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How to Look Great Post-Flight, Tips for a Healthier Summer, The Staycation Guide, and More

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

  • How To: Look Great After a Long Flight: We know it’s tough to look and feel gorgeous after a few hours in the air. Thankfully makeup artist Nam Vo shared her best pre-landing touchup tricks.

— Geraldine

Summertime sandals aren’t complete without a pretty pedi. Here’s how you can win 100 Color Club nail polishes for endless options of brights and pastels.

Our Favorite June Birchbox Unboxing Videos

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It’s almost July, which means your next Birchbox is not far away but before you receive another set of goodies we want to revisit a few of our favorite June unboxings. This month we loved sharing our travel tips and picks but as always, the most exciting trip we took was with our subscribers. Here are a few of the memorable unboxing videos we watched this month:

 Herlatenightcravings They have some of the best smiles around and we love that they couldn’t wait to get home so they did a “car vlog.”

Ashley Elizabeth has the sweetest accent and perfectly curly hair. After watching her unboxing video we had to check out her hair tutorials as well!

Jennifer Marie’s video made us laugh out loud—and her husband made an adorable unexpected cameo.

(Photo: instagram.com/caitquinnjoyce)

—Julia

Find out what our Birchbox Man subscribers can expect to find in their July Birchboxes in our Sneak Peek video!

Makeup Tips for Looking Fabulous Straight off a Plane

Over the next few weeks it seems like everyone in the Birchbox office is jetting off somewhere fun. Ally is in Equador right now (lucky!), editor Candice has been working from San Francisco this weekend, and even I’m heading off to Denver in a few days for a friend’s wedding. Summer really is our favorite time to get out of the office and enjoy some sun.

Unfortunately I usually step off the plane looking like death warmed over (especially if it’s more than a few hours long flight) and I know I’m not alone. The last thing I want to do while traveling is worry about a full makeup routine, so this month we asked makeup artist Nam Vo to share a few really easy tricks for looking downright amazing when you step off the plane. Throw these products (all under TSA’s 3.4 FL OZ limit) in your carry-on and you’ll be fresher and more polished when you step off the plan than when you stepped on. Happy traveling!

—Lorelei

Find more beauty tips and expert advice on the Birchbox YouTube channel.

Packing List: Ecuador!

imageToday, I’m hopping on a plane and heading to Ecuador’s hermoso capital city Quito for a dear friend’s wedding. In addition to comfy walking shoes (I plan to do a lot of solo exploring) and my trusty passport, here are some of the travel must-haves I’ll be stashing in my carry-on: 

1. Oscar de la Renta Something Blue

According to our friends at The Knot, it’s a faux pas to attend a wedding empty handed. With that in mind, I’m packing this timeless scent to hand over to the bride-to-be on the big day. Inspired by the iconic designer’s silk and lace wedding gowns, the refined blend has sparkling notes of mandarin, linden blossom, and bourbon vanilla. 

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How To Wear Lipstick 3 Ways, Peptides Decoded, Birchbox Man’s Summer Survey, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend.

  • Peptides: Decoded: Skincare pros and addicts alike have been buzzing about peptides for years, but what exactly are they and how do they work?
  • Birchbox Man Summer Survey 2013: Birchbox Man surveyed over 3000 men to get their take on tinted moisturizer, swimsuit style, and a certain gross summer habit.
  • Before Sunrise/Sunset: An A-to-Z Guide: Everyone’s gearing up for the huge summer blockbusters this weekend, but we’ve got our eyes on the latest act from Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater: Before Midnight.

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Catch up on beauty news and much more in our morning must reads.

How We Wear Mirenesse’s Glossy Kiss Lip Pencils

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Our obsession with the Mirenesse Glossy Kiss has gone global. These pretty lip pencils are a favorite in all four of the Birchbox offices—and we can’t stop talking about them. From how to wear the shades as lipsticks and cheek color, to how to sharpen the pencils and more, here’s how we’re wearing these gorgeous hues right now:

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How To: Wear Lipstick Pencils Three Ways

Who knew a lipstick pencil could do so much? Aussie brand Mirenesse just arrived stateside (exclusively with Birchbox) and we’re swooning over their Glossy Kiss pencils. Birchbox Operations Associate Melanie shows us how to get three different looks from the same pencil and we’re loving the results. 

—Charisse

Talk about multi-use products: check out all the different ways we used this yummy Sarabeth’s jam.

Glossy, Bright Lipsticks Are Our Spring Must-Have

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We’re kissing winter’s berry-hued, vampy lips goodbye and greeting spring with brighter hues. This year’s spring collections are filled with eye-catching pops of color, like bold oranges to pinks, and we’re using these chubby lip pencils from Aussie brand Mirenesse to score the look. Made with a slightly waxy texture, they glide on like a gloss but have the rich color and staying power of lipstick. (Bonus: you can use them to brighten up your cheeks, too!)

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