Hey there, lovelies! September is a fun month for me and subscription boxes. I ordered the Popsugar Must Have box for the first time, and added the limited-edition Fall box AND I have a brand new K-beauty subscription box on the way called BomiBox which promises 8 full and deluxe sized Asian beauty products. SO exciting. But, today I’m going to share a quick overview of three of my favorite monthly subscriptions, all at $15 a month or less!
This curated box from Allure magazine is always a great value jam-packed with a variety of beauty products. Often, there is a great mix of high-end and drugstore products and they very often toss in little bonuses. I’ll never cancel this little box because even if they don’t bat 1000 every time (and this month was a huge miss for me) it’s usually great and always worth the modest $15 price.
As you can tell from the picture, September started a little rough and kind of went downhill from there. The included nail polish exploded. I’m not sure if it was from heat or abuse – but it was a pretty wretched mess. I managed to get the products clean enough for testing (except the nail polish, obvs) so it wasn’t a total loss. I have contacted customer service to ask for a replacement polish to be included with my October shipment, I’m curious to see how they handle it.
Other included products were from Purlisse, a brand I like a lot but am all sorts of stocked up on thanks to subscription boxes, Supergoop, a brand I simply cannot seem to enjoy and Orly, for aforementioned nail polish. I had never tried a product from Grande Cosmetics before, and I was pretty excited to try this lash primer that is fortified with peptides for lash health. It was OK, but at $25, overpriced. I found it to be very similar to the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer, which is under $10 and a much better bang for the buck. On the positive side, the box included an eye treatment that was definitely a treat! My experience with Avene is fairly limited, but I have loved every product that I’ve tried. This de-puffing eye treatment is no exception. It smoothed fine lines while I slept and faded the look of dark circles noticeably. I always seem to have a plethora of eye treatments from my subscription boxes, but if that ever changes, I would definitely consider buying this one! Finally, the September box included a pretty little perfume mini from Bulgari. I have another from Allure in the same pretty little bottle (that is quite tricky to open!) and while the fragrance isn’t up my alley, I love receiving these little minis to place on this glass vanity tray to look at and admire.
This classic beauty subscription is only $10 a month, and I think everyone in America receives this particular subscription. I love seeing the various items people receive in their monthly bags – there is more diversity with this one than most. I feel like Ipsy has really improved their product choices over the last 4 months or so and my selections have been great.
The actual bag this month is super cute, the little dancers spell Ipsy, something I didn’t notice until I posted it on Instagram. The theme is Glamazon – so right up my alley. As for the goods, big wins all around. Too Faced’s Lip Injection Extreme is an amped-up version of the original, which was really good. Designed to temporarily give you lips a fuller appearance, this product intentionally irritates your lips. The “tingling” sensation is quite noticeable, and those with sensitive skin might not enjoy the sensation all that much. It doesn’t bother me at all, I love the fuller appearance and this one is very glossy, which I think looks amazing for a glammed up night out. I really love applying a lip stain and then using this on top – the effect is sort of grungy-glam – in a sexy way. I think this product is a must have for your bag of tricks! I have several metallic nail polishes from Trust Fund Beauty and I love them all. What’s not to love? All the stuff that’s bad for you is missing, but the polish is glitzy and glam and wears well. I don’t own any products from Serpahine Botanicals, but this Guava Butter lip and cheek stain is amazing. It smells divine, the color is rich and pigmented, it glides on effortlessly and looks great. I’m completely in love and am eager to check out their other earth and animal friendly products. The bag included two skincare products which are new to me and I love getting new things to try. I’m funny about skincare, though, and work new products in one at a time so that I can tell how something is working – and these won’t make it in to the rotation for a few weeks. I’m a fan of the Nuxe line, so I’m sure this moisturizer will be wonderful. I love the philosophy behind Befine Skin Care and this exfoliating cleanser looks amazing!
I’ve had this subscription box since the beginning, and I’ve always loved it. This month, however, there was a repeat product in the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, which I hope is not a sign of things to come. With 8 million products available, duplicating an eyeliner is not cool. Especially since it’s also the basic black. I mean, at least give us an interesting color if you must. I’m also a little concerned because the perfume from Atelier Cologne is also a repeat. Don’t worry, Sephora. I still love you, but please, mix it up a little, k? Thanks.
Anyway, they’ve improved their game a lot by including a cute, uniquely designed drawstring bag each month – and I’ve loved them all. I will definitely be using them to give cosmetic gifts, they are all so cute. The other products were great. The Sephora branded lipstick is a lovely, soft pink that reminds me of spring and is completely wearable. While I’m hopelessly bad with my hair, I have loved every single Perfect Hair Day product I have tried and they actually make my hair look like I almost know what I’m doing! Ole Henricksen makes great skincare – and it will be a while before this one hits the rotation, I’m happy to have it. Finally, this Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow gel isn’t a product for me (it makes my brows crispy, which I hate) but it’s a good product and I’ll proudly be able to share it with a friend.
September’s box, for me, was more a giant miss than a hit, Sephora’s box is only $10 a month and I love Sephora endlessly. The box also comes with a card that entitles you to product demos in-store and 50 extra points with a purchase. Hard to complain about that!
So there’s the quick fix. I’m looking forward to my higher-end subs arriving this month – including Boxycharm and LovePinkSeoul.
What are your fave subscriptions? What did you think of this month’s selections?