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Caffeine Can Affect Your Creativity, Instagram’s New Snazzy Video Feature, and More
It’s hard to start the day without a cup of joe. But if you’re in a particularly creative field, you may want to stay away from java. [Refinery 29]
As if we weren’t obsessed enough with Instagram, our favorite snapshot app just announced their new video feature. Animated selfies?! [CNN]
We know the usual suspects for split ends and discoloration (hi, chlorine) but according to a recent study, copper may be the biggest offender. [Allure]
Kim and Kanye’s baby name has finally been revealed—and it doesn’t start with a K. [CBS News]
Still confused about the recently updated FDA regulations on SPF and “broad spectrum”? Here’s what it means for all that sun protection in your makeup. [New York Times]
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Caffeine Can Affect Your Creativity, Instagram’s New Snazzy Video Feature, and More

—Geraldine

Speaking of Instagram, check out Birchbox’s very first Instavid.

What’s On the Birchbox Staffers’ Desk: Business Development’s Nidhi

We’ve introduced you to Business Development guru Nidhi before, and you’ve also seen her fashion-forward taste in footwear.  But there’s so much more to know! Now that she’s settled here at the office, we decided to sneak a peek at her desk and find out her workday (and beauty) must-haves. 

1. Vitamins and Eboost:  I am a self-professed health nut. I always have vitamins on hand to keep me healthy, and Eboost for a little pick me up.

2. Photo of flags in the East Village: My original NYC home! My best friend gave me this picture to remember my first New York apartment and all the fun we had there.

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College Girl: Beauty Products With A Caffeine Kick

This summer, Birchbox’s content team is extremely lucky to have awesome intern Shana in the office. She’s a student at Syracuse University (the smarty pants is a dual major in magazine journalism and psychology) and she’ll be helping with researching, writing, product testing and, of course, blogging. In addition to daily beauty news posts, she’ll be writing a weekly column called College Girl.

Life before college included lots of chocolate milk and very few caffeinated beverages, but a month into freshman year, my iced coffee-addicted friend Cara got me completely hooked. Though I haven’t reached her level of two large Dunkin Donuts’s coffees a day, I completely understand how essential these pick-me-ups are to make it through long nights of studying.

Lately, I’ve been hearing a ton of buzz about caffeinated beauty products. After a bit of digging around, I discovered that this isn’t exactly a new trend—beauty companies have been incorporating caffeine into their offerings for years because of its beneficial effects on the skin like depuffing, tightening, and smoothing. The best part: unlike your morning cup, the caffeine in these products doesn’t make them addicting—so lather up rather than drink up. Here are my favorites:

Befine Night Cream: Your homework won’t get done while you sleep, but with this overnight product, you can cross glowy skin off your to-do list. The potent cocoa and caffeine will heal and hydrate skin while you focus on getting your eight hours.

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer: Waking up is especially hard after a long night. Swipe this stick over your eyes to reduce puffiness and cover up all evidence of exhaustion.

Bliss Love Handler: Slacking at the gym is completely understandable. Because you can’t always hide under baggy sweatpants, the caffeine in this will help smooth and tighten problem spots.

—Shana

There are plenty of other products worth waking up for in our Birchbox Shop.