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10 Mix-and-Match Products For Traveling: Guest Blogger

We’re devoted fans of all things polish in the Birchbox offices, so of course Gina Galullo’s nail polish blog, Prim and Polished, caught our eye. A lawyer-by-day and a lacquer connoisseur-by-night, Galullo posts thoughtful reviews of new shades along with colorful swatches, so even novice polish-wearers have an insider’s guide to the prettiest hues. This week, she shares the products she can’t live without, plus the work-appropriate shades you can even rock in your cubicle.

Pictured: 1. Skin 79 Hot Pink BB Cream 2. Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel 3. Revlon Color Stay Whipped Cream Foundation 4. NYX Powder Blush in Pinkie 5. Milani Liquif’eye in Black 6. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Black 7. Too Faced Shadow Insurance 8. Wet n’ Wild Vanity Palette 9. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells 10. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick.

Not only do I love nail polish but I love makeup as well. It can be difficult to decide what to pack sometimes when traveling, so I wanted to show you what I brought on a recent cruise.

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How To Get a Perfect Red Lip: Guest Vlogger

This week we have a special treat in store for all of our blog readers: a guest vlogger! Our latest video star is none other than YouTube guru Rachel Martino. A Brooklyn resident, she excels at hair, makeup, all things personal style, and, oh, French, too. (Fun fact: she has a separate YouTube channel en Francais!) Check back each day this week for more from this multitalented fashion and beauty maven. 

Be sure to check Rachel out on her blog, twitter, her Youtube channel, and her French YouTube channel!

The Votes Are In: You’re So Over Ombre Highlights and Nail Art

Earlier this month, we revealed the results of Beauty Pulse Survey, including the trend that respondents were most excited about (beachy waves, duh). But what about the meh factor? Respondents said that they are totally over ombre highlights and nail art—the trends tied, each with 22 percent of the vote. That said, the Birchbox community is generally trend-loving, with 36 percent of respondents still psyched about all the trends we listed. If you’re ready for something new, we have suggestions for you.

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How I Learned to Wear Red Lips: Guest Blogger

Raw and honest, Rachel Wilkerson’s blog, The Life & Lessons of Rachel Wilkerson, is captivating and heartfelt. Covering the trials and tribulations of her personal life, her blog gives advice on everything from the serious (like moving house, which is so stressful) to the mundane (fun nail art!) and everything in between. We appreciate anyone that keeps it real the way she does, so we’re excited to have her as this week’s guest blogger. 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved iconic red lips. But loving red lips is different from wearing (and rocking) red lips. Here’s how I learned to pull them off.

1988. My dad gives me an acting kit with waxy stage makeup pencils in blue, black, red, and white. I request red lips and a beauty mark. A three-year-old with red lips? Alas, the lips are wearing me and not the other way around.

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Time to Tangerine Tango: Guest Blogger

Our latest guest blogger, Ally of Allyson in Wonderland, is an oil and gas professional with a serious eye for great finds. We can’t get enough of her gorgeously crafted blog, where she shares her love for style, travel, and photography. This week she’s giving us a peek into her personal beauty treasure chest—and we’re taking notes.

From the top left and clockwise: Joie ‘Alicia D’ Tank in Gypsy Red/Blood, YSL Rouge Pur Couture - #13 Le Orange, Equipment Slim Signature Blonde, YSL Rouge Volupté #13 – Peach Passion

A few months ago, Tangerine Tango was declared 2012 Pantone Color of the Year. It’s a bright reddish-orange that looks amazing when mixed with other colors, especially coral. I’ve been trying to brighten up my wardrobe and this poptastic shade was just what I needed.

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Jennifer Lopez Rocks Summer’s Deep Red Lip Trend

Photo: zimbio.com

Last night, at the What to Expect When You’re Expecting premiere, J.Lo rocked a gorgeous set of deep mauve lips with a bronze smoky eye. Not so long ago we predicted that the normally wintry deep red hue would be a hot new trend for spring and summer, so we were excited to see one of our favorite pop culture icons showing off this extra bold look.

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Join Us In Celebrating International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day! To bring more attention to the holiday, new movement #RockTheLips is trying to get one million women to wear red lipstick today. The Birchbox staff is definitely doing its part to spread the word, just take a look at all the ladies of our office sporting crimson puckers—and the men are even showcasing kiss marks on their cheeks!

Tweet at us with a picture of yourself in your favorite red lipstick using hashtag #RockTheLips and we’ll add you to our Pinterest board!

- Rachel

Anyone can wear red lips, you just need to find the right shade.  

Emmy Rossum is a Vision in a Vampy Red Lip

Photo: fashionfame.com

Emmy Rossum is always one to watch on the red carpet—the girl’s got style!—but her ensemble for the second season premiere of Shameless last week was especially stellar. Channeling the roaring ’20s with her fingerwaves and flashy flapper-esque Ralph Lauren dress, she looked head-to-toe perfect. My favorite touch? Her intense burgundy lip color. Wine-hued pouts were a huge runway trend for this winter season, but many starlets opt for the obvious cherry shade when hitting the red carpet. Rossum’s deviation from the norm was eye-catching and her deep berry hue lends a modern touch to an otherwise very retro look. 

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The Red Lipstick Spectrum: Party Essentials

We’re less than a week away from New Year’s Eve, which means you better start stocking up on noisemakers and kitschy party hats now. Whether you’re spending the night at home with your besties or going to a glitzy bash, you’ll want to look even more gorgeous than usual. (After all, if New Year’s Eve is good for anything, it’s photo ops!) This week, we’re helping you out with five days of party essentials. Today’s topic: getting a gorgeous flush.

Photos: Style.com

Whenever I am getting ready for an event or party, I am inevitably running late. Since I refuse to attend any sort of fete without styled hair (ie: blown dry) and a cute outfit (why does this part always take so long?), it is my makeup that usually pays the price. Enter my biggest time-saver: Red lipstick

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