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No Make No Life Box Review – May 2019

No Make No Life May 2019 review

No Make No Life (nmnl) is a beauty subscription box. “The name itself stands for: *no makeup no life*, since beauty and makeup products are some of the essential aspects in our daily life.”

nmnl is a subscription-based service that delivers you a box full of unique japanese beauty products from tokyo to straight to your doorsteps. our aim is to introduce japanese culture via beauty products that not only look good but make you feel good. each box, curated personally by our in-house beauty consultant, includes 5- 7 items in several categories including skin, body, make, hair, bath and tools.

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About The No Make No Life Box

The Subscription Box: nmnl

The Cost: $35.00 a month + free shipping

The Products: A mix of 8-9 full-sized beauty items from 6 different categories – skin, body, make, hair, bath, and tools

Ships to: Worldwide

Good to Know: This month is the first after a total revamp of the nmnl subscription! In Addition to a super cute new box, there is also more products!

May 2019 No Make No Life Box “Natural Beauty” Review

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The booklet list gives you detailed information on each item, as well as instructions on how to use certain products. This month’s theme is ‘Natural Beauty’.

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Canmake Liptint Jam – Retail Value $3.31

I love lip stains but they can be rather hit or miss. This one has a rather interesting color that is more brownish than other stains I have tried. Usually, it is a sheer pink, red, or sometimes orange that I come across. The formula is really pigmented, and also buildable, so you can go for more of a wash or use two or more coats for a very deep level of coverage.

It is a very bold, reddish brown shade.

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Etude House Oh My Lash Mascara – Retail Value $5.92

I am an Etude house fan and I really liked this mascara. The brush was perfect, with a not too large brush and tons of bristles. The color was a true black with a slightly glossy finish, and it stayed in place all day without flaking. My sensitive eyes were also happy that this formula didn’t burn or run!

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Speed Off Brush Cleaning Sheets – Retail Value $4.60

I am really bad about cleaning my pitiful makeup brush collection. I am up to 4 now, so although it wouldn’t take much time or effort, I still don’t do it. These wipes might make this process more likely though because instead of washing with water+soap and then drying, you simply rub them on these pre-moistened wipes to clean them. I basically have no excuse not to clean my bushes now.

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Fiancee Fragrance Body Sheets – Retail Value $4.07

More sheets! I thought these were for makeup removal at first, but they are actually fragranced and mean to be used on your body for a little freshening up. They also have a little bit of menthol which gives a cooling effect. I could easily see myself reaching for these in the summer. The fragrance is light, floral, and very girly.

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Japanese Bath Powder – Retail Value $2.43

Subscribers could have received one of three different designs/scents in this very traditional Japanese bath powder. We received the kitty themed orange blossom fragrance. Simply pour these into your bathwater and lay back and relax! This powder did change my bathwater to an orange shade that made me feel a little bit like I was in Cheeto water, but the scent was a beautiful mix of floral and citrus.

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Berrisom Horror Mask in Skull Black Rice – Retail Value $2.65

This sheet mask is one of those that has a fun design that covers your face, which is always pretty comical in my house. This one is actually a little terrifying, and not at all as cute at the lil’ skully on the front of the package. I think I prefer the ones that make you look like a puppy or a butterfly. The serum was clear, mostly unscented, hydrating, and non-sticky.


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Fluffy Cleansing Pad – Retail Value $4.35

This reminds me of a different version of the famous Makeup Eraser, though with less surface area. It did a fine job of removing my makeup with just a little bit of water and some scrubbing.

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Patting Panda Tool – Retail Value $6.46

This might be a little TOO silly for me. Apparently, there is a big trend where you pat in your facial lotion with these kawaii sort-of wands. Let me explain. You take a cotton round (none were included) and place it over the head of the wand, then secure by putting the ear ring on top of it. You then apply lotion or serum and pat it onto your face.  I feel like in addition to being a lot of extra work, this is also a great way to use more product that is necessary so though it is way cute, this is not for me.

Verdict: No Make No Life Box always has some of the craziest things. That panda patting tool was just a little too silly for me, though it makes perfect sense in a box like this. I loved both the stain and mascara and will happily add them to my kit, even though I really don’t need more mascara. The brush wipes are really fun and quite useful. Hopefully, I will put them to good use. The fragrance sheets will absolutely come in handy on hot summer days. The bath powder and mask were both fine and worked as expected and the cleansing pad is a great staple to toss into my weekender bag because of its small size. All in all, this box was really fun for K and J Beauty lovers who want kawaii skincare and makeup items delivered to their door each month. Value wise, I am a little disappointed. The retail value of this box is around $33.79, meaning you pay more for this $35 box than it contains. You can argue that the shortfall is made up in the curation, but I will leave that for you to decide!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! If you sign up now, May will be your first box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $35.00 + free shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box has an average cost of $4.38.

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Written by Megan


I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Comments (30)

  1. I’ve had a horrible experience with them, they just lost my box entirely which is really sad because I was looking forward to it. I tried reaching out to see if they could find it but they just said “Nope, you should have paid extra for a tracking number”. They are offering a refund but still, I’ve never had such a poor experience with a subscription box.

  2. I love this box! I have received three now and the happy factor alone covers the cost for me. The panda lotion pat was declared to be a magic wand by my niece so it had real value in our house.

  3. That panda patting tool, in trying to picture it…😂

    • I felt equally adorable and ridiculous.

  4. I Soo want to try this box 😭😍😍 hopefully I can sign up but I don’t think you can still get this box I messaged them on Facebook and they said if I sign up it would be for June box rithr way I’m happy because I want to try beauty items from Japan so cool !:)

    • They send some of the most unique Japanese and Korean trendy beauty products I have ever seen, and they are pretty consistent! I bet you love the June box. 🙂

  5. I canceled this bax. Too cutesy for me. No serious products like Beauteque.

  6. This box is so cute and I really look forward to your reviews! I bought one some months back, but as you mentioned, the value is just not there. I just can’t justify the price for fun, novelty items that may or may not be useful.

    • I am glad you loved the review Lori! I agree with you on your thoughts for sure. It is super fun, but not super functional sometimes. Thanks for reading! <3

    • I feel the same way. Wished they’d put one higher value beauty product in the box to justify all the cutesy but cheap things! I’ve gotten several and paused one and then went back and in a moment of upset, just cancelled it. Will keep look out as may come back, but they need to step it up!

  7. What you need to do is just get like 200 makeup brushes like I have and then you won’t have to wash them very often. (I was in this phase of getting cheap sets from Amazon for awhile. Some of those are actually decent.)

    • I have started reviewing the MorpheMe Brush sub, so I am sure I am well on my way! Do you have a favorite brand on amazon?

  8. The freaky goth punk of my crazy youth seriously wants that mask!! Plain masks freak my bf out, it would be so much fun to get these and really mess with him. 😉

    • I agree, Twyla! My inner goth child wants those masks so bad 💀

      • I’m not sure I will be able to resist 😉 Not that i need more sheet masks, but… yeah LOL

      • Mask Maven has sent that exact one at least twice around Halloween in past years.

      • Thank you Ragan! Might be worth signing up for that sub before Halloween in case they do it again. 🙂

    • Lol

    • Lol This first thing I thought of when I saw that sheet mask was the Halloween outfit the bad boys were wearing in the first Karate Kid at the school dance. I always loved those costumes… and the Karate Kid movies as well! (only parts 1 to 3 lol)

      • 🤣 You’re right, it does look like that! 🤔 or the Misfits 😁

        I loved Mr. Miyagi! Lol

    • This one will really get him!

  9. Cheeto bath water! LOL!

    • I mean, I do still love cheetos..

  10. My cats and my husband freak out enough when I wear a plain sheet mask. You’re right – that one was “out there”.

  11. I use baby wipes everytime I apply my makeup and clean my brushes as I go.

    • I need to be more responsible about it for sure..

  12. You can use any makeup wipe to clean your brushes.

    • Huh…jeepers I bought that silly makeup brush cleaner and it’s such a pain I did not know that

    • That’s what I use too. It seems we get lots of makeup wipes and I’m pretty picky about what I use to wash my face so they make good brush cleaners.

      • I use makeup wipes on my neck and chest as sometimes you get yucky there from sleeping or eating etc plus they make good hand wipes when no wet ones are handy.

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