Beauty box subscriptions work similarly to a magazine subscription plan except that instead of getting a magazine each month, you'll receive a box of product samples. Most plans are monthly, bi-monthly or yearly, but some offer a one-time-only option. Depending on the plan, you may select the products or the company will determine what is shipped to you based on a profile you complete.
Four Sampler Boxes
Some beauty box subscriptions provide a mixture of product types, with some sending pre-selected items and others allowing subscribers to select their items. No matter what type of beauty products you use, there's likely a subscription plan that meets your needs. Here are several to check out:
SheKnows chose Birchbox as 2013 Beauty Awards editor's choice and first place winner in the subscription service category. Birchbox has also been featured in many magazines such as In Style, Marie Claire and Seventeen. Birchbox offers samples from well-known, tried-and-true brands like 100% Pure, Carol's Daughter, it Cosmetics, Juice Beauty, Juicy Couture and Lancôme Paris.
Not only does Birchbox come highly recommended but it's also a fantastic value. For $10 a month, you'll receive 4 or 5 deluxe beauty samples based on a lifestyle questionnaire you complete during the registration process. Men's subscriptions are also available. Members are billed monthly on the 15th of each month and can cancel at any time. To get started, visit Birchbox's user-friendly website.
2. Beauty Box 5
Beauty Box 5 is making a name for itself in the beauty sample subscription realm. SheKnows chose them as the 2013 Beauty Awards 2nd place winner in the subscription service category, and Allure magazine suggests joining Beauty Box 5 for its wide variety of products. Beauty Box 5 brands include Aveeno, Demeter, lavera, Rosebud and Weleda -- just to name a few.
For $12 per month, Beauty Box 5 delivers five, pre-selected cosmetic samples to your home. Monthly, quarterly and annual subscription plans are available. In order to receive next month's box, you must sign up by the last day of the current month. To join, simply register on the Beauty Box 5 website, complete your beauty profile and choose your plan.
3. Beauty Army
Recommended by Time and Allure magazines and DailyCandy.com, a Beauty Army subscription gives you the ability to choose up to six products for just $12 per month. You'll choose among some of the hottest brands on the market today, such as Sheaterra Organics, mark., Bath & Body Works and Lucy B. If you pay for one-year in advance you'll receive one month free and you may cancel or skip a month at any time.
4. Sample Society
Two beauty world powerhouses, Beautybar.com and Allure magazine, have joined forces to form Sample Society, a beauty sample subscription program aimed at busy professionals who have high standards but don't have time to search high and low for the latest and greatest products.
The subscription costs $15 per month. Each month you'll receive 5 pre-selected deluxe beauty samples and a $15 discount code to use on a $50 purchase if you buy at least one of the products sampled that month. You'll also receive a mini-magazine full of tips from and news from the Allure editors. Membership can be canceled anytime.
Four Special Interest Boxes
If you would rather receive products focused on a particular special interest than a general assortment, one of the following specific-interest boxes might be great for you.
1. Hair: Curl Kit
For $20 a month, you'll receive 6-9 pre-selected samples from both well known and emerging brands such as Carol's Daughter, SheaMoisture and Creme of Nature. You'll also have access to online product tutorials to help you learn how to use each product. There's no minimum length of time to subscribe and you can cancel anytime.
2: African-American: We Are Onyx
This beauty box program offers sample products specifically tailored to women of color. Sample brands include Herban Body Care, Kinky-Curly, Mahogany Naturals and Shea Moisture.
To join, visit their website and complete a beauty profile. Then, for $15 each month, you'll select 4-6 deluxe samples. In addition, We Are Onyx takes the confusion and frustration out of trying new products by providing online tutorials for every item they offer. Membership can be canceled anytime.
3. Organic: Green Grab Bag
Despite its name, Green Grab Bag's products arrive in an eco-friendly, recyclable box. Green Grab Bag offers samples from top natural and organic beauty manufacturers including Brittanie's Thyme, Hollybeth's and Pangea Organics. The program has received an impressive number of positive reviews from beauty and women's blogs.
Green Grab Bag offers three box levels: Level 1 is $15; level 2 is $25, and level 3 is $35. You choose your samples and box level each month. There is no minimum commitment. Depending on the samples you choose, your box may consist of mini samples, premium samples and/or full-size products. After sampling your choices, if you find a product you love you can usually purchase it at a discounted price.
4. Nail Polish: SquareHue
If you spend more time choosing your nail color than your foundation, SquareHue is for you. SquareHue is all about beautiful and healthier nail polish. All of their polish is made in the USA, is not tested on animals and is free of formaldehyde, toulene, DBP, camphor and formaldehyde resin.Their polish was included in the gift bags distributed at the unveiling of the annual TV Guide 'Hot List' issue in 2013.
For $14.99 (plus $5.00) shipping per month, SquareHue will send you three pre-selected nail polishes. One month and three month plans are available. Colors are seasonal and never repeated. You may suspend or cancel your subscription at any time. SquareHue donates a portion of their proceeds to supporting world causes that help others; their current cause is human trafficking.
Beauty Delivered to your Door
All women want to look their best, but let's face it - life is super-busy and it's hard to find time to search for beauty products that meet our individual needs. Beauty box subscription plans are the perfect solution. Not only will you get to sample outstanding products chosen by some of the best beauty experts in the business, but you'll also enjoy the convenience and fun of having them delivered directly to your door. It's a great way to stay on top of the latest beauty trends.