Showing posts with label Beauty Army. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty Army. Show all posts

Monday, December 22, 2014

Best Subscription Box of 2014

In January 2013, TME published “Battle of The Beauty Boxes: Round One,” with the aim of informing our readers about which beauty/lifestyle subscription box offered what. The market of monthly subscription box services exploded and this led us to publish “Battleof The Beauty Boxes: Round Two” -- a mere six months later. Since our initial “Battle,” the market of subscription box services continues to grow and we’ve seen our fair share of the good, the bad, and the “What were they thinking”?

Sure we could have done “Round 3,” but with all that we’ve witnessed it was time to give a huge shout out to the subscription services that continuously offer superiorly curated boxes. While there can only be one “Best Subscription Box,” we present the beauty and lifestyle boxes that are superior and deserving of acknowledgment. So, just who are the brands and which one took the Best Subscription Box of 2014? There were a total of 24 subscription services that threw their hat into the ring, but we’ve chosen the best of the best and here they are!

Most Improved Beauty Box - Beauty Army ($12/month – Shipping Included). In 2013, Beauty Army was a less then thrilling experience. With a revamped website (launched in January 2014), navigating the site to fill out your personal beauty profile and choose your own samples is a fun experience. Included in our Beauty Army box were seven real-sized samples that easily exceeded the $12 subscription price. Good Job Beauty Army!

Best Lifestyle Box PopSugar Must Have ($35/month – Shipping Included) Many of you may be familiar with, a leading online source of women’s lifestyle information and a favorite site here at TME. Every Must Have box is expertly, and lovingly, curated by the PopSugar editors, which guarantees that you are going to be presented with top-notch lifestyle products. Proving that PopSugar Must Have truly is a superior lifestyle box with their fingers on the pulse of lifestyle -- the brand has launched Must Have boxes for specific life milestones such as bridal and baby!

Best Specialty Box - Escape Monthly ($49.95/month - Shipping Included) is an essential for anyone who, like us, loves to travel and learn about other places. Gigi, an extensive world traveler, was blown away by the accuracy of information and the stellar curation of the Escape Monthly box. Items included in each box range from informative travel books to cuisine and well exceed the monthly subscription price. Escape Monthly is perfect for the adventure bound … even if the adventure is from your living room.

Best Beauty BoxGLOSSYBOX ($21/month - Shipping Included) We have watched this brand for over three years and had the pleasure of interviewing GLOSSYBOX CEO, Charles von Abercron. From the industry insider perspective, we have witnessed many changes within this company … some left us believing that all hope was lost for this brand … but, with a major rebound GLOSSYBOX is back on top delivering beautifully and thoughtfully curated beauty boxes that leave us doing the “happy dance” upon the box’s monthly arrival!

Drum roll … please … Yuzen is THE Best Subscription Box 2014! With boxes arriving quarterly, Yuzen's tagline of "Sending you a little Zen" reminds us to stop and take time for ourselves. Yuzen Boxes ($33/qurter – Shipping Included) arrive each season -- winter, spring, summer, and fall -- and include high-end luxurious beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products that are carefully selected by Jen and Ted Ning, the owners of Yuzen.

The Ning's shared, "When making selections for each Yuzen box, we always look to quality, mission, and integrity before we put it to our Yuzen test -- evaluating its performance, experiencing the benefits first hand, and then sharing our favorites with others".

So what can you expect when receiving one of these boxes? To start, Yuzen is artfully packaged, making a perfect gift for any person -- especially the "hard-to-buy-for" in your life. As part of the packaging, the brand encloses a strip of authentic Japanese Yuzen paper, which can be used as a bookmark, for origami making, or for any paper crafts.

Inside the box, one will find a card with detailed information about each product and an explanation as to why it was chosen, a mix of nine full-sized and sample size products, and discount codes for each product. Plus the products are encased in a lovely reusable mesh drawstring bag. There isn't an aspect of Yuzen that hasn't impressed us -- from the Ning's philosophy of "pampering oneself," to the brilliantly executed packaging and, of course, the high quality, natural, organic products that are contained within. The $33 price includes shipping and product value is approximately $100, unless you count the needful pampering encouraged by Yuzen … priceless in our book!

For your convenience, all products have been hyperlinked. Please note that The Makeup Examiner is NOT affiliated with any brand, representative or public relations firm.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Conscious Box

Conscious Box - Cost: $19.95 per month, including shipping

In The Box:
  • Paper Culture | Coupon $25
  • | $50 Coupon
  • Paper Culture | Greeting Card $2.59
  • Nature’s Baby Organics | Shampoo and Body Wash (Vanilla Tangerine) $2.50
  • Greek Island Labs | Natural Colon Cleanse $7.70
  • Sneakz Organics | Chocolate Milkshake $2.09
  • Organic Flavrz | (2) Boost and (2) Revive $4.52
  • Skout Organic | Trailbar (1) Apple and Cinnamon (1) Cherry and Vanilla $4.98
  • LARABAR Alt | Peanut Butter Cookie Fruit and Nut Bar $1.59
  • Son for Men | Soothe After Shaving ‘Rescue’ $3.50
  • Flora Health | Udo’s Choice Adult Enzyme Blend Full-Size $28.99
  • Farm Dog Naturals | Restore Salve .05 oz $4.50
Approximate Value:  $137.96

Subscription Perks: Rewards Program - Earn points for rating products, Support from Health Experts and Community, Full Size Products Available

Philanthropic Endeavors: Member of 1% for the Planet, Greenwashing: Zero Tolerance,
Leading by Example

*All products were sent to The Makeup Examiner courtesy of Conscious Box. Monetary payment in never exchanged for product reviews.


Yuzen Cost: Yearly Commitment $132, Boxes sent out quarterly $33/box

In The Box:
  • Juil Footwear | Coupon $40
  • Level Naturals | Shower Bomb $7.99
  • ACURE | Argan Oil $2.50
  • ACURE | Marula Oil $2.50
  • Pritte Organic Skin Therapy | Daily Moisturizing Lotion $4.50
  • SpaRitual Nail Lacquer | Emerald City $6.50
  • SpaRitual Nail Lacquer | Multi-Tasker Base & Topcoat in One $5
  • suki Color | luscious lips berry cream trio $31.95
  • ski Body | Sensitive Cleaning Bar $26.95
  • JJ’s Sweets | Cocomels Sea Salt Pocket Pack $3.99
  • Action Wipes | Large $1.49

 Approximate Value:  $133.37

Subscription Perks: Value far exceeds the cost; Yuzen Summer Box would cover subscription

Philanthropic Endeavors: Yuzen’s products are chosen on the LOHAS philosophy

*All products were sent to The Makeup Examiner courtesy of Yuzen. Monetary payment in never exchanged for product reviews.

Birchbox Man

Birchbox Man Cost: $20 per month 

In The Box:
  • The Art of Shaving | Pre-Shave Oil .5 oz $2.50
  • TOWELDRY | Creme Styler .05 oz $2.50
  • Balla Powder | Intimate Anti-Order 10.3g  $5
  • John Varvatos | Artisan Cologne glass vial $12
  • Jack Robie | Pocket Square $25
  • Birchbox Man | Shoe Horn $18

Approximate Value:  $65

Subscription Perks: Rewards points, discounts on full size products

Philanthropic Endeavors: Birchbox uses 100 percent post consumer recycled boxes

*All products were sent to The Makeup Examiner courtesy of Birchbox. Monetary payment in never exchanged for product reviews.

Beauty Army

Beauty Army - Cost: $12 per month, including shipping

In The Box:

  • Addiction NV Cosmetics | Lip Habit Lip Gloss in Walk of Shame (full size) $16.00
  • AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy | Moisturizing Body Lotion 2 oz - $3.00
  • Nelson J Beverly Hills | Aragon Oil 7 Non Foaming Shampoo 1 oz $2.50
  • Own | Lifting Eye Cream .75 ml $1.20
  • Egyptian Magic | All Purpose Skin Cream .01 oz - $0.92
  • Yes to Blueberries | Eye Firming Treatment .01 oz $4.00
Approximate Value:  $27.62

Subscription Perks: Option to skip a month, Rewards Program with Free Month and Discounts, Support from Top Beauty Experts, Full Size Products Available 

Philanthropic Endeavors: Beauty Army Participates with the Beauty Bus Foundation

*All products were sent to The Makeup Examiner courtesy of Beauty Army. Monetary payment in never exchanged for product reviews.