On many occasions I've wished I could sample a beauty product before plunking down the money for it and just hoping it delivers on what is promised. However, most samples are little packets or tiny throw-away containers that barely have a full usage in them. Certainly not enough to ascertain whether it's a keeper or not. And asking for multiple samples at beauty counters just gets you a look from the employee that says I know you're not going to end up buying this, so I'm just going to look at you strange and make you uncomfortable until you give up and walk away. Enter Birchbox.
How did someone not think of this idea sooner? How did I not think of this idea? Despite not being able to take credit for this seemingly genius idea, I will be trying it out. You sign up on Birchbox's website, and for just $10/month you'll receive 4-5 deluxe (non-teeny-tiny) samples delivered right to your door. (You can also do a one-year subscription for $110). What's not to love? Plus if you enjoy your samples and want to purchase a full-size product, you can do it right through Birchbox, earning yourself points towards money off future purchases.
You don't get a heads up on what brands are being sent, but that's part of the fun. However, past samples have been from top companies like NARS, Korres and Lipstick Queen. Along with samples you will also gain access to their online videos, how-tos and insider finds. I'll definitely be giving them a try. Be sure to check back for my findings.
To sign up go to www.birchbox.com.