9 Subscriptions You Need to Elevate Your Life: Reasonably Priced, Convenient, and Useful

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I'm sure that we've all seen and heard about subscription services before. From beauty boxes which are perfect for people who are too lazy to handpick makeup products, to streaming platforms for your favorite movies and music, subscriptions are all around us.

Not only do subscriptions save a lot of time if you're an indecisive shopper, but they're also customizable for your specific needs. There is a subscription for everything and anything, and it can be extremely overwhelming to decide which services are actually reasonably priced, convenient, and useful.

But, no need to fear because here are 9 subscriptions that will elevate your life in 2021:

1. Walmart Beauty Box

Price: $5 per season

At only $5 per box, Walmart offers one of the cheapest beauty subscriptions. Unlike other boxes, this subscription is quarterly with only four boxes a year, which makes it a great option if you're just getting started with beauty boxes or don't want to receive a ton of products. Each box features 8 products, including at least 2 full sized ones. Possible items include skincare, hair, and oral care products, as well as makeup and nail polish.

2. IPSY

Price: $11 per month for a year OR $12 per month

If you're looking for a more frequent beauty box, then the IPSY Glam Bag is a great option. You'll receive five products each month based on your responses to their Beauty Quiz, and the great thing about this quiz is how thorough it is. You choose your shade and style preferences for each product, and you can also select how often you want to receive each one. Even though the subscription costs $12 per month, each Glam Bag has a retail value over $50, which is a great deal. Plus, your products come in a cute makeup bag, so you're actually getting six items each month.

3. Curology

Price: $24.90 per month (small formula) OR $39.90 per 2 months (large formula)

Curology is one of the most famous skincare brands, and for good reason. 88% of users say that Curology worked for them, and many people swear that their treatment helped them get rid of severe acne, red spots, hyperpigmentation, and more. Curology creates a customized superbottle with three specialized ingredients based on your skin concerns and medical history. Another great thing about Curology is that you're also assigned to a personal dermatologist that can help answer any additional questions you may have. If you purchase the large formula, you can add a cleanser and moisturizer for an additional $20. You can adjust your subscription as your skin changes, such as by opting for the gel moisturizer over the rich moisturizer during the summer or by switching ingredients when your acne fades.

4. Athena Club

Price: Depends on the product

Athena Club is most known for its razor, which won Best Hair-Removal Tool in the 2020 SELF Beauty Awards. The razor comes in six different colors and also contains a matching magnetic storage hook. However, not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also provides a good shave as well. The blades are extremely sharp and surrounded by skin guards with shea butter and a water-activated serum, which helps give a clean shave while still preventing razor burn. The razor costs $9, and you can subscribe to receive razor blades from as low as $2.25 per blade. Athena Club also sells other body care products that you can subscribe to such as shaving foam, body wash, lotion, and even a set of all three. You can buy high quality deodorant and vitamins as well.

5. Netflix

Price: $8.99 to $17.99 per month

If you don't have Netflix, you're definitely missing out. I got Netflix about a year ago when the pandemic first started, and it has been such a lifesaver. Netflix provided a much-needed escape from the bleak months of quarantine, and I honestly don't know how I would have survived these past few months without it. I personally like Netflix because of how many shows and movies it offers. There are shows about teenagers, documentaries on famous singers, K-dramas, competition shows, and so much more. Netflix has something for everyone and is a great option if you want to indulge in multiple TV genres. Plus, Netflix has plenty of original content and is constantly releasing new shows and movies, which means that you'll never get bored.

6. Kawaii Box

Price: $21.90 to $29.90 per month

Kawaii Box features the cutest Japanese stationery, plushies, accessories, toys, and even snacks. You get 8-10 items each month, which is a lot for the price. Each box has a creative theme, and examples of previous ones are Doki Doki Snow Festival, Kawaii White Xmas, and Trick or Kawaii Treats. I personally haven't bought the Kawaii Box before, but I have purchased the Surprise Kawaii Mixed Bag from the same company. I thoroughly enjoyed all the cute items I received, especially because they were all very different and well worth the price.

7. STICKII Club

Price: $11 per month (including shipping)

STICKII Club is a monthly sticker and stationery subscription box. They offer cute, vintage, and pop rock styles, and if you can't decide which one to pick, you can alternate between themes or purchase multiple for an additional price. In each subscription pack, you receive at least 6 sticker sheets, 3 stationary pieces, and a sticker storage insert. Another perk of STICKII Club is that you receive a 5% discount for all non-subscription purchases.

8. MintMONGOOSE

Price: $13.49 to $16.99 per month

MintMONGOOSE may be one of the cheapest jewelry subscription boxes, but it is still extremely high quality and has even been featured in USA TODAY and Buzzfeed. Each set comes with 3 pieces of jewelry customized to your preferences. You can choose between silver, gold, and rose gold items, as well as between earrings and a surprise piece. MintMONGOOSE also offers an extra gift every 3 months and a free 3 piece jewelry set if you purchase a 6-month or 12-month subscription. Something unique about this subscription is that you can choose to pay monthly or all at once for longer plans, which means that you don't have to save up for months to enjoy the jewelry.

9. Book Of The Month

Price: $9.99 for the first month and $14.99 per month afterwards

If you're like me and love reading but hate having to spend hours looking for your next book, then you should try Book Of The Month. Each month, you have the choice between 5 carefully selected hardcover books of various genres. No matter which one you choose, you'll most likely be introduced to a book that you enjoy. All of these books are new releases, and some haven't even been released to the public yet, which is great if you want to be one of the first people to read anticipated novels.

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Laura Zhang is a 15-year-old high school student from Virginia. Along with writing, Laura is passionate about math, computer science, and tutoring. In her free time, she can be found curling up with a good book or listening to a podcast.