Are Beauty Subscription Boxes Really Worth It?

 

Going back to when I worked on mags at The Times and The Sun it became a bit of a joke among everyone on my bank of desks just how much I loved a beauty box. Ok, this was a few years back and right then I only really recall Glossybox having launched. Each month I’d receive a box of five high end goodies to try. They were always luxe or full size products – not the type you can usually sample at your designer beauty counter. Beauty boxes then were a relatively untapped territory and given that I wasn’t old enough to then be earning mega bucks, sampling the premium brands became something I looked forward to. It only cost about a tenner a month (plus P&P).

 

How Does It Work?

Most beauty subscription boxes require a direct debit of payment for the box and postage/packaging each month. When you see the value of the products, it’s totally worth it and the money you pay is just a fraction of the cost of the products normally.

These boxes come like clockwork once a month, delivered straight to your door. With Glossybox, you can pick from a 3, 6 or 12 month plan so you’re not tied in for longer than you want to. You even get to pick your beauty preferences so colours can be tailored to you. On their site is also an option to buy as a gift. Truly, the gift that keeps on giving.

Back when I worked at The Times, I was getting these boxes every month for about a year and a half. I even loved the boxes that they came in, they were perfect for storing things neatly in the bedroom and my office space. It’s only when I moved houses that I cancelled the orders.

What’s In The Box?

This is the March box, fresh for Spring and bursting with products I’ve been dying to try but haven’t quite got round to spending. By the way ladies, how annoying is it when you spend loads of money on a product and realise you don’t like it? This is such a good way of trying them out without the commitment to the big price tag.

First there’s the gorgeous smelling Schwarzkopf BC Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment which aims to remove impurities from your hair while detangling and improving manageability. Then there’s one of my favourites, This Works In Transit Camera Close-up Primer which balances, plumps, brightens and smooths the skin. It’s great for photo’s!  For those who are keen for eye treatments (me), there’s the Oolution Eye Love eye contour to try. With its moisturising and draining efficacy, it minimises the visible signs of fatigue in the eye contour area. Crabtree & Evelyn are also present with their Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy which is a super elixir for thirsty hands.

 

My Favourite

Despite these amazing premium brands, my favourite in the box had to be this full size Sleek makeup palette – worth £9.99 alone. See guys, you really do get a lot for your money. The box comes with one of four colours, mine was ‘See You At Midnight’. The combination of deep blues, pearlescent purple and pomegranate make for one of the most flattering and captivating makeup looks – and one of the easiest to take from day to night.

 

So, what do you make of this month’s Glossybox? What do you think about beauty boxes in general? Comment below. Xx


Psst… Coming soon, I’ve teamed up with a different beauty box company to collaborate on my very own, Sassy In The City beauty box! Watch out for the post (and box going on sale) very soon! I hope you love it!

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6 Comments

    • Lauren
      March 13, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Oh of course, I forgot about Birchbox! I only had that once though…
      Of course, some products we do get aren’t right for us – those I just pass on to my sister. I’m really in to eyeliners but for me, the only liquid liner I always go back to is Rimmel haha.
      Thanks for your comment xx

  1. Lisa Autumn
    March 13, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    I go back and forth with the subscriptions.. I love the idea but tbh most boxes are really not worth it in the end..

    xx Lisa
    lisaautumn.com

    • Lauren
      March 13, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      I guess it depends what you’re looking for in a box. Personally I’m not a fan of those where you get jewellery, hats and clutch bags included… those I don’t invest in.
      Thanks for your comment gorge xx

  2. March 13, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    This box sounds great and you got so many lovely bits, i especially love the sleek palette. Will have to sign up myself. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

    • Lauren
      March 13, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      The Sleek palette is ace! Sleek are one of those brands that I always go past in shops when I’m heading to brands I know really well. The boxes are great for time poor people like me – I love hearing about all the brands I’d never normally think of experimenting with.
      Thanks for your comment sweetheart xx

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