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BEAUTY BOX 5 (BB5) DECEMBER UNBOXING: A BOX OF AWESOME OR A BOX OF AWFUL?

Published December 16, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Not only did the sun come out in our neck of the woods today, but Beauty Box 5 (BB5) made its appearance in our mailbox. They were a bit later in shipping this month (apparently awaiting an item or two for inclusion into this box) but kept everyone updated so all’s good. Well, everything’s all good provided this month’s box doesn’t include toothpicks and empty bottles (see my snarkalicious review of the November box…Oy!).

So many subscription box services are late in shipping this month that it actually makes me quite happy that I didn’t bother purchasing them as holiday gifts. Nothing says “thinking of you” than empty hands but a promise of arriving soon to a friend or loved one, right? Again, oy…

Since BB5 is one of the few subscription boxes that actually didn’t have their head buried in their nether regions for the December box, we’re already going to be a little biased in our review. Human nature and all…

Okay, let’s do a reveal of the contents:

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Not a toothpick nor an empty bottle in sight…So far, so good, BB5!

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First let’s snatch up that very prettily designed perfume sample. From Lucky Brand, this is their new fragrance Lucky Number 6. It’s a combination of fragrances, including lotus, tiger lily, cashmere woods, and jasmine, and it smells UH-MAZING. Light, fresh, crisp. I normally don’t care for overly flowery scents, but this one is quite lovely and not overpowering in the least. My daughter is going to want a full-sized bottle of this ASAP. Off to a grand start, BB5!

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Next up is a sample of Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Moisturizer. I’m so stealing this from my daughter’s box (with her permission, of course). I’ve already received 2 Juice Beauty products in other sub boxes and LOVE them. This will be a great addition to the Green Apple Peel and the moisturizer I already have. This product is meant to use morning and evening over cleansed skin (I always wonder why this caveat is always included in instructions – are there really people out there who would apply a treatment over unclean skin?), and with its combination of organic, antioxidant-rich plant and fruit oils, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, combat sun damage, and seriously hydrate the complexion. LOVE IT.

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And how convenient is receiving this travel-sized Absolute! New York nail polish remover pads…I guess the good people at BB5 knew when we saw the next item coming up, we’d want to immediately remove our current polish and use the one in this month’s box, which is:

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This is just all sorts of gorge and awesome in a bottle. By Nanacoco, this is their “Stardust” nail polish. It’s twinkling, it’s sequined, it’s sparkly, it’s copper, and it’s PERFECTION. Going on the nails as soon as this blog is published…Happy holidays, indeed!

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And with the next-to-the-last amazing item in this month’s box, here we have an awesome rose hydrating facial mist from Jaqua Beauty. This subtle fragrance smells just like fresh-cut roses and a couple of spritzes to the face shows it dries without a trace of stickiness and has an amazing aromatherapy quality. Oh yeah, this is good stuff, BB5.

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Now here’s a kicker. Included in this month’s box is a code to get a $50 retail value jewelry product from Lilee with your subscription to their new monthly box. Priced at $49/month, it’s a lifestyle box described on their webpage (www.lilee.com) as: “Lilee knows what she likes- only the best!- and she’s picked out fabulous beauty and lifestyle products to share with you every month. There’s no better way to discover your next must-have lipstick, scarf, bauble or bling than to become a Lilee subscriber! Simply pick your plan below and prepare for $120+ worth of gorgeous goodies every month!” Although this subscription is a little pricier than I like to spend on the regular, I’m thinking it might be worth trying it out. If you’d like to subscribe, go to the previously-referenced website and enter the code BB5PERK to get your free $50 piece of jewelry with your subscription. Nice little offer, courtesy of BB5.

And there we have it, the December Beauty Box 5 (BB5). We totally approve. We still aren’t sure what they were thinking about last month what with toothpicks and empty bottles, but they’ve definitely reclaimed their status with us this month. Here again, besides the item or two that I intend to confiscate from my daughter’s box, these are all very usable and fun items. Not a single bomb in the box.

AWESOME OR AWFUL? Awesome. For $12/month, BB5 has proven yet again it’s a small monthly indulgence well worth the price.

Beauty Box 5 is running a special offer of a free box with subscription (code below). If you’d like more information on Beauty Box 5 or perhaps to sign up for it as a treat for the new year, here is my referral link to their website, as well as the link to the BB5 Facebook page:

WEBSITE REFERRAL LINK: http://www.beautybox5.com/?u=12356 ENTER FREEBOX1 FOR FREE BOX
FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/BeautyBox5

Until next time, stay beautiful, and Happy Holidays from The Beholding Eye.

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BEAUTY BOX 5: NOVEMBER UNBOXING – KEEP IT OR KICK IT?

Published November 12, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

And so begins a month full of new subscription boxes arriving, and, as always BeautyBox5 always seems to be the first to arrive at Casa Beholding Eye. I’ve already seen several unboxings of the November box so there wasn’t much of a surprise element involved in this one (or maybe it’s just this dreaded virus that I can’t seem to kick dampening my enthusiasm).

BeautyBox5 is a $12/month subscription that I get for my daughter every month. Normally, this box hits it out of the park for her and she loves every little product or gadget it contains. This month, however, the theme is “Gracefully Grounded” and all of the contents are travel/airline friendly. Since we pretty much consider “travelling” to be the hour-long drive into the “big city” (cough, cough) nearest us, travel-friendly items aren’t really a prerequisite, but I’m sure my daughter will enjoy these products nonetheless.

Okay, let’s jump on in…

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And there it is, this month’s theme card, along with a couple of coupons. I’m intrigued by this particular coupon and definitely intend to investigate further when I’m feeling better.

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From Sparkles and Pop, this is a coupon for 30% off on purchases from their website. The stuff on the card looks fantabulous (I personally love to sparkle and pop). If you’d like to check out their website and help yourself to a 30% savings, the link and code to do so will be at the bottom of the blog.

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And, lo and behold, the contents…Let’s see what we have here in our “Gracefully Grounded” collection.

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First up is this travel-friendly, TSA-approved refillable bottle by Afterfeather. This could come in handy for…Something. Okay, we’re not sure what yet, but we’ll be doing our best to figure out a use for it. It’s an empty bottle. A more flowery description escapes my feverish brain.

RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $4.50.

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Well, yippy skippy, next up is a travel-friendly set of floss picks by DenTek. Okay, I’ll contain my snark for a few moments, as I really do see where this could be a fabulous little item to toss into your bag. I think we’ve all had that “Uh oh, there’s something stuck between my teeth” moment where just such a gadget could come in very handy. We’re down with this item, BB5. Truly, we are.

RETAIL VALUE: $2.49.

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And here we go, this one’s a winner. My daughter’s favorite body wash, Dove, in the Deep Moisture version. This will definitely be put to use.

RETAIL VALUE: Full-sized 22-ounce bottle is $6.49, making this 2-ounce sample worth less than $1.

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And here we have what appears to be a full-sized vial of Hask Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil. My daughter has been blessed with amazing thick, long, naturally wavy hair and is always eager to try out new products. She loved this item. Thanks, Hask!

RETAIL VALUE: $2.99

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Fall and winter always require a little extra skin hydration, so this Laura Ashley Body Butter is a great inclusion for the box. We received Sweet Peony, and it smells wonderful, light and flowery, without being too overpowering. Happy to give this one a whirl. Thanks, BB5!

RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $3.25.

TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF BAG: $13.25.

Not a shining month for BB5, but it is what it is…Apparently every subscription box has a “slump month,” and I’m going to assume November is that month for BB5. When the item we’re most excited about is a random 30% off coupon from a website, it’s time to step it up a notch (or five).

KEEP IT OR KICK IT? Well, this box was definitely a step down from what we normally expect with BeautyBox5. Normally, it’s a huge hit with my daughter, and the overall retail value is higher. Considering I paid $12 for this box and it’s giving me an estimated retail value of $13.25, that’s walking a fine line at being called a bargain.

We’re going to keep it another month and hope December makes up for this pretty underwhelming November box.

If you’d like more information on Beauty Box 5 or perhaps to sign up for it (seriously, their boxes are normally so much better than this one), here is my referral link to their website, as well as the link to the BB5 Facebook page:

WEBSITE REFERRAL LINK: http://www.beautybox5.com/?u=12356
FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/BeautyBox5

If you’d like to check out Sparkles and Pop, here are a couple of links and the coupon code to get you started:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Sparklesandpop
WEBSITE: http://www.sparklesandpop.com
COUPON CODE: BEAUTYPOP (you must create an account and be logged in to use the 30% discount).

And, as always, feel free to follow me on the following social media. Later this week we’re expecting arrivals by Ipsy and Sample Society, and possibly French Box (OOOH LA LA), so stay tuned for more!

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBeholdingEye
Instagram: https://instagram.com/thebeholdingeye

Until next time, stay beautiful!!!

BEAUTY BOX 5 OCTOBER 2014 UNBOXING AND GIVEAWAY UPDATE!!!

Published October 11, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

So it begins, the delivery of October beauty boxes. Every reader of this blog who subscribes to any beauty boxes very well knows the excitement that goes with receiving the first box of the month and knowing the influx is starting.

First up, as usual, at Casa Beholding Eye is the October BeautyBox5. BB5 is a nice little subscription service that costs $12/month. Containing a mix of full-sized and sample-sized products, I subscribe to this one for my daughter. She loves this box and it always seems pretty well-suited to her as well. She actually received this yesterday but she was working, so I persuaded her to wait to sample anything until after I had a chance to take pictures for the blog.

So, here we go…The unboxing of the October BB5:

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The BB5 theme this month is Effortless Allure.

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And the reverse side of the card gives us a run down of this month’s products and their retail values:

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Looks pretty good at first glance but let’s investigate further, shall we?

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Oooh, now this is a handy little gadget. The SpattyDaddy is a long-handled miniature spatula that is specially designed to help the consumer get every last drop of that favorite lip gloss, serum, etc. I think we’ve all experienced the utter frustration of knowing there are still several applications’ worth of a product at the bottom of the container, even though it isn’t enough to be caught with an applicator or a pump. The SpattyDaddy has that covered, readers. Even if this hadn’t come in this BB5 box, it was definitely on the 10 Most Wanted List at Casa Beholding Eye. Awesome!!!
(RETAIL VALUE: $5.49)

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Lip balms of any kind are always welcome, especially with the cooler weather and chapped lips on the horizon. This is a full-sized Chapstick Hydration Lock double-ended lip balm. This will definitely be put to good use.
(RETAIL VALUE: $2.99)

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Next goody in the box is a sample size of Lashem Picture Perfect serum for fine lines that also works as a primer. At first I thought I could wrench this from my daughter’s perfectly manicured little fingers, but no such luck…Turns out this baby doubles as a primer for those not yet worried about wrinkles!
(RETAIL VALUE: $3.95 for full sized product)

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Shades of awesomeness…Here’s an absolutely GORGEOUS nail polish by Nanacoco called Surfer’s Dream. And a dream it is. Although I normally associate teal and its various incarnations as a summer color, this hue is especially deep and I actually think might work for early Fall, as well. Outstanding addition to our obscenely large polish collection.
(RETAIL VALUE: $3.95).

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And, oh my my, saving (in my opinion) the best for the last is this little gem from Bella Pierre. It’s their Lip and Cheek Stain in Pink. What a lovely shade, perfect for my daughter (pinks don’t normally play well with my complexion, so I can’t arm wrestle her for this one). It blends beautifully and is a lovely, just-in-from-the-snow flush. She’ll definitely put this to good use. Maybe next month she’ll get a similar product in the peach family and we can play Rock, Paper, Scissors for it.
(RETAIL VALUE: $19.99).

As I said, BB5 is $12/month. This month’s box has 4 out of 5 full-sized products, with an estimated retail value of just over $30 (which doesn’t include the estimated value of the Lashem serum sample). Now, that’s what I call a deal, particularly when every single item in this box will be used and not tossed into the Makeup Graveyard (c’mon now, we all have one, right?).

If you’d like more information on Beauty Box 5 or perhaps to sign up for it, here are my referral link to their website as well as the link to the BB5 Facebook page:

WEBSITE REFERRAL LINK: http://www.beautybox5.com/?u=12356
FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/BeautyBox5

GIVEAWAY UPDATE: MORE ITEMS TO BE ADDED TOMORROW!!!!

Be sure to subscribe to this blog, leave a comment on the original giveaway announcement, and follow the directions through the Rafflecopter for your chance to win. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. Entries end October 28, 2014, and the winner will be announced via this blog on October 31st.

As you can see, we’re only 5 items in and the estimated retail value of this giveaway is currently at about $225 (and growing). Great time to enter and a great time to share this giveaway with your friends, too!

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ENTER RAFFLE HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful, go treat yourself to Beauty Box 5, and good luck to all of you who are entering the raffle. Check back often. I try to add a prize every couple of days and you never know when the product you’ve been coveting might just pop up!

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

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