May 9, 2012 by

Is there anything more annoying for chic travelers than the TSA’s 3-1-1 liquids rule? (Unless it’s those cramped airline seats. Or checked-bag fees. Or rude passengers. Or…. Wait, what were we talking about?) It’s such a pain to be sure your toiletries and cosmetics are smaller than 3.4 ounces, not to mention squeezing all your health and beauty needs into that single Ziploc bag.

Plus, where to find those miniature products? Most drugstores have a travel section, but with only a limited selection of drugstore brands. Cosmetic sites like Sephora and travel-specific sites carry fancier products, but those tiny bottles can cost a tiny fortune.

These dilemmas are precisely why we love Birchbox, a product sample program that sends out high-end beauty samples. Once a month, Birchbox members receive a box full of hair, skin, and makeup products from big names like Benefit, Caudalie, Kerastase, and Philosophy.

It’s no random mishmash — the samples are carefully curated based on Birchbox editors’ favorites and your own preference profile. And each box is only $10, shipping included.

The program is cheap because manufacturers hope you’ll fall in love with their products and come back to purchase full sizes. But even if you don’t, all those tiny samples are a godsend for stylish travelers. When you open your Birchbox every month, just unload everything right into your travel cosmetics bag. Before you know it, you’ll be fully stocked for your next trip!

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