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How to: Easy DIY Pedicure
We’re in the middle of a serious heat wave in New York (93 degrees today!) which means all week long we’ve been showing off our prettiest sandals, and of course, our feet. While we love having a professional pedi, this year we decided to cut our expenses by giving ourselves a salon-style nail treatment at home. We asked Gina Carney, the founder of RGB, for her tips on how to give ourselves a pro pedicure. 
While painting my toes instantly beautifies my feet, walking around in the city has done quite a number on my poor arches and they need some extra TLC. I’ve been using this Gena Pedi Scrub Exfoliating Gel which makes my dry and tired soles feel like they’ve just gotten a spa treatment. 
How do you get your feet ready for sandal season?
—Katrina
Looking for a new color? Try a White Hot mani or pedi.

How to: Easy DIY Pedicure

We’re in the middle of a serious heat wave in New York (93 degrees today!) which means all week long we’ve been showing off our prettiest sandals, and of course, our feet. While we love having a professional pedi, this year we decided to cut our expenses by giving ourselves a salon-style nail treatment at home. We asked Gina Carney, the founder of RGB, for her tips on how to give ourselves a pro pedicure

While painting my toes instantly beautifies my feet, walking around in the city has done quite a number on my poor arches and they need some extra TLC. I’ve been using this Gena Pedi Scrub Exfoliating Gel which makes my dry and tired soles feel like they’ve just gotten a spa treatment. 

How do you get your feet ready for sandal season?

—Katrina

Looking for a new color? Try a White Hot mani or pedi.

What’s in Your Carry-On?
Your hotel’s booked and you’ve checked in for your flight. Now there’s only one thing separating you from a much-needed mojito on the beach—packing. While we always have enough pieces to fill an extra large suitcase, the real challenge comes with picking TSA-approved products for your carry-on. 
To help ease the preparation for your escape, we asked three Birchbox staffers to open their travel bags and share the items that they can’t leave home without.
Whether you’re jetting or driving, these summer travel essentials will have you at your destination looking effortlessly put-together.
Need more help with packing? Check out the June 2013 issue of the Birchbox Magazine.

What’s in Your Carry-On?

Your hotel’s booked and you’ve checked in for your flight. Now there’s only one thing separating you from a much-needed mojito on the beach—packing. While we always have enough pieces to fill an extra large suitcase, the real challenge comes with picking TSA-approved products for your carry-on.

To help ease the preparation for your escape, we asked three Birchbox staffers to open their travel bags and share the items that they can’t leave home without.

Whether you’re jetting or driving, these summer travel essentials will have you at your destination looking effortlessly put-together.

Need more help with packing? Check out the June 2013 issue of the Birchbox Magazine.

Travel Secrets of Road Warriors
Globetrotting has its perks—exotic locales, unforgettable experiences, and delicious foods—but it also takes a lot out of you. We know it can be tough to land at your destination feeling and looking your best, which is why we tapped three travel pros to tell us their battle-tested tricks.
Check out the favorite travel products, tips for beating jet lag, and on-the-go food picks from three expert jet-setters.
For more tips and tricks to survive your upcoming vacays, check out June’s wanderlust-themed issue of the Birchbox Magazine.

Travel Secrets of Road Warriors

Globetrotting has its perks—exotic locales, unforgettable experiences, and delicious foods—but it also takes a lot out of you. We know it can be tough to land at your destination feeling and looking your best, which is why we tapped three travel pros to tell us their battle-tested tricks.

Check out the favorite travel products, tips for beating jet lag, and on-the-go food picks from three expert jet-setters.

For more tips and tricks to survive your upcoming vacays, check out June’s wanderlust-themed issue of the Birchbox Magazine.

What’s In Your Gym Bag?

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If the number of rolled-up yoga mats in our office are any indication, Birchbox staffers love to workout. No matter how busy we are, we always try to schedule in a regular exercise sesh to stay in shape and boost our moods, and over the years we’ve mastered the art of the quick change (a crucial survival skill for the chronically over-booked). 

In the April issue of the Birchbox Magazine, we asked three staffers to show us what they carry in their gym bags. Beyond the wonders of dry shampoo, there are plenty of other time-saving ways we recover our cool after a grueling session at the gym. Click through to learn about our favorites! Here’s a peek inside Birchbox staffers’ gym bags.

—Mai 

A gym bag essential we never brave bikram yoga without? W3LL PEOPLE’s Nudist ColorBalm Stick. Made of 100 percent natural and organic ingredients, this sheer gloss impart just the right touch of color, without feeling oily or sticky. 

5 Ways to Make the Most of Seasonal Ingredients

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As much as we love cooking up a storm, we know that sometimes the hardest part of putting a recipe together—aka picking out the star ingredients—starts before you’ve even made it to the kitchen.

If you’re still learning how to find and make the most of the season’s freshest veggies, we’ve got five easy-to-follow tips that will help you navigate the food stands like a pro.

From how to find the best local farmer’s market to the spring crops you have to get your hands on, here are five ways to make the most of seasonal ingredients.

For even more tips on how to become a veritable kitchen goddess, check out this month’s issue of Birchbox Magazine.

Ask Us Anything About: Skincare!

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This month, we debuted a new column in the Birchbox Magazine called Ask Us Anything! You tell us your burning questions about the topic of the month—in January we focused on skincare—and we pick your top concerns and answer each with our editors’ tips on what to use and how to use it. Last month you had three very clear topics on your minds: pesky dark spots, tired-looking dark circles, and unstoppable acne.

Don’t miss our quick tricks for how to handle all these complexion woes! Here’s this month’s ask us anything column that’s all about skincare.

Need more deets on how to handle your skin? Browse all the skincare tips in the Birchbox Magazine.

Kate Middleton Shops at Gap, Too, Crabtree & Evelyn Launch their First Nail Polish Collection, and More
We know it’s silly, but we officially love the Duchess of Cambridge. She shops for jeggings at Gap—just like us. [Huffington Post]
Crabtree & Evelyn is the latest beauty brand to get into the polish game. [SheFinds]
Still trying to learn the topknot? Find inspiration in Jennifer Lopez’s coiffure from the weekend. [Glamour]
Vanity Fair heads to France! The magazine will launch its French edition this July. [WWD]
Lea Michele debuts an extreme ombre hairstyle at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. [UsMagazine.com]
Don’t miss the top beauty and fashion trends for the coming year: here’s what’s in and what’s out for 2013. [Beauty Blitz]
—Charisse
Learn about even more ways to style the topknot, inspired by Katie Gallagher’s spring 2013 runway.

Kate Middleton Shops at Gap, Too, Crabtree & Evelyn Launch their First Nail Polish Collection, and More

—Charisse

Learn about even more ways to style the topknot, inspired by Katie Gallagher’s spring 2013 runway.

3 Surprising New Ways to Use Lip Gloss

Ever since I became a beauty writer, my tiny studio apartment has become the site of a lip gloss epidemic. The Container Store doesn’t make enough organizers to hold my stash, and recently I even started using an old tambourine to store extra glosses on my desk. Since there’s no way I’ll ever deplete my gloss supply, I tapped two pro makeup artists, Sarah Lucero and Reiva Cruze, to dream up three creative new ways to use gloss on your cheeks, eyelids, and even your hair (yes, you read that right). Maybe there’s hope for that clutter in my apartment after all. 

—Mai

Not that we need anymore lip colors, but we can’t wait to get our hands on Burberry’s new lipstick.