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February Beauty Box Five Review

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.

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.

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

frugalista blog reviews february beauty box five

Ahh February. Six more weeks of winter, right?

If you’re on the East Coast, you might be buried under a foot of snow reading this. Well, hopefully snuggled under a crocheted afghan with a roaring fire nearby.

If you’re on the West Coast, you might be looking at the buds breaching forth from the cherry tree sprigs as spring feels just around the corner.

We’ve had some days here in the northwest that feel absolutely positively spring-like. My apologies.  I’m starting to think about spring break, vacation, lip gloss, makeup, and sunshine.

So with that, let me share my un-boxing and review of this month’s Beauty Box Five. If you remember, last month was a bit of a sad trombone when it came to my BB5 box. I wasn’t very pleased.

But low and behold, they redeemed themselves with February! Not only are the products fun and a good fit for me, 4 of the 5 products are full size! This month marks their 3rd birthday so they must be celebrating.

Here they are:

Marsk mineral makeup- eye shadow in Vanilla Frosting. It’s a loose pigment. Haven’t tried it, but this pot alone retails for $22.50! Worth the box right there!

February bb5 marsk mineral eye shadow

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Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel

I have to say that this formula is fantastic. I’ve used it in the past in conjunction with the coordinating base and top coats and the polish lasts several days. Truly.

february bb5 revlon nail polish

Absolute New York Love Lip Balm

Did you go to Baskin Robbins as a kid, (or an adult) and get the bubble gum ice cream? Did you also spit each piece of bubble gum out on a napkin to save for when you’re done with the cone and you can chew the gum all at once? Just me?

Well this lip balm tastes like that bubble gum and I love it! Plus it’s buttery smooth and not waxy. Pucker up!

February bb5 lip balm

 

Avon calling. This isn’t your mom’s Avon. Big eye shadow crayons are IT right now. You can smudge them on all over the lid like shadow, or carefully line your eyes like a pencil. The formulas set to a budge proof consistency.

February bb5 avon eye pencil

GlamGlow Youth Mud

This is the one item in this month’s box that isn’t a full size. But that’s okay, I’ll pop this packet in my travel pouch. Glam Glow is always a winner.

February bb5 glam glow

 

Happy Birthday Beauty Box five! Here’s to many more.

Even better than brown paper packages tied up with string

Like the song says, these are a few of my favorite things.

PRESENTS!

I am not one of those folks that writes ‘no gifts please’ on an invite.

Is it because I’m a Leo? Is it my status as the baby of the family? I love presents.

And if it is a present wrapped in something beautiful, like Martha Stewart beautiful, then all the better!

However, as of late, my wrapping and gift presentation abilities of my own are sadly waning. It’s as if I’m the George Costanza of gift givers and reusing an old gift bag from Great Aunt Edna seems acceptable. Let me just disclose that Aunt Edna passed away in 2005 and she probably had kept all her gift bags from before 1987. I suppose it depends upon your recipient. Would my 18 year old nephew care if he got a birthday gift in a sad, dog-eared Christmas bag from 1998? Probably not. But would my best friend from 5th grade mind? YES.

Also, lately, I’ve become somewhat forgetful. So if I remember the person’s birthday or that it’s Father’s Day the following weekend, and I can just get myself to come up with a decent gift, the wrapping and packaging of said gift is a whole other challenge!

But not to fret. The subscription box gods have answered our calls. We not only get monthly boxes for makeup, pet snacks, or the time of the month(!) we can get gift wrap subscription packages of carefully selected artisan papers, bows, tags, cards and tissue!

Artistry Gift Wrap asked me if I would like a package of gift wrap? Uhm, would I like a package? See above. Heck yes, I’d like a package!

So I was able to try a beautiful array of papers, get this, made of limestone! I don’t know how it is done, and it assures me on the label that it is eco friendly. But honestly, this is the most amazing gift wrap paper I have ever seen. It cuts beautifully. Doesn’t tear and is sturdy as all get.

Not only that, but her package came to me back when it was my wedding anniversary, and in it, was the perfect anniversary card I gave McSweetie!

I should have let him use that card for me since he’s a little bit slacking on his gift planning. Did I tell you the time when we went to the opera for our anniversary and during intermission he said he needed to ‘go to the car’ and instead he really needed to hoof it to the corner store to find an anniversary card for me because he had FORGOTTEN up until that point? Oh, well, there. I just told you the story. That guy. What a goof. Because he needed to go through all that trouble to just sign a card that with his usual, “Love you sweetie, James”  Yes, I’ve looked through at least a dozen cards that are all signed the same way. No more, no less. HUSBANDS.

Okay, back to gift wrap.

Please check out the website- Artistry Gift Wrap. You can choose a subscription plan that suits you. Is it more than heading to Walgreens or Target for a roll of paper? Yes. BUT- it is like nothing in the stores, and you get a selection tailored to the season or your preferences. Tell her Frugie sent you and I’m sure she’ll pack your box with extra care.

How cool is that?

Here’s the products I received: (not all subscription months or paper styles are the limestone paper, just FYI.)

Frugie blog Reviews Artistry Gift Wrap, limestone papers, subscription gift wrap to your door

Frugie Blog for Artistry Gift Wrap, subscription box of luxury gift wrap to your door each month

I received product for this post in exchange for this review. Thank you.

My subscription box addiction

Two things I know. You can’t brush your teeth while eating Oreos. And, I have an addiction to subscription boxes.

It’s true.

I might need to join a support group. It might be a new TV show on TLC. It’s not necessarily my fault when they are SHOVED IN MY FACE all over the Internet.

And here I am enabling you too.

I am your dealer. Your pimp. Because now I’m telling you how great these babies are.

And I’m telling you that you should sign up.

One in particular is Beauty Box 5. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen me describe each month’s box of goodies.

This month is pretty awesome too. Here’s a picture to see. I could tell you all about it or you could see for yourself.  For more details, go to their website and check it out- Beauty Box 5

Frugalista Blog invites you to try Beauty Box 5

I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.