I’ll be honest with you: Sometimes I forget about Beauty Box 5. It’s the quietest of all of the beauty subscription boxes, in my opinion. They reliably send out a box of samples and full size beauty products each month, without nearly as much pomp and circumstance of some of the other monthly beauty boxes. For instance, Birchbox now has a monthly preview video and then a few days later you have the option of choosing one of your samples and/or the guest-curated box. Beauty Box 5 does none of that, but they’ve been chugging along the past few years.
Like many of the other packages I received this month, Beauty Box 5 was a bit of a mixed bag.
Here’s what I received in my July Beauty Box 5:
Ofra Lip Gloss ($12.95) – Beauty Box 5 does a great thing now: They indicate every full-size item on the card that is sent with each box. No more guessing if a smaller sample is actually full-size or not! I’m pretty certain I’ve tried Ofra lip gloss before, but I can’t remember when. Regardless, I really like this color and it will be put to good use!
Ofra Lip Liner ($13) – I guess you can’t have lip gloss without the liner, right? Actually, I’m not sure the lip gloss and lip liner colors go together, but I’ll give it a try.
The PopSugar Must Have Box has sent out fabulous boxes every month this year so they were bound to falter eventually, right? The July PopSugar Must Have Box was merely “OK” in my book. Whereas I normally regard this box as the equivalent of receiving a really awesome birthday gift each month that’s usually filled with items I’d love but wouldn’t buy myself, this month’s box is filled with ordinary items that I don’t really want or need.
Here’s what I received in my July PopSugar Must Have Box:
PopDental Portable Toothbrush ($19.99) – You know it’s a sad month when the item I am most excited about is a portable toothbrush! I love travel accessories and have never thought about having an electronic toothbrush for travel purposes though, so I am genuinely happy to have this even if, at the end of the day, it’s still just a toothbrush.
Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit ($28) – I feel like I should be more excited about this. I love travel. I love travel accessories. And yet… I probably have 20 pouches like this scattered around my house. Perhaps I’ll keep this bag with my selection of short-term-travel accessories inside my carry-on suitcase. (Yes, I’m still using the world’s best carry-on suitcase, according to me.) Like the toothbrush, a dopp kit isn’t particularly exciting. It would be a whole different story if it had arrived filled with beauty samples though!
The month of July has just flown by, which is why I’m posting this month’s subscription box reviews so late. I literally don’t know where this month has gone!
In my opinion Ipsy remains one of the best beauty subscription deals out there and I think this month’s bag perfectly demonstrates why.
Here’s what I received in my July Ipsy Bag:
Nudestix Eye Crayon in Gilt ($24) – Though this didn’t arrive in the typical Nudestix box, I’m fairly certain that this is a full size product and a great one at that! The color, Gilt, is a shimmery neutral champagne-like color that I will get plenty of use out of! Another thing I LOVE? This pencil came with its own sharpener, which is nothing short of amazing. When I first started getting eye pencils and lip pencils I remember stalling using them for a bit as I had to go out and buy a sharpener.
Truth be told, this might be one of the best products I have ever received from Ipsy!
Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Balm in French Kiss ($14) – Another full-size product! This is a lightly-tinted lip balm that has great reviews. I will be putting this to good use… possibly today! Expect a review soon.
I know I have been giving Birchbox a hard time as of late, but I’m happy to report that my July box was pretty good. It wasn’t OMGAmazing (and I’m starting to think those days are over), but the July box contained generous samples of products I actually want to use so it’s a step in the right direction!
The theme of this month’s box is “Go Bold,” hence the gorgeous neon box and the neon yellow tissue paper. I like the theme and love the box, though I’m not certain the products included are particularly bold. Well, except for the Amika un.Done Texture Spray, whose container matches the theme of the box quite well.
Here’s what I received in my July Birchbox:
theBalm Balm Desert – theBalm is one of my favorite cosmetic companies so I was excited to see this deluxe sample of Balm Desert, a blush and bronzer in one. I don’t use a ton of products like this so these samples tend to last me a long while and are absolutely PERFECT for travel. I received a similarly sized sample of theBalm’s Hot Mama! blush and bronzer a few years ago and that product has become one of my all-time favorites so I have high hopes for this product as well.
Amika un.Done Texture Spray – I love Amika’s colorful (bold?) packaging, but this product isn’t for me. According to the description this product “gives hair effortless, tousled volume, loads of shine, and a dreamy scent.” While I would like some shine and a dreamy scent, I definitely don’t need volume… especially with the humidity levels hovering around 100% in Chicago these days. Joking aside, my super curly hair + volume products don’t mesh particularly well.