in the pan. I've also used it with pigments too!

Etude House Tear Drop Liner - $7

You can see how much more pink this one is than the #1

Did I ever mention how much I absolutely love Etude House? No? Well...I love Etude House. A lot. I went a bit insane in their stores while in Seoul.... enough that a few of the girls working in the Jamsil area recognized me a few days later >_> Yeah. It was bad. One of the first things I bought was this liner but in shade 1 which is a silvery shade with multi-colored glitters in it. This box has the choice of 1, 3 or 4. Luckily I did not get a repeat color and received color 3 which is a drop dead gorgeous light pink shimmery color. It is definitely a stronger color than number one which seems to be filled with more glitter than color. It's long lasting! I've been using it as a inner eye color to brighten as well as using it under my eyes :) 

Color World Matte Eye Shadow Palette - $36

"A day-to-night palette with three neutral yet glamorous shades that blend beautifully and mimic the shimmering texture of sandy beaches. Color World is a high-end brand sold only in department stores and this specific palette was designed as special limited F/W (Fall/Winter season) collection for our newly launching collaboration box."

Honestly? I'd never heard of Color World and I have shopped in quite a few department stores in Seoul. Perhaps I needed to go a more high end store? I'm not entirely sure. I couldn't really find anything out about the brand online either!
The palette itself feels quite cheap and plastic-y, it has no mirror and closes with a magnetic piece on either side of the colors. The colors themselves feel super buttery, go on quite well and last quite a long time. The only matte color in this palette would be the dark brown though, so calling the entire palette matte is a bit odd.
 The gold shade is a bit light but can be easily built up.
The middle shade, the more coppery shade is super creamy and is super pigmented.
The dark brown shade is also super pigmented but can be chalky and hard to work with.

ideeB Sweet Gelish Eyeliner - $9

"Create countless looks with gel pencil formulas for precise pigmented application, inner rim lining, long-wear, contouring, and subtle to smoky looks."

It lets you smudge for a few seconds and then stays PUT
I received the color Gold Brown but was quite surprised when I ripped it open as it's a...dark burgundy color? I even asked a few friends just in case I might be going color blind and they all agreed: It's not golden or brown. 
The color aside (although it's a gorgeous color!) the eyeliner is very water-proof, sweat-proof and lasts foreverrrr! I've used it on my lower lashes and I was so happy to not have to "set" it with a shadow! You have a few seconds to smudge it out before it sets, so it also works wonders for smokey looks. Two thumbs up!

Miss Age Essential Lip Rouge - $17

"A rich, full-color lip rouge with long lasting colors and shine."

The only color available was 01 Pure Red, which I was super excited for. I am a huge fan of reds and the tube online made it look like a very orangey-red, which I am in LOVE with. I have to admit I was a little less than gentle with the packaging after taking photos and even less gentle with the bottle when opening it. When I did open the lip rouge, I have to say I was quite taken aback as the color? Well, it was bright pink! It didn't stay on for very long (maybe 3-4 hours?) nor did it even stain...nada. The color was fairly pretty while it lasted and definitely was glossy but I was kind of disappointed in the wear time.

good'p Madeca Cream - $24

"Ready your skin to its perfect, silky condition before dolling up with the Madeca Cream, and you'll be able to experience how important pre-makeup skincare is! Containing loads of natural ceramide ferments and titrated extracts from centella asiatica plus utilizing good'p's unique pre-lipid technology, the Madeca Cream absorbs fast and deep into the skin, and works to smooth out find wrinkles as well as brighten up the overall complexion."

The seal was stuck to the lid...Oops
Damn. That's a lot of stuff to own up to! Now first of all, the box really doesn't give any information on how to apply this, just kind of slap it on your skin and go about your day so I wasn't entirely sure if this was a moisturizer or a primer as the description mentions SKINCARE. So I tried on a bit and honestly, it feels and works more like a primer than it does a I've kind of been using it as such, or cutting it with my BB/CC/whatever to add a little bit of gloss to my skin. I have to say it does help plump up and help hydrate the skin for longer wear time for whatever I happen to be slapping on my skin, plus it smells nice. Now, this is a bit smaller (20ml) than Benefit's Porefessional (22ml) and it's a few dollars more expensive. I didn't find that it did all that much better than Porefessional so I'm not entirely sure about the price tag. Oh well, you know?

Shara Shara Color Control Cream - $24

"Balance out uneven skin tone and add extra radiance to your complexion with Shara Shara’s CC Cream! Despite the fact that it comes in No.2 Natural Beige, this CC Cream will only color control and work to bring out the most naturally glowing complexion, and thus can be used universally by all skin colors."

As soon as I saw this CC cream, I knew I had to have this box. Etude House aside, this is what I ordered the box for. No shame! After I ordered it though, I did notice that this was in the shade number two. Derp. Now, I'm not entirely sure if you've seen any posts containing my face, but I'm fairly pale and usually am too dark for most BB creams, which is why I've turned to CC creams to help me out. The two in the shade color scared me and I debated on cancelling it for something else but decided oh well. If it didn't work, i'd give it away, you know? Actually, it blended in perfectly! I was quite surprised and happy to see how well it worked. It has quite a high coverage for a CC cream and has a nice dewy finish, but my only complaint is that it's quite dry when rubbing it into the skin. I've had to use a super moisturizing....moisturizer to help this but once it's on, it's not an issue. It's long lasting and looks gooooorgeous on! Super happy!

All in all, I'd say this box was totally worth purchasing as it comes out to $2.55 per item not including shipping ($6.99). That is not bad at ALL. I would say this box is more for those who like to wear light or more neutral makeup, but all of this stuff can definitely be used for night looks as well as multi-functional (That palette has the perfect brown for my brows!). I'd say once it's in stock again or put into the Out Of Stock (restocked boxes) you should definitely grab it!

For those who did get this box, what did you think?