Korean skincare company AmorePacific has long been an insider fave for their ultra-luxe creams and serums that combine science and tradition. This month’s Birchbox Crush, Kim Phan, swears their Time Response Skin Renewal Cream works miracles on travel-wrecked skin. Now AmorePacific has brought their sister line, Sulwhasoo, to the United States.
If AmorePacific is the rigidly chic older sister, all tailored black dresses and Louboutins, then Sulwhasoo is the hippie gorgeous younger sister who teaches yoga and designs her own organic cotton fashions. The company’s skincare philosophy is that there are yin and yang ingredients and for effective products, you have to balance both types. All their products are made from traditional Asian herbs and ingredients, such as Korean red ginseng, white lily, and Chinese lotus.
Don’t let the herbal ingredients fool you — the serums and signature cream are just as pricey as the fanciest European tincture. But the products we’ve loved, namely the Cleansing Oil that breaks up makeup and leaves skin soft and the peel-off Skin Clarifying Mask, pack a huge punch for the price. Here’s hoping they bring their famed facials to NY soon!
Need some extra incentive to sign up? Curious about what you’re missing? Or are you a member just looking to relive the glory of your September Birchbox Discovery Moment? Look no further than our Birchbox.com shop, where you see the September box samples and stock up on full-size versions. October’s treats are just around the corner!
I know I’m only supposed to wash my hair every other day. Every hair stylist I’ve gone to (not to mention Katia, Hayley, and Thanh) lecture me on the values of letting your hair generate its natural oils in between shampoos. But I just can’t get on board with it - that is, unless I’m at the beach, in which case I’m happy to be a salt-crusted mermaid for days on end.
Despite my daily wash addiction, I love the look of second-day hair: piecey, slightly textured, and smooth. During my last hair cut, my fab stylist told me how I can get the dirty hair look without skipping suds: Jonathan’s Dirt Texturizing Paste, a water-based product that you can work through damp or dry hair to give it that slightly lived in feel. Perfect for that messy updo that I’ve been meaning to try…
Yesterday, Hayley received a little surprise in the mail. It was a Birchbox from our beta trial, postmarked March 26, 2010. It only took six months for it to leave Cambridge, not find its intended recipient, and return itself to Manhattan. (Don’t worry - we sent the poor Birchbox member a new box back in March!) Despite being a very (very) young company it was fun to compare our early efforts with our latest product - and we’re sure there will be many iterations to come!
Some people remember playing with their grandmother’s cold cream or spritzing their mother’s Chanel No. 5. But my earliest product memories are of tingly peppermint Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. We always packed an economy-sized bottle of the Dr. Bronner’s when we went on overnight sailing trips or vacations because it was the ultimate do-it-all: shampoo, body wash, hand sudser, and more.
Recently, I discovered what might be my new vacation staple: Davine’s Authentic Cleansing Nectar. Unlike Dr. Bronner’s, which, truth be told, could be a little harsh, this wash has essential oils to moisturize. It left my hair slippery and shiny, and has a fresh, unisex scent. And, since it’s a two-in-one, it qualifies as a practical - definitely a win-win purchase.
Fashion’s Night Out is just an excuse to do two of our favorite things: drink delicious cocktails and look (buy) at pretty fashions. In honor of this year’s festivities, we threw a happy hour party in Bobo’s magical garden. Chef Patrick Connolly, a longtime FBB (Friend of Birchbox), created a menu of delicious snacks (mini mangalista ham and pickle sandwiches, oatmeal ice cream sandwiches) as well as our own special cocktail. We (ahem, I) requested nothing fruity or pink and Patrick came through with a boozy, sophisticated drink. Cheers!
.5 oz combier
.5 oz aperol
.25 oz lemon
1 oz gin
Shake, top w prosecco, serve in coupe with lemon wheel
8,000 feet of elevation is no joke. Obvi, but true. I was in Colorado this weekend for a wedding and in addition to wheezing up every set of stairs, I also got a serious case of high-altitude skin. Desiccated, flaky, wind-burned, and sensitive — not so pretty. Luckily, I had the chance to visit the lovely Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, where I landed in the exceedingly capable hands of esthetician Victoria Mastrogiovanni. Not only did the 11-year spa veteran revive my skin with a mix of SkinCeuticals and Epicuren hydrating products, she also gave me her high-altitude skincare secrets.
Brush, don’t scrub: Instead of sloughing away dry skin, Mastrogiovanni uses a Clarisonic face brush to cleanse every other evening. She says it’s much better at removing makeup and keeps skin fresh.
Layer on the moisture: Don’t just slather on the thickest cream you can find. Mastrogiovanni says it’s more effective to apply layers of hydration, even though “it’s annoying because it’s more steps.” Our go-to choice? Caldrea’s nourishing body lotion.The lightweight formula comes in three signature scents, while plant-based botanical increase elasticity and hydration.
Invest in a superhero gel: Hyaluronic gels boost your skincare products and helps the moisture bind with cells instead of sitting right on top of the skin.
This past weekend Hayley and Katia presented at New York City Startup Weekend. The event assembles budding entrepreneurs in one space and gives them the resources (and deadline) to come up with an idea for a company, flesh it out, and make it happen - all over the course of one weekend.
Birchbox teamed up with Market Publique, an innovative online marketplace for vintage clothing, for a presentation on Saturday. Hayley says, “It was the perfect pairing because of the similarities between the two companies: emphasis on design, curation and editing, plus the fact we both built products we would use ourselves.”
In addition to the presentation, there was a Q&A where it was clear that the male audience members wanted their own Birchboxes (Manboxes?). One techie even stopped Hayley and Katia in the stairway to get skincare advice. (If you’re curious boys, we especially love Peter Thomas Roth, Anthony Logistics, and Malin & Goetz.)
It was an exciting and inspiring experience. Katia walked away feeling like she had actually learned from the audience members’ questions: “It is always great to hear the questions, even when you think you know the answers- helps put things in perspective.”
Let’s start with the bottle, shall we? Marc Jacobs Lola comes in a shapely vial that is topped by a twist of gold a riot of emerald, cobalt, violet, and red petals. It’s excellent decoration for your vanity, and nearly as lovely as the scent itself. As with Marc Jacobs’s previous scents, Lola is both playful and sophisticated. Here’s a fruity floral that knows it’s sweet but has enough wit to cut that sweetness with layers of rich musk and spicy pepper. The result? A cheerful, sophisticated scent that I can – and will – wear year-round. Coupled with that stunner of a bottle, I’m smitten.
I owe Katia an apology. When we received Deborah Lippman’s sparkletastic nail lacquers in the office I took one look at the glitter party and shook my head. Uh uh. Too many bad memories of ill-conceived 7th grade manicures. But this morning, “Bad Romance” (a Lady Gag inspired aubergine with thick flakes of fuchsia) caught the corner of my eye. I idly opened the bottle and applied a coat to my thumb. And another coat. I was hooked. The color looks like a deep dark purple from afar; it’s only when you look closely that you see the tiny pink sparkles. It’s a nice update on the ubiquitous dark fall nail and, well, I’m in love. As for Katia, she happily put on two coats of the silvery “Today Was a Fairytale” and couldn’t stop waving her shimmery nails at us. Touché.
We know our friends and relatives think Birchbox is awesome (Hi Mom!) but it’s nice to know that the greater public thinks so too. We’ve had some great press this week, which we hope will only continue as we launch full-scale. We hear it’s gauche to brag so we’ll leave things at this…