Unboxing monthly subscription boxes

Claire Chiang, Content Editor

Ipsy: $10/month

Ipsy, founded by Youtube beauty blogger Michelle Phan, is one of the most popular beauty and makeup subscriptions used by teenagers and adults alike. Monthly subscriptions at only $10 include several sample size products of various drugstore and high-end brands. Inside a cute pink leather pouch with a ticket design came five samples for the April package. I received PS Cosmeceutical Infused Nail Lacquer in a nude-white color, Theorie Marula Oil transforming hair serum, Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow shimmer shadow and highlighter, OFRA Rendezvous Blush and Ciaté Bamboo Bronzer in Palm Island. My favorite product was the Ciaté Bamboo Bronzer, as it worked perfectly on my skin tone and was fairly pigmented. Ipsy’s $10 a month price tag is definitely a must-have for people who want to try out different products, and each month’s unique makeup bag is a nice bonus!



Birchbox: $10/month

Birchbox is a website that sells several beauty products and offers a subscription box that includes sample sizes of some of its products. The March box included seven samples: Davines OI shampoo and conditioner, Davines OI All in One Milk, Tocca Emelia perfume, Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 primer, Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky eye shadow palette and Real Chemistry 3-minute peel. The All in One Milk, essentially a hair serum, was my favorite product because of its ability to give my usually dry hair a smooth and luscious texture. At $10 a month, this box is definitely worth it because of the high quality products, however; I ended up canceling my subscription because I was looking for more makeup products than just those for hair and skin care.


Glossybox: $21/month

Glossybox exclusively sells subscription boxes with several full size and sample size beauty products each month. The April box I received came with two Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip liquid lipsticks in Airplane Mode and Thursday, Vince Camuto perfume in Ciao, Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara, Vasanti Cosmetics Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, Beauty shampoo and conditioner and Beekind body gel and body lotion. I was most excited about the two Colourpop lippies, as I already have a few lippies from the Ultra Matte Lip collection and was ecstatic to receive more, which I will definitely use in the future. For just $21, a lot comes in this box, equally balanced with both makeup and skincare products. I would highly recommend this box for those that want to try out the subscription box system but are scared of receiving unsuitable products.



Graze: $12/box

Graze delivers healthy snack packs to your front door as often as you’d like, whether it be every week or just once in awhile. In my eight snack variety box, I received the Lemon Drizzle Flapjack, Raspberry and Coconut Muffin, Spicy Sriracha Crunch, Creamy Ranch Kern Pops, Thai Sweet Chili Dippers, Strawberries and Cream Protein Granola Topper, Eleanor’s Apple Crumble and Baobab Raspberry Coconut Clusters with Apple and Pumpkins Seeds. All of Graze’s snacks contain fewer calories than other snacks, and also have high fiber, vitamins and minerals, protein and fruit. The snacks are also the perfect size to grab-and-go for a snack at school, post-workout boost or random attacks of hunger. My favorite snack was the Lemon Drizzle Flapjack, which tasted delicious and a little sweet, but was still healthy. The boxes are slightly pricy for every week delivery, but definitely worth the once in awhile buy. For those who aren’t sure if Graze is for them, the company offers a free four-snack variety sampler box for new customers.