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What’s on Staffer’s Desks: A British Beauty Staple
We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!
“Molton Brown has become a British (beauty) institution. I’ve spotted it regularly in fancy hotels and gorgeous gift sets over the years and I’ve always been a fan. My latest Molton Brown obsession? Their newly reformulated Nourishing body lotions—an aptly-named hydrating delight that sinks into the skin in seconds. I’ve been slathering it onto limbs after a day stuck in the AC-heavy office, before heading out with friends after work. I always keep Gingerlily on my desk. It’s enriched with tamanu nut oil and white lily extract, so it keeps skin nourished and makes the lotion smell divine. Multi-tasking at its best!”
—Grace, editorial executive Birchbox UK
Looking for Molton Brown in the US? Here a selection from the Brit brand in the Birchbox Shop.

What’s on Staffer’s Desks: A British Beauty Staple

We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!

Molton Brown has become a British (beauty) institution. I’ve spotted it regularly in fancy hotels and gorgeous gift sets over the years and I’ve always been a fan. My latest Molton Brown obsession? Their newly reformulated Nourishing body lotions—an aptly-named hydrating delight that sinks into the skin in seconds. I’ve been slathering it onto limbs after a day stuck in the AC-heavy office, before heading out with friends after work. I always keep Gingerlily on my desk. It’s enriched with tamanu nut oil and white lily extract, so it keeps skin nourished and makes the lotion smell divine. Multi-tasking at its best!”

—Grace, editorial executive Birchbox UK

Looking for Molton Brown in the US? Here a selection from the Brit brand in the Birchbox Shop.

7 New Mom Essentials That We’d Give to Kate Middleton

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After weeks of worldwide anticipation, this afternoon the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a royal baby boy! We’re so excited for the new parents and send them our hearty congratulations. If we could, we’d also send some handpicked Birchbox-style gifts to help Kate get through her first few weeks of motherhood. From pampering products to multitaskers, here’s what we would bestow upon the duchess.
  1. Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath Shower: For those sluggish early mornings (following sleepless nights), this luxurious British shower gel’s mix of ginger and cardamom would help energize and rejuvenate.

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OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials
If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei
Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials

If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei

Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

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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Workout Essentials (And Headlines) Worth Stealing From Birchbox Man

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In the Birchbox offices, our editorial team shares a single, very cozy pod. This means that the men’s editors get to partake in discussions about Beyonce’s latest video and braided topknots, while the ladies get to weigh in on how to style too-long belts and the proper way to flash bare ankle. It’s really a win-win, especially when we get to share products. 

It should also be said that the guys consistently school us in headlines.  

It was one such headline (“A Sportbalm That Functions Like a Forcefield”) that alerted us lady eds to the fact that the men were holding out on us. They had received samples of Molton Brown’s brand-new SPORT Collection and neglected to share them with us. While the formulas are technically designed for guys, they immediately appealed to all the fitness-obsessed female editors. Candice grabbed the Body-Warming Sportbalm, explaining that her weekend rock climbing excursions leave her with perpetually achy shoulders, while Meredith claimed that she needed to test the Sport Deodorant on her marathon morning jogs.

I latched on to the 4-in-1 Sportswash because I love any and every product that helps me get out of the gym locker room more quickly. While I won’t skip my usual conditioner or facewash (unless I’m really in a rush), I like that it doubles as a shave gel and has a decidedly citrusy scent. And seeing as how I’ve loved the brand’s Black Pepper Re-Charge Bodywash for going on six years now, I have a feeling this guy is going to be in my gym bag for awhile. Sorry, boys.

—Mollie

If you haven’t been keeping up with our male counterparts, you’ve been missing out. Head over to the Birchbox Man Guide now and get acquainted.

The Product Worth Stealing From a Birchbox Man: Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Wash

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We all suspect (or are certain) that our guy friends, little brothers, and significant others dip into our anti-aging creams and use every opportunity to test out our luxe shampoos. But we rarely take beauty cues or products from the boys—with a few key exceptions, namely Molton Brown’s Re-charge Black Pepper Bodywash.

Originally designed for men, this shower essential quickly gained a cult following among savvy ladies thanks to its energizing blend of spices and unique formula. Our very own Mollie Chen swears by the Black Pepper Bodywash—it’s been her favorite for years.

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Molton Brown Has Landed in the Birchbox Shop and Our Editors Are Flipping Out

Many moons ago, when I was writing about beauty and spas for Conde Nast Traveler, I worked on a story about stylish dopp kits. It was then that my obsession—and no, I am not exaggerating when I use that term—with Molton Brown began. I fell in love with the British brand’s candy-colored bottles, intoxicating scents, and modern-feeling products. From the lush hand soaps and creams to the cult-for-a-reason Black Pepper Recharge Body Wash, I loved it all. To this day I still use a (now-battered) leather Molton Brown weekend bag for short trips.

But I digress. The point is, ever since we started Birchbox over two years ago, I have been not-so-subtly hinting that the brand would be an amazing addition to our product assortment. My patience has been rewarded: Molton Brown has landed in the Birchbox Shop! Just in time for holiday gifting, we’ve debuted an edited selection of their most-loved products, from a duo of their Naran Ji hand soap and lotion (my personal favorite) to that bestselling Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash—one present that’s guaranteed to make both ladies and gents on your list happy.

And if you want to make me happy (looking at you, Mom), feel free to wrap up the Stowaway Kit for me.

—Mollie

We can’t get enough of stylish British brands. Learn which other ones are on our crush list.

Beauty Essentials to Make a Hotel Room Your Own: Guest Blogger

Monique Valeris of home and design blog Decor Musings always has fantastic suggestions for how to spruce up your domestic space, but she’s also an avid beauty fan with a keen eye for products. Which is why she’s the perfect person to tell us how to meld our love of makeup and home design together. This week, she’s sharing her tips on the best beauty gifts for your house guests, the accent wall color she loves right now, and more.

If you’re taking a vacation soon, don’t neglect to carry along a few beauty essentials to ensure that your hotel room is super comfortable. Here are my four suggestions:

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Molton Brown Has a New Anti-Aging Skincare Line

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After six years of research, British brand Molton Brown has just released their Intelligent Skincare and Anti-ageing Bodycare Collection. The new capsule collection uses natural plant and mineral ingredients like antioxidant-rich malachite, exfoliating pink toronja grapefruit, and Polynesian kopara, which is a marine extract that maintains skin’s water balance and helps protect from pollution. 

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Powder Room Pretty: Guest Blogger

We’re all too aware of how insane magazine deadlines can be, which is why we’re amazed how editors can muster up the energy to blog in their spare time. And yet, somehow they do. This week, Nykia Spradley and Ayren Jackson-Cannady, the expert duo behind Gloss Daily, the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty blog, are on board for five days of expert tips, product recommendations, and more. 

Some days, we’re just as obsessed with home décor as we are with beauty. Over the next few weeks many of us will turn our quiet abodes into boarding houses for family and guests. If you’re anything like us, before opening your doors for the holidays, you contemplate a minor bathroom upgrade. Okay, let’s snap back to reality for a sec. We might not have the time or resources to make permanent changes to our bathrooms, but we can make small changes that have a big impact. See our picks after the jump!

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