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The Texturizing Spray That Totally Changed Our Lives

You may have noticed by now that we like to get creative with our hair here at Birchbox HQ. While we love our low-slung ponies, more often than not, our staffers are sporting a fun braid, twist, or topknot of some sort. Essential to pulling off a cool ‘do is a great texturizing spray, and this month, we’re sampling one of our favorites from Oscar Blandi. While the entire office loves this stuff, here’s a look at how three staffers with totally different hair each use this game-changing product. 

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Are Married!: Our Dress and Makeup Predictions

We couldn’t be more excited for this power couple on their big day! (Photo: usmagazine.com)

We’ll admit it. We’ve been following the Jessica and Justin developments for a while now, and were pretty psyched when we found out that they were finally tying the knot in a secret ceremony this week in Italy. Now that they’ve made it official—for a rumored $6.5 million dollars, no less—we’re waiting with bated breath to see the first pictures of Jessica’s dress and, of course, her hair and makeup. Since we’ll have to wait until the next issue of People hits newsstands to see it, we decided to put our prediction skills to the test. Here are our best guesses for what Jessica’s look was:

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Singer Tristan Prettyman’s September Birchbox Picks

We’re huge fans of singer Tristan Prettyman. And just when we thought we couldn’t love her anymore, the gorgeous star gave an incredible performance last week to a small group of our subscribers here in New York. This week, she kindly offered to write a guest post for us on one of our favorite topics: new products she’s discovered through Birchbox.

Tristan with our co-founders, Hayley and Katia.  

I am actually writing this from Portland, Oregon where I have just returned from the greatest camping trip ever out near Mt. Hood. One of my best friends moved here nearly three years ago and I had never come to visit her. Especially since I’ve been traveling non-stop recently, it’s been nice to take a short break. I was just in NYC where I was busy running around promoting my new album, Cedar + Gold (coming out on October 2nd), and while I was in town I performed at Birchox’s Sample Stop event. 

The Birchbox ladies are such gems, and the event was jam packed! I performed some new songs from my album, and also got to make a very special Birchbox from all the amazing samples they had at the event. To be honest, I just learned about Birchbox a couple months ago. While I’d been hearing all sorts of things about it, I hesitated to sign up for something monthly because I am never home. But I finally did and last week, I got my first box, The September Issue. I especially loved the the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo, which came in extra handy on this recent camping trip. It was a small, but glorious luxury item to have in the midst of camp fires, lake swimming, sun bathing and breezy nights. 

This month, I was also excited for Sedu’s Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Pure Moroccan Argan Oil, which is great for post-camping since the outdoors can really take a toll on your locks. But most of all, I am looking forward to using Color Club’s custom Birchbox cobalt blue polish, Insta-This.  

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Crushing On Nicole Richie’s Perfect Summer Waves: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.

Photos: Glamour.com

I’m always taking cues from our friends over at Glamour’s beauty department, and they’re latest round-up of Nicole Richie’s beach-swept hair has me swooning. From voluminous and curly to pulled-back and retro, I love the ease and femininity of these looks. To pull off tousled waves, I’ve found that it’s best to stock up on bobby pins and styling cream like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Glossing Cream, and to implement one of these two techniques: 

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Team Intros: Meet Kari!

Co-Founders Hayley and Katia are breathing a sigh of relief thanks to new team member, Executive Assistant Kari. She previously worked as the executive assistant for the Chairman & CEO of Michael Korsso needless to say, she knows what she’s doing. When the beauty-lover found herself storing her growing products collection in kitchen Tupperware, she knew it was time to make the switch from fashion to beauty. Now she single-handedly manages scheduling, press requests, event planning, photo shoots, and so much more all while looking insanely stylish. We’re so excited to have her aboard—even if it means stepping up our wardrobe game!

Name/Title: Kari Jones, Executive Assistant

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Packing List: Preparing for Baby!

We love babies around here (who doesn’t?) and a few months ago were thrilled to find out that our Production Manager Alicia was expecting a little peanut herself. The months have certainly flown by and baby will finally be arriving next week! Alicia has her hospital bag packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Since she’s working from home until the big day, we asked her to send us a picture of what she’s bringing. Here’s what she’s bringing so she’s comfortable and prepared for her new baby boy:

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The Best Smelling Hair Products Ever: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.

Almost as important as how well a hair product works is how it smells. Of all the products I’ve ever tried, here are my five absolute favorites:

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Win $180 worth of Oscar Blandi Products!

Photo: pinterest.com/birchbox/hair

Whether you spent Valentine’s Day with your beau or your girls we know one thing’s for sure: you made sure you looked good! And if you’re like us when we’re loving our look, you took pictures. Oscar Blandi is giving away $180 of haircare products to one lucky winner, and all you have to do is post a photo of your V-Day hairstyle on their Facebook page. Hurry up and post by clicking here and enter to win because the content ends on Friday!  

Rachel

Need some hair inspiration for your next big night out? Check out our Hair Board on Pinterest to browse styles, and then grab some Oscar Blandi Hair Lift or Oscar Blandi Salon Glaze to finish your look.