Musings....Subscription Boxes

I love SUBSCRIPTION BOXES! You can get just about anything delivered to your door these days. Wine, Food, Hair and Beauty products, even Chocolate! The subscription ipsy-vs-birchbox-2-1400x756box craze started in 2010 when two friends started Birchbox a subscription box service that revolutionized the way we shop and discover new products. It's all so easy and convenient. Go to the website and fill out a profile that gathers information on your skin tone, eye color and product preferences and a sample box shows up on your doorstep with 4-5 make up and skin products curated especially for you. The success of this subscription mail service spawned hundreds of other mail order services and changed the way we discover new products.  My obsession with subscription boxes started with my love for all things beauty and make up.  Birchbox and Ipsy (try it with this code) are the biggest players in the subscription box craze. Each service costs $10 per month and 4-5 specially curated sample products ship to your address every month.  Birchbox samples arrive in a box, while  its mainipsy-vs-birchbox-2-1400x756 competitor Ipsy sa pink quilted envelope with a make up bag inside. The make up bag alone feels like a free gift and it is a different marketing strategy but equally exciting. I like the idea of a cute decorative make up bag and recycle the bags for other beauty knick knacks that I have lying around and a mystery gift every month is so much fun.  I am currently signed up for Ipsy and Stitch Fix, a clothing subscription service that has gained popularity in the last two years. I contemplated signing up for Stitch Fix for months andimages-2 it took a pair of amazing jeans on my good friend @WhineandWhimsy for me to get on board. I'd never seen a pair of jeans flatter someone so well and I have been hooked ever since.  Exchanges are allowed and a defective sweater was replaced within days. I have had to tweak my profile and send items back that just didn't work but I am a very satisfied customer. Here's how it works... The Stitch Fix experience is not merely curated, it’s truly personalized to your taste, budget and lifestyle.The Stitch Fix Style Profile is easy to fill out and takes a few a-partial-group-of-subscription-boxes-weve-runminutes. A stylist is assigned to your profile and personalizes your Fix but it helps to have a Pinterest page that gives some insight to your personal style. The key to success for all subscription services is to realistic about your tastes, your sizes and your budget. I have heard horror stories from people that didn't like anything in their monthly box. My first question to them...were you honest on your style profile? Do you know your sizes and the colors/patterns/shapes that you like? Most people can't answer that question.  Stitch Fix makes shopping not just convenient, but effortless. Like other online retailers, Stitch Fix saves you a trip to the store by shipping items directly to you. Try on and choose the items you want and send the rest back. Returns are easy. Slip the items you’re returning into the prepaid mailing envelope and drop into any USPS mailbox. A 25% discount is the perk of keeping everything that you receive in your shipment. Refer a friend and earn a $25 credit when their first Fix ships! I love my monthly surprises! Subscription services fill my need for a little something new every month and keep me out of the shopping mall. Do you have a subscribe to a service? Share your experience.

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