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New Limited Edition Birchbox Finds Box For Just $18—a $55 Value!
The one place you don’t want to spend your free time: the drugstore. Well we’ve done the digging through aisles and aisles of fluorescent lights for you and pulled together this collection of the absolute best and newest affordable beauty finds around. What’s more: This box is only $18—and has a whopping $55 value! Get your Limited Edition: Birchbox Finds box now! 

New Limited Edition Birchbox Finds Box For Just $18—a $55 Value!

The one place you don’t want to spend your free time: the drugstore. Well we’ve done the digging through aisles and aisles of fluorescent lights for you and pulled together this collection of the absolute best and newest affordable beauty finds around. What’s more: This box is only $18—and has a whopping $55 value! Get your Limited Edition: Birchbox Finds box now! 

Reading List: Chanel’s New Makeup, Beth Ditto For MAC, L’Oreal Paris’ iPhone App and More

This weekend we’re in the mood to try new things: new nail art, new products from Japan, and even a new way to pick out our makeup. Lucky for us (and you!), our favorite sites have some ideas. 
We love nail art inspired by fashion—especially when it’s something we actually might be able to achieve ourselves. This lovely ombre plus lace version is inspired by the Chanel Resort 2012 collection. Image: Beauty Blitz
  • Fashionista revealed their five favorite Japanese drugstore beauty products. We’ll be placing our orders this weekend. Who knew Japanese Q-Tips were so much better than ours? [Fashionista]
  • The Beth Ditto and MAC collaboration is available now. The polka-dotted ad is too cute and the makeup looks almost as fun as Ditto herself. [Fashion Etc
  • Speaking of Chanel, She Finds has all the details on their summer makeup collection, Bombay Express. It will be released this month and features loads and loads of gold. [She Finds]
  • L’Oreal Paris just created a new iPhone app that helps you easily match your makeup to your outfit. In addition to making it look totally useful, their demo video stars the French and lovely Inès de la Fressange. [Fast Co. Create
  • We’re big fans of the spray tan. If you’re going to insist on getting tan, fake is the only way to go. Looks like Mark Wahlberg shares our opinion because he was just spotted getting a custom spray on his balcony. [The Gloss]

—Lorelei

Getting a spray tan is no excuse to slack on the SPF application. Shop our favorite sun-protecting products this weekend.

Guest Blogger: Stripes and Sequins

This week, we’re lucky enough to have the uber-talented Grace of Stripes and Sequins on board for a week of blogging fun. As one of our most loyal fans — she was one of Birchbox’s beta members and has been with us ever since — we’re thrilled to have her on the blog. She’s a DIY whiz, savvy beauty and fashion blogger, and one of the nicest people we know. First up: Grace’s Beauty Essentials.

Like any beauty product junkie, my must-have product list has a revolving door. I’m constantly on the hunt for new products, so I’m always switching it up. But these are some that I can’t live without.

Right now, I’m all about hydration.  Cetaphil Body Cream is an oldie but a goodie.  It’s the richest body cream I’ve found, and gentle enough to (gasp!) use on my face when it gets really dry. Sunday Riley Juno Facial Oil is also amazing.  Although spreading oil on your face seems a bit counterintuitive, this one is lightweight and absorbs incredibly quickly. I put a thin layer just after washing my face, and my skin is instantly happy. I’m a little bit obsessive-compulsive about eye cream. I tried Face It’s Smooth Eye-Operator a year ago and was instantly hooked.  It zaps dark circles while hydrating intensely.

As far as beauty products go, for lips I’ve gone back to another favorite: Benetint. I apply a coat, do my eye makeup, and then apply clear gloss. The tint/gloss combination is just…juicy!  To give my skin a glow, I use Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint.  (Discovered this one via Birchbox and instantly became obsessed!) I use only the tiniest amount on my cheeks, temples, and brow bone – it instantly brightens winter skin. For eyes, I’m addicted to Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara. This stuff proves that drugstore mascara works just as well as the expensive stuff. It lengthens and separates like no other.

I have thick, wavy hair and I swear by Moroccan Oil. I cringe a little bit writing it, as the stuff has gotten so much buzz. But it works, plain and simple. Once my hair dries, I use Garnier Glossing Spray (another blogger introduced me to this and it’s amazing – works just as well as Fekkai) to de-frizz and sleekify.

Check back tomorrow for more of Grace’s beauty and style intel. In the meantime, get inspired to try new products in our Shop!

French Drugstore Beauty Finds

Historically, I have not been a big GOOP fan. I snicker when I see blog post titles like This Week’s Pile of GOOP and I cheer when ABC points how how much it actually costs to live like Gwyneth (answer: $3606.50 a day). But ever since her amazing and surprising Glee appearance (actually, lets take a minute and revisit that phenomenal Cee Lo performance), I’ve been feeling slightly more charitable toward her. And then there was this morning’s GOOP, which has a great roundup of the best French drugstore beauty finds. Makeup artists have long been obsessed with these products, which are relatively inexpensive and available at any French drugstore. My friend Diane da Silva, a fabulous and fabulously talented makeup artist, turned me on to Embryolisse moisturizer, which is rich without being heavy, Bioderma makeup remover, and Homeoplasmine, which looks like hemorrhoid cream but is actually a magical skin soother. The last time she was in Paris Diane picked up all three products for me, and I have been obsessed ever since. As my supply dwindles, I am already thinking about how I am going to restock. Maybe my new friend Gwyneth will send me some?

—Mollie

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