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—Charisse

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In the 9th century, Persian women and men crushed thousands of fresh blossoms to score a few drops of sweet-smelling oil. Like these ancient beauty gurus (and early Birchbox Men), I have my own perfume ritual. 

Every couple months, I rearrange my prized—and ever-growing—perfume collection and choose one bottle (and therefore one scent) to take center stage. (Dorky, I know!) But it keeps me from falling into a rut and forces me to cycle through all my favorites. This month, I’m loving Juicy Couture’s latest scent, Juicy Couture La La, which makes me feel ultrafeminine.

With bright opening notes that mellow into a body of soft floral notes,  the blend is fresh and pretty without being overtly girly. It’s the perfect thing to pair with a vintage cocktail ring, cashmere sweater, and cigarette pants—or maybe just your usual jeans and tee. 

Beyond the packaging and lush scent, I love that Juicy created Juicy Couture La La as an ode to fearless free spirits. Every time I wear it I can’t help thinking of the free spirit who inspired my perfume mantra: Andy Warhol. The iconic artist once explained,

“I switch perfumes all the time. If I’ve been wearing one perfume for three months, I force myself to give it up, even if I still feel like wearing it, so whenever I smell it again it will always remind me of those three months.”

What new scent are you adding to your fragrance wardrobe?

—Ally

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The Coolest Beauty-Artist Collabs in History

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Not many people know this, but I’m a huge art fan. I’d probably be more star-struck meeting Marina Abramović than Meryl Streep (although it would be a close call), and one of my life goals is to own an original Keith Haring painting. With that said, I always get a little giddy when a savvy beauty brand teams up with an influential artist to produce creative packaging or an inspiring campaign. Here are five of my favorites.

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Reading List: Anthropologie Lipstick, The Most Powerful Women in the World and More

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  • Anthropologie is launching a six piece lipstick collection later this month! The name, Albeit, and packaging is just as cute as we’d expect from them. [Glamour]
  • What happens when you take the phrase “nail art” literally? Some awesome, art-inspired manicures. Our favorite’s a tie between the Roy Lichtenstein and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. [Huffington Post]
  • Forbes’ annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world is out, and we’ve been clicking through since yesterday. There are some rankings we expected (Angela Merkel at #1, Hillary Clinton at #2) and some others that were totally unexpected (Sheryl Sandberg #10 beat Oprah #11? Diane von Furstenberg #33 beat Anna Wintour #51? Wait, Shakira’s #40?). [Forbes]
  • The four granddaughters of Clarins founder Jacques Coutin-Clarins just started a beauty blog. There’s not much up there yet, but we can already tell it will be full of fun French joie de vivre. [Beauty Flash Blog]
  • Actor Sam Claflin will be playing the role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, the second installation of The Hunger Games trilogy. After tugging at our heart strings in Snow White and the Huntsman, we can’t wait to see this hunky Brit’s next silver screen performance. [E! Online]
  • This holiday season, NARS will be releasing a new collection inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic prints and silkscreens. The pop-tastic makeup line is sure to help you channel your inner Factory Girl. [Huffington Post Canada]

—Lorelei