Beauty Box 5 Review - December 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 

Beauty Box 5 is a beauty sampling service that sends 5 deluxe or full sized products every month. The boxes ship from Houston, Texas and usually take 1-2 weeks to arrive. BB5 does not provide tracking information or e-mail notification once the box ships, but this box usually takes a week to arrive to me in BC. 

The theme for December is "Merry & Bright". The box is supposed to be full of goodies to "brighten up your complexion all December long".

Product Card

First Look

Absolute! New York Nail Polish Remover Pads in Lemon (32 pads, $2.99)
Nail polish remover pads are one of my favouite things. They are great for on-the-go and traveling. Absolute! New York is a Nicka K. Cosmetics brand so this is the 4th Nicka K. product BB5 has sent since January 2014.  

Nanacoco Nail Polish in Stardust (Full size, $3.95)
A gold sparkly glitter polish. I already have something similar so this will be gifted. This is the 7th nail polish I have received from BB5 this year (since January 2014) and the third Nanacoco product (2nd nail polish) since August. I note these details because it shows how little brand variety there is with a BB5 subscription.

Jaqua Bath & Body Collection Cocoa Buttercream Frosting  Hand Cream (2 oz travel size, $12.50)
This lotion smells okay. I feel it's overpriced, but that's something BB5 has no control over. I read some feedback about parabens and other nasties, but BB5 isn't known as a Eco-concious or natural beauty box so I can't fault them for including something laden with chemicals and synthetic ingredients.

Juice Beauty Stem Cell Moisturizer (0.26oz/7.8ml sample, $9.94)
Moisturize with a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol-rich grapeseed formula to aggressively firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This is the third Juice Beauty product I received in December. FabFitFun and Glossybox included different Juice products. I nearly  have a full line up now! This is a great sample from BB5.

Lucky Brand Lucky Number 6 Eau De Parfume Sample (2.4ml, $0.60)
This is a fragrance that has been around for decades so I'm not sure why it would show up in a beauty box. I remember it from high school. It's also heavily discounted on Amazon (linked above). A 50ml bottle (1.7oz) is on sale for $12.50,which makes the sample worth 60 cents.
The December Beauty Box 5 included five products with an approximate retail value of $29.98 US. It's not the worst BB5 I have received in recent months, but it's still not the best. I don't mind the nail polish remover wipes and the Juice Beauty moisturizer is great. The rest is very "meh" and will be gifted or donated. I have two months left on my BB5 subscription and that will be it. I am not re-newing for a third year. This box is still very affordable, especially when you use a promo code, but there is so much more out there for Canadians now. I don't want to keep settling for "meh" each month.

If for some reason you want to give Beauty Box 5 a try,  grab one of these promo codes. I believe all the codes still work.
  • YEARLY84 will get you a year subscription for $84.15, plus $36 for the year of shipping ($3 per box). That works out to $10 per box, including shipping. This is the best deal around.
  • FREEBOXME or FREEBOX1 will get you the previous month's box free! This code is for new subscribers only.
  • HALFOFF will get you $6 off your first month's box. This is a good one for those that only want to sign up for a monthly or quarterly term.
For an alternative, in the same price range, check out Birchbox. It's $14.95 per month with shipping, or $159.40 per year. Those are Canadian dollars, while BB5 is US dollars, so it works out pretty well the same. If you had to pick one beauty box under $20, that would be my pick.

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  1. Agreed! I cannot wait till my subscription is over!!

  2. Agree, the value isn't that great and the products aren't all that exciting.

  3. Yeah, I cancelled this one too - I can pick up in the drugstore stuff that matches my tastes better. I love Birchbox!

  4. My box was similar to yours.


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