In recent years, the beauty industry has really embraced technology, as evidenced YSL’s latest eyeshadow palette featuring Facebook blue. As a proud techie, I’ve also been fascinated by the ways that technology has helped people like me learn about makeup, whether it’s by watching makeup tutorials or learning about BB creams through online research. And hands down, my favorite tech device is my iPad.
Along with a few other essentials like vintage sunglasses and sunscreen, my iPad has been my constant companion this summer. But after my latest adventure in the city, I noticed that the back of my iPad had some tragically visible scratches. With a beach trip and plenty of other jaunts in my future, I knew it was time to get serious about keeping my MVP device protected. Here are four summer-bright iPad cases (including one exclusive Birchbox number!) worth checking out. Think of them as SPF for your iPad.
Our editor Meredith just jetted off on the ultimate island vacay: Bali. We couldn’t be more jealous of her exotic destination—the closest we’ve ever gotten is Eat, Pray, Love. All week, she’ll be exploring temples, lounging on white sand beaches, and eating plenty of spicy Indonesian food. The only perils? Heat, humidity, dehydration, and, oh yeah, getting sand in everything. Here are the team’s suggestions for what to take on an exotic adventure—whether it’s to Bali or beyond!
KOR Aura Water Bottle: ”When you’re traveling a long way, staying hydrated on the plane is critical. Over-spending at airport concession stands, however, is not. That’s why I’d recommend packing a reusable bottle in your carry on. Just don’t fill the bottle until you’ve passed security!” -Caroline
You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Our weekly column, Well-Balanced, is dedicated to our latest wellness obsessions — they might become yours, too.
By all accounts, this was a very techy holiday. The official stats aren’t in yet, but initial numbers show that 6.8 million mobile devices were powered up on Christmas Day. If you’re the proud owner of a new iPhone, iPad, or other shiny new toy, you’ve probably already started downloading apps. Instead of going straight for Angry Birds, try these healthy apps — you’ll get a headstart on those new year’s resolutions.
Impulse buying just got a whole lot easier and a lot more fun (as if that was even possible). This week, Google released a new free iPad app called Google Catalogs. Basically, this brilliant new offering lets you browse and shop from your fave catalogs right in the palm of your hand. Right now, the app includes catalogs from Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Bare Essentials, and West Elm and they plan to add many more. With the app, you can save your favorite products and pages as well as get notifications when new issues of catalogs become available. Everything you can buy in the catalog has a white price tag next to it that either lets you click to buy or directs you to where you can get it in person.
I downloaded the app to my roommate’s iPad (thanks, Melissa!) and I was extremely impressed by its usability. Everything loaded super fast and with crystal-clear pictures. You can even create collages with products you like. I definitely give it two thumbs up, and can’t wait to see what catalogs they continue to add. Happy Shopping!
Geek out over our list of the best beauty apps available!
We know you check the Birchbox Blog several times a day to make sure you’re not missing any product reviews, behind the scenes pics, or major celeb gossip. Now you have another way to keep up to date with Birchbox happenings: subscribe to Birchbox on Pulse! For non-techies, Pulse is an easy-to-use app for iPhones, iPads, and Androids that aggregates all of your favorite news sources, from CNN to Chictopia. You can browse through stories even when you’re not online, email interesting items to friends, share to Twitter, and more. It’s the future, kids.
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It was only a matter of time before beauty made its way to social networking. StyleSeat is an ingenious site that allows clients to connect with their favorite hair care professionals, while in turn the businesses have a new way to market what they have to offer.
There are a ton of great features on the site, and their IPhone and IPad apps just went live a couple days ago — perfect for on-the-go booking. You can start by searching by location, and then browse through prices, times, and services. They’ve only listed professionals in the directory that have enough information to inform clients — one that caught our eye? Kao Vey Saephanh, who styled the So You Think You Can Dance’s Season Five contestants. Want more info? Check recommendations from past customers and photos of the salons.
You can also find colorists, masseurs, and trainers (oh my)! If you register now, you get $25 off a future service and they also have special deals. We may even need to bring someone into the office next week for some new dos—I wouldn’t be opposed to booking a masseuse either!
Keep your new haircut fresh with products from the Birchbox Shop.
Eric Neher, Brand Marketing & Merchandising Manager
Today’s confession: I am terrified of the sun. Not in a totally freaky way, but in a I-am-blonde-haired-blue-eyed-fair-skin type of way. Needless to say, I am a big fan of sunless tanner (loving my new Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads) and during the warmer months I even dabble with spray tanning. So clearly I got excited when Refinery29 alerted me to the new TanningBooth app.
Since I am well aware of what I look like with a faux glow, I thought it would funny to tan some of my fellow Birchbox staffers. I must admit, these pics did provide some serious satisfaction—once I finally got the thing to work. My hopes weren’t super high because it only cost $1, but I will say that these results took a few days to finagle and a photo shoot specifically to get these head shots (FYI not all photos pan out, and insofar as I can tell, you need to have a background that is really contrasting). But was the time I spent totally worth it? I think so, but I’ll let you be the judge. More importantly, who do you think looks the best with a tan?
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