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KUSMI TEA GIVEAWAY! Do your New Years resolutions involve getting healthy? Ours too. Kick start 2014 with $275 worth of wellness boosting teas from @kusmiteaus! To enter, follow @kusmiteaus, regram this pic, and tell us how you’re getting healthy this year. Tag @kusmiteaus, @birchbox, and #HowIDetox for a chance to win. We’ll choose a winner at 12pm ET tomorrow! (birchbox.com/rules)
P.S. Check out Kusmi Tea in the Birchbox Shop.

KUSMI TEA GIVEAWAY! Do your New Years resolutions involve getting healthy? Ours too. Kick start 2014 with $275 worth of wellness boosting teas from @kusmiteaus! To enter, follow @kusmiteaus, regram this pic, and tell us how you’re getting healthy this year. Tag @kusmiteaus, @birchbox, and #HowIDetox for a chance to win. We’ll choose a winner at 12pm ET tomorrow! (birchbox.com/rules)

P.S. Check out Kusmi Tea in the Birchbox Shop.

The Best Way to Layer Your Skincare & Your Chance to Get an Exclusive Juice Beauty Lip Gloss for Free

Every great beauty look starts with an awesome skincare routine. Not only does it provide long-term benefits, but it makes covering imperfections less of a necessity. However, fancy serums and moisturizers are most effective when layered properly. To help decode what goes where, when, watch this video with editorial director Mollie explaining skincare products in terms of parfait ingredients. We swear it makes sense. 

Bonus: If you keep watching, you’ll find a special gift with purchase deal for a full-size Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss that won’t be found anywhere else until September. The gorgeous new lippies come free with any $20 purchase in the Birchbox Shop and they’re the perfect addition to a flawless complexion. Just watch the video above to find the special code. 

—Geraldine

Speaking of great skincare, check out how this traditional soap solved one customer’s acne problems.

How to Wear Blue Eye Makeup Without Looking Like You Stepped out of the 80s: Birchbox Intern Diaries

I could not be more excited that some spring weather is finally here. With a new season, comes new beauty trends. Case in point: blue eyeshadow dominated the Spring ‘13 runways but we know for most women it conjures up images of bad 80s Glamour Shots. Not to worry, it is possible to wear blue eye makeup without looking cheesy. Watch to see two different blue looks on Birchbox staffers Bre and Juliette.

What 80’s trends do you hope make a comeback?  Let us know in the comments.

—Charisse

Get even more blue eye makeup in the Birchbox shop, Code Blue.

Molton Brown Has Landed in the Birchbox Shop and Our Editors Are Flipping Out

Many moons ago, when I was writing about beauty and spas for Conde Nast Traveler, I worked on a story about stylish dopp kits. It was then that my obsession—and no, I am not exaggerating when I use that term—with Molton Brown began. I fell in love with the British brand’s candy-colored bottles, intoxicating scents, and modern-feeling products. From the lush hand soaps and creams to the cult-for-a-reason Black Pepper Recharge Body Wash, I loved it all. To this day I still use a (now-battered) leather Molton Brown weekend bag for short trips.

But I digress. The point is, ever since we started Birchbox over two years ago, I have been not-so-subtly hinting that the brand would be an amazing addition to our product assortment. My patience has been rewarded: Molton Brown has landed in the Birchbox Shop! Just in time for holiday gifting, we’ve debuted an edited selection of their most-loved products, from a duo of their Naran Ji hand soap and lotion (my personal favorite) to that bestselling Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Wash—one present that’s guaranteed to make both ladies and gents on your list happy.

And if you want to make me happy (looking at you, Mom), feel free to wrap up the Stowaway Kit for me.

—Mollie

We can’t get enough of stylish British brands. Learn which other ones are on our crush list.

PSA: Score Beauty Loot From Kiehl’s While You’re Waiting for Your December Birchbox

Antsy for your latest Birchbox? Here’s how to nab another deluxe beauty sample while you wait. (Photo: littleshopofnailpolishhorrors.blogpost.com)

As you all know, your December Birchboxes have begun shipping (hooray!). Since we know how much you all love finding out about the latest and greatest products, we had to share Kiehl’s latest promotion—especially since they’re giving you the chance to snag an awesome sample before your box arrives. We’re big fans of the brand here in the Birchbox office. From their cult-y Creme de Corps to their super-effective vitamin C-enriched Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, the luxe formulas are the perfect gifts or—let’s be honest—any-time-of-year treats for yourself.

From now until the end of the month, when you spend $75 or more at a Kiehl’s brick-and-mortar shop, you can score $20 in Kiehl’s Cash. Plus, if you show a store rep this blog post you’ll also receive a deluxe sample of your choice.

Don’t have a Kiehl’s store near you? While you won’t be able to grab a deluxe sample, you can still get $20 of Kiehl’s Cash when you spend more than $75 online. Simply use the promotional code “JOYFUL” at checkout. 

Happy Shopping!

xo,
Birchbox 

Our latest Kiehl’s discovery? Their gel-like Rosa Artica eye cream, which has a refreshing gel-like consistency and de-puffing effects. Find out how it works in our video.

Even More Free Shipping on Your Favorite Brands in the Birchbox Shop—Hooray!

It’s the ultimate dilemma. You’re ready to purchase the full-size version of your favorite monthly sample, when another beauty goodie from the same brand catches your eye. Now you’re questioning, “Should I purchase theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac even though I’ll have to pay shipping or stick with just the full-sized version of theBalm® cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer sample I received?”

Fret not—we’re putting this beauty debate to rest for good.

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Birchbox Shop Update + September Blockbusters!

Update! We recently launched Customer Reviews in the Birchbox Shop! Learn more here.

A few months ago, we wrote about why Birchbox has a shop and the connection between full-size product sales and unlocking high quality samples for our subscribers. It’s the virtuous cycle of Birchbox! We also shared our goal of building you the best beauty and lifestyle ecommerce experience and asked for your suggestions. We loved your ideas!

We wanted to report back with a few progress updates. Since we last checked in, we’ve added a product recommendation feature to every product page and tested a way for you to choose additional samples each month. We’ll also be expanding our free shipping policy in October to include all products from sampled brands instead of just the specific products we sampled.

What do you guys think? Steady progress? We have many more features in the works that we can’t wait to share! In the meantime, we thought we’d share some behind the scenes info about what customers are loving this month.

Highest Rated Products from our September Boxes 
(Psst… we’re only weeks away from launching public product reviews!!!)
Bestselling Products in September
Bestselling Products from our Men’s Shop in September
Have you tried or bought any of these products? Let us know in the comments! 
—Hayley
Check out these and other star products in the Birchbox Shop!