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Ombre Nail Wraps, Jessica Alba’s Fitness Routine, and More
Trying the ombre polish trend has never been easier now that NCLA has launched its dip-dye nail wraps. [Beauty High]
According to a recent infograph published by Mintlife, a woman will spend around $4,000 on mascara in her lifetime. [Refinery29]
Willow Palin, the middle sister of the family, has just graduated from beauty school. [The Cut]
Jessica Alba gives Equinox’s Q a peek inside her fitness and wellness routine. [Q]
Keds is branching out beyond sneaks into apparel! [SheFinds]
—Charisse
Learn about seven different ways to make your wedding photos picture perfect.

(Photo: NCLA)

Ombre Nail Wraps, Jessica Alba’s Fitness Routine, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: NCLA)

Meet the Beneficiaries of Pencils of Promise Schools Around the World

As you probably know, we’ve teamed up with Pencils of Promise (PoP) this month to build a school. We’re giving 15 percent of proceeds from all the full-size sales in our Shop to PoP, with the goal of raising $25,000—the amount it takes to construct an entire school!

Instead of just telling you about the life-changing work that PoP does, we wanted to show you. We’ve picked just a few photos from their archives to introduce you to some of the children that PoP has benefited over the years. We also hope that these snapshots motivate you to finally pick up that lip gloss you’ve been lusting after—it’s benefiting a good cause, after all!

Photo: Bryce Eriksen 

A preschooler in Nunsavat, Laos, attending the inauguration ceremony of her new preschool. Before the Pencils of Promise Preschool in Nunsavat, the village’s preschool students attended class in a dilapidated structure that hadn’t be repaired in 40 years. 

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Meet Genius Illustrator Will Bryant

Photo: Ryan Bush

For our August Birchbox, we took a different approach to our usual product cards. To go along with our Beauty School theme, we created a Beauty 101 fold-out, with tips on getting a better shave, maximizing your makeup brushes, and more. We also tapped the brilliant Will Bryant to provide the awesome illustrations for our booklet. Based in Portland, the artist has worked with The New York Times, Chronicle Book, and more—we feel so lucky to be featuring his work! 

Bryant’s Beauty School illustrations for the August Birchbox.

Bryant at work in his studio. Photo: Ryan Bush

Despite being in the middle of completing his MFA at Portland State University, Bryant took time and care with our project. In the words of our creative team: “He was a dream to work with, and was endlessly patient with our demands and last-minute requests.” We hope you love his illustrations as much as we do! 

—Mollie

Walls looking a little bare? Pick up one of Bryant’s cheerful illustrated prints.