I am obsessed with whitening products, as I have noticed, over the last couple of years, the toll of the hot Southern California sun on my face. I would apply sunscreen, but once a day, in the morning and then forget about it for the rest of day. So…years later, yep…darkened spots due to the sun damage I did in my reckless youth! Memebox offered a box called “Dark Spots Be Gone” and a) yeah, hyper-pigmentation whitening products and b) mystery box = I am in! I did get this box on Saturday, but I had other reviews/unboxings ahead of this ~ it takes about 3 to 4 hours to do one of my unboxings! This box came quickly, so I was surprised to see it, along with a merde load of other packages at my door. My postman loves me 😀
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Dark Spots Be Gone Box #goodbyedarkspots
We all dream of even toned skin. Unfortunately many of us can suffer from dark spots (hyperpigmentation) which can shatter those dreams of a perfect complexion. No need to stress though- there are plenty of ways to combat hyperpigmentation and Korean skincare has got you covered!
Skin79 Sweet Honey Sugar This is sugar scrub for your face and I do love to exfoliate, so I am pleased with item. It has a light smell of sugar, reminds me of a caramelized sugar scent, and the grains in this scrub are very fine ~ this is much more finer and gentler than the Skinfood Black Sugar, Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar and Tonymoly Gold Black Sugar scrubs. For those who find that trio too abrasive, you might be interested in this scrub. It is not only made with brown sugar, to provide a gentle non-irritating exfoliation, but honey, which helps with improving skin tone, absorbs excess oils, tighten pores and shea butter, to provide hydration back into the skin. It is recommended that you first open up your pores by applying a steamed towel to your face and then apply the scrub, massaging gently for 3 ~ 5 minutes into your skin, then rinsing with warm water. This product can be used 2 ~ 3 times a week. Full Size 100 mL Value $14.00
Product Description (source): Brown Sugar Mask with triple synergy effect:: The 3 synergy effect of brown sugar, honey, and shea butter of this color-free, alcohol-free, processed white sugar-free mask not only exfoliates but it also provides moisture and nutrition to help maintain moisture. Triple Synergy Effect:: This multipurpose natural sugar scrub reduces the look of blackheads and removes the dead skin cells while it also keeps the face moisturized and well-balanced. This scrub ultimately results in the acceleration of the skin’s rejuvenation process. Natural Brown Sugar Scrub:: Sweet Honey Sugar is natural brown sugar which does not contain artificially-made white sugar, alcohol or unnatural color. Natural Moisturizer:: Makes the skin look healthy and fresh with rich nutritious ingredients and honey extract gives energy for more smooth and moisturized skin. Deep Cleaning Keratin and Blackhead:: Big sugar grain cleans blackhead around the nose, also contains lots minerals and vitamins which cleans the skin and maintains it that way. Healthy Skin and Refreshing:: It refreshes and moisturizes the skin with Karite tree extracts (shea butter) which is known as a tree of eternal life.
Ingredients: Sucrose, Mineral Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Olea Europara (Olive) Husk Oil, Isododecane, Polysorbate 20, Trihydroxystearin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ceresin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Honey Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polydecene, Propylparaben, Fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
image from skin79.com
image from skin79.com
Holika Holika Skin & AC Mild Sebum-X Mirror Cream I didn’t expect an AC cream in here, but I am not complaining! It getting warmer here in MA and I need to switch out to a lighter weight gel, and despite the name of “cream”, this is a gel moisturizer. I’ve already been using it and I like it a lot. This has a light refreshing scent, not floral or herbal, but just “fresh” and it a medium weight gel that absorbs into my skin, and does not leave a greasy texture behind. As I have been using this, I have not experienced any rashes or breakouts from it. The jar is a nice light aqua-green color with a brushed silver lid ~ it is very sturdy. This gel is specially formulated for those with oily skin who are prone to acne. The main trio of ingredients are Laurel Tree Leaf (Bay Leaf) extract, which will help control excess oil and impurities as well as removing skin waste, Mirco Apple Water, which will remove dead skin cells, soothe your skin and brighten your skin tone, and Arugula extract, which will firm your skin, leaving it looking healthy. This is a 10 free product ~ no benzyl alcohol, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, triethanolamine, petrolatum, talc, polyacrylamide, mineral oil, ruminant related contents or sulfate detergent. I have high hopes for this moisturizing gel and if this works out well, it will be a repeat purchase. This DOES have alcohol in it, so for those with drier skin, I would not recommend it, as this could be very drying to your skin. I do follow up with a light facial oil, such as Goodal Waterest Lasting Oil (read my review here) just to ensure that I have the additional hydration ~ it isn’t drying to my skin, but anytime there is alcohol in a moisturizer, I do like to add this additional step. Full Size 60 mL Value $27.00
Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, ethanol, Piper Methysticum (Kava) Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Ulmus Davidiana (Elm) Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus (love-lies-bleeding) Seed Extract, Centella asiatica extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Laurus Nobilis (Bay/Laurel) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Arugula Leaf (rocket leaf/Eruca sativa) extract, Chrysanthemum extract, Polyoxyethylene Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (lemongrass) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Carbomer, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Ceramide 3, fragrance, phenoxyethanol cosDNA.com analysis
Banila Co Dr. Hide Concealer Duo SPF 15 PA+ My little MAC concealer pot is almost gone ~ and really I should just toss it cause it is OLD by now ~ so this will come in handy. I don’t really use concealer that much except on my acne spots that need it ~ I don’t do under my eyes. I am assuming that the light color is for your under-eye concealer and the darker color is for your face ~ I actually mixed the two of them together and that is the shade I will use on my spots. I like that this came with a little brush too. The texture is smooth and creamy and goes on nicely. The compact is a bit cheesy, but I will get over it. I do not like white compacts as they get so dirty quickly. Now, would I pay $22.00 for this? Nope, no way. I would pay $10.00 – $12.00 for this item ~ way overpriced. Full Size 9 g Value $22.00
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Triethylhexanoin, Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Mica (CI 77019), Polyethylene, microcrystalline wax, yellow iron oxide (CI 77492), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica Silylate, Boron Nitride, Tribehenin, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Methicone, purified water, niacinamide, Butylparaben, red iron oxide (CI 77491), black iron oxide (CI 77499) cosDNA.com analysis
Leaders Insolution Illuminating Treatment Mask I love Leaders masks ~ they are really top quality and their coconut bio-hydrogels are one of my favorites (any “flavor” in that line!) In fact, I even purchased a second Leaders Mystery box when it came back in stock, because that is a great deal ~ Leaders masks are around $2.50 to $4.00. Leaders masks are soaked in essenc. This is a brightening mask that will help with reducing dullness and uneven skin tone, leaving a radiant clear complexion. Leaders does not contain any mineral oil, parabens, silicon or artificial pigments. This mask is reported to have ingredients that suppress melanin production. Full Size 25 mL Value $3.50
Product Description: What is Natural Cellulose? Produced entirely from fine linter – the soft fiber of the cotton ball that develops between its seeds and long fibers, comprises about 10% of weight, and would otherwise go unused. Intensive brightening effect mask. Applied skin clinic’s principles to brighten dark and dull skin. Recovers bright and clear skin tones lost from aging, stress, and environmental factors. Provides intensive brightening and whitening effects using functional ingredients for brightening and suppressing melanin production. Also provides moisture and radiance to dry and tired skin. Paraben-free & Dermatologically tested.
Active Ingredient: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water 0.1%
Inactive Ingredients: water, butylene glycol, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, betaine, portulaca oleracea extract, niacinamide, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium, acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, achillea millefolium extract, arnica montana flower extract, artemisia absinthium extract, gentiana lutea root extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, (-)-alpha-bisabolol, xanthan gum, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, phenylethyl resorcinol, fragrance, ecklonia cava extract, saururus chinensis extract, artemisia capillaris flower extract, houttuynia cordata extract, ladum palustre extract cosDNA.com analysis
It’s Skin Power 10 Formula WH Effector with Arbutin Ampoule haha ~ I received this as a replacement item in another box! Oh well, if this works out well, I have another one on hand 🙂 This ampoule is designed for whitening and brightening the skin tone, and I am so happy to get this. It has both arbutin and Chinese mulberry extracts to really help with brightening the skin tone. The ingredients on the body label, the English version on the official website and the Korean version all differed. I went with the Korean version for the ingredients list. Full Size 30 mL Value $11.00
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polyglutamic Acid, Arbutin, Cudrania Tricuspidata (Chinese Mulberry) Bark Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Methylparaben,Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
For me, I am pretty happy with this box. I have both hormonal acne and hyper-pigmentation, so I do not mind the AC products. However, if someone wasn’t suffering from acne, the description to this box is misleading ~ it isn’t “Spots Be Gone”, but “Dark Spots Be Gone”, which means hyper-pigmentation products, not acne/oil control. But as I said, I am happy with this box, as it handles two of my concerns with my skin. I really like the scrub, the AC gel and the concealer. I paid $39.00 for this value set and received a *MemeValue of $77.50 ** MemeValue ~ you can certainly find these products cheaper elsewhere.
Did you get the Memebox Dark Spots Be Gone Mystery Box? What was your favorite item in the box?
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Promos for April
I don’t have much in promo codes, Memebox has not sent any affiliate codes yet, so I am posting what I have
- NYLON15 for 15% off your cart that must include the Nylon x Memebox #ItGirlPalette
- NYLON4 for $4 OFF for the #ItGirlPalette, our collaboration eyeshadow product with NYLON magazine.
- WELCOME for 10% off any purchase
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