I absolutely love beauty products — especially nice ones. There is something extremely satisfying about small, affordable luxuries that you can use every day. For me, a great moisturizer or nail polish can be almost as fun as a great pair of shores (almost!).
Unfortunately, sometimes I go a bit overboard buying such products, and end up with a bunch that I don't really like (woops). Even more unfortunate, I have a compulsive need to finish every product, rather than waste it, and only throw things out when they are either totally empty, so old that there is no way I can actually use it any more. This leads to me using a lot of products that I don't actually like, to avoid waste.
There is, of course, a solution to my situation: samples. Samples allow me to try products before I go on ridiculous shopping sprees and end up with unwanted products. I have become obsessed with samples and trying before I buy. Enter Birchbox.
Birchbox is a website that sells great beauty products. Even better, they offer a subscription service that, for $10 a month (including shipping!), sends you a box of personalized beauty samples. (I previously mentioned some of the great stuff they send here.)
While some months are better than others, I almost always find something I love, and Birchbox makes it super easy to go and buy the products. Even better, you can earn loyalty points for your purchases (and even some reviews), which earn you store credit.
If you love beauty products, samples, or just getting a great package in the mail each month, I highly recommend Birchbox.