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6 Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Shave: Guest Blogger

Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty has been obsessed with everything beauty since she was a girl—which has made her an epic resource as a grownup. We love Kara’s savvy coverage of beauty trends and news, which is why we had to find out her best tips for an everyday routine: shaving.


Just because cooler temperatures are right around the corner doesn’t mean it’s time to start avoiding a date with your razor! Here are seven top-notch tips and tricks when it comes to achieving smooth (not stubbly) skin.

  1. More blades can cause more pain. A five-blade razor can be precise, but be wary of this option since it can cut hair down to a subdermal layer, and if you have sensitive skin, you’re at greater risk of getting ingrown hairs and razor burn. I’ve always had a solid shave with Bic Soleil Disposables (not to mention it’s a great budget buy!).

  2. Never shave your legs dry. Trust me, I’ve always paid the price for those quick-fixes. Shaving is a natural exfoliator and dry shaving can lead to clogging up the razor with dead skin and puts you at risk for nicks and razor burn. Ouch!

  3. Opt for sensitive-skin shaving cream formulas. Read the label. If alcohol or fragrance is one of the first three ingredients listed, avoid it. I discovered whish Shave Cream in my Birchbox and it completely changed my shaving routine. My legs can’t live without it!

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Tough Mudder Challenge: Tri-State Edition

Three out of four of our Birchbox Tough Mudders!: Linden (left), Jereme (center), and Miko (right). 

Our idea of hardcore is waking up before sunrise to attend a spin class, but a 45 minute sweat sesh on a bike is a cake walk compared to a Tough Mudder challenge. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Tough Mudders are events specially designed by British Special Forces that push entrants to their physical limits (and get this, they even refer to themselves as ”Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet”).

We love a good challenge so this past weekend, Birchbox sponsored the Tri-State Tough Mudder challenge in Englishtown, New Jersey. We had some very brave (naive?) staffers participate and for those who attended, there was a Birchbox tent with a fully stocked clean up station. Since the event has an obstacle course that includes everything from crawling through mud pits to scaling walls, we we’re thrilled to supply post-event necessities like C.O Bigelow Shampoo and Conditioner, (MALIN+GOETZ) Bergamot Body Wash, and Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser

Click through for some of our favorite highlights from the day. Have you ever participated in a Tough Mudder challenge? 

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