Surprise Me


Brooke Dilling| @brookefrances

Subscription services are all the rage. From fashion, to athlesiure, to wine and cheese of the month boxes, we have a wide variety of options on fun ways to surprise ourselves. As you consider what services may be right for you, you might want to check out these two:


I’ve been a subscriber to FabFitFun for over a year. This box comes quarterly. Each box has over $200 worth of products and costs $50.00. Since the box comes seasonally, the products tend to have a seasonal focus. Each box contains fashion items, beauty products, fitness items, and sometimes a few home goods. I’ve received fun necklaces and earrings, scarves, hair treatment products, and yoga-inspired products. A few of my favorite items include Dr. Brandt facial exfoliator, a fantastic neutral eye shadow palette, a large coffee mug, and a blanket scarf. While some of the items have missed the mark, like an overly stinky hand lotion and a flimsy jewelry stand, this subscription is well worth the price. I love unboxing my surprises.

Deck of Scarlet

My newest favorite subscription is from Deck of Scarlet. They’re relatively new on the scene; the company started in March of 2017. Deck of Scarlet sends one full makeup palette every two months. Makeup palettes are highly pigmented and fantastic. Each palette comes in a sleek case and includes three eyeshadows, two cheek colors, two lip colors and an add-on product.

The brand’s purpose is to encourage makeup lovers to play around and recreate looks they see on social media. To that end, Deck of Scarlet partners with a new YouTube artist for each palette. Along with receiving the palette, you also get a tutorial on how to create daytime and nighttime looks.

So far, Deck of Scarlet has created seven palettes and they are my go-to for nighttime makeup looks. I asked Kate Artemyeya from Deck of Scarlet if she had a favorite. “We love all our palettes,” she said. “Each of them is unique and fun. But my favorite is Edition No.-04 created in collaboration with Melly Sanchez. This palette is great for everyone and any occasion, the silver shade is just stunning.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts broads. What are your favorite subscription services? Share away!

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