Tuesday, August 20, 2013

REVIEW | July Beauty Box Five

Hello beauties! As promised, today I'm going to be posting my review of the July Beauty Box Five. So within the box you will find:
  • Every Beauty Foot Smoother ($8.99)
  • Jean Pierre Cosmetics Nail Polish Remover Wipes ($3.99/10 wipes)
  • Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss ($14.00)
  • La Fresh Travel Lite Antibacterial Wipes ($1.99/8 wipes)
  • H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment ($36.00/1.7 oz)
The Be A Bombshell lip gloss paid me back alone, but then you got the full-size Foot Smoother and it was definitely worth the cost. To be completely honest, I wasn't as pleased with this box as I would have liked. Yeah, some of the items are ok and mildly useful, but they're not items I would particularly go out of my way to purchase.

The Every Beauty Foot Smoother is like a big pink sponge (if Spongebob and Patrick ever had a baby), and one side is soft scrubber and the other side is a harder scrubber. Now, on the packaging it says "For best results use dry on dry skin!", which caught me a little bit off guard because most of the foot scrubbers I know of need to be used wet on wet, but I went ahead and tried the sucker out (both wet and dry), and I was surprised to find I got the best results from using it dry. In no way is it painful and irritating, so I wouldn't really worry about that unless you have really bad feet and they're starting to crack. This item is definitely not revolutionary in terms of performance, but I think it's a pretty good buy if you're in the market for something new.

The Jean Pierre Cosmetics Nail Polish Remover Wipes are probably the most confusing items I got. The box gave me two sealed wipes (they kinda looked like the soapy wipes you get in fast food places). When it was time to remove my Summer Snowflakes nail polish, I was pretty much terrified of the results (we all know what sparkles are like), especially because I'm the type of person that hates wipes. I always find wipes are never soaked enough and that they're just terrible quality, so I was definitely not looking forward to this. The first thing I noticed when I opened the package is how little each wipe is soaked, secondly I was hit with the awful smell. Yeah, nail polish remover is pretty awful smelling but I can usually tolerate it, this stuff is some magical stench cause I had the window open and my face pressed up to the net. Regardless, the removal process began. Scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub and so it went for a few seconds until scrub turned to squeak. I lifted the wipe and was shocked to find the nail polish disappeared, sparkles and all. I was also shocked to find the entire wipe (smaller than the soapy ones) was enough to remove all 10 nails. If that's not amazing, I don't know what is. The biggest issue I have with these wipes is the really intense smell and the fact that it leaves this weird layer of oil or something on your nails and hands. I'm pretty sure it's meant to be moisturizing, but it's more annnoying than anything. I tried getting it off with soap: nothing, then with some of my Cetaphil: nothing, finally I busted out my shampoo and that seemed to do the trick. These wipes could be great if they got rid of the last two qualities.

Next came the Be A Bombshell full-size Lip Gloss in the colour Diamond, which is just a clear gloss. I do already own one of their glosses from an Ipsy bag in the colour Hot Mess, which is a really pretty bright red. I was really pleased to find this gloss in the box, but I was not overly pleased with the colour. Clear? Why? I have at-least 30! I was willing to accept that, until I found out some others had gotten different colours. Why me!? I guess someone had to take one for the team. Either way, I do have some experience with these glosses and can safely say they're really great. They are not sticky in any which way, and the only accurate way I can describe them is by saying they're watery (but like a thick water... yeah you know what I mean). If you're someone who doesn't like gloopy, sticky, messy glosses (like me), these are definitely for you. A full size gloss retails for $14 and they have a really great selection of lip glosses. Definitely recommend if you're in the market for something new.

The La Fresh Travel lite Antibacterial Wipes were another item I was indifferent about. I really don't need anything antibacterial because I'm always washing my hands, plus I hate the after-feeling of them. But regardless, I tried these out at work one day and was pleasantly surprised. They have a fresh, lavender-like smell to them and are well soaked (the first wipes I've tried to be so). Although they felt nice on the hands and were moisturizing, they did leave a tiny bit of tacky-ness (and by tiny I mean that you probably wouldn't notice it but my crazy OCD did) that did bother me a bit. On the BB5 info card, it says the wipes are biodegradable and have Aloe and Vitamin E inside, which are really great moisturizing ingredients. The retail price of $1.99 for 8 wipes is excellent and I definitely recommend them for anyone looking for new antibacterial stuff.

Lastly, I received the H2O Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment. This moisturizer is really interesting because you're supposed to use it on bare, freshly-washed skin while it's still a little damp. My regular face routine requires toner, serum and then my BB cream, so to just apply this treatment and then by BB cream was definitely odd. The product itself is a blue gel and has a nice, fresh scent to it that is not overpowering whatsoever. It rubs nicely into the skin and leaves a nice glow, but I found it did not give me the amount of moisturization my cheeks usually need. They felt a little dry and tight by the end of the day which was pretty disappointing. This treatment includes Marine botanicals, multivitamins A and E and "... time-released ingredients that keep skin looking fresh all day!", but $36 1.7oz, I can't say I will be repurchasing this moisturizer. I think it would be best suited for normal to oily skin.

Hope you found my review helpful! Have you received the July BB5? What did you think?

Ada xx


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