Beauty | A Guide to Subscription Beauty Boxes

With so many monthly subscription beauty boxes on the market right now, it can be difficult choosing the right one for you. Here’s a little guide featuring some of the best selling boxes available, but be warned subscribing can become very addictive! I’ve had to cancel a few as I got a bit carried away last month! These types of subscriptions are a great way to try new brands without having to invest in full sized products. There will be some months you won’t receive well known high street and premium brands but that’s what I love about these types of services, the mixture of smaller brands and companies you will be introduced to!

You Beauty Discovery (£6.95 + P&P included!) – At £6.95 (including postage & packaging) the You Beauty Discovery Box is my favourite, and cheapest, monthly treat. The You Beauty Box is different from others as on the 1st of every month you actually get to choose two products from their shortlist, plus it includes a few other extra samples. In the last couple of months, I have received full-sized bottles of Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, Magnifibres mascara and an Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick worth £18.50!

You Beauty  Discovery – March 2015 Best of British Edition

My Little Box (£11 + £3.95 P&P) – This box has a different theme each month, their previous boxes have included collaborations with both Diane Von Furstenberg and blogging inspiration Fleur De Force. Each box includes must-have beauty products from brands such as L’occitane, Laura Mercier and Nuxe (including one from their own in-house beauty range, My Little Beauty), fashion and lifestyle accessories, the ‘My Little World’ magazine, illustrated goodies by Kanako and lots of other lovely surprises such as art work and craft materials.

Birchbox (£10 + £2.95 P&P) – I love my monthly Birchbox, it’s never disappointed me yet! Birchbox is a New York based company that launched in 2010 and now has a subscriber base of over 400,000. Once you subscribe you will receive 4-5 luxe beauty samples every month, carefully selected and tailored to your beauty profile. I went for the ‘Monthly Recurring Subscription’ at £10 plus £2.95 P&P per month, which can be canceled at anytime. All the samples inside their boxes are available in full-size to buy at You can also complete surveys about the products which earn you points to put towards products in their eshop!

Birchbox – September 2014 ‘Happy Days’ Edition
Birchbox – September ‘Happy Days’ Edition

Latest in Beauty (Individually Priced) Latest in Beauty (LIB) provides two services, their LIB Collection boxes and their Build Your Own Boxes. LIB allows you to create your own bespoke beauty box filled with a selection of individually priced luxury sized samples. The exclusive LIB Collection boxes are packed with beauty products chosen by industry experts such as Glamour Beauty Director Alessandra Steinherr. All boxes are limited edition and individually priced.

Latest in Beauty – Glamour Spring Edit

Glossybox (£10 + £3.25 P&P) Glossybox has 4 different subscription plans to choose from – the 3 month (£9.50 a month), 6 month (£9 a month), 12 month (£8.50 a month) and the £10 monthly plan which features 5 beauty products and can be cancelled at anytime, this is the one I initially went for. I used to subscribe to Glossybox but I became a little disappointed with their boxes so swapped to Birchbox and You Beauty.

Glossybox April ‘Iconic Hollywood’ Edition

Lookfantastic Beauty Box (£15 + Free Delivery!) Look Fantastic is slightly different as a it’s not a subscription service. Each box includes a minimum of six handpicked products, beautifully presented and delivered straight to your door. These boxes sell out incredibly fast due to their limited availability. Last months box included goodies from Elemis, Lord & Berry and Bourjois.

Cohorted (£19.99) The limited edition, limited availability Cohorted beauty box is currently unavailable to preorder until July! This very coveted beauty box contains a secret selection of hand-picked beauty must haves from brands such as bareMInerals, Benefit, Bobbie Brown, Urban Decay and Too Faced.

Pink Parcel (£9.95 + P&P included!) – This is a great idea, especially for teenage daughters! This box has everything you need for your time of the month. Give them the date of your cycle and they send a very discreet pretty box of your entire months supply of tampons in your chosen brand plus a whole range of goodies such as chocolate, sweeties and beauty products from brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Roc, Fake Bake and Rimmel! I think this is a fab concept and your first month is only £5.95.