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How to Fake a Tan Without Sunless Tanner: GIF Tutorial

We’ll never tire of video tutorials, but sometimes we want a step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to take a second look. Plus, they’re pretty fun to watch. Our new series will show how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes to sunless tanning—in simple, gif-tastic ways.

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Summer calls for a number of sleeveless occasions and sometimes we just don’t have time to go through the whole process of fake tanning to get that pretty bronzed glow. Enter: Caudalie Divine Legs. Part skin-firming lotion and part bronzer, this lightweight lotion gives limbs a subtle glow that even the palest of ladies can appreciate. 

And despite its name, there’s no reason you can’t use this lotion on your arms. In fact, we encourage it! Read on to see how editor Lorelei gets her arms bronzed and even in just a few minutes. 

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1. Grab your Caudalie Divine Legs and pump a small amount of lotion into your palm. And don’t worry about accidentally staining your hands — this innovative formula washes right off with soap and water!

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How to Milkmaid Braids: GIF Tutorial

While we adore video tutorials, sometimes we need a quick step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to see a difficult step again. Plus, aren’t they just more fun to watch? We’re introducing a new series of beauty gif tutorials that teach you how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes—in simple, animated ways.

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For our first tutorial, editor Meredith shows you how to do an adorable and oh-so-simple milkmaid braid. (Trust us—it’s easier than you think!) Read on to see what products you’ll need and learn how to get this chic summer look in just eight steps.

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The Bold Lipstick That Anyone Can Rock

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Bright lipstick can feel like one of the most daunting beauty products. Not only does it draw extra attention to your face, but one false swipe or unflattering color choice and it seems like your whole look is ruined. That potential for beauty disaster is enough to keep even the most adventurous of makeup lovers (myself included) away from bold lips.

Somehow Laqa & Co. must have heard our lipstick woes when they partnered with us to develop this duo of easy-to-use Lil’ Lip fat lip pencils. These twist-up, mini pencils glide on effortlessly and provide a bright punch of color that amazingly looks great on everyone. And soon you’ll be able to try them for yourselves because some of you will be receiving one of these pencils in your June Birchbox!

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Making My Very Own Lipstick at Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab

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I tend to associate custom beauty products with major celebrities and people with far more money than me. A one-of-a-kind product that I created would be fantastic, but I’ve kept that dream on my “If I win the lottery”-list. (I know you have one too.) Well, that was until Bite Beauty came along.

The Canadian beauty brand recently launched their pop-up lipstick lab in New York and I have been freaking out about it ever since. I could make my own lipstick? Right there in the store? For only $28? I had to go.

Yesterday, I finally paid a visit to Bite Lip Lab and it was better than I imagined. In just 7 minutes, the beauty lab techs helped me create a custom lip color that I know I’ll be wearing all summer long.

Come take a digital science field trip with me and read on to see all the photos of how my lipstick was made right before my eyes.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Launching Shoe Line, Daft Punk Sans Helmets, and More
After spending six seasons in her Manolo Blahniks as Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker is finally designing her own shoe line. [Fashionista]
And in honor of the 15th anniversary of Sex and the City, here are 15 of the best beauty moments from the show. [Beauty High]
Here’s a head-scratcher: One Direction just launched a fragrance. [WWD]
Le Petit Prince is the latest childhood tale to get the Hollywood treatment. [Refinery29]
Spotted: Daft Punk without their helmets and playing champagne beer pong. [Av Club]
— Bre
Check out our exclusive custom nail polish collection we created with Color Club here.
(photo: HBO)

Sarah Jessica Parker Launching Shoe Line, Daft Punk Sans Helmets, and More

— Bre

Check out our exclusive custom nail polish collection we created with Color Club here.

(photo: HBO)

8 Birchbox Staffer Gift Picks for Father’s Day

We treated our moms to a little something special last month, but now it’s time to honor our dads. They gave us our first training wheels, taught us how to stand up for ourselves, and showed us how to grill the perfect steak.

This Father’s Day we’ve been wondering—how could we possibly find a present that could knock his socks off? The answer, of course, was by turning to our staffers. Take a peek at what these Birchbox sons and daughters picked out for their Papas, and get inspired for your own gift along the way.

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Dana and her dad

"My dad and I ran our first race together last June. Since the proceeds from the race go toward the hospital he works at, we decided to do it again this year. I found two items for him that would make for the perfect gift. I know he’d love the Quirky Wrapster—it’s a great way to keep his headphone chord organized. The second awesome item is the Niche For Men Male Deodorizing Wipes. He can use them to quickly freshen-up before we have a celebratory lunch after our run!”

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The Return of the Selfie, Miranda Kerr’s Workout Routine, and More
How the selfie went from MySpace relic to a mark of social media importance. [The New Yorker]
Learn Miranda Kerr’s seven minute fitness routine and find out her secret to great skin. [Beauty High]
This inside look at Nicole Richie’s L.A. home is incredibly envy-inducing. [The Coveteur]
Helena Bonham Carter is the spitting image of Elizabeth Taylor in her upcoming BBC film. [Us Weekly]
Breaking down the unattainable physical attributes of Disney’s princesses: An illustrated guide. [blisstree]
Now you can track your dog’s physical activity with a Nike+ fuelband-like device called Whistle. [Greatist]
— Bre
Don’t forget — today is the last day you can order a Birchbox Man subscription to ensure delivery by Father’s Day.
(Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7)

The Return of the Selfie, Miranda Kerr’s Workout Routine, and More

— Bre

Don’t forget — today is the last day you can order a Birchbox Man subscription to ensure delivery by Father’s Day.

(Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7)

Emma Watson’s New ‘Do, BaubleBar Pop-Up Shop, and More
We’re loving the supersleek bob that Emma Watson wore to the This Is The End premiere. [NY Mag]
Head’s up jewelry fans—BaubleBar is opening a pop up shop in SoHo. [WWD]
Following announcements by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, could Gucci be the next fashion house to launch a cosmetics line? [Fashionista]
Editor-in-Chief of PureWow talks five can’t-miss summer fashion trends. [Shoptiques]
When it comes to grains, is brown rice really healthier for you? [Q]
— Bre
Check out some of the products you might receive in your Birchbox this month in the June Sneak Peek!
(photo: NY Mag)

Emma Watson’s New ‘Do, BaubleBar Pop-Up Shop, and More

— Bre

Check out some of the products you might receive in your Birchbox this month in the June Sneak Peek!

(photo: NY Mag)

Gisele Bündchen’s Tongue-In-Cheek Spa Day Photo Shoot for Vogue Italia
We’re all too familiar with the extreme measures some celebrities take to stay young and beautiful, and Vogue Italia has taken a tongue-in-cheek look at some of today’s beauty rituals. Together with supermodel Gisele Bündchen and photographer Steven Miesel, the cover and feature photo story for July’s health and beauty issue showcases some of this year’s most buzzed about beauty treatments—from the typical pedicure to mud baths to the (slightly creepy) “vampire” facial.
And while it may seem like Gisele is enjoying the perks of an increasingly common high-end beauty routine, the photos seem to be gently poking fun at these new rituals given the supermodel’s past comments about being “real and raw.” 
What do you guys think? Would you ever consider getting some of the more unexpected treatments in this shoot, like cupping or a blood facial?
—Bre
Gisele may have received a mock Vampire Facial courtesy of makeup artist Pat McGrath, but Kim Kardashian actually tried the strange treatment herself.
(photo: Vogue Italia) 

Gisele Bündchen’s Tongue-In-Cheek Spa Day Photo Shoot for Vogue Italia

We’re all too familiar with the extreme measures some celebrities take to stay young and beautiful, and Vogue Italia has taken a tongue-in-cheek look at some of today’s beauty rituals. Together with supermodel Gisele Bündchen and photographer Steven Miesel, the cover and feature photo story for July’s health and beauty issue showcases some of this year’s most buzzed about beauty treatments—from the typical pedicure to mud baths to the (slightly creepy) “vampire” facial.

And while it may seem like Gisele is enjoying the perks of an increasingly common high-end beauty routine, the photos seem to be gently poking fun at these new rituals given the supermodel’s past comments about being “real and raw.” 

What do you guys think? Would you ever consider getting some of the more unexpected treatments in this shoot, like cupping or a blood facial?

—Bre

Gisele may have received a mock Vampire Facial courtesy of makeup artist Pat McGrath, but Kim Kardashian actually tried the strange treatment herself.

(photo: Vogue Italia

A Brief History of Essie, Supermodels As Kids, and More

Get a quick rundown on the history of Essie from the founder herself. [StyleList]


They may be supermodels now, but these four chic ladies were once (totally adorable) adolescents like the rest of us. [Refinery29]


Wedding guest attire can be a challenge, but planning site Dress Your Guests hopes to put an end to the “What are you wearing?” conundrum. [WWD]


Sunscreen packaging is undergoing a major change this summer, so make sure you know the ins and outs of all the new regulations. [NY Mag]


Lipstick Queen’s new surf-inspired collection is totally summer in a tube. [SheFinds]
The best beauty looks from last night’s CFDA Awards. [Glamour]
— Bre
Today’s a big day for Birchbox! Have you seen our new look yet?
(photo: StyleList)

A Brief History of Essie, Supermodels As Kids, and More

— Bre

Today’s a big day for Birchbox! Have you seen our new look yet?

(photo: StyleList)