|thank you card|
|Rosebud Salve tin|
I saw that some other girls got this salve in past boxes, so I was happy that I received it this time. It is Vaseline-type ointment that smells, not surprisingly, like roses. I have been using this for the past week and love it! I only use it on my lips as it smells sweet, lasts long and gives my lips a dewy look and feel to them. Excellent product - retails for $7 and this was a full-size tin in the box.
|Freeman Face Scrub|
To be honest, when I saw other bloggers getting the pink grapefruit facial scrub, I was seriously hoping I wouldn't get it - grapefruit and I just don't mix too well. But it came in my box and I thought I might as well try it out, and I'm actually really glad I did. Freeman has done well with this scrub. It is in a clear gel base and the exfoliating bits are not too coarse so they didn't irritate my skin - it just made it really soft and smooth. And the scent of this product is yummy - it smells like pink lemonade from a can (and I love that ;)
The only thing that I don't like is the packaging - since I can get many uses out of this packet I had to put it in a plastic zip bag - but at least it won't dry out. I would purchase the full size of this scrub for sure; the full size tube which looks like is 150 ml sells for $3.99 - a real steal! The mask sample I received was 15 ml and retails for $1.99.
|Pur-lisse moisturiser with spf 30|
I was happy to see this face cream from Pur-lisse. It has spf 30, which is perfect for summer (although I know you are supposed to wear spf every day of the year...but I neglect to do this most of the time. Bad me!) It is for normal-dry skin which is good for my skin type as well. I received in last month's BB5 box a travel bottle of pur-lisse soy milk face cleanser, which is awesome and gentle on my skin (good for those days after a scrub). I haven't tried this moisturiser yet because I will take it with me to Vegas when I go this summer, as it has the nice spf protection. This is a very expensive cream - the 50 ml full size is $55; the sample pack I received is 4 ml (which is about $3.63). I'm not too thrilled about the packaging though - I will need to bring a plastic baggie so it doesn't dry out.
|La Fresh makeup remover wipe|
I also received one La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover wipe. It says it dissolves water-resistant makeup, and that you should "carefully reseal the pack after use", so maybe this can be used multiple times? In any case, another item for me to try out during my trip, as I'm sure I will be wearing pounds of makeup in Vegas (especially when getting dolled-up at night) and will need all the makeup remover I can get at the end of the night! There are 24 wipes in a full size package - which retails for $9.99. I received one wipe in the box (just under a $.50 sample).
|Supergoop Sunscreen Swipe Spf 30|
Last is the Supergoop Sunscreen Swipe. I've never tried sunscreen in this way before - but it certainly is convenient - easy to throw in a bag and no leaking. Again, something I will put away in my travel bag! I like how they are limiting the crazy chemicals as well. The full-size is $10 for a pack of 10 swipes and I received 1 swipe in my box ($1.00).
So, what did I think about this April box? That's the million dollar question - literally. I know that many other bloggers who received their April box did not like it at all, and many people cancelled based on what they received. This is mainly due to the size/value of the products. My box's value came to just slightly over $14 and I paid $12 for the sample box. This was the experience of many other people as well. So I didn't necessarily lose any money, but I didn't gain very much either if you look at it in terms of value for money. However, there is another side to this issue. Grace from the blog, What is no one's watching? contacted BB5 regarding her box (she had a very similar box to mine). She contacted customer service to express her disappointment with the box and these are two things BB5 said to her that really struck me (again for the full conversation, please see her site).
According to Grace, BB5 first said: "There is a misconception about beauty boxes in that it's a way receive free products - that is not our mission. Our mission is help you find the right products by sampling quality brands that will benefit your skin, your time, and your budget."
This is what I'd like you to weigh in on - are beauty boxes a way for people to get free products or a lot of product for little money? Or is it a way to find new products - even if it is just small samples of those products? Or is it something in between or something else entirely?
I personally think that beauty boxes are a good way to try new products that I wouldn't already know about - that's why if I see a full size version of a well-known brand I am not as impressed as if I saw another brand I don't really know, even if it is not a full-sized product. That is why I am actually kind of happy with this month's BB5 box. Having said that though, I do believe there should be some value to the boxes - otherwise it doesn't really feel like any type of deal and limits the incentive to sign up. Also, I believe it is important to get a chance to really try the product, so single-use samples are not that useful. If there was a couple packs of the sunscreen, makeup remover and face cream - I would be really happy since I would know if these products were really for me. But I know that specifically for Beauty Box 5, they only send out 5 samples (that's why it's part of their name). That's why I would urge them to consider sending slightly larger samples, so subscribers can adequately try out these products.
In any case, let me know what you think about this in the comments!
If you'd like to join me on my beauty box journey, you can sign up for BB5 here. Cost is $12 month or $30/ 3 months.
**Also, a big congratulations to Tara. She is the winner of my 20 follower Julep giveaway!**