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.
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!