Here’s a quick summary of the different services…
How much: $10/month
Sample brands: Benefit, Deborah Lippmann, Amika, Stila
How it works: Birchbox arrives at your door filled with about five deluxe beauty and lifestyle samples based on the answers you provide in an online questionnaire. Plus, if you like what you get, you can purchase a full-sized product at Birchbox.com and receive reward points toward discounts on future purchases.
How much: $10 a month
Sample brands: Yes To, Urban Decay, Josie Maran, Kiehl’s
How it works: When you subscribe to Ipsy, you not only get four to five deluxe beauty samples, but they also come in a chic, collectible makeup bag. Everything is personalized based on your answers to the Ipsy beauty quiz.
Beauty Box Five
How much: $12 a month
Sample brands: H2O Plus, Rosebud Perfume Co., Weleda
How it works: Beauty Box 5 lets you sample products from luxury, drugstore, and vegan-friendly brands. Every month, you get a box of deluxe samples and at least one full sized product (which will practically pay for itself). All you need to do is specify your personality and concerns and they will choose the products that fit you best.
How much: $19.99/month
How it works: The subscription of choice for nail polish addicts, the Julep Maven box comes filled with new nail polish colors plus other beauty products selected based on your style profile. We love the flexibility with this one: The company emails you on the 20th of every month with a preview of next month’s box, so you can choose to ship or skip. You can even try a different box or send your box to a friend.
24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size by Urban Decay: For the second time this month, I got a black eyeliner, which tends to be too harsh for my coloring. But I do love Urban Decay, so I will give it a whirl.
Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush: This is a really soft brush, and I really like it.
dr. brandt microdermabrasion: I really liked this. My skin felt really soft after using it.
Elizabeth Mott Pop!goes the shadow: This is a great color, and really long lasting.
Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil: a great summer neutral.
A good month for Ipsy!