February 2014 Beauty Box 5 review
Not going to lie, I was super excited when I saw the sneak peek for this month’s Beauty Box 5. Full sized nail polish + nail sprinkles? That alone makes the $12 dollar/month subscription service a sweet deal, not to mention the other goodies I could be getting! Let’s take a look!
My first impression when I saw the John Frieda Shampoo/Conditioner samples was WTH. These are the type of samples you’d find inside magazines, or as gifts with purchase, not as part of a paid subscription service. Seriously disappointed already.
- Rockstar Nails Nail Polish – $14.99
Adorable packaging, but not a fan of the color – not work safe and makes my skin look extra yellow. Yuck. It has a really strong, synthetic scent that lingers on hours after application, and I’m usually pretty tolerant when it comes to the smell of nail polishes. The application was streaky, and overall this was just a huge disappointment.
- Rockstar Nails Nail Sprinkles – $14.99
For a while caviar nails were really popular so naturally I’m interested to see what the hype is all about. But as soon as I opened this the little beads just flew everywhere like they had a mind of their own, making a huge mess. I tried looking up more information online but couldn’t find anything about the brand or the product. Hmmm, I wonder why -_-
- John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo & conditioner – $6.99
I’m sorry but I still can’t get over the fact that they gave us these flimsy samples as part of a paid subscription box. Am I overreacting here? As for the product itself, it’s not bad. I didn’t notice any increase volume after using it, and as usual I found the conditioner lacking, but that’s probably because my hair is too damaged for its own good. Either way, pass!
- Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads – $6.99
As always, the least impressive looking product turns out to be the best in the box. Unlike traditional wipes, you have to wet these with water to activate them, which is great because you never have to worry about them drying out. It did a good job of removing my everyday makeup, and it left my skin feeling clean and refreshed, while my usual wipes would leave this weird residue that made my face kinda sticky. I do wish the pads themselves were bigger – I had to use 2 pads to fully remove my makeup.
- Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara – $19.99
For someone with short straight lashes, a drier formula works much better, and this mascara had just that. While it didn’t volumize much, it did lengthen my lashes quite a bit. I was able to apply a 2nd coat without much clumping, which was nice, but still no volume at that point. It’s a nice mascara, but not for $19.99.
This month was their birthday month, so there was a “bonus” item in there – a $10 coupon for MyNameNecklace. Not a bad bonus I guess, but still not enough to make up for what a disappointment the box was overall. *sigh*