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The Benefit Primer That Outlasts Birchbox Co-Founder Katia’s 15-Hour Day

I have always been a bit skeptical of primers—they tend to have zero effect on my oily skin and my foundation never seems to last through lunch even when I use them. That said, I am really excited about Benefit’s new primer that promises 15 hours of flawless makeup. The stay flawless 15-hour primer is super easy to apply for lazy girls like me and the packaging is simply adorable!

After testing out the product myself, I’ve become a primer convert. The strong-hold formula, which you apply straight from the chubby stick, truly makes my makeup last, even in the humid city weather. I’m now less of an oil slick by the end of the day! Check out the video below to see how it holds up with Birchbox co-founder Katia’s busy 15-hour schedule. (Spoiler alert: it does).


We want to see how you stay flawless during the craziness your day-to-day—whether it’s the double shot of espresso that gets you through back-to-back meetings or a swipe of your favorite confidence-boosting lipstick. Share a picture of your secret weapon on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and include the hashtags #StayFlawless and #Birchbox. Once you do, you’ll be entered to win a collection of Benefit beauty products (including their stay flawless 15-hour primer) that’s worth $250! Check out more of the details here.

Katrina

Want to learn about the multitasking powers of another much-loved Benefit product? Watch our Fine One One video here.

How To: Wear Lipstick Pencils Three Ways

Who knew a lipstick pencil could do so much? Aussie brand Mirenesse just arrived stateside (exclusively with Birchbox) and we’re swooning over their Glossy Kiss pencils. Birchbox Operations Associate Melanie shows us how to get three different looks from the same pencil and we’re loving the results. 

—Charisse

Talk about multi-use products: check out all the different ways we used this yummy Sarabeth’s jam.

DIY Glitter Easter Eggs: Birchbox Video Of The Week
There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 
We know not everyone’s celebrating Easter this sunday, but when we caught sight of these glitter eggs they were too cute to pass up!  Jessie Jane from Lilyshop shared this easy DIY video to help you add some sparkle to your Easter decor. Jessie goes into a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the glitter eggs, but here are just a few tips I found to be extra helpful:
Use blown-out eggs so it’s easier to apply the glue and glitter.  For a guide on how to blow out eggs, check out this video tutorial.
Apply a thin layer of glue after the initial glitter application has dried to seal everything onto the egg.

Will you be trying out this DIY?  Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
For even more DIYs, check out five of our favorite tutorials, here.
(Image and Video: Lilyshop.com/ModernMom)

DIY Glitter Easter Eggs: Birchbox Video Of The Week

There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 

We know not everyone’s celebrating Easter this sunday, but when we caught sight of these glitter eggs they were too cute to pass up!  Jessie Jane from Lilyshop shared this easy DIY video to help you add some sparkle to your Easter decor. Jessie goes into a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the glitter eggs, but here are just a few tips I found to be extra helpful:

  • Use blown-out eggs so it’s easier to apply the glue and glitter.  For a guide on how to blow out eggs, check out this video tutorial.

  • Apply a thin layer of glue after the initial glitter application has dried to seal everything onto the egg.

Will you be trying out this DIY?  Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

For even more DIYs, check out five of our favorite tutorials, here.

(Image and Video: Lilyshop.com/ModernMom)

Staffers’ (and Members) Best Beauty Tips: Birchbox Intern Diaries

In an office filled with beauty lovers, it’s only natural that many of our staffers have some secret beauty tips hidden up their sleeves. Last week we asked three Birchbox staffers what their all-time favorite hair, makeup, or skincare tip is and where they discovered it. Watch to learn all about their favorite tips.

Since we know our members are also super savvy, we asked our YouTube viewers to share their favorite tips as well. Here’s a few of our favorites from the video comments:

littlewomanlynn: “My fave beauty tip is to use rose water to clean your face.”

chicachew: “My tip is to keep a rose salve handy. It’s perfect for moisturizing cuticles or rough patches, taming flyways and giving a dewy gloss to cheeks!”

TheBeautyBox1211: “Swatching lipstick on your fingertips rather than your hand because the texture is more similar to your lips!”

belinda z: “For a DIY matte top coat, just mix cornstarch with an inexpensive clear polish.”

Tell us in the comments what your favorite beauty tip is too!

—Charisse

Kathy Ong from Beauty Palette tells us about her all-natural skincare routine, here

Birchbox Intern Diaries: Meet Charisse

Welcome to our new vlog series, the Birchbox Intern Diaries!  I’m Charisse, the new Birchbox editorial intern, and I could not be more excited about our new videos. We want to show you a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to intern for Birchbox and a peek inside our new headquarters.  Check back every Thursday for a new video and let us know in the comments if there are any specific videos you want to see!

—Charisse

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Behind-the-Scenes: Filming Drab to Fab in One City Block

Have you seen our brand new video, Drab to Fab in One City Block yet? It’s like Mission Impossible and The Matrix meets beauty tutorial—and we had sooo much fun filming it (on a freezing cold day in December). Watch the video below, tell us what you think, and THEN enter to win all the products featured in the video. Details below:

ENTER TO WIN: What are your on-the-go tips for going from #DrabToFab? Share them on Twitter with the hashtag #DrabToFab and then link to this video for a chance to win the products featured in this video! You have until Sunday 2/3 to share. We’ll choose one winner by random and notify them by Twitter Direct Message.

—Lorelei

If you love this video, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Keeping Our New Year’s Resolutions: Fresh-Start Skincare

For 2013, we resolved to have perfect glowing skin. To help banish breakouts and unevenness once and for all, we’re revamping our entire skincare routine with fresh products. From a double-duty cleanser to a depuffing eye gel, here are our tricks to ensuring a radiant complexion.

Need even more tips? Here’s the latest and greatest skincare advice from the Birchbox Magazine.

THE FIVE WORKOUT MOVES YOU’RE DOING WRONG

If you made a resolution to incorporate more exercise into your life for 2013, chances are your resolve has faded a bit since January 1. Get back on track or just take your sweat sessions to the next level with this helpful tutorial. Whether your style is total gym rat or living room floor sweat session, you’ll want to make sure you’re hitting these core moves correctly. Equinox’s expert trainer Danielle Hopkins shows us some easy dos and don’ts for squats, lunges, plank, push-ups, and bicycles.

—Ally

If you’re looking for more fitness inspiration, try this 15 Minute At-Home Workout from Women’s Health!

Attention NYCers! Want to be in a Birchbox Video? Come Meet Us in SoHo Tomorrow!

Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, 11/29) between 1:30 and 4:00pm some of our editorial team will be camped out in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, near Crosby and Broome streets. We’ll be interviewing real life women (that means you!) about their beauty routines, the products they can’t live without, their biggest beauty regrets (sad DIY dye jobs, bright blue eyeshadow in middle school, etc.), and more.

Come hang out, meet us, and be part of a super fun video! Keep an eye on @birchbox on Twitter for any updates and tweet at us to let us know when you’re heading over.

See you mañana! 

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for fun tutorials, loads of information about Birchbox products and exclusive looks at our office.

How To: Brighten Under Eye Circles

Under eye circles might as well be flashing neon sign on your face telling everyone that you’re tired (even when you try for a full eight hours of sleep). Luckily there is a way to conceal circles, bags, and other not-so-pretty features and brighten your entire face in the process. Check out our brand-new video featuring makeup artist Nam Vo’s three-step approach.

We’ve used the following products:

Step 1: Eye Cream: Dr. Dennis Gross Lift & Lighten Eye Cream
Step 2: Highlighter: YSL Touche Eclat
Step 3: Concealer: Armani Master Corrector 

-Lorelei

For more fabulous eye-enhancing products check our special section in the Birchbox Shop.