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This Airbrushed Mani Is Ready for Miami Swim Week

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.


This week I’m back in Miami to report on the scantily clad scene that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. But before I left LA, I stopped by my secret spot for airbrushed manicures: CT Nails #9 by David. Known as the man for intricately printed tips (girls come from all over the world to see him), David can whip up just about any design you’re dreaming of.

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Packing List: Miami

As Birchbox’s resident raver, operations associate Loren is highly anticipating her upcoming trip to Miami to attend Ultra Music Festival. This three-day electronic dance music event is only a small part of Miami’s Winter Music Conference, but it’s no small soiree: 100,000 attendees are expected. Between the beach and head-bopping, she’ll be outdoors plenty, so careful packing is a must.

1. stila Stay Allday Waterproof Liquid Liner: This is one of the first products that I ever bought myself once I started working at Birchbox, and I must say it has been one of the best purchases ever. Its super-easy applicator allows me to apply eyeliner like a pro, and its awesome formula is super long lasting.  

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Packing List: Welcome To Miami

I am headed down to Miami this weekend for some fun in the sun (and by that, I mean under an umbrella with a hat and plenty of SPF by my side—I am very into protecting my pale skin). I just got a fresh new cut courtesy of Jeff Chastain, last night I went spray tanning (just because I don’t indulge in UV rays doesn’t mean I don’t want to look glowy), and all that was left to get me ready for my trip was to pack my bag. In addition to all the Neutrogena Body Mist Sunblock that I’ll be buying once I am there—obviously I go carry-on and can’t travel with oversize liquids—below are a few of the items that made the cut.

Sircuit Skin Molecular Mist: An addition to my bag earlier today, this spray is perfect for the plane because it contains Heavy Water, a complex that allows skin to absorb and retain a ton more moisture that it does normally.

YSL Gloss Pur in Pur Sorbet: This provides the loveliest light pinky-lilac color and it smells amazing.

Weleda Wild Rose Facial Lotion: I got a travel-size sample in my box last month (yes, I am a subscriber!) and I love how this lotion is light yet at the same time deeply nourishing.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads: Even though I spray tanned just yesterday, I am bringing these along because the color fades from my face first. Plus, if I am not going to be sitting in the sun, this is a good way to get my Vitamin D.

J.Crew Twist Bandeau Underwire Suit in Charcoal: I bought this swimsuit from J.Crew last season and it is easily my favorite. Perhaps the best feature is that it comes with a removable strap in case you want to wear as a halter.

Kimchi Blue Cummerbund Short: I usually go for simply-cut shorts, but these patterned ones caught my eye. They are surprisingly flattering and they have an elastic waistband that makes them perfect for slipping on and off at the beach.

Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Bangalore: I don’t go anywhere without this pencil these days. The entire color range is lovely, but for whatever reason I really gravitate towards this golden-green.