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,

XOXO,

Crazy Jess 😘

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Wal-Mart Beauty Box

So today I received my second Wal-Mart beauty box. If you aren’t familiar with their boxes, they are only $5 I believe and they are quarterly/seasonal rather than monthly. The price point is pretty good I feel like and that does include shipping. However much like the Winter box I’m not impressed with what I received. 

Being that their boxes are seasonal or quarterly (which in a sense would still be seasonal) I guess I just expected to receive new products or spring/summer items like I did with Target’s box.   I just expected to be more impressed than what I was. 

Here is what was in my box:  

I don’t get it. This is just a box of random crap I’ve been able to buy at Wal-Mart for years. No new brands to try or new products to try (except the Burts Bees Bb Cream sample). It to me feels like a random box of crap from the travel toiletries section of the store. Maybe I’m being too critical. I mean obviously in comparison to Target, Glossybox, Ipsy and FabFitFun I shouldn’t have expected too much. But I just feel like Wal-Mart could do so much better than this. I’m disappointed but only out $5 so not the end of the world I guess. 

It is cool that the box did have a sample of the Burts Bees BB Cream though. If I have to choose one positive thing I guess that would be it and I’m really reaching here. 

I can always use whitening toothpaste but what is special or exciting about Colgate Optic White?  I’ve been using it for forever. So…thanks I guess? 

Also, I think what annoyed me the most was receiving a John Freida product for brunettes when I’m a blonde (albeit a fake blonde but still! Lol).  I’ve always been a blonde. I don’t remember if I had to fill out a survey when I signed up where you enter your hair color and complexion. So if I didn’t then they really shouldn’t send items that are hair color specific. But if I did fill out a survey and indicated I was a blonde then it still doesn’t make sense to me why I got this. 

I’m just not feeling this box and think I will be cancelling any future box deliveries. It’s just not worth it to me. Am I being too critical?

Are you a Wal-Mart Beauty Box subscriber?  What did you think about your box?  If you aren’t, what do you think about what I received?  Would you want to pay $5 for this box? 

Until next time,

XOXO, 

Crazy Jess