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Team Intros: Meet Shana!

Back in 2011, Shana was one of our very first ever interns helping out team content—and we’ve been patiently waiting for her to graduate ever since. As soon as she got her diploma this past May, we snatched her up and she’s now officially part of the Birchbox team!

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Shana Honig, Campaign Strategy Associate

Hometown: South Jersey

Describe your work: I work with the Beauty Partnerships team to ensure that we’re executing well-planned campaigns for our many amazing brands.

Unofficial role: Hand model. (I’m embarrassed to admit it, but it was a teenage dreams to do this professionallyI even looked into agents.) I love testing out different types of nail art and funky polishes. 

Fun fact: I’m a certified scuba diver. 

Beauty/Grooming confession: I can’t remember the last time I skipped a day of showering or took a shower that was less than 15 minutes long.

Currently loving: LAQA & Co. Nail Polish, I love the sleek design of these bottles. They slip right into my purse and are easy to spot among the many polishes in my cluttered collection. 

Worth the splurge: Davines Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion keeps my hair supershiny and makes it much easier to comb through when wet.

Want to meet more of our staffers? Check out all the team intros here!

 

Ruffian’s First Nail Lacquer Collection, Tina Fey’s New NBC Show, Hosting Your Own Cocktail Competition, and More: Weekend Reading List

Introducing Ruffian’s New Nail Lacquer Collection: One of our favorite New York-based fashion labels has finally created their very own polish collection—and you helped pick three of the shades. Find out all the deets in the video above.

Host Your Own Cocktail Competition: Jazz up the party by staging your own DIY cocktail competition. From wild cards to secret surprise ingredients, here’s how to keep things interesting for your guests.

The Nose Has It: Florists Weigh In on Our Favorite Scents: We asked top New York floral designers to lend us their olfactory expertise to deconstruct some of our favorite scents.

From Power Rangers Villain to Skincare Entrepreneur: An Interview with Jennifer Yen of Pur~lisse [xoVain]: Pur~lisse founder Jennifer Yen opens up about scoring her role on the hit children’s show and taking big chances to start her own business.

Tina Fey Has a New Show on NBC! Plus, a Liz Lemon GIF Tribute: Our favorite comedic femme fatale is coming back to NBC with a new show—and we are excited. To honor her time as Liz Lemon, here’s our GIF tribute to some of the best lessons Fey’s taught us over the years. 

—Geraldine

Take the time this weekend to learn how to properly layer skincare and find out how you can get an exclusive Juice Beauty lip gloss for free.

Tina Fey Has a New Show on NBC! Plus, a Liz Lemon GIF Tribute

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30 Rock fans, you can start breathing a sigh of relief; Tina Fey won’t be straying too far from TV just yet. Hollywood’s leading comedic femme fatale has another show in the works.

Deadline broke the news yesterday that NBC has purchased the as of yet untitled show. The Cheers-style workplace comedy, centered around its female characters, will be written and produced by 30 Rock alum Colleen McGuinness. Fey is backing the show as an executive producer, which means we expect lots of perfectly timed arm-flinging antics in each episode. Color us supes excited!

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If you love Fey and her comedic prowess, you probably also love her reaction GIFs as much as we do. In honor of her new show, let’s reflect on a few lessons she taught us over the years as Liz Lemon:

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Get Your Exclusive Ann Taylor Offer!

As much as we love primping—we’re beauty editors after all—no one wants to waste time doddling in front of a mirror. To help you cut down on your prep time, we partnered with Ann Taylor this month to roundup this season’s most wearable trends, and paired each with an editor-approved beauty look. 

Take advantage of our handiwork by purchasing adorbs Ann Taylor duds using the code: Birchbox at anntaylor.com and you’ll receive 20 percent off any one item—30 percent off when you buy two or more! After you’ve taken advantage of that sweet offer, hop on over to the Birchbox Shop and discover all of our Ann Taylor-inspired beauty picks

To give you a peek behind the curtain on our creative process, here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of our amazing models (a.k.a. Birchbox staffers) in action. The studio and street shots were all taken nearly two months ago in Brooklyn (shoutout to our amazing photographer Lesley Unruh), and if you’re a Birchbox subscriber, you received a printed version of this gorgeous mini-guide in your August box. Be sure to check out the digital version here and don’t wait to use that Ann Taylor promo code! The offer expires September 16th. 

—Meredith

Take advantage of our limited-time gift with purchase: an Ann Taylor graphic paisley scarf!

Get to Know: Drybar Founder Alli Webb

If you’re lucky, you live in a city with a Drybar. For those who are unfamiliar, Drybar is superchic salon chain that specializes in blowouts. The founder, Alli Webb, is an inspirational beauty who is expanding her empire at at breathless pace. Read more about the woman who revolutionized the wash and dry experience.

For the best blowout, it’s necessary to have great, healthy hair. Get it with this exotic oil.

Tanning Diaries: A Faux-Glow Novice’s Guide to Faking It

I treat myself to a pedicure. Big mistake. The leg massage and scrub that felt so rejuvenating also had the effect of stripping away my lovely bronze color from my shins down. Sad face. Luckily I still have more product at home.

Avoid this tanning mishap (and other Snooki-level orange moments).
Let this Birchbox staffer’s foray into the world of fake tanner be your guide to more beautifully bronzed pastures.
For even more tips on how to score a perfectly even glow, here are tips from Birchbox’s resident self-tanning expert.

Tanning Diaries: A Faux-Glow Novice’s Guide to Faking It

I treat myself to a pedicure. Big mistake. The leg massage and scrub that felt so rejuvenating also had the effect of stripping away my lovely bronze color from my shins down. Sad face. Luckily I still have more product at home.

Avoid this tanning mishap (and other Snooki-level orange moments).

Let this Birchbox staffer’s foray into the world of fake tanner be your guide to more beautifully bronzed pastures.

For even more tips on how to score a perfectly even glow, here are tips from Birchbox’s resident self-tanning expert.

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

Birchbox Summer Interns Say Their Farewells: Intern Diaries

You might recall the Birchbox Intern Diaries with former editorial intern Charisse. This summer, our interns Julia, Katrina, and Geraldine heroically took over the series (though without a video camera). Sadly, since school is starting soon, this is the last time they’ll be sharing their discoveries from around the Birchbox office. Today, they’re shining the spotlight on all the Birchbox interns and their experiences here.

Where has the summer gone? It seems like we only just started working here, and now many of the interns are heading back to school. As sad as we are to leave, we’ll always be proud Birchbox alumni and look forward to future visits. This week, we’re ending the summer series on a sentimental note with some of our favorite BB memories. 

Julia Casella, Social Media

"Spending my summer here has been a dream come true. What impressed me the most was how welcoming everyone was; I never felt like an intern and was always treated as a team member. I’ll look back on this summer and remember the warmth, energy, and passion that the team radiates. I’ll also look back and remember how great my skin looked when I started applying my BB cream with a beautyblender.”

Geraldine Lai, Editorial

"My internship with Birchbox allowed me to learn about the many skill sets that come together to create the box, especially concerning content. Not only was I encouraged to pitch and write blog posts, but I always felt supported and welcome here. Every day was a happy one, and felt so short! Time really does go by when you’re having fun, huh?"

Charlene Lee, Beauty Analytics

"My favorite summer memory was going on a field day outing with my team in Central Park, where we played outdoor games like potato sack races and water balloon tosses for a whole afternoon. Probably one of the best days of the summer."

Katrina Lee, Content & Editorial

"This summer has been such an invaluable experience that I will always look back on and smile about. I’ve met amazing people, made unforgettable memories, and learned so much (not to mention becoming even more obsessed about Birchbox!). It was truly a blessing to be part of such a hardworking team. :)"

Iva Milo, Tech

"I’ve loved my experience as an intern on the tech team! It’s been so much fun and I’ve learned a lot from some incredibly talented people. I also like that everyone here seems to love cupcakes as much as I do. Best memories: intern trivia night, my mentor and I feeding squirrels at Madison Square Park, and the warehouse trip!"

Kate Neisloss, Planning

"The interns took a day trip to the BB warehouse, which was definitely one of the many highlights during my internship (obviously, I had to Insta it!). It was so nice to finally see everyone’s hard work and long hours at the office come to life. I had the best summer here and couldn’t have asked for a more organized program and amazing group of people to work with. Thank you, Birchbox—it was definitely a summer to remember! xo"

Ananta Pandey, Tech

"I had the most incredible summer as a software engineering intern. My favorite thing about Birchbox is the company culture. I feel a lot of respect here, and no team or person is considered a second-class citizen. I never imagined I could fit in so well on a tech team, but I do! I’m truly sad to be leaving this week."

Savannah Sachs, Beauty Partnerships

"It’s impossible to sum up my experience in a short sound-byte… but it’s been amazing to see first hand just how much work and love goes into creating every Birchbox. Bonus: I now know how to apply highlighter and rock hot pink lipstick, so I’ll be heading back to school with a fresh set of beauty savvy. Thank you to everyone for making me feel welcome this summer!"

Jessica Tomkiewicz, PR & Events

"My greatest learning experience while interning at Birchbox was working on behind-the-scene details for events. It was awesome to help run, set up displays for, and greet consumers and bloggers at Birchbox events! It really made me feel like I was a part of something importantand I was!” 

xoxo,

Geraldine, Julia, & Katrina

Take a look back at this summer’s Intern Diaries posts, including an envy-inducing “What’s in her bag?” post.

Birchbox August Spoiler: Coconut Edition
This anti-aging miracle worker comes from a brand most known for their luxurious shaving creams. It protects your skin from breakouts, wrinkles, and sunburn—all with a beachy, coconut milk scent. Can you guess what it is?
Find out more about the product that some subscribers will be receiving in their August box by clicking here.
(Photo: instagram.com/living_fit_healthy)

Birchbox August Spoiler: Coconut Edition

This anti-aging miracle worker comes from a brand most known for their luxurious shaving creams. It protects your skin from breakouts, wrinkles, and sunburn—all with a beachy, coconut milk scent. Can you guess what it is?

Find out more about the product that some subscribers will be receiving in their August box by clicking here.

(Photo: instagram.com/living_fit_healthy)

7 Ways to Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa
At the end of a long week (or in the middle of a particularly tough week), there’s nothing more relaxing than a warm soak in the tub. Lucky for us, the gents of Birchbox Man have rounded up 7 products and practices to transform a utilitarian loo into a sumptuous spa—or at least a significantly more relaxing place to get your pamper on. 
Visit the Guide for more tips on turning your bathroom into a five-star spa.

7 Ways to Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa

At the end of a long week (or in the middle of a particularly tough week), there’s nothing more relaxing than a warm soak in the tub. Lucky for us, the gents of Birchbox Man have rounded up 7 products and practices to transform a utilitarian loo into a sumptuous spa—or at least a significantly more relaxing place to get your pamper on. 

Visit the Guide for more tips on turning your bathroom into a five-star spa.