Sunday, September 18, 2016

August 2016 Beauty Box Five

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The August 2016 Beauty Box Five* features products for an at home spa experience with its Pampering in Progress / Spa Day theme.

If you are unfamiliar with Beauty Box Five, it is a subscription that sends its members five cosmetic samples each month. Subscriptions start at $12 per month and shipping is free!

Now let’s talk about the August items.

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1. Nika Facial Exfoliating Brush | Retail: $17 (full size) - This is my first time seeing a product like this. It’s a cleansing brush that gently exfoliates with its densely-packed bristles. I’m amazed by how incredibly soft the brush is and can’t wait to try it.

2. Global Beauty Care Retinol Spa Treatment Mask | Retail: $7.50 (full size) - This mask features retinol to reduce expression lines and wrinkles while boosting cell renewal. This product sounds amazing, but I’m hoping it won’t be too harsh for my sensitive skin.

3. Olive Natural Beauty Elixir | Retail: $36 - This all-natural essential oil blend is like a daily vitamin for your skin. I’m looking forward to using this on my face and cuticles.

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4. VO5 Hot Oil Therapy Treatment | Retail: $2.59 (full size) - Oil treatments are amazing for the hair as they restore shine and smoothness depleted by over-processing and heat styling. I have found that they are too heavy for my fine hair though, so I will save this for a friend.

5. Did. Hair Spa Day Hair Ties | Retail : $6.50 (full size) - I’ve received similar products from this brand in past beauty boxes and I really enjoy them. They are cute and prevent the hair from creasing or denting even after eight hours in a ponytail.

As an added bonus for the hair, Beauty Box Five included a hair spray from Rave in this month’s box. It’s unscented and meant to stand up to humidity—just what I need this summer!

Overall, I really enjoyed the August 2016 Beauty Box Five. It contains a nice assortment of innovative and practical items and is a good value with its four full-size items.

I’ve noticed that over the past few months, there have been fewer makeup products in the boxes. I’ve enjoyed this as it has given me a chance to focus on skin and hair. Plus, this summer has been so hot that it hasn’t been worth it to go through the trouble of applying makeup only for it to melt away. I think that come fall I will be ready to try some new makeup, so I can’t wait to see what Beauty Box Five has in store for September.

July 2016 Beauty Box Five

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The July 2016 Beauty Box Five* features products to help us look beautiful while exploring the summer landscape with its Will Brake for Makeup / Road Trip Ready theme.

If you are unfamiliar with Beauty Box Five, it is a subscription that sends its members five cosmetic samples each month. Subscriptions start at $12 per month and shipping is free!
Now let’s talk about the July items.

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1. Sweep Rose Gold Tweezers | Retail: $14 (full size) - I don’t think I’ve seen a pair of tweezers prettier than these rose gold beauties. They’re very good at catching those thin eyebrow hairs. As a sweet gift, this box also included a matching mirror that’s perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.

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2. Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil | Retail: $18 (full size) - This brow pencil has a super fine tip for a natural yet precise look. While I do not use products on my brows since they are naturally dark and still fairly full, I think this product will be useful for many since it will match a range of different brow colours.

3. Hikari Cosmetics Eye Shadow | Retail: $13 (full size) - This shadow is highly pigmented and buildable. I received the shade Haze which is a beautiful antique bronze colour. The photo really doesn’t do it justice.

4. Beauty Box 5 Round Blending Brush | Retail: $10 (full size) - This soft brush is perfect for applying a light wash of colour to the lid, adding a highlight to the brow bone, or blending out a crease colour.

5. Skinny Tan Mini Mitt | Retail: $4.95 (full size) - How cute is this little tanning mitt? I love its velvety texture and think it would be perfect for applying self-tanner to the face.

Overall, I would say that the July Beauty Box Five is a success. It includes a range of different products for enhancing the eyes, brows, and complexion. Not to mention, every single product in this month’s box is full size, so the retail value is approximately $60. That’s equivalent to the cost of five boxes! I’m looking forward to seeing what Beauty Box Five has in store for August.

June 2016 Beauty Box Five

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The June 2016 Beauty Box Five* features products to help us get the most out of our summer beauty routine with its Made in the Shade theme.

If you are unfamiliar with Beauty Box Five, it is a subscription that sends its members five cosmetic samples each month. Subscriptions start at $12 per month and shipping is free!

Now let’s talk about the June items.

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1. Pur-lisse Blue Lotus Treatment Sheet Mask | Retail: $8 (full size) - This natural fibre mask is infused with Blue Lotus and restorative Asian botanicals to improve skin’s texture and promote a healthy complexion. As someone who doesn’t get a lot of sleep, I’m hoping that this will rejuvenate my tired skin and make me look more awake.

2. Manna Kadar Radiance Bronzer & Highlighter | Retail: $24 (full size) - This pigmented, 2-in-1 product has a velvety texture for smooth application and a flawless finish. While these colours are beautiful, I think they may be a bit dark for my pale complexion, so I will pass this product on to someone that it is better suited for.

3. Versaspa Gradual Tanning Face Moisturizer | Retail: $35 - This product not only creates a beautiful tan, but it also hydrates skin and blurs fine lines. I think that for the face, gradual tanning is a great option for a natural, bronzed look, so I can’t wait to try this product.

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4. Prestige Cosmetics Brow & Lash Brush | Retail: $3.25 (full size) - This product tames unruly brows and separates lashes. It’s a great basic for any makeup bag. I like to use this to brush through my lashes after I get out of the shower to keep them looking fluttery.

5. Sweep Oval Contour & Highlight Brush | Retail: $15 (full size) - The goal of this brush is to apply highlighter and bronzer easily and precisely. It’s also great for blending and shading. I’ve never tried a brush like this, but I’m really looking forward to it since the bristles feel so soft and luxurious.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the June 2016 Beauty Box Five. It includes some great products that help enhance natural beauty and minimize the need for lots of makeup during the hot summer months. It’s also a great value with four full-size products. I can’t wait to see what Beauty Box Five has in store for July.