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Top 6 Reasons to Use Sunscreen

By now you’ve probably seen that the Birchbox editors are über vigilant about sun protection. Since you’ve been following along closely, we’re sure that you’re now wearing SPF everyday, right?

All joking aside, we know that despite the best of intentions, sometimes we’re all a little guilty of skimping on the sunscreen—especially if we don’t know how much formula to use or how often to reapply. (Hint: you need more for your entire body than you’d think).

We quizzed our Birchbox staffers to test their sunscreen IQs, and realized that we could all use a quick refresher; thus the handy tips in the video above!  I know I’ll be applying it more liberally and more often. Since I worry about clogged pores, I always look for an oil-free formula made especially for the face. I love using COOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face because it’s super lightweight and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Now go have some fun in the sun (but remember that sunscreen!)

—Katrina

Looking for more sunscreen tips? Read 9 Sun Protection Tips You Need to Know Now from Jill Scalisi, the founder of Scalisi skincare.

How I Learned to Love (and Protect!) My Sunburn-Prone Complexion

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Like most women, I’ve spent maybe a few too many hours obsessing over my skin—from a microscopic broken capillary to a misplaced freckle, even the tiniest flaw seems worthy of my criticism. But the one characteristic that irked me the most? My alabaster skin tone

During my awkward teen years, I lived in sunny and tropical Venezuela. Thanks to an endless supply of pink sand beaches and 365 days of perfect weather, tanning is practically a Venezuelan national pastime. While that might sound lovely, bikini season all-day, everyday is pretty much a 13-year-old girl’s worst nightmare. 

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Packing List: Puerto Rico

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It’s hard to believe that today marks the two year anniversary of my college graduation. In celebration, my four best friends and I are planning a reunion trip this Memorial Day weekend to Puerto Rico! I love New York City, but I’m super pumped to lay on a beach with my girlfriends far, far away from the concrete jungle. Here are some of the essentials that I’m bringing along for my trip:

1. COOLA Cucumber Moisturizing SPF 30 for Face

COOLA is my favorite brand for anything SPF related. I’m indian, so I tan quick (understatement)! So it’s super important for me to carry a powerful SPF product when I’m in the sun and this one is great because it doesn’t feel heavy or leave any white residue on your face.

2. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I tend to rock third day hair while on vacation, so carrying a dry shampoo with me is crucial. Klorane’s is great because it also adds texture to my hair—perfect for beachy waves.

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Birchbox May 2013 Sneak Peek: Beauty Diaries

This month our theme is Beauty Diaries—get ready to spill the beans! We want to hear all about your beauty secrets, what products you try first in your Birchbox and more. To kick things off this month Katia, Hayley, and Mollie are picking out a few of the products they hope to receive in their boxes. Let us know in the YouTube comments what products you’re missing from your makeup bag and you could win all their picks! 

—Lorelei

Join Birchbox by May 14th to receive a May box this month!

5 Non-Messy Alternatives to Goopy and Sloppy Sun Protection

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After this last weekend’s gorgeous weather here in New York, we’re all eager for some well-deserved vacation time in the sun. (Summer feels so close!) The last thing we want to worry about when we’re on our way to paradise is whether our sunscreen will explode in our bags mid-flight or not make it past airport security all together—and we don’t really want to lug a gallon-sized bottle in our beach bags (we need room for those other outdoor beauty essentials!)

This summer, we’re taking a lighter (and more travel-friendly) route with the help of Birchbox Man. They’ve tracked down 5 hassle-free alternatives for clean, efficient, and portable sun protection that will take us to the beach and beyond.

—Bre

Get the scoop on SPF and sunscreen from Supergoop! founder Holly Thaggard

Let Kelly Osborne Serve As A Cautionary Tale—Slather Up! 
Nothing makes my skin crawl quite like seeing someone with a bad sunburn. As a fair skinned person myself, I’ve been there before. Aside from a bad burn being incredibly uncomfortable—little things like putting on a bra can be agony—you also feel major remorse that you’ve done irrevocable damage to your skin. (Oh, and let’s not forget the post-burn peeling. Ick.)  
I got that same slightly nauseated feeling when I saw this pic that Kelly Osborne tweeted the other day with the hastag #Imsmart. I turned my own sun protection corner in 2004 after a particularly traumatic burn while in the Bahamas on spring break, and haven’t suffered another burn since. When I see a picture like Kelly’s it makes me wonder why more people aren’t as on top of sun protection as they could be. While everyone makes the occasional mistake, we all know by now just how important SPF is. To keep yourself from suddenly finding yourself lobster red, here are a couple of my favorite SPF products, plus a must-watch primer on the lesser-known facts of sunscreen. When it comes to your skin, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Coola SPF 45 Sport: This water-resistant sweat-proof formula is great for the beach or any outdoor activity. I particularly love this one because it’s completely hypoallergenic and moisturizes with a blend of organic botanicals. 
Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum: All the antiaging benefits of a serum, plus SPF 30. This is my day-to-day go-to because it’s exceptionally lightweight and perfect under makeup. 
Supergoop!® Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream: My new favorite thing. I tend to avoid my eye area when applying sunscreen, and this targeted cream ensures that I protect the most sensitive area of my face. 
—Meredith
And here’s even more info on SPF if you want to be really sun savvy. 

Let Kelly Osborne Serve As A Cautionary Tale—Slather Up! 

Nothing makes my skin crawl quite like seeing someone with a bad sunburn. As a fair skinned person myself, I’ve been there before. Aside from a bad burn being incredibly uncomfortablelittle things like putting on a bra can be agonyyou also feel major remorse that you’ve done irrevocable damage to your skin. (Oh, and let’s not forget the post-burn peeling. Ick.)  

I got that same slightly nauseated feeling when I saw this pic that Kelly Osborne tweeted the other day with the hastag #Imsmart. I turned my own sun protection corner in 2004 after a particularly traumatic burn while in the Bahamas on spring break, and haven’t suffered another burn since. When I see a picture like Kelly’s it makes me wonder why more people aren’t as on top of sun protection as they could be. While everyone makes the occasional mistake, we all know by now just how important SPF is. To keep yourself from suddenly finding yourself lobster red, here are a couple of my favorite SPF products, plus a must-watch primer on the lesser-known facts of sunscreen. When it comes to your skin, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

  • Coola SPF 45 Sport: This water-resistant sweat-proof formula is great for the beach or any outdoor activity. I particularly love this one because it’s completely hypoallergenic and moisturizes with a blend of organic botanicals. 
  • Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum: All the antiaging benefits of a serum, plus SPF 30. This is my day-to-day go-to because it’s exceptionally lightweight and perfect under makeup. 
  • Supergoop!® Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream: My new favorite thing. I tend to avoid my eye area when applying sunscreen, and this targeted cream ensures that I protect the most sensitive area of my face. 

—Meredith

And here’s even more info on SPF if you want to be really sun savvy. 

Packing List: Hawaiian Island Vacay

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I wouldn’t trade New York for any other city, but right about this time of year I start to miss the ocean like whoa. I’m headed to Hawaii this week to visit family and get my fix of palm trees, sand, and spam musubi. (Not kidding—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.) Here’s what I’m packing for my tropical escape. 

1. La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleanser: I’m a big proponent of face wipes, both at work (key when product-testing) and when traveling. These hydrating wipes have both aloe vera and vitamin E—they’ll come in handy on the 12-hour flight as well as any beach adventures.

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Miss Ladyfinger Shares Her Holiday Gift Guide
Ah, the holidays—the greatest gift-giving time of the year. We know how tough it can be to come up with the perfect present for every friend, acquaintance, co-worker, and loved one in your life, which is why we’ve turned to our favorite tastemakers to tell us what they’ve got their eye on this season. Today we’re spotlighting nail art genius Taryn Multack of Miss Ladyfinger. 
1. While I love to stock up on cold weather accessories, I hate covering up the nail art that I’ve just spent so much time on. For me, hand-warmers are the answer. The added touch of embellishment on this pair from Topshop is very Gossip Girl.
2. Speaking of manis, I have at least 50 different glitter polishes in my collection, and Deborah Lippmann’s sparklers stand out the most. This Let’s Go Crazy shade is one of my favorites. It has dimension and it’s the perfect holiday hue.
3. How sweet are these little star studs? A great go-to gift for a best friend or a sister.
4. While sipping drinks bundled up in a cozy sweater, I’ll definitely be dreaming of a warm weather vacation. These Jonathan Adler coasters transport you somewhere far off (even if just temporarily) and they make the perfect hostess gift. 
5. No one wants chapped lips, especially when there’s mistletoe around. I love hydrating balms that tingle like this one from Coola, which is made with organic ingredients and tastes yummy. Did I mention that it has SPF?
6. As a New York City dweller, I love to peep other people’s iPhone cases on the subway. I saw this one once and fell in love. After hunting it down, it turned out that it’s by Free People and they have a great assortment of eye-catching cases.
7. This Corkcicle is one of Oprah’s favorite things, and now it’s one of mine. It chills your white wine while corking it to keep it fresh. Not to mention that it comes in a variety of colors. Genius!
8. There’s nothing quite like coming home to a delicious-smelling apartment during the holidays. This statement candle from Illume comes in two woodsy scents, Woodfire and Balsam and Cedar, and it’s very stylish. Anyone would love to receive this. 
9. My brother will definitely be getting one of these bill holders for the holidays. He’ll appreciate the humor, not to mention that I’m replacing his wallet for the umpteenth time.
10. My favorite part of the holidays is bundling up, which is why I love this lace-print sweatshirt. The short sleeves make it a great transition piece for spring too. 
For more chic tastemaker picks, click here. 

Miss Ladyfinger Shares Her Holiday Gift Guide

Ah, the holidays—the greatest gift-giving time of the year. We know how tough it can be to come up with the perfect present for every friend, acquaintance, co-worker, and loved one in your life, which is why we’ve turned to our favorite tastemakers to tell us what they’ve got their eye on this season. Today we’re spotlighting nail art genius Taryn Multack of Miss Ladyfinger

1. While I love to stock up on cold weather accessories, I hate covering up the nail art that I’ve just spent so much time on. For me, hand-warmers are the answer. The added touch of embellishment on this pair from Topshop is very Gossip Girl.

2. Speaking of manis, I have at least 50 different glitter polishes in my collection, and Deborah Lippmann’s sparklers stand out the most. This Let’s Go Crazy shade is one of my favorites. It has dimension and it’s the perfect holiday hue.

3. How sweet are these little star studs? A great go-to gift for a best friend or a sister.

4. While sipping drinks bundled up in a cozy sweater, I’ll definitely be dreaming of a warm weather vacation. These Jonathan Adler coasters transport you somewhere far off (even if just temporarily) and they make the perfect hostess gift. 

5. No one wants chapped lips, especially when there’s mistletoe around. I love hydrating balms that tingle like this one from Coola, which is made with organic ingredients and tastes yummy. Did I mention that it has SPF?

6. As a New York City dweller, I love to peep other people’s iPhone cases on the subway. I saw this one once and fell in love. After hunting it down, it turned out that it’s by Free People and they have a great assortment of eye-catching cases.

7. This Corkcicle is one of Oprah’s favorite things, and now it’s one of mine. It chills your white wine while corking it to keep it fresh. Not to mention that it comes in a variety of colors. Genius!

8. There’s nothing quite like coming home to a delicious-smelling apartment during the holidays. This statement candle from Illume comes in two woodsy scents, Woodfire and Balsam and Cedar, and it’s very stylish. Anyone would love to receive this. 

9. My brother will definitely be getting one of these bill holders for the holidays. He’ll appreciate the humor, not to mention that I’m replacing his wallet for the umpteenth time.

10. My favorite part of the holidays is bundling up, which is why I love this lace-print sweatshirt. The short sleeves make it a great transition piece for spring too. 

For more chic tastemaker picks, click here

LA’s Fashion Elite Reveal Their Summer Beauty Picks

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.

Greetings from Las Vegas! I’m one of 30 official bloggers at MAGIC—the world’s top marketplace for apparel and accessories. It’s been a true blast out here bonding with some of LA’s top fashion influencers. (Check out the #RoadtoMAGIC blog here to follow our adventures.) I checked in with four of my lovely trip mates to see what beauty products they can’t get enough of this summer.

Bethany Struble of Snakes Nest

1. Homemade Rosewater: “I literally make it over the stove. I love it because it’s so light and all natural. I use it as a toner, too.”

2. Benefit Hoola Bronzer: “This is a non-shimmery bronzer in a natural brown hue.”

3. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara: “I love it because it’s so cheap and fantastic.”

4. Urban Decay Naked Palette: “It has every color you need! It’s so versatile.”

5. Benefit Posietint: “It’s the perfect shade of pink for your lips and cheeks.”

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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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