Which Box is the Best Box?

“I’d like to subscribe to a beauty subscription service, but I’m not sure which one to use.  Which one’s have you used?”

I get this question a lot!

I’ve used BirchBox.  I really liked it.  Overall, it was a great experience.  Past tense only because my buildup of subscription items became too unruly, so I reluctantly cancelled.

BirchBox ReviewMy bowl of product samples is next to a 14′ macbook.  I may have a problem.  I just sent a friend home with a gift bag full of samples last week.

Things I loved about birchbox:

  • You get to create a profile of skin care habits and interest.  For example, you can specify your skin type, color, concerns… and if you’re more interested in certain products.  I opted out of perfumes after a while because I’m so hit or  miss with scents.  It’s nice that you can customize your box and, for the most part, get samples which interest you.  I suggest keeping samples you don’t want to use as a back up for house guests.  Friend forgot her concealer, great if you have a few mini samples to give her!  My bowl-o-goodies normally resides within our guest bath for just that very reason.  I also suggest getting a friend to join you in the subscription madness; you can share samples if you’re finding you didn’t get exactly what you wanted.  It’s also a fun experience to share your reviews with each other monthly!
  • There are so many reviews of products on the BirchBox website.  I enjoy going on the site and searching for “the best … product” and finding that there are 16,000+ five star reviews of the top product.
  • The site is user friendly.  Even after I canceled my subscription, I can still go in and view my previous boxes, favorited products and reorder what I want.
  • You don’t need a subscription to order your loves, accrue points or check out the reviews of beauty products.
  • I was introduced to many cult favs within the beauty world.  Some I didn’t realize how good they were until I ran out, and then did a little research only to find that I’d had the best moisturizer all along.
  • What’s in the box is a mix of price points.  The moisturizer I mentioned turned out to be pretty cheap; it’s a top rated drug store brand from Paris.  Embryolisse.

Verdict:

Subscription boxes can be a very fun way to explore fashion, beauty and jewelry.  Make sure you read reviews prior to purchasing, so you know if the goods you’ll receive will be affordable after you’ve exhausted your samples and that the goods will be of the quality in which you’re interested.

So what about all the other boxes out there?

I can’t try them all for you.  Actually, BooBear, I know you’re reading this, can I?  Just kidding.  Haha, my husband already finds the sheer number of packages arriving at our house to be comical.  I found a website that has reviewed them for you.  It’s crazy how many subscription services are out there now.  Here’s the site… My Subscription Addiction.  Check it out.  Very thorough reviews and they even have coupons for several boxes.  Most Popular Women’s Boxes here.  I’ve kept up well enough to know at least some info about a lot of the popular boxes going today.  I enjoyed reading the reviews on the site.

I’m beyond excited for the Sephora Box, Play!, to debut later this year.  I’m waitlisted.  Sigh.  I’m hopeful that it won’t be a long wait.  I love Sephora.  It’s my playground.  I did, after all, Sephora my office.

Yes, I Sephora'd my office.
There’s something calming about the stripes that surround the chaos within the store. Now my office makes me want to shop!
Play! The subscription box by Sephora.
Play!  Get the FAQ’s.  Sign up.

 

Boxes worth reading about:

  • Ipsy–  $10.  I did not know that they offer additional points and perks for reviewing products on IG.  Interesting…
  • BirchBox– $10.  <3 Of course… See above.
  • PopSugar–  $40  I follow a few PopSugar Accounts on IG and I love the pics, so I was excited to read about this one.  I’ve heard the boxes are nice because they are valued at $100 each, so you’re getting more for your money than the other boxes.  I’ve not read great reviews about the customer service, however.
  • Box of Style– $100.  I know, it’s on the pricey side, but not so fast!  It’s a quarterly box, so it comes out prior to each season and it’s valued at at least $300 per box.  Boxes come with fashion, beauty and lifestyle items.  I follow RZ and all of her fab style on Instagram.  Every time the box comes out, I see the pictures and I’m crazy jealous of the recipients.  I kick myself for not subscribing every time.  Maybe next time right?

Those are my beauty box picks.  I wanted to stick to beauty boxes, but have you tried any beauty or other boxes you’ve liked?  I’m interested in trying a food service like Blue Apron and Wine Boxes.  What do you think- have any personal experience with these?

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Kate Thakkar

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Shauna,

That is so nice to hear. Thank you for your feedback, I hope you continue to read and if you have any topics you would like me to cover, please feel free to message or comment.

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Kate

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This was very helpful!

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Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful. I’m happy to research new topics. Drop me a line if you have any burning questions.

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I love that they have boxes for everything now it’s so fun!!! I really want to try Sephora play… I am addicted to all things Sephora! Let me know if you try the foodie boxes, I’d love to know how it goes!

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Thank you Lauren! I definitely will. I’m interested in trying Blue Apron. They have a new menu weekly and you can sign up for a set number of meals, but skip any you don’t want after the menu comes out. They ship all quantities of ingredients pre-measured and instructions with pictures. It will probably be a good way to try new foods. I like to cook, but meal planning seems to be my downfall. Wish me luck! x

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