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Team Intros: Meet Kelly!

Aside from being talented and having worked at a startup before, Kelly fits right in at Birchbox for another reason: she loves to snack. Ah, a girl after our own hearts. We must also admit that it’s pretty fantastic to have yet another staffer with enviable hair — Kelly is a daily source of inspiration because her ‘do hasn’t looked anything less than perfect even once since she started. Sure, it might just be good genes, but we still plan to ask her for her blowout secret sometime in the near future.

Kelly Reynolds, PR Manager

Hometown: New York, NY

Unofficial Role: Herder of Cats

Fun fact: I’m a snack-food addict and usually found raiding the Lucky Charms stash in the Birchbox kitchen.  

Beauty confession: I’m terrible at remembering to remove my eye makeup at night. 

Currently loving: Our limited edition Here Comes the Bride box. As a recently engaged girl, this is at the top of my bridal shower wish list (hint hint!).

Worth the splurge: Tinted moisturizer. It’s the one thing I always have on.

Best beauty trick: Fill in your brows! It makes a bare face look polished. 

Excellent advice! Pick up some arch-grooming advice in our Brow Quick Fix.

Team Intros: Meet Dan!

We’re a little behind on team intros, so prepare yourself for a barrage of new names and faces to learn. Today’s awesome staffer: Dan Zeehandelaar, our Strategy and Operations Manager. (That’s code for: He makes things work.) Not only does Dan have a pretty awesome last name, he’s also a licensed pilot and an expert on fancy coffee beans. We’re still working on beefing up his grooming know-how.

Dan Zeehandelaar, Strategy and Operations Manager

Hometown: Villanova, PA

Unofficial Title: Fun Czar.

Fun fact: I fly airplanes!

Beauty confession: I use the same soap on my body as on my face.

Currently loving: The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil.

Worth the splurge: A hot shave at the barbershop

Grooming product that most baffles you: About 50 percent of them.

Team Intros: Meet Deena!

You may or may not have noticed, but we’ve been a little behind on our team intros. Deena came to us from Gilt a few months ago to lead our marketing team and is revolutionizing the way we do things. Somehow, after hours spent working on customer acquisition, search advertising, and Google Analytics, she has time to be a rockstar mom of two and a yoga instructor! We’re not sure how she does it, but we’re definitely jealous of her ability to stay Zen while working in such a fast-paced office! 

Deena Bahri, VP Marketing

Hometown: Wyckoff, New Jersey

Beauty confession: I don’t own a blow dryer. Or foundation.

Currently loving: Deborah Lippmann thanks to Birchbox! I was not a nail polish girl before I encountered her products. But for the last four weeks, my nails have been painted in the most outrageous colors and I can’t stop staring at them.

Worth the splurge: Korres Showergel in Guava. It may not get you cleaner than regular soap, but it sure makes you smell delicious. 

Best beauty trick: I use my eyebrow brush on my eyelashes post-mascara application to help separate and soften my look.

Team Intros: Meet Alicia!

We’ve mentioned Alicia on our blog in the past (she has a killer vanity stuffed with products), but we haven’t officially introduced her yet. It’s only been a couple months, but we can’t even remember how we managed to get our work done without her. Not only does she kick butt at creating our product pages and articles, but she also comes from six years at Estee Lauder, which means she is in-the-know about beauty. (But we like to think we’re showing her a few new tricks, too.)

Alicia, Production Manager

Hometown: Toms River, NJ. (It’s claim to fame is that it’s home to the 1998 Little League Champions and currently featured on The Jersey Shore.)

Fun fact: I can whip you up some awesome Thai Curry. I love Thai cuisine and even took cooking classes while in Thailand last year.

Beauty confession: Up until a few years ago, my makeup only consisted of eyeliner and concealer. These days though, I am an full blown addict.

Currently loving: Essie’s Trophy Wife polish.

Worth the splurge: Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I put it on a huge burn scar on my arm and it’s now virtually unnoticeable. If that’s what it can do for a pesky mark, imagine what it can do for your face!

Best beauty trick: I put eye primer on my lips before applying lipstick. I use Estee Lauder’s Stay-In-Place EyeShadow Base.

Team Intros: Meet Charlie!

Our creative team has gone from a one-woman show to a two-person force, thanks to our new graphic designer, Charlie. (Yippee, Jess finally has some company!) If we had to sum up what Charlie does in a nutshell: she makes things look pretty. Very pretty. From creating eye-catching newsletters to helping source beautiful imagery for content to assisting with our recent redesign, she wears many artsy hats and we ♥ her.

Charlie, Graphic Designer

Hometown: Dix Hills, NY

Fun fact: I’m thoroughly obsessed with Mad Men. I dyed my hair red last Halloween as an ode to Joan and I kept it that way.

Beauty confession: The entire year before my wedding, I washed and conditioned my hair with horse shampoo and conditioner because a stylist at a salon told me it would make my hair grow faster.

Currently loving: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio.

Worth the splurge: Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque.

Best beauty trick: Dry Shampoo! Lately I’ve been using Blow Faux Dry Shampoo and I love it.

Startup 101: Birchbox + Evisors Webinar this Friday

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been in business for almost a year — eep! We don’t feel like we have all the answers but we have learned a lot over the past months. And we’re willing to share! We’re teaming up with Evisors, an online marketplace for advisors and advice-seekers (very cool - check it out!) for a special online chat. Tomorrow, July 29th, Birchbox co-founders Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna will be participating in a live webinar about entrepreneurship and startup careers

Now’s your chance to ask them your most burning startup questions — How do you write a business plan? What’s the best to scale? Should you do Happy Hour on Thursdays or Fridays?

Come chat with us tomorrow from 10-11am!

Team Intros: Special Ops

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Ally and Emily, our brand-new operations gurus. Now we have three more to add to their ranks. These girls are the superheroes of our company and without them we’d be lost (and even more importantly, so would all your customer requests, queries, and comments). Meet the newest members of our Operations team.


Loren, Operations Associate

Hometown: Fort Lee, NJ

Fun fact: I love going to electronic shows. A few months ago a DJ at one of these shows accidentally broke my arm, yet I still keep going back!

Beauty confession: I’m obsessed with nail polish and have a blog that I (try to) update with pictures of the funk.

Currently loving: Zoya Mitzi (Mod Matte Collection), Lanza Silk Hair Serum, and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (Dark Brown). And watches. And maxi dresses.

Worth the splurge: An amazing perfume. And maybe an awesome polish :P

Best beauty trick: Never sleep with makeup on!


Paulina Anderson, Operations Associate

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Fun fact: A couple months ago I gave up drinking coffee, and I found a new addiction love in Guayaki’s Mate Chocolatte tea! You gotta try it!

Beauty confession: I’ve never worn foundation or colored my hair!

Currently loving: Fekkai’s Summer Hair Beach Waves spray, O.P.I.’s San Tan Tonio, and Weleda’s Gentle Cleansing Milk—I bought it this weekend and I swear that my husband has never found my face more kissable!

Worth the splurge: The perfect summer dress :)

Best beauty trick: A tiny bit of pure jojoba oil on your face as moisturizer, daily mantras, and seriously—a genuine smile!!


Jillian Rissman-Sherr, Operations Associate

Hometown: Los Angeles

Fun fact: I once found a lost dog, and it ended up being Jessica Alba’s. I’m also in the background of a paparazzi photo of Britney Spears. 

Beauty confession: My mom has always picked out my perfume for me. She has good taste! 

Currently loving: My Mason Pearson brush. Feels soo good!

Worth the splurge: Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel Pads. 

Best beauty trick: I wear mascara every day, so I like to moisturize my eyelashes with Vaselline at night to keep them from drying out. Another eyelash tip:  I coat the tops of my top lashes while looking down, and then underneath them while looking up to make them extra long.

Out of the (Birch)Box

After a long day at work, the funny things around the office start to seem normal, but trust me, we’ve got some out of the Birchbox stuff, check it out! 

Left: The other day I mentioned how beauty lovers are also animal lovers. This is our favorite shaped snack: cheddar bunnies!

Right: Eric and Molly were really curious about what would happen if they had a child, and it’s a miracle…their virtual result was actually born at age three.

Left: We enjoy our view of New York City so much that we’ve opted not to invest in blinds, huge sheets paper do the job just fine.

Right: Who needs forks when you have a lifetime supply of chopsticks…sushi anyone?

Left: One of our beloved investors sent us some sweet monogramed kicks. They happen to be just my size…hmm…

Right: Jennie, our E-Commerce manager, sporting her second place flag-football medal. It usually hangs on the wall—we’re really proud of our accomplishments here!

Left: Our delicate plant, held together with hair clips, would you expect anything else from a beauty company?

Right: Our Brand Team’s mascot, Ms. Martini, a New Orleans native. I think that pretty much sums it up.


Team Bizness: Meet Freya and Elizabeth!

As esteemed alumni of Harvard Business School, Katia and Hayley know that HBS students are skilled at many things, including: constructing elaborate Excel sheets; organizing costume parties; having too much fun (see: costume parties); and helping companies grow and thrive. So it only made sense that we would seduce two lovely b-schoolers to intern with us this summer. We are happy to have Freya and Elizabeth on board for a few months of intense strategy, analyzing and, of course, fun. Say hi!

Freya Zaheer, MBA Intern

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Fun fact: I love getting my hair cut in foreign countries where I don’t speak the language. Always in for a surprise.

Beauty confession: I’ve been known to spend hours getting ready then deciding to stay in.

Currently loving: Salux exfoliating cloths from Japan — cheap and amazing!

Worth the splurge: Sisley Buff and Wash Face Gel. Divine way to start the day.

Best beauty trick: Green tea, bikram yoga, and NPR. Feeding body/soul/mind = beautiful.

Elizabeth Trongone, MBA Intern

Hometown: Bedford, NY

Fun fact: As a kid, I used to say I wanted to be an angel when I grew up. Now I think being an entrepreneur is the next best thing.

Beauty confession: I may be addicted to lip balm, especially Rosebud Salve.

Currently loving: Stila Prime Pot. Helps me look awake even before my first cup of coffee.

Worth the splurge: Hair products and cuts — curly hair takes some work. Currently using Bumble & Bumble Deep, Devachan Mist-er Right, and Ouidad Climate Control.

Best beauty trick: I’ve used St. Ives Apricot scrub since high school. It’s gentle and doesn’t dry out my skin — all for a couple bucks.

Team Stylish: Meet Ally and Emily!

Remember Bianca? For a long time, she was single-handedly overseeing all our customer service — for all our 30,000 subscribers. That’s a LOT of phone calls. Thankfully, we’ve finally gotten her some help — and stellar help at that! We have two brand-new operations gurus, Emily and Ally, both of whom are adept at solving problems large and small. They’re also incredibly stylish (Emily most recently managed Herve Leger by Max Azria store) and charming. These girls hold the key to reward points, box tracking information, gift purchases, and more — make friends!


Ally-Marie Corliss, Operations Associate

Hometown: Milton, MA

Fun fact: I’ve lived in 5 different countries!

Beauty confession: I used to be addicted to smelly, self-tanner - yuck!

Currently loving: Stila Kitten eyeshadow.

Worth the splurge: a great perfume.

Best beauty trick: Adding a little highlighter in the corner of your eyes and the arch of your brows to make you look more awake!

Emily Van Meter, Operations Manager

Hometown: Athens, Ohio

Fun fact: I don’t own any shoes that aren’t heels and once walked 90 blocks in 5 inches.

Beauty confession: I keep cleansing wipes in my night stand because I’m usually too lazy to wash my face at night.

Currently loving: Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur in Black.

Worth the splurge: Penhaligon’s Ellenisia Eau de Parfum. It’s the perfect summer scent that’s light and floral without feeling sweet.

Best beauty trick: I use Aquaphor for everything. It’s perfect as a chapstick, eye makeup remover, cuticle cream, and to use on your lids for a little shine.