We like to think we know a good thing when we see it but sometimes it takes us a while to figure it out! That was the case with one of our new team members: Caroline. She initially started as an intern with our beauty partnerships team at the end of October but quickly proved that she was a huge asset to the team. Fast forward a few weeks to November and Caroline officially became a relationship manager! We’re lucky we grabbed her when we did because she’s helping us work with even more amazing brands in the months to come!
Caroline Everett, Brand Relationship Manager
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Unofficial title: Southern Gem
Fun fact: I spent a summer in Thailand and hitch-hiked everywhere.
Beauty confession: I will adjust my schedule if I’m having an unusually good or bad hair day.
Currently loving: Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner in Navy. It has a built-in smudger and sharpener!
Worth the splurge: BY TERRY Eye Primer.
Best beauty trick: I layer a face oil underneath my night cream. It keeps my skin moisturized, even when the heater in my apartment is pumping!
We know a smart cookie when we see one, which is why we tried to hire Candice way back in the spring. Fast forward six months, and we finally managed to lure her away from her glossy magazine job. She’s the newest member of Team Content, and is bringing plenty of social media savvy and editorial wisdom. We’re delighted to have her!
Candice Chan, Associate Editor
Hometown: San Mateo, California
Unofficial title: Lifesaver
Fun fact: I love sharks! I’ve been fascinated by them since I was a kid, even though they kind of terrify me.
Beauty confession: I tried to bleach my hair in high school and came out with orange, orange tips. Never. Again.
Currently loving: Jouer’s Moisturizing lip gloss in Birchbox Pink. It’s such a fun pop of color and excellent for a night out.
Worth the splurge: Facials with someone who knows your skin! Maintenance check-ins make all the difference. I’ve been seeing the same facialist for years, and whenever I don’t do at least a seasonal session with her, my skin starts rebelling.
Best beauty trick? Take a fifteen minute cat-nap before you head out at night. It’ll brighten up your mood and skin.
Another Birchbox staffer favorite? Nuxe Multi-Use Dry Oil with Shimmer. A little goes a long way, and gives skin the prettiest sheen.
If there is one department at Birchbox that you’ve probably spoken to at one time or another, it’s our Operations team! These stellar staffers respond personally to hundreds of emails and phone calls each week. So when it came to adding to their ranks, you know it was only the best of the best. Our newest team members, Noha and Whitney, are pretty impressive. In between interning at MSNBC and the UN, working in publishing and at A & E’s Biography channel, Noha started a club at her alma mater, Rutgers, to expose the student body to Arab culture, which ended up winning an award from Governor Corzine. She could be in law school right now, but she chose us instead! (Birchbox FTW!). On the other hand, Whitney has not one but TWO regional Emmys! The filmmaker is also a big TV buff (go figure) and is currently loving American Horror Story on FX.
If you’re an avid reader of the Birchbox Blog (which you should be), you’re already well acquainted with Mai. Our intrepid Copy Writer is writing a weekly Ingredient Decoder column, as well as plenty of daily posts. In addition to her way with words, we love Mai’s ability to find the best Asian food within a 10-block radius of our office, adorable outfits (see evidence below), and quirky sense of humor.
Mai Wang, Copy Writer/Blogger Extraordinaire
Hometown: Miami, Florida.
Unofficial title: Speed Demon.
Fun fact: On vacation a few years ago, I ate a three-hour lunch at a Las Vegas buffet, waited for them to put out the dinner items, and ate again!
Beauty confession: Working at Birchbox makes me a commitment-phobe. Since I’m always testing new products, I switch cleansers and moisturizers every other week.
Currently loving: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. I spritz it onto my face and neck at random points of the day. The clean rose scent is addictive.
Worth the splurge: Juno Body Transformative Body Lipid Serum. So pure and so good for your skin.
Best beauty trick: For foolproof cat eyes, I put on pencil liner first, then trace over it with liquid liner.
Catch up on Mai’s Ingredient Decoder column — you’ll never look at coconuts the same way again!
We’re powering through a few more team intros this week. Today, meet Caitlin! Even though everyone at Birchbox has had interesting jobs, we still geek out over newbies who have worked at our favorite companies. Case in point, Caitlin has logged time Harper’s Bazaar, Ideeli, and Rent the Runway. Aka, she’s totally glamourous and has excellent taste. Her answers below only confirm this fact! She also has long-long hair (this picture is after a recent cut!) that we’re hoping she’ll let us play with soon.
Caitlin, Director — Beauty Partnerships
Hometown: Concord, Massachusetts
Unofficial role: Hair Model
Fun fact: I just started writing a screenplay (in my spare time!)
Beauty confession: There are about 300 nail polishes strewn around my apartment. Obsession doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Currently loving: Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Schiap, a pretty shocking pink.
Worth the splurge: Getting your makeup done by a professional.
Best beauty trick: Sleep, exercise, and healthy food — I don’t believe in shortcuts!
Happy Monday! How about another Birchbox Team intro to brighten up your morning? Meet Leah, a former Bain consultant and private equity investor who graduated from Harvard Business School in 2011. We’re excited that she ignored all those other sexy startups to join our team. She’s tiny but mighty, a strategic force with reeeediculous PowerPoint and Excel skills. Did we mention she’s also a dream to work with?
Leah, Director - Beauty Partnerships
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA.
Unofficial role: Powerpoint Whisperer.
Fun fact: Used to run a baby clothing company.
Currently loving: Limited Edition Bride Box - perfect for my wedding next June!
Worth the splurge: YSL Matt Touch Primer — I’ve never used a mattifer that was so smooth and perfect under makeup or on its own!
Beauty trick: Cocoa butter mixed with shea butter is absolutely the best heavy duty body moisturizer for the winter months, plus it’s great for making skin tone more even.
Beauty confession: I love the look of dark lipstick but haven’t found the perfect one yet. Still looking…
Rarely a day goes by without a Birchbox staffer uttering the words, “Nicole is amazing.” And she is. Really freaking amazing. From keeping our kitchen stocked with fresh fruit and almond milk to making sure we have recycling bins and dental insurance, she really is the cat’s pajamas. Case in point: Today she’s orchestrated an early Halloween party complete with kegerator, costume parade, and lots of candy. We’d be lost without her.
Nicole Fealey, Office Manager
Hometown: Currently live with my husband and daughter in Astoria, NY (NYC’s “left bank”) but grew up in Coeymans Hollow, New York USA! Points for anyone that can find it on the map without using Google.
Unofficial title: Captain Amazing
Fun fact: My husband and I love animated comedy TV (We DVR South Park, Family Guy, Simpsons & Archer) and dream of writing for those shows some day. Having a child of our own only makes them funnier.
Beauty confession: I have been growing out my eyebrows for over six years after some serious over-plucking in college. They might be back to normal by 2018. When I walk into a salon to have them done, they just shake their heads.
Currently loving: Aveda’s renewing lip treatment. The change of weather is wreaking havoc with my lips and this really helps to heal them.
Serious fragrance splurge: Clive Christian 1872 for Women. It will be the first thing I buy when I win the lottery. I ration the little bottle I was gifted for important events!
Best beauty trick: No tricks up my sleeve at all! Seriously, if I had a beauty column, I would have to beg Mark Bittman to let me call it “The Minimalist.” I am glad I have the Birchbox team to teach me everything they know.
Despite being a pretty girly office (pink desks, beauty products everywhere), we’re lucky to work with some great guys. Case in point: Mike came on board a few weeks ago to lead our financial department and we’re lucky to have him. He joined us from Yahoo! by way of Associated Content but he fit in with the beauty products right away. On his first day we happened to be celebrating Birchbox’s first anniversary with a little competition in the office — He led his group in creating a visually appealing “Birchbox presentation” by balancing boxes on his head and arms and holding still for a good ten minutes while judging took place. Needless to say, that was enough to inaugurate him into the team.
Mike Cohen, Chief Financial Officer
Hometown: Cooper City, Florida.
Unofficial role: Sneaker King/Voice of Moderation.
Fun fact: I have a rather extensive sock collection.
Beauty confession: I wash my face with Irish Spring bar soap.
Currently loving: Old Spice High Endurance Anti-Perspirant (Pure Sport scent). I don’t wear cologne or fragrance; who needs it when your deodorant smells so good?
Worth the splurge: Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion. I don’t shave often, but when I do it’s my go-to move. It’s better than aftershave and keeps my face from falling off.
Best beauty trick: I smile a lot. I think it accentuates my eyes or my ears or my chin or something
Even though most of our products are geared towards women, there are still a few things for Mike in the beauty closet, including man-friendly Kiehl’s and Anthony Logistics products.
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.