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My Top 10 Beauty Product Stocking Stuffers: Guest Blogger

Emily Loftiss, of Loftiss Says…, is a style and beauty maven who can take even the worst fashion debacle and make it a winning situation—who else could turn an old, too-small dress into an awesome style find from your own closet?  This week, she’s telling us her top shopping picks for the holidays, her 5-minute trick to scoring gorgeous night out makeup, and more.

Oh, it’s that time of year when you are looking for gifts for everyone from your bestie to your grandmother. Instead of buying her items that might just take up space and leave her unimpressed (mom, I still don’t forgive you for the orange in the foot of my stocking!) check out my fool proof list below. Grab even a few of these and I promise you’ll hit it out of the park!

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1. Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

This product is magical in every way—it gives you a gorgeous, healthy glow! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to have that golden look. Plus, the packets are perfect for traveling too!

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Tips from a Texas Beauty Queen: Guest Blogger

Girl Around Town co-founders, Leigh Evans and Mary Cunningham, created an online community for women to talk about the latest in fashion, beauty, food, and more. The site boasts jet-setting writers who are based in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, all of whom have the insider deets on the hottest things to do and see all over the globe.

You might think it’s stressful to have a friend who’s a crowned beauty queen—and okay, sometimes it is when you’re comparing your picture poses and smiles to hers—but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you’ll get tips on products that you might not always think about or prioritize. From nights out in New York City to semi-formal Southern weddings, we’ve spent hours in prep with our beauty queen bestie and picked up these regal tips.

1. Key beauty ingredient to know: Retinol. 
Mary is a very pale person, and has shied away from Retinol-filled creams for fear of a burn. But when used properly, the vitamin A derivative enhances the appearance of skin in the most important ways: it fights fine lines and sun spots, loosens blackheads, quells breakouts and helps shed pore-clogging dead skin cells, leaving complexions softer and more radiant.

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The Newest Target Collaborator? Prabal Gurung!

Come February, you’ll be able to dress like Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Zoe Saldanafor a fraction of the price! (Photo: stylecaster.com)

—Hallie

While you’re waiting to get your hands on the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection, feel free to take any of these popular Shu Uemura hair products for a spin! 

How To: Updated Fishtail

In the past we did a sweepstakes with Shu Uemura where we posted images of four different braid styles and let our Facebook fans vote for their favorite. The winning look was an off-to-the-side wrapped fishtail, so we traveled to see the stylist who created the look, Carter Todd at the John Barrett salon, to give us a step-by-step breakdown. Click through for the entire photo tutorial! 

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Team Intros: Meet Ops Girls!

With three new additions, our hard-working operations team just keeps growing and growing. Meet Anastasia who was an Admissions Counselor at Drew University, Christine who worked as a Club Coordinator at Flywheel, and Molly who recently graduated from Vassar College where she studied English and women’s studies. We’re so happy these bubbly ladies found their way to Birchbox—their positive spirits and can-do attitudes brighten the office. 

(Left to Right): Anastasia, Christine and Molly adding even more shine to our awesome ops team.

Name/Title: Anastasia Sailer, Operations Associate

Hometown: West Milford, NJ

Unofficial role: Trashy TV Junkie

Fun fact: I sang in an acappella group in college

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August Sneak Peek Video! Plus, Enter To Win

This month, we’€™re taking you to Beauty School with a collection of samples to help you stock up for the coming season. There aren’€™t any notebooks or pens, but you’€™ll find exciting new must-haves. Find out about some of the many samples in this month’€™s box—plus the details on our first ever Birchbox Find. 

And, since we know how much you love these Sneak Peeks, we’re giving you the chance to win every single full-size product featured in this video. Simply comment on our YouTube video page with your answer to Hayley’s question: “What beauty products are you stocking up on for fall?” Make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and we’ll notify the winner via YouTube message on 8/28. Can’t wait to hear from you!

—Lorelei

A new month means new products in the Birchbox Shop! Find out what we can’t wait to get our hands on this month!

Team Intros: Meet Deepica!

A proud Texas Longhorn, Deepica has brought a perky piece of the Lone Star state to the Birchbox office. Before we were lucky enough to snag her, Deepica worked at Victoria’s Secret in Columbus, Ohio.  We like to think our endless charm convinced her to move to New York, but we know it’s probably more to do with her undeniable love for and knowledge of all things beauty. The youngest of over 20 cousins (and those are only first cousins, mind you!), this gal knows how to stand out in a crowd with her bubbly demeanor, effortless style—and a hot, hot shade of lipstick, of course!

Name/Title:Deepica Mutyala, Brand Relationship Manager

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Unofficial role: Lipstick Queen

Fun fact: I was stranded in Barcelona while studying abroad—can’t really complain!

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Karl Lagerfeld For Shu Uemura Makeup Is Coming This Fall

Karl Lagerfeld will collaborate with Shu Uemura on a limited edition holiday makeup collection this fall. Photo: WWD

Karl Lagerfeld has been using Shu Uemura makeup for over 20 years—just not in the way you might think. Aside from his main gig at Chanel, the designer is also known for his illustrations, which often grace the fashion house’s invitations and press kits. Those illustrations are always created with Shu Uemura makeup. He told WWD he uses the brand’s products “because other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors.”

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Products I Can’t Quit: Founder Edition

Birchbox staffers have been known to play the beauty field. With so many fun samples floating around, can you blame us for having a hard time committing? Then again, when we find something we love, we stick to it. In this new feature, we’ll be asking Birchbox staffers to share the products they just can’t quit. First up, co-founder and braid guru, Katia.

Katia, Birchbox Co-founder

Beauty profile: Combination skin, thick and dry hair, adventurous/trendy.

Products I can’t quit:

  • Benefit They’re Real: Seriously obsessed. It is a magical mascara. Gives you drama without creating clumps, and doesn’t move all day. I love that it’s dark black, but still looks pretty and natural.
  • Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo: This smells amazing and deeply cleans without drying out my hair. I think I am producing less oil in my hair since starting to use it months ago.
  • Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: This peel-off treatment is so gratifying! Black is genius because you can see everything that happens (or comes off). It clears pores without the unwelcome drama of home extractions.
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz: I won’t leave home without this. It makes a huge difference and you can easily control how much of an impact (or lack of impact) you want to make.

Bonus! Latest discoveries: 

Meet some of the newest members of the Birchbox team here!