Beauty Box 5 Review - February 2014 - Beauty Subscription Box

This review has been updated since originally posted.
I received this box free with referral credits.

What is it? Beauty Box 5 
How Much? $12/month, $30/quarter, $99/year  plus $3 shipping per box 
What's in it? 5 samples from your favourite beauty brands 

This is the last box from my first year BB5 subscription. Actually January was my 12th box, but I was owed one box free earned prior to the referrals-for-boxes program being cancelled in June 2013.

This box shipped February 8th and arrived February 18th. February is the two year anniversary of Beauty Box 5 so I was hoping to see something special in this box. Last year we received a bonus product. Unfortunately, other than a birthday themed product card, this box was nothing to celebrate.

The product card has changed yet again. I like this one. No more random theme that doesn't tie in with the products. Just a sleek card with large product photos and detailed information. A coupon code for $10 off at was also included. The necklaces run around $45.

Rockstar Nails - Nail Polish and Rockstar Nails - Nail Sprinkles ($3.76)
Warning: I'm about to rant! BB5 lists these products as being worth $14.95. EACH. I doubted the value so I did what I always do and went to Google to confirm. I was able to determine that the brand is actually Rockstar by Sprinkles. The only place I could find this brand online was through Groupon (and other group buy sites) and Ebay (and all the Ebay listings are from the past week - BB5 cast offs). This company does not have it's own website and from what I can find, these products are not sold in any retail stores. What's worse is that the pricing listed on the BB5 card is grossly inflated. An 8-bottle kit is being sold on Groupon for $12.99, with retail value listed at $25, making each bottle worth about $3.12. Everything about these products is shady. I will not be using them and I'm really disappointed that BB5 would include them with deceptive pricing and without proper packaging. And.... I just realized BB5 considers this two products instead of one, which is ridiculous since the sprinkles can't be used without the polish.

Screen grab from Groupon

*UPDATE* Beauty Box Tweeted the following:

I guess it's good to know that they didn't purposely attempt to deceive by passing a cheap nail polish off as being worth $15, but now we know each bottle is only worth $1.88. This brings the box value down to around $15. Oh and... Look what's available for sale in the BB5 Shop.

H2O+ Targeted Care Hand & Nail Cream (1oz sample, $2.50)
This is the 6th H2O+ product I've received from BB5. That's 6 for 13 boxes. Hand creams are useful so I'm okay with this.

Elizabeth Mott - It's So Big Volumzing Mascara  (4ml sample, $8)
I received this in my September 2013 Ipsy bag and haven't had a chance to use it yet. Mascara is always handy.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo & Conditioner (8.3ml foil packs x 4 = $0.93)
Seriously? John Frieda foil packets are the easiest samples to get for free. They are handed out at grocery & drug stores, included in magazines, and often available online through sample sites.  I've tried the John Frieda Frizz Ease and Root Awakening lines this way. I feel cheated receiving products like this in a beauty box.

I am going to be completely honest and blunt. This is the worst edition of Beauty Box 5 I have ever received. It's only marginally tolerable because I didn't actually have to pay for this box, but still disappointing because I just signed up for another year subscription. This box is valued at $15.19*. This is the second month in a row BB5 has had a low value. I really hope this month is a one-off and the quality improves in the coming months.

What do you think of the February Beauty Box 5?

* The estimated total has been modified since the original post.

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  1. Well that clinched it for me. I definitely won't be signing up for thie box!

    1. I have been, and will continue to be, a huge supporter of BB5. My previous posts, including my Year in Review post can attest to that. I suggest checking back over the next couple months and see how the boxes are. I'm not ready to count them out yet.

  2. It's boxes like this that don't make me miss BB5. It's so hit or miss, and this is a huge miss, especially for an anniversary box.

    1. I was definitely expecting more for their birthday box. Next month looks better already. The sneak peek is good.

  3. My free January box arrived yesterday with the February. I was bummed to see the bottle of polish sprinkles smashed open with nary a single, solitary sprinkle bit in sight...sigh. I'll email them this evening. Have you ever had an issue like this with BB 5?

    1. Oh no! Thankfully I've never had an issue like that with BB5. I'm sure if you email them they will resolve it for you

    2. Just wanted to update - I emailed BB5 & they got back to me in less than 24 hours to let me know they would be shipping out a replacement to me on Wednesday (their next shipping day). Pleased with the service so far.

    3. Excellent! Thank you for updating. I've never dealt with their CS before so good to know they are helpful and efficient!


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