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4 Tips for Getting a Brighter Wedding Day Smile: Lover.ly

We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.image

(Photo by: Elizabeth Messina on The Brides Cafe via Lover.ly)

We figure nothing can make you smile brighter than your fiancé(e), but these teeth whitening tips could come a close second. A clean, bright smile can make you look and feel gorgeous for your engagement photos, wedding day, and honeymoon; here are our tips for making it happen.

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Say Cheese for National Smile Week

Fun fact I learned yesterday: It’s National Smile Week! In honor of the occasion, I decided to chat with my fellow Birchbox staffers about their favorite products to keep their teeth white and sparkling. Here are their suggestions.

Crest Express Whitening Strips: “I’ve tried a ton of over-the-counter whitening products, but these are by far the most effective and easiest to use. The advanced seal acts like a suction cup on your teeth, so there’s none of that slip-sliding like with other whitening trays and strips. In fact, you can talk and even drink water while you wear them and the express two hour time frame is incredibly convenient.” —Meredith, editor & content strategy manager

Wine Wipes By Borracha: “My mother-in-law introduced me to these, they’re great and come in this cute little compact. They make it easy to drink red wine at networking events.” —Katia, co-founder

Marvis Whitening Toothpaste: “My new obsession? Marvis Whitening Toothpaste. It keeps my pearly whites bright and also has a strong minty flavor that lasts longer than your typical drugstore brand. Those Italians sure know how to keep me smiling.”—Alta, lead brand relationship manager

—Kara

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College Girl: Countdown To Fall Semester

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.


It’s easy to lose track of time in the summer, but wake up and look at a calendar because it’s nearly August. With these late-summer months comes the much-anticipated start to the next semester. Some of you may have forgotten to start the daily gym grind or complete the second half of your summer bucket list, but now is the perfect moment to begin a beauty countdown towards your best self. Here’s five easy ways to start prepping now:

Colorize yourself 5 weeks before: It’s time to try out all those bright fun summer colors you’ve been thinking about! Pick up that bright Stila shadow and pink Deborah Lippmann polish before deep fall colors invade.

Plan Your Hair 4 weeks before: Your hair can get pretty out of control during the summer. Highlights and layers grow out, and hippie-chic is only in for so long, so start thinking about what you want your new ‘do to be. The beginning of the year is a chance to reinvent yourself, so shock everyone with an edgy cut.

Stock up 3 weeks before: It’s sometimes hard to find your favorite beauty products near school. Order everything you need now and keep it tucked away under your bed for when you need it. I’m spending next semester in London and I’ll definitely be hauling a ton of my necessities with me.

Whiten 2 weeks before: It’s all smiles once you get back to school and reunite with friends. Brush with Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Enamel Renewal Toothpaste to get brighter teeth in 14 days, and enhance with the 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips the day before you leave for an extra boost.

Eyebrows and spray tan 1 week before: Go get your eyebrows done or touch up with ybf’s brow pencil for a fresh look. And if you haven’t had your beach fill for the summer, get a spray tan a week before going back to school to show everyone what a fabulous summer vacation you had. Throw in some stories about all the male lifeguards you met and you’re golden.

—Shana

Save yourself the trouble and order all your favorites at once from our Birchbox Shop.