Special Delivery! A Guide to Online Beauty Box Clubs
For the Mail-Order Newbie
This club gathers hot launches from established and niche brands, plus products from up-and-coming lines—and differentiates itself with a good showing of eco-friendly options. There's a bit of everything in its turquoise box, but items tend toward the useful (Smith's Rosebud Salve, sunscreen wipes) instead of the trendy or ultraluxe.
THE GOODS: Well-balanced picks consisting of four or five deluxe or full-size samples from a blend of under-the-radar brands (Becca, Skyn Iceland, Supergoop) and green lines like Blûm Naturals and Weleda. Boxes are often customized for your stated skin tone, complexion issues, hair color, and beauty "personality" (natural, adventurous, playful, and so on).
THE FINE PRINT: There's incentive to buy in bulk: Subscribe monthly for $12, or subscribe quarterly for $30 (and save $6), or spend just $100 for a yearly membership (free shipping to the U.S. and Canada). Renewal is automatic but can be canceled. If you're stopping a quarterly or yearly subscription that's already underway, you'll receive only a partial refund.
Evangeline Lilly swept onto the red carpet at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiere in a black slightly sheer Alberta Ferretti gown with a lace overlay and tiers of tulle at the skirt, keeping all accessories to a minimum, save for studs and a gold bracelet.