Instead of traveling during her time off, this Birchbox staffer spent nine days exploring her adopted city of New York. Here’s what she discovered.
True story: Birchbox co-founders Katia and Hayley have been trying to work with (MALIN+GOETZ) since they launched Birchbox all the way back in 2010. Last October, their persistent efforts paid off and we excitedly added the brand’s hip apothecary-inspired products to our shop.
The NYC-based family business has an emphasis on simple ingredients that work well, and the cult following that they’ve developed more than proves their potency. It’s no secret that Birchbox staffers have a major crush on this brand—just take a peek at the glowing reviews below. And to help you get your fix, we’re offering a special deal: Purchase any (MALIN+GOETZ) product and get 50 Extra Birchbox Points. Just enter code M+G50 at checkout. Better take your pick now as this offer is only valid through 8/4.
"Every morning, I kick off my shower time routine with the bergamot body wash. It works into a creamy lather and smells like my favorite tea, early grey!” - Juliette, Community Manager
"I don’t know how they do it, but their vitamin b5 body moisturizer is really hydrating while being totally oil-free (a must as far I’m concerned). Plus, it has a fresh citrus scent.” - Amary, Copywriter
"I was introduced to (MALIN+GOETZ) on a trip many years ago (I was at the Betsy Hotel in Miami) and I fell in love with the peppermint shampoo and cilantro conditioner. I also love these minis for my gym bag and travel.” -Mollie, Editorial Director
"Putting on a face mask is one of my favorite beauty treatments, but it can be time consuming. Which is why I love (MALIN+GOETZ)’s detox face mask. It has the deep cleansing power of a mask, with the minimal time requirement of a cleanser.” - Julia, Social Media Intern
(Photo via: essiebutton.com)
Not able to get to one of (MALIN+GOETZ)’s shops in NYC or LA? We’ve got you covered with our favorites in the Birchbox Shop.
For Manhattanites, summers are all about heading to Central Park and staking out a spot on the Great Lawn. (When you don’t have a beach, a grassy patch of ground is an excellent stand-in). While we love taking full advantage of sunny days, impromptu picnics pose a major challenge when we need to get to our next fete without looking like a hot mess.
To tackle this challenge head on, we’re relying on these purse companions to to get us from point A (picnic bliss) to point B (cocktail hour) looking fresh:
I tend to associate custom beauty products with major celebrities and people with far more money than me. A one-of-a-kind product that I created would be fantastic, but I’ve kept that dream on my “If I win the lottery”-list. (I know you have one too.) Well, that was until Bite Beauty came along.
The Canadian beauty brand recently launched their pop-up lipstick lab in New York and I have been freaking out about it ever since. I could make my own lipstick? Right there in the store? For only $28? I had to go.
Yesterday, I finally paid a visit to Bite Lip Lab and it was better than I imagined. In just 7 minutes, the beauty lab techs helped me create a custom lip color that I know I’ll be wearing all summer long.
Come take a digital science field trip with me and read on to see all the photos of how my lipstick was made right before my eyes.
Presenting the Latest Baked Good Trend: The Cronut
Our sweet tooth went into overdrive at just the thought of this new sugary creation. Last Friday, Soho-based bakery Dominique Ansel released this hybrid croissant-donut—aka “the cronut”—and New Yorkers literally ate it up (35 minutes after the bakery opened cronut inventory was sold out!). Obviously, now the Interwebz is blowing up about this baked good development, and we’re seriously considering getting up early tomorrow morning just to taste one.
And it seems that we’re not the only ones: someone highly dedicated to this flaky treat has made a support website called cronut.org for people to share the love or grieve about missing the last one in the shop.
What do you guys think about the cronut? Is it here to stay or another passing dessert trend (à la the cupcake)?
UPDATE: I couldn’t resist. I hurried down to Dominique Ansel Bakery this morning at 7:45am and found myself in line with about 15 other people (and a TV crew for that matter) eagerly awaiting the chance to try the much-raved about cronut. At 8am, the bakery opened its doors and I snatched up a few to share with my co-workers. When I left around 8:15, the bakery only had 3 left and many cronut-hopefuls went home empty handed. If you’re looking to try one, arrive early! Also keep in mind that they have a limit of 6 cronuts per customer.
So what did it taste like? Very rich. It also had a sweet vanilla bean cream in the middle of its crisp and flaky layers, which was a nice surprise. I’m not sure I could eat a whole one, but I definitely enjoyed it. My verdict: cronuts are worth the hype. (Although, at $5 each, I won’t be buying one every day.)
(Top photo: @socked)