Why I Canceled My Beauty Subscription Boxes (Ricky's NYC Cult Crushes, Boxy Charm, and Ipsy) and Stopped Unboxing Posts | Journey To A Simpler, More Meaningful Life
If you have been around for a while you probably remember that in 2017 and 2018 I did quite a few lifestyle posts about beauty subscription boxes. It all started when I signed up for Ipsy and got a gift subscription for my mom to Birchbox. I wanted to do a sort of comparison of the two boxes. Seeing what came in each box every month and which was a better beauty subscription. (Personally I preferred ipsy). I ended up changing my monthly ipsy subscription to an annual ipsy subscription, that's how much I was enjoying it. But then something happened...
When One Beauty Subscription Isn't Enough
I started to see more and more social media posts about countless other beauty and lifestyle subscriptions - Play! by Sephora, Boxycharm, BeautyFix, Allure Beauty Box, Glossy Box, Target Beauty Box, Ricky's Cult Crushes, not to mention indie varieties, vegan and cruelty-free subscription boxes, clothing subscription boxes, jewelry subscription boxes, subscription subscription boxes.... ALWAYS MORE SUBSCRIPTION BOXES!!! WHY SO MANY BOXES?!
Unfortunately, before I came to that all caps realization, I decided to add to my ipsy subscription the Rickys Cult Crushes subscription. This was intriguing because it was a newer box, just $11/month at the time and often came with full palette - what a steal! The month after I subscribed the price increased to $14/month. Around the same time I saw the Reina Del Caribe Vol. 1 palette by Alamar Cosmetics was being featured in a Boxycharm box. The palette is usually $28 and even if you only buy 1 month of boxycharm the cost is just $21 besides the fact you would be getting other items along with the palette. What a steal!
After a couple of months I realized that this was just unreasonable. I am trying to downsize, declutter, and simplify my life, yet I am bringing more and more tangible things into my house every month. That doesn't make sense. Yes, it's a "good deal" (in a way). Yes, it's fun to get a package in the mail and see what's in it and try something new. But that doesn't mean it's necessary or something I should do.
I couldn't help but think - how did this happen?
I unsubscribed from a number of youtube beauty channels and instagram accounts. Seeing these subscription boxes opened up all the time, seeing reviews on the make up and skin care inside, and so on made me feel like I needed to have these things that I really did not need. I started to collect so many tiny sample sized bottles of product that I couldn't use them up before the next ones arrived. And I also began to contribute to this culture by posting my own "what's in my beauty subscription box/bag" posts each month.
Are Beauty Subscription Services Bad?
No, that's not the message I am trying to get across here. I just realized I was adding things to my life because someone else was telling me it was what I needed and it was valuable, not because I actually needed the things. In fact, would actually have cost me far less to just purchase the makeup replacements I needed when I needed them.
You may love beauty subscription boxes, and subscribe to... ten and that's okay, that's up to you, of course! :) Or maybe you have no interest in beauty subscription boxes at all - thanks for reading this far, that is sure nice of you.
My Commitment to TDF Readers
But this has been a good educational experience for me to reevaluate and assess my purchases, why I make them, and why I share the things I share on this website. As I continue to curate my life, I am committed to also better curating the posts on this website to not just feature things for the sake of featuring things, but to feature things that I think really matter. Things that will help you have a more meaningful and less disposable lifestyle.
Thank you as always, for continuing this journey with me! :)
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