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What’s on Staffer’s Desks: An Ultra-Nourishing Cream
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!
"This Kueshi intensity care cream is amazing! I use it to soothe the skin on my arms and hands, which is prone to dermatitis. The formula is paraben free and uses all-natural ingredients like aloe, shea butter, rose hip and jojoba oil. It really works wonders, even on my extremely sensitive skin. I keep another one of these at home, too—just in case!” 
—Doro, Marketing Director Birchbox ES
Curious to see other staffer’s desks? Sneak a peek here.

What’s on Staffer’s Desks: An Ultra-Nourishing Cream

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!

"This Kueshi intensity care cream is amazing! I use it to soothe the skin on my arms and hands, which is prone to dermatitis. The formula is paraben free and uses all-natural ingredients like aloe, shea butter, rose hip and jojoba oil. It really works wonders, even on my extremely sensitive skin. I keep another one of these at home, too—just in case!” 

—Doro, Marketing Director Birchbox ES

Curious to see other staffer’s desks? Sneak a peek here.

My Skincare Essentials: 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 Left to Right: Skin MD Natural Sheilding Lotion, Carmex Healing Lotion and True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Cream.

Keeping with the theme of yesterday’s post, I’d like to show you some of my skincare essentials. Using lots of acetone polish removers can cause skin to dry out, so here are three hand lotions that I love which I use to keep my hands soft:

Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion is an amazing product. I discovered it when I first started blogging in 2009 and have used it religiously ever since. It has a texture unlike any other lotion I have ever used. Ingredients include aloe and dimethicone, which allows the lotion to sink into my skin leaving it moisturized, but not the least bit greasy. Plus it’s unscented and doesn’t irritate my skin. While this option is expensive and I go through it quickly, I can’t live without it.

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The Votes Are In: You’re So Over Ombre Highlights and Nail Art

Earlier this month, we revealed the results of Beauty Pulse Survey, including the trend that respondents were most excited about (beachy waves, duh). But what about the meh factor? Respondents said that they are totally over ombre highlights and nail art—the trends tied, each with 22 percent of the vote. That said, the Birchbox community is generally trend-loving, with 36 percent of respondents still psyched about all the trends we listed. If you’re ready for something new, we have suggestions for you.

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Get Healthier Nails With The Right Hand Cream: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails- and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every week for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

I love a good manicure and am always looking for the best way to take care of my nails. And in order to have healthy nails, you can’t forget to moisturize your hands. Dry hands often lead to cracked skin and cuticles, which are more susceptible to infection and bacteria. Your cuticles help protect nails as they grow, so healthy cuticles means healthy nails.

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Beat Winter Skin Organically: Guest Blogger

In the fashion world, there’s outfit envy. In the beauty world, there’s makeup envy — and we are seriously envious when it comes to Annamarie Tendler. A genius makeup artist, Tendler covers a wide range of topics on her am. blog, but her The Daily Face posts, which chronicle her day-to-day makeup looks, are our favorite. (FYI: She did an amazing series in October called The Spooky Scary Daily Face, which was epic.) Each day she inspires with a gorgeous new look, and for one whole week, she’s sharing her makeup expertise with lucky, lucky us.

My skin gets really dry and itchy in the winter, but I’m not a fan of conventional moisturizers. For the most part, I think they’re filled with unhealthy ingredients, a lot of which end up drying out the skin more. Furthermore, no matter how many moisturizers claim not to leave a greasy residue, let’s be serious, so many of them do.

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The Dead Sea Is Helping Heal My Hands

Winter is especially tough on my skin. I am prone to dryness anyway, but during the colder months, I need to moisturize a lot more frequently. I’ve tried a gazillion moisturizers and I must say, I have pretty high standards (I’ve already waxed poetic on my industrial-strength face cream, Fresh’s Creme Ancienne). And now I’m happy to say that I have a new product to add into my regular rotation: Ahava’s Dermud Intensive Nourishing Hand Cream. Mollie, our ever-diligent director of content, turned me on to this lightweight, but effective, hand cream this morning when I noticed that I had a few hangnails. (Sidenote: getting a manicure is on the agenda this weekend!) The scent is nice and delicate and the formula is enriched with Dead Sea Mud. A bonus? It has an ever-so-slight tint that adds just the littlest bit of coverage, which would be great for people who want to mask sun spots or small nicks.

What’s your go-to hand cream? How often do you use it during the day?

—Meredith

For a great body moisturizer, click here to buy Korres Guava Body Butter.

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