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What’s on Birchbox Staffers’ Desks: Face Oils
We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!
"I love using this face oil by Kahina Giving Beauty. If I’m heading out for drinks or dinner with friends straight from the office, I’ll first take off my makeup with a cleansing wipe, then use this argan oil instead of a moisturizer. It helps everything else go on evenly.”
—Meredith, editor and senior manager Birchbox US, traffic & trends
Another great way to find out about Birchbox Staffers? By looking inside their carry-on bags.

What’s on Birchbox Staffers’ Desks: Face Oils

We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!

"I love using this face oil by Kahina Giving Beauty. If I’m heading out for drinks or dinner with friends straight from the office, I’ll first take off my makeup with a cleansing wipe, then use this argan oil instead of a moisturizer. It helps everything else go on evenly.”

—Meredith, editor and senior manager Birchbox US, traffic & trends

Another great way to find out about Birchbox Staffers? By looking inside their carry-on bags.

Aquaspinning, DD Creams, And More
What’s next on the fitness front? Aquaspinning—a spin class in a pool. [Greatist]
Julep is launching the first DD Cream slated to be in stores this June. [SheFinds]
Sarah Hyland and Sienna Miller have joined in on the bang trend. [Glamour]
Learn about these seven new uses for face oils.  [Beauty High]
Think twice before tossing those sponge tip eyeshadow applicators. [Allure]
Chicago finally gets its first blow dry bar. [Cheeky Chicago]
—Charisse
The ultimate eye cream guide and four things you need to know to get results.

(Photo: Aqua Studio)

Aquaspinning, DD Creams, And More

—Charisse

(Photo: Aqua Studio)

Currently Obsessed With…Oils!

You may have noticed lots of your favorite brands coming out with oil-based products in the last year, and for good reason. These products are a far cry from the greasy, dirty kind of oil that clogs your pores and weighs down your hair. In fact, these oils are all about working with your skin and hair type to either cleanse or hydrate. My favorite cleansing oils fit the old adage “like attracts like” by pulling out the bad oils and leaving skin with plenty of moisture, not stripped. My must-have hydrating oils sink in immediately and are much longer-lasting than moisturizers. Check out a few of my all-time faves below.

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Spa Day with Olie Biologique: You’ve Got Male

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Some guys use whatever soap is in the shower. Others carefully consider the field and select the best option. Eric, our resident grooming god, falls in the latter camp. Once a week, he’ll be sharing his product findings and lifestyle tips.


Okay, so maybe it wasn’t a full spa day, but I did spend a lovely afternoon with the ladies behind Olìe Biologique at their recent trunk show at Equinox. This brand (pronounced “Oh-lee Bee-oh-loh-jeek”) is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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My Wish List: Guest Blogger

The moment you start reading Alex Yeske’s dreams + jeans blog, you know one thing for sure: the girl has excellent taste. Musing on everything from fashion to beauty to design, the recent Syracuse grad has a knack for spotting pretty things — a skill that no doubt serves her well in her day job as a graphic designer for Madewell. This week, we’re lucky enough to have her guest blogging for us about everything from her beauty must-haves to how to get the perfect blow dry.

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I absolutely adore testing out new products. I always have a running list of things I want to try and these are at the top of it:

1. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Mask: I actually read about this product on the Birchbox blog a month or so ago and have been dying to try it ever since! I’m completely obsessed with testing out new hair products.

2. Nars Orgasm Illuminator: I love NARS’ Orgasm blush and think the shimmery version would be a great addition to my cosmetic bag.

3. Rodin Face Oil: This face oil comes up over and over again in magazines and on blogs. If that many people like it then it must be a great product!

4. Clarisonic Mia: I’m all about finding ways to make my skin noticeably better, and the technology behind this tool is genius.

5. Twistband Hair Ties: I’m never without a hair tie and these look so cute on your wrist, too!

Another must-try: Dr. Dennis Gross’ Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel.

Skincare Must-Haves from Truth Art Beauty Founders

We love the idea of Truth Art Beauty, the brand-new customized skincare line. Yesterday, we asked founders Caron Proschan and Emily Graham to tell us about the perfect blends for their particular skin; today, they’re sharing their latest favorite ingredients. Skincare junkies, you need to read this.

Ingredient I’m Obsessed With (And Why)

Caron: It’s so hard to choose one! But given how harsh this winter has been, I’ve been obsessing for the past few months over Pumpkin. Not only does it help with refining texture, it is a lovely moisturizer, rich and velvety, and is also filled with antioxidants.

Emily: Red Raspberry. It’s hard to find a meaningful concentration of Raspberry in most products because it’s such a premium ingredient. This especially versatile oil is rich enough for dryer skin and night use but also easily absorbable for daytime. I love that it provides natural sun protection because I try to avoid the chemicals in most sunscreens but also need to protect my fair skin.

Everyone Should Try…

Caron: Face oil. For all those who haven’t converted…once you go to oil, you don’t go back! My skin looks so much healthier ever since I started using it. And no, it won’t clog pores! It just creates this amazing, dewy glow. You really see an immediate effect.

Emily: Creating your own blend! This allows you to tailor your product specifically to your needs. It’s also a lot of fun. I probably have five different Body Salve blends in my bathroom right now. Some are lighter for daytime, others are richer for when my skin is super dry. I also love experimenting with different scents. Ylang Ylang is my current favorite - it has a sexy, not-too-sweet, floral scent – perfect in the evenings after a warm bath.

Read all about Face Oils in our Cheat Sheet.

Browse our favorite face oils, natural scrubs, and more in the Birchbox Shop.

Guest Blogger Dorothy McGivney’s NY Essentials

Welcome to our new Guest Blogger series! As much as we love to chatter on about our respective obsession (Mollie, cookies; Meredith, brows; Lorelei, nails), a little variety is always good. From time to time we’ll hand over this space to one of our very lovely, very savvy friends. First up: Dorothy McGivney, founder of Jauntsetter.

When you’re in NY, what’s always in your bag?

I’m a real minimalist when it comes to makeup, and it’s only in my 30s that I’m learning how to apply it without looking like a clown. Luckily, Laura Mercier’s Lip Plumper in Wildberry looks natural, with just a hint of shine, and it’s pretty impossible to put it on incorrectly. Touch Eclat from YSL is another handy tool to have at the ready for easy coverups. And I have a little hotel shampoo-sized container of Jojoba Oil I always carry in the winter that I rub on my hands, or sometimes dab on my face, whenever my skin is feeling dry.

Read who else is obsessed with YSL’s Touche Eclat (besides us!).

Pick up Laura Mercier’s user-friendly Lip Glace in our Shop.