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Why I still Love A Beauty Box

Scrolling through Twitter recently I couldn’t help but notice an increase in negative feelings towards beauty Subscription Boxes. 

A couple of years ago it seemed the likes of Glossybox and Birchbox could do no wrong. Based on their success everyone wanted a piece of the action and there are now a huge variety of boxes to choose from. If you want high end there’s Cohorted. Is French Beauty your thing? We have My Little Box. Want something to make your monthlies a bit more appealing? Pink Parcel has you covered. Has the novelty worn off though?  Am I in the minority? I still love a beauty box you see. 

To settle my curiosity I ran a little Twitter poll. 


Of the 39 people that responded 56% said that they no longer enjoyed a Beauty Subscription Box. Perhaps they are falling out of favour then! 

If you are one of those people I would love to know why this is. For now though I’m going to share my reasons for still loving a Beauty Box. 

  • I love trying out different beauty products but don’t necessarily want to purchase a full size. What if I don’t like a product? What if it isn’t right for me? I’ve either wasted my money (If I really cant use it) or I’m stuck using a product I don’t like. 
  • It means I can afford to try out those expensive Beauty products I wouldn’t usually be able to afford. You can usually make huge savings if you are savvy. This is why I love Latest In Beauty. There is the option to curate your own box from a Huge menu of products. I usually do a little bit of googling to find out the RRP of products so I get the best value for money. 

    • I’m still discovering new brands all the time. QVC’s Tili Box is particularly good for this. I am eagerly anticipating their latest Box that is launching on September 1st. 
    • I am pushed out of my comfort zone. Often those surprise boxes contain types of products or shades that I wouldn’t ever consider choosing myself. I’ve discovered some of my favourite products in this way. 
    • It’s something to look forward too. I still get excited about the anticipation of receiving my monthly box of goodies. It almost feels like receiving a present. 

    I have to admit I do tend to get bored after a while if I am subscribed to an individual subscription for too long. Each company definitely tends to favour a few brands over others. 

    There are loads of different services I haven’t tried yet so I will just switch to someone else. I have my eye on The Vegan Kind as I would like to be using more cruelty free and natural products. 

    If you love a beauty box service do share your favourite in the comments below. 

    My Top 3 Beauty Subscription boxes 

    What can I say? I’m a bit of a beauty subscription box tart. I’ve tried most of them over the past couple of years. It stands to reason then that I will have recieved my fair share of the good and not so good  subscription boxes. 

    With experience the not so good boxes have been cancelled, but I’ve remained loyal to my favourites. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what I consider to be my top 3 beauty subscription boxes. 

    So let’s begin the count down. 

    In 3rd place is the You Beauty Box. This is the cheapest subscription boxes you will find in the UK. Priced at just £6.95 including P&P you are able to choose two items from a menu on the 1st of each month, plus you then recieve some extra little treats. 


    I have discovered some fantastic products through this subscription service. There are often full size products available making this box a steal. 

    There are often mini’s of high end products to choose from which I love as They would normally be outside of my beauty budget. 

    This hasn’t rated higher because it is one of the slowest shipping services. It can take a week from placing you monthly order to then recieving it.

    Coming in 2nd is the Look Fantastic Beauty Box. These are usually themed boxes, with June’s box being the #LFJETSETTER box. 

    Some of the brands can tend to be a little bit repetitive, Korres, Caudalie and Murad feature regularly. However there is usually a good variety of products in each box. It is rare that I recieve a product that I wouldn’t actually use. 

    Focus tends to be on skincare and body care though there is usually at least one make-up item in each box. 

    All the products featured are available to purchase at Lookfantastic.com.


    Prices for the subscription service start at £11.25, billed per month depending on the length of subscription you sign up for. This is the price for a 12 month subscription and increased slightly if you sign up for a shorter subscription. 

    Lastly my Number 1 beauty subscription box is from Love Me Beauty.


    If you like to recieve a lot of make-up items in your box then this could be your perfect subscription service. 

    It also works differently to most other subscription boxes, as you have complete control over what products you recieve. This includes selecting your own make-up shades, so no more recieving shades you don’t like. 

    Brands that have featured in the past include Rodial, Nuxe, Too Faced, Cailyn. That is just a tiny selection and as you can see they are all high end brands. 

    It works on a credit based system, that you spend in the boutique. You can also buy extra credit if you want to add more to your box than your monthly allowance. 

    A monthly rolling subscription costs £10 plus p&p which is £2.95.

    Every 3 months you also recieve some bonus loyalty credit. 

    I have a reveral code for Love Me Beauty that offers 30 extra credits on joining. (Worth approx £21) *

    Code: KATY6849
    So those are my Top 3 Beauty Subscription boxes. Let me know if you think there are any new subscription services you think I should be trying out. 

    * I recieve referral credit also if my offer code is used. 

    You Beauty Discovery Box – A budget friendly beauty subscription

    Hi guys! Yesterday was one of those days that I get all excited about. It’s that time of the month again. No! I’m not talking about escaping another month without being preggers again, no it’s that time when a delivery man comes with a little package just for me. 

    I’m a bit of a sucker for a good old beauty box, I’ve tried plenty of them in the past. That’s probably how I’ve ended up with crap loads of black eyeliners. It seems to be the generic easy thing to include. When It comes to beauty boxes this is usually my tell, one to many black eyeliners and I’m bored.  That’s probably why I’m a bit of a beauty box tart, if I’m tired of one particular subscription, I’ll jump ship and switch to another. That is how for now, my subscription box of choice, is the YouBeauty discovery box. This is priced at  a very reasonable £7.99 a month including shipping fees. 

     

     This particular subscription service works a little bit different to some of the alternatives out there. Each month a menu is provided that you choose two items from, you will then receive a few extra little promotional treats. This usually includes a food item and a small beauty related sample. 

    The April box has been themed organic and natural. As the theme suggests features products that are all from natural ingredients. To see the full menu range you can have a look here.

    My choices though were;

    Our tiny bees lavender hand balm & beeswax lip balm duo – worth £11.90

     

     I’m really excited to try out the lavender hand balm. I love anything to do with honey and beeswax so I’m hoping this works a treat. It’s also one of my favourite fragrances, lavender. I know some people think that’s a bit of an old lady smell but I find it really soothing. 

    I don’t actually need any lip balm at the moment but its in such a cute tin and was included with this pick. 

    Scentered sleep well therapy balm £14.50 

     

    This product I’m looking forward to using. Most of the time I do get a goods nights sleep but on the odd occasion that I’m stressing and can’t sleep I turn to lavender scented products, usually in the form of pillow spray. This though is a bit different as you can apply it to your temples and wrists. 

    As well as the typically relaxing lavender scent it also includes chamomile, palmarosa, ylang ylang and ho wood. 

    The extra goodies included this month were a 15g sample of linwoods milled flaxseed cocoa and berries, I think I’m going add this to a smoothie. 

     

     The other item is a 10ml sample of yours truly organics fix me repairing serum. Im going to have to decant this into a little travel pot as it’s in sachet form. 

    This is supposed to help with reducing inflammation from blemishes. I’ll be trialling this one this week as I have some post monthly blemish scaring that need some TLC. It will probably feature as part of my take 3 beauty samples this month, so if you want to see how I get on don’t forget to follow so you don’t miss my review. 

    In total the value of my box was £26.40 without the extra samples. This is such a great deal considering it costs just £7.99 a month. This is great if you are on a budget, but want to try a beauty box subscription. 

    This is the third month I have had a you beauty subscription and I have to say I’m really enjoying it. The brands included tend to be a bit different to other boxes out there. Im also yet to receive another bloomin eyeliner. Though as I get to choose what’s included it will be my own fault if I do. 

    Have you tried you beauty discovery box this month? What did you pick? 

    Bye for now, Katy 🙂