…because you are about to add an expense to your monthly budget. I have found something so exciting for Beauty lovers that if even 1 of you do not know about it, this post will be worth it. I had heard of Beauty Subscriptions, but for whatever (insane) reason, I was frustrated that they are mostly popular/available abroad. It was hard to find any I was interested in that shipped within the U.S. The idea behind them is to pay roughly $10-15/month (normally) or $25-40 every three months and have 3-5 samples of a new product sent to your home once a month.
I love getting packages and when I see mail that is not a bill, it’s like a little thrill, so this for me is like a pint sized Christmas I get to experience every 30 days. Not only is it great because you can try a huge variety of products (some of which you’d probably not try if you had to buy the full size), but also because I’ve found you can actually spend less money on hair/beauty supplies by subscribing to one or two. So far, I have only tried BeautyBox 5 (most of the good providers either are still working on shipping to the U.S. or have a wait list, so sign up for as many as you are interested in and then pick the ones you want when they are able to accommodate your orders). Although I am definitely still a fan, I initially didn’t customize my order (they have options to put in your hair/eye color, skin type, etc) to see what their standard shipment was, but I think this was a mistake. My first shipment was very much geared towards “anyone’s” features and I think I’d prefer something more particular to me, so I’ve since changed my profile. That being said, it’s still a really fun service and something I am really excited about for $12/month or $30/3 months.
My First BeautyBox 5 Shipment:
Left Picture (top, bottom): side of BeautyBox 5 shipment, box opened up with samples in a bag
Right Picture (top row left to right, bottom row left to right): Freeman Pink Grapefruit Facial Exfoliating Scrub ($3.99/bottle), Pur-Lisse Essential Daily Moisturizer ($55/1.7 oz), La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipe ($9.99/24 wipes), BeautyBox 5 Card, Doctor T’s Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipe ($34/40 swipes), True Natural Advanced Lift and Firm Serum ($69/.5 fl oz)
Overall, I was hoping there would be more makeup samples, as opposed to this one, which was focused more on skin care, but I was surprised that I enjoyed these products more than I thought I would. Also, now that I’ve customized my profile, I have a feeling the samples will get more diverse and there are certainly other subscribers that focus 100% on makeup/nails, etc. I did a brief synopsis of each product below, but considering had I bought all these products at a store the total would be $171.89, I can see why people are so crazy about these monthly indulgences!
Freeman Pink Grapefruit Exfoliating Scrub: Very vibrant fragrance! I would definitely buy this to use for an early morning to wake me up. The scrub is hearty enough to make me feel like it is getting rid of dead skin, but not too abrasive, which I like.
Pur-Lisse Essential Daily Moisturizer: My skin feels really healthy after I apply it and it is extremely light, but you can definitely smell the SPF in it. It has an SPF 30 (which is a total plus!) but it does appear a bit greasy like I’m putting on straight sun-tan lotion. I would use this on vacation, but don’t see myself buying it for everyday.
La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipe: I love makeup remover wipes and use them all the time, but I normally buy the cheap grocery store brand or for a few extra dollars, Neutrogena. They are ceratinly more effective than the store brand’s and leave my face feeling fresh. I still have to rub my eye a few times to get all the makeup off, but can accomplish it with one wipe. They’re pretty much on par with Neutrogena for me.
Doctor T’s Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipe: I really liked this sample. I’m fair skinned, so sun protection is important to me (even though it should be important to all of us!). Personally, I would still use a lotion on my face, but would absolutely buy a pack of these for the Summer to protect my body from the Sun. They’re easy to use, no fuss and I managed to get through a pool day without a burn while using the swipe.
True Natural Advanced Lift and Firm Serum: This one was my favorite. I’m starting to get into preventative tactics to keep my skin (especially my face) firm. What I liked most about this product is that you can actually feel it working. I applied a small amount and within 15 seconds I felt like I had put on a light mask. It’s not too tight where you feel like you can’t make facial expressions, but more-so just a hint of resistance to make you feel it is effective. It also made my skin really soft after I followed it with moisturizer.
Other Beauty Box Providers I’m Excited About:
BirchBox ($10/month, some brands include Nars, Stila, Kiehls, has a subscriber for Men, currently has a wait-list)
Julep ($19.99/month, formaldehyde free nail polish/products, available right now)
MyGlam ($10/month, some brands include Urban Decay, Tarte, NYX, currently has a wait-list)
GlossyBox ($?/month- not available yet, some brands include O.P.I., Bobbi Brown, Chloe, Shu Uemura, coming soon to the U.S.)
TestTube ($29.95 + shipping/quarter gets you four shipments of bigger products- usually 6 full size products + a magazine, some brands include Korres, Moroccan Oil, Smashbox, available right now)
Glymm ($?/month- not available yet, some brands include Butter, Anastasia, YSL, coming soon to the U.S.)
LooseButton ($12/month, some brands include Dermalogica, Benefit, Laura Mercier, currently has a wait-list)
BeautyArmy ($12/month, some brands include StriVectin, RapidLash, Joico, currently has a wait-list)
A Couple Gift Sets for Men:
HisKit ($12/month, has samples of grooming products, tech stuff, small wardrobe staples like socks, etc, currently has a wait-list)
MaleBox (coming soon, sign up to be notified when they are available to ship)
And One for Dog’s Too:
BarkBox ($25/month, usually comes with a toy, treats, fun product like printed doggie bags and shampoo, available right now)
*Know that there are many more of these (all kinds too) available to the public, but after doing a lot of research, I’ve found these work with the best products. It is definitely worth keeping your eyes out though.
*Photos taken from websites