Beauty Box 5 October 2013 Review

by Ginger on November 9, 2013

in Makeup and Beauty

I think we all know I’ve become a smidge obsessed with monthly subscription boxes. So when Beauty Box 5 contacted me to see if I’d like to review their service, you KNOW I jumped on that.

So the official details: Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. It is $12/month, $30/Quarterly, or $99/annually.

I got my first box, the October 2013 box, at the start of November due entirely to the timing of being contacted. I’ve been told that the boxes usually ship out fairly early in the month, so this was WAY late. I’m still reviewing it though, even though it’s so late (hey, it’s NaBloPoMo, so I have blog posts to fill!). Anyway, the October box  had the theme of “Take it Easy,” a theme I can definitely get behind. But I know you really just want to see what’s in the box, right?



Here’s a closer look at what I got:



Nubar Altar Ego Nail Lacquer in Blondie–This is the most adorable little bottle, first of all. Now, I don’t really love super chunky glitter polish (it’s such a PITA to get off), but this is really pretty. I’ve already put it over a couple of different color polishes and it’s looked really nice with everything so far. I’ll also give props for how much glitter actually ends up on the brush, and then on your nail. You know how a lot of glitter polishes don’t actually pick up the glitter well on the brush, and then you have to basically shove it to the right places on your nail? Yeah, not with this. Which I call a win.

ModelCo Illusion Lip Enhancer. I have a few other ModelCo. lip products, and I’ve liked them all, so I’m not surprised that I like this. This is a nude lip liner that they say to use to “create the perfect pout by giving the illusion of natural, fuller lips” I guess by drawing outside your natural lip line. Yeah, I’m not going to do that, but it’s a perfectly good nude liner(it’s not as dark brown as that swatch looks, I promise), and I’ve already used it several times 1) to line my lips to keep lipstick from feathering, and 2) on my full lip to tone down some crazy bright lip colors I have. What I do really like about this, and what earns it a spot in my purse from here on out is that the lid has a built in sharpener. Which is just all kinds of awesome.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It’s basic lotion. It’s good for my purse, has no offensive smell, and feels nice, but I don’t feel like it adds a lot of value. Although it’s definitely better than a skimpy foil sample, so there’s that.

La Fresh Facial Cleansing Wipes. My skin just does not like these things. I know a lot of people love them, so I’m sure other people are happier to see these in their boxes. If I could use them without my skin feeling like it’s on fire, I’d be way more excited about these. They’ll go in my swap drawer.

SwissCo Glitter Toe Separators. Alright, I know toe separators aren’t that exciting, EXCEPT 1) I totally needed some, so they filled a hole I now don’t have to fill on my own, and 2) look, they’re all red and sparkly! So I’m happy. From a dollar value standpoint, they’re kind of meh. But hey, I’ve gotten pens and a single nail polish remover pad in other boxes, so all boxes seem to have some iffy value choices at times.

I’m not someone who calculates the actual dollar value of my subscription boxes–I prefer to go on an “am I happy with what I got, and do I *feel* like I got my money’s worth?” rather than a strict “did the dollar value exceed the amount I spent?” I’ll be honest, when I first opened this box, I felt a little unsure on the value to me personally–it felt a little light, especially compared to some of my other sub boxes, and especially given that it’s more expensive than my other two beauty subs. But I’ll be honest, I’ve found myself pretty satisfied with 3 of the 5 items as the week has gone on, enough that I’m definitely intrigued to see what other boxes might have in the future.

*I was sent a free box , but all opinions are mine.

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