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A guide to beauty by post

From SheKnows UK
For makeup novices and junkies alike, the number of beauty products currently on offer can sometimes seem daunting. Why spend your hard-earned money on products you’re unsure of? A beauty box allows consumers to sample high-end products from a wide array of brands before investing in the real deal. We're offering a guide to our favourite beauty box options.

She Said beauty box

For the beauty who isn't particular

The gist: You will receive 5 deluxe-sized beauty and skincare products. The drawback is the She Said Beauty Discovery Box is not customised to your specific profile.

Expect brands such as: Redken, Andrew Barton, Weleda, MakeBelieve Beauty, Yardley London and COLLECTION.

Monthly subscription price: £9.

Glossybox beauty box

For the beauty who likes to get personal

The gist: Every month receive 5 beauty samples from any of their 54 featured brands. Products are customisable, based on your personal profile, and presented in gorgeous packaging perfect for reuse as storage.

Expect brands such as: Becca, Cargo, Illamasqua, Jurlique and Vichy.

Monthly subscription price: £10.

Jolie beauty box

For the beauty looking for the next cult product

The gist: Each month receive 4 to 5 beauty samples from any of their 24 featured under-the-radar brands, which help you discover something new. The drawback is the Joliebox is not personalised.

Expect brands such as: Agent Provocateur, Bloom, China Glaze, Codage and Dr. Bragi.

Monthly subscription price: £10

Amarya beauty box

For the natural and organic beauty

The gist: Every month you will receive a selection of samples, deluxe trial size or full size high-end natural and organic beauty and skincare products. Amarya offers different schemes from the basic non-personalised box to tailor-made boxes where their specialists pick products that suit your skin's needs.

Expect brands such as: Dr. Hauschka, trilogy, Neom and REN.

Monthly subscription price: For the basic non-personalised box £10. For a personalised box £25.

For the economical beauty

The gist: This company offers different beauty boxes to fit any budget and features new and established brands. There are monthly Little Beauty Boxes of three samples, which are customisable. There are also themed boxes, which change every other month. The themed boxes are perfect for the commitment-phobe because if you like what's on offer, you can opt to buy or skip.

Expect brands such as: Estee Lauder, OPI, Aveda, Clarins and bareMinerals.

Monthly subscription price: From £2 for the Little Beauty Box. Theme boxes start from £5.

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