Monthly Beauty Boxes

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?


  1. I love those Julep nail polish colors! Very cute for Fall.

  2. I finally got my invite for Birchbox and should be getting the August one this week. Thank you for posting about these other beauty boxes. I may have to check them out if Birchbox doesn't work out.

    And I'm right there with you on the Target at lunch break thing. I need to boycott Target. They're my go-to place when I just need to get out of the office. Not good for my wallet!

  3. I have to check this out! Thanks for sharing!
    New follower from the GFC HOp
    Misty @

  4. Lol if Target disappeared, I swear I could go to Hawaii twice a year. That place is a money SUCKER. Lol I only subscribe to Birchbox and for me $10 is all I'm willing to spend on a box that I don't know the contents of! I like the idea of Julep but I have too many nail polishes that aren't that brand, that I want. Plus I don't think I have enough nail polish storage for all that! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all your boxes!


  5. I cancelled all of my boxes last month. It was fun in the beginning, but just too many samples now swimming in my bathroom drawers. The thrill is gone so to speak ;o)

  6. I agree with everything you said. I made the switch from birchbox to julep for several reasons - you can skip months, you can see what you get ahead of time and you can earn free boxes. I skipped last months since metallics isn't something I know I'll wear long term, so I'm excited for next month!

  7. I know a lot of blogger who have canceled the birchbox

  8. I've been a big fan of Julep so far myself! I love that between the 20th and 24th you can "edit" your box by choosing one of the other beauty profiles if you want those colors instead. And have you done your free add-on yet? I did (the purple polish I am wearing now) and then I added the nail polish remover for the small additional fee. And btw, it ROCKS.