Subscription Box Favorites: 2012 Edition

Well, it hasn’t really been a year since I subscribed to my first beauty box, but 2012 is over and I wanted to sit down and round up my favorite products received across various subscriptions. This helps evaluate them based on how many products I ended up loving to the point where I can’t live without them so you really see the personal value of each one in the long run.

Some services I’ve been longer with than others but I give all of them a fair chance to impress me and introduce me to great products. Here are my all-time subscription favorites discovered in the year of 2012. Sure there were dozens of other products I “liked”, but the ones below I absolutely loved and will repurchase with almost 100% certainty.

Beauty Subscriptions
Beauty Army:

  1. Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment – July

Beauty Fix:

  1. Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque – Summer
  2. Stila Set and Correct Baked Powder Trio – Summer


  1. Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream – December
  2. theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer – October
  3. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black – July
  4. Hair Rules Lift Volumizing Shampoo – June


  1. Skin&Co ROMA Truffle Serum – November
  2. Ahava Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash Hibiscus & Fig – June


  1. Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Quad in Maroon Berry, Flesh Tone, Caramel and Light Bronze – October

Sample Society:

  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – October
  2. Diptyque in Vetyverio – September
  3. Ahava Purifying Mud Mask – September
  4. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Private Dancer – August
  5. Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer – August

New Beauty Test Tube:

  1. Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask – Fall
  2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Neutral Medium – Fall
  3. Mémoire Liquide ‘Vacances Liquide’ Eau de Parfum – Spring
  4. Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Platinum – Spring
  5. SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 – Spring


  1. Beauty For Real Light Up Nail Polish in #1 Red – December

Lifestyle Subscriptions

  1. Bic Soleil Bella Disposable Razor – Summer Beauty


  1. Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated 10-Ounce Glass Mugs – December
  2. Tea Forte Sampler – December

Food Subscriptions


  1. Bigelow Tea Eggnog’n – November
  2. American Wine Biscuits in White Wine, Shallot & Cayenne – November
  3. The Lazy Baker Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread Mix – November

Love With Food:

  1. Candy Cane Milk Chocolate Truffles – December
  2. fruit.0 in Mango Pear Pineapple – November
  3. Stash Tea Pumpkin Spice Decaf Tea – November
  4. Natasha’s Health Nut Cookies in Cranberry-Orange – October
  5. Numi Organic Pu Erh Tea Mini Sampler – October

Honorable mentions
Yuzen box is listed here because although so far I have not found any holy grail items, everything in the boxes was perfect for a one-time zen indulgence.

The verdict: After processing all the information above I came to a conclusion that maybe I should resubscribe to New Beauty Test Tube and Sample Society since I found the most HG items through them after all.