Monday, August 20, 2012

Beauty in a Box- So Many to Choose So Little Time

We'd all like Christmas to come once a month and with beauty box subscriptions that wish is now a reality. These subscription boxes are monthly deliveries of new, trial-sized, different beauty products. The whole idea behind the boxes is a try-before-you-buy approach with an option to purchase the full-sized products if you fall in love. Not to mention you'll suddenly have a great stash of travel toiletries that don't say Hilton Hotel on them. 

Riding on the coattails of the über-popular Birchbox phenomenon, a plethora of  new services will deliver goodies to your door on a monthly basis. Here's a handful of the most popular subscriptions that will help you decipher which one is best for you.

To: The Trend-Obsessed 
From: Beauty Army


Beauty Army lets you test drive a wide range of brands, while allowing you to stay in control of the products you receive by letting you pick up to six samples of your choosing, from makeup to skin-care products and tools of the trade. Curated by industry super powers like Jon Hennessey, Orlando Santiago, Kimberly Bosso, and Victoria Stiles. These treasures are available to you for $12 per month.

To: The Beauty Newbie on a Budget
From: Birchbox

Birchbox is the gateway too all beauty box subscriptions. If you're trying to get the feel of what products work best for you or what you even like in certain products- Birchbox, the pioneer of it all, is still your best bet. You'll receive four to five samples fun and fair priced items each month- brands have included Nars, Kiehl's, and Ojon. $10 per month.

To: The Green Girl
From: Blissmo Box

If you're a Whole Foods groupie or someone just looking to greenify your beauty routine opt for a subscription to Blissmo. It is an eco-friendly option that provides you with off-the-radar products that are one of the following: sustainable, people and community positive, low chemical, and affordable. Each month subscribers and choose to receive four to five full- and trial- size products with a theme of either food, beauty or seasonal. A little pricey compared to the others at $19 per month plus shipping.

To: The Well Traveled 
From: Glossy Box

Got an insatiable obsession with luxurious impossible to find in the States beauty brands? Splurge on Glossybox, which personalizes each delivery based on your beauty profile. Combining high quality international beauty brands (Amore Pacific, Burberry Beauty, and Phyto Paris, to name a few) with luxury travel-size products. Glossybox kind of bends the 'subscription box' rules a little, because it sells out. You've got to be on your toes (or signed up for the Glossybox newsletter), to know when to purchase it; it will not just come automatically.$21 per month.

To: The Eco-Conscious
From: GoodeBox

Have a phobia of smearing something on your face you can't pronounce? You won't have to worry about that with Goodebox, they focus on 'healthy beauty' and only use products that have a conscience. The products are concerned with utilizing natural ingredients and shying away from the chemical world. Anyone willing to try truly off-the-radar products and all-natural beauty remedies will have no problem diving into Goodebox — and think of all the legwork that $16 per month will save you.

To: The Fitness Maven

Unless you're an organic food-e, Whole Foods can leave you feeling overwhelmed with its overload of healthy snacks and products. Want someone to take the hard work out of selecting new things to try? I suggest you sign up for KlutchClub, which sends a sampling of specialty snack bars, vitamin supplements, skin-care products, and healthy cooking essentials that can put a little pep in your work out step. Also included: gift cards and certificates for downloadable online classes- some are substantial enough in denomination to pay for the box. I thought the $18 price tag was a little steep (the price goes down with higher-commitment subscriptions), but when you consider what's in here it's not so bad.

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