Birchbox December 2013: Sneak Peek!
It’s finally here! The first look at December’s holiday-tastic Birchbox. In this Sneak Peek, our co-founder Hayley and editorial director Mollie discuss the sparkly, shiny highlights from this month’s box. From a duo of pout-perfect chubby lip pencils to a multi-tasking healing balm from Jessica Alba’s natural skincare line, we’ve got you covered from head to toe. Keep in mind these are just a few of the products our subscribers will receive—we have to keep some secrets after all!
Want to get your hands on all the featured samples in the video? Answer the question at the end of the video in the YouTube comments and you’ll automatically be entered to win. We’ll pick one winner on Dec 30 and notify them via YouTube message. To steal a line from Catching Fire, “May the odds be ever in your favor!”
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Nerd alert: one of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially love the love letters you write to your favorite products. (Though we’re still waiting on the haikus and iambic pentameter.) In honor of our anniversary month, we’re highlighting extrasweet customer serenades to three of our top-selling products of all time:
Best seller #1: Jouer Lip Enhancer
Whenever a big season change comes around, we know it’s time for us to overhaul our daily regimens. Which is why we asked some of beauty’s best to share their tips on how we should shake things up with our regularly scheduled beauty lineup. From how to protect your skin to the trick for scoring the longest lashes ever, here’s the insider advice that you won’t want to miss:
1. Try Going Natural
This fall at New York Fashion Week, we asked Juice Beauty founder Karen Behnke to tell us her big predictions for the coming year: “Gentle fruit-based, gluten-free beauty products are going to be a huge trend in 2014.” Heed this savvy founder’s advice and test drive all-natural alternatives like Juice Beauty’s recently launched collection of organic cosmetics. The line uses ingredients like organic açai, goji berries, blueberries, pomegranate, and cranberries to create gorgeous, vivid colors. Our current fave is the Glowing Cheek Color, which eschews parabens, petroleum, and pesticides and has a lovely dewy finish.
Working at Birchbox involves a strange paradox: I spend my days knee-deep in the latest and greatest beauty products, yet I’m so busy that by necessity, I’ve become a huge fan of product minimalism. Let’s be clear: I still want to look polished. But I don’t want to work for it. Which is why I adore these highly ambitious products—they work for me.
Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Polisher
Confession: When it comes to my skincare habits, I have my good weeks and I have my bad weeks. It’s not hard to tell which is which. Naturally, I leap at the chance to reverse the damage. Grand Central Beauty’s genius skin polisher takes just 30 seconds to exfoliate, peel, tone, and moisturize my stressed-out complexion. And I don’t even have to rinse—the rub-in formula beads up on your skin, allowing you to brush off the residue and get on with your day (just follow with moisturizer and the rest of your routine). I use it to nip breakouts in the bud and fake a healthy glow even when I’m running on fumes.
Sienna Naturals Baobab Oil Moisturizing Hair & Body Shampoo
I’ll admit to being a chronic abuser of the snooze button. When my sleep-in habits get out of control, nothing streamlines my weekday shower routine like this two-in-one hair and body cleanser. Instead of relying solely on dry shampoos, I can quickly lather up and rinse off without switching bottles—or worrying about toxic ingredients. Originally formulated for moms-to-be, this cleanser sticks to the natural basics. It has skin-helpers like moisturizing baobab oil and acne-busting lavender oil. Bonus: Geranium oil fades dark spots on skin and strengthens strands. Now that’s a double win.
Jouer Tint in Amaryllis
Flawless skin, check. One-step cleanser, check. To top things off, there’s nothing like a hint of blush to make me look fresh-faced when I’m rushing out the door. Jouer has always seemed to really understand my skin—they’ve never produced a product that makes me look overly done-up, just pretty in a natural, work-appropriate way. Their dual-purpose lip and cheek tint adds a fresh hint of pink to both places. (And okay, it’s hard to resist a shade called Amaryllis—it has my name in it, for crying out loud.)
Love a healthy glow as much as I do? Score a free Jouer Tint in Amaryllis when you spend $25+ on Jouer products in our Shop! But hurry—supplies run out quickly.
Jouer’s Perfect Red Collection, from left to right: Lana, Simone, Grace, Sophia, Ava. (As you can see, somebody loved Grace a lot.)
Even if I’d love to rock a gorgeous no-holds-barred bold lip everyday, the truth is that on a regular basis I love more natural looking makeup. I recently discovered Jouer, a brand that’s synonymous with crafting beautiful looks using eye-catching colors, while somehow keeping the overall feel very au naturale.
The coolest trick that I’ve learned from the brand lately? Well, for one: Everyone has a perfect red lip color that they can wear all the time (without feeling intimidated). And two: The secret to which red you should be choosing lies not in the makeup aisle, but in your closet. Jouer has created a smart system to help you identify your most flattering shade of crimson using their Perfect Red Collection as a guide. Here’s how it works:
Whether you’re new to the eye makeup scene or interested in going back to the basics, we’ve rounded up the four eye looks that you need to know. From a work-appropriate cat-eye to bold, eye-popping liner, we’re touching all the bases so you can rock your gorgeous peepers in any setting.
1. How To: Neutral Cat-Eye
Cat-eyes tend to fall on the dramatic side of eye looks but for those of us who want a more subtle look, here’s how to get a cat-eye that’s clean and neutral. Using a gel eyeliner like Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner guarantees precision and lets you decide how thick or thin you want the line to be.
Find Out What Products are Coming in Your August Birchbox
A new month means a new Birchbox Sneak Peek video! If you’ve been itching to find out what this month’s box will hold, the wait is over.
Check out the video below and then tell us in the comments what you’re most looking forward to. (And just a reminder: these are just a few of the over 80 products we’re sampling this month, so you could find other exciting options in your box!)
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We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
(Photo by: Elizabeth Messina on The Brides Cafe via Lover.ly)
We figure nothing can make you smile brighter than your fiancé(e), but these teeth whitening tips could come a close second. A clean, bright smile can make you look and feel gorgeous for your engagement photos, wedding day, and honeymoon; here are our tips for making it happen.
Today, I’m hopping on a plane and heading to Ecuador’s hermoso capital city Quito for a dear friend’s wedding. In addition to comfy walking shoes (I plan to do a lot of solo exploring) and my trusty passport, here are some of the travel must-haves I’ll be stashing in my carry-on:
1. Oscar de la Renta Something Blue
According to our friends at The Knot, it’s a faux pas to attend a wedding empty handed. With that in mind, I’m packing this timeless scent to hand over to the bride-to-be on the big day. Inspired by the iconic designer’s silk and lace wedding gowns, the refined blend has sparkling notes of mandarin, linden blossom, and bourbon vanilla.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at Time’s 100 most influential people gala earlier this week.
Like most worker bees, my 9 AM office routine follows a fairly familiar pattern. Trudge zombie-like towards coffee, browse my inbox for 10 minutes, then head to a gossip site to catch up on some celeb happenings. (Especially here, beauty news is important!)
This morning, I found myself swooning over a photo of America’s favorite newlyweds: the Timberlakes. While we don’t all have red-carpet galas to attend, these looks are still perfect for a night out on the town or a formal summer wedding. The former Ms. Biel looked radiant with bronze smoky eyes and a Bridgette Bardot-esque ‘do, and her beau looked particularly dashing in his updated 20/20 Experience look—we love the side-swept hair and fitted tuxedo. Whether you’re heading to a sophisticated fête or just a dinner with friends, follow these grooming tips to snag this A-list couple’s style.