How to Look Great Post-Flight, Tips for a Healthier Summer, The Staycation Guide, and More
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: Look Great After a Long Flight: We know it’s tough to look and feel gorgeous after a few hours in the air. Thankfully makeup artist Nam Vo shared her best pre-landing touchup tricks.
Summertime sandals aren’t complete without a pretty pedi. Here’s how you can win 100 Color Club nail polishes for endless options of brights and pastels.
Makeup Tips for Looking Fabulous Straight off a Plane
Over the next few weeks it seems like everyone in the Birchbox office is jetting off somewhere fun. Ally is in Equador right now (lucky!), editor Candice has been working from San Francisco this weekend, and even I’m heading off to Denver in a few days for a friend’s wedding. Summer really is our favorite time to get out of the office and enjoy some sun.
Unfortunately I usually step off the plane looking like death warmed over (especially if it’s more than a few hours long flight) and I know I’m not alone. The last thing I want to do while traveling is worry about a full makeup routine, so this month we asked makeup artist Nam Vo to share a few really easy tricks for looking downright amazing when you step off the plane. Throw these products (all under TSA’s 3.4 FL OZ limit) in your carry-on and you’ll be fresher and more polished when you step off the plan than when you stepped on. Happy traveling!
Find more beauty tips and expert advice on the Birchbox YouTube channel.
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.
And here’s even more info on SPF if you want to be really sun savvy.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that no one reading this blog is more careful about sun protection than I am. Sure, many of you might be just as careful, but I can guarantee that no one is taking even more precautionary measures. (I would happily be proven wrong. Fellow SPF nuts, drop me a line in the comments below!)
My daily routine always includes one of two Supergoop products, either their City Sunscreen Serum or their Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body and to give you a sense of just how careful I am, if I’m indoors on a sunny day and seated near a big window, I will likely reapply. But get this: Despite my best efforts, it turns out that my SPF routine was lacking one major component.
Anyone who reads this blog knows two things: We’re just as crazy about wellness as we are about beauty. In addition to being regulars at our local gyms (hello Equinox) and curious juicers, we’re devoted to Women’s Health. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be teaming up with the magazine for our April Birchbox! All of our monthly subscribers will receive a box curated by the mag’s (totally toned) editorial team, and trust us when we say that the lineup—which includes brands like Kiehl’s, Simple, Supergoop, and Ojon—is in great shape. (That’s a fitness joke, get it?)
Not so much into working out? Fear not. The theme is “tiny tweaks, big results,” which means we’ll be talking about all the ways you can improve your overall wellbeing.
Best of all, anyone who is a current subscriber or signs up for the April box will receive an offer for one full year of Women’s Health—for free.
Click here to learn more about this exciting partnership and to sign up for the Women’s Health box if you’re not already a subscriber.
I wouldn’t trade New York for any other city, but right about this time of year I start to miss the ocean like whoa. I’m headed to Hawaii this week to visit family and get my fix of palm trees, sand, and spam musubi. (Not kidding—don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.) Here’s what I’m packing for my tropical escape.
1. La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleanser: I’m a big proponent of face wipes, both at work (key when product-testing) and when traveling. These hydrating wipes have both aloe vera and vitamin E—they’ll come in handy on the 12-hour flight as well as any beach adventures.
It’s a scary statistic: one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re supporting the search for a cure by picking up some new beauty products. All this month, many of our favorite brands are donating a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer nonprofits, and you’ll also find limited edition goodies in every shade of pink (a.k.a. our favorite color). We love the idea of looking good and being a do-gooder at the same time. Click through to check out five of our favorite products for the cause!
Sunscreen should be a key part of our daily beauty routines, but I’ll be the first to admit that I often skip this crucial step. While I’m aware that frolicking about sans sunscreen is dangerous (even if I’m just headed to the office), the idea of adding a sunscreen to my already elaborate beauty routine seems daunting. I also live in perpetual fear of breakouts and thinking about layering a thick, greasy formula on my face is enough to have me running to my dermatologist (miss you, Dr. Schweiger!).
The answer to my conundrum: Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum. This lightweight formula is a sunscreen and moisturizer in one, making it easy for me to add SPF to my morning regimen.
After a brief hiatus due to rapid sell-out, our Gorgeous On the Go Limited Edition Box is finally back in the Birchbox Shop, and we couldn’t wait to share the news.
The special edition box is here to ease your summer beauty woes—shininess, frizz, a need for serious SPF—and fit into your fast-paced lifestyle. Everything inside is sized for jet-setting, and each product has been hand-picked to help give you a 360-degree beauty upgrade. From nail polish to blotting sheets, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a peek at what you’ll find inside:
Grab it now in the Birchbox Shop!
If your nuptials are coming soon, don’t miss our Here Comes the Bride Box.
Rarely a does go by that we don’t browse through ModCloth, an online boutique that indulges our love for full skirts and Peter Pan collars like nowhere else. In fact, we love ModCloth so much, we asked them to guest edit a selection of summer road trip essentials in our Shop. And to get to know the ladies behind the fashions, we asked their staffers to fill out this short survey covering everything from their latest in-office obsession to their favorite post-work hangout.
1. Beauty product most likely to be seen around the office: Fresh’s Sugar Rose Lip Treatment
2. Best new addition to the ModCloth shop: The Premiere Collection of Make the Cut, our first ever community-driven design competition and line!
3. Current office-wide obsession: British designer Motel’s wildly patterned pants. We can’t get over the lipstick print on this pair.