If the excitement of a beautiful, new package of handpicked products delivered to your door every month sounds appealing, then look no further. The latest trend for all beauty-obsessives is beauty boxes. Like a subscription service for a magazine but instead of pages of intangible products for you to flick through, you can get samples of the products themselves and try them out at home.
With brands such as Birchbox, Lookfantastic and Glossy Box making parcels to die for, it can be hard to decide which one to subscribe to. Ranging from products you can choose, to ones specially handpicked for you, the boxes come with 5-6 products, some sample size and some full size, tailored to you depending on your everyday beauty needs.
We've narrowed down the top ones to look out for. Whether you're on a budget or willing to splurge a little more, the following are, in our opinion, the best beauty subscription boxes on the market.
As the leading beauty box subscription based service, Birchbox has taken the market by storm. With exciting, new products arriving straight to you, without the stressful troll around the shops, it's an easy and efficient way to beauty shop, giving you the flexibility to try items you won't have tried before. Easy to use, the website asks you to fill out your details to generate a personalised, tailored-to-you box of goodies. They also offer a discount for Birchbox customers for the items you may choose to purchase again.
The Lookfantastic beauty box is one full of exciting new launches and cult classics ready to be delivered straight to your door. With 6 premium products including brands such as Eve Lom, Ren and Aromatherapy Associates, the Lookfantastic box also boasts a copy Lookfantastic's own magazine each month. Lookfantastic often collaborate with some fantastic brands offering special edition boxes containing a handful of their bestsellers, meaning you get to try before committing to buy.
Being the UK's most trusted beauty box brand makes Glossybox one you can really rely on to give you bang for your buck. Featuring products gorgeously packaged in their iconic pink box, the theme will change each month and according to season. Previous boxes have included June's French Riviera box and July's under the sea edition, including premium brands such as Nars and La Mer as well as budget buys such as Rimmel and Palmer's.
If premium beauty is something you really invest in then look no further than the Cohorted box. It's perfect for beauty aficionado's wishing to try out the latest luxury launches before overhauling their beauty routine. With stalwart brands such as Dior and Lancome and hot, new emerging brands you've never heard of, this box will not disappoint. Although it's at the higher end of the market, the products are certainly worth the extra pennies. Each box also come with a glossy magazine detailing the products, how to use them and helpful beauty tips and tricks.
If you like to chose what products you're going to be receiving, rather leaving it up to chance, the Latest in Beauty box gives you plenty of gorgeous products to chose from. Every month a selection of over 100 items are ready to be handpicked by you and posted to your door. Browse the specially curated box for that month or chose from 3, 6 or 9 in each box to sample what's new in beauty that month. If the element of surprise is less appealing, this box is the one for you.
Reading in Heels, the beauty and book subscription box that recently rebranded as Reposed, is perfect for pampering the mind and body. Each month, subscribers recieve a brilliant book and multiple treats; luxury face masks, body scrubs, fragrance samples and hair masks have all popped up in previous boxes. All of the products also tend to come from luxury or independent brands, making it a fantastic choice for beauty discoveries.
The monthly Lovelula beauty box is filled with beautiful, natural beauty products delivered directly to you. The products inside are a selection curated for all natural beauty lovers, every subscriber will receive the same products and you can expect products to always be cruelty free and contain no harsh chemicals. If you're struggling to find amazing natural beauty brands then this takes the hassle out of the hunt for high quality natural options.
As a relatively new brand on the market, the Look Incredible beauty box offers 5 sumptuous products, full-size, to try, test and love. Never containing travel sizes, you can really give the items a good go and make them last throughout the month, until your next one arrives. You get a great selection of products which means amazing value for money, the brand also endeavor to improve their boxes every month based on customer feedback.
Specifically designed for nail-addicts, the Meebox is a subscription based service, totally dedicated to all things nails. Each month, you can expect to receive a gorgeous selection of products including, three full size polishes, nail art goodies, tools and treatments specifically picked out according to the months fun theme. Beautifully packaged each month, it poses as great inspiration for those that like to change up their nail look frequently.