Subscription boxes

Written by Daniela Ursulenko
April 27, 2017

I see makeup as a way to express my personality. I enjoy combining makeup shades, finishes and styles to create a look that matches my outfit and mood, but one thing limits me: I have high-end taste and a college student budget. I like to try new products but can’t spend $20 plus on something I may end up hating.

This struggle is what made me interested in subscription boxes. I researched for months, watching many unboxing videos after unboxing videos until I determined which subscription box was the best fit for me. I chose Ipsy, and for $10 a month, I receive five makeup and beauty items, both sample and full size in a stylish bag (not an actual box I know, but it’s the same concept). They are catered to my preferences based on a survey and my reviews of past products. My favorites include two Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigments, which are basically pure glitter and two Luxie brushes, which are cruelty free, vegan and feel like clouds touching my face.

For people more interested in hair and skin care but still want to try some actual makeup items, Birchbox also offers a box for $10 per month. They even have a men’s box that comes with grooming samples and lifestyle items such as socks or a pocket knife. For those who are willing to splurge a little more, Glossybox and Boxycharm, at $21 per month, offer deluxe samples and full-sized products.

Makeup boxes are not the only aspect of this trend, however. You can have treats and toys mailed to your favorite furry friend from BarkBox which caters boxes for dogs of all sizes. Loot Crate offers exclusive t-shirts, pins and other collectables themed for popular movies, comics and video games. The theme for May centers around superheroes for the upcoming release of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and features items such as a Deadpool T-shirt and a Baby Groot figurine.

Subscription boxes have a lot to offer for all budgets and interests, but the best part is feeling like you’re getting a birthday gift every month when the package comes to your door. I definitely recommend them.