Hello all! Tamara here to share a glimpse into my subscription box addiction. Over the last few years, I have subscribed to just about every beauty related subscription box out there. Birchbox, Allure, Lip Monthly, Glossy Box, Beauty Box 5, and others that I’ve forgotten have all graced my mailbox. Many of these were short lived due to my self imposed 3 month “love it or leave it” policy. If after 3 months, I’m not using or at least trying a majority of the products, if I’m not excited to see it arrive, it’s off with their heads! Ok, that was dramatic but it is time to let it go. Of all of these different subscriptions that I’ve had, there have been four boxes that have lasted the long haul…BoxyCharm, BeautyFix, Ipsy, and Sephora Play. These are the ones that I can’t imagine ever giving up. I look forward to them every single month. I do occasionally skip a month, and sometimes I swap or gift items, but these four boxes consistently make me happy.
So, without further ado, here is a little peek into each subscription box and the reasons why I just can’t quit them:
If I had to limit myself to just one sub box, (just the thought gives me major fomo!) it would be BoxyCharm. Hands down. This box promises 4-5 (usually 5) FULL SIZE items every month and almost always has a retail value over $100. It’s a good mix of well known and indie brands and it’s mostly makeup and brushes. Occasionally there will be a skin care item. My makeup and brush collection has grown exponentially since joining this sub. I’ve discovered so many brands and product that I love thanks to BoxyCharm. I’m a sucker for eyeshadow palettes and this sub definitely feeds that addiction. You don’t get a palette every month, but you get them often enough and I’ve heard that they are promising a palette a month through the end of the year! Another thing I love about BoxyCharm is that, for the most part, everyone gets the same thing. There are occasionally variations, but they do a really good job of keeping things even and eliminating box envy. I can’t see myself ever leaving BoxyCharm. I’d seriously consider selling body parts to afford it if I had to. I’m kidding…maybe…do we really need two kidneys?
My August BoxyCharm included the following:
- Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow Palette (Seriously!)
- Pür Pro Eyelashes in Diva
- Moda Pro 3-Piece Brush Set by Royal & Langnickel
- The Beauty Corp #GRLPWR Matte Liquid Lipstick in Date Night
- BellaPierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black
BeautyFix is sold through DermStore and promises at least 6 full or deluxe sample sized items each month with a retail value over $100. You won’t see much makeup in this box and when they do include it, it’s usually only one item. I love that they often include a tool or device of some sort. There is no box envy since everyone gets the same thing and their customer service is amazing. A while back, I got an eye cream that was basically empty so I sent them an email asking for a replacement…they sent me another entire box! This box totally feeds my fixation on skin care but, I do occasionally skip a month if the spoilers don’t excite me. I love trying new skin care, but those types of products tend to pile up quickly. Even though I occasionally skip a month, I just can’t seem to quit this box. They always find a way to reel me back in.
My August BeautyFix included:
- Foreo Luna Play Cleansing Device
- Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser (Full size)
- DermaBlend Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
- DCL Hydra Boost Finishing Serum
- DCL Skin Renewal Complex
- MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted SPF 30 Sunscreen
- Keranique Daily Essentials Dietary Supplement
- Perricone MD Super Berry Dietary Supplement Powder
This box is such a great deal for the price. Each month, you get 5 deluxe size samples of a variety of well known and indie brand makeup, skin care, and hair care items plus a cute makeup bag. This box is tailored to you through your profile and beauty preferences selected under your account info. The concept is good, but it took a several months of filling out product reviews before I felt like ipsy really “got me”. Now however, I feel like my best friend could be the one picking my items because they are, for the most part, perfect for me. It also doesn’t hurt that they allow you to email in and request one of their spoiler items (no promises, but they do try and they haven’t let me down yet) and they let you opt out of any two categories (like highlighter or mascara). Ipsy was the first beauty sub box that I ever subscribed to so it has a special place in my heart and I honestly can’t imagine not receiving those cute pink bags in my mailbox every month.
My August Ipsy Bag included:
- SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush
- Pacifica Coconut Infused Blush Duo in Beaming & Tenderheart (Full size)
- Naked Cosmetics HD Translucent Loose Finishing Powder
- The Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha
- Two Vitamasque Yoghurt Masks
Sephora Play! ($10.00/month)
This box is obviously sold by Sephora and promises five samples plus a perfume sample in a reusable bag every month. The samples are all items that are available at Sephora so you get a lot of high end makeup, skin care, and hair care samples in this box. There are several versions of this box each month and the box you receive is based on the answers you provided in your profile. For a brief moment, I was on the verge of quitting this sub because the samples they were sending were teeny tiny. But, thankfully, they listened to their customers and I’m glad to say that over the last several months, I’ve been very impressed with the sample sizes. This box also comes with perks such as a 50 point bonus card you can take to a Sephora store and redeem for Beauty Insider bonus points and even a free tutorial with a purchase. I am bummed that this cannot be used online as my nearest Sephora is over an hour away so I seldom get there. I wish I could use that card to get the bonus points with my many online purchases. Regardless, I still love this sub because it allows me to try items that I would otherwise probably not spend the money on. I’ve found quite a few favorites in my Play boxes and for that reason, I’m committed to this box too.
My August Sephora Play included:
- Kopari Coconut Mini Melt -Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
- Kat Von D Lock It Concealer in Medium
- Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil
- Beauty Blender Micro.Mini Sponge
- Kat Von D Saint AND Sinner Perfume (Two samples this month!)
As you can clearly see, I’ve got a problem. Hi! My name is Tamara and I’m addicted to beauty subscription boxes. It all started when a friend suggested I try ipsy… What subs are you obsessed with? What subs would you like to try? Would you be interested in monthly reviews or comparisons of any of these? Leave me a comment below and let me know about your subscription addictions so I won’t feel so guilty about mine 🙂
What’s your favorite beauty subscription box?
*These products were paid for by Tamara. Some affiliate links are used in this post.