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7 Subscription Box Products I Have Actually Repurchased

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJul 15, 2021 | 18 comments

I am able to try out a lot of products through reviewing subscription boxes, and lucky enough to receive additional items through my Instagram. While I probably have enough beauty and skincare products to go on a two-year no-buy (but where’s the fun in that?), some products stick out just enough that I want to have them in my routine once the original item has been depleted. I’ve rounded up all of my subscription box favorites that made it to the incredibly small group of items I have actually repurchased, and I explain why these items stood out below. Let’s dive in!


The Mask: Heimish Black Tea Mask Pack

The Cost to Repurchase: $22.00 for 3.7 oz (on sale now for $18.00)

The Box That Made the Intro: Pink Seoul Mask February 2020

This is the first of a few masks you’ll see on this list, and I make zero apologies. Let’s start off with this one by Heimish- I actually consider it to be a pretty close dupe to the lovely (and expensive) Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, and I knew I wanted to repurchase it after one single use.  The texture is a lightweight cream mask that feels like it’s had a lot of air whipped into it to make it fluffy, and it feels cooling and refreshing to my skin when I apply it. Ingredients-wise, it has green tea, aloe, Centella Asiatica, along with a few other botanicals, and it has a lot of antioxidants packed into the formula. This mask makes my skin look healthier (a tiny bit of glow, skin is soft and supple, no dryness) and adds moisture to my skin without feeling heavy or leaving a residue behind.

The Product: Ilia Lip Wrap Clean Hydrating Lip Mask

The Cost to Repurchase: $26.00 for.34 oz

The Box That Made the Intro: Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Balm Set

I really didn’t expect to love this lip mask as much as I do- I consider most of Ilia’s products to be over-hyped, but this lip mask is fantastic. It’s made with papaya enzymes, hyaluronic acid, sea succulent extract, and mango butter, and it has a light chamomile scent that I find really pleasant. Admittedly, as much as I love this lip mask, I didn’t plan on repurchasing the full-size version- but then it was available as a FabFitFun add-on to the summer box at a steep discount, and I purchased two jars faster than you can say “no self-control”.

The Product: TONYMOLY I’m Green Tea Hydro Burst Morning Mask

The Cost to Repurchase: $15.00 for 3.3 oz

The Box That Made the Intro: TONYMOLY October 2019 Monthly Bundle 

This mask is such an affordable treat- I enjoy using it all times of the day- not just in the morning. It has a lightweight gel texture that feels extra cooling after a short stay in the fridge, with a formula made from green tea, Centella Asiatica, bamboo extract, and mugwort extract. All of those ingredients are soothing and hydrating to your skin, so this is a great pick if you have sensitive skin or want to add hydration to your skin after an exfoliating treatment. If you’re a fan of the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, this TONYMOLY mask isn’t an exact dupe, but I definitely recommend checking it out.

The Product: The Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil

The Cost to Repurchase: $32.00 for 3 oz

The Box That Made the Intro: Sephora Favorites Must Have Minis Kit

This is one of those products that I love so much, I have actually given it as a gift to others (and then they loved it too). I’m a little meh on a lot of Ouai’s products, but I really enjoy this rose oil that can be used on both your hair and body. I have dry skin on my body and dry hair, so I definitely use this oil both ways. This oil is silicone-free and made from a blend of rosehip oil, shea oil, and sunflower seed oil, and the rose scent is soft and not overpowering. It smooths out any frizz in my curls, and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. I have a ton of open body and hair oils, but when my stash runs low, I will absolutely repurchase this for the third time.

The Product: TONYMOLY I’m Rose Revitalizing Sleeping Mask

The Cost to Repurchase: $15.00 for 3.3 oz

The Box That Made the Intro:  TONYMOLY November 2019 Monthly Bundle

Yep, this is the second TONYMOLY mask I have repurchased after trying a mini through the monthly bundle; they’re so affordable and fun, it’s hard to resist (I actually have two more full-size TONYMOLY masks from this line too, but they’re not on this list because I didn’t try them in a subscription box first). If you’re surprised I have three masks on this list, you must have missed  Honey Face Masks for Every Budget, where I talk about my love of them. With this mask specifically, I love rose! I could easily do a rose mask-only article like I did the honey mask, because it’s a soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredient that my skin really enjoys. This one from TONYMOLY is so affordable, and it features 1,000 ppm natural rose extract along with aloe, Centella Asiatica, and camelia seed oil. The mask has a slippery gel texture that takes a short while to absorb, and it adds a good boost of hydration to my skin while I sleep. If sleeping masks aren’t your thing, you could easily apply a thick layer as a wash-off mask too (if you give that a try, I recommend sticking it in the fridge first).

The Product: Avene Cicalfate Restorative Lip Cream

The Cost to Repurchase: $18.00 for 0.3 oz

The Box That Made the Intro: Birchbox The Lip Care Essentials Kit

I am a big fan of Avene, and this lip cream has become a staple in my routine. The Cicalfate line from Avene is actually their wound care line to help heal and protect your skin, and this lip cream does exactly that. I frequently get cracks in the corners of my mouth that hurt and stick around for a long time, and this is the best lip treatment I’ve ever tried to soothe the irritation and shorten the duration. I didn’t fully finish my first tube before repurchasing my second; I just misplaced my tube, and couldn’t be without it for more than a few days before caving and buying a backup. One thing to note is this is a true cream- it goes on white and doesn’t fully absorb for a long time, so I apply it at night when it doesn’t matter if I have white goop on my lips.

The Product: Dashing Diva Nail Wraps

The Cost to Repurchase: $8.00

The Box That Made the Intro: Allure Beauty Box June 2020

I personally didn’t review this box for MSA, but I do have an Allure subscription, and as a consumer, this is by far the most repurchased item I have found through a subscription box! I used to be an acrylics-only girl, but once Covid happened, my frequent visits to the nail salon became a thing of the past. Yet still, I love having my nails done and always want them to look nice. After using the nail wraps that came in the Allure box, I immediately went to the Dashing Diva website to order more, and now, a year later, I’ve made multiple online purchases, and have also picked up sets from Ulta and TJ Maxx. I love the wide range of designs and colors available; I am able to have fun nail art with minimal work, and the nail wraps last about two weeks on me (I’ve even had a few sets go even longer). I love that one set has enough strips for two full manicures, and the slightly thick gel texture adds some reinforcement to my natural nails to help them grow long and strong. I literally have a pair on my nails (the purple set photographed above) as I type- I am always rocking a pair of these nail wraps, and it’s all thanks to discovering them through Allure.

 

And there you have my round-up of my repurchased subscription box favorites. I would love to know what subscription box products you’ve discovered and repurchased- do we have any in common?


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Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.
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Snow

I was surprised by how much I liked the wander beauty vitamin C serum from Allure. It absorbs super quick and leaves a nice glow. I’m really not too picky with the products I use. I find I am just as happy using moisturizer A as I am using moisturizer B. I have a few staples but I enjoy switching products out and trying new things. One thing I am trying to strive for is less waste. The packaging on SO many products is incredibly wasteful. All those labels stuck on the plastic containers we use render them unrecyclable. You would think with all our advances we would come up with packaging for all products that can either be recycled or be decomposed. Not to be a Debby downer but it’s sometimes hard to enjoy all our beauty products (even food) without feeling guilty. A couple of projects I have permanently given up are body wash and dry shampoo from aersol cans.

Snow

Not “projects” but products.

CarrieL

Mamonde’s Petal Spa oil-to-foam cleanser and their rose water toner, Hanalei’s lip treatments, My Clarins’ Recharge Relaxing Sleep Mask, and if I EVER get through my stash of facial scrubs I will repurchase Derma E’s microdermabrasion scrub. It’s the best one I’ve tried yet.

Michelle McC

Great article! I have a few products I discovered in subscription boxes that I repurchas.
1. The Naturelab Tokyo Perfect Shine Oil Mist is magic! I really liked using it on my shoulder length full wavy hair when I first discovered the shine mist. I now have the sides and back buzzed and wear the top in a pompadour, the oil works just as well giving my hair great shine.
2. Sunday Riley’s CEO product line. My skin looks younger now than it did ten years ago.
3. Benefit Roller Lash mascara- This lifts & separates better than a Playtex bra!

Sharon in TX

The only product that I’ve repurchased several times is ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. It was in Allure Beauty Box in 2020. I use it nightly and it keeps me blemish-free. Before I started using it, I broke out constantly. Now, I may get one pimple occasionally and it fades away quickly.

Carol

I love those two Tony Moly masks. I impulse bought them at Ulta during a sale. The Green Tea one works nice as a sleeping mask too! I want to try the lavender one next.

A couple of recent repurchases:
–Iope Derma Repair Cica Cream: A little hard to find but it is amazing and fixes pretty much anything overnight (including some recent overzealous exfoliation lol).
–Artnaturals Vit. C: I get the little sample/travel size at iHerb for like $3 and it lasts about a month. I don’t worry about it going bad and it works great, not sticky.
–M Greengrass Summer in Nice Body Butter: I am obsessed with this scent. Obsessed. They carry it at QVC now (comes with a dry oil!). It layers really well with Replica Beach Walk (which I also repurchased after trying in a sub!).

Marion

A lot of the products I’ve repurchased have been K Beauty skincare, which I mentioned in comments on your other recent article.

Other than those, I really like:

– Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub. Best scrub I’ve tried so far. The sugar particle size is baby-bear levels of just right, not too big or too small, and the oil its suspended in leaves my skin feeling moisturized, not stripped.

– Milk Makeup Blur Stick. I got the mini I think from a Sephora Favorites kit, used it up, & repurchased the full size. I actually prefer the mini size (it gets into the contours of my face better, like the corners of my nose) but I still really like the mattifying effect it has on my skin. I use it as a primer when I want to use cream blushes, highlighters, & contour so that I don’t have to set my face with powder.

– Naturelab Tokyo Perfect Shine Oil Mist. The very last step in my post-shower beauty routine, I use this on top of leave-in hair cream to seal in all the good stuff. Has a lovely, light, slightly powdery floral scent. I spray it onto my hands, then run my hands through my hair.

– TheBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush. For YEARS I thought I hated bronzer on me, but it turns out that my skin is so cool toned that I just needed to find one with a lot of pink it it. I got one of those teeny square-pan samples of this from Birchbox back in the day!

– Huda Beauty Silk Balm liquid lip balm. I actually just got this in a Sephora Pop kit, so I haven’t repurchased it YET, but I probably will.

Jessica Hapak

Hey Marion! Love your list. Wanted to chime in that it may be worth buying the Sephora Give Me Some Shine Lip Set, because a full-size Huda Beauty Silk Balm is included (along with 2 other full size items + 2 samples).
🙂

Julia

Hi Jessica. I know that you do a lot of writing in your work so I wanted to jump in with a note. A sentence or title never properly begins with a numeral. You spell it out: “Seven subscription box products…”

Shay

Julia,
It’s people like you that take the fin out of things. Enjoy the recaps and reviews for that they are.
Sincerely
– Biting my tongue

Lawden Adeli

Really?

Shanda

This is true…ten and under is spelled out, over is done numerically.

Shanda

True. The grammatical standard is if it’s number ten or under, it’s spelled out. Over that and it’s numeric.

Mary L.

I’m not Jessica, but I have been a full-time freelancer for more than decade and in my experience, almost all websites have in-house style guidelines that call for numerals to be used at the start of listicle-type articles. Even my clients who otherwise use AP Style call for numerals in headlines because it makes them more effective and readable. Just an FYI. 🙂

Melissa

I meant reply to the “content,” not comment.

Melissa

Totally agree with Mary and Sofia. I’m not a freelance writer or an editor, but it makes sense to start this type of article with a numeral.

Also, to be honest, who gives a flying fig? Like, why is this even a comment thread on here? Julia isn’t Jessica’s boss. Just read the article, enjoy it, and talk about the comment if you need to, not the writing style.

Sofia C

Can confirm this from another freelance writer. I’ve never seen a listical-type article written out as “seven” or whatever number.

Yet another Lori

We have a brand in common, Ouai. I received their leave in conditioner from Ipsy years ago, and have repurchased many times over, I love this stuff.

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