So, you probably couldn’t help noticing all those pop up ads for Lust Have it, or Bellabox or Violet Box. Here in Australia, those beauty subscription boxes are becoming increasingly popular. And the range is expanding, with baby boxes, fashion boxes, foodie boxes and home wear boxes all popping up!
I’ve always found it interesting about all the mixed responses to these subscription services, particularly I’ve been looking at those in the hair/beauty line. A couple of my friends have LHI and VB subs, and have mentioned that there were a few negatives about it:
- Satchets - I hate satchets, how can one properly try a product enough to know if they like it, or if it works for them. Or once their opened the product just oozes out and creates a mess!
- Useless Products - in regards to products that are in no way suited to the person. Example, My friend received some mineral make up in a VERY DARK shade, she being quite pale was obviously quite disappointed that she couldn’t try it.
- Missing Products - oh yes, ‘each box contains 6 samples’, both have received boxes with less than 6 as described. Another annoyance, the whole you will receive ‘4-5’ samples. So in some months you pay for 5 samples, and in some only 4… a little inconsistent to me!
- Elusive Products- that fantastic feeling when you’ve found a beautiful product, that you absolutely love…. and then can’t buy it. Either its only available in David Jones, or Meyers, or its no longer available through the company. These subscription boxes are just teasing you with tiny amounts, yet no easy purchasing is provided.
- LATE Delivery - oh yes, more than not, the parcels do not arrive in the month stated, and the most common excuse is that it’s all down to Australia Post.
- Fees - I was never to fond of monthly transactions from my credit card (apart from the bank, insurance etc). My friends haven’t had any problem, but it doesn’t take much to find out about unauthorised transactions, difficulty in ceasing transactions.
- Non Existing Discounts - again, since these services dont actually provide the products. Discounts offered with the samples from the retailers become invalid. (because your box came late!)
Obviously there are positives with all these subscription services, a lot of the time things go really well. With positives contradicting all those negatives previously listed. But still the problems are out there.
Here comes beautyEDIT, a new, emerging beauty subscription service. And already I’ve noticed a few differing positives:
- NO SACHETS- beautyEDIT are quick to say that no sachets will be given as a main sample in their parcels (only as an added extra), this has already received a big TICK in my mind.
- Beauty Profile - What a great idea! A quick and easy (and simple) questionnaire about your skin type, hair type, complexion and concerns, so that (where possible) samples can be ‘edited’ to you.
- Shop the Edit - You can buy the full sized versions of your samples direct from their website, no searching for nearby retailers for your beloved products! And, to my excitement, more products from those ranges.
- Once Off Payments- Music to my ears. A one time transaction at the beginning of your subscription, without fears of reoccurring fees.
- Exclusive Offers - Because beautyEDIT stock the products, their offers, discounts, specials are easily obtainable. And can be redeemed, again through their website!
So, excitedly my mouse cursor clicked the SUBSCRIBE button, for a minimum ‘2 Parcel’ subscription costing only $40. I justified this as giving up 4 coffees a week for only 2 weeks! And since I am writing this in pas-tense, as predicted within seven days (5 days) I received my FIRST BEAUTY EDIT PARCEL!
Already, I am noticing the attention and though they’ve put into even the outer sleeve that protects the beautyEDIT parcel inside. I can’t wait to open it. But that my friends is for another post!