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How to Pick the Right Yoga Class

After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we could all use a reminder right about now to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Here, managing teacher Terrence Monte diagnoses the right type of yoga for every need.

In general, beginners should try several different styles with several different teachers. Neophytes come into yoga with very specific, often misconceived, ideas of what yoga is. If you take classes with three different teachers, you’ll see a huge spectrum of what yoga can be. Once you have the moves down, find a teacher that quickens your blood. It is the teacher, not the style, that matters most in yoga practice. Align yourself with one who speaks to you (literally and metaphorically), and you will come back for more. 

If you need rebalancing: Go for Slow Flow. New York City is fast-paced, in your face, and aggressive. This can put you off kilter and leaving you feeling abused. A Slow Flow class can put things in perspective. You will still have an athletic challenge—people actually say holding these poses is more challenging—and you will get in touch with a slow, steady, cyclic, meditative breath. 

If you’re an athlete: Most athletes have short, quick-burst muscles (this is a generalization for sure). Depending on the sport of choice, the athlete is nursing an injury, or looking to supplement their sport with something to keep them healthy. Look for classes taught by an instructor with an athletic (not necessarily dancer) background. Yoga for Athletes or Yoga for Runners are great choices for any athlete.
 
If you’re nursing an injury: Try a Yin/Yang class. This is typically 45 minutes of asana (Yang) and 45 minutes of restorative (Yin). You get a little work, and a little healing. It’s the perfect blend for someone nursing an injury.
 
If you’re an adrenaline junkie: Hot Power is where you belong. When you’re in 105-degree room with the music blasting, the sweat starts pouring out before you start moving. Look for Level 2/3 Hot Powers taught by teachers who are known for being bad-ass, and who practice where they teach. There’s typically no chanting, little breath work, and NO talking about vegetables or animal rights. This is all movement for an hour.
 
Check back for more yoga tips from Pure Yoga’s experts. In the meantime, take a look inside at this month’s Birchbox Magazine.

How To: Avoid Getting Wrecked by Travel

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This summer has been a blur of planes, trains, and automobiles. While travel can be wonderfully fulfilling, it can also throw your body completely out of whack. I love scouting out all the best pastry shops in Paris and food souvenir-ing my way through Barcelona, but I hate the feeling of returning home exhausted and wrecked. 
As I gear up for back-to-back trips to Los Angeles and Europe (lucky, I know!), I’m arming myself with key tips on staying healthy, courtesy of my friend and wellness expert Tammy Walker. 

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Celebrities Are Baring It All for Magazines, Paul Wesley’s Fitness Routine, and More
A growing number of stars have been going nude for magazine shoots lately. Check out this round up of celebs who have stripped down. [Beauty High]
Here’s how the lead hair stylist for The Great Gatsby created the look of the ’20s on over 300 extras in the film. [Fashionista]
Can’t find the perfect shoes to complete an outfit? Check out Joker’s Closet, a new design-your-own shoe website. [Toronto Life]
Celebrity hair stylist, Orlando Pita launched his own haircare line which will be sold at Costco. [Refinery29]
Vampire Diaries star, Paul Wesley, dishes on his fitness routine and what’s inside his fridge. [Q]
Use these budget friendly tips to makeover your refrigerator. [Greatist]

—Charisse

Spring is officially in full swing! Learn how to make a beautiful floral bouquet from guest blogger, Annie Dean. 

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Celebrities Are Baring It All for Magazines, Paul Wesley’s Fitness Routine, and More

Kate Moss for St. Tropez, Phillip Lim Collabs With Target, and More
Kate Moss is now the first face (and body) for self-tanning company St. Tropez. [Beauty High]
Another exciting designer collaboration from Target! The store will debut a collection with Phillip Lim on September 15. [Refinery29]
The founder of fashion house Missoni, Ottavio Missoni, has passed away at 92. [Glamour]
Giuliana Rancic lists her five wellness essentials and dishes on the changes to her fitness and eating habits since becoming a mom. [Q]
Detoxify your diet and start getting ready for summer with these five guides. [Well + Good NYC]
The Great Gatsby’s hair and makeup artist gave Allure all the deets on turning Carey Mulligan into Daisy Buchanan. [Allure]
—Charisse
Watch this easy-to-follow video tutorial to score an ice cream sundae inspired manicure just in time for the weekend.

(Photo: St. Tropez)
 

Kate Moss for St. Tropez, Phillip Lim Collabs With Target, and More

—Charisse

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A $75 Lipstick, The Secret Behind SJP’s Faux Hawk, and More
Find out why this $75 lipstick is worth the extra cash and then some. [NY Magazine]
Venus Williams gives Glamour the lowdown on her fitness routine and eating habits. [Glamour]
How long did it take to create SJP’s faux hawk hairstyle for the Met Gala? The stylist behind the look, Serge Normant, dishes on the details. [Who What Wear]

Virgin Atlantic enlists Vivienne Westwood to design new uniforms for all flight crew members. [Pretty Connected]


Demi Lovato has changed her hair yet again. Check out her new blonde hue here. [Glamour]
The ultimate guide to eye makeup, including tips for every eye shape. [BellaSugar]


Achieve flawless skin with makeup by watching this video tutorial. [Birchbox UK]
—Charisse
Fake a good night’s rest with these awake looking tricks.

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A $75 Lipstick, The Secret Behind SJP’s Faux Hawk, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: Serge Lutens)
Top 20 Lead-Containing Lipsticks, Butter London’s New Royal Polish, And More
Warning: This list will shock you. Check out the top 20 lead-containing lipsticks from the FDA’s 2012 review of 400 shades. [MotherJones]
butter LONDON released a new nail polish shade in honor of the royal baby to be. [SheFinds]
Nina Dobrev reveals her makeup secrets, including her under eye coverup routine, to Beauty High. [Beauty High]
Korres introduces a new lip cooler with greek yogurt as its lead ingredient. [Refinery29]
—Charisse
 Check out our top seven picks from the The Beauty Insider Choice Awards.

Top 20 Lead-Containing Lipsticks, Butter London’s New Royal Polish, And More

—Charisse

MObama Arm Lifts, Drew Barrymore’s New Hue, And More

The latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show there’s been a significant increase in upper-armlifts and many patients cite FLOTUS’ arms as their goal result. [The Cut]
Food52 launches a whole new kind of home-and-kitchen shop called Provisions. Sign up now for a sneak peek. [Food52]
Rihanna’s hairstylist sits down with The Cut and dishes on how she got her start, RiRi’s ever-changing look, and more. [The Cut]
Drew Barrymore is back to blonde proving she can rock any hair color. [BellaSugar]
The six things you should be know before eating your next bowl of granola. [Well + Good NYC]
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!’s CEO, has revamped the company’s maternity leave policy to give each parent eight weeks of paid  leave. [CNN Money]
Having trouble putting the ice cream away? Check out the HAPIfork, an eating utensil that vibrates when you’ve had enough. [SheFinds]

—Charisse

Check out our favorite work week hairstyles and learn how to do them here.

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MObama Arm Lifts, Drew Barrymore’s New Hue, And More

—Charisse
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Snacking Is Not An Option: Tiny Tweaks, Big Results

By now, many of you have received your April Women’s Health Birchbox, so you know that this month is all about tiny tweaks, big results. In honor of that, our video intern, Charisse, is focusing on improving small things in her daily routine. She’ll be sharing the results with all of you, of course! Next up: her snacking habits.

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Week Three: Snacking Habits

Though my official title here at Birchbox is Editorial and Video Intern, my unofficial title is Queen of Snacking. As a lifelong fan of Nutella and pretzels, I love sweet and salty things. Let it be known that I also occasionally indulge in a scoop or two of ice cream—and by occasionally, I mean every night. This week, I rose to the challenge of changing my food habits by switching out the snacks and drinking more water.

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Reed Krakoff Is Leaving Coach, How To Wear Second Day Hair, And More
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Learn how to rock bed head with these second day hairstyles. [Real Beauty]
Sneak a peek inside Birchbox Man’s May 2013 box in this spoiler video. [Birchbox Man]
Blue lipstick may win us over yet! Find out what happened when Allure test-drove a navy hue. [Allure]
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SheFinds found the Fun Dip candy equivalent of nail polish: hello, Julep Neon Powder Nail Kit! [SheFinds]
Kicking your running into high gear? Check out this awesome guide to your best 5K ever. [Greatist]
—Charisse
Learn all about our favorite outdoor beauty essentials to beat the heat this spring.
(Photo: Giovanni Giannoni)

Reed Krakoff Is Leaving Coach, How To Wear Second Day Hair, And More

—Charisse

Learn all about our favorite outdoor beauty essentials to beat the heat this spring.

(Photo: Giovanni Giannoni)

Beauty Routine Overhaul: Tiny Tweaks, Big Results

By now, many of you have received your April Women’s Health Birchbox, so you know that this month is all about tiny tweaks, big results. In honor of that, our video intern, Charisse, is focusing on improving small things in her daily routine. She’ll be sharing the results with all of you, of course! Next up: her beauty routine.

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(Above: Charisse’s daily routine before, Below: Her updated, slimmed down regimen.)

Week Two: Beauty Routine

When I’m asked how long it takes me to get ready in the morning, my answer of two hours usually triggers a Liz Lemon-inspired "What the what?!" Taking a cue from these responses, I decided that this week would be the perfect time to make some tweaks to my beauty routine. Let me preface by saying that my two hour routine is something I truly enjoy. While it may seem excessive, I love having a leisurely morning without feeling rushed—but I will admit that I could use some more shut-eye. Read on to learn how I streamlined my routine! 

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