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Minimize the Look of Pores With This High-Tech Serum!

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One of the biggest beauty wives’s tales around is that pores open and close. While that’s not true, as we age, the natural loss of collagen, dead skin cell buildup, and prolonged exposure to UV rays can result in pores that appear larger. Luckily, DDF®’s Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum keeps pores gone rogue in check. The lightweight primer-meets-serum not only minimizes the appearance of pores, but it also targets fine lines and dryness.

The serum’s strategy is two-fold: First, the light-refracting formula masks pores and wrinkles for a smoother overall look. Second, vitamins B3, B5, E, glycerin and advanced amino peptides hydrate and regenerate the skin’s surface. 

Have you tried this product? 

—Ally

PS: Join us October 23 at 4pm ET for a Twitter Chat with DDF’s Lead Research & Development Specialist. She’ll be answering all of your skincare questions—from the how to tackle pores to the right products for your skin type. To participate, tweet your questions with #AskDDFSkincare and you could win one of five Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizers! Don’t forget to follow @birchbox and @ddfskincare to keep up with the conversation. We’re looking forward to chatting with you!

Join Us for a Twitter Chat with Dr. Brandt—Gwyneth Paltrow’s Go-To Derm!

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The doctor is in the Birchbox house! Meet celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt, the man responsible Hollywood’s for most covetable complexions (Gwyneth Paltrow’s glowing visage, for one). We grilled the legendary doc on the one product he’d take to a desert island, the biggest skincare mistake people make, and much more in this month’s Innovator-in-Chief feature. 

Want to know more? Join us today, October 16, at 7 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat with Dr. Brandt. He’ll be answering all your burning (well, we hope not literally) skincare questions. To participate, tweet your questions with #AskDrBrandt and follow @birchbox and @drfredricbrandt to keep up with the conversation.

Plus, six lucky participants will be selected to win one of Dr. Brandt’s most buzzed-about products. Don’t be shy! We want to hear from you.

—Ally

Designed to mimic in-office treatments, dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant gently buffs away dead skin cells, revealing radiant, healthy skin underneath. 

6 Small Things You Can Do to Get Flawless Skin

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Sometimes it feels like no matter what you try—masks, topical treatments, buzzy new face-scrubbing tools—you just can’t score a blemish-free face. We know how tough it can be to pinpoint exactly what’s causing that nasty flareup, which is why we asked Linda Stephenson, founder of standout skincare brand Mèreadesso, for her best tips on getting a gorgeous complexion.

Not only is Stephenson a longtime veteran of the cosmetics industry, she also holds degrees in chemistry, biology, and botany! She created Mèreadesso to be an extrasimple line packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients—and if anyone knows how to revamp a cluttered skincare routine and focus on the right products, it’s her. Read on to find out Stephenson’s helpful hints for scoring flawless skin:

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How to: Update Your Skincare Routine for Fall
Oft-overlooked fact: Skincare routines are a little bit like your closet. A couple of times a year, you need to switch out the pieces that don’t fit the season (no need for short shorts in winter).

”Not only does the weather change, seasons change and hormones change,” says Andrew Goetz, cofounder of beauty and grooming brand (MALIN + GOETZ). ”You have to pick out the right products for the right time.”

To find out more of Andrew’s tips for transitioning your beauty regimen from late summer heat to crisp autumn chill, click here.
If you’re in the mood for something more interactive, join us on Thursday, September 5 at 2pm ET for a Twitter Chat with Andrew’s partner at (MALIN+GOETZ)—Matthew Malin! Matthew will be answering all of your burning questions about skincare, from which cleanser is best for sensitive skin to how to finally score that coveted dewy glow and more.
To participate, just tweet your questions with hashtag #AskMalin and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of five gift sets featuring the brand’s luxe products! Don’t forget to be following @birchbox and @malinandgoetz to be entered!
Curious to know more about this standout skin and haircare brand? Watch our interview with Andrew Goetz to learn more.

How to: Update Your Skincare Routine for Fall

Oft-overlooked fact: Skincare routines are a little bit like your closet. A couple of times a year, you need to switch out the pieces that don’t fit the season (no need for short shorts in winter).

”Not only does the weather change, seasons change and hormones change,” says Andrew Goetz, cofounder of beauty and grooming brand (MALIN + GOETZ). ”You have to pick out the right products for the right time.”

To find out more of Andrew’s tips for transitioning your beauty regimen from late summer heat to crisp autumn chill, click here.

If you’re in the mood for something more interactive, join us on Thursday, September 5 at 2pm ET for a Twitter Chat with Andrew’s partner at (MALIN+GOETZ)—Matthew Malin! Matthew will be answering all of your burning questions about skincare, from which cleanser is best for sensitive skin to how to finally score that coveted dewy glow and more.

To participate, just tweet your questions with hashtag #AskMalin and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of five gift sets featuring the brand’s luxe products! Don’t forget to be following @birchbox and @malinandgoetz to be entered!

Curious to know more about this standout skin and haircare brand? Watch our interview with Andrew Goetz to learn more.

The Newest Skincare Ingredient You Have to Know About

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Keeping track of skincare terminology can be tricky—from retinol to hyaluronic acid and all the different peptides, you end up scanning the label for benzoyl peroxide and feeling like you need a degree in dermatology just to buy face wash. The latest question-causing ingredients on our radar are ceramides. To cut through the confusion, our editor Amary did a little digging to find out why we need these fat molecules for a whole host of things including “strengthening skin’s natural barrier, sealing in moisture and keeping out harmful microbes.”

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Easy Waterfall Braid Tutorial

You’ve mastered the French braid and aced the fishtail—It’s time to become a true braid maven and master the newest hair trend: the waterfall braid.  

We asked Davines stylist Christine Zilinski, to show us how to create this sweet look at home. It might take a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it you’ll be braiding up a storm. 

Even better? If you’ve still got more questions about all things braids and hair, you can join us for a Twitter chat with Zilinski and Davines at 3pm ET on Thursday 6/20! She’ll be answering all of your burning questions about your strands—from what foods to eat to score healthy hair to what ingredients you should look for in your products! Just use #AskDavines when you tweet a question, and follow @birchbox and @davinesofficial to keep up with the whole conversation. 

PLUS, five lucky participants will have the chance to win their own set of Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner! So don’t be shy—jump in on Thursday with any and all of your questions. 

If you’re all about the braids right now, you have to see this ridiculously easy braided updo tutorial.

Join Us for a Twitter Chat with Miss Jessie’s!

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With so many curly- and wavy-haired staffers here at Birchbox—we know as well as anyone that it can be tough to find the right products, regimens and tools to help you manage your mane. (Plus, with summer heat and humidity coming soon we’re gearing up to fight the frizz). But thankfully, this week we’re getting even more help to tackle all of our hair snafus!

Join us tomorrow, Thursday May 30, at 3pm ET for a Twitter Chat with Miko Branch, one of the founders of curly hair brand Miss Jessie’s. She’ll be answering any and all of your questions about curly and wavy hair—from the perfect product for you to the tips and tricks she uses on her own hair.

To participate, tweet your questions with #AskMissJessies and follow @birchbox and @Miss_Jessies to keep up with the conversation. PLUS, ten lucky winners will receive Miss Jessie’s newest styling product, Jelly Soft Curls. Don’t be shy! We’re looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow.

(Photo: Stephane Cardinale/People Avenue/Corbis)

Did you know that Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls is exclusive to the Birchbox Shop until July? Check it out now.

Join Us for a Twitter Chat with Simple on All Things Skincare!

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We’re giving away 20 sets of these sensitive skin-friendly products from Simple during our Twitter chat with Simple on April 23 at 1:00pm ET!

As much as we love testing the latest and greatest eye treatment or face serum, we know first hand that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the newest high tech ingredients and all the different ways that they can help. Sometimes, a minimalist approach is the gentlest and most effective way to tend to our skin’s woes.

We discovered Simple Skincare through one of our editors who swears by their classic lightweight moisturizer. We’re big fans of their products since they’re free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and harsh irritants that aggravate skin—which makes them ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.

We’re excited to say that tomorrow at 1:00pm ET we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with the experts at Simple! They’ll be answering any and all of your questions related to skincare, from what ingredients you should look for—and avoid—in a face cleanser to the food you should be eating to make your skin glow.

Tweet your questions in advance with the hashtag #AskSimple—and make sure you’re following @Birchbox and @SimpleSkincare! Plus, just by participating, you’ll be entered to win one of 20 collections of skincare products from Simple, including their Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, and Soothing Eye Balm! See official rules here.

—Juliette

Curious to learn more about the brand? Here’s even more info on Simple.