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Dispatch from Seoul: 5 Unforgettable Korean Foods

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.

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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:

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Around the World in Birchbox Instagrams: Josephine Bracelets, Donut Men, and More

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.

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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!

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Weekend Wedding, How to Get Rid of Polish Stains, and More

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel married his longtime girlfriend, Molly McNearney (a lead writer for his show), over the weekend. Greatest guest list ever. [Glamour]
Add this to your workout schedule: New bodywork classes eliminate pain, correct your posture and more. [Well+Good]
Actor Cory Monteith, known for his role as Finn on Glee, passed away in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday. [Us Weekly]
Celebrity stylist Lysa Cooper gives the lowdown on working with stars like Rihanna and Beyonce. [Fashionista]
Here’s an extremely helpful video on how to get rid of nail polish stains on clothing. [Bella Sugar]
Lindsay Lohan is getting her own reality show on OWN (Oprah’s network) about trying to rebuild her career and stay healthy. [Vulture]

—Geraldine
(Photo: © Frank Trapper/Corbis)
Get inspired with these nail art instagrams straight from LA.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Weekend Wedding, How to Get Rid of Polish Stains, and More

—Geraldine

(Photo: © Frank Trapper/Corbis)

Get inspired with these nail art instagrams straight from LA.

4 Fierce LA Nail Art Instagrams to Follow Now

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.

(Image via NCLA/Instagram)

Here in Los Angeles, we’re still obsessed with nail art. Everyone from Jaime King to Zooey Deschanel is hooked on decorating their digits at our city’s slew of creative salons, and the trend has trickled down to their many fans, too. To keep us all inspired and remind us that summer is the season for experimental beauty, here’s a roundup of four Instagram accounts that really nail it.

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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!

—Katrina

Also curious about this long-wearing blush? Check out our thoughts on The Longest Lasting Blush You’ll Ever Own.

The Perks of All-Natural Beauty: Sitting Down with Indie Lee

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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.

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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?

—Geraldine

Ice cream nails aside, would you try a nail ring?


Adjusting Your Acne Skincare Routine, Why Flip Flops are Hurting Your Feet, and More


These dermatologist tips on adjusting health and skincare routines may make the difference in your fight against acne. [New York Times]
Before you proclaim that flip flops are your favorite summer shoe, find out more about how they could be damaging your feet. [Huffington Post]
Fashionista’s Cheryl Wischhover tells the story of her transition from nursing to fashion writing—as a 40-year-old. [Salon]
Wowza. Beyoncé models in full body paint for the cover of Flaunt magazine. [People Style Watch]
That laser hair removal might not be as safe as you think. [Elle]
L’Oreal might have created a formula to prevent grey hair forever. [The Cut]

—Geraldine

(Photo: New York Times)

Need more of the latest news? This social experiment took a look at how makeup changes the way that a person perceives you.

Adjusting Your Acne Skincare Routine, Why Flip Flops are Hurting Your Feet, and More

(Photo: New York Times)

Best Bright Summer Lipstick: Seventeen Magazine

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!

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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…

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