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Guest Blogger: Top 5 Fall Beauty Trends

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.  Deborah Lippman in Don’t Tell Mama, $16, lippmanncollection.com 2. Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil, $22, birchbox.com 3. Phyto 7 Daily Hair Mask, $26, birchbox.com 4. Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Coconut, $25, birchbox.com 5. Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Crime, $18, birchbox.com

Sure, it’s 90 degrees outside, but stores are beginning to put fall merchandise into full view. It is so strange to be pulling on tank tops and tiny shorts to avoid sweating on the subway and then suddenly, it’s time to start thinking about next season! By September, I have finally come to grips with the inevitable cooler temperatures and when the foliage starts to change, so does my beauty routine. I reflect the chillier weather in the nail colors that I wear by veering toward shimmery jewel tones like plum, emerald, and navy blue. And since my wardrobe perpetually borders on neutral overload, a deep saturated lip color is the perfect way to add brightness to any gray, black, tan, or ivory look I create.

Another major necessity for fall? A berry-hued cheek stain like RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Promise

Guest Blogger: My Favorite Cosmetic Bags

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.


Clockwise from top: Orla Kiely, $110, endless.com; The SAK, $24, amazon.com; Mulberry, $130, mulberry.com; Julie Apple, $28, amazon.com

I don’t travel much, but when I do, my favorite tip is to use a cosmetic bag as a clutch. It cuts down on the amount that you need to pack, there are so many different styles on the market, and by doubling its use, I don’t mind spending a bit more on one (though you can easily snag them for free with purchase at many beauty counters in department stores). My favorites are punchy, patterned versions that add an instant pop of personality to any outfit. 

We love bright makeup bags, too. Check out some of our faves here.

Guest Blogger: What’s In My Makeup Bag

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.Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid, $45, amazon.com; 2. philosophy purity made simple one-step facial cleanser, $32, birchbox.com; 3. Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls, $32, amazon.com; 4.Nars Orgasm Illuminator, $29, birchbox.com; 5.Sephora Collection Brow Tint, $3, amazon.com

Being a fashion and beauty blogger, I am constantly being asked what cosmetics I always have on hand. It’s a hard question to answer because I love to experiment and I’m pretty non-committal, so there isn’t one particular product that I’ve used for more than a couple years. Nevertheless, my makeup bag is home to multiple curl-enhancing hair cremes — I loathe the crunchiness that gel creates — and dark lip colors. I also like to accentuate my eyebrows with a tint or brow powder.

To add some more great items to your makeup bag, check out our Birchbox Shop.

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.

Guest Blogger: A Totally Easy Summer Look

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. Amika Obliphica Curl Defining Cream, $24, birchbox.com; 2. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, $30, birchbox.com; 3. Japonesque Tweezers, $20, birchbox.com; 4. Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Lipstick Treatment, $20, birchbox.com

With the summer heat at its highest in decades, Manhattanites such as myself (and the Birchbox team!) are clinging to tried-and-true ways to stay sweat-free. It’s a lofty goal, I’ll admit. But after seeing the image of the girl above, I was inspired to come up with a new hassle-free warm weather beauty look. Generally speaking, when temperatures soar, I strive to keep my makeup to a minimum, sticking to only a light tinted moisturizer and a bold lipstick. Of course, well-groomed brows are a must when you don’t have much else going on. And I also tend to use just one product on my hair when it’s hot to keep the curls bouncy and to prevent buildup, which can lead to a greasy mane.

For more great summer products, check out the Birchbox Shop.