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Birchbox Crush: Salma Hayek is Anti-Peel

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Salma Hayek has quite a list of accomplishments. Besides her numerous starring roles, the 46-year-old star is also a mom and the founder of Nuance, a new cosmetic line based on her grandmother’s recipes. (She also happens to have the most gorgeous skin we’ve ever seen—here’s hoping we look half as good when we’re her age!)

We interviewed Salma in this month’s issue of the Birchbox Magazine, and here’s what she had to say about her counterintuitive approach to anti-aging: 

I don’t believe in peels. A lot of people were doing peels starting years ago. Yes, in the moment they look fantastic. Now they don’t. Now I look better. Do not do things that make your skin thin out. Because if you inject it or pull it, you will look old. I also don’t do microdermabrasion. None of that.

Read the rest of the interview here. 

—Mai 

Find our favorite anti-agers in the Birchbox Shop

The 6 Most Stylish Coming-of-Age Protagonists

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While we were growing up, there were a few places that we learned about style: our mothers, magazines, and of course—classic coming-of-age movies. Actors in iconic roles always seem to have a certain look that never gets old. Case in point: when you think of James Dean, isn’t he always wearing the white shirt and red jacket combo from Rebel Without a Cause? So many guys (and girls) that we know were inspired by Dean’s outfit and embraced that white t-shirt and leather jacket signature style long after their teenage years ended.

In honor of all that youthful inspiration, the gents over at Birchbox Man have compiled a decade-by-decade roundup of six handsome movie characters who taught them how to dress. Click through for some serious eye candy (and perhaps some wardrobe ideas for the guys in your life)!

—Mai 

Snag a gift for him from the curated Birchbox Man Shop.

A Curl Gel Without the Crunch

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A quick census of Birchbox HQ reveals a surprisingly high percentage of curly-haired staffers. The abundance of ringlets often sparks office-wide conversations about how best to manage curly hair. Though my own hair is straight, I’ve been privy to insider styling tactics for quite some time now. The number one item on everyone’s agenda? Finding a styling gel that doesn’t leave hair stiff and crunchy—you know, the look that many curly-haired girls wore before they knew any better. After testing just about every gel on the market, many of my co-workers agreed that Miss Jessie’s brand new Jelly Soft Curls gets the award. Some of you will be receiving it in your boxes this month, and it’s available exclusively in the Birchbox shop until July! There are a ton of reasons we love this clear gel, but here’s the Sparknotes version:

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The Only Blush You’ll Need This Year

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For the longest time, I didn’t know how to wear blush—in fact, I was afraid of it. My blushophobia had me convinced that I would end up with two red circles on my cheeks that would run and smear down my face. It was a shame because I knew on an abstract level that blush (when used right) can liven up a complexion faster than any other makeup staple. Luckily, this story has a happy ending: I discovered Cargo’s Water Resistant Blush, which some of you will be getting in your boxes this month. Now I’ve been showing off my cheek color every day—and I haven’t been felt the need to check a mirror every two seconds. 

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One of the Best Deep Conditioners We’ve Ever Tried

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I’ve been growing out my hair over the last year, and now that it’s waist-length, hair maintenance has become a real problem. My ends are really dry and my once-perfect, now-bushy side bangs tend to hide my face. I fear that my resemblance to Chewbacca is growing by the day (just kidding). Fed up with my unkempt strands, I asked my Birchbox co-workers for a remedy, and hair whiz editor Meredith immediately jumped in with a recommendation: the Ojon rare blend Deep Conditioner. According to Meredith, it’s one of the best deep conditioners she’s ever used (and that’s some high praise coming from her). After listening to her accolades, I snagged a sample and now I’m adding it to my must-have list! 

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Holy Holographic!

We used to default to glitter polish whenever we wanted to wear something eye-catching on our nails. Then we met the new breed of holographic polish, and we were instantly smitten (ok, more like borderline-obsessed). Made through a top-secret process in the lab, holographic polish emits a multidimensional rainbow effect when exposed to light. It sounds a little sci-fi, but the results are just plain pretty.

In this month’s issue of the Birchbox Magazine, we interviewed Color Club chemist Michael Di Meo to learn why this covetable polish is so difficult to create. Read on and get excited to try this gorgeous nail art trend!

—Mai

We’ve got plenty of pretty polishes in the Birchbox Shop.

Nesting: Small Ways to Personalize Your Home

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Our homes are our sanctuaries, especially in a city as busy and bustling as New York. We know better than anyone that a tidy, beautiful space can make you feel better at the end of a rough day.

In the latest issue of the Birchbox Magazine, we rounded up our favorite home decorating tips to help you de-clutter and give your space a much-needed personal touch. We’ve got tips on what to do with all those back issues of your favorite magazines, the best way to display your stray nail polishes, and more. And the best part? You don’t need to have a million bucks to complete any of these easy upgrades. 

—Mai 

Check out our favorite home & food picks in the Birchbox Shop. 

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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How to: Keep Your Hair Looking Young

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We apply moisturizers and serums with daily devotion, all in the hopes of keeping our skin looking youthful until we’re old enough to truly appreciate Bingo. But until recently, we’d never stopped to think about what happens to our hair as we get older. 

In the latest issue of the Birchbox magazine, we interviewed three industry experts to get the (painful) truth about aging hair and learn what we can do about it. As it turns out, graying isn’t the only issue associated with seasoned strands. Get the full scoop here!

—Mai

Find our favorite hair products in the Birchbox Shop.

A Quick Refresher On Why You Should Give Serums a Chance

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During the winter, you’ll find me slathering on a zillion different creams in hopes of defeating my mortal enemy: dry skin. But when spring rolls around, I favor a more streamlined skincare approach and rely on lightweight serums. In fact, I’ll often replace my regular moisturizers with these liquid formulas in the warmer months. There’s just something so unappealing about sleeping with a ton of heavy products on my face once it’s no longer freezing in my pre-war cave of a Brooklyn apartment.

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