Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monthly Subscription Boxes: What We Love (And Don't Love) So Far - Including Fabletics, AdoreMe, Ipsy and More!

If you aren't familiar, there's a trend out now where you order monthly subscriptions and receive either chosen or surprise packages. Below are reviews of some of the sites I've tried and what I think so far.

JustFab: High heels and wedges and clothes, oh my! (Get it? Like lions and tigers and bears?) Anyway, I recently gave in and tried JustFab. I originally strayed from this site because I just don't need a pair of new shoes every month. However, JustFab is way more than shoes. They've got clothes, handbags and accessories. Most items cost $39.95, but your first item is half price, and the site's clearance section is great. Plus, you earn points for every dollar spent and can redeem it for cool stuff, like clothes, nail polish and more. With JustFab, you set up a monthly credit card payment and choose an item each month, but if you want to skip the month, either select to skip it or let your credit card be charged, then spend the money whenever. And shipping is free!

Fabletics is the sister site of JustFab, and it focuses on workout gear. As a VIP member, you choose an outfit from the site's collection each month at a discounted price. You can also snag single items, but they aren't as discounted as if you buy the full outfit. Not sure you'll like an outfit? No worries, because there are tons of choices, and beyond that, there are lots of color choices for each outfit. Like with JustFab, you can cancel any month with no obligation, and you earn points for free outfits for each dollar spent and for writing reviews. This site also features free shipping.

GoldenTote is the one site that I am not at all enamored with, but others seem to be, so I guess it deserves a writeup here. Unlike the sites above (Fabletics and JustFab), you don't have to provide a monthly credit card payment. You sign up each month by picking an item or two that you like (depending on whether you choose the $49 or $149 package) and get a package with the things you choose, as well as mystery items. A major flaw for me is that this site does not offer free shipping, and if you return your tote (it's an all-or-nothing deal), you have to find your own way to ship your package back, and you have to pay for the return. You'll get the cost of your original shipping back, to be fair, but it's still annoying to do.

AdoreMe: Love, love, love! Bras, panties, lingerie, pajamas, corsets, swimwear...and at reasonable prices, and with sale items available! The best part is that once you buy six items at full price, your seventh is free. This stuff is great - the swimwear is flattering, the bras have support, and the lingerie is adorable. I highly recommend!

Julep: Love nail polish? Love makeup? Then you'll love Julep. What's cool about Julep? You get your first box free! There's always a code to get a free month, so you can give it a try without making a commitment. And, you can pay for 3 months in advance to snag a discount on the monthly subscription. This is definitely worth a try, as you can try it free of charge, minus a $3 shipping fee.

Ipsy: Lipstick! Makeup! Hair stuff! This is amazing and only $10 a month. One of my absolute favorites.So exciting, and it comes with a makeup bag every time. Plus, you earn points as you shop and review, which I love.

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