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Winter Beauty Hacks

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The onset of winter brings extreme temperatures, precipitation to give even the hardiest postal worker pause, and skin so dry it makes us want to fill our bathtubs with body lotion. Before you give up and just hibernate in your Snuggie, check out these easy tweaks and survive the season in style.

—Ally

PS: Keep your skin hydrated with Bare Love Body Luxury Body Fuel, Daily Recovery Treatment, a natural oil blend banish the parched skin and revives your complexion. And thanks to special time-release OlioLove Technology, you’ll feel the results long after you’ve slathered it on.

What’s on Staffer’s Desks: An Ultra-Nourishing Cream
We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!
"This Kueshi intensity care cream is amazing! I use it to soothe the skin on my arms and hands, which is prone to dermatitis. The formula is paraben free and uses all-natural ingredients like aloe, shea butter, rose hip and jojoba oil. It really works wonders, even on my extremely sensitive skin. I keep another one of these at home, too—just in case!” 
—Doro, Marketing Director Birchbox ES
Curious to see other staffer’s desks? Sneak a peek here.

What’s on Staffer’s Desks: An Ultra-Nourishing Cream

We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!

"This Kueshi intensity care cream is amazing! I use it to soothe the skin on my arms and hands, which is prone to dermatitis. The formula is paraben free and uses all-natural ingredients like aloe, shea butter, rose hip and jojoba oil. It really works wonders, even on my extremely sensitive skin. I keep another one of these at home, too—just in case!” 

—Doro, Marketing Director Birchbox ES

Curious to see other staffer’s desks? Sneak a peek here.

The Base Makeup Coverage Spectrum

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Unlike lipstick, which is meant to be seen, base makeup is supposed to be your invisible ally, masking imperfections, evening out skin tone, and creating a perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup—without anyone knowing it’s actually there. Since that’s easier said than done, we’ve created a coverage guide to help you choose which formula is right for you. 

Base Option: Tinted Primer

Coverage Level: Barely There

Applied after moisturizer, a tinted primer glosses over fine lines, dry patches, and rough areas. For a fresh-faced look, try Laura Geller’s Beauty Spackle® Tinted Under Make-up Primer in Bronze. The sheer bronze tint adds a subtle hint of color, while the antioxidant-infused formula hydrates thirsty skin. (Follow with actual foundation if you need extra coverage.)

Base Option: Tinted Moisturizer

Coverage Level: Au Naturel

Along the spectrum between bare skin and full-on foundation, tinted moisturizer hews closer to the former. To score this natural look, smooth on a thin layer over your face and down onto your neck, then continue with your regular makeup routine. Our entire team (minus the manfolk) is obsessed with Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint. The oil-free formula feels positively weightless on, but provides smooth, even coverage and a radiant glow. 

Base Option: BB Cream

Coverage Level: Sheerly Beloved 

Originally designed to help post-peel patients mask redness, BB creams (which stand for beauty or blemish balms) combine the functions of a primer, antiaging serum, moisturizer, and light foundation in one product. Our current fave? Canadian import Marcelle, which infuses your complexion with just the right amount of color while antioxidants, aloe, and chamomile soothe, moisturize, minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and protect against aging. 

Base Option: CC Cream

Coverage Level: Department of Corrections 

CC Creams (aka color or complexion correction cream) are the latest alphabet-based beauty wunderkind. If you have acne, dark spots, or dull skin, a CC cream may be more up your alley. Unlike semisheer BB formulations, CC creams offer more coverage but still feel light on skin. If your skin is particularly picky, try Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40. Made with clarifying meadowsweet and brightening wheat germ extract, the silicone-free formula erases dark spots and evens out overall skin tone, plus protect your complexion from harmful (and aging) UV rays.. 

Base Option: Foundation

Coverage Level: Photoshop Finish 

In our next life, we’d like to request a luminous complexion that needs nary a spot corrector. Till then, there’s nothing like liquid foundation to give you the look of perfect skin. Unlike the cakey foundations of yesteryear, Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! expertly masks imperfections without feeling too heavy. A beauty editor favorite, it delivers oil-free moisture and a smooth, flawless finish that stays true to its name. 

—Ally

For more top-notch coverage options, check out beauty Grace Atwood’s curated shop.  

The Weirdest Origin Stories We’ve Heard in the Beauty World

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In the summer of 1853, a hot tempered chef was manning the kitchen at a chic resort. A dinner guest found the chef’s French fries too thick for his liking and sent the plate back to the kitchen. In an effort to one up the persnickety customer, the chef sliced the potatoes paper-thin. And eureka! America’s favorite salty, snack—duh! the potato chip—was born. 

Unexpected discovery of a seriously great thing, right? Like our favorite crunchy fix, these four beauty products have surprising (and totally awesome!) beginnings. 

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Skincare 101: How to Layer All Those Products On Your Vanity

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Figuring out how to order your skincare lineup can feel like trying to solve a rubik’s cube—not impossible but clearly a challenge. You’ve got a bathroom shelf filled with products, but which comes first? 

The good news is you don’t to have to be a dermatologist to learn how to get the most out of your beauty routine. Just use this nifty diagram and the tips below to layer your products like a pro.

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4 Melt-Proof Beauty Buys

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Temperatures are on the rise here in New York, which makes commuting even more unbearable. To keep our makeup from melting faster than an ice cream cone at summer camp, we rely on products that fend off shine and have serious staying power. Here are four of our favorites that we’ll be using to beat the heat all summer long: 

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How To: Identify Your Skin Type and Moisturize Accordingly

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By now, you’re fully aware that your complexion needs a daily dollop of moisturizer to stay hydrated and blemish-free. But finding that one-in-a-million formula that’s just right for your skin is like trying to find existential meaning in the latest Fast and Furious movie. Translation: Nearly impossible. 

Rather than slathering on an odd-smelling cream from the suspicious-looking bottle in your medicine cabinet, hop on over to the Birchbox Man Guide and use this cheat sheet to find the right moisturizer for your skin type

—Ally

Check out some of the products you might receive in your Birchbox this month in the June Sneak Peek!

From Head to Toe: My 4 Essential Lotions

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I recently moved from the Pacific Northwest to New York City, which meant I had to do more than your average spring cleaning while packing. Middle school notebooks and the skirt I wore once could not make the trek with me. This also meant cutting down on my beauty products—and if you’re anything like me, you likely have plenty of barely used products that have to go.

My biggest culprit? Bottles of lotion. I had quite the supply of gifted creams that piled up over the years, and moving gave me the motivation to finally toss the non-essentials. That left me with only one lotion each for face, body, hands, and feet. It was a tough task for someone who loves variety in her routine, but I’m happy to know that now when I reach for a bottle, it will be my favorite every time. Here are the top picks that made it onto my vanity in New York:

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Dry Winter Skin Cured at the Kiehl’s + Birchbox Event

We’ve learned the hard way that even if we invest in a fancy humidifier and drink tons of water, when it comes to dry scaly winter skin the real game changers are a good moisturizer and a kickbutt serum. We know your seasonal complexion woes, which is why we teamed up with Kiehl’s on Tuesday night to host a New Year refresher event at their posh Upper East Side boutique.

From healthy skin consultations to hand massages, the space was packed with women who looked far more glowy on the way out than they did on the way in. Attendees received treatments with some of our favorite products like the Creme de Corps and the Acai Damage-Repairing Serum

And products weren’t the only thing getting a test drive. In honor of this January’s theme #mybestyear, we invited BluePrint Cleanse to set up a juice bar for ultrahealthy taste testing. (Officially, we can’t decide if we love the Pineapple Apple Mint or the Cashew Vanilla Cinnamon Agave flavor more.)

—Meredith 

For a limited time, get two Kiehl’s samples with the purchase of any full-size Kiehl’s product from the Women’s Shop. Just enter code ‘KiehlsSWP’ at checkout.

Making the Moist of Dry, Flaky Skin: Guest Blogger

Dermatologist-in-training and all around cool girl blogger Aegean Chan is the savvy mind behind super-skincare blog Aegmora. Chan educates and enlightens readers with particularly informative posts that tie together her science background and her extensive experience with beauty products. We love that she demystifies everything from familiar active ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide to the newest trends like coconut oil. This week, Chan teaches us how to fight acne better, keep our skin hydrated, and protect it from the sun.

Moist. When it stands alone, that word makes men, women, and children squirm. However, that’s what makes this cake melt in your mouth and your baby soft skin divine to the touch. So what exactly makes your skin so silky soft and what does it need to stay that way?

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