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Packing List: Paris

Coming to a departures gate near you—New York’s famed Black and White Cookies from Ess-a-Bagel

Paris, j’arrive! Editorial Director Mollie, Social Media Senior Manager Rachel, and I are jetting to the City of Light to pow-wow with our lovely colleagues from Birchbox France, UK, and Spain. I’m leaving plenty of room in my suitcase for Parisian discoveries to tote back to New York, but I couldn’t leave without these key staples: 

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First Day of School Prep: High School Edition

Our school days are long behind us, but we still get nostalgic around this time of year. That was the impetus behind Head of the Class, our latest limited edition box, and our Back to School shop category. And with the start of classes right around the corner, we asked a real teen—Birchbox Blog star Becca Zimmerman—to clue us in to how the kids are prepping for school these days.

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The week before school starts can be a little bit stressful: finishing up summer reading, buying school supplies, and, of course, making sure that you come in to classes looking and feeling amazing. Here are a couple ways I’m kickstarting my routine before the first day:

One of the most important things about first day prep is having clear, healthy skin.  An exfoliator is great because it gets rid of dead skin cells and buildup on top of your skin, and makes it feel smooth and refreshed.  You can use a daily exfoliator in the shower, like Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub, or you can use a more powerful exfoliator once or twice a week.  My favorite exfoliator of all time is WEI’s Pomegranate Buffing Beads, which feel kind of like sand from the beach, but make your skin so soft afterwards. If you are new to exfoliators or have sensitive skin, I suggest using a daily scrub every two or three days and then build your way up to something more powerful so that you don’t hurt or dry out your skin.

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Packing List: Northern Michigan Wedding

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Any Michiganders out there? This week our senior manager of social media, Rachel, is leaving for her wedding in Charlevoix, Michigan! (Note: longtime Birchbox fans have probably been anticipating this day since October when her engagement bling started popping up all over our Instagram feed.)

Before Rachel left Manhattan for her two week stint in the Midwest we made her spill the beans about which products made the cut for her big trip. Here’s what she’s taking with her, and why:

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Check Out The Winners of 2013’s CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards!

We hope you’ve been keeping up with us while we track the development of this year’s Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and their Beauty Insider Choice Awards. We’ve been following the finalists closely (and named a few of our favorite nominated products in the process) and now the winners have been announced! These products are truly the best in beauty and have the CEW seal of approval. Read on to find out a few of the winners below:

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Best Cleanser and Scrub
fresh – Rose Cleansing Foam

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Best Mass Eye Product
Maybelline — The Mega Plush Mascara by Volum’Express Mascara

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A Curly Hair Routine That Prevents Frizz and Defines Curls Once and For All
Staffer Caroline is a frequent source of hair admiration around the office since her natural curls somehow achieve that perfect balance of weightlessness and a total lack of frizz. Luckily, we convinced her to show us exactly what she does each morning to get her curls so defined and lovely. Check out the video below to see her routine and the products she swears by—there’s even a trick in there I’m appropriating for my naturally straight hair! 

—Lorelei
Caroline isn’t the only one sharing her go-to products: find our Cofounders’ and Editorial Director’s must-haves in the Birchbox Shop.

A Curly Hair Routine That Prevents Frizz and Defines Curls Once and For All

Staffer Caroline is a frequent source of hair admiration around the office since her natural curls somehow achieve that perfect balance of weightlessness and a total lack of frizz. Luckily, we convinced her to show us exactly what she does each morning to get her curls so defined and lovely. Check out the video below to see her routine and the products she swears by—there’s even a trick in there I’m appropriating for my naturally straight hair! 

—Lorelei

Caroline isn’t the only one sharing her go-to products: find our Cofounders’ and Editorial Director’s must-haves in the Birchbox Shop.

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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10 Foods for Healthy Hair: Guest Blogger

Doing your hair can be a challenge and let’s face it: Throwing it up into a topknot every day gets boring. Christina over at Hair Romance believes your hair is your best accessory and it should always be treated at such. This week, she’s sharing all her best tips and tricks to make every day a good hair day. 

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Healthy hair is not just what you put on the ends of your hair, but also about what you eat. These are the top 10 foods to include in your diet for a more lustrous head of hair. 

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Have You Signed Up For Your April Women’s Health Birchbox Yet?

There’s still time to get your hands on all the goodies that were handpicked by the Women’s Health beauty editors for this month’s Birchbox. Sign up by this Sunday, April 14th, and you’ll receive your first box this month. We’ve filled it with items inspired by the theme “Tiny Tweaks, Big Results” and we’re carrying that idea through everything we do this month. Watch the video above to find out just a few of the products we’re sampling this month, and let us know what small changes you’re making in your life!

—Lorelei

Sign up by Sunday, April 14th, to receive an April Women’s Health Birchbox.

Sneak Peek: Birchbox April 2013

We’re a few days into April now and a new month means a new Birchbox is just around the corner. This month we’ve teamed up with Women’s Health to bring you a box themed around “Tiny Tweaks, Big Rewards.” We’re carrying that idea through everything we do this month—from our beauty routines, to our diets, our relationships, and more.

Watch the video above to get an early look at some of the products heading to our members this month. PLUS, be sure to keep an eye out for more videos and articles launching soon with all manner of ideas for small ways to improve your life big time. Happy Spring!

—Lorelei

Get a head start on planning your weekends by taking a look at our April Agenda. You’ll find ideas for the best things to see, read, and do this month. 

We’re Working With Women’s Health for April!

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Anyone who reads this blog knows two things: We’re just as crazy about wellness as we are about beauty. In addition to being regulars at our local gyms (hello Equinox) and curious juicers, we’re devoted to Women’s Health. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be teaming up with the magazine for our April Birchbox! All of our monthly subscribers will receive a box curated by the mag’s (totally toned) editorial team, and trust us when we say that the lineup—which includes brands like Kiehl’s, Simple, Supergoop, and Ojon—is in great shape. (That’s a fitness joke, get it?)

Not so much into working out? Fear not. The theme is “tiny tweaks, big results,” which means we’ll be talking about all the ways you can improve your overall wellbeing.

Best of all, anyone who is a current subscriber or signs up for the April box will receive an offer for one full year of Women’s Health—for free.  

Click here to learn more about this exciting partnership and to sign up for the Women’s Health box if you’re not already a subscriber.