Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Beauty All Boxed Up - The 8 Best UK Beauty Box Subscriptions!


Beauty All Boxed Up - The 8 Best UK Beauty Box Subscriptions
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Do you love to discover new beauty products, but really like to test a product before buying the full size?  Are you a bit shy about asking for a sample?  If so, the answer could be a beauty box subscription.  Every month you could recieve a gorgeous selection box of interesting and luxury beauty products to sample and discover.

But which one to choose?  Worry not, Dips Delectus has tracked down the 8 Best UK Beauty Box Subscriptions to help make your decision quick, simple and fuss-free.  Read on for the low-down on the best Monthly Beauty Boxes including: You Beauty Discovery, BirchBox, GlossyBox, LoveMeBeauty, LoveLula, Latest in Beauty, SoukSouk and Wantable.
YOU Beauty Discovery Box - Full Review and Comparison

1. YOU Beauty Discovery

Who’s this For?
At only £6.95 including UK delivery, the YOU Beauty Discovery Box is a great entry-level Beauty Box especially if you are on a tight budget or just wanting to try a Beauty Box subscription.

How much does it cost including UK delivery?
£6.95 per month

What You’ll Get:
Your choice of two items from a selection of 10-12 products (popular items can sell out within a day or two of launch)
Two-four additional samples selected for you by YOU Beauty Discovery
A mini YOU magazine
Vouchers for offers on full sized purchases of featured brands

What’s In A Typical Box? – April 2014 (Organic & Natural Theme)
Your choice of TWO of the following selection:
Steamcream - Naturally Effective Moisturiser 75ml
Melvita - Moisture-Replenishing Night Nectar 15ml
Melvita - Ultra-Nourishing Cream 15ml
Inika - Mineral Eyeshadow In Gunmetal 1.2g
Green People - Vita Min Fix 24-Hour Cream  25ml
FOM London - Body Contouring Serum 10ml
Essential Care - Creamy Coconut Cleanser 30ml
Dr.Organic - Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rescue Rollerball 15ml
Clayspray - Glow Red Clay With Cacao Masque 30ml
Clayspray - Brightening White Clay With Ginseng Masque 30ml
Plus
The Organic Pharmacy – Antioxidant Face Cream 2ml, Serum 2ml & Gel 2ml
9bar – Fruity Bar 50g

Other Membership Benefits:
Free delivery offers on some Special Edition Boxes (worth £4.95) 
Advance purchase opportunity for the annual YOU Beauty Discovery Advent calendar
Monthly survey prize draw

What about Cancelling or Returns?
For the monthly subscription, it will automatically renew for a year unless you pro-actively cancel it. Cancel by the 25th of the month to stop being charged for the next month’s box
“Right to cancel” returns process under the Distance Selling Regulations, so 7 days to change your mind, you must request a Returns Reference prior to sending back, returns must be complete and in original condition, and you pay cost of returns shipping.

International Delivery?
No, and that includes the Channel Islands.

Website: www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk


BirchBox UK - Full Review and Comparison

2. BirchBox 

Who’s This For:
BirchBox suits anyone who likes the element of surprise but not too much surprise in their monthly box.  This is because the choices selected for you are meant to be targeted to the answers you give in your sign-up questionnaire.

How much does it cost including UK Delivery?
£12.95 per month, 6 month subscription £67.70, 12 month subscription £125.40

What You’ll Get:
4-5 sample sized products that are selected for you based on the beauty profile you complete when registering.  

What’s In A Typical Box? (February 2014)
4-5 products from the selection below, selected for you by Birchbox
Beatitude Peace Body Oil 10ml
Beauty Protector Protect & Oil 10ml
Coryse Salome Ultimate Anti-Age Restorative Night Cream 7.5ml
Erb Asia Eastern Treat Aromatic Hand Cream 10g
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Black (full size)
Gilchrist & Soames The London Collection Shower Gel – 45ml
Green & Black’s Dark 70% Bar 15g
Janjira Spa Argan Oil Facial Concentrate Serum - 30ml
Leighton Denny Nail Polish 12ml (full size)
ModelCo® Party Proof Lipstick (full size)
Urban Veda Purifying Daily Facial Wash 20ml
Urban Veda Radiance Daily Facial Wash 20ml
Urban Veda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish 20ml

Other Membership Benefits:
Free postage on the that month’s featured brands in their on-line shop
Loyalty points that can be redeemed in their online shop

What about Cancelling or Returns?
For month-to-month subscriptions, cancel by the last day of the month to stop being charged for the next month’s box.  For pre-paid multiple month subscriptions, you will not receive a refund if you stop the subscription before it expires.

“Right to cancel” returns process under the Distance Selling Regulations (but interestingly Birchbox claims that this only applies to your first box, not sure that this would stand-up to legal scrutiny).  You have 7 days to change your mind, returns must be complete and in original condition, and you pay cost of returns shipping. They also offer a 14-day change of mind returns policy, but if you use this, they will cancel your remaining subscription!

International Delivery?
Only countries in which Birchbox offers a local service ie France, Spain and, of course, the USA (where it originated).  Channel Islands are not included. 

Website: www.birchbox.co.uk


GlossyBox UK - Full Review and Comparison

3. GlossyBox


Who’s This For?
This is a stylish high-gloss pink box, so if you like pretty packages tied with ribbon, then this will excite you.

How much does it cost including UK Delivery?
£13.25 per month, 3 months for £38.25, 6 months for £73.50, 12 months for £141

What You’ll Get:
5 sample beauty products selected around a theme of the month and an in-house magazine. The value of the products you receive is guaranteed to more than the subscription you’ve paid. 

What’s In A Typical Box? (March 2014 Beauty Blossom Theme)
Dove Intensive Repair 60 Second Treatment Shot (full size)
Mitchell and Peach English Growers Body Cream 40ml
Bellapierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder 2.35g (full size)
Sleek Make-Up Pout Polish 10g (full size)
Plus
Helenere Maîtrise Du Temps Serum 10ml (full size)
OR
Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion Sample sachets 2x 3ml
OR
Juicy Couture Malibu EDT Sample 2x 1.5ml

The disparity in value of the fifth item in the March 2014 box is a definite cause for concern. The serum has an RRP of £31, whilst it would be generous to assign the tan or perfume samples with a value of greater than £3, and these really could be picked up in a department store for free.

Other Membership Benefits:
Loyalty points for completing surveys or referring friends that can be redeemed in against a future box
Early-bird opportunity to buy and discounts on exclusive Special Editions Boxes and Flashboxes, which explore one theme or brand in depth. 

What about Cancelling or Returns?
“Right to cancel” returns process under the Distance Selling.  You have 7 days to change your mind, returns must be complete and in original condition, and you pay cost of returns shipping.

For 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions, these will automatically renew unless you pro-actively cancel them before the 24th day of the last month of your subscription. 

For pre-paid multiple month subscriptions, you will not receive a refund if you stop the subscription before it expires.

International Delivery?
Boxes are not shipped internationally but there are national offers in Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the USA.  Ireland appears to be covered by the UK service.

Website: www.glossybox.co.uk

LoveMeBeauty Box UK - Full Review and Comparison

4. Love Me Beauty

Who’s this For?
This box subscription will suit anyone who wants some control over the products sent to them each month, as you get to choose from 3 different “menus” each month.  If you don’t choose, a box will be selected for you at the end of the month but you can elect to skip a month.

How much does it cost including UK Delivery?
£12.95 per month, 3 months for £35.85, 6 months for £65.70, 12 months for £125.40

What You’ll Get:
In each box, there will be 4/ 5 products (1 to 2 star products and 3 travel sized samples), with a guarantee that the box contents will be worth more than £30.  .

What’s In A Typical Box? (March 2014)
Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator 10ml
Nip & Fab Topical Muscle Cooling Gel 50ml (full size)
Blanx White Shock Toothpaste 15ml
Quintessentially English Bottled Sunshine Bath Salts 50g
Deep Steep Honeydew & Spearmint Moisture Stick 15g
The Vintage Cosmetic Company 'Gracie' Lashes (full size)

Other Membership Benefits:
1 extra product for every 3 months you are subscribed
Monthly surveys and you can earn 1 extra sample for 5 surveys completed
Recommend a friend and receive an additional month’s subscription when 3 subscribe

What about Cancelling or Returns?
“Right to cancel” returns process under the Distance Selling.  You have 7 days to change your mind, returns must be complete and in original condition, and you pay cost of returns shipping.

For the monthly subscription, it will automatically renew for a year unless you pro-actively cancel it. 

For pre-paid multiple month subscriptions, you will not receive a refund if you stop the subscription before it expires

International Delivery?
Doesn’t appear to offer international delivery, but Ireland is included in UK offering.

Website: www.lovemebeauty.com

LoveLula Box UK - Full Review and Comparison

5.  LoveLula Box (formerly Amarya)

Who’s this For? 
If your preference is natural and organic beauty products, then LoveLula is the monthly subscription for you.  The products sampled are guaranteed to be free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS), Parabens and Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), and not to be tested on animals.

How much does it cost including UK Delivery?
£12.50 per month, 3 months for £37.50, 12 months for £150 (ie there is no discount for paying upfront for more months)

What You’ll Get:
Around 5 natural beauty products although the website doesn’t specify or promise a minimum number.  All UK recipients receive the same items (colours may vary).

What’s In A Typical Box? (March 2014)
BalmBalm Rose Geranium Face Balm 30ml (full size)
Gwdihw Smoochy Lips Balm 25g (full size)
Odylique Superfruit Concentrate 5ml??
Argentum Sachet 5ml
Egyptian Magic Sachet 3ml

Other Membership Benefits:
There is a discount code included with each box.

What about Cancelling or Returns?
Worryingly, the website for this subscription offer does not have terms and conditions anywhere on it.  There is no information about your rights to cancel under the Distance Selling Regulations (which they have a legal obligation to display on their website).  However, not only do you have your right to cancel, which is a legal right, as you pay for your subscription using Paypal, you will also enjoy the added buyer protection that comes from that payment method.

For the monthly subscription, it will automatically renew for a year unless you pro-actively cancel it. 

For pre-paid multiple month subscriptions, you will not receive a refund if you stop the subscription before it expires

International Delivery?
Yes, but only for 3 months  (£52.50) or 12 months (£210), and perfume or nail treatments will be replaced with a product suitable for international shipping

Website: www.lovelula.com


Latest in Beauty Box UK - Full Review and Comparison

6. Latest in Beauty 

Who’s this For? 
For absolute control freaks, choose the “Luxury Samples” box as you have complete discretion over which samples (and how many) to include.  Alternatively, there are LIB Collections that are themed such as Editor’s Pick – The Spring Collection

How much does it cost including UK Delivery?
The cost of the Luxury Samples box depends on what you choose, but currently samples range in price from £1 to £8 for individual items.  There is also a selection of “mini-collections” of 3-5 from £3.50 to £11.  The delivery charge is £3.95

The LIB Collections vary in price.  The two currently on offer (Editor’s Pick – The Spring Collection Box and The Glamour Beauty Edit Box) cost £18.90 and £14.95 respectively including delivery

What You’ll Get:
You can order as many different “luxury samples” as you wish (but not multiples of the same sample) from a wide selection of 30-40 different samples.  You pay per sample.  

What’s In A Typical Box? (Editor’s Pick – The Spring Collection April 2014)

Rimmel BB Cream Matte SPF 15 8ml
Teeez Mysterious Crystal Eyeliner 0.3gr
Teeez Desert Metals Mascara 10ml
Essie Repstyles Snakeskin Magnetic Nail Colour 13.5ml (full size)
Paul Mitchell Dry Wash™ Express Dry Waterless Shampoo 50ml
Neom Organic Complete Bliss Hand Cream 50ml
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream 5ml
Dermalogica Ultra Calming Starter Kit  including UltraCalming Cleanser 7ml, UltraCalming Relief Masque, UltraCalming Mist 4ml, UltraCalming Serum Concentrate 4ml

Other Membership Benefits:

International Delivery?
Not available

What about Cancelling or Returns?
In addition to your legal right to cancel under the Distance Selling Regulations, Latest in Beauty offers a 90-day change of mind returns guarantee, you must request a Returns Reference prior to sending back, returns must be complete and in original condition, and you pay cost of returns shipping.

Cancelling is not applicable, as you do not sign up to a monthly subscription.

Website: www.latestinbeauty.com

SoukSouk Box UK - Full Review and Comparison

7.  SoukSouk

Who’s this For?  Aimed at anyone that wants their beauty treats with a green conscience, SoukSouk offers a selection of organic, natural, chemical-free and cruelty-free beauty products.  They focus on the small and niche, so you will not find a propensity to the “usual suspects” that can crop up in the more mainstream box subscriptions.

How much does it cost including UK Delivery?
£14.95 per month, 3 months for £44.85, 6 months for £70.70, 12 months for £155.40

What You’ll Get:
5 little “green” beauty products
A copy of Little Green Magazine

What’s In A Typical Box? (March 2014)
Bloom Remedies Daily Revive Moisturiser 30ml
Chain Bridge Honey Farm Heather Honey Soap 75g (full size)
Chain Bridge Honey Farm Heather Honey Lipbalm 12g (full size)
Green People Age Defy + Skin Buff Exfoliator 10ml
Bohemian Chic Mineral Eyeshadow 1g

Other Membership Benefits:
Loyalty points that build to a free product or beauty box

What about Cancelling or Returns?
In addition to your legal right to cancel under the Distance Selling Regulations, SoukSouk offers a 28-day change of mind returns guarantee, returns must be complete and in original condition, and you pay cost of returns shipping.

For the monthly subscription, it will automatically renew for a year unless you pro-actively cancel it. 

For pre-paid multiple month subscriptions, you will not receive a refund if you stop the subscription before it expires.

International Delivery?
Currently only delivers to customers in the UK and Ireland

Website: www.souksouk.co.uk

8. Wantable 

Who this For?  
If beauty miniatures are not your thing, and only full-sized items will do, then look to (where else) the USA for a Wantable monthly subscription.  This subscription also suits anyone who likes an element of surprise but wants to avoid items that you know you’ll never use, as you can define a whole list of “dislikes”, and you will never receive those items.

What You’ll Get:
4 to 5 full-sized premium makeup products, choosen for you to match your preferences

What’s In A Typical Box? (March 2014)
Liberty Republic Spellbound Nail Lacquer full size
La Bella Donna Compressed Mineral Blush 3.4g full size
Glam Natural Lip Cream full size
Mistura Retractable Brush full size
Sormé Fresh Start Anti-Aging Under Foundation Makeup Enhancer 2ml (sample size)

Other Membership Benefits:
Opportunity to buy exclusive, special edition boxes

How much does it cost including UK Delivery?
One-off purchase $54 (c£32) or a monthly subscription of $49.20 (c£29).  This includes UK delivery and all import duties.

What about Cancelling or Returns?
You can return your box (up to 6 months after receipt!) for a refund but the international return shipping costs are your responsibility. Returns must be complete and in original condition.  You will be refunded the cost of the box and any duties and taxes you paid, but not the $6 international shipping charge.

The monthly subscription will automatically renew unless you pro-actively cancel it, but you do have the option to skip months.

International Delivery?
Originating in the USA but ship internationally to UK, Canada and Australia.

Website: www.wantable.com

So do you subscribe to a monthly Beauty Box?  If so, what do you think of yours?

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