Mascara is one of those products that’s a total game-changer. Great formulas can immediately make your eyes appear brighter, wider and more awake without leaving behind telltale smudges—and for that reason it’s one of the must-have products on every Birchbox staffer’s desk. But eyelashes come in all varieties—some are short and thick, some are long and thin—which is why we asked five team members with different lash types to tell us their top mascara picks.
"I’ve recently fallen in love with the It Cosmetics formula. It doesn’t smudge or flake and a few coats makes my lashes full and thick. Also, the lash ball at the tip of the wand makes getting my lower lashes so much easier." —Meredith Stebbins, Editor and Senior Manager, Traffic & Trends
In just a few short days, I’ll be heading to Manzanillo in the Mexican Riviera for a much-needed vacation with my boyfriend and his family. I plan on staying on the beach from sunrise to sunset, eating incredible food, drinking delicious wine, spending quality time with people I love, and unplugging—save for a few too-pretty-not-to-Instagram moments. Here’s what I’m packing for a week of carefree beach vacationing:
Before I started working at Birchbox as a copywriter, I didn’t know what a serum was—let alone how to use one. Two years later, I’ve tested dozens of them, sniffed countless perfumes, and developed an addiction to bright lipstick in every hue. While my love of beauty will never waver, I’m moving on from my full-time job here to pursue an MFA in creative writing.
Though my budget in grad school will put me squarely in the Ramen bracket, I still plan to splurge on my favorite beauty products that I discovered through work. Here are the things I’m willing to go into credit card debt to buy:
Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer.
What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!
One of my favorite Birchbox discoveries is Jouer’s Moisturizing Lip Gloss in ultra-flattering Birchbox Pink. The vitamin-packed formula soothes dry lips and adds a gorgeous fuchsia punch in a single, shimmery swoop. When I heard we’d be including more luscious colors of the gloss in our Birchbox Shop, I began dreaming up ways to put the new shades to use. Inspired by some of my favorite leading ladies, here are the looks I’ll be recreating with help from Jouer’s wonder gloss:
We’ve all been there: you get to the airport excited to start your trip and then 6, 8, 10 hours later you step off the plane disheveled, tired-looking, and dehydrated. But long flights don’t have to be miserable. If you’re going on vacation in the next few months (or even if you’re just dreaming about the beach) you’ll want to brush up on our tips for staying happy and healthy throughout the flight. Take a few precautions, and you’ll step off the plane looking just as fresh and chic as when you arrived at the airport.
Birchbox staffers have been known to play the beauty field. With so many fun samples floating around, can you blame us for having a hard time committing? Then again, when we find something we love, we stick to it. In this new feature, we’ll be asking Birchbox staffers to share the products they just can’t quit. Next up, co-founder, Hayley.
Products I can’t quit: Since we launched Birchbox, I’ve vowed to only use beauty products we sell in our store. In tech circles, it’s called “eating your own dog food.” If we can’t live off of only what we sell, how could we expect you to? I’ve tested tons of products from our shop but I keep coming back to the same ones over and over again. These are my current favorites.
This weekend, Coachella was in full swing, and the “it” girls who were at the fest, like Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev (above) were rocking gorgeous, California-cool looks the entire time. In honor of that flirty, laidback style—which, as a California native, I am a huge fan of—here’s everything you’ll need to get a look that’s equal parts cute and easy-to-do:
Every week, Of a Kind brings you a new limited edition piece from a genius designer. This week, meet Susan Domelsmith, a jewelry phenom with excellent taste in products. Read on for her secrets, and pick up her Votan necklace now!
The Jewelry Phenom Behind Dirty Library Chains on the Three Components of her Clean Look
Susan Domelsmith is one of those unbelievably cool girls who you wanted to be in seventh grade (and, er, probably still want to SWF today): She launched a line of loud but easy-to-wear jewelry Dirty Librarian Chains when she was just 23, she’s in a band, she dates a photographer, and she even has really good hair. While we can’t promise you all that, the talented Brooklynite was willing to share the beauty trifecta she relies upon to achieve her soft, glow-y look: “My parents gave me a gift card to Whole Foods, and I went on a spree that included Almond Glow Lotion in rose. I’m so glad I tried it! I use a bit on my face. Added bonus: Dogs love it, so you get a lot of puppy kisses,” she says. “I’ve been using YSL Teint Resist foundation for about two years—the old drummer in my band, Eviana [Hartman, the designer behind Bodkin], told me about it. And I love Blinc mascara. It coats your lashes in tiny tubes and never smudges—genius!”
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There are very few products out there that we consider life changing, but blinc’s mascara is absolutely one of them. Instead of painting on color like a traditional mascara, blinc’s formula forms individual tubes around each lash. So what does that mean for you? No flaking, smudging, irritation, or messy removal, that’s what.
We love this product so much, we sampled it this month and now we’re giving 25 very lucky people the opportunity to win every blinc mascara color as well as the brand’s liquid liner. Each prize is worth $125, and all you need to do is sign up on our Facebook page! Trust us, it’s totally worth the ten seconds you’ll spend filing out the form — if you win, you’ll never go back to using regular mascara again.