Beauty Subscriptions

Hey Beauty Peeps,

I’m a total beauty box/bag subscription-aholic if there is such a thing. At one point I seriously had a total of 7 subscriptions each ranging from $5-$21 a month. Typing that made me realize just how absolutely ridiculous that is, even more so than I already thought, so don’t judge me 😜

At first it was exciting. I got to try all sorts of new products and brands that I never would have tried before. However after six months it began to feel like I was receiving the same things over and over again only in different colors or from a different subscription. It was just underwhelming when I would receive the box or bag so I decided some would just have to go. 

After a couple months of comparing each subscription here are my thoughts and notes on which ones got the ax. 

Allure – $15 a month, all small travel size products, received a damaged item one month that they couldn’t replace because they ran out of the product but they did send me an item of my choice as a replacement. Cancelled because the value of the box didn’t seem to be worth it based on product sizes received. 

Walmart – $5 seasonally with very underwhelming products, most of which I already was using or had previously used.  Also you never receive full size items, which is obvious based on the price of course. 

Target – $10 a month, underwhelming products, most of which I was already using or had previously used and never full size items. Nothing too exciting about the boxes and they were always hard to get anyway. Not really a subscription I guess since they are first come first serve really but I still included it. 

FabFitFun – $49.99 seasonally, which averages out to $16.70 a month basically. All items are full size, with an occasional sample item thrown in as an extra freebie.  With the box you receive a variety of items based on a seasonal theme. Not all items are makeup related either. My subscription is currently still active and it is one of my favorites that I don’t plan on cancelling any time soon. 

Ipsy – $10 a month and items come in a makeup bag with with a different theme or design each month. All the items are usually mini or delux travel size and the bag is the same size each month. Not a bad subscription but not very overwhelmingly exciting either.  Also not sure what I can do with 7 makeup bags that are the same exact size?  Although the price point is good I just didn’t feel compelled to keep it any longer. 

Glossybox – $21 a month and items come in an awesome pink box which can be reused. I use mine for storage and organization in various drawers or cabinets around the house.  The items I have received range from full size to delux mini size. Overall the subscription isn’t bad but I have recently received mostly mini items and don’t feel the price per month is worth it. It seems to not be the best value for my money since it’s the same cost as Boxycharm but you get less full size items. 

Boxycharm – $21 a month and items received are typically all full size. I have found that I get the most for my money with this subscription and have decided to continue this one for the time being. Each month I have been pleased with the items received.  Twice I have received a full palette (an OFRA z palette with 6 full size shadows, a coastal scents blush/bronzer palette, and I believe another full size palette will be in this months box as well!). This one is definitely a favorite. 

So that’s it. After weighing the pros and cons only FabFitFun and Boxycharm remain as my current beauty subscriptions. From 7 down to only two. That’s much more acceptable and I am confident I will continue to get the most for my money with these two. 

So, what are your favorite subscriptions?  What do you think about any of the ones I have mentioned above?  Have you cancelled any of your subscriptions?

Until next time,


Crazy Jess 😘


Boxycharm May 2016 

I recently signed up to receive a monthly Boxycharm beauty box. I was reluctant at first because it is $21 a month.   What initially intrigued me about this subscription box however is that each month you receive 4-5 full size items rather than just sample or delux sample size items like so many of the other subscription boxes. 

I received my box in the mail over the weekend and am just now getting around to posting about it. So here is what I received:

In total I received five full size items. I was pretty excited about that. Also, I had not heard of some of these brands before which is even better. 

Regarding product value, again I only paid $21 (including shipping) and received:

Blinc Eyelash Primer ($26 value)

OFRA Liquid Lipstick in the color “Pasadena” ($19.90 value) 

Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher ($16 value)

Your Minerals Sweden eyeshadow in the color “Brown Hypnotik” ($23 value)

Anderson Lily Beach Butter Hand Cream ($24 value) 

$108.90 in total product value for only $21!!!  I’d say this box is a win so far and one of my new favorites!

One of my favorite items is the hand cream. It smells amazing!  It’s super moisturizing but not greasy. It’s perfect to sit on your desk and use throughout the day and it smells tropical and like the fragrance of summer trapped in a tube. 

Overall I’d say this box has been a win with a great value with a great price. I’m super excited to see what is in next months box. What’s even better is that I actually think I would actually use all of the products in this box (which I can’t say that for some of my other recent subscriptions). 

Have your tried Boxycharm?  If yes, did you like it?  If not, what are you waiting for??!!  If you used to in the past but have cancelled your subscription what made you decide to cancel?

Until next time,


Crazy Jess