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@@Alidolly I concur. Can't beat 50 cent masks and free shipping on those Etude House sales when they come round. I'm beginning to work through my stash as well. God knows what I'd be wading in myself if I hadn't been forcibly detoxed.

 

I really can't get behind Beautique either, although it looks like it is gradually improving. Seems like more products and less dollar store hair accessories.

 

I actually ordered the He & She masks from someone in a FB group for shits & giggles. Gave one to my guy friend who thought the controversy around it was quite hilarious... Oh scandal! That's actually the stuff that I miss about spending waaaay too much time on these boards :P

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Glad you guys are enjoying it still... And can afford those prices...

Ha! I totally can't justify those prices. There are some gems in the shop, but 80% of the stuff...no. I was interested in the acne box, but it turned out to be $45. I was just like...NO. The problem is that one good acne product could be worth $45, but the Memebox of today isn't sourcing products like that anymore. Memebox does seem to slowly be getting its act together, but I think that they're going to be appealing to different consumers entirely--I saw a college student I follow on tumblr who knows nothing about kbeauty get a Memebox and thought "oh, this company isn't meant for us anymore--it's meant more for people who are getting started." And by getting started I mean, in some cases, getting started in makeup and skincare.

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I think I miss the chatting on this board more than I miss the actual boxes. I still casually see what Memebox is offering, but nothing has really made me wish I could still order from them. Actually thinking about what I need or want to buy is making me a bit less adventurous and I'm always reading reviews. More practical, but way less exciting. 

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Ha! I totally can't justify those prices. There are some gems in the shop, but 80% of the stuff...no. I was interested in the acne box, but it turned out to be $45. I was just like...NO. The problem is that one good acne product could be worth $45, but the Memebox of today isn't sourcing products like that anymore. Memebox does seem to slowly be getting its act together, but I think that they're going to be appealing to different consumers entirely--I saw a college student I follow on tumblr who knows nothing about kbeauty get a Memebox and thought "oh, this company isn't meant for us anymore--it's meant more for people who are getting started." And by getting started I mean, in some cases, getting started in makeup and skincare.

 

I know - I was thinking about the acne box as well, but for 45 bucks - nope. Memebox doesn't even give us good promos or anything.  They had one that was for a few hours on the last day of april, apr20 for 20% off anything using their app, but that was only mentioned on instagram and for only a few hours.

 

not everyone is wired in to every social media outlet, memebox :(

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I think their biggest change (apart from no international) is the move to make-up and away from the skincare that's what make K beauty products different...plus they seem very limited with the colours when it comes to eye palettes. Sure, I'll wear browns but do I really need to own 30 shades of brown? I realise that S Korean ladies generally have brown eyes but they are selling to a US market now that will include some pale skin, blue / green or grey eyed ladies too so need to expand the colour range.

 

I've been ordering some of the UK sub boxes and there have been a few hits (Latest in beauty) and misses (naturisimo) but none as fun as the memebox of old.

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I do miss the excitement of new boxes! I'm interested in the Pony 3 Bloom palettes! They look so pretty! If they do decide to ship international again, I'd love to buy them! ^^

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I've liked couple of the boxes I've got lately. The spots be gone was good. Can't remember the other one now but they are nothing like the early boxes they used to do. I really like the idea of trying Korean skin care because the items/ingredients are so different but makeup I'm not so interested in.

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Yep I have to agree with @ and @Alidolly.  Memebox has moved away from the amazing skincare and too much into makeup for me.  

They're looking for a completely different demographic- young and new to kbeauty. Which is strange because us oldsters are the ones that will tend to be the ones to toss $45 at a Memebox, not an 18 year old who just got a job and is paying for car insurance. The $23 box was perfect for that kind of thing.

 

They are expanding their inventory and brands which is good but the boxes just don't have the awesomeness/unique factor/crazy brand/insane ingredients factors like before. When you opened a Memebox you had NO IDEA what was going to be in there (unless youre @@veritazy because she always seemed to guess right). 

Now, it's a groan and hoping to avoid getting more Memebranded products and hope there will be at least three brands represented..

 

Still... I got one of the Jackpot/Fortune boxes just to see.  You know... for the blog... Haha!

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I know this is a long shot but does anyone know or have an idea where i can find english ingredients for the Miss Flower and Mr Honey Essence Stick?  It's not on cosdna and I've tried translating it myself but everythings coming out wonky.

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@@Saffyra lol thanks, hun! But its 50-50, sometimes they do stray from the theme. :D I do look forward to those jackpot boxes -unboxings though!!! That sense of 'bokkulbok' (taking chances) is so Korean and I guess it works~ I'd love to see a luxury box giveaway similar to the Korean Memebox though (they gave away Benefit, Chanel etc for grand prize). I don't mind not having the chance at it. Eyecandies~~
 
I do miss the Memebox experience alot, but I guess the recent ones made it easier for me. Still lurking around in hopes to learn about hidden gems and new things~ ^^
 
edit: since I'm lurking, i guess it doesn't hurt to find the ingredients~
They have the main ingredients on Koreadepart but the full one is in Korean --I  think @ might be able to help in that department... :P

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I know this is a long shot but does anyone know or have an idea where i can find english ingredients for the Miss Flower and Mr Honey Essence Stick?  It's not on cosdna and I've tried translating it myself but everythings coming out wonky.

 

I hate it when they have the ingredients list in an image..

 

skin & tonics posted back in december on her FB page that she has this product - you might want to drop her a line and see if she has translated the ingredients on this product as well.

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they are offering innisfree at memebox

 

one of the items I purchased Jeju Fermented Leaven Mask as I have been wanting to try that one out now for a while, plus the steamtowel

 

I own the Jeju Sudachi Soothing Mask and even though it has alcohol in it, it is a lovely cooling and soothing mask.  And it smells like lemons & limes!  I do love it a lot and they don't sell it on innisfree global - you can find it on ebay & testerkorea.

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@@veritazy yes that's the same one I can find and it's blurry so I think I'm screwing up on my translation because of it. Ugh.

 

@@biancardi I thought of asking her! I saw shed purchased some of the line but then when I looked back again it didn't see the stick. She had some other stuff though. I'm tempted to ask banilaco to send me text ingredients. If they can. /sigh

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The Korean cosmetics company should already know that if they are selling stuff worldwide, they should at least have the English ingredients listed on their site tbh... I really appreciate it when companies print them on the box...like Proyou, some Tosowoong products and brands that have translations on their English site; Etude House. Thumbs up!  ;)

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@@Saffyra I'd contact Banila Co in English and ask about it. I did this with Blithe and they got right back to me on a weekend (!!!).

 

OHHH WAITTT OMG get the Hwahae (화해) app! http://birdview.kr/ is the landing page and you can follow that to the app for your device. Once you have the app search for banilaco to find the brand (one word in this case). Then use the Korean keyboard (enable it in settings) and type 스틱 followed by enter. Scroll through and you'll see the photo of the stick after a bit--click that to see the full info page for it. If you click on the ingredients section (성분) you'll see the massive list of ingredients in both Korean AND in English. This app is a miracle. It has almost everything. I used it for ingredient lists when I received samples of things with no packaging. I think it's supported by the brands themselves? Or something. Here's a whole tutorial someone (not me) posted: http://lostinpretty.com/2015/04/how-to-check-korean-beauty-product-ingredients-on-hwahae/ I made an account and now I have folders with collections of products--I have a whole oil cleanser folder!

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I hate it when they just have that for mobile devices!   I cannot c&p properly with mobile devices.

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@@Saffyra I'd contact Banila Co in English and ask about it. I did this with Blithe and they got right back to me on a weekend (!!!).

 

OHHH WAITTT OMG get the Hwahae (화해) app! http://birdview.kr/ is the landing page and you can follow that to the app for your device. Once you have the app search for banilaco to find the brand (one word in this case). Then use the Korean keyboard (enable it in settings) and type 스틱 followed by enter. Scroll through and you'll see the photo of the stick after a bit--click that to see the full info page for it. If you click on the ingredients section (성분) you'll see the massive list of ingredients in both Korean AND in English. This app is a miracle. It has almost everything. I used it for ingredient lists when I received samples of things with no packaging. I think it's supported by the brands themselves? Or something. Here's a whole tutorial someone (not me) posted: http://lostinpretty.com/2015/04/how-to-check-korean-beauty-product-ingredients-on-hwahae/ I made an account and now I have folders with collections of products--I have a whole oil cleanser folder!

I am stopping everything and doing this right now.  Have I mentioned how much I love you yet today? :D

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well! No wonder I was having so many issues! I was expecting normal ingredients! But because it's a wax stick, it has a bunch of weird named ingredients that turned out to be totally normal and even well rated. 

 

@ Thank you SO much! That site is absolutely amazing and I'm so glad you mentioned it! And the link to the tutorial was perfect. :D

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I hate it when they just have that for mobile devices!   I cannot c&p properly with mobile devices.

Urgh--I soooo hear you--I had to do a lot of hunched-over typing with my iPad propped up so I could get ingredients out of that thing for a review. But as far as a reference while shopping or just glancing at things it's fab.

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well! No wonder I was having so many issues! I was expecting normal ingredients! But because it's a wax stick, it has a bunch of weird named ingredients that turned out to be totally normal and even well rated. 

 

@ Thank you SO much! That site is absolutely amazing and I'm so glad you mentioned it! And the link to the tutorial was perfect. :D

YAAAAAS! Seriously, that app is such a game-changer. And I really dig that blog that did the tutorial.

 

huh I just visited the Memebox site and there's a new Botanic Farm Memebox. This is the first Memebox in some time that's called out to me...although I need another cleansing sherbet like a need a snail lodged in my head.

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I know I said I would buy a Botanic Farm box a while back if they did one, but 2 full size products and 3 sheet masks, I'll pass on this. They say $67 value but these items are all on sale and it only comes to about $51

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I would be all over the Botanic Farm  box, but I already purchased the black soybean sleeping pack.

Which I Iike so far although I have only used it twice so the verdict is still out.

Fyi, the consistency of it is a jelly, exactly like the Elizavecca Collagen Jelly pack.

I was surprised...I expected it to be creamier.

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anyone have a pic of whats in the mother's day box?  It has 4 good reviews but I can't really see what's in it by checking youtube or google.  I'm considering purchasing but I'm wary these days

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anyone have a pic of whats in the mother's day box? It has 4 good reviews but I can't really see what's in it by checking youtube or google. I'm considering purchasing but I'm wary these days

Are you a member of the Memebox addicts group on FB? Someone posted a pic. It's a good box. But expensive.

 

ETA: I sent you a message.

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