by Must Have Boxes on January 14, 2013

I’m KW – a Los Angeles-based beauty blogger and photographer. After receiving my first subscription box last year, I was officially hooked. What better and more affordable way to discover amazing new products? It’s exciting to open a box each month packed with the latest beauty and lifestyle must-haves. I spread the word among my friends, and they fell in love too.

As new subscription box companies launched, it became difficult to keep up. That’s what inspired me to create Must Have Boxes. I’ll give you a sneak peak at up and coming brands through my detailed box reviews. You won’t find any fluff here – just straight talk about the products that work best and make me feel beautiful.

So relax, take a look around and discover your monthly must-haves.


My Promise:

  • I only feature content that I truly believe in and, occasionally, I’ll partner with sponsors to help build buzz for a brand that I think is great.
  • I don’t receive monetary compensation for my reviews, but I do accept free products. My honest reviews reflect my own experience and they aren’t influenced by outside sources.
  • I’ll personally respond to every single comment, always. I love hearing from my amazing readers!

243 thoughts on “About

  1. Lauren says:

    KW–i love your writing style and feel of this site. So cute and chic! I want a review on health care boxes. Do you do those?

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      I’m starting off by reviewing beauty subscription boxes, but soon I’ll expand and include fitness, fashion and food boxes too :).

      – KW

    • Monique says:

      What a clever blog idea! Poor thing, is the research (trying all sorts of gorgeous products) hard work? 🙂 Looking forward to following you!

      • Must Have Boxes says:

        Thanks for following my blog, Monique :). It’s definitely fun to test these fabulous beauty products, but it is pretty time consuming. Right now, I have five more beauty subscription boxes that are being mailed to me in the next two weeks! I’m a perfectionist so it takes a good while to compose and edit the photos, etc.

        – KW

  2. cravensavor says:

    Cool blog! Looking forward to more reviews. I love hearing about recommendations.. I get little trial sets too, usually at Sephora, bc they’re free when you use your points, and I have gotten samples of things that I use now. There are fashion and fitness boxes too?

  3. bescented says:

    We’d love to submit some products in the coming months for review. All natural beauty products we think your readers would love!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Absolutely. I love introducing my readers to high-quality beauty products. All natural brands are even better :).

      – KW

  4. Oh my goodness I had no idea stuff like this even existed! I’m so excited to read your blog and find some good samples. What a great way to try out new products. Thanks!!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      I’m so glad you like my blog :). When I received my first beauty subscription box, it was love at first sight! I’m going to introduce my readers to plenty of different box brands so you can discover which one works best for you.

      – KW

  5. Jocellyn says:

    Wow this blog is amazing and perfect for a girl on a college budget.

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks, Jocellyn. I’m all about featuring products that are high quality AND affordable. You don’t have to break the bank to look beautiful :).

      – KW

  6. Thank you for the visit and following my blog. Have a great night!

  7. trendbytes says:

    Thanks for following my blog, and I love what you’re doing. Have you tried glossy box? Will be folllowing you for updates!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      I’ve heard of Glossybox but I don’t currently subscribe. I’m always looking for new beauty subscription box companies though, so thanks for the recommendation.

      – KW

  8. jgmycroft says:

    I’ve been looking for reviews for boxes! Definitely following.

  9. I really like your site and concept! Your blog is actually a big help to me–I freelance for Beauty.com and we always offer gifts with purchase. It’s great to see how other beauty companies encourage repeat purchases!

  10. TheGirl says:

    Hi discovered your site here, very nice! I hope you come visit me… 🙂

  11. susannaja says:

    This is amazing – I had never heard of subscription boxes before! Definitely signing up for a couple now 🙂 looking forward to seeing more reviews on your blog! xx

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      So glad to hear! I think you’ll really enjoy your beauty subscription boxes. Let me know how it goes :).

      – KW

  12. Robin says:

    So glad you found me! Now I know where to go for my subscription box inspiration! 🙂

  13. Hi KW,
    Thanks for reading my post and let me know if I could ever offer you my advice or insight on aesthetic medical lines or clinical validity on any product, treatment or antiaging method!! Cheers (:

  14. youngforgood says:

    Great blog. Keep up the good work! 😀

  15. Spiff Beauty says:

    Love your blog! I have always been curious about the beauty boxes. This is great because I can decide which one I may want to do based on your reviews! 🙂

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks so much! By reading my blog, I hope you discover some beauty subscription boxes that you love.

      – KW

  16. Stephanie says:

    I love the idea of a blog about beauty boxes! I’ve tried a Glossybox but cancelled after they jacked up the price. I have yet to try another kind.

  17. http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com
    Hi, thanks so much for commenting, liking and following my blog. The products here on your blog looks amazing! Have a great day! Betty

  18. You are so much like me. Like you I am a self-proclaimed fashionista. I promise to follow your blog… 🙂

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks for the comment. We fashionistas have to stick together. I’m looking forward to reading your blog as well!

      – KW

  19. glamtechie says:

    I love your concept and writing! Too bad I’m not in your country and can’t get any of these. We have something called the Vellvette box here but I’m yet to receive mine for this month. Cheers!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      I’m so glad you found my blog. What country do you live in? I’m intrigued by Vellvette box. When you receive your February box, be sure to post the link to your review here. I’m so curious to see what types of beauty products you receive.

      – KW

  20. very awesome concept that you have. definitely grabbed my attention!

  21. m says:

    i’ve been looking for a blog like this…still a little hesitant to join these subscription things so your blog is a great start!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      I’m so glad you found my blog and I hope you discover some beauty subscription box brands that you love.

      – KW

  22. Mariska says:

    You have a great blog! Where do you get all those nice boxes from? 🙂

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Mariska – Thank you! I purchased subscriptions to a few of the companies, but more often than not, companies will send me their boxes and beauty products to review on this site. I review each product honestly and I love sharing new beauty subscription boxes with my readers.

      – KW

  23. Love this! Looking forward to reading more!

  24. Jay says:

    Lovely idea for a blog, look forward to reading more!


  25. Hi! I am totally the same way!!!……Exept I am 10 years old.

  26. foreveryoung says:

    I gave you a shout out on my post “This One’s For The Boys” at ForeverYoungBlogspot.wordpress.com!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks so much for the shout out :). Your blog is fantastic and I always enjoy reading your posts.

      – KW

  27. Hi again! I have a new post on my blog and I think you will like it! 🙂 Go check it out!

  28. Thanks so much for checking out and following my blog 🙂 i totally love yours! I also am a major makeup/beauty product junkie! would love to see any natural products you may come across… thanks!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks for the comment. I definitely have some natural products that I’m going to feature in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

      – KW

  29. sewbie says:

    Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Such an awesome idea you’ve got. I love beauty and receiving boxes so I’ll be reading! Oh and I know how hard it is to work a corporate job and focus on what you truly love – but keep at it, passion pays off. Trust me girl, I’m in the same boat! Good luck & see you on the blogosphere : )

    – Hazel

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Hazel, thanks for the sweet comment. Beauty subscription boxes are so much fun. I look forward to reading more from your blog!

      – KW

  30. Hi there KW – thanks for following. Would be really interested to see what beauty box options there are for more natural products… x

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      There are many beauty subscription boxes that feature natural products. I’ll be reviewing some of those soon!

      – KW

  31. pitgat says:

    That’s a very good idea! At first I thought it was just to sell things, but then I realized it’s to describe things, and it’s helpful! Thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

  32. Mizz Mo says:

    I love your site – it’s very fun! Look forward to seeing more.

  33. Thanks for following me…..I might never have known about your site! I have a corporate career too and wish I had more time for blogging….love the concept of your blog….I’ll spend more time here for sure!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Angelina. I’m glad to count you as one of my readers :).

      – KW

  34. What a great blog! I hadn’t heard of beauty boxes until now. I’m not sure if they have made it to Australia yet. How do you subscribe? Via email?

  35. Ana says:

    Thank you for stoping by my blog and leaving a comment. I’m glad you liked the lipstick post. I hope as much as I like the lipstick. Hope you continue to stop by and give me your thoughts.

  36. rosekat08 says:

    Thanks for following and reading my blog!

  37. I love you blog! Such a unique idea, wish there were box packages in Australia or delivered! Some great content.

  38. olafsdottir says:

    Cool blog and fun to see all the stuff you get in the boxes 😉 Unfortunately I still haven’t found any kind of “beauty” boxes that ship to The Faroe Islands. Sucks! But hey! one can always hope 😀

  39. Hey, I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!
    Here’s the details:

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      I’m so honored! I can’t wait to check out the details. Thanks for the nomination.

      – KW

  40. CoCo says:

    Absolutely love the concept for your blog! I have been so interested in beauty boxes, but haven’t been sure which to get. Keep us updated on your favorites!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks, Coco! I hope you continue to read and discover some subscription boxes that you love.

      – KW

  41. Jean S says:

    Such a great idea and great writing style! Look forward to following and seeing all of your fun boxes!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Jean, I’m so glad to be able to count you among my readers. There are many new subscription box reviews to come!

      – KW

  42. justanotherlisa says:

    this is such a great website! Thanks for stopping by at Dazed&Beautiful and for introducing me to your blog!

  43. mrslizhilton says:

    This is such a neat idea!

  44. Hey! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! I am a nail junkie and your blog adds to my addiction, keep it up! 🙂

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thank you so much for the nomination! I’m a nail junkie too and I love reading your blog.

      – KW

  45. Hi,

    Just wanted to let you know we nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award since we love your blog!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thank you so much for the nomination. I’m beyond honored. I absolutely love what you guys are doing over at Beauty Stalkers!

      – KW

  46. thanks so much for visiting my blog! you’ve got such a cool and unique site over here at mhb! looking forward to all your great fashionista finds!

  47. Love your ingenuity on your boxes KW, great stuff!

  48. This is such a great idea! You guys are so lucky to have so many boxes to subscribe to.

  49. M says:

    Great site! Nicely done!

  50. rushmee21 says:

    Super nice idea and Cool blog ! :):)

  51. Thanks for the follow! I love the idea of your blog. I look forward to reading more.

  52. I like your blog. Beauty boxes sound exciting!

  53. Wow, beauty box subscription is so new to me! This is so cool. It’s so exciting especially the thrill you feel when you receive the box and about to open it. I love your blog! I also get excited with the items when you reveal what’s inside the box! Thanks! 😀


  54. hillyting says:

    Love your post! You might want to try this box from BrandBox.sg . They offer FREE curated box service just for you.

    Simply sign up and fill up your details. No subscription fee at all! Check it out http://www.brandbox.sg

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      BrandBox looks amazing, but I believe it’s only available in Singapore. Do you use this subscription?

      – KW

  55. Thank you for visiting and following my blog 🙂

  56. Katie says:

    Love your site!

  57. OMG…this is the first I’ve ever heard of box subscriptions!! What a cool idea!! Well this just opened up a whole new world for me 😉

  58. Setu Rohini says:

    hey, isnt there a like option on your blog? I liked quite a few posts by you but unable to like. Good work, I must say!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Hi Setu – There’s isn’t a “like” option for my blog posts, but I always enjoy reading your comments!

      – KW

  59. ohloveleslie says:

    Hey! thank you for following my blog!! I really like yours 🙂 I recently ordered my first monthly box from Ipsy!

  60. Regina Er says:

    Your site is lovely! Love your writing style and look forward to seeing more! 🙂

  61. Hi, thanks for looking at my new blog on wordpress, you were officially my first follower! Your site and blog is fab, so I’ll be keeping up to date with your news! Anna @ AnnaTalksBeauty

  62. Hey Kristin–I just received my first box from Julep (nontoxic nail care & beauty), and thought of you! I went with the Bombshell package initially and added on a lip scrub and topcoat. First package was $13 for 2 polishes, cuticle oil, lip scrub, top coat, and a sample hand cream. If you “like” them on facebook, you get your first box free (and free shipping). http://www.julep.com/maven.html

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks for the comment, Jen. Julep Maven is fabulous! I love the nail polish colors and additional hand products.

      – KW

  63. I look forward to following and reading your reviews on the various subscription boxes available. Cool concept!


  64. My cousin was talking about the Birchbox once, I thought it was a cool idea. I had no idea there were so many! This is dangerous 😉

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Subscription boxes can be totally addicting! Birchbox is awesome.

      – KW

      • I can see this! I might have to pick just one for now; I’m saving up to buy an RV next year; I’ll be reading through your archives to try and decide! (Maybe two. Or three.)

        • Must Have Boxes says:

          Love it! BTW, I just got into the whole RV lifestyle. My boyfriend and I took our first RV trip and went camping for the 4th of July and we’d absolutely loved it! We plan to do many more RV trips in the future (even one in Costa Rica!).

          – KW

          • No kidding?! That’s so cool. *hums ‘its a small word’* I’m actually planning to be full-time come next June. When I start getting some of these boxes in, my parents will be thrilled to have a reason to drag me back once or twice a month! (“Hey! Hey Izzy! You’ve got a package! Come visit!”)

  65. Very Nice blog! I love subscription boxes as well and will be following your reviews!


  66. Tessa says:

    I thought you had a Mary Kay review, but I could not find it on your list of subscription boxes. Also, did you review an Ipsy box? Didn’t see that listed either.

  67. spendsavewin says:

    This is a beyond cool site! I never knew box services came in this many industries! Can’t wait to catch up on your posts! 🙂

  68. Thanks for following my blog! Hope i can get it up to speed like yours! Its awesome cause i always want to subscribe to these beauty monthly subscription boxes but i worry that i’ll get products tested on animals, so at least i can keep up to date on awesome boxes through you!
    -Stacey – crueltyfreebeauty

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks for the comment, Stacey! I’ll do some research to see if there are 100% cruelty free subscription boxes.

      – KW

  69. Maui Babe says:

    I agree with what you have written and I like the way you stated these words, “just straight talk about the products that work best and make me feel beautiful.” And, “My honest reviews reflect my own experience and they aren’t influenced by outside sources.”

    I love to follow your posts!

  70. I absolutely love this idea! Amazing!!

  71. Hiya! Thanks for dropping by my blog and following =) I love that you’re reviewing all the boxes out there, there’s far less choice here in London, so envious!

  72. ~Style Lynx says:

    I like the box review idea! Plus, I thought about trying Birch Box since so many people have talked about it lately.

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks, Jessica! I think you’ll love Birchbox. There are plenty of other fabulous subscription boxes available too based on your interests.

      – KW

  73. celticfey says:

    Thank you for the follow and good luck in the Giveaway!

  74. Chandni Lahoti says:

    Hi! Thanks a lot for stopping by at my blog and the follow. You have such an interesting blog. Stay connected! Happy blogging!

  75. sammysbeauty says:

    Wow! I had no idea there was even such things you could sign up to haha.
    This is so cool.
    I’m definitely following!!

    Sammysbeauty xo

  76. I can live my sub box addiction out through you ♥. I used to have quite a few of these a month but I cut right down to 2. I also have a cute bunny that I like to cuddle with his name is dimitrius.

  77. taj says:

    Hello dear, thank for following my page and liking my post, i really appreciate it <3

  78. Hi! Dropping by to say thank you for following my blog and to tell you that you have a very interesting 🙂

  79. Question! Where are you from? 🙂

  80. I love the concept of your blog! America seems to be a step ahead of UK in the ‘things in boxes’ market, you’re lucky!

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks! There are a lot of fabulous subscription boxes available in the UK. Let me know if you need any suggestions :).

      – KW

  81. clemsyxue says:

    I had nooooo idea there were so many boxes out there! I bet you’re having a lot of fun, waiting for your box, opening it, trying the products. Ahah I want to try the concept now!.My wallet is not thanking you… But I am! Cheers girl!

  82. Hi there!!! We’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on our site!!! We love reading your blog and wanted to make sure we gave you some recognition because we want people to love reading it as much as we do!!! Congrats!!!

  83. Hi! I really enjoy reading your blog, so I nominated it for the Liebster Award:

  84. great Blog!!! Love the reviews!

  85. WOW such a fab idea for blog! I have always been curious about these boxes and are they worth the spend. Your reviews certainly provide an insight. Thanks for the follow on my blog xx

  86. I will definitely be following your blog. These posts are so trendy and helpful!

  87. سمية says:

    Love your blog! I’m excited to be following you.

  88. Mary says:

    Wow, I never even noticed your picture! YOU are absolutely gorgeous–and just how I pictured you 🙂 xoxo

  89. heejin says:

    Great idea for a blog! I’ve been hesitant about subscribing to any beauty boxes because I’m so risk-averse when it comes to beauty products, but I might try out a box or two after reading your reviews! I didn’t know there were so many different kinds of box subscriptions!

  90. KW,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am excited to read about your beauty finds ;).

  91. KW – Thanks for visiting my blog! And what timing… I was just talking to some girlfriends about BirchBox, I didn’t realize there were SO many different sample boxes out there! Great blog concept, and I’ll certainly be reading your reviews!!

    -Kate from Ragamuffin Soap

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Hi Kate! Thanks for the comment. You and your friends would absolutely love Birchbox…but as you can see, there are TONS of amazing subscription boxes to choose from. 🙂

      – KW

  92. kohlbeauty says:

    Wow I didn’t know there was such a variety in boxes untill I saw your blog, it’s amazing! What’s your favourite beauty box? I’m thinking about birchbox or glossy box… Any recommendations? X

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      That is such a difficult question! I think Birchbox has the best price point and value. Glossy Box is more expensive but you receive more full size products. Tough decision.

      – KW

      • kohlbeauty says:

        Ah thanks Kristin! Birchbox it is, they are also doing a great deal with a free Christmas bonus box too!


        • Must Have Boxes says:

          Such a great deal! I think you’ll love Birchbox. Let me know if you end up posting monthly reviews. I definitely want to check them out. 🙂

          – KW

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  94. Mary says:

    I love your new picture! Wishing you many blessings in 2014 🙂 xoxo

  95. Sabrina says:

    Is there an easier way to see past posts? For example typing in a name of the subscription service or the month in question. The only way that I see to do that now is by clicking on “older post.”

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Hi Sabrina! On the right-hand side on my website, you’ll see a section that says “Subscription Box List.” Under the section category section, you can browse reviews based on different box categories. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      – KW

  96. lillynlilly says:

    wow! your blog concept is really cool..looking forward to reading your reviews 🙂

  97. mimithemuse says:

    Great Idea , It’s a pity there Is no sich a thing In Spain
    Thank you for passing by 😉 wish you the best of luck dear

  98. jeanybeany88 says:

    This is such a fab idea! I get a few of the beauty boxes and want to spend more time reviewing them 🙂 love how exciting it is receiving them each month!

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  100. Dannie says:

    I just found your website, I love it! I wish I could get buy some boxes but I live in Mexico, do you think most of the boxes deliver to a PO Box? and also, have you found a box within a fragance / perfume category?

    • Must Have Boxes says:

      Thanks for the comment, Dannie. There are plenty of subscription box companies that ship outside of the U.S., although there may be an additional fee for international shipping. I have not yet reviewed a perfume subscription box but I’ll let you know if I find out.

      – KW

  101. Amanda says:

    Hi! I love reding you blog! Like you I got hooked on subscription boxes and recently started my blog!! Please check it out when you have time! Subscriptionlover.com thanks!

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