Beauty Box 5 March 2014 Review

by Ginger on March 23, 2014

in Makeup and Beauty, Rampant Consumerism

*I was sent a box to review, but was not compensated further.  All opinions and run-on sentences are 100% mine.

When I first got this month’s Beauty Box 5 box, I was a little…meh. I opened it, took a bunch of pictures, and then set it aside. A few days later, I finally picked it back up and decided to go ahead and bust out a few of the items, and surprise surprise, I’m actually fairly pleased with the box. So let’s see what we’ve got, shall we?




Tree Hut Nourishing Hand Cream
This is a really nice lotion, with a nice mango scent (I like it because it’s not too overwhelming, and it dissipates after a while, just how I prefer scented things). And given how DRY my hands are lately, I’m glad to have this guy. I’ve stuck it in my purse, and I’ve been using it for my hands (and, ok, my elbows too. Everything is so DRY!), and enjoying it.

Jane’s Pick All Natural Soaps
I’m not the hugest fan of bar soaps, but for a bar soap, I enjoy this one. It’s got a nice scent, and it’s pretty with little bits of flowers visible in it. I probably wouldn’t buy this myself because it is a bar soap, but I’m enjoying feeling a little fancy when I use it.

Swissco Dual-sided Facial Pad
I’ll be honest, I haven’t used this for my face. My skin has been decent for the last couple of months, and I’m pretty gun-shy about changing ANYTHING up lest that change. But I’m still glad to have this for one pretty specific reason: beach and pool days. When we come back from the beach or the pool, I always feel like my face is just layer after layer of grime–sunscreen, sand, salt, chlorine, blech. I think this will be PERFECT for those days to give me a little extra exfoliation to get that grime off, instead of using my Clarisonic.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base
I’ve been trying this out off and on since I got it. It’s supposed to work as a concealer, illumination/highlighter, or an eyeshadow base, and I’ve tried it as all 3. It goes on really smoothly, and a little bit goes a long way. I like it as a concealer, and as a subtle, non-shiny highlighter. As an eyeshadow base, I’m a little less impressed. It works really nicely (for me and my skin tone) to cover up the veins and redness and stuff on my eyelids–it gives a nice canvas. Unfortunately, as a primer, it’s pretty disappointing. It doesn’t really help my eyeshadow stay, and in fact, I feel like my eyeshadow creased more after using this than without it. I’m going to try using it with one of my regular primers next, which I think might be a good way to use it, but we’ll see. Either way, I’m happy with the other two functions, so I’m pleased with this.

Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse
This was the only one that I’m completely meh about. I do technically have some curly hair left (although I’d say it’s probably more wavy than curly at this stage in my life), but I NEVER wear my hair curly. Especially with how short my hair is–it just ends up looking messy and not in the good way. I won’t get any use of this one, so it’ll go in my swap pile.

Even still, 4 out of 5 isn’t bad. Once again, Beauty Box 5 ends up surprising me in the end with a box filled with practical and useful items, even if they aren’t super exciting on first glance. I continue to have that reaction–you’d think I’d have figured it out by now!

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.

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