Behind every great beauty editor is a stash of awesomely enviable new finds, make-up, and skin and hair care samples which seemingly arrive by the pound on a weekly basis. Now, one innovative company wants to let you in on the next best beauty secret.
Birchbox is sweeping the country by storm, a new service where a perky pink box full of 4-5 curated, deluxe beauty samples arrives on your doorstep each month. Samples are tailored to the beauty profile you create, and can range from favorites like NARS illuminators and Deborah Lippmann polish removers to hair accessories and sweets.
I was first intrigued by Birchbox because some beauty brands can be pricey, and this is a great way to try something out before taking the plunge on a full size. I also love that sample sizes are perfect for traveling (you’ll appreciate this if you’ve ever left a hardly-used bottle of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer or an Aveda shampoo/conditioner set behind…). When my “summer-is-here” themed Birchbox arrived Friday, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside, and it was a lovely little lot:
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap (gold!)
Lulu Organics Lavender & Clay Sage Hair Powder
Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (already used Sat. night- 2 thumbs up!)
Twistband Hair Tie (perfect for the gym)
Plus you can go to Birchbox.com to learn more about what’s in that month’s box and watch how-to interviews and more. Birchbox offers both monthly and yearly subscriptions: $10 a month or $110 for a yearly membership (free shipping). Members can earn reward points for rating the samples, purchasing full-size products and referring friends.
There’s a also Birchbox for men! I was lucky enough to receive a sample box which contained:
Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap
Billy Jealousy Liquid sand Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
Costume National Cologne sample
Richer Poorer trouser socks
For about the price of a pair of Venti lattes, what a great way to try new fab finds! Learn more about Birchbox by clicking here.
Birchbox provided me with a sample men’s and women’s box. Opinions expressed are my own.