As I previously documented, I have developed a shopping habit since moving to Florida. Compared to Canada, buying clothes, cosmetics and media is much more convenient.
So far, I have become hooked on a number of subscription services. Here’s what I have tried out so far:
Dee Bee, a subscription-based clothes service.
It’s like Birchbox for clothes. It caters to women in the plus-sized bracket, which in the U.S. can range anywhere from size ten and upwards. As the website explains, subscribers get “unlimited free shipping and exchanges for a flat monthly fee.”
My favourite clothes item so far, Igigi’s Tiana maxi dress. Photo: Gwynnie Bee
Users curate their own “closets” based on their size and style. Whenever an item you want is available, Gwynnie Bee ships it to you ASAP. The closest thing I can compare it to, is when I had a roommate who has the same size as me. Right now, I’m on a trial subscription, which means I have tried out four outfits without paying anything!
The packaging is adorable and I’m a sucker for a service that sports the name “Gwynnie”.
Regrettably, Gwynnie Bee is only available in the U.S. But if you’re state-side it’s a fun service to try.
Pocketderm, a dermatology service that creates custom acne or anti-aging potions.
It’s akin to having a personal dermatologist on retainer for $20 a month. You start out by uploading pictures of your skin, completing a questionnaire and describing your skin problem. A certified doc replies to your message with a list of recommendations. Within a week, Pocketderm mails a custom prescription to complete your treatment plan.
My custom Pocketderm serum contains tretinoin, clindamycin and azelaic acid as active ingredients.
I received my skin treatment last week, so I can’t rule on its effectiveness yet. Pocketderm’s sign-up, consultation and delivery process are seamless though, which left me impressed.
If you want to join, use this referral code for free month-long trial.
Note: Pocketderm is only available in states where the service has registered dermatologists.
Audible, an Amazon service that delivers audiobooks to your phone or smart device.
Lured by another “free trial” offer, I signed up for Audible in July. After all, Amazon promises, “if you cancel before your trial ends, you won’t be charged.”
Three books later —My Horizontal Life, Outlander and Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise— I gave the service the boot. I couldn’t justify spending $14.95 a month on content that I could find free elsewhere.
If you’re not cheap like me, I would still recommend trying Audible.