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OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials
If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei
Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials

If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei

Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

4 Summer Beauty Savers to Test Drive This Weekend

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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Photo: Gina Tricot

Now that summer is fast approaching (the season unofficially started after Memorial Day, but officially starts on June 21), my makeup bag is more minimalist than usual. When I’m in a setting where the sun is beaming and the water is splashing, the last thing I want is a full face of (melting) makeup, which is why “keep it simple” is definitely my beach beauty mantra.

Inspired by Aussie model Shanina Shaik’s look above, here’s a roundup of four products that will help my channel a similar so-fresh-and-so-clean vibe this weekend.

1. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10): I can’t stop talking about this adorable little lifesaver. Although it’s meant to groom your tiniest lashes, it’s also a great overall mascara to tote in your back pocket or little pool party clutch. To look as fierce as Shanina, apply a light coat after jumping in the water.

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Clinique’s New Polish Collection, Coachella Beauty Trends, And More
Clinique launches a polish collection that’s safe for sensitive skin. [SheFinds]
Refinery29 puts the blue lipstick trend to the test. [Refinery29]
Sarah Jenks, author of Live More Weigh Less, points out the five signs of emotional eating and how to fix them. [Huffington Post]
We’re on a Coachella kick right now, which is why we’re especially loving this rockstar hair guide from Birchbox Man. [Birchbox Man]
And speaking of Coachella, check out what celebs like Rita Ora and Julianne Hough were wearing to the festival. [BellaSugar]
—Charisse
 Read all about Rita Ora and her beauty favorites, here.
(Photo: Clinique)

Clinique’s New Polish Collection, Coachella Beauty Trends, And More

—Charisse

 Read all about Rita Ora and her beauty favorites, here.

(Photo: Clinique)

Psy Steps Into Skincare, Clinique Debuts a CC Cream, and More
Psy is getting into the beauty game! The Gangnam Style YouTube star will be the new face of Korean skincare brand Somang. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Clinique will launch its first CC cream in April. Pretty Connected blogger Lara Eurdolian describes the new product as “nothing short of magic in a bottle.” [Pretty Connected]
Check out this breakdown of makeup wipes by skin type. [Beauty High]
Trying to make your blowout last? Here are four DIY hairstyles for unwashed hair. [Refinery29]
Rent the Runway will continue to grow after recently receiving $24.4 million in funding from Advance Publications Inc. [WWD]
-Charisse
Birchbox’s own version of March Madness is here! Read how we’re matching up four cosmetic categories in an ultimate beauty showdown.
(Photo: Somang)

Psy Steps Into Skincare, Clinique Debuts a CC Cream, and More

-Charisse

Birchbox’s own version of March Madness is here! Read how we’re matching up four cosmetic categories in an ultimate beauty showdown.

(Photo: Somang)

How to Rock Ruffles at a Wedding: Guest Blogger

It seems like we have an endless list of weddings to attend these days, which means we’re constantly in need of some serious style advice. Thankfully, Ilana Stern, Founder and CEO of Weddington Way, an online boutique filled with gorgeous wedding party style picks, is sharing her wisdom with us all week long.

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Large, dramatic ruffles were all over the runways for designers like Chloe, Givenchy, Marni and Balenciaga. We absolutely adore this girly trend, and lucky for us, it translates easily from the runway to the aisle. This ruffled bridesmaid dress by Watters is a fun blend of modern and feminine in one fabulous satin dress. Pair it with silver drop earrings by Dogeared and a sparkly chevron bangle for a touch of glam.

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How I Learned to Wear Red Lips: Guest Blogger

Raw and honest, Rachel Wilkerson’s blog, The Life & Lessons of Rachel Wilkerson, is captivating and heartfelt. Covering the trials and tribulations of her personal life, her blog gives advice on everything from the serious (like moving house, which is so stressful) to the mundane (fun nail art!) and everything in between. We appreciate anyone that keeps it real the way she does, so we’re excited to have her as this week’s guest blogger. 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved iconic red lips. But loving red lips is different from wearing (and rocking) red lips. Here’s how I learned to pull them off.

1988. My dad gives me an acting kit with waxy stage makeup pencils in blue, black, red, and white. I request red lips and a beauty mark. A three-year-old with red lips? Alas, the lips are wearing me and not the other way around.

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7 Fab Eye Products To Help You Get Through Sangria Season

You’ve probably heard by now that we’re teaming up with Glamour for our July Birchbox. To help celebrate this awesome partnership, the gracious Girls in the Beauty Department will be sharing their beauty expertise with us for an entire month. Lucky us! 

Summer (a.k.a. patio drinking season) is upon us, which means that the likelihood that you’ll be staying up past your bedtime on school nights ranges from 30% (Tuesdays) to 70% (Thursdays). If you’ve suddenly found yourself in the market for a stellar under-eye circle zapper, a magic eye de-puffing product or even just some miraculous concealer that makes you look as though you spent a quiet evening at home, drinking water and watching French documentaries (as opposed to, say, watching the clock strike twelve while enjoying some al fresco libations with some rowdy friends), you’ve come to the right place.

As both the weather and my social calendar have warmed up, Estee Lauder’s Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator has become my newest makeup bag bestie. Slightly tinted and totally soothing, it brightens up my eyes without making them look sparkly or heavy with product. And every morning I dab some on, I think:

A) Oh man, this makes my skin feel like butter. Like fancy French butter. I’m hungry.
B) I did not need that last glass of chardonnay.
C) I wonder if it’s possible to bathe in this. As in take a bath. In a pool of Eye Illuminator. Never mind, that’s a gross idea. I need coffee.
D) I’ve gotta tell the blog ladies about this. It’s like the real deal. Is anyone else using this? Jeez, it’s fantastic.

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My Skincare Essentials: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, Vida Lee, hits close to home for us—literally! She’s a beauty guru based in our hometown: New York City. Aside from being a product addict, she’s also a medical school student (whoa!) who makes time on the side for her pretty blog, P.S. It’s Vida. Over the next few days, the smarty savant will be sharing her greatest tips and tricks for staying prepped and primed for summer.

Skincare is one of my absolute favorite things. I love experimenting and trying new things, but there are a few products I’ve found that will probably never leave my routine. These are some of the skincare items I use on a daily basis.

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Tubular Products For My Lips: Guest Blogger

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.

So many of the most beloved lip balms and glosses come in a convenient tube. (I am not one for sticking my finger in a pot, and carrying around a lip brush can be a real pain.) There’s something about the slick application of color from a tube that leaves an almost glaze-like finish on lips, with extra-pigmented shine.

Here are my of-the-moment favorites for totally tubular lips. From top to bottom:

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