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Skincare 101: How to Layer All Those Products On Your Vanity

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Figuring out how to order your skincare lineup can feel like trying to solve a rubik’s cube—not impossible but clearly a challenge. You’ve got a bathroom shelf filled with products, but which comes first? 

The good news is you don’t to have to be a dermatologist to learn how to get the most out of your beauty routine. Just use this nifty diagram and the tips below to layer your products like a pro.

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Packing List: Northern Michigan Wedding

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Any Michiganders out there? This week our senior manager of social media, Rachel, is leaving for her wedding in Charlevoix, Michigan! (Note: longtime Birchbox fans have probably been anticipating this day since October when her engagement bling started popping up all over our Instagram feed.)

Before Rachel left Manhattan for her two week stint in the Midwest we made her spill the beans about which products made the cut for her big trip. Here’s what she’s taking with her, and why:

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6 Unexpected Summer Beauty Essentials You Need Right Now

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Will Smith said in it best in his smooth ’90s hit Summertime, "Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind." Take a cue from the former-Fresh Prince of Bel Air and adopt an equally breezy beauty routine. From an instantly calming body lotion to an exfoliating lip scrub, here are our top hot-weather essentials. 

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Makeup On The Go: Guest Blogger

Girl Around Town co-founders, Leigh Evans and Mary Cunningham, created an online community for women to talk about the latest in fashion, beauty, food, and more. The site boasts jet-setting writers who are based in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, all of whom have the insider deets on the hottest things to do and see all over the globe.

I’m pretty diligent about my makeup application in the mornings. But no matter how much time I spend first thing, by mid-day I look like a sad circus clown: I’ll have mascara rings underneath my eyes, my lipstick will be smeared, my cheeks will be pale, and the list goes on. So, I have learned to be prepared for the mid-day makeup battle by carrying a couple essentials with me at all times. Here’s what’s I regularly tote around with me: 

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Packing List: Preparing for Baby!

We love babies around here (who doesn’t?) and a few months ago were thrilled to find out that our Production Manager Alicia was expecting a little peanut herself. The months have certainly flown by and baby will finally be arriving next week! Alicia has her hospital bag packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Since she’s working from home until the big day, we asked her to send us a picture of what she’s bringing. Here’s what she’s bringing so she’s comfortable and prepared for her new baby boy:

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Miranda Kerr is Crazy for Coconuts!

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Miranda Kerr is back in action and she has coconuts to thank! From eating them as a nourishing snack to incorporating the ingredient into her beauty regimen, she swears that coconut is the ultimate multitasker: “I drink coconut water, eat coconut meat fresh from the fruit, and even use coconut oil on my body. Actually, coconut oil is great for removing makeup, too.” We’re officially inspired and found out that some of our favorite products are also employing this super fruit. You might not look like this Victoria’s Secret Angel after using them, but there’s no harm in trying.

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo ($6.99): This coconut milk-infused shampoo has a great smell and leaves hair feeling silky smooth. I love it for summer when I’m ready to take a vacation from salon shampoos.

L’Occitane Verbena Harvest Body Lotion ($24): When using this refreshing rub, coconut oil will soothe dry areas and lock in moisture for seriously smooth skin.

NARS Body Glow ($59): One more reason to love NARS (as if there aren’t enough already), this product uses coconut oil-soaked Tiare flower buds to guarantee you a radiant summer shimmer. 

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream ($9): Don’t forget, your feet need loving, too! Thanks to a marriage between soothing natural extracts and coconut oil, your soles will never feel so smooth. A fantastic purchase, especially right now, to get your feet summer ready!

—Madeline

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