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Subscription Boxes – Worth the Hype?

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Happy Hump Day! Today I want to to talk to you guys about a trend I’ve seen get bigger and bigger (and I’m sure you have too). The trend I’m talking about is that of the subscription box. Companies like Ipsy and Stitch Fix promote this idea of a quick and easy way to try new makeup or get in on the latest fashion trends. I’ve tried a few subscription boxes myself, and I want to share with you my personal opinion on whether or not they’ve been worth it. If you’ve tried one out, please leave me a comment below and let me know your experience!

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Subscription Boxes I’ve Tried

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  • Stitch Fix – I was a Stitch Fix member for about a year in 2015. At the time it was still a pretty new service and I thought it was a great way to try brands I didn’t necessarily know about or have access to in Portland. I only received 4 subscription boxes during that time (once quarterly), and I they were hit and miss. I did usually purchase one piece from each box I received, and the $25 styling fee went towards that purchase. However, I did feel a lot of the times the items were overpriced, especially since the brands weren’t well known.
  • Le Tote – I’ve only tried Le Tote once and it was actually a sponsored trial period (they exchanged a style box for this social media promotion). Basically how Le Tote works is you pay $59 a month for a customized “tote” of clothes which you technically rent. You can wear the clothes for as long as you like, then just send them back when you’re done. If you like an item and don’t want to send it back, you can purchase it for a discount. They also offer Le Tote Select, which is basically just like Stitch Fix. I’ve tried the Le Tote Select package, and I liked it more than my Stitch Fix experience. I felt the brands were better and the pieces more my style. I ended up purchasing this cutout top and these skinny jeans and I can’t wait to wear them this fall!


  • Ipsy – There are many makeup and beauty subscription boxes out there that I haven’t tried (like Birchbox and Sephora Play!), but I know they’re all pretty similar. Ipsy was pretty awesome because I got to try lots of different brands that I wouldn’t normally choose for myself. Also, you get the chance to enter a ton of different giveaways to win full sized items. I had my Ipsy subscription box for about a year, but ended up canceling it because I wanted to try something different.

Worth the Hype?

It’s hard to say whether or not subscription boxes are worth the hype. If you have money to spend every month, you’re not the type who enjoys shopping, or you don’t have a lot of different options where you live, then it’s worth it. It’s important to keep in mind there is no way the stylists at fashion subscription box companies can get every piece or every box perfect for you. Also, you’ll still most likely need to tailor some of the pieces if you want that perfect fit.

One subscription box that I really want to try is the Bless Box. One of my favorite bloggers, Sazan Hendrix, started this box and she includes a hodge podge of items. Things like sunglasses, snacks, mugs, jewelry, just anything that she really loves! I think it’s a pretty cool box, and everything is full sized (and the box is only $25 a month!). Plus I just really love her, I think she and her husband are super adorable 🙂

What subscription boxes have you tried, or want to try? Let me know in the comments!



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  • Reply Misty Eilar

    I have tried Ipsy and loved it. I cancelled it only because I was saving money while pregnant. I hope to start it back up soon.

    September 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Ipsy was fun for me too! Thanks for reading!

      September 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply Denisse | Le Petit Eats

    I only have Birchbox, it’s fun but sometimes I think about cancelling because all the samples are cluttering up my life!

    September 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      I hear you, sample life can get crazy! It would be cool to do every quarter or something, that way you don’t get too much stuff but still get to try new products!

      September 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Turner

    I’ve tried a lot of those, and most of the time I feel like I end up spending a lot more money than I would have if I had just found items on my own. But they are such fun ideas!

    September 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      I can see how that would be true. Thanks for reading Rebecca! xo

      September 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I’ve heard of all of those companies but haven’t tried anything yet! I’ll have to try this!

    September 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      It’s definitely fun! Thanks for readying Lisa! xoxo

      September 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Sam @ The Haunted Housewife

    I used to get Birchbox and I liked it! But, I accumulated a lot of samples and eventually cancelled. I want to try Sephora’s beauty box! There are so many out there. I love that they even have them for pets now!

    September 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      OMG yes, I’ve heard of Bark Box for dogs, so funny and cute!

      September 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Julie Hood

    This is so interesting!! I’ve only ever tried Le Tote (a free trial period thanks to a friend referring me), and I thought it was too expensive to keep doing. I love the IDEA of subscriptions though!

    September 7, 2017 at 3:23 am
    • Reply Brittany

      It’s spendy for me as well, but I think if you have the extra money, it can be worth it!

      September 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

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