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The Product That Changed My Life: Emily Fox

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Perfume can sometimes seem like a simple afterthought; a quick spritz on the wrist before you head out the door to add a little something to your outfit. But the moment you catch a whiff of someone’s signature scent—the one that captures the essence of the person immediately—suddenly you find yourself rethinking your approach to fragrance.

L.A. screenwriter and Philly-native Emily Fox tells us how the romantic, floral scent of a cult French fragrance became her reverse Kryptonite—a cure-all for bad outfits, blue days, and everything in between.

Dying to know which scent could completely turn around Emily’s day? Here’s the product that changed her life.

Here are three fresh, spring-inspired perfumes we’re psyched to wear this season

What’s In Your Gym Bag?

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If the number of rolled-up yoga mats in our office are any indication, Birchbox staffers love to workout. No matter how busy we are, we always try to schedule in a regular exercise sesh to stay in shape and boost our moods, and over the years we’ve mastered the art of the quick change (a crucial survival skill for the chronically over-booked). 

In the April issue of the Birchbox Magazine, we asked three staffers to show us what they carry in their gym bags. Beyond the wonders of dry shampoo, there are plenty of other time-saving ways we recover our cool after a grueling session at the gym. Click through to learn about our favorites! Here’s a peek inside Birchbox staffers’ gym bags.

—Mai 

A gym bag essential we never brave bikram yoga without? W3LL PEOPLE’s Nudist ColorBalm Stick. Made of 100 percent natural and organic ingredients, this sheer gloss impart just the right touch of color, without feeling oily or sticky. 

5 Ways to Make the Most of Seasonal Ingredients

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As much as we love cooking up a storm, we know that sometimes the hardest part of putting a recipe together—aka picking out the star ingredients—starts before you’ve even made it to the kitchen.

If you’re still learning how to find and make the most of the season’s freshest veggies, we’ve got five easy-to-follow tips that will help you navigate the food stands like a pro.

From how to find the best local farmer’s market to the spring crops you have to get your hands on, here are five ways to make the most of seasonal ingredients.

For even more tips on how to become a veritable kitchen goddess, check out this month’s issue of Birchbox Magazine.

Nesting: Small Ways to Personalize Your Home

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Our homes are our sanctuaries, especially in a city as busy and bustling as New York. We know better than anyone that a tidy, beautiful space can make you feel better at the end of a rough day.

In the latest issue of the Birchbox Magazine, we rounded up our favorite home decorating tips to help you de-clutter and give your space a much-needed personal touch. We’ve got tips on what to do with all those back issues of your favorite magazines, the best way to display your stray nail polishes, and more. And the best part? You don’t need to have a million bucks to complete any of these easy upgrades. 

—Mai 

Check out our favorite home & food picks in the Birchbox Shop. 

How to: Keep Your Hair Looking Young

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We apply moisturizers and serums with daily devotion, all in the hopes of keeping our skin looking youthful until we’re old enough to truly appreciate Bingo. But until recently, we’d never stopped to think about what happens to our hair as we get older. 

In the latest issue of the Birchbox magazine, we interviewed three industry experts to get the (painful) truth about aging hair and learn what we can do about it. As it turns out, graying isn’t the only issue associated with seasoned strands. Get the full scoop here!

—Mai

Find our favorite hair products in the Birchbox Shop.

Join Us for a Twitter Chat with Simple on All Things Skincare!

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We’re giving away 20 sets of these sensitive skin-friendly products from Simple during our Twitter chat with Simple on April 23 at 1:00pm ET!

As much as we love testing the latest and greatest eye treatment or face serum, we know first hand that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the newest high tech ingredients and all the different ways that they can help. Sometimes, a minimalist approach is the gentlest and most effective way to tend to our skin’s woes.

We discovered Simple Skincare through one of our editors who swears by their classic lightweight moisturizer. We’re big fans of their products since they’re free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and harsh irritants that aggravate skin—which makes them ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.

We’re excited to say that tomorrow at 1:00pm ET we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with the experts at Simple! They’ll be answering any and all of your questions related to skincare, from what ingredients you should look for—and avoid—in a face cleanser to the food you should be eating to make your skin glow.

Tweet your questions in advance with the hashtag #AskSimple—and make sure you’re following @Birchbox and @SimpleSkincare! Plus, just by participating, you’ll be entered to win one of 20 collections of skincare products from Simple, including their Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, and Soothing Eye Balm! See official rules here.

—Juliette

Curious to learn more about the brand? Here’s even more info on Simple.

Want To Prevent Crow’s Feet? Supergoop’s Eye Cream Is Your New Best Friend

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that no one reading this blog is more careful about sun protection than I am. Sure, many of you might be just as careful, but I can guarantee that no one is taking even more precautionary measures. (I would happily be proven wrong. Fellow SPF nuts, drop me a line in the comments below!)

My daily routine always includes one of two Supergoop products, either their City Sunscreen Serum or their Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body and to give you a sense of just how careful I am, if I’m indoors on a sunny day and seated near a big window, I will likely reapply. But get this: Despite my best efforts, it turns out that my SPF routine was lacking one major component. 

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Roger and Me: A Farewell to America’s Favorite Film Critic

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The man who turned Americans on to Fellini and still appreciated a cheesy rom-com. (photo: Buena Vista Television/AP Photo)

Yesterday, legendary film critic Roger Ebert lost his hard-fought battle with cancer. Upon hearing the sad news, the Birchbox editorial team mourned his passing in a fashion truly befitting a group of writers: by sharing our favorite articles, reviews, and essays penned by the famed movie buff.

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The British Brand That Totally Won Over My Sensitive Skin

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During my junior year of college I fell in love with Edinburgh (above) and a standout UK-based skincare brand.

Growing up, I always considered myself a beauty rookie since I rarely played with makeup. (A by-product of having a big brother who teaches you to love cars and cloaked comic book characters as a kid). But during college, I realized that I had become something of a skincare connoisseur because of my sensitive, acne-prone skin. I was always on the lookout for the gentlest yet most effective products. By freshman year, I’d tried nearly every drugstore line I could find, given Proactiv a trial run, and finally acknowledged a tiny addiction to clay face masks.

By the time I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for my junior year abroad, I was pretty well-versed in what really worked for my finicky complexion. So you can imagine my excitement when I found a British brand to fill in for the American mainstays that got lost in an EuRail baggage debacle. Guys, if you haven’t heard of them yet, let me introduce you to Simple Skincare.

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Cherry Blossoms, Mad Men, Beverly Cleary and More: Birchbox Agenda

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(From left to right): Find out when you should head to D.C. for the cherry blossoms, indulge in the long-awaited return of Mad Men, and celebrate beloved author Beverly Clearly’s birthday with our guide to this month. 

April is upon us, which means you can finally stop hibernating and pack your social calendars with outdoor concerts, foodie festivals, and so much more.

To help you navigate spring’s activity bounty, we put together a list of the most-awesome things to eat, see, try and do this April. And if you’re worrying about those spring showers, don’t fret. We’ve also included a primer on buzzed-about movies and music releases to keep you occupied on the occasional rainy day.

Don’t miss the Birchbox Agenda: Our Ultimate Guide to April.

Want even more events to hit? Check out Birchbox Man’s Guide to April.