A few things I’ve been obsessed with lately are makeup subscription boxes! I mean, what’s better than getting a monthly box of makeup goodies? In my opinion, not much! If it were up to me, and not my checkbook, I’d be getting a box a day! But, for now, I get ipsy, which I really love. One of the best things about ipsy, is that they not only send cool samples of makeup products, but they always send a cute makeup bag to go with it. The bags are always different and really cute. Some of which you could totally use for your purse and one I thought would make a cute clutch bag. I also love birchbox, which I have sent to my mom, for a special mommy to daughter treat. Birchbox does have a male version of a box, but I can’t speak to how to great it is, since I’ve never purchased it. Both of these monthly boxes cost $10 per month. each,so overall, it’s not too much of an expense. My favorite is julep. If you see any of my pictures from instagram, you’ll quickly see that there is a tie between cat pictures and nail pictures. Julep is mainly about nail polish, but they also have great makeup selections. What I really love about julep is that they’re cruelty free! This is of course a very important topic for me, since I’m vegan, and an animal rights activist. Julep is a bit more at $20 per month, but they give the option to skip that month’s box and/or provide a choice of a selection from another box. When you sign up, you take a maven style quiz; I happen to be “classic with a twist” which explains my style perfectly. However, if I want to mix it up, I can certainly go into my maven box display and choose another box to be sent to me instead. I’ve yet to have a month where I’ve decided to forego a month. Who are they kidding? But, at $20 per month, I have to make sure that I really want that month’s selection. Typically, they send two nail polishes and a lip gloss or blush or eye shadow. It’s so much fun to receive my monthly box, it’s like Christmas opening them up. I’d love to start receiving the Elf box, but it’s a bit more and only comes out every 8 months, so I’ll pass for now. There are much more options for boxes, and it’s not only limited to makeup, there are nature, food and stationary boxes. Very fun! I’d say you get your money back because the samples are sometimes more than sample size. I’ve received full size item’s that I may not have considered purchasing before getting them in a box. I’ve recently took advantage of a 50% off sale with Elf and got some great deals for only $12. I absolutely love a DEAL! I also got a great deal from the body shop. Both Elf and the Body Shop are cruelty free brands, which is very important to me. Julep also let’s you get your first box for free, find the code on their website, http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/444525/. You can also join ipsy by going here, http://www.ipsy.com/ladynicole. You can join birchbox by going here, https://www.birchbox.com/invite/r43h6.
If you check out my instagram pictures, on the right of the blog, you’ll see that I typically provide pictures of all of the bags I receive. It’s fun and fairly inexpensive. Granted, they’re a luxury item and it’s my one vice. I’ve always loved makeup, especially nail polish. I inherited that love from my grandmother, who was a Vanda saleslady. Anyone remember that makeup? She was always decked out, even when she was going to church. I remember when she started to get ready, from her hair, to face to her nails. It was an all afternoon affair, since she attended the Saturday evening mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was a beautiful woman, who loved looking her best. She was and will forever be, one of my favorite role models. Love you Grandma!
So, if you love to pamper yourself and get a monthly gift of fun and unique makeup products, they you may just want to check out getting a box of your own. You can always cancel at any time. I mean, getting makeup next to a bunch of bills, does tend to take the sting out of it! I hope you enjoy your monthly boxes as much as I do! Enjoy my makeup friends!