Thursday, August 1, 2013

BeautyBox5 June and July Box Reviews

June 2013 Beauty Box 5 Subscription

Brazen Eyeshadow Sample in Omega

July 2013 Beauty Box 5 Subscription








June 2013 Beauty Box 5 Subscription Contents:  {This month's total full size retail value: $7.99}

Coolway Cool Cleanse Shampoo- Full Size 8.6 oz for $25, Sample Size 1 oz {approx value $2.90}
I haven't used this yet, but I plan on taking it with me on vacation next month.  The past few months of subscriptions to four different companies has fully stocked my travel bag, and I couldn't be happier!  This says it's a gentle and nourishing formula that strengthens and hydrates while reducing breakage and frizz.  Hopefully it won't strip the color from my hair like most shampoos do, but it's ok for a short trip.

Coolway Cool Hydrate Conditioner- Full Size 8.6 oz for $25, Sample Size 1 oz {approx value $2.90}
Again, I haven't used this yet, but it pretty much has the same properties as the shampoo.  The 1 oz size makes it nice for travel, and I should be able to get at least 2-3 uses out of these to see if they would be worth purchasing full size.  However, the $25 for only 8.6 oz makes me a bit skeptical.  If they are really awesome, I'll look for them at one of the beauty supply stores around that sell the salon sizes for $32+ for liter duos.

Just Being Sexy Body Bronzer- Full Size 6 fl oz for $49, Sample Size .54 oz {approx value $4.41} Two tiny little foil packets that only equal a half ounce combined?  I doubt I'll ever use them at all, and these are going into my "trade" stash for the online sample trading sites.  It seems too pricy for me, and I'm not a big body bronzer person to begin with.  I like my nice daily DHA moisturizers.  This could be an awesome product, but foil packets are a pain the you-know-what to use for body applications.  If it had come in a little squeeze tube, I might have tried it.

Brazen Cosmetics Eyeshadow- Full Size .18 oz included $7.99 value
I was a little shocked to find that this was the full size of the shadow.  It's so small, and frankly the packaging leaves a lot to be desired.  It's messy and looks cheap.  The color is more lilac than blue.  My camera just wasn't picking up colors correctly.  I'm not one for blue eyeshadows to begin with, and I prefer pressed to loose, but I'll at least try it out to see if the wear is worthwhile.  Still, my initial impression of the product itself has me doubtful I'd purchase this brand in the future.

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen- Full Size 3 oz for $9.99, Sample Size .5 oz {approx value $1.67}  Also included was a $1 off coupon for Aveeno sun care products.  I love Aveeno, and this is the perfect size for me to toss in my purse for days when I'm unexpectedly out in the sun more than I anticipated.  This one says it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, too!  It's only an SPF 30, so I'd use it on myself rather than my kids, but it's nice to have on hand just in case.


This month's box:  Hit or Miss?   Miss  Overall, I didn't find much personal value to these products.  The full size retail value was really low this month, and the $7.99 price tag for the full size shadow seems high for the quality.  If you add the approximate values together, you only get an extra $11.88, making the grand total value $19.97.  This is low for what I've come to expect from these types of boxes.

July 2013 Beauty Box 5 Subscription Contents: {This month's total full size retail value: $24.98}

Every Beauty Foot Smoother- Full Size $8.99 included I usually go to the spa to get my feet done, but this buffer block says that it can be used on knees and elbows as well, so I think I'll try this out after a long soak in the tub some night.  There are two sides to the block, one more coarse than the other, and it says that it can be washed and sanitized.  This actually looks kind of cool to me, and already with this one item the value of this month's box is higher than June's. Off to a good start!

Jean Pierre Cosmetics Nail Polish remover Wipes- Full Size 10 wipes for $3.99, Sample Size 2 wipes {approx value $.80}  I love keeping nail polish remover wipes in my kit for unexpected emergencies on wedding days or photoshoots, so these were a very welcome addition this month!  I'd love to get two of these every month!  It's amazing how handy remover wipes that are individually wrapped prove to be.

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Kiss Off- Full Size .11 oz for $14.00 included  I love all of the Be A Bombshell products I've tried, and this gloss is no exception. It's a beautiful cool blue based pink, with very subtle silver shimmer that isn't chunky and glittery.  The only thing I'd change is that it doesn't have a "scent" to it, which I like on my lipglosses.  I was also excited to see that it's a full size.

LA Fresh Travel Lite Antibacterial Wipes- Full Size 8 wipes for $1.99 included  Being a mom, the convenience of a pack of anti-bac wipes I can toss in my purse is so nice!  The LA Fresh brand has been popping up in my subscription boxes for a few months now, and they seem to be all about convenience and individually packed products.

Airelle Age Defying Facial Serum- Full Size .85 fl oz for $158.00, Sample Size .25 fl oz {approx value $46.47}  Also included was a coupon for a Free Berrimatrix Eye and Lip Treatment with the purchase of any Airelle product before 8/31/13.  This was a huge sample!  I've never heard of this brand before, but I like what I see so far.  It uses natural ingredients with no parabens, sulfates, or fragrances.  The very first ingredient is aloe vera leaf juice rather than water, and it also contains hyaluronic acid (a humectant that hold 1000 times its weight in water to help hydrate and plump skin) plus Vitamins A, C, and E.  I'm almost all out of my current serum, so this came at the perfect time.

$10 Coupon Code for MyNameNecklace.com {Not pictured}


This month's box:  Hit or Miss?  Major Hit   The combined retail value alone makes this a great box this month, but I'm also excited that every single thing in it is something I will use!  The serum sample size is amazing, and it looks like such a great product I probably would have been happy with this alone.  Total combined full size and sample size value is a whopping $72.25!!!  July's box fully redeemed Beauty Box 5 after the disappointment of June's box.  I'm looking forward to seeing what I get for August!


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