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    Ale
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    What are the best suscription boxes around?
    I just joined Birchbox this month, because I actually don’t know anything about skincare/make up and realized I should start looking into that since I’m turning 32 in a couple of months.
    I wanted to join Single Swag also but I’m going with Birchbox first to see what it’s all about.
    I want to know everyone’s experiences with suscriptions about beauty, makeup, skincare or anything else.

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    Kate
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    ktfran
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    I’ve done both Birchbox and Ipsy.

    Birchbox is great if you want all kind of skincare items. I didn’t, I wanted to try new makeup. Enter Ipsy. I liked it the first couple of months. I loved a couple of the lipsticks and one cream blush in particular. But they started sending way too much mascara and eyeliner, so I quit.

    Anyway, if you’re looking for some new products to try, either is good for a few months, then it gets repetitive.

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    I like dermstore beauty fix or Sephora play. Birchbox has a mixed reputation. But I don’t subscribe anymore because I have way too many products.
    There a few sites out there that have a lot of reviews.

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    They all get pretty repetitive after a few months. I’d just go to sephora or Nordstrom and talk to salespeople and get samples. They both give out pretty generous samples and are great on returns.

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    Janelle

    I love the Allure Beauty box. I got it for my mom for xmas. We trade products back and forth. Plus it’s only $16/month. I do FabFitFun and am obsessed. I am about to get my third box. Pricier but only 4 times a year plus you get about $300 with of products and you can customize to an extent as well as do add ons. Add ons are insanely good deals on products from previous boxes. I switched shampoo and conditioner after using one from a box and keep buying it through their website for cheap. You can also buy many of the products in the box for a fraction year round.

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    Janelle

    Oh and FabFitFun are all full size products! Scarfs, candles, makeup, jewelry, etc.

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    MissDre

    FabFitFun is great!

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    Ale
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    I am very interested in Fabfitfun! That’s the one that I liked the most from Kate’s link

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    Essie
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    I’ve done Birchbox for about 3 years, Sephora Play for a year or so.

    Sephora Play is great if you shop at their stores a lot, because a lot of the fringe benefits are tied into the store. Extra loyalty points if you buy products after doing a one-on-one session at the store, meet-up events at the store. They have recognizable brands from the stores and the samples are pretty generously sized. There’s a balanced mix of makeup and skincare, with some haircare products, too. Each box gets a fragrance sample thrown in as a bonus. Box contents vary according to your profile, but there’s no way to customize your box – you get what they choose for you.

    Birchbox leans a little more towards skincare and haircare than makeup. They have a broader range of brands than Sephora, IMO, because it’s not tied to a retail store. Birchbox does a lot more with ingredient-conscious brands, if you’re into that. I’ve found SO many great products and brands through them that aren’t so easy to find in retail stores. Samples are also generously sized, and there’s even a full-size product in a box now and then. I just got a full-size mascara this month. Fragrance samples are included as one of your 5 samples occasionally, which I don’t like. They’ll sometimes throw in a foil packet as a bonus. For instance, if a shampoo is one of your 5 samples, you’ll get a packet of the conditioner as a sixth item in the box.

    Two advantages that I see to Birchbox:

    There’s some limited box customization. Each month, you choose one of the following: 1) Get your regular box with 5 surprise samples picked by Birchbox, 2) Pick one of the samples in your box from a small collection of items, and let Birchbox pick the other four, or 3) Get a curated box, usually a collaboration with a celebrity or magazine or another company, and you’ll know what’s coming in the box.

    Birchbox also sends discounts pretty often. There’s usually a collection of 30% off items in their online store, and they’ll e-mail a discount code now and then. When you make purchases or refer friends, you earn points that you can use as dollars-off in their online store.

    Considering that each is $10/month, it might be worth it to try both and see which one you like best. The downside to that is that you might be like me and end up keeping both. 🙂

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    Ale
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    @essie that is a very complete review, thanks. I am now looking forward to getting my first box, I’m excited!
    I ended up suscribing to Fabfitfun also, just seeing their Instagram account and some reviews got me obssessed. Thankfully it’s june and the first box is coming out soon.
    Thank you all 🙂

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    Sara

    Try the World. It comes with food items from around the world – candies, jellies, spices, baking mixes, cookies, etc.. Each box is themed from a different country. I’ve gotten some really good stuff.

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