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Bought it From Birchbox: CO. Bigelow Rose Salve

New York, go home. You’re drunk. It’s still freezing in the city and this is frustrating not only for the fact that I am so over my sweater collection but also because my skin is over the dryness in the air. Today, we’re sticking to the basics. CO. Bigelow’s Rose Salve has everything going for it. It is singlehandedly curing my lips from their dried out winter state and simultaneously making me smell like a bouquet of red roses. This is a good thing, I promise. 

A Birchbox feature and favorite, it’s my new go-to for a little pick-me-up. It leaves a glossy but not greasy finish and applies smoothly and easily. Winter skin recovery means many a-night spent moisturizing and this is great for lips, cuticles and elbows. (Disclaimer: I’ve never actually tried it on my elbows.)

The perfect base for any pop of color, a great glossy finish to a simple makeup look or some extra TLC before bed every night. CO. Bigelow’s got your back.

Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC

4 Tips for Getting a Brighter Wedding Day Smile: Lover.ly

We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.image

(Photo by: Elizabeth Messina on The Brides Cafe via Lover.ly)

We figure nothing can make you smile brighter than your fiancé(e), but these teeth whitening tips could come a close second. A clean, bright smile can make you look and feel gorgeous for your engagement photos, wedding day, and honeymoon; here are our tips for making it happen.

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My Top Beauty Picks: Guest Blogger

Though we’re New Yorkers, we’ve always had a thing for Chicago—the gorgeous lakefront, the deep dish pizza, the friendly people—plus, one of our editors calls it home! Which is why we’re pumped to bring you a guest blogger series from CheekyChicagoThe online lifestyle magazine is packed with the latest events to attend, restaurants to hit, and of course, places to shop. Lucky for us, Cheeky’s Editor-in-Chief Erica Bethe Levine is imparting her Windy City wisdom all week long.

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Tough Mudder Challenge: Tri-State Edition

Three out of four of our Birchbox Tough Mudders!: Linden (left), Jereme (center), and Miko (right). 

Our idea of hardcore is waking up before sunrise to attend a spin class, but a 45 minute sweat sesh on a bike is a cake walk compared to a Tough Mudder challenge. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Tough Mudders are events specially designed by British Special Forces that push entrants to their physical limits (and get this, they even refer to themselves as ”Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet”).

We love a good challenge so this past weekend, Birchbox sponsored the Tri-State Tough Mudder challenge in Englishtown, New Jersey. We had some very brave (naive?) staffers participate and for those who attended, there was a Birchbox tent with a fully stocked clean up station. Since the event has an obstacle course that includes everything from crawling through mud pits to scaling walls, we we’re thrilled to supply post-event necessities like C.O Bigelow Shampoo and Conditioner, (MALIN+GOETZ) Bergamot Body Wash, and Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser

Click through for some of our favorite highlights from the day. Have you ever participated in a Tough Mudder challenge? 

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The Best Smelling Hair Products Ever: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.

Almost as important as how well a hair product works is how it smells. Of all the products I’ve ever tried, here are my five absolute favorites:

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Class Up Your Bathroom with C.O. Bigelow Shampoos and Conditioners

The bathroom might not be as meticulously designed as your living room and bedroom, but that’s no reason to neglect it. I recently vowed to give my bathroom a style upgrade, starting with my shower. I swapped out my generic shampoo and conditioner for sleek bottles of C.O. Bigelow’s Lavender and Peppermint Shampoo and Conditioner. Their clean design and apothecary labels add a little class to my shelves, even if they are sitting next to my plastic razor (Note to self: invest in a fancy schmancy Mach 5). The next time I have guests, I won’t feel sheepish about them using my bathroom—they might even think I’m all grownup and super sophisticated. Beyond how great they look, I love this duo because the formulas are both calming (lavender) and invigorating (peppermint)—the perfect start to any day. 

—Lorelei

Class up the rest of your bathroom with our favorite bath and body products in the Birchbox Shop.

Guest Blogger: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Bargains

Happy, Thanksgiving! While you’re stuffing your faces with yummy eats, we’re strategizing our plan of attack for holiday shopping. Although we admit that we’ve been too chicken to actually brave the stores on Black Friday, we applaud those who have. We’re perfectly content with sitting home in our pajamas, cashing in on those Cyber Monday online deals. Don’t judge. If you’re hitting the stores or surfing the web, get a head start with this peek at what to expect (on the beauty front).

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