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4 Pricey Beauty Treatments You Can Do Yourself
We all fantasize about a life of unlimited facials, manis, spa days, and salon visits, but those of us on a budget have to be a bit more practical (read: creative). 
Here at Birchbox we’ve done our homework and have made some exciting discoveries in the realm of DIY beauty treatments. But when faced with waxing, chemical peels, highlights, and microdermabrasion, which ones can you easily do at home (and which ones should you leave to the pros)?Birchbox writer Natalie shares her insider tips to getting the lavish treatments of your dreams without sacrificing all of your cash.
—Ashley
Now that you’ve saved some money, save some time too with these three ways to get ready faster!

4 Pricey Beauty Treatments You Can Do Yourself

We all fantasize about a life of unlimited facials, manis, spa days, and salon visits, but those of us on a budget have to be a bit more practical (read: creative). 

Here at Birchbox we’ve done our homework and have made some exciting discoveries in the realm of DIY beauty treatments. But when faced with waxing, chemical peels, highlights, and microdermabrasion, which ones can you easily do at home (and which ones should you leave to the pros)?

Birchbox writer Natalie shares her insider tips to getting the lavish treatments of your dreams without sacrificing all of your cash.

—Ashley

Now that you’ve saved some money, save some time too with these three ways to get ready faster!

The Origin of Falsies, Lady Gaga’s Inaugural Nod, and More
Who doesn’t love luscious fringe? A look back at the history of false lashes. [New York Times]
White House staffers are in for a real treat tomorrow night. Not only are Katy Perry and Beyonce set to perform at the Inaugural Ball, but it has just been confirmed that Lady Gaga will also be singing. [Yahoo]
Katie Holmes is making a name for herself in the beauty world: The actress has been confirmed as the new spokeswoman and co-owner of Alterna. [Beauty High]
Can this at-home microdermabrasion gadget be the answer to getting flawless skin? [Refinery29]
Setting the standard for spring’s “It” polish colors, Chanel just released its new seasonal trio of lacquers, Precieux Printemps. [SheFinds]
Jennnifer Aniston has been tapped as the new face—and body!—of Aveeno. [Pretty Connected]
The very honest Kelly Ripa discusses how she uses Botox for preventative reasons. [omg!]
-Charisse
Meet some NYC Birchbox subscribers and find out their must-have beauty items!

The Origin of Falsies, Lady Gaga’s Inaugural Nod, and More

-Charisse

Meet some NYC Birchbox subscribers and find out their must-have beauty items!

Today’s Obsession: Vasanti’s BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

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Have you ever taken a second glance at your favorite exfoliator’s label and pondered what the ingredients are actually doing? I found myself asking that the other day while scrubbing my face with my new favorite exfoliator, Vasanti’s BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. The scrub gently buffs away imperfections, while nourishing papaya enzymes break down dead skin cells to even out your complexion. The result is perfectly smooth, flaw-free skin— without a pricey trip to the dermatologist. But what about that mystery ingredient, microderm crystals?

A little sleuthing revealed that these crystals are actually ultra-fine minerals designed to buff away dead skin. Not only that, they help reduce long-term annoyances like fine lines, acne, and scars. Since the same crystals are used in professional microdermabrasion treatments, the final results mimic those you’d get at your dermatologist’s office—minus the potential for redness and sensitivity.

—Ally

We’re also crazy for these spring nail looks. The best part? You can totally pull them off.

Why Microdermabrasion Is Great in Your 20s

Microdermabrasion isn’t just reserved for later in life—it can help in your 20s, too.
Photo: dk-klinik.com.tr

I used to think microdermabrasion was best left to individuals looking for serious anti-aging results. The professional-grade treatment is known for helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, giving a youthful glow by stimulating collagen growth, and minimizing pore size. But recently I found that the procedure is actually great for 20-somethings like myself who have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Click through to find out why!

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