An Update on Subscription Boxes

For a while, this blog was basically a repository to document subscription box excess.

In 2014, I subscribed to fashion boxes Golden Tote and Stitch Fix and beauty boxes Birchbox, GLOSSYBOX, ipsy, and Julep.

I haven’t purchased anything from Golden Tote since the spring, but I’ve been doing the capsule wardrobe thing and it hasn’t really fit. There have been a couple of one-off pieces, but if you’re not purchasing items as add-ons to a tote, they seem crazy expensive. Still, the nice thing about Golden Tote is you buy it when you want/need it. I haven’t been compelled to purchase anything of late, so no Golden Tote reviews. (Full disclosure: I am loving some of January’s current options and may bite the bullet.)

Stitch Fix and I haven’t been getting along of late. In fact, I stopped blogging my reviews because they were…meh. The last one I ended up sending everything back, and I rescheduled my fixes so I wouldn’t get anything until the end of this month. We’ll see what this one has to offer, especially as I’m starting to curate pieces for our big honeymoon trip in May.

GLOSSYBOX and Julep got cancelled late spring/early summer. For the cost, quality, and relevance, these were unnecessary subscriptions. In fact, the Julep formula destroyed my nails for a few months. I know a lot of people love Julep (the colors are gorgeous), but it seems positively ridiculous to shell out cash each month for a product that does the opposite of its intended purpose. And GLOSSYBOX involves more money than I want to pay for high-end brands I will never go out and purchase, though every other box since my cancellation has been fabulous. Still.

Birchbox is what it is. The company has dramatically increased its services to incorporate more choices throughout the process, including add-ons, special curated boxes, and sample selections. I love the rewards program and I use plenty of brands available through the site. ipsy is somewhat of a dark horse, giving me different brand options that I usually find at Sephora or Ulta. Plus I will always have a use for the bags in which my monthly samples come!

The other thing is…

Well, writing subscription box reviews were both boring (ooh! silver eyeliner!) and exhausting (let me queue up half a dozen posts!). I’m not looking to create a subscription box blog, and while I appreciate the traffic and the support, I’d rather dedicate my time and energy to books and writing. That’s not to say I’ll never blog about anything else – I just don’t want all my efforts to go to uploading crappy iPhone photos from our guest bathroom.

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