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Hey look, it's my first subscription box unboxing post of the year! I should bake myself a cake or something. And then mail it to myself. Monthly, of course. But do you know what would be even easier than that? Subscribing to a monthly beauty box, like Beauty Box 5! Read on to see what was in my very first box of 2015. Gasp.
New to this box? Beauty Box Five is a monthly subscription service for beauty and personal care
Each month subscribers get 4-5 beauty products from a wide variety of
categories—could be haircare, skincare, makeup, whatever! BB5
$12 per month if you subscribe on a month-to-month basis, but they offer reduced pricing on multi-month plans. An
annual subscription is $99 for example, which works out to a mere $8.25
per month. Prices
include shipping to the USA lower 48, and Canadians can subscribe too for an additional $3 monthly shipping charge. You can read more about
the particulars in their FAQ and check out my reviews of past boxes here.
This month's theme is "Hello!" Right back atcha.
Hi, Fresh Possibilities! How've you been?
Coastal Scents Eyeshadow Sampler Quad (2g, approximate value $2.60):
I based the approximate value of this sample off the non-sale price of Coastal Scents' Hot Pots, if anyone cares. The shadows included in this sampler are: Mint Condition, Sundried, Stone Cold, and Wild Raisin. I like all of these shades! I'm holding off swatching this because I'm planning on buying their massive 252 palette the next time there's a big sale. Generally speaking though, Coastal Scents sells decent shadows... their palettes can be kind of hit or miss depending on the shade, but overall they're a nice buy for the price. I'm glad that Beauty Box 5 sent out a Coastal Scents sampler that was NOT from one of the Revealed palettes, because I'm starting to get a ridiculous collection of those.
Softsoap NutriSerums Body Wash (1.7fl oz sample, approximate value $0.47):
Stan seemed unusually fascinated by this sample, so I let him try it first. His thoughts, verbatim: "It was kind of hard to get out of the tube and then it wasn't very sudsy at all. I like a sudsy soap. I want to lather, damnit! But it smelled nice and had these cool-looking shiny bits in it and once I'd gotten the first glop out the second glop was pretty easy to get out."
You heard it here first: We measure things in "glops" in our house. I think his analysis is spot-on though—it was sort of hard to get out of the bottle, though I think that would be less of an issue with the full size. Hard to squeeze a teensy bottle like this, y'know? But it sure does look a lot cooler than regular Softsoap body wash.
Ultraflesh "The Gold Standard" Mascara in Blackout (2.5ml/0.08oz tube, approximate value $6.22):
A thickening mascara in a fancy gold tube. Sounds OK... but can I just say that ULTRAFLESH is a really creepy name for a makeup brand? Sounds like it should be the name of a Clive Barker movie or brand of truck stop condoms instead. Or both! What a fun date. Shudder. Anyway... I can't really find much current info about this brand online, but apparently at one point they made a mascara with a 3D panther head on the cap called PANTHERA. If that isn't amazing, I don't know what is.
Garnier Fructis Daily Care Fortifying Shampoo (Sample size 1.7fl oz, approximate value $0.63):
Ah, that old shampoo sample chestnut. I can't hate you, because it's not your fault that I'm a crazy person who hoards drugstore shampoo like a maniac, but I just don't need you. Then again, this Garnier sample is the perfect size to slip into my travel bag... in my suitcase you go!
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Kit (16 strips, value $9.99):
Nail polish strips with fun patterns! Yay! I'm always envious of other people's pretty nail wraps... I lack confidence in my ability to apply them neatly on my own person, but since I got them as part of a beauty box, now's a good excuse to try! Here's a closer look at the pattern I got:
Cute. Much more intricate than something I could paint myself, but not too crazy for daily wear. (Says the panther-obsessed shampoo hoarder.)
Total box value: Approximately $19.91
I liked this month's Beauty Box 5. The Coastal Scents quad and Sally Hansen nail polish strips are right up my alley, and the shampoo/body wash samples are things I'll use up soon (even if they're not thrilling). I'm not really sure what to make of the fact that I can't find more info about ULTRAFLESH (shiver) online, but perhaps my life is enriched just by knowing that mascara with a panther head existed for a time? Meow.
If you want to sign up for Beauty Box 5 yourself, you can do so here.
New customers can get
the previous month's box free as a bonus with any subscription length—just use code FREEBOX1 at checkout.
What do you think of my January Beauty Box 5? If you subscribe, did you get the same stuff?
Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.