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Beginners Guide to Beauty Subscription Boxes

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Every woman desires to look pretty, and to be pampered. But, with the responsibilities of a job, kids, school, and the need to maintain a social life, who the heck has the time? The good thing is that there are beauty subscription boxes which take away the trouble of going to specialty stores to buy makeup or skincare products.

Here are the things you need to know about beauty subscription boxes:

They are small

Think of them as bite-sized samples. One of the things that surprised first-time buyers is receiving the package and finding that the products are small. The idea is to introduce you to new products so you can buy the full size later if you like the experience. But there are companies that actually ship full-sized beauty products like Boxycharm, for example, or Starlooks.

The unboxing

While we take for granted the packaging, there’s actually a lot of science that goes into beauty subscription boxes. For instance, Glossybox actually did a research how much time it is to open one of their shipped packages. Carlos Soares Moreira, head of business development, told CBS News that they even had to change the box to add on to the experience of the customer, who will relive what it’s like opening a gift for Christmas.

It’s not limited to the US or UK

Some websites ship from across the world in fact. You may be from Australia or Asia and still receive your monthly supply of beauty products once you subscribe to websites that offer international shipping. Of course, you do have to pay for the logistics costs although some customers don’t mind at all due to the convenience of having their own personal shopper of vanity products.

You want to do something for the environment?

Some companies like Good Being, for instance, only used recycled materials for their boxes. Also, more and more companies are eschewing synthetic chemicals that can do damage to the ecology. Vegan beauty products are starting to become a fad, so you don’t have to feel guilty if you subscribe to receive a monthly supply of beauty boxes.

This is just for the amateurs, right?

Wrong. Professional makeup artists are also among the subscribers’ list. It’s not just guilty pleasure either considering that the beauty boxes contain products that these pros have no problem sharing with their clients because of the quality. For instance, IPSY provides you the option of handpicking the products that are going to be delivered to your doorstep. Cohorted is a UK company that sends only luxury brands, while also encouraging you to try new brands.

If you have no idea about beauty products, being a subscriber will be beneficial for you. Brick and mortar stores also recognized the novelty of being a “personal shopper.” In fact, you can walk the aisle of beauty departments in Walmart or specialty stores like Sephora or Mac, and you will see beauty subscription boxes on their shelves. That certainly takes the time away from having to go from shelf-to-shelf trying to find the product that’s right for you.

Valerie Stitt lives in New York as a professional freelance writer, blogger, and content marketer. Follow Valerie on her health blog, Halfmile Fitness