TRE: Beauty Sample Subscriptions (Part 2)

Happy Sunday, lovely peeps! Have you checked out the newest addition to this site, Deal Steal Sundays? No? Curious? I wrote a quick section at 3 in the morning explaining the story behind it, so be sure to check it out on the Home Page!

It’s been some time since I last wrote an entry in The Raised Eyebrow (TRE) and I try to avoid splitting entries into parts unless it becomes a case of tl;dr (too long ; didn’t read). Seeing paragraphs and paragraphs of text can be taxing on the eyes, so I try to make it reader-friendly as much as possible. My dislike about splitting topics into parts, however, is the fact that it’s so easy to start Part 1 and then never finish from there out of procrastination or I completely forget about it.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that every Entry Day (I’m trying to write on Sundays-Wednesdays-Fridays), there’s a different topic that I’m touching on – I figured it’d be a good way to keep things interesting without inducing a boredom routine of sorts. And so far, it seems to be doing okay. It’s also a challenge for me as a blogger because now I have to be on my toes about what I write.

So without further ado, here’s Part 2 on TRE: Beauty Sample Subscriptions!

This was the last thing I wrote in Part 1:

Nowadays, there is a general consensus that we simply “don’t have time” to do things: we don’t have time for or do XYZ so we look for something that offers convenience for us. Yet somehow, it’s normal to say that we’re willing to binge-watch our favorite TV show on Netflix or Hulu or Instagram what we’re doing.

What gives? Why do we find it hard to invest in ourselves yet willing and eager to do things that aren’t really beneficial for us in the long run?

I did mention that the idea behind a beauty sample subscription service sells on the idea of convenience: after answering a series of beauty product preferences, they’ll send you samples (or in the case of Boxycharm, full-size) of beauty products from companies they’ve partnered with. The subscription fee is a fraction of what you would have spent had you gone to the store or online and bought the same products yourself. However, you don’t get to decide which brands you’ll be getting every month.

If you think about it, it kinda sucks. What if they send you a brand that you’ve tried before and had disastrous results with? Granted, the idea behind sending you sample sizes is to see if you like it. And if you do, would you be willing to buy the full-size at a store or online regardless of the price? So if you receive a brand you didn’t like, you would have to wait the next month to get a new set of beauty products.

Or you can go online or to a store and buy a product of your own liking. But wait! Wouldn’t that be more “inconvenient” since you “don’t have time” ? Heck, we even have a meme that we use when we’re feeling sassy about time: “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

But if you don’t have time to invest in and take care of yourself, why would you believe that someone else claims to have that time for you? I’m not saying that ipsy, Birchbox, and Memebox (delivering Korean products straight from South Korea – they never mention if it’s from the North or South -_-) are pointless or outright stupid for what they do. Considering they do have people signing up for their services, there are indeed women who like the convenience they provide. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

In a way, The Raised Eyebrow is pretty much me being a devil’s advocate on trends or products. Blimey, I just learned something about meself!

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