OK, so I am ridiculously excited about beauty sample boxes. If you've been reading this blog, you know I'm psyched about Julep - for nail polish, so I decided to post all the beauty sample programs I've found. Enjoy!!
- Julep - as stated in my previous post this is about *nail polish* and hand/feet care products. However I'm very into nail polish lately and love the concept behind Julep. Products bought have $1 donated to charity. 'Julep Mavens' (i.e. sample box program participates) get full size nail polishes not yet released (I'm not sure how many) - which retail on the site for $14, plus a sample of some of their foot/hand care products. I've signed up for this and will review it soon. The lowdown: At $19.99(US)/month this is pretty pricey, but the website says it's very easy to skip a month, cancel, or redirect your box to a friend as a gift - no emailing or calling. As far as I know this is only available in the U.S. Maven's get 20% off their orders and free shipping.
- Birchbox - this well-known program has many mixed reviews, but after *much* debating I decided to sign up. It's $10(US)/month and after seeing a full size twenty something dollar eyeliner I *really* want I signed up. Birchbox has high end brands - Nars, Benefit, Bvlgari, Cargo, Stila, Shu Uemura, Korres - the list goes on. If you aren't into prestige brands it's a great intro. The lowdown: $10(US)/month, only in the US, its territories and APO boxes. I've heard that if you are over 30 (birchbox asks for your age) you won't get as much make-up, mostly skin-care.
- Eco-Emi - not completely a beauty box, this is a lifestyle box - featuring (in addition to beauty products) things like cards, soaps, food, and other things to help you try out natural, often organic, vegan, free-trade, eco-friendly things to live greener. I love this concept. I've heard nothing but awesome things about Eco-Emi. The low-down: $15(US)/month, USA only according to their site. Currently there is a waiting list which I signed up on, the expected time until you can join is 1-2 months according to their Facebook page.
- Beautyfix - you get to pick your products, and will receive 8 full size or deluxe samples. After filling out a survey which asks about your skin type, coloring, hair type, and age you are presented a page full of products to pick from. Most of the products appear to be skin-care items - moisturizers, peels, serums, etc, with a few lip glosses and bath-bombs (that was mine everyone's is supposed to be a little different). I *love* my existing skincare routine so I don't see myself doing this program. The low-down: $39.95(US)/season (4 seasons a year). This is kind of pricey for me - considering I just started Birchbox and Julep, and I'm not really overly interested in the products. But if you love skincare items, this might be a good choice for you. Available only in the US.
- New Beauty Test-Tube - Seasonal like Beautyfix, but the test-tube comes with a thick magazine. The magazine retails for $9.99(US) in stores and is pretty thick and interesting, but not really something I'm in love with or can't wait to read. My issue is a lot of makeovers - and some are confusing. One features a lady who looks in her 40's. In the next picture she looks about 25. No comments about anything that could really take away all the wrinkles and make her look like a completely different person, it just comments on her makeup and skin color, which leaves me pretty skeptical. However, I've heard that a lot of people love the magazine and that the test-tube itself doesn't disappoint. The lowdown: $29.95(US) plus $8.95(US) for shipping (ouch). With most others offering free shipping that's kind of frustrating. You get 4 seasonal boxes a year which include the magazine. I think this is a US only program, the website doesn't say. If you know, please comment!
- Loose Button - Every month you get 3-5 deluxe sized samples - skincare, makeup, fragrance, body, etc. You fill out a beauty profile so the products are customized for you. Brands include Dermalogica, Ahava, Clinique, Lancome, Stila and more. The lowdown: I've heard nothing but great things about this program. It is currently only available in Canada and it's provinces. C$12/month with quarterly & yearly options available. Yearly gives you two free months. Free shipping.
- Yellow Box Beauty [Note: Yellow Box Beauty appears to be no longer active] - Every month you get a box (yes it really is yellow) with beauty products - retail size. There is no set number, just that you will get your money's worth and them some. I can't find a selection of brands that are featured - the only thing the site says is they are 'up and coming' brands. The low-down: I haven't heard much about this program yet. It's available for 3, 6 or 12 months: 3/$34.95(US)/month; 6/$32.95(US)/month; 12/$29.95/month + $7.95(US)/month shipping fees. They also charge tax to California residents. This is only available in the US. If you've tried this please comment!
- GlossyBox - Every month you get 5 luxury brand samples. You can fill out surveys and earn Glossydots (that is so cute btw) each survey gets you 20 & when you get 1000 your box is free. Brands include Illamasqua, OPI, Xen-Tan, Lalique, Weleda and more. The low-down: £10/month + £2.95 shipping, available in the UK, France, Germany, Brazil and Korea (info here applies to the UK version, please comment if you know about the info for other countries).
- Boudoir Prive -[Note: Boudoir Prive appears to be no longer active]Every month you get 5-6 deluxe size samples - skincare, makeup, fragrance, lifestyle, etc. Brands include Jane Iredale, Sachajuan, Nars, Batiste, and other prestige brands. I've heard this is even better than Glossybox. The lowdown: £10/month, free shipping(!) Currently only available in the UK. Since this looks like the best option in the UK because of the free shipping I watched a review of it on youtube (link here) and was very impressed with the contents and presentation of the box: handwritten card, gorgeous packaging, tokens for friends to get half off their first box, 2 tea bags, a lash growth product by Jane Iredale (who btw, came out with the very first lash growing product, which got pulled by the FDA, then copied by other brands, stolen by Latisse, and now Jane Iredale has it again), body butter, firming creme, hair repair serum, and 2 perfume testers. Except for the perfume everything was a very impressively sized sample - something I'm used to having to pay a good $6-8(US) for at Ulta. Wish this was in the US because it looks like a *giant* rival for Birchbox!
- Glymm - Monthly box with 3-5 prestige brand samples, a points system, brands like butter London(<3)Cake, Balmshell, Babor, Principessa Beauty & more. You fill out a beauty profiles for customized samples. Glymm has a green policy that makes me happy - not as good as Eco-Emi but nice. The lowdown: C$10/month + tax (which varies depending on the part of Canada it's being ordered from), (tax? really?), and is currently only available in Canada although the site says it will come to the US soon.
What have you heard about these programs? Tried any? Want to? Know of any others? I could only find programs for the US, Canada, and UK (although one said it was available in other countries to). Know of any other beauty sampling programs? Comment!
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