Following our introductory post last week about the exciting new monthly gift box from Inspire Me Korea, we were lucky to have a gift box sent to us so we could review it! Check out below what goodies the March box had to offer!
The box came prepared all clean and pristine with the IMK branding on top and was easy to open. On the side of the box there is a small ‘thank you’ sticker from the founder, Diana, who also hand picks the items. Once inside we immediately noted that you receive the best bits of Korean culture in one box; IMK promises in each box a collection of beauty products, snacks, sometimes K-Pop collectables and with the magazine you get a real insight into various aspects of K-Culture. The theme of every month follows the theme of the box itself which is a nice and slightly more personal touch to say your monthly gift box.
Usually I find with subscription packages there is quite a bit of crate paper or tissue paper to cushion the items and to pad out the box and hide the fact that in actuality there is not much offered, however this month’s ‘Classic’ IMK box was nicely filled out without the need of excess padding. Once you open the box the IMK magazine is laid on top so it is the first thing you see and the rest of the pleasing items are packed underneath.
Inside the March box (which we were sent to review) included:
– Issue 2 of Inspire Me Korea – Classic Issue
– Mediheal’s Cacao Face Sheet Mask
– Nature Republic’s Rose Face Sheet Mask
– Skin Food’s Aloe Vera Cream Cleanser (sample size)
– Happy Smile Hand mirror
– A sheet of stickers with phrases, mixed English and Korea
– A box of Lotte Coconut Biscuits
– Natural Pine Nut Oil Laver
– 2 packets of Choco Pies
– 2 packets of Choco Heim Wafers
– 2 Yakgwa
– Sweet & Sour Strawberry chewy sweets
The amount of snacks in this box is really great value. It is a mix of sweet and savoury snacks and some that Korea are renowned for, like the famous tasty treat Choco Pie that has been eaten through the generations to the laver that you would have seen the adorable Song Triplets on KBS’s ‘The Return of Superman’ reach for a million times to eat with his rice.
Needless to say the sheet mask is a essential in the Korean beauty regime. The brands included in this package are definitely the included in a top 10 brands for a sheet mask junkie.
Mediheal is one of the most popular brands of sheet masks in Asia. They are known for their Ampole masks and their Dress Code Black range (that have a masquerade design). The Cacao sheet mask is a great purifying mask that would be great to add to your collection of sheet masks or even a great way to start if you have never tried a sheet mask before.
As a certified sheet mask junkie, the rose Nature Republic sheet mask is one of my favourite masks from the entire Nature Republic skincare line, so with this included in the IMK box it was a massive 10 points. If you walk through the streets of Seoul you are bound to find Nature Republic stores a couple of hundreds of feet away from each other, they are literally everywhere, flaunting their life size cut-out of one of the EXO members by their entrances (who are the current brand ambassadors).
Although the package itself is jam packed with the snacks and my favourite sheet masks, the real highlight for me is definitely the magazine. You would normally expect a card with a product listing with these kind of boxes but instead you receive a fully fledged magazine which is both informative and educational. The magazine is a great tool for fans of K-Culture as it touches on history and culture in Korea with features such as a short Korean language lesson, a fun interview with K-Culture ambassadors, food recipes and Korean inspired events here in the UK plus more.
All in all a great value gift box for fans for Korean Culture. At the moment, IMK only ships within the UK but there is room for growth! Next month it will be a special Café themed box and remember if you enter the code “JAKWAVE” you will get the delivery on your first box for free! Visit the Inspire Me Korea site to follow their blog and order your first box!