I tend to associate custom beauty products with major celebrities and people with far more money than me. A one-of-a-kind product that I created would be fantastic, but I’ve kept that dream on my “If I win the lottery”-list. (I know you have one too.) Well, that was until Bite Beauty came along.
The Canadian beauty brand recently launched their pop-up lipstick lab in New York and I have been freaking out about it ever since. I could make my own lipstick? Right there in the store? For only $28? I had to go.
Yesterday, I finally paid a visit to Bite Lip Lab and it was better than I imagined. In just 7 minutes, the beauty lab techs helped me create a custom lip color that I know I’ll be wearing all summer long.
Come take a digital science field trip with me and read on to see all the photos of how my lipstick was made right before my eyes.
Presenting the Latest Baked Good Trend: The Cronut
Our sweet tooth went into overdrive at just the thought of this new sugary creation. Last Friday, Soho-based bakery Dominique Ansel released this hybrid croissant-donut—aka “the cronut”—and New Yorkers literally ate it up (35 minutes after the bakery opened cronut inventory was sold out!). Obviously, now the Interwebz is blowing up about this baked good development, and we’re seriously considering getting up early tomorrow morning just to taste one.
And it seems that we’re not the only ones: someone highly dedicated to this flaky treat has made a support website called cronut.org for people to share the love or grieve about missing the last one in the shop.
What do you guys think about the cronut? Is it here to stay or another passing dessert trend (à la the cupcake)?
UPDATE: I couldn’t resist. I hurried down to Dominique Ansel Bakery this morning at 7:45am and found myself in line with about 15 other people (and a TV crew for that matter) eagerly awaiting the chance to try the much-raved about cronut. At 8am, the bakery opened its doors and I snatched up a few to share with my co-workers. When I left around 8:15, the bakery only had 3 left and many cronut-hopefuls went home empty handed. If you’re looking to try one, arrive early! Also keep in mind that they have a limit of 6 cronuts per customer.
So what did it taste like? Very rich. It also had a sweet vanilla bean cream in the middle of its crisp and flaky layers, which was a nice surprise. I’m not sure I could eat a whole one, but I definitely enjoyed it. My verdict: cronuts are worth the hype. (Although, at $5 each, I won’t be buying one every day.)
(Top photo: @socked)
Birchbox Intern Diaries: Office Tour
Want to see where all the Birchbox magic happens? Take a behind-the-scenes tour with our editorial intern, Charisse, as she guides you through our bright, new office in the heart of Manhattan. With over 100 staffers, BB HQ features actual birch trees, quirky conference rooms, comfy couches for meetings, and—conveniently for workaholics who regularly put in 12 to 14-hour days—Hula-Hoops and hand weights.
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When done well, a perfectly shaped and filled in eyebrow can highlight your features and draw attention to your eyes. The trouble is, it’s no easy feat whipping a set of unruly or barely there brows into shape. Luckily, we asked brow guru Sania Vucetaj, the owner of Sania’s Brow Bar in New York, to tell us how to score sleek arches, no matter what you’re starting with.
Consider this your go-to guide on how to fix the most common brow conundrums.
Draw attention to your now-perfect arches with Sumita’s Brow Base & Bright.
Meet These Awesome Birchbox Subscribers From New York!
A few months ago we put out a call to all our NYC-based members to come meet us in New York’s SoHo neighborhood for a chance to be in a Birchbox video. We were thrilled to meet so many amazing members who all came prepared to talk about their favorite beauty tips and the products they swear by. Now you can find out all about them, too!
Watch the video and then tell us in the comments below: What’s the one beauty tip that has made a difference for you?
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Operations Associate, Loren, has a thing for nails—and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back regularly for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.
Crystal is wearing Tenoverten Elizabeth.
This week, the Operations Team has been obsessed with Tennoverten Nail Polish. The lacquer line, created by the chic New York salon of the same name, includes some of our favorite colors to play with for fall, like eye-catching berry and dark-hued taupe. Take a peek after the jump to see how the Ops ladies are rocking these pretty polishes: