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Big Pores, Big Problems
Huge pores may have been the only beauty woe suffered by Mean Girls diva supreme Regina George (played by plucky actress Rachel McAdams), but unfortunately many of us can relate. The unsightly problem occurs when dirt, oil, or dead skin cells gather at the base of hair follicles, causing the pores to clog and look larger than we’d like. Instead of exfoliating with sandpaper to get gunk-free pores, we recommend these wonderful products:
1. dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant. Buff away dead skin cells and erase dirt and oil with this gentle yet effective exfoliant. This facial scrub mimics in-office microdermabrasion treatments without any chapping, irritation, or harmful chemicals. A few uses will have your skin bright and renewed in no time.
2. DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer.  Once your face is freshly scrubbed clean, smooth on this serum to hydrate skin and repair damaged skin cells. The formula fills pores and wrinkles for an all-over smooth look, while powerful amino peptides work to regenerate your skin.
3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores. Top off your regimen with this finishing powder. The super-fine fragrance- and talc-free powder erases lines and makes pores appear tighter while vitamins A, C, and E fight off free radicals. Give yourself a light dusting with a large brush and watch the airbrushing effects create smooth-skin perfection.
(Photo Courtesy of eldubyu.tumblr.com)
—Ashley
We picked the brain of amazing celeb dermatologist Dr. Brandt. Read the full interview here!

Big Pores, Big Problems

Huge pores may have been the only beauty woe suffered by Mean Girls diva supreme Regina George (played by plucky actress Rachel McAdams), but unfortunately many of us can relate. The unsightly problem occurs when dirt, oil, or dead skin cells gather at the base of hair follicles, causing the pores to clog and look larger than we’d like. Instead of exfoliating with sandpaper to get gunk-free pores, we recommend these wonderful products:

1. dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant. Buff away dead skin cells and erase dirt and oil with this gentle yet effective exfoliant. This facial scrub mimics in-office microdermabrasion treatments without any chapping, irritation, or harmful chemicals. A few uses will have your skin bright and renewed in no time.

2. DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer.  Once your face is freshly scrubbed clean, smooth on this serum to hydrate skin and repair damaged skin cells. The formula fills pores and wrinkles for an all-over smooth look, while powerful amino peptides work to regenerate your skin.

3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores. Top off your regimen with this finishing powder. The super-fine fragrance- and talc-free powder erases lines and makes pores appear tighter while vitamins A, C, and E fight off free radicals. Give yourself a light dusting with a large brush and watch the airbrushing effects create smooth-skin perfection.

(Photo Courtesy of eldubyu.tumblr.com)

—Ashley

We picked the brain of amazing celeb dermatologist Dr. Brandt. Read the full interview here!

Birchbox Staffers Share 5 of Their Fave Mascaras

Mascara is one of those products that’s a total game-changer. Great formulas can immediately make your eyes appear brighter, wider and more awake without leaving behind telltale smudges—and for that reason it’s one of the must-have products on every Birchbox staffer’s desk. But eyelashes come in all varieties—some are short and thick, some are long and thin—which is why we asked five team members with different lash types to tell us their top mascara picks.

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"I’ve recently fallen in love with the It Cosmetics formula. It doesn’t smudge or flake and a few coats makes my lashes full and thick. Also, the lash ball at the tip of the wand makes getting my lower lashes so much easier." —Meredith Stebbins, Editor and Senior Manager, Traffic & Trends

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Cop Lily Collin’s Sophisticated Fall Look

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I hate to use the f-word, but fall (yes, that f-word—what were you thinking?), is right around the corner. I’m searching for autumnal beauty inspiration and I found it in this photo of the lovely Lily Collins at the Canadian premiere of her new flick, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In case you adore this look as much as I do, here’s how to recreate it: 

1. Collins’ bold expressive brows are such a fan fave, they even have their own Twitter account! You’ll want to shade in your brows to get a similar look. We like this versatile pencil from IT Cosmetics, which works on variety of hair colors and the waterproof formula won’t smear or smudge.

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Before and After: The Magic of A Universal Brow Pencil

One of the best parts about working at Birchbox is learning new tricks and discovering products. My latest Birchbox discovery was the brow pencil and the impact it can have on your appearance. 

Before working here, I always thought that the only people who filled in their brows were those with light blonde hair or those with thin brows who need more definition. You can imagine then that I was skeptical when I was asked to test drive It Cosmetics’ Universal Brow Pencil. My first thought was that there’s no way a brow pencil can actually be universal. How could someone with blonde hair use the same pencil color that I do and still have it look natural? 

I had to test this out and I decided to gather a few other girls from the team with different hair colors and brow shapes to help me. It amazed me to see that this one pencil did really work on all five of us. Take a look through the before and after photos below and you’ll notice just how much of a difference filling in your brows can make!  

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Get the Inside Scoop on Our Limited Edition CEW Beauty Awards Boxes

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To find out which products we need to add to our shopping lists ASAP, we look to the Cosmetic Executive Women’s annual selections. Each year, 5,500 beauty industry professionals (the ones who really know products) vote on the CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards. In 2013, they narrowed more than 650 entrants down to 185 finalists in over 30 different product categories, and we’re featuring some of the choicest finalists and winners in our two just-released, limited edition Birchbox for CEW boxes.

Watch the video below to find out some of the products you’ll find in the Prestige Headliners box, plus our unique take on why this elite group of experts singled them out as the best of the best.

See all our CEW beauty picks and snag both boxes for a special discounted price of $26.

They’re Here! Announcing Our Limited Edition CEW Beauty Awards Boxes

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A few months ago, we told you that we had an exciting new partnership in the works with Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). Each year, the organization of 5,500 industry insiders holds their Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards (basically the Oscars of the beauty world) where they select the latest and greatest from all of the year’s newly launched products—it’s one of the most coveted awards in the beauty world.

Well, we’re happy to say that we’re ready to reveal the details of our collab! Today, we’re launching two limited edition boxes with CEW featuring winners and finalists from their Insider’s Choice awards. If you prefer more high-end products, you can opt for the CEW Prestige box, which includes products from Julep, IT cosmetics, Living Proof, La Fresh, and Elizabeth Arden.

For anyone looking to find out about the best drugstore brands, you’ll want to try the CEW Mass box. There you’ll be able to test the hottest releases from Revlon, Simple, Burt’s Bees, L’Oreal, Nivea, and Olay. For those of you who are major beauty aficionados, we suggest snagging both for a special price of $26, but regardless of which one you choose, each is chock full of the best new beauty goodies around!

Dying to find out even more about this partnership? Here’s everything you should know about CEW, the products that we love, and more.