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Monthly subscription services might exist for beauty products, hair products, jewelry, gym clothes, cheese, pet shoes (just kidding...maybe?), etc., but here's one that's pretty compelling: We Are Onyx offers black women an easy and relatively cheap way to hear about and try new products. Subscribers choose four hair, makeup, and skin care samples, and Onyx adds a fifth as a surprise, all for $20 a month. Founder Delali Kpodzo explains how the service is intended to fill a void: "In our community there's a desert of information [...] And if you ever do hear about a great product, you have no idea where to buy it." [Style Network]