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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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Packing List: New Hampshire

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This weekend, I’m heading out of the sticky city and up to the fresh air of Andover, NH. I’m lucky enough to have a friend with a lakefront house, and even luckier that she doesn’t say no when I ask if she’d like some company. Happily, there isn’t much to do except kayak, cook with the bounty of the local farmer’s market, and make our annual pilgrimage to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair (which is as awesome as it sounds). Product-wise, it’s all about restoring and repairing—here’s what I’m bringing along.

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Get the Inside Scoop on Our Limited Edition CEW Beauty Awards Boxes

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To find out which products we need to add to our shopping lists ASAP, we look to the Cosmetic Executive Women’s annual selections. Each year, 5,500 beauty industry professionals (the ones who really know products) vote on the CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards. In 2013, they narrowed more than 650 entrants down to 185 finalists in over 30 different product categories, and we’re featuring some of the choicest finalists and winners in our two just-released, limited edition Birchbox for CEW boxes.

Watch the video below to find out some of the products you’ll find in the Prestige Headliners box, plus our unique take on why this elite group of experts singled them out as the best of the best.

See all our CEW beauty picks and snag both boxes for a special discounted price of $26.

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.

Packing List: Puerto Rico

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It’s hard to believe that today marks the two year anniversary of my college graduation. In celebration, my four best friends and I are planning a reunion trip this Memorial Day weekend to Puerto Rico! I love New York City, but I’m super pumped to lay on a beach with my girlfriends far, far away from the concrete jungle. Here are some of the essentials that I’m bringing along for my trip:

1. COOLA Cucumber Moisturizing SPF 30 for Face

COOLA is my favorite brand for anything SPF related. I’m indian, so I tan quick (understatement)! So it’s super important for me to carry a powerful SPF product when I’m in the sun and this one is great because it doesn’t feel heavy or leave any white residue on your face.

2. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I tend to rock third day hair while on vacation, so carrying a dry shampoo with me is crucial. Klorane’s is great because it also adds texture to my hair—perfect for beachy waves.

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Packing List: Hawaiian Island Vacay

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I wouldn’t trade New York for any other city, but right about this time of year I start to miss the ocean like whoa. I’m headed to Hawaii this week to visit family and get my fix of palm trees, sand, and spam musubi. (Not kidding—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.) Here’s what I’m packing for my tropical escape. 

1. La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleanser: I’m a big proponent of face wipes, both at work (key when product-testing) and when traveling. These hydrating wipes have both aloe vera and vitamin E—they’ll come in handy on the 12-hour flight as well as any beach adventures.

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3 Simple Tips For Dark Polish: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

With fall in full swing and Halloween just a couple days away, there’s no better time for dark, vampy nails. When I first started playing around with polish, I steered clear of darks for fear of looking too harsh, especially since my skin is so fair. But as long as you keep a few things in mind, there’s no reason to banish these shades from your nail polish repertoire. Whether you’re eyeing a deep burgundy or cutting to the chase with black, follow these tips to keep your mani stylishnever severe.

One of the season’s hottest hues: tenoverten’s Commerce shade.

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VIDEO: Top 4 In-Flight Beauty Tips

We’ve all been there: you get to the airport excited to start your trip and then 6, 8, 10 hours later you step off the plane disheveled, tired-looking, and dehydrated. But long flights don’t have to be miserable. If you’re going on vacation in the next few months (or even if you’re just dreaming about the beach) you’ll want to brush up on our tips for staying happy and healthy throughout the flight. Take a few precautions, and you’ll step off the plane looking just as fresh and chic as when you arrived at the airport. 

—Lorelei

This month we’re all about jet-setting! Shop all the June products in the Birchbox shop, perfect for taking with you on an adventure. 

Iceland, The Northern Lights, and Aurora Borealis: Packing List

This time of year, most of us are dreaming of tropical getaways. But Nicole, our office manager (also known as She Who Makes Magic Happen), is about to jet off to Iceland. She is taking a much-deserved vacation to do some trekking and spa-ing. Here’s what she’s bringing.

Cold weather trips are not usually on my hit list. But I jumped at the chance to see the Northern Lights and Aurora Borealis at the brightest they have been in past 50 years! My itinerary involves a day out in the Golden Circle (geysers, big waterfalls), a trip to the South Coast to see the famous puffins, a night chasing the Northern Lights, a trip to Reykjavik, and a half day at the Blue Lagoon soaking in the geothermal spa. My essentials:

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3 Towelettes You Should Never Travel Without

I do a fair amount of traveling on the weekends. Not to exotic places, but nonetheless, I make frequent trips up to Boston, or home to Chicago, or down to see friends in D.C. But no matter where I go, I never leave home without packing my cosmetic bag full of wipes. These ultra-portable towelettes magically improve my travel routine by leaps and bounds. How so? They’re far more convenient than their full size counterparts, they minimize bulk, and they’re completely spill-proof. Here, the three wipes I always have in my carry-on.

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