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The Birchbox BBQ Survival Kit

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The fourth of July means that we get two of our favorite summer activities packed into one day: 1. gorgeous fireworks and 2. endless BBQ. But as much as we would love to dive straight into the deliciousness of it all, we’ve got to be prepared for everything from stains to sunburns. To gear up for Independence Day festivities, we’ll be grabbing these products so our totes are prepped:

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Caffeine Can Affect Your Creativity, Instagram’s New Snazzy Video Feature, and More
It’s hard to start the day without a cup of joe. But if you’re in a particularly creative field, you may want to stay away from java. [Refinery 29]
As if we weren’t obsessed enough with Instagram, our favorite snapshot app just announced their new video feature. Animated selfies?! [CNN]
We know the usual suspects for split ends and discoloration (hi, chlorine) but according to a recent study, copper may be the biggest offender. [Allure]
Kim and Kanye’s baby name has finally been revealed—and it doesn’t start with a K. [CBS News]
Still confused about the recently updated FDA regulations on SPF and “broad spectrum”? Here’s what it means for all that sun protection in your makeup. [New York Times]
—Geraldine
Speaking of Instagram, check out Birchbox’s very first Instavid.

Caffeine Can Affect Your Creativity, Instagram’s New Snazzy Video Feature, and More

—Geraldine

Speaking of Instagram, check out Birchbox’s very first Instavid.

How I Learned to Love (and Protect!) My Sunburn-Prone Complexion

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Like most women, I’ve spent maybe a few too many hours obsessing over my skin—from a microscopic broken capillary to a misplaced freckle, even the tiniest flaw seems worthy of my criticism. But the one characteristic that irked me the most? My alabaster skin tone

During my awkward teen years, I lived in sunny and tropical Venezuela. Thanks to an endless supply of pink sand beaches and 365 days of perfect weather, tanning is practically a Venezuelan national pastime. While that might sound lovely, bikini season all-day, everyday is pretty much a 13-year-old girl’s worst nightmare. 

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Miley Cyrus’s Hair Transformation, Easy Braided Updo Tutorial, Experts Answer Your Top SPF Questions, and 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 you need to read this weekend.
The Great Miley Cyrus Hair Transformation: From Hannah Montana blonde to a seriously short buzz cut, here’s a comprehensive Miley hairstyle retrospective.
Easy Braided Updo Tutorial: If you can do a basic braid, you can do this gorgeous wedding-ready style in just 10 minutes.
A Visual Guide to Mastering Man Bracelets: When temperatures rise and your sleeves roll up, it’s important to know how to expertly accessorize your wrists.
Ask Us Anything: SPF: In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, we had 3 experts weigh in and answer your top questions about SPF. 
Patrick Stewart’s Passionate Speech Against Domestic Violence: We love Patrick Stewart, and we applaud the thespian for his eloquent answer to a fan’s question about the importance of standing up to domestic violence.
—Bre
June begins Saturday! See what we’ll be up to this month in our June Agenda.

Miley Cyrus’s Hair Transformation, Easy Braided Updo Tutorial, Experts Answer Your Top SPF Questions, and 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 you need to read this weekend.

  • Ask Us Anything: SPF: In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, we had 3 experts weigh in and answer your top questions about SPF. 

—Bre

June begins Saturday! See what we’ll be up to this month in our June Agenda.

Packing List: Heading to Guatemala with Pencils of Promise!

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Earlier this year, we gave you an update on the Pencils of Promise school that we built in Pasebeyena, Guatemala. The three-classroom school has been open since December 13th, and this weekend Katia, Hayley, and I are getting the (amazing) opportunity to visit it. The phenomenal PoP team has put together a jam-packed itinerary for us, including community visits, cultural activities (Lema weaving classes!), and of course plenty of time with the school staff and students. (We’ll also be zip-lining—eek!)

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The Birchbox school in Pasebeyena, Guatemala, right after completion!

We’ve already been studying our pre-departure packets, which has handy information on the local currency and slang, and grabbing SPF samples off Birchbox staffers’ desks. In addition to snacks and bathing suits, here are some of the items the three of us will be packing:

Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial TowelettesSingle-use wipes are to travel what sprinkles are to ice cream—that is, non-negotiable. We’re fans of Yes To’s oil-free wipes for their citrusy scent and gentle, but satisfying exfoliating effect.

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So You Think You’re a Sunscreen Expert?
We know our readers are a smart bunch—but we’d bet that even the most sun-savvy folks still have a few things that they could learn about sun protection and SPF.
Case in point: Earlier this month we met with the founder of Supergoop!  and sunscreen expert, Holly Thaggard. She set us straight about some common SPF myths including how long sunscreen really lasts, and the truth about using water-resistant formulas. Before you venture outside this weekend, watch the video below to brush up on any tips you may not have known:

—Lorelei
Shop our favorite Supergoop! products in the Birchbox Shop this weekend.

So You Think You’re a Sunscreen Expert?

We know our readers are a smart bunch—but we’d bet that even the most sun-savvy folks still have a few things that they could learn about sun protection and SPF.

Case in point: Earlier this month we met with the founder of Supergoop!  and sunscreen expert, Holly Thaggard. She set us straight about some common SPF myths including how long sunscreen really lasts, and the truth about using water-resistant formulas. Before you venture outside this weekend, watch the video below to brush up on any tips you may not have known:

—Lorelei

Shop our favorite Supergoop! products in the Birchbox Shop this weekend.

Outdoor Beauty Essentials
Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
(Photo: Casey Liu)

Outdoor Beauty Essentials

Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

(Photo: Casey Liu)

Let Kelly Osborne Serve As A Cautionary Tale—Slather Up! 
Nothing makes my skin crawl quite like seeing someone with a bad sunburn. As a fair skinned person myself, I’ve been there before. Aside from a bad burn being incredibly uncomfortable—little things like putting on a bra can be agony—you also feel major remorse that you’ve done irrevocable damage to your skin. (Oh, and let’s not forget the post-burn peeling. Ick.)  
I got that same slightly nauseated feeling when I saw this pic that Kelly Osborne tweeted the other day with the hastag #Imsmart. I turned my own sun protection corner in 2004 after a particularly traumatic burn while in the Bahamas on spring break, and haven’t suffered another burn since. When I see a picture like Kelly’s it makes me wonder why more people aren’t as on top of sun protection as they could be. While everyone makes the occasional mistake, we all know by now just how important SPF is. To keep yourself from suddenly finding yourself lobster red, here are a couple of my favorite SPF products, plus a must-watch primer on the lesser-known facts of sunscreen. When it comes to your skin, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Coola SPF 45 Sport: This water-resistant sweat-proof formula is great for the beach or any outdoor activity. I particularly love this one because it’s completely hypoallergenic and moisturizes with a blend of organic botanicals. 
Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum: All the antiaging benefits of a serum, plus SPF 30. This is my day-to-day go-to because it’s exceptionally lightweight and perfect under makeup. 
Supergoop!® Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream: My new favorite thing. I tend to avoid my eye area when applying sunscreen, and this targeted cream ensures that I protect the most sensitive area of my face. 
—Meredith
And here’s even more info on SPF if you want to be really sun savvy. 

Let Kelly Osborne Serve As A Cautionary Tale—Slather Up! 

Nothing makes my skin crawl quite like seeing someone with a bad sunburn. As a fair skinned person myself, I’ve been there before. Aside from a bad burn being incredibly uncomfortablelittle things like putting on a bra can be agonyyou also feel major remorse that you’ve done irrevocable damage to your skin. (Oh, and let’s not forget the post-burn peeling. Ick.)  

I got that same slightly nauseated feeling when I saw this pic that Kelly Osborne tweeted the other day with the hastag #Imsmart. I turned my own sun protection corner in 2004 after a particularly traumatic burn while in the Bahamas on spring break, and haven’t suffered another burn since. When I see a picture like Kelly’s it makes me wonder why more people aren’t as on top of sun protection as they could be. While everyone makes the occasional mistake, we all know by now just how important SPF is. To keep yourself from suddenly finding yourself lobster red, here are a couple of my favorite SPF products, plus a must-watch primer on the lesser-known facts of sunscreen. When it comes to your skin, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

  • Coola SPF 45 Sport: This water-resistant sweat-proof formula is great for the beach or any outdoor activity. I particularly love this one because it’s completely hypoallergenic and moisturizes with a blend of organic botanicals. 
  • Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum: All the antiaging benefits of a serum, plus SPF 30. This is my day-to-day go-to because it’s exceptionally lightweight and perfect under makeup. 
  • Supergoop!® Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream: My new favorite thing. I tend to avoid my eye area when applying sunscreen, and this targeted cream ensures that I protect the most sensitive area of my face. 

—Meredith

And here’s even more info on SPF if you want to be really sun savvy. 

SPF Myths, How to Pick Your Bridesmaid Dress, French Style icons, and 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 you need to read this weekend.

  • How to Choose Your Own Bridesmaid DressOn bridesmaid duty this wedding season? If you’re one of the lucky ladies who gets to pick her own dress, here are 4 tips from Lover.ly to help you navigate the (sometimes sticky) experience.
  • Birchbox Agenda: April 2013: We know you’re totally busy. So we found all the latest and greatest things to eat, see, and try in April and put it into a single reference guide. From Mad Men to an exclusive Physique 57 code, here’s what we’ll be up to this month.
  • Roger Ebert’s Twenty Best Reviews: In honor of the passing of our favorite film critic, enjoy this list of Roger Ebert’s twenty best reviews of the best and worst movies.

Feeling out of the loop on the latest news? Catch up on everything you need to know with our morning must reads.

A Multitasker After My Heart (with SPF 45 to Boot!)

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Something to know about me: if we go out to eat together, I’ll assume we are sharing everything and that your dinner is communal. And in the same way that I’m notorious for swiping forkfuls of baked rigatoni or apple crisp, I’m also known for pattering over to Birchbox editors’ desks and idly playing with whatever new products might be laying around. Luckily, my team knows how to share.

Recently, I picked Shiseido’s new Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector off of Candice’s desk. (I asked first!) I was intrigued because the formula seemed too good to be true: oil-free, sheer coverage, antiaging ingredients that undo existing damage, and water-resistant SPF 43. Not to mention the fact that I love all manner of tinted moisturizers and BB Creams. Motto: the fewer makeup steps in the morning, the better!

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