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How Much Makeup Do You Have in Your Purse?: Guest Blogger

We’re a tiny bit in love with Shyema Azam’s blog, Beauty and the Feast. The freelance editor and writer—who’s worked for publications like Marie Claire, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar—writes about her everyday discoveries in the food and beauty world, often accompanying her posts with envy-inducing photos. Stay tuned all week for Shyema’s insider advice! Today, she tells us the product that helps her de-stress and stay zen.

I thought it’d be fun to write a post on, you know, the four or five beauty products I carry around in my purse everyday. But when I dumped out the insides of my bag, I found 18 products that I’ve been toting around! These are my unedited findings:

1. Viviscal and 2. Brightening Formula supplements: There’s just no way for me to remember to take vitamins and supplements unless I have them on me at all times. I’ve been desperately trying to grow out my hair (I feel like it’s at an awkward length) and this helps. I swear if my skin glows, much of the credit goes to Glisodin supplements.

3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve: The famous moisturizing balm in a convenient tube.

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Team Intros: Meet Jamie!

At her last job at Alexander Wang, Jamie quickly found that a sleek, all-black ensemble was the unofficial uniform of her oh-so-chic co-workers. So we’re glad that she’s ready now to welcome a little Birchbox pink into her life! We’re also thrilled because on her first day here, we discovered that her brother works at one of our fave startups, Venmo, right down the street. Hmmm, can someone say mixer!?!

Name/Title: Jamie Garfinkel, PR and Events Coordinator

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Petroleum Jelly: Ingredient Decoder


Many of us think of Vaseline as a bathroom cabinet essential. A tub of the clear jelly only costs a few bucks and seems to last forever. On top of its status as a first aid kit staple, I can’t count the number of times I’ve picked up a magazine and read “insider” beauty tips touting Vaseline as a no-frills moisturizer. I’ve known girls who smear it on their elbows and knees every night to keep roughness at bay, and there was a time I used it regularly as a lip balm. With all the praise it receives, you’d think Vaseline is a true miracle product, right? Well, think again. This is one case where the popular consensus surrounding a product doesn’t necessarily mean it deserves such a glowing reputation. In fact, I’ve come to think of Vaseline as the beauty equivalent of white bread: cheap and widespread but bad for you over the long run.

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