I love sampling new things. The thought of discovering my latest and greatest FabuFind is always with me. There are items I adore and will probably always repurchase, but trying new things gives me the chance to find things I love even more. My sample obsession started with purchasing packaged sets. These usually contain items I really want to try or items I’ve tried in the past and need more time with. Sometimes, you find sets that are great values, so it is actually cheaper to purchase them if you really want most or all the items in the set. Although I still purchase sample sets, there is something surprisingly welcome about not knowing what I will get. Subscription Boxes seemed like the logical step to try items I had not considered.
Every month, I review my empty products. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.
To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and had to condense the article. There were five products I consider FabuFinds in my December Empties that I have not discussed yet.
When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.
See recent Birchbox articles.
Birchbox has always been my favorite subscription box. At $10 a month, each sample only costs me $2 (or less during amazing six or seven sample months). That is a low price to pay for some of the gems I’ve discovered in these lovely boxes that I look forward to each month. Since the revamp, you can either select a sample from 3-4 options or select an entire curated box of 5-6 pieces. I’ve always liked at least one sample from the choices, so I usually select the one I like most. It is hard at times, because I like more than one. This was the first month where there was not a specific sample that I had to have, but I really looked forward to the curated box.
When a curator comes in, all items are pre-selected. If you choose this option, your element of surprise will completely go away. I looked forward to trying three of the five items, which is always how I determine (before calculating value, of course) whether I am excited about a box. For the first time since the curated boxes started, I did not already own a single item in it. It meant I was finally ready to know all of my samples in advance. I ordered it hoping the two I am not excited about would surprise me.
The curated box this month was pieced together in conjunction with Rent the Runway. If you have not heard of Rent the Runway, let me introduce you to the business model. Rather than purchase expensive clothing, jewelry or accessories that you will only wear once, you rent them. For people who love nice things and deals, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy both. I am inventing places to go, so I can use their services for the first time. The custom box comes with a unique code for $30 off $75 making this deal too good to pass up. The code expires 04/17/15, so I am waiting on a formal invite!