Sunday, February 19, 2012

Review: Birchbox

I LOVE beauty products - from make-up and hair styling to skincare products and new fragrances. I'm also a huge fan of homemade spa recipes that help you save a buck here and there, but from time to time it's nice to try new products and treat yourself to something nice. And that's when I discovered Birchbox.

Birchbox allows you to try fun beauty products for a small monthly fee. Each month, you receive a beautifully wrapped box filled with 4-5 different hand-picked deluxe samples from high-end brands. You can fill out a Beauty Profile that helps customize the products just for your body, skin, and color preferences. Samples are different every month, ranging from make-up and beauty tools to body and hair products. Each sample is big enough to allow you to use the product a few times, and decide if you like it or not. Occasionally, you may even get the full-sized products! All you pay is a $10 monthly fee, which includes shipping and handling, and you can cancel any time without any obligations. Isn't that a great deal?!

Another cool thing about Birchbox is their points program. You earn points for filling out product feedback after you've tried the samples. If you shop through their store, you also earn 1 point for each dollar spent on full-sized products. You can also earn points by referring friends. Every 100 points earned can be redeemed for $10 off a full-size product order.

I have been a member of Birchbox since August 2011. The picture above shows some of the products I've received during the last couple of months. You can see that most of the brands are well known in the beauty industry - Smashbox, Quidad, Ahava, Zoya, Benefit, Jouer, Stila, Kate Spade. Yes, I admit - I didn't love every single sample I've received - there have been a couple of misses, but for the most part the products are really high quality and really do match my skin preferences and beauty needs per my profile. It's fun to try new products and receive a surprise box in the mail once a month for a very reasonable fee.

Have you tried Birchbox? If yes, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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