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Limited Edition: Birchbox Finds Unboxing!

It’s obvious that we love our high-end beauty products, but occasionally we come across drugstore finds that are just too good to pass up. That’s why we’ve put together this Limited Edition: Birchbox Finds box. For only $18 (a $55 value!), you can discover some of our favorite mass beauty products. Watch our unboxing video to see exactly what products you’ll get in this box and then shop here. With awesome brands like John Frieda and CoverGirl, how can you possibly go wrong?

—Blair

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Hunger Games CoverGirl Makeup, Ralph Lauren’s Adorable Ads, And More
Check out CoverGirl’s imaginative looks that pay homage to each district from the upcoming The Hunger Games movie. [Pretty Connected] 
Anna Wintour is upping Met Gala ticket prices to make the event even more exclusive. [Fashionista] 
These 27 dishes to top with an egg will have you drooling. [Greatist] 
The next two Golden Globe Awards are about to be hilarious now that besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are signed on as hosts. [Refinery29] 
In possibly the cutest ad campaign ever, Ralph Lauren hired adorable rescue dogs to showcase the brand’s fall accessories. [Glamour]
—Ashley
Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with more of our morning must reads.

Hunger Games CoverGirl Makeup, Ralph Lauren’s Adorable Ads, And More

—Ashley

Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with more of our morning must reads.

Meet The New Armani Nail Polish Line, Hunger Games Makeup, And More
Take a look at the 15 shades Giorgio Armani is launching in his first ever nail polish line. [SheFinds]
These beauties rocked some seriously gorgeous and over-the-top gowns at the Miss World pageant. [BuzzFeed]
We love the artsy makeup Chanel sent down the runway in Paris (and were surprised by the black nails paired with it!). [Beauty High]
Calling all Hunger Games fans! CoverGirl has a line of products for you straight from the Capitol—and they were used in the filming of Catching Fire, too! [Fashionista]
Get ready for the first ever YouTube Music Awards. [YouTube Official Blog]
These vintage celebrity ads are amazing! [xoVain]
We saw the return of the scrunchie and 90s fashion, now get ready to rock the choker (again). [Glamour]
—Ashley
Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with more of our morning must reads.

Meet The New Armani Nail Polish Line, Hunger Games Makeup, And More

—Ashley

Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with more of our morning must reads.

Covergirl + Hunger Games, Michelle Obama’s Hip Hop Album, and More

Take a peek at the new CoverGirl x Hunger Games makeup line. So pretty. [Beauty High]
Michelle Obama is putting together a hip-hop album as part of her “Let’s Move!” obesity campaign. [Refinery 29]
Sad news for Grey’s Anatomy fans: Sandra Oh will be leaving the show after this season.[Us Weekly]
You! Lingerie broke the mold by using fully pregnant models for their Lingerie Fashion Week show. [Huffington Post]
Besides your armpits, here are six other places to swipe your antiperspirant.  [xoVain]
New mom Kristen Bell decided to pose for Redbook Magazine without losing all of her baby weight—and she looks fantastic. [Fashionista]
Jennifer Aniston would rather shave her head than wear “The Rachel” for the rest of her life. [Total Beauty]
—Geraldine
(Photo: Covergirl)
Did you know Tina Fey has a new show coming soon? We celebrated the news by looking back on good times with Liz Lemon—in GIFS.

Covergirl + Hunger Games, Michelle Obama’s Hip Hop Album, and More

—Geraldine

(Photo: Covergirl)

Did you know Tina Fey has a new show coming soon? We celebrated the news by looking back on good times with Liz Lemon—in GIFS.

Best Bright Summer Lipstick: Seventeen Magazine

Packing for college can be really overwhelming. How much should you bring? What do you bring? Well, the answer is simple: only the essentials. That’s why this month we teamed up with Seventeen magazine and their special advisory board of sorority sisters on a curated list of 20 college beauty must-haves. Check back each week for more great content from our newest partner and definitely take advantage of this limited-time special offer just for Birchbox customers: Purchase a Seventeen subscription for $15 and get 100 Birchbox points!

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Spice up your pout this summer and retire that dark plum lip! Instead, go bolder and hotter with a bright poppy lip color—these hues will heat up your look in no time and draw some much wanted attention to that pout of yours…

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We Volunteer! Covergirl Launching a Hunger Games Capitol Collection

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For those of us not lucky enough to be born into the high status life of Panem’s Capitol, soon we can get the look of The Hunger Games's elite thanks to Covergirl's upcoming Capitol Collection, which is slated to hit stores this fall. But like the games themselves, the details regarding the collection are hush hush. 

If the name and preview images (like the one above) are any indication, we’ll probably see products inspired by the outrageous and high couture looks often worn by the Capitol’s residents. The only question is how extreme they’ll go—bright purple lipstick? Large, delicate false paper lashes? Neon green eyeshadow? 

What products do you hope to see from The Hunger Games universe? 

—Bre

If you missed it (or perhaps want to watch it a few hundred more times), check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sneak peek here.

(Photo: PRNewsFoto/Lionsgate)

How Much Makeup Do You Have in Your Purse?: Guest Blogger

We’re a tiny bit in love with Shyema Azam’s blog, Beauty and the Feast. The freelance editor and writer—who’s worked for publications like Marie Claire, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar—writes about her everyday discoveries in the food and beauty world, often accompanying her posts with envy-inducing photos. Stay tuned all week for Shyema’s insider advice! Today, she tells us the product that helps her de-stress and stay zen.

I thought it’d be fun to write a post on, you know, the four or five beauty products I carry around in my purse everyday. But when I dumped out the insides of my bag, I found 18 products that I’ve been toting around! These are my unedited findings:

1. Viviscal and 2. Brightening Formula supplements: There’s just no way for me to remember to take vitamins and supplements unless I have them on me at all times. I’ve been desperately trying to grow out my hair (I feel like it’s at an awkward length) and this helps. I swear if my skin glows, much of the credit goes to Glisodin supplements.

3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve: The famous moisturizing balm in a convenient tube.

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Drugstore vs. Designer Cosmetics: Guest Blogger

The dynamic duo behind Beauty Bender, Kathryn Romeyn and Alexis Johnson, have an impeccable eye for deciphering up-and-coming cosmetics trends and finding experts to give the lowdown on how to wear them. (It must be the decade’s worth of magazine curating experience they have between them.) We can’t get enough of their gorgeous site, and happily, for a whole week they’re sharing all of their beauty insight on our blog!

    

1. Lip Balm

Still produced with the same formula as in 1899, when the company started, Bag Balm is our hands-down secret weapon. The emollient, antiseptic ointment is unparalleled for softening hands, feet, and most especially lips.

It’s hard to find a lip product that doesn’t just moisturize and plump, but adds the perfect tinge of color, includes SPF, and smells incredible—but doesn’t taste like anything. This balm contains technology that tints everyone’s lips differently, in concert with their distinct chemistry. Turns out, it’s addictive.

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Top 5 Drugstore Essentials: Guest Blogger

Courtne Smith, a.k.a Queen Shmink, is a world traveler with extraordinary fashion and beauty sense. The Toronto-based blogger is one of our favorite ladies to follow on the Interwebz because she makes her impeccable style (fancy fur is her specialty) feel so accessible and easy to recreate. Plus, she always has a killer manicure. This week, she teaches us her secrets that keep her perfectly primped when she’s both at home or on the road with her bff, Drake.

For some reason, I find trips to the drugstore to be extremely…therapeutic. I always pick up the same essentials during my regular visit to the drugstore. Here’s what I mean:

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