Makeup samples will forever remind me of Jennifer Aniston in Friends with Money. I’m probably one of five people who actually saw it, but it’s actually a pretty cute indie film. In the film, Aniston is a pot-smoking maid with a makeup sample hoarding problem—genius, I know. So whenever I receive those freebee miniature cosmetics that come with a department store purchase, I imagine Aniston obsessively piling them up like a house of cards in her room late at night, and it amuses me. I totally get the allure of makeup samples—they’re smaller-scale versions of cosmetics you know and love, but conveniently proportioned and perfect for throwing into your purse or carry-on luggage to abide by that pesky 3-1-1 rule. If you’re on the perpetual hunt for beauty samples but just don’t have the time, money, or patience to deal with buying big purchases just to snag them, Birchbox is your answer. For a mere $10 per month, you get four to five high-end samples delivered to your door.
And you can cancel any time, or pay $110 upfront to automatically receive your monthly sample box without even thinking about it. If you want to give the ultimate gift to one of your beauty buff friends (or a pot-smoking maid), Birchbox also offers full-year membership gift codes. Sign me up!