When our favourite high street stores closed, we were all devastated. Especially when that meant we couldn’t visit our beauty counters for some retail therapy. As well as the temporary end of bagging samples at Laura Mercier. And no longer were we clock-watching at the long queue to get colour matched in MAC.
Instead it was online shopping and relying on online reviews of the newest skincare, haircare or beauty products. But what if Pearls & Wine told you that you could get a wide range of fab products delivered right to your door? And not only that, but you could also make huge savings and tick that self-care option off of the list for a month? Of course everything has since opened, but with us working from home and leading busy lives, why not take advantage of these amazing beauty subscription boxes?
Here, I’ve compiled a list of the best beauty subscription boxes and websites that you just have to check out…
Mention the word Beautypie to any of your girlfriends and you’ll definitely be met with tons of enthusiasm. If you’re late to the party (and don’t worry, it happens sometimes!) I’m here to fill you in! Shockingly, a lot of our favourite and expensive products are made at a fraction of the cost that they are sold for. So yes, it is possible you’re Crème De la Mer cream could have been made just that little bit cheaper.
However, creator Marcia Kilgore (the pioneer behind Bliss, Soaper Duper and your Boots' Favourite Soap and Glory) decided that consumers have the right to high-quality products at lower prices. Using her business know-how, beauty expertise and connections to the worlds’ best labs and suppliers, Beautypie was born. Beautypie sells these high-quality products at a cost price when you pay the membership fee. Of course you can buy their amazing products as a non-member but this will be at a higher price.
Okay, so it’s not a subscription beauty box per se, but hear us out. Membership starts at £5.00 a month, and has a maximum spend of £50 worth of Beautypie products per month. You can shop up to your spending limit, but you still only pay members prices for products.
Still confused? Okay, so let's say you wanted Beautypie’s QI Energy™ Double Cleansing Ginseng Micellar Water (typically £25) and Japanfusion™ Pure Transforming Cleanser (also worth £25). As a non-member, you would of course pay £50.00. However as a Beautypie Member, you’ll be paying £22.89. That’s for both products, membership AND standard shipping! Of course Beautypie doesn’t just offer the £5.00 membership. For beauty addicts like myself, you can opt for the £20 a month option, where you get a whopping £200 a month spending limit and a generous additional bonus of £150 a month for your first month! Tempted? Check out Beautypie, where you can browse their products, check out their membership fees and more.
If instead you’d rather have a brand new, shiny gift box delivered to your door every month (and let’s face it, what girl wouldn’t?), then Glossybox may be what you’re looking for.
Similar to Beautypie, Glossybox has different membership fees (where you can spread the cost monthly or pay upfront). Every month you are sent a box with £50.00 worth of beauty products including haircare, skincare, you name it for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Beauty brands found within Glossybox include HUDA Beauty, Nails Inc. and Rituals. The best part? Members don’t know what they’re to expect in their beauty box, so you’ll be getting a surprise present each month. What’s not to love about that? On top of this, members receive monthly Glossybox credits (which you can spend on sister brand, LookFantastic), access to the Glossybox lounge (where loyal 'glossies' receive offers and benefits from brands not just limited to beauty) as well as other offers sent straight to your inbox! Not that you need prompting any further, but I urge you to check out Glossybox.
If, like me, you’re an avid reader of Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Grazia, then you might have come across the name Birchbox before. Birchbox is a similar concept to the above subscription website and boxes just mentioned. However with Birchbox, you have some say in which five products will be arriving in the post since they are tailored to your own skincare, haircare and style needs. So it does somewhat take away the mystery of what you’ll be receiving each month, but hey, at least you’re guaranteed to fall in love with your chosen products! Membership starts at £12.95 a month (that includes postage and packaging) and you’ll receive a cool bespoke ‘menu’ explaining each of your five products and all the info you need to know. Products are sample-sized, however if you try a product and end up loving it, then it can be bought on Birchbox's Shop. All subscribers get 10% off sampled products, and VIPs (who’ve been subscribed for 6 consecutive months) get 15% off everything, every time!
With access to hints and tips via their social media platforms, treats sent to you on your birthday, exclusive offers and more, Birchbox does not disappoint! More details can be found on their website.
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For me this is the most exciting beauty box as its ultra-personalised and offers three membership options to suit your needs and budget. When signing up, you’re asked to answer a questionnaire based on age, skin tone, skin type, skin concerns (if any). You will then be presented with a different range of products based on your answers. You can then select which ones you like the look of and add them to your box. There’s a Beauty Novice package, which is £9.00 a month and you receive three products of your own choosing, or if you consider yourself a beauty guru, this package also offers 9 products for £18.00 a month. There’s also a Beauty Enthusiast package, priced at £15.00 a month for 6 products.
Want to forgo postage and packaging? No problem! All subscription boxes offer free delivery, no matter which subscription you choose! Whilst this is more of a mid-range in terms of prices of beauty boxes, it’s bespoke, offers a wider range of products and they also listen to your needs - just tag your new Latest In Beauty product on social media, use the hashtag ‘ILoveLib’ and you’ll see more personalised recommendations, offers and competitions! Did I mention that the boxes contain amazing brands including Marc Jacobs, John Frieda, Burt’s Bees and Nuxe? Don’t say that Pearls & Wine don’t spoil you!
P.S. If you’re pressed for time, or simply want a few extra minutes of self-care, you don’t have to fill in the questionnaire where Latest In Beauty offer a monthly collection box filled with a range of treats from your favourite beauty brands. This month’s has seen a collaboration with HELLO! Magazine - the ‘Celeb GlowGetter Box- that offers an impressive line-up of 15 products for £28.00 (currently reduced from £40.00). What's even more impressive is that the products inside are worth £177.00! Coveted brands within this box include Murad, Morphe and Gold Collagen. Visit Latest In Beauty for more information.