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Reading List: Dinner Party Tips From (MALIN+GOETZ), Makeover Your Snacks, A Better Cocktail to Mix for This Weekend, and More

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything in the Birchbox blog and magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss out on. Read them while you’re cozied up on your couch or in between activities this weekend.

  • Dr. Frank Lipman’s Healthy Snack Makeover: We’re a pretty healthy office but we’ve definitely been known to indulge in our fair share of snacks, especially on the weekends. Just in time for the holiday season a health and wellness expert overhauled our treats drawer.
  • November Birchbox Man Sneak Peek: Are all your man friends, boyfriends, brothers, and dads Birchbox Men? Send them this fun video for an early spoiler into their next box. 
  • The Ultimate Autumn Drink: The Great Pumpkin: Whether you’re celebrating Halloween a little early this weekend or just entertaining a few friends, you’ll definitely need a beverage. Impress all your friends with this fall-worthy cocktail—it’s a big upgrade from that signature rum & coke. 
  • Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Still looking for the perfect costume for Halloween? This one is super on trend, is dramatic and eye-catching, and best of all, uses only six products TOTAL. 
  • Full House: A Slam Poetry Session by Tom Hanks: Two things we can’t get enough of—vintage Olsen twins and loveable actor Tom Hanks. This amazing video brings them both together with some slam poetry thrown in for good measure. If you’re at all nostalgic for Uncle Jessie and The Rippers, this is not to be missed. 

—Lorelei

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Behind The Scenes with Andrew Goetz of (MALIN+GOETZ)

(MALIN+GOETZ) is one of our all time favorite brands. True story: Katia and Hayley have been trying to work with them since they launched Birchbox all the way back in 2010. The NYC-based family business has an emphasis on simple products that work well, and the cult following that they’ve developed more than proves their potency. Walking into the (MALIN+GOETZ) stores you might think you’ve entered a super modern version of an old timey apothecary and, in a sense, you have. We were thrilled to sit down with one half of the duo, Andrew Goetz, a few weeks ago at our October video shoot.

Here are a few things you might not know about the brand and the founders:

  • The packaging is color-coded so their products are easy to find in the store. Blue packaging is for face products, green is for body products, and red is for hair products. Cleansers are a darker shade and moisturizers are a lighter shade.
  • They’re not into trends. According to Goetz, they’re focused on making products that are timeless and work season after season. “When you get caught on that treadmill of different trends and different hopes, the end is always disappointment. And then there’s always something to replace that trend.”
  • They host a popular dinner party out of their Chelsea store in NYC. “We would invite a beauty editor and her husband, a creative person, an artist, a photographer, people from all different backgrounds in the creative world. We live around the corner so I’d cook for two days frantically, and then we’d haul everything and have these amazing parties. It would be great to see from the street because it looks like a diorama and all these people would be there drinking, eating, having fun.” How great does that sound?

Click through to see our interview with Andrew and see why we’re such huge fans:

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