February 2014 marks the 2 year birthday of Beauty Box 5! In case you didn’t know, Beauty Box 5 is subscription service that delivers 5 products to your doorstep each month; some are full sized and some are sample sized. You can get the membership and pay for it in a few different ways: monthly for $12, quarterly for $30, and yearly for $99. Anyway, this box is special because it is their anniversary/birthday box. Let’s see what is in it!
As usual, the box comes with a description card. This month the from looks like a birthday card and you open it up and it discusses the products included. There are 4 products this month and one discount code card.
$10 off of a purchase from MyNameNecklace.com. Pretty nice. That monogram one (on the top right) is really pretty!
The first makeup product I played with out of the box was the mascara from Elizabeth Mott called It’s So Big. The wand is a bristle-style brush that has an hourglass shape. I did actually already use the mascara and I think it is ok. Not something I would repurchase. It was a good formula and it lengthened my lashes but I got no volume from it.
Speaking of volume, there were two sets of Shampoo and Conditioner packets from John Frieda from the Luxurious Volume line. Each packet has a $2 coupon attached. I love getting a product to try with a really nice coupon attached!
My favorite items from the box were the Rockstar Nails. The caviar nail trend has always attracted me but I never went out and sought out the stuff I needed to recreate it myself. That is probably for a few reasons, one being I am terrible with nail art or anything adventurous on that front, and another is that I know I would probably chicken out of trying it. I threw caution to the wind when I got these in the mail a few days ago and immediately tested it out.
My creation isn’t perfect but it is all mine and I own it. It was my first time doing it and I am actually thrilled with how it came out. From now on I know why to do to make sure the beads stick to my nails evenly. I would also like to mention with how well the beads stuck to the nail. I always thought that the beads would just fall off with any movement or bump but they stuck really nicely! I am very happy with this duo.
One of the products that is interesting but I found a bit odd was the Every Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes with Argan Oil Extract. These are dry towelettes that activate with water. I think they look terrible. Whatever is running through your head right now while looking at them is probably the same thing that ran through mine. There was no way I was about to wipe that on my face, but before I photographed this box I also did some arm swatches of a long-wearing brow product so I used this wipe to remove what was left over of that.
As you can se in the before picture I had already tried to wipe away the brow product with no luck. It smeared bit but that is it. After wiping it away with the moistened makeup remover pad my arm felt soft and looked really smooth. I think it works great, but it still looks like a questionable product. Appearance is really everything with me and these don’t look appealing.
I think the birthday box from Beauty Box 5 was really nice actually. I explored my creativity with the nail art products, I got one of my favorite items in beauty: a mascara, a couple coupons, hair care and makeup remover. Quite a well rounded sampling of goodies.
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