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Meet The Ace Wrinkle Fighter We Heart
What is it? pūr~lisse pūr~youth preserve age delay skin serum, a potent anti-aging serum powered by blue lotus flower, rice bran, and antioxidants.
Who is it perfect for? Anyone looking to stave off or soften the inevitable effects of Father Time. It might sound counter-intuitive, but you should start to think about anti-aging products around 25 since that’s when your skin starts to lose elasticity. In addition to your regular routine (wash, tone, moisturize, and exfoliate twice a week), add in this featherlight serum to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.
How do I use it? Keep in mind that serums are super concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Start by smoothing on half a pump of product and blend evenly onto your complexion and neck. Here’s the most important step though: allow the gel-like formula to sink in for a few moments before continuing with the next step in you skincare routine. Mixing in another product too soon will prevent the ingredients in the formula from fully sinking into your skin.
Have you tried this age-fighting serum? Tell us what you think!
Love what you see? You could find this product, and ones just like it, in a Birchbox! Here’s how you can join in on the fun.

Meet The Ace Wrinkle Fighter We Heart

What is it? pūr~lisse pūr~youth preserve age delay skin serum, a potent anti-aging serum powered by blue lotus flower, rice bran, and antioxidants.

Who is it perfect for? Anyone looking to stave off or soften the inevitable effects of Father Time. It might sound counter-intuitive, but you should start to think about anti-aging products around 25 since that’s when your skin starts to lose elasticity. In addition to your regular routine (wash, tone, moisturize, and exfoliate twice a week), add in this featherlight serum to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.

How do I use it? Keep in mind that serums are super concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Start by smoothing on half a pump of product and blend evenly onto your complexion and neck. Here’s the most important step though: allow the gel-like formula to sink in for a few moments before continuing with the next step in you skincare routine. Mixing in another product too soon will prevent the ingredients in the formula from fully sinking into your skin.

Have you tried this age-fighting serum? Tell us what you think!

Love what you see? You could find this product, and ones just like it, in a Birchbox! Here’s how you can join in on the fun.

6 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home

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Every weekend, I look forward to going back home to semi-upstate New York and winding down after a long week in NYC. While I love the hustle and bustle of the city, nothing beats returning to crisp air, green grass, and the sound of nature. The two days I’m home I take my R&R very seriously. I know I don’t have the time or money (the woes of a college student) to spend at a spa so my pampering days are spent in the comfort of home. Get ready to light some candles and put on some soothing music because here are a few of my favorite ways to relax and recharge for any day of the week!

1. How To: Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

As a huge tea connoisseur, the very first thing I do to unwind is fix myself a cup of tea. This video shows me how to brew the perfect cup since there’s nothing worse than ending up with bitter or weak tea. 

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6 Eye-Brightening Tricks to Try This Weekend

Your eyes are the windows to your soul. And tired, puffy peepers can reveal your age, sleep depravation, or last night’s over indulgence in one too many cocktails. Even if your social calendar is jam-packed, this President’s Day Weekend is the perfect time to offload some serious undereye baggage. Use these brightening tricks to help you look fully rested come Tuesday morning:

—Ally

Another tip to keep tired-looking eyes at bay? Remove your eye makeup every night. We love Lancôme’s BI-FACIL, which effectively removes liner, eyeshadow, and mascara. 

My One-Step Solution for Dark Circles and Undereye Bags

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While I love the holidays, this time of year is always exhausting—blame the mix of work craziness, non-stop happy hours and parties, and not nearly enough sleep. It’s no wonder that I’m rocking some major dark circles and puffy bags for weeks. In past years, I would just pile on the concealer and bear it. But since starting at Birchbox, I’ve discovered that there’s a better, more effective option: investing in a great eye cream.

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Make Dark Circles Disappear with a Deep Brown Corrector

Deepica before (left) and after (right) applying deep brown corrector.

On days when I’m makeup-free, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I pulled an all-nighter because of the dark circles I have under my eyes. It’s a tough beauty wrap I was born with, and I know several Indian women, like myself, who have the same dilemma.

I use to think the only way to cover up this imperfection was with under eye concealer. But I recently discovered that there’s actually a wonder product designed to make dark spots on your face appear relatively non-existent.

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Brighten Undereye Circles with YSL’s Touche Eclat Magic Illuminator

At yesterday’s video shoot, we talked a lot about undereye darkness. The best defense against undereye circles and bags is tons of sleep. Since that isn’t always an option we turn to the next best thing: magic highlighters. In my option, and I’ve had plenty of experience with camouflaging tiredness, a great brightener trumps a great concealer. I love YSL’s Touche Eclat, a peach-toned liquid that brightens the entire eye area. (I’m not alone - it’s the company’s top-seller and a staple of makeup artists and beauty gurus everywhere.) At $40 it isn’t inexpensive, but I think it’s absolutely worth it. For something a little less spendy, try Smashbox’s Photo Op Under Eye Brightener. It’s a little lighter so it doesn’t have as dramatic as an effect as the Touche Eclat, but I still keep it in my desk for 6pm pick-me-ups. I also love Benefit’s Ooh La Lift, a pink-toned creamy highlighter that makes you look wide-awake even when you’re not. In the morning I apply brightener under my eyes before concealer (though often I skip concealer), and then reapply in the evenings (over my makeup) if I’m going out.

For more tips on getting flawless skin, watch our video on applying foundation.

Check out our makeup collection, including great face illuminators, in the Birchbox Shop.

—Mollie