Beauty Boxes

*Disclaimer: All links lead to my referral links, which allow me to earn a credit/points towards a free subscription. If you find this information helpful to your decision, I would be so happy if you used my referral links. Thank you so much in advance! - Samantha 

Description: "Becoming a Julep Maven gives you exclusive access to COLOR. Each month we hand-pick trendsetting new nail colors, cult faves and cutting-edge beauty products that are just right for you."
Featured Brands: Julep 
Price:                          $19.99/MONTHLY (no tax for Canadians)         
Referral Program: Earn a free box for every 2000 Julep points known as Jules. In order to keep Jules earned through referral, the referred Maven must make purchase a subscription box at full price. These Jules can be used towards a free Maven box, Upgrade to receive the full monthly collection, or up to 3 Add-on products. 
Current Promotion: Get your first box for $0.01, use code PENNY2012 or COLORS4ONE  or JULEPVIP 
Subscription Status: Available
Special Feature: Julep gives you a sneak peek before receiving your box, you can switch between style profiles to try different colors, or skip the month or cancel with no obligations. They are not just a nail polish subscription service, they also offer other products such as lip products, foot care, and so on. In recent months, they allow Maven to purchase polishes and featured products from other style profile. You can have a maximum of three add-ons, which can range from $4.99 to $9.99 depending on the products. You can earn Jules from product purchases from their online shop.
Fine Print: They charge on the 27th of every month. So if you want to cancel, you must do so before that date or you may be charged the $19.99 subscription fee. If you want a refund, you will be charged a $4.95 restocking fee. In order to cancel, you must actually call Julep (877.651.3292)! Their company is located in Seattle (9am-5pm PST), so gear your timing accordingly. The window to change your style or skip a month is from the 20th to 24th of every month. In order to keep your referral credit, the referred person must make a full price purchase for their Maven box following their promo box. Promotional codes are only available once per household.
Personal Opinons: This is my favorite subscription service because you know exactly what you're getting every single month. I'm a nail polish addict and if you're one too, this is the subscription for you. You will always get $40+ worth of Julep branded products. Also, Julep is expanding so they are not just a "nail polish" company anymore. They are also going into make-up and hair product. You should expect to see foundation, skin creams, dry shampoo in your future box! 
Past Boxes: Julep Maven's Review

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Description: "Receive 7-8 trial-sized beauty and lifestyle items every 3 months, picked by our beauty editors."
Featured Brands: Essie, Benefit, Stila, Essie, Cargo
Price:                          $26/QUARTERLY         $50/SEMIANNUAL           $96/YEARLY  (plus tax)
Referral Program: Temporarily Inactive
Current Promotion: Receive BONUS 3-month subscription to FLARE when you sign up
Subscription Status: Waiting List
Special Feature: They have unique promotional events (ie. Consonant Shopping Night, Dermalogica Spring Themed Event, etc) and they work with a wide array of recognizable beauty brands. They also include unique lifestyle bonus items to keep their box interesting (ie. Coffee, Loose Leaf Tea, Panty etc.).
Personal Opinions: In the past, Luxe boxes have been fairly inconsistent. Sometimes they were amazing, but sometimes they were disappointing. Thankfully for me, I've had more highs than lows with this subscription service. As of June, they want to place the focus back on sampling so they converted their monthly subscription to seasonal subscription. The first Fall box will be available in August, so stay tune for that review!
Past Boxes: Loose Button's Luxe Box Review

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Description: "Topbox offers a luxe box of 4 deluxe beauty samples from top cosmetic and beauty brands for you to try out in the comfort of your home for $10 each month!" 
Featured Brands: Deborah Lippman, Stila, Cake, Make Up For Ever
Price:                          $10/MONTHLY (plus tax)         
Referral Program: Refer 1 Friend via Email Invitation, Get 1 Free (maximum 6)
Current Promotion: None
Subscription Status: Waiting List
Special Feature: They focus on providing high end brands and their samples are often very sizable amount. Topbox comes in eco-friendly packaged tube, rather wasteful having a box within a box.
Personal Opinions: Topbox, out of all subscription boxes has been the most consistent with providing great quality products!
Past Boxes: Topbox's Review

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Description: "Once a month, we deliver a Beauty Box with 4 or 5 handpicked samples directly to your doorstep."
Featured Brands: Pur-lisse, Priti NYC, Weleda
Price:                          $12/MONTHLY           $30/QUARTERLY           $100/YEARLY  (including tax)
Referral Program: Earn a free box for every 5 referrals 
Current Promotion: None 
Subscription Status: Available
Special Feature: Since this is a US-based subscription box where the cosmetic industry is much more saturated, you will receive brands and products that are very different and unique.
Personal Opinions: Not very impressive. This would be my least favorite out of all available options. April box was full of packets and single use samples. Go with the other alternatives!
Past Boxes: Beauty Box 5 Review

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  1. Good comparison. It's nice to see them side by side to help figure out which would be best to try. Thanks for the post.

  2. Hey! Have you thought of looking into Bellabox? I was wondering what your thoughts were on it, since it often features products from Japanese or Korean brands, which I love! Thanks for the review

  3. I just started with beauty box 5, they gave great samples and even full size products so I'm in love already. I tried but was always getting samples of wrinkle creams which I don't need, yet, lol The only good thing they gave me was a Deborah Lippmann polish!

    1. Thinking of trying topbox... what do you think? If so here's my email


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