Here at The Penny Hoarder HQ, several staffers are suffering from a post-holiday Sephora hangover. There’s a lot of love for the cosmetics retailer, but one trip through the door means a major ding to your budget.
We all have our beauty nemesis, right? Ulta’s Ultamate Rewards. CVS ExtraBucks. The Clinique counter. Sigh.
If you’re broke but still craving new beauty products for your bathroom counter rotation, two nearly free beauty boxes have popped up on our radar.
Just be sure to read the fine print.
Two Beauty Boxes to Try This Winter
Want to try a few new products without making a major investment? Sign up to try one (or both!) of these beauty box subscription options.
Walmart’s winter beauty box includes sample-size products from well-known brands Walmart sells. Products vary, but one YouTuber showed off a full tube of CoverGirl mascara, a small pot of Pond’s anti-aging cream, a travel-size Aveeno lotion and more — plus coupons for all the products.
The box is free, but you pay $5 for shipping. When you sign up, your subscription automatically renews each season, so you’ll be billed $5 four times a year unless you cancel. You can adjust your subscription online.
2. Honest Beauty
Want to try something different? Honest Beauty offers a free beauty trial. You get six sample-size Honest Beauty products, including skin and hair care, and cosmetics. Shipping for the freebie box costs $5.95. The catch? You only have seven days after receiving your trial box to cancel. Then, you’re automatically enrolled in Honest’s monthly beauty subscription, which costs a whopping $50 per month. You have to call to cancel.
But if you mark your calendar, this box could be worth a shot to test Honest Beauty’s environmentally and socially conscious products. The company is a Certified B Corporation, which means it adheres to standards related to brand transparency and accountability.
Your Turn: Have you tried either of these boxes? Did you keep your subscription after the trial period?
Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder. She has more bottles of nail polish than is healthy for any one individual who does not own a salon.