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Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer, Men’s August Box Spoiler, Showing Some Skin, & More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

How To: Apply New Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer: Birchbox co-founder Katia’s makeup looks fresh from 5am to 9pm everyday, and it’s all thanks to Benefit’s Stay Flawless Primer. 

Show Some Skin: With the temperature rising, it’s getting time to bare some skin. If cellulite, paleness, rough skin, or shortness are keeping you covered up, we’ll have you ready for sundresses in no time.

Men’s August 2013 Box Preview (Spoiler Alert) [Video]: While you’re waiting for the women’s August spoiler to be released, take a peek at what Birchbox men are getting next month.

Geek Girls with Nothing to Prove: If you’ve ever had to justify your reasons for liking something a lot, this fan submission video should remind you that you have nothing to prove to anyone.

The Diary of Mrs. Tependris: Complicated Coats and Cabinets of Curiosities at Paris Couture: T Magazine sent their contributing editor and talented artist Konstantin Kakanias to Paris to capture the high-fashion madness of Paris Couture week in the form of whimsical illustrations.

—Geraldine

Spend some of that weekend leisure time with some of today’s best entertainment media.

Geek Girls with Nothing to Prove

While we have an obvious interest in beauty here at Birchbox, if you’re a regular reader of the blog, you probably know that there’s a strong streak of geek in us. Maybe you’ve seen our awesome patented algorithm to pick products, or caught us talking about superheroesMega Man, or Star Trek. We can’t help it—that fun, silly side of us just has to come out sometimes. So when a staffer showed us this music video by The Doubleclicksa pair of sisters who sing and support all things nerdy, we knew we had to share it.

The Doubleclicks asked fans to submit their photos and videos telling their own geek stories with the #nothingtoprove, since lately the female community has experienced some frustrating jabs from others asking them to “prove that they’re a geek.” Over 150 lovely women, girls, and guys sent in content and The Doubleclicks compiled as many as they could into one inspirational music video. The stories are heartwarming and totally relatable for anyone who has a deep love of Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, and, well—anything that they really like a lot.

What makes a geek? It’s not their size, shape, ethnicity, nor is it their gender. It’s the act of being so devoted to something that you want the world to love it just as much. One of the best pieces of advice from the video for gals who are being provoked? “There are no fake geeks. Only real jerks.”

—Geraldine

To the girl who wants to be an astronaut when she grows up, Karen Nyberg did it and so can you.