For some of us, beauty is life. No matter how pricey or complicated the application can be, we invest in makeup, brushes, skin care products, nail necessities, and hair products. We take time to read (or watch) reviews and in choosing them. Some of us, though, have chosen to take the easy path of subscribing to beauty boxes, which we think is pretty smart.

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By doing so, we have entrusted the decision-making process to brands. The upside is that an average of 5 products from both established and emerging brands arrive at our doorsteps for us to try and find new favourites. The downside… we can’t think of any.

So, in the spirit of beautification and the year that has ended, let’s go down memory lane, and check out 2017’s most loved beauty subscription boxes. If you’re just getting into the bandwagon, this is a good scouting exercise for 2018. If you’re already an avid subscriber, this is a good opportunity to know about beauty boxes other beauty fanatics are subscribing to so you don’t miss out on the good stuff.

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  1. Play! by Sephora

Play! by Sephora is an affordable (only $10 a month!) yet jam packed beauty box. If you do some online browsing, you’ll see that this is a popular favorite box to many. It includes 5 premium and exclusive beauty samples and one scent sample — all are from their partner brands who also sell with them. From time to time, they throw in treats like discount coupons and exclusive collectibles like the Play! Book.

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The Sephora Play! Book is a detailed playlist of beauty and makeup advice from experts who have teamed up with the label to give subscribers exclusive showcases of tips and tricks.

  1. Birchbox

Birchbox is another affordable and valuable beauty box. For the minute amount of $10 it puts in a customized subscription box a total of 5 samples of makeup, skin care, hair care, nail, and fragrance products from emerging and mainstream brands. Occasionally, regular size products are thrown into the mix.

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Birchbox gives out points, too, for reviews of all beauty box contents. Once a certain number of points is hit, subscribers get a $5 voucher.

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  1.  Allure Beauty Box

Deluxe beauty products picked by editors are what Allure subscription boxes offer. Of course, a mini magazine of tutorials and product reviews are inserted to give subscribers the extra hand in their own trials and decision-making.

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For only $15 a month, subscribers receive 5 generous beauty samples, with a bonus item from time to time.

  1. Glossybox

Glossybox boasts presentation perfect beauty boxes. The packagings are just downright lovely. The contents won’t disappoint either. 5 generous samples or regular beauty products are wrapped inside keepsake-to-be boxes every month to be shipped to subscribers. Every now and then, they mix things up for a little variety.

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  1. FaceTory

Korean beauty skincare fanatics love FaceTory, especially those who fancy sheet masks. 4 to 7 new sheet masks are delivered to subscribers for as low as $5.95 every month, depending on the type of plan they have subscribed to.

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  1. Boxycharm

Boxyxcharm boxes in over $100 worth of cosmetic products in a $21 monthly subscription box for each “Charmer”. It’s not a joke. The beauty boxes contain 4 to 5 regular size products from well-known and emerging brands. Often, makeup brushes, palettes, nail polish, skin care, and hair care products are included.

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Charmers get exclusive offers like giveaways by simply consistently being subscribers, plus they get to connect with other Charmers via social media groups.

  1. Ipsy

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Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription bag started by YouTube vlogger Michelle Phan. Each $10 bag is tailored to each subscriber based on the results of a quiz taken upon subscription. They contain a mix of $30 worth of mainstream and high end beauty samples, with the addition of tutorial and tips from Ipsy artists.

  1. Julep

Curation of the best and new nail polishes is Julep’s expertise. The formulation of those that they include in their boxes is safe, free from toxins, and not tested on animals. Cruelty-free beauty products are also included in the boxes.

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What sets Julep apart from other beauty subscription boxes is that they give the control over the frequency of delivery and over which products to be delivered to subscribers themselves.

  1. LookFantastic Beauty Box

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LookFantastic is a beauty box of well-known labels curated by Elle UK. Subscription to the box entitles a subscriber to 6 editor-handpicked cosmetic, body, skin care, and hair care products, plus an issue of Elle magazine.

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  1. NinaNailedIt Monthly Mani Kit

NinaNailedIt nail polish subscribers receive exclusive and limited edition nail necessities every first week of each month. The mani kit also include nail art accessories. All for only $10 a month!

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  1. Vegan Cuts

Vegan Cuts beauty boxes are slightly pricey compared to the others but the contents are still to be matched. The products included in the boxes are cruelty-free, organic, and paraben-free.

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Quarterly subscription entitles one to 4 to 7 samples or regular size of vegan makeup products with the option to customize via Vegan Cuts beauty profile.

  1. Honest Beauty

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Honest Beauty subscription boxes can be personalized. Subscribers get to choose 3 products for their monthly shipments for $50 each delivery. Item number can be increased with 5 additional items. By doing so, subscribers get up to 25% savings.

  1. TestTube by NewBeauty

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NewBeauty’s own $29.95 TestTube subscription boxes ship every 2 months. Despite the long wait, the boxes do not disappoint. Products are all from top beauty brands, and altogether make up over $100 worth of deluxe beauty essentials. Quarterly, a new edition of NewBeauty magazine comes along with them.

  1. BeautyFIX by Dermstore

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BeautyFIX is another $100 beauty box that can be subscribed to for $24.95 per month. Professional hair products dominate the contents but makeup and skin care items are thrown into the lot as well.

Beauty boxes are a great way to try out new items before committing to the full size. If you’d like to repurchase something that you’ve gotten from a beauty box, check out Hermo! There are many Hermo coupons on ShopBack that you should look out for to get major discounts.

Which is your favourite beauty box? Get your fashion and beauty fix through ShopBack and earn some cashback so you can get more lipstick! Totally worth it.