Jan. 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM ET
You know that fuzzy feeling you get when you rip open a wrapped box? That savage, bestial female instinct of tearing apart a present?
Now imagine you could do that every single month. For only $10.
Birchbox delivers luxury beauty samples – dolled up in pretty pink packaging – to your mailbox each month. (I can never wait: I rip open my Birchbox as I climb the stairs to my apartment.) The trial-size bottles and tubes range from perfumes to lip glosses to moisturizers. It’s like taking advantage of all those cute little smell-good bottles at hotels, without the hassle of traveling (or the shnasty looks the housekeepers give you when you steal samples off carts).
Even better, Birchbox has built a snuggly little community of fellow beauty addicts. After spending an evening trying on all the products, I love logging online and seeing what others thought of the items and whether they shared my opinion or had the same questions (“Orofluido Beauty Elixir? That sounds like a Disney villain’s poison, yes?”).
But better yet, I’ve actually saved money: I used to order a whole lot more online just so I could revel in not only receiving a package of goodies (which I consider the modern-day equivalent of receiving flowers from a man), but relish unwrapping it. Ten dollars is what I spent just on the shipping! For the same price, I get a full box of four to six items – and ya know, a reason to stay in and play with makeup.
Rina Raphael is a fashion and features editor at TODAY.com who is slowly recovering from her Internet shopping addiction.