My Newest Obsession

Sometimes I get obsessed about the absolutely most stupid things.  Lately, that thing has been subscription boxes.

About a year ago I heard about BarkBox, which seemed like a cool idea but seriously $29/mo to send me a box of stuff for my dog?  No thanks.  But since we have gotten a second dog we are finding ourselves spending a lot more money on toys and treats, especially while our new puppy is young.  We have been going through training treats like crazy!  And don’t even get me started on how expensive chew toys can get.  So I started getting a little creative.

On the BarkBox website you can get a much better deal if you sign up for a longer subscription, they have options for monthly or 3, 6, or 12 months which can bring the cost from $29/mo to as low as $18.  You can also find some other deals, sometimes as much as 15% off if you search online.  Or you can use a link from another subscriber you get $5 off and their pup gets another box.  That’s a win, win!  We ended up lucking out during March Madness and they had an amazing deal which made each box around $10 a month for a 6 month subscription.

Our first box turned out to be pretty cool.  Two good sized bags of treats, a new squeaky toy, a frozen smoothie treat, and bully stick.  All in all, I think the value of what we got totaled about $30 so it turned out to be a really good deal for us.  While doing all this research I learned about tons more subscription boxes both for pets and humans!

It was suggested to me recently, that I find a way to have a more professional appearance…Yes, my boss straight out told me I should be wearing make up to work…well his exact words were more like “I’m not telling you you HAVE to wear make up and jewelry but that would help..”  Always super nice to hear from your MALE boss.  Inappropriate anyone?!  But it did get me thinking that if I want to take the next step in my career I really do want to be seen as a professional.  So I upgraded the wardrobe a bit, bought a couple basic pieces of jewelry I wear on a daily basis and invested in a little bit of make up.  But after years of wearing nothing but clear lip gloss, a little under eye concealer and occasionally some mascara I really didn’t know where to start.

So I got to thinking, maybe I would benefit from a beauty subscription box.  I’d get to try some new things, at a reasonable cost, maybe find a few products and/or brands that I love.  The problem is there are so many!  It’s overwhelming trying to choose one to try and with a recent influx of vet bills I really need to limit it to just one box for the time being.  I’ve read tons of reviews from beauty bloggers and looked at so many sample boxes and in the end I choose Ipsy to try.

I can’t really speak yet about whether Ipsy is worth the cost or not because when I went to subscribe to their service I was told that I would be put on a waitlist.  In order to get off the waitlist immediately you have to jump through a bunch of hoops including liking Ipsy on Facebook and getting a friend to subscribe though your link.  Personally, I think it’s kind of a shady business model to only serve people that bring you more business but from all the boxes I’ve seen they seem to have the most products I like at the lowest cost.  So I will give them one more month and if they don’t send me the June bag I am moving on.

P.S. If anyone feels like trying out BarkBox you can use this link for $5 off and my fur babies will get another box

https://barkbox.com/r/O1B9SE5NV2

Does anyone subscribe to a beauty box that they love?  If so, which one(s)?  I may need a back up soon…