By Lola Marie

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, chances are that most of us ladies have heard about or have began using beauty and makeup subscriptions. The general idea behind the service is to allow interested persons to sample beauty products before buying the actual full-sized (and fully priced) product. Due to the increased number of beauty subscriptions available to consumers, it remains a difficult decision to figure out where to begin the process of determining the best products to suit your needs. Some subscriptions carry many brands that we can find at our local Sephora or Ulta Beauty, including Nars, Benefit cosmetics, and Stila, thereby allowing us to purchase the full-sized products if they work for us. I’ve personally subscribed to a few of late, and I’ve narrowed it down to four that I really love.



Birchbox :

Cost: $10 per month
How it works: after completing an online questionnaire, Birchbox gets delivered to your home with about five beauty deluxe or lifestyle samples based on the answers you provided. If you like any of the products you’ve received, you are then able to log on to and purchase the full-sized product. Also, if you’re a resident of NYC (or live closeby), try stopping by the Birchbox store in Soho. It’s a great place to shop and create your own Birchbox by trying out their beauty services.



Ipsy :


Cost: $10 a month
How it works: when you subscribe to Ipsy, you not only get 4 to 5 deluxe sample size products, also you receive a different chic make up bag.and everything is personalized based on your answers on your Ipsy beauty quiz. There may be a waiting list for this subscription but it’s not
A long wait.

Beauty Bar Sample Society :

Cost: $15 per month
How it works: has partnered with Allure to give you a subscription box and a discounted shopping experience all in one package. Each month, five sample-sized products are delivered to you along with a $15 monthly gift code to use on a $50 purchase. Your goodies also come with an mini-magazine curated by Allure beauty editors. You can find brands such as Alturna, OPI, and Lancôme in this box.

GlossyBox :

Cost: $21 per Month
How it works: if you’re mostly interested in high-end beauty brands, then GlossyBox is for you. This subscription carries five luxury travel-sized beauty products based on your beauty profile, delivered in a chic and reusable box. By using this coupon code: BEAUTYSTAT615 you’ll be able to save 15% off your first GlossyBox delivery.

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