Lit from Within: Beauty Box 5 Review - That Awkward Moment
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Beauty Box 5 Review - That Awkward Moment

(My #NailArtForNubs post goes live at 9am Eastern!) 

Hello, Fireflies!

It's an awkard moment.. um, I mean, that's the theme of this month's Beauty Box 5 - the movie, That Awkward Moment. 

I signed up for a subscription to Beauty Box 5 in February, and when they found out I was a blogger, they sent me January's box, too.  Of course, they sent January's box to a bunch of people as a promotion to sign up in February, so I'm not suffering under any delusions of grandeur.

It's a pretty cool box, and so far, I'm liking the subscription.  Let's take a look at the box:



I love oils, I'm completely obsessed with hair, skin, cuticle - any kind of oil.  This Nubar Vanilla cuticle oil smells nice, and absorbs relatively quickly.  I like it!

Nubar Vanilla cuticle oil

Another lotion sample, and not even an exotic one - just Jergens Daily Moisture lotion.  We all have a bottle of Jergens somewhere in the house, right?  Or in our parents' or grandparents' house.  Nothing special about this sample - no interesting fragrance, no special formulation, just good ol' lotion.  Works fine.
ergens Daily Moisture lotion
I really enjoyed this sample of  SPA H20+ Sea Lotus Body Wash! It smells incredible - like the sea, like a spa, like someplace relaxing with hammocks.  I want more.
SPA H20+ Sea Lotus Body Wash
Sub boxes love lip balm! At least it's not another chapstick.  I actually like this Epic Blend Hemp Coconut lip balm.  It's pretty slick, and feels moisturizing.  I wish it were a little more coconutty, and a little less hemp-y, though.
Epic Blend Hemp Coconut lip balm

I was pretty excited about these Twistco Bath & Shower Exfoliating Gloves.  I have one from Sephora, which I like, so I was hoping these would be as good.

I should say, even the ones from Sephora, I don't like wearing it as a glove.  For some reason, it's just too much work to put a glove on in the shower.  The major pro of this glove is that it's washable.  I can't stand using the plastic loofahs because they harbor a million germs - and I'm no germaphobe.  I just think it's icky.  I feel like these are more sanitary.

The cons - too scratchy and rough.  The Sephora glove has a side that's smooth and one that's rough.  This one is alllll rough.  No escape.  Also, I wish they'd put a tab on the cuff for hanging it up to dry.

Twistco Bath & Shower Exfoliating Gloves

The box also included a branded Compact mirror with the movie logo.  It's cute, thin, and very lightweight.


I thought it would be fun to model a polish color that matched the box.  This did NOT come in the box - it's one I purchased myself.  This lovely polish is Sinful Colors Crystal Crush Treasure Chest, a turquoise texture with a gold shimmer.

This lovely polish is Sinful Colors Crystal Crush Treasure Chest, a turquoise texture with a gold shimmer.

So, not everything was a winner for me, but that's how sub boxes usually go.  For the price, though, it was absolutely worth it.  I really loved the shower gel - it's completely unique to anything I've tried.  The cuticle oil was nice, and the other products were at least useful.

If you're interested in learning more about Beauty Box 5, they can be found on Facebook, or their website.

(My #NailArtForNubs post goes live at 9am Eastern!) 

38 comments:

  1. Great box! They look and sound nice :)

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    1. I saw some other blogger reviews of this box, and it inspired me to sign up. I think they're a good deal, so far.

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  2. How much is this sub box again? Is it the $10 box? I totally forgot! I was gonna say I like the turquoise nail polish from this box, but yeah you bought it :-)

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    1. If you get one box at a time, I think it's $12. I signed up for a year, and it was like $8 a box, I think. Yeah, I did buy that polish, sorry! I thought it would be fun to match my mani to the box theme!

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    1. Nubar is so under-rated, but they have great polishes. They were some of the first duochromes I bought. Their topcoat has good press, too, so I'm excited that they're releasing a cuticle oil. :)

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    1. Everything was pretty much color-coordinated, too! lol

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  5. I loved my January BB5, all great products!

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    1. I was using the Spa shower gel yesterday, and my husband was like, hey, what is that? That smells great! lol. I think that's the first time he's noticed. I think I might have to buy some more right away. Like now. LOL!

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  6. Surprised that you didn't like the exfoliating gloves, I absolutely loved mine and use them every day. I have very thin skin (so thin you can actually see the veins everywhere), and I didn't find them rough at all.

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    1. Hmm. I'm usually not that sensitive! Maybe I got a bum glove? Or maybe I'll run it through the wash a few times and see if that helps. I feel better knowing they weren't all sandpaper!

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  7. The exfoliating gloves and polish are nice.

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    1. The polish didn't come in the box, I just used it to match my mani to the box, just so's you know. :)

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    1. It's a toss up whether I like this sub box or Ipsy more. They're both great values, and fun!

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  9. That cuticle oil! I want to try it!!! I was going to ask what was on your nails and I'm glad you shared by the end LOL

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    1. LOL! I'm so pleased you were interested in my polish! Then again, turquoise isn't very subtle. I love cuticle oil. It's been such a long winter, I think we should all have hot oil full-body treatments. And then, the wrestling! LOL

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  10. That's a great box for a great price!

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    1. I agree! Not terribly fancy, but good stuff, nonetheless.

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  11. I love the polish and the cuticle oil

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    1. I hope people aren't getting the idea that the polish came in the box! I just wore it to coordinate with the unveiling of the products.

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    1. I think your review is one of the guilty ones that made me want to subscribe! lol

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    1. Are you a subscriber to these sub boxes?

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    1. My inner 12-yr old boy is having a giggle. Why yes, yes, I do.. lol! Thanks, Justina!

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    1. LOL, people are loving the nail polish, and it's not even a part of the box. Well, let that be a lesson to Beauty Box 5 - if they want more love, put in a nail polish! lol

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    1. I think they did a nice job curating this box, though I'm not sure what it has to do with the movie, since I haven't seen the movie! lol

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    1. I was most excited about the gloves, but they didn't work out for me as well as I'd liked! The cuticle oil is really nice, though. The polish was my own - it didn't come in the box!

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  18. The nail polish shade is just so gorgeous :)

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    1. It was part of a collection that was only released at Rite-Aid. I was so bummed, because we don't have Rite-Aid here.. but I found a couple for sale, and snagged them! I'm glad I did, I really like this polish.

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