I’ve been getting a few of the variety of subscription beauty boxes for months now. My first was Birchbox. Until I started writing this review I didn’t realize that I’d been subscribing to it for over a year! I’ve gotten some great boxes and some very disappointing ones but I still enjoy the surprise of receiving a box like this for only $10 a month which includes shipping. Here’s a review of my first box. The boxes started off great and I received several great full size items like a Stila Puppy eyeshadow and a Laura Geller blush. There have been lots of deluxe samples like Zoya mini polishes, Nars multiple in South Beach and lots of skincare items. Sometimes there’s a food treat (a yummy Kind bar for example), sometimes something goofy like paper coasters that advertised a company. I did get to the point of wanting to stop but then the January box came and renewed my interest in the box. I received a full size Stila Smudge Stick in Moray (a green I needed!), deluxe samples of C O Bigelow Shampoo and Conditioner (Lavender & Peppermint), a mini Borghese Cura Forte Moisture Intensifer (a serum), and the cutest mini moisturizer in a wooden pot by TAY (Cucumber Day Moisturizer with Mango Butter). In addition there was a tiny packet of By Terry Baume de Rose. This box has renewed my interest in Birchbox.
I’ve been receiving Julep Maven’s monthly box since August. It’s $19.99 a month (including shipping) and it’s been a pleasure for someone who loves polishes as much as I do. I’ve got a very nice selection of Julep polishes now plus lots of treatments from them including their Essential Cuticle Oil, topcoat and basecoat, Facial for Hands, SPF Handcream. The list goes on. You take a style test that helps select your first box but you always have the option to change what’s in your box. I haven’t taken advantage of that yet but I probably will. The quality of Julep is terrific even if all the colors haven’t been ones I’d have picked on my own. My January box contained Pomegranate Body Scrub (I already have the Pomegrante Body Cream from a previous box), Julep Nail Therapy, plus 2 polishes in Maria (shimmering platinum rose) and Anne (ultra saturated tropical violet crème). I’m an “American Beauty”. I love Julep polishes and I love getting this box!
The newest box in my arsenal is Beauty Army which just launched in January. There was a mad rush to get in on this box so I never took their test. I don’t know if that would have mattered though. I was given a choice of 9 samples and able to pick up to 6 of them. Well of course I picked 6! The box itself is great and will be perfect to keep items in. The picture doesn’t do it justice since the words on it are black on black. It’s like a mini cigar box (do people still know what a cigar box is??). The items came wrapped in pink tissue. Unfortunately they are only samples although I did receive one full size item. I ended up with minis of Control Corrective Botanical Soothing Cream, Cell Ceuticals Neocell exfoliator, Strivectin –EV Get Even Brightening Serum deluxe sample, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit single, Boo Boo Cover Up in Medium which is a teeny sample in a jar and a full size brown sparkly eyeshadow by My Face Cosmetics BlingTone called sp”ice”y. I’m most excited about the Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask kit since Lisa reviewed it and loved it getting me jealous. The box was $12 which includes shipping. I’m reserving judgement on this since it’s too soon to know what they’ll come up with in the future.
These boxes are the wave of the future. We’re going to see more and more as time passes. Knowing me I’ll try others since I can’t help but love getting something in the mail- even if I’m paying for it! If you know of others that you’ve had success with please leave a comment. I’m always interested in the latest and greatest. — Marcia