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Join Us for a Twitter Chat with Dr. Brandt—Gwyneth Paltrow’s Go-To Derm!

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The doctor is in the Birchbox house! Meet celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt, the man responsible Hollywood’s for most covetable complexions (Gwyneth Paltrow’s glowing visage, for one). We grilled the legendary doc on the one product he’d take to a desert island, the biggest skincare mistake people make, and much more in this month’s Innovator-in-Chief feature. 

Want to know more? Join us today, October 16, at 7 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat with Dr. Brandt. He’ll be answering all your burning (well, we hope not literally) skincare questions. To participate, tweet your questions with #AskDrBrandt and follow @birchbox and @drfredricbrandt to keep up with the conversation.

Plus, six lucky participants will be selected to win one of Dr. Brandt’s most buzzed-about products. Don’t be shy! We want to hear from you.

—Ally

Designed to mimic in-office treatments, dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant gently buffs away dead skin cells, revealing radiant, healthy skin underneath. 


Dolce’s New Polishes, Prince Andrew on Twitter, and More


Dolce & Gabbana’s new collection of nail lacquers, Love in Taormina, just hit shelves. We think the brand should change the name to Love At First Sight. [The Cut] 
Kim Sears, girlfriend of Wimbledon winner Andy Murray, is being named as the new “it” style icon of England. [Fashionista]
Here’s a first for the royal family: Prince Andrew opened up a Twitter account. It’s time to start following @TheDukeOfYork. [People]
The royal baby’s official title was announced. Congrats to His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess of Cambridge. [Us Weekly]
In sad celeb news, Stacy Keibler ended her two-year relationship with George Clooney. [Glamour]

—Geraldine
 
Stay glowing in the summer heat with the longest lasting blush you’ll ever own.

Dolce’s New Polishes, Prince Andrew on Twitter, and More

—Geraldine
 
Stay glowing in the summer heat with the longest lasting blush you’ll ever own.
New Veronica Mars Photos, MObama Joins Instagram, and More
The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie is currently filming and photos from the set will certainly have fans speculating plot points. [Huffington Post]
First Lady Michelle Obama is now on Instagram! [Perez Hilton]
Rebecca and Uri Minkoff talk about the importance of consumer interaction and being nice in the fashion industry. [Fashionista]
Blake Lively admits to trimming her own split ends, but is she actually damaging her trademark hair? [Allure]
The founder of Urban Compass shares his must-have health list for surviving a startup. From rooftop yoga to office-wide-meals, we certainly approve. [Q Equinox]
—Geraldine
Envy Blake’s summer glow? Check out these natural summer beauty tips from celeb makeup guru Katey Denno.

New Veronica Mars Photos, MObama Joins Instagram, and More

—Geraldine

Envy Blake’s summer glow? Check out these natural summer beauty tips from celeb makeup guru Katey Denno.

Join Us for a Twitter Chat with Miss Jessie’s!

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With so many curly- and wavy-haired staffers here at Birchbox—we know as well as anyone that it can be tough to find the right products, regimens and tools to help you manage your mane. (Plus, with summer heat and humidity coming soon we’re gearing up to fight the frizz). But thankfully, this week we’re getting even more help to tackle all of our hair snafus!

Join us tomorrow, Thursday May 30, at 3pm ET for a Twitter Chat with Miko Branch, one of the founders of curly hair brand Miss Jessie’s. She’ll be answering any and all of your questions about curly and wavy hair—from the perfect product for you to the tips and tricks she uses on her own hair.

To participate, tweet your questions with #AskMissJessies and follow @birchbox and @Miss_Jessies to keep up with the conversation. PLUS, ten lucky winners will receive Miss Jessie’s newest styling product, Jelly Soft Curls. Don’t be shy! We’re looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow.

(Photo: Stephane Cardinale/People Avenue/Corbis)

Did you know that Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls is exclusive to the Birchbox Shop until July? Check it out now.

Stocking Up On Summer Staples At Joie

We’re totally obsessed with Joie clothing. The SoCal-based Parisian-inspired label epitomizes the phrase effortlessly chic, which is exactly how we want to dress—especially in the summer. We’re thrilled that we’re now carrying the brand’s delightful-smelling perfume and hand cream, and in honor of their debut in our Shop, we threw a small shopping soiree at Joie’s Soho boutique for our local customers. Guests were treated to macarons, champagne, and best of all, a 20 percent off discount. We even hosted an Instagram contest and the very lucky @kt_hilton scored a $500 Joie gift card, plus the luxe fragrance and hand cream! Scroll through to see her winning look and for even more fun photos from the evening. 

1. @kt_hiltonAnd on Wednesdays we drink prosecco and shop for blue ikat pants @beachy_chic #shopjoie @birchbox @joie_clothing

2. @laurenshiaYummy #macarons and prosecco #shopjoie

3. @heyheyykellayJoie Summer Style #shopjoie @joie_clothing

4. @cautiouslyoptimisticHaving a fabulous time with @birchbox at the @joie_clothing event! #ShopJoie

5. @kasey_ma: Gorgeous @joie_clothing gown #shopjoie in collab w. @birchbox

6. @meowjenniferGetting pretty at the #birchbox event at #joie

7. Our very own @sistatistaFun times with sleachy meachy at the #Shopjoie birchbox event. Those are some good lookin pants!

8. @jessicashiaLoving this bracelet! How pretty & summery is it? #shopjoie

9. @rachacrawfordSalut summer! Allison’s ready for wedding season! #shopjoie @birchbox @joie_clothing

—Meredith

Here’s how to match your summer outfit to your scent!

Send Us Your Questions and We’ll Answer With a Personalized Video!: Special Ops

We’re always looking for ways to improve your Birchbox experience—which is why we’re happy to say that we have another great way to help you learn about your products!

If you’re on Twitter, from now on when you have questions about a product, just send a tweet to @BirchboxOps using the hashtag #SpecialOps. An Ops team member will send you a video made especially for you with all the answers you need to know.

Ask us every question from how big a product is, to what is looks like on your skin, to the texture, to the smell, and more. We’ve got the answers and we’re here to help!

You can also check out the Birchbox Ops YouTube channel, where you’ll find all of our videos answering everyone’s questions. We can’t wait to hear from you!

—Sarah

To find out even more insider details on how to get around the Birchbox universe, check out the Ops team’s column: Special Ops.

Watch Tina and Amy (Ahem, We Mean the Golden Globes) with Us Tonight!

At Birchbox HQ, we spend a lot of time discussing all the celebs we *know* would be our BFFs if they could only meet us. I mean, come on—we are so fun! While the list of our make-believe star friends is long (we’ve got everyone from Michelle Obama to Rachel Roy on there) the two always at the top are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. We can’t get enough of these wickedly smart, funny, beautiful women. Naturally, we are pretty psyched about watching the duo lead the Golden Globes tonight. We’ll be chattering about the looks we love (and don’t love so much) on Twitter so make sure you’re following @birchbox!

Plus, this award season we’re trying something new! At 6:30pm EST, when the red carpet coverage begins, we’ll launch a Facebook poll where you can nominate and vote for your favorite looks of the night. Then Monday morning we’ll share a tutorial here on the blog to help you get the look using products you can find in the Birchbox Shop

See you tonight!

—Rachel

Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss out on any of Amy, Tina, and red carpet fun.

Could You Live Without Your Smartphone?

Remember life before these little devices were in everyone’s hands? 

A few months ago, I did what no other self-respecting twenty-something NYC blogger would do voluntarily: I took myself off Twitter. And Instagram. And Facebook. My decision to kill off my online avatars was driven by one simple reason: I realized I was spending more time checking my social media feeds than actually hanging out with my friends. The first post-account-deletion days were tough—suddenly, fiddling with my iPhone was a lot less fun. After a while, though, the urge to hit the refresh button died down. I started making more dinner plans and feeling less distracted. Now I’m contemplating making a New Year’s Resolution to impose even more limits on how I use my iPhone: I want to go completely phone-less at least one day a week.

Apparently I’m not alone. As The New York Times reports, there’s a growing movement organized around unplugging from your smartphone, if only for the duration of a happy hour. 

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Lady Gaga’s Sister Models, Vodka Beauty Treatments, And More

Lady Gaga’s younger sister is a model? [Huffington Post]
Nothing is more classic and timeless than red nails—see which hues are the very best of the best. [Beauty High]
Seven ways to get a healthy glow even during the dark dreary months of winter. [Her Campus]
Check out side-by-side comparisons between Twitter’s new photo filters and Instagram’s filters. [Buzzfeed]
On a green juice kick? Use this handy map of all the juice bars in Manhattan to help you get your fix. [Well+Good NYC]
A look at the different ways in which vodka can be used for various DIY beauty treatments. [BellaSugar]
Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton, hopes to design maternity wear for Kate Middleton. [Styleite] 
(Photo: huffingtonpost.com)
—Hallie

Speaking of Kate Middleton, learn how to get her rolled chignon!