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  • The Benefit Primer that Outlasts Birchbox Co-Founder Katia’s 15-Hour Day

    Benefit's 15-Hour Primer will last all dayBenefit's 15-Hour Primer will last all dayI have always been a bit skeptical of primers-they tend to have zero effect on my oily skin and my foundation never seems to last through lunch even when I use them. That said, I am really excited about Benefit's new primer that promises 15 hours of flawless makeup. The stay flawless 15-hour primer is super easy to apply for lazy girls like me and the packaging is simply adorable!

    After testing out the product myself, I've become a primer convert. The strong-hold formula, which you apply straight from the chubby stick, truly makes my makeup last, even in the humid city weather. I'm now less of an oil slick by the end of the day! Check out the video below to see how it holds up with Birchbox co-founder Katia's busy 15-hour schedule. (Spoiler alert: it does).

    Want to learn about the multitasking powers of another much-loved Benefit product? Watch our Fine One One video here.

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  • Top Beauty Blunders: Foundation Blending

    Avoid these top beauty blunders!Avoid these top beauty blunders!

    Blending your foundation is an essential skill that every makeup wearing lady should know. A great base not only sets the stage for your entire makeup look but makes sure people are looking at you instead of at your makeup. We've all seen unfortunate cases of the wrong shade of foundation, overly highlighting concealer, awkwardly covered brows, and more.

    Here, Birchbox staffer Deepica shows us how to avoid these top beauty blunders. Admit it, we've all fallen victim to at least one at some point.

    What are some of your biggest beauty blunders?

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  • How Many Lipsticks Does One Girl Need?

    Just how many lipsticks does a girl need?Just how many lipsticks does a girl need?We'll admit it-we're those women who want to have every lipstick shade in the world (We know we're not alone!). Some women rely on one go-to lip color but we're firm believers that every occasion requires its own special shade. While a sexy red is fun for going out, we like to opt for a neutral rose for a job interview. These ModelCo Party Proof Lipsticks feel great on our lips and come in just about every color, whether you're a neutrals kind of gal or love a bright lip. Plus their long-wear formula means you won't have to worry about reapplying hour after hour.

    Watch the video to find out the best shades for almost every situation. So how many lipsticks does one girl need? All of them.

    How many lip colors do you own?

    With so many places to be, you'll need to spruce up throughout the day. See what our Beauty Partnerships team uses to freshen up fast!

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  • Travel Makeup Tips for Looking Fabulous Straight Off a Plane

    A travel makeup routine you can finish in five minutes before landing (even during turbulence)

    This month it seems like everyone in the Birchbox office is jetting off somewhere fun, and if we had to guess, we'd say your office is exactly the same way. Summer really is our favorite time to get out of town and enjoy some sun.

    Unfortunately I usually step off the plane looking like death warmed over (especially if it's more than a few hours long flight) and I know I'm not alone. The last thing I want to do while traveling is worry about a full makeup routine, so this month we asked makeup artist Nam Vo to share a few really easy tricks for looking downright amazing when you step off the plane. Watch our travel makeup tips and then throw these products (all under TSA's 3.4 FL OZ limit) in your carry-on and you'll be fresher and more polished when you step off the plan than when you stepped on. Happy traveling!


    Find more beauty tips and expert advice on the Birchbox

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  • 5 Ways to Avoid Breaking Out in the Summer

    These tips will keep you zit free throughout the summer!These tips will keep you zit free throughout the summer!While we love summer weather, we're not huge fans of the heat and sweat threatening us with breakouts. Piling on the necessary amount of sunscreen and heavy makeup doesn't exactly make our skin a happy camper. We'd rather be enjoying the sun than worrying about breakouts. That's why we're revamping our usual beauty routine with help from our latest video.

    These 5 tips will help you avoid those pesky pimples and keep your skin happy. Summer skincare is all about keeping it light and fresh so I always look for products that will keep my skin matte. Supergoop!® SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body is a perfect sunscreen that will keep your skin protected without feeling greasy. We don't all have perfect skin so we have to rely on at least a little coverage in the summer. CC creams like Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 provide enough coverage without the feel of heavy makeup. Kiss those breakouts goodbye!

    These tips not enough? Here are more 7 Tricks for Nixing

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  • 4 Glam (and Supereasy) Ways to Wear a Hair Wrap

    These 4 hair wrap looks are sure to keep you looking cool and chic even in the hot weather.

    After hours of testing every style imaginable, we've found that the easiest fuss-free summer look is throwing your hair up in a scarf and calling it a day. (Plus, a head scarf has the added bonus of making you feel like Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief). Which is why we asked staffer Deepica to show us how to rock a scarf four different ways.

    These styles look equally chic with your hair in a pony or an oversized bun, and are perfect for days when it's so hot out that you're tempted to shave your head. Watch the video below and then let us know: where are you hanging out this weekend?

    An itty-bitty sundress is the perfect compliment to your head scarf-
    find out how to prep your skin to be bared here.

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  • Hair and Makeup Tips from the Set of SUITS with Sarah Rafferty

    Sarah Rafferty from SUITSSarah Rafferty from SUITSFrom her gorgeous red locks to her impeccable fashion choices, we're completely head over heels for Donna Paulsen, played by Sarah Rafferty on USA's legal hit, SUITS. A few weeks ago we caught up with Rafferty to find out what it takes to get in character while on set. Her flawless look actually takes hours of hair and makeup (not to mention a little bronzer for her fair skin). You'll be surprised how many products are used to achieve a camera ready look! When she's not filming, Rafferty, a mother of two, finds herself going for speed and efficiency with a few key products.

    Watch the video below to find out her beauty tips on set and which products she wears in her everyday beauty routine.

    Who's your favorite SUITS character?

    The ladies of SUITS definitely steal the show. Check out our
    Birchbox Crush: Meghan Markle of SUITS!

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  • Getting to Know Meghan Markle on the Set of SUITS

    Birchbox Crush: Meghan MarkleBirchbox Crush: Meghan MarkleUSA's SUITS is one of our go-to TV indulgences-not least for its awesome female characters. While the guys of Pearson may rule the roost, it's the ladies who steal the show. If you're as obsessed with the show as we are, you'll understand why we're crushing on the gorgeous Meghan Markle. We love the mix of her cool California girl attitude and ambition (not to mention her enviable style on the show). Her character Rachel Zane is smart, sexy, and driven, much like Markle herself. Surprisingly, Markle has some strikingly similar career experiences to her SUITS character-let's just say she has a fascinating past working in foreign service. A few weeks ago, the Birchbox team got the chance to hang out on the set of SUITS in Toronto. Watch the video to find out more about Markle's unexpected path to Hollywood, her must-have beauty product and more!

    Check out the set and amazing cast behind SUITS! Read our Diary of a TV Set Visit: Behind-the-Scenes with SUITS

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  • OscarPRGirl's 10 Travel Essentials

    If there's anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it's Oscar de la Renta's SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won't leave home without-which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine.

  • The 5 Fall Makeup Trends to Try Right Now

    Phillip Lim fall 2013One of the best things about previewing fall collections in February? The makeup trends that are meant to be worn in autumn are actually seasonally appropriate for these last few days of winter. Before the official onset of spring and warmer weather, here are the five fashion week-inspired looks that we're trying right now. Which one is your favorite?

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