Unboxing | Beauty Box 5 April 2015: Bloom | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

16 April, 2015

Unboxing | Beauty Box 5 April 2015: Bloom

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It shouldn't surprise anyone that this month's Beauty Box 5 theme is Bloom: Tis the season for blooming, after all. Or maybe that theme would be better suited to May? (April showers, May flowers?) Either way the April BB5 is here, and it's filled with several spring-appropriate goodies.

Beauty Box 5 April 2015: Bloom unboxing

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 monthly basis, but they offer discounts on lengthier plans. An annual subscription costs $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.

Info card:

Beauty Box 5 April 2015: Bloom info card

I don't think all the petals are having fun just yet in my neck of the woods, but soon. So, so soon.

Dancin' Goat Hula Bliss Body Lotion

Dancin' Goat Hula Bliss Body Lotion (2oz, approximate value $4.50):
This is a light body lotion made with goat's milk. Dancin' all the way to great skin? It has a lovely fresh lavender and eucalyptus scent. I like it a lot actually, and the formula seems moisturizing without being overly heavy or greasy. Great for warmer weather!

Incoco Nail Polish Applique Set - Blushing Beauty Design

Incoco Nail Polish Applique Set - Blushing Beauty Design (1 set, value $8.99):
According to Incoco's website, this is one of their new designs. Woo! If you're not familiar with the lingo of this product, nail polish applique = polish strips (which are a bit more natural-looking that plastic stickers, for example). Now here's the question: Will I be able to apply them on myself in a way that doesn't look messy or weird? I don't know, but that's my problem. In any case, the pattern is positively perfect for spring.

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser samples

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser (3x 2ml packets, approximate value $0.72):
I keep hearing people rave about First Aid Beauty, so I've been a bit curious to try their products. Cleanser isn't usually at the top of my list of things to sample because I'm kind of picky in that department. FAB's FAQ lists of the pH of this cleanser at 6.5, which isn't too bad—the one I currently use is a bit more acidic (5.5.) and that seems to work well for me, but I don't think this will cause my skin to freak out. And can I mention that I like that Beauty Box 5 sent more than one sample? I hate getting a single lonely packet sample in beauty boxes, but there are enough here to try it three times at least.

Lasting Smiles Passionfruit Mango Organic Lip Balm

Lasting Smiles Passionfruit Mango Organic Lip Balm (0.15oz/full-sized tube, value $4.99):
Organic lip balm with a scrumptious tropical fruit scent. The delicious fragrance and nice texture aren't all that makes this balm special though—each balm purchase helps cleft lip and palate surgeries for children around the world. Also, the ingredients come from sustainable sources and fair trade small farming cooperatives. Cool!

Style Essentials TwinGloss brown

Style Essentials TwinGloss (9ml, value $2.50):
OK, I'm not sure where to start with this item. It's a lip gloss, but...brown. WHY BROWN?! Actually it's technically clear and brown, which is where the inexplicably creepy name "TwinGloss" comes from. Supposedly the two twin colors "mix complimentary shades" every time they use them... but since when are brown and clear complimentary shades? Maybe when they're seeping from a flesh wound? Here's a closer look:

Style Essentials TwinGloss brown

Sorry, but I don't want to put that on my mouth. There's good news though: I've been peeking at BB5 unboxings on Instagram and it seems like a lot of folks got pink. Hooray for sweet, safe pink!

Total box value: Approximately $21.70

Overall impressions:
I thought this was a great box, other than the disturbing ooze that is TwinGloss. The Dancin' Goat body lotion smells great, the Incoco polish strips are adorable, the Lasting Smiles balm is useful and sustainable, and the First Aid Beauty samples are handy for testing purposes if nothing else. Four out of five isn't bad, right? I'm particularly fond of the nail polish strips because the design is just so darn cute.

Like what you see? You can sign up for Beauty Box 5 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 April Beauty Box 5? Am I overreacting to the brown TwinGloss?

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.


  1. Oh god that Twingloss color is horrible! Mine is pink and clear, but I still don't like the idea of two colors in one.

  2. Me neither really, but if one of the "colors" is clear that's not so bad... it probably just makes your lips look more glossy? Brown though... just no.

  3. I've very intrigued by the dancing goat moisturizer. I will have to keep my eye out for it!!

    Katherine | erinandkatherine.blogspot.ca

  4. I love the first aid beauty red clay cleanser and the moisturizer that I have tried. Yeah...the gloss color is weird...

  5. Good to know! Glad I'm not the only one who finds the brown gloss unappealing, lol.

  6. Ha! We're bummed that the brown wasn't a huge hit, BUT, we love that you got 4 other mini rockstar products this month! <3 Let us know how the Incoco strips work out for ya- the BB5 team has found that practice makes perfect, which is why 16 strips are included, we think. ;)

  7. That gloss color scares me too. I would love to try that lotion, though.


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