Birchbox, where have you been all my month!

I love surprises. Especially ones that arrive at my door wrapped in a hot pink box. It’s not for the kids, not for my husband, but all for me.

That’s just what Birchbox is all about–subscribe and you’ll get a box of high-end cosmetic samples every month from companies like Kiehl’s, benefit, NARS, Marc Jacobs, and Laura Mercier. No cheap drugstore stuff, promise.

The best part, besides the surprise of a hot pink box, is I’m hoping to no longer have drawers of make-up I never use. Test the products to see what you really like (and will actually use) and buy all the products at Birchbox with confidence. You’ll also get discounts on cosmetics and useful tips and tricks (winged liner, anyone?) plus Birchbox points which you can trade in for discounts.

The two smart women behind the site have really thought this through: You can pay $10 a month to join Birchbox (which more than pays for itself with the samples) and earn points as you go, or pay a a yearly fee up front and save 10 bucks, plus get 100 points for free, which is like another $10 coupon. It kind of depends how much of a beauty product fan you are.

It’s an exciting day when that hot pink box arrives. I sometimes wait to open it after I put the kids to bed. And yes, it’s just cosmetics inside. -Elizabeth

Join Birchbox for cosmetics samples and shopping discounts. Also check out the Gift Memberships for the holidays!

Elizabeth Leach is a freelance writer and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks


  • Reply November 2, 2010


    I’m definitely interested in this…can you give me an example of what all would be in one box of samples? Thanks!

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply November 2, 2010

    Cool Mom Picks

    Hi Denise, you get a minimum of four premium samples – not little foil testers, but actual products. The September box included NARS Makeup Primer with SPF 20, Lola Marc Jacobs eau de parfum, Cargo Bronzer, Tatcha Blotting Papers, and The Face Shop’s Collagen Mask.

  • Reply November 4, 2010


    Hi, Im also interested in this……but I dont live in the US….Do you know whether they would ship to the UK?

  • Reply December 1, 2010


    ooohh! i just signed up. first shipment will arrive in January! I’m so excited.

  • Reply July 14, 2011


    It is so worth it! Last month I recieved a FULL-SIZED laura gellar blush which comes in at 30 bucks. This was at no extra cost. Now you don’t always recieve full sized products but I mean this month I recieved a nail polish mini. And those take a while to finish!

  • Reply July 14, 2011


    Nope but you do have the equivilant to birchbox which is glossybox

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