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Packing List: Northern Michigan Wedding

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Any Michiganders out there? This week our senior manager of social media, Rachel, is leaving for her wedding in Charlevoix, Michigan! (Note: longtime Birchbox fans have probably been anticipating this day since October when her engagement bling started popping up all over our Instagram feed.)

Before Rachel left Manhattan for her two week stint in the Midwest we made her spill the beans about which products made the cut for her big trip. Here’s what she’s taking with her, and why:

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From Head to Toe: My 4 Essential Lotions

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I recently moved from the Pacific Northwest to New York City, which meant I had to do more than your average spring cleaning while packing. Middle school notebooks and the skirt I wore once could not make the trek with me. This also meant cutting down on my beauty products—and if you’re anything like me, you likely have plenty of barely used products that have to go.

My biggest culprit? Bottles of lotion. I had quite the supply of gifted creams that piled up over the years, and moving gave me the motivation to finally toss the non-essentials. That left me with only one lotion each for face, body, hands, and feet. It was a tough task for someone who loves variety in her routine, but I’m happy to know that now when I reach for a bottle, it will be my favorite every time. Here are the top picks that made it onto my vanity in New York:

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Birchbox January 2013 Sneak Peek!

We can hardly believe it’s 2013 already! A new year wouldn’t be quite as fun without a new January Birchbox. This month, we’re getting you ready for your best year yet with a selection of samples that are helping us keep our New Year’s Resolutions. Watch the video to find out some of the items you can expect to see in your boxes. Don’t forget, we’re keeping many more a secret until they arrive in your homes!

—Lorelei

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The French Secret to Flawless Foundation

How does one score Clémence Poésy’s perfected skin? Using this simple French trick. (Photo: polyvore.com)

You’ve picked out the perfect evening outfit, coiffed the hair, and masterfully painted on your cat eye. But no matter what you try, your foundation is streaky, your pores seem overly large and you can’t get rid of the splotchy redness all over your face. Your first inclination might be to pile on even more foundation, but cease and desist! We found a multi-tasking savior that wipes out those makeup blunders without adding extra steps to your routine.

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