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A Quick Travel Phrase Tutorial: Guest Blogger

For June, our theme is wanderlust and we could think of no better person to wax poetic on foreign adventures than Kate Thorman, a professional travel writer. Kate’s impressive credentials include being an editor for Mr. & Mrs. Smith as well as the host/producer of the web-based travel and food program The Innocents Abroad. (In fact, she’s actually the cofounder of the show’s production company Abbott & West.) If you think you had the itch to explore before, we can guarantee that you’ll be ready to pull the trigger and book your next plane ticket after reading her travel-savvy posts this week. 

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One of my most terrifying travel memories remains the moment, on the train from Paris to Köln, when I realized the only thing I could say in German was ‘auf Wiedersehen.’ ‘Good-bye’ is definitely the most useless travel word ever.

As soon as I met up with a friend in Berlin, I asked her how to say a phrase I’ve discovered to be one of the most important in my travels: ‘I don’t speak [insert language here].’ I even know two ways to say it in Turkish, just in case they don’t believe me the first time (which has happened before – in multiple languages).

It might sound ridiculous, but once you’re off the beaten tourist path, people will just repeat themselves louder and more slowly as the few words you’ve picked up suddenly escape you and you find yourself staring like an idiot.

To make sure you can at least somewhat effectively communicate wherever you might be jaunting off to next, here’s a quick little tutorial on some useful phrases in some of my favorite languages:

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We knew there was a better way to use our extra nail polish (100 bottles to be exact)! We’re loving the look, Birchbox Spain. 
Fun fact? You have the chance to win every single one of the Color Club shades in this picture!
If you received one of our exclusive Color Club Wanderlust polishes in your June Birchbox, share a photo of your manicure on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using hashtag #BBWanderlust and you’ll be entered to win this entire collection. Learn more here.

We knew there was a better way to use our extra nail polish (100 bottles to be exact)! We’re loving the look, Birchbox Spain

Fun fact? You have the chance to win every single one of the Color Club shades in this picture!

If you received one of our exclusive Color Club Wanderlust polishes in your June Birchbox, share a photo of your manicure on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using hashtag #BBWanderlust and you’ll be entered to win this entire collection. Learn more here.

5 British Drugstore Beauty Brands to Stow in Your Suitcase: Guest Blogger

As soon as we came across Rachel Phipps’ lifestyle, foodie, and travel blog, we knew we were hooked. It sent us down the rabbit hole to The Glossy Guide, a beauty blog created by the British style maven and her best friend. From secret steals to haute products, she’s sharing some of her best insights here with us this week!

While my first beauty experiments from my early teens came from samples my mother gave me from her “Clinique bonus time” hauls, many of my first pocket-money beauty splurges were on some much-loved, iconic British drugstore brands. Here are five of the best mass brands to check out the next time you visit us across the pond!

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White Hot: Nailing It

Operations Coordinator, Loren, has a thing for nails—and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related.

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We’ve had our eye on the white polish trend since we first spotted the look at spring Fashion Week—and now that it’s finally warm enough to really embrace the bright hue, the color has completely blown up here in the Birchbox office. 

While it might not necessarily be your go-to color, we love that white is such a versatile and classy summer shade. (It can really give an outfit extra pop!) I’ve rounded up three of my favorite white polishes to try if you’re feeling adventurous:

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Announcing: Our EXCLUSIVE Custom Nail Polish Collection

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On Tuesday, Birchbox had a B-I-G day. We unveiled a new look and feel—and logo!—and debuted Birchbox France and Birchbox Spain. But the fun doesn’t stop there. To celebrate our growing global brand, we decided to include something extra special in the June boxes. 

This month, every single subscriber in all four countries (US, UK, France, and Spain) will be receiving a custom-created shade of Color Club nail polish. And appropriately, given the travel theme, the minis in our Birchbox + Color Club Wanderlust collection take inspiration from our international headquarters. 

Each of the shades has its own story, and the first step was creating mood boards (a favorite procrastination tool) to help us determine exactly what we wanted each shade to look like. Here’s a taste of our creative process:   

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