Hi ladies! If you have been reading my blog for some times, you probably know that, unlike most of my fellow beauty bloggers, I am not really a fan of those beauty box subscription services, because I guess I am just too hard to please - I have never been completely satisfied by one of these boxes. I have had the chance to test GLOSSYBOX (February 2012, March 2012 and February 2013), Luxe Box (August 2011) and especially Julep Maven (long rant here). However, I always get excited when a new box comes out, because I keep thinking it can only be better than the others, and let's be honest - curiosity always gets the best out of me!
When I was offered to be sent a Beauty Box 5, a new and affordable beauty box sampler, I could not resist! Unlike GLOSSYBOX or GLYMM, Beauty Box 5 is delivered to your door in a cute little cardboard box that is sadly not re-useable. On their website, Beauty Box 5 states that you will receive 4 – 5 samples of a variety of makeup, skin care, fragrances and everything in between, so I was happy to receive 5 items, two of which were full-sized products.
I have never tried anything from ModelCo before, but I remember reading on a few beauty blogs that their products were a bit expensive for the quality - still, I was still happy to see that I received a full size Shine Ultra Lip Gloss ($16/0.14 fl oz) in a shade that appeared to be a lovely nude, but Strip Tease turned out to be completely translucent on my lips, although highly reflective and shimmery. I like that the non-sticky formula glides on lips evenly and leaving them smooth. The sleek bottle completed with an handy inbuilt mirror is awesome!
I have never been a fan of perfume oil since most of them do not last long enough on the skin, but as soon as I smelled Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil ($10/0.29 fl oz) in Apple Blossom, I was hooked! Apple Blossom is a mouth watering warm, delicate floral scent with just a hint of sweet apple - yum! Since it is just so yummy and it comes in a handy and cute glass roll-on applicator, I don't even mind re-applying it through the day.
I was really disappointed to receive The Brush Guard Sample Pack ($5.50/4 pack), which includes three brush guards - one extra small for shadow brush, one small for blush brush and one medium for foundation brush. I personally think these items are very gimmicky and nobody really needs them - I never had trouble getting my brushes back into shape after washing them, and I can see how they could come handy for makeup artists, but I personally don't travel with my makeup brushes.
I have always enjoyed taking take of my hair, and I have been especially careful since I started Project No 'Poo, so Coolway Boost Serum ($39.95/8 oz) is a welcomed adition to my hair care products stash. This serum, which is part of Coolway Smoothing System, claims to infuse your hair with moisture and lock in that straightened style before you even get out of the shower. I have not tried this product yet, but I must say I am a bit sceptical about the whole Coolway thing - just have a look at their website...
Although I can't say I was blown away by this Beauty Box 5, I must admit that I enjoyed that it contains a nice selection of makeup, skin care and hair care items that could suit everyone, and, correct me if I am wrong, but all of the products included have not been tested on animals. I am a bit disappointed that there was only one full size product included, but the sample sare big enough to get more than one use out of each. What makes beauty Box 5 stands out from the others beauty subscription services to me is that they partner with less known brands, which, to me, is a nice refreshing change.
Beauty Box 5 ships to the United States and Canada and it is available monthly ($12), quarterly ($30) or yearly ($100).
Disclaimer: One or more products were sent to me for consideration to review. I am not affiliated with this company and the fact that the products were free absolutely does not influence my opinion.