POLL – Which beauty sample service would you like a subscription to for Christmas?

16 Dec

A lot of beauty sample services have been popping up lately. We’ve heard about Birchbox for a while now, thanks to the YouTubez, but lately we’ve also learned about a few more.

Basically what these services do is have you fill out a survey to create a beauty profile. Based on your answers, they send you samples of products to try each month for a fee. You don’t know what you’ll get each month (unless you cheat and check out videos of people opening their boxes on YouTube before you get yours.) Shipping is free for all three services.

Here’s a breakdown of each service:

Birchbox –  For $10 per month or $110 for a year, you receive a box of approximately five samples. Typical items include mini makeup items (such as lip glosses, mascaras and nail polishes), perfume samples and skin care products. Mostly, you get skin and hair care items, and maybe one makeup sample each month. You also get a “treat” each month, which sometimes could be jewelry or food. One month Pants got a spicy chocolate bar that was pretty amazing. Other highlights include a mini Zoya nail polish and a mini Benefit Porefessional.

Also, you receive points for purchasing boxes and full-size items. Points can be traded in for more items or another box.

GoGoGirlfriend – GoGoGirlfriend has two types of memberships – basic and premium. Basic membership is one box every other month for $13.98. Premium membership costs $12.99 per month, and members receive a box every month. Members are supposed to receive special discounts and reward points. They refer to their samples as being “free” because you’re paying for membership. We’re not as familiar with this service, so we’re not sure how many samples you get. Here’s a video from PunchyPink87 on her latest GoGoGirlfriend Box. She’s really honest with her reviews, and also subscribes to Birchbox so she’ll have a good comparison of the two.

My Glam Bag – My Glam Bag is $10 per month or $110 per year, and you receive a makeup bag filled with four to five full-size or deluxe-size samples. There’s only been one bag so far, but all the items were makeup related. The first month’s samples were a full-size Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin (that’s a $17 value by itself!), a deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, a full-size NYX lip gloss, a sample of Tarte’s Lights, Cameras, Lashes! mascara, Mai Couture oil blotting sheets or blush papiers and a $15 off coupon for Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Vol. III.

Which would you want?

xo,

Red & Pants

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4 Responses to “POLL – Which beauty sample service would you like a subscription to for Christmas?”

  1. k Elizabeth December 17, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I’m already doing the Birchbox, which I enjoy. I’m curious about MyGlam, though. Kinda eyeing them to see if I want to take the plunge or not.

    • Leann December 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      I subscribed to the Glam Bag the other day, but I don’t know if I’ll be getting it in January or February, since I heard December and January’s bags were sold out. I’m excited to see what it will have because it says it’s a $50 value. I’ll be sure to write about it!

  2. Lucy December 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    I have my eye on MyGlam as well – as soon as the subscription opens up, I’ll be quitting Birchbox and replacing it with MyGlam. Birchbox didn’t even send out the December boxes – and is blaming it on Streamlite. Now, perhaps Streamlite is the problem – they’ve been a problem for months now – and yet, Birchbox continues to use them. My point: Birchbox isn’t worth the hassle – the samples aren’t good enough. MyGlam seems to be stepping it up – and that’s what I want!

    • Leann December 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

      I had a problem with my Birchbox this month too. It was in New Jersey for a week after I got the e-mail about it being shipped. If MyGlam is all makeup samples every month, then I would definitely choose it over Birchbox.

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