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Beauty Box 5 Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016

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Beauty Box 5 is a subscription box that sends 5 deluxe & full-sized products to your door each month. You receive a mix of products ranging from makeup, hair care, skincare, nail polish, beauty tools and fragrances. Luxury, drugstore & Indie brands are included.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).


The Subscription Box: Beauty Box 5

Cost: $12.00 per month, $30 for 3 months & $99 for 12 months. Shipping is free if it’s within the US and $3.00 shipping for Canada

COUPONReceive a free bonus Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in your first box! ($24 value). No coupon needed, just subscribe here!

Products: 5 deluxe & full-size makeup, hair care, skincare, nail polish, beauty tools and fragrance products

Ships to: the lower 48 United States and Canada. Currently unable to ship to AK, HI, APO, and overseas.

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Each Beauty Box 5 comes with a description card. This month’s theme is Spa Day!


Did Hair Spa Day Hair Ties – Value $6.50

Hair ties are always useful, and that cucumber print one is just too cute!


Olive Natural Beauty Elixir – 1 oz Value $18

This is a super lightweight oil. In fact, it’s closer to water than oil in consistency. It’s all natural, unscented, and gentle, plus it left my skin feeling soft and smooth. I’m a fan!


Global Beauty Care Retinol Spa Treatment Mask – Value $2

I’ve really gotten into sheet masks thanks to subscription boxes, but this one just wasn’t for me. It was way more goopy than a typical sheet mask, and just felt a little too slimy to leave on my face for 20 minutes!


VO5 Hot Oil Therapy Treatment – Value $2.59

I feel like I grew up seeing VO5 hot oil commercials – this item was a total throwback to the ’90s! I had never actually tried it, though, so since the ’90s are making a comeback this year, it seemed like a good time to start!

To use the oil, you warm it up first under hot water, then massage into your hair for a minute, then rinse out. (Follow with your regular shampoo routine.) I like that this was a quick treatment, the oil had a lovely beachy/floral scent, and I wasn’t expecting it to lather – but it did!

Unfortunately, I can’t say I really noticed a difference in the softness of my hair, but maybe I did some damage control!


Rave 4X Mega Unscented Hairspray – 1.5 oz (Bonus item) Value $.25?

This item wasn’t included in the card, but an unscented hairspray is always a nice bonus! This hairspray provided pretty good hold, and the travel size is convenient.

Both the VO5 Oil and the Rave Hairspray also came with coupons:



Nika Exfoliating Brush – Value $17



It’s designed to be used as an alternative to a Clarisonic for gently exfoliating with your facial cleanser. I absolutely love how this feels on my skin. I’ve used it on dry skin, too – love it!

Verdict: This month’s Beauty Box 5 has a value of about $47.50. Most of the items are hits for me, so I’m happy with the value – and I like the spa box theme!

What do you think about the August Beauty Box 5? Did you like this month’s box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Liz you changed your photo girlfriend! Very adorable! Your doggie should of been in the photo too because he is one of your furry team members. Everytime I am tryin to take a pretty photo of a box to put on instagram my cat Moopee has to either be in the photo or he has to walk by when I am taking it or just parks it and sits on everything….
    Sorry back to Beauty Box five this box has been looking pretty good lately.. A lot of stuff I wouldnt buy but very nice to have…. Does anyone get emails somethings from BB5 that can sometimes make you say WHAT?They are very Interesting though. I will keep eyeing this box….

  2. I canceled. Global beauty care I’ve seen so many times at 99cent or dollar tree same for the vo5 oil. The only thing worth anything was the brush

  3. I was really excited about the Olive product, but it literally seems like plain water is in my bottle. How can it be like water if it has oils in it and how can it have NO scent with things like lavender in it? I was worried I’d gotten a fake bottle. What’s up?

  4. Yet another box with 3 drugstore products you can get for under $1each. Yawn…. As I stated in another post, my love affair is ending with subs when the products offered are readily available. I want higher end samples not VO5 from the 70’s.

    • You’ll need to pay for a higher end box. Try New Beauty Test tube or Wantable. They cost a bit more, but the value and products are better.

      • I liked Sephora July box. The samples were small but were actually all the way full. I thought it wasn’t and left it upside down n was going to put it tother but it was 99 percent full

      • That’s something I’m thinking about, Lorraine: how teeny can the samples be, at a great value, and still make me happy? 🙂 Sephora is not doing it. They’re a big company. They could do better.

        I am interested in both Birchbox and Ipsy, but have seen people complain about small samples in there, too, I think?

        So that does mean paying more. Not sure what to try next…

        • Donna, have you tried Glossybox? Boxy charms? I’d FORGET birchbox, I’m so unhappy with it. Ipsy is better. Beauty N bling is a good one.

          • Leslie,
            I LOVE Glossybox! But since I’m so “thrifty”, so far I’ve been getting the 2 free with one deal. 🙂 But very impressed with almost everything.

            Interested in Boxycharms, BB5, and another one I forget the name of.

            I also like brands I haven’t tried before…and you notice they haven’t inflated prices, either. 🙂 So I’m interested in LookFantastic and another English one I forget the name of, and also many of the k-beauty ones.

            I can’t find Beauty N Bling boxes! Is that the right name?

          • Donna,
            I just got the look fantastic…not super impressed, but first box, we shall see. I like allure a lot, not a at all impressed with birchbox. The beautynbling box I found in another site, I’ll see if I can review it…it’s pretty awesome. Beautycon S a good one, ships 4 times per year FOR SURE BUY THE BEAUTY THRILLS FROM ALLURE…TOTALLY WORTH IT!

            Maybe the DermStore one…beauty fix? If your into LOADS OF TREATMENT THATS THE OME FOR YOU. PLAY BY SEPHOAVARE ALWAYS sample sized, but more deluxe samples. I’m gonna try this weekend to get my photos to my blog< they are uploaded, just not pinlished! I need THREE OF ME and I'd still be frazzled, Lola!

          • It’s called Beauty&Bling… it’s 34.99 a month
            Every month for a special price, you can receive new products delivered to your doorstep with FREE shipping. The Beauty&Bling; Box will have 2-3 high-end beauty products from full size to deluxe samples and 2-3 luxurious, handmade bracelets from the Très Sophistiqué Collection.

  5. I love that Nika brush! It feels sooo good just to rub against my face even when dry! 🙂

  6. Am I the only one really disappointed in this month’s box? Besides the brush, this month seemed like the creaters took a trip to their local Dollar Tree. It’s cool that the have affordable items… but I also want luxury in my beauty boxes! Am I the only one who feels this way?

    • I feel that way, though I don’t mind if the items are inexpensive. I just want to try new things that are pretty and useful and some fun things. I have had BB5 for a while now. It was getting better which was why I stayed, but now I just feel like the items are not worth it to me. I get a lot of inexpensive goodies from ipsy too, but I find I can actually use them, and that makes it worth it to me-especially since they also include little luxuries, and I always use my bag to organize things or to give away.

  7. My mom used to use those VO5 hot oil treatments and I used to use them growing up too. I liked them. Usually I can find a 3 pack at the dollar tree in my town.

  8. Liz, you are making me feel old! Just kidding. I saw VO5 hot oil treatment ads on tv in the ’70s! I love your reviews. For such a young gal, you’ve taught me a lot about many products that I never knew that I couldn’t live without, in the last couple of years. lol!

    • I didn’t know they still made VO5 Hot Oil treatment. You’re right Donna it has been around a lot longer than the 90s. I remember my mom using this in the late 1960s. I am officially ancient. 😉

      • I didn’t know they still made Rave hairspray either. I used it in the eighties, along with my dippity-doo.

        • Agreed…I was surprised by rave and vo5…as a hairdresser…like wtf? It’s not 1980….or 70! But that brush…its divine! Seriously if the shape WERNT odd it would be a fantastic makeup brush. If they make makeup brushes…I WANT SOME…and trust me I have brushes from every department store line (I worked for Lancome and Lauder) so my addiction to these beauty boxes…are in my blood, as they both hair and skin and makeup were my only jobs besides mom! So, obviously this obsession I have is ridiculous and I’m gonna hafta stop subscribing…Ive even subscribed to the women of color boxes because…I like what they are getting in their boxes too…not sure I’ll be able to use any of the hair stuff, but I figure I can swap it.
          The sad thing is….I HATE all the treatment crap…I ONLY want COLOR…but I’ve text to find THAT box I don’t think…or maybe I have and the subs not started yet, I have a ton I’ve paid for but not yet received, and scary I’ve read some of these companies have charged people for years and never sent a box, I tried to research well all I bought, hoping this doesn’t happen, but I have NO WAY of knowing HOW MANY OR WHICH I’ve subbed to. Some concern me. I have paid have receipt, but I log in and it says no account…yet I have a receipt where I paid for a year? I do have all my emails../but I HAVE SO MANY EMAILS…I tried creating a folder to add to when I bought, but I guess I’m outta folder space? It wouldn’t let me..grr! So, I’m just cluelessly wait nu the mailbox daily../well, who am I kidding, the mailman NEVER gets to use my box, he’s gotta come to the porch!

    • Yep, 80s girl here and I grew up seeing Rave and VO5 everywhere. I’ve tried VO5 hot oil several times and it never did much for me, but back then that was an indulgent treatment for my hair LOL. Rave and AquaNet might be the main reasons for the big 80s hair LOL. Some strong stuff!

  9. I am thinking about subing to BB5. I like that they don’t do a whole lot of expensive brands like allure and some other sub boxes. Pretty much everything I get in my allure beauty box seems to be pretty pricey so if I were to LOVE a product I sampled I would never be able to afford to go out and buy the full size. But I feel most of the products in BB5 are pretty reasonably priced so I could actually go buy the full sized if I wanted to. I really like that in a beauty box.

    Ive got my eye on you BB5.

    • I’ve been thinking about this one too! I did decide not to go for it this month, after seeing spoilers. Hopefully they’ll make me pull the trigger next month! (Since I plan on doing the 3 month sub)

    • You have a good idea there! It depends on how many products you want to have though. I’m doing beauty subs because until recently I didn’t really know much about skin care and make up. I just used a favorite face wash and moisturizer and rarely wore make up. Now I am learning what looks good on me and what I find worth the time and expense to use. I want things that I can use quickly; so I want things that are easy to use and pack the most punch without being overdone. Because of the simplicity in skin care and make up I am going for, it will be more affordable if I find just one face cream that is amazing for me, one blush that looks natural on me and an amazing lipstick that has 2 or 3 colors I love. I will then be able to stop buying subs and use the money for the few quality items. But I sure am having fun playing with all the variety I’m getting…there is just no way I’ll ever use them all. This summer I’m trying to weed through everything and pass along any that I just won’t get to.

  10. I wish BB5 put a little more creativity and detail into their packaging. Especially since it isn’t even the cheapest box out there unless you spend $100 at once.

  11. I loved this box due to the brush, it really is the softest brush I have ever felt. I swapped the hairspray and have the oil up for swap but still consider this a win box for me. I also liked the hair ties, I have never had these before and was wanting to try them. I sub this by the 3 month term so it’s only $10 a pop.

    • Didn’t like this box and brush wasn’t a hit for me since I had just gotten the Bare Minerals facial brush. It’s similar to that brush and $18 but congress with a deep exfoliation feature. The other products were junk. If you take out the oil and the brush nothing else had any value. Personally for me in a beauty box I like to see at least 3 of 5 items double the cost of the box.

  12. I love this subscription.This month wasn’t one of my favs but I can use everything except the hairspray ,but other family members can so still a good box .I love that there’s always a little this and that

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