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While reading through blogs I have noticed a few mentions of ‘mystery boxes’ and I was curious as to what they were. So I have done some research and can now tell you a little bit about this trend and where you can find Mystery boxes.

Mystery boxes usually come from either a specific make-up brand and contain a surprise selection of that brand’s products, or they come from sample-selling companies, who send you a surprise selection of samples. You usually have to pay to recieve mystery boxes and the most popular way of recieving them seems to be monthly.

I have had a look at what mystery boxes are on offer at the moment and here is what I have found :

Glossybox   (UK) (Sample-selling company)

You can recieve glossy boxes from www.glossybox.co.uk for £10. This is what Glossybox says on their website :

  • Stay up to date with current trends and discover new niche brands
  • Every month, GLOSSYBOX delivers a mix of 5 exciting product miniatures packed in a beautiful box for you to test at home
  • Join for just £10.00 per month
         (plus p+p. There is no minimum subscription term)

If you would like to receive 5 luxury product miniatures from high-end brands every month, then simply register to create an account and subscribe to receive your first GLOSSYBOX. Fill in your Beautyprofile to help us select products to complement your personal beauty and styling requirements.

Birchbox  (U.S) (Sample-selling company)

You can order Birchboxes from www.birchbox.com for $10 , they do both male and female boxes. This is what they say on their website :

Women’s Subscription

 Each month, receive a delivery of high-end beauty and lifestyle samples.       $10/month

Julep Mystery boxes (U.S) (Mostly Julep brand samples)

You can order Julep mystery boxes from www.julep.com for $19.99, here is what they say on their website :

What is Julep Maven? Becoming a Julep Maven gives you exclusive access to COLOR. Each month we hand-pick trendsetting new nail colors, cult faves and cutting-edge beauty products that are just right for you. Commitment shy? No problem. YOU decide how often to receive your Julep Maven box, and you can cancel at any time.

1. What’s Your Style? – Take the Julep Maven style quiz to find out. It’s fun, free and helps us pick the colors and styles that are SO. YOU. 2. Discover Your Inner Maven – Sign in to view your style profile and first Julep Maven Box, including at least two seasonal nail colors plus beauty favorites personalized for you. 3. Congrats! You’re a Maven! – Place your first order and the introductory Julep Maven Box ships within three business days.  

So now you know what mystery boxes are and where to get some, the question now is, are they worth spending your money on? I can see why you might want one, I mean getting a mystery box is like getting a present, they come nicely wrapped and you have no idea what is inside, it might be something great. Of course I have only just found out about mystery boxes today and have never ordered one so I can’t tell you if they are worth it. But I can point you in the direction of some other bloggers who can :)

For a glossybox review check out : http://whosoloves.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/march-glossybox/

For a birchbox review check out : http://thebeautifullagoon.com/2012/04/11/my-march-birchbox-wrap-up/

For a Julep Maven mystery box review check out :http://underscoredesigns.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/julep-mystery-spring-box/

If you know of any other ‘Mystery Box’ schemes please tell us about them in the comments section :)

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