Beauty subscription boxes: Are they worth the money?

Throughout the years, and with the growth of online platforms, most people turn to social media for product recommendations. Whether you look to YouTube beauty gurus for makeup advice or love scrolling through your Instagram feed for the latest must-have product – it is no secret that brands are looking at a different way to appeal to their target audience. This is the launch of the beauty subscription box.

Beauty subscription boxes are a great way to help you discover new products and, for less than it would cost for a single full-size item. Regardless of your beauty taste or preference, there are many boxes available to choose from. Most of the boxes are usually neatly packaged at an affordable price filled with a bunch of monthly beauty treats for you to test out – they have officially changed the way experience of how the consumer shops. You could now try sample versions or sometimes full-size products every month and then invest in the ones you love.

Here at Fashion North, we gathered some of the best beauty box subscriptions on the market for you to try. It is the perfect treat delivered straight to your door and is a great gift for any occasion such as birthdays, Mother’s Day or even treat yourself go on you deserve it.

Ok! Beauty Box
Having launched at the end of 2020, the OK! Beauty Box guarantees a minimum of five handpicked products a month – with a minimum value of £60 each time. Each box contains a mix of face, hair and body products each month with their February box titled the Naturally Good Edit. In comparison to other beauty boxes of the same or similar price point, you get a variety of products for a valued price although a lot of the products are travel sized which we noticed upon testing the beauty box.


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The subscription features brands such as Balance Me, Leaf and Seed and Bellapierre which are a few that are new to us. This demonstrates that the box is the perfect way to discover and try new brands and products for a fraction of the cost. Not to mention, most of their products contain ingredients that are popular in the beauty community at that current moment in time.

In addition to this, With every box, subscribers will receive a voucher to redeem two free copies of OK! Magazine – perfect for creating a moment of me-time.

The subscription box is available here for £15 per month and new subscribers can try their first box for £4.95 and chose to skip a box or cancel anytime.


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Birch Box is one of the longest-serving boxes and an OG of the beauty box community when it landed on the scene in 2010. The packaging of the box instantly draws the consumer in with its vibrant colours and designs packed full of products. This Works, Nuxe and Kiehl’s are just a few brands on board, which means that each box is a total treat.

You will be able to use all products inside regularly, if not daily, so Birchbox is a great way to shake up your beauty routine without spending a fortune. It’s also a fantastic gift idea – since it’s not just a one-off present, but is the gift that keeps on giving.

Their subscription starts for £12.12 per month for 12 months which can be available to purchase here.


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Glossybox is another beauty subscription service that has been around for some time now and has featured a variety of brands each month such as Rituals, Illamasqua and The Beauty Crop. Every month, the box is perfectly packaged with pink tissue paper to match the pink of the outer packaging wrapped neatly around the products and a delicately tied ribbon securing it together.

The February, Glossybox contains five timeless beauty products to help see you through – including a black liquid eyeliner from Illamasqua. Recently on their Instagram page, they have been teasing the Glossy Wonderland box which will be launching in March. Like many subscription services, Glossybox now offers the chance to purchase one-off boxes or have a personally curated package landing on your doorstep once a month. What’s not to love. Similar to OK! magazine, who features limited edition celebrity boxes, with OK!’s latest beauty edit featuring Alesha Dixon.

Their subscription starts for £11.75 per month for 12 months which can be available to purchase here.


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Look Fantastic
A beauty box containing Phillip Kingsley, Pixi and Lottie London already sounds like a treat to us. The popular beauty website Look Fantastic has a monthly beauty box subscription featuring six of the most on trend and beauty redefining products of the moment with their March box worth over £57.

Compared to other boxes such as GLOSSYBOX you don’t always get quite as much for your money with this one, but you never know what you’re going to be able to try next because they really keep their boxes a secret before release date so the customer can enjoy a surprise once they open it.

Their subscription starts for £13 per month for 12 months which can be available to purchase here.


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The Natural Beauty Box
If you are a fan of discovering more natural, organic beauty products and (often) plastic-free beauty brands that often fly under the radar and we struggle to spot them on the shelves – The natural beauty box is for you. Available for £23 a month which is slightly more pricer in contrast to the other boxes but does contain brands such as Little Ondine, Odylique, and the dreamy Farryn Amber.

Each box is worth over £50 and they contain naturally sourced products with natural and organic ingredients that are ethical so you can enjoy a guilt-free monthly skincare treat.

Their subscription starts for £23 per month which can be available to purchase here.

However, the real question is are beauty boxes worth it?
Here at Fashion North, we believe it all depends on personal choice and how much you want to spend. If you don’t use a lot of beauty products you may find you start collecting them every month as you can receive more than what you need. Although, they can be a great investment if you love trying out new goodies.

Do you subscribe to a beauty box subscription? Tweet us your thoughts @Fashion_North.


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