I just heard about new monthly beauty subscription service Birchbox, and I thought it sounded like an awesome idea for a bridesmaid gift. For $10 a month, Birchbox members receive a curated assortment of oversized samples of brand new hair and beauty products from brands like NARS, Kiehl's, Phyto, Cargo, and Benefit to test drive. The samples are handpicked for the recipient 's demographic, beauty preferences, coloring, and personal style. When she tries something she likes, she can buy the full-size version online at birchbox.com, where their loyalty program lets members earn reward points toward future purchases. And if you buy a full year gift membership, the company throws in a free month. Genius! —Lauren Matthews, editor
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