with Susan Wagner
The Working Closet is your source for the best of what's hip and fresh in fashion and beauty. Susan Wagner keeps you up-to-date on trends and offers tips and tricks for making everything in your closet truly work for you.
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Do you know about Birchbox? This may truly be my Favorite Thing of 2011.
Birchbox is like having a personal beauty products shopper right in your pocket. For $10 a month, they send you a box with 4 - 5 carefully tested and vetted products; each box is tailored to your needs by a questionnaire you fill out when you register. The sample-size products include makeup, hair care, fragrance and skin care, as well as one or two non-cosmetic treats (in November, I got beautiful letterpress coasters; this month, it was fashion tape and an energy boosting drink — perfect for the holidays). Birchbox also offers subscribers deals on orders of full-sized products — if you get something in your text box that you just can’t live without, you can score it for less on the website.
I love the test box idea. I’m not someone who goes to Sephora or Ulta and shops for beauty products; I never know what to buy and I get overwhelmed by the options. Having just a few things show up at my door is a terrific way to test things out without any stress. It’s also super fun to get a box of products every single month, especially when the products are wrapped up so nicely and delivered right to my door. And for $10, it feels like a steal, every month. So far, I’ve discovered the world’s best concealer and a lip gloss that I cannot live without. I’m also smitten with some hand cream that I never would have tried if left to my own devices. And yesterday’s Birchbox included a perfume sample, which smells divine.
If you’re still looking for a gift for your sister or BFF (or if you’re just looking to treat yourself) a Birchbox subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. Give a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, or give her a Birchbox gift card, to spend however she likes (perfect for girls who are extra picky about their beauty products). Birchbox carries an extensive range of luxe products — there’s something for everyone.
Make it a happy and beautiful new year for her this year.
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