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Reading List: A Sophisticated Updo (for Short Hair too!), How to Become a Morning Person, and More

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss.

1. The Bouffant Pony: Birchboxer Whitney shows us how to create a chic bouffant pony. Spoiler alert: As you can see in the photo, it involves LOTS of teasing.

2. How to Become a Morning Person: Early risers are not only healthier but also happier. Check out this helpful interview for tips on how to give your AM snooze habit the boot.

3. Queen Kate: This week model and icon Kate Moss turned 40 years old (where has the time gone?). Take a trip back through two decades of magazine covers in this feature from our UK outpost.

4. 4 Clever Ways to Maximize Your Travel Bag: Did you know a contact lens case can double as a travel container for foundation? Before you take off on your next trip, check out these handy tips for making the most of the products you pack.

What’s in Your Carry-On?
Your hotel’s booked and you’ve checked in for your flight. Now there’s only one thing separating you from a much-needed mojito on the beach—packing. While we always have enough pieces to fill an extra large suitcase, the real challenge comes with picking TSA-approved products for your carry-on. 
To help ease the preparation for your escape, we asked three Birchbox staffers to open their travel bags and share the items that they can’t leave home without.
Whether you’re jetting or driving, these summer travel essentials will have you at your destination looking effortlessly put-together.
Need more help with packing? Check out the June 2013 issue of the Birchbox Magazine.

What’s in Your Carry-On?

Your hotel’s booked and you’ve checked in for your flight. Now there’s only one thing separating you from a much-needed mojito on the beach—packing. While we always have enough pieces to fill an extra large suitcase, the real challenge comes with picking TSA-approved products for your carry-on.

To help ease the preparation for your escape, we asked three Birchbox staffers to open their travel bags and share the items that they can’t leave home without.

Whether you’re jetting or driving, these summer travel essentials will have you at your destination looking effortlessly put-together.

Need more help with packing? Check out the June 2013 issue of the Birchbox Magazine.

The Easiest Foundation Ever To Travel With

For me, preparing for vacation usually means throwing everything I can into a bag out of paralyzing fear that I’ll need something I haven’t packed. It’s a terribly un-savvy way to pack and usually leaves me with a backache from carrying around an overloaded suitcase. But this summer I’m on a mission to change my ways—I’m going to invest in smart products that let me pack lighter without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything. My first pick: By Terry Light Expert Perfecting Foundation Brush.

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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