Beauty Box 5: Naughty and Nice December 2013

December 11, 2013
In my Beauty Box 5 this month, I received:

*NYX Cosmetics Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palette in Sway With Lola
*Body Drench Baily Moisturizing Lotion
*Ofra Cosmetics Sultry Lipgloss Plumper
*Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer
*Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Pads with Microbeads from Jean Pierre Cosmetics

After last month's pot of green glitter and deodorant, I lowered my expectations for Beauty Box Five significantly.  Maybe that's why when I opened up my box this month, I thought the contents were a little better than previous months, but after testing out some the products, I'm still not overly impressed. 

NYX Cosmetics Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palette in Sway With Lola-  

Product description: "Seriously pretty, this trio can be as sexy or as subtle as you want.  Perfect for fans of matte shadows and the slightest shimmers, it's easy to dress your eyes up or down.  Bonus: One side of the dual applicator is more narrow for fun line work and precision."

My take:  This item was my favorite item in the box...before I swatched it.  At first glance, I liked that I received this palette full of three very different colored shadows that could be used together create a colorful look.  Unfortunately, when I swatched the products the first time, I could barely see anything.  I went back over them three times and used plenty of the shadow, and this is all I got:

As you can see, this is not a product that I am very thrilled with.  I was surprised at how faint the colors appear when applied, so needless to say, this is not a winner for me! 

Body Drench Baily Moisturizing Lotion- 

Product description:  "Moisturizer and aroma therapy in one? We'll take it! With a silky, emollient rich formula, this fast-absorbing lotion is the perfect way to end your night, or the first step to seize the day."

My Take: I thought of this as another uninteresting item thrown into the mix, but after trying the lotion out, it does last longer than what I have been using.  My hands get disgustingly dry in the winter to the point where I can see dry spots appear literally just a few minutes after applying lotion that works fine for me in the summer.  It's funny how this item was my least favorite when I opened the box, but now I think it is the best one.  I still don't think it is super exciting, but it's a lotion that keeps my hands moisturized longer and that pulls some weight with me!

Ofra Cosmetics Sultry Lipgloss Plumper-

Product description: "Winter is the perfect time for vampy, dark lips, so why not let out your inner vixen?  This perfectly pigmented gloss is sure to add a little romance to the holidays and fullness to your pucker with a slight minty flavor and touch of plumper."

My take:  This product is pretty thick for a lip gloss, and the color (Sultry) works well for me.  When I first applied it, it sort of hurt though.  I could feel my lips throbbing, and when I looked in the mirror, I could actually SEE my bottom lip throbbing.  That kind of freaked me out a bit...I don't really use lip plumpers, so if you use them a lot, please let me know if this is normal!  Others have said that this product didn't make a difference in the fullness of their lips, but I did notice that my lips were bigger than they usually are.  After maybe twenty minutes, they went back to their normal size, so it did work, but not for very long.  I don't know if plumpers are something that I am very interested in using period since I have read that the chemicals in them are typically unsafe.
Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer-

Product description: "Let us introduce you to one of the best moisturizers on the market! This product is water-based and great for all skin types, so it feels light, but keeps you from getting oily or drying out. Gentle and refreshing, it also contains cucumber and green mango extract."

My take:  Hmmm...another item that I've seen a million times in drugstores.  If I was that keen on trying the product out, I would have bought it already by now.  I have tried other Morning Burst products, but not this particular one.  Who knows, I might be pleasantly surprised with this one like I was with the lotion sample.  On the bright side, at least if I do like this product it is easily obtained!

Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Pads with Microbeads from Jean Pierre Cosmetics-

Product description: "Get an easy, deep clean! Use these alcohol-free, hypoallergenic pads to cleanse skin, tighten pores, and remove makeup--even pesky waterproof mascara.  No H20 necessary!"

My take:  I have used a lot of makeup remover wipes and find them to all be about the same--convenient for when I'm on the go, but not as effective as if I just washed my face.  At least these pads are a little different than the wipes I have used previously since they are supposed to exfoliate your skin.    

Overall:  Although I will use a lot of these items (maybe not the plumper again though!), I didn't really find any of them overly special and certainly didn't feel wowed by any of these products. 

What's your take on this month's Beauty Box Five?  
6 comments on "Beauty Box 5: Naughty and Nice December 2013"
  1. Have you tried the shadows over primer or a white base? Some shadows do not show up at ALL on bare skin but are actually sort of serviceable over a white base. This seems like an OK box overall though... not sure how excited I'd be about the Clean & Clear but everything else seems like it might be fun to try.

    1. No, I've only swatched them because I just got the box in the mail today. I'm going to try it again with some primer and hopefully that helps!

  2. I am going to get a chance to try out this box soon! but the products look good, I like that lip color.


    1. I like the lip color, but I got scared of how bad my lips were throbbing. The only other plumping product I have ever used is Buxom lip gloss, and that didn't feel unpleasant like OFRA did.

  3. I've noticed that a lot of times NYX eye shadows that are in any kind of palettes have horrible pigmentation, so now I completely stay away from them! Their single eyeshadows are great though! I unsubbed from Beauty Box 5 a couple months ago because their boxes seem to stay the same, same products & same brands =/ Great Review!! <3

    1. Amen about the NYX! The first time I swatched them I did a double take because I couldn't believe how little they stood out.