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Peptides: Decoded

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When it comes to skincare, it’s important to know exactly what we’re putting on. And while we recognize ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids, silicones, and natural oils, there’s one ingredient that’s left us mystified: peptides.

Skincare pros have been buzzing about them and their skin-firming benefits for years, but what exactly are peptides and how do they work. Straight from the experts, find out everything you need to know about these powerhouse ingredients in Peptides: Decoded.

—Bre

Want to see the power of peptides for yourself? Try Supergoop! Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

Nail Art Trend Alert: The Statement Toe

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If the past year in nail art has taught us anything, it’s that the accent nail is a must. Whether covered in bold and textured polishes or glue-on studs, shinning the spotlight on one finger is a fresh fun look. But with all the buzz surrounding manicures, we seem to have missed an opportunity to bring our feet in on the fun.

This sandal season, all that is going to change. For summer, make your pedi wow-worthy by embracing the hottest new trend: the statement toe.

– Bre

Brighten up a traditional French manicure with this colorful twist.

Birchbox Beauty Diaries: Cofounder Edition

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Every month you see Katia, Hayley, and Mollie talk about the upcoming Birchbox and all the new products they’re excited to share with you in our monthly sneak peek. But do you know what products they keep on their vanities?

In honor of this month’s theme, we asked each of these execs to share their daily beauty diaries with us. But before we spill the beans, take a guess at which morning beauty routine belongs to each Birchbox leader:

8:00 a.m. I’m a beauty minimalist, so my morning skincare consists of moisturizer, eye cream, and body lotion. Then, I’ll use a little concealer, minimal eye makeup, and either a lip balm or a fun bold lip. I like to play around and improvise, especially with new samples I receive in my Birchbox.

7:30 a.m. After the shower, I slather Kiehl’s Creme de Corps on my body and apply a face oil (currently in l-o-v-e with Caudalie Divine Oil). For makeup, I mix together Marcelle’s BB Cream in Golden Glow with Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint for a sheer base, then dab on plenty of cream blush. Two coats of mascara, and that’s it. 

7:00 a.m. I use Kiehl’s Clay Cleanser in the shower, then follow with Caudalie serum and Tatcha moisturizer and eye cream. I also use TALIKA Lipocils Expert, a lash growth serum, every day.

Stumped? Check out Birchbox Beauty Diaries: Cofounder Edition to learn the answer and find out how these three busy ladies stay fresh and polished all day long. 

—Bre

Want to snag some of Katia, Hayley and Mollie’s picks? Here are their must-have beauty essentials.

May Beauty Launches: Miss Jessie’s, Coola, MAC, YSL, and more

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Before Pinterest and Birchbox favorites came along, our lists of must-try beauty products were comprised of torn up magazines and scraps of paper we scribbled on when checking out the makeup counter. Luckily, technology has improved and so have our wishlists. 

This month, we’ve tracked down the latest beauty must-haves from our favorite brands and have taken note. From RiRi-inspired lipstick to tie-dye polish, May is full of new products that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Check out the brand new May beauty launches and get inspired.

- Bre

In honor of this month’s theme, we asked our co-founders to share how they stay fresh and polished under pressure

Life Lessons from Birchbox Moms

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It’s probably no surprise that we really love our moms. They cared for us when we were sick, cheered for us from the sidelines, and taught us to pick ourselves up after a rough failure. And despite what our teenage selves wanted to believe, they were always right in the end. (Mind you, we love them more for it now that we’re older.)

In honor of all the wonderful moms out there and Mother’s Day this weekend, we had four of our staffers share some amazing vintage photos of their moms (check out that hair!) and the awesome life advice they gave that we could all take a cue from.

Enter the code ‘BBMOM’ at checkout through 5/12 and receive 50 bonus Birchbox points! 

The Product That Changed My Life: Emily Fox

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Perfume can sometimes seem like a simple afterthought; a quick spritz on the wrist before you head out the door to add a little something to your outfit. But the moment you catch a whiff of someone’s signature scent—the one that captures the essence of the person immediately—suddenly you find yourself rethinking your approach to fragrance.

L.A. screenwriter and Philly-native Emily Fox tells us how the romantic, floral scent of a cult French fragrance became her reverse Kryptonite—a cure-all for bad outfits, blue days, and everything in between.

Dying to know which scent could completely turn around Emily’s day? Here’s the product that changed her life.

Here are three fresh, spring-inspired perfumes we’re psyched to wear this season

Play It or Bench It?

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We know how difficult it can be to switch up your beauty routine—your all-stars are there for a reason! But in the spirit of spring, we suggest you take a long look at your lineup and consider swapping out your winter faves for some fresh picks.

Still unsure which products should leave the rookie bench and become your next MVP? Here’s our clear-cut advice on what products play — and the ones that should sit out until next season

If you love reading about controversy, then you’ll enjoy this breakdown of the 4 biggest beauty rivalries ever.

Industry Insiders: Benefit’s Marketing and PR Whiz

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Many people are obsessed with beauty. A few go on to become professional makeup artists. Some become YouTube sensations. And others? They go all the way to the top.

Alison Haljun started as a receptionist at a law firm in Beverly Hills, and quickly realized that her passion wasn’t in entertainment law, but beauty. Deciding to change her life, Alison began blindly sending out her resume to makeup companies all over California and didn’t rest until she got hired. Benefit took notice of her many calls and e-mails and gave her a shot. Now she’s risen through the ranks to become Vice President of Retail Marketing and PR.

She gave us an inside peek at what it’s really like to have one of the coolest jobs in the beauty industry. Find out more in our one-on-one interview with Benefit’s Alison Haljun

Do you know the cheeky origins behind Benefit’s Benetint? Find out here.

Birchbox Crush: Maya Moore

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You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot about basketball this past week and with good reason! But while everyone is focused on the games stateside, we tracked down one seriously awesome lady baller who recently returned from a stint playing for China’s premier women’s league. Naturally, this powerhouse player brought back another championship ring to place alongside her equally impressive NCAA, Olympics, and WNBA trophies.

Inspired? Us too! Find out more about this world-class player, her experience abroad, and her picks for the NCAA tournament in our one-on-one interview with Maya Moore

Feelin’ sporty? Get your game on with these 5 totally awesome basketball movies

The Product That Changed My Life: Brow Gel

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Some lucky ladies are born with beautifully shaped, well-behaved arches. But for the rest of us who’ve had to cope with stray hairs, bushy brows, or wobbly lines, it’s always exciting to discover the one game-changing product that seriously keeps everything in place. 

Brooklyn-based writer Geraldine Campbell (who’s made a few guest appearances on our blog!) tells us how she got her Frida Kahlo-esque brows under control with the help of a skilled aesthetician and a little bit of brow gel

Find out more in Geraldine’s story of the product that changed her life.

Struggling with your brows? We’ve got you covered. Here’s how to fix the most common brow problems