This month I subscribed to three different beauty box subscriptions.
- Julep Maven Box. Julep.com
Basic Info: I first discovered Julep at Sephora where each bottle runs $14.99. The subscription includes 2 polishes that are chosen based on your style profile. It also includes a surprise gift usually completing the polishes. Polishes are always on trend with the season and all of them are toxic free, which I love. For the subscription you pay about $21 a month, so it does save you money rather than purchasing the individual Julep polishes from Sephora or other retailers. Fortunately, someone shared a coupon code with me. If you are interested, the code is PENNY and it gives you the first months box for only a penny! Julep Mavens are offered 20% off all products on the website plus free shipping.
My Experience: I took the style quiz and was dubbed the “It Girl”, however, I chose to opt for the Bombshell Maven Box instead. I liked that you could choose a different option if you don’t want the one selected for you. My intro Maven Box included two polishes and two glitter pots to add some holiday sparkle to my nails. The glitters dried perfectly on my nails and with a top clear coat they looked pretty cool. The first color was a dark purple PERFECT for winter season. The second was a bright orange. The polishes go on very smoothly but can come out thick and take a long time to dry. My box also included a bottle of cuticle oil that I am obsessed with and has helped my cuticles a lot since I received it. I also chose to add on a product which was the Quick Dry Nail Drops infused with vitamins and smells so good. I love it. As for continuing my subscription I think I might do it every other month, or according to what I see in the preview for the upcoming month. Overall, this subscription has a great color selection, cute packaging (they look like lip gloss), and all around good products. Reccommended if you are obsessed with nail polishes.
2. Ipsy. ipsy.com
Basic Info: Ipsy was created by YouTube Beauty guru Michelle Phan. Every month they send you both sample and full sized beauty products in what they call a Glam Bag for only $10. The Glam Bag is an actual makeup bag to carry all your cosmetics in, which is one of the things I loved the most. The website also has an interactive platform where subscribers can share the looks they created with the products included in their Glam Bags. You can purchase your subscription for a full year, six, and three months. A month to month payment plan is also optional and you can cancel at anytime.
My Experience: Ipsy was my personal favorite of all three subscriptions. Inside my Glam Bag came with a red lip gloss from Be A Bombshell, a gold eye pigment from NYX, a black kohl eyeliner from Urban Decay, some highlighting papers from Mai Couture, and a Mirabella face & eye primer. For ten dollars this is an absolute steal! I love that all the products work together to create a look, which in this case was a holiday glam. I was very satisfied with Ipsy and am going to continue my subscription.
Basic Info: Birchbox is most similar to Ipsy in that they send you beauty products based on your style profile every month. The products come in both full and sample sized products.
My first box came with a Tweezerman nail file, a small shampoo sample I forgot the brand but it smells so good! Just wish the conditioner came with it. An eyeshadow/illuminizer/highlighter from The Balm, a perfume sample from Juicy Couture, which I hated (smells like old lady perfume) and a $50 credit to Rent the Runway ,which is okay but they always run that coupon code on their site anyways.
Bottom Line: Ipsy was definately my favorite. I felt like they gave me the best products and most products. I reccommend this one to anyone interested in learning about new beauty products at a low cost! Its just such a great deal! I know GlossyBox is another subscription only offering luxury brand products and I am thinking of subscribing soon.