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Product Review: Beauty Box 5

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A while ago I was contacted by the good people at Beauty Box 5 to see if I’d like to review one of their monthly subscription boxes. By now, everyone is totally aware of the subscription box concept–and maybe even a bit over it, to be honest–but I’d actually never tried one and thought it might be fun. Full disclosure: I’m no beauty blogger! I use and enjoy a variety of cosmetics, but would never call myself an expert! I used each product multiple times before writing this review and just want to share my honest thoughts! I know there are tons of subscription boxes out there now and it’s important to figure out which are worth your money.

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. Aimed at introducing women to new cosmetic products and educating them on best practices, Beauty Box 5 scours the market to find the best products for your lifestyle. I like that Beauty Box 5 puts emphasis on working with ethical companies and introducing you to new products. You can see a list of the brands they work with here.

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They also pride themselves on being really affordable. If you pick the yearly subscription, each box is only $8.25! It would’ve cost me $93 total to try full size versions of all the products in my box, so that’s pretty awesome.

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1. Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow – Bora Bora Retails for $14.00
This eyeshadow is described as “teal blue with a hint of shimmer” and I would say that’s a pretty accurate description. It’s a bold, highly-pigmented color. It goes on pretty smooth, maybe a bit chalky? I was pretty impressed with the quality of the color, even without a primer. Based on the branding and packaging of this product, I kind of assumed it would be cheap and bad to be honest, so I was definitely pleasantly surprised. Not feelin’ the logo. Haha.

2. Swissco Nail File Retails for $1.50
A nail file kind of feels like a filler item, but it’s a cute, sparkly one and who doesn’t need another nail file? Seems good!

3. H2O Plus Aquafirm + Micro-Collagen Moisturizer Retails for $50.00
Described as a nutrient-packed moisturizer for day and night that visibly fights fine lines and loss of skim firmness, this moisturizer feels pretty light, absorbs fast, and doesn’t feel greasy. It smells really nice and fresh, too. It reminds me of a fresh wet wipe.

4. Bask Heavenly Silk Daily Skin Lotion Retails for $19.98
This lotion is also described as a nourishing moisturizer with anti-aging benefits, but I used it on my hands, elbows, and knees and was super happy with it! It made my hands feel noticeably smoother without feeling too greasy and I really like the smell. After a quick google search, I see that some people hate the smell and think it’s too overwhelming but I think it’s a pretty fresh, clean scent and like that it hangs around. I think this one would feel too heavy for use on my face, though, especially with all the added scent. I’ll keep this one for my hands as part of my manicure routine for sure!

5. Nubar Nail Lacquer – Hot Pink Retails for $8.00
I’d never heard of the brand Nubar before, but apparently it’s a pretty well-liked vegan and cruelty-free brand of cosmetics. Each product is also free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP–none of which I understand, but if you’re into that kind of thing, I’m sure it’s exciting. This polish is simply called “hot pink” and I’m pretty pleased with the color. It’s much warmer and more neon than it looks on their online store. The color went on super bright right away and dried pretty quickly, but it did take at least three coats to make it completely opaque. The texture is sort of a satin finish–not completely matte but not really glossy either. Overall I was pleasantly surprised and really liked this polish!

Bottom Line: I really like the nail polish and Heavenly Silk lotion! The eyeshadow isn’t a shade I’ll often use, but I appreciate how bold it is. I probably won’t ever use the H2O Plus Aquafirm moisturizer again, but that’s just a personal preference I think. I just don’t use those very much, even if I probably should! I think the box ended up being a good value and Beauty Box 5 is a great option if you’re looking for an inexpensive monthly treat! 


  • http://condensedstarstuff.blogspot.com Danielle M.

    This is such a cool deal! I love the surprise factor, a.k.a. the Forrest Gump “box of chocolates”. You never know what you’re going to get! (pretty cheesy but I had to!)

    I am totally going to sign up for this as a reward for completing the school semester! I’m not a huge beauty products person, so this sound perfect for me. Thanks for letting us know about it! :)

    • Michelle

      It’s a great way to introduce yourself to new products if you don’t tend to experiment with cosmetics on your own–that’s totally how I am. I stick with what I know for as long as I can because it’s the most frustrating thing ever to spend the money on something new and then not like it. :(

  • http://xoxolib.wordpress.com Libby

    I like the idea of this kind of a thing but, like you, I’ve never tried it before. I don’t like the idea of signing up for something like this and then just getting a box of stupid, wimpy samples. You know? I like that you let us know how big those samples are! It feels like you’d really be able to give everything a good try before deciding if you liked it or not.

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