Beauty Box 5 Review and Unboxing: December 2013

It’s that time of the month again! No, you don’t need to reach for the Midol. I mean it’s time for this month’s Beauty Box 5 review!

Here’s a refresher: BB5 is a beauty subscription service that’s $12 a month. Every month, you get a new shipment of 5 full- and sample-sized beauty products. And they’re always a mystery!

Last month, we talked about the fun things that came in the November 2013 shipment. This month, it’s the Beauty Box 5 December 2013 shipment!

But before I could review everything, I had to open the box…

Beauty Box 5 Unboxing Video: December 2013

Here, I open up the December BB5 for the very first time. Yes, it’s a lot like opening presents on Christmas morning!

Beauty Box 5 Review: December 2013 BB5Let’s see what came in the December 2013 BB5:

That means that this box is worth over $25, but if you got it from BB5, you would have only paid $12. Not bad!

Now for some in-depth reviews!

NYX Cosmetics Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: NYX Love in RioIf you’re a regular reader of Makeup Files, you know that I’m a fan of NYX. They have some of the best mascara around. But, weirdly enough, I’ve never tried their eye shadow.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I found this in my BB5.

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: NYX Love in Rio ColorsI got the Love in Rio palette called Sway With Lola. It has pink, brown and blue shades. It comes with a sponge applicator, but I prefer using an eye shadow brush.

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: NYX Love in Rio SwatchesHere’s what they look like swatched! The shades are super shimmery and a little sheer. These are good shades if you want a colorful eye shadow look that’s also a bit understated.

Body Drench Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: Body DrenchIn the unboxing video, I could barely smell this lotion—mine being the Hemp variety of Body Drench. Once I actually used it, I found that it had a great naturally sweet scent. It sort of smells like cucumber and melons. Best of all, this stuff soaks into my skin and makes me feel super soft. This one’s a keeper!

Ofra Cosmetics Sultry Lip Plumper

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: Ofra Lipgloss PlumperRemember when lip plumpers were a super big deal? I think this was the late ‘90s or early 2000s. Well, they’re back with the Ofra Lipgloss Plumper. It has a very pretty and shimmery maroon shade while making lips feel all tingly.

(Your lips will feel super tingly if you use this right after getting out of the shower. You’ve been warned.)

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: Clean & Clear Gel MoisturizerIn the unboxing video, I thought this Clean & Clear moisturizer was probably more of a summer product. I was wrong. I’ve been using this day and night since I opened my BB5 and I love it.

It soaks into skin well while making my face feel ultra-moisturized. Plus, it has a very nice and subtle melon scent. This was the big surprise of the box for me.

Every Beauty Flexible Foot Smoother

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: Foot SmootherFinally, we got the Foot Smother. This thing has two sides, one of which is coarser than the other. I used this on my heels (first with the coarser side, then the other) and they came away looking a lot nicer.

Beauty Box 5 Review December 2013: Foot Smoother 2Don’t forget to moisturize afterward! Heck, you could use the Body Drench lotion!

Do you want to see any of these in action?

Perhaps I could do an eye shadow tutorial with the NYX palette or use the Ofra Lipgloss Plumper in an FOTD. If you have any requests, let me know in the comments!


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  1. the foot smoother looks interesting! Goodness knows my heels need it haha

  2. Unboxing is always the best part! Intrigued by that foot smoother, it sort of looks like a sponge! A super sponge for smoother feet woot woot 🙂

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