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An Insider’s Guide to London: Birchbox City Guides

Our subscribers received adorable postcards in their June boxes illustrating the four cities that Birchbox calls home: New York, Paris, London, and Barcelona. But since we could only fit so much information on each card, we decided to provide even more insider intel on our blog—straight from Birchbox staffers around the world. Get your passport ready and check back each week for a new installment of Birchbox City Guides.



For the best burger in town, head to MEATliquor behind Oxford Street or sister restaurant MEATmarket in Covent Garden and order the Dead Hippie—pair it with a delish cocktail. Borough Market on the South Bank has all the food stalls you can imagine, from cheese and meats to cider and sweet treats. Insider’s tip: Don’t leave without a visit to Monmouth for coffee—the queue is worth the wait.

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Dior’s Gorgeous Spring Polishes, Rihanna Announces a Clothing Line, and More

We’re l-o-v-i-n-g Dior’s new cruise 2013 polish collection featuring the ultrabright shades Lime, Mango, and Pastèque. [SheFinds]
Rihanna is about to touch down in London town: The singer plans to launch a clothing and accessories line during London Fashion Week. [WWD]
And the haircut of the year award goes to…Karlie Kloss! [New York Times]
Does being vitamin D deficient mean that your workouts are less effective? [Q]
We were heartbroken to find out that the world’s most famous advice columnist, Dear Abby, has passed away. [The Daily Beast]
Help your hair make it through these dry winter days with these 10 essentials. [Beauty High]
Did Vogue go too far with its February Hurricane Sandy spread? [Huffington Post]
Celebrities like Kristen Stewart and Rihanna are receiving criticism for staring in “heroin-chic” ads. [Shoptiques]
Get your glutes in shape with these kick-butt moves. [Well + Good NYC]
Want to try out the haircut of the year? Click through for three easy ways to style it.

Dior’s Gorgeous Spring Polishes, Rihanna Announces a Clothing Line, and More


Want to try out the haircut of the year? Click through for three easy ways to style it.

Olympics Fever Has Struck Birchbox HQ!

We have waited four years for this moment: the Summer Olympics kicks off tonight! The next 16 days will be filled with excitement, incredible accomplishments, and plenty of emotion as the most talented athletes from across the globe compete for gold. Now that the anticipation is finally over, we wanted to get a temperature read on exactly what a few of our office’s biggest sports fans are most excited to watch. Here’s what the die-hards had to say. 

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Chanel Beauty Sets Up (Temporary) Shop in London

A pop-up shop you can’t say no to. (Photo:


Head to the Birchbox Men’s Shop for the miracle products your BF has kept hidden.

Emma Stone: The Side-Part Poster Child


Hat’s off to Emma Stone's stylist, whoever you are. The starlet hasn't stepped out looking anything less than extraordinary in any of her recent appearances. Just yesterday, at the London premiere of her new movie, The Amazing Spider-man, she stunned in a to-die-for deep-V Ellie Saab jumpsuit. It’s a sassy piece of clothing, and exaggerated hair and makeup would have distracted from its total brilliance. But Stone understands balance and went with a smoky eye, understated pink lip, and super-sleek hair. 

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Guest Blogger: Sniffapalooza Tours London

Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason

Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne

This week we tapped Karen Adams, the executive operations manager of the event-based fragrance group Sniffapalooza, to guest blog about some of the best scents she’s discovered on her recent travels. Today’s jaunt: London.

The bustling city streets, chic fashion, the Underground, the West End Theatre District…there are so many parallels between London and New York, yet so many differences to explore. We loved the streets of well-kept row houses adorned with flower boxes. And it’s so easy to acclimate to the delightful daily custom of afternoon tea. (Especially when the tea is served at Fortnum & Mason and the host is Victoria Christian of Clive Christian Perfumes.) We spent our London days studying the history of fragrance with Roja Dove at the Haute Parfumerie in Harrods, and delighting in private tours of Liberty and Selfridges. One of London’s treasures, tucked away at 12 The Royal Arcade 28 Old Bond Street, is the Ormonde Jayne Boutique. Perfumer Linda Pilkington presented her luxurious niche line and did perfume portraits to help us choose a favorite scent. We fancied the Tolu Collection for its velvety resins of golden frankincense, tolu, and myrrh.

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