If you’re anything like me, you have a slight makeup addiction.  From the newest e.l.f brush to Sephora’s Naked palette, you want it all!  Unfortunately, we can’t always get it all or even worse, we end up buying a product we don’t like.  On the bright side, for makeup addicts like you and me, subscription boxes have become a hit among the beauty industry.  Now, you can receive samples of your favorite products and brands, or step out of your comfort zone and try out new merchandise for a low price.


  1. Play! By Sephora $10- Welcoming a new addition to the Sephora family, Play! by Sephora is a monthly beauty box that provides you with six sample size products, a Play! Book filled with tips and a Play! Pass. Show your Play! Pass at your local Sephora store to get all of your beauty inquiries answered in person.  Although there is currently a waitlist, if you’re interested I highly suggest you sign up.  An e-mail notification will be sent to you when you have been removed from the waitlist, and can finally order your box!
    Ipsy Glam Bag
  2. Ipsy Glam Bag $10- The name may sound familiar, founded by Youtube star and makeup guru Michelle Phan, Ipsy Glam Bags provide you with five deluxe samples, an information card, and a stylish new makeup bag every month! When you sign up for your bag, you are asked to create a custom profile. After you submit your profile, a team of stylists chooses the top products based on your answers to put in your Ipsy Glam Bag!  If you want to switch things up and try new products, or you’re not satisfied with some of the products you’ve received, just retake the styling quiz and new items will be selected for you.BirchBox
  3. BirchBox $10- Along with the Ipsy Glam Bag, here’s another familiar name and a beauty box classic. BirchBox is a monthly subscription box for women, but with a small twist; BirchBox is offered to men as well. Similar to the Glam Bag, you start by creating a customized profile and take a short quiz to determine what products are suited for you.  Boxes come in various designs and usually include a range of samples from deluxe to full size.
    Beauty Army
  4. Beauty Army $12- Totally customizable, this box allows you to select the samples that come in your box. After you create your profile and complete the Beauty Army style quiz, you pick 6 out of 12 items picked out for you based on your profile.  If you don’t like anything that was picked out for you that month, luckily you have the option to skip that month.  This box allows the most personalized options and control over your products.allure
  5. Allure Beauty Box $15- Created by Allure magazine, each box comes with five full size and deluxe products. Editors at Allure pick their favorite product, try it, give it a review, and send their top picks to you. The box also comes with a mini mag that contains information on each product and why it was picked.

It doesn’t just stop at beauty, there is a variety of categories that you can check out.  There’s a box for almost all of your hobbies or needs! Here are some links to lists of subscription boxes to get you started.

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Author: Jessy.E ~ Contributing editor