Monday, February 27, 2012

Beauty Box 5 Inaugural Launch February Sample Box - Review, Pictures

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.


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:

"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."
That could not be any more vague.  Seriously!

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


  1. 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.
  2. Comodynes Convenient Cosmetics Self Tanning Towelette - I don't self tan. Period.
  3. Rosebud Perfume Company FULL SIZE Rosebud Salve - That's decent. I can always use another one.
  4. 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.

18 comments:

  1. Hadn't even heard of this one! Think I will save it and watch your boxes for awhile. Looks like it might be a dud...although compared to MyGlam, it looks pretty decent. I could go for some Rosebud, but I'd prefer the $6.00 price w/ sephora samples.

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  2. I love these posts! I am so on the fence about signing up for these subscriptions.

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  3. I like the idea of the boxes but after I got 2, I started wondering about the cost per sample. At least this one had a $6 full size so the 4 additional samples were a little over $1 each. I got a box with drink coasters made from pressed paper, not worth my $ and what the heck do they have to do with a beauty box? lol

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    1. haha I KNOW EXACTLY which box you are talking about. And I cancelled after that one. Paper coasters? Who cares...thats not really something I was expecting a beauty box either!

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  4. Funny ... My profile is so different from yours and yeatI recieved the exact same products. I alo do not self tan......... :)))

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    1. Keep up hope! We're a new brand (February was our first offering) and you're in on the ground floor! We've had great success signing new brands and as we grow, so will your sample selection. Also, keep checking our website for our new online store. Just give us a little bit to get all the kinks out and I know you'll love what our going to see!

      Best,

      Felicity
      BB5 Resident Product Expert/Makeup Artist

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  5. I have been trying to decide about which one to start first:) I hear a lot of good things about Birchbox, I think that I'll go that route.

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  6. Winds me up SO much that we fill in a profile then don't have the box tailored to those needs!

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    1. Sorry to have let you down! We're just getting off the ground and we're adding brands every day so that we can best meet the needs of beauty-lovers like yourself! Keep checking the website for our new brands...I promise you'll be impressed!

      Best,

      Felicity Fromholz
      Resident Product Expert/Makeup Artist
      Beauty Box 5

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  7. I really think you should start the Pink Sith Intergalactic Beauty Box Company. Shiny black boxes with your signature Pink Sith head printed in iridescent ink. Run with it…

    I'm no beauty blogger or anything, but it's pretty obvious that these 'beauty box' companies go begging for samples, promising distribution to beauty experts …and especially since there's someone else who made a comment this morning that received the same box as you (though different profile preferences), they're clearly just sending out whatever crap they were able to schlep in the last month or so.

    I honestly don't think those samples plus the packaging and postage came up to the $12 you had to pay them. I'm willing to bet they were donated for advertising purposes (or maybe highly discounted in the case of the rose salve). There's obviously a lot of money to be made here, and I know you would distribute a far superior box. I would gladly pay $20-$25/month for a box YOU would put together, because I know you wouldn't stuff it full of crap - you have more integrity than that.

    Pink Sith Intergalactic Beauty Box Company…the only one I would subscribe to.

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  8. I am incredibly "over" beauty sample services :-(

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  9. Pink Sith Intergalactic Beauty Box! I am so in! Guaranteed to contain at least one taupe eyeshadow per month!

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  10. I'm on such a budget-if I wasn't, I'd sign up for this beauty box myself-but that being said, I thank you for reviewing it so I can admire it from afar-I'll be getting my own soon enough, I'm sure. :)

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  11. I feel like I totally missed the boat on these boxes. When I finally started to seriously think of signing up for any one of the bazillion out there now, I think all the 'good stuff' has already gone out. (the ole hook, line and sinker trick)

    Maybe I will just bite the bullet and try out the original one and try the beauty test tube (non qvc one)

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    1. JoElla... I have previously subscribed to birch box, platinum box, and new beauty. New Beauty by far is the best one I have ever come across and Ive stayed with the program for about two years now. There are still some hit or miss products, but overall I still think it sends out the best samples for me. The cost ends up being similar to the monthly subscriptions, but NB i think is 3 or 4 times year

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  12. Thank you so much for the review of Beauty Box 5! I'm sorry that our first offering was a little less than you expected but please keep the faith. We are brand new (just started in February) and growing in leaps and bound every day! We had a wonderful experience at SXSW this past week in Austin and there are some amazing things coming in the very near future. Also, our online store should be up in the next week or so. Please drop by the site when you have a chance and check us out again. I have a blog on the site as well and will be happy to answer any questions you might have!

    Best,

    Felicity Fromholz
    Resident Product Expert/Makeup Artist/Blogger
    Beauty Box 5

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