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24 March, 2015

Unboxing | Beauty Box 5 March 2015: Hustle

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And now for a review of something that my boyfriend describes as "frequent and rectangular": The latest Beauty Box 5! AKA the monthly teal rectangle that comes filled with beauty treats.

Beauty Box 5 March 2015: Hustle

Unfamiliar with Beauty Box Five? It's is a subscription service for sampling beauty and personal care products. Each month, subscribers get 4-5 beauty products from a wide variety of categories—think haircare, skincare, makeup, etc. BB5 costs $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.

The theme of this month's box is "Hustle."

Beauty Box 5 March 2015: Hustle info card

Is spring usually known as a lazy season? Hmm. I haven't had a "spring break" since I graduated university about eight thousand years ago, so maybe I'm forgetting what that's like.

Eslor Introductory Sample Collection

Eslor Introductory Sample Collection (4x 0.17oz/5ml packets, approximate value $17.94):
I was a bit bummed at first when I saw this in my box because I got a similar-looking sampler in my June 2014 Beauty Box 5, though I realized upon closer inspection that some products were different to those in the previous sampler. This time I got one 5ml packet each of the following products: Eslor Soothing Refiner & Cleanser, Eslor Botanical Peeling Gel, Eslor Chlorophyll Lifting Mask, and Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream. I'm going to be completely honest here and tell you that the pricing of this skincare line is too extravagant for my current budget, so I'll be passing on trying this for now.

Scandalous by Nanacoco Thickening Mascara in Very Black

Scandalous by Nanacoco Thickening Mascara in Very Black (Full size/9.5g, value $4.99):
This mascara is also available in brown and regular ol' black, FYI. There are apparently several different versions of Nanacoco's Scandalous mascara, and this one is meant to thicken lashes... I'm not sure sure about that, but it turned it to be surprisingly good at lengthening and defining lashes, and that's not a bad thing. The formula is non-clumpy and didn't flake much on me, and the brush does provide really good definition (though be careful, as the bristles can be a little stabby if they get too close to your lashline.) A surprise gem!

Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Crème (0.5oz/14ml, approximate value $1.19):
Funny, I got this same exact sample in my Birchbox this month. Not that that's BB5's fault. This is a body lotion made with aloe vera and a bunch of other plant extracts that has an herbal scent... I don't really have strong feelings about it one way or another.

Nanacoco LOL Laugh Out Loud Lip Gloss in Lust

Nanacoco LOL Laugh Out Loud Lip Gloss in Lust (Full size/6.5ml, value $3.99):
When I first saw this tube I really thought it said "Caught Out Loud", which is ridiculous because that makes no sense whatsoever. Anyway, subscribers received one of the many LOL gloss shades at random. I got Lust, which is a very shimmery reddish pink. It looks extremely metallic in the tube, but on the lips it's much more natural and pretty (see photo below). It has a fruity scent and is only moderately sticky. Not bad!

Styli-Style Line & Seal Twist Mechanical Eye Liner in Orchid

Styli-Style Line & Seal Twist Mechanical Eye Liner in Orchid (Full size/0.13g, value $4.99):
A twist-up eye pencil in a blackened purple shade. I like the color of this liner, but to be honest, I had problems with it applying the color consistently. Also, it's not 100% smudgeproof, which makes it less than ideal for waterlining (which is what I would most likely use a pencil like this for). Oh well.

Swatches of the Styli-Style liner and Nanacoco LOL gloss:

Nanacoco LOL Laugh Out Loud Lip Gloss in Lust swatch swatches Styli-Style Line & Seal Twist Mechanical Eye Liner in Orchid

I happened to not be wearing any makeup when I first opened up my box, so I decided to quickly apply all three makeup items and take them for a test drive! Whee!

As you can see, the Styli-Style liner is a pretty color, but a little patchy. The Nanacoco gloss provides a pretty and natural-looking flush of pink, and my lashes look oh-so-long thanks to their Scandalous Thickening mascara. Not too bad!

Total box value: Approximately $33.10

Overall impressions:
I was excited to see several full-sized makeup products in this month's box. I didn't have great results with the Styli-Style liner, but both of the Nanacoco products were better than I expected them to be, so I'd say that's a win. The rest of the samples didn't interest me personally... to be frank, I'd rather receive another piece of budget makeup than samples from a skincare brand that's about 10 times more expensive than anything else in the box, y'know? But that's just my opinion.

If you want to sign up for Beauty Box 5, 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 March Beauty Box 5? If you subscribe, did you get the same stuff?

Disclosure: The beauty 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.


  1. Surprise gems are always nice! :) That's awesome that the mascara ended up being a great find.

  2. Oo! That mascara is nice! Ive never subbed to BB5 because most boxes seem so lackluster but this one isn't too bad. And if you thought it said Caught out Loud, don't feel too bad. I thought it said Shout out Loud and never realized the word was Laugh until you mentioned it. Crappy font! :D

  3. I agree! I'd rather expect something to be meh and then be pleasantly surprised than the other way around, ya know?

  4. At least Shout Out Loud makes more sense than Caught Out Loud. Though if you're not shouting out loud to begin, you're doing it wrong!

  5. The liner and lip gloss make a pretty nice look! Never heard of that brand of the mascara, but it sounds good.

  6. I've never seen Nanacoco outside of Beauty Box 5, but the mascara was pretty decent. I think I also got some of their nail polish a while back... it was stinky but a pretty color, as I recall.


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