Beauty Box Ban

I have gone on a beauty box ban for the next little while. I’ve unsubscribed from all of the Canadian boxes offered. Even though I’ve been quite tempted to try out SeasonsBox which is $34.90/month (ouch at the price mark, right? That’s why I didn’t even start a subscription).

It seemed all throughout last year the Canadian beauty subscription boxes just hiked their prices, which one — I wasn’t a fan of and two – I just got way too many samples and couldn’t take the time to use them all up.


(see my compassion post here)

I’ve cancelled all of my subscriptions in late 2012 and placed an order on Glymm’s website with what I thought was using my Glymm points. I ended up paying out of pocket with my credit card, noticed right away and called them up to cancel my order. Seeing how it was $150 I most certainly wanted to use my points that I used from referrals to make that purchase. Initially it was supposed to take 7-10 business days. I gave them 14 and then made the first, of many phone calls asking where my refund was.

It took SUCH a long time to get my refund, countless phone calls, e-mails and tweets. Since Glymm has a third party looking after their finances it took a silly amount of time to get the refund back on my credit card. I placed the order late November, and didn’t get my refund until the beginning of Feburary. I was livid. From what was once my favorite beauty subscription, ended up being bottom of the barrel for me by the end of it. I was getting nowhere. As soon as I brought up the Better Business Bureau I finally got somewhere. My refund was processed within days and a refund was in my credit card account that week.

Enough venting on Glymm, since they’re bankrupt now. I’ve spent all my points and unsubscribed from them and every other box and for the last few months I’ve been using up all of the goodies and samples from my boxes. A few months ago I ended up doing an “empties” video and showe you what I liked/disliked about each product. Would anyone be interested in seeing an “empties” blog post?

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  1. I gave up all mine. I’m still on Julep but that is because I have to call them to cancel. I received my last Luxe Box last month and I’m happy to say good riddance. Luxe Box charged me twice for one box and Julep charged me 3 times for a box and I ended up getting a broken bottle of nail polish in a mystery box which went over everything. Julep sent me a replacement nail polish and told me to use nail polish remover to clean the rest of the stuff. I used their nail polish remover to remove the polish from the other bottles and two of the names on the bottles roughed off. Not only that I was sick of getting bottles without a plastic wrap.

    It it better to sign up for the PG Sampler. You get a whole box of stuff for free a couple times a year.
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  2. I recently subscribed to Topbox and BeautyBox5. I’m liking them so far, and using the products each month. I just signed up for one month of Ipsy to try Zoya nailpolish. From what I’ve read, products are often repeated in the different sub boxes, so I’ll be sticking with Topbox and BB5, hoping for a good selection of Canadian and US products. I’ve received a number of the PG Samplers over the last few years, too. Can’t beat free!

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