If you’ve ever lived in a dorm, then I’m sure you’ve known a serial care package receiver. You know the one: his or her dad would bake cookies during finals week and send them as encouragement along with a Starbucks gift card. Or their sweet grandmother would make sure an ice cream cake and a ridiculously large mylar balloon was delivered right to their door on their birthday. And on Valentine’s Day? You can bet their mom send a 10 pound box full of chocolates, a teddy bear and a candle from their favorite store back home.
It was difficult not to be jealous of the receiver of these fantastic packages. Don’t get me wrong, my mom knows of my deep
addiction love for coffee, and I was often spoiled by Starbucks gift cards, but oh, how I wish I’d known about Birchbox in my dorm days! What is Birchbox, you ask? It’s a $10 monthly subscription package that arrives on your doorstep each month filled with 5 different beauty samples or goodies, and it’s different every month!
The fun of Birchbox is that you never know what kind of samples you’ll receive, but they are each tailored to you and the beauty profile that you fill out when you subscribe. Some of my favorite gets so far have been BB cream samples that are perfect for travel, full-sized eyeliner, energizing tea, the most heavenly perfume sample I’ve ever smelled (and then quickly purchased from the Birchbox Store!), and a pack of those wonderful ribbon hair ties that don’t leave a crease in your hair. Birchbox is like a little care package that I send to myself each month, put together with adorable packaging and filled with surprises. Sure, sometimes there are samples that just don’t jive (yeah, it’s 2014 and I just used the word jive, so what?) with me, but in a way that’s part of the fun! Ultimately, I love pampering myself just a little each month, and it’s a great way to try out products for which you wouldn’t have spent the full-sized price! Here’s a sneak peek at what I got in my Box this month!
If you’re yearning for your own monthly care package and want to sign up for Birchbox, you can do that right here! Full disclosure: Birchbox also has a cool points system that earns you free stuff in their store, and if you use the link above, I’ll earn some of those points! If you’d rather just sign up and not spread the points around, you can do that here, too :)
Of course, what would a Valentine’s post be without a little giveaway celebration?! Post a comment below before 11:59pm tonight describing the best surprise gift you’ve ever received, and you’ll be entered into a random drawing for $25 to spend at the Birchbox store! (This one goes for guys too, they have a shop just for the men!) The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Monday morning, so be sure to go like Stephanie Dee Photography! Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!