Beauty Box 5: Fresh and Focused

I told myself that I would give Beauty Box 5 one more month to let me decide if I wanted to cancel it or not. I feel like BB5 boxes have been a “sort of” hit or a really big miss. If you don’t know what Beauty Box 5 is then I suggest you keep on reading. Beauty Box 5 or BB5 is a $12 monthly beauty subscription service that sends out 5 products ranging from makeup to skincare to nails. I have had BB5 for quite a few months now so if you’re interested in seeing some other items included in past BB5 boxes then check out my previous blog posts in the menu area of my blog.

Something that I love about BB5 (that I wish Ipsy could learn from) is that they include a card inside. This card describes each product included and has their full retail value and the brand’s social media information as well. Each month also has a theme, which is normal for most subscription boxes.

This month’s theme is….

fresh and focused

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This month is all about getting that beauty boost. Daydreaming about the beach? Need a pick-me-up? Why, Yes BB5 I am daydreaming about the beach. I live in Minnesota (the land of 10,000 lakes) and I’m pretty sure the lakes are quite cold still, we have not had too many warm days yet.

As stated above, this box includes 5 items. The descriptions about each product were found on the card included and are in italics as well.

1) MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask

Retail: $5.99 for 1 mask

Perfect for a quick lunch-time facial, these hydrating sheet masks are paraben-free, vegan friendly, and aren’t messy at all. Bonus: they’re also 100% biodegradable, making them great for your face AND for the planet. #maskeraide

This was the most exciting product this month.  First off, the packaging is adorable! Second, I have never tried a sheet face mask. Usually, I tend to forget about doing face masks. When I do get around to it, I usually go for my Lush Mask of Magnanimity face mask. Third, it is cruelty free, paraben free, and earth friendly. What is not to love?!? I just used up this mask very recently and after application, I decided to go scare a few members of my family with it. My mom said she is going to have nightmares. Lol! My dad just laughed! My brother thought I looked scary! As you can see in the photo below, I even included a scary photo with me trying to make a scary face. My cat looked at me weird and my dogs barked at me. They were probably wondering what was wrong with their human!

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They say application isn’t messy at all. Compared to other face masks, I totally have to agree. I mean there is some of the product from the sheet that will get on your hands, but nothing compared to others. I must have a weird shaped face because I had a hard time getting it to fit properly. But, I got it as a good as it could get. The part between my nose and my chin did not want to stick at all, but the rest of it stuck pretty well. The part around my chin kept wanting to lift up. But, all in all application was easy breezy. It says to use this mask for 10-20 minutes. Well, 20 minutes is a long time to sit with an annoying face mask on the face! Heck no! I made it about 10 minutes before I took the mask off my face. The reason is because it was wet and slimy and just didn’t sit the best on my face so it was a big annoyance. It did make my skin soft at the end, but it wasn’t amazing enough to make me want to go out and buy one. If I would have done the full time, I’m sure my skin would have been even softer! Overall, I think that it was an awesome item to include and I was very happy to try it out!

2) H20 Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel 

Retail: $18.00 for 120 ml

Put your best face forward! Made with sea salt and energizing marine botanicals, this oil-free cleanser gently exfoliates while protecting your pretty cheeks from free radicals and environmental damage. #h2oplus

This isn’t the first time that BB5 included this brand. I really do like the smell of this stuff. It does remind me of the sea which isn’t surprising. I hate that this sample is so small, but hopefully I will be able to get a few uses out of this sample. I did actually like this item. Not enough to go out and buy it right away. But, if I was in need of a facial cleansing gel, I would pick this up. I did like that is was a gel and I did feel like it cleaned my face pretty well. You can see my Jamberry nails in Chalkboard Hearts in case you were wondering what was on my nails.

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Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Retail: $2.97 10 cloths

Stay calm and cool! Break out these cloth wipes after the gym, during a long day at work, or before a hot date to ensure you smell fresh and feel smooth! Just unfold and give yourself a quick rub down! #bandeodorant 

I wasn’t that excited about getting this samples in my BB5. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good idea, but still I would have rather got a different item in my BB5. These wipes remind me of baby powder and baby wipes, but when I rubbed it on my arm, the scent did not transmit. There wasn’t a residue on my arm either. It did really feel nice and cold on the skin which would be perfect for a refresh after a warm day or exercise. But, I will have to give these the true test after exercise. So as I type this, I have a flash back to marching band, wearing those uniforms made out of wool (they got new ones my last year of marching band, so much better!). Having these wipes would have been amazing after the parades. Imagine a bunch of sweaty people on a bus taking off wool uniforms during summer. Wouldn’t these have been wonderful?!? Lol, sorry for the image and tmi. Minnesota does get pretty warm during summer months, 80 F  to 100 F.

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Harvey Prince Hello

Retail: $55.00 5.7 oz

This pretty floral is the perfect way to transition from spring to summer! A smile in a bottle, each spritz boasts refreshing notes of mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria for a sunny and subtle signature. #harveyprince

I usually don’t like getting perfume samples at all in my subscription services, but I was actually excited to get this one. I honestly have never heard of Harvey Prince, but I just thought that the packaging was well presented which in the end made me excited for this little sample. It does smell really good as well. It reminds me of a nice summer day! I do smell a lot of lemon and mandarin notes, but it is nice and subtle as long as you use only a tiny bit. I think I will be definitely using this perfume throughout the summer.

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Cattiva Precisione Eye Liner

Retail: $20.00 0.012 oz

Can’t live without the liner? We understand! Waterproof and retractable, this pencil is a must-have for minimalists and smokey eye queens, delivering smooth, smudge-resistant lines. And it’s paraben-free! #cattivacosmetics

I have never heard of this brand before, but it was nice that they included a full size eyeliner. I am actually in need of a black eyeliner, because the black liners that I have are liquid pens or more shimmery. I really do like that this liner is paraben free! I have not used this eyeliner yet so I am not sure how it will be for application and use. It did swatch nice and easily on my arm as shown below. Hopefully, it is a good eyeliner because they charge $20 for this! That is comparable to a lot of prestige cosmetics such as: Urban Decay, Stila,  Smashbox, etc.

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So that concludes my 5 items included in the Beauty Box 5. Overall, I thought it was mediocre. I wasn’t wowed by it, but I didn’t think it was a miss either. I was excited to try out a sheet mask. I like that I got a full eyeliner. Although, I do think that I will be canceling my Beauty Box 5 subscription after this month. I just don’t feel like I need to keep both Ipsy and Beauty Box 5 and well…Ipsy won that battle in my opinion.  Comment and let me know if you liked this post and what you thought of the items I got. Are you going to have nightmares and see the picture of me in my sheet face mask in your dreams now? Are you subscribed to Beauty Box 5?

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Day 11: April 2014 Beauty Box 5 Shades of Beauty

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Time for another Beauty Box 5! This little turquoise box showed up in my mailbox on Wednesday and I of course couldn’t wait to rip into it. If you don’t know what BB5 is, it is a $12 a month subscription box that sends 5 samples of makeup, skincare, or any beauty type product. I have had 2 really bad boxes (my first 2) with tons of misses from BB5. I have been tempted to cancel, although I really did like last month’s box. With that, I had higher hopes for this box. I was thinking that it would be makeup based, since last month was mostly skincare. You can find more information on their box here.

Monthly Theme

This month’s theme is Shades of Beauty. It talks about taking time for yourself by enjoying your mornings and doing a little leisurely layering.

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A Little Social Networking….

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My Description Card

I really like that BB5 includes this description card. That has always been something that I haven’t liked about Ipsy.

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My 5 Items

1) Bh Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Palette Retail: $18.95 16 Eyeshadows/4 Face Powders
I was really disappointed with receiving this product. Nothing against BB5 or Bh Cosmetics with sending this out, but I already received this exact trio in an previous Ipsy bag. I do have a full sized San Francisco palette from this collection and honestly I hardly ever grab for that palette. I even featured it on my Perfect Palette Tag with it being the Biggest Regret. If you’re interested in seeing some of my palette collection you can check that tag out here. Now, I don’t want you thinking I’m hating on Bh Cosmetics because I do have some of their palettes that I love such as: Galaxy Chic and Take Me to Brazil. You can find my Galaxy Chic review here. Bh Cosmetics has nice affordable makeup products and I think they’re stepping up their game with their newer palettes, especially with packaging. Also, with their pricing, I have never seen a Bh Cosmetic palette full price. They always have sales. The San Francisco palette had the best colors out of the 3 whole sized choices in my opinion, with San Francisco being the most wearable. I would say the others are more for night out wear. I do like the colors that they decided to include in this little trio palette. I would take a picture of mine, but I don’t want to open this one and I’m not sure where mine from my Ipsy bag is at the moment. I might actually include this in my Giveaway as a little extra. Comment down below if you would like me to include this.

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2) Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick Retail: $4.99 for 0.12 oz
I am not a person that does bold lips very often, so this product was a little disappointing, yet really fun at the same time. I tend to wear more lip tints and lip glosses than lipsticks, but I am always up for trying new products. I really like that this lipstick is paraben free. I applied this lipstick and at first it was very bold, but as it wore off I liked the color even better. I can’t tell you much for longevity because I tested the color out a hour or so before bed and I ended up wiping it off when I washed all my makeup off. I can tell you that it applied nicely and wasn’t patchy at all.

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3) Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes Retail: $2.49 for 30 wipes
Once again, I think of the post that Stephanie Wright wrote about makeup wipes and hoped these didn’t have that icky chemical that she speaks of. Every time I think of makeup wipes I think of that post. Good news Effie there isn’t that chemical: phenoxyethanol. But, it does have Ethyl Alcohol in it. In case you’re interested her post is here. My first thought when I opened these wipes is that they’re very thin and cheap looking. I wasn’t impressed. They do smell good so that is a plus, but still can you see how thin that wipe is??? I used it to wipe off my lipstick swatch and it performed pretty well, but I’m just not big on makeup wipes. They’re also made in China. I do like them when wiping off my swatches off my arm, but that is about it. It is definitely travel friendly and even comes with a clip. Also, these wipes don’t seem to separate from each other meaning that when I would pull a wipe out, they would just keep coming. I ended up having to take the red top off and push some of the wipes back into the container.

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4) Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer Retail: $9.99 4 oz.

I don’t know how I feel about this product because I’m not a fan of these type of self-tanners. But, I will still have to try this out. I got my sample for medium to tan skin tones. I feel like there isn’t much product included to get the whole body evenly. But, once again I’ve never used this type of product. There are 3 packets, 1 for each of the 3 days. I also feel like this color might be a little too dark for me, I am more of a light to medium skin tone. I just think it would look unnatural looking to use that shade. But, oh well! Comment and let me know if you have tried this product or have tried any other self tanners.

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 5) Bonne Bell Lip Definer Retail: $3.95 One Size
Once again, this product disappoints me. I don’t use lip liners ever. I got the color luscious lilac. I also felt like when I swatch this on my arm it was hard to get a nice color. If I would use lip liners, I would rather have a more creamy one. The color is pretty so I give it that. I remember getting lip smackers from this brand as a young girl.

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Overall, I thought this BB5 was a big disappointment this month. I liked that it was makeup based, but not 1 of the products included got me excited. These products are all forgetful in my mind. If I didn’t already have that little trio from Bh Cosmetics, I might be a little excited over that. The lipstick is probably my favorite product I got this month. All in all, I’m debating on if I want to cancel my Beauty Box 5. I think I will give them 1 more month, if next month’s isn’t better they will chopped off the chopping block. They may have the same fate as which Birchbox had in my life. Here is to hoping my Ipsy Glam bag is more exciting. I just looked at my Glam Room a few minutes ago (which I usually don’t do) and I didn’t get the Benefit Lollitint sample! Of course not! I never get the products that I really want from Ipsy. I will be doing a post once my Ipsy bag comes. Comment and let me know what you thought of these products? Did you think your BB5 was a disappointment or did you like the products included?

 

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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March Beauty Box 5: Spring Cleaning!

I have been getting Ipsy for months. I just posted my March Box post yesterday. I’ve also tried Birchbox, but have canceled that one awhile ago. Now I decided, why not try Beauty Box 5. There was a promo going on where the first month’s box was free so I decided I would try it out and cancel if I didn’t like it. Well, this is my third box. I haven’t gotten around to doing the other reviews from my previous boxes, and now it is already time for March’s box. This box is $12 a month and sends out beauty samples.

What Beauty Box 5 says about their boxes, “Every month we’ll send you a mix of makeup, beauty accessories, hair, skincare, fragrance, body, and nail products and we can’t get enough of. Our secret? We share products that really work, so you’ll receive luxury, drugstore, niche, eco-conscious, and even vegan brands.” Information found on their website here.

This is how the BB5 comes, in a cute little mint green box. It looks more turquoise in the photo, but I assure you that it is mint green in real life.

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This month’s theme is Spring Cleaning! Out with the old, in with the new! 

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An overview of all the products included and also their retail prices.

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I know the writing is small, so I will write the retail value and description down below.

Everything all together!

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Item #1: Jane’s Pick All Natural Soaps
Retail: $8.00 for 5 oz
Description: Get clean without the chemicals! Made from an all-natural blend infused with herbs and flowers, these pretty soaps are handmade, so each bar has a unique pattern and relaxing scent. BB5 tip: later up and use this instead of shaving cream! #Janespick

I was excited to receive a natural soap. I love Lush products, but they’re not as natural as others. This soap only has 6 ingredients (Italian olive oil, Senegal shea butter, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, palm oil, & avocado oil) and essential oils. There are 8 kinds listed on the back, but nothing is checkmarked, so I’m unsure of what kind I got. I am also horrible at playing, “name that scent” game. *Goes and looks it up on their website to find the answer.* It look like I got Kind, which is orange, tangerine, and vanilla. It isn’t the best scent I’ve smelled, but it isn’t awful either. I mostly smell the tangerines in it, but I also smell something earthy that I’m not sure what it is. Overall, I do like that it is natural, but wish the scent was a little better.

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Item #2 Tree Hut Shea Body Butter 
Retail: $7.49 7 oz. (Size included was: 2 US oz. (57 g))
Description: Treat your body to the best! Extra thick and paraben free, this lotion deep conditions your skin with cocoa and organic shea butter, provides natural anti-aging properties, and puts us in the mood to party with lime and coconut extract. #treehut

When I first read this, I said, “Oh great, not coconut.” I have been turned away by products because of powerful coconut smells. Well, I have good news for you! This body butter smells amazing! It has the right amount of coconut and lime making the scent amazing! I am really impressed with it this product so far. It still does have a lot of ingredients that I don’t have a clue about, but at least it’s paraben free. I’m still annoyed at Lush for having parabens in their lotions! This body butter is super moisturizing and isn’t greasy. I hate when lotions are super greasy!!!

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Item #3 Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base 
Retail: $18.99 0.29 oz (Size included was:  0.25 oz/7 GR)
Description: Every girl deserves an all-in-one that hides imperfections and makes her makeup even better, This pretty ivory base is great when you’re low on time (or room in your purse), and serves as a concealer, illuminator, and eyeshadow primer! #bellapierreusa

I have never tried anything from this brand. I have not tried this product yet, but it seems like it will match my skin color well. I did swatch it on my hand. I think that it will work well as an eye-shadow base, but I might try as a concealer for curiosity. Also, this product is cruelty free which I love!

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Item #4 H2O Plus Hand & Hail Cream
Retail: $15.00 6 oz (Size included was:30 ml or 1 oz)
Description: Proven to soften even the roughest hands, this award-winning lotion is lightweight, non-greasy, and restores your skin with silk proteins, Vitamin E, and marine botanicals. A definite must-have for any time of the year. #h2oplus.

This is a white lotion that scent reminds me of the ocean. The scent is pretty strong and some might not like it, but it doesn’t bother me. Most likely because it includes marine botanicals. The cream isn’t very creamy and sort of hard to blend into the hands. Although, it does seem moisturizing, but not as well as the Tree Hut Body Butter. I will have to try this on my nails and see how I like using it there.

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Item #5 Swissco Dual-Sided Facial Pad
Retail: $2.00 One Size
Description: Achieving softer skin and smaller pores is as easy as exfoliating a few times a week! Just add your favorite cleanser to the pad, gently buff that pretty face, and kiss lackluster skin goodbye! #swisscolic.

I have yet to try this facial pad. It seems like a nice dual sided pad, with one side being a soft terry, and the other exfoliates with natural loofah. This thing with an item like this is, make sure to replace it often, because items like these can grow germs. I will definitely give it a try and see if I get softer skin.

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So that concludes the 5 items that I got.

I thought it would be interesting to share a photo of both my January and February boxes since I never got the post done.

January: I was really disappointed with my first box. The lip balm was super coconutty that I ended up throwing that one away. My dog got a hold of the mirror and chewed it up, so that went into the garbage, which I am not sad about. I have yet to try the other items which included: a lotion, a top coat, a body wash, and exfoliating gloves.

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February: This month’s box was a little better, but not great. It came with some nail polishes, which in my opinion felt a little cheap. I may be basing that off the fact that they couldn’t even get the sticker on the bottle properly. I have yet to try this nail polish. I am not a fan of shampoo and condiotner packets so that was a miss for me. Also, it came with a body wash sample from Aveeno which was a good item to get. Last item was a mascara, which I have received before in a previous Ipsy bag. I have yet to try that mascara.

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After my February BB5, I decided that I would give them 2 more months (March & April) and decide if I want to cancel.
So what are my thoughts on March’s BB5?
This has been the best box so far by a lot! I am really loving the, Tree Hut Body Butter, and I am excited to try the other products. Overall, if I said in February that I was to give BB5 1 more month instead of 2, I would still see what April’s box has to offer. I am hoping that next month box is more based off of makeup and not skincare. Comment and let me know if you get Beauty Box 5 and what your thoughts are. Also, I want to know if you have tried any of the products listed.

Xoxo,

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy