The ‘Eyes’ of March From Beauty Box 5

Outside temps may not be an indication, but we are halfway through March. Of course, this means our Beauty Box has arrived! My box was a tiny bit late this month. Usually, it’s here about the 17th & I got it on the 20th. Being rural, you’ll have that sometimes. But, BB5 is always a welcome, mailbox surprise. In fact, I thing they’re the best subscription service around. Each month, 5 new, new-to-me or even old faves, arrive via USPS. For $12 a month, you can try before you buy and have fun with beauty products again. Sometimes, we’re gifted with full-sized products. I’ve never had a box without at least 1.

This month we have 4 full-sized products. We’re all about eyes this month. Here we go!

We’ve all seen them- people who are sporting false eyelashes that look, well, fake. I had no idea how to apply them the first time I tried. Full disclosure: I learned from YouTube! New innovations and better products have resulted in a much more natural look. ‘Sweep’ delivers 2 of this month’s products and both are obviously full-sized. Both are for falsies.

(Do yourself a favor and buy adhesive. It isn’t included in the box.) First, we have the lashes themselves. They do look natural. With eyelashes, you get what you pay for. I’ve used Dollar Store brands and Brand name. Trust me, there is a HUGE difference. A set of 5 is $15. Honestly, that’s a pretty good price. Plus, the second product from Sweeps is a ‘Lash Helper’. If you’re into the falsies, this little bugger is indispensable. Easy to handle, it aids in placing the lash as close to your natural lashes as you can get. No more glue fingers. For those of us with shaky hands, it makes this beauty step a whole lot easier. It’s worth the $9.99 price.

‘Manna Kadar’ is a familiar name from BB5. Their Lash Primer is our only sample-size this month. Those you want to skip the false eyelashes still want their mascara to make their eyes pop. This primer’s promise is to achieve the false look without the fuss. Well, I tried it, not once but twice. I applied it underneath- ironically- mascara from Maybelline’s ‘Falsies’ collection. I saw absolutely no difference. The second time I even used only mascara and no other eye makeup. Still, no difference. With its MSRP of an eye-opening $24, it’s a pass for me.

Bellapierre Cosmetics adds its full-sized, ‘Cosmetic Glitter’. Lest we not be sparkly enough, this one can go anywhere- hair, lips, eyes, etc. Zing! Sparkle on, ladies! It definitely is a Renaissance product with a resume like that. For me, and my mundane life, I don’t have much use for such a dramatic look. However, if I was a decade (or 2) younger, and went to places other than ones with grocery carts, I’d love this. I appreciate that it can be mixed with other products like a powder or eyeshadow. If shine is your game, go for it! It has an MSRP of $15 but if you’re having fun, then it’s worth it.

Prestige Cosmetics generously adds a full-sized product, too. ‘True Metals Eyeshadow’ is almost too pretty to use. While the color in my box wasn’t exactly what I’d pick, I still liked it. It seems to go on light so it doesn’t appear out of control. Of course, applying more gives a deeper, darker look. I love that it’s a wet OR dry shadow. That opens up a lot of possibilities. It’s MSRP is $9.75 which is pretty competitive.

Add them all together (especially since 4 out of 5 are full-sized) and we get a total of $73.74. By getting them from BB5, you save $61.74. That’s a nice chunk of change!
Visit http://www.beautybox5.com to see full product info and most importantly, ordering info. You’ll love it.

*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and your experience may differ.

T.L.C. From Beauty Box 5

This month, TLC stands for Total Lip Care! February, the month of love, has been given ‘Lips’ as its theme. All 5 of this month’s collection are for your lips only. Pucker up! Here we go….
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Four of our Five products are full-sized. That’s just one of the awesome perks that come with Beauty Box 5. Never used BB5? You truly are missing out! They are a monthly, subscription service that delivers 5 new, new-to-you, or even old favorites right to your mailbox. With a $12/month price tag, BB5 gives consumers the opportunity to try before they buy. Instead of investing your time and especially your cash, in products that have a 50/50 shot of being just what you wanted, you can experience it and draw your own conclusion in the comfort f your own home. Some you’ll love, some maybe not so much, but you’ll have fn trying new things each month.
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Jean Pierre Cosmetics’ Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask is our only product not full-sized. The actual mask itself is full-sized but it usually comes in a 5 pack. Here, we get one mask to try.
Upon first glance, the masks sort of remind med of those wax lips we used to get when we went trick or treating. You remember the ones? They were really red or had fangs and such. Good times, good times. Back then we didn’t need beauty treatments but time marched on since then! So, this product is left on for 15 minutes, removed, then you rub in the excess liquid.
The trick for me (and most moms) is keeping my mouth shut for the 15 minutes. It definitely feels like pampering and with its $5 for a set of 5 MSRP, it’s an affordable way to get your face TLC.
The next 4 items are all full-sized. ‘Tint Beauty’ makes a double contribution for February. Unicorn Lippie & Unicorn Liner go together like PB & J. Both came as the color ‘Make Believe’ which can best be described as a coral. I will say that the liner impressed me. I used it the day of my son’s performance for our local Fine Arts Festival. It stayed through numerous bottles of water and lasted literally all day. Corals are not for me, but the lip liner would be a good buy in a different color. Its MSRP of $7 is mostly competitive, but not outrageous.
The ‘Unicorn Lippie’ was not my favorite. I felt the application of it was gooey and felt like Vaseline. While it claims to last through dinner, it was long gone after water bottle number 1. With an MSRP of $9, I’d skip it, but keep the liner.
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Next up, we have ‘Lip Glow’ from Style Essentials. This one looks like a lip pencil but is actually a balm. It goes on similar to Chapstick. If you are looking for a balm with color, than this one isn’t for you. The balm is lightly tinted, lightly being the key word. Mine came in ‘Pearl’. I could barely see any color. Personally, I’d have sought out a much deeper color. It’s definitely a more feminine take on simple lip balm. Its MSRP of $4 is perfectly reasonable and a good thing to carry in your purse.img_0653Finally, we have ‘Colour Hybrid’ from So Susan. This product can do double duty.Use it on cheeks and lips. But, this time, we’ll use it solely on the lips. ‘Colour Hybrid’ doesn’t come in a traditional lipstick tube. It looks more like a Carmex tube or a sample-sized toothpaste. I agree that when applied sparingly, it does add a hint of color that works well. As for lasting power, not so much. It wore off pretty quickly. Word of caution: be careful how you handle the tube. Excessive squeezing or not have the cap on properly will result in messy hands. Just saying. It has a whooping $17.50 pricetag which I feel is beyond economical. img_0654 Add up all the MSRPs & you get $42.50. Being that 4 are the same sized you’d buy individually, you’re saving 30.50. Nice!
You can find all the ordering info as well as product information by visiting http://www.beautybox5.com They are the best subscription service around. Great company, great people, great products!
*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine.

Prepare to Party with Beauty Box 5

img_0514 We are 6, yep, 6 days away from Christmas! I can honestly say that I am ready this year. No promises for next year, but, this year I’m all set. With the holidays come parties galore. School, office, family- you name it, they’re celebrating! Our faithful friends at Beauty Box 5 are giving us a December box full of products to get a party perfect look.
img_0515 Not familiar with BB5? They are our favorite monthly, subscription service. Each month, delivered by USPS, we receive 5 new, new-to-you or old fave products. Some you’ll adore. Some, maybe not so much. Either way, it’s fun to try before committing to buying the product. We all have that drawer of misfit products that didn’t quite make the cut. Eliminate that with BB5.
img_0516December’s box has 4 full-sized products in it! Wow! You’ll also find a special gift card from BB5 to you! As always, they include instructions on entering their Instagram contest which can help you score some extra goodies!
‘Jelly Pong Pong’- I dare you to say it 5 times really fast!- presents its ‘Liquid Gossamer’. Full disclosure: I had to read the tube to figure it out! No joke. My naiveté aside, it’s one of the four full-sized products. For an MSRP of $22.95, its job is deliver a bit of radiant holiday tidings. I’ll agree that it is very lightweight & easy to apply. I tried it on my brow bone & cheeks. Whether I’m too fair/pale or for some other reason, I just didn’t see any difference. I tried it with full-face make-up and honestly, didn’t see any change in highlighting from normal make-up. I tried again with minimal coverage and had the same results. Personally, I’d spend my $22 on other, proven products.
Neutrogena is a well-known beauty staple. It is the only product that isn’t full-sized this month. Their products are proven to be effective and have been on the market for as long as I can remember (at least). This time, we’re trying their ‘Rainbath’. With an MSRP of $7.24, a little means a lot as just a dollop on a loofah cleans beautifully. While I’m not crazy about the spicy scent (it reminds me of medicated dandruff shampoo), I am a fan of its cleaning power. Definitely worth its price.
Next up is full-sized, ‘Amlactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion’. That’s a mouth-full to say! I was pretty impressed with this little bugger. It’s full-size is 2 ounces, but it packs a punch. After your bath/shower, put it to work on your dry skin aka feet & elbows. I’ve tried many lotions who claim to moisturize for a full 24 hours. Amlactin does what it claims. I still felt its wonderous affects the next day. I am adding it to my shopping list! It’s MSRP of $2.99 is a steal.
‘Professional Freezing Finish Spray’ is a must for anyone this season. With hair like mine (uncooperative, fly away, stubborn), I need a hard-hitting hair spray. I’ve used ‘Professional’ before and continue to be impressed. It’s full-size is perfect for purses and taking along to Church, work, or social events. My hair stays put even in nasty, December winds. Again, with an MSRP of $3 it’s well worth the price.
Finally, we have another product which I have grown to love. Hikari’s Lip Gloss came to me in ‘Fate’. That shade is a cranberry-ish purple. For me the MSRP of $13 is a stretch right now, but if I could swing it, I’d invest in it. I do have to re-apply it after eating, drinking, or some time passes. I like the feel of it and definitely was digging the color. I think it’s a winner.

If you are looking for a last-minute gift idea, maybe a stocking stuffer or Haanukah gift, BB5 is the perfect present. It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year. Unlike candy or candles, it lasts! Plus, every month, you or your recipient gets a new ‘gift’. You can’t go wrong. It arrives by the 20th of every month like clockwork.
Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Wonderful Holiday Season!

*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cozy Up To Beauty Box 5

img_0307 After a week of over 70 degree temperatures, winter weather arrived with a vengeance yesterday. Dumping about an inch of snow and seeing temps in the mid 20s was certainly Winter’s Hello. Luckily, there was a bright spot in the day. Our Beauty Box 5 have arrived!

If they’re new to you, BB5 is an outstanding subscription service that delivers monthly. Each box holds 5 new, new-to-you or even an old fave or two, beauty product for you to try. Instead of investing money in multiple products that you aren’t sure about, BB5 gives you the opportunity to try them out before making a commitment. Many times, this box included, you’ll be treated to a bonus in the form of a Full-Sized product. We have 2 of those this month.

We all know what stores are like this time of year. It’s so much easier to stay home in your jammies & let USPS deliver some sunshine to you. No warming up the car or layering on clothes. Plus, let’s be honest, it’s downright fun to play with new beauty trends! November’s box is all about ‘Cozy’ so grab a latte & let’s take a look.
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BRIOGEO is definitely a new-to-me company. Their November mission is to help our hair. For our consideration, they’ve sent along a ‘Deep Conditioning Hair MAsk’. After shampooing, massage it in, wait 10 minutes & then rinse. I’m all for any excuse to hide in the bathroom for an extra 10 minutes when things are chaotic. I give them bonus points for that. I can also say that it definitely make my hair a bit smoother & softer. My only negative for it is the price. An MSRP of $36 is a lot to spend to a lot of people right now. If you can swing it, give it a try! The product is good, just out of my league.
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Up next is our first, full-sized item. PEONY sends along their Shadow Trio in Gilded. According to the info sheet, it’s made to last 8 hours, but ut is suf=ggested that primer be used with it. I had no primer available at the time I tried it. But, I did think it lasted a decent amount of time. I also like the earthly, bronzed-based shades. Each member of this trio compliments the other. It has an MSRP of $17.95 which is a bit steep, but ultimately a beauty buyer decides for herself whether or not it’s worth that price.

img_0310Full-sized product #2 comes from BB5 themselves. The ‘Cut That Crease Angle Brush’ does a fantastic job with blending. Being that they are experts in beauty, leave it to BB5 to create an awesome tool for us. It has an MSRP of $10 which is beyond reasonable for a quality make-up brush. This is the second BB5 brush that I’ve used and have been impressed by the quality of both.

Neutrogena will no doubt be a familiar name to you. They’ve been manufacturing high-quality beauty products for years. Their ‘Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes’ are a product I’ve used prior to receiving them this time. I loved them then & still do. I’ve never had an irritation problem from them & they’ve always removed even the toughest, darkest make-up. The $6.49 MSRP is reasonable and many stores sell them for a lit less. They’re a winner, always.
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Finishing up our box, we have ‘Lip Locked Stain in “Shae”‘ by Manna Kadar. Promoting itself for having primer, stain & lip gloss in one product, they claimed to last all day. I cannot back that claim up. For me, it lasted until I had a bottled water. It was gone shortly there after. I wasn’t crazy about the shade either. Pink has never been I color I could rock and it washes me out to the point that I could be an extra on the Walking Dead. However, I gave it a go and was sorely disappointed. There is also something odd about the texture. It didn’t feel natural to me. Add in the MSRP of $24 and it’s a pass for me.

That’s the true ‘beauty’ of Beauty Box 5. You never know what product you may fall in love with or which one just isn’t for you. Either way, if you add up the MSRP’s for all the products you get $94.44. You save $82.44 with BB5. That’s quite a savings! You can find out full product & ordering info via http://www.beautybox5.com. Don’t forget that the holidays are almost here! BB5 would make a great Secret Santa gift or Stocking Stuffers!

*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Show October Who’s The Boss With Beauty Box 5

We’re halfway through October so it’s time for our Beauty Box 5 to arrive! October’s theme is ‘Girl Boss’. Take a break from talking politics & let’s talk beauty.
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Beauty Box 5 makes it easy to stay up on new beauty trends. Each month, for $12, 5 new, new-to-you, or even fantastic favorites are delivered via USPS. Try them. Love them or leave them. But, for savvy consumers it’s an incredibly economical way to shop. More often than not, BB5 even includes 2 or more full-sized products. When all the full-sized MSRPs are added together, it’s amazing how much money you’ll have saved. After trying the products, you’ll be able to make a fully informed decision as to whether or not you’d like to invest in buying more. BB5 usually adds a coupon towards purchasing them as well.
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This month our favorite subscription service delivers 4 full-sized beauty finds. Only, one of the companies showcased was familiar to me. That one would be Chella. Their ‘Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil’ serves 3 separate beauty tasks. Sculpting brows, liplining, and brightening eyes can all be accomplished with one pencil. I only tried to with brightening. It did it’s job although I can’t speak to its sculpting or lining. Being that it’s a 3-in-1 may explain the $18 price. We receive it in its full size, but, despite it’s multi-tasking, the price is a bit steep to me. img_0290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-sized product #2 is ‘Moisturizing Lipstick’ from Real Her. Described by BB5 as a mix of gloss & matte, I found it easy to apply and it goes on smoothly. Although I enjoyed the color I was sent, I can’t attest to its lasting power. I definitely would need to reapply throughout the day. It has an MSRP of $18 which isn’t unheard of, but for those of us who don’t do lipstick everyday, I feel that’s steep. If you can swing it, the colors are beautiful.
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Amlactin is a new-to-me company. I was pleased with their ‘ULTRA Hydrating Body Cream’. We receive it in its full-sized glory as well. Applied twice a day, per package directions, it soothes & exfoliates skin including skin suffering from Keratosis Pilaris. With an MSRP of $2.99, I feel it’s a good buy and a good choice with winter on its way.
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Feel like doing an at-home mani? Emery + Ivory’s Custom Nail Appliques may be a needed addition. I agree with their description that they are easy to apply. I definitely neglect my nail care so folks like me will find them a better option than using acrylics or multiple coats of polish. They have an MSRP of $12.99 which is significantly less than a salon mani. Their ease of use if definitely a huge plus in my book.

Finally, we have Color Me’s ‘Femme Gold or Red’. One of these two fragrances will be in your box. Gold is fruity while red is more floral. If you’re in the market for a new fragrance then you may be in luck. I disliked the fragrance. To me, it had an overpowering scent. That’s just personal preference. You may love it. The MRSP of $10 is just fine, but I wouldn’t purchase it for myself.

$61.98 is the total amount of the items for October. The fragrance was the only item not full-sized. So, if you went shopping, saw these items & decided to try them, that would be your total. $12 sounds much better doesn’t it? Plus, that isn’t counting parking, gas, aggravating stores, etc. I’d rather use Beauty Box 5!

Don’t miss out on November’s box! Visit http://www.beautybox5.com to find ordering info & full product info. You might consider BB5 for a Christmas gift. It’d great for Secret Santa or a beauty fan’s stocking.

*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Fabulous Fall Finds From Beauty Box 5

img_0255Raise your hand if you can NOT belive we’re halfway through September! Unbelievable, isn’t it? But, here we are. School is in full swing and we’re 54 days from the Presidential Election. If you haven’t had a minute to sit down yet, you aren’t alone. But, it’s a good time to pull up a chair because our September Beauty Box has arrived.
USPS has delivered our little box of joy! September’s theme is ‘Staff Picks’. I’ll tell you ahead of time that the staff did a pretty darn good job, too. Just in case you haven’t been acquainted with Beauty Box 5 yet, I’ll give you some background.
BB5 is a monthly, subscription service. Each month your friendly neighborhood mail carrier will deliver your box. Inside are 5 new, new-to-you, or even a few old faves. Skincare, haircare, and or make-up are included. Many times, including this month, they throw in some awesome coupons. Subscriptions begin at $12 a month. It is ALWAYS worth it and often, they include some full-sized products. This month there are 2 full-sized products. Let’s take a peek:
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First up, we have a new-to-me product: Go Smile’s ‘Teeth Whitening Gel’. Whitening products for teeth are advertised everywhere. Go Smile was a company I wasn’t familiar with, but unlike so many competitors products, this one is quick to us. Add it onto a dry toothbrush along with your regular toothpaste. Use it for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Full disclosure: I don’t know that I had enough time to draw a fair conclusion on how well it works. It has an MSRP of $29. I will reserves judgement in the issue of fairness.

Simple Skincare’s ‘Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes’ are a product that I have used before now. You can’t get much simpler than a single cloth to remove makeup & hydrate skin. I first used these years ago when I worked midnight shifts as a retail manager. Many times, they saved the day for my skin when I was too tired for a long, skincare ordeal. Their MSRp is $5.99 & I fully believe they are worth it.

Pur-lisse is not a new-to-me company; however, their ‘Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30’ is new. Two things I appreciate about this one are 1.) the SPF 30 and 2.) its lightweight consistency. I’ll be honest: I never remember sunscreen on a daily basis. In fact, I never remember it unless we are doing an outdoor activity. Thankfully, my foundation contains an SPF and I seek out moisturizers that do, too. I also despise moisturizer that feels like old school ‘cold cream’. Remember that? This moisturizer is super light and absorbs quickly. Unfortunately, it has an MSRP of $55 which is out of reach for me.

Happy Brands ‘Happy Hair Turban’ is simply fun. Twist, loop, done! I think it’s adorable. It’s difficult to walk around with an enormous bath towel wrapped around your head (especially if you have balance issues like I do!). It’s, obviously, our first full-sized product for September. It’s gentle on your hair and doesn’t feel like a tight, 19880s scrunchie. It’s a winner in my book.

Finishing up our Fall 5 is the second full-sized product. Be A Bombshell brings us its ‘Smooth Criminal HD Finishing Powder’. With an MSRP of $7 it takes the place of heavy, messier face powders. Although it comes in a small jar with a bright white color, it goes on colorless, Great for any skin, any shade, it’s easily applied with a typical make-up brish. I thought it was great. It’s very smooth & you really can’t feel it.

Treat yourself to a little Fall present. Visit http://www.beautybox5.com & place your order. You can find out more about the products in this month’s box as well.

*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.