What I subscribe to…March 2014

At this moment in time…

so much has changed! I am a subscription box yunkie now…These are the subs that I am current on



This is a monthly service at $10.00 per month.  Free shipping to the USA.  ispy subscribers will receive a really cool glam bag which has 4-6 products – deluxe samples and full size beauty products.  They use your beauty profile (which you can change at any time), your likes and your reviews on their site into their ipsyMatch algorithm to come up with what you will receive in your bag. Hint:  The ipsyMatch algorithm works by taking your answers and inputting into an equation to select the BEST match for you out of all the possible combinations your answers gave.  This means that the more answers you give – in other words, the more items you selected per page of the quiz – the more combinations the algorithm has to choose from. Because of this, ipsy has found the highest rate of success when users have narrowed down their choices to around  1 to 2 per page (3 if you absolutely must). My referral link – please use this if you want to join!!


Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-hgwmm620wkfx19c6


eco-emi is a $15.00 a month subscription to eco-friendly products.  They range from beauty, to skincare, to snacks.  You get at least 5 samples.  Most of the samples are deluxe samples, but some are travel sized.   This service neatly and creatively packs your items into a small priority box and it is very fun and exciting to see what you are going to get.  I love this service – they seem to go out of the way to make their boxes unusual.  They do a theme each month and you never know what you are going to get until you get the box!   No sneak peaks.  They mail out mid-month.   They do supply coupons and promo codes in the box to the products you receive in your box.  I highly recommend this box.  They do not do referral or points.


I still sub to this, but I skip most months.   Since December 2013, new subscribers will not be able skip monthly, so pleaes read their new rules.  Their monthly box service is $19.99 a month.  You receive new nail colors, favorites and beauty products.  Your boxes are picked based on your beauty profile, of which there are several:

  • Modern Beauty:  2 full size beauty products in every box

  • Boho Glam, Bombshell or Classic with a Twist:  these 3 beauty profiles will receive 2 limited edition nail colors and one full size beauty product in every box

  • It Girl:  3 limited edition nail colors in every box.

One of the nice things about this service is that you get to preview you your “upcoming” box on the 20th of each month and you can change your beauty profile if you like the “other” profile items better.    You earn “Jules”, points, that can be redeemed for a free box. Join me on julep and subscribe using my link – Get your first box FREE!!

Click on the above Shine On! Julep icon to join!

Brazen Friends with Benefits


This is an indie Michigan company that “love creative and trendy makeup and scents! Why blend in?! We specialize in professional formulas, intense pigmentation, and long wearing shades.”  They have 3 subscription plans to choose from and they offer mineral eyeshadows, blushes and lippies.  Their plans range from $15.00 monthly to $35.00 monthly.  I locked into their intro price of $10.00 for a silver plan and I have been happy with them so far.

SaffronRouge Inner Circle


This is a monthly subscription of eco-friendly, organic beauty products.  It is one of my favorite new subs right now.   They do have a reward program that is based on giving reviews on products you submit to their site.  Once you have reached a certain amount of points, you can redeem it for $50.00 to spend on their site and it is transferable.  “Receive a beautiful package of deluxe samples from various leading and upcoming organic beauty brands from around the world. These self indulgent little packages include premium samples and an informative letter describing each of your treats. The best part is that you also receive a discount code to save on your favorite full sized versions from the package.Once you’ve subscribed, you will receive the next scheduled Inner Circle mailing and be notified when it is sent out.  Join Inner Circle today for just $24.99/month!”

Starlooks Starbox


This is a monthly subscription from Starlooks brand of makeup.  You get 3-4 items monthly, plus a little bonus item as well.  I really like their brand of makeup and this sub is $15.00 monthly + shipping/handling. They do a special birthday bag for their subscribers and referral boxes as well!   “Starlooks is a PRO quality makeup line, comparable to Makeup Forever, Sephora, M.A.C, Chanel, Dior, and other department store brands at which you would normally have to pay hundreds of dollars for just 3-4 FULL SIZE products. The value of the content you receive in your Starbox each month ranges from $35.00 – $99.00, and we give it to you for just $15.00 per month + shipping, and our rate is STILL less than our closest subscription box competitors!” 

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag


This is not yet a monthly subscription service.  Rainbow Honey is one the best indie nail polish companies out there and they just started to offer monthly “mystery” bags, which are $10.00 or free with a $65.00 or more purchase.  I am hoping that they do make this a monthly subscription.  I will drop Julep if that is the case.  “Each Mystery Bag has sneak peaks and previews of new lacquers, unreleased samples of future collections and exciting new products made by the Rainbow Honey Lab!”



I do not have a month to month subscription with Glossybox.  Instead, I wait to see what they offer in their sneak peeks and then decide if I wish to shell out $21.00.  They do have a referral program, in which you will accumulate points and you also get points by reviewing the products.  Once you get 2000 points, you can redeem this for a free box.   You get 5 luxury beauty products for $21.00 and that includes shipping.

Fortune Cookie Soap


This is a quarterly subscription of bath and body products made by indie company Fortune Cookie Soap, for $19.99 per quarter.  This is one adorable service.  They just started a rewards program and you get 1 point for every dollar spent at their store and 50 points for each referral. 

“All subscription boxes will include 8 exclusive FCS products in adorable mini-sizes. You will also receive a $10 FCS gift code with each Soap Box, that can be redeemed online or in our retail store. Price includes shipping .  Boxes ship 4 times a year. When you subscribe, dictates what box you will receive. Below are the ship dates/cut-off dates…
  • Winter 2013 Box starts shipping November 15th. We’ll be cutting off subscriptions when we reach our pre-determined number. 
  • Fall 2013 Box ships September 2nd. Subscribe after August 25th and you will receive the Winter Box
  • Spring 2013 Box ships March 5th. Subscribe after Feb. 25th and you will receive the Summer Box 
  • 2013 Fall Soap Boxes start shipping September 3rd. Subscribe after August 25th and you will receive the Winter Soap Box”



This is a quarterly subscription of eco-friendly, organic beauty products. This subscription is $33.00 a quarter.  “Our subscribers are sent a little Zen for every season. If you order in February, you will be sent our beautiful Spring box right away! Your second box will be sent in May, your third in August, and so on… Our Spring boxes will be available until April 30th – or until they sell out. Each box has the very best eco-conscious products to nourish the body and soul. They are carefully chosen for excellence, mission and integrity and always put to the Yuzen test before we share our favorites with you!  Each box includes high-quality natural and organic personal care products, healthy snacks, and lifestyle items carefully chosen from about 6 companies.”

Thierry Mugler Addict


Thierry Mugler has an Addict subscription box, which comes out quarterly.  You sign up for a year for $50.00….yes, $50.00, which is $12.50 per box.    “Receive Deluxe and Trial Sizes of Thierry Mugler must-haves and new fragrance creations delivered to your doorstep.”

[images and descriptions in italics are from the appropriate website for the subscription]


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