You miiiight have noticed by now that Birchbox staffers have an ever-so-slight obsession with food—from colorful veggies and delicious smoothies to festive cookies and fun cocktails. That’s why we’ve enlisted our in-house kitchen geek Nicole to share her cooking tips every week: seasonal ingredients, nifty tools, and must-try recipes.
I’ve been a coffee fiend since my high school days, when I’d consume too many mochas with whipped cream to mention. Now I keep it to the coffee-and-cream-no-sugar variety, but like many people, it’s still a part of my daily ritual. It just recently occurred to me to try coffee for something other than drinking, and while researching I discovered that there is WAY more to these beans than just a morning beverage. (Probably no-duh for some of you, but I was surprised by the long list of other uses!)
Coffee’s been waking people up since at least the fifteenth century in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen—and it’s said to have been waking up goats in Ethiopia long before that. Today, 54 percent of adults in America consume the caffeinated beverage daily.
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.
There are plenty of other products worth waking up for in our Birchbox Shop.