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Birchbox Summer Interns Say Their Farewells: Intern Diaries

You might recall the Birchbox Intern Diaries with former editorial intern Charisse. This summer, our interns Julia, Katrina, and Geraldine heroically took over the series (though without a video camera). Sadly, since school is starting soon, this is the last time they’ll be sharing their discoveries from around the Birchbox office. Today, they’re shining the spotlight on all the Birchbox interns and their experiences here.

Where has the summer gone? It seems like we only just started working here, and now many of the interns are heading back to school. As sad as we are to leave, we’ll always be proud Birchbox alumni and look forward to future visits. This week, we’re ending the summer series on a sentimental note with some of our favorite BB memories. 

Julia Casella, Social Media

"Spending my summer here has been a dream come true. What impressed me the most was how welcoming everyone was; I never felt like an intern and was always treated as a team member. I’ll look back on this summer and remember the warmth, energy, and passion that the team radiates. I’ll also look back and remember how great my skin looked when I started applying my BB cream with a beautyblender.”

Geraldine Lai, Editorial

"My internship with Birchbox allowed me to learn about the many skill sets that come together to create the box, especially concerning content. Not only was I encouraged to pitch and write blog posts, but I always felt supported and welcome here. Every day was a happy one, and felt so short! Time really does go by when you’re having fun, huh?"

Charlene Lee, Beauty Analytics

"My favorite summer memory was going on a field day outing with my team in Central Park, where we played outdoor games like potato sack races and water balloon tosses for a whole afternoon. Probably one of the best days of the summer."

Katrina Lee, Content & Editorial

"This summer has been such an invaluable experience that I will always look back on and smile about. I’ve met amazing people, made unforgettable memories, and learned so much (not to mention becoming even more obsessed about Birchbox!). It was truly a blessing to be part of such a hardworking team. :)"

Iva Milo, Tech

"I’ve loved my experience as an intern on the tech team! It’s been so much fun and I’ve learned a lot from some incredibly talented people. I also like that everyone here seems to love cupcakes as much as I do. Best memories: intern trivia night, my mentor and I feeding squirrels at Madison Square Park, and the warehouse trip!"

Kate Neisloss, Planning

"The interns took a day trip to the BB warehouse, which was definitely one of the many highlights during my internship (obviously, I had to Insta it!). It was so nice to finally see everyone’s hard work and long hours at the office come to life. I had the best summer here and couldn’t have asked for a more organized program and amazing group of people to work with. Thank you, Birchbox—it was definitely a summer to remember! xo"

Ananta Pandey, Tech

"I had the most incredible summer as a software engineering intern. My favorite thing about Birchbox is the company culture. I feel a lot of respect here, and no team or person is considered a second-class citizen. I never imagined I could fit in so well on a tech team, but I do! I’m truly sad to be leaving this week."

Savannah Sachs, Beauty Partnerships

"It’s impossible to sum up my experience in a short sound-byte… but it’s been amazing to see first hand just how much work and love goes into creating every Birchbox. Bonus: I now know how to apply highlighter and rock hot pink lipstick, so I’ll be heading back to school with a fresh set of beauty savvy. Thank you to everyone for making me feel welcome this summer!"

Jessica Tomkiewicz, PR & Events

"My greatest learning experience while interning at Birchbox was working on behind-the-scene details for events. It was awesome to help run, set up displays for, and greet consumers and bloggers at Birchbox events! It really made me feel like I was a part of something importantand I was!” 

xoxo,

Geraldine, Julia, & Katrina

Take a look back at this summer’s Intern Diaries posts, including an envy-inducing “What’s in her bag?” post.

What’s in Her Bag? Intern Diaries

You might recall the Birchbox Intern Diaries with former editorial intern Charisse. Now our summer interns Julia, Katrina, and Geraldine are heroically taking over the series (though without a camera). Every Thursday, they’ll be sharing their discoveries from around the Birchbox office. Today, they’re checking out what’s in BB staffers’ personal handbags.

Since we started interning at Birchbox, we confess to feeling a bit awestruck by our stylish fellow staffers. And what better way to get a glimpse into their glamorous lives than to sneak a peek at the contents of their purses? These three staffers have the most lust-worthy bags we’ve seen yetand some interesting stories to boot. 

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My purse is limited edition red Balenciaga with rose gold hardware, and my wallet is from one of my favorite French Moroccan-inspired brands, Manoush—I’m even wearing a necklace from their Paris store right now! I’ve had these Celine sunglasses for about 6 months (pre-Amanda Bynes). I go to SoulCycle about 3 times a week and I love the headband because it doesn’t leave a crease—which means that I can just spray some dry shampoo (Klorane is my favorite) and go. I can never have enough lip products. This pouch is just a fraction of my collection. Right now, I love Jouer’s SPF 15 Lip Sheer in “Maui”—it’s the perfect sheer nude pink to go with my faux tan.

Rachel Liverman, Director of Beauty Partnerships

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This Tory Burch purse goes with practically everything I own. I always have this poker chip from the Bellagio everywhere I go because it brings good luck. Tatcha Blotting Papers are great when I need to refresh my face after a long day. And the Stila One Step Bronze is perfect when I need a little color. You can just throw it on at before meeting friends for dinner. I also keep a pair of earrings—because you never know when you’ll need a sparkly touch to your outfit. I wear the Jawbone Up, which tracks how active I am during the day and how well I’m sleeping at night.

Dana Aidekman, Merchandising & Marketing Associate

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This Louis Vuitton purse has been with me since 2005. Flats are always a must-carry because it’s NYC and you walk a lot. I always have tons of lip products in my bag, but I switch them out according to my mood. Today it’s peachy corals; other times it’s nudes and neutrals. The Laqa Pinkman and Mirenesse Flirty Kiss are from my pinky, red phase last week. Brows are my beauty focal point, so I keep this travel sized IT Cosmetics brow pencil on me for touch ups. My hairstylist taught me this little trick: If your hair has lost its curl, roll it up and pin it in a place. Take it out and voila! Captain Blankenship sea salt spray gives my hair a bit more texture. Wow, that’s actually a lot of stuff.

—Ashley Alston, Merchandising & Marketing Manager

And now over to you: What’s in your purse? 

—Geraldine, Katrina, & Julia

Can’t get enough of these “What’s in Your Bag?” posts? Check out what some of our staffers keep in their makeup bags.

6 Awesome Links We Can’t Get Enough Of: Intern Diaries
You might recall the Birchbox Intern Diaries with former editorial intern Charisse. Now our summer interns Julia, Katrina, and Geraldine are heroically taking over the series (though without a camera). For the next month, every Thursday they’ll be sharing their discoveries from around the Birchbox office. Today, they’re surfing through our Brand Partnership Team’s favorite pieces of entertainment media.
We’ll be honest—during our downtime in the middle of the workday, we (like so many out there) catch up on cool videos and interesting websites. During our most recent media break, we hopped over to the ever savvy Beauty Partnerships team to see what internet sensations they’ve been scoping out lately. If you’re in need of a midday pick-me-up, these quirky Buzzfeed pieces and hilarious Tumblrs are sure to do the trick:
27 Gifs that Perfectly Capture the 90s [BuzzFeed]: "I’m a nostalgic person, so I love all of Buzzfeed’s Rewind articles, especially this one. Also, Jesse and The Rippers on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was the best!" —Kelsey Rozier, Brand Campaign Strategy Associate
Japanese Boy and His French Bulldog are the World’s Cutest Friends Ever [BuzzFeed]:"What’s cuter than a puppy or a cute little kid with a bowl cut?  Said puppy and cute kid together—hanging out as best friends!  This post is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.” —Savannah Sachs, Intern, Beauty Partnerships
Suri’s Burn Book [Tumblr]: "I just really love this blog. It’s been around for a bit, but the royal birth has given her some great new material!" —Caroline Everett, Brand Campaign Strategy Senior Manager
The 15 Most Difficult Would You Rather Questions of All Time [BuzzFeed]: "This was released on Buzzfeed last week. These ‘Would You Rather’ questions are funny and strangely thought-provoking in some instances." —Kendall Maximini, Merchandising & Marketing Associate
27 Signs You’re an Obsessive List Maker [BuzzFeed]: "I am guilty of every single one of these, but that’s okay! It made me so happy to know that there are other people out there in the world who love list-making as much as I do." —Kerrie Lopez, Brand Campaign Strategy Manager
The Wizard of Ahhhs by Todrick Hall [YouTube]: This is one of our favorite leisure time links. Not only can this YouTuber sing, but he’s also creative and hilarious with his remakes of Disney classics and modern media. This take on The Wizard of Oz is just as magical as the original. —Team Content Interns
What are your go-to sources of entertainment today? Tell us in the comments!
—Geraldine, Julia, and Katrina
If prefer a dog-eared novel, check out these beach read recommendations from Birchbox staffers.

6 Awesome Links We Can’t Get Enough Of: Intern Diaries

You might recall the Birchbox Intern Diaries with former editorial intern Charisse. Now our summer interns Julia, Katrina, and Geraldine are heroically taking over the series (though without a camera). For the next month, every Thursday they’ll be sharing their discoveries from around the Birchbox office. Today, they’re surfing through our Brand Partnership Team’s favorite pieces of entertainment media.

We’ll be honest—during our downtime in the middle of the workday, we (like so many out there) catch up on cool videos and interesting websites. During our most recent media break, we hopped over to the ever savvy Beauty Partnerships team to see what internet sensations they’ve been scoping out lately. If you’re in need of a midday pick-me-up, these quirky Buzzfeed pieces and hilarious Tumblrs are sure to do the trick:

  • Suri’s Burn Book [Tumblr]: "I just really love this blog. It’s been around for a bit, but the royal birth has given her some great new material!" —Caroline Everett, Brand Campaign Strategy Senior Manager
  • 27 Signs You’re an Obsessive List Maker [BuzzFeed]: "I am guilty of every single one of these, but that’s okay! It made me so happy to know that there are other people out there in the world who love list-making as much as I do." —Kerrie Lopez, Brand Campaign Strategy Manager
  • The Wizard of Ahhhs by Todrick Hall [YouTube]: This is one of our favorite leisure time links. Not only can this YouTuber sing, but he’s also creative and hilarious with his remakes of Disney classics and modern media. This take on The Wizard of Oz is just as magical as the original. —Team Content Interns

What are your go-to sources of entertainment today? Tell us in the comments!

—Geraldine, Julia, and Katrina

If prefer a dog-eared novel, check out these beach read recommendations from Birchbox staffers.

Hair and Makeup Tips from the Set of SUITS, Summer Beach Reads, Removing White Tee Stains & 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.

—Geraldine

Excited to try a new manicure this weekend? Check out this airbrushed masterpiece from Miami Swim Week.

5 Page-Turning Beach Reads: Intern Diaries
You might recall the Birchbox Intern Diaries with former editorial intern Charisse. Now our summer interns Julia, Katrina, and Geraldine are heroically taking over the series (though without a camera). For the next month, every Thursday they’ll be sharing their discoveries from around the Birchbox office. Today, they’re taking a peek inside our staffers’ beach bags.
Summer is the perfect time to catch up on the reading you’ve been meaning to get to, so we asked the Birchbox staffers to tell us which books they’re bringing along for some seaside lounging. They’re quite the bookworms and love everything from comedy to science fiction. If you need some great recommendations, here’s what they’re currently reading:
1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
“It’s like reading Tina Fey’s little sister’s book. It made me laugh out loud on the subway and I probably scared a few people.” —Sandra C., Marketing
2. An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski
“Even though it’s about a really heavy topic, it’s a light, seamless read that’s really inspiring. Super engaging and it makes you see the silver lining in everything.” —Elizabeth P., Finance
3. Sleepwalk with Me: And Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia
“My boyfriend checked it out of the library but then I stole it. I like reading books by comedians, but I normally read female ones so this was new for me—he’s a really funny guy.” —Whitney T., Operations
4. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
“It’s a classic. I’d never read it before and it was on my sister’s kindle so I decided to start. I like it because it’s an easy read and still relevant.” - Kelsey S., Creative
5. Alif The Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
“This book is so weird—it’s all about this hacker in the Middle East but then there’s this whole ‘Game of Thrones’ sci-fi part to it. Now that I think about it, it’s not really a beach read…”  —Danielle P., People & Culture
Which books have you been saving for lazy summer days?
—Geraldine, Julia, and Katrina
Just now discovering the Intern Diaries series? Check out the past posts here.

5 Page-Turning Beach Reads: Intern Diaries

You might recall the Birchbox Intern Diaries with former editorial intern Charisse. Now our summer interns Julia, Katrina, and Geraldine are heroically taking over the series (though without a camera). For the next month, every Thursday they’ll be sharing their discoveries from around the Birchbox office. Today, they’re taking a peek inside our staffers’ beach bags.

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on the reading you’ve been meaning to get to, so we asked the Birchbox staffers to tell us which books they’re bringing along for some seaside lounging. They’re quite the bookworms and love everything from comedy to science fiction. If you need some great recommendations, here’s what they’re currently reading:

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

“It’s like reading Tina Fey’s little sister’s book. It made me laugh out loud on the subway and I probably scared a few people.” —Sandra C., Marketing

2. An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski

“Even though it’s about a really heavy topic, it’s a light, seamless read that’s really inspiring. Super engaging and it makes you see the silver lining in everything.” —Elizabeth P., Finance

3. Sleepwalk with Me: And Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia

“My boyfriend checked it out of the library but then I stole it. I like reading books by comedians, but I normally read female ones so this was new for me—he’s a really funny guy.” —Whitney T., Operations

4. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

“It’s a classic. I’d never read it before and it was on my sister’s kindle so I decided to start. I like it because it’s an easy read and still relevant.” - Kelsey S., Creative

5. Alif The Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

“This book is so weird—it’s all about this hacker in the Middle East but then there’s this whole ‘Game of Thrones’ sci-fi part to it. Now that I think about it, it’s not really a beach read…”  —Danielle P., People & Culture

Which books have you been saving for lazy summer days?

—Geraldine, Julia, and Katrina

Just now discovering the Intern Diaries series? Check out the past posts here.