Our Subscription Box Favorites for 2017!
We’re starting a new monthly post highlighting our favorite discoveries from subscription boxes! Here are our favorite items for 2017:
The Item: Tom Ford Lip Color in Indian Rose
The Cost: Value $16.20 (Full Size: $54)
Why I love it: I have never tried out any Tom Ford cosmetics, so this is a really exciting sample for me. Especially because the full size is so expensive. I love the packaging of this mini lipstick – The metal case has bold gold bordering and an engraved TF on the cap. The formula is comfortable and hydrating and delivers great pigment. It’s a medium nude pink – I think it’d work for anyone! It’s become my most reached-for new subscription box discovery since receiving it.
Read more reviews by Haley!
The Item: Moody Sisters Lightweight Moisturizer
The Cost: $16
Why I love it: I have been using this moisturizer NON STOP after receiving it and will definitely purchase more if I run out! This lotion has aloe vera juice as its base ingredient and it instantly absorbed into my skin without feeling oily or sticky. It has a light peppermint scent and a cooling effect. I love it as a morning moisturizer as it made my skin super soft and hydrated. I highly recommend this product for my oily skin fellows!
Read more reviews by Jira!
The Item: EcoPiggy EcoPacifier
The Cost: $7.99
Why I love it: With its curated and personalized assortment of baby essentials, the 21 Bundles box, as a whole, has been my favorite subscription of 2017. It’s tough to narrow it down, but this EcoPiggy EcoPacifier is probably my one favorite item received. Why? My baby loves it, as simple as it is! At this point, I couldn’t imagine being without this thing, and I’m so glad to have been introduced to it through 21 Bundles. We’ve tried other pacifiers, but my baby seems to prefer the shape and texture of this one. The box’s focus on natural ingredients made it that much easier to be health-conscious throughout my pregnancy, and now, with a 2-month-old.
Read more reviews by Jess!
The Item: Cat Dinosaur Costume
The Cost: This was exclusive to Whiskerbox, but the information card listed the value as $45 (may be Canadian dollars rather than US)
Why I love it: I got this back in March of this year and I thought it was about the funniest thing ever. I remembered it all year! I mean, just look at these pictures. I love how Monkey just stiffens all his legs and lies there, and Mr. Kitty’s belly hangs out of the bottom of the costume. I laughed so much during this photo session.
Read more reviews by Ragan!
The Item: 3-Pack Wool Dryer Balls
The Cost: $16.99
Why I Love It: I have been using these dryer balls since July and have saved money by not purchasing costly dryer sheets. The dryer balls have softened my clothes and its meant to reduce drying time. It helps with static cling and the only time I have static cling is when I set the dryer too high, that’s when I need to decrease drying time or lower the temperature. When I increase the heat, and over dry that increases static electricity. I love how I’m helping the environment by not purchasing dryer sheets and tossing them into the landfill, plus I save money.
Read more reviews by Nich!
The Cost: $70.95
Why I love it: Since I reviewed this in March, I’ve been using it regularly in my toolkit and for general use around the house. I took it on several hiking trips as well because it’s lightweight and easy to toss in a pocket or pouch. I’ve only had the charge the battery twice. It’s been dropped several times but handled each tumble like a champ. The 1000 lumens can almost be TOO bright sometimes, but I normally keep it at that level because, why not?
Read more reviews by Andy!
The Item: Favorite Fringe Earrings, Gray
The Cost: $58.95
Why I love it: These earrings are hands down my favorite pair I’ve ever owned. The vibe is fun, with a sophisticated twist, thanks to the hammered gold semi-circles. While I had noticed these earrings on Joya’s website and imagined myself sporting them in a different color, this neutral gray hue proved to be exactly what my wardrobe needed—it’s versatile, and it lets the earring design make the statement without a bold color taking all the attention.
Read more reviews by Christen!
The Item: Anchor Stretch Jersey One-Pocket Tee by Tailor Vintage
The Cost: $29.00
Why I love it: I received this top in my October Stitch Fix shipment and have gotten so many wears out of it in just 2 months! The color is so unique and the cotton/spandex material is so comfortable, I would even sleep in it. For the price of $29, this one was a total steal and my favorite item for 2017!
Read more reviews by Rob!
What a year 2017 was for me! Since starting to review boxes back in April I have enjoyed SO MANY wonderful surprises and it was really hard for me to choose just one… so I didn’t! Here are my top three, because I have too much love to give:
The Item: Selenite Crystal Skyscraper Lamp
The Cost: Estimated Value $25 (similar size found on Etsy)
Why I love it: The Selenite Skyscraper Lamp from Wonderful Objects blew my mind since I had been literally lusting after one for a while and it was delivered to me as if my mind was read. I switch this on every day in my bedroom to soak in its good vibes.
The Item: Zebra Mildliner Set
The Cost: $5.23
Why I love it: The Zebra Mildliner Set from ZenPop Stationery made me squeeeee with joy because I am a big stationery nerd and just love these mildliners in muted colors instead of the neon hues most are accustomed to.
The Item: Mayana Chocolate Mayan Spice Bar
The Cost: $8
From: April 2017 Boxwalla Food
Why I love it: I HAVE to give a shoutout to this Mayana Chocolate Mayan Spice Bar that I devoured in my very first MSA review for Boxwalla and still dream about to this day. I WILL FIND YOU AGAIN, you delicious beast.
Read more reviews by Marne!
The Item: Indie Lee Vanilla Citrus Body Oil
The Cost: $36.00
Why I love it: This body oil is one that I have found myself coming back to again and again. It’s a combination of the moisturizing formula, quick absorption and delicious scent that keeps me coming back for more. I’ve almost used up the whole bottle and will have to consider buying more once it’s empty, even though I have many other body moisturizers on the shelf. It’s that good!
Read more reviews by Jessica!
The Item: Cosmic Blue Love Adrianne Distressed Boyfriend Jean
The Cost: $88
Why I love them: These were my go-to jeans all spring, summer, and fall– basically a staple denim for me until it got too cold for the bare knee look. They were super comfortable and the perfect length, and generally easy to wear. Definitely have gotten more out of these jeans than any other item I received in a box this year! I’ve been on a closet purging kick lately, but I’m looking forward to trying Stitch Fix‘s petite selection again when I’m ready to add some new pieces to my wardrobe. Meantime, these jeans are away, waiting for spring.
Read more reviews by Lacey!
The Item: The Haunted Dollhouse
The Cost: $175
Why I love it: This tale of murder and madness in old New Orleans held my attention through each mailing. There were many subtle puzzles to solve and clues to uncover. I couldn’t help but become attached to the characters and the story of their lives. The pacing was great and the conclusion did not disappoint.
Read more reviews by Désirée!
The Item: Striped Overlay Column dress by Eloquii
The Cost: $64 (no longer on site)
Why I love it: This was one of the first items I reviewed for My Subscription Addiction. I fell in love with this dress immediately due to its awesome 60s aesthetic. I can envision Gidget or Annette Funicello wearing this to an out of this world beach party! I am a big fan of the Eloquii brand because they consistently design quality pieces that are simultaneously quirky, sexy, hip, and retro for all the bodacious plus size babes! This dress has ample stretch and is the perfect length (you will never wonder if your behind is hanging out of this when you bend over). This dress is versatile enough to wear to a house party or at the office. I wore it to the 2017 Burger Boogaloo as I cried happy tears of joys watching Iggy Pop dance around the stage! I love this dress so much that I ordered it on sale on the Gwynnie Bee site in a smaller size since the one pictured is too big on me now.
Read more reviews by Nicole!
The Item: Ellison Crochet Lace Top
The Cost: $45
From: August 2017 Golden Tote
Why I love it: This is hands down my favorite item from a clothing subscription box! The quality of the top’s crochet is incredible and far outweighs the retail value. It’s fun to wear with simple denim or dressed up with a full skirt. I hope to have this in my closet for a long time!
Read more reviews by Sara!
Anna Reilly’s Favorite:
The Item: Jacinta Bootie in Midnight Blue
The Cost: Retail Value $59.95, VIP Price $39.95
Why I love it: I don’t think I’ve ever loved shoes as much as I love this velvety pair! They’ve been particularly awesome over the holiday season—the silvery stars have a way of making anything from jeans and a sweater to a frilly black dress look festive. My new year’s resolution is to wear these groovy boots as often as possible!
Read more reviews by Anna!
The Item: Alien Facehugger Poseable Lifesize Replica
The Cost: Value $60-65 based on similar replica
From: June 2017 A-Box
Why I love it: I’ve never been more surprised than the reveal of the life-size replica of a facehugger! Not only were the photoshoots a but too fun, but I’ve got a few extra scares with this item 🙂
Read more reviews by Eric!
It’s pretty much impossible to pick a favorite item of the year for me, but I decided to help narrow it down using this question: what’s an item I received in a box that I’ve been using almost every single day since I got it?
And the answer is:
The Cost: $35 for the palette and $14 for the brow brush
From: May 2017 Boxycharm
The darkest color in this palette is perfect for me. In the review, I even say, “And the pans are a good size for a brow powder – I think this will last me a year!”
So far I’ve made it to 2018 using this every day since May and I still have plenty of product left!
Read more reviews by Liz!
What do you think of our favorites for 2017? And what were your favorite discoveries?