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15 May, 2015

Unboxing | Beauty Box 5 May 2015: S.O.S.

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It's the middle of the month, which means it's... beauty box time! I don't know why, but a lot of the beauty box companies seem to ship right around the same time. Who knows how that works. Anyway, the first one to reach my doorstep in May was Beauty Box 5—read on for all the beautiful details!

Beauty Box 5 May 2015: S.O.S. review unboxing

New to the likes of 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, with discounts on longer subscription periods. 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.

This month's theme was S.O.S. Here's the info card:

Beauty Box 5 May 2015: S.O.S. info card

Super Outstanding Skin sounds like something I would generally enjoy. Surprisingly there was only one skincare product in the box, but there were a couple of other items that could potentially be complexion-helpers, I guess....

Coastal Scents Classic Synthetic Shadow Brush - Medium/BR-C-S02

Coastal Scents Classic Synthetic Shadow Brush - Medium/BR-C-S02 (value $2.49):
A no-nonsense, no frills synthetic bristle eyeshadow brush from Coastal Scents. I have a couple of other Coastal Scents brushes and I think they're pretty decent—not my favorite brushes of all time, but surprisingly soft and well-packed with bristles. A great value for the price. I was really glad to get a medium shadow brush in this case—it's so versatile! It's great for applying shadow all over your lids or even doubling as a concealer brush in a pinch.

Essenza Luxury Hand Soap - Fresh Lavender

Essenza Luxury Hand Soap - Fresh Lavender (2fl oz/60ml sample, approximate value $0.67):
Not sure this will help with my complexion, but I suppose it will save the skin on my hands from being dirty and stinky. Outstanding! This stuff has a strong, fresh lavender scent. I think this would work well as a kitchen hand soap, because the scent is maybe powerful enough to neutralize oniony smells and whatnot. Oh, and if you find using hand soap from a little bottle like this,  just dump the contents into a larger soap dispenser with a pump. That's what I did!

BioSwiss 100% Stainless Steel Slant Head Mini Tweezers red

BioSwiss 100% Stainless Steel Slant Head Mini Tweezers (1 pair, value $4.99):
Itty-bitty tweezers in an adorable little travel tube. These aren't really the best at grabbing lots of hairs, but they're the perfect size for sticking in your travel bag when you just need to tidy up a a hair or two. Very practical!

Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturizer

Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturizer (0.24fl oz/7ml sample, approximate value $4.24):
Another itty-bitty sample, but Dermalogica stuff is normally pretty pricey, so I don't mind. This is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer... I still haven't tried it, but the formula sounds very appropriate for warmer weather.

Styli-Style Glide-On Blush Stick in Pretty-in-Pink

Styli-Style Glide-On Blush Stick in Pretty-in-Pink (full sized/6g, value $6.49):
Cream blush housed in a convenient twist-up stick. I like the color of this blush—it's a pretty, light pink that I think would work with a lot of different skin tones. Unfortunately, I'm not crazy about the texture. It feels a little greasy to me... best to use a light hand when applying this one!


Styli-Style Glide-On Blush Stick in Pretty-in-Pink swatch swatches

Total box value: Approximately $18.88

Overall impressions:

I'm not sure how closely most of this month's items tied in with the theme of "Super Outstanding Skin", but I did like this month's box. The eyeshadow brush and tweezers are super-handy, the hand soap is practical, and I'd rather sample a wee tube of Dermalogica products before spending insane amounts of money on them. The blush was sort of a miss for me, but at least it wasn't a creepy brown color like the lip gloss I got in last month's box. I think my favorite item this time was the tweezers—I just have a weakness for travel-sized products, I guess.

Like the looks of Beauty Box 5? 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 May 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.


  1. I def think this was a pretty decent box.

  2. Looks like a decent box, but not the most impressive ever. I love to get sample sizes of high-end skincare because it's so nice to be able to try before you buy. Although, I do have a habit of getting a sample of an expensive product and then falling in love with it! It's good AND bad!

  3. BB5 tends to be more budget-oriented in terms of the brands they send, but once in a while a high-end sample will pop up in there. I know what you mean... I've tried a lot of stuff I liked through Birchbox, but some of the full-sized prices are ouch!

  4. the box looks okay, I've stopping receiving Beauty box 5 because they didn't wow me much anymore. The blush is very pretty though.

  5. I stopped subscribing to Ipsy for the same reason. The nice thing about beauty boxes is that you can come back if the unboxings start to "wow" you again - or not! :)


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