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Skincare 101: How to Layer All Those Products On Your Vanity

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Figuring out how to order your skincare lineup can feel like trying to solve a rubik’s cube—not impossible but clearly a challenge. You’ve got a bathroom shelf filled with products, but which comes first? 

The good news is you don’t to have to be a dermatologist to learn how to get the most out of your beauty routine. Just use this nifty diagram and the tips below to layer your products like a pro.

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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!

Katrina

These tips not enough? Here are more 7 Tricks for Nixing Summer Breakouts.

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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Packing List: Santa Barbara Vineyard Wedding

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I can hardly believe it, but this weekend I’m headed to sunny southern California to celebrate my college roommate’s big day. In a perfect reflection of her personality, Tammy’s wedding will be easy-going (hello, beautiful vineyard), understated, and charmingly romantic (make-your-own candy bag stations!).

Aside from the ceremony, my trip will be all laid-back California style and lush winery backdrops, so I’m packing long-lasting makeup formulas to survive the 90-degree heat and comfy-yet-presentable duds for any vino-tasting detours.

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Packing List: Mexican Riviera

In just a few short days, I’ll be heading to Manzanillo in the Mexican Riviera for a much-needed vacation with my boyfriend and his family. I plan on staying on the beach from sunrise to sunset, eating incredible food, drinking delicious wine, spending quality time with people I love, and unplugging—save for a few too-pretty-not-to-Instagram moments. Here’s what I’m packing for a week of carefree beach vacationing:

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5 Non-Messy Alternatives to Goopy and Sloppy Sun Protection

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After this last weekend’s gorgeous weather here in New York, we’re all eager for some well-deserved vacation time in the sun. (Summer feels so close!) The last thing we want to worry about when we’re on our way to paradise is whether our sunscreen will explode in our bags mid-flight or not make it past airport security all together—and we don’t really want to lug a gallon-sized bottle in our beach bags (we need room for those other outdoor beauty essentials!)

This summer, we’re taking a lighter (and more travel-friendly) route with the help of Birchbox Man. They’ve tracked down 5 hassle-free alternatives for clean, efficient, and portable sun protection that will take us to the beach and beyond.

—Bre

Get the scoop on SPF and sunscreen from Supergoop! founder Holly Thaggard

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.

Packing List: Morocco Marvels

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Morocco has been on my travel bucket list for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger this year by planning a 10-day trip to the medieval city of Fes, the small town of Ouirgane in the Atlas Mountains, and the bustling hubbub of Marrakech. Between the souks, the tagines, and the architecture, I have a feeling Morocco and I will get along famously. Here’s what I’m bringing when I hop on a plane tomorrow:

1. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad

I never go a day without SPF, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like a ghost. These pads from Dr. Gross will give me the hint of a tan, minus the sun damage. 

2. Supergoop!® Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

Speaking of SPF, there’s nothing I like better than combining my sun protection with color correction, antioxidants, and light diffusion. This Supergoop! CC Cream packs all those benefits into one product. 

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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.

Memorial Day Must-Haves: Rachelista

This weekend marks the official start of summer, which means that Birchboxers have plans to kick back, rest up, and hopefully bask in some serious sunshine. We asked several of our staffers where they’re headed (stay-cations sound as enticing as traveling) and the must-have product they’re bringing along. Here’s what merchandising market manager Rachel, a.k.a. Rachelista, had to say. 

I’m headed to Nantucket for the Figawi sailing race. A sunburn is so not sexy, so I’ve packed my entire Supergoop! City and Sand Tote, which is packed with all my sunscreen essentials in TSA-approved sizes. 

Here’s a cheat sheet to other awesome sunscreens!