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How to Freshen Up Fast with Birchbox’s Beauty Partnerships Team

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When the Birchbox Beauty Partnership team isn’t working hard to make sure your boxes are filled with awesome beauty samples, we take some time to blow off steam with a little competitive fun. Recently, we geared up with bandanas and war paint, and ventured out to Central Park for a day on the field.

Following an afternoon of relay races, kickball, and a tie-breaking water balloon fight, our grimy-feeling team members were happy they came prepared with a few necessary clean-up items. Perhaps a little predictably, everyone had hidden a pack of wipes in their bags to de-grime on-the-go. Read on to discover the products they brought along:

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7 New Mom Essentials That We’d Give to Kate Middleton

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After weeks of worldwide anticipation, this afternoon the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a royal baby boy! We’re so excited for the new parents and send them our hearty congratulations. If we could, we’d also send some handpicked Birchbox-style gifts to help Kate get through her first few weeks of motherhood. From pampering products to multitaskers, here’s what we would bestow upon the duchess.
  1. Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath Shower: For those sluggish early mornings (following sleepless nights), this luxurious British shower gel’s mix of ginger and cardamom would help energize and rejuvenate.

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The Birchbox BBQ Survival Kit

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The fourth of July means that we get two of our favorite summer activities packed into one day: 1. gorgeous fireworks and 2. endless BBQ. But as much as we would love to dive straight into the deliciousness of it all, we’ve got to be prepared for everything from stains to sunburns. To gear up for Independence Day festivities, we’ll be grabbing these products so our totes are prepped:

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Packing List: Morocco Marvels

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Morocco has been on my travel bucket list for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger this year by planning a 10-day trip to the medieval city of Fes, the small town of Ouirgane in the Atlas Mountains, and the bustling hubbub of Marrakech. Between the souks, the tagines, and the architecture, I have a feeling Morocco and I will get along famously. Here’s what I’m bringing when I hop on a plane tomorrow:

1. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad

I never go a day without SPF, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like a ghost. These pads from Dr. Gross will give me the hint of a tan, minus the sun damage. 

2. Supergoop!® Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

Speaking of SPF, there’s nothing I like better than combining my sun protection with color correction, antioxidants, and light diffusion. This Supergoop! CC Cream packs all those benefits into one product. 

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5 Tips to Help You Banish Acne This Spring

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The sun is finally shining here in New York, and I’m ready to switch up both my wardrobe and beauty routine to better suit the rising temperatures. Unfortunately, this means dealing with my worst enemy—oily skin. It’s a daily battle to fight off that inevitable shine, which also means trying to prevent additional acne flare-ups. Who needs that when all I want is to be fresh-faced and bare-shouldered? 

With that in mind, I came up with a few battle-tested tricks that have kept my complexion clear in warmer weather. Here are my five favorite tips for keeping breakouts at bay in the spring.

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6 Beauty Essentials to Carry This Fashion Week

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. 

New York Fashion Week officially kicked off today, which means that for the next few days, I will live and breath runways, presentations, and parties. While it sounds like fun, the actual legwork involved requires tons of energy, which is why one must pack light and smart in order to keep up. Through trial and error, I’ve finally managed to round up a dream team of no-fail, transition-friendly beauty products that fit inside my smallest of bags, like this adorable mini crossbody by Jason Wu.

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Birchbox Moms Are THE Best

Clockwise from left: Herban Essentials Towelettes in Lemon, $15, birchbox.com; myfaceworks Sheet Mask ‘the starter kit’, $45, birchbox.com; Anthony Logistics for Men® Glycolic Facial Cleanser, $21, birchbox.com; Perricone MD Cold Plasma Face Cream, $150, birchbox.com; Dr. Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta® Peel 30 Pack, $85, birchbox.com; Befine Night Cream, $30, birchbox.com; Pomega5 Daily Revitalizing Concentrate, $48, birchbox.com; Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+, $34, birchbox.com; Erno Laszlo TranspHuse Night Serum, $190, birchbox.com; Zoya Nail Polishes, $8, birchbox.com; Pomega5 Healing Cream, $70, birchbox.com; NARS Orgasm Illuminator, $29, birchbox.com; Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover, $9.99, birchbox.com; Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste, $10.50, birchbox.com; LATHER AHA Hand Crème With Evening Primrose, $18, birchbox.com; Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Gloss, $18, birchbox.com; Jouer Crème Eyeshadow, $20, birchbox.com

We love Birchbox moms more than anything. They send us baked goods, give us profound words of encouragement, and they keep their vanities well-stocked with goodies from our Shop. One such mom that almost single-handedly keeps us in business is Sally, mom of our lead brand relationship manager, Alta (or as I call her, Altista). Sally’s bathroom counter is proof of her continued support, which of course means the world to us. We love this photo and just for kicks, we’ve listed out everything pictured above. Thanks so much for your purchases, Sally. Keep ‘em coming!

—Meredith

Packing List: India!

We’ve got another packing list for your voyeuristic pleasure. (What can we say — it’s the height of summer travel season!) This is a very special list: our dear HBS intern Freya is leaving us and the country. She’s off to India for her brother’s three-day wedding extravaganza. Here’s what she’s packing:

Bare Escentuals True Gold Eye Shadow: The perfect shimmery gold dust — beautifully accentuates brown eyes and all shades of olive skin.

Kohl: Women across India and the Middle East have used black “kohl” on their eyes for centuries (think Cleopatra!). Not only did kohl-lined eyes lure in unsuspecting men, they also protected eyes from the sun’s glare (think Ray Lewis!). I get the effect with Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in carbon black.

Essie Big Spender: Love this dark fuschia polish for fingers and toes — it’s festive and matches the colors of India.

Kohlapuri Sandals: These leather sandals are worn all over the streets of India by young and old, women and men. They are the perfect respite from heels and go with everything!

Herban Essentials Towelettes in Lemon: These anti-bacterial towelettes are an absolute must after riding around in rickshaws and handling rupees.

Malkha Loungewear: Pre-India’s independence, Gandhi advocated wearing homespun Indiancotton, instead of importing British textiles. Today, cotton textile production remains one of India’s largest industries. Malkha, an NGO started by my aunt Uzramma, preserves traditional handloom cotton production. The result is just divine! 

Read more packing lists here, and get your fix with our travel stories.

College Girl: Gym-ing Between Classes

This summer, Birchbox’s content team is extremely lucky to have awesome intern Shana in the office. She’s a student at Syracuse University (the smarty pants is a dual major in magazine journalism and psychology) and she’ll be helping with researching, writing, product testing and, of course, blogging. In addition to daily beauty news posts, she’ll be writing a weekly column called College Girl.

I’ll admit that last semester, I had the freedom of starting class after 10 A.M. every day, and Fridays were completely commitment-free. However, there are still those awkward breaks between classes that could be turned into useful time spent at the gym. The problem is, there’s the constant fear of being uncomfortably un-showered for your next class. I asked Birchbox’s content team, who all happen to be exercise fiends, what they do to quickly freshen up after the gym. Here’s what they said:

Meredith: “Recently, I did an interview with professional runner Sarah Bowman. She keeps anti-acne wipes in her track bag, so now I’ve gone out and bought Clearasil Acne Fighting Cleansing Wipes. I use these super strong pre-soaked towelettes on my face, chest, and back after a workout before I head home to shower.”

Lorelei: “After the gym when I’m sweaty, I use a powder dry shampoolike Blow Faux Dry Shampooalong my hair line. Then I’m ready to run to the office or wherever I need to go! My hair will probably have a funky wave in it, so after I put the product in then I’ll throw it up in a bun.”

Mollie: “I always have Herban Essentials Towelettes in my bag—they’re zesty and refreshing, and I can use them on my face without any stinging when I don’t have time for a full shower.”

—Shana

Is running outdoors more your thing? Don’t forget to grab the perfect sunscreen from our Birchbox Shop.