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What’s On My Desk, From Lara of The Glossarie: Guest Blogger

A self-proclaimed beauty addict and over-the-top girly girl, Lara Ramos has been dedicated to living a pretty lifestyle since birth. Her blog, The Glossarie, highlights ground-breaking beauty products and little laid-back luxuries. This week, in Lara’s second appearance as a guest blogger, she shares the newest items that have caught her eye and her personal must-haves.

Take a peek at my desk and you’re sure to see a bundle of beauty products that changes from one day to the next. This week, it’s littered with four products awaiting their turn for the top spot on The Glossarie.

1. Murad Gentle Acne Treatment Gel is currently serving as my night cream. It’s been perfect to help heal my summer breakouts quickly, without wreaking havoc on the healthy skin on my face.

2. Basq Cucumber Tea Soothing Eye Gel is a saving grace for tired, sun-soaked skin. It’s cooling and instantly fights swelling and puffiness. Tip: Store it in the fridge for an energizing boost.

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Guest Blogger: Inspired by Balmain

A style force to be reckoned with, Sara Zucker is well known for providing daily outfit inspiration and scoping out incredible finds via her Tumblr, Farpitzs (which is the Yiddish word for ‘all dressed up,’ just in case you were curious). As if being one of the most popular fashion voices in the blogosphere wasn’t time consuming enough, the well-heeled trendsetter also happens to be Glamour Magazine’s community manager. Lucky for us, she was able to make some time in her busy schedule to guest blog for us this week. Check back daily as Zucker shares everything from her favorite fall trends to what’s in her cosmetics bag.

1. RevitaLash Lash Conditioner, $150, birchbox.com; 2. Stila Glamoureyes Mascara, $22, birchbox.com; 3. RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Solar, $28, birchbox.com

For a beauty look that is simple to recreate and on-trend for the season, I looked toward the Balmain spring 2011 runway. The brand is known for its bad-ass leather pieces, but the models were painted in tame, ultra-wearable cosmetic colors. Hair was kept sleek and smooth in order to highlight the main event: the eyes. To create something similar to the Balmain catwalkers, use a lash conditioner to encourage eyelash growth, brush lashes with a few coats of voluminous black mascara, and add a shimmery, champagne-colored shadow.

For more products to give you a runway look, check out our Birchbox Shop.

Revitalash: The Full Report

Apologies are in order. For all three of you who were breathlessly following our RevitaLash/Chia Pet Grow-Off: it was a failure. We killed our Chia. After weeks of negligence (and, truth be told, a bit of mockery), the Chia gave up the good fit and shriveled up entirely. The good news: RevitaLash is much easier to maintain than a Chia Pet. More good news: RevitaLash is crazy effective at getting lashes to grow longer, healthier, and thicker. Here’s what a few of our Birchboxers have to say:

Jenna, Marketing Manager: “I’ve been using it for three weeks. I’ve definitely seen a change — my lashes are longer and fuller. And I’ve gotten compliments on my lashes! I went for a facial and the aesthetician said my lashes were fabulous. I remember every night to put it on because I put it in front of my night cream, so I see it when I go to apply!”

Katia, Co-Founder: “I used it for four weeks and the change was insane. I feel like I barely need mascara, and I’m less needy about eyeliner. I keep it out by my toothpaste so I remember to apply before bed.”

Mollie, Director of Content: “Honestly I kept forgetting to put it on, and then I tried putting it on in the morning, which I know is a no-no. The amazing thing is, I only managed to apply it consistently for a week and I still saw a difference. It was more the thickness that I noticed, but then when I applied mascara I definitely had a more impressive lash fringe. Pretty cool.”

Pick up RevitaLash and other eye lengtheners in our Shop.

Learn how to make your peepers look big and bright with our eye-opening guide.

The Great Grow-Off: Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Great RevitaLash/Chia Pet Grow-Off, in which we pit a lab-approved lash growth formula against an adorable ceramic hippo covered in seeds. Let’s check in on both contestants:

RevitaLash

Time elapsed: Two weeks. We’ve been using RevitaLash for the past two weeks. Since the formula reaches maximum growth in six to eight weeks, that puts solidly in the “We should be seeing results” time period. And we have!

Observations: There has been a definite difference in each of our lashes, which corresponds directly with our level of consistency in application. (Unsurprisingly, Katia and Alta are the most diligent, while Hayley and I are the absent-minded users.) Katia’s lashes are conspicuously longer, while even I noticed that my usually nonexistent lashes looked thicker and more curvy. I vow to apply my RevitaLash nightly.

Major Milestone: This morning I thought about not wearing mascara because my lashes looked pretty good. But they’re not quite there yet - maybe at week four.

Chia Pet

Time elapsed: One week. Chia Pets are known to sprout almost immediately so we handicapped the contest and gave RevitaLash a week head start.

Observations: Chia, or RevitaHippo, as we’ve been calling it, is pretty cute. Chia seeds, which is what you sprinkle all over the ceramic creature, are extremely messy. After a sluggish first couple days, the hippo has started to germinate and now is 80 percent seed, 20 percent tiny green tendrils.

Major Milestone: The first green sprout on day five. Weekends are a big growth time for the Chia.