Next week, I’m making my first-ever (and long-overdue) trip to Italy. (Squee!) My boyfriend and I are starting in Lake Como and then working our way through Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Rome. I’ll be honest: I’m most excited about the food. That’s not to say I don’t want to wander the piazzas, explore the Tuscan hill towns, and wonder at the Sistine Chapel—I’m just planning to bracket all those delightful things with many quartinos of Montepulciano and cones of gelato. Here are some of the essentials I’m bringing with me:
Madewell Transport Tote: This roomy leather bag is tailor-made for travel. It easily fits my laptop, copious amounts of beauty products, magazines, and (of course) many, many plane snacks.
Number 4 Haircare Styling Foam: I’m a full-on mousse evangelist. I find that it’s the best/easiest/quickest way to give hair a bit of texture and wave. Number 4’s version smells incredible and dries without any tackiness. I scrunch it in and go—no need to blow-dry.
Atelier Cologne Vetiver: Spoiler alert: We’ve got an awesome gift-with-purchase deal coming up with Atelier Cologne’s travel-size spritzes. Keep an eye out! Me, I’m taking this unisex one on the road.
Inika Mineral Foundation: I recently got a sample of this and liked it so much that I begged our brand team for a second (backup) sample to take with me. The formula is extremely light, dries to a velvet-matte finish, and blends gorgeously.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: While I don’t plan on wearing much makeup, that doesn’t mean I can’t use a wee bit of highlighter over my blush—you know, to prettily reflect all those golden Tuscan rays. Right?
Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask: Blame it on Birchbox, but over the years the list of things I consider travel “musts” has changed dramatically. After realizing how tough planes and travel are on my skin, I now consider a great exfoliator and a hydrating mask to be core trip essentials. I love sheet masks because they’re single-use—how great to return with less than when you started!
And Sons, David Gilbert: I bought the hardcover of this novel after my friend (and consummate reader) Eimear raved about it. I’m looking forward to unplugging and doing some nondigital reading while I’m away.
It’s almost July, which means your next Birchbox is not far away but before you receive another set of goodies we want to revisit a few of our favorite June unboxings. This month we loved sharing our travel tips and picks but as always, the most exciting trip we took was with our subscribers. Here are a few of the memorable unboxing videos we watched this month:
Herlatenightcravings They have some of the best smiles around and we love that they couldn’t wait to get home so they did a “car vlog.”
Ashley Elizabeth has the sweetest accent and perfectly curly hair. After watching her unboxing video we had to check out her hair tutorials as well!
Jennifer Marie’s video made us laugh out loud—and her husband made an adorable unexpected cameo.
Find out what our Birchbox Man subscribers can expect to find in their July Birchboxes in our Sneak Peek video!
You’ve mastered the French braid and aced the fishtail—It’s time to become a true braid maven and master the newest hair trend: the waterfall braid.
We asked Davines stylist Christine Zilinski, to show us how to create this sweet look at home. It might take a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it you’ll be braiding up a storm.
Even better? If you’ve still got more questions about all things braids and hair, you can join us for a Twitter chat with Zilinski and Davines at 3pm ET onThursday 6/20! She’ll be answering all of your burning questions about your strands—from what foods to eat to score healthy hair to what ingredients you should look for in your products! Just use #AskDavines when you tweet a question, and follow @birchbox and @davinesofficial to keep up with the whole conversation.
PLUS, five lucky participants will have the chance to win their own set of Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner! So don’t be shy—jump in on Thursday with any and all of your questions.
Hailing from Boston, Ali came to us back in October to work on the brand partnerships team. As a Manhattan semi-newbie, she loves uncovering all that the city has to offer and says she is never bored with the seemingly endless list of new and exciting things to do. (However, even those of us born and raised in NYC know that feeling!) Read on to find out more about her!
Ali Berluti, Marketing Merchandising Manager
Hometown: Boston, MA
Fun fact: One summer I worked on a movie set and ended up being featured in a movie for a full 3 seconds. Unfortunately, it was the worst movie of all time.
Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
All I could manage to do over the last couple of days—other than watch the weather channel and nervously eat Goldfish crackers—was pin pretty pictures on Pinterest. I’ve been finding a ton of quicklooks (think things you can do in 30 seconds or less) and I had to share them. Here are three of my favorite ‘dos plus an expert’s tips on getting the looks just right:
The Tousled Bun: For a messy (but chic!) look, Vanessa Fernandez of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City suggests sticking with your natural texture and adding a texturizing spray (like Davines For Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer) to create separation. “Flip your head upside down; spray, scrunch, and smooth your hair upwards toward the ends, twisting it until it’s in a bun shape and securing with a hair tie,” she says.
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.
Now that we’re in the final weeks of summer, it’s time to squeeze in your last-minute beach jaunts and exotic getaways. I checked in with some of today’s most in-demand swimwear designers to see what trusty beauty products they never hit the waves without.
As much as I love the beachy waves look, I just can’t do it in the dead of winter. Getting my hair adequately wavy requires air drying, and in the colder months, that means frozen locks and an inevitable head cold. While some New York City women are celebrating today’s soaring temps (it’s 70 degrees here!) by busting out spring dresses and bare legs, I am reveling in the warmer weather with my fave post-surf hair style.
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
I know that dressing and grooming for New Year’s Eve can be stressful and daunting. I often find myself scrambling at the last minute to come up with some totally new outfit or hair look that I can rock for the most festive night of the year. To avoid this kind of crisis, my advice is to pick just one thing you that can change or add to your ensemble (yes, I am talking flair) and focus on that. For example, you could spruce up your favorite blazer with the Bonobos pocket square that you received in your Birchbox Man box. Or you could try slicking back your hair using a gel (my favorite is from Davines).