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How to: Keep Your Hair Looking Young

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We apply moisturizers and serums with daily devotion, all in the hopes of keeping our skin looking youthful until we’re old enough to truly appreciate Bingo. But until recently, we’d never stopped to think about what happens to our hair as we get older. 

In the latest issue of the Birchbox magazine, we interviewed three industry experts to get the (painful) truth about aging hair and learn what we can do about it. As it turns out, graying isn’t the only issue associated with seasoned strands. Get the full scoop here!

—Mai

Find our favorite hair products in the Birchbox Shop.

Join Us for a Twitter Chat with Simple on All Things Skincare!

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We’re giving away 20 sets of these sensitive skin-friendly products from Simple during our Twitter chat with Simple on April 23 at 1:00pm ET!

As much as we love testing the latest and greatest eye treatment or face serum, we know first hand that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the newest high tech ingredients and all the different ways that they can help. Sometimes, a minimalist approach is the gentlest and most effective way to tend to our skin’s woes.

We discovered Simple Skincare through one of our editors who swears by their classic lightweight moisturizer. We’re big fans of their products since they’re free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and harsh irritants that aggravate skin—which makes them ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.

We’re excited to say that tomorrow at 1:00pm ET we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with the experts at Simple! They’ll be answering any and all of your questions related to skincare, from what ingredients you should look for—and avoid—in a face cleanser to the food you should be eating to make your skin glow.

Tweet your questions in advance with the hashtag #AskSimple—and make sure you’re following @Birchbox and @SimpleSkincare! Plus, just by participating, you’ll be entered to win one of 20 collections of skincare products from Simple, including their Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, and Soothing Eye Balm! See official rules here.

—Juliette

Curious to learn more about the brand? Here’s even more info on Simple.

We’re Inspired by Birchbox Members and Their Tiny Tweaks This Month

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We’re inspired by Birchbox members a lot. From the beauty tips that you give us to all of your fantastic unboxing videos, you’re a generally awesome bunch. But this month we were especially touched by all the responses to our April theme, Tiny Tweaks, Big Results. You’ve really proven that January isn’t the only time to make positive changes in your life.

Here’s what just a few of our members told us that they’re doing this month to improve their lives in small but meaningful ways below. Click through to the comments on our Sneak Peek video here for even more inspiration:

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SPF Myths, How to Pick Your Bridesmaid Dress, French Style icons, 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 you need to read this weekend.

  • How to Choose Your Own Bridesmaid DressOn bridesmaid duty this wedding season? If you’re one of the lucky ladies who gets to pick her own dress, here are 4 tips from Lover.ly to help you navigate the (sometimes sticky) experience.
  • Birchbox Agenda: April 2013: We know you’re totally busy. So we found all the latest and greatest things to eat, see, and try in April and put it into a single reference guide. From Mad Men to an exclusive Physique 57 code, here’s what we’ll be up to this month.
  • Roger Ebert’s Twenty Best Reviews: In honor of the passing of our favorite film critic, enjoy this list of Roger Ebert’s twenty best reviews of the best and worst movies.

Feeling out of the loop on the latest news? Catch up on everything you need to know with our morning must reads.

The British Brand That Totally Won Over My Sensitive Skin

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During my junior year of college I fell in love with Edinburgh (above) and a standout UK-based skincare brand.

Growing up, I always considered myself a beauty rookie since I rarely played with makeup. (A by-product of having a big brother who teaches you to love cars and cloaked comic book characters as a kid). But during college, I realized that I had become something of a skincare connoisseur because of my sensitive, acne-prone skin. I was always on the lookout for the gentlest yet most effective products. By freshman year, I’d tried nearly every drugstore line I could find, given Proactiv a trial run, and finally acknowledged a tiny addiction to clay face masks.

By the time I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for my junior year abroad, I was pretty well-versed in what really worked for my finicky complexion. So you can imagine my excitement when I found a British brand to fill in for the American mainstays that got lost in an EuRail baggage debacle. Guys, if you haven’t heard of them yet, let me introduce you to Simple Skincare.

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Color-Changing Polish is all the Hotness For Spring

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I’m a self-confessed nail polish addict: My instagram is full of shots featuring my latest designs, and I’ve been known to use random household items to create nail art in a pinch (stray stud earrings are great stand-ins for toothpicks). Lately, I’ve moved beyond your average cream polishes into textured or effect formulas. Magnetic, liquid sand, holographic – I want them all! The newest addition to my ever-growing collection? Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish

After seeing the aptly named Poppy and Peony both indoors and out (check out the GIFs below), I’m definitely putting them to regular use this spring. We could even end up being nail twins because some of you will receive a bottle in your April Birchbox! 

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Sneak Peek: Birchbox April 2013

We’re a few days into April now and a new month means a new Birchbox is just around the corner. This month we’ve teamed up with Women’s Health to bring you a box themed around “Tiny Tweaks, Big Rewards.” We’re carrying that idea through everything we do this month—from our beauty routines, to our diets, our relationships, and more.

Watch the video above to get an early look at some of the products heading to our members this month. PLUS, be sure to keep an eye out for more videos and articles launching soon with all manner of ideas for small ways to improve your life big time. Happy Spring!

—Lorelei

Get a head start on planning your weekends by taking a look at our April Agenda. You’ll find ideas for the best things to see, read, and do this month.