Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Beauty Box Five September

Fall is in the air and this month’s Beauty Box Five theme is all about being adventurous while soldering out of summer hues. 

Before I delve into the box let’s review how the service works. Beauty Box Five is a subscription that starts at $12 for the monthly box, $30 for the quarterly subscription and $99 dollars for a year. You 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 1-3 full sized items. It is a great way to sample a variety of new brands!

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Pencil in the shade Amazon (full size included- retail value $14.00)

This teal-blue crayon is my favorite color in this month's box, the shade is beautiful and it twists up for easy access requiring no sharpening. It is designed to be used on the lash lines for a pop of trendy color but the smooth, creamy texture is highly prone to smudging and fading. The pencil is also a bit large so it may work better as eye shadow although a primer is required to help keep it in place. A waterproof, longer lasting formula would have probably been a better idea.

Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse (sample size included)

I’ve never used a hair rinse prior to trying this one and I was surprised by how soft it made my hair feel! As someone who uses a lot of leave-in conditioner, serum and oil anything that helps remove build-up, restore shine, seal cuticles and maintain a healthy scalp is welcome into my beauty routine. This rinse also prevents frizz, seals in moisture and revives dull, lifeless hair to boost volume, promote growth smooth cuticles, and cleanse. The scent smells exactly like fresh lemons or homemade lemonade and should be used after shampoo and conditioner.

Harvey Prince Sincerely Mini Roller Perfume (mini size includes- retail value $21.00)

I am all for small fragrances because they slip in your purse for use on the go and travel. This scent is very familiar with a sweet yet musky aroma that is okay but not fabulous. You can roll it directly onto the skin for a potent floral blend of freesia, orange flower and cedarwood.

Elizabeth Mott, Tints & Sass Lip + Cheek Stain (samples size included)

I’ve tried a stain similar to this in the past without much luck and this sweet, fruity formula isn’t much better. I prefer something more buildable and pigmented and this shade is very light, sheer and subtle. It applies as a translucent pinky-red and blends to leave behind a faint stain. If you want barely-there color and a natural rosy flush then you may like this but I need a bit more intensity.

Bellapierre Shimmer Powder in Snowflake (full size included- retail price $19.99)

I love the Bellapierre eye shadows! The loose formulas are highly pigmented, vivid and shocking with an amazing finish. This ultra shimmery silver is gorgeous on the lids and pairs beautifully with deeper crease shades for smouldering smokey looks.

Eye shadow swatches: Bellapierre Snowflake & Be a Bombshell Amazon Pencil

This month’s box wasn’t as exciting as last month and I’d love to see some higher-end brands in October. You can check out the subscription by clicking HERE.

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