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How To: Find Your Undertone

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We’ve all been there: You’re testing foundation after foundation, trying to find the right color. But no matter what shade you pick up, it looks a little bit off—too ashy, too peachy, too sallow—and nothing feels juuust right. 

If this sounds like you, we’re willing to bet that you’ve overlooked a crucial step in your quest for the perfect shade: finding your undertone. Once you’ve determined whether your skin has a pinkish or yellowish cast, you’ll be able to find the perfect shade for all your makeup. And we’ve got a ridiculously easy trick to figure it out.

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The Best Way to Layer Your Skincare & Your Chance to Get an Exclusive Juice Beauty Lip Gloss for Free

Every great beauty look starts with an awesome skincare routine. Not only does it provide long-term benefits, but it makes covering imperfections less of a necessity. However, fancy serums and moisturizers are most effective when layered properly. To help decode what goes where, when, watch this video with editorial director Mollie explaining skincare products in terms of parfait ingredients. We swear it makes sense. 

Bonus: If you keep watching, you’ll find a special gift with purchase deal for a full-size Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss that won’t be found anywhere else until September. The gorgeous new lippies come free with any $20 purchase in the Birchbox Shop and they’re the perfect addition to a flawless complexion. Just watch the video above to find the special code. 

—Geraldine

Speaking of great skincare, check out how this traditional soap solved one customer’s acne problems.

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!)

—Lorelei
Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to see our Sneak Peek video each month.

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!)

—Lorelei

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to see our Sneak Peek video each month.

Skincare 101: How to Layer All Those Products On Your Vanity

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Figuring out how to order your skincare lineup can feel like trying to solve a rubik’s cube—not impossible but clearly a challenge. You’ve got a bathroom shelf filled with products, but which comes first? 

The good news is you don’t to have to be a dermatologist to learn how to get the most out of your beauty routine. Just use this nifty diagram and the tips below to layer your products like a pro.

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5 All-Natural Beauty Products That Work Like Magic

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Here’s a major beauty myth: Natural products can’t hold up to traditional formulations in terms of performance. In reality, there are plenty of green brands that can deliver the same results—without any skin-irritating additives. Here are five must-try all-natural creations we’re crazy about:

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Bye Bye Birchbox: My Favorite Beauty Products Revealed

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Before I started working at Birchbox as a copywriter, I didn’t know what a serum was—let alone how to use one. Two years later, I’ve tested dozens of them, sniffed countless perfumes, and developed an addiction to bright lipstick in every hue. While my love of beauty will never waver, I’m moving on from my full-time job here to pursue an MFA in creative writing.

Though my budget in grad school will put me squarely in the Ramen bracket, I still plan to splurge on my favorite beauty products that I discovered through work. Here are the things I’m willing to go into credit card debt to buy:

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Outdoor Beauty Essentials
Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
(Photo: Casey Liu)

Outdoor Beauty Essentials

Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

(Photo: Casey Liu)

Get the Look: Jennifer Lawrence’s Makeup from Oscars 2013: Birchbox Intern Diaries

Jennifer Lawrence has been headed towards ‘It Girl’ status for quite a while now and her big win at the Oscars on Sunday evening solidified it.  After seeing her stunning Dior gown, paired with a romantic up-do and a subtle smoky eye, I was dying to recreate the look. 

 Watch this week’s Birchbox Intern Diaries video to see how I recreate Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar Awards makeup in just a few simple steps!

—Charisse

See who made our best-dressed list from Hollywood’s glamorous evening, here.

Birchbox Staff Pick of the Week
Staffer: Mollie Chen
Her Pick: Juice Beauty’s Organics to Go Set, which includes the brand’s Cleansing Milk, Green Apple Peel Sensitive, Antioxidant Serum, Hydrating Mist, and Nutrient Moisturizer.   
Why She Loves It: “These minis are going right into my gym bag. The Green Apple Peel is perfect for travel—for that point in a trip when my skin starts to feel dull and flaky. It is such instant gratification!”
Dying to know more about this set? Check it out in the Birchbox Shop. 

Birchbox Staff Pick of the Week

Staffer: Mollie Chen

Her Pick: Juice Beauty’s Organics to Go Set, which includes the brand’s Cleansing Milk, Green Apple Peel Sensitive, Antioxidant Serum, Hydrating Mist, and Nutrient Moisturizer.   

Why She Loves It: “These minis are going right into my gym bag. The Green Apple Peel is perfect for travel—for that point in a trip when my skin starts to feel dull and flaky. It is such instant gratification!”

Dying to know more about this set? Check it out in the Birchbox Shop

Sneak Peek: Birchbox December 2012

December 2012’s Birchbox theme is “All Wrapped Up.” In the spirit of the season, we’ve designed a Birchbox that looks even more like a present than usual! It’s packed full of products that we’d love to give and get this month. From a customer favorite fragrance by Juicy Couture to a non-sticky lipgloss by ModelCo (with a mirror right on the tube!), these are just a few of the samples we’re sending out in December.

PLUS, click through to our YouTube page and leave a comment on the video to be entered for a chance to win each of the full size products featured in the video. 

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