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A Curl Gel Without the Crunch

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A quick census of Birchbox HQ reveals a surprisingly high percentage of curly-haired staffers. The abundance of ringlets often sparks office-wide conversations about how best to manage curly hair. Though my own hair is straight, I’ve been privy to insider styling tactics for quite some time now. The number one item on everyone’s agenda? Finding a styling gel that doesn’t leave hair stiff and crunchy—you know, the look that many curly-haired girls wore before they knew any better. After testing just about every gel on the market, many of my co-workers agreed that Miss Jessie’s brand new Jelly Soft Curls gets the award. Some of you will be receiving it in your boxes this month, and it’s available exclusively in the Birchbox shop until July! There are a ton of reasons we love this clear gel, but here’s the Sparknotes version:

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A Lipstick Lover’s New Best Friend

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I’m a lipstick girl through and through. I’ve become an expert at eating a full meal while maintaining a perfect red lip and can spot MAC’s Russian Red a mile away. But despite my obsession, wearing lipstick all day can be exhausting. Sometimes I just want a quick swipe of color that I don’t have to meticulously reapply in the mirror every few hours. Lip gloss seems like the obvious answer, but my memories of sticky and overly shiny glosses from middle school didn’t encourage me to pick up a tube any time soon. 

However, I was recently urged to give LipFusion Infatuation Lip Fattener a try and I have to confess that I’ve had this lip gloss thing all wrong. This game changer is nothing like its early 2000s predecessors and definitely deserves a spot next to my favorite lipsticks in my beauty lineup. If you’re not a fan of lipgloss now, you might have a change of heart because some of you will be receiving this in your May Birchbox!

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An Unstoppable Fan Favorite: Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle

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From cropped Amélie-style bangs to Mad Men-inspired red, my hair is always a work in progress. But as a result of my locks’ chameleon-like nature, I’m constantly battling split ends, tricky knots, and dryness. Thankfully, I’ve got a top-notch product in my corner that tackles it all: Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle.

Developed by a seasoned stylist, this paraben- and sulfate-free detangler seals in moisture, safeguards color, and adds major shine. Plus, the lightweight mist also provides protection against UV rays and heat.

Like most beauty editors, when I discover a product I love, I like to think it’s my little secret. But it turns out that I’m not the only one who’s fallen for Beauty Protector’s charms.

Since launching exclusively in the Birchbox Shop, beauty bloggers, YouTube gurus, and subscribers have been buzzing about the heavenly scented elixir’s hair-transforming powers. Take a look at these rave reviews from our customers:

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The Only Blush You’ll Need This Year

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For the longest time, I didn’t know how to wear blush—in fact, I was afraid of it. My blushophobia had me convinced that I would end up with two red circles on my cheeks that would run and smear down my face. It was a shame because I knew on an abstract level that blush (when used right) can liven up a complexion faster than any other makeup staple. Luckily, this story has a happy ending: I discovered Cargo’s Water Resistant Blush, which some of you will be getting in your boxes this month. Now I’ve been showing off my cheek color every day—and I haven’t been felt the need to check a mirror every two seconds. 

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