Birchbox co-founder Katia (left) with Birchbox France editorial director Mathilde at a NYFW kickoff dinner.
This week we had a special visitor at Birchbox HQ: our Birchbox France editorial director, Mathilde! We directed the chic Parisian to our favorite spots (including the Ace Hotel and ABC Kitchen) and, in return, asked her about her latest obsessions (beauty and otherwise). This is what’s topping her must list.
1. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+: I love this product because it’s a serious moisturizer. It doesn’t feel too heavy or leave a white residue, so I use it everyday. It smells good, too—really light and clean.
I hate to use the f-word, but fall (yes, that f-word—what were you thinking?), is right around the corner. I’m searching for autumnal beauty inspiration and I found it in this photo of the lovely Lily Collins at the Canadian premiere of her new flick, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In case you adore this look as much as I do, here’s how to recreate it:
1. Collins’ bold expressive brows are such a fan fave, they even have their own Twitter account! You’ll want to shade in your brows to get a similar look. We like this versatile pencil from IT Cosmetics, which works on variety of hair colors and the waterproof formula won’t smear or smudge.
Some girls rely on one go-to lip color, but I’m a firm believer that every occasion requires its own special shade. While a sexy red is fun for going out, I’ll opt for a neutral when I’m headed to a job interview. A new favorite is ModelCo’s Party Proof Lipsticks, which come in a variety of hues and feel great on my lips. The formulas are packed with hydrators and they’re very long-lasting so you don’t have to worry about frequent reapplication.
Watch our video and see what colors we recommend for a variety of different situations. Then let us know in the comments below how many lipsticks do you think you need?
With so many places to be, you’ll need to spruce up throughout the day. See what our Beauty Partnerships team uses to freshen up fast!
Find Out What Products are Coming in Your August Birchbox
A new month means a new Birchbox Sneak Peek video! If you’ve been itching to find out what this month’s box will hold, the wait is over.
Check out the video below and then tell us in the comments what you’re most looking forward to. (And just a reminder: these are just a few of the over 80 products we’re sampling this month, so you could find other exciting options in your box!)
No matter what you eat, drink, or toast to this summer, these ModelCo lipsticks will last.
My least favorite thing about lipstick? People never realize I’m wearing any since it fades on my lips faster than a bad spray tan. And while dolling myself up for a summer night out is all part of the fun, the rigors of socializing are my lip color’s enemy. It goes like this: I swipe it on, and proceed to smear it all over a cocktail napkin. I swipe it on again, sip a dark and stormy, and watch my shade disappear faster than my drink. Even the boldest, most showgirl-worthy hues start to fade to a pale pink if I’m not reapplying every half hour.
Which is why I’m so pumped for ModelCo’s line of Party Proof Lipsticks, which some subscribers will be receiving in their July Birchboxes!
We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
When it comes to bridal head pieces, we’re thinking beyond the veil. Smaller hair accessories, from birdcage veils to flapper-style headbands, are the looks we love for 2013. Here are our favorite picks from Lover.ly:
The birdcage veil is a classic look that is totally on-trend right now. Accented with flowers, feathers, or jewels, or just kept simple, this mini veil is incredibly versatile. We love it with a chic updo; keep it sleek with Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment.
Get the Look: Jennifer Lawrence’s Makeup from Oscars 2013: Birchbox Intern Diaries
Jennifer Lawrence has been headed towards ‘It Girl’ status for quite a while now and her big win at the Oscars on Sunday evening solidified it. After seeing her stunning Dior gown, paired with a romantic up-do and a subtle smoky eye, I was dying to recreate the look.
Watch this week’s Birchbox Intern Diaries video to see how I recreate Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar Awards makeup in just a few simple steps!
Behind-the-Scenes: Filming Drab to Fab in One City Block
Have you seen our brand new video, Drab to Fab in One City Block yet? It’s like Mission Impossible and The Matrix meets beauty tutorial—and we had sooo much fun filming it (on a freezing cold day in December). Watch the video below, tell us what you think, and THEN enter to win all the products featured in the video. Details below:
ENTER TO WIN: What are your on-the-go tips for going from #DrabToFab? Share them on Twitter with the hashtag #DrabToFab and then link to this video for a chance to win the products featured in this video! You have until Sunday 2/3 to share. We’ll choose one winner by random and notify them by Twitter Direct Message.
We’re always talking about the staffers in the Birchbox office, but the ones who you interact with everyday are the ladies of our hard-working Ops team. These fabulous femmes handle all of your customer service woes. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know them even better—so here’s a peek at who’s on the other side of the phone.
We know it’s no easy feat to check each person off your holiday gift list, which is why we wanted to make gifting easier and even more awesome by amping up our gift subscriptions. This season, when you place a gift subscription order (for both men and women), you can add any of these best-selling products to your order so they arrive with the first gift box. The best part? You can add up to five of the items listed below—and they’ll all arrive with your giftee’s first shipment.
When it comes to holiday parties, we love getting dressed up, but we usually want to wear something different and exciting to each special occasion. That can be a bit straining on our wallets so if you’re like us, Rent the Runway is your jam. We’re obsessed with the site, which lets you rent designer dresses for either four or eight days at a fraction of the retail price. What’s more, they give you a free backup size, you can also rent accessories, and returning is a breeze (just pop your items in the mail using the pre-paid padded envelope that’s provided). And here’s another reason to browse the site right now: You can take $50 off your next rental of $125 or more by using the code BRCHBX50 at checkout.* (Definitely don’t wait to use this deal, it expires on February 28th, 2013.)
To get you inspired for your next festive fete, here are two ultraglam looks with corresponding beauty recommendations: