Monday, 23 November 2015

BEAUTY BOXES - Are they worth the money?


For years I have been debating whether I should join the (very long) list of bloggers who receive a monthly delivery at their doorstep with some little goodies presented in a cute box. Should I? Yes? No? 

The little hoarder in me couldn't stop thinking about how cool it must feel to receive a parcel full of beauty products that you haven't picked. It's like Christmas all year round. You wonder what will be in it, what products you'll like, what new brands you'll discover and so on. 

After the Cosmo Blog Awards I got home to inspect the gift bags I received and found a nice surprise from LookFantastic who kindly gave us all a beauty box to try. The perfect occasion for me to test out this theory of "needing" a subscription like this in my life. It's been a few days now and I felt like I was ready for my verdict.

Before anyone jumps at my throat, I know that each box out there is different. Usually the ones you'll mainly hear of are the GlossyBox which is influenced by mid range brands like Becca, Burberry and Eyeko or Birchbox which comes with brands like Benefit, Stila, Nuxe and so on. Of course all the infos will be on their sites. 

The whole point of the box is that you pay a fraction of the price and try all these amazing new brands. Heaven for beauty bloggers, really. What sort of disappointed me is how small the samples are. Call me greedy, but I was just underwhelmed when I opened up my box. It felt like the product sizes were as big as the samples you get in magazines - if not smaller. When it comes to skincare especially, I need at least 2 weeks worth of product to actually see if something is worth purchasing. I think I would have less of an issue with makeup because who uses all their lipgloss up? I have about 10 Mac lipsticks and I am barely halfway through with all of them. 

My box came with a Balance Me radiance mask which I already own, a Monu Firming moisturiser (which would probably disappear in three days), an Elemis Hydra Balance face cream, a Murad exfoliating cleanser, Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil and a Nuxe reve de miel. The main thing I buzzed about was the eye brush because I do like my tools a lot. According to LookFantastic's site, each box is worth over £50. Really..? 
I think I would have liked it more if there was a mixture of full sizes and smaller samples, that way I would have felt as if I was getting more bang for my buck.  

Don't get me wrong, the actual brands are great, some excellent picks in there, but as a blogger and someone who tests skincare on a regular basis, I wouldn't accept, for example, a brand sending me such tiny samples for review purposes. Also, it can be such a hit or miss - some months I read many negative reviews of people saying they probably wouldn't use half of the things they received. I guess you can pass them onto friends and family but it sucks that you wait a whole month to be a little disappointed. 

By the end of it I decided I am not the right gal for this. I'd rather do some research and spend money on fewer products that I personally pick, rather than receive tiny little samples that I will most likely throw in my draw and MAYBE use on a holiday, if I remember to take them out. 

So that's it, I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this. I know many out there LOVE beauty boxes, which is great, but I hope there's someone else out there sharing my opinion. 




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  1. I always read bloggers loving beauty boxes, it's great to see a post saying both sides. I've never liked the boxes as it's so hit and miss. I read reviews and I normally think "I wouldn't use that, that or that" so they're not worth it for me.

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    1. haha glad to see someone else agrees :)

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  2. I do agree with you in some sense. I have a Birchbox subscription but I think it's not bad for the price and I tend to use a lot of the items for travelling but sometimes I do wonder how much I would have to spend on full size high end products if I didn't get monthly boxes. x

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    1. If I travelled more then I could see them being more useful but as someone who leaves the country once or twice a year it'd be a bit useless to me :) x

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  3. If I didnt write my blog I would love to have a box sub xxx

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    1. Ahh, you know, maybe that's the thing! As a blogger I don't need it but if I wasn't doing this then I might consider it! xxx

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  4. I just ordered my first Birchbox as I was intrigued by the hype, and also because I love to travel I thought the sizes might be pretty good to throw in my hand luggage. I have a feeling it may be a one time purchase but was interested to give it a shot.

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  5. I do think some of them are good value for money because I am able to try brands I might have never bothered with and some of the samples are decent sized enough so you can literally try before you buy x

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  6. I have a few beauty box subscriptions and love them to test a few new thing but also to use for travel. But I can see both sides because some months I think they are a waste of money for sure. This box looks pretty nice though!

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  7. Completely agree - so refreshing to read someone with this view too! Suscribed to Birchbox but will be cancelling after Christmas x

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  8. I totally agree with you lovely - I purchased a Birchbox and even though it was cute I stopped straight after, as everything was so tiny. I also get where you are coming from with this box!

    The Latest In Beauty Boxes are a lot better and worth checking out :)

    It was fab to meet you last week :)

    India X

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  9. I've never been a fan because essentially if I'm spending £20 I'd like to spend it on something I definitely want. The only one I'd consider restarting with is YouBeauty Discovery as it's about £7 and always has impressive brands xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  10. I am totally 50/50 about beauty boxes and sometimes I really hate them and sometimes I adore them, I actually enjoy using the minis as I travel but I hate it when the products are samey xxx

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  11. it was actually very nice to read a different opinion for a change!! I used to get a subscription box and be totally disappointed most months by the products. THe one that disappointed the least was the Lookfantastic one actually and the fact that you can buy it after some bloggers have already opened it for you is great. this stems from me not wanting to spend 50€ on a murad mask that i will only use a few times because i have so many in rotation. so now i check out each month if there is something I want in the box and whether I finished all the other minis that I use at the gym!

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  12. You got a lot of great items in this box -- I love when I get a makeup brush in my subscription box. It's nice to be able to try out the brand at a discount. And you can never have too many brushes, right? Right ;-)

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  13. I have seen this Box at home and Rachel seems quite happy with the mixture of contents.

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  14. This looks like lovely box with some amazing products to try! My favorite subscription box at the moment is Style Tone. There is always 5 full size products in it and the value has always been amazing x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  15. I don't do the 'blind' monthly beauty boxes for the reasons you mention - you might not like what's in them, and the samples are often diddie. I do though buy montly boxes which you know the contents of up front, like the ones Naturisimo do. Then you know exactly what you're getting before you decide whether it's worth buying. Not surprisingly these types of boxes usually sell out very quickly. Tx

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  16. I love reading about all those fab beauty boxes but I've never actually ordered one myself... why? well, most of the time looking at the content I simply wouldn't use half of it... I am picky when it comes to skincare and even pickier with my make-up... so just like you, I am not the right fit for it... yet I do adore all blog post about them…

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