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Beauty Box 5 Review

I was recently asked if I’d be interested in reviewing Beauty Box 5. As I’m always game to try out a subscription service in the hopes of finding ‘the One’ I’ll love, I said sure.


As I’ve tried a few Beauty Box subscription services, I now know that what I want out of a service is items of color. I don’t want all samples to be the same (I’m looking at you GlossyBox and your multiple creams in one box).

I received:
Everyday Minerals blush in Girl Friday (retails for $10.99, .17 oz, I believe I received a mini size jar, worth 6.99)
The All Natural Face eyeshadow in Orange Ice Storm (retails for $3.50, .07 oz, I believe I received a full size eyeshadow)
Blinc black eyeliner (full size retails for $26, .21 oz, I received a sample)
Comodynes Easy Peeling 8 pack (retails for $12.99, I received 1 towelette)
Blum Naturals Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues (retails for $2.99, 50 sheets, I received a full size.)

I like this product card, which contains relevant information about each product.

I don’t normally use blotting papers, but I’m going to stick the Blum Naturals Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues in my purse and see if I can remember to use it and if it works.

It’s funny because last week on Twitter we were talking about peels and masks. I mentioned I don’t do them often enough. I’m really looking forward to giving the Comodynes Easy Peeling facial a try. It’s a towelette.

The ingredients are a bit vague. I guess I massage the towelette onto my skin, avoiding my eyes, and don’t rinse it off.

Here’s the ingredients listing, in case anyone is curious.

I was very excited by the blinc eyeliner sample! I’ve liked some of the blinc products I’ve tried, such as the Re.Surface.Stick. However, I hated the tubing mascara. Didn’t work for me at all. I swatched it on my hand and it’s like a liquid. Once it dried on my hand, it didn’t budge off from rubbing. I had to use water, soap and rub to get it off.

Now, I don’t like the brand Everyday Minerals. However, I’m happy for the opportunity to try out their Girl Friday blush. I also like the name Girl Friday. The phrase ‘Girl Friday’ basically means ‘faithful friend’ or ‘right hand woman,’ so it’s sort of clever to name a blush this if it’s a universally flattering shade.

I’ve had mixed feelings on The All Natural Face, but I was happy to see a full size eyeshadow included from them. This is Orange Ice Storm. I like the Ice Storm shades and I think this shade in particular can work as an all over color wash or as a highlighter, depending on your coloring.

Ingredients for Orange Ice Storm:
Mica, Magnesium Myristate Boron Nitride Oxides.

I swatched the colors for you.

Now, Girl Friday is described on the Everyday Minerals website as “A soft plum berry shade that is perfectly feminine and matte.” I see absolutely NOTHING of a soft plum berry. I see an apricot-coral shade. To be fair, I applied this with a sponge and blended it down and it resulted in this shade. If you apply it without blending it, it looks like a nude rose. The color change is pretty different.

I took another picture of Girl Friday for you. When the blush is just sitting on my skin, not blended, I do see a berry pink. When I blend it just a tiny bit, I see a peachy-pink. When I fully blend it out, I see an apricot.  Also, it’s not matte. It’s got a sheen. I don’t know if this is a bad batch, if it’s not been properly blended, or what. It almost seems like the ingredients were put into a container and it was shaken, rather than blended, but I don’t really know. I just know that if you want to BLEND your blush when you apply it to your face, and I do, you don’t want to have crazy changes.

Ingredients for Girl Friday:
Mica (CI 77019), Lauroyl Lysine. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)

When you add a value to what I received:
$6.99 EDM Mini-blush
$3.50 ANF full size eyeshadow
$2.99 Blum Blotting Tissues full size
$13.48 for those 3 items, so it’s more than the $12 cost of the sample box. If you add in a dollar for each sample size, you’re getting about $15.50 worth of products.

Beauty Box 5 costs $12 monthly, $30 if you sign up for 3 months at a time, and $100 if you sign up for a year.

Products I liked receiving:
The All Natural Face Orange Ice Storm eyeshadow
Blinc Smudgeproof eyeliner sample
Comodynes facial towelette
Everyday Minerals mini blush Girl Friday

Products I’m neutral about receiving:
Blum Blotting tissue

Products I didn’t like receiving:

Now, I don’t think the quality is good on the Everyday Minerals Blush I received. I don’t feel it should change color like it did. But that’s my only disappointment from this box.

This is what I want out of a subscription box. I want it to have color. Blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, a facial treatment, etc. This is cool.

So I now know what I’m looking for in a beauty box!
1. Less than $15
2. COLOR (eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks, eyeliners, lipgloss, etc)
3. cruelty-free
4. not a box of all the same types of products (i.e. no receiving 3 creams in one box, or all facial treatments)

What do you think of Beauty Box 5? Have you tried their service? What did you like in this box?

To the best of my knowledge:
The All Natural Face is cruelty-free.
Blinc is cruelty-free.
Everyday Minerals is cruelty-free.
Blum Naturals is cruelty-free.
Comodynes is cruelty-free.

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • Emily S

      For a lot of people, Everyday Minerals blushes oxidize orange on the skin. I think they use a more orange base for all of their blushes, even the cool toned ones. I didn’t think this happened to me until after I tried mineral blushes form other companies.

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

         @Emily S To me that sounds like bad blending or bad products. The rest of the mineral blushes that I have do NOT turn orange on me or oxidize on my skin.

    • joyfulvegan

      hi phyrra,
      just curious as to why you don’t like everyday minerals, other than their crazy color-changing blush.  i’ve been using their products for a few years now and quite enjoy them.

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

         @joyfulvegan When I first tried EDM, I thought their products were really terrible and I couldn’t understand how they were so popular. Then EDM did some shady things with ingredients listing and changed formulas without properly updating the label, causing a lot of women problems. I believe there was also customer service issues.

    • apriltini

      I had that experience with another EDM blush. Can’t remember which one it was because it was several years ago. I don’t buy from them after they started deleting any critical comments from their forums and effectively banning people.

    • lipstickdiva

      Hi Phyrra!
      Thanks for the great review, which was spot-on as far as what makes a good beauty box. I’m currently awaiting my box for review and I’m looking forward to seeing what they send. I like that BB5 sent both color and skin care and that the products were a decent size, not just one-use samples or packets. 
      I totally agree with you about the Blinc tubing mascara. I hated it, too. Of course, I hate pretty much all tubing mascaras, so I can’t hold it against Blinc. I hope the liner works better for you. And I’m loving that eyeshadow, and hoping I get one as well!
      Thanks again for showing us what you got!

    • http://www.outinapout.blogspot.com/ OutInAPout

      OK, so here’s a box I’ve not heard of (of course, new ones are sprouting up all the time, so I guess that’s not surprising). I pretty much agree with your criteria, though I like a good mix of color, hair care and skin care. I know I’m probably in the minority, but I personally would be irritated with two mineral makeup products in my box, only because I have so many and frankly, mineral makeup companies are kind of a dime a dozen nowadays (not that there aren’t some I love!!!)  And unfortunately, that “peel” wipe is kind of misleading, if you ask me. Judging by the ingredient list, it’s basically a toner :( 

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