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Happy Hearting: Introducing Birchbox Customer Favorites!

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As you know, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve your experience on Birchbox.com—shopping should be fun, easy, and exciting, right? We’re extreeeemely excited to introduce you to our brand-new feature: Customer Favorites. It’s a one-click (one-heart?) way to add products to your own personalized wish list. (So much easier to remember that Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream you’ve been wanting to buy, right?) Follow the steps below to find out how to use the new feature, and let us know in the comments what you think! 

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Kool-Aid Lip Stain, A $38,000 Perfume, and More
Feeling nostalgic? Learn how to use a favorite childhood drink mix to create a lip stain that lasts all day. [The Beauty Department]
A $38K fragrance called Everything combines every perfume made in 2012—that’s 1,400 different scents! [Allure]
Learn about the best natural sweeteners, what to use them for, and where they come from. [Well + Good NYC]
Michelle Obama’s makeup artist gives three of Refinery29’s staffers different looks for going out. [Refinery29] 
The newest hair trend? Tie dye. [Into The Gloss]
Cate Blanchett scores a major $10 million dollar fragrance deal with Armani. [Beauty High]
NY1’s traffic reporter Jamie Shupak gives the city a peek inside her very early morning beauty routine. [Racked NY]
—Charisse
Get your bare legs ready for spring weather by watching this video.

(Photo: The Beauty Department)

Kool-Aid Lip Stain, A $38,000 Perfume, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: The Beauty Department)

15 Minutes to California Girl Waves: Guest Blogger

Los Angeles native and USC student Sophie Elkus is a self-described fashion addict. Her blog Angel Food Style is where her joy for putting together the perfect outfit comes to life. And you would think that her fabulous dress sense must come second to her studies, but Sophie proves that having a full schedule doesn’t mean sacrificing style. This week, she’s sharing her favorite beauty and fashion tips for women on-the-go with us on our blog. 

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My go-to hairstyle is a loose, soft wave, which is a touch more polished than beach hair. The style transitions seamlessly from day to night and the best part about these waves is that they look great on the first and second day. After experimenting with different curling irons and techniques, I’ve mastered an easy step-by-step routine that takes about 15 minutes.

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The Quintessential Spring Fashion and Beauty Look 
Spring and summer are my happiest times of year because I can wear my favorite clothes. (Note: I am an u-g-l-y cold weather dresser—I spend the entirety of the winter bundled in a rather unflattering Patagonia puffer.) With warm days just around the corner—fingers crossed—I am ready to shed my un-chic layers and embrace my most beloved trend of the season: chambray. 
I’ve spent a lot of time in the Madewell store recently (everyone on Birchbox’s mailing list got a $25 off $75+ and I took full advantage) and as a result, I’m really inspired to layer denim on denim—on denim! If you and I happen to have my same taste, then you’re in luck: I’ve shopped out my fave Madewell look from head to toe. 
Clothing: 
Jean Vest: There’s something really badass about a shrunken denim vest. It adds edge to even the girliest of outfits and is just as great over long sleeves as it is over tank tops. 
Perfect Chambray Ex-boyfriend Shirt: The loose fit and light wash make this a versatile essential. 
Skinny Skinny Ankle Jean in Black Frost Wash: If you don’t have a great pair of slim-fit black denim in your closet, run (don’t walk) and pick up a pair stat. These go with everything. 
Beauty: 
Marcelle BB Cream: This all-in-one multitasker masks imperfections, hydrates, controls shine, and delivers anti-aging benefits. It’s literally perfect for achieving that laidback Madewell look. 
Oribe Apres Beach and Wave Spray: Getting that tousled just-out-of-bed look is a breeze with this divine-smelling spray. 
Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace: This it the “it” polish color this season. Trust me. 
C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream: The minimalist look doesn’t mean skipping out on moisture. Keep lips hydrated with this yummy balm. 
Benefit Benetint: There is no easier way to fake a natural flush than with this lip and cheek stain. 
Eyeko Curvy Brush Mascara: Give lashes serious oomph using this volumizing wand and formula. 
—Meredith 
Want more tips on how to look like a Madewell girl? Watch our video!

The Quintessential Spring Fashion and Beauty Look 

Spring and summer are my happiest times of year because I can wear my favorite clothes. (Note: I am an u-g-l-y cold weather dresserI spend the entirety of the winter bundled in a rather unflattering Patagonia puffer.) With warm days just around the corner—fingers crossed—I am ready to shed my un-chic layers and embrace my most beloved trend of the season: chambray.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Madewell store recently (everyone on Birchbox’s mailing list got a $25 off $75+ and I took full advantage) and as a result, I’m really inspired to layer denim on denim—on denim! If you and I happen to have my same taste, then you’re in luck: I’ve shopped out my fave Madewell look from head to toe. 

Clothing: 

  • Jean Vest: There’s something really badass about a shrunken denim vest. It adds edge to even the girliest of outfits and is just as great over long sleeves as it is over tank tops. 
  • Perfect Chambray Ex-boyfriend Shirt: The loose fit and light wash make this a versatile essential. 
  • Skinny Skinny Ankle Jean in Black Frost Wash: If you don’t have a great pair of slim-fit black denim in your closet, run (don’t walk) and pick up a pair stat. These go with everything. 

Beauty: 

  • Marcelle BB Cream: This all-in-one multitasker masks imperfections, hydrates, controls shine, and delivers anti-aging benefits. It’s literally perfect for achieving that laidback Madewell look. 
  • Oribe Apres Beach and Wave Spray: Getting that tousled just-out-of-bed look is a breeze with this divine-smelling spray. 
  • Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace: This it the “it” polish color this season. Trust me. 
  • C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream: The minimalist look doesn’t mean skipping out on moisture. Keep lips hydrated with this yummy balm. 
  • Benefit Benetint: There is no easier way to fake a natural flush than with this lip and cheek stain. 
  • Eyeko Curvy Brush Mascara: Give lashes serious oomph using this volumizing wand and formula. 

—Meredith 

Want more tips on how to look like a Madewell girl? Watch our video!

Class Essentials: Guest Blogger

Los Angeles native and USC student Sophie Elkus is a self-described fashion addict. Her blog Angel Food Style is where her joy for putting together the perfect outfit comes to life. And you would think that her fabulous dress sense must come second to her studies, but Sophie proves that having a full schedule doesn’t mean sacrificing style. This week, she’s sharing her favorite beauty and fashion tips for women on-the-go with us on our blog. 

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I can’t remember the last time I used a JanSport backpack to carry my textbooks and laptop. Why take it back to middle school when you can upgrade to a chic tote or structured satchel? There are so many stylish collegiate accessories on the market that it’s hard to narrow down my search to these few favorites.

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Spring Lipstick Guide

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While clear gloss always has a place in our hearts, we can’t get enough of extra-pigmented lipsticks. We even recently tested just how many swipes are in a single tube! From classic matte reds to hot pinks and deep purples, we are truly obsessed. And we’re not alone—from the looks of the spring collections, lips are having a major (and majorly bold) moment. 

However, the sheer number of shades and formulas can seem daunting, even for the most seasoned pouts among us. Whether you’re gaga for fuchsia or searching for a classic red, we have the perfect color for you.

Here are the 10 best lipsticks to rock right now.

Looking for more beauty must-haves? Here are the hottest new products released this month.

Birchbox Crush: Maya Moore

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You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot about basketball this past week and with good reason! But while everyone is focused on the games stateside, we tracked down one seriously awesome lady baller who recently returned from a stint playing for China’s premier women’s league. Naturally, this powerhouse player brought back another championship ring to place alongside her equally impressive NCAA, Olympics, and WNBA trophies.

Inspired? Us too! Find out more about this world-class player, her experience abroad, and her picks for the NCAA tournament in our one-on-one interview with Maya Moore

Feelin’ sporty? Get your game on with these 5 totally awesome basketball movies

A Behind-the-Scenes 411 on How Hair Products Are Made, and Join Us for a Twitter Chat!

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Nick Chavez’s director of product development, Erin Doyle, tells us how she creates the brand’s blockbuster lineup.

It’s not every day that we get to chat with the great minds behind a product that we love. That’s why we were so excited to sit down with Erin Doyle, the director of product development at haircare line Nick Chavez. She gave us the insider deets on how the brand discovers innovative ingredients like their super-moisturizing star player yucca root, the time it takes for an idea to become a product in stores, and the new hair-saving extract that’s being added to their lineup.

What’s even better? You have a chance to ask Erin any of your own burning questions about hair and anything product related in a Twitter chat today from 4-5pm ET! Curious about the best products to use for oily roots and dry ends? What do those exotic ingredients really do for your hair? Tweet your questions by tagging #AskNick and don’t forget to follow @Birchbox and @NickChavezBH. And just by participating you’ll have one of 10 chances to win your own set of Nick Chavez’s Advanced Volume Shampoo and Conditioner!

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Top 15 Nail Art Blogs, Scalp Painting, and More
Thank you Beauty High for rounding up the absolute best nail art blogs out there. [Beauty High]
Keep your dance party going with these music playlist tips from DJ Alan Wilkis. [Birchbox Man]
We’re not sure we can get on board with the new celeb scalp painting trend, but it is rather perfect for festival season. [Glamour]
Social media does more than keep you connected—it helps keep you fit! [Q]
10 amazing hairsprays under $10. [BellaSugar]
Blogger extraordinaire Jessica French dishes on her beauty role model. [Birchbox UK]
—Charisse
Do you have early morning commitments? If so, check out these beauty tips.
(Photo: Beauty High) 

Top 15 Nail Art Blogs, Scalp Painting, and More

—Charisse

Do you have early morning commitments? If so, check out these beauty tips.

(Photo: Beauty High)