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June Sneak Peek: A Long-Wearing, Super Flattering Lip & Cheek Tint

Though we don’t like to dwell on the weather, it’s been remarkably gloomy in the Big Apple these past few days, and we’ve been coping with colorful, long-lasting makeup. Today’s winner: theBalm’s Stainiac, which—surprise!—many of our members will be receiving this month. The two-in-one lip and cheek stain comes in three very wearable shades, with our favorite being Beauty Queen, a deep berry. The gel-packed wand deposits a pretty, buildable tint and livens up wan complexions. 

The cool thing about Stainiac is that since it’s water-based, it takes longer to dry than conventional stains and gives you more time to blend. No streaking! Once it’s set, it will hold up even when you’re braving a torrential thunderstorm armed with only an umbrella and your cab-waving skills. 

We gave the stain to three different staffers to see how it looked in real life—click through to see how they wore it!

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Create Custom Makeup With This Wonder Balm!

Lately, our entire office has been buzzing about One Love Organics® Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm—an incredible multi-purpose salve included in this month’s Birchbox. When we found out the product could be mixed with mineral powder foundation to create creamy customized colors, we got even more excited!

As product-addicted, exploration enthusiasts we had to put this unique formula to the test. Using some spare makeup lying around the office (and as you can imagine, there are quite a few “spares” on each Birchbox employee’s desk) we started experimenting.

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Ingredient Decoder: Is Talc Safe?

In the world of beauty, it can be hard to distinguish between fancy advertising and real results. But when all’s said and done, it all boils down to one thing: the ingredients. Every week, our resident science buff Mai will be separating the good from the bad, explaining how products work, and sharing her latest discoveries.

Photo: Fab Sugar

When you think of baby powder, the first things that come to mind are probably changing tables and giggling Gerber babies. What you might not know is that the familiar white powder is made with talc, which also happens to be the number one ingredient in many blushes and shadows. What’s the big deal, you ask? You should know that talc is one of the most hotly debated ingredients out there. Learn why after the jump!

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