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"My Lipstick Story"

We love a bold lip. It attracts attention, brightens up the face, and just looks fantastic. But for the same reasons that lipstick is awesome, it can also be incredibly intimidating. That’s why were were so drawn to beauty vlogger and comedian Franchesca Ramsey's latest video, “My Lipstick Story.”

"My Lipstick Story" is about Ramsey’s insecurity about her lips growing up. To her, they looked like "identical burger buns" that didn’t need any more more attention with color. But a professional makeup session for a photoshoot last year changed all that and gave her the confidence to wear bold lipstick everyday. Our team can’t get enough of the ever-changing lipsticks in the video (think Beyonce’s Countdown video) and her inspiring monologue. 

For a while now, I’ve been fascinated with lipsticks. From the perfect classic red to the brightest neon pink, my beauty dream is to collect every single shade and color. But whenever opportunities to wear them come along (read: everyday), I swipe on a bright coral or deep plum and later wipe it right off in favor of a natural tint or a “my lips, but better” shade. You see, despite my love for lip color, the attention-drawing aspect of it intimidates me. I’ve always thought that it takes a certain confidence to pull off a bold lipstick, but while that may be true, Franchesca has inspired me to believe that a bold lip can also empower and make you feel beautiful too.

What’s your lipstick story? Tell us in the comments!

—Geraldine

To ease into wearing brighter lip colors, I’m sporting these bold and easy-to-pull-off lipsticks.

Dispatch from Seoul: Gradient Lipstick is Huge Right Now

South Korea has become ground zero for beauty innovation in the last few years (BB creams, anyone?). Lucky for us, former Birchbox copywriter Mai is teaching English in Seoul this summer—and sending us weekly updates about her finds in beauty, food, and beyond. This week, she gives us the scoop on the hot lipstick trend sweeping the nation. 

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Korea is always one step ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to beauty trends—so allow me to predict that by this time next summer, American women will be wearing gradient lipstick, a look that’s being sported by approximately 98 percent of the female population right now in Seoul. (Okay, that’s me guesstimating a little, but it seems like everyone is wearing it!)

While this trend may sound as bold as, say, bright blue eyeliner, it’s actually demure and natural-looking when done right. I learned from my photogenic subject Irene that the best way to get the look is to start by dusting your lips with a beige face powder, apply a nude lipstick, then finish with a bolder hue. Read on to get the full scoop! 

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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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Backstreet Boys are Back (Again), Kim and Kanye’s Maybe Baby Name, and More
Oh, Backstreet Boys. Le sigh. Our favorite ’90s boy band is back with a brand new single: “In a World like This.” Let the nostalgia commence. [Buzzfeed]
Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s baby name may have been revealed—and it starts with a K. [Refinery 29]
Former beauty director of Teen Vogue, Eva Chen, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Lucky. Here’s why she’s the best person for the job. [Fashionista]
Applying lipstick is simple in theory, but bold lip colors can be tough to pull off. Use these five easy steps to score a seriously perfect pout. [She Finds]
Don’t tell A, but Pretty Little Liars hair stylist Kim Ferry is revealing the secrets to the show’s coveted beachy waves and more. [Beauty High]
—Geraldine
Getting a gorgeous bold lip requires the perfect shade. Customize your very own color at Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab.

Backstreet Boys are Back (Again), Kim and Kanye’s Maybe Baby Name, and More

Oh, Backstreet Boys. Le sigh. Our favorite ’90s boy band is back with a brand new single: “In a World like This.” Let the nostalgia commence. [Buzzfeed]

Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s baby name may have been revealed—and it starts with a K. [Refinery 29]

Former beauty director of Teen Vogue, Eva Chen, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Lucky. Here’s why she’s the best person for the job. [Fashionista]

Applying lipstick is simple in theory, but bold lip colors can be tough to pull off. Use these five easy steps to score a seriously perfect pout. [She Finds]

Don’t tell A, but Pretty Little Liars hair stylist Kim Ferry is revealing the secrets to the show’s coveted beachy waves and more. [Beauty High]

—Geraldine

Getting a gorgeous bold lip requires the perfect shade. Customize your very own color at Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab.

Do You Have A Signature Lipstick?: Guest Blogger

As soon as we came across Rachel Phipps’ lifestyle, foodie, and travel blog, we knew we were hooked. It sent us down the rabbit hole to The Glossy Guide, a beauty blog created by the British style maven and her best friend. From secret steals to haute products, she’s sharing some of her best insights here with us this week!

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Everyone is always going on and on about how you should identify your signature scent, but it’s really more important to find your perfect lipstick. I discovered mine when I was 17 and while I love playing around with bright retro reds, deep vampy burgundies, and pretty pinks, I always go back to my signature shade: MAC’s Satin lipstick in Brave

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The Bold Lipstick That Anyone Can Rock

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Bright lipstick can feel like one of the most daunting beauty products. Not only does it draw extra attention to your face, but one false swipe or unflattering color choice and it seems like your whole look is ruined. That potential for beauty disaster is enough to keep even the most adventurous of makeup lovers (myself included) away from bold lips.

Somehow Laqa & Co. must have heard our lipstick woes when they partnered with us to develop this duo of easy-to-use Lil’ Lip fat lip pencils. These twist-up, mini pencils glide on effortlessly and provide a bright punch of color that amazingly looks great on everyone. And soon you’ll be able to try them for yourselves because some of you will be receiving one of these pencils in your June Birchbox!

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Making My Very Own Lipstick at Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab

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I tend to associate custom beauty products with major celebrities and people with far more money than me. A one-of-a-kind product that I created would be fantastic, but I’ve kept that dream on my “If I win the lottery”-list. (I know you have one too.) Well, that was until Bite Beauty came along.

The Canadian beauty brand recently launched their pop-up lipstick lab in New York and I have been freaking out about it ever since. I could make my own lipstick? Right there in the store? For only $28? I had to go.

Yesterday, I finally paid a visit to Bite Lip Lab and it was better than I imagined. In just 7 minutes, the beauty lab techs helped me create a custom lip color that I know I’ll be wearing all summer long.

Come take a digital science field trip with me and read on to see all the photos of how my lipstick was made right before my eyes.

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A Brief History of Essie, Supermodels As Kids, and More

Get a quick rundown on the history of Essie from the founder herself. [StyleList]


They may be supermodels now, but these four chic ladies were once (totally adorable) adolescents like the rest of us. [Refinery29]


Wedding guest attire can be a challenge, but planning site Dress Your Guests hopes to put an end to the “What are you wearing?” conundrum. [WWD]


Sunscreen packaging is undergoing a major change this summer, so make sure you know the ins and outs of all the new regulations. [NY Mag]


Lipstick Queen’s new surf-inspired collection is totally summer in a tube. [SheFinds]
The best beauty looks from last night’s CFDA Awards. [Glamour]
— Bre
Today’s a big day for Birchbox! Have you seen our new look yet?
(photo: StyleList)

A Brief History of Essie, Supermodels As Kids, and More

— Bre

Today’s a big day for Birchbox! Have you seen our new look yet?

(photo: StyleList)

Lipstick as a Blush, a $4,200 bottle of Chanel No. 5, and Mor
Learn how to use lipstick as a cream blush with this easy how-to guide. [The Beauty Department]
Would you pay $4,200 for a bottle of Chanel No. 5? [Style Elite]

Urban Outfitters joins the glow-in-the-dark nail polish club. [SheFinds]

Learn how to combat bad skin as a result of going vegan with these tips. [Q] 
Could bronze be the new “it” nail polish color? Click through to check out how these celebs are rocking the trend. [Glamour]
Marc Jacobs is teaming up with Krink to create a rainbow colored collection of “marc-ers." [Refinery29]
—Charisse
See what Birchboxers from all around the world did this past week in Instagrams.

(Photo: The Beauty Department)

Lipstick as a Blush, a $4,200 bottle of Chanel No. 5, and Mor

A $75 Lipstick, The Secret Behind SJP’s Faux Hawk, and More
Find out why this $75 lipstick is worth the extra cash and then some. [NY Magazine]
Venus Williams gives Glamour the lowdown on her fitness routine and eating habits. [Glamour]
How long did it take to create SJP’s faux hawk hairstyle for the Met Gala? The stylist behind the look, Serge Normant, dishes on the details. [Who What Wear]

Virgin Atlantic enlists Vivienne Westwood to design new uniforms for all flight crew members. [Pretty Connected]


Demi Lovato has changed her hair yet again. Check out her new blonde hue here. [Glamour]
The ultimate guide to eye makeup, including tips for every eye shape. [BellaSugar]


Achieve flawless skin with makeup by watching this video tutorial. [Birchbox UK]
—Charisse
Fake a good night’s rest with these awake looking tricks.

(Photo: Serge Lutens)

A $75 Lipstick, The Secret Behind SJP’s Faux Hawk, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: Serge Lutens)