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 😘

Ipsy June 2016

My favorite time of the month has begun. That middle part of the month when my beauty subscription boxes/bags begin to arrive. 

First up this month was my Ipsy bag!  Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription bag ($10 a month) with a mix of full size or deluxe sample size beauty items. 

Here is this months’ bag:

It’s super cute. But yet again the same exact size as all the other ones so not sure what I will so with this bag. 

Here’s what I received:

Seraphine Happy Hibiscus Blush 

Patchology Flashmasque 5 Minute Facial Sheets (qty:2)

Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream 

Doucce Bombastic Lash Voluminizer Mascara 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in the color Fireball


  • The selection of products
  • The super cute bag design
  • The full size blush 
  • Finally having an urban decay item included


  • There isn’t a product card in the bag explaining each item and where you can buy them and their cost. Many other subscriptions do that and it is super helpful. Not a total deal breaker though but it would be nice. 
  • There was only one full size item this month (the seraphine blush)
  • The eyeshadow received is a small pan that looks like it should be inserted in to a palette or something. A palette that I don’t have. So I’m not sure I understand how to store this thing? Maybe I’m a moron.  What are you doing with yours?  Keeping it in the plastic container?
  • I also am puzzled by the Rodial facial cleanser. Where are these “stem cells” sourced from exactly? 😜 I suppose I should do some research but ain’t nobody got time for that. 

What did you think of your Ipsy bag this month?  What did you receive that I didn’t receive?  What were your favorite items? 

Let me know in the comments below. 

Until next time,


Crazy Jess 😘