I’m Trying a Few Subscription Boxes

Every so often, I become obsessed with one thing or another, especially when it comes to shopping for beauty products. One example is when I wanted to buy an eyeliner I had a chance to try – Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. For weeks, I clicked around the internet in an attempt to find it at a price that was reasonable enough for me to splurge. I eventually bought it for my birthday, but not before I got that discounted price!

My current obsession is Beauty Subscription Boxes, which have been around for a few years, and are growing in popularity. I got turned on to these boxes by a friend who sent me a link to the well-known site Ipsy, founded by Michelle Phan, who got her start as a youtube make-up artist who shared her “how-to” videos. Those videos opened up many doors for her, and Ipsy is a business I feel great about supporting. I’ll be posting a full-review, subscription info, and periodic updates about their “glam bags”. At $10.00 a month, it is a steal, and I’ll break down all of the reasons why very soon.

After having a really positive experience with Ipsy, I decided to look into other boxes, cuz, why not!? I don’t have enough money in my budget to subscribe to more than one service every month, however, I am finding ways to make this whole obsession pay off for me, which is a motivating factor in my decisions.

Soooo…I signed up for Birchbox, which is again, a reasonable $10.00 a month. Of course I found and used a coupon code for a freebie, and upon signing up, I got another code for 20% off. I’m currently awaiting the first shipment, and I’ve heard that when a customer initially subscribes, it takes a little longer to get their first box together. Their service has a lot of positive reviews, so I’ll be patient, for now!

I also subscribed to the Allure Beauty box, because they’ve been getting some rave reviews of late. The first month is a bargain at $10.00 a month, and beyond that it is $15.00. I’ll let you all know whether or not it lives up to its reputation as soon as I get my first box.

In addition to these, I ordered a WalMart beauty box for just $5.00 to cover the cost of shipping. Apparently, it is well-worth the money, so I’ll share what I got when it arrives. The subscription is quarterly, and they also offer a Baby Box. Go here to get your beauty box, or here for your baby box.

Glossybox is another service that I found out about, so I looked into it, and instead of subscribing, I ordered a box from a previous month in order to check them out. That pretty little pink box arrived yesterday, and at $15.00 with free shipping, it was a great deal, considering I got over $40.00 retail value in products. Whether or not I will subscribe to their service in the future remains to be seen.

I have no intention of cancelling my subscription to Ipsy at this point, because in the three months I’ve been with them, I have had a very very positive experience. I wish they had more to offer, like an upgraded subscription or something of that nature.

As for the other boxes, that all depends on what they contain, how much the items are worth, and whether or not I like their company in general. Come back to my blog, and subscribe to learn more about whether or not subscription boxes are a thing for you!

Stay beautiful, my dear readers, and let me know about your experiences with subscription boxes!


Ipsy Referral Link

Birchbox Referral Link

Glossybox Referral Link






  1. karenleahansen · February 12, 2016

    Thanks for posting about the various subscription boxes. I’ve been getting Birch box for a few months and I love it! I love it so much, that I was thinking of trying another box ( in addition to Birch box). Ipsy looks like it might be a good fit for me. Although it’s not beauty- I also do Rocksbox, a jewelry box service. It’s fun- three curated pieces of jewelry out at a time and you can keep them as long as you want ( with the option to buy them at a discounted price) or return them for a refresh. Postage is included for nineteen a month.

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    • Celisa Stratton · February 12, 2016

      Hi Karen, thanks for reading and responding! I would definitely recommend #ipsy, (please use my referral link so I can credit-https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=u1lm2 ). Much like Birchbox, they send you stuff tailored to your interests, needs, etc. So far, they’ve been spot on EVERY TIME, and there’s not a single item I haven’t been pleased with (except a lipstick that broke, but I ended up with a replacement thanks to their amazing customer service!).

      If you have a referral link to Rocksbox, I’d love to look into it, and would subscribe through your link so you get credit!

      Beautifully yours,


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