Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Beauty Box 5

Last month, Beauty Box 5 reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their monthly subscription service boxes filled with 5 deluxe beauty samples. I jumped at the chance since I haven't had a monthly beauty box subscription in almost 3 years and I love trying out new products! For those of you who haven't heard of BB5, it is a subscription-based beauty sampling service that delivers 5 deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month for just $12/month.

When my first box arrived last week, I was happy to see that 2 out of the 5 products, the lip gloss and nail polish, were full sized! The other three were very generously sized deluxe samples. I had never heard of any of these brands before, so I was excited to try them all out for the first time.

Here's what was in my box:

Nanacoco lip gloss in 'Mysterious' - $4 for full size product. The first thing I noticed when I applied the gloss was the great smell - it reminded me of vanilla cookies! The color was a very shocking pink, and while I probably wouldn't wear it every day because it's a bit too bright for the office, it will be perfect for nights out or days where I skip the eye makeup and want to go for a bolder lip. I loved how moisturizing and smooth it was - no stickiness at all. It was very long lasting as well. Overall, a super product for a an amazing price! I will definitely try this gloss out in other colors.

La Fresh 'Travel Lite' oil free makeup remover wipes - $2 for 8 wipes. These travel sized paraben and oil free wipes are supposed to remove all of your makeup, even waterproof mascara, while leaving your skin moisturized. I typically use the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes and I don't think I'll be changing brands after trying the La Fresh ones. The wipes were pretty small - I'm not sure if this is because they're travel sized or if they're just smaller than the Neutrogena ones I'm used to - and they weren't very moist. They were great at removing my mineral face powder and my blush, but I had to use 3 of them to get all of my makeup off because they weren't very effective at removing my Diorshow mascara, which isn't even waterproof. I wasn't super impressed with these wipes and wouldn't try them again.

Novex Brazilian Keratin deep conditioning treatment - $19 for full size (2lbs.) For someone who colors their hair and uses a hair dryer and curling iron at least 4 times a week, I should be using deep conditioning treatments frequently and I never do! I brought my deluxe 1oz sample into the shower with me and applied it after shampooing to my damp hair and combed it through. Then I put it up in a clip, stepped out of the shower and let it sit for 25 minutes before getting back in to rinse it all out. I could immediately feel the difference in my hair, even before drying it. I gave myself a straight blow out and my hair was super soft and silky - much softer than normal! My hair had the same look and feel as if I got a conditioning treatment and blow out at the salon. I will definitely be using the rest of my deluxe sample and will consider buying the full size product!

Style Essentials 'Fade to Black' nail polish - $7 for set of 4 colors. I received the black & white confetti-like polish which makes for a fun topcoat. 
It's perfect to layer over a white or light colored polish and comes out exactly like a polish I have called 'Connect the Dots' that I photographed a few months back on my ring finger.

Pur~lisse SPF 30 daily moisturizer - $55 for full size (1.7oz.) Some of you who read my beauty posts closely already know that my skin is super sensitive and prone to cystic acne, so that's usually what I look for when trying out any new facial product. Since this sample wasn't big enough for me to try out for 2 full weeks, I can't really comment on whether or not it's suitable for sensitive skin. But I can say that it has a light, pleasant smell and isn't overly sunscreen-smelling like some facial moisturizers with SPF can be. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth - fully moisturized with no flaking all day long. My loose mineral powder went on nicely over it and it seems like it would be a great daily moisturizer to keep your skin protected from the sun and looking young!

What did you think of the products I received in my Beauty Box 5? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. $12 a month is a great price for full-sized products!!! Really like the lip gloss color you got!

  2. The lipgloss looks great!! What an awesome box!

  3. Love that gloss! Love the shade!

  4. I'll have to try that conditioner! I miss having monthly subscription boxes- this one is reasonably priced so maybe I'll sign up!!