REVIEW: Beauty Box 5 January 2014

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 4-5 cosmetic samples to your door every month and is open to US and Canadian subscribers.

Cost: $12 per month, $30 quarterly, $99 annually

This month, the following was in my Beauty Box 5: 

Swissco Bath & Shower Exfoliating Gloves - $5.00
These shower gloves might seem like a not-so-exciting item, but they are very well made. I would say they are not too harsh on skin and provide the right level of exfoliation. 

H2O+ Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash - $2.00
This body wash is wonderful! Five stars. It smells fresh and light like the sea; its definitely a unisex scent. It softens skin and lathers very well. 

Jergens Daily Moisturizer - $1.00
A lot of people don't like getting items like this in beauty boxes because they are relatively inexpensive and Jergens is a readily available drugstore brand. Nothing to write home about here, but this lotion is the perfect travel size for keeping at your desk. There is no strong scent and it absorbs non-greasy and quickly.

Nubar Cuticle & Nail Oil - $5.00
Nifty little product that smelled like watermelon. It is a light oil that conditions both nails and cuticles. The product takes a bit of time to absorb but that is expected. 

Epic Blend Lip Balm in Hemp Coconut - $3.39
Epic Blend is a company based in Canada (yay!) that makes great lip balms. Not only was this item incredibly moisturizing and smelled great - their balms are organic, petroleum and gluten free, and not tested on animals. The hemp coconut flavour smelled delicious and wasn't overwhelming - according to their website they also have a chocolate rum variety. Count me in! 

That Awkward Moment Compact Mirror - $1.00
Not much to say about this promotional item but it is very convenient and slim. The funny thing is when I flipped open this mirror for the first time, the mirror came flying out! It was not glued in properly but nothing a little hot glue can't fix. It is a good anytime, back-up mirror to throw in your clutch.

Verdict: This months box was disappointing for me overall. None of the items were that exciting because they were all what I would consider 'everyday basics' and I usually like to see at least one beauty item in my boxes. It is nice that there were six items but this box was also on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of monetary value. Hoping for more excitement from next month's box! 

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