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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!”
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?
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)