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Yesterday my March Beauty Box 5 showed up, and I confess that I was stalking the mail man to get my hands on it. That’s a pretty good sign that I like this subscription service! If you are new to Beauty Box 5, I think this is one of the very most affordable beauty subscription boxes out there (as low as $8.75/month if you buy a year subscription!). You get a combination of full size and deluxe sample size products (always 5, total) and you also get a combination of drugstore-type brands and higher end brands. I like it because it reflects my budget and the way I shop for beauty products…I like lower prices if I can get them, but I’m not afraid to splurge if something is really worth it!
If you want to see other reviews I have done to get a sense for what the boxes are like, check ‘em out!
March Beauty Box 5
So the theme for this month was Hustle, and it was a theme that resonated with me as a “mompreneur” (I’m not so sure I like that term…can’t decide…). Anyway, I liked the idea of having some excellent skin care products as your base and a few bold beauty products with easy application to get out out the door fast and looking great.
Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s box:
And let’s break down the contents, starting with what I didn’t love.
1. Eslor Introductory Collection
If you’ve read my other reviews, this is no surprise. I never like getting skin care because I stand by my previous statements that deluxe samples of skin care products don’t last long enough for you to determine if you actually like the product. It’s just a principle matter with me. I’ll always give a thumbs down to the skincare stuff. That’s just me!
2. Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Cream
For a body cream, I thought the sample size was a bit too small, personally. Also? The smell that they claim to be “divine” is…not so much. It is a very mild scent, but not at all pleasant. I blame this, of course, on the fact that I have fierce essential oils collection and the oils I have are unmatched in quality. I think my nose has become an essential oil snob!
3. Scandalous Thickening Mascara by Nanacoco
I was pleased to see this product because I use mascara pretty much every day. This is a drug store quality product, retailing for $4.99. And it’s not the best mascara I’ve ever tried. But certainly not the worst. I think the formula is on the thin side and the wand is lacking. I have to apply several coats for my lashes to look thicker and longer. But I do eventually get there. Don’t love it, but I like it!
4. Laugh Out Loud Lip Gloss by Nanacoco
I was surprised to see 2 products from the same brand in this box. I’d personally prefer to get all different brands, if possible. Looks like the colors people receive for this item will vary. My color is desert trip. It veers a tad orange for me, but it blends well with other colors and I love the high level of shine.
5. Styli-Style Line & Seal Twist Mechanical Eye Liner
This was the big winner for me. Again, the colors receive will vary. I got raisin, which is a deep purply-brown and I super duper love it. The liner is creamy, goes on smooth, and doesn’t need to be sharpened. It’s a perfect shade for spring and I can also see it pairing well with certain eye shadow shades in the fall. LOVE it!
I’m hoping to see a lip liner in the mix in the next month or two from Beauty Box. That’s something I haven’t yet received. If you haven’t tried Beauty Box 5 yet, you can get it for $12/box if you go month to month, but I say spring for the whole year for just $99 because that makes each box $8.75, and even if you only like 2 out the 5 products each month, in that case it’s likely still worth the money. But I think most months you’ll like at least 3 out of 5 things, like me! Also, if you click through my link and use my referral code (HALFOFF) you’ll save 50% on your first box!