By: Laura Foster, Director of Marketing Operations
There is no such thing as a quick fix. If there is, it’s probably not worth having.
We all have needs, likes, and desires, and unfortunately not enough hours in the day to do all the things we need and certainly not things we love…in walks subscription boxes. If you want it, there’s a box for that: beauty, clothing, men’s shaving kits, dog toys, etc. If you like it, you can probably find a company that will make it and ship it to you once a month for xzy amount of money.
When subscription boxes started trending, I was on board. I LOVED the idea that once a month someone would look over my carefully tailored profiles and send products just for me, but most importantly they would be things I needed: beauty, clothing, etc..
So I tried…
The Beauty Box
I’ve never had great skin, but I’ve always struggled to find great products. When I was in college, I never ate the right things; I had bad sleeping habits, and consumed coffee like it was going of style. I wanted to try products and find what was right for me without getting punished by spending copious amounts of money on things that wouldn’t work.
The Clothing Box
After college I hit a style rut, I didn’t love the clothes in my closet, and nothing I put on felt like me. Even working in the fashion industry didn’t guarantee me time to shop for myself. For Christmas, a family member gave me a subscription to a style fix company that would send me monthly items based on rudimentary online questions and a “Love It/Hate It” scale for a couple pictures of premade outfits.
So I crossed my fingers and eagerly awaited the arrival of my first boxes.
Neither fix solved anything. With the beauty products, I spent money on a bunch of products that didn’t work or the samples were too small to tell if they actually worked. And clothing was even worse, I received clothes that I either didn’t love or just flat out hated, didn’t fit in my closet, and ultimately added to the mounting stress I felt getting ready for EVERYTHING.
In fact, they both gave me more of excuses not to take care of myself. Because the thing is, I like taking time for myself, and finding out what beauty product is perfect for my complexion with the added bonus of talking to experts about each and every product. I like going shopping, walking into a story and trying on items. No matter how much anxiety dressing rooms can cause, walking out with items that fit well, work perfectly in my closet, and that I love is one of the best, most empowering feelings in the world.
And it’s not just me, studies and research have shown that these services cost you time and money!
So I unsubscribed from everything and found solutions that really worked and helped me become a better version of myself. I talked to people who I trusted to point me in the right direction. In the end, it’s not just about the lack of time or unfulfilling subscription boxes, it’s about the value we place on ourselves and what we deem our self-worth to be.