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Kate Middleton Hints That She’s Having A Girl, Fire Facials, and More
Kate Middleton stops mid-sentence while thanking someone for a baby gift, letting on that she might be pregnant with a baby girl. [Glamour]
The newest spa trend: the Fire Facial. No, this is not a joke.  [SheFinds]
Anti-aging products are worth investing in for your skin, but what about your hair? [Glo]
Acne breakthrough: a newly found strain of acne bacteria may be the key to treating breakouts. [Allure]
ABC’s former Bachelorette Emily Maynard, announces her new lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blog. [EmilyMaynard.com]
—Charisse
Craving a warm weather vacation? See how our very own Mollie Chen packed her essentials for her Hawaiian getaway.
(Photo: Neil Warner/Corbis)

Kate Middleton Hints That She’s Having A Girl, Fire Facials, and More

—Charisse

Craving a warm weather vacation? See how our very own Mollie Chen packed her essentials for her Hawaiian getaway.

(Photo: Neil Warner/Corbis)

The At-Home Spa Treatment I Can’t Get Enough Of: Guest Blogger

We’re a tiny bit in love with Shyema Azam’s blog, Beauty and the Feast. The freelance editor and writer—who’s worked for publications like Marie Claire, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar—writes about her everyday discoveries in the food and beauty world, often accompanying her posts with envy-inducing photos. Stay tuned all week for Shyema’s insider advice! Today, she tells us the product that helps her de-stress and stay zen.

Sundays are invariably my ‘me’ days, which means I turn my apartment into a mini spa—the most economical spa that there is. The robe comes out, the faux nail bar is erected in one corner of my room, my shower becomes “the sauna,” and I always, always have a face mask handy. Lately, I’ve gotten into paper face masks, like the ones from myfaceworks, for a number of reasons.

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How to Extract Blackheads at Home, With Tips From Facialist Renee Rouleau

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.

As a beauty writer—especially one with darker skin—I’ve been warned many, many times by dermatologists about the risks associated with squeezing pimples (i.e. you’ll cause trauma to your skin! you’ll scar! you’ll break out even more!). Then I go in for my seasonal facial and the esthetician is pinching clogged pores all over my face. Can you say mixed messages? Whose lead should I follow? Who should I listen to?

Turns out my dermatologists and estheticians are both right. Popping zits is bad and can wreak havoc on your face, but manually extracting blackheads (THE RIGHT WAY) is good. If you’re tempted to poke and prod, don’t! At least not until after you’ve read these tips from celebrity facialist Renee Rouleau.

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Why Microdermabrasion Is Great in Your 20s

Microdermabrasion isn’t just reserved for later in life—it can help in your 20s, too.
Photo: dk-klinik.com.tr

I used to think microdermabrasion was best left to individuals looking for serious anti-aging results. The professional-grade treatment is known for helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, giving a youthful glow by stimulating collagen growth, and minimizing pore size. But recently I found that the procedure is actually great for 20-somethings like myself who have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Click through to find out why!

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A Field Trip to Halle Berry’s Hollywood Skin Haven, Kinara Spa

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.

L.A. has tons of spas. As the home to Hollywood’s top stars, the city is oozing with fitness centers, healthy eateries, and beautification destinations to ensure that these million-dollar bodies and faces are well-preserved. And although non-famous residents, like myself, are not part of this six-figure club, we’re lucky to have these celebrity-approved establishments at our disposal. One of these gems is Kinara Skin Care Clinic & Spa, located in West Hollywood’s Design District.

Founded in 2003 by skincare guru Olga Lorencin-Northrup, Kinara is where A-listers get their facials the morning of the Oscars. In addition to counting Hollywood darlings like Anne Hathaway as clients, Olga’s most loyal fan is the one and only Halle Berry, who has been coming to Kinara for nearly 10 years! Given that I’m becoming a bit of a celebrity facialist addict, I had to meet with Olga to see what all the hype was about.

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Try This At-Home Spa Facial!

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.

This weekend marked my sixth move in eight years. You’d think I’d be a pro by now. But alas, the whole process still kicks my booty, especially now with a baby in the mix (breaking down and putting-back-together a crib is no joke!). My arms feel like jelly; my back feels like it’s carrying a Toyota; and my face…oh, let’s just say that my skin has seen better days. What I need now is a vacation. And a 15-hour massage. And a super-moisturizing facial. Since the trip and marathon massage are out of the question—there’s hours upon hours of unpacking to do, people—this at-home facial inspired by The Spa at Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens in Alajuela Province, Costa Rica will have to do. When you can’t go to Costa Rica, bring Costa Rica to you. 

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I Experienced L.A.’s Most-Wanted Facial—and It Was Glorious

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. 

Yesterday will go down in history as one of my favorite days, ever. After years of reading about and driving by Sofia Coppola and Madonna’s favorite facial haven, Face Place, I finally booked a coveted appointment at their West Hollywood location. The trip was, in a word, thrilling.

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The All-Natural Facial Loved By Celebs: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

You know how celebrities love to spill their beauty secrets, even when they have no idea what they’re talking about? Scarlett Johansson is the latest famous to engage in this particular kind of PR, telling Style.com that one of her favorite things to do for her skin is an all-natural honey facial.

“I use Manuka honey,” she said. “You just warm your face so that your pores are open (you can steam your face right after getting out of the shower), and then you just take a spoon and apply the honey directly to your face and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. It really adds an amazing glow and your skin is so soft afterwards. It pulls out the impurities.”

Well – if it’s good enough for Scarlett, it’s good enough for me.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Learning About Jurlique’s Skin Magic At Their L.A. Boutique

I’m in Los Angeles this week for a mini media tour — editor dinners, blogger breakfasts, Birchbox members’ party, oh my! In between the events and the driving traffic, I’ve also been doing my beauty research. Yesterday, I field tripped to Santa Monica to visit Jurlique at their lovely store. The small boutique carries their entire catalog, which means you could spend hours playing with different skincare products. There is also a single treatment room where you can try one of their signature facials. Sara LaBree, their phenomenal store manager and aesthetician, gave me a crash course in their different protocols (in addition to an amazing facial).

Jurlique is all about rebalancing and optimizing your skin — they don’t want to completely change anything, just fine tune anything that is out of whack. Accordingly, all of their facials are effective without being harsh — you won’t walk out looking like an angry tomato. I’m not usually one to talk during spa treatments (in fact, I’ve been known to fall asleep), but I started geeking out about the ingredients in the products. Fun fact: Jurlique’s Purely Age Defying line uses marine-based ingredients like rock samphire that work like retinols without any of the harsh side effects. In addition to being smart about ingredients, they’re also smart about application: all of their facials use the Clarisonic to ensure that skin is perfectly prepped for the masks, serums, and creams that follow. By the end of my treatment, I felt smarter and, more importantly, my skin looked fresh and awake.

—Mollie

Did you know Jurlique grows the majority of its ingredients on a 153-acre farm in South Australia? Yeah, we think that’s pretty cool, too.

Visit Kiehl’s New Spa 1851 for An Experience Unlike Any Other

Last night, Kiehl’s debuted a new venture that was two years in the making: their very first spa, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Officially open to the public for business today, Spa 1851 takes the brand’s apothecary cool vibe to the next level. Perched on the second floor of their new boutique store, the spa has three treatment rooms —Apothecary, Rainforest, and Adventure — plus a men’s service area with two barber chairs. The new space is filled with colorful antique curiosities, as well as some serious art. Our favorite treatment room, Rainforest, is covered in a photograph of a Maui rainforest by David LaChapelle.  

Beyond the renovations, Kiehl’s has redefined what ‘spa’ means for the brand. Instead of generic treatments, Spa 1851 hand-mixes and customizes all its facials for each individual. Their aestheticians use high concentrations of natural ingredients, including lavender, arnica flower, eucalyptus leaf and ginger root, which give the therapies high-impact results. Don’t expect any traditional soothing music either—but you are encouraged to plug in your own iPod, if you like!

Visit Kiehls.com/spa1851 for a full-service menu and more information. Kiehl’s Spa 1851 is located at 157 East 64th Street at Lexington Ave.

—Lorelei

To experience Kiehl’s in your own home, drop by the Birchbox Shop.