Beauty Box 5 Review - April 2014 - Beauty Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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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 

The April Beauty Box 5 is here. This one shipped April 11th and arrived April 24th. I peeked at spoilers online so I knew what to expect, but it's still fun to unbox and check out all the products.

 First look

The theme for April is "Shades of Beauty".
"We know you're busy, but your beauty routine doesn't need to move at breakneck speed! This month we're focused on looks that call for a little leisurely layering, so enjoy your mornings and take more time for yourself- Rome wasn't built in a day and a breezy spring look is totally worth an extra minute or two."

As usual, I'm not sure how the products tie into the theme and their vision for the box... but it's a nice idea.

blûm naturals - All-Purpose Cleansing Wipes (30 wips, $2.49)
I just learned that blûm is pronounced "bloom". Now it makes sense! This container is so cute. It's so small it fits into the palm of my hand. I like the little chain included so it can be attached to a bag or key chain, although it would make an odd key chain. Wipes are always useful so I like these. 

Jergens Natural Glow (samples - 3 x 8ml, < $0.20)
I *hate* tanning products. They are useless to me. I hate tanning products nearly as much as I hate receiving foil samples in subscription boxes. Not happy with this product.

bh cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow (3-pan sample < $1)
I received this last year in my July ipsy bag, and some people received it this month from Topbox. bh is sure making the rounds! Beauty Box 5 claims the full size (one of which you can see here from my February Gift Box) is worth $18.95. It might have been once upon a time, but in February it was marked down to $8.95, and now today it's marked down to $4.50... yet BB5 is still selling them for $18.95 in their shop. I gave away the previous sample I received. I will probably do the same with this one.

Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick in Begonia (full size, $4.99)
The colour has some orange undertone so I think it will work well with my complexion and red hair. It also has a hint of shimmer and feels slightly moisturizing. I can't speak to the staying power, but I will definitely make use of this product.

Bonne Bell Lip Definer in Boysenberry (full size,  < $1)
So from what I can tell, this is a discontinued product. It's not listed on the Bonne Bell website and reviews on Makeup Alley are from 2007 and earlier... oh and the tip of my pencil is discoloured greyish. I was able to rub it off, but the pencil itself doesn't draw a consistently coloured line. I guess this was supposed to go along with the lipstick but the colours don't go at all. The lipstick is more orange and this liner is more pink.

When I initially opened my April Beauty Box 5, I was hopeful. The blûm naturals wipes are great. The lipstick is acceptable... but in doing research for this post and looking at everything a little closer, I feel like the other three products are basically garbage. I received five products in this box, with an estimated value of $9.68, and that was being generous with my estimations. Even with the low value and questionable products, I don't think this is the worst BB5 I have received so that's a plus.

If you are interested in trying Beauty Box 5, you can get the April box FOR FREE! This is a one-time purchase box - no subscription required. Just go here and add the box to your cart, then enter promo code APRILBOX at checkout to get the box for free, with free international shipping. This offer is only available while supplies last, or until the end of April.

Comments are now closed for this post. Please e-mail me with any comments or questions.


  1. Hey Jill, I'm trying the coad and it's not letting me get the box for free (the price is still $12) however the coupon code is making international shipping free, so I'm a little confused. Is there something I'm doing wrong??

    1. Also try FIRSTBOXFREE. If neither of them work, maybe they only work on longer term subscriptions (3 months at a time or more)?

    2. ^^^The above code would be for a free MAY box, not an APRIL box, though. But in case you didn't want to miss out on a free box!

    3. I think it should be fine once you continue through with the transaction. It's worked that way for other people. If not and you end up being charged $12, contact BB5.

  2. Thank you for the AWESOME deal! Snagged it! I'm apparently signed up and they weren't sending me my first box until the May shipment. Okay, I really really want the little wipe container! I do like the tanning products for my really Irish white daughter who needs to be tanned for dance competitions!

    1. They also sell the wipes in a 3-pack in the BB5 Shop, but shipping to Canada is RIDICULOUS!

    2. Mini2z - a word of caution on the self-tanner...I was pretty excited to try the Jergens especially since I am already using their face tanner. I am quite pale, so using the face lotion in light has been working really well for me. This sample, however, is in a darker shade & I've found it gets really dark (dark/orange!) very quickly; the lotion so thick that it was hard to spread evenly. For the 3rd pkg., I am going to try cutting it with a plain lotion 50/50 - I think that should give even pale me a a much better result.


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