Last week, we kicked off our special Birchbox + BaubleBar 10K. If you missed it, here’s the deal: Between September 19th and October 16th, we’ll be keeping track of your Birchbox Points. The first 10K (yes, 10,000) members to earn points will receive a sweet BaubleBar bracelet in their November Birchbox. Not sure what Birchbox Points are? You’re in luck. Here goes Birchbox Points 101.
Birchbox Points are our way of saying, ‘We love you just as much as we love birthday cake! Thanks for being our friend.’ Every 100 Birchbox Points is worth $10 in the Birchbox Shop. That’s real money, kids! Here’s how to earn.
1. Refer friends! We’ll give you 50 Birchbox Points for every friend you refer that joins. Note: They must join by September 30 in order for you to get points in time for this giveaway.
2. Give feedback! Earn 10 points for every review. (Note: you can only review samples from your current Birchbox.)
3. Shop! We know you’ve been eyeing that Oribe shampoo in the Birchbox Shop. Go snag it! You earn one point for every dollar you spend.
And there you have it. Get going!
Have questions? We have answers. Check out our Birchbox Points FAQ or leave a question in the comments.
As much as we love endorphins, sometimes it’s fun to get a prize without even slipping on your sneaks. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at BaubleBar for a very special contest. Today is the start of the Birchbox + BaubleBar 10K! We’re challenging you to rack up as many Birchbox Points as you can by October 16th. The first 10K — yes, 10,000 — members with the most points by that date will receive a super-cute BaubleBar bracelet in their November Birchbox.
Let’s recap, shall we?
Earn! Rack up Birchbox Points between now and October 16th. You can earn points by giving feedback, referring friends, and buying full-size products in the Birchbox Shop.
Win! The 10K members with the most points will receive a BaubleBar bracelet in their November Birchbox.
What are you waiting for? Get going! Learn more deets about the 10K here.
Left to right: Molecular Mist, $36; Sircuit Weapon, $85; both available on birchbox.com
Science is not my strong suit. (I nearly failed not one, but two college science requirements.) But I’m a total geek when it comes to skincare, and I love picking experts’ brains about ingredients and formulations. I’m currently obsessed with Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, a CA-based line that I learned about from Exhale Spa expert Caitlin Conn.
The brand is different for a few reasons. First off, they use chiral technology to ensure that their ingredients are as effective as possible (don’t know what chiral is? I didn’t either—see what I found out). Secondly, everything is made without fillers and in small batches, which ensures extra-concentrated, extra-fresh products. Finally, their products are designed to get results without, how shall we say, freaking skin out. As in, their Savior Cleanser has the right amount of salicylic acid and lactic acid to clear up blemishes without drying skin, and their Youth Accelerator Peel strips away dull cells without triggering redness.
Needless to say, Sircuit is now a permanent part of my skincare regimen. And it can be part of yours too! We’re running an amazing sweepstakes with them—enter to win a personalized consultation and a customized regimen worth $500. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go on, go!
Be sure to check out all the great Sircuit Cosmeceuticals products on Birchbox’s site!
This is one contest you won’t want to miss. We’ve teamed up with Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, a game-changing skincare line, to give away $500 worth of their products. The line is all about helping you get gorgeous, healthy skin — without any irritating ingredients or harmful chemicals. All the products use chiral technology (don’t know what that is? Read our guide) so that they are as effective as possible. What are you waiting for? Head on over to our Facebook page and enter!
Learn more about Sircuit and their innovative approach.
It’s Wednesday, which means we’re all dragging. But you have something fun to look forward to: Tomorrow night, we’ll be live Twitter partying with Weleda and The Gloss, talking all things natural and beauty.
From 7-8:30 pm, experts from The Gloss (@theglossdotcom) and Weleda (@weleda), plus Birchbox (@birchbox), will be answering all your burning questions. Simply follow us (if you don’t already) and tweet us your questions using the hashtag #gonatural.
We promise to be fun and charming - come join us!
We’ll be giving away three of these awesome Weleda sets, each worth $95.
On Twitter, that is. Next Thursday, May 5th, we’re teaming up with Weleda and The Gloss for a digital natural beauty chat. Here’s how it works: From 7-8:30 pm, experts from The Gloss (@theglossdotcom) and Weleda (@weleda), plus Birchbox (@birchbox), will be answering all your burning questions. Simply follow us (if you don’t already) and tweet us your questions using the hashtag #gonatural.
Want to know which plant-based ingredients cure acne? We can tell you! Hunting for an eco-friendly cleanser? We have ideas. Befuddled by parabens? We’ll explain. We’ll also be giving away three fantastic Weleda skincare sets during party. Each includes a Gentle Cleansing Milk, a Refining Toner, Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion, and Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream for a total value of $95. Everyone who uses the hashtag #gonatural will be entered to win.
It’s not quite a Cinco de Mayo fiesta but we highly encourage sipping a margarita while we talk all things beauty. Tweet you next week!
In the meantime, read about Weleda and their plant-tastic products.
Wow. Color us inspired. On Tuesday we launched our Twitter Upgrades Sweepstakes, asking you to tweet us and tell us how you’re stepping up your beauty routine this month. We got tons of thoughtful entries. Some of our favorites:
@nessajosephine: @birchbox For starters, I got straight-across bangs. I’m also experimenting with colored mascara on my bottom lashes! :) #upgrades
@llglossy: @birchbox Now that spring is (finally) within reach, I’m going to rock a bold lip and let that lead the way. Coral, here I come! #upgrades
@audreycupps: @birchbox I’m upgrading my beauty storage! Just bought a cute tumblr to keep my brushes neat & nearby http:yfrog.com/hsm7xx0j #upgrades
@samanthaabot: @birchbox This month’s Brow Brush (& brow video!) inspired me to upgrade my brow regimen. Anastasia Brow Wiz & Gel upped my game! #upgrades
@juliabainbridge: @birchbox Fancy shampoo (Oribe is a fave). Sure, it costs more but it goes on my color-treated locks every day. #upgrades
@jessycat: @birchbox My beauty #upgrade is to stop relying on products to make me feel beautiful. I need to believe it, then use them to enhance it :)
There are many more where that came from - to take a peek, simply search the the hashtag #upgrades in Twitter! And now, for our winner: We randomly selected @tiramisu8, who tweeted, "@birchbox No more beauty rut! This month I’m going to treat myself to professional shampoos & conditioners because my hair is worth it #upgrades."
We’ll be sending her over $150 worth of our favorite upgrades: Korres Guava Body Butter, Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste, Pangea Organics Balancing Oil, Oribe Moisture & Control Shampoo & Conditioner.
Check out all our favorite upgrades in the Birchbox Shop.
Get inspired with our roundup of the best spring trends.
This month’s Birchbox was all about upgrades. We picked out products that would inspire our members to take their regular routine to the next level, from a fancy schmancy Italian toothpaste to an organic lip balm loaded with essential oils. Who says basics have to be boring?
We also wanted to hear from you! We sent out cards in each of your boxes (see the above pic to help jog your memory) asking you to tweet or Facebook us with what you’re going to do this month to upgrade your routine. The pledges can be as simple as a trying a new lip color or as big as chopping your mane for a whole new hairstyle.
So let’s hear it: What is your beauty upgrade?
Tweet us with the hashtag #upgrades and you could win! We’re giving away $150 of products, including our favorite new chubby eye pencil, the greatest face masks, and a luscious body butter, to whoever has the best answer. Let the tweet-off begin!
Stumped? Check out some of our upgrades for inspiration.
Katia: “No more beauty rut! I’m all about hair feathers.”
Jenna: “No more beauty rut! This month I’m going to add some color (purple!) with my NEW Sue Devitt eye pencil!”
Hayley: “This month, I’m getting a new hair do! With bangs!”
Alta: “This month, I’m going to be fearless and take the 'Beauty Dares' challenge! Watch out for more red lips and winged liner!”
Molly: “This month I’m treating myself to a facial! My winter-weary skin needs some major love.”
Meredith: “This month, I’m going to start using sunless tanner. Bye-bye white winter skin—hello faux glow fabulousness!”
Tweet us YOUR upgrade using the #upgrades - we’ll pick a winner on Thursday!
One of the products Oscar Blandi recommended to Karen was his At Home Salon Glaze Shine Rinse, $25, amazon.com
We recently partnered with Oscar Blandi on an awesome contest where the winner receives a slew of free hair products and a virtual consultation with the much-in-demand Blandi himself. To enter, women simply had to write in with their biggest hair concern. After much deliberation, we selected Karen Farrow to be the recipient of both the haircare products from stylist’s eponymous line and his advice, which you can read below. Very shortly Karen will be receiving all the products she’ll need to help her combat her specific issue—we’re certain that they’ll help!
Karen Farrow: I have just over shoulder length hair. I’m in my 40’s, but I have been home coloring my hair since my teens. I suffer from split ends and the straw look as well as hair loss when brushing. My hair is slightly wavy, I usually just wash-and-go with little to no time for blow drying or styling. What can I do to get my hair healthy again?
Oscar Blandi: Hi Karen, I have the perfect product prescription for your hair concerns. It seems like you may be over-processing your hair with the home hair coloring. It also sounds like your hair is very porous, especially from the mid-length to the ends, which would mean it’s more susceptible to split ends and breakage. To get your hair back on track, here are are few things you can do:
1. Color Application and Maintenance: The next time you apply hair color, focus only on the root area. When you apply full color to your entire head too often, hair becomes over-processed and weak. To help keep your color fresh in between applications, use my At Home Salon Glaze Shine Rinse once a week. It is a chemical-free clear color glaze that will keep your color vibrant and healthy between treatments.
2. Cleansing and Conditioning: Do not wash your hair every day. Washing will strip your hair of vital nutrients. Instead, on days when you go sans water, use my Pronto Invisible Voluminizing Dry Shampoo Spray. It will remove oil, product build up, and provide instant volume to the root area. For days when you do wash, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for color treated hair to prevent fading and replenish moisture. To prevent further hair loss, only detangle hair with a wide toothed comb before using conditioner. Be sure to leave the conditioner in for at least three minutes and massage your scalp as you wait to rinse to help increase blood circulation and follicle stimulation. Also, if you can, rinse using only cool water and do not brush your hair when it’s dry.
3. Styling: When you get out of the shower, towel dry your hair and apply Hair Lift Instant Thickening and Strengthening Serum starting with your ends and working your way up to the roots. The product is clinically proven to thicken hair and fill in your ends with the moisture it needs. As far as drying, you should either air dry or use a diffuser on low to mild heat to help define your waves. Once your hair is dry, apply a pea size of Pronto Gloss Instant Glossing Cream all over. It delivers weightless shine while simultaneously controlling frizz and taming flyaways. It works by infusing Keratin protein into the hair to repair damage and to provide a glossy, brilliant finish. Follow this regimen for two months and you should see a huge improvement in the quality of your hair!
We teamed up with myfaceworks on a fabulously fun photo contest where entrants were asked to submit pictures of themselves (and friends) wearing a myfaceworks sheet mask. We encouraged funny, silly photos, but we had NO idea what awesomeness was headed our way! The above image blew the competition out of the water, so a big congrats is due to Melody Freeman and Kimberly Yates for taking the most creative, adorable, and downright hilarious photo we’ve seen in a while. Hope you ladies enjoy the three boxes of myfaceworks masks headed your way—no doubt you’ll put them to good use.
Never tried a myfaceworks sheet mask? The starter kit lets you test out several types.