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7 Fab Eye Products To Help You Get Through Sangria Season

You’ve probably heard by now that we’re teaming up with Glamour for our July Birchbox. To help celebrate this awesome partnership, the gracious Girls in the Beauty Department will be sharing their beauty expertise with us for an entire month. Lucky us! 

Summer (a.k.a. patio drinking season) is upon us, which means that the likelihood that you’ll be staying up past your bedtime on school nights ranges from 30% (Tuesdays) to 70% (Thursdays). If you’ve suddenly found yourself in the market for a stellar under-eye circle zapper, a magic eye de-puffing product or even just some miraculous concealer that makes you look as though you spent a quiet evening at home, drinking water and watching French documentaries (as opposed to, say, watching the clock strike twelve while enjoying some al fresco libations with some rowdy friends), you’ve come to the right place.

As both the weather and my social calendar have warmed up, Estee Lauder’s Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator has become my newest makeup bag bestie. Slightly tinted and totally soothing, it brightens up my eyes without making them look sparkly or heavy with product. And every morning I dab some on, I think:

A) Oh man, this makes my skin feel like butter. Like fancy French butter. I’m hungry.
B) I did not need that last glass of chardonnay.
C) I wonder if it’s possible to bathe in this. As in take a bath. In a pool of Eye Illuminator. Never mind, that’s a gross idea. I need coffee.
D) I’ve gotta tell the blog ladies about this. It’s like the real deal. Is anyone else using this? Jeez, it’s fantastic.

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Bohemian Sweet at Douglas Hannant Pink

The Show: Douglas Hannant Pink

Hair: Marc Mena, Garnier

Makeup: Le Métier de Beauté

Nails: Gina Edwards, Essie using Potato Fields

The Vibe: Inspired by Ali Mcgraw and 1970s-era coeds at U.C. Berkeley, lead stylist Marc Mena of Garnier kept hair simple, blow drying with Garnier’s blow dry perfector, flat-ironing ends, and finishing with a light dose of shine spray.

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A Week of Eyeliner: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Alta

Title: Brand Relationship Manager

A Week Of: Eyeliner

Monday: Sue Devitt Eye Pencil Intensifier in Bangalore, $22, birchbox.com

Who doesn’t love the idea of easy eyeliner? The latest shades from Sue Devitt’s line of Eye Intensifier Pencils makes glamming up a breeze.The pencil goes on thick, creating a liner/shadow effect, which was perfect because I was going for the smudgy less-perfected look. The finishing touch? Volumize your lashes with a thickening mascara such as the Benefit BADgal Lash or DiorShow Exstase. The contrast helps amp up the fun fun-yet-sophisticated olive color.

Tuesday: Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Liner in Aqua, $42, nordstrom.com

I’ve never been one to shy away from winged liner. This time, I wanted to take this look to next level by incorporating some serious color. Using the Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Liner in Aqua, I started from the inner most part of my eye and drew 1/8” line above my lashes. I then filled in this line to create a thick, dramatic burst of color. To create the wing, I extended my original line out and slightly up, making it gradually thinner. if you’re not sure how far to extend the wing, my trick is to use my eyebrow as a guide. Your wing should extend farther than this point.

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