Official Monsta X Monbebe 2nd Gen Fanclub Goods Review

Today was a good day. I woke up to the news that my Monsta X fanclub membership package would arrive. I was super pumped and basically just sat around in my house all morning waiting.
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Finally, it arrived! And… it looked a bit small. I had an instant flashback to last year’s ARMY goods and how I was a bit disappointed in it. Compared to the package for Monsta X from last year this one was a lot smaller.

 

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On the right you can see the fanclub box from last year, and on the left the one from this year. Even though it’s small, I was holding all judgement until I opened it. This year’s theme of camping is honestly so cute.

 

The little artwork was just adorable At the bottom of the box it says “Let’s go camping together” and when you pull open the tab it reads “Monbebe”, so all together “Let’s go camping together Monbebe <3” which is a super cute touch honestly.

 

 

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So, opening it fully, you see that despite the small size, the box is FULL of stuff.
This year the box contained a pin, photobook, DVD, photocard and probably my favorite part, a banner of the members. Last year, by comparison, was a bag, a water bottle (which fell out of my bag while running and exploded. rip waterbottle, you were so fantastic and will be missed.), photobook and photocard. My first thought was “That pin perfectly matches the bag from last year!”

 

 

The banner features photos of the members on one side, and the anniversary dates on the back.

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The new membership card is pretty similar to last year’s card, and the photocard is cute as well.

Honestly, everything in the box was super cute. I am super pumped to be able to watch

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You aren’t even my bias, why are you coming for me like this?

the dvd later and plan to put up the banner when I move to my new place in a month. Until then, I’ve packed everything safely away so it doesn’t get damaged in the moving process. Unfortunately I don’t have access to a scanner or anything, so I can’t provide all the images from the photobook, but can I just say that Hyungwon needs to chill and let me live.

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All in all, it was definitely worth the money paid. (For international Monbebe’s, there is a coupon inside for the official webstore, and while it’s not a huge discount every little bit helps when you ship internationally, right?)  I’m super excited to get the BTS fanclub goods in as well, hopefully sometime soon although last year it took around 3 or 4 months. Monsta X is pretty consistent with shipping theirs quickly after they close the sign up period completely. I hope you guys will look forward to seeing the ARMY goods, and I will be going more in-depth later on fanclubs. If you have any questions about fanclubs, fangoods or  anything drop them below and I’ll incorporate that into my next post!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with a dvd.

 

 

My Go-to Facemasks

I love facemasks. Check my instagram, and you’re likely to see tons of posts about different masks I’ve been trying out. (Alternately, look at my desk or in my fridge where I typically have between 10 to 20 masks at a time.) If a store has a sale on facemasks, you can find me there stocking up. But there are a few masks which I find myself purchasing over and over again. These are my go to masks for when my skin is feeling tired and worn out. I’m going to rank my top 4 masks here.

#4: Medi-Heal Pore Tightening Solution

18944749_10155167526651970_1058190762_n-minThis is a mask I tend to use after I’ve done any kind of peel off mask or deep exfoliation. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized as well. I personally feel that my pores do look a bit smaller after using them. It doesn’t have a strong smell, and it doesn’t cause any problems for my super sensitive skin, like some other pore masks have. Medi-Heal brand can be found at LOHB and is a decent price, between 1,500w to 3,000w depending on the mask. You can also catch them on sale sometimes, so stock up when you can!

 

 

 

 

 

#3:SkinFood: Propolis and Bee Venom mask

18945084_10155167526571970_2007143161_n-minThis mask is for moisturizing and firming, and while it’s one of my favorites, there is a small disclaimer. As this product uses bee venom, if you are highly allergic to bees, you should steer clear. I have a slight bee allergy, so this mask is one I only use at night time, as my face tends to be red afterwards. You might wonder “Ren, why is a mask you are allergic to one of your favorites?” That’s because it makes my skin feel crazy smooth, and so I can deal with the slight tingling feeling that I get from it. But again, totally not for everyone. It has a light honey like scent.

It’s from SkinFood, which is one of my favorite brands and is also around 1,500w.

#2 TonyMoly Naturalith Goat Milk Moisture Mask Sheet18944542_10155167526536970_1881550360_n-min

This is one of the masks that I have never actually had to buy, but I totally would. TonyMoly has been pushing their Goat Milk line a lot for the past year or so, and as such many times you get this mask for free. It’s great for days when your skin feels super dry, and I like to keep these in the fridge so it’s cool when I put it on. I will say that it does take a little longer to absorb after taking the mask off, so make sure to pat the essence into you skin well. I’m going to assume this mask is roughly 2,000w, because I’ve never actually paid for it since I’m a TonyMoly VIP member. I definitely suggest this one if you have dry skin.

18945351_10155167527081970_2101041643_n-min#1 TonyMoly I’m Real Red Wine Pore Care Mask

This mask has been my favorite mask for around 2 years running now.  It has a really nice fruity wine scent. I find that this one is not only great for pore care but also for moisture, so it’s fantastic. The morning after using this, my skin feels like I could even skip my moisturizer. This is one of the masks that I would 100% recommend as a morning mask because of how nice it makes my skin feel. It’s also one of the ones I prefer to keep in my fridge before wearing it and it’s a huge part of my summer skin care routine. Also perfect for sensitive skin.

It’s around 2,000w, which is a bit more than I tend to want to spend, but it’s so worth it.

And there you have it! My top four masks. I’m going to post a ton of other mask reviews in the future, but at the moment these are my essential sheet masks.  A lot of these you can buy in bulk for cheaper, and if you keep them in the fridge, they last a lot longer! I hope you love them just as much as I do!

-Ren

 

Skincare: A Tale of Two Soaps

When I was young, I had a ton of trouble with acne. So much so that at one point in middle school my skincare routine was a $200 face care set from some company I can’t even remember now. For all the money my mother sank into it, the program never worked for me. So it’s no surprise that skincare became a bit of an obsession for me. Over the years, I’ve tried many different face washes and toners, all promising results. Some delivered and some didn’t.  Eventually I settled on using Saint Ives Apricot Scrub and being ok with the fact that my face would never be smooth.

That is, until I came to Korea. Even in Korea I had a bit of trouble at first, mainly because it was extremely hard to find Saint Ives! So for the first few months, I stumbled through my old routine of trying different face cleansers. I found a few that were ok, but nothing notable until roughly a year ago.

Enter AprilSkin. AprilSkin ads began popping up EVERYWHERE for a soap called “Magic Stone”. It promised to be an all natural face cleanser that took care of any skin trouble. So when it went on sale at the local Olive Young, I decided to try it out.

The Magic Stone was my first attempt at using an actual bar soap for my face. Thankfully I had rewatched the April Skin Ulzzang video enough times that I knew to make foam with the soap and then put that on my face for around 20-30 seconds.

(The video in question that popped up on Facebook, Instagram and literally everywhere I seemed to look.)

I was pretty pleased with the Magic Stone right off the bat, as it easily removed all of my makeup. But after about 3 days, I was astonished that a problem patch on one of my cheeks was gone. Gone as in my entire face was COMPLETELY clear.

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My only issue with Magic Stone was that it left my skin feeling a tad bit dry, but as I normally used it before bed it didn’t bother me much as I applied a heavy face cream. I mean, who cares about a little bit of dryness when you’ve found the holy grail of skin care, right?

I stuck with Magic Stone exclusively for around 9 months. But then these pesky ads on Instagram started showing up for a new soap.

DailySkin had arrived and their Strawberry Milk soap was all over the place. I held off for a while, as I still very much loved my Magic Stone. But the DailySkin advertisements promised a soap that would leave your skin more moisturized than others and the packaging was super cute. So I decided to try it out. I didn’t have anything to lose, after all.

For a week, I stopped using Magic Stone and switched to using only the Strawberry Milk. As with Magic Stone, my skin stayed completely clear. And DailySkin was right about my skin feeling moisturized. With the Strawberry Milk soap, the website had recommend cutting it, as it easily melts in the heat. So I attempted (poorly) to cut it into 4ths. It, predictably, crumbled a bit. So, do not do this. Other than that, I found myself in love with this soap as well.

So what to do, now that I had found not one but two amazing soaps? Use them both of course. In the mornings, I now use the DailySkin Strawberry Milk soap, since it isn’t as drying as the Magic Stone. At night, I use the Magic Stone before going to bed to really make sure I’ve gotten everything off of my face. I can honestly say that I LOVE both of these soaps, and that my skin has never been in such great condition. Another great aspect of both is that a little goes a long way. The soaps foam up really easily, and one Magic Stone lasted me around 8 months from daily use. So far the tiny piece of the Strawberry Milk soap has lasted around 3 months without getting too small to use.

In conclusion, both of these soaps are wonderful, and if you have sensitive skin I recommend trying them out. Those of you with oily skin may want to look into the Black Magic Stone, as it has added charcoal to help with oil. Skincare is really important, and for those who struggle with acne, finding the right soap can really help. Really expensive soaps and serums aren’t always the way to go. Sometimes, a soap marketed to you on Instagram by Ulzzangs can actually be the secret weapon you’ve been looking for.