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The 21 Best Subscription Boxes for Women – 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards

Every year we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for beauty, lifestyle, fashion and more!

Our readers say these are THE BEST subscription boxes for women: the ones they love, the boxes they love to gift to others, and the subscriptions they recommend to friends. Some long-time favorite women’s subscription boxes top the list, but this year they’re in good company with some newer monthly boxes that are also worth checking out. The women’s boxes on this list have prices ranging from subscribe-right-this-second-affordable to those representing a more deluxe experience, and they span categories like beauty, accessories, and decor with a cause. You’re sure to find something that’s right for you!

The Most Popular Women’s Subscription Boxes

These are the best subscription boxes for women, determined by real votes from readers like you:

1. FabFitFun

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The Cost: $49.99 per quarter. Save with an annual subscription. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

I am obsessed with FFF. Usually one item pays for the entire box. Anything else is icing on the cake.” – MSA Reader

I love the variety that the Fabfitfun box brings to its subscribers. The latest boxes have been killing it. The add-on and edit sales just add to the value of the subscription.” – Sherry FL

Fabfitfun is the BOMB. Gift worthy items but also lots of stuff I’d never splurge on for myself- but I’m happy to have! It’s like having a birthday every quarter year!” – Shaunna

What You Get: FabFitFun is a lifestyle box full of wellness, style, and fitness goodies, hitting the Reader’s Choice Awards for 2021 across several categories including makeup, beauty and wellness. Is it any surprise it topped our list of the best subscription boxes for women? Subscribers love the full-size beauty, fashion, and home decor products found inside this quarterly arrival, praising them for their high quality, value and on-trend style. Highlighting everything from must-have makeup to indie fashion from women-owned brands, FabFitFun delivers a plentiful, diverse, and thoughtful seasonal box that stands out among all contenders.

Is It Customizable? Typically, seasonal subscribers (those that pay for each box as it is released) get to choose 3 items in their box, while annual subscribers (those that prepay for a full year) to get choose 5.

Check out our FabFitFun reviews and info to subscribe. Ships free to the contiguous U.S., to Canada for $8.00, and the U.K. for $10.00.



All items from Causebox summer 2020

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The Cost: $54.95 per quarter. Save with an annual subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code SPR20 to save 20% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

Great quality items along with a feel good factor. Causebox really delivers.” – Elaine Kaiser

Every single product in the box is usable! Hugh quality items that give back – win win all around!” – Meaghan A.

CauseBox has the best products that are both unique, useful and great to regift if I can’t use it but more importantly, CauseBox supports amazing causes and helps women across the globe. I feel good supporting this subscription box and I’ve discovered incredible products.” – Kelly T.

What You Get: CAUSEBOX is another repeat delight due to its unbeatable combo of lifestyle products and feel-good mission. This quarterly box features artist designs on its exterior and $200+ worth of conscious and ethically-designed items on the inside, many of which are exclusive to this subscription! You can expect a broad mix of items from categories like cosmetics, home decor, gifts, accessories, jewelry, and more, all guaranteed to come from socially-conscious companies who are giving back and doing more.

Is It Customizable? Annual CAUSEBOX subscribers (those that prepay for an entire year) can customize some of the items each season, choosing colorways for some items in the box and making other product selections (like choosing between a hair mask or a face primer).

Check out all of our CAUSEBOX reviews and CAUSEBOX spoilers to learn more. Shipping is free to the contiguous U.S. and $7.95 to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and Canada. 

3. Ipsy Glam Bag

Full Contents for Ipsy Glam Bag January 2021

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The Cost: $12.00 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

Ipsy gives a great mix of beauty and skin care items! I always discover something I love and the option to choose products makes it very personalized. I think they have been the most innovative box, as they have made big changes this year to accommodate feedback from their customers.” – Renkat

I like Ipsy for collecting and trying deluxe sample sizes.” – Carla

For $12 it is a small treat each month.” – Carol

About the Box: Say hello to a long-standing favorite of our readers! The original Ipsy Glam Bag subscription touts an affordable price point with an impressive value! It contains a mix of high-end and drugstore products in deluxe sample sizes (and the occassional full-size item) a blend of makeup and skincare, and high-quality beauty tools. This popular box thrills by including a personalized selection of beauty items in a stylish bag.

Is It Customizable? Each tier of Ipsy allows subscribers to choose at least one item each month.

Check out our Ipsy reviews and Ipsy spoilers to learn more! Ships to the U.S. for free and to Canada for $2.95.

4. BoxyCharm

The Cost: $25.00 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code SWEETSURPRISE or TREAT4YOU to get a free Bee Beauty London Eyeshadow Palette ($50 value) or a free Farmacy BHA Toner ($28 value) + a $10 credit for the pop-up shop!

What Our Readers Say:

Worth the money.” – Tiffany

I choose Boxycharm because of the unbeatable prices on Pop & add on sales!” – MSA Reader

It has good skincare and makeup.” – Sany

About the Box: It’s all about the brilliant makeup, the top-notch skincare, and the impressive value with BoxyCharm! Our readers are always impressed with the quality and variety of this box, as well as the inclusion of mostly full-size products (yay!). Expect a palette of some type, a skincare item, lip and eye products, and sometimes even beauty tools in each monthly box. For those who just can’t get enough, subscribers can also upgrade to BoxyLuxe or Boxy Premium for even more great beauty products!

Is It Customizable? Through a program launched in late 2019, BoxyCharm subscribers get to choose one item in their upcoming box; the rest are customized based on your preferences (not all subscribers receive the same box).

Check out all of our BoxyCharm reviews and info to learn more. Shipping is free to the contiguous U.S., and $5.00 to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and Canada.


5. Allure Beauty Box

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The Cost: $23.00 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get a Free Mega Bundle when you sign up for a 12-month subscription! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

Allure provided products that were exceptional in value and quality.” – Desirae

About the Box: The Allure Beauty Box sends a monthly curation of deluxe samples and full-size products from the top brands you love! Our readers love the affordable price point of this subscription, and many believe it’s a stellar way to try the trending ingredients and current cosmetics you’ll read about in Allure Magazine.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out all of our Allure Beauty Box reviews and info to learn more. Shipping is free to the contiguous U.S., and $5.00 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.


6. Beachly

Beachly women's box fall 2020

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The Cost: $99.00 per quarter. Save with an annual subscription. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

Love the affordability and the uniqueness of items in every box.” – Erika S.

Beachly has always been a hit for me. Never once disappointed in their boxes. Every product is top notch!” – Jana

Beachly is fun and sends me items I might not have purchased for myself. It also introduces me to brands I wasn’t familiar with” – Diannere

About the Box: If you would give anything to live that beachy life, then Beachly is about to be the worth-the-splurge luxury subscription of your dreams! Sending a quarterly spread of seasonally appropriate clothes, accessories, and full-sized beauty products, plus yhome decor pieces that promote the chilled-out vibe the sea inspires. Including popular beachy brands like S’Well, Roxy, and Sunnylife, this box will up your relaxed factor exponentially.

Is It Customizable? No, but during the sign-up process you’ll answer survey questions that will tailor the box to your preferences and home climate.

Check out all of our Beachly reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for $4.95 and Canada for $11.95


7. CURATEUR (Formerly Rachel Zoe Box of Style)

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The Cost: $99.99 per quarter. Save with an annual subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA25 to save $25 off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:


Curated style from Rachel Zoe, say no more!” – Meg

Lux products, outstanding value.” – Mee-Leesah

About the Box: CURATEUR will thrill anyone who’s a fan of Rachel Zoe’s style! Each box is filled with fashionable items and accessories, plus a few beauty products and styling tools, too. This quarterly subscription promises a value of $400+ in each shipment, and you can count on feeling pampered as you unbox each curation.

Is It Customizable? Subscribers can typically customize some elements of each box, like size or colorway (for example, silver or gold toned jewelry, or two different variations on an eyeshadow palette).

Check out our CURATEUR and Rachel Zoe Box of Style reviews and CURATEUR and Rachel Zoe Box of Style spoilers to learn more! Shipping is free to the U.S., and $25.00 to Canada, the U.K., and Australia.


8. Margot Elena Discovery Box

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The Cost: $59.99 per quarter. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

It’s always a great experience to open it up and find so many wonderful, beautiful things. It does feel like a special gift, put together just for me.” – MajoAlvarez

This box is basically my “present to myself” each year. The unboxing experience is so special, and you can tell a lot of love and care goes into putting it together. It’s a perfect box to split apart for gifting, and it often contains unique lifestyle or stationery items made with heart.” – Jennifer

I love several boxes, but when I see this one on the porch, it makes my heart flutter a bit! It’s always extremely high quality products and packaging. And, if I don’t want something, the products make great gifts.” – Laura

About the Box: Those of you who know and love Lollia, TokyoMilk, and Library of Flowers will adore the quarterly subscription Margot Elena, the brand (and woman) behind them all. Each box contains full-size items that are as perfect for gifting as they are for a self-love surprise, plus beautifully designed stationery, wearables, luxurious fragrances, and lifestyle gifts.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our Margot Elena Discovery Box reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. for $6.95.


9. Stitch Fix

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The Cost: $20.00 styling fee per box that can be applied to purchasing your full box. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

I recently started Stitch Fix and have really enjoyed it. My stylist did a great job and I like feeling more put together!” – Lee.k

The stylists listen and select the most amazing pieces.” – Tanya Samuel

Stitch Fix has been amazing. I have braces and surgeries and they have nearly always been able to find something that fits and looks good at a price point I can afford. This year has been especially hard, and out of nowhere they sent me flowers. A computer algorithm wouldn’t do that. I will be forever grateful to Charity and Stitch Fix for helping me to feel pretty and hopeful when I just couldn’t find it for myself.” – Sjek

About the Box: Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. When you sign up, you take an in-depth survey of your sizes, your style, and your pricing preferences. After choosing when you’d like to receive your delivery, your stylist handpicks 5 items based on your preferences. The fee for this service is $20, and that includes free shipping and free returns. And if you keep any of the items they send you, you get to deduct the $20 fee from the total. (If you keep all five items, you also get a 25% discount!) The key to getting the most out of your Stitch Fix subscription is communicating with your stylist and advocating for your personal style. But our readers agree, once you find a stylist that gets you,you’ll be addicted!

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our Stitch Fix reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S.

10. The Box by Fashionsta

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The Cost: $24.99 per month with free shipping to the U.S. $65.00 per month with free shipping to all other international countries. Save with an annual subscription. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say:

I have cancelled most other boxes because they don’t compare to this. Month after month it always brings happiness to my life when I receive that “your package has been delivered” email.” – Bethany L

Well curated and always fresh with new brands.” – Marcia

About the Box:  The Box by Fashionsta offers makeup and skincare lovers 5-7 full-size products per month, from up-and-coming indie brands, promising an $80-$150 value in each box. Subscribers rave about the variety, the reasonable price point, and the great balance of makeup and skincare products. Plus, each box purchased helps a non-profit based in LA—how’s that for beauty with a cause?

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check our our The Box By Fashionista reviews to learn more. Ships free worldwide.


11. JourneeBox

The Cost: $54.99 per quarter. Save with an annual subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code FIRSTBOX! to save $10 off your first box!

What Our Readers Say:

Great items and excellent customer service .” – Potboiler

Journee Box has the BEST customer service. – Jo

Journee Box sends items that I can use and of good quality. Always look forward to receiving Journee Box.” – Patricia

About the Box: JourneeBox is a quarterly lifestyle experience box featuring designer-produced, sustainably-made fashion, home, body, and culinary goods. The JourneeBox’s direct-to-consumer business model (meaning they design and produce all of their goods) keeps costs and environmental impact down. This model offers the guarantee of quality, vetted products made from sustainable materials, with ethical production practices.

Is It Customizable? Subscribers can typically choose between different sizes or colorways of items in their next box.

Check out all of our JourneeBox Reviews to learn more. Ships free to the contiguous U.S., and  for $8.00 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Shipping is available to some parts of Canada; rates may vary. 


12. Birchbox

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The Cost: $15.00 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say: 

I love Birchbox because I can choose to receive a shop credit if I don’t like the box.” – Wendy

About the Box: When it comes to subscription boxes, you’ve got to love the classics! Birchbox, the original beauty subscription box we’ve been reviewing since 2012, is still delighting subscribers each month with samples of  fabulous new products  from both well-loved and hot new makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrance brands.

Is It Customizable? Birchbox lets you choose whether you’d like a box of items picked just for you (including one item you get to pick out yourself), or a ‘curated’ box fully chosen by Birchbox.

Check our our Birchbox reviews and details to learn more. Ships to the U.S., U.K., France, and Spain.


13. SinglesSwag

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The Cost: $39.99 per month for the SinglesSwag, $24.99 per month for SinglesSwag Petite. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say: 

SinglesSwag may not have the customization options of other boxes, but it always comes with a nice variety of items that are always useful. There is always a snack and a jewelry item, alongside a nice assortment of makeup, skincare, bath, body, hobby, and other items. They sometimes even send books. Plus, even current subscribers can take advantage of their monthly 40% off coupons!.” – Mari

Always items I can use. I like getting books every month, and a treat to try while reading my new book.” – Rhonda

SinglesSwag has been my favorite sub box I’ve tried. I look forward to it every month. I love that it has such a variety of things in it from books to jewelry to skincare to snacks!” – Angela

About the Box: SinglesSwag is a monthly lifestyle subscription box geared towards single women. Fun, right? There are two size options: regular, which sends 6-7 full-size products, and for a lower cost, the petite sends 3-4 full-size items. This sub will hook you up with a mix of makeup, beauty, accessories, snacks, best-selling books and other products to celebrate your independence.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our SinglesSwag reviews and details to learn more! Shipping is free to the U.S., $6.99 to the U.K., and $14.99 to most worldwide destinations.


14. NewBeauty TestTube

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The Cost: $29.95 every other month + $8.95 shipping. Save with an annual subscription. Subscribe here!

About the Box: NewBeauty TestTube is one of our community’s favorite subscriptions for trying new brands and ingredients. Subscribers can expect to receive a mix of deluxe samples and full-size items of well-known products and new high-quality brands that you’ll definitely want to experience. To round out the experience, each membership comes with a free NewBeauty Magazine subscription, so you’re in an expert in your beauty domain from the first box!

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our NewBeauty TestTube reviews and details to learn more! Ships to the continental U.S.


15. Bombay & Cedar

Bombay & Cedar box shown with many makeup, skin, and hair goods

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The Cost: $44.95 per month for the Lifestyle box and $31.95 per month for the Beauty box . Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSALOVE10 to save 10% off a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription!

What Our Readers Say: 

I like that it’s not the typical candle, earrings, etc. every time.” – MSA Reader

Love this box, it has different items that I didn’t know I would want.” – Yellowdaisymae

One of my most favorite boxes. Love that everything is vegan and I have discovered some amazing products through their subscription!” – Shawna Parker

About the Box: Bombay & Cedar offers a little bit of everything, all with great quality! This aromatherapy, beauty, wellness, and lifestyle subscription features full-size and deluxe-sample-size products including essential oils, diffusers, skincare, books, snacks, and more. It’s carefully curated for the discerning woman who lives an inspired life.

Is It Customizable? Subscribers can sometimes customize colors and other choices via survey before boxes ship.

Check out our Bombay and Cedar reviews and info to learn more! Shipping for the Lifestyle box is free to the U.S., $10.95 to Canada, and $17.95 to all other international destinations. Shipping for the Beauty box is free to the U.S., $5.95 to Canada, and $10.95 to all other international destinations.


16. Fabletics

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The Cost: $49.95 per month. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Get two pairs of leggings for $24 ($99 value). No coupon needed - just use this link.

About the Box: Fabletics is the fitness apparel company co-founded by Kate Hudson, and if you’re into athleisure (who isn’t these days?), just wait ’til you try their leggings! Rather than sending a monthly box of clothing, it functions on a VIP flexible membership, meaning members pay $49.95 per month for access to special pricing (40-50% off retail prices) on their performance fitness gear. Fabletics releases a new monthly collection of products, patterns, and silhouettes to shop for women’s and monthly for men’s, teaming up with celebs to help influence their styles. When you shop the collection, your $49.95 monthly fee will apply to your new outfit—or you can opt to save your $49.95 fee as credit to use for later, or skip the month entirely (if you skip, you won’t be charged). We also love that Fabletics is fabulously size-inclusive! We have long been fans of their plus offerings, which maintain the figure-flattering fit and great quality they offer across the board.

Is It Customizable? Yes! You choose what to buy based on their suggestions.

Check out our Fabletics reviews and details to learn more! Ships to the contiguous U.S. for $4.95. Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories are subject to a $9.00 shipping fee both ways. Shipping to Canada, Denmark, France, Spain, the U.K., Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia is available for varying rates.


17. BeautyFIX

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The Cost: $24.95 per month. Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say: 

Great box.” – MSA Reader

About the Box: BeautyFIX by is known for its incredible-quality and  aesthetician-approved skincare items, but it’s good for the occasional makeup surprise, as well. You can expect over $100 in retail value in every box, filled with premium goodies like hydrating serums, nourishing haircare products, anti-aging skincare solutions, and more.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our BeautyFIX reviews to learn more! Ships free to the U.S.


18. GlossyBox

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The Cost: $21.00 per month. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

About the Box: Each month, GlossyBox delivers a nourishing haul of amazing cosmetics, skincare, and other must-have items in full and deluxe sizes. Filled with a fabulous combination of notable and under-the-radar brands, this box has proven itself to be the tried-and-true beauty box, beloved by subscribers worldwide for its quality, value, and variety.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our GlossyBox reviews and details to learn more! Shipping is free to the U.S. and Canada.


19. Trunk Club

Trunk Club June 2019 - Box Inside

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The Cost: $25.00 styling fee per box (applies to any items you decide to keep; prices typically range between $50-300 per item). Subscribe here!

What Our Readers Say: 

It’s changed the way I dress. I am wearing things I would never have picked out on my own! It’s an easy and stress free shopping experience.” – Lily

Trunk Club brings you a personal shopper and brands I can’t get around here.” – Brumster

I love all of my wine and chill outfits and my office wear that always make me feel like a boss!!!” –  Ms Venee

About the Box: Trunk Club is Nordstrom’s styling service, so you know that means high-end clothes for the choosing, all sent straight to your door! You’ll take an introductory survey upon signing up, be assigned a stylist, and then receive a stack of clothing, accessories, and shoes from quality brands that are suited to the functions (work, special occasion, or every day) for which you need new looks. Try everything on at home and send back anything you don’t want to buy. What’s more, Trunk Club offers a few cool perks: use a Nordstrom credit/debit card and they’ll waive the styling fee (and price-match), and all members get to preview/edit what’s in their shipment before it heads out.

Is It Customizable? Subscribers can edit the items in each box before it ships.

Check out our Trunk Club reviews to learn more! Ships free to the U.S.



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The Cost: $159 per quarter. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA to save $15 off your first box!

What Our Readers Say: 

I won a BREO BOX. Inside was 5-7 awesome products I never knew I’d need or even heard of. They were butter knife,( used heat from hand to soften butter) , bed srunchie( snugs up bed sheet) luggage scale.. silicone scrubber.. wireless charger, Phone Soap ( uv light sanitizer ),coffee beans and portable bean grinder,… awesome items !!” – Mink7857

About the Box: BREO BOX is a seasonal subscription service for both men & women, curated with the coolest and most unique products that you never knew you needed. Discover the latest tech, gadgets, home goods, fitness products, and more, all to enhance your lifestyle. Hand-packed every 3 months, curated to fit the season, and delivered right to your front door.

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out our BREO BOX reviews to learn more! Ships free to the contiguous U.S., $20.00 to Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, $35.00 to Canada, and varying cost to other international countries.


21. Cloth & Paper

Cloth & Paper Subscription Box

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The Cost: $18.00 per month for the Penspiration subscription, $38.00 per month for the Planning & Stationery box, and $48.00 per month for both. Save with a longer subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code TRYCLOTHANDPAPER to save 10% off your first box!

What Our Readers Say: 

Best planning subscription box out there! High quality, affordable, relevant, and functional.” – Sam

About the Box: Cloth & Paper offers a subscription for top-notch writing utensils, another which sends stationery and paper goods for an organized lifestyle, and a third that blends the best of both worlds. Subscribers swoon over its minimalist aesthetic and simple black-and-white color scheme throughout. This classy sub is as exciting for personal use as it is for work applications, and makes organizing life, dare we say, fun!

Is It Customizable? No, not at the time of publication.

Check out of our Cloth & Paper reviews and info to learn more. Ships free to the U.S., to Canada for $7.00, and to most other countries for $12.00.

That wraps up the list of 2021 Winners for Best Subscription Boxes for Women! What are your favorite women’s subscription boxes?

Written by Erin Pullmann

Erin Pullmann

When Erin finds a new box she loves, she wants the world to share her joy, especially if it includes something sparkly. Her non-subscription addictions include knitting, reading, baking, running and dancing with her husband and daughter.

Comments (475)

  1. It’s not on the list, but I LOVE my Smartass and Sass subscription box. Great, fun products I never would’ve found elsewhere.

  2. I recently got my first StitchFix and I was so impressed with my stylist. Literally all five items were something that I would have picked for myself. I would have kept all five, but two of the items were almost exactly like garments that I already own–my stylist was that good lol. I got a couple of referrals, so I bought some jeans from the shop. Everything fits so well. I’m looking forward to getting another box for spring.

  3. well now I’m confused because this says 2021 reader choice awards but a lot of the comments are from last year + year before

  4. i feel like no one really likes these boxes anymore….especially reading the comments on half these boxes. Causebox, bombay & cedar, ipsy, glossybox. Everyone complains about them in the comments about how horrible they are! tbh I didn’t see one good thing written about any of them so kinda shocking to read any of this lol.
    Give us the good boxes!

    • Hi Jordan! The boxes on this list are the winners of our Readers’ Choice Awards — all voted on by thousands of MSA readers. Luckily, we have hundreds of other boxes on the site for you to check out if you’re not a fan of the ones on this list. 😊

  5. My comments didn’t post

  6. I only agree with Ipsy and Boxycharm. Why isn’t their any reviews for Lashybox? I get the new magnetic subscription and I love it. This is my second month. Also earfleek is a low cost subscription and it’s fun. Alot of this boxes cost to much. I get Fabfitfun and am not renewing its misleading they say thier products in the box have a higher value then they really do. Example headbands, hair scruchies, coasters that have values of 50 dollars or greater. Alot of subscription boxes do this but FFF really inflates it. You do get the value of the box.

    • I totally agree!! The last 2 FFF boxes have sucked. I cancelled this morning.

      • I canceled FFF as well. Each box over the last year was just more disappointing.

      • I canceled my FFF after the last two boxes, too! They were awful. Why do they think I need a plastic cactus cup?!

  7. An hour after customization opens everything worthwhile is sold out.

  8. I love Ipsy! I was doing Birchbox, FFF & Ipsy and finally cancelled the other two. I just personally think Ipsy offers the best products for me.

  9. I have been receiving the Ipsy Glam Plus bag for just over a year now. I was delighted during the first few months of my subscription; I received many new and exciting products that I couldn’t wait to try. One of my favorite parts about the box was getting a cute new makeup bag every month because I use them all the time. But after a while, I noticed I was receiving the same types of products every month. I went to my profile to set new preferences for what I’d like to receive in my box, but the types of products failed to differ from what I was previously receiving. I highly recommend this box if you’re looking to add to your makeup collection for cheap. I do not recommend this box for anyone looking to subscribe for longer than 6-8 months.

  10. Had Ipsy for about 6 months got tired of getting a lot of the same face cleansers that i put i don’t care for the make up was pretty good only a few things that were meh. cancelled that and tried FFF. I Love it i have received 3 boxes so far and am very happy with them, there are a couple if items i would not use but I gifted them to friends and family who did so win win in my opinion. I also like that is a variety of stuff not just makeup and face stuff. The only draw back for me is i am impatient to get the box! 🙂 Thinking about trying cause box or single swag but can’t decide which one..

  11. Sunday Riley no longer has a box.

  12. I’m gonna miss PopSugarMustHave box. I really liked that one.

  13. I have the same problem with Ipsy sending me the same things over and over again. I get the Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus and have been getting the small one 3yrs and the bigger one since it first came out about 11/2 yrs. I’m not sure why we even fill out profile for likes and dislikes or answer the reviews because I’ve gotten a black liquid eyeliner in BOTH bags at the same time more than once and black liquid eyeliner in at least one of them for 6months straight. I feel like this is robbing me of spot could be getting a new product. Who in the world needs or could use the 15 eyeliners I’ve gotten now?! And I sent a message to Ipsy about it to get the response of they don’t see my profile in their records or know who I am… Really??? They’ve known who I was at billing time for 3yrs now!! It’s so dang frustrating that I just cancelled my small Ipsy and will see if the Plus continues to act up. They need a better system or at least apply the system they say they have. The repeats in my are just beyond ridiculous. Just wanted to share that with you. Thank you. 😊

    • This is my same complaint with Ipsy.
      And when if you email support, you get the same copy and paste answer.
      Done with them…….Not to mention when I purchase something addition like a beautiful palette and it comes broken they do not do anything to correct it.

      • At least you got your bag :-/
        I have been arguing with Ipsy for 2 months and they finally agreed to send me a replacement bag for the November bag they never shipped me. And they still havent shipped that one! I paid for add ons as well. They have HORRIBLE customer service. They pretty much stole my money at this point. I cancelled my subscription with Ipsy. Im wayyy over them. Hello Boxycharm!!

  14. Nope! I definitely don’t agree with this list.

    • Jenn, I’m looking for other options and would love to hear the names of a couple you’d recommend beyond this list. Thank you!

      • I found Tribe Beauty back In 2017 & never looked back! My tribe’s customer service is phenomenal!! I sub to 3 boxes but have dabbled in most beauty boxes. Ipsy Glam Bag-Love their add-on option yet this raises the cost per month significantly. Not worth the sub-par experience with the curation/customer service. Plus the bag quality has gone downhill. The other one box is Allure. At their new price point the quality/value of each item is extremely high end. However you get a lot of skin care and serums. Which some love (I do at nearly 40.) It all depends what you prefer. With Tribe Beauty you get a full-size immersive whole “face in a box” of high value items and usually one body care item. No fillers or junk. You have access to the website to buy full-size products at a wholesale price pt. There are flash sales and add-ons. There are mini fridges!! Plus you can customize one item each month. Tribe Beauty has won several awards hails from Canada yet ships worldwide. I have zero complaints after 3 years. The Company itself sets high standards for customer service, quality and transparency supporting women owned companies, small business, BLM & encouraging entrepreneurs to dream big!

  15. I’m surprised mintMongoose is not listed. I actually quite like it with the price point I pay and the pieces of jewelry are nice and I love how personal it is.

    • Vivian K, I was looking for it too! I love my Mintmongoose subscription and the customer service is phenomenal!! Seriously one of my all time favorites. I currently have FFF, Causebox, Ipsy+, GoldieBoxed & Mintmongoose. I dropped Bombay&Cedar Quarterly even though I was grandfathered in the lower price. Thinking about the JourneeBox… I really miss PSMH.

  16. I am totally not happy with BoxyCharm/Boxyluxe anymore since their products seems to be of lesser quality even though they have the same brand sold at stores for example Sephora. Sometimes I would get some items which I have bought before in Sephora but somehow theirs seem to be of lesser quality even though it is the same packing and brand name. Furthermore, they seem always to include more and more Made in China products be it eyeshadow or lipstick or face creams and I would not ever put those on my face, as China products are notoriously known to contain ingredients not safe to use like for example high lead content. So beware of these even though they use the gimmick of full size products. And also, their website do not allow you to review anything less than 4 stars or 3 stars.

  17. Same, it isn’t worth it. I have used one thing from my first box and then everything else is just sitting in my drawer!

  18. Say G-bye to PopSugar. It’s no more.

  19. Ipsy was my first subscription and I loved it. It’s great for the price but you get what you pay for and that is all sample size products. I switched over to Boxy Charm for $10/15 more and it’s AMAZING! You get full size products and the box values for sometimes over $300. You can’t beat that. I get anything from Tarte to Nars to all kinds of really great high-end cosmetic, skin care, and hair care brands. I just signed up for ScentBird today and I’m really excited. I’ll be getting fragrances by Versace and Gucci for super cheap. I realize they’re small but I don’t need a lot and I’ll be able to swap between fragrances. I thought about Fab, Fit, Fun but that’s a little bit more than I want to spend for products I may not want.

  20. I cancelled my ipsy as it seemed that the items were getting smaller and smaller and wasn’t worth it in cad dollars. Instead signed up up for fabfitfun and causebox

    • Should also mention the ipsy I did have was the basic bag as that’s all we can get in Canada. I now have FFF, causebox, boxycharm and boxycharm premium

      • You should definitely try the Allure box at only $15 a month and three of the items are full sized with 5 or 6 total i beleive. I live it and its all Allures favorites which is a Awesome deal in my opinion.

  21. I have had ipsy for over a year now and i just recently cancelled it, I did the glam bag plus, which is 5-6 full size products every month. I am completely cruelty free and I wish they gave the option to receive only vegan and cruelty free products. I always have problems with DHL who they ship with to certain places in the US, packages were always a week to two weeks late because of DHL. Not only that but items were kind of just meh after a while, they always send me things I specifically say I don’t want. If you do go with ipsy its an overwhelming amount of the same items every time, it gets boring after a while. They do have great customer service and that is the only thing i have never had issues with!

  22. Scentsy has a monthly subscription box for $40 + tax and shipping (CAD) and it should be on this list!

    • Nope, Scentsy is an MLM and should be avoided

      • MLM?? What’s that?

      • Angie, What is MLM? What’s wrong with Scentsy?

      • MLM= Multi Level Marketing. That means that it is a pyramid scheme.

      • MLM is direct sales. It is not a pyramid scheme. Pyramid Schemes are illegal. If you choose not to purchase from a direct sales company fine but you should not trash others choices.

      • bb, I’m thinking you may be involved in one of those traps/pyramid schemes/MLMs if you’re seriously here defending them. They are 100% pyramid schemes and their business model is the literal definition of a pyramid scheme.

        If you are in fact involved in one of those predatory traps, I hope you see the light soon and get out, for your sake and if you have kids, for their sakes. The odds of coming out ahead are so low that it’s almost impossible.

      • Yup. Agree with the comment above 100%. It IS a pyramid scheme– just ‘technically’ not because the corporate folks crafted it just right so that those companies can slide through the loopholes of pyramid scheme laws to make it legal (and many have gone under because they couldn’t balance the legality of it all to slide through those loopholes– it’s a very tight rope that those companies are walking). Watch some youtube videos on this. There are tons that will reveal the dark side of many of the MLMs out there and help you see what goes on behind the scenes that makes every one I’ve ever heard of a sad joke. For the amount of work that they make you put in, the incessant brainwashing, and how exploiting your friend and family network often ruins relationships (and/or alters the perception of ppl you care about to be very negative), MLMs (or “direct sales”, LOL– that’s a term used in the brainwashing!) ARE NOT WORTH IT. Don’t walk, RUN AWAY!! You will be grateful for this thread once you do some digging.

  23. The FRIYAY Code on the singleswag box isn’t working? Is there an update?

    • KISSIT

  24. I love FabFitFun. I saw some people don’t like the items, but, hey, everyone is different.

    I got my first box May 1st (I ordered on April 17th. I was late to the party.). I thought the quality was impressive. I can’t wait for the summer one.

    • I have been getting FFF since 2018 and the Summer box this time around never shipped. They took my money in May then sent my shipping notification in June. Come to find out yesterday it never shipped. And when I requested a new box after they lied and said it got lost, they didn’t ship that one! 3rd time around they could not guarantee when it would ship and what would be in it so I told them to just cancel it. Not sure when I will get my money back. They have really gone down hill. Now I am looking for a new subscription. I really enjoyed the box but it isn’t worth the trouble of having to track it down.

      • Tell them you are contacting better business review amd actually leave a review on that website. They will refund it pretty quickly. I went through that and they finally got my money back.

      • Tell them you’re going to put a charge back through your bank/card if they don’t return the money. If companies get too many in a year it automatically opens up a fraud investigation and in cases where a client is clearly in the right like yours, it’s the fastest way to get them to offer you your money back on the spot.

  25. Ive previously subscribed to Ipsy, they overdrafted my account multiple times and the products were lack luster. I switched to BoxyCharm about half a year ago and they ship their box out super quickly in the beginning of the month, send you an email with the tracking number so you can check up every so often and my products have been 10/10 amazing. They truly customize to you and have over 20+ products that they select from for you individually instead of selecting from 10 or less for the masses as a whole like Ipsy (my friends and I were all subscribed and when we recieved our products they were all the same despite us all having different skin types, colors and tones.). For anyone looking for an excellent makeup subscription I HIGHLY recommend Boxy Charm

    • Agreed! I have had a great experience with them. And the products are really great. My face is so nice , I can’t even begin to explain.

  26. IPSY has lost my 2 subscriptions. One was mine, the other for my daughter. They take from my acct the 1st of every month. Xs 2. They took the 2 bag $ out March 29, 2020 for my April bags. Why??? I’m guessing because ppl r cancelling due to the lockdown & no $. They just went in over drew my acct without my permission. Now…they won’t answer my emails. I want my overdraft $ back. I’m retired & only have $ on the 1st. They made the due date. Not me. But, I’m turning them in for taking advantage of the lockdown and poor practices.

    • Exactly…still waiting! I cancelled once!!

    • They did warn us ahead of time that the payment would be taken earlier than usual.

      • I have tried IPSY twice, I have never gotten a box from them. It is a scam

    • It makes me sad to hear all the disappointed comments about Ipsy. I was ready to cancel it and then received a promo to try out the plus bag. It was a complete game changer!!

      In regards to all the comments about not receiving bags and poor customer service: I had the complete opposite experience when I didn’t get my August bag (or rather I thought I didn’t- turned out that a family member had accidentally stashed it away with their huge pile of mail for that week). I emailed them at the beginning of October and received a prompt response. They were very apologetic and I ended up getting a replacement bag shortly after the email exchanges (they also apologized for being out of a product in the previous bag but told me they would replace it with a very similar product and it was very much on the same level as the “missed” product).

      I am obsessed with pretty much all the products they send and am thrilled to have the super cute little drawstring bags instead of the small makeup bags which ended up being useless to me because they were often ugly, too small for anything useful (except hair ties, etc.), and just ended up being clutter. I was also over the way too tiny samples. I go insane when I receive some conditioner (a huge plus for me because my hair has expensive tastes, lol) and the bottle is way too small for the amount and length of hair I have (which isn’t THAT excessive- it’s 3″ below my shoulder, straight, and Caucasian hair). That’s my biggest cringe with any sample. I just have very little tolerance for waste and if I can’t use it, that’s what will happen (at least with conditioner, you can always shave your legs with it).

      Anyways… the Plus bag has been incredible! All the eye shadow palettes I have been getting have been a blast to play with, especially now in these mask-wearing days. I never used to wear eyeshadow until the pandemic happened then it suddenly became a beauty necessity and something I can’t believe I have been forgoing for so long. They have been generous with the makeup tools, which is so so awesome. Also, I am over the moon for Dr. Brandt and Hello Fab products which I’ve received a fair share of. Lastly, I am a skincare and a primer junkie. I don’t wear foundation anymore because of the continuous masking so just applying a primer that nourishes my skin and gives it a dewy glow has been perfect (and great for my skin!) so I LOVE getting a full-size luscious primer each month too.

      I’m bummed that so many of you have had problems with that company. It’s a real shame that you all went through that and I wouldn’t expect that from them at all.

      Along with all the bonuses I mentioned, the price is a steal, IMO. Maybe it’s just the sort of thing where you typically hear negative reviews over positive ones… don’t know… hope so. If you are feeling like you want to quit the glam bag though because the tiny samples and lame bags are annoying you, I recommend trying the Plus bag before giving up.

      • ^^^I agree I love Ipsy and all the bags. Getting things twice sometimes is a plus, cuz u dnt have to buy the product. I have never had an issue w customer service they are great. The price is awesome and I have been with Ipsy for yrs and yrs. LOVE IPSY.

      • I too love my iPsy Bag Plus. I get so many gorgeous palettes in mine as well and I always love them. Even when I think I won’t use certain colors I usually end up trying them and loving them. I used to never wear mascara and had no eyebrow routine either. I always try all products so I can give an honest opinion when I give a review. I realized that I actually liked the way my finished look is now much better than before I started using them. I LOVE all of the skin care products and anything I don’t use my daughter and daughter-in-law happily accept from me.

      • I totally agree! I was receiving the glam bag and grew tired of the tiny samples very quickly, so I canceled my subscription. A few months went by and I had not subscribed to any box at all and my inner makeup junkie needed some new products (lol) I checked out a few and seen the glam bag plus , decided why not and I have not been disappointed, my first bag and add ons arrived very quickly. My second box was delayed but after contacting customer service i got a fast response and a replacement bag offer . Also, Just a side note for those of you who are having a hard time with customer service, try contacting them through the messenger app on Facebook. I have had nothing but consistent fast responses using the messenger app. Emails are long and take a while sometimes. Just give them another try if you had a bad experience before. I did and I don’t regret it. Also free shipping I mean that alone sold it fir me 😉

  27. I just canceled my FFF, due to the consent OOS and their poor customer service. I loved the products and sales. But to many OOS issues. Almost every time i contacted CS i was insulted. I have not had any issues with boxycharm or scent box. Looking into other subscription services

    • I’ve had the same problem. Also they charged my card three times in November. I received two boxes and they won’t refund one of the charges. I love the boxes but it’s not worth the other issues.

    • I just had an awful experience with their customer service as well…insulted. I ended up canceling simply because of the CS was SO bad.

    • I just cancelled FFF tonight due to extremely poor customer service and a lack of well, having their stuff together to put it nicely. They lost a good order tonight and an annual subscription service. What is wrong with these companies lately.

    • I highly recommend you try CauseBox. I’ve been with them for about 2+ years. Fantastic items and great CS (I’ve only had to email them once). I love this box!

      • I cancelled my FFF box because I was finding i wasn’t using the products and always Dissatisfied with each seasonal box and the items they contained. How do use over half of those items to gift away for birthdays and Christmases and so on. Switched over to the Causebox and love it! Products that I actually love and use! I’m trying to find another subscription box but nothing is drawing my attention. Whatever boxes I find only ship in the US and not Canada.

    • I canceled my subscription to FFF. Their product choices seemed to worse the more it went along.

    • Ipsy is NOT a scam . I’ve been getting their boxes for 3 years!!!

  28. Tried many but my 3 favorites by far are FFF, Smartassandsass, and Singleswag. Probably in this order to!! Deciding if I wanna try Causebox.

    • I just tried Causebox and as soon as my annual subscription is up I’m done. Late shipping, items of poor quality, FFF had them beat.

  29. FFF has no “fit” products; jewelry not great quality, products just aren’t worth the money – I was a subscriber for years and finally decided to stop wasting money when only one or two products were decent.

  30. Yeah, the #9 spot is due to the FB group created by the CEO…its almost February and nobody has received their tracking info for the January box…every single month its a different excuse. Now they have raised their price to Boxycharm base box…what a joke…all home product with no safety seal it unknown Indy products…they lured customer in with the first box…Tarte, beauty blender…and now claim they are different supposed in a positive way, send overpriced crap…the group members are hateful and if you don’t agree with them this is the best box ever…you get talked to like trash…then promptly blocked from the page. Its now Jan 24 the
    ….I have cancelled after this month both my hubby box and mine as well for February…he was charged on Jan 13th and his box is due to arrive tomorrow…yet I don’t even have confirmation on a shipping label printed and paid on the first…unacceptable to first collect funds…then plan a box…wait on items to be sent to them and almost a month later shipped to customer…oh and if you get something damaged…you can only get a replacement if you continue your sub for the following month

    • Hi Beverly, thanks for sharing your experience with the community! MSA did recently start reviewing this box since there was some interest from readers, and we’re paying for it ourselves so we can get the same experience as any paying customer. They do seem to typically ship the 3rd week of the month in our experience so far. If any readers want to keep up on the latest posts and comments about The Box, you can see the latest reviews here:

  31. They use my comment about Ipsy! 🙂

    • used*

  32. Finally! The box by Fashionsta gets a mention on MSA!!
    This is my favorite box and Im subscribrd to dozens!

    • The Box by Fashonsta December review is forthcoming!

  33. I know that MSA always tries to be positive, but I would like a post about subscription box companies that deserve to be in a Hall of Shame. I want to know which companies to avoid, or at least ones that have sketchy, or just plain bad, customer service. Companies like FFF are all well and good until it takes them literally MONTHS to deliver your box, and make pathetic excuses for why they refuse to take responsibility for failure. Or companies that use the MSA comment section to accuse their customers of being dishonest thieves (when it is they who fail to respond to email enquiries). A Hall of Shame is warranted for these unscrupulous companies with questionable ethics.

    • I totally get where you’re coming from but you have to remember that not everyone has had the same experiences you have (for example, I’ve had nothing but great experiences with FFF). I personally think it would be very irresponsible of MSA to condemn a company or subscription box in the way you suggest. Part of what I think MSA does best is that they strive to be as neutral as possible while allowing comments from users to relay the sorts of things you seem to be looking for. I have definitely used comments to inform my subscription choices and would encourage you to do the same. People are not shy about sharing what they love and hate about subs; the spoiler posts are particularly good for that sort of thing. Good luck!

    • They sometimes comment at the end of certain box reviews that users have reported problems with customer service for a box.

      You can also sometimes find user comments under box reviews of their experiences, and boxes have the ‘ratings’ feature as well. It’s usually pretty obvious what boxes have been rated low in customer service.

      My personal Hall of Shame would include Cosmo (poor customer service, had to dispute with credit card company when they charged me after cancelling,) Sugarbash (poor customer service, no longer offered,) Julep (no longer has a sub, but many of their nail products trashed my formerly healthy nails,) and GlobeIn [some products are terrible quality, and despite that some are nice, there isn’t good QA overall. Once my husband started commenting on how dysfunctional/cheap many of the items were (not knowing where they were from) I canceled.]

      But every person has their own experiences, so some users having bad experiences doesn’t mean everyone does.

      • Just go to the boxes Instagrams sites! Or Facebook pages you can see for yourselves what people are saying!

    • I agree, but you will never see a negative comment on this site against FFF. It would be deleted immediately.

      • Twice my comments were deleted. No poster was harmed. My comment was that I cancelled my subscription because the same items can be found in TJMaxx and Marshall’s without the shipping mixups. It was gone the next day.

      • Ive left several negative comments regarding my experiences with FFF on MSA and they have posted all of them.

    • I had a couple bad experiences with FFF the customer service was awful I paid annually so I could customize my box I did that & got nothing I chose called in about it & was told we can send you the items you want & just charge you for them ! I asked why I was getting charged & I was told because I already had my box ! They did more than once to me

      • I agree completely about FFF! Just got my box today and of course, did not get some of the items that I selected as an annual member. Instead, I received crap that I did not select (because I did not want it!). Also paid for an “add-on” and this is the second time that a paid add-on arrived and was defective. I think they are buying bad lots and selling them. About to cancel this subscription, but first going to try and get credit for the non-usable product they shipped. Wish me luck!

    • Do not EVEN bother with Glossybox! They started double billing me and would not let me return the extra boxes! I was forced to pay double for 3 months because I was calling in with my complaint after the 14th of the month so they could not stop autopay! I cancelled my subscription the day I got my box the month after the double billing ended and boom…here comes another Glossybox and same thing. You cancelled after the 14th so we had to bill you again! I’m sorry but the lady on the phone told me my subscription was canceled!

  34. Coastal Co. is now called Beachly – I have been a loyal subscriber since last fall and it is by far, the best subscription box, better than FFF and Yoga Club!

    • I’m a subscriber to two different monthly IPSY boxes, $12.95 starter (and least expensive) and the monthly IPSY GLAM @$25.00.

      It seems that there are too many samples vs full size products in each of the boxes. You take a survey initially pertaining to your likes, dislikes and special needs. After getting 2 red lipsticks and one matching red nail polish, and 3 black eyeliner I really have to question why I filled out the required questions before I completed my membership. At least 1/2 of each bag I give away. I’m ready for something new!

      • You do realize that the regular Ipsy Glam Bag ($12) is a SAMPLE SIZE product bag and you will only receive sample sizes in it. Thats why its so cheap. The glam bag plus ($25) is 5 full size products, no samples ever…

  35. Tipsy sends me the same thing over and over again! Birchbox is my favorite and has been for years. I really want to try FFF tho.

  36. I love Margot Elena as a nose, as well as the aesthetic of her stuff; but I’ve either already smelled most her scents that interest me or they are discontinued. I’m tempted, but not sure if the box would really be worth it for me personally… Very interested though. Just as a scent obsessive I’d recommend it if you are interested, her stuff tends to hit the sweet spot of crowd pleaser but not boring.

    • I love the Margot Elena Box! Unfortunately, they are no longer doing the annual, the winter box sold out before I could get it, and now my budget is too tight to get it for a while.
      Her box is always great to split out a few gifts, as well, because she packs the boxes with so many items.

  37. CauseBox ships to Canada

  38. I love Causebox. The others look fun, but none tempt me to switch! Really quality items I use. And I like to think it is doing some good and not just pure self indulgence!

  39. I’m a subscription box junkie I suppose. I currently subscribe to fabfitfun, causebox, coastal, Ipsy, Birchbox and Sephora…I tried Stitchfix but nothing worked for me….I LOVE THEM ALL……But if I had to choose just one I’d have to go with’s just my personal fave 🥰

  40. I’m a subscription box junkie I suppose. I currently subscribe to fabfitfun, causebox, coastal, Ipsy, Birchbox and Sephora…I tried Stitchfix but nothing worked for me….I LOVE THEM ALL……But if I had to choose just one I’d have to go with’s just my personal fave 🥰

    • How is the Sephora?????

  41. I love Boxycharm, but Beautyfix looks really tempting too!

    • The BoxyCharm coupon listed in the article doesn’t work 🙁

  42. Ipsy!!! Love it also fabfitfun!

  43. The only one I get is IPSY and I love it. I have been wanting a FFF for so long!

    • I just canceled my FFF. I just didn’t think it was worth the price honestly. I’ve gotten three boxes from them and only really used a handful of things.


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