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4 Amazing Skin Savers: 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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Whether you’re taking college midterms or grinding through a work presentation, there’s nothing fun about a stressful week. I truly believe your skin is a physical reflection of how your body is feeling on the inside, and when you’re highly stressed, it shows! Take some extra time and give your skin some love during a stressful week. 

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MAC’s Sweet Tooth, The New OCC Lip Tar, and More
MAC launches a dessert-inspired makeup collection called Baking Beauties and it looks yummy. [Refinery29]
Children of the ’90s, it’s time to rejoice: Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains It All will become its own book due out in fall 2014! [Glamour]
You’ll never believe what these two ingredients can do for your hair. [Allure]
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics creates a product for a fellow employee to help raise funds for her gender affirming surgery. [Refinery29]
This is possibly the coolest fashion month recap we’ve ever seen, but we definitely feel bad for the graphic designer that had to put it together. [Fashionista]
—Charisse
In need of a more natural makeup look?  Learn about the beauty essentials from California girl Sophie of Angel Food Style.
 
(Photo: MAC Cosmetics)

MAC’s Sweet Tooth, The New OCC Lip Tar, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: MAC Cosmetics)

Team Intros: Meet Matt and Dave!

Besides being crazy cool computer geniuses, Matt and Dave have one very important thing in common: those aren’t actually their names—at least in the Birchbox office. It’s become customary to refer to Matt and Dave strictly by their last names or as “lewis” and “mattk” to their fellow Tech team members.  

Kimmel is the kind of person who we think should wear a wizard’s hat just so everyone knows what he’s capable of. Lewis wows us with his code review skills and voracious reading habits and, we’re told, he has the softest hair in the whole office. We can’t believe it’s taken us this long to introduce you to these two, but here they are at last!
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Well hello, MattK.

Name/Title: Matt Kimmel, Senior Software Engineer

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Unofficial role: Programming Polyglot

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9 Dry Shampoo Do’s and Don’ts

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Avoid ending up on one of Glamour's cringe-worthy Don’t Lists with these dry shampoo guidelines.

Much like vivid red lipstick or potent perfume, dry shampoo can totally backfire if used incorrectly. You know what we mean: sticky, greasy-looking locks and lackluster volume. It takes practice, but once you’ve harnessed the product’s awesome revitalizing powers, it’s a game-changer. Impromptu cocktail hours? Bring ‘em on. Spin class-deflated locks? Fear not. With Serge Normant’s Meta Revive Dry Shampoo as our prime test subject, we’ve put together a compendium of dry shampoo do’s and don’ts.

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The Top That Keeps Up With Multiple Workouts: Well-Balanced

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I’m what you’d call a workout dabbler. I’ll try any form of exercise at least once—from CrossFit to road biking—and I like to mix things up from day to day. It keeps me from getting bored and challenges my muscles in a way that the monotony of running all the time doesn’t. This past weekend, I participated in the inaugural PUREfyYourSoul, a modified tri that included a run, a spin class, and a yoga session. It was my kind of workout, especially since I got the end it with a cookie from Levain Bakery. 

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DIY Glitter Easter Eggs: Birchbox Video Of The Week
There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 
We know not everyone’s celebrating Easter this sunday, but when we caught sight of these glitter eggs they were too cute to pass up!  Jessie Jane from Lilyshop shared this easy DIY video to help you add some sparkle to your Easter decor. Jessie goes into a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the glitter eggs, but here are just a few tips I found to be extra helpful:
Use blown-out eggs so it’s easier to apply the glue and glitter.  For a guide on how to blow out eggs, check out this video tutorial.
Apply a thin layer of glue after the initial glitter application has dried to seal everything onto the egg.

Will you be trying out this DIY?  Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
For even more DIYs, check out five of our favorite tutorials, here.
(Image and Video: Lilyshop.com/ModernMom)

DIY Glitter Easter Eggs: Birchbox Video Of The Week

There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 

We know not everyone’s celebrating Easter this sunday, but when we caught sight of these glitter eggs they were too cute to pass up!  Jessie Jane from Lilyshop shared this easy DIY video to help you add some sparkle to your Easter decor. Jessie goes into a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the glitter eggs, but here are just a few tips I found to be extra helpful:

  • Use blown-out eggs so it’s easier to apply the glue and glitter.  For a guide on how to blow out eggs, check out this video tutorial.

  • Apply a thin layer of glue after the initial glitter application has dried to seal everything onto the egg.

Will you be trying out this DIY?  Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

For even more DIYs, check out five of our favorite tutorials, here.

(Image and Video: Lilyshop.com/ModernMom)

How to Survive an 8am Class: 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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Classes at 8AM are rough. Period. You must be an early riser to make it to one on time, and even once you’re there, it can be a real struggle. When the alarm goes off, the last thing you need to think about is your outfit and makeup. That’s why I’ve chosen my favorite time-saving essentials to speed up your morning. You may even have a spare minute for Starbucks!

Foolproof Beauty

1. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo will save you an hour—literally. Why bother washing and drying your hair when you can lightly spray, fluff, and leave?

2. Mascara
It only takes a couple minutes, but mascara makes a huge difference in convincing the world that you’re actually awake. (Disclaimer: It’s worth it to apply slowly. Nothing good comes from sleep deprivation mixed with pointy objects near your eye.)

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Steal These Bloggers’ Spring Style, Courtesy of Birchbox + Madewell

Spring shopping really is the best—who can say no to shorts, bright prints, and pretty colors? But it’s even better when there’s a discount involved. If you’re on the Birchbox mailing list, then you’re in luck! You recently received a special promotion at Madewell for $25 off any purchase $75+. Take it from usour staff has already done quite a bit of damage with our offer codes at the 5th Avenue location (the brand’s spring collection is awesome).

To get you inspired to shop and use your code before it expires on April 14th, we invited several of our favorite bloggers to pull their favorite pieces from the store, and then we photographed them in their new covetable head-to-toe looks. Of course, we would never put anyone in front of the camera without treating them a primp session (this is Birchbox after all), so invited these lovely ladies to a hair styling sesh at Jeff Chastain’s Parlor followed by a makeup application from the talented Nam Vo

Scroll through the photos above for a behind-the-scenes look at the day and then click through the links below to check out the final shots! 

If you live in D.C. or Boston, join us for a special Birchbox x Madewell event on Wednesday!

Team Intros: Meet Kyle!

Here’s a face you probably recognize! Kyle is Birchbox Man’s assistant editor and a regular in our videos. When he’s not starring in the latest sneak peek with editor Martin, or writing up a storm on the Birchbox Man Guide, you’ll probably find him on the golf course practicing his short game. Word on the street is that he can also school anyone in I Love Lucy trivia or obscure rap lyrics. 

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Kyle Michas, Assistant Editor for Birchbox Man

Hometown: Stuart, Florida

Unofficial role: “The Tall Guy” (I’m 6’5”)

Fun fact: I love birds and wanted to be an ornithologist for the first 16 years of my life.

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