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4 Pricey Beauty Treatments You Can Do Yourself
We all fantasize about a life of unlimited facials, manis, spa days, and salon visits, but those of us on a budget have to be a bit more practical (read: creative). 
Here at Birchbox we’ve done our homework and have made some exciting discoveries in the realm of DIY beauty treatments. But when faced with waxing, chemical peels, highlights, and microdermabrasion, which ones can you easily do at home (and which ones should you leave to the pros)?Birchbox writer Natalie shares her insider tips to getting the lavish treatments of your dreams without sacrificing all of your cash.
—Ashley
Now that you’ve saved some money, save some time too with these three ways to get ready faster!

4 Pricey Beauty Treatments You Can Do Yourself

We all fantasize about a life of unlimited facials, manis, spa days, and salon visits, but those of us on a budget have to be a bit more practical (read: creative). 

Here at Birchbox we’ve done our homework and have made some exciting discoveries in the realm of DIY beauty treatments. But when faced with waxing, chemical peels, highlights, and microdermabrasion, which ones can you easily do at home (and which ones should you leave to the pros)?

Birchbox writer Natalie shares her insider tips to getting the lavish treatments of your dreams without sacrificing all of your cash.

—Ashley

Now that you’ve saved some money, save some time too with these three ways to get ready faster!

Sound Advice On Revamping Your Beauty Routine From 4 Experts

imageWhenever a big season change comes around, we know it’s time for us to overhaul our daily regimens. Which is why we asked some of beauty’s best to share their tips on how we should shake things up with our regularly scheduled beauty lineup. From how to protect your skin to the trick for scoring the longest lashes ever, here’s the insider advice that you won’t want to miss:

1. Try Going Natural

This fall at New York Fashion Week, we asked Juice Beauty founder Karen Behnke to tell us her big predictions for the coming year: “Gentle fruit-based, gluten-free beauty products are going to be a huge trend in 2014.” Heed this savvy founder’s advice and test drive all-natural alternatives like Juice Beauty’s recently launched collection of organic cosmetics. The line uses ingredients like organic açai, goji berries, blueberries, pomegranate, and cranberries to create gorgeous, vivid colors. Our current fave is the Glowing Cheek Color, which eschews parabens, petroleum, and pesticides and has a lovely dewy finish.

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Jason Wu for Lancôme Revealed, Blowdrying Your Eyelashes, and More

Set to launch during fashion week, here’s a preview of Jason Wu’s collection for Lancôme. [Daily Mail] 
From catwalk to sidewalk, here’s how to get wearable metallic lips. [Refinery 29]
Here’s a hairbrush crash course according to brush type. [Allure]
Learn the difference between acne marks and scars so you can treat each more effectively. [Huffington Post]
The new documentary on fashion tastemaker Carine Roitfeld Mademoiselle C is now out. [Fashionista]
These editors and beauty experts are spilling their best beauty secrets, from blowdrying eyelashes to using Chapstick on hair. [She Knows]
—Geraldine
Peek inside one of the airport beauty vending machines from 3FLOZ. 

Jason Wu for Lancôme Revealed, Blowdrying Your Eyelashes, and More

Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial, Flowers for Every Season, How to Score Dewy Skin, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

—Geraldine

Behind the Makeunders of Orange is the New Black, Socks for a Cause, and More
Michal Bigger, the makeup artist for Orange is the New Black, discusses the show’s drab transformations, creating dark under eye circles, and more. [Beauty High]
Finally: Here’s how to choose between a cream or powder blush. [Bella Sugar]
Which celebs were chosen to cover the September issues of major fashion magazines? Check out the full list. [Fashionista]
New company Bombas is aimed at giving the sock a major makeover (think better performance, look, feel—everything). Plus for each pair you buy, a pair will be donated to someone in need.[Indiegogo]
Essie is launching their first gel polish line this fall—Mademoiselle included. [She Finds]
Taylor Swift sings You’re So Vain with Carly Simon. This is a must watch. [Glamour]
—Geraldine
Looking for some online entertainment? Check out BB staffers’ favorite leisure time links.

Behind the Makeunders of Orange is the New BlackSocks for a Cause, and More

—Geraldine

Looking for some online entertainment? Check out BB staffers’ favorite leisure time links.

8 Self-Tanning Tips to Score That Perfectly Even Bronzed Glow

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As much as we love that bronzed goddess look, we’re doing our very best to be good this year and staying out of the sun so we don’t damage our skin. The downside of that good behavior is that on occasion we, err, struggle with self-tanning (splotchiness and streaks are the bane of our almost perfectly faux-tanned existence). 

Enter Alexzndra Louras, our Associate Manager of Merchandising and Planning and office self-tanning expert. We asked her to share her best, and most unexpected, tips. Here’s how to score your perfect sunless tan:

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Packing for college can be really overwhelming. How much should you bring? What do you bring? Well, the answer is simple: only the essentials. That’s why this month we teamed up with Seventeen magazine and their special advisory board of sorority sisters on a curated list of 20 college beauty must-haves. Check back each week for more great content from our newest partner and definitely take advantage of this limited-time special offer just for Birchbox customers: Purchase a Seventeen subscription for $15 and get 100 Birchbox points!

Get the Look: Rita Ora’s Bright Lip: Seventeen Magazine

We’re big fans of Rita Ora—and we’re not alone! Watch this step-by-step tutorial on how to get the singer’s signature red lip, courtesy of a Seventeen reader. 

Check out more great content from Seventeen here:

77 Beauty Tips to Help You Get Through Summer

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(Photo: © Dean Pictures/Corbis)

You know the lyrics: “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” But George Gershwin never had to keep his hair frizz-free or his makeup from melting off his face (er, at least we don’t think he did). 

Out to make this the best summer yet, we scoured our backlog of beauty know-how and came up with 77 hot tips to help you keep your cool all season long, from a polish trend that’s making a B.I.G. splash to a winter makeup look that’s equally chic as the thermometer inches up higher and higher. Follow @birchbox on Twitter and check out the hashtag #Hot77 from now till Labor Day for your guide to summertime beauty at its easiest. 

—Ally

Fake a fresh-from-the-beach glow with these handy and natural-looking (we swear!) tanning towelettes