Why I cancelled ALL of my subscription boxes! 🙅🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to have a quick little chat about subscription boxes.

Subscriptions are all the rage these days, with makeup, lifestyle and skin care subscription boxes being some of the most popular. Subscription unboxing posts run rampant on Youtube and blogs, and no wonder why! They are a great way to consistently add new products to your collection. It is awesome that they can continually provide new content for your blogging needs. However, this influx of new products can get out of hand, and you are always taking a chance that you might not like everything you receive.

Up until recently I had been subscribed to Boxycharm, Facetory and Scratch Monthly Mani Kits. I can’t say that my experiences with all of these subscription boxes were bad, because they weren’t.

I have generally really enjoyed the experience and excitement of opening a new box filled with new things. I, and likely everyone reading this post, are makeup and product addicts. We want more and more, and these subscriptions serve that purpose. That’s fine, I love material things, however, now that my collection has started to grow into a very sizeable hoard, I really don’t need more random products thrown in. And that’s often what these subscription services serve up to us, random things that companies want to get rid of, perhaps because they didn’t sell well. It doesn’t mean that these aren’t good products, but it may be that it is less of a sure thing that you will like them.

Now that I have a really good selection of products, I am less interested in quantity, and more in quality. I want a curated collection, so that nothing gets lost, and everything gets used. This is more of the “declutter mentality”. I had noticed more and more in the last few months that I was slacking on dipping into the products from my subscriptions, and that the only thing that was forcing me to use them was that I needed to write a blog post about them. This was not a good sign. Should I really be forcing myself to use something just so I can blog about it? It doesn’t seem right, especially when I have so many other things that I ACTUALLY want to blog about. And that’s the mentality that I had gotten into. I still haven’t used any of the sheet masks from January’s Facetory, let alone February’s. I haven’t used anything from February’s Boxycharm. And if you remember, I didn’t even decide to use the December nail wraps from Scratch’s MMK. If I’m not excited to use these products, why should I? And why should I continue to invest in these subscription services?

The one saving grace is that these subscription boxes usually have a great value, and this is especially true of Boxycharm. Even if you only like one item from Boxycharm, that usually equals the value of the box itself, making it worth it. And this was something that I used to justify continuing this subscription for quite a few months. BUT, is it really worth it if you only like one of the items? What do you do with the rest? Sell them? I see on my Varagesale app (phone application in my area where you can buy and sell items) items from these Boxycharm boxes every day. I don’t know who is going to buy all those repetitive items that everyone is posting. Who is going to buy all of those PÜR eyeshadow palettes?? I guess I could give the products away, but overall, it just doesn’t seem worth the trouble.

While these subscription services may be very affordable, and downright valuable based on the products you receive, makeup is freaking expensive. We have got to have one of the most expensive habits out there, and companies are not showing any signs of slowing down their releases. Who else creeps Trendmood1’s insta daily? Hourly? I do, and I want all the new things. So, I have decided to cut out all of my subscriptions, and direct my money to products that I TRULY want and that TRULY make me excited! Makeup is our love and our hobby, so why settle for less?

If you are still loving your subscription boxes, I am so glad for you. It is definitely fun. It’s like buying yourself a gift every month. The subscriptions that I mentioned above were really great, but I’m just not in that place anymore. Also, the Youtube and bloggosphere are incredibly saturated with subscription box posts, so I really don’t think I need to be adding to that. There is enough out there, that’s for sure.

If you are at all curious about any of my past Boxycharm, Facetory or Scratch MMK reviews, you can click the associated links.
P.S. I am slightly lying about cancelling my Scratch MMK subscription. I am literally balanced right on the fence as to whether I should cancel it or not, but I haven’t as of yet. I might give it a month or two more before I decide. 

What do you think about the subscription box culture? Do you subscribe to any subscription services? What are the pros and the cons that you see? Lets get a conversation going! Comment down below!

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Originator of SUPERNOVABEAUTY. In order to escape the 9-5 life of a graduate student slave, I have devoted myself deeply to beauty products. I am very passionate about trying the latest and the greatest and can definitely say that I am an addict. At all hours of the day you can find me watching beauty tutorials and reviews by some of youtube's most influential, such as Tati, Kathleenlights, Roxette Arisa, jeffreestar and JAMbeauty89.

16 thoughts on “Why I cancelled ALL of my subscription boxes! 🙅🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

  1. You’ve pretty much nailed all of the reasons why I’ve never been able to get into subscription boxes. I like the idea of getting to try new random products, but at the end of the day, I want to use my money only on things I’m interested in, and I want my collection to be full of things I love. That pretty much leaves no room for subscription boxes!

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    1. Well I’m glad you agree! I think with subscription boxes you are definitely paying for the experience of receiving new things every month, which is fun. But what you are really getting does not necessarily match what you actually want to add to your collection.

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  2. Totally agree girl! I’ve never been subbed to any, I guess mostly bc I don’t want to pay for a random collection of products each month; I have much more fun choosing stuff for myself. xoxoox

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  3. I’m kind of guilty here because I just signed up for Boxycharm lol… but I have (mostly) cancelled my other subscriptions.
    I’m going to get one more month of Julep to stock up on their nail polish thinner and use up my remaining jules points, but them I’m cancelling because who really needs a whole box full of nail polish? I still keep a few skipable style boxes because I genuinely enjoy their clothing (fabletic & just fab).
    I finally decided I was done with Ipsy because I was basically just getting it for the blog at the end and I wasn’t using a lot of the tiny samples, so I’m much happier spending a little bit more for Boxycharm and getting full sized products!

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    1. Haha no don’t feel guilty! Boxycharm is definitely fun to try and I hope that you love it. It’s not that I didn’t like it, because I did! For some reason it just wasn’t exciting me anymore. I’m glad you are giving it a try. And I definitely think you made the right decision with Ipsy. With Boxycharm you have a way better chance of getting good items!

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  4. I completely agree with your reasons! I was subscribed to some beauty box a few years ago, I think Ipsy, canceled after the first two months because of bad customer service and mostly crappy products I would never use. I’m subscribed to Sephora’s Play! box and I love almost every item they send. It’s a great price, I love the sizing because they are just deluxe samples so they don’t take up a ton of space. They send out new products and loved products, so you always get something good. It’s always something to look forward to each month too! But all the boxes can add up quickly and it is just better, fun to buy that ‘new foundation’ you’ve had your eyes on, or the ‘new palette’

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    1. YES! Sephora play is something that I would definitely be interested in, because there is more guarantee that I would like the items, or that I would get something that I would at least be interested in trying. Unfortunately Sephora doesn’t offer it in Canada yet 😦

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  5. I’m kind of in the same boat and have thought about cancelling my subscriptions, but it helps a little bit that I have friends who LOVE getting stuff I want to get rid of. 😂 I think I want to cancel Ipsy though, a hoard of samples is uneccessary.

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  6. I’ve really been debating on cancelling mine as well…. especially Sephora Play since they are now sending out repeat items. Boxycharm I’m totally on the fence about. One month I’ll love everything and the next month will be a total miss but overall I’m starting to get overwhelmed with products!

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    1. I’m glad you agree! That sucks to hear about Sephora Play since I have been so jealous about not being able to get that subscription in Canada. That’s so stupid that they would send out repeats, and definitely cheapens the experience. I totally agree with you about Boxycharm. This is my first month not getting it, and I am pretty happy I didn’t. However, every single time I did get it, I was pretty lukewarm about the products. Nothing was ever AMAZING. So I’m happy I cancelled, ultimately.

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  7. I have yet so sign up for any beauty boxes but am signed up for stitch fix and LOVE it! I like that I don’t have to pay for everything and can return clothing that I don’t like! Plus they do the shopping for me! I do want to try some beauty boxes but am overwhelmed with choosing what to try! I also really want to try fabfitfun! I think the key to subscription boxes is spacing them out over a year!!!

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