Packing for college can be really overwhelming. How much should you bring? What do you bring? Well, the answer is simple: only the essentials. That’s why this month we teamed up with Seventeen magazine and their special advisory board of sorority sisters on a curated list of 20 college beauty must-haves. Check back each week for more great content from our newest partner and definitely take advantage of this limited-time special offer just for Birchbox customers: Purchase a Seventeen subscription for $15 and get 100 Birchbox points!
Spice up your pout this summer and retire that dark plum lip! Instead, go bolder and hotter with a bright poppy lip color—these hues will heat up your look in no time and draw some much wanted attention to that pout of yours…
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Photo: Gina Tricot
Now that summer is fast approaching (the season unofficially started after Memorial Day, but officially starts on June 21), my makeup bag is more minimalist than usual. When I’m in a setting where the sun is beaming and the water is splashing, the last thing I want is a full face of (melting) makeup, which is why “keep it simple” is definitely my beach beauty mantra.
Inspired by Aussie model Shanina Shaik’s look above, here’s a roundup of four products that will help my channel a similar so-fresh-and-so-clean vibe this weekend.
1. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10): I can’t stop talking about this adorable little lifesaver. Although it’s meant to groom your tiniest lashes, it’s also a great overall mascara to tote in your back pocket or little pool party clutch. To look as fierce as Shanina, apply a light coat after jumping in the water.
It can be a bit of a black hole trying to sort through all the anti-aging beauty products on the market. That’s why we look to the all-knowing Jonell Copeland, the editor of the Ageist Beauty, a blog that focuses on dishing out beauty advice to ladies aged 35-50. This week, she’s giving us all the deets on her holiday season musts!
Looking hungover after over-indulging in holiday festivities feels terrible, especially when you are a woman “of a certain age.” Here are our five favorite products to help you look and feel better, so you’ll be ready for the next holiday soiree!
21 Drops Aromatherapy ($29)
We’re typically not to into new age-y cures, aromatherapy and the like. But, there’s no getting around the fact that this stuff just works. Just a few dabs of the all-natural oils in 21 Drops “04 Hangover” on your temples and pulse points will banish bloat and nix nausea.
More often than not, we add a makeup palette to our beauty arsenal and immediately fall in love with one or two items (lip color, eyeshadow)—while the rest of the hues end up being seriously neglected.
But this holiday season, we’ve found a must-have palette to gift (and to get) that solves that problem: introducing Tarte’s newly launched (as in several hours ago) Treat Yourself to Gorgeous palette collection. Why is this so awesome, you ask? Because you can split the set into three individual sections and only keep what you really love. Amazing.
Monique Valeris of home and design blog Decor Musings always has fantastic suggestions for how to spruce up your domestic space, but she’s also an avid beauty fan with a keen eye for products. Just in time for the seasonal revamping of our makeup bags, Monique told us the must-haves that are on her vanity now.
I’m such a sucker for beauty products. I can spend hours in Sephora or even my local Duane Reade in search of the perfect perfume, lip gloss or whatever else I’m after at the moment. Here are the products that I love right now:
Urban Decay Perversion Matte Eyeshadow: This is my top pick for a night on the town. Couple it with your favorite black eyeliner and you’ll look fab in an instant.
We love surfing Heather Walczuk’s blog, Beauty Unbiased, for her smart and on-point makeup reviews, pretty photos and her upbeat insight. The resident New Yorker always has great tips for making the most out of your products, which is why we’re excited that this week she’s sharing tips about her fave summer finds, makeup-artists must-haves, and how to get a gorgeous top knot.
Photo Credit: Photography by Tim at Ronca Productions, Marisa Nicole Weddings and Events
Ever wonder how stars manage to keep their makeup flawless on the red carpet? No one knows how to keep a look fresh in the hot weather better than celebrity makeup artists. Tina Turnbow, whose clientele includes stars like Claire Danes and Brooke Shields to name a few, chatted with me about the affordable beauty tricks she uses. It’ll help ensure you have a flawless face throughout your wedding day or your friends’ wedding day. (Hey, us serial bridesmaids have to be photographed, too!)
This week’s guest blogger, Rodan Luo, is a lawyer by day and stylish blogger by night. We can’t get enough of her blog, full of eloquent musings and excellent advice. Since she’s also one of our jetsetter role models (the frequent traveler was most recently in Sayulita, Mexico), she’ll be blogging all week about ways to make travel even more awesome.
Image via: fromme-toyou.tumblr.com
As I mentioned before, I try to travel light—taking pride in never having to check a bag, no matter where I venture to. But lately, I’ve been trying to downsize on things I carry in my purse day-to-day as well. A few days ago, while sitting with my friends on a beautiful afternoon sipping some pino grigio, we decided that this summer would be the summer of being minimal. We challenged ourselves to cut our daily makeup use to only three products.
Health and beauty: a winning combo, no? At this morning’s Self Magazine 2012 Healthy Beauty Awards, the theme was products that make you look and feel amazing.
The event, held at the Museum of Modern Art, revealed 89 winners across the categories of face, makeup, nails, sun, hair, and body—from Top Acne Spot Solution (hello, Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Spot Stick) to Best Deep Conditioner (woot Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Conditioner). The products were chosen by a panel of Self readers who tested them in their own homes and submitted their honest feedback. I recognize plenty of favorites on the list, but there are also ones I’m excited to try!
Beyond celebrating the phenomenal products, Self’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Danzinger, also set the tone of the event by bringing attention to social media. She told the audience of editors, industry execs, and brand bigwigs that companies shouldn’t try to strong-arm their message—they should just ensure that people are talking about their products and their brands. As a Twitter and Instagram addict, I loved hearing her give a digital call to action.
Check out the Birchbox products that made the Self list!
Last week, we asked you to submit your blog posts telling us which tarte LipSurgence™ lip tint color would you most like to own. We got so many awesome submissions that it was hard to choose just three! Check out what these Birchbloggers had to say about tarte and stay tuned to their blogs—they’ll each be receiving a set of four LipSurgence lip tints and you’ll want to see how they wear them!
But that’s not all—we’re also giving YOU a chance to win a set of tarte LipSurgence lip tints plus four matching maracuja lip glosses!