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Customer Love Notes: A Life-Altering Highlighter

Nerd alert: One of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially adore when you write about your favorite purchases. From time to time, we’ll be highlighting some of your extra sweet product love letters on the blog. 

Made with just the right amount extra-fine shimmer to boost radiance without being sparkly, Manna Kadar Cosmetics sheer glo shimmer lotion subtly reflects light to make your skin look fresh and youthful. Here’s a peek at what one love-struck customer had to say about this versatile highlighter: 

"I have been using the same liquid luminizer for a long time and had never found anything else that could compare until I tried the Manna Sheer Glow! It’s lightweight, blends easily, and leaves a nice glow without being overly shimmery or glittery. Some luminzers make you look oily, but this gives a sheer, soft glow. I finally used up my sample (a little goes a long way!) and am now looking forward to the full-size!” Donna

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Have your own product paramour? Pen a love letter to your favorite Birchbox products by leaving a customer review! 

The Beauty Essential That Can Transform Your Entire Makeup Collection

From top left: the pièce de résistance in my beauty collection, stila’s sparkly all over shimmer liquid luminizer; a swipe of the luminizer in kitten; the stila goodies I transformed (complete with my high-tech blending aid—a paper dixie plate); the resulting creamy creation. 

I try (and love) plenty of beauty products but only a select few earn a permanent spot in my already crowded makeup bag. stila’s shimmery luminizer is one of the chosen ones. Being a total highlighter-fanatic, I’m very familiar with how a topnotch luminizer can simultaneously spotlight our best features and downplay beauty blemishes. This multipurpose highlighter does both those things, with the added bonus of coming in a delightfully light liquid formula that can be blended with all sort of products. 

I’ve been doing some experimenting and adding the shimmer to all sorts of products, from outdated lip gloss and matte foundations to dull eye shadows. I’ve been amazed about how just a few drops of luminizer can completely transform a product. Click through for my step-by-step guide to highlighter alchemy.

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Spotlight Your Eyes, Cheeks, and Lips With This One Product

Staffer Deepica recording the voiceover for her video about our new favorite multi-tasking product with our video director Jeff. 

I’ve been using highlighter for a few years now, but until recently I’ve pretty much only used it to sculpt my cheekbones for a night out. A few months ago I discovered theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer—a shimmery powder illuminator—and have had my eyes opened to a whole new world of highlighter techniques. Click through and learn three unique ways to get pretty with this one product. 

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Our Insatiable Pot Addiction: RMS Beauty

Left to right: RMS Beauty Cream Eye Shadow in Solar, $28,; RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile, $36,; RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38,

We keep a well-edited wish list of dream brands that we are dying to carry in our Birchbox Shop, and every time we successful add one to our site, it feels SO good. Case in point, on Monday we started selling RMS Beauty, a pure and organic color cosmetic line created by celebrated makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift. The brand is centered around the idea of hydrating and illuminating your skin, with the added bonus of color. We’ve picked up three incredible products from the company and we can’t decided which one we like best. The cream eye shadows come in the most enticing shades, Solar, Magnetic, and Lunar and the Luminizer highlights our cheeks bones perfectly with just the swipe of a finger. Since we’re total suckers for a good two-in-one product, we’re smitten with the Lip2Cheek hues. Perhaps our favorite part of the whole line though is how each product comes in a delightful mini glass pot—making all the products highly portable and thus even more addictive.


Read up on the history and philosophy of the RMS Beauty brand here!