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Which beauty box should I subscribe to?

Being someone who gets quite excited about anything that's a little bit 'gimmick-y', coupled with the fact that I love receiving anything through the post, beauty boxes were something that was sure to hook me in.  Having a box of 'unknown items' arrive on my desk at work and having colleagues gather round me to see which goodies I received this month is all pretty exciting to me, and certainly brightens up an otherwise dull morning. Because of this, it wasn't long before I found myself signed up to not one, but three beauty boxes - Glossybox, Boudoir Prive and Feel Unique.  Because not only am I a post enthusiast but a terrible scrimper this does not sit well with me, and when my trusty calculator informed me that this meant I was currently spending almost £33 a month (almost £400 a year - eek!) on beauty samples, I knew at least one had to get the chop.  But which? I decided, then, to make my mind up based on the each company's October box.  And here they are...

Glossybox
Feel Unique
Boudoir Prive

I have to admit, before these boxes arrived I was edging towards cancelling my Boudoir Prive subscription. They didn't seem to include as many full size products as Glossybox (I know that's a ridiculous criticism to make of a beauty sample box, but it is such a treat to receive a full size product!) and because they offer more 'luxury' brands I end up finding a product I love and then realising I would never spend that much money on the full size product (the Creme De Lite moisturiser for example, is £45 for 50ml).  But when I unwrapped this month's box I was very pleasantly surprised - I have bought the rose petal salve before and loved it, the body butter smells very yummy and I am a big fan of this style of liquid eyeliner.

Likewise I was really impressed with the Feel Unique box.  At £9.95 they're the cheapest boxes, and I love that, as an established beauty website you can easily buy any of the products if you like them.  In particular the Tigi Catwalk Blow Out Balm is a new favourite of mine - it smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling so soft.  I have only had one of these boxes so far but I would definitely be hesitant about cancelling - although they're the less well-known of the beauty boxes, for me, they're a strong contender.

Finally, Glossybox.  I must admit to being slightly disappointed by this month's box.  None of the products fill me with excitement - I have several nail varnishes in a similar shade and I'm always slightly unsure of skincare samples as I'm not convinced it's good for my skin for me to be using different products on it every few weeks! I know that Dermalogica are a fairly high end brand but personally I don't get that excited about facial skincare, I never really see any difference in my skin whichever product I use (hence I use Aldi's Lacura moisturiser, which costs £1.89!)

Verdict:

Before this month I was convinced Boudoir Prive would have to get the chop but I'm now edging towards Glossybox.  At £12.95 they're the most expensive of the boxes and when I look in my tub in the bathroom of samples I probably won't try, there are more Glossybox samples in there than anything else (with the neon yellow rebel nails toenail stickers right at the top!) The only thing I'm certain of is that I'm going to carry on with Feel Unique.  So, in conclusion, I'm still not sure! Help! What do you think? Are you subscribed to any? Have you been subscribed and cancelled? I need your advice!


UPDATE: I've now unsubscribed from Glossybox - thanks for helping me make a decision!

16 comments

  1. hahah i love the title! i haven't ever got any boxes, but i am contemplating getting the feel unique one. it just seems the best, and it's the cheapest! let us know which you pick :)

    beth xo
    ramz and the flock

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  2. I first off tried Glossybox (the Batiste one) and swiftly unsubscribed from that being very unimpressed with it and then subscribed to Boudoir Prive, receiving their first two boxes but I found that as soon as I subscribed to them Glossybox started to become more appealing to me and you can't complain with the fullsize products! I am now unsubscribed from Boudoir Prive after just not liking the feel of the products but now that I am unsubscribed they've started chucking in full sized ones! Can't bloody win so I now am just not a subscriber of any, would rather stick to what I know and put my money toward something I know I will like. I will say though having using some of their products at college, Dermalogica is a very luxury effective brand and if you don't want I will buy them if you put them on ebay!

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  3. This was meant to solve my dilemma too! I really would love to get one, but I have no idea which one is the best!

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  4. Ooo I am with you on this dilemma I've tried all 3. I'm with on sticking with Feel Unique. And right now I'm thinking of stopping both of the others. But I do keep changing my mind. Glossy is just that little bit more expensive and it puts me off, I feel like I'm paying extra money for no reason. As for BP I do love there boxes my issue is that some of the stuff I absolutely love but can no way offer and it's like... taunting me?! But then I love trying the stuff they send!
    I think I'm definitely cancelling glossy as in heading to the website right after this comment. But I might have to leave BP and FU for another month and see how I go from there? lol

    L x

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  5. Never thought of getting sample boxes, great idea, I'm no help don't know which one you should give the flick to.

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  6. i recently unsubscribed to glossy box too.

    My skin is mega sensitive so they no matter how much the skin things cost full size, still a waste for me.

    xx

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  7. From what I heard, Glossybox seems to be the one to chop! They seem to be quite pricey for what they offer and also in comparison to the other boxes which seem to be more varied with their samples. I'm a major scrimper, so I haven't subscribed to any beauty boxes. I'd much rather try samples at stores and buy full sizes of stuff I love!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  8. i like many have not jumped on to any bandwagon beauty boxes, and after consideration, i'm not going to sign up any time soon... i've decided that instead im going to 'give' myself £10 to either put into my money pot or to try something that i have never tried before for under £10... just think of what you could get with that extra £400 a year... i say unsubscribe to all haha!

    xx

    www.pebbzblog.blogspot.com

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  9. I'm usually a bit of a sucker for the "latest" thing but held back on the beauty boxes simply because I couldn't make my mind up which to get!
    I've read a few comments with regards to people un-subing from them. Maybe the novelty has worn off?
    I have subbed to one "box" though. Graze box! Well, at least I can munch away while reading all the reviews!
    :D xx

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  10. I'm subscribed to all three as well! But I think I'm going to stay that way until Christmas, and then decide which one to drop

    x

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  11. I have only subscribed to one - the Feel Unique only as I have been purchasing products from their website for a long time, I wanted to subscribe to Glossybox but after mixed reviews I was really put off!

    xx

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  12. Beauty Box's have really only just started here in Australia. I have subscribed to Glossy box and receive my first one next month so will have to see how it goes.

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  13. Last week I subscribed to the Feel Unique box, I thought the same thing as you... would I ever buy the high end products in full size... so i'll see what the November box contains! (and maybe subscribe to them all around Christmas in case they drop some extra freebies in!)
    Belle du Brighton

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  14. never heard of any of these! I wish i had though!

    www.clothesmaiden.blogspot.com

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  15. Ahhh I love Aldi's moisturiser and facial wipes too! I wasn't impressed with Glossy Box this month either, very unexciting! I think the Feel Unique Beauty Box looks the best. Might have to unsubscribe and then resubscribe accordingly...

    victoriasprocrastinationproject.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi,
    I'm new to your blog, and loving it so far.
    This is a great review. I've only subscribed to GlossyBox, and was definitely disappointed with this months box (I got the orange nail polish - I'm sure I'll use that loads *not*). After reading this I'm going to go check out the other options, Feel Unique sounds promising!
    Betty
    x

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