“All women should have a friend in the beauty industry to give you makeup samples, beauty tips and new products.” This belief, as explained to me by one of the founders last week, is the inspiration behind THE coolest new beauty company I’ve heard about in a while: BIRCHBOX. It’s a tech and social media-savvy service that allows you to subscribe, just like you a would to a magazine, to monthly packages filled with surprise beauty and skincare samples along with insider tips. This September, subscribers received a sweetly dressed little box with back-to-school themed samples, wrapped up in pink tissue paper and a bow, including: LOLA Marc Jacobs Eau de Parfum, NARS Makeup Primer with SPF, CARGO Mini Bronzer, 30 Tatcha Blotting Papers, and a Collagen mask from THEFACESHOP. The mask is a “Birchbox Crush,” a bonus editors’ obsession they include each month. Best of all, Birchbox makes it easier than ever to buy the samples you fall in love with. You can order via snail mail or online, and you can also collect points for interacting in the tutorial-filled Birchbox community and sharing your thoughts. The points become dollars towards your new beauty obsessions. It’s pretty much genius. THE PRIZE: One Grand Prize Winner: A 1-year subscription to BIRCHBOX ($110 value) 3 Runner-ups: A one-time BIRCHBOX delivery ($10 value) HOW TO ENTER: Tell us, either in the comments below or on our Facebook page on this thread: What beauty or skincare product are you dying to try? Extra Entry – TWEET: Enter to win a year’s supply of @birchbox beauty samples from @SPAWEEK! http://ow.ly/2KqfN DETAILS: Contest ends Sunday, October 3rd at 11:59 EDT. Winners will be listed here, and must respond within a week from announcing to claim your prize. Please link to a valid email address or contactable Facebook account, or be sure to check back here. Official Rules UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners! Runner Up #1 – Kristi Ralph on Facebook who said she wanted to try Dysport. (Orchid Aesthetics in NY is offering it during Spa Week) Runner Up #2 – Skin So Deep on the blog said she wanted to try Clarisonic’s Mia. Runner Up #3– MarthaBurzynski who said she wanted to try La Mer Moisturizer. Grand Prize Winner – Diane Lori wanted to try Per-fekt products. Please send an email to candace (at) spaweekmedia (dot) com to redeem your prize. 2 Responses Holiday Gift Ideas for Makeup Lovers | Spa Week Daily December 1, 2010 […] blogged it and did a giveaway a few months back, and now the hottest beauty sample subscription can make for […] Reply 5 Face Mask To Try At Home | Spa Week Daily October 26, 2010 […] sure you know all about the benefits of seaweed. We discovered The Face Shop Sheet Masks in our October Birchbox – you apply toner and then put the face mask on for 15 minutes. It leaves skin supple and dewy […] Reply Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.