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Bought it From Birchbox: Stainiac

For an understated look that says “I put in at least minimum effort today”, Stainiac is my new go-to. Subtle yet somehow still bold, it’s a two-in-one lip and cheek stain that’s both fun and easy to apply. Get ready for that post-carton of raspberries look for your lips just in time for spring.

Perfect for those days when you don’t want a full on lip look but still don’t want your lips to look totally bare. Small, compact and a two-in-one product? Stainiac is the ultimate candidate for that extra pocket in your purse.

Birchbox features Stainiac in three colors: Beauty Queen, Prom Queen and Homecoming Queen. A magenta pink, rose pink and dewy peach respectively. One for every outfit, mood and season. The New York weather seems to have finally gotten the spring memo! Here’s to hoping a subtle pop of pink on the lips only encourages it. 

Miriam, The Everyday Girl, NYC

{Photo courtesy of Glamour}

The Surprising Trick You Should Use to Find Your Perfect Red Lipstick

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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:

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Best Bright Summer Lipstick: Seventeen Magazine

Packing for college can be really overwhelming. How much should you bring? What do you bring? Well, the answer is simple: only the essentials. That’s why this month we teamed up with Seventeen magazine and their special advisory board of sorority sisters on a curated list of 20 college beauty must-haves. Check back each week for more great content from our newest partner and definitely take advantage of this limited-time special offer just for Birchbox customers: Purchase a Seventeen subscription for $15 and get 100 Birchbox points!

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Spice up your pout this summer and retire that dark plum lip! Instead, go bolder and hotter with a bright poppy lip color—these hues will heat up your look in no time and draw some much wanted attention to that pout of yours…

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This Lipstick Can Survive Even the Most Epically Long Summer Day

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No matter what you eat, drink, or toast to this summer, these ModelCo lipsticks will last.

My least favorite thing about lipstick? People never realize I’m wearing any since it fades on my lips faster than a bad spray tan. And while dolling myself up for a summer night out is all part of the fun, the rigors of socializing are my lip color’s enemy. It goes like this: I swipe it on, and proceed to smear it all over a cocktail napkin. I swipe it on again, sip a dark and stormy, and watch my shade disappear faster than my drink. Even the boldest, most showgirl-worthy hues start to fade to a pale pink if I’m not reapplying every half hour.

Which is why I’m so pumped for ModelCo’s line of Party Proof Lipsticks, which some subscribers will be receiving in their July Birchboxes!

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Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel, Spring’s Standout Lip, and More
Keira Knightley has been tapped to play Coco Chanel in an upcoming film directed by Karl Lagerfeld celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Chanel boutique. [Refinery 29]
What’s the must-have beauty trend this spring? A superbright lip. [BellaSugar]
Spruce up your strands with these seven natural hair products that add some mega shine. [Well + Good NYC]
Here are the eight ways you might be ruining your nails. [SheFinds]
—Charisse
Get the most out of your beauty sleep with these brightening overnight facial treatments.

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Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel, Spring’s Standout Lip, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: Chanel)

Totally Crushing on Armour Beauty Lip Glosses

I’ve been on a serious bold lip kick lately. It’s one of the easiest ways for me to feel primped when it’s overcast and grey, like today in New York, without putting in a ton of effort. (Admittedly, I have yet to fully master the deep plum lip for fall). So imagine how excited I was when this line of pretty lipglosses from Armour Beauty found their way to my desk yesterday—with three extra-pigmented colors in tow. 

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Try it: Popsicle Lips

I know sherbet-colored hair is all the rage right now, but I’m hooked on popsicle-stained lips. My friends have a NY-based frozen treats company called People’s Pops and if I could get them to deliver to our offices, we could take care of our treats craving and our lipstick needs in one go — cherry plum, anyone? Alas, that’s not all that realistic. Here, my favorite cheater ways to get a pretty lip stain.

1. NARS Lipstick in Schiap: This is a Birchbox favorite because it is a happy Pepto hue that looks good on a range of skin tones. I like to apply and then blot to get a completely matte stain look.

2. Revlon Just Bitten in Passion: Basically a Sharpie for your mouth. It really does stain your lips so beware if you’re commitment-phobic. But it’s an affordable way to try the trend. (The pen does dry up fast, which makes sense since you’re paying drugstore prices.)

3. Tarte LipSurgence in Lusty: What is it with these lip gloss names? Either way, this orange-y red hue is smooth and bright, and gives you a pop of color that is somewhere between a stain and a gloss.

4. Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Riviera: This juicy gloss gives your lips a slip of sheer cherry shine. I love Jouer’s entire wardrobe of hues, but this is a current fave.

—Mollie

Get more lippy inspiration in our Five Perfect Pink Lipsticks.