The Contender: Birchbox
"I think of Birchbox as my gateway drug. I can't stop looking for more boxes to sign up for, and BirchBox is the one that started it all. At $10 per month, BirchBox is an amazing value (hence my initial attraction). It came with six samples, and each one was a product I had never tried. If you're looking to integrate some new goodies into your routine, but get nervous about spending lots of cash on beauty experiments, this is a good compromise."
"Birchbox also offers up some really cool collaborations. Starting next month, they're working with Glamour on a box curated by the magazine's editors, to go along with a 'Five Senses Of Summer' feature. That means everything from Oscar de la Renta perfume to LaraBar and custom-designed headphones. If you've been on the fence about signing up, July is a going to be a great month to start."
Result: "A must for newbies or anyone interested in dabbling in subscription boxes. Very fair price and fun products. This box really feels like a treat, and if you're into the size and price of this one, but wish it came more frequently, I'd suggest signing up for Beauty Box 5 as well."
Birchbox, $10 per month, available at Birchbox.
Photographed by Shani Silver