Random Ramblings

On Subscription Beauty Boxes

I said never again.  I guess I have a thing for eating my words.

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As I said before, the beauty box bandwagon is not the wisest thing to jump onto for me. Because ~ First, I don’t exactly enjoy surprises. Second, I don’t care for what’s new in the market.

That said, I find BDJ’s past offerings of grocery items very appealing.  By grocery items, I meant full size shampoos, lotions, and other hygiene stuff.  I don’t often get the chance to linger that long in the health and beauty section of the supermarket. I thought subscribing to the BDJ box would be an excellent way for me to try new soaps and shower gels, hehe. Yes, I’m being for real here.

I actually dread getting skin care items (except maybe for serums) and makeup. I’m ok with my current skin care routine and I have specific makeup preferences in terms of colors and finishes.

I finally got an understanding of what a sub-box is supposed to be (for me) when I was at a National Bookstore checkout counter. I saw NBA cards — the ones that come in fives, wrapped in a foil pack. The packaging is opaque so you won’t know which players you’ll be getting until you buy a pack and open it up.

A friend used to buy those ramdom card packs (Magic cards) and sometimes he stumbles upon rare cards that are worth a lot of money.  I don’t remember him looking upset when he gets all meh cards.  I think he knows what he’s getting into when he buys a pack. In a sense, it’s like gambling.

The good thing about BDJ box is that in a span of three months, you’re bound to get at least a few good items. I’m basing that on unboxings of previous months.

I may not like surprises but my higher-than-average risk tolerance should make beauty boxes right up my alley.

Anyway, I gambled with the August box.  I’m not sure if I’ll do an unboxing-slash-first impressions post.  I’m also not sure if I’d get a 3-month subscription.  Three months, in my universe, seem too far ahead.

Maybe I’ll just ninja my way to an elite box or maybe I’ll try out Sample Room’s VIP thing.

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    1. Hahaha, I was able to force the SA to open the box for me so I could choose (I was wearing my Watsons ID back then). *bad

      Didn’t like half of the contents so di ko kinuha.

      Sana merong box of new releases yung mga big dept stores like SM and Rustans. Kahit Elite Box type.

      1. As far as I know, not anymore. They come out with a limited number of boxes that they sell at select SM Stores, offer is good while supplies last. :D

  1. Hello Rae! My first BDJ Box was June (benefit exclusive), which I enjoyed most of the products! I thought the next few months would suck so I did not subscribe. Now I have a feeling that Sept is going to be as good as the June’s but I did not subscribe though. Haha! Anyway, I am interested with makeup lang (not groceries) basta they match my undertones, etc. Pag-isipan ko pa kung itutuloy ko ang BDJbox eh.

    1. I probably won’t like the benefit box. Hehehe. Weird ko lang. Parang ok lang if September turns out to be good and I miss it. Parang mas ok if I just check out unboxing posts, tapos bilhin ko na lang yung mismong product based on reviews. :P

  2. I am pretty loyal when it comes to BDJ, although unlike you, I am more of a new product kind of gal than grocery type items. I like to try new products and decide if I want to repurchase or leave it. I also like sampleroom VIP coz it’s for 2 months but sometime, they don’t restock the products. At least you can say you tried it once.

  3. Well that’s a good way to look at it. Although I personally don’t want to get grocery items since I have personal preferences when it comes to the essential stuff that I want – especially hair stuff since I have dry hair and scalp and I have so far found a cheap one that works great for me and my crazy hair (Palmolive). So I don’t care much for new hair care products. As for soaps/shower gels, my skin gets easily irritated aka I itch a lot and ALL OVER if my skin doesn’t like the soap/bath wash/lotion that I used. Plus, I always have this dreaded thought about loving (more than the love that I have for what I am currently using) an essential product and they end up to be too expensive. Huhuhuhu. I’d rather spend lots of moolah sa lipstick or makeup in general kesa sa mga shampoo or soap or body wash.

    Then again, unlike you, I enjoy surprises. But I’m still unsure about subscribing to another box since the last one (Glamourbox Snoe Beauty special) was a dud for me as I only ended up using just two products.

    1. This is probably going to be my first and last BDJ box. I might get an elite box if it’s a brand I like, but they might not opt for sub boxes as a marketing strategy.

      Anyway, naisip ko lang, pwede naman ko bumili ng mga shampoo and sabon online :P

  4. I don’t like surprises, either! That’s why I have never subscribed to any box. But I swear I’m almost caving in. Kahit 1 month lang. Definitely do an unboxing! Would love to see what’s in the August box. :D

  5. I guess that’s really a good reason why I like/prefer Glamourbox. They have a good enough supply (or low enough demand? not so sure) that you can still get a box even after the unboxings are posted, so you can judge whether you do like the contents are not. For me, I have a good track record of liking GB’s contents, plus that hard box is a huge deal for me. I might jump back into BDJ as there is now less chance of repeat items (I haven’t subscribed in about a year?). The Sampleroom VIP is also looking good. Have you also considered Memebox? I’m getting more and more convinced to get one. :D

    /nobela

    1. Not considering memebox anymore, are those korean products? I’m not really crazy with korean beauty stuff (except for their eyebrow pencils and face masks).

      I think I’m done with BDJ Box. I loved the August Box, but I figured, if my sole reason is to try out grocery products, I can always buy online from luxola, zalora, lazada, etc.

  6. Honestly, I come so close to subscribing, but I chicken out the last minute. This yes-no-yes-no decision has been going on for months, but I just can’t find the final push to just go through with it. I’m not necessarily moved by new releases either, and my skincare regiment is all set. I agree with the full-sized bath items, though. Those I constantly change anyway, so I might as well get to try what’s new.

    1. I think it was a good experience — just one month with BDJ. Not going through a 3 or 6-month subscription. Bibili na lang ako online. I forgot that Lazada has tons of bath stuff, haha.

  7. You’re brave Rae.
    I’m a to-hell-with-it-let’s-do-it gal and while I like the idea of surprise packages each month, I hear you on the skincare fears. I’ve just broken my acne cycle and don’t want to change a thing!
    At least it isn’t a big commitment :)

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