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How To Wear Lipstick 3 Ways, Peptides Decoded, Birchbox Man’s Summer Survey, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend.

  • Peptides: Decoded: Skincare pros and addicts alike have been buzzing about peptides for years, but what exactly are they and how do they work?
  • Birchbox Man Summer Survey 2013: Birchbox Man surveyed over 3000 men to get their take on tinted moisturizer, swimsuit style, and a certain gross summer habit.
  • Before Sunrise/Sunset: An A-to-Z Guide: Everyone’s gearing up for the huge summer blockbusters this weekend, but we’ve got our eyes on the latest act from Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater: Before Midnight.


Catch up on beauty news and much more in our morning must reads.

Packing List: Heading to Guatemala with Pencils of Promise!


Earlier this year, we gave you an update on the Pencils of Promise school that we built in Pasebeyena, Guatemala. The three-classroom school has been open since December 13th, and this weekend Katia, Hayley, and I are getting the (amazing) opportunity to visit it. The phenomenal PoP team has put together a jam-packed itinerary for us, including community visits, cultural activities (Lema weaving classes!), and of course plenty of time with the school staff and students. (We’ll also be zip-lining—eek!)


The Birchbox school in Pasebeyena, Guatemala, right after completion!

We’ve already been studying our pre-departure packets, which has handy information on the local currency and slang, and grabbing SPF samples off Birchbox staffers’ desks. In addition to snacks and bathing suits, here are some of the items the three of us will be packing:

Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial TowelettesSingle-use wipes are to travel what sprinkles are to ice cream—that is, non-negotiable. We’re fans of Yes To’s oil-free wipes for their citrusy scent and gentle, but satisfying exfoliating effect.

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We Built a School with Pencils of Promise!


Children from Caserio Paseyeneba village, where we built our school.

Last summer, we announced an incredible partnership with Pencils of Promise to build a school in Guatemala. This great non-profit has built 105 schools to date in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana to provide access to quality education and we were excited to support and help with that mission. During the entire month of August, all purchases made in the Birchbox Shop went directly to this endeavor with the goal of raising $25,000 – the amount it takes to build an entire school.

Well, guess what? We did it!

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Three More Days to Help Us Build a School

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! 

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Meet the Beneficiaries of Pencils of Promise Schools Around the World

As you probably know, we’ve teamed up with Pencils of Promise (PoP) this month to build a school. We’re giving 15 percent of proceeds from all the full-size sales in our Shop to PoP, with the goal of raising $25,000—the amount it takes to construct an entire school!

Instead of just telling you about the life-changing work that PoP does, we wanted to show you. We’ve picked just a few photos from their archives to introduce you to some of the children that PoP has benefited over the years. We also hope that these snapshots motivate you to finally pick up that lip gloss you’ve been lusting after—it’s benefiting a good cause, after all!

Photo: Bryce Eriksen 

A preschooler in Nunsavat, Laos, attending the inauguration ceremony of her new preschool. Before the Pencils of Promise Preschool in Nunsavat, the village’s preschool students attended class in a dilapidated structure that hadn’t be repaired in 40 years. 

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August Sneak Peek Video! Plus, Enter To Win

This month, we’€™re taking you to Beauty School with a collection of samples to help you stock up for the coming season. There aren’€™t any notebooks or pens, but you’€™ll find exciting new must-haves. Find out about some of the many samples in this month’€™s box—plus the details on our first ever Birchbox Find. 

And, since we know how much you love these Sneak Peeks, we’re giving you the chance to win every single full-size product featured in this video. Simply comment on our YouTube video page with your answer to Hayley’s question: “What beauty products are you stocking up on for fall?” Make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and we’ll notify the winner via YouTube message on 8/28. Can’t wait to hear from you!


A new month means new products in the Birchbox Shop! Find out what we can’t wait to get our hands on this month!

We’re Building a School with Pencils of Promise!

In honor of this month’s Beauty School theme, we’re thrilled to announce a special partnership. We’re teaming up with Pencils of Promise to build a school in Guatemala! Founded in 2008, the organization is dedicated to bringing education to communities in need. To date, they’ve built 58 schools in Guatemala, Laos, and Nicaragua and they have a goal of reaching 100 by the end of the year. We’re excited to be a part of their mission.

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