In recent years, the beauty industry has really embraced technology, as evidenced YSL’s latest eyeshadow palette featuring Facebook blue. As a proud techie, I’ve also been fascinated by the ways that technology has helped people like me learn about makeup, whether it’s by watching makeup tutorials or learning about BB creams through online research. And hands down, my favorite tech device is my iPad.
Along with a few other essentials like vintage sunglasses and sunscreen, my iPad has been my constant companion this summer. But after my latest adventure in the city, I noticed that the back of my iPad had some tragically visible scratches. With a beach trip and plenty of other jaunts in my future, I knew it was time to get serious about keeping my MVP device protected. Here are four summer-bright iPad cases (including one exclusive Birchbox number!) worth checking out. Think of them as SPF for your iPad.
Photo via Yahoo Shine.
There’s a small black mole on my right cheek that’s been there ever since I learned how to look in the mirror. While I like to think it puts me in the same league as Cindy Crawford and Marilyn Monroe, there’s a fine line between a beauty mark and a potentially cancerous skin growth. I know I should go to my dermatologist to have him take a look, but who has the time?
Well, now I don’t have any excuse to let my mole go unchecked. According to Yahoo, there’s a new iPhone app called SpotCheck that screens for melanoma. It lets you take a picture of any mole with your phone and send it to dermatologist Dr. Bobby Buka, the developer behind the app. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive a text message stating whether or not he thinks you should have the mole evaluated. Preventing skin cancer has never been easier.
As always, make sure you wear SPF daily to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
Mollie is coding! Just kidding. She’s just borrowing our tech team’s computers to update some copy. (Whew. CMS system is intact.)
A big part of the Birchbox magic is our reliance on technology — using systems and data to make beauty better. Which is one of the reasons why we’re super duper psyched to have Giff and Liz on board. The incredibly savvy duo is working with us on product and technology development. We can’t wait for them to release Birchbox 2.0, but in the meantime they’ll have to deal with CMS questions from the editorial team all day. (Lucky them.) They also have their own startup, the just-launched Aprizi — it’s a smart and addictive Pandora for fashion that you’re all going to be hearing a lot about in the future. Check it out but first, meet Giff and Liz!
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Fun fact: Color stripes make me happy. So my wallet has banned me from re-entering Paul Smith.
Unofficial Birchbox role: Photoshop Zen Master
Beauty Confession: My hairdresser is crushed every time I say “I’m going for the Steve Jobs look.”
Currently loving: The fact that I cannot understand half the things said by my colleagues at Birchbox; coming from the tech world, it is a nice reversal.
Worth the splurge: My wife has been thrilled with the NARS orgasm sample that came in her last Birchbox, and who am I to argue with that?
Best beauty trick: A little is great but less is more.
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Unofficial Birchbox role: Oracle of Expression Engine
Beauty confession: I’m lazy. My hair care routine simply involves washing my hair every night and hoping for the best. Thankfully, “bed hair” never goes entirely out of fashion — right?
Currently loving: The Two Faced Primed and Poreless Primer sample that Hayley gave me the first day I met her. I’ll be needing to buy a full-size version soon.
Worth the splurge: I prefer to splurge on “services” I can’t perform myself: A good haircut, a great fake tan, remedial massage, acupuncture…
Best beauty trick: Nothing makes me look and feel better than doing yoga, lots of it. On my list of New Year’s Resolutions: “Start doing yoga again.”