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77 Beauty Tips to Help You Get Through Summer

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(Photo: © Dean Pictures/Corbis)

You know the lyrics: “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” But George Gershwin never had to keep his hair frizz-free or his makeup from melting off his face (er, at least we don’t think he did). 

Out to make this the best summer yet, we scoured our backlog of beauty know-how and came up with 77 hot tips to help you keep your cool all season long, from a polish trend that’s making a B.I.G. splash to a winter makeup look that’s equally chic as the thermometer inches up higher and higher. Follow @birchbox on Twitter and check out the hashtag #Hot77 from now till Labor Day for your guide to summertime beauty at its easiest. 

—Ally

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What’s In Your Bag?: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, Kalyca Romeo of Romeostyle.com, is one seriously talented lady. After graduating from the Fashion Institute for Technology eight years ago, New York-based fashion insider has worked as a buyer, a designer, and a particularly savvy personal stylist. We’re loving her tips on crafting the perfect date night outfit, rocking the latest white styles, and test-driving Fall/Winter makeup looks right now.

The Minihouse. The Baby. The Weight Trainer on the Shoulder. No matter what we call it or what size, shape, color or brand we choose, our handbag says a lot about who we are. So do the contents we lug around in them, which is why I asked a handful of friends to open their bags and show us the goodies they can’t leave home without.

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What Beauty Essential Could You NEVER Go Without?

Jessica Biel, sans makeup. We’re going to give this barefaced look a try sometime soon. Really! (Photo: bittenandbound.com)

It’s a well-established fact that Birchbox staffers are beauty addicts. There’s only so long you can work in an office with endless samples of nail polish, mascara, and lipsticks before every new color and item is something you swear you can’t live without. But we’re cutting through all the fat and finding out what the absolute essentials really are. We asked three staffers to tell us the items that they truly can’t leave the house without, and here are the must-have beauty products that they listed:

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Guest Blogger: Stripes and Sequins

This week, we’re lucky enough to have the uber-talented Grace of Stripes and Sequins on board for a week of blogging fun. As one of our most loyal fans — she was one of Birchbox’s beta members and has been with us ever since — we’re thrilled to have her on the blog. She’s a DIY whiz, savvy beauty and fashion blogger, and one of the nicest people we know. First up: Grace’s Beauty Essentials.

Like any beauty product junkie, my must-have product list has a revolving door. I’m constantly on the hunt for new products, so I’m always switching it up. But these are some that I can’t live without.

Right now, I’m all about hydration.  Cetaphil Body Cream is an oldie but a goodie.  It’s the richest body cream I’ve found, and gentle enough to (gasp!) use on my face when it gets really dry. Sunday Riley Juno Facial Oil is also amazing.  Although spreading oil on your face seems a bit counterintuitive, this one is lightweight and absorbs incredibly quickly. I put a thin layer just after washing my face, and my skin is instantly happy. I’m a little bit obsessive-compulsive about eye cream. I tried Face It’s Smooth Eye-Operator a year ago and was instantly hooked.  It zaps dark circles while hydrating intensely.

As far as beauty products go, for lips I’ve gone back to another favorite: Benetint. I apply a coat, do my eye makeup, and then apply clear gloss. The tint/gloss combination is just…juicy!  To give my skin a glow, I use Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint.  (Discovered this one via Birchbox and instantly became obsessed!) I use only the tiniest amount on my cheeks, temples, and brow bone – it instantly brightens winter skin. For eyes, I’m addicted to Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara. This stuff proves that drugstore mascara works just as well as the expensive stuff. It lengthens and separates like no other.

I have thick, wavy hair and I swear by Moroccan Oil. I cringe a little bit writing it, as the stuff has gotten so much buzz. But it works, plain and simple. Once my hair dries, I use Garnier Glossing Spray (another blogger introduced me to this and it’s amazing – works just as well as Fekkai) to de-frizz and sleekify.

Check back tomorrow for more of Grace’s beauty and style intel. In the meantime, get inspired to try new products in our Shop!