The New Year has just begun and before I had time to let the prospects of 2015 sink in the end of January is upon us and stores are prepping for Valentine’s Day! This month the Beauty Box Five theme is all about confronting the New Year wholeheartedly and being receptive to fresh possibilities.
Before I delve into the box let’s review how the service works. Beauty Box Five is a subscription service that starts at $12 for the monthly box, $30 for the quarterly subscription and $99 dollars for a year. In this box you will receive a mix of luxury items and common brands with products for: hair, skin and nails as well as fragrances and beauty accessories. The box contains 5 products and usually includes one or two full sized items. It is a great way to sample a variety of new brands.
Costal Scents Eye Shadow (Sample Size)
Coastal Scents is a brand I am very familiar with and the affordable, highly pigmented eye shadows have been some of my favorites! I have purchased a few palettes from this brand over the years and the stunning variety of color is a fabulous addition to any makeup collection.
These four shades are bright, fun and reminiscent of spring although when you order from Coastal Scents they tend to include a small quad sample with your package for free! The single shadows start at just $1.95 and the pre-assembled palettes include an amazing array of colors and finishes. If you haven’t tried this brand I definitely recommend checking them out.
Softsoap Nutri Serums Nourishing Body Wash with Omega 3 & 6 (Sample Size)
This is another product I am quite familiar with; I have used the body washes and hand soaps from this brand many times. Softsoap is quite affordable and can even be found at the Dollar Store. This particular body wash is infused with softening serum pearls and vitamin E to help banish winter dryness and lock in moisture. This sample is quite small, similar to the travel sizes you can pick up at Walmart.
Garnier Fructis Daily Care Fortifying Shampoo (Sample Size)
This is another travel friendly sample from a brand I have used many times. I like the Garnier hair treatments, conditioners and deep conditioners but I don’t use their shampoos because I prefer sulfate free formulas that are more hydrating. I do however think the products in the line smell wonderful!
Ultraflesh the Gold Standard Mascara in Blackout (Sample Size)
This is the only brand in the box I am not familiar with, the mascara is formulated to create “ultimate thickening,” mega drama and length. I like brushes with stiff, spindly bristles like these because they usually grab lashes efficiently, separate well and comb the hairs upwards for a fanned out, wide-eye effect.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (Full Size $9.99)
I have tried a variety of nail stickers with mixed results, some lasted a few days while others began lifting the first time I washed my hands. I haven’t tried the Salley Hansen brand yet but they are made to last up to 10 days and are adjustable to fit all nails with no drying time. In my experience these stickers take a while to line up, measure, cut and file but I’m willing to give these a try! I’m not sure about this red and black striped design but sometimes patterns that look odd or eccentric in the box end up look amazing on your nails!
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**Products provided for review