Beauty Delivery

Over the past year, I’ve been hearing about specialty of the month clubs that go beyond wine and cheese. Some that have sparked my interest include monthly deliveries of microbrew beer, trendy sunglasses, T-shirts, and even shoes. However, nothing caught my attention like Birchbox, which goes for $10/month.

Here's how it works:

Around the 10th of every month, I get an email with the subject line “Your Birchbox has shipped!” Within a week a little hot pink box appears in my mailbox. Inside are five beauty products tailored for my skin type and beauty preferences.

I’ve been a member of Birchbox now for four months and have been incredibly happy with the beauty supplies I’ve received. The products are all travel sizewhich is actually OK with me. Deluxe size samples provide the opportunity to try high-end products without buying the whole bottle, and are perfect for traveling or throwing in your purse. Also, news flash, deluxe samples often last a long time. Another cool feature is that they usually throw in something that will never run out, such as a hair accessory.

Bottom line: I love it.

Here are some of my favorite goods I’ve received so far. Lipstick, perfume and skin cream (above). Tea, a headband and nail polish are below. 

All the items they send you are available on the Birchbox website for purchase in full size quantities, and they often have good promotions going (spend $60 get two free Baggu bags). Receiving Birchbox each month is like a little treat for myself that I really look forward to (although it does make me wonder if that’s what everyday is like for magazine beauty editors.)

The bad news: You can’t just sign up and get started. However, they do release subscriptions regularly, so sign up now to be next in line. 

P.S. They also have Birchbox for men. Oh what a lovely gift for the man in your life who cares about his appearance (or needs to start caring).