South Korea has become ground zero for innovation in the last few years (BB creams, anyone?). Lucky for us, former Birchbox copywriter Mai is teaching English in Seoul this summer—and sending us weekly updates about her finds in beauty, food, and beyond. Here, she presents some of the most memorable Korean dishes she’s come across.
You’ll find tons of premade side dishes at any Korean grocery store—including spicy dried squid shaped like bricks (bottom right).
I’ve always considered myself an adventurous eater, but nothing prepared me for Korea. This country’s love of spicy food puts American buffalo wings to shame, and I’ve eaten dishes so
bizarro exotic that I feel like I’ve earned a gold star for adventurousness. The upside of all my culinary adventures? I’ve definitely learned to expand my palate. Here are a few of my new favorite dishes, plus some that I’m still too scared to try:
Even when we can’t hop across the pond, our Birchbox counterparts in Europe keep us in the know with insider deets on the coolest goings-on. (Case in point: French pharmacy skincare must-haves). Every week, we’ll be sharing our favorite Instagrams from each of the four Birchbox teams so that you can travel the world without getting on a plane.
This month, our team in France is so proud to be supporting Josephine, an association that makes beauty accessible to underprivileged women. These Feel Good bracelets are featured in the French July boxes and Shop—and all proceeds will be donated to Josephine!
Inside the Birchbox July Sneak Peek
Each month, the Birchbox Sneak Peek is as highly anticipated for our staffers as it is for our customers and this month is no different. July’s theme is Power Play, a move that maximizes your happiness or confidence. What better way to make the most of this summer than to be at the top of your game? I love being able to have fun with family and friends without having to worry about beauty mishaps so I’m super excited to try out theBalm cosmetics InStain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush. A blush that looks like a powder but lasts as long as a stain? Now that’s what I need on those long summer days. Watch the July Sneak Peek video below and then let us know which products are you looking forward to!
Also curious about this long-wearing blush? Check out our thoughts on The Longest Lasting Blush You’ll Ever Own.
We don’t often come across a beauty brand that’s as diehard about using exclusively natural ingredients as Indie Lee. But when we heard the story of the founder, Indie Lee herself, it suddenly made sense. Back in 2009, Lee suffered a brain tumor that her doctors suggested could have been caused by environmental toxins. After her recovery, the former accountant completely changed gears and set out to create her own line of 100 percent natural and eco-friendly beauty products. Here, she sounds off on her beauty philosophy.
Why do you think that natural beauty products are so crucial?
Part of my mission is to help people understand that what they put on their bodies is just as important as what they put in them. Natural beauty products not only help you protect the environment—they help you take better care of your body and your health.
Friday Funday: 4 Ice Cream-Inspired Manis
Stop everything: did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month (aka the best month ever!?) We’re happily supporting this frozen treat initiative by eating the confection everyday. And since we’ve got ice cream on the brain all the time, we’re keeping the cravings at bay just a tiny bit with this delicious looking roundup of ice cream nail art:
Self-Scoop Cone by Lulu’s
These scoops and cones are cool graphics on their own, but summer magic happens when you get to put them together.
Ice Cream Sundaes by Kayla Shevonne
We’re transporting ourselves to a retro ice cream parlor with these striped pastel nails. Plop a cherry or some sprinkles on top and you’re good go!
Chocolate Drips by College Fashion
Sweeten up your look with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Be as creative as you want. We’re loving the strawberry syrup statement nail.
Mint Chocolate Chip by This is Bisque
Despite its name, the star of this mani is the waffle cone. Feel free to try other ice cream colors. After all, any flavor can match with a delicious base.
Which manicure is your favorite? Would you try any of these?
Ice cream nails aside, would you try a nail ring?
Packing for college can be really overwhelming. How much should you bring? What do you bring? Well, the answer is simple: only the essentials. That’s why this month we teamed up with Seventeen magazine and their special advisory board of sorority sisters on a curated list of 20 college beauty must-haves. Check back each week for more great content from our newest partner and definitely take advantage of this limited-time special offer just for Birchbox customers: Purchase a Seventeen subscription for $15 and get 100 Birchbox points!
Spice up your pout this summer and retire that dark plum lip! Instead, go bolder and hotter with a bright poppy lip color—these hues will heat up your look in no time and draw some much wanted attention to that pout of yours…
Things you should know about: Scandalous beach reads, the best pie around, and the most addicting mobile game ever.
Check out the Birchbox Agenda for the above and so much more.