4 Pricey Beauty Treatments You Can Do Yourself
We all fantasize about a life of unlimited facials, manis, spa days, and salon visits, but those of us on a budget have to be a bit more practical (read: creative).
Here at Birchbox we’ve done our homework and have made some exciting discoveries in the realm of DIY beauty treatments. But when faced with waxing, chemical peels, highlights, and microdermabrasion, which ones can you easily do at home (and which ones should you leave to the pros)?
Birchbox writer Natalie shares her insider tips to getting the lavish treatments of your dreams without sacrificing all of your cash.
Now that you’ve saved some money, save some time too with these three ways to get ready faster!
I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I have frustratingly sensitive, breakout-prone skin. But what I haven’t talked about is another one of my most bashful beauty secrets: I inherited fantastically bushy eyebrows from my dad.
You might say, “But Candice, I haven’t seen those crazy brows in a Birchbox video before!” (At least hopefully! Maybe you have seen them? Eek.) But I’ve been able to shape and manage those tiny caterpillars—sans wax-induced breakouts—thanks to the Indian art of threading.
Though we’re New Yorkers, we’ve always had a thing for Chicago—the gorgeous lakefront, the deep dish, the friendly people—plus one of our editors calls it home! Which is why we’re pumped to bring you a guest blogger series from CheekyChicago. The online lifestyle magazine is packed with the latest events to attend, restaurants to hit, and of course, places to shop. Lucky for us, Cheeky’s Editor-in-Chief Erica Bethe Levine is imparting her Windy City wisdom all week long.
Chicago, meet THE best—I mean, the mac daddy, cream of the crop, icing on the cake—waxer in town. We all need one, but don’t know where to find one. You know the one I’m talking about, the waxer that will hurt the least, charge us appropriately and leave us hair-free and happy.
Okay, ladies, let’s talk waxing. It’s not our favorite monthly appointment, nor is it our favorite topic of conversation but the truth is, a large number of women do it. In our recent Beauty Pulse Survey, 10,000 women answered our most intimate questions about bikini waxing and the results were revealing. Read on for our favorite spots to get bare in NYC:
A word to the wise and well-groomed: in New York City, the spas and salons where you get the most bang for your proverbial buck don’t necessarily have sleek storefronts or vocal celebrity followings. In fact, Birchbox staffers like to frequent tucked-away places guarded by insiders as well-kept secrets. Since we love to share, we put together a list of our favorite not-so-famous spots to get pampered without breaking the bank (by NYC standards, of course!):
How did you prepare for summer camp when you were a kid? My to-do list typically included packing my comfiest sleep clothes, my favorite pillow, and a couple dog-eared books (occasionally a stuffed animal if camp was really far in the woods). But these days, the New York Times is reporting that there’s a new trend among tweens and young girls: they’re waxing their underarms, legs, lips, and even bikini lines before they head to sleepaway camp.
Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.
Let’s face it—bikini season is a challenge. It’s often daunting to think of those upcoming summer months knowing our post-hibernation bods will soon be on display. Here are a few tricks for whipping your skin into shape for summer!
Di Medlock, director of waxing for Exhale
I am not going to lie, when I set up my appointment to chat with the director of waxing at Exhale, the uber-chic spa/workout facility/urban oasis, I didn’t really know what to expect. I mean, director of waxing? That has just got to be the scariest job title ever. But the irony is that Di Medlock couldn’t be any nicer or more bubbly. When I went to the Upper East Side location to meet her, she was so sweet she practically gave me a hug and immediately offered me a hot aromatherapy neck pillow before we headed to the very zen Genie Room for our chat. Needless to say, it was the most relaxing interview I had ever conducted. To find out what exactly Di does, the benefits to waxing, and why you should visit Exhale, continue reading.
So, what exactly do you do?
We have seventeen locations across the country, soon to be eighteen, and my job is to pretty much oversee all those departments. I write the protocols and what is expected, and work on our legal stuff—things like our waxing waivers.
Does everyone have to sign a waiver when they come in?
Only if they’re contraindicated, so if you’re using Retin-A, Accutane, Differin Gel, any hyper-exfoliants on your skin that can cause it to thin. Ever single time someone comes in we’re asking them what kind of medications they’re on, when their last facial was, if they’ve had a sunburn in the last 24 hours — it’s just having a conversation with our guests.
What’s the biggest benefit to waxing?
Every time that you wax it’s breaking down your hair follicle to the point where eventually it’s going to stop growing in. That’s the whole reason that we do it. It’s just to stop that little machine that makes hair. We’re going to break it.