Wedding Beauty: How to Shop for Beauty Products When You Live in the Sticks

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We’re getting married! You already know that, but I’m just so dang excited. There are many, many reasons why I’m thrilled to marry Mr. B, but I’ve stumbled upon yet another reason why getting married rocks: the upcoming wedding gives me the perfect excuse to go nuts trying out new beauty stuff. After all, this will likely be the most photographed day of my life; I want to look and feel beautiful. So I’m on a mission to find the best beauty products, routines, tips, and tricks. To find what works for me, I have start experimenting. How fun is that?!

Well, that is easier said than done. As you know, I don’t live anywhere near…anything. Specifically, I don’t live in an area where I have access to boutiques, cosmetic stores, or departments stores with an expanse of beauty counters. The nearest town where I could peruse such shops is over an hour away, and because that particular area’s selection of such things has dwindled in recent years, I’d likely need to go farther. While not impossible, driving an hour and a half to go shopping for new makeup and skin care is inconvenient  Plus, knowing that I can’t easily “just sleep on it and come back tomorrow” will likely lead to costly, impulsive purchases. While I don’t plan to avoid this approach completely, I do realize that I’ll need to find other means of acquiring beauty knowledge and goods. 

One great resource I’ve found is BirchBox. It’s fabulous. You sign up online, and each month they send you an adorable little box with high-end beauty samples. I’ve  been a subscriber for a few months now, and so far, I’ve received nail care, cosmetic, skin care, hair care and fragrance samples (and one month, chocolate!) If I decide to order the full-size products of anything I’ve sampled, I can do so and get free shipping. Plus, if I leave a review on the product page, I’ll earn points, which add up to discounts on any product purchases I make. Membership is $10/month, but it’s definitely worth it.


Filled with all kinds of girlie goodies!

Filled with all kinds of girlie goodies!

I love finding the pink box in the mail, and I have access to products I wouldn’t otherwise know about, let alone be able to sample. And since there is an incentive for members to give their honest opinion on their purchases and samples, the reviews are a great resource when shopping for products I haven’t sampled yet. I used “wedding beauty” as an excuse to join BirchBox, but I will likely keep my membership after we are married. It’s just so fun to get a box of beauty goodies each month!

I’ve also been finding lots of DIY beauty tips and product reviews on Pinterest, which is how I found my new, super-weird face wash (more on that another day).

How do you find out about new beauty products? How did you learn about your favorite tips and tricks?