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By Hannah Muehlberger


Getting gifts for people is hard, whether they are a family member, your partner, your friend, or even your coworker. And even when you are on the receiving end of a present that you are not super pleased with you have to give that awkward smile when you know it will just end up in your desk drawer for years. As a beauty fanatic myself, about three years ago I was gifted a monthly beauty subscription box for 6 months that I considered the best gift ever. I got so many sample products and I loved the idea of being able to customize your samples to your styles and preferences! So these are the best beauty subscription boxes that are perfect for gift-giving this holiday season (or even for just yourself because of course, you need a present too!) Some of these brands may be recognizable and some of them may be new to you, either way, enjoy!


  1. IPSY Glam Bag

IPSY is a great beginner beauty subscription. At only 13$ per month, ISPY fills your adorable makeup bag with five sample products tailored to you. Ipsy offers two different subscription options, the monthly Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus, with their Glam Bag X available as a limited-edition upgrade during eligible months (February, May, August, and November). And if you wanna get a real fancy box you can get the quarterly Glam Bag X which is available only for Ipsy members. Subscribers to the Glam Bag X can receive between seven and eight full-size makeup products (with a few skincare extras)



 2. Birchbox

Birchbox was one of the first companies to introduce us to the concept of a beauty subscription box. Loaded with goodies each month, Birchbox gives you well-curated products of brands you love, like Sunday Riley, benefit, Davines, amika, and more. Fit for an amateur or expert beauty user, Birchbox gives you just enough of what you like and what you might end up liking. Not only is it just make-up and skincare in Birchbox boxes, but other items as well! Items like wellness, fragrances, and beauty tools. With tons of brands and a spot-on personalization of products, Birchbox has a lot to offer. $15 for a single month, $15 per month for a three-month subscription, $14 per month for a six-month subscription, $13 per month for a yearly subscription. 







     3. Jafra Beauty

This subscription box is much more than just a box of items, Jafra Cosmetics and Beauty offer a variety of different skincare needs in different boxes. Jafra sells everything from skincare, makeup, fragrance, to bath and body products. The majority of their products include royal jelly, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich ingredient. With different boxes including their products that cater to any skin need you may require from age-defying, clean and clear skin, revitalization, smoothing, to glowing. With a choice of either one-time purchase per box or a replenishment every 30, 60, or 90 days, Jafra will transform your skin however you want. 


     4. Allure 

Similar to Birchbox, each box subscription for Allure includes 7 total products — including 3 FULL SIZE of products Allure approved. With items ranging from beauty to skincare, Allure’s beauty boxes give you the ultimate bang for your buck. With a choice of monthly, three months, or yearly subscriptions, each box will leave you satisfied. Each box includes a variety of recognizable and newer brands you may not have heard of (but will definitely love). A monthly subscription is $23, a three-month subscription is $65, and a yearly subscription is $250.





    5. FabFitFun

A box subscription that isn’t the size you’re imagining, FabFitFun boxes include 8 products that can range from fitness, wellness, to fashion and tech. Each box is shipped seasonally and is packed with everything you need for each season. For each box, you have up to 5 choices for each of your six items. For context, the Summer 2021 box included a choice of either a Bluetooth speaker or a travel jewelry case. Only $50 per seasonal box, each FabFitFun will surprise you with each great find you get! 



So whether it’s for you or that cousin you forgot had a birthday, these choices of beauty subscription boxes are perfect for any occasion!




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