Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beauty on a Budget - The Glamorous Girl's Guide to Luxe Make Up on the Cheap

I may feel glamorous, I may be super stylish but it doesn't mean I have all the money in the world to spend on expensive, high end beauty products. I am talking about the beauty products that just knowing it's expensive, makes it somehow better...you know what I mean. Smashbox or Stila and Lancome. Benefit is also up there, lovely but very pricey. The essentials, the stuff that never has a price on it. There are many products that are excellent quality and relatively priced too. I think of E.L.F. or Cargo, even Pixie off hand.  All of these items sure do dent the pocketbook. What if you try on that pressed powder at the store or the foundation that looks great in the lights of the beauty counter, yet at home becomes far too dark, or in my case too light. I spent $55.00 on a foundation that was too light. I looked like a corpse!  Well my beauty cohorts, there is a cheaper way to enjoy these luxe products on a budget and here is how.....

Yes, the truth is out! Behold,  Beauty Box Memberships! I cannot express to you how many wonderful, full size cosmetics from nail polish to blusher to primer to eye lashes that I have received and thoroughly enjoyed knowing how great they are and how little I paid for them! Try $10 a month with free delivery! Yep, I know crazy right! I can't even walk out of a drug store with one nail polish or lipstick for that price and each month I am guaranteed to get a few full size luxe products in my beauty boxes. Being the GlamGal that I am, I have three of these memberships, one would be just incredibly naive and foolish! I spend $37.00 a month on these subscriptions and between all three, I receive minimum 14 products. Out of those, I usually end up with 5 at a minimum of full size products and usually more. It doesn't take a brain surgeon or Einstein to figure out that this is a great deal. You can always be assured that a great coupon or promo will be enclosed as well. I have yet to be disappointed with my boxes. There are so many products that I never would have tried if not for these subscriptions, mainly because of the cost. I am not very good at determining at times what colours work best and I am so angry at myself when I purchase a lipstick or other cosmetic product that doesn't suit me when I get home. Problem is you can't always return these purchases for a different shade. The day I bought a Benefit lipstick comes to mind. I must have spent an hour at the drugstore crouched down testing the shades over and over on my hand. Convinced I found the right shade, I spent over $20.00 on the lipstick only to go home, excited to wear it and it was just so dark, it made me look much older than I already am and it was such a bad shade of pink for me. I never wore it. Goodness! that money could have paid for two Glymm boxes and at least 8 different products! Yes, I have received a box or two that didn't jump out and say, "I am fabulous" but the next month always makes up for it.

Here is the low down on the boxes and remember, you can cancel your membership anytime without penalty, you receive a credit card invoice each month and notification from Canada Post when your box has been shipped so you can track it:

Glossy Box:  This box is $15.00 per month. 5-6 products per box. Collect Glossy Dots by filling out short survey's and earn free boxes. Glossy is taking over, Started in Europe and made its way to Canada, in June they introduced the first Glossy Box USA. Glossy Box doesn't mess around, they are out to be the number one beauty box on the market. You will find products that aren't considered high end though but Glossy Box doesn't proclaim to provide high end. I have heard many a complaint about this. However you always get full size products so it works itself out in the wash so to speak. If you don't mind getting drug store brands like Aveeno, Curel, Wella,  but they will be full sized. There are unique products in their too, the fun is not knowing what goodies you will get! Glossy Box seems to be the most popular, this is due to the weight of the box, full size shampoo or body wash for example. If you want to join the beauty obsessed community and a discount on your first box, simply use coupon code/promo GLOSSY14 at check out and get 10% off your first Glossy Box.

Glymm:  Ahh Glymm, a little french inspired beauty box that just went Green. Now instead of a box you get a make up bag full of goodies. 4-5 to be exact. I love Glymm because I always get something unique and inspiring. I have yet to see a cheap name brand in here although the usual complainers complain that they get too many samples and not full size products. I don't know where Glymm or any other beauty box company for that matter has claimed to provide full size products. Some people would rather get full size common products over unique and luxe. Again, I love the quality products and don't mind getting one box where there are not any full size products, if I am getting a 10 mL sample of something worth $75.00, how can I complain over $12 a month? Glymm just raised their price to $12 from $10, still a great deal. You also fill out survey's and earn points towards purchases in their online shop, and adding more and more new products each month. As soon as they feature products in their box/bag, they come to the shop. Glymm Man has also recently been introduced, great for the special man in your life!

Loose Button 'Luxebox': This was the first beauty box I ever signed up for.  I got sucked in big time through an e-mail advert and the rest is history...sweet make up addiction history. I had never heard of these boxes before and POOF, I was hooked. I signed up immediately! Loose Button recently changed up their format, they used to be a monthly membership with 5-6 products on average, as of June 8th, Loose Button is now a seasonal beauty box. The new box starts with August and the Autumn themed box will have 7-8 products. The price is $26 per box. Boxes will now come seasonally, every 3 months. I am a little disappointed as I love the thrill of receiving the beauty box each and every month. Sometimes you get an added promotion like a razor or perfume, again the complainers don't like this, not high end...so don't claim high end products when they give you a razor they say....well the razor retailed for over $12 dollars alone and I am cool with that. We got a full box that month too! Loose Button also requests survey's be filled out. If you do, you are entered in a draw for gift card for Holt Renfrew or Sephora. Loose Button also has the 'First In Line Program' where you can choose one out of 3 or 4 products to have in your box. So you get to select one! Some like this, some don't. The element of surprise is taken away the complainers say...I say there are still plenty of other surprises in their, loosen up! Also, Loose Button doesn't give the same items across the board like Glymm and Glossy. If your friend got certain samples in their box, you may get something else which makes for a little more intrigue and the spoiler alerts can be watched without worry as you never know what your box will hold! It's a bit tricky at the moment to state how the new Loose Button will be, if there will still be the same concepts used. They are promoting more events and opportunities to engage with the beauty world. Loose Button isn't going anywhere and I will always be a devoted customer to my first beauty box!

Top Box: Still waiting Top Box!!  I am on your waiting list and hoping by September!!! From what I gather, there are far less complainers out there for Top Box. This company has also been out for well over a year and a half and are always on time with delivery. They respond to customer/on line media contact and have lots of contests. This box is 4 products for $10 a month. I wish I could tell you more but again I am STILL waiting!!!! No drug store crap here, lots of top notch stuff from a top notch box!

I have to say that customers are becoming more and more demanding. You get a full size product one month, and they want two the following month. This attitude will soon be changing the concept and brilliance of these companies. I don't want full size, run of the mill beauty products, I want to try new and upcoming or a small company that is totally organic or hand made. So stop complaining and forcing these companies to accept products from large, established companies just to shut you guys up! Sorry, I just had to get that out!!

As a sidebar, these are the main beauty box companies in Canada, these can be trusted and you have GlamGal's seal of approval on all of them! So whatcha waitin' for? A deal is to be found in any of these boxes and for my budget conscience wallet, a well deserved break!



GlamGal
XOXO

4 comments:

  1. I'm with you! Love Glymm! And I get to change my make-up bag every month! How useful is that?

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    1. I have so many now, instead of hoarding them for a special occasion or travel, I use them! Can't wait for next month's Glymm Bag. Breast Cancer Awareness Month means a gorgeous pink bag is coming!!

      GlamGal
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  2. I really like my beauty subscription boxes too but I would disagree that it helps me pick out a lipstick or foundation in the right colour. I haven't gotten foundation yet but as far as I know they don't take skin into account so they don't send foundation. And for lipsticks, I've gotten some and they were hit or miss, mostly miss. I'm still satisfied because as you said, the price is not very high, but I would have a much better chance at finding a great colour at the store directly I think.

    I mostly love being able to try products I never would have tried and that are higher end than I would ever buy without paying a big price.

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    1. Hey Candice, I was attempting to say that I waste so much money on products that I end up giving away or never using. That money spent would buy me many beauty boxes where I could relish in new and expensive products! Also, an advantage to these boxes is that I will try lipsticks for example that I wouldn't normally spend the money on, I have received a few horrid shades that I hate but on the other side of the coin, I try a shade I would never buy but I end up liking and using. It is hit and miss but as u say too, well worth the money! Thanks for your comment!
      GlamGal
      XOXO

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