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Why I’m Giving Mineral Makeup Another Try

Like most women who’ve struggled with problematic skin, I’ve bounced around between many different foundations over the years. At some point I was convinced by a salesperson that mineral makeup was the solution to all my problems. Needless to say, using a loose mineral foundation didn’t make my skin clear up and didn’t cover my blemishes or acne scars.

Fast forward about seven years and I’m thinking of mineral makeup in a whole new light thanks to Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics founder Pauline Youngblood. Click through to learn why I’m seriously considering a switch from my beloved liquid foundation.

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The Great Foundation Hunt: Vasanti’s Liquid Cover Up


I’ve always struggled to find a foundation that matches my skin tone. I’m Indian and I have yellow undertones, and I’ve tested virtually every brand on the market. While many brands come close, I always feel like shades show up a little grey on my skin or a little too dark. Plus, when you’re not really a foundation girl, it’s hard to find a product you feel comfortable using day-to-day, especially when it doesn’t match well.

But recently, I stumbled upon what just might be my foundation Prince Charming. Vasanti’s two-in-one foundation/concealer, Liquid Cover up, landed on my desk last week and I’ve been using it ever since. What I love about this product is that it doesn’t feel heavy because it’s formulated with silicone in water emulsion—translation: I don’t even feel like I’m wearing a foundation! The applicator is unique (I feel like you either love or hate it)—It’s a small wand that allows you to place the foundation on whatever part of your face you need it. It allows me to decide exactly how much coverage I want and is perfect for small blemishes. I usually put the Liquid Cover up on before applying my powder. Not only do I feel as though my skin tone is more even, I also notice a difference in pictures! It gives my skin a glow that I didn’t have when I just used my powder, and who can complain about a little glow? 
Just to make sure Vasanti worked for other skin tones, I gave it to two of my colleagues. Click through to see how it looks on pale and dark skin!

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If You Got It, Flaunt It: Guest Blogger

Dermatologist-in-training and all around cool girl blogger Aegean Chan is the savvy mind behind super-skincare blog Aegmora. Chan educates her readers with particularly informative posts that tie together her science background and her extensive experience with beauty products. We love that she demystifies everything from familiar active ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide to the newest trends like coconut oil. This week, Chan teaches us how to fight acne better, keep our skin hydrated, and protect it from the sun.

Since we’ve gone great lengths to perfect your natural, God-given skin this week, what now?  Put down the MAC compact foundation or Covergirl foundation bottle and back away slowly. Don’t hide your gorgeous, stunning flawless skin, flaunt it! 

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10 Mix-and-Match Products For Traveling: Guest Blogger

We’re devoted fans of all things polish in the Birchbox offices, so of course Gina Galullo’s nail polish blog, Prim and Polished, caught our eye. A lawyer-by-day and a lacquer connoisseur-by-night, Galullo posts thoughtful reviews of new shades along with colorful swatches, so even novice polish-wearers have an insider’s guide to the prettiest hues. This week, she shares the products she can’t live without, plus the work-appropriate shades you can even rock in your cubicle.

Pictured: 1. Skin 79 Hot Pink BB Cream 2. Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel 3. Revlon Color Stay Whipped Cream Foundation 4. NYX Powder Blush in Pinkie 5. Milani Liquif’eye in Black 6. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Black 7. Too Faced Shadow Insurance 8. Wet n’ Wild Vanity Palette 9. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells 10. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick.

Not only do I love nail polish but I love makeup as well. It can be difficult to decide what to pack sometimes when traveling, so I wanted to show you what I brought on a recent cruise.

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Finally! A Tool That Matches Your Skintone to the Perfect Foundation

Yep, that’s right, this gadget could be the end to your endless search for the perfect foundation. (Photo: sephora.com)

As excited as we are to try Pantone Color IQ, we’re not sure we can give up our   fave Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint—learn how to pick your shade here!

Meet Silicon Valley’s Fashion Forward Women

Women in tech love Christian Louboutin just as much as Steve Jobs these days. (Photo: nytimes.com)

Looking for more brilliant and fashionable tech-minded ladies? Meet our co-founders, Hayley and Katia!

Hello Flawless! Benefit Launches Their First Liquid Foundation

Photo: WWD

We’re constantly extolling the virtues of Benefit’s skin perfecting products, like The POREfessional, Erase Paste, Ooh La Lift (we could go on and on), but up to now, the brand hasn’t had a liquid foundation we could call on. That’s all about to change on Februray 15th when the new Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation launches online. The foundation, which will come in nine shades, will be available at brick-and-mortar stores on March 1 for $34 (1 oz.). 

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Makeup Artist Trick: Give Face Definition with Foundation

Recently, makeup artist Nam Vo stopped by Birchbox HQ to impart some of her never-ending beauty wisdom. The lesson of the day? How to use different foundation shades to give your face definition. I always assumed the goal of foundation was to get a completely uniform complexion — turns out, that’s not always the case. To get a center-lit, movie star look — think J. Lo or Beyonce — you actually want to make the center plane of your face a little lighter than your cheeks and neck.

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The Most Incredible Foundation Transformation Video Ever: 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.

So, full disclosure: this video is a year old. Sorry if you’ve seen it before. If so, here are some recent stories about Kristen Stewart‘s Twilight wedding dress and the Kardashians being ridiculous.

Anyway. This is Cassandra, plucky Youtube make-up instructor also known by her screenname, DiamondsAndHeels14. This old video of hers is making the rounds right now, and if you haven’t seen it, you should.

When the video begins, Cassandra appears per usual with flawless make-up. She then explains she suffers from severe cystic acne (which you’d never guess) and within a minute, the make-up goes away. You can tell the reveal is hard for her and she says as much.

Read the rest of the article and watch the video here.

Some other links from TheGloss you might like:

Guest Blogger: What’s (Actually) In My Makeup Bag

We love writers with fun personalities, which is why we’re ecstatic to welcome Carlye Wisel into the guest blogging fold this week. The savvy blogger has a multitude of interests, but can regularly be found talking about music and more on Vevo, Big Ugly Yellow Couch, and her personal Tumblr, Awkward City Population 1. This week, she’s sharing beauty wit and wisdom. Today: what’s actually in her makeup bag. 

I always dread those ‘Makeup Must-Haves’ articles in glossies that make me feel like I’ll be drowning in cellulite, dry skin, and smeared eyeliner if I don’t suck it up and switch to every trendy product they suggest. My roundup, on the contrary, is actually full of things that have lasted through checked baggage, breakups, apartment moves, and years on end, and will likely be with me forever since they actually work — and not just because they’re ‘hot this season.’ Here’s the stuff I wholeheartedly recommend you give a try:

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: People say it’s the best, and I have no reason to disagree with them. The price is a little steep, but when paired with drugstore mascara, your eyelashes will be faux-big. Promise.

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Foundation: Yeah, I get my makeup advice from my 82-year-old grandmother, but so what? This is the only foundation that hasn’t melted off my face in a New York City subway. There are light and heavy coverage formulas based on the season, and the bottles last for months on end. Grandma Leila knows what’s up.

Fresh Cannabis Rose Eau De Parfum: I stocked up on this years ago when I was a beauty intern. Everyone scoffed at the scent because it has hints of weed in it, but I haven’t ever looked back. It’s floral, light, contains the perfect hint of patchouli, and no one else you know will ever be wearing it.

Laura Geller Baked Blush: I recently took a photo with a friend who is just as alabaster as I am, and my face was the only one that came out in it. After previously refusing to use a bronzer, this lightweight tan blush is absolutely the reason for the camera flash miracle. Also a big plus: it makes me look like I haven’t been huddled over my laptop indoors all summer.

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