Friday, February 08, 2013

BEAUTY BOX 5: January 2013

so many January boxes to be arriving in February... what is up with that?

still my BB5 is 'on time' - as in it has been consistently arriving a couple days after a new month has started (due to shipping from the States). i got my BB5 last Thursday/Friday. it felt rather light when i picked it up.

January's 5 beauty items:

1) Ferro Cosmetics Blush X3 in "Desert Rose" - if this looks familiar, it is because i received the same item (but in "Miss Priss") from Topbox last month. this color looks much prettier. however, the lack of a sifter calls for another mess...
"Desert Rose" is a shimmery peachy pink and is one of Ferro Cosmetics' new 2013 shades.
size: N/A
retail value: $17 (4 g)
shipping to Canada: $20

2) Pencil Me In Eye Accent Pencil in "Mint" - this shade is described as a "frosted pastel green". according to the Pencil Me In Cosmetics website, "Mint" works best for blondes (which i am not). 

i am not entirely sure what to do with this... on one hand, i have heard that these eye pencils were pretty awesome - they do not tug and are long lasting. on the other hand, when am i ever going to wear this color? i don't know if i can rock this mint green color... any suggestions?

the eye pencil comes with a sharpener. the black lid on it is removable and is supposed to be for dumping out the shavings.. but i can't exactly see why the shavings would be on the inside... hmmm.
size: N/A (full size!)
retail value: $6.99
shipping to Canada: $2.00 (by UPS Ground)
promotion: buy 2, get 1 free for "a limited time" (odd that this is not clarified!)

3) ModelCo Colourbox Lip Pencil in "02 Pomegranate" - one of my two favorites of the box. i don't have a whole lot of lip pencils so i was excited to use this. this tugged a bit and felt a bit dry on my lips but it was nothing a little lip balm couldn't fix. other than that, i found it to be quite pigmented and i really enjoyed the color. i've been using it as a lip liner and then filling it in completely with the color since i like it so much.
this pencil also has a built-in sharpener which is super handy. i hate looking for a sharpener!
size: 1.6 g (full size!)
retail value: $18
shipping to Canada: $15

4) Perfumies Solid Perfume Stick in "Text Me" - on the Perfumies website: "Sweet sugar cane with notes of lemon rind and shortbread."... which is definitely a unique combination - i don't normally like lemons but i think this smells really yummy! it reminds me of something else too... i can't exactly pinpoint it but... a Jolly Rancher maybe?

the texture of this one is softer than other solid perfumes i have tried. sort of reminds me of lip balm - especially when i compared it to my Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer. hope i don't confuse the two!

the Perfume Stick is 100% natural and comes with a cute seal that's partially cut off on mine but it says "smell pretty always".
size: 2 g (full size!)
retail value: $7
shipping to Canada: $3.00 (via First Class USPS)

5) *surprise 2012 favorite* Global Goddess Shine Coconut Amla Revitalizing Hair Treatment - ahh boo... this could have been a really good surprise, had it not been one of these foil samples :/ i got this only recently in my November box and i've used it once. one sample was enough for my mid-back length hair... or so i thought anyways. i don't like the feeling of greasy hair so i used it mainly around the ends of my hair. i felt that it made my hair slightly softer but failed to amaze me.
size: 5 mL x 2
retail value: $20.99 (180 mL)
shipping to Canada: $8.95 and decreases depending on your order amount

so overall, it was a pretty decent box. my favorites were the Perfumies Perfume Stick and the ModelCo Lip Pencil. in a time of increasing beauty subscription prices, i find BB5 much more affordable. if you are looking for some great samples from brands you haven't heard of, i'd recommend BB5.
what were your favorites for January?


  1. That looks like a lovely shade on you Helen:) I've never subscribed to this box, but it looks like it has a lot of makeup products

    1. why thank you Nat :)
      seems that they are including more makeup products these days... which is right up my alley!

  2. I love the lip pencil on you! I like how they are all mostly full-sized too! :)

  3. Pomegrante looks really good on you, so I'm hoping that it looks just as good on me! I also LOVE the perfume stick. I started shopping on their site and by the end of it, my cart had 40 perfume sticks in it!

    1. thank you Jayne :) you should definitely try it :)
      40 perfume sticks!!! hhaha i am pretty sure the same thing will happen if i browse that site... did you settle on a few to buy?

  4. Been following your blog for a while & Love it!

    I'm nominating you for a Liebster Award! :)

  5. Helen, I would have been so happy to receive the green pencil...the pink one I got does zippo, zero...nada, can't see it! You can use it in the corners of your eye maybe? Or do a duo liner with black near your lashes and then a thin line of the green above it.

    The lip liner looks amazing on you...the colour looks NOTHING like that on me. bllllah! lol

    Sorry, you got a foil sample..I really didn't want a foil and I got my wish and got that curly hair serum. *eyeroll* No curly hair here!

    1. hmm thank you for your suggestions Aleks! i am sure it would've looked better on you since you have such pretty eyes to begin with :)

      what does the lip pencil look like on you? :/ and hahaha it sucks that this "favorite" did not work out for either of us!

  6. Oh my god! You are the queen of beauty boxes! :)
    Just been looking through your blog and I love seeing what you got in each one! :) xx

    1. hi vicky! nice to meet you :)
      thanks for reading my blog!

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    1. haha that's true... especially since u just read my Glymm and Glossybox posts :)


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