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A Care Package For My Younger Self
Frequent readers of this blog know that I am possibly the world’s biggest nerd. Aside from growing up loving comic book heroes and video games, I also always looked forward to going back to school each fall. Not for sports games or (awkward) dances in a gym, but because I really enjoyed buying school supplies—pens, Five Star spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, you name it. It was my way of getting a fresh new fall wardrobe each year (I was bad with the whole clothes thing), and having a little fun with small accessories. Now with the cool weather settling in, I’m particularly nostalgic for those days of handpicked Eddie Bauer backpacks and neon rulers.
In an effort to quench my nostalgia, I went hunting in the Birchbox Shop to find the back-to-school products that I would’ve coveted, and found a few items that I wish were around when I was in school: 
1. Elizabeth Mckay Elephant Keychain: My early teen years were spent obsessing over learning how to drive. Once I got keys to my car, I would carry them (prominently) with me everywhere. This adorable keychain would’ve been much cuter than my nylon lanyard.
2. Triple C Designs Smart Retracto-Budz: I spent more than a few study halls listening to music on earphones hidden by the hood of my sweatshirt. This pair would’ve been perfect in a pinch since they wind up and hide themselves as soon as you give them a firm tug.
3. Poppin Notebook: I love me some spiral notebooks, but this brightly colored option is way more fun and stylish than the ones that were popular while I was in school.
4. Birchbox Exclusive Custom Pouch: This would’ve been the perfect in-between bag to take me from my middle school Sanrio days to my much more sophisticated teenage-self. If only chevron had been cool in the ’90s!
Am I the only one with a deep love of school accessories? Do you have a favorite school-bound item that you coveted?
—Candice
If you love these products and wish you could find more for a tween in your life, take a look at our Head of the Class limited edition box.

A Care Package For My Younger Self

Frequent readers of this blog know that I am possibly the world’s biggest nerd. Aside from growing up loving comic book heroes and video games, I also always looked forward to going back to school each fall. Not for sports games or (awkward) dances in a gym, but because I really enjoyed buying school supplies—pens, Five Star spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, you name it. It was my way of getting a fresh new fall wardrobe each year (I was bad with the whole clothes thing), and having a little fun with small accessories. Now with the cool weather settling in, I’m particularly nostalgic for those days of handpicked Eddie Bauer backpacks and neon rulers.

In an effort to quench my nostalgia, I went hunting in the Birchbox Shop to find the back-to-school products that I would’ve coveted, and found a few items that I wish were around when I was in school: 

1. Elizabeth Mckay Elephant Keychain: My early teen years were spent obsessing over learning how to drive. Once I got keys to my car, I would carry them (prominently) with me everywhere. This adorable keychain would’ve been much cuter than my nylon lanyard.

2. Triple C Designs Smart Retracto-Budz: I spent more than a few study halls listening to music on earphones hidden by the hood of my sweatshirt. This pair would’ve been perfect in a pinch since they wind up and hide themselves as soon as you give them a firm tug.

3. Poppin Notebook: I love me some spiral notebooks, but this brightly colored option is way more fun and stylish than the ones that were popular while I was in school.

4. Birchbox Exclusive Custom Pouch: This would’ve been the perfect in-between bag to take me from my middle school Sanrio days to my much more sophisticated teenage-self. If only chevron had been cool in the ’90s!

Am I the only one with a deep love of school accessories? Do you have a favorite school-bound item that you coveted?

—Candice

If you love these products and wish you could find more for a tween in your life, take a look at our Head of the Class limited edition box.

First Day of School Prep: High School Edition

Our school days are long behind us, but we still get nostalgic around this time of year. That was the impetus behind Head of the Class, our latest limited edition box, and our Back to School shop category. And with the start of classes right around the corner, we asked a real teen—Birchbox Blog star Becca Zimmerman—to clue us in to how the kids are prepping for school these days.

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The week before school starts can be a little bit stressful: finishing up summer reading, buying school supplies, and, of course, making sure that you come in to classes looking and feeling amazing. Here are a couple ways I’m kickstarting my routine before the first day:

One of the most important things about first day prep is having clear, healthy skin.  An exfoliator is great because it gets rid of dead skin cells and buildup on top of your skin, and makes it feel smooth and refreshed.  You can use a daily exfoliator in the shower, like Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub, or you can use a more powerful exfoliator once or twice a week.  My favorite exfoliator of all time is WEI’s Pomegranate Buffing Beads, which feel kind of like sand from the beach, but make your skin so soft afterwards. If you are new to exfoliators or have sensitive skin, I suggest using a daily scrub every two or three days and then build your way up to something more powerful so that you don’t hurt or dry out your skin.

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Announcing! The Limited Edition Head of The Class Birchbox

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While we haven’t been students since slap bracelets ruled the halls, we still know a thing or two about prepping for a new year. To wit, we put together a collection of A+ essentials to help young Birchboxers (and Birchboxers young at heart!) start the semester in style.

One thing you’ll find inside: Willa®’s start fresh foaming facial or Willa®’s face friendly clear moisturizer. Each of these ultra-gentle formulas help to keep skin hydrated from first period to a midnight study sesh. There’s also poppin’s trusty notebook and Color Club®’s Sequins Nail Art Kit for when you’re in a note-taking or crafty mood. We’re also particularly excited about the too-cute chevron Birchbox pouch, the perfect way to store pens, pencils, and your fave new stila lip glaze 

For a closer look at these goodies and the other essentials packed in this back-to-school kit, head on over to the Birchbox Shop—supplies are limited so don’t delay!

3 Back to School Beauty Trends Everyone Should Try

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 FitnessGlamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor. 

It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in the whole back to school thing. Yet, this time of the year still brings back a rush of good-feelings, since it reminds me of being a school girl and prepping for my first day of class. While other girls fussed over outfits or debated what sneakers they’d rock, I was always thinking about picking the perfect mascara to make my lashes look longer and fuller than they did last year.

I’m still as much of a beauty dork now as I was then. I’ve been inspired (and a little jealous) of all the students hitting the books, so I compiled a few of the coolest fall beauty trends that we all should try: 

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August Spoiler Alert!: Beauty School

When we were growing up, August was filled with excitement and anticipation (or maybe a little dread) for the start of another school year. This month, we’re bringing that same thrill back to our customers—grown-up style—with our Beauty School theme. We promise, no pop quizzes (whew), but we’re not revealing anything else just yet. Stay tuned over the next few days for more details, and get psyched—we’re officially making it cool to get schooled.

In the meantime, have you scoped out all our awesome July stories? Don’t miss them in the Birchbox magazine.