December 4, 2017

Subscription Reviews | BlueApron, FabFitFun and Book of the Month

I absolutely love getting stuff in the mail so when subscription boxes started to become a thing, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. I've tried Julep (nail polish), Stitch Fix (personally styled clothing) and VNYL (vinyl records; my review here). I was super into all three for a while but eventually stopped. With Stitch Fix, my experiences with the service soured over time but with the other two, it was more about money and practicality (did I really need that much nail polish and records every month?). I ended up doing a full stop with subscriptions a couple years ago but in the last few months, I've tried three more and wanted to share my thoughts on them.

One of the meals I've made!
Blue Apron is a well-known and popular service that sends meals every week. You choose the recipes ahead of time and then your box comes with all the different ingredients and instructions. I really like this service but it's definitely one you have to monitor closely. Because it's weekly, I had to consider my plans each week and if I would have time to cook. I was also hoping this would save me money but it didn't work out that way. However, the meals are great! It took me out of cooking comfort zone, introduced me to new recipes that I've saved away for future use and they have great customer service. Their app is convenient and whenever I had issues with deliveries (word to the wise: don't set Sunday as your delivery date), they were quick to respond and help me out. I've currently paused my subscription but I know I'll start it up again once I'm less busy.


Fall 2017 box
I first heard about them through an Instagram ad of all things but it wasn't until The Everygirl wrote about them that I decided to check it out. I loved everything that came in my first box (except for the jump rope since I don't exercise) but it was a great mish-mash of makeup, skincare and fashion. You get full size products that value at $200 but you only pay $50. It's also quarterly which is perfect for me because with monthly, it starts to become clutter in my eyes. This gave me the right amount of time to try out the each product and enjoy them. I started with the Fall box and it had: a black clutch, silver wishbone necklace (cute but would've preferred the gold), Purlisse treatment sheet masks (big fan!), Spongelle body wash infused buffer (I want another), Realher Lip Kit in Deep Red (not a red lip gal but beautiful otherwise), Marrakesh leave-in treatment and detangler (part of my morning routine now), Salted Himalayan Pink Salt Kit (haven't tried yet) and dry body oil (possibly my favorite thing in the whole box!). I can't wait to get my Winter one!


November box
I've admittedly steered clear of bookish boxes in the past because clearly, I have enough books. But something about BOTM really appealed to me. I loved that they brought in authors and celebrities to help choose the book selection for each month. They have a ton of variety. And there is a promotion to get your first box free. How could I resist? My first box had Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman which I'm planning to read soon and I bought myself a tote too (it's so cute!). I decided to get another box this month but I picked a book I already read that was on my wishlist. And I like how I can skip boxes when I don't see anything I want in that month's selections. So far I'm happy with the service and they deliver really fast. (My referral link if you're interested.)

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What are some of your favorite subscription boxes?
Have you tried any of the ones I mentioned?

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