U Chic Approved: Birchbox

By Briana Luca, Student at Iona College

Living on a college student’s budget is not one of the easier things to do in life. Between your everyday needs and the temptation of burning your new credit card into the ground with online shopping, every day is a battle.

My one weakness is buying beauty products. Sephora.com is dangerous when it’s on my computer screen and it’s sure to burn a hole in my wallet.

Trying to decide between my love of beauty products and my small work-study paycheck isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but I have found the perfect solution.


If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, you will soon, because it is simply amazing.

Birchbox is a monthly beauty box where you pay $10 a month for a box of beauty samples to be delivered right to your door. You can create a profile with your hair and eye color, skin type and what your makeup experience is. Using all of this information, Birchbox selects products that work best with you.

The fabulous thing about Birchbox is that they don’t give you cheap makeup — this is designer beauty products that you are receiving each month. From Lancome to Benefit Cosmetics, Birchbox supplies you with stuff you want to use.

They have also turned me onto some other great beauty brands that I would never have known about without Birchbox.

$10 a month is pretty affordable, and I think all college girls can agree that they can spare $10 every month for a box filled with wonderful beauty samples. I’ve received everything from lip gloss to hand soap to dry shampoo to perfume samples. Every box is a score!

I discovered Birchbox in May, and I’ve been getting boxes ever since. Every month it’s a special present to myself, and it’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent.

Click here for more information on Birchbox.

Image from Birchbox.com

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