6 of the Best: Beauty Boxes

I’m so lucky that I receive packages of brand-new makeup and skincare products to trial almost every day, but it isn’t just beauty editors and makeup artists who should get this sort of treatment! There’s nothing quite like receiving a present in the post, and these beauty box subscriptions make that a monthly treat…

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It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to makeup and skincare, buying the same things time after time and never mixing up your look or routine. Which is why I’m so lucky that I get sent so many new products and brands to trial. If you want to broaden your beauty horizons and get your hands on new products and brands, one of the best (and most affordable) ways to do that is to sign up to one of the monthly beauty boxes on the market. They’ve been getting more and more popular over the last few years, which means they are often bigger and better than ever, and a great way to keep your beauty game fresh. Fancy giving one a go? Check out my round-up of the best beauty box subscription services, below…

6 of the Best: Beauty Boxes & Subscriptions


Having launched almost a decade ago, Birchbox is one of the original beauty subscription services and one of the best. It has one million global subscribers and is the UK’s number 1 service. And at only £10/$10 plus £2.95 postage per month, it is one of the most affordable options, too. You’ll receive a collection of new and deluxe beauty samples tailored to your preferences and if you like anything you can order a full size product to ship with your next box.


A monthly subscription to Glossybox starts at under £10 a month (plus P&P) and includes a box of five products worth more than £50. From body and haircare treats to perfumes and makeup must-haves, this is a great way to try new things.


This US quarterly box goes above and beyond the usual beauty box format, offering fashion, beauty and home goodies to bring a seasonal reboot to your look at a huge discount. Each box contains over $200 worth of products for $49.99, and it ships throughout the US and the UK. Each box contains between 8-10 full-size products, and it is customisable so you can choose which items you’d like to skip or ship.

Friction Free Shaving

Something a little different but already one of the best beauty boxes on offer, the Friction Free Shaving (or FFS for short) subscription service is a monthly shaving box that delivers fresh razor blades and shaving products to your door for just £9. There is even a blade recycling scheme to help you be a more eco-conscious shaver, since disposable plastic razors are one of the world environmental offenders in the beauty industry. When you sign up you’ll get a rose gold or silver razor handle plus four refill blades in your first box.

Look Fantastic

A great option for UK fashion fans, the Look Fantastic box contains six products a month work a minimum of £50 plus the latest edition of Elle magazine, so you’ll also receive a monthly fashion magazine. The box also comes with subscriber discounts and exclusives.

Latest in Beauty

You can try a selection of new releases, favourites and monthly essentials with Latest in Beauty’s build-your-own subscription plans. Log on and pick three, six or nine products to try or stock up on each month. There are also seasonal collections and collaborations to buy as one-offs if you would rather have a tailored edit.

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