SoothingSista XO Memebox #EyeLove SF Eyeshadow Quad Review

Memebox sent me the Soothing Sista XO Memebox #EyeLove SF Eyeshadow Quad for review. It came in a few days ago, and now that I’ve had time to play with it I’d like to share my thoughts with you!

soothing sista xo memebox eyelove eyeshadow quad

The quad itself was surprisingly small (fits in the palm of my hand), but I was happy to see that the shadows inside were actually pretty large. It’s sturdy with a nice mirror and since it’s small it should travel well in lots of different bags.
soothing sista xo memebox rose gold marsala eye shadow palette

The individual shadows are each about the size of a quarter.
soothingsista x memebox palette scale

There are two matte taupe shades, a rose gold glitter and a maroon shimmer shadow. The shadows are all warm toned and all of the shadows work individually or in any combination together. The rosiness of it skews it toward Marsala, this year’s Pantone color of the year, and the formula feels smooth and silky. The two matte shades are a little close in tone to each other, but as you can see in the eye looks below, they are distinct once applied. The pink glitter was sheerer than I expected, but that works to its advantage when used as an accent color and it goes on more intense when wet. The colors can be both playful or sophisticated and the palette is extremely versatile and easy to use.

soothingsista x memebox palette colors

Swatched L-R: Bae Area, Sutro, Valencia, Candy Rain.

soothingsista xo memebox palette eyeshadow swatches

These shades really reminded me of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, so I decided to do some side-by-side comparison swatches to see if they are true duplicates.

Here are my swatches of the SoothingSista #EyeLove shades on top and Urban Decay Naked 3 shades on the bottom:

soothingsista palette ud naked 3 dupe shades swatches

As you can see, none of the shades are exact dupes, but they’re similar. The pigmentation of the matte shades isn’t as intense as the Naked 3 shades, but I actually like the Memebox shimmer shades better than the UD shades. The tones of the shimmer colors are better and there’s less fallout. So while this isn’t a replacement for my Naked 3 palette, it’s a really excellent compact travel version and it’s only $17 instead of $52.

But I digress. Let’s see the shadows in action! Here are three of many possible looks using these shadows:

Using both shimmer shades (Bae Area was applied wet):
shimmer eye look soothingsista shadow quad

Using only the two matte shades for a traditional contour look:
matte eye look soothingsista shadow quad

And finally, all four shades together with Sutro as a base shade, Valencia in the crease, Candy Rain in the outer corner and Bae Area blended lightly into the inner corner:full eye look soothingsista shadow quad

I found the shadows very versatile and flattering, and I think they’re mix-and-matchable enough to be easy for people of all skills levels to use. No intimidating color combinations, but they’re not boring, either. Way to go, SoothingSista! Now can I have your blue ombre hair?

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Memebox Special #34 Whole Grains 2

Memebox sent me the Special Box #34 (Whole Grains 2) for review. It’s interesting how each set of moisturizers Memebox sends has a slightly different effect. While some of the other boxes left my thick, this one made it feel exceptionally smooth and made a big difference in my pores. It had a variety of product types, too, so it wasn’t all just moisturizers.

memebox whole grains


Tosowoong Timeshift Emulsion ($34).

tosowoong timeshift emulsion tosowoong timeshift emulsion texture

Oh, I love this stuff. It comes in a very heavy, luxurious glass bottle and it just melts into the skin beautifully. The texture is a bit thin and it’s sort of a cream-serum hybrid, but it does spread well over the skin and gives a nice refreshed feeling right away. This was my favorite from the box, followed closely by…


Osho Multi-Functional Whitening Cream ($34).

osho multi function whitening cream packaging osho whitening cream packaging osho whitening cream

I was really scared about the whitening cream at first, because I’m already pale enough as it is. Some online research informed me that this cream actually evens skintone out rather than full-on bleaching, so I gave it a try. I was really intrigued by the crazy pearl packaging and the little caviar spoon they provide to measure out your product and was excited that I’d get to use it after all.

Once I tried it, I really like it! I think it improved my skintone a bit and added some luminosity, and when combined with the Timeshift Emulsion it made my skin feel sooooo soft and smooth. It made a huge difference in my pores as well! I tried experimenting with only using this product or the emulsion on a given night to see if one of them was responsible for my skin’s improvement, but I got the best results when I used them both together. I liked this so much more than I thought I would, it’s the sleeper hit of the bunch.

Be forewarned, if you put too much on you’ll look like a vampire (at least before it soaks in or washes off).

osho multi function whitening cream on skin
Spooky ghost!


echoice Wash Oatmeal Body Scrub ($5).

echoice wash oatmeal body scrub

This body wash has tiny little particles that feel like small grains of sand, but it was much gentler than I expected. This is a gentle exfoliator that would be fine on sensitive skin or for every day use (a harsher scrub could only be used every few days).


Seven DIAS Medi anti blemish serum ($29).

seven dias medi anti blemish serum packaging seven dias medi anti blemish serum texture

This stuff seemed pretty powerful and did seem to help with the mild acne flareups I’ve been having lately. It didn’t dry me out, and I’m really happy with the size of the tube.


Young Face Nuruk Natural Mask and Scrub ($5).

young face nuruk natural mask and scrub

This mask has to be combined with various food ingredients (milk, honey or yogurt) and to be used and refrigerated after use. Every time I want to use it, I realize I don’t have the ingredients. 😦 This product is still untested because I’m not ready for this level of complexity in my beauty routine.


Young Face Natural Soap ($12).

youngface natural soap

This soap was very gentle and seems to be a skin-cleansing soap only rather than a typical cleanser. What I mean is that it couldn’t remove my makeup and I had to wash my face first with a stronger cleanser, then used this afterward. That seems pretty high maintenance, but it did feel very gentle and moisturizing on my face. It’s probably not something I would buy again, but I’ll keep using it since I have it.


And that’s it for this box. This was mostly a hit, and as usual the value of the products far exceeds the price of the box.