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Packing List: New Hampshire

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This weekend, I’m heading out of the sticky city and up to the fresh air of Andover, NH. I’m lucky enough to have a friend with a lakefront house, and even luckier that she doesn’t say no when I ask if she’d like some company. Happily, there isn’t much to do except kayak, cook with the bounty of the local farmer’s market, and make our annual pilgrimage to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair (which is as awesome as it sounds). Product-wise, it’s all about restoring and repairing—here’s what I’m bringing along.

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4 Things You Need to Know About Eye Cream

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As the, ahem, elder stateswoman of the Birchbox editorial team, it seemed only appropriate that I act as the designated test driver for the latest eye cream to land in our office: StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles. I’m staring 40 in the face, and it’s time to get serious about what’s staring back at me in the mirror (truth be told, I should have started getting serious 10 years ago).
The eye concentrate targets the major signs of aging: fine lines, crow’s feet, puffiness, and dark undereye circles—all of which I struggle with. A regular award winner since its release about three years ago and newly updated for 2013, the formula features NIA-114, a proprietary niacin molecule and form of vitamin B3 that stimulates DNA repair, strengthens the skin barrier, boosts cell turnover, and regulates melanin levels. Plus, the molecule enhances the effect of other key ingredients, like peptides, which boost collagen formation to plump up fine lines. After four weeks of religious use morning and night, I called on the folks at Strivectin to find out more about the science of antiaging. Read on to find out what I uncovered.
 

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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.