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Packing List: Bali

Our editor Meredith just jetted off on the ultimate island vacay: Bali. We couldn’t be more jealous of her exotic destination—the closest we’ve ever gotten is Eat, Pray, LoveAll week, she’ll be exploring temples, lounging on white sand beaches, and eating plenty of spicy Indonesian food. The only perils? Heat, humidity, dehydration, and, oh yeah, getting sand in everything. Here are the team’s suggestions for what to take on an exotic adventure—whether it’s to Bali or beyond!

KOR Aura Water Bottle: ”When you’re traveling a long way, staying hydrated on the plane is critical. Over-spending at airport concession stands, however, is not. That’s why I’d recommend packing a reusable bottle in your carry on. Just don’t fill the bottle until you’ve passed security!” -Caroline

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Date Night Looks With A Twist: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, Kalyca Romeo of Romeostyle.com, is one seriously talented lady. After graduating from the Fashion Institute for Technology eight years ago, New York-based fashion insider has worked as a buyer, a designer, and a particularly savvy personal stylist. We’re loving her tips on crafting the perfect date night outfit, rocking the latest white styles, and test-driving fall/winter makeup looks right now.

On a first date, you don’t want to look like you’ve spent the entire day getting ready, but you do want to look gorgeous andeffortless all at the same time. What has worked for me has always been the head-to-toe outfits that make me feel confident, comfortable, and sexy—but that have a twist. Here are two first date fashion ideas that work well during the summer months.

Idea #1: A floral dress or skirt has been an encouraged first-date outfit for as long as I can remember. Switch things up a bit by trying something a little different, like a pair of floral print jeans or pants. Beauty tip: don’t forget to bring a lip gloss like a stila Lip Glaze or Clark’s Botanicals’ Ultra Rich Lip Tint

Idea #2: There’s an inclination to show some leg on the first date, which is fine, but nothing looks worse than a woman pulling and tugging at her mini all night. A more comfortable option that’s still very alluring is dressing up a pair of shorts. Combine a neutral pair with a flowy blouse and a standout accessory for an eye-catching yet sophisticated look. There’s also the jumpsuit route. Find one that flatters your body and not only is it easy, it will also help you keep your cool on a hot summer night. Take the style from casual to classy by pairing it with urbane platforms and some killer dangly earrings. Beauty tip: exposed skin always looks better when it’s a little glowy. Invest in products that will make you beam, in a good way, like Vapour Organic Beauty’s Aura Multi-Use Blush and Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

Check out a few more ways to get the red carpet glow

Fourth of July Nail Art That We Love

No better way to show your stars and stripes than with this Wonderwoman mani. (Photo: nailside.blogspot.com)

—Caroline

The perfect beachy complement to patriotic nails?  A DIY tan with Comodynes Towelettes.

Win A Full-Size Version Of Every Product In This Video!

As you probably know, June Birchboxes are on their way to your mailboxes right now, and in some cases they’ve already arrived! Even if you haven’t received your box just yet, everyone has the chance to win all the products included in our sneak peek video above. All you have to do is:

1. Watch the video to learn about a few of the samples from this month

2. Click through to the video on YouTube and tell us your travel beauty tip

3. Subscribe to our channel

We’ll choose one commenter to win a full-size of every product featured, and will contact the winner via YouTube message on June 14th. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Find all the June Birchbox products in the Birchbox Shop.

June Sneak Peek: Self Tanner That Isn’t Scary

It may be bikini season, but since I don’t lounge poolside everyday, I care more that it’s shorts season. As a fair-skinned gal and a major SPF nut, my gams are pretty pasty year round. (True story: I recently took a trip to Bermuda and a co-worker, trying to be nice, commented that I got some color on my trip. Completely horrified, I replied, “I hope not!”) During the summer, I rely heavily on self-tanner for to keep from looking ghostly. 

This month, to go along with our Jet Set theme, we’re sampling Comodynes’ Self-Tanning Towelettes. As someone who has tried zillion and one faux tan products, I naturally wanted to test them out myself. I didn’t know what to expect from Intensive, their darkest shade, but I was very pleasantly surprised at both the ease of application and the pretty result. I have some tips for anyone who is intimidated by either the word “self-tanner” or “intensive.”

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