Thursday, March 21, 2013

February 2013 Beauty Box 5 - Unboxing and Review

The February Beauty Box 5 arrived late as it was shipped towards the end of month. It took a full 3 weeks to arrive at my door. Was it worth the wait?

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that promises 4-5 beauty samples in each box. It ships out of Austin, Texas. The samples are shipped in relatively small cardboard shipping box. The current dimensions of the box are approximately 6.5 inches x 4 inches x 2 inches and the box fits easily in my tiny condo mailbox.

Here is what i received (in order of appearance in the video):

1. The Brush Guard Sample Pack

I was extremely happy to see brush guard in the BB5 this month! I have heard great things about these so I cannot wait to try them. The sample pack includes one each of the extra small, small, and medium size brush guards.

Full size // various sizes available // $5.50
Sample size // 1 xs + 1 s + 1 m // approximately $2.34

2. Coolway Boost Repair Serum

Impressions: When I initially smelled this product in the tube, I thought it smelled really good, like citrus (lemon pie, perhaps?)... then I used this product in the shower and it smelled horrid. It smelled like it was full of chemicals and the scent was a little nauseating. I still finished the tube but I did not enjoy it. I didn't notice that it did anything special for my hair. It blows my mind that this tiny tube retails for $14.95... I got about 2 uses out of this tube.

Travel size and sample size // 1 oz // $14.95

3. H2O Plus Bath Aquatics Natural Spring Shampoo

I've tried some H2O Plus products in the past and I recall really liking them so I was happy to see this sample in my BB5 this month. I had actually forgotten about this brand so I am eager to get reacquainted! I have never tried any of the hair products in this line. This shampoo smells amazing - fresh and clean.

Full size // 250 mL // $14
Sample size // 37 mL // approximately $2.07

4. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Coconut Lime

This product looks and smells amazing! It smells exactly like coconut with a hint of lime. I like that this is a sugar scrub, which is supposed to be less drying than a salt scrub. We received a generous 5.5 ounces of product, which is actually sold as a travel size but I couldn't find the pricing online.

Full size // 18 oz // $7.49
Sample size // 5.5 oz // approximately $2.29

5. Beauty Box 5 Travel Brush

This was a fun little item that was made for the anniversary box. I was happy to receive this as it is perfect for popping into my purse. It's super cute (it reminds me a little of a porcupine) and I love the colour as well.

$7 based on a similar brush found on the Sephora website

6. $50 Gift Card to

At first, I disregarded this extra as we receive a lot of gift cards in beauty boxes and you invariably have to spend money to take advantage of the offer. After looking into it a bit more, I realized we could actually use the gift card to buy around 5 workouts from the website with no strings attached! I am excited to give this a try... most of the workouts available online are audio only though. I'm not sure if there are any videos available for purchase. Regardless, this was a nice addition to the BB5.

When I first opened this month's Beauty Box 5, I was actually a tad disappointed because I had such high expectations this month. This box was hyped up quite a bit and I was surprised we didn't receive any makeup samples. However, after going through the contents, I became much happier with the box. All in all, I think this was a very good anniversary box. I subscribed to this service for a year so I am only paying $8.33 per box (including shipping), which I think is an absolute steal.

// Approximate value of the products in the February 2013 Beauty Box 5: $28.65 not including the $50 gift card//

Are you subscribed to Beauty Box 5? If so, what do you think of this month's box?

If you wish to join Beauty Box 5 through my invitation, I will earn a credit and send heaps of good karma your way!

Note: I paid for this subscription with my own money.

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