Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Best Of The Beauty Boxes!


Photo credit - Glossybox

Beauty subscription boxes are our latest beauty obsession! Allowing you to try before you buy as well as providing you with a gorgeous surprise each month it is definitely something fun and exciting to look forward to.

With most boxes containing between 4 to 6 different beauty and makeup products each month it is a great way to test out new makeup, you never know they might even become your new holy grail products! If you feel like trying something new with your beauty routine but don’t want to spend a fortune in case you don’t like the product or are even just getting bored of some of your current makeup then beauty boxes are made for you!

How they work – You pay a set subscription fee each month, and you receive a gorgeous little box full of the best beauty products straight to your door. Most beauty box companies give you the option of subscribing for anything from 1 to 12 months so it even makes the perfect gift for your best friend, sister or mum! Trust us, they will love it!

Where to start – Although still a relatively new concept, there are so many beauty boxes on the market that it can be confusing knowing where to start which is why we are here to help! We have chosen our top picks of the best beauty boxes currently out there in the UK and carried out a beauty box breakdown so you can find out which one is for you.

Happy beautifying bombshells! Xx

Instagram - @glossyboxuk
1.    Glossybox

Probably the most well known of all the beauty boxes, Glossybox is one of the originals. Arriving in the most luxurious pink packaging you would almost expect to find a gorgeous pair of shoes in the box, but no it’s even better than that because it is 5 deluxe beauty miniatures that have been handpicked especially for you. When you sign up you fill out a beauty profile, so Glossybox know what you look for in your beauty products, what shades you like etc. then they tailor the products you receive to suit your profile as well as throwing in some hot trends!

Brands – Glossybox work with a wide range of brands and previous boxes have included products from the likes of Clarins, Essie, Illamasqua and Molton Brown.

Price – Subscriptions start from £8.50 per month + p&p for 12 months. Available here.

Instagram - @birchboxuk

2.    Birchbox

These boxes are super cute! With a different designed box each month it is always exciting to see what the packaging even looks like let alone what products lie inside! From this month’s cute emoji themed box to last months summer splash-proof clutch full of products you will definitely be pleased! Like Glossybox, Birchbox features 5 deluxe beauty samples catered to your filled in beauty profile, but they also have a handy feature on their site allowing you to purchase the full size product if you fall in love with any that you receive in the box. Clever!

Brands – This month’s Birchbox subscribers received products from the likes of Benefit, Laura Mercier, The Balm and Rituals.

Price – Subscriptions start from £100 for 12 months (£8.33/month) + p&p. Available here.

Instagram - @nailbox
3.    Nailbox

Calling all nail art and nail varnish lovers, this is the box for you! Every month you receive a brown cardboard packaged Nailbox (they save on packaging to splurge on the products!) containing 3 to 4 nail colours and 1 or 2 nail tools or treatments. Unlike the previous boxes, Nailbox sends out a predetermined range of products so you don’t have to fill out a beauty profile. You also get 15% off at nailpolish.co.uk just for being a subscriber. Perfect if you are obsessed with having pretty talons!

Brands – Expect to find the best of the best nail brands such as Essie, OPI and China Glaze.

Price – Subscriptions start from £13.50 per month including postage. Available here.

Instagram - @lookfantastic

4.    Look Fantastic Beauty Box

Lookfantastic.com is the original British beauty boutique offering over 14,000 beauty products for you to purchase online. Now, since joining the beauty box trend last year, they offer a chic black box containing a minimum of 6 beauty products every month, sometimes even full size! The Look Fantastic box is a must have for those who want more products each month all from great well-known brands. Of course all products can also be purchased individually from the Look Fantastic website too.

Brands – The August beauty box contained products from Eve Lom, Nuxe and Trilogy to name a few.

Price – Subscriptions start from £11.25 per month for a 12 month subscription with free delivery. Available here.

Instagram - @latestinbeauty

5.    Latest In Beauty

The thinking behind Latest In Beauty is that they want you to be able to try before you buy. Latest in Beauty does things a little differently to the other boxes. They offer two types, Collections and Build Your Own. LIB Collections offers you a range of boxes that are already pre packed and themed with products chosen by the likes of Glamour beauty editor Alessandra Steinherr or are haircare themed etc., allowing you to see exactly what is in each box before you buy. Whereas the Build Your Own Boxes allows you to fill out a beauty profile so they can cater the products they offer to you especially and then you can choose exactly which sample products you receive in your box. A great idea if you want to be in control of what you receive and make sure you aren’t getting anything you won’t use.
There is also no subscription service and you can choose exactly when you want to receive your box.

Brands – Offering products from brands such as Eyeko, Kiehls, Pixi and Liz Earle.

Price – The themed boxes start at £12.95 or you can build your own for less + p&p. Available here


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