A few weeks ago Memebox released a Mini K-Beauty Starter Kit for just $10. It's filled with samples to give you a way to test out a k-beauty routine and see how it works for you. I'm a sucker for samples and low prices, so of course I grabbed this box right away.
Mini K-Beauty Starter Kit (affiliate link)
$10 at Memebox (no longer available)
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Banila Co Clean It Zero or Botanic Farm Grain Cleansing Sherbert (randomly selected) | Sample Size 10ml
Purpose: Wash away oil based impurities with one of these cleansing creams. Remove makeup effectively and nourish the skin with skin boosting ingredients.
Directions: Scoop a small amount and place on the back of your hand. Then using your ring finger take the product from the back of your hand and dab onto a dry face and massage in up and outward motions. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry for moisture retention.
I received the Botanic Farm Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbert. This works great to remove makeup, even eye makeup, and leaves my skin soft and clean. It's also scent free!
Benton Honest Cleansing Foam | Sample Size 8g
Purpose: Wash away water based impurities with this balancing cleansing foam. Controls excessive sebum and purifies the skin, leaving it refreshed and supple.
Directions: Wash face with lukewarm water. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of cleanser and massage onto the face until it forms a lather. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
This is not one of my favorite cleansers, but I used the sample for review purposes. I found it to be drying and somewhat irritating to my skin after I used it a couple times in a row.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off | Sample Size 8g
Purpose: An exfoliating skin-softening mask that removes dead skin cells and create a soft, radiant complexion. Formulated with Brazilian black sugar which helps decrease the number of black and white heads.
Directions: After washing, apply desired amount onto face (avoid eye & mouth areas). Mix with water or toner to reduce skin irritation, and massage. For even better results, mix a teaspoon of this mask with a cleansing oil. Wait 10-15 mins, then wash off with warm water.
I've used the full size of this mask in the past, and was happy to see it as a sample in this kit. It's one of my favorite exfoliants, even though physical exfoliants can be damaging to the skin. I find this mask is a perfect balance of exfoliant and hydrating mask - I leave it on my skin for 10 minutes then gently massage it with water. My skin is soft, smooth, and plump afterwards.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin Toner | Sample Size 15ml
Purpose: Tone the skin after cleansing. This moisturizing and nourishing toner is formulated with Jeju green tea & green tea seed. Moisturizing and refreshing!
Directions: Apply an adequate amount and spread softly on the face and neck. Pat for better absorption.
This toner has a bit of a fresh scent - very light. It's great for adding back a bit of moisture after cleansing, so your skin doesn't dry out too much before you start adding in other treatments and serums.
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid | Sample Packet
Purpose: Prevent stubborn blackheads from appearing with this BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. This liquid essence is specially formulated with BHA molecules to effectively remove dead skin cells.
Directions: After washing and toning, dispense 1 to 2 pumps of the power liquid and spread it all over the face. Gently massage it onto the affected area where most blackheads show. Use daily - morning and evening.
This liquid is great for minimizing blackheads, but I found it to be a bit too harsh for my skin when I used the full size.
Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid | Sample Packet
Purpose: Clear away whiteheads and clogged pores with this AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. It’s a premium formulation of apple water, AHA and glycolic acid. This power liquid effectively cleanses pores and eliminates whiteheads. With its AHA content, it offers gentle exfoliation to removes dead skin.
Directions: After washing, apply 2 to 3 pumps of the power liquid and apply onto the areas where dead skin and whiteheads prominently show. Using a cotton pad, spread the liquid all throughout the skin in circular motions. After 5 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water. Recommended to use every night. Apply sunscreen the next morning.
I use this [full size] almost daily and I feel like it really helps prevent my acne from getting out of control. It speeds up cell turnover and keep my skin nice and clear.
SERUM, EFFECTOR & ESSENCE:
Innisfree Green Tea Serum | Sample Size 1ml -3pcs
Purpose: A nourishing serum to deeply hydrate and balance moisture levels. Formulated with Jeju green tea, amino acids and minerals.
Directions: Take out an appropriate amount and apply around your face and neck.
This is a serum I've wanted to try for a long time. It feels very nice - it absorbs well but isn't too watery. My only complaint is that it smells like Old Spice.
It’s Skin Power 10 Effectors | Sample Packets - 5pcs
Purpose: Treat everyday skincare concerns with one of these effectors. Formulated with a variety of vitamins and nutrients that target a variety of skincare concerns to reveal a better complexion.
Directions: Squeeze and apply a few drops the the face in up and outward motions. Gently pat into skin for full absorption.
I don't notice much difference between all these, most smell the same, and the consistency is almost the same (one or two are a bit thicker), but I'm sure they help your skin more if you use them more than once.
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence | Sample Packet
Purpose: Repair damage, and prevent future damage with this snail mucin essence. Snail mucin is scientifically and dermatologically proven to repair damaged skin cells, and promote skin cell regeneration.
Directions: After washing and toning your face, dispense 3 to 4 pumps of the essence onto your palm. Rub your hands together to warm the product then massage gently all over your face and neck. Pat gently for better absorption.
I've also used the full size of this product, and unfortunately it breaks me out. I used to love snail, but this one really made me leary of products with too much snail mucin in them.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream | Sample Size 10ml
Purpose: With its ceramide complex, this cream effectively moisturizes and balances the skin leaving it soft all day long. The rich, balm like texture melts on the skin creating a firm moisture barrier with a light finish.
Directions: At the last step skin care, dispense an appropriate amount and apply to the face and neck.
This is the sample that made me really want this set - I love Goodal products and this cream is designed to help your moisture barrier, something I really want help with. It doesn't have much of a scent, is very thick, and is very soothing. I really enjoy this and will save it for extra cold nights when my skin is more dry than usual.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream | Sample Size 5ml
Purpose: This balancing cream provides nourishment and moisture with premium green tea ingredients. Light as whipped cream, it is absorbed by the skin to provide quick and intense moisture.
Directions: Take out an appropriate amount and apply around your face and neck.
This is a nice light cream with a very light scent, this is perfect for me during the daytime.
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion | Sample Size 15ml
Purpose: This light moisturizer provides moisture without the heaviness of a cream. Balances and nourishes with premium green tea ingredients.
Directions: Take out an adequate amount and apply softly on the face and neck to allow it to fully absorb to the skin.
This is very similar to the cream, but a little thinner - I can use this during the day or night and it's perfect for layering under any cream.
This box was an incredible value, and I loved trying all the samples! I hope Memebox curates more sample boxes like this in the future!
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