7.29.2012

Beauty on Your Doorstep: BeautyBox5 {BB5} Review


A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to try out the monthly beauty subscription service BeautyBox5. As many of you know, I am a JULEP Maven; however, I have shied away from other beauty subscription services – such as BirchBox and Glossybox – due to the element of surprise that comes with them, meaning you can’t preview the products before receiving and purchasing the way you can with JULEP, resulting in sometimes paying for items that you don’t want or need. That said; I have always wanted to try a monthly beauty subscription service, and I love sample sizes of products, so I jumped at the chance to receive a box from BeautyBox5.

BeautyBox5 offers three separate subscription services and price points: Monthly is $12.00; Quarterly is $30.00; and Yearly is $100.00. BeautyBox5 partners with a number of different brands, many of which are eco-friendly/organic-based companies. In each box that you receive, you will find 4 or 5 beauty samples, and a postcard-sized information sheet offering more information about each of the products inside – including the retail price of each. I received four beauty samples inside my box.


Samples Included In My Box:

Blinc Mascara {Retail Price: $26.00}
Curls Gel-Les’c (Curl Jealousy) {Retail Price: $25.00}
Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer {Retail Price: $2.99}
Bodyography Makeup Primer {Retail Price: $30.00}

I feel like beauty subscription services are definitely a hit or miss; for me, this particular box was a hit, as three of the four products I loved. As for the fourth, it wasn’t that I don’t like the product itself, it simply doesn’t apply to my needs. The miss product in this box, for me, was the Curls Gel-Les’c (Curl Jealousy), which is a product for people with curly hair, which I don’t have, so this isn’t a product that I would use or need.

The hits for me would have to be the Blinc Mascara, Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer, and Bodyography Makeup Primer; the Blinc Mascara being my favorite of the bunch, as it is water-resistant, as opposed to being waterproof, so while it doesn’t smear when wet like a waterproof, it is far easier to remove. I have wanted to try a water-resistant mascara for awhile, so I was really excited to find this product in my box.

Like I said, with monthly beauty subscription boxes, you never really know what you’re going to get (which is why I don’t know if they’ll ever really work for me); but, if you don’t mind that risk, I’d say that BeautyBox5 is definitely a fun one to try out.

What do you think of the items I received in my BeautyBox5 box? Is BeautyBox5 something you would subscribe to?





FTC Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review; however, the opinions expressed therein are entirely my own.
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20 comments

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

I haven't tried beauty subscriptions yet because I'm in Switzerland now, and Switzerland is always the last to start these things :-(

However I have to say that a beauty subscription that includes mostly natural brands would definitely be a GO for me! Might even consider subscribing and sending it to my forwarding address.

ellie said...

Its always fun to get something in the mail. Especially a beauty box.

Great review.

ivy's closet said...

What a great way to try new products. I can see though, how it can be a hit or miss, sometimes.

Loved the review.

lucy and sarah said...

Great to see there were some fun items to try in this subscription.

Loved the review.

Q said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your bb5, I had the quarterly subscription from them, and aside from the initial box, I was less than impressed. I too am a maven (which I love) and am a die hard Birchbox fan. NewBeauty Testtube is also rally good! it's a bit pricier, but well worth it (plus it's only quarterly). Wish bb5 had sent me the curl stuff when i was signed up! I've got a house full of curly girls! :)

caitlin and megan said...

Looks like a fun box to get. I'm glad there are some cool products you can try.

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Couture Carrie said...

So fun!
I need to sign up for this!

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CC

Joyce said...

the primer looks like a nice item! cool box

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

I do love the idea of sample boxes. I think surprises are fun, but it would be a bummer to get something that you don't like or don't need and yet, you paid for it. It would make a great gift though and I think the quarterly price for this company is pretty good.

-lauren

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Bonnie said...

I prefer water-resistant mascaras to waterproof mascaras for that very reason. It sounds like a great service.

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Audrey Allure said...

Lovely products!

London's-beauty said...

They all look real good! :}
I actually like to pick out products myself. ^^

Miss Caitlin S. said...

always a fan of mascara!!! I've never heard of that but I think I would like it. And I agree about water-resistant! Waterproof can prove to be wayyyy too intense sometimes.

Fashion Tales said...

Glad that this box was a hit for you. I used to subscribe to many boxes, but gave it a rest for a bit. I may get back into beauty boxes. -xo

Sherin said...

I love the idea of monthly beauty boxes, but I agree that you never know what you'll get.
Looks like this one is a good one, with some fab products.

Ely @ Caribbean Living said...

I'd never heard of this before but it's such a great idea!

Fab review thanks, will definitely be looking into this more!

Ewelina said...

very useful!

Natasha Hollerup said...

The only subscription service I've used was Foodzie for a free trial and I did not like what I got, so I've steered clear of mystery subscription boxes in fear of the hits and misses. BB5 seems pretty awesome, though.

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