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Total Beauty Collection WHAT YOU GET: There's
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WHAT YOU GET: There's no membership or required subscription involved here. You get about four to six samples per month, plus bonus gifts and the occasional full-size product, from a group of "collections" (like this month's Gym Essentials, which includes Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm, Amika Obliphica Oil Treatment, Evolvh UltraShine Shampoo and Conditioner and more). Purchase as many sample boxes as you wish.
WHAT YOU PAY: Around $15; price varies slightly for certain collections (like a recent HSN Collection, with 12 products, which sold for $19.95).
OPTING OUT: No need, as no membership enrollment or subscription fee is involved.
INFO: totalbeauty.com (click on “Shop,” then “Collections”)(Credit: Handout)

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Beauty in a box

Birchbox, a leading online beauty sampling service launched in 2010, sends out monthly goodie bags filled with sample-size bath and beauty products, each bag tailored to individual customers' needs, based on questionnaires they fill out. Samples are nothing new, and standard at department store makeup counters. But those from Birchbox -- and a growing list of competitors -- come straight to your door. In pretty wrappings.