5 Things We Can’t Live Without This Month, Hemingway’s Travel Tips, and Our Favorite Celebrity Hair Tutorial Yet!
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.
How To: Bright Eye Makeup Tutorial with Mally: When you are low on sleep, your eyes are the first place to show it. Counteract dark circles with this easy wide-awake eye makeup tutorial from celebrity makeup artist Mally of Mally Beauty. Think of this look like an espresso shot for your face.
Hemingway’s Travel Tips for Working on the Road: When he wasn’t writing some of the 20th century’s most celebrated prose, Ernest Hemingway was traveling the world. Here’s some choice advice from the prolific novelist on getting work done when you’re far afield.
How To: Connie Britton Waves: That. Hair. No one pulls off wavy, strawberry blonde—and sometimes straight up red—quite like Connie. Cop the sassy actress’ signature ‘do with this hair tutorial.
Lady Gaga’s Art of the Matter: Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga certainly knows a thing or two about turning heads. This month, the over-the-top popstar chats with Elle magazine about her upcoming album, the artists that inspire her, and, of course, her wacky fashion sense.
How to Keep Your Summer Glow All Year Round: Fall may be upon us but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your glow-y summer skin going all year long. Birchbox UK’s Editorial exec Grace shows you how to use these fab products from the theBalm cosmetics to keep your skin looking fresh well into apple-picking season.
A new September equals the start of a new school year! Score our back to school favorites in the Birchbox Shop.
Monday Mood PowerUp: Classic Drink Recipes for Summer
Even with summer winding down, we’re not ready to let go of the warm weather just yet. Hot cocoa, chai tea, and cozy sweaters may be knocking on our doors soon, but we’re making the most of the time we have left with these tasty summer cocktails. Joe Campanale, beverage director of some of our favorite New York restaurants, shows us how to lighten up our favorite cocktails for a fresh, summer spin. Whether you’re all-too-excited for the fall or a summertime devotee, everyone has time for a drink.
What’s your favorite summer cocktail?
Heading seaside for the last weekends of summer? Make the most of it with these 5 Beach-Day Secret Weapons.
As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every so often, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
My fair skin prefers to freckle instead of tan, and my foundation is almost always named ‘Ivory,’ but I still crave at least a bit of a summer glow. I don’t love self tanner, but I do love faking a tan with carefully selected nail polish. Nail polish to look tan, you ask? Yes, this pale girl promises it actually does work.
In the summer, my skincare routine goes into overdrive. Extended exposure to Mr. Sun isn’t very kind to our complexions. On top of that, I’m even more prone to breaking out during the hottest months of the year. That’s why I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tips for taking care of my skin and feeling confident even in the sweltering heat!
For Manhattanites, summers are all about heading to Central Park and staking out a spot on the Great Lawn. (When you don’t have a beach, a grassy patch of ground is an excellent stand-in). While we love taking full advantage of sunny days, impromptu picnics pose a major challenge when we need to get to our next fete without looking like a hot mess.
To tackle this challenge head on, we’re relying on these purse companions to to get us from point A (picnic bliss) to point B (cocktail hour) looking fresh:
How to: Easy DIY Pedicure
We’re in the middle of a serious heat wave in New York (93 degrees today!) which means all week long we’ve been showing off our prettiest sandals, and of course, our feet. While we love having a professional pedi, this year we decided to cut our expenses by giving ourselves a salon-style nail treatment at home. We asked Gina Carney, the founder of RGB, for her tips on how to give ourselves a pro pedicure.
While painting my toes instantly beautifies my feet, walking around in the city has done quite a number on my poor arches and they need some extra TLC. I’ve been using this Gena Pedi Scrub Exfoliating Gel which makes my dry and tired soles feel like they’ve just gotten a spa treatment.
How do you get your feet ready for sandal season?
Looking for a new color? Try a White Hot mani or pedi.
It’s hard enough to keep our complexions clear in the sweaty summer months without worrying about cakey makeup clogging our pores. To ensure a face free of blemishes we’ve been reaching for mineral-based products, like Pür Minerals’ new CC cream which forgoes fillers and chemical dyes. We’re big fans of the lightweight texture since it doesn’t clog pores or irritate skin. But we wanted even more mineral makeup tips, so we reached out to our Birchblogger community and asked them for their best tricks. Here’s how they’re using these mineral formulas to beat the heat:
Top 6 Reasons to Use Sunscreen
By now you’ve probably seen that the Birchbox editors are über vigilant about sun protection. Since you’ve been following along closely, we’re sure that you’re now wearing SPF everyday, right?
All joking aside, we know that despite the best of intentions, sometimes we’re all a little guilty of skimping on the sunscreen—especially if we don’t know how much formula to use or how often to reapply. (Hint: you need more for your entire body than you’d think).
We quizzed our Birchbox staffers to test their sunscreen IQs, and realized that we could all use a quick refresher; thus the handy tips in the video above! I know I’ll be applying it more liberally and more often. Since I worry about clogged pores, I always look for an oil-free formula made especially for the face. I love using COOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face because it’s super lightweight and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Now go have some fun in the sun (but remember that sunscreen!)
Looking for more sunscreen tips? Read 9 Sun Protection Tips You Need to Know Now from Jill Scalisi, the founder of Scalisi skincare.
5 Ways to Avoid Breaking Out in the Summer
While I love summer weather, I’m not a huge fan of the heat and sweat threatening me with breakouts. Piling on the necessary amount of sunscreen and heavy makeup doesn’t exactly make my skin a happy camper. I’d rather be enjoying the sun than worrying about breakouts. That’s why I’m revamping my usual beauty routine with help from our latest video.
These 5 tips will help you avoid those pesky pimples and keep your skin happy. Summer skincare is all about keeping it light and fresh so I always look for products that will keep my skin matte. Supergoop!® SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body is a perfect sunscreen that will keep your skin protected without feeling greasy. I don’t have perfect skin so I rely on at least a little coverage in the summer. CC creams like Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 provide enough coverage without the feel of heavy makeup. Kiss those breakouts goodbye!
These tips not enough? Here are more 7 Tricks for Nixing Summer Breakouts.
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: