I'm very excited to have received the Beauty Box Five, which is a monthly beauty subscription box containing 5 samples per month. The box is ridiculously affordable, starting at $12/month. What I love most about the concept is that you can try a few different products, but if you don't like something, it's only a small size. The December theme is “party perfect”, which is adorable for this time of year, and the products definitely offer the ability to create a perfect party look.
Jelly Pong Pong Liquid Gossamer
Out of all of the products in the box, this one had me the most excited. Highlighters have obviously been an insane trend over the past year, and this one promises to give your skin anywhere from a subtle glow to a sparkle brighter than your holiday lights. The luminizer has a gorgeous rose gold sheen; this shade can look perfect on the cheekbones, down the nose, on the cupid's bow, or under the brow. If that isn't enough, the tube is absolutely adorable and adds a bit of brightness to the dull winter mood.
I had never tried Neutrogena shower gels prior to this, but was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the consistency and texture. Although the size seems small, it's the perfect companion for a quick weekend trip or an overnight stay. I never know whether or not hotels will supply toiletries, so a small bottle like this is great to bring along. Plus, it meets airline size requirements!
AmLactin Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion
With winter knocking at the door (Madison hit -5℉ this weekend!), it's important to have an effective moisturizer. This lotion will give your skin all the hydration it needs. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, mainly because I'm biased towards fruity, flowery fragrances, however this formula does a much better job than others. The best part is that this is the perfect size to slip in a purse, backpack, or carry on bag for moisture on the go.
Professional Freezing Finish Spray
Whether you love ringlets, sleek straight locks, or fancy updos, hairspray is an essential. Throw this small bottle in your purse on a night out, and you won't have to worry about having messy hair or pieces falling out of place. The scent on this spray is very low-key, which is wonderful if you don't agree with some of the harsh, chemical smelling sprays. Pro tip: spray a bit on a un unused toothbrush and use it to tame flyaways.
Hikari Lip Gloss
The shade of this gloss intrigued me immediately. It's very on point with the recent brown lips trend, which makes it an ideal shade for holiday parties. It has mauve undertones to add originality and a hint of femininity. You'll look sophisticated, yet trendy and fun at the same time. Because this is a lip gloss, it won't stick to your lips during meals. However, it's very easy to reapply and offers beautifully opaque color payoff.
Overall the Beauty Box 5 is a great way to sample fun and exciting beauty products, and this one is especially fantastic for creating your perfect party look.