Little Luxuries / Beauty boxes keep on giving
Beauty subscription boxes are an easy and often very inexpensive monthly indulgence. For as little as $10 per month, you receive a selection of beauty product samples—and the excitement of discovering what’s in your box or bag.
All subscriptions listed here should be assumed to include free shipping and a gift option unless otherwise noted.
What you get: Five middle-to-high-end samples of products including haircare, skincare, body care, makeup, fragrances, and nail polish not always easy to find in the Buffalo area, tailored to your preferences and needs based on a questionnaire. Users can get credit toward online purchases of full-sized products by providing reviews.
Best for: Someone searching for new everyday products who doesn’t want to gamble $30 or more to order a shampoo or BB cream sight unseen.
What you get: A reusable makeup bag with samples of mainly makeup and skincare products, with a slight focus on mass-market brands like Clinique and Origins. Subscribers receive cash back on purchases of full-sized products through the site.
Best for: People who want to try new colors and shades from more established brands or those who spend enough on cosmetics that it’s a monthly budget line.
What you get: Every month, Sephora selects seven products, and subscribers receive five of them based on their profile preferences, with a focus on makeup, skincare, and some hair products. Gift subscriptions are not available and there is sometimes a wait list.
Best for: Sephora lovers who want to treat themselves to a variety of products at a discount.
Cost: $15-$18/month depending on subscription plan
What you get: All cruelty-free and vegan samples of makeup, skincare, body care, and hair care products. Subscribers can earn points toward purchases by reviewing products.
Best for: Vegans, vegetarians, animal lovers, and those who want to sample looks and trends that lean toward the West Coast.
Cost: $22-$24/month for beauty products, $13-15 for masks
What you get: Either six full-sized beauty products or nine mask-style products, all from Korea or Taiwan. Some of these are fairly available in North America but more commonly seen in New York City or Toronto than here in Buffalo. Shipping is not free.
Best for: Beauteque describes itself as “the subscription for true K-Beauty addicts.” This is perfect for people who would like to make Korean beauty products their typical routine rather than an occasional option to try when out of town.
Read more about online style subscriptions here.