Sunday, July 7, 2013

DIY Beauty Box as a Gift

I know I'm about 2 months behind here but I'm going to share what I put together as a joint birthday and Mother's Day gift for my mom. (Her birthday is in May as well.) Something like this could be a great idea for any gift giving occasion. By decorating a Birchbox box and filling it with a few extra samples I had as well as some products I purchased to include, I think I put together a great gift for my mom. Here is what I decorated the box to look like:

I got the chevron patterned gift wrap from the Dollar Spot at Target. The silver letters are chipboard and are also from Target. I used the pink tissue paper from the Birchbox to wrap around everything.

I made my own handwritten description card with Sharpies. I looked up details about the products on websites like Sephora, Ulta and Birchbox. Because I was giving the gift for her birthday and Mother's Day, I divided the products into two themes, Mom's Day Spa Day and Birthday Makeover. I included a couple of samples that I either knew she would really enjoy or that had duplicates of and had already tried. I also included a few items purchased from Target, Fred Meyer, Sephora and Bath & Bodyworks.

Here is a shot of everything I included in the box. The Chloe perfume is a deluxe sample I received from Sephora. (I believe I got that using my Beauty Insider points, probably 100 points.) The mini Anastasia Beverly Hills lip glosses, Borghese Body Soak and Kusmi Teas were all samples I received through either Birchbox or a swag bag I got at an event last fall. The Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero came in a palette I got at either Sephora or Ulta. (I'm not sure now which palette that one came out of but I have so many of them at this point! Great pencils though.) The Smashbox Full Exposure mascara sample was a bonus sample I got with a Smashbox order. I purchased the Milani nail polishes at Fred Meyer, the Burt's Bees cuticle cream at Nordstrom Rack, the Pineapple Orchid candle from Bath & Bodyworks and the E.L.F. palette and Softlips from Target.

All in all, a pretty fun set of samples to give or receive. I don't think my mom has tried many of the products or brands I included, so I'm sure she has had fun playing with them and trying some new things. I hope you enjoy reading about them and are perhaps inspired to create your own beauty box to give as a gift! Especially anyone who frequently orders from makeup companies that send you samples or are subscribed to any beauty box subscription services. If you are anything like me, you're not using all those samples and probably just hoarding them, so why not create a fun gift to give? :)

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