Birchbox: The Club Every Career Woman Needs To Join

What busy career woman doesn’t need a little pampering on the side? And why not indulge in a little pampering that helps your appearance? In a new series for The Financial Times called “Women In Finance,” Snjezana Maclean, an image consultant, said image is integral to a person’s “brand.” And according to a Newsweek survey, 59% of hiring managers advised investing as much time and money on your appearance as you would crafting your résumé. But then again, you don’t want to spend every free moment you have casing crowded make-up counters for the best products without breaking the bank.

That is where Birchbox comes into play. The start-up company, which is run by female entrepreneurs  Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, is designed to help your day-to-day routine. These two women, who met when they were students at Harvard Business School, created Birchbox to help women cut through the clutter of the beauty world to find products that really work for them.

So this is how it works:

The Birchbox: Every month Birchbox members receive a selection of 4-5 samples that the editors have tried. The samples will include anything from skincare to make-up to cult beauty tools, from well-known brands as well as emerging gems.

The Magazine: The content part of the site is there to help guide you so you get the most out of your samples.

The Shop: Once you find samples that work for you, you can save time by just purchasing full-size versions directly from the shop.

Basically, this allows you to outsource yet another thing that takes up your time which gives you more actual downtime when you aren’t working. Working long hours infringes upon not only our fun, personal time but also our time to get basic things done, like buy food and clean our clothes — not to mention keeping abreast of the latest beauty trends. Plus, Birchbox memberships make a great holiday gift for your assistant or fellow busy female co-workers. It is the gift that just keeps on giving!

Get a Birchbox subscription for you or your co-workers right now, just follow this link.

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