Wednesday, March 6, 2013

February Beauty Box 5

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service for beauty products including makeup, skin care, fragrances, nail care, body care, beauty tool and just about anything else beauty related.  Each month you receive 4-5 samples of beauty related items.  They have three ways to subscribe.  You can pay monthly for $12 a month, or quarterly $30 which brings the price down to $10 a month or yearly for $100 which brings the price down to $8.33 a month.  Shipping is included in all these prices.

The shipment this month was delayed because they said they were including bigger samples in the boxes which caused the weight to be more than their normal shipping service would allow.  Hmmm wonder what's in this box?

This subscription ships the the US and Canada.

The good:

The brands.  Well known brands including some eco-friendly ones.

The pricing structure.  I like the options they have, monthly, quarterly and yearly.  Even the quarterly gives you a little bit of a discount.

Like surprises? Boxes ship out on the 15th of every month and you never know what's going to be in it.  I like surprises so this is a positive for me.  Also since this ships out in the middle of the month you get a little treasure towards the end of the month.  Most monthlies ship at the beginning.

Information: They have started including an information cards on the products in the boxes which I love

The not so good:

Skip a month. Currently there is no option for this.  If you want to skip you have to cancel.

Contents of box with approximate retail value.  

1.25 oz. H2O Plus Bath Aquatics Shampoo. Value = $2.06 (8.5 oz. $14.00)

5.5 oz. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub. Value = $2.29 (18 oz. $7.49)

3 pack of The Brush Guards. Value = $4.13 (4-pack $5.50)

1 oz. Coolway Boost for hair. Value = $4.99 (8 oz. 39.95)

BB5 Foldable Brush Compact. Value = $1.00??

iTRAIN gift card. Value = $50.00

The total value of this month's box is $64.47.  I thought this box was pretty cool except for the darn brush guards.  I've received those before and I just keep thinking why don't they just send a full size pack.  A full size pack has 4 and they send 3.  That's just odd to me.  I've received the Tree Hut body scrub in my first cravebox and really enjoyed it.  The shampoo will be used eventually, I love the color.  The Coolway product is supposed to lock in a your straightened style.  I can't stand it when my hair is straight! I'm going to use it but I hope it doesn't weigh my hair down too much.  The foldable brush is ok, I'll put it in my locker at work.  The iTRAIN gift card is very cool.  You can customize workouts and download them to your MP3 device.     

Verdict: This box contained some nice stuff.  I was debating on canceling this one but I subscribe yearly which makes the price $8.33 a month.  I definitely get my my money's worth every month. 

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Beauty Box 5.  I pay for these subscriptions myself.  


  1. I enjoy reading all your reviews as I also like getting subscription boxes. Have you ever tried Yuzen box? Its a quarterly box and I just got a subscription so i'm hoping its good!

    1. I keep hearing about Yuzen box and I've read some reviews on it. It looks like a pretty good box from what I've read. I may consider it.

  2. If you had to pick between this one and glossy box which would you choose? This box looks awesome! This is why I'm asking. =D Thanks!

    1. Gosh, tough one. For the price and with their recently changes beauty box 5 can't be beat. $12 a month is totally reasonable in my opinion. Glossybox is $21 which isn't bad and they usually send some pretty good stuff. If i had to choose though I would probably pick BB5 and another inexpensive one like ipsy or beauty army which would be the same ad one glossy box.