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Packing for college can be really overwhelming. How much should you bring? What do you bring? Well, the answer is simple: only the essentials. That’s why this month we teamed up with Seventeen magazine and their special advisory board of sorority sisters on a curated list of 20 college beauty must-haves. Check back each week for more great content from our newest partner and definitely take advantage of this limited-time special offer just for Birchbox customers: Purchase a Seventeen subscription for $15 and get 100 Birchbox points!

Working Out With Glee Star Jenna Ushkowitz: Seventeen Magazine

From arms to abs, Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz shows Seventeen the proper technique for several strengthening exercises to help you get tone everywhere. One of the coolest things we learned? There’s a workout move called the wood chop. Who knew?! 

Check out more great content from Seventeen here:

Chanel Beauty Sets Up (Temporary) Shop in London

A pop-up shop you can’t say no to. (Photo: wwd.com)

—Caroline

Head to the Birchbox Men’s Shop for the miracle products your BF has kept hidden.

Do You Wear Makeup To Work Out?

Victoria’s Secret model Lindsay Ellingson getting her hair and makeup done for her Soul Cycle charity ride.

Ellingson in the class.

I’ve always loved playing sports and got into a really positive habit of running everyday while on the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams in college. Now, even with a hectic job, I still work out a lot. Not excessively, but consistently at least five to six days a week. That said, I have never worn makeup while exercising. Sure, on rare occasions when I am breaking out, I might dab on some concealer before heading to the gym, but it stops there. Given that I don’t really care what I look like when I work out (my running outfits are decidedly not cute and far from color coordinated), and I hate the idea of makeup running down my face as I sweat, it has never appealed to me.

But I guess if you’re a Victoria’s Secret model, you’re required to look good even while sweating. Yesterday, I came across images of Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, and Erin Heatherton at  Soul Cycle in Tribeca. They were there to raise money for Pelotonia, an organization that supports cancer research and treatment through bike tours. Of course, the models had their hair and makeup done beforehand—and somehow managed to look just as radiant before the class as after it. 

But it’s not just these lingerie lovelies that dip into their makeup bags before sweating it out. When I was talking to professional runner and New Balance spokesperson Sarah Bowman for a Beauty in Action profile earlier this month, she admitted to me that sometimes when she competes, she applies an SPF liquid foundation and a waterproof mascara. Maybe I need to invest in some smudge-proof products? I guess the one thing I would consider wearing before a workout would be Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner because it does not budge.

Do you wear makeup to the gym?

—Meredith

The other waterproof wonder you should invest in: Stila’s Prime Pot.

Guest Blogger: Ecofabulous Lives GRN

For April’s Birchbox, we teamed up with the well-respected green chic site, Ecofabulous. Their experts helped us pick several of the environmentally-friendly goodies featured in this month’s box and founder Zem Joaquin even generously served as our latest Birchbox Crush. This week we have Caitlin Bristol, the site’s creative director, blogging about all things green and fantastic. Today she’s letting us in on her lazy day and workout secret, LIV GRN!

From a lazy Sunday afternoon to a long overnight flight to the weekly routine at the gym, sweats are the outfit that gets the most play in a gal’s closet – though few would admit it. Thankfully there’s LIV GRN, an organic cotton line that keeps you looking hip (who knows what cuties you’ll spot on a nearby treadmill), while still being respectful of the planet’s resources.

Just as you want to look cute while working out, you want to smell sweet and sultry, well… all the time! LIV GRN’s newest venture, a line of eco-friendly fragrances, are the perfect scent to carry you from daytime chic to evening romance. Our favorites are Earth (fresh and feminine) and Natural (light and zesty). 

Find Birchbox and EcoFabulous’ favorite LIV GRN products, including their signature tee, in the Birchbox Shop!