There are only three days left in August, and with every purchase you make from the Birchbox Shop until the end of the month, you’re helping us build a school. We’re donating fifteen percent of proceeds (from the sale of full-size products) to Pencils of Promise, which is a great non-profit promoting education in developing countries. Shopping for yourself and simultaneously helping out others in our global community is in itself a thing of beauty. If you’re searching for a little retail inspiration, check out some of our favorite brands that give back to the community!
Don’t let the name fool you. Jessica Chu’s Tumblr Of Vice and Men doesn’t have anything to do with hot male model eye candy — but it does cover in great detail the best kind of vice: lusting after pretty things. This week she’s sharing her expert eye with us and dishing on everything from the best winter skin savers to the YouTube beauty gurus you should be following.
1. philosophy Purity Made Simple One-step Facial Cleanser — I am not at all surprised that my favorite cleanser also happens to be the favorite of Cynthia Rowley, Birchbox’s July guest curator. I was so excited to receive a sample of this in my Birchbox that month especially because now I have a reusable travel size bottle. This gentles cleanser removes makeup, cleanses, tones, and lightly hydrates my skin. When I need some extra deep cleaning, I’ll use this with my Clarisonic.
2. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado — I’m a Kiehl’s junkie. I’ve been using this eye cream since college and it’s incredibly thick and really hydrates my eyes. However, I think I’ll be in the market to purchase a more ‘grown up eye cream soon.
3. Pangea Organics Toner for Normal/Combination Skin — Thank you Birchbox for introducing me to Pangea Organics. It was fate. I had been complaining and asking Twitter whether or not I should start using a toner (I really didn’t have a clue at the time about what it actually does) and when my Birchbox came, it was right there for me to try! Since work has been pretty much been crazy these past few months, I look to my toner to help control and balance my skin’s pH.
This summer, Birchbox’s content team is extremely lucky to have awesome intern Shana in the office. She’s a student at Syracuse University (the smarty pants is a dual major in magazine journalism and psychology) and she’ll be helping with researching, writing, product testing and, of course, blogging. In addition to daily beauty news posts, she’ll be writing a weekly column called College Girl.
It’s easy to get caught piling on extra toppings at your favorite frozen yogurt joint—a danger of self-service. Personally I have an unhealthy obsession with the Red Mango right by my summer dorm, and my brother’s endless supply of gift cards has really fueled my addiction. If you’re a topping hoarder like me, read on for a few healthy yet delicious options that should always make the cut. All of these natural ingredients will also benefit your skin, so I’ve also included product recommendations that will help you incorporate them into your skincare routine as well.
Blueberries: I’ve been known to pop one of these in my mouth and the next thing you know, the entire container is gone. But with this fruit, you shouldn’t worry about holding back. Blueberries are a high source of antioxidants, and work specifically to help reverse damage to skin cells and maintain youthful-looking skin. The blueberries in Alchimie’s Kantik Mask actually work to reduce redness in your skin, so you’ll ave a flawless complexion in no time.
Almonds: Another tasty and portable treat, almonds filled with fat-burning fibers, their antioxidants are great for skin health, and they have a reputation for being a great brain food. Plus, they’re packed with Vitamin B, which promotes hair and nail growth. Befine Exfoliating Cleanser is rich with almonds that will sooth and hydrate your skin, leaving you with a fresh palate before you apply any makeup.
Cranberries: Like blueberries, cranberries are full of protective antioxidants. Infections don’t stand a chance against this healthy treat, and research indicates that your gums can benefit as well. Cranberries work their magic on your skin in Pangea Organics Facial Scrub as they dissolve dead skin cells during exfoliation.
Honey: No need for an energy drink, honey will give you a boost when you need it and also protect your immune system. The sticky-sweet substance can also help heal small cuts, wounds, and burns. Nuxe Honey Reve de Miel Lip Balm is infused with honey to moisturize, soften, and heal your lips. So next time you’re reaching for the chocolate syrup, opt for honey instead.
Scope out more healthy products in our Birchbox Shop.
We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have their CEO and founder, Maria Olson, guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to her fave eco-friendly fashion finds.
Korres Guava Body Butter: I am obsessed with the smell of guava, and I love the Korres body butters. The lotion is rich enough to actually moisturize my skin, without having to rub it in too much. My skin feels smooth without that gooey feeling and it’s total aromatherapy.
Pangea Organics Eye Cream: I love Pangea products. And their eye cream is wonderfully hydrating and aromatherapeutic-ly scented. I also feel like it helps lighten my dark undereye circles.
suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser: I keep a jar of my beloved suki Sugar in my shower. I love this product so much! I’ve tried so many and this is my favorite exfoliator. I admit it, I adore the sweet lemon smell and taste. I try not to actually eat it…but knowing that it is real sugar makes it so much sweeter.
Pangea Organics Lip Balm: The Pangea lip balm is a staple in my purse, as it doesn’t dry out my skin, and smells yummy and organic.
Pangea Organics Balancing Oil: My daytime moisturizer is this oil because it balances out my skin, prevent breakouts, and give me essential hydration and protection. After toner, I always follow up with fingertips full of this product all over my face, neck, and décolleté.
Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion: Weleda products are a staple in my bathroom. I love this yummy lotion, which I use after showers and at night in the spring and summer on my face, neck and décolleté because it’s light and not too heavy. The wild rose smells divine and supposedly helps with broken capillaries, which I have plenty of…
Find all of these products and so much more, all in our Birchbox Shop!