They are these beauty subscription programs where you pay $10 - $15 a month and then every month a little package arrives in the mail. I decided to try both out for a couple of months to see what all the talk was about and give a little review of both companies.
Inside there is a sweet little bow and some tissue paper...
Glossybox - May 2012
I really like that Glossybox sends full-size bottle of products and they pick real-life things I'd use and then a couple of little luxury items to try.
Loose Button - May 2012
The Loose Button packaging was just as cute. I love all the little button details.
But when I opened up the package, I was a little underwhelmed. I have to admit that I was opening for a little more variety and some larger sizes of products. Many of these things were sample sizes I could already get from my department store or pharmacy.
The big difference I noticed with Loose Button is that they offered "travel size" products...and they really meant it. Everything was very tiny. I also wasn't happy that I had to drive somewhere to pick up one of the samples (thankfully I was going there anyways) and then the product wasn't even there.
So, who won?...
Glossybox provides much more product and they go above and beyond a "sample size" for many of them to let you really try out something and see if you like it. After this test, I went to cancel my Loose Button subscription and found out that they are changing it to a seasonal box (4 times a year, instead of monthly), and they would be charging $28 for 7-8 items once every 3 months instead of $13 for 4-5 items every month.
Just to give you an idea of whatelse you can get from Glossybox, here is what I got in the April 2012 package. I would have used it for the comparison, but my first Loose Button arrived much later.
Glossybox - April 2012
It was full of some great goodies too!
Have you tried a beauty subscription before? Or maybe another type of monthly subscription?
I've found ones in the States for dogs (BarkBox), environmentalists (ConsciousBox) and even lovers of handmade gifts (UmbaBox)!