Recommended Beauty Subscriptions
If you prefer your beauty products natural, then you’ve got to check out LoveLula’s beauty box. Ran by a small team of beauty therapists, make-up artists and industry experts based in Cheshire, LoveLula delivers a hand-picked selection of natural beauty products direct to the door of subscribers worldwide. Costing £12.50 per month (including P&P), the box contains four or five sample or travel-sized natural beauty products with the occasional full-sized product thrown in.
Working with over 200 global brands, LoveLula aims to offer its subscribers a selection of the most up-to-date products on the market, including skincare, bath products, makeup, haircare and baby care. Brands you can expect to find in your LoveLula box include the likes of Dr Hauschka, Lyonsleaf, Kimberley Sayer, Natorigin and RMS Beauty.
The company promises that all products included in its boxes are carefully selected to ensure they are made using the highest possible percentage of ethically sourced natural and organic ingredients; and that they must be effective, luxurious and guilt-free. Products that contain parabens, SLSs and have been tested on animals are strictly banned.
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LookFantastic Beauty Box
Founded in 1996, Look Fantastic is a leading online British beauty boutique offering more than 14,000 products from more than 350 brands. Its Beauty Box gives customers the chance to try out the latest products with six samples of hair, make-up, skin care, nails and fragrances delivered straight to your door each month.
Unlike some beauty subscription boxes, which contain samples of high street products, a perk of LookFantastic’s Beauty Box is that you can expect to discover a broad range of samples from leading high-end brands including Estee Lauder, GHD, Dermalogica, Redken, Lancome, Origins, REN, Elemis and Kerastase.
A huge hit among beauty bloggers, who rave about the high quality of the products and generous sample sizes, Look Fantastic’s Beauty Box is definitely worth trying out. Boxes often contain the odd full sized product and sometimes even include copies of beauty magazines such as Elle.
A subscription costs £15 per month, including P&P. To subscribe, click here
One of the most well-known beauty subscription boxes is the Birchbox. Set up in 2010 by two friends who wanted to create an easy way for consumers to try beauty products before they buy, Birchbox has gone from strength to strength and now ships all over the world. Each box contains five trial-sized products from cult and emerging brands such as Laura Mercier, Benefit, NUXE, stila and Spectrum.
Birchbox offers rewards for engagement so if you review all five of the products included in your box, you’ll receive a discount on any full-sized favourite bought from the Birchbox online store. And unlike many subscription boxes, which are aimed at women, Birchbox branched out into the male market, launching Birchbox Man in 2012.
A monthly Birchbox subscription costs £10 per month plus £2.95 P&P. From February this year, Birchbox will also start offering customers the chance to tailor their box to their personal taste by choosing either the design of its packaging or a particular product.
To find out more, visit www.birchbox.co.uk.
Secret Scent Box
Secret Scent Box offers a monthly subscription box aimed at perfume lovers. Each month’s box includes three vials containing samples of the latest designer fragrances. With two different boxes aimed at men and women, Secret Scent Box caters to both sides of the perfume market.
Boxes include samples from the likes of Tom Ford, Dior, Gucci, Prada, Armani, Vera Wang, DKNY, Beyonce, Beckham, Rihanna, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Joop, Davidoff and Paco Rabanne. The company takes authenticity seriously and ensures that each fragrance comes directly from authorised vendors or the brands themselves.
Costing £15 per month with free delivery, a Secret Scent Box subscription is a great way to try out new fragrances and get a feel for them before you buy. Sign up at www.secretscentbox.co.uk
If you love to keep your nails looking glam, then you’ll love MeeBox. A monthly subscription box featuring four or five nail products including polishes, tools and treatments, MeeBoxes are a must-have for any nail lover.
The company works with leading brands such as Models Own, Nails Inc and CND, so you can be sure that each product will be decent quality. It may be a little pricier than most subscription boxes at £20 per month, but with MeeBox you will receive durable nail tools and full-sized varnishes.
MeeBox encourages its subscribers to post photographs of their MeeBox-inspired manicures on social media using the hashtag #meeboxchallenge to be in with a chance of winning a free MeeBox. To sign up, visit www.meebox.co.uk.
Glossybox is one of the most ambitious beauty subscription services around. With more than 300 beauty professionals scouting for the latest and most innovative products worldwide, it aims to bring its global pool of subscribers a carefully curated selection of the best products around.
For £10 per month (plus £3.25 P&P), you’ll receive five products including make-up, skincare, hair care and even health food gems such as Manuka Honey. In a bid to ensure its products are always on trend, Glossybox even teams up with leading beauty bloggers and YouTubers who help curate its boxes. For example, GlossyBox’s October box last year featured products chosen by beauty and lifestyle vlogger Estée Lalonde.
To sign up, visit www.glossybox.co.uk.
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