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Kissable Couture: Guest Blogger

Dedicated to “what’s in your closet and on your vanity,” Samantha Fodrowski’s blog, Closet Vanity, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to our interests. This week, the busy blogger is lending us her talents and musing on some of our favorite topics like the fashion-forward red lip and au naturel makeup.

1. Kate Spade supercalifragilipstick
2. Dolce and Gabbana lipstick
3. Charlotte Ronson lip gloss
4. Exude lipstick
5. Tom Ford lip color

Forget red-soled heels — these days it’s all about the red lip! Have you noticed that more couture brands have been springing up at the beauty counter lately? Two of the big names to debut makeup lines recently are Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana.

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What’s In My Purse: Guest Blogger

Dedicated to “what’s in your closet and on your vanity,” Samantha Fodrowski’s blog, Closet Vanity, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to our interests. This week, the busy blogger is lending us her talents and musing on some of our favorite topics like the fashion-forward red lip and au naturel makeup.

There’s nothing worse than digging around your purse unable to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a pen, gum, a hair tie, a tissue, or tampon. Try as I might to be prepared, inevitably I forget to replace any of the above items once I’ve taken them out of my handbag. Luckily, I keep all of my on-the-go cosmetics in two small pouches, which are easy to find. I find that having purse-designated products helps ensure that I’ve always got what I need with me. To keep things compact, travel and sample size items are perfect for purse purposes. (As you know, Birchbox is a great source for these!)

What’s in my purse:

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Poppy King’s On A Roll With Yet Another Collab

No7 & Poppy King lipsticks, $9.99, shopbootsusa.com

She’s in hotter demand than this season’s Proenza Schouler PS1 bags: Poppy King is officially on a roll. First, she made the perfect shade of red hotness for J.Crew, then she smartly partnered with Kate Spade (a brand that could not be more synonymous with her vibe), and now the Lipstick Queen has just released a collection with Boots No 7.

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Of a Kind Designer Louisa Parris On Extra Hydrating, Extra Bold Lipstick

When we’re feeling blah, we have two surefire ways to perk up: a fanciful patterned scarf and/or bright look-at-me lipstick. Which is why it’s no surprise that we’re smitten with this week’s Of a Kind designer. Louisa Parris creates covetable fashions and accessories, and recently created a limited edition scarf for Of a Kind (buy it here). She’s also got excellent taste in lipstick — read on for her pick.

Designer Louisa Parris On the Bold Lipstick That Doesn’t Dry You Out

Louisa Parris knows a lot about dressing up: She designs the type of gowns that call for special-occasion perfume and just recently unveiled a line of silk hats and scarves (that, lucky for us, look just as good with well-loved denim as with a LBD). The San Francisco-based Brit also recently unearthed the perfect finishing touch, Yves Saint-Laurent Rouge Volupte. “I can’t get enough of the pure color pigments and smell of them. I discovered them about six months ago after finding so many other lipsticks to be drying,” she explains. “This is a such a pleasure to put on, and, to top it off, I love the decadent packaging—there is even a little mirror at the top of the case.” If you’re lucky, that little add-on could even save you a trip to the bathroom.

For pigment and moisture, try Clark’s Botanical’s Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Rachel Red. It’s got a gorgeous cherry hue and tons of hydrating ingredients.

beauty & baubles: color blocking

As you all know, we’ve partnered with our blingy friends at BaubleBar for the Birchbox + BaubleBar 10K: the first 10,000 members to earn Birchbox Points will receive a BaubleBar Black Wood Pop Bracelet in their November box. Since we know you can’t get enough of beauty and baubles, all this week we’ll be pairing our favorite BaubleBar accessories with Birchbox products. Today’s theme: Color Blocking!

It may be fall, but it’s not time to ditch your brights. One of the biggest trends this season is pairing two (or three!) poptastic colors together in the same outfit. No, this new look isn’t called clashing — it’s color blocking! One very easy way to test drive this style is to buy a fun accessory that’s already done the pairing for you, like this stunning black and pink collar necklace or this pair of two-tone blue drop earrings.

But don’t stop with just fashion, have fun color blocking with beauty, too. To find out how, head over to BaubleBar where they can’t get enough of the Deborah Lippmann My Old Flame polish and Lipstick Queen Chinatown Pencil combo.

—Meredith

Check back tomorrow at 3pm for another beauty and bauble pairing!

Getting Lippy for Fall: Guest Blogger

We’re always looking for good sartorial inspiration, which is why we regularly turn to PR exec Jaimen Sfetko’s Tumblr, Jaimen Lee. Documenting her own stellar (and quirky cool) style, Sfetko gives us a daily dose of outfit envy — and has us wishing she did costume changes throughout the day. Naturally, we’re curious about the savvy New Yorker’s product picks, too. This week, Sfetko is guest blogging about her beauty musts. Today: having fun with fall lipcolor!


Ah fall, the time we all realize this pale shade we’re seeing on our skin is not the result of an unclean bathroom mirror, but rather the reality of the shade we’ll be living with for at least the next six months. Herein lies the miracle of lipstick. It comes to our rescue and instantly brightens our faces and leaves us feeling more than chic! Here are the shades I’m digging right now. Pair them with a pinky-red blush or even tons of bronzer to balance the effect and you’re golden (get it?).

1. Deep Red: This shade says, I’m serious annnnddd cute!

2. Non-lipstick lipstick: Everyone is obsessed with Nars Orgasm and rightfully so. Since the original blush, the brand has come out with multiple variations, including this NARS Orgasm Illuminator. I know this would typically be used for the cheeks but I’m telling you, a quick brush across the lips gives just enough color when you’re feeling a bit sallow.

3. Turn on the Bright: When a subtle shade or something more mature or dark just doesn’t cut it, go for bright. Lip pencils are amazing: They make application easy no matter where you are, and add so much brightness to the face. They give a jolt to your mood!

Catch up on Jaimen’s other posts here!

New York, New York: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that tomorrow is Fashion’s Night Out. Stores are open late, retailers throw parties, and special events encourage shopping and generally get everyone pumped about fashion. Because Manhattan is the fashion capital (in the U.S. anyway), I decided to dedicate this post to two of my favorite NYC-based beauty brands.

Lipstick Queen: This company holds a special place in my heart because I worked there for two years. Founder Poppy King (who is one of the coolest ladies in the beauty biz) launched this brand in New York after creating a line of lipsticks in her hometown of Melbourne at the ripe age of 18. Her 20 years of experience has made her the go-to expert in lip color and she’s developed an array of NYC-inspired shades, including an amazing chubby lip gloss pencil called Chinatown.

Kiehl’s: Founded out of a pharmacy in the East Village in 1851, you have heard me sing the praises of this brand here before. Skincare that is effective without frills, has chic branding, and easy-to-understand messaging has made Kiehl’s super successful. Their über cool boutiques punctuate New York City and their newest location even includes a spa. One of my favorite products that I’ve been using a lot lately is their Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+.

If you are in NYC, come to the SCOOP NYC + Birchbox Fashion’s Night Out event at the SCOOP Meatpacking store (430 West 14th Street) starting at 6pm.

Cali Cool: The No Makeup Makeup Look

I have a knack for coming to Los Angeles at the exact right time. My last trip fell over Carmageddon, the most traffic-free weekend the city has seen in decades; this time, I left New York just before Irene’s windy onslaught. I also missed my flight back, thanks to massive flight cancellations. Since I planned to stay the weekend, not all week, I’m working with a limited wardrobe and beauty supplies. Happily, that’s just right for laid-back Cali style. I keep seeing girls walking around looking pulled together, but fresh and natural at the same time — and I think I’ve figured out their secret:

1. A tan. Yes, it must be said, a tan makes you look thinner and healthier. Fake it with Cargo’s Bronzer, which is completely matte and easy to blend.

2. Perfect skin. I haven’t seen a visible foundation line yet, which means these girls were either born with flawless skin or they have a kick-butt tinted moisturizer. I’m guessing the latter. stila, an L.A.-based line, has a sheer tinted moisturizer that does the trick and then some.

3. Peachy blush. Choose a bright blush in a warm peachy-pink shade. It’ll give your cheeks definition and make you look glowy at the same time. I love RMS’s Lip2Cheek in Smile, which I apply with a brush for a streak-free, creamy look.

4. Neutral lips. Yes, I see the occasional statement lip, but for the most part, L.A. seems to be more gloss than matte lipstick. (Can’t blame them — it’s easier to apply in the car!) Luckily, I have my pretty Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss with me. 

5. Jean shorts and an Equipment silk blouse. This easy combo is practically an L.A. uniform. Equipment’s to-die-for blouses look effortless and give off the right air of breezy polish. Cutoffs keeps things cool and casual.

—Mollie

Another stranded-in-paradise essential? Nuxe’s genius multi-use oil. It keeps arms and legs hydrated, and tames flyaways, too.

Birchbox Moms Are THE Best

Clockwise from left: Herban Essentials Towelettes in Lemon, $15, birchbox.com; myfaceworks Sheet Mask ‘the starter kit’, $45, birchbox.com; Anthony Logistics for Men® Glycolic Facial Cleanser, $21, birchbox.com; Perricone MD Cold Plasma Face Cream, $150, birchbox.com; Dr. Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta® Peel 30 Pack, $85, birchbox.com; Befine Night Cream, $30, birchbox.com; Pomega5 Daily Revitalizing Concentrate, $48, birchbox.com; Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+, $34, birchbox.com; Erno Laszlo TranspHuse Night Serum, $190, birchbox.com; Zoya Nail Polishes, $8, birchbox.com; Pomega5 Healing Cream, $70, birchbox.com; NARS Orgasm Illuminator, $29, birchbox.com; Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover, $9.99, birchbox.com; Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste, $10.50, birchbox.com; LATHER AHA Hand Crème With Evening Primrose, $18, birchbox.com; Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Gloss, $18, birchbox.com; Jouer Crème Eyeshadow, $20, birchbox.com

We love Birchbox moms more than anything. They send us baked goods, give us profound words of encouragement, and they keep their vanities well-stocked with goodies from our Shop. One such mom that almost single-handedly keeps us in business is Sally, mom of our lead brand relationship manager, Alta (or as I call her, Altista). Sally’s bathroom counter is proof of her continued support, which of course means the world to us. We love this photo and just for kicks, we’ve listed out everything pictured above. Thanks so much for your purchases, Sally. Keep ‘em coming!

—Meredith