My Favorite Beauty Subscription Boxes

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When I was at my hair salon a few months ago (see above–blurry pics, no makeup, just how I like it >.<), I was talking with my hair stylist about my other blog Subaholic.com, where a friend & I share reviews on subscription boxes we try. She said her friend was trying to get her to try Birchbox, but she was worried that $10 / month for what looked like cheap-o makeup was not appealing to her. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some months of Ipsy & Birchbox, but those are not the only beauty subscription boxes with value!

I hurriedly jotted down on some note paper my favorite subscription boxes that I would recommend, outside of Birchbox & Ipsy. If you too are in an Ipsy/Birchbox rut, here are my five favorite beauty boxes, based on price, what you get, and what you value.

Also PS It’s funny how your hair stylist does your hair after she cuts it, and it never looks like that again. Haha I just can’t style it the way she does.

Allure Sample Society

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Cost: $15 / month, FREE shipping

Allure magazine’s Editors teamed up with BeautyBar.com to create Sample Society – a monthly beauty subscription box. Each month Allure’s editors pick the hottest, greatest, and latest beauty products to share with you. This is one of my favorite beauty boxes because:

  •  I usually love all the products I get from Sample Society because they carry great name -brand, high-end products alongside trusty drugstore brands that are favorites among the beauty community.
  • Allure’s box doesn’t just charge to give you freebies that you could get from Sephora. They give you deluxe and often full-size items that last for a while! I am just now finishing a dry shampoo that I received in one of my first boxes from last fall.
  •  I really like the amount of products you get, both the size of the products and the number of great products (I got six in my box). Most people love the $10 per month from other beauty boxes like Ipsy and Birchbox (which-don’t get me wrong, I love those too), but ladies! For just $5 more I feel like you get double the quality + amount.

Boxycharm

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Cost: $21 /month + FREE shipping

Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends 5 full size and deluxe size beauty items to you, every month.  Loving Boxycharm because:

  • They pack full size products – not all but mostly. Over the past year they’ve given me 3 different eye shadow palettes of over 30 different shades in each!
  • They have a really great variety of skincare, haircare, nailcare, and makeup. They seem to mix brands likely to be found in Sephora with brands from your local drug store, which is kind of what I do with my makeup collection anyway.

GLOSSYBOX

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Cost: $21/month + FREE shipping

Glossybox is a beauty and make-up subscription box. They have a team of 300+ beauty enthusiasts with a strong global network with top beauty brands and trends, making every box a special experience. Love my Glossybox because:

  • Most of these products come from high-end brands that feature the latest products from Milan, Paris, Tokyo, and New York.
  • Every box always looks beautifully packaged and impeccable!

Frenchbox

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The cost: $24/month + FREE shipping

FrenchBox is a relatively new monthly subscription box of 5 products from French brands in fashion, cosmetics, gourmet, and lifestyle surprises! We love Frenchbox because:

  • We love French style and everything about that culture, and this box delivers super cute, forward fashion beauty items. I still use a water mister, hair accessory, and eyebrow kit that I received from them 8 months ago.
  • Everything is legitimately from France! Like the writing on their products are all in French.

Babe Boxx

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Cost: $24.99 for month-to-month, cheaper options for 3 & 6 month subscriptions

BabeBoxx is a beauty/makeup monthly subscription that is a little different than other beauty boxes. They adhere to vegan, organic, natural, handmade, or otherwise chemical-free beauty products.

  • The cost for this box is high, but if you’re vegan and want all natural, all vegan beauty products, then Babe Boxx will give you just that!

 

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Antiques

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One of my favorite things to do is browse kitchens and bathrooms and bedrooms and living rooms (ok I could’ve just said homes) on pinterest. Dreaming, planning, but mostly dreaming about how I want my home to be like. Being a grad student (ha! not me, AKG…sucker) means semi-permanent living situations, so I often think about if I ever will be in a more-permanent living sitch.

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I love when I read blogs and someone asks, “…where’s that couch from?” and the person responds something along the lines of “Oh it’s an old/vintage thing that I had reupholstered.” It’s the same reason why I love Hobags….I just adore that someone can have something that likely no one else does. Having something truly unique to you & talored to your taste is priceless I think. So, sometimes I also wander through antique shops and do some more day-dreaming…

wpid-2015-04-19-10.41.24-1.jpg.jpeg This vintage blow dryer was awesome…it also weighed like 20 lbs.

wpid-2015-04-19-10.47.31-1.jpg.jpeg I WANT THIS TV.

wpid-2015-04-19-10.47.30-1.jpg.jpegThis guy is for my future babies….or for me. Either way, wouldn’t it look cute in a room? Like, any room? Even the kitchen? Ok not the kitchen.

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This wallpaper and those chairs…

wpid-2015-04-19-10.41.18-1.jpg.jpegMy mom had a vintage singer sewing machine like this, growing up, and I need one so my daughter can also say that.

wpid-2015-04-19-10.47.28-1.jpg.jpegThe table! and the chair! and for some reason the cat!

wpid-2015-04-19-10.41.26-1.jpg.jpegVintage pink blender and juice king….so much perfection on one shelf.

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Vintage clothes.
Need I say more??

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Lip Service: Spring

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Okay I have been hoarding lip colors lately, and I feel compelled to share them with you. I guess you could call this a new “series” for Foggy Dress. I’ll be sharing pretty favorites and I’ll try to post pictures of me wearing them!

Now on to the good stuff.

Two colors to carry you into spring…

  • Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands ~ so I am obsessed with lip crayons. So easy when you’re on-the-go. This is one of my new faaaaaaave colors to wear every day, it’s like a nude + blush pink shade that will look gorgeously barely there.
  • Mac Sushi Kiss Lipstick ~ Ugh I cannot express how good this makes your lips look. If you’ve always wanted to try an orange shade, this is your lip color. It’s more of a peachy-orange that almost looks slightly neon in real life… but in pictures? It looks delicious. It’s the color I wore in some of my outfits on theWKNDS.com & I just adore how it turned out.
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What’s in Your (ho) Bag?

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Okay, it’s time  for another round of What’s in Your Bag.

I just got back from a wonderful week in Colorado, I’ll share photos later. Seeing as it’s Monday and I have to do work (I mostly work from home), I naturally am procrastinating and thus blogging about all the crap I haul around in my bag. I love seeing what others carry in their bags, so I figure I might as well share what’s in mine.

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I always carry a portable phone charger, floss & gum, my “lipstick bag”, hair clips and bands, lotion, sunnies, phone, wallet, keys, and…apparently a rubik’s cube! Phew, that is a lot of crap.

That silver lipstick baggie is silly to haul around all the time, but lipstick/gloss/balm is always the thing I’m putting on in the car on the way to wherever I’m going so…it’s super necessary.

What kind of silly/necessary things do you haul around in your bag?

PS – the Hobag pictured above was my very first Hobag that I ever made, back when I was a sophomore in college.

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The WKNDS

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Los Angeles is a sea of people, freeways, and fabulous clothing warehouses. High-end brands and commercial companies hold sample and warehouse sales filled with unique, one-of-a-kind garments made for pre-season collections, or slightly worn items from photo shoots, and everything in between. We spend our weekends digging through piles and piles of clothes to find amazing gems–diamonds in the rough–and bring them to you at amazing prices. Visit the wknds & let me know your favorites!

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