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The Secret to Scoring the Perfect Smoky Eye

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I have a tough confession to make as a beauty editor: I am the worst when it comes to putting on eye makeup. (I prefer trying new hairdos or fiddling around with eye creams, thanks.) As much as I love smoky eyes, all those brushes and shadows intimidate me, so I mostly stick with a quick application of liquid liner and mascara. When I do experiment with shadow, it can get pretty ugly. Since I have a monolid (a.k.a no crease), any shadow I put on in the morning tends to smudge and fade into one giant muddy splotch by lunchtime. Now, after bugging the makeup artists on our video shoots for some solid advice, I finally figured out what I’ve been doing wrong: I haven’t been using an eyelid primer.

Enter theBalm’s Put a Lid On It, a quick-dry primer that has made all the difference for my smoky eyes—and which some of you will be receiving in your Birchbox this month! I know, it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but here’s some photographic proof to see just how stark the difference is when you use an eye primer and when you don’t: 

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A Mesmerizing Hair Routine That Mends Stressed Strands

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Remember those red and yellow lava lamps they sold in mall gift shops back in the 90s? I really sort of loved them. For all their kitschy and hilarious tendencies, I was always transfixed when I would watch those pretty orbs of color gently floating up and down. Which is why I got excited when I found an unexpected haircare star that bears a striking resemblance to the ill-fated lighting devices: Ojon’s rare blend™ oil Total Hair Therapy

I’ve been eyeing this futuristic three-tiered oil ever since it landed in the Birchbox Shop. Not only does the strikingly colored bottle look awesome (and hit those nostalgic heart strings for me), it really works to restore damaged hair—and some of you will have the chance to try it yourselves in this month’s Birchbox! If patience is not your strong suit, click through to learn more about what to expect from this versatile product. 

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