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OUR NEWEST LIMITED EDITION BOXES ARE HERE!! We teamed up with the Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW) organization to bring you—wait for it—TWO (!) exclusive collections of products and brands honored by the 2014 Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards (aka the Oscars of the beauty world)! Check out all the fun goodies inside these amazing boxes, plus find out how to buy both together for a $5 discount!

OUR NEWEST LIMITED EDITION BOXES ARE HERE!! We teamed up with the Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW) organization to bring you—wait for it—TWO (!) exclusive collections of products and brands honored by the 2014 Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards (aka the Oscars of the beauty world)! Check out all the fun goodies inside these amazing boxes, plus find out how to buy both together for a $5 discount!

Get It While You Can: Our Limited Edition Precious Metals Box! 

We have officially upped the luxury ante with our latest limited edition box. Introducing: Precious Metals, a collection of products that sparkle, shine, and glimmer, from jewelry-inspired headphones to high-shine polish. All of the glitzy contents add up to a whopping value of $330—and we’re selling it for just $120! Basically, it’s a gold mine (pun intended) of goodies. And it should go without sayingbut we’ll say it anyway—that this box makes for a great holiday gift, especially for anyone special on your list. But act fast, these things are flying faster than hot cakes!

—Meredith 

Find even more delightful gifts in the Birchbox Holiday Shop

Say Hello To My All-Time Favorite Lipgloss: stila’s lip glaze

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A fraction of my ever-growing stila collection. Shades from bottom to top:  joy, black cherry, and holly. 

Admitting you have a problem is half the battle—so here goes nothing: Hi, My name is Ally and I am a lipgloss addict. My obsession started in the 6th grade. It was Christmas. Deep within my stocking lurked something completely new—a Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker in Pink Lemonade. I can still remember the spot-on flavor and light pink sheen like it was, yesterday. One swipe and I. was. hooked. 

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Passing the Torch: Teaching Your Younger Sister Skincare

I was that kid who was always trying to grow up too fast. I would hoard my cousin’s Teen magazines, sneak into my mom’s vanity to play with her makeup, and wear a purse at all times (even though my most valuable possessions were a Gelly Roll pen and a glitter-encrusted diary).

But while I had a very clear grown-up aesthetic in other parts of my life, the one area where I could never quite get my footing was with my beauty products. All of the brands I saw were either too kiddy or too serious—what I needed during those oh-so-vulnerable years was something like willa. This skincare line was created by a tween and her mom, so it’s extra girl-friendly, and all the products are made without harmful chemicals or ingredients!

My boyfriend’s little sister Angela turned 10 this year. When she started asking me why I use that “weird thingie” to clamp my eyelashes and if I could get her more of that color-changing nail polish from Birchbox, I knew her beauty curiosity was beginning. 

Angela is super athletic (seriously—she’s like a fish in the water and her lacrosse skills are insane!), so I figured an introduction to skincare would be a good place to start. The dreaded pimply teenage years are still a little ways away for her, but they can be avoided if you start practicing good skin hygiene early.

I got her Willa’s simple 2-step skincare routine featuring their Start Fresh Foaming Face Wash and Face Friendly Clear Face Moisturizer after discovering it in the Head of the Class limited edition box. Angela liked how the face wash started as a liquid and worked into a foamy lather when she massaged it in. And it “smelled sooo good!” Even better, its botanical extracts work together to cleanse the skin but are gentle enough to leave Angela’s sensitive skin super soft. To seal in moisture, I had her follow up with Willa’s non-greasy moisturizer. Its texture is most similar to a serum, so it’s super light and absorbs easily. Plus it’s chock full of ingredients like aloe, green tea, mango, vitamin C, and eucalyptus to balance and protect the skin.

This is just the tip of the beauty iceberg, but I’m hoping that if she adopts a simple skincare routine like this now, she’ll be more likely to keep her gorgeous complexion (and self-esteem) once those finicky teenage years start.

—Juliette

Looking for more skincare for the tween in your life? Here’s everything you need to know about willa

Announcing! The Limited Edition Head of The Class Birchbox

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While we haven’t been students since slap bracelets ruled the halls, we still know a thing or two about prepping for a new year. To wit, we put together a collection of A+ essentials to help young Birchboxers (and Birchboxers young at heart!) start the semester in style.

One thing you’ll find inside: Willa®’s start fresh foaming facial or Willa®’s face friendly clear moisturizer. Each of these ultra-gentle formulas help to keep skin hydrated from first period to a midnight study sesh. There’s also poppin’s trusty notebook and Color Club®’s Sequins Nail Art Kit for when you’re in a note-taking or crafty mood. We’re also particularly excited about the too-cute chevron Birchbox pouch, the perfect way to store pens, pencils, and your fave new stila lip glaze 

For a closer look at these goodies and the other essentials packed in this back-to-school kit, head on over to the Birchbox Shop—supplies are limited so don’t delay!

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.

For Every Fantastic Woman Out There: The Limited Edition Superwoman Collection

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I’m pretty sure my mom is a superhero in disguise. Not only can she whip up an entire meal in the time it takes most people to chop a carrot, she seems to have x-ray vision every time we hit up a department store sale rack. So it’s only fitting that I’m gifting her our new Limited Edition: Superwoman Collection box this Mother’s Day. We created it for all the phenomenal women in our lives, especially our moms. Priced at $58, this box is filled with luxurious items that normally fall into the splurge category (it’s a $185+ value, a fact my bargain-hunting mother would appreciate). 

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