Thursday, 2 October 2014

Memebox Special #32 OMG 2

So the OMG series was supposed to be the funniest, weirdest and freakiest products that are available in Korean beauty. Snake venom, exotic plant extracts, bee venom, bizarre ingredients in the strangest and most interesting products.
But the first OMG-box was widely criticised for not being OMG at all. The products were nice and all, but bloggers were unhappy with the lack of “OMG” to them.
I first encountered the Memebox too late to order the first OMG-box, but I’d have to say some of the “normal” stuff I’ve received before are far more OMG than the first OMG-box from what I can tell.
I’d also say that in my experience, some times some boxes just completely and totally fail to live up to their initial description.
Still, I ordered the second OMG box when I saw it on the website. (And the third. And the fourth)

Top row, left to right
Seatree: Syn-Ake Total Solution
You randomly received one of two Seatree products and I received the total solution instead of the essence.
This contains syn-ake peptides which are similar to snake venom and hylaluronic acid. So, this doesn’t even contain snake venom, but something chemically similar.
Yea, not OMG.

Priori Aroma Ac Moisture Gel Mist 
It’s a moisture mist with a funny sort of gel-like consistency to it, like the name promised. With bee venom and a bunch of weird plant extracts in it.
It promises to "purify both my skin and my soul". What?
Maybe I’m hardened with this, but the bee venom doesn’t make me go “OMG”. The only OMG is the shameless description of “purifying my soul.” I repeat: What?

Cristallin Cellulose Mask
This is a sheet mask. Yea, that’s about it. A sheet mask made from plant cell wall material.
The only OMG-thing about this is the description: “The jelly-like texture feels like an octopus wrapped around your face.”
Uh. What.
The only “OMG” worthy about this is how little shame Memebox have about their descriptions.

Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream 
This is a moisturiser with melanin-inhibiting properties, so basically a whitening cream. It has little vampire fangs on the front of the jar.Yea. Not OMG-worthy either. It has a very thick consistency and a funny spicy scent.
Since I now have more creams than I can use and probably more on the way (21 boxes on the way between now and some time in November… Yea, I do think I have a problem, why do you ask?), I have adapted to my luxury problem and I will probably use some of the whitening creams on the scars on my shins instead of using body lotion. Not sure if I should feel bad about it or not.

Bottom row, left to right
Haruen Dorothy Haruen 
It took me a little while to figure this thing out: So, it’s a volcanic rock rollerball thingie that you roll on your face to absorb excess grease. Sounds to me like it would get kind of icky after a while.
Hubby took one look at it and asked if it was some sort of sex toy(!). His comment was “OMG!”-worthy, but the product isn’t. Also, I wouldn’t ever use this thing since my skin is slightly on the dry side.
Seriously, this is just an oil blotting paper that you have to reuse until it has absorbed too much grease and you don’t want to use it anymore.

Milky Dress Bohr-effect Carboxy Gel
Okay, take note, Memebox: This is how a sheet mask works:
  • Clean face
  • Open pack
  • Apply essence-soaked mask to face and chillax for half an hour or so
  • Remove mask and move on with your life

A mask should not work like this:
  • Clean face
  • Apply a gel to face
  • Massage gel into face
  • Open pack
  • Apply dry sheet paper mask to face
  • Massage more gel into paper mask

Why wasn’t the gel in the sheet mask already?
This actually makes me go “OMG”, but only for being so irritating and messy.
For those curios, the Bohr effect is that a low pH in the blood will increase the CO2 concentration in the blood, which makes the haemoglobin release oxygen. On the cardboard box it says it “Shrinks pores through Bohr-effect.”
I fail to see what this has to do with an unnecessarily troublesome skin product.

Honestly, I’ve received more OMG-worthy items in non-OMG-themed boxes like the Memebox Special #31 Earth & Sea Cosmetics that contained an awesome volcanic ash “mud” mask that even made Mr. Igor curious enough to want to try it, a charcoal mask and a cleansing foam with collagen from pig skin and spider extract. Not impressed.

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