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How My Mom Got Me Hooked on Elizabeth Arden Everything

I discovered my love for manicures in high school. I’m dating myself a little by revealing this, but in my teenage years the French mani was the biggest nail trend—and it was definitely my favorite look. I had asked my mom for advice on the best place to go in Chicago (where I’m from) and as far as she was concerned, there was only one option: Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon and Spa.

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Getting a manicure with my mom at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa in Chicago two summers ago. 

So I made an appointment and I must say, I was hooked instantly. Not only are the nail techs (shout out to Margarita!) and service so great there, but the luxury of Elizabeth Arden’s standard warm cream manicure is beyond. Seriously, it puts your regular old salon-around-the-corner to shame. As my mom puts it, “once you go Red, you never go back.” And she’s right. To this day, a decade and a half later, it’s still still my go-to place when I’m home. 

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How To: Avoid Getting Wrecked by Travel

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This summer has been a blur of planes, trains, and automobiles. While travel can be wonderfully fulfilling, it can also throw your body completely out of whack. I love scouting out all the best pastry shops in Paris and food souvenir-ing my way through Barcelona, but I hate the feeling of returning home exhausted and wrecked. 
As I gear up for back-to-back trips to Los Angeles and Europe (lucky, I know!), I’m arming myself with key tips on staying healthy, courtesy of my friend and wellness expert Tammy Walker. 

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They’re Here! Announcing Our Limited Edition CEW Beauty Awards Boxes

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A few months ago, we told you that we had an exciting new partnership in the works with Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). Each year, the organization of 5,500 industry insiders holds their Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards (basically the Oscars of the beauty world) where they select the latest and greatest from all of the year’s newly launched products—it’s one of the most coveted awards in the beauty world.

Well, we’re happy to say that we’re ready to reveal the details of our collab! Today, we’re launching two limited edition boxes with CEW featuring winners and finalists from their Insider’s Choice awards. If you prefer more high-end products, you can opt for the CEW Prestige box, which includes products from Julep, IT cosmetics, Living Proof, La Fresh, and Elizabeth Arden.

For anyone looking to find out about the best drugstore brands, you’ll want to try the CEW Mass box. There you’ll be able to test the hottest releases from Revlon, Simple, Burt’s Bees, L’Oreal, Nivea, and Olay. For those of you who are major beauty aficionados, we suggest snagging both for a special price of $26, but regardless of which one you choose, each is chock full of the best new beauty goodies around!

Dying to find out even more about this partnership? Here’s everything you should know about CEW, the products that we love, and more.

OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials
If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei
Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials

If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei

Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

Check Out The Winners of 2013’s CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards!

We hope you’ve been keeping up with us while we track the development of this year’s Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and their Beauty Insider Choice Awards. We’ve been following the finalists closely (and named a few of our favorite nominated products in the process) and now the winners have been announced! These products are truly the best in beauty and have the CEW seal of approval. Read on to find out a few of the winners below:

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Best Cleanser and Scrub
fresh – Rose Cleansing Foam

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Best Mass Eye Product
Maybelline — The Mega Plush Mascara by Volum’Express Mascara

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Outdoor Beauty Essentials
Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
(Photo: Casey Liu)

Outdoor Beauty Essentials

Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

(Photo: Casey Liu)

Get True Beauty Sleep: Guest Blogger

Whether you’re looking for celebrity gossip, the best product for frizzy hair, or advice on what to wear to your cousin’s wedding, the gals at Lovelyish have got you covered. This week, a handful of the site’s staffers—Katie Kubiak, Annie Strole, and Allison Wheeler—are bringing their expertise to our blog in a series of five beauty and style how-tos.  

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As I get older, I grow more and more disappointed by the term beauty sleep. Sure, my dark circles aren’t as bad when I’m getting eight hours every night, but something about that phrase seems to imply that you’ll awaken with lustrous locks and glowing skin. 

As with everything in life, when you want to get something done, you have to do it yourself. So if you really want to get real beauty sleep, you’ll have to take matters into your own hands!

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4 Fierce Fashion Campaigns for Stellar Spring Lip Inspiration

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.

Spring officially starts next week! Besides cleaning out my closet to make room for brighter hues and lighter fabrics, it’s time to reevaluate my beauty sitch. While I can never resist a red lip, this might be the perfect time to get adventurous and experiment with new hues. With that said, here’s a roundup of four additional spring campaigns that shine a light on perfect pouts.

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Photo: Fashion Gone Rogue

Rouge: Okay, this one isn’t exactly “adventurous” as it’s still a red lip, but this story really wouldn’t be complete without a Cara Delevingne cameo. Polish fashion label, Reserved, was inspired by ’80s and ’90s beauty for this campaign, hence the Robert Palmer pucker. Make’s Silk Cream Lipstick and this handy how-to are all you need to channel the look.

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Sneak Peek: Birchbox March 2013

It’s here! March Birchboxes are shipping out soon, and that means we’ve got another sneak peek video for you. This month, we’re talking March Madness—but in our world, that means much more than college basketball brackets. We’re planning tons of fun Birchbox matchups that pit our favorite styles and looks against each other. Find out which key players got coveted slots in our starting lineups, then comment on YouTube for a chance to win the products featured this month.

Find out more about March’s standouts, including Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo and Incoco Nail Polish Appliques on the Birchbox YouTube channel

—Lorelei

Are you as in love with Hayley’s hairstyle as we are? Find out how she created her princess roll with this handy tutorial