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3 fashion and beauty subscriptions that let you try before you buy

Rachel Sacks is a writer and editor in San Francisco, CA, where she also works to find deals and coupons for Goodshop as a content curator. Rachel writes about culture, music, health and other lifestyle topics. When she's not looking for...

Fashion and beauty sites that help you stay trendy without breaking the budget

Confession: As much as I like fashion and beauty and keeping up with trends, I am very stingy when it comes to spending money on clothes and makeup. When I find a product that works for me, I’ll stick to that item. Similarly with clothing, I like to think I’ve found my general style.

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But what’s a girl to do when she wants to try the latest trend for less? Try before you buy is the motto. Here are some fashion and beauty sites I love as well as ways to save even more money.

Rent the Runway

When I need a swanky outfit for an upcoming wedding, party or any other special event, my first place to look is Rent the Runway. I can borrow designer duds for significantly cheaper prices than actually buying the item. With these coupons, the perfect dress in almost any size is waiting, I “own” it from four to eight days and I receive a backup dress as well. With more than 90 stylists to help fashion the perfect look and a wide array of designers to choose from, you too can rent a look straight from the runway for half the price. (Goodsearch also has great promos for them.)

Le Tote

Monthly subscriptions aren’t just for magazines anymore. Le Tote has joined the monthly subscription game and sends items specifically picked based on the shopper’s interests and whichever items she may have added to her own personal wish lists. What’s great about this service is that I can keep the tote for as long as I like and just send it back when I’m ready for the next one. If you want to save money on your next fashion purchase, check out Le Tote and you’ll always have something new to wear (just make sure to get a promo code before you sign up).

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Basically the pioneer of beauty boxes, Birchbox offers subscribers high-end beauty and lifestyle samples for just $10 a month (and often have amazing first-time deals). Hair, skincare and makeup products are chosen based on the beauty profile the user submits, and promo codes can be used for additional products to be sent. Added bonus? The Bonus Shop, where there are more great products to choose from and tons of freebies. I highly recommend these deals from Birchbox if you want to easily try, learn about and save money on beauty products online.

These are just a few great places to check out while looking to keep up with the latest trends or to try something different. With these “try before I buy” deals, I’m sure to save money while still indulging in my love of fashion and beauty products.

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