After months of reading about Birchbox online and seeing friends post their latest boxes on Instagram, I decided to try the subscription service out for myself beginning in February. My first box of goodies was meh, but subsequent boxes improved after I tweaked my profile a bit more. I also began subscribing to the Coco Rocha Fancy Box and Quarterly Co’s Pharrell box – though both of these yielded interesting items, in the end the cost:value ratio wasn’t quite right for me. For now, I’ll only be sticking with Birchbox – though if something piques my interest in this now saturated marketplace (subscription boxes are becoming the new daily deals), I may still give it a try.
Subscription box favorites of the year include:
1. Coola Cucumber SPF 30 Moisturizer – via Birchbox
One of the few SPF moisturizers that doesn’t smell heavily like sunscreen – which is the downside of those from brands I would otherwise favor, like Cetaphil and Philosophy.
2. amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask – via Birchbox
Unoffensive floral scent that isn’t saccharine sweet and light enough to use as an everyday conditioner for dry, heat-styled hair.
3. RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer – via Birchbox
First experience with this brand – the formula was promising, stayed on for a week and the colors are full coverage (no watery formula here!). As a fan of green, Hedge Fund was the perfect shade to receive a sample of.
4. Moleskine XS Class Notebook in Purple – via Fancy
Can’t go wrong with a Moleskine – the extra small size can be thrown into any bag or clutch, and the purple was a nice change from my usual black.