My Subscription Madness

When it was just JustFab and ShoeDazzle, I joined JustFab. All they had were shoes, which before I sprained my ankle for the last time, or the last trip I took down my stairs, seemed like a fun idea. $40 a month, and I can skip if I don’t want to be charged.  I bought a few pairs up front, then let my credits accumulate as I skipped the months, especially during the brief time of 6 months when I was unemployed. I took up a trial of The Honest Company a year or so after joining JustFab; it was free, I just paid for shipping which was $5. I loved the products but didn’t read the fine print. A month later after I unexpectedly quit a job I had left my cozy job for, I was charged $40. Because I didn’t change the date ( aka skip) I was charged for my Honest Bundle which was now a full size bundle of products instead of the little ones. After calling, I learned just like JustFab, I could skip. So I did. I regularly still use the subscription though, but only when I need the products, and it’s one less thing I have to get at the store.

Since I joined, both JustFab and The Honest Company have expanded their products. JustFab which originally offered shoes and handbags, offers shoes, handbags, jewelry and apparel such as dresses, shirts, pants, etc. they even partnered up with Kate Hudson for an athletic service called FabLetics. The Honest Company, who started out offering baby diapers and  vitamins, and a few house cleaning products now offers a wide variety of HBA items as well as baby items, and even have their own make up subscription service.

Subscription services have really exploded recently, and I had seen probably the most popular ones as ads on Facebook or Instagram.. BirchBox, Ipsy, FabFitFun, LoveWithFood, JapanCrate, and Nerd Block to name a few. My cousin got a year subscription to BirchBox for Christmas, and I thought to myself, I would like to try some of these subscription services.  But which was the best? Which one offered better products or samples? Which ones were the best in price and value? So I did my research. I asked friends on Facebook what services they used and how they liked them, I researched the boxes and read reviews people had given, and decided since I am phasing out my JustFab and using up my credits so I can close it ( since I no longer use it as much)  I can make room for some new ones.


(My February Ipsy Bag shown above)

I joined Ipsy for $10 a month, where I take a style quiz and 5 skincare, hair and makeup selection samples will be mailed to me in a cute makeup bag. This I thought would be a great way to try out products first,instead of buying them outright without knowing wheather or not I’d like them.  I also thought, since I mostly wear make up on occasion, one being cosplay; that I could potentially get a good bit of makeup I can then use for when I cosplay, instead of spending $100 at Sephora for 1 look alone.  You can see what I received in the picture above. Ipsy has offers on products, and if you review the products you can earn points to spend on the offers. I liked 3 out of my 5 samples which isn’t bad I think. I loved the nail polish, the lip gloss and the leave in hair conditioner ( which I kept meaning to buy at the store). It will be interesting to see how next month stacks up to this one in products.

I had been eyeing up FabFitFun for awhile. For $50 every quarter (March, June, September, December) you get a mix of items.  FFF intrigued me because all the reviews claimed it was one of the best box values out there, with each box containing at least $200 worth of product in a $50 box.  As with a lot of my “bigger” splurges, I tend to roll it over in my mind awhile before pulling the trigger. I joined My Subscription Addiction, so I could watch when boxes had deals and read reviews. I waited until FFF had a flash sale, and bought my first box for 50% off. That’s right $25. I read the fine print, and can cancel the subscription anytime and there is no cancellation fee.  After some thought I signed up in February, so it is in between months,and I missed the winter box, so I got the in-betweener box known as The Welcome box. My card which listed all my items claimed the total value of my box was $315.  I ended up getting a beautiful  14kt gold dipped necklace with a black sapphire chip that was valued at $100, which in my opinion is probably the item I was most surprised at. I typically don’t wear gold, but I love the necklace, and it is perfect. The other items I was surprised at, was the fancy $88 earbuds, and a full size under eye cream that retails for $88. I also got another leave in conditioner, this time a full size product (a different brand though), a full size nude colored nail polish by Zoya ( although I prefer the shade I got in my Ipsy bag better), a really cool jump rope from CosmoBody (a partner of FFF), and a organic protein shake (which I gave to Jeff, since it was chocolate).  I also got a $25 giftcard to Shoptiques, which I will definitely use. I will be getting a Spring Box in March, so I’m anxious to see what kind of products I wil be getting in the full size seasonal box.

I’ll definitely keep you guys posted, as I get more boxes I will be able o provide a better review of those boxes over a period of time.

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