What’s The Next Big Beauty Trend From Asia?
We’ll give you a hint:
Traditional Chinese herbalists would prescribe this as a balm to treat a variety of skin ailments such as burns, cuts, scrapes, bites, stings, rashes, abrasions, sores, wounds, scars, etc. It’s one of the best ingredients on the planet for our skin.
Find out the newest ingredients, procedures and more that Asian skincare expert Wei Yang Brian has her eye on.
When the Birchbox Beauty Partnership team isn’t working hard to make sure your boxes are filled with awesome beauty samples, we take some time to blow off steam with a little competitive fun. Recently, we geared up with bandanas and war paint, and ventured out to Central Park for a day on the field.
Following an afternoon of relay races, kickball, and a tie-breaking water balloon fight, our grimy-feeling team members were happy they came prepared with a few necessary clean-up items. Perhaps a little predictably, everyone had hidden a pack of wipes in their bags to de-grime on-the-go. Read on to discover the products they brought along:
Birchbox + Ann Taylor Shopping Events! Swing By and Say Hi
We told you yesterday about our exciting partnership with Ann Taylor. In honor of our August box theme, Finishing School, we shot a mini style guide featuring Birchbox staffers wearing their picks from Ann Taylor’s fall collection, and showed you how to pair those looks with our beauty product must-haves for looking flawless in a flash.
We knew you might want to see the pieces in action on you, which is why we’re putting on shopping events tomorrow (August 15) at nine Ann Taylor stores around the country—hosted by local style bloggers. (Hint: take a peek above at some of the bloggers’ behind-the-scenes pics for an idea of what to expect!)
To find out more about the events, plus location information, take a peek at each blogger’s site below. Everyone who attends an event will receive a complimentary Birchbox (packed with products from natural brand Juice Beauty), plenty of yummy treats and libations, and—for a few lucky cities out there—an opportunity to get a mini-makeover from Juice Beauty on the spot. Check below to see if your city is on the list!
Boston: Hosted by Jean of Extra Petite
Chicago: Hosted by Nicole of The Beauty Girl
Houston: Hosted by Monica of Classy & Fabulous
Miami: Hosted by Lexi of Glitter & Pearls
Minneapolis: Hosted by Cate of Wild Ruffle
New York: Hosted by Jessica of Bows & Sequins
San Francisco: Hosted by Kate of The Fancy Pants Report
Seattle: Hosted by Mollie of Mollie in Seattle
Washington D.C.: Hosted by Lacey of A Lacey Perspective
(Photos: 1. Ashley Batz | 2. Nicholas Nelson | 3. Melissa Fitzgerald | 4. Jennifer Avello)
Need more Ann Taylor? Check out our style guide for more ideas on how to rock fall’s trends.
Surprising Color Combinations That Actually Work
The dog days of summer are the perfect time to ditch the neutrals and explore other parts of the color wheel.
For inspiration, we tapped two experts with different backgrounds but a shared love of unexpected color mash-ups: Los Angeles makeup artist Julianne Kaye and New York interior designer Betty Wasserman.
Find out the inspired combos that they chose—more Beyoncé and Jay-Z than The Odd Couple—and how to wear them by clicking here.
Get Your Exclusive Ann Taylor Offer!
As much as we love primping—we’re beauty editors after all—no one wants to waste time doddling in front of a mirror. To help you cut down on your prep time, we partnered with Ann Taylor this month to roundup this season’s most wearable trends, and paired each with an editor-approved beauty look.
Take advantage of our handiwork by purchasing adorbs Ann Taylor duds using the code: Birchbox at anntaylor.com and you’ll receive 20 percent off any one item—30 percent off when you buy two or more! After you’ve taken advantage of that sweet offer, hop on over to the Birchbox Shop and discover all of our Ann Taylor-inspired beauty picks.
To give you a peek behind the curtain on our creative process, here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of our amazing models (a.k.a. Birchbox staffers) in action. The studio and street shots were all taken nearly two months ago in Brooklyn (shoutout to our amazing photographer Lesley Unruh), and if you’re a Birchbox subscriber, you received a printed version of this gorgeous mini-guide in your August box. Be sure to check out the digital version here and don’t wait to use that Ann Taylor promo code! The offer expires September 16th.
Take advantage of our limited-time gift with purchase: an Ann Taylor graphic paisley scarf!
Tanning Diaries: A Faux-Glow Novice’s Guide to Faking It
I treat myself to a pedicure. Big mistake. The leg massage and scrub that felt so rejuvenating also had the effect of stripping away my lovely bronze color from my shins down. Sad face. Luckily I still have more product at home.
Avoid this tanning mishap (and other Snooki-level orange moments).
Let this Birchbox staffer’s foray into the world of fake tanner be your guide to more beautifully bronzed pastures.
For even more tips on how to score a perfectly even glow, here are tips from Birchbox’s resident self-tanning expert.
Birchbox August Spoiler: Coconut Edition
This anti-aging miracle worker comes from a brand most known for their luxurious shaving creams. It protects your skin from breakouts, wrinkles, and sunburn—all with a beachy, coconut milk scent. Can you guess what it is?
Find out more about the product that some subscribers will be receiving in their August box by clicking here.
7 Ways to Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa
At the end of a long week (or in the middle of a particularly tough week), there’s nothing more relaxing than a warm soak in the tub. Lucky for us, the gents of Birchbox Man have rounded up 7 products and practices to transform a utilitarian loo into a sumptuous spa—or at least a significantly more relaxing place to get your pamper on.
Visit the Guide for more tips on turning your bathroom into a five-star spa.
9 Things You Need to Check Out This Month
Awesome August happenings: Small music performances in London taxi cabs, the launch of a new magazine featuring smart women and delicious food, and so much more.
Peek into the August Birchbox Agenda to find out everything you should be partaking in this month.