At the end of a long week (or in the middle of a particularly tough week), there’s nothing more relaxing than a warm soak in the tub. Lucky for us, the gents of Birchbox Man have rounded up 7 products and practices to transform a utilitarian loo into a sumptuous spa—or at least a significantly more relaxing place to get your pamper on.
The Perfect Sock Bun Tool, Fighting Frizzy Hair, BBQ Essentials, & More: Reading List
We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.
Frizz Frenzy: Summer humidity never fails to turn a good hair day into a bad hair day. Whether our hair is straight or curly, the moist, sticky air always manages to bring out the worst. Here are our top solutions for fighting the frizz.
5 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home: Pamper yourself this weekend with one of these simple, but effective at-home treatments. Not only are they luxurious and nourishing, but with all the dough you’ll save, you’ll definitely be able to afford that extra bottle of champagne.
4 Unexpected Summer BBQ Essentials: From all-natural hand wipes to bold platters, these items take the basics to a whole new level. Step up your game and you’re sure to be the belle of backyard bbqs.
What Sleeping in Your Makeup Does To Your Skin [Daily Mail UK]: It’s essential to remove our makeup before bed, and for the most part, we do. But for those days when you feel too tired or lazy to cleanse, the results of this mini experiment will get you right back on track.
Every weekend, I look forward to going back home to semi-upstate New York and winding down after a long week in NYC. While I love the hustle and bustle of the city, nothing beats returning to crisp air, green grass, and the sound of nature. The two days I’m home I take my R&R very seriously. I know I don’t have the time or money (the woes of a college student) to spend at a spa so my pampering days are spent in the comfort of home. Get ready to light some candles and put on some soothing music because here are a few of my favorite ways to relax and recharge for any day of the week!
1. How To: Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea
As a huge tea connoisseur, the very first thing I do to unwind is fix myself a cup of tea. This video shows me how to brew the perfect cup since there’s nothing worse than ending up with bitter or weak tea.
Birchbox staffers Jamie and Lorelei enjoying the chic Caudalie Spa at the Plaza Hotel.
Last night, we teamed up with one of our favorite brands, Caudalie, to throw an awesome event for our New York subscribers. Tri-borough area Birchboxers had the chance to score eye treatments, head and arm massages, and oxygen infusion facials—plus, an opportunity to meet the company’s founders, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas—at Caudalie’s Vinotherapie Spa in the Plaza Hotel.
We were excited to see so many gorgeous members in attendance (ladies, you make up one stylish crowd)! But the extra-exciting moment for us editors was sitting down with Mathilde and Bertrand to find out their favorite summer beauty trends, and the product that they just can’t stop talking about. Click through to see pics from the event and find out about Caudalie’s hottest new product!
New York already has its fair share of outstanding bathhouses—from the old school Russian & Turkish Baths in the East Village to the near-mythical Spa Castle in Queens. Or so I’ve heard. To tell you the truth, I’ve steered clear of these institutions in the past because the idea of communal spa-going has always conjured up images of bumping knees with naked strangers in overcrowded Jacuzzis. But I think I’ve finally found a bathhouse that satisfies my desire for semi-privacy: the AIRE Ancient Baths, a candelit haven that opened in a converted Tribeca textile factory last month.
In my former life, I did a lot of spa reviews. (Tough gig, I know.) In the space of a few years, I went from being a newbie who had never had a facial to a veteran who could easily parse the differences between thalassotherapy and hot stone massage. During that time, traditional Ayurvedic spa therapies became a huge trend, both in luxe Indian retreats and much closer to home. What I love about these types of treatments and products is that they take a holistic approach to healing, focusing not just on topical ingredients but also on how your diet, exercise, and mental state affect how you look and feel.
Some guys use whatever soap is in the shower. Others carefully consider the field and select the best option. Eric, our resident grooming god, falls in the latter camp. Once a week, he’ll be sharing his product findings and lifestyle tips.
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t a full spa day, but I did spend a lovely afternoon with the ladies behind Olìe Biologique at their recent trunk show at Equinox. This brand (pronounced “Oh-lee Bee-oh-loh-jeek”) is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
Between the party-hopping, the nonstop feasting, and the daylong shopping expeditions, it’s near impossible to find time to unwind during the holidays. If you’re in New York this Saturday, stop by the Birchbox Discovery Shop in Chelsea for some much-needed R & R with the talented spa therapists from Caudalie.
I’m in Los Angeles this week for a mini media tour — editor dinners, blogger breakfasts, Birchbox members’ party, oh my! In between the events and the driving traffic, I’ve also been doing my beauty research. Yesterday, I field tripped to Santa Monica to visit Jurlique at their lovely store. The small boutique carries their entire catalog, which means you could spend hours playing with different skincare products. There is also a single treatment room where you can try one of their signature facials. Sara LaBree, their phenomenal store manager and aesthetician, gave me a crash course in their different protocols (in addition to an amazing facial).
Jurlique is all about rebalancing and optimizing your skin — they don’t want to completely change anything, just fine tune anything that is out of whack. Accordingly, all of their facials are effective without being harsh — you won’t walk out looking like an angry tomato. I’m not usually one to talk during spa treatments (in fact, I’ve been known to fall asleep), but I started geeking out about the ingredients in the products. Fun fact: Jurlique’s Purely Age Defying line uses marine-based ingredients like rock samphire that work like retinols without any of the harsh side effects. In addition to being smart about ingredients, they’re also smart about application: all of their facials use the Clarisonic to ensure that skin is perfectly prepped for the masks, serums, and creams that follow. By the end of my treatment, I felt smarter and, more importantly, my skin looked fresh and awake.
Did you know Jurlique grows the majority of its ingredients on a 153-acre farm in South Australia? Yeah, we think that’s pretty cool, too.