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Play It or Bench It?

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We know how difficult it can be to switch up your beauty routine—your all-stars are there for a reason! But in the spirit of spring, we suggest you take a long look at your lineup and consider swapping out your winter faves for some fresh picks.

Still unsure which products should leave the rookie bench and become your next MVP? Here’s our clear-cut advice on what products play — and the ones that should sit out until next season

If you love reading about controversy, then you’ll enjoy this breakdown of the 4 biggest beauty rivalries ever.

Industry Insiders: Benefit’s Marketing and PR Whiz

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Many people are obsessed with beauty. A few go on to become professional makeup artists. Some become YouTube sensations. And others? They go all the way to the top.

Alison Haljun started as a receptionist at a law firm in Beverly Hills, and quickly realized that her passion wasn’t in entertainment law, but beauty. Deciding to change her life, Alison began blindly sending out her resume to makeup companies all over California and didn’t rest until she got hired. Benefit took notice of her many calls and e-mails and gave her a shot. Now she’s risen through the ranks to become Vice President of Retail Marketing and PR.

She gave us an inside peek at what it’s really like to have one of the coolest jobs in the beauty industry. Find out more in our one-on-one interview with Benefit’s Alison Haljun

Do you know the cheeky origins behind Benefit’s Benetint? Find out here.

Happy Hearting: Introducing Birchbox Customer Favorites!

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As you know, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve your experience on Birchbox.com—shopping should be fun, easy, and exciting, right? We’re extreeeemely excited to introduce you to our brand-new feature: Customer Favorites. It’s a one-click (one-heart?) way to add products to your own personalized wish list. (So much easier to remember that Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream you’ve been wanting to buy, right?) Follow the steps below to find out how to use the new feature, and let us know in the comments what you think! 

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Spring Lipstick Guide

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While clear gloss always has a place in our hearts, we can’t get enough of extra-pigmented lipsticks. We even recently tested just how many swipes are in a single tube! From classic matte reds to hot pinks and deep purples, we are truly obsessed. And we’re not alone—from the looks of the spring collections, lips are having a major (and majorly bold) moment. 

However, the sheer number of shades and formulas can seem daunting, even for the most seasoned pouts among us. Whether you’re gaga for fuchsia or searching for a classic red, we have the perfect color for you.

Here are the 10 best lipsticks to rock right now.

Looking for more beauty must-haves? Here are the hottest new products released this month.

Birchbox Crush: Maya Moore

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You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot about basketball this past week and with good reason! But while everyone is focused on the games stateside, we tracked down one seriously awesome lady baller who recently returned from a stint playing for China’s premier women’s league. Naturally, this powerhouse player brought back another championship ring to place alongside her equally impressive NCAA, Olympics, and WNBA trophies.

Inspired? Us too! Find out more about this world-class player, her experience abroad, and her picks for the NCAA tournament in our one-on-one interview with Maya Moore

Feelin’ sporty? Get your game on with these 5 totally awesome basketball movies

Steal These Bloggers’ Spring Style, Courtesy of Birchbox + Madewell

Spring shopping really is the best—who can say no to shorts, bright prints, and pretty colors? But it’s even better when there’s a discount involved. If you’re on the Birchbox mailing list, then you’re in luck! You recently received a special promotion at Madewell for $25 off any purchase $75+. Take it from usour staff has already done quite a bit of damage with our offer codes at the 5th Avenue location (the brand’s spring collection is awesome).

To get you inspired to shop and use your code before it expires on April 14th, we invited several of our favorite bloggers to pull their favorite pieces from the store, and then we photographed them in their new covetable head-to-toe looks. Of course, we would never put anyone in front of the camera without treating them a primp session (this is Birchbox after all), so invited these lovely ladies to a hair styling sesh at Jeff Chastain’s Parlor followed by a makeup application from the talented Nam Vo

Scroll through the photos above for a behind-the-scenes look at the day and then click through the links below to check out the final shots! 

If you live in D.C. or Boston, join us for a special Birchbox x Madewell event on Wednesday!

The Product That Changed My Life: Brow Gel

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Some lucky ladies are born with beautifully shaped, well-behaved arches. But for the rest of us who’ve had to cope with stray hairs, bushy brows, or wobbly lines, it’s always exciting to discover the one game-changing product that seriously keeps everything in place. 

Brooklyn-based writer Geraldine Campbell (who’s made a few guest appearances on our blog!) tells us how she got her Frida Kahlo-esque brows under control with the help of a skilled aesthetician and a little bit of brow gel

Find out more in Geraldine’s story of the product that changed her life.

Struggling with your brows? We’ve got you covered. Here’s how to fix the most common brow problems

Get $25 Off Any $75+ Purchase on Madewell.com!

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This past September, we were thrilled to partner with Madewell on a special offer. The collab was such a hit that we’ve teamed up with the superstylish brand yet again this month. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll find an exclusive Madewell-print nail file in your March box. But even if you’re not a subscriber, you can still partake in all the Madewell fun. This upcoming week, everyone on our mailing list (subscribers and non-subscribers alike) will be getting an email with a unique promo code for $25 off a purchase of $75+ on madewell.com.

To get your purchasing juices flowing, Madewell has put together a special Birchbox Shop filled with must-have spring favorites. Once you’ve filled your cart, head to our Birchbox + Madewell Spring Beauty Picks Shop to overhaul your beauty look as well.

Be on the look out for more Madewell-related promos and content all month long, but don’t delay on using your special promo code—it expires April 14th!

—Meredith

Enter our Madewell Facebook sweeps for a chance to win a $500 Madewell gift card.

Birchbox Agenda: The Ultimate Guide to March

For me, March means one thing: the NCAA tournament (for anyone scratching her head, that’s that big ol’ college basketball thing called March Madness). But even the tourney can’t fill 31 days with fun.

Herewith, our guide to keeping yourself occupied during the month ahead. From James Franco as the wizard of Oz and the return of Game of Thrones to a memoir of bar culture and the perfect recipe to transition from winter to spring, we’ve got you covered. 

Check out the Birchbox Agenda for all March things fun and brilliant.

—Bene

Check out what the gentlemen of Birchbox Man have slated for their March Agenda. Turns out we both like us some Game of Thrones.