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New Subscription Box Launch From Stowaway Cosmetics: Essential Edits!

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Thanks to MSA reader Jete for letting us know about Stowaway Cosmetics Essential Edits!

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Check out this sneak peek of the June box:Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.05.32 PM

They’ve also released the themes for the upcoming months:

  • July: BBQs, Stars & Stripes draw string
  • August: Pools, Long Reads & Road Trips
  • September: Back To School, Back Being Cool
  • October: Nest, Rest & Discover Your Best
  • November: How To Be Thankful For The Family Circus
  • December: Holiday Parties, Being Foolhardy & Getting On With Gifting

The Subscription Box: Essential Edits

The Cost: $50 + Free Shipping

The Products: “Smart women know life requires an essential edit! Simplify your busy life with our unique monthly curations for only $50 per month with surprises that could be worth up to $200.”

Ships to: United States

Are you excited for this subscription?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I got my box last week and love it! It had all the pictures makeup, Sunnylife towel, a cute little spray lavender hand sanitizer, a Self magazine, a travel wet brush, and travel Blo Pro texturizing spray.

  2. I received my box today and was very disappointed. It was nothing like the spoilers. I was so upset that I canceled it.

    • I got mine today and I’m also disappointed. I think the spoiler picture was VERY misleading! I got the straw tote, the same makeup they showed in the picture, and a 2 oz blowpro texturizing mist. I also got a Fruit of the Earth (like the kind you buy at Wal-Mart, but in a .75 oz travel size) aloe vera gel. There was no wet brush or makeup pouch. It’s still a good value, but not at all what I thought we’d be getting. They should have put a disclaimer on the picture, that items represented just a few things that COULD be in the box.

  3. I received my box today with the make-up kit (shadow palette, 2 mascaras & 2 eyeliners) with the Ale Makeup Bag, 2 0z Bananna Boat sunscreen, EO Hand sanitizer 10 ml, 1 week pack of Gummy Vitamins, & a Self Magazine. I am disappointed as I was expecting something more exciting (especially after seeing Renee’s comments from 6/20). Like hoping for the tote, towel, hat or flyer. Apparently each box is different. I wish I waited until other boxes had shipped out before committing 3 months to this one. I think I have been spoiled with FFF & PSMH & had unclear or unrealistic expectations. I did love the Stowaway lipstick trio received from past box & like their mini make-up concept.

    • Wow- that is disappointing. I was expecting a lot more based on the photo above.

    • Well it seems like the tote was in the spoiler so it should have been included…. This is disappointing!

  4. FYI, I just got my box today; it didn’t say if this is the June box – no literature inside. I got the two eyeliners, makeup palette and two mascaras shown in the June spoiler. I also received a Sunnylife beach towel and travel sizes of Banana Boat sunblock, Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel, and blowpro beach blow.

    • Wow! That sounds like a great box!! Thanks for letting us know! 🙂

  5. I was informed that they will ship next week.

  6. Does anyone know when they start shipping? I don’t see info about when the monthly edit ships.

    • I would like to know this too.

  7. I was one who also liked the lipsticks we received in a different box…so much so that I placed an order for other things on their website. Their BB cream is really nice – the perfect amount of coverage yet it still feels like a moisturizer. Their concealer, for me, is the HG of concealers. It covers my flaws…flawlessly. I didn’t love the eyeliner because it was too tiny, but of course I loved the additional lippies I purchased. Their mascara was quite nice, too. Oh, and the blush/lip flexible thingy layers really well, though I’ve only used it on my cheeks. I’ll be buying the products again, for sure, so this box is tempting!

    • I’m glad to hear that about the bb cream and the concealer, because I haven’t tried those yet.

    • Hi Heather!

      Thank you so much for your comments! We’re so thrilled to hear that you are loving your Stowaway products! Let us know if you have any questions regarding the Essential Edits via email We’d love to help!

  8. Love it! Take my money! I’m taking a break from popsugar right now and this will be a perfect substitute.

    • Hi Coreen!

      We’re so glad to hear that the Stowaway Essential Edits will be a perfect substitute for you! Let us know if you have any other questions via email Happy to help!

  9. Took the plunge on the 3 month subscription and it stated it would auto renew at $125 every 3 months. So looks like the discount stays.

    • Hi Sheryl!
      Thank you so much for subscribing to our Essential Edits!
      That’s right! The discount with your subscription will apply on your next billing cycle. Please feel free to reach out at if you have any questions regarding your edits.

      • If we subscribe now, would we be getting the June box?

  10. I took the plunge, just because I love the lipsticks we got in the Popsugar box. But, already I have a problem because they didn’t email the receipt and there’s no option to sign in and Check my account. Which is weird, since there were links on the confirmation page to manage subscription, billing, etc. I don’t know how you’re supposed to do that if you can’t even create an account or sign in.

    • I wouldn’t worry about it. I had the same issue, and it took awhile for the mystery box to be sent. But it did come, and everything was in great shape. They are responsive to emails I have found.

    • It actually asked me to set up an account right after I ordered. It asked for a password then sent me a verification link. Once clicked you can view your account, next billing date and even cancel the subscription.

    • Hi Sara!
      We’re sorry you were having some problems with receiving your order confirmation. We have just replied you via email! Talk soon!

      • Thank you for the replies on this thread. @ Stowaway, I sent an email last night and have already received a response. No worries and I’m looking forward to the subscription. The lipsticks sent in the Popsugar box are incredible. It will be great to try more from Stowaway.

  11. Some of the products in this sub were featured in Stowaway’s most recent mystery bags. This set is actually quite a deal.
    The eyeshadow palette sells for $25, the mascaras are $12 each, the eyeliners are $12 each, the Blowpro dry shampoo is $9.50, the brush is about $10, the makeup bag sells for a ridiculous $35 or so, and the tote is absolutely huge and retails for $185.00.
    So, buying June’s box is like purchasing the palette, a liner, and a mascara and getting the rest for free.

    • Do you know brand/type the tote is?

      • The brand is Global Glamour Fashion and the style is Tobago. The size is 24x14x8.
        I’m not sure if I can add links, but I did see it at solescapes dot com for $145.
        It is not lined.

      • Hi Laura,
        Renee from the previous comment is correct! The tote is the Tobago bag from Global Glamour Fashion. Here is the link to the tote bag: The one we have in stock is the natura/turquoise. Let us know if you have any other questions at! Happy to help.

    • I’ve been trying to find reviews of their mystery deals all over the place! Would you mind sharing what’s been included? Have been debating biting the bullet :).

      • I know! I couldn’t find any reviews either. I purchased the $150 one, and I received:
        Tobago Tote (pictured above in Liz’s photo of the June box)- $145
        Ale by Alessandra Petit Marche cosmetic bag- (also pictured above)- $35
        Physician Endorsed Sanibel Hat- $43
        Sunnylife Luxe Beach Towel- Pattern Lennox (this was nice and thick)- $55
        Two eyeliners- Spice (metallic brown) and Jet (black)- $20
        All three of their lip and cheek rouge- Peony, Cantaloupe, and Burnt Rose- $45
        Two mascaras (one of each formula)- $24
        Three lipsticks- Peony, Champagne, and Scarlet- $45
        Sunnylife Beach Flyer (basically a hard plastic frisbee; this thing would hurt if you got hit with it)- $15
        So, a total of over $400 worth of products.

        • In my opinion, these are much better than Popsugar’s summer limited editions.

          • Thank you! You’re right that tote is gigantic!

        • Hi Renee.
          Did you already have your box when you placed your comment? I received mine today but much more lacking…with the make-up bag, gummy vitamin sample pack, Banana Boat 2 oz sunscreen, 10 ml hand sanitizer & a self magazine. With the makeup kit, of course. Seems like bait & switch for me.

          • Hi Lora,
            Did you order the new monthly subscription box? My comment referred to the $150 dollar mystery bag, which was sold earlier in the spring, as stated, not their new $50 monthly subscription.
            So, yes, I had received it when I made my comment.
            For any of their bags it seems there is an “element of surprise” when ordering them, as they point out on their website that customers will receive “at least $70 worth of Stowaway cosmetics each month, and surprise and delights from brands…” So, it’s not a guarantee that everyone gets the same items.
            If you are unhappy, I would contact them. Maybe they can offer something to make you happy with their service.
            I will say though, by quickly estimating what you received, your box is worth over $100. Hope that makes you feel better.

    • I’ve tried Blowpro dry shampoo and it’s one of the worst I’ve ever tried.

      Is the picture showing the actual full contents of the sub?

      • Cindy, I’m sorry I don’t know. I just recognized some of the products in the June promotional image from the Mystery Bag I bought a couple of months ago. I don’t work for Stowaway (although maybe they should give me a referral reward!) I’m sure they’d be willing to answer your question if you contacted them. It would be good to know if everyone is getting the same items or not.

  12. $50 for a vague box that seems to deliver beauty items? Ill keep an eye out but most likely no.

    • And $50 for a promised value of at least $70—that doesn’t seem like a good promise!

  13. I think this is going to be some Popsugar competition. Cool!

  14. “Simplify your busy life by adding more stuff to keep track of.”

    • Yes!!

  15. I was impressed by the quality of the Stowaway lipsticks in December’s PSMH box, but $50 is way too expensive for a beauty sub. It looks like there will be non-beauty items included but it’s not clear what to expect in that regard. I’ll watch out for reviews for now.

  16. I would have to see reviews of this box first before making a commitment. It’s more expensive than tried and true boxes such as Boxycharm and Beautyfix. I am on product overload as it is so another beauty box will not really enhance my life dramatically.

  17. Way, way too expensive.

  18. Hmmm… I’m tempted, although the last thing I need is another sub!

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