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Free Kate Spade Saturday Cosmetic Case With Purchase!
'Tis (almost) the season of gift giving! As you're picking out the perfect presents for everyone on your list, you shouldn't feel guilty about getting a little something for yourself too. We know, we know, budgets are tight. That's why we've come up with a fantastic solution: an incredible Kate Spade Saturday (which, FYI, is a new brand from Kate Spade New York) Rectangle Cosmetic Case—FREE when you spend $55 or more in the Birchbox Shop. To redeem, use the code KSSGIFT at checkout. Plus, your gift with purchase will come with a 20% off coupon for you to use on saturday.com. That’s what we like to call a win-win-win situation. 
So the real question is, what should you buy for your friends and family? Well, we’re glad you asked. Our Shop is now home to several other fantastic Kate Spade Saturday products, from this adorable Circle Around Bracelet (just $35!) to this very cozy-and-chic Square Scarf. Basically, we’re obsessed with everything from the brand, which is all about channeling the spirit of Saturday seven days a week. Love that concept!
Now if you’re interested in getting even more free stuff from Kate Spade Saturday (we have your attention, don’t we?), head on over to our Facebook page. Every week for the rest of the month, we’re giving away a different assortment of our favorite accessories from the brand—this week’s prize is worth $195. Visit our entry page for more details on how to enter and to scope out the goods that are up for grabs. 
—Meredith 
Be sure to check out all the fun-yet-functional fashions on saturday.com or visit one of the store locations in New York, Houston, or Los Angeles! 

Free Kate Spade Saturday Cosmetic Case With Purchase!

'Tis (almost) the season of gift giving! As you're picking out the perfect presents for everyone on your list, you shouldn't feel guilty about getting a little something for yourself too. We know, we know, budgets are tight. That's why we've come up with a fantastic solution: an incredible Kate Spade Saturday (which, FYI, is a new brand from Kate Spade New York) Rectangle Cosmetic Case—FREE when you spend $55 or more in the Birchbox Shop. To redeem, use the code KSSGIFT at checkout. Plus, your gift with purchase will come with a 20% off coupon for you to use on saturday.comThat’s what we like to call a win-win-win situation. 

So the real question is, what should you buy for your friends and family? Well, we’re glad you asked. Our Shop is now home to several other fantastic Kate Spade Saturday products, from this adorable Circle Around Bracelet (just $35!) to this very cozy-and-chic Square Scarf. Basically, we’re obsessed with everything from the brand, which is all about channeling the spirit of Saturday seven days a week. Love that concept!

Now if you’re interested in getting even more free stuff from Kate Spade Saturday (we have your attention, don’t we?), head on over to our Facebook page. Every week for the rest of the month, we’re giving away a different assortment of our favorite accessories from the brandthis week’s prize is worth $195. Visit our entry page for more details on how to enter and to scope out the goods that are up for grabs. 

—Meredith 

Be sure to check out all the fun-yet-functional fashions on saturday.com or visit one of the store locations in New York, Houston, or Los Angeles! 

What’s In My Makeup Bag?: Middle School Edition

Readers, allow us to introduce you to Rebecca Zimmerman, the wise-beyond-her-years daughter of Birchbox’s lawyer. We first fell in love with Becca when she sent a personalized Birchbox to our co-founder Katia earlier this year. Not only had the teen filled the box with a selection of her tried-and-true beauty faves, but she’d also decorated the box with hand-drawn leopard print. In addition to being a product whiz, she is also a great writer—which is why we asked her to make a cameo on the Birchbox Blog. Read on for her makeup bag picks. 

As a teenager, it’s hard to find a makeup look that’s quick, easy, and won’t be criticized in the hallways. While it’s difficult to pick the items I use the most (the amount of makeup I wear always depends on my mood), I can tell you the products that I always keep in my bag:

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara: An absolute must. I use this almost every day. Out of all the mascaras I have tried, this works the best for me. It volumizes and lengthens my eyelashes without clumping.

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What’s in Our Birchbox Makeup Bags?

If you haven’t already noticed, the Birchbox team is pretty obsessed with the products we sample. We just can’t help ourselves! Not only that—we’re also guilty of toting around our favorite BB samples in our Birchbox makeup bags. Dorky, we know. Here’s a peek at what we consider daily essentials.

MEREDITH STEBBINS

I own lots of products, but I only take my faves with me to get ready after my morning workouts. My daily musts: Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible, which allows me to go longer between washes, and of course Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint, which I go through like it’s water. Josie Maran’s Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain is my newest obsession and I never go more than three days without exfoliating with Kate Sommerville’s brilliant ExfoliKate.

MAI WANG

Currently in my makeup bag: Harvey Prince Eau FlirtI love this fresh scent. The dual notes of lavender and pumpkin are calibrated to make you irresistible to men. I also have Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream, a botanical balm that keeps my hands moisturized.


NICOLE RIVERA


I love stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, especially in Lionfish—I prefer the bronze color because it’s more subtle than a harsh, black liner. Also I like to carry around Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream as well as Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment to keep my hands and lips from getting dried out.


I really can’t live without my Laura Geller I-Care Eye Liner because it truely does last all day. Colorescience Pro Mineral Foundation Powder Brush SPF 20 is also a must for me because—with my fair skin, I need my products to have SPF even in the winter. This Colorescience brush with foundation is so convenient, especially when I am getting ready quickly. 
MOLLIE CHEN

I have not one, but two, Birchbox makeup bags! I keep my gym “essentials” in the ikat one and my everyday products in the canvas one. A few highlights: Nuxe Multi-Use Oil: I apply this to my face every morning. I love the light texture and pretty scent. ByTerry Hyaluronic Face Glow: Adore the fluffy, souffle-like texture and the fact that it gives my skin an even look—even before makeup. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint: You guys are probably bored of me telling you how much I love this product. Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser: I got this super foamy wash in my Jan Birchbox and it’s a new favorite.  GUM Teeth Cleaners: A must for someone who snacks as much as I do. MCMC Fragrances in Maine: My absolute favorite.

KATIA BEAUCHAMP

I’m so happy with the new Birchbox makeup bags because they can hold so much! Currently I’m carrying Jouer Lip Enhancer, which I’m totally addicted to. It’s such a step up from typical lip balm. I also always have Deborah Lippmann Stripper To Go nail laquer remover because you just never know when you’ll be inspired to change your polish on the spot!

—Rachel

We’d love to see what your favorite products are that you keep in your makeup bag! Send us a photo reply!

What’s In My Makeup Bag: Guest Blogger

In the fashion world, there’s outfit envy. In the beauty world, there’s makeup envy — and we are seriously envious when it comes to Annamarie Tendler. A genius makeup artist, Tendler covers a wide range of topics on her am. blog, but her The Daily Face posts, which chronicle her day-to-day makeup looks, are our favorite. (FYI: She did an amazing series in October called The Spooky Scary Daily Face, which was epic.) Each day she inspires with a gorgeous new look, and for one whole week, she’s sharing her makeup expertise with lucky, lucky us.

I might be a makeup artist, but I don’t wear a lot of makeup on a regular basis. Here is a look into my makeup bag; the 13 products I wear most days or take with me when I go away. With these items I’m covered for any situation, casual or fancy.

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How Many Products Do You Use A Day?

Next February, Estée Lauder is launching a new global (read: all-in-one) anti-aging cream that claims to make skin smoother, firmer, and more uniform in a single step — no serums required.

Sounds great, right? Perfect for every ultra-busy woman. But here’s the catch: Lauder has designed the cream specifically for European ladies. The brand found that women across the pond “favor simplicity” in their beauty regimens and are looking for a one-step solution to combat the signs of aging. While, say, Americans have multiple specific products to address each wrinkle, lip line, or brown spot.

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Guest Blogger: What’s (Actually) In My Makeup Bag

We love writers with fun personalities, which is why we’re ecstatic to welcome Carlye Wisel into the guest blogging fold this week. The savvy blogger has a multitude of interests, but can regularly be found talking about music and more on Vevo, Big Ugly Yellow Couch, and her personal Tumblr, Awkward City Population 1. This week, she’s sharing beauty wit and wisdom. Today: what’s actually in her makeup bag. 

I always dread those ‘Makeup Must-Haves’ articles in glossies that make me feel like I’ll be drowning in cellulite, dry skin, and smeared eyeliner if I don’t suck it up and switch to every trendy product they suggest. My roundup, on the contrary, is actually full of things that have lasted through checked baggage, breakups, apartment moves, and years on end, and will likely be with me forever since they actually work — and not just because they’re ‘hot this season.’ Here’s the stuff I wholeheartedly recommend you give a try:

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: People say it’s the best, and I have no reason to disagree with them. The price is a little steep, but when paired with drugstore mascara, your eyelashes will be faux-big. Promise.

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Foundation: Yeah, I get my makeup advice from my 82-year-old grandmother, but so what? This is the only foundation that hasn’t melted off my face in a New York City subway. There are light and heavy coverage formulas based on the season, and the bottles last for months on end. Grandma Leila knows what’s up.

Fresh Cannabis Rose Eau De Parfum: I stocked up on this years ago when I was a beauty intern. Everyone scoffed at the scent because it has hints of weed in it, but I haven’t ever looked back. It’s floral, light, contains the perfect hint of patchouli, and no one else you know will ever be wearing it.

Laura Geller Baked Blush: I recently took a photo with a friend who is just as alabaster as I am, and my face was the only one that came out in it. After previously refusing to use a bronzer, this lightweight tan blush is absolutely the reason for the camera flash miracle. Also a big plus: it makes me look like I haven’t been huddled over my laptop indoors all summer.

Visit the Birchbox Shop to see our favorite new tools and accessories, soon to be classics themselves.

Guest Blogger: My Favorite Cosmetic Bags

A style force to be reckoned with, Sara Zucker is well known for providing daily outfit inspiration and scoping out incredible finds via her Tumblr, Farpitzs (which is the Yiddish word for ‘all dressed up,’ just in case you were curious). As if being one of the most popular fashion voices in the blogosphere wasn’t time consuming enough, the well-heeled trendsetter also happens to be Glamour magazine’s community manager. Lucky for us, she was able to make some time in her busy schedule to guest blog for us this week. Check back daily as Zucker shares everything from her favorite fall trends to what’s in her cosmetics bag.


Clockwise from top: Orla Kiely, $110, endless.com; The SAK, $24, amazon.com; Mulberry, $130, mulberry.com; Julie Apple, $28, amazon.com

I don’t travel much, but when I do, my favorite tip is to use a cosmetic bag as a clutch. It cuts down on the amount that you need to pack, there are so many different styles on the market, and by doubling its use, I don’t mind spending a bit more on one (though you can easily snag them for free with purchase at many beauty counters in department stores). My favorites are punchy, patterned versions that add an instant pop of personality to any outfit. 

We love bright makeup bags, too. Check out some of our faves here.

Dear Birchbox: In Need of a New Makeup Bag

Dear Birchbox,

In the spirit of the new year, I tossed my grungy cosmetics bag. Now I need a new one (the ziplock bag I’m currently using is a little too bag lady chic). I need something for travel and something for everyday, and I’d love to for it to be easy to clean. What are your favorites?

Love,

Heather B.


Hi Heather!

For affordability and generally cheeriness, you can’t beat Sonia Kashuk for Target. Every season she rolls out a new collection of fun prints, from cheetah to island-inspired blossoms. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but I like the valet style (pictured above) because the detachable interior clear case is perfect for bringing on flights.

Trust Paris-based fashion line Paul & Joe to make bags that are both stylish and practical. We love this two-piece set because you can keep your main makeup in the large compartment and carry the smaller bag with you during the day. The sweet print has a vintage chic feel — we could see French siren Marion Cotillard tucking her lipstick in it.

Henri Bendel carries a selection of whimsical bags that are compact and relatively affordable. The plastic-coated nylon is easy to clean, and the semi-stiff material keeps makeup protected from the various pokey, sharp things in your purse.

And, for something a little different, we spied this simple zippered pouch at Bird, the ever-hip boutique and online shop. It’s made from vintage Japanese ikat fabric and is just big enough for your compact, Stila Lip Glaze, NARS Multiple, and Benefit BADgal. You know, the essentials.

Got a question? We’ve got answered. Send your makeup/beauty/cookie queries to info@birchbox.com.

xox,

Birchbox