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January Beauty Box Five Unboxing

Beauty Box five is a subscription box program for $12 a month, or $10 per month with a 3 month subscription, or $8 per month with a 12 year subscription.

January beauty box 5 unboxing frugie blog

You receive 5 items; a mixture of deluxe samples, sample packets (grr, those always disappoint me!) and sometimes a full size product (my favorite!)

I have found that Beauty Box five crosses over between department store, boutique and drugstore brands.

I will admit this month’s box seemed a little ‘off’ to me.

Inside looked lovely as always. But I was somewhat disappointed to receive mostly drugstore items, and a mascara that is no longer in production. Here’s what was inside:

january 2015 frugie blog coastal eye shadow

Coastal Scents Eye Shadow mini quad

Despite the tinyness of this item, I love Coastal Scents eye shadows. They are velevety textured, long wearing and come in great colors. I have a palette of these in my makeup drawer. They are definitely an underrated brand and it’s great that they’re getting attention from subscription boxes.

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Softsoap Nutri Serums Body Wash

I think I would be happy with this sample if it wasn’t in a box with so many other drugstore samples. This seems great for travel but nothing exceptional.

january 2015 beauty box five garnier

 

Garnier Fructis Daily Care Fortifying Shampoo

I’m a total fan of Garnier products, but I can’t use shampoos like this because of the sulfates. It does a number on my colored hair. I’ll hang on to the sample size for my son or husband for travel though.

january 2015 beauty box 5 salon effects

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I’m a big fan of Sally Hansen products and have tried the Salon Effects before with great results. I’m a little scared of this design though. I think the stripes on my hands will look a little weird if used all at once! It’s very Dr. Seuss and cute, but not for me. Had this been in a proper shade for my style, this would have covered the cost of the box itself!

january 2015 beauty box 5 ultra flesh mascara

Ultraflesh The Gold Standard Mascara

At first I was really excited to get this in my box. And then I did some digging to find that this brand is discontinued and you can find these products on Amazon or Ebay. Hmm. Not sure why that would be something worth promoting in a subscription company? I didn’t try it yet, but it seemed pretty dried out.

Sorry to be a bummer for this month. I think all of us might be in a January slump. Hey BeautyBox five, don’t feel bad. My StitchFix for January was miserable too!

Okay people, here’s to better things for February. Let me know if you got a subscription box this month and what you thought about it.

Product is sent to me for consideration and all words and opinions are my own (obviously).

 

 

Beauty Favorites of 2014

It just wouldn’t be right to not round out the new year with all the beauty products I loved last year. There was a lot of makeup! And most of it was awesome! I’ve collected, curated, and narrowed down what I think is worth your hard earned money.

Check out all the products in the video!

Frugalista Blog best of beauty 2014

December Beauty Box 5 Review

It’s a little late in the month for my usual Beauty Box 5 review. I realize that. But I think the beauty elves were busy because I only just got my box.  But no worries, it was worth the wait.

Did Santa bring you a subscription to Beauty Box 5 this year? If not, maybe you should just get one yourself!- https://www.beautybox5.com/

So if you need convincing, take a look at the fun goodies in this month’s box.

Jacqua Hydrating Mist- smells like roses and for some reason, I love spraying my face with hydrating sprays. I’m addicted! #jacquabeauty

Absolute! New York polish remover pads- do you ever head away on vacation and then your polish looks ratchet but you don’t have anything to take it off with? Pop these in your travel pouch. #absoluteny

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer- Winter months leaving your skin parched? Like organic products not just for your food but on your skin too? This moisturizer is becoming super popular of late. Better not get left out and be the only one with dull dry skin. #juicebeauty

Nanacoco nail polish.  This brand seems to be a favorite with Beauty Box 5. The lip glosses and nail polishes are so good from this brand. #nanacoco

Lucky Brand Lucky Number 6- I don’t wear perfume all the time, but I like to try scents and especially woodsy floral ones are fun. #luckynumber6

frugalista blog beauty box 5 december review

 

 

 

 

Lipstick dupes you’ll want to check out

I have done the leg work for you and shopped around for drug store versions of high end, luxury lipsticks. You’re welcome.

Disclaimer: In my opinion, these look identical. Some formulas have a different finish even though the shades are similar. Also, the prices will vary based on where you live. I have included links if you’d like to just shop from this post.

One of MAC’s most popular lipsticks is Riri Woo. It usually sells out as soon as it launches. It’s a classic red. I found a L’oreal one just like it. Not as matte as the MAC, but the color is just as true.

 

 

 

Frugalista Blog Dupes Riri Woo and L'oreal lipsticks

 

dupes mac and l'oreal Frugalista Blog

 

Buxom lipstick is a great brand, but their Full Bodied lipstick is $21. Wet N Wild on the other hand, is as low as $1.99 at some retailers. Hmm, and no one will know the difference!

Frugalista blog dupe lipstick buxom vs wet n wild

Believe me, I love a YSL lipstick. The case alone is a piece of art for your vanity table. But at over $30 a tube, it feels excessive. Here’s another Wet N Wild option in the same shade but a different formula. Also, this shade is what some would call Marsala which is the Pantone selection of the color of the year for 2015.

Frugalista Blog dupe lipsticks YSL and Wet n wild

 

 

I love Laura Mercier cosmetics. I love just about everything she makes. And her lipsticks are so nice too. But again, we can feel guilty spending $27 on a lipstick. So here’s another L’oreal option, a great formula, excellent wear and under $10.

Frugalista blog lipstick dupes laura mercier and l'oreal

 

Happy dupe shopping!

November Favorites and a Holiday Giveaway

You do not want to miss this giveaway. It includes my favorites things; Downton Abbey and Little House on the Prairie. And makeup. Always makeup. Also, see what products I was loving this November.

 

Frugalista Blog November Favorites

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Holiday Countdown- new video, new giveaway

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It’s almost a month to Christmas and I’m a busy little bee buying stuff. Sort of for myself (it’s called research) and also for others (I’m not that selfish).

Here’s some new things I’ve discovered; gadgets, brands, products and fun stuff.

I’ve included my Beauty Box 5 November un-boxing for you. Check out the specials on their website this season!

AND- I have another GIVEAWAY!

The giveaway is open internationally this time! (Hello UK and Australia readers!)

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Huge Beauty Haul and a Holiday GIVEAWAY

I’m starting to get in the holiday spirit folks.

My house isn’t decorated  and I haven’t bought all the Gingerbread Cookie scents at Yankee Candle – yet, but I sure am getting excited.

I’m cleaning up my house, I’m purging things we don’t need anymore, I’m doing stretching exercises and deep lunges to fit into my Christmas Sweater onesie.

I have also been shopping. And trolling the beauty websites for what is going to be the best and greatest beauty product extravaganza selection womankind has ever known.

Frugalista Blog Beauty Haul Benefit Giveaway Surprise,

I might need to tone it down just a bit, what do you think?

Well, get your peppermint mocha, sit your butt down and watch this video. Then come on back and enter to win something super duper special. That’s right. I said ‘super duper’.

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Beauty favorites for the month of October

It’s another month gone and more beauty products bought. Find out what my faves were for the month and let me know if you have some too.

Also, stay tuned for the end of the video when I talk about my latest ‘cure’ for Restless Leg Syndrome. If you suffer from this, you’ll want this product!

 

October Beauty Favorites 2014  Frugalista Blog

Beauty Box 5 October box

I had so much fun with this month’s  Beauty Box 5.

Have you seen the Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic Tool around your local drugstores? This little guy goes to the bottom of bottles to get the last possible bit of fantastic eye cream or Dior Capture Totale Serum (ahem that stuffs expensive!) and this way you can capitalize on those last little bits.

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This ain’t your mama’s Chapstick. Dual ended and moisturizing with sunscreen! I love it!

beauty box 5 october 2014 chapstick

 

Nanacoco nail polishes are great high-end polishes at low end prices. Great color and thick, smooth formula.

beauty box 5 october 2014 nanacoco

 

Bellapierre Cosmetics bring to the Beauty Box 5 a dual purpose product- cheek stain and lip color in a true pink. Cheek stains offer light washes of color that look transparent on the skin.

beautybox 5 october 2014  bellepierre

I always save my favorite for last – Lashem Picture Perfect is a primer to smooth and make a great canvas for makeup. It fills wrinkles and pores and gives an even finish.

 

beautybox 5 october 2014 lashem

 

Check out all the deals going on at Beauty Box 5 this month and sign up for a subscription.

*I receive my Beauty Box 5 from them in exchange for this review.

 

Bronze-y eye and Bold Lip Tutorial for fall

I am loving all the fall colors and palettes in makeup right now. As rich as the salted caramel latte I ordered, so is the new palette from Sephora by MAKE UP FOR EVER.

Frugie Bronzey Eye and Bold lip tutorial for mature faces, makeup over 40, autumn looks, beauty

I dig in and throw caution to the wind, playing with shiny shades and dark lips. Ooh. Want to see?

And as always, I’ve tailored this for a ‘mature’ face, so nothing too over the top.

Check it out: