Girl Around Town co-founders, Leigh Evans and Mary Cunningham, created an online community for women to talk about the latest in fashion, beauty, food, and more. The site boasts jet-setting writers who are based in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, all of whom have the insider deets on the hottest things to do and see all over the globe.
I’m pretty diligent about my makeup application in the mornings. But no matter how much time I spend first thing, by mid-day I look like a sad circus clown: I’ll have mascara rings underneath my eyes, my lipstick will be smeared, my cheeks will be pale, and the list goes on. So, I have learned to be prepared for the mid-day makeup battle by carrying a couple essentials with me at all times. Here’s what’s I regularly tote around with me:
While we dabble with over-the-top beauty looks once a year on Halloween, theater and television stars undergo major makeup transformations on a daily basis. So when we wanted advice on how to get more out of our daily makeup routine, we consulted TONY Award-winning actress Nikki James from The Book of Mormon and Smashbox lead makeup artist Lori Taylor. From befriending powder to selecting the appropriate contouring brush, here are their best tips to maximizing everyday makeup.
The key to pulling off any makeup look? Prepping your skin with a great primer like Youngblood’s nutrient-rich Mineral Primer.
We also recommend following @MikeBloomberg. He’s giving constant updates on the situation in and around the city.
The New York City skyline last night after the power went out in lower Manhattan. (Photo: nytimes.com)
As many of you know, Birchbox HQ is based in Manhattan. Last night, as Hurricane Sandy barreled over us, record-breaking floods and power outages took over much of the city, leaving all of lower Manhattan and parts of the outer boroughs without electricity. This morning, we’re still taking stock of the damage. Currently, our office is closed and many of our staffers are without power. We’ll be updating our Facebook and Twitter with service updates, but in the meantime we all appreciate your thoughts and patience.
Despite the destruction and the chaos, Sandy is a good reminder of why we love New York so much—from the stories of NYU hospital staff carrying sick babies down nine flights of stairs and brave first responders to these eerily beautiful photos of a submerged Jane’s Carousel. A big thank you to the NYPD, the FDNY, emergency shelter volunteers, and everyone else who is working through the storm. They are all amazing.
For more details on the storm, check out The New York Times’ extensive coverage here.
We love clothing and we love good deals, so obviously we were giddy when we came across the curated fashion resale site Closet Rich. Founded by Elizabeth Kott, the site’s merchandise runs the gamut, from $28 Reformation tanks to $299 Louboutins. We caught up with Kott to talk about the idea behind her burgeoning business and to pick up some savvy style tips for the rest of the fall season.
Q: Where did the idea for Closet Rich come from?
A: Having worked in the digital fashion and marketing space for a number of years, I saw myself and my counterparts experiencing a steady flow of additions to our closets—we were closet rich. But when I wanted to get rid of some of my fashionable goodies to make way for new additions, I consistently found myself craving a service to help me sell and donate all my stuff. This need, coupled with my interest in the pieces that my fashion-forward friends were also purging, lead to Closet Rich.
Girl Around Town co-founders, Leigh Evans and Mary Cunningham, created an online community for women to talk about the latest in fashion, beauty, food, and more. The site boasts jet-setting writers who are based in Los Angeles, Houston and New York, all of whom have the insider deets on the hottest things to do and see all over the globe.
On any given day we put a lot of stuff on our faces: serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, highlighter, foundation, powder—and that’s not even the eyes and lips. Even the freshest faces end up with loads of environmental gunk on them by the end of the day, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who realized that a washed face doesn’t always mean a clean face.
That’s why pre-cleansers have become a mandatory staple in my skincare regimen.
Monique Valeris of home and design blog Decor Musings always has fantastic suggestions for how to spruce up your domestic space, but she’s also an avid beauty fan with a keen eye for products. Which is why she’s the perfect person to tell us how to meld our love of makeup and home design together. This week, she’s sharing her tips on the best beauty gifts for your house guests, the accent wall color she loves right now and more.
1. The perfect hand soap. Many hand soaps tend to dry out your skin and leave your hands feeling flaky and even irritated at times. To help prevent this, it’s best to use a soap that’s very mild. I can’t get enough of Savon de Marseille Liquid Soap. An added bonus? It has the prettiest bottle.
What’s missing in the latest nail polish formulas? Nothing that you’re going to miss. (Photo: about.com)
When nail polish was first created in France in the 1920’s, the formula was an adapted version of the glossy enamel used on cars. Eep! Thankfully, the formulas have come a long way since then. Over the past few years, we’ve seen many “3-free” formulas that omit harmful dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and formaldehyde. The next step: 5-free polishes, which are made without formaldehyde resin and camphor. Click through for more on these two toxic ingredients and for a list of our favorite 5-free brands!
As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
With fall in full swing and Halloween just a couple days away, there’s no better time for dark, vampy nails. When I first started playing around with polish, I steered clear of darks for fear of looking too harsh, especially since my skin is so fair. But as long as you keep a few things in mind, there’s no reason to banish these shades from your nail polish repertoire. Whether you’re eyeing a deep burgundy or cutting to the chase with black, follow these tips to keep your mani stylish—never severe.
One of the season’s hottest hues: tenoverten’s Commerce shade.
With her always sunny disposition, her impressive knowledge of every aspect of the company, and her incredible ability to know the name and life story of every single Birchbox employee, Melissa is the ultimate people person—we can’t believe we ever did without her here! Though she’d been working remotely from Boston, we were so glad that we convinced her to come to New York six months ago so we could see her smiling face everyday. Read on to find out more about our favorite problem solver.
Name/Title: Melissa Enbar, People and Culture
Hometown: Mount Sinai, New York
Unofficial role: Director of Awesome
Fun fact: My dance troop won a dance competition when I was 12, and as a prize I performed on a big stage in the Epcot park at Disney World. The coolest part was practicing in the behind-the-scene studios!