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10 Mix-and-Match Products For Traveling: Guest Blogger

We’re devoted fans of all things polish in the Birchbox offices, so of course Gina Galullo’s nail polish blog, Prim and Polished, caught our eye. A lawyer-by-day and a lacquer connoisseur-by-night, Galullo posts thoughtful reviews of new shades along with colorful swatches, so even novice polish-wearers have an insider’s guide to the prettiest hues. This week, she shares the products she can’t live without, plus the work-appropriate shades you can even rock in your cubicle.

Pictured: 1. Skin 79 Hot Pink BB Cream 2. Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel 3. Revlon Color Stay Whipped Cream Foundation 4. NYX Powder Blush in Pinkie 5. Milani Liquif’eye in Black 6. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Black 7. Too Faced Shadow Insurance 8. Wet n’ Wild Vanity Palette 9. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells 10. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick.

Not only do I love nail polish but I love makeup as well. It can be difficult to decide what to pack sometimes when traveling, so I wanted to show you what I brought on a recent cruise.

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3 Essential Packing Tips: Guest Blogger

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.

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Packing before a big trip can be a stressful process, especially if you are like me and want to be prepared for all weather and event scenarios. Through my experiences traveling, I’ve created a set of three simple rules when packing for longer get-aways.

Rule #1. Bring reading materials. One thing I’ve discovered is that you never know when you are going to be stuck somewhere with no phone reception and no internet access. Recently on a trip to Asia, I had to get from Gili, a remote island off of Bali, Indonesia to Hong Kong. That day, I traveled by donkey, boat, plane, and train, and I was more than thankful that I had a good ‘ol book in hand to keep me company during my 14 hour commute. I suggest picking up Social Animal by David Brooks or Imagine by Jonah Lehrer for some reading to take your mind off how queasy or bored you might be.

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5 Makeup-Free Beauty Essentials for Your Next Island Escape

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.

Greetings from Curaçao! I’m here covering the island’s first-ever fashion week, which features the innovative work of over 20 designers from 13 countries. All shows start around 7pm every night, so I’ve been using my daytime freedom to explore this Caribbean gem’s ridiculously stunning beaches and towns. And since the country is located in the tropics, just 12° north of the Equator, it’s humid all year round (a clever local explained that Curaçao’s seasons are “hot” and “inferno”). This means that makeup should be kept to a minimum since you’ll want to spontaneously jump in the water to cool off. Save for some water-resistant mascara at night, I’ve decided to go makeup-free on this trip and  focus on keeping my skin hydrated and protected from the sun.

Here’s a roundup of winning products that are keeping me looking fresh-faced and stress-free:

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Travel Necessities: Philip Kingsley Jet Sets

Whenever we go away, we face the same conundrum: what to do about our toiletries, specifically our shampoo and conditioner. Packing our full-size bottles seems like a waste of space that could be better used for souvenirs, but we’re not willing to sacrifice on the quality. Decanting, while great in theory, can be a little messy. (Of course if you’ve already received some shampoo and conditioner from Birchbox you’re all set.) But if not, you may want to check out these adorable Jet Sets from Philip Kingsley.

I’ve only known about Philip Kingsley for a little less than a year, but I am a huge fan. I love the holistic approach they take to scalp and hair care. If you are ever in need of some serious hair love (or you just want to splurge for the experience), I recommend you try to get a consultation with one of the Philip Kingsley trichologists (hair and scalp specialists). It is seriously pricy but they’ll go over everything from your diet, exercise routine, and of course hair care to determine the cause of any problems and figure out a treatment plan.

Now back to these sets! They come in eight varieties targeted to any hair type and concern. The No Scent No Colour set is for sensitive scalps — they even suggest it for anyone undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. They also have more standard options like Body & Shine or Moisture Extreme for curly hair girls. Each set comes with a 75 ml shampoo and conditioner, and three resealable sachets of Kingsley’s pre-shampoo treatment, Elasticizer. Plus, the package is so cute you’ll be the chicest girl trudging through airport security.

Philip Kingsley Jet Sets, $34, www.philipkingsley.com

— Lorelei

Rachel Bilson’s Summer Beauty Essentials: Herban Essentials

You know who’s really cute? Rachel Bilson. She always looks chic, played my favorite character on The O.C., and is the star of the new Magnum Ice Cream ads/short films (yum!). She also has a monthly advice column in InStyle and has excellent taste in summer beauty essentials, namely Herban Essentials antibacterial towelettes. Bilson told InStyle, “I love that these wipes are natural, and the scent is summer fresh.” That makes two of us, Rachel! Want to be best friends?

-Lorelei

Grab lemon or orange Herban Essentials Towelettes in the Birchbox Shop and take them to the beach this summer.