Yes. There is yet ANOTHER beauty Box subscription for me to prattle on about. My motto: "I spend MY money so you don't have to spend yours." Actually that's not my motto, but it is fast becoming the case with each and every beauty sample subscription I review here.
Allow me to introduce the Beauty Box 5 (BB5) Sample Service.
Allow me to introduce the Beauty Box 5 (BB5) Sample Service.
BB5 is a monthly beauty sample subscription service. For a monthly fee of $12 you will receive 4 to 5 beauty samples in a variety of makeup, skin care, fragrances and other beauty related items. BB5 says it will carry a variety of products to include: Makeup, Skin care, Fragrances, Hair Care, Nail products, Oral/Dental care, Body Care and Beauty Tools. The company is incredibly vague about what brands it will offer. In fact, they didn't list ANY brands until after the boxes shipped. The brands they list currently are: Comodynes Convenient Cosmetics, Priti NYC, Rosebud Perfume Company, and Weleda. When asked, on their Facebook page, if they carry other brands, the BB5 answer was "yes"...but they did not volunteer any names or examples. According to the BB5 FAQ:
That could not be any more vague. Seriously!"What brands can I expect in my box?Finding the right product means knowing that it’s the best product out there. From department store brands to the best-kept secrets, we'll give you the opportunity to try products at any scale so that you can find the products that best suit your lifestyle."
This is the incredibly cute package shown on the website.
This is what I actually received.
Not the Tiffany blue box with white ribbon I was expecting. In fact. I was sort of let down. At least sample services like Beauty Army, MyGlam, and Birchbox present their samples in packaging that can be re-used and looks slightly luxurious. This sheer fabric bag stuffed between shredded black packing papers pales in comparison to the other beauty subscription services.
BB5 Has you fill out a beauty Profile when you sign up for the service. The samples I received seemed to have no bearing on my beauty profile at all. This is my beauty profile on BB5 (which by the way you cannot change once you create it...or at least I can't find a way to change it.)
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These are the samples I received
- Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream and Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Cream - Umm. My profile says I have OILY skin. This cream is for DRY skin. So yeah. This becomes another impromptu hand cream for me. At least it smells nice.
- Comodynes Convenient Cosmetics Self Tanning Towelette - I don't self tan. Period.
- Rosebud Perfume Company FULL SIZE Rosebud Salve - That's decent. I can always use another one.
- Priti NYC Soy Nail Polish Remover Wipes - I always like nail products. They are a nail care and skincare company that does not use synthetic fragrances or colors, and rely only on organic essential oils and botanicals to treat the skin. I like that. Plus it's always nice to have nail polish wipes in case you need to remove your polish while on the move.
Why do these companies placate us by having us fill out a beauty profile that seems to make NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL on the samples we receive? Seriously. If they aren't going to take our answers in to account when selecting samples for the box, I would just as soon not fill one out. It's insulting. I have no interest in self tanning or skin care, let alone skin care for DRY SKIN! Ugh. What a waste. (Sorry. Little rant there)
So all in all, BB5 initial offering was underwhelming, and just OK. Well....maybe less than OK.
Currently there is no way to purchase the products you receive in your BB5 sample box via the BB5 website. I'm sure this is an oversight and it will be fixed soon. I hope. They also claim that you can leave feedback on their website about each of the samples, but as of 2/27/2012 that does not seem to be possible either. Another oversight, I hope.
So, what was GOOD about BB5?
a) The launch was waaay more coordinated than the Beauty Army launch because people were allowed to sign up for the service any time, and not on a specific day at a specific time. This method worked, because it didn't cause a strain on the servers and the company would know in advance how many subscriptions it had.
b) The Company offered discount coupon codes so people could get a discount of their first box or get 2 months for one month or something like that. It's rare that Subscription Services offer discount codes. So that's nice.
c) They did send a full size product. The Rosebud Perfume Company, Rosebud salve is a nice product and it was nice to receive a full tin. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not falling all over myself about this product. I have seen other comments about how "thrilled" people are to receive this so I won't rain on their parade. But this is a $6 item that most people have already purchased once before, if not many times over (That's Me!) but whatever. A full size product is a full size product.
d) I was introduced to a brand I have never heard of and I do like that. I like when "new to me" brands are actually good, and the Priti NYC Soy Nail Polish remover was decent. I like having little polish remover packets for those unexpected nail polish emergencies when you are away from your bottle of remover.
Until I receive 2 more boxes I am going to reserve judgment as to if YOU should sign up for this service. However, I will say that so far, not bowled over by the sample selection, sizes or lack of customization. Hopefully that will change as they BB5 company grows. We'll see. My next BB5 box will ship on March 15th. I'll let you know what I get when that happens.
Did you sign up for this service? If so, did you get the same items? What are your thoughts?
As a FYI, BB5 does offer a link to its subscribers to allow them to get "credit" if they refer people to sign up for the service. Since I have yet to determine if this service is worth signing up for, I have NOT included that link. All links to BB5 in this post will NOT give me credit if you subscribe. I post this just a word of advice if you read other reviews and they don't indicate if their link is tied to that "referral credit" or not. As always, I will tell you if there is an affiliate link in any post I have. If there is a referral link I will also inform you and I will also provide a link that will NOT give me referral credit in that same post.