I’m not a big fan of wearing make-up—after all living in the South Florida heat and humidity combined with an impromptu jaunt out on the boat doesn’t bode well for mascara and luscious red lips. I am, however, still a girly girl and do love perfectly manicured pin-up-girl red fingers, soft as silk eye creams, and then of course anything to help with frizzy hair (did I mention I live in South Florida?). So what better way to sample some new products than subscribing to the assortment of monthly subscription beauty boxes tailored just for us gals?
First on my list is 28-Day Hug. It’s the least expensive of the bunch at $3.99 a month, and as far as I’m concerned the best little treat eeehhh-ver! As the name indicates, the 28-Day Hug box is a fun inexpensive treat that arrives “at that time of the month.” Every 28 days, expect a cute little box with fancy chocolate, even fancier herb tea, and an aromatherapy treat like a bath salt or a shower tablet. Uhm, yes please!
Next up is Julep Maven. For those who absolutely adore nail polish—like me—Julep Maven is just the ticket. For $19.99 a month, they’ll send you $40 worth of polish and beauty products a month. Simply take a little quiz to determine your style and Julep Maven does the rest. Don’t like what they’ve picked for you? No worries—just don’t order that month’s box or (here’s the best part) simply choose another box. I love having options! And with promotion coupon code “PENNY,” receive your first Julep Maven box for a mere penny (just pay shipping and handling of $4.98). If you’re not a fan of the first box you can cancel without any further obligation.
What do you get when you marry BeautyBar.com and Allure together? Well, you get quite a luxurious beauty subscription service called Sample Society. Five over-size samples from decadent brands, a 30 percent off coupon, and an exclusive mini-mag from the editors of Allure are shipped to your home for $15 a month (plus tax).
Looking for a beauty box with something other than samples? I’ve got the box for you! GLOSSYBOX delivers five travel-size beauty products from international brands like Wella, Phyto, Ahava, and more for $21 a month, $115 for 6-months, or $220 for a 12-month subscription.
And last but not least—an alternative to BirchBox (for the record I detest BirchBox – I mean what is this 45-year-old gal gonna do with feathers in my hair that came with a sample of age-spot eraser cream?)—is Glam Bag from Ipsy. Michelle Phan, a self taught make-up instructor and YouTube sensation is at the helm of Ipsy. Each month, subscribers receive 4-5 deluxe samples and/or full-sized beauty products for only $10 a month. No more wondering what to do with BirchBox’s cardboard boxes as Ipsy ships their beauty products tucked inside a new and different reusable make-up bag each month.
Have you tried any of these beauty boxes? Which do you like or don’t like?