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How To: Fix the Most Common Brow Problems


When done well, a perfectly shaped and filled in eyebrow can highlight your features and draw attention to your eyes. The trouble is, it’s no easy feat whipping a set of unruly or barely there brows into shape. Luckily, we asked brow guru Sania Vucetaj, the owner of Sania’s Brow Bar in New York, to tell us how to score sleek arches, no matter what you’re starting with.

Consider this your go-to guide on how to fix the most common brow conundrums


Draw attention to your now-perfect arches with Sumita’s Brow Base & Bright.

The Key to Flawless Makeup Application—It’s Not What You Think

From nourishing weekly treatments to argan oil-infused serums, we go to extreme measures to keep our locks healthy. And don’t even get us started on our skincare regimes—which often include more steps than the Great Wall of China. Yet, despite these labor-intensive beauty routines we often neglect the tools we rely on to get gorgeous everyday: our makeup brushes.

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Makeup Brush Organization: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blogger, the lovely Alissa Kelly, offers up fun fashion and beauty advice on her blog, Feeling Good. (Our favorite feature? Kelly’s fun nail posts!) We love her optimistic attitude and useful tips. Today she’s giving advice on something we routinely fail at: organization.

Ladies, I must admit: I own at least ten makeup brushes but usually only use one (an eye shadow brush). Obviously, something needed to change. I put my semi-OCD/organizational skills to work on my collection.

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Makeup Bag Makeover: Holiday Edition

Left: my everyday makeup essentials. Right: my brand new tools and products.

For years, my makeup bag has had the same lineup: a light mineral powder and bronzer, a concealer, a black liner, and a retro red lipstick. But with the holidays in full swing, I’ve been hankering after a little extra glamour.

Lucky me, I got the chance to sit down with Kimara Ahnert, celebrated makeup artist and founder of a fabulous new namesake cosmetics line. We convened at her chic Upper East Side studio to give my makeup bag a full makeover. According to Ahnert, women fall into one of two categories: beauty junkies who need their overflowing makeup bags edited down and minimalist ladies who could stand to add a few key products to their routine. Read on for Ahnert’s advice!

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Necessary Objects: Guest Blogger

Dedicated to “what’s in your closet and on your vanity,” Samantha Fodrowski’s blog, Closet Vanity, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to our interests. This week, the busy blogger is lending us her talents and musing on some of our favorite topics like the fashion-forward red lip and au naturel makeup.

There’s a whole lot more to beauty than blushes, eye shadows, and lipsticks. Though I do occasionally apply my makeup with my fingers (who doesn’t love finger painting?), there are tools of the trade that make application, organization, and skin care so much more manageable — and fun!

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It’s Tool Time in the Birchbox Shop!

To my father’s never-ending dismay, I always forget the difference between an Allen wrench and a Phillips head and couldn’t put together an Ikea cabinet to save my life. Suffice to say, I will not be stepping anywhere near a power drill anytime soon. But, over the past year, I have become quite proficient in another type of tools — those of the beauty variety. Which is why I’m so excited about our brand new Tools category in the Birchbox Shop. We’ve filled it with the all-star cleansers, brushes, hair dryers, and more that we can’t live without. You’ll find the Clarisonic, the cleansing brush that is responsible for Team Birchbox’s glowing skin, plus a super-powered flat iron and the cutest mini eye touch up kit. Oh, and a teasing brush — everyone needs one of those.


Don’t know where to start? Check out Amika’s Go-Go Travel Set — a small but mighty hair dryer and flat iron duo. A must for travel but too adorable to keep hidden under your sink.

Name that Tool: Teasing Brush

During our shoot this week, Jeff Chastain demystified back combing for us (video to come). The technique is so easy (and the results so cute) that we were all inspired us all to buy teasing brushes. Available for less than $10, this boar bristle brush is the key to successfully backcombing hair for buxom ponytails and buns. Jeff says it’s possible to tease with regular fine-tooth combs but you won’t be able to smooth over the top (read: you’ll look raggedy). Best to get thee to Ricky’s and pick up one of these cheap-o gems.