Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Perfect Gift for....Beauty Junkies!

Over the past year or so, I have become what can only be characterized as a beauty hoarder. The fastest-growing area of my closet shifted from shoes to a clear cube organizer that is now overflowing with nail polish, lipstick, and skin care products.

This all-consuming love of everything beauty came hand-in-hand with my purchase of Birchbox, a genius  monthly subscription service. For $10 a month, Birchbox sends you a beautifully-wrapped package with four to five deluxe beauty samples from top brands in the industry. Since the samples are "secret," it's like opening up a gift to yourself every month!

Over the past six months, I've received everything from a gorgeous metallic Zoya polish to the infamous Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  Because Birchbox asks you to fill out a beauty survey at the start of your subscription, your boxes are actually tailored to what you'll use the most, in addition to your skin and hair type. I've unwrapped the pretty pink paper to find perfume, hand cream, hair oil, lip balm, even chocolate - and I'm rarely, if ever, disappointed. If something doesn't quite intrigue me, I've given the small samples to friends or family to enjoy.

All of the full-size products are available to purchase on the Birchbox site, making it easy to buy if you're impressed. Out of my six Birchboxes, I've only purchased three full-size products, but there are some others I'd love to pick up when my beauty budget allows for it. I adored the June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque, Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss, and Orofluido Elixir enough to buy.

I've enjoyed my Birchbox experience so much that I plan on gifting the subscription service to my closest friends. You can purchase a gift subscription in 3-, 6-, or 12-month increments, so they can give the service a fair shake before they jump into the monthly commitment. Birchbox has also introduced a limited edition Birchbox Man option, a $45 box with a dozen choice grooming samples. 

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Alice in Wonderland said...

Jamie, such a cool service! Thanks for letting the Troc Talk readers (like me!) know about it. I'm intrigued by the service and might have to gift myself (or maybe ask for it for Christmas?). I like the Tocca and Korres items I can see in the photos ;-)

tenthings. jewelry. love. feathers. said...

Love! Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of getting a surprise in the mail each month, just for me!