You all know I love my monthly beauty box subscriptions. I’ve done them all…well, a ton anyway. Birchbox, Ipsy Glam Bag, Wantable, and Beautybox 5. You know what though? Doing a bunch of monthly subscriptions can cost quite the pretty penny, and I got tired of spending money on items that I’d either never use, threw away because it smelled funny, or just plain didn’t like it. I needed to be able to tailor my subscription to items that I knew I would love each month.
If you’re anything like me, you like to be able to pick and choose the beauty items you receive. I’ve been disappointed far too many times with monthly subscriptions that even a $10 expense was too much for what I received. I know that they can be a crap shoot sometimes, but I had always been longing for the right fit for me. I needed to be able to give real reviews, pick and choose specifically what I did and didn’t like, and have a great price point…the cheaper the better in my eyes.
I gave Birchbox a shot for over a year, and was mostly happy with what I had received, but never super excited each month unless I purchased the extra more expensive limited edition box. For $10 a month you get 4-5 sample sized beauty products or food products, and the cute pink packaging was always a plus. It contains more “high end” products that frankly could potentially cost an arm and a leg to purchase full size. I do like that you can review the products for points, in which case those points go toward a discount on full size products which you purchase directly from the site. It’s not a terrible deal, and yes I would recommend it. Again, I think I’ll take a break from it for now.
Wantable is sort of like a Mommy version of Birchbox. It costs $36 a month(!!!), and you receive 4-5 full size items. Now I will say, I did love that each item was a full size, and the fact that the packaging is pretty cute. You definitely get your moneys worth. But, it’s still on the more expensive side. I also found myself not using most of the products sent to me. I ended up with a whole bunch of eyeliner that I’ll never use, so if anybody wants some silver liner shoot me a message! I would recommend this subscription mostly because you do get full size products, and the products you get I believe are worth it. So this is a win, but the price is a little steep.
Beautybox 5 is another good cheaper option for $12 a month. I like that the samples are simple, however, I feel like most of the things I have gotten are skincare based and it’s all things I won’t use. So again, for me, money down the drain. It’s still fairly new compare to the rest, so I think they’re working all the kinks out, but it’s a good place to start.
Once I started Birchbox, that lead me into the Ipsy Glam Bag. Same price point, same idea with 4-5 beauty products each month. But a few other things I loved. It comes in a cute bag each month, AND you get drugstore brands every now and then too. I love that if you wanted to buy the products, you could get them directly from their site, or just pop into the store and get them if need be. Each month you can give a detailed review of each product to gain points to put toward any monthly gifts they have at the time which they will send out with your next bag! This is by far my favorite, and the only one I’ve stuck with consistently. I would HIGHLY recommend this monthly subscription. It’s great for anybody that wants to tailor their beauty needs, and wants to be happy and excited each month with what they receive.
What are some of the perks you look for in a beauty box subscription? Do you subscribe to any of these?