I buy almost all of my beauty products online. I only travel to the brick and mortar Sephora or Blue Mercury location when I want to try a product before I buy or when I’m not sure about a shade. And when you order most of your products online, you get samples…lots of samples. Add these to the swag products handed out in event gift bags and the duplicates from my multiple Birchbox deliveries, and I have a huge box of unloved beauty product samples sitting on a shelf.
It’s basically my own personal beauty closet.
Usually, I find the samples good homes by giving them away to friends. If someone tells me that she needs new dry shampoo, I grab one from the sample box. And if a friend is looking for a new scent, I provide them a veritable grab bag of fragrance samples. But last month, I was doing some New Year’s Day cleaning, when I thought, “Maybe I should be giving these away on the blog?”
At first, I chucked the idea because I wondered “Who would want a a bucnh of sample size products?” But then, I realized that the box was like my own, deluxe Birchbox, teeming with good stuff from great companies like Klorane, Zoya, Oscar Blandi, Tarte and more.
There are full-sized body products from Lierac to treat aging skin and cellulite, full-sized nail polishes from Essie and Butter London (the ever popular greige shade, Fash Pack), hair care samples from Oscar Blandi and Sebastian, and lip glosses from Jouer, Tarte and Buxom. The box also contains my favorite fig body wash from Korres, one of my favorite mascaras (Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes), my beloved Borghese face mask and Benefit’s the Porefessional treatment for those seeking perfect, matte skin.
All in all, the box holds a great selection of products in addition to the dozens of unpictured sample packets and fragrance samples.
Now, to enter this contest we’re going to do something a bit different. I’m going to give you two chances to enter. For the first entry, write in the comments below the name of a beauty product sample that your tried and either loved or hated. Make sure to put why you loved it or loathed it, and don’t forget to leave your email so I can contact you.
For the second entry, things get a bit more complex. Step one, go to Facebook and “like” the Birchbox page if you haven’t already. Step two, go to my entry for the Zoya/Birchbox contest to design your own nail polish shade, and vote for “Belle’s Blushing Penny.” Step three, leave a comment on the entry page about why you like my mood board or the reason why you read Capitol Hill Style. The comment widget is kind of hiding under the Vote Now button to the right of the entry.
I will add the names of the blog commenters and the names of the Facebook commenters to a spreadsheet and use it to choose the winner, and announce that person’s name on Monday. So be sure to enter in the comments below and on Facebook for two chances to win. ]
If you ladies like this giveaway, I’ll do another one in a month or two when I replenish the stockpile and maybe we can make it a regular thing. I get so many samples of products that I’ve already tried, are already favorites or just don’t have time to use, that I feel like someone should be enjoying them. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite?
Lastly, I’d like to thank the last three giveaway winners for their patience. Things got a bit hectic around here, and I wasn’t able to ship their prizes out until last Friday. I hope they enjoy the products that they won. I will try to be more prompt in the future.