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Lipstick as a Blush, a $4,200 bottle of Chanel No. 5, and Mor
Learn how to use lipstick as a cream blush with this easy how-to guide. [The Beauty Department]
Would you pay $4,200 for a bottle of Chanel No. 5? [Style Elite]

Urban Outfitters joins the glow-in-the-dark nail polish club. [SheFinds]

Learn how to combat bad skin as a result of going vegan with these tips. [Q] 
Could bronze be the new “it” nail polish color? Click through to check out how these celebs are rocking the trend. [Glamour]
Marc Jacobs is teaming up with Krink to create a rainbow colored collection of “marc-ers." [Refinery29]
—Charisse
See what Birchboxers from all around the world did this past week in Instagrams.

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Lipstick as a Blush, a $4,200 bottle of Chanel No. 5, and Mor

Margot Tenenbaum, My Movie Character Beauty Inspiration: Guest Blogger

We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.  

Margot Tenenbaum, from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, is one of my favorite chain-smoking, compulsive lying characters ever. She’s also my No. 1 pick for my Halloween costume this year. While I look for a full-length faux fur coat, check out my makeup picks to get her look (cigarettes and wooden finger not included):

Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Smokin’ Pistol
Apply heavily around both eyes. Practice your “I’m so bored with this” stare.

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My Pre-Beach Prep: 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.

As a beauty blogger, I take my products almost everywhere I go, even to the beach for some minor primping. Here are a few things I like to use to keep it simple when going on beach trips:

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Cream vs. Powder Blush (And Why Cream Wins): Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, the lovely Alissa Kelly, offers up fun fashion and beauty advice on her blog, Feeling Good. (Our favorite feature? Kelly’s fun nail posts!) We love her optimistic attitude and useful tips. Up first: the pros and cons of cream and powder blushes.

For most of my makeup-wearing life, I went the powder blush route. Then I discovered cream blush and haven’t looked back since. The product that converted me? Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Blush.

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Guest Blogger: Stripes and Sequins’s Bright Blush Challenge

This week, we’re lucky enough to have the uber-talented Grace of Stripes and Sequins on board for a week of blogging fun. Yesterday she told us about her beauty essentials; today she’s on to a topic near and dear to our hearts: bright blush! Read on for her savvy tips.

Despite my immense love of all things beauty, I’ve never really been a blush person. In the past, I’d given a couple a try — NARS Orgasm and Benefit Dandelion — but never became a loyal user.

But then, intrigued by their ridiculously bright colors, I started to play around with a handful of blushes. I instantly fell in love with two.  

First: Benefit Bella Bamba. This one is frighteningly bright but when applied with a light touch, it looks amazing. It’s become my daily go-to. Throw out the brush it comes with and use a large fluffy blush brush instead. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and along your hairline and your glow will rival Natalie Portman’s at the Oscars. (I swear.)

The second is Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Crush. This is a cream blush, which was a bit intimidating at first. But apply just after moisturizing and it will blend into your skin effortlessly. It imparts the same glow as Bella Bamba…with the added benefit of also working amazingly well as a lip tint!

Want more inspiration? Read our Beauty Diary: Five Days of Beautiful Blush. Or learn how to get the rosy cheek look with our video tutorial, and find out how to apply cream blush perfectly.

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