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Score Healthy Locks By Labor Day With This Exotic Oil

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Sun damage, humidity, and dryness are no match for this restorative hair oil. 

One of our biggest beauty hangups is dry, damaged hair. Aside from all the coloring, heat-styling and teasing that we normally do, we also spent the long July fourth weekend frolicking in salty waves and mushing our strands into every kind of bun imaginable. Our poor hair! It must feel like rockabilly singer Eddie Cochran hit the nail on the head when he crooned, “There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” 

But, fortunately for our seriously distressed locks, we have found a solution: I.C.O.N.’s nourishing India Oilwhich some subscribers will be receiving in their July Birchboxes!

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Beyonce and Pepsi, Les Miserablés Makeup Transformations, and More
Beyoncé just signed a $50 million partnership with Pepsi. That’s quite the paycheck! [USA Today]
Chloé is expanding its collection of fragrances to include a perfume for its diffusion line, See by Chloé. [WWD]
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the hair and makeup transformations for Les Miserablés. [The Cut]
Twitter and Instagram officially part ways—and Twitter is releasing its own set of photo filters before the end of the month. [Fast Company] 
Did you know that hair-saving argan oil can actually be damaging to your strands if used incorrectly? Learn how to make it work for you. [BellaSugar]
Gilt’s $450 steel Starbucks gift cards sold out in a matter of minutes and now the cards are listed on eBay for more than double the original price. [Racked]
(Photo: nytimes.com)
—Hallie
Have you taken a look at our latest Birchbox Beauty Pulse Survey, the Holiday Edition? If not, check it out now! 

Beyonce and Pepsi, Les Miserablés Makeup Transformations, and More

(Photo: nytimes.com)

—Hallie

Have you taken a look at our latest Birchbox Beauty Pulse Survey, the Holiday Edition? If not, check it out now

The One Hair Product You’re Not Using But You Might Want to Give Another Try (It Makes Such a Difference!)

You’ve probably heard by now that we’re teaming up with Glamour for our July Birchbox. To help celebrate this awesome partnership, the gracious Girls in the Beauty Department will be sharing their beauty expertise with us for an entire month. Lucky us!

Last night I got to pick Tresemme hairstyle John D’s brain for hair tips. The big surprise? His favorite hair product is mousse. Mousse, guys. Yes, that stuff from the ’80s you probably never thought you’d touch with a 10-foot pole. Here’s the deal:

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Girl Crush Kimora Lee Simmons Reveals (a Few) of Her Beauty Secrets

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

One of my beauty girl crushes is Kimora Lee Simmons. Not only is she incredibly successful, but her cheekbones are ridic, she’s got the best skin, and her eyebrows are crazy-perfect. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to speak with her directly and get the 411 on her beauty regimen. The Cliff’s Notes version is this: Simmons just launched her own skincare line (Shinto Clinical), her grandma taught her everything she knows about being gorgeous (drink your water!), and she love love loves anything packed with Argan oil (i.e. Shinto Pore It Out, FIXX Argan Oil Shampoo, and Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion). Check out my one-on-one after the jump, and then tell me who your beauty girl crush is in comments.

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Limited Edition Josie Maran Argan Oils Benefit Charities

We’ve long been fans of model Josie Maran’s eco-chic skincare and makeup line, especially her pure argan oil products. I’m obsessed with the extra moisturizing oil, so I was thrilled when I had the chance to meet Maran last week and find out about her new limited edition argan oil set, which launched on Tuesday. The collection of three oils, called Model Citizen, features packaging designed by Maran and fellow models, Petra Nemcova and Angela Lindvall.

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Currently Obsessed With…Oils!

You may have noticed lots of your favorite brands coming out with oil-based products in the last year, and for good reason. These products are a far cry from the greasy, dirty kind of oil that clogs your pores and weighs down your hair. In fact, these oils are all about working with your skin and hair type to either cleanse or hydrate. My favorite cleansing oils fit the old adage “like attracts like” by pulling out the bad oils and leaving skin with plenty of moisture, not stripped. My must-have hydrating oils sink in immediately and are much longer-lasting than moisturizers. Check out a few of my all-time faves below.

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Ingredient Decoder: Argan Oil

Photo: Urban Bush Babes

Most girls identify their hair as straight, curly, thick, or thin, but I can only think of one word to describe my hair: hard. I was born with abundant black locks that feel like strands of al dente spaghetti to the touch. Even gallons of conditioner can only soften it so much — by day two, it’s back to its original resistant state. But I’ve finally found something that can tame my mane: Redken’s All Soft Argan-6 Oil. I’ve been rubbing it into my hair post-shower every night, and it makes my hair remarkably soft and pliable. The secret is right on the label: a high concentration of fair trade argan oil. 

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Our New BFF: Argan Oil

Josie Maran Argan Self-Tanning Cream, $32, josiemarancosmetics.com; Josie Maran Blemishes R Gone, $28, josiemaracosmetics.com; Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Day Creme SPF 15, $95, lauramercier.com; L’Oreal Color Riche Star Secrets Lipcolour, $7, ulta.com; Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara, $22, josiemaran.com 

We want to introduce you to our new best friend: Argan Oil. This miracle product can be found everywhere from moisturizer to hair products to makeup. And a huge plus? The oil helps to support fair wages for women. All the oil made today is produced by women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare. These cooperatives work within a UNESCO biosphere reserve that ensures the protection and reforestation of Argan trees.

Now let’s talk makeup. Argan Oil has the power to moisturize, reduce fine lines, get rid of acne, tame hair AND condition your lips — just to name a few of its magical powers. Although it’s been around forever, it’s recently been cropping up as an ingredient in tons of products, which is good news for me. I plan to incorporate one of the above products into my regimen sometime soon.

—Kara

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Going Brushless this Spring

Beyond my eyelash curler, I don’t use many special makeup tools. Most of the time, I find that my fingertips make better smudgers and blenders than the best brushes (then again, I’m not going for precision). Which is why I can’t get enough of cream blush and highlighting palettes. My first love is the Jouer’s Weekender Collection’s cream tint and highlighter duo (not available separately but you’ll want the whole palette anyway), which is tiny enough to slip into a clutch and comes in a flattering neutral tones. Recently I’ve also been using Josie Maran’s Finger Paints compact, which has four shades of argan oil-infused cream blushes and highlighters — all you need for on-the-go spring beauty. And for simplicity, I love RMS Beauty’s all-natural Lip2Cheek tint — Smile is a cheery coral color that brightens up even the palest winter face. 

—Mollie

Get ready for spring getaways with Jouer’s Weekender Collection.

Check out our roundup of spring’s best beauty trends.