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Best Organizers for Your Makeup: Guest Blogger

Let’s face it: We all need career advice at some point. That’s why Megan Broussard, a contributor to The Daily Muse and Glass Heel, created ProfessionGal, a blog geared toward working women. This week, we’re lucky to have Megan sharing her best tips for success in the workplace.

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I love the feeling of being put-together and prepared, and that includes having makeup with me for days when I have happy hour plans or after-work events to attend. Here are my top three zips and totes for keeping your makeup organized en route.

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Lipstick as a Blush, a $4,200 bottle of Chanel No. 5, and Mor
Learn how to use lipstick as a cream blush with this easy how-to guide. [The Beauty Department]
Would you pay $4,200 for a bottle of Chanel No. 5? [Style Elite]

Urban Outfitters joins the glow-in-the-dark nail polish club. [SheFinds]

Learn how to combat bad skin as a result of going vegan with these tips. [Q] 
Could bronze be the new “it” nail polish color? Click through to check out how these celebs are rocking the trend. [Glamour]
Marc Jacobs is teaming up with Krink to create a rainbow colored collection of “marc-ers." [Refinery29]
—Charisse
See what Birchboxers from all around the world did this past week in Instagrams.

(Photo: The Beauty Department)

Lipstick as a Blush, a $4,200 bottle of Chanel No. 5, and Mor

The Coolest New iPad App Lets You Shop Beauty Catalogs

Impulse buying just got a whole lot easier and a lot more fun (as if that was even possible). This week, Google released a new free iPad app called Google Catalogs. Basically, this brilliant new offering lets you browse and shop from your fave catalogs right in the palm of your hand. Right now, the app includes catalogs from Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Bare Essentials, and West Elm and they plan to add many more. With the app, you can save your favorite products and pages as well as get notifications when new issues of catalogs become available. Everything you can buy in the catalog has a white price tag next to it that either lets you click to buy or directs you to where you can get it in person. 

I downloaded the app to my roommate’s iPad (thanks, Melissa!) and I was extremely impressed by its usability. Everything loaded super fast and with crystal-clear pictures. You can even create collages with products you like. I definitely give it two thumbs up, and can’t wait to see what catalogs they continue to add. Happy Shopping!

—Kara

Geek out over our list of the best beauty apps available!

Currently Crushing On: Orange

Street Style: Elle.com; Deborah Lippmann Lara’s Theme Nail Lacquer, $16; lippmanncollection.com, Stilla Custom Color Blush in Mimosa, $20; birchbox.com, Orange Jersey Bow Headband, $20; us.topshop.com, Moto Melon Denim Hotpants, $55; us.topshop.com, YSL Orange Sari Pure Lipstick, $30; yslbeauty.us.com, Cara Accessories Bead & Metal Bangles, $28; nordstrom.com

As a recent grad from Syracuse (where our mascot is Otto the Orange), I’m pretty partial to the color. And by pretty partial, I obviously mean borderline obsessed. After four years of being surrounded by this color all day, every day, I learned something important: even though at first it appears like it might be hard to pull off, it is in fact quite wearable.  Just as it so happens, it’s been all over the streets of NYC this summer. Whether it’s a nail polish, an accessory, or a dress, it turns out that the world outside my old campus is beginning to realize that it’s the perfect warm-weather color. I almost feel like I’m back in college. Almost.

—Kara

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College Girl: 4 Affordable Pairs of Designer-worthy Shades

This summer, Birchbox’s content team is extremely lucky to have awesome intern Shana in the office. She’s a student at Syracuse University (the smarty pants is a dual major in magazine journalism and psychology) and she’ll be helping with researching, writing, product testing and, of course, blogging. In addition to daily beauty news posts, she’ll be writing a weekly column called College Girl.

Accessories can jazz up even the most boring of outfits and in the summer, no one should be without a great pair of sunglasses. From retro to open temple, I’ve noticed that almost every major designer has developed some glorious new styles—but they all come with sky-high prices. So I decided to round up some affordable alternatives—here are four pairs that will help you keep up with the trends without maxing out your credit card.

Oversize Flat Top: Top: Celine Extra Large Sunglasses Havana, $375, Bergdorf Goodman in stores only, 212.872.8700; Bottom: Lisa’s Leopard Flat Tops, $14, urbanoutfitters.com

Retro: Top: Tom Ford Astrid, $255, iloveglasses.com; Bottom: Cheap Monday Cryokinesis Shades, $30, shopnastygal.com

Cat Eye: Top: Marc Jacobs Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $275, bloomingdales.com; Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16, urbanoutfitters.com

Open Temple: Top: Roberto Cavalli Open Temple Sunglasses, $350, nordstom.com; Bottom: Forever 21 F7121 Sunglasses, $5.80, forever21.com

—Shana 

Store your new shades in our Birchbox Travel Pouch, free with your next $50 purchase.