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The Korean Products That Our Editors Are Crushing On

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If you’re a regular reader of the Birchbox blog, you’ve probably heard us recount our deep love for Asian beauty products in the last few years. One of the first brands that we turn to for innovative Asian skincare is Dr. Jart+. The Korean line made its way over to the US a few years ago, and their BB creams (along with many other products) have been a big hit ever since. 

A few months ago, the Birchbox editors had a chance to try out a few of Dr. Jart+’s more inventive products—and two of them swept us off our feet. Take a peek below to find out which hydrating and skin-clearing super-troopers editors Lorelei and Candice are crushing on. 

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The Newest Skincare Ingredient You Have to Know About

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Keeping track of skincare terminology can be tricky—from retinol to hyaluronic acid and all the different peptides, you end up scanning the label for benzoyl peroxide and feeling like you need a degree in dermatology just to buy face wash. The latest question-causing ingredients on our radar are ceramides. To cut through the confusion, our editor Amary did a little digging to find out why we need these fat molecules for a whole host of things including “strengthening skin’s natural barrier, sealing in moisture and keeping out harmful microbes.”

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7 New Mom Essentials That We’d Give to Kate Middleton

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After weeks of worldwide anticipation, this afternoon the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a royal baby boy! We’re so excited for the new parents and send them our hearty congratulations. If we could, we’d also send some handpicked Birchbox-style gifts to help Kate get through her first few weeks of motherhood. From pampering products to multitaskers, here’s what we would bestow upon the duchess.
  1. Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath Shower: For those sluggish early mornings (following sleepless nights), this luxurious British shower gel’s mix of ginger and cardamom would help energize and rejuvenate.

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Packing List: Santa Barbara Vineyard Wedding

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I can hardly believe it, but this weekend I’m headed to sunny southern California to celebrate my college roommate’s big day. In a perfect reflection of her personality, Tammy’s wedding will be easy-going (hello, beautiful vineyard), understated, and charmingly romantic (make-your-own candy bag stations!).

Aside from the ceremony, my trip will be all laid-back California style and lush winery backdrops, so I’m packing long-lasting makeup formulas to survive the 90-degree heat and comfy-yet-presentable duds for any vino-tasting detours.

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OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials
If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei
Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials

If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei

Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

Five Minutes To Fabulous: Guest Blogger

Whether you’re looking for celebrity gossip, the best product for frizzy hair, or advice on what to wear to your cousin’s wedding, the gals at Lovelyish have got you covered. This week, a handful of the site’s staffers—Katie Kubiak, Annie Strole, and Allison Wheeler—are bringing their expertise to our blog in a series of five beauty and style how-tos.  

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There’s nothing more appealing on a weekday morning than hitting the snooze button. Actually, I can think of plenty things more appealing, but I try not to tease myself when I know I have to book it to work in a matter of minutes. If you’re like me, you’re kicking yourself for sleeping in by the time you reach the primping portion of your morning routine. Who has time for it?

Luckily there are so many magnificent time-saving beauty tools these days that can make you fabulous in five minutes or less. 

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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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Happy Valentines Day! Get Ready For Date Night (Or Girls’ Night) With Our New Video

Whether you’re sharing a romantic evening with your steady or having a girls night out, Valentine’s Day is one time you definitely want to feel great. Watch our new video for the fool-proof date night makeup routine that you can even do in a rush. PLUS, if you do have a date tonight, you might want to send your guy this video

—Lorelei

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Memorial Day Must-Haves: Lorelei

This weekend marks the official start of summer, which means that Birchboxers have plans to kick back, rest up, and hopefully bask in some serious sunshine. We asked several of our staffers where they’re headed (stay-cations sound as enticing as traveling) and the must-have product they’re bringing along. Here’s what associate editor Lorelei had to say. 

I’m going to D.C. to spend the weekend with my sister and will absolutely be bringing Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Cream. It’s supposed to be 88 degrees when I get there on Saturday—hello, summer!—and my skin hasn’t seen that much sun in nine months. The SPF 45+ will be crucial for hanging out on the National Mall, while the tinted moisturizer/serum formula is low maintenance enough for spending all Sunday roaming the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian.

Not sure what BB cream is? Learn all about it here!

Self Magazine’s 2012 Healthy Beauty Awards: Dr. Jart, Yes To & Many More

Health and beauty: a winning combo, no? At this morning’s Self Magazine 2012 Healthy Beauty Awards, the theme was products that make you look and feel amazing.

The event, held at the Museum of Modern Art, revealed 89 winners across the categories of face, makeup, nails, sun, hair, and body—from Top Acne Spot Solution (hello, Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Spot Stick) to Best Deep Conditioner (woot Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Conditioner). The products were chosen by a panel of Self readers who tested them in their own homes and submitted their honest feedback. I recognize plenty of favorites on the list, but there are also ones I’m excited to try!

Beyond celebrating the phenomenal products, Self’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Danzinger, also set the tone of the event by bringing attention to social media. She told the audience of editors, industry execs, and brand bigwigs that companies shouldn’t try to strong-arm their message—they should just ensure that people are talking about their products and their brands. As a Twitter and Instagram addict, I loved hearing her give a digital call to action.

Check out the Birchbox products that made the Self list!

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