As I was going over my finances a few weeks ago, I realized I was paying $51 a month for beauty boxes. YIKES. GlossyBox at $21, Birchbox at $10, and Julep at $19.99. For what?!? I decided to keep Julep as I felt that at least provides me with 2-3 full size bottles of quality nail polish and amazing products. The other two? Canceled. I couldn't see spending $31 a month on beauty samples. I have yet to actually purchase a full size of anything I've gotten in my boxes, there's nothing I have loved enough. And to be honest, they're thrown in a box or given away. What a waste of money.
I figured I would use this post to show you what I received in my last Birchbox and Glossybox, and what I received in my Julep August box.
I was beyond excited to try GlossyBox after all the promoting that was done through various bloggers. They received multiple boxes with full sized samples, and I thought finally there was a monthly beauty box worth the investment.
To me it wasn't. I received a sample sized shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair, an eyebrow pencil, lip gloss, a pedi product and sample size lotion. Wah Wah... Definitely not worth $21 in my opinion. I could have gone to Target and gotten full sized shampoo and conditioner, a lipgloss I like, hand lotion, eyeliner, and more for that much. It was beautifully packaged and came in a pale pink and sturdy box, but other than that not worth the $21 investment.
Julep Maven's August box was a little disappointing as well, but I know next month will make it up. I regretted not skipping this month, a luxury you have being a Julep Maven, but since I didn't skip in time, it arrived. The little tote is cute to carry my lunch to work in, and I am curious to try the nail polish remover. Julep's products are worth the $19.99 price each month before the nail polishes. The polishes I received are Dakota and Stephanie:
You can read about Julep Maven here if you are unfamiliar with how it works. You can join here for a penny with code: PENNYINTRO.
Overall I am glad I canceled the two boxes and kept Julep. I've been on a self-imposed no buy since August 1st, and have decided if I am to be spending, it needs to be smart-spending. You wouldn't believe how much money I've saved not going into Target on my lunch breaks daily!
How do you save money on your beauty products, I'm curious. Coupons? Sales?