Blog Posts by Birchbox

  • Seventeen Pledges to Never Alter Models’ Face or Body Shape

    By Candice Chan, Birchbox
    Seventeen Magazine makes an anti-photoshop policy--well, sort of. Get the details here.Seventeen Magazine makes an anti-photoshop policy--well, sort of. Get the details here.
    Back in May, we told you about Julia Bluhm, the 14-year-old who petitioned Seventeen with 25,000 signatures to stop photoshopping young models within its pages. Well two months later, the magazine has given a gutsy and admirable response. In the upcoming August issue, editor-in-chief Ann Shoket's letter includes a "body peace treaty" promising readers that the magazine "will never change girls' body or face shape" and it will only have images of "girls and models who are healthy." Huzzah!

    Related: Should Photoshopped Pictures Be Labeled

    The eight-point pact, signed by the entire staff, also has the magazine promising to "be totally upfront about [their] photo shoots," which means that they'll be showing behind-the-scenes video and photos on their tumblr. It's an important step in the right direction, and we're hopeful that this attitude about showing real bodies will carry over to some of the more mature women's magazines as well.

    Related: Photoshop Scandal:

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  • On the Road with Pavia Rosati

    by Mai Wang, Birchbox
    The Fathom founder and perennial globetrotter shares her best travel tipsThe Fathom founder and perennial globetrotter shares her best travel tips

    We all aspire to be as cool as Pavia Rosati. As the first executive editor of DailyCandy, Rosati spent nine years honing in on the best places to shop, dine, and play. So we naturally paid attention when Rosati started her own venture: Fathom, the new travel website that combines inspiring personal stories, practical guides, and cool souvenirs. (Coming soon: a travel agency.) Before we head off on our own summer trips, we asked Rosati to tell us about her travel regimen and what she always stows in her carry-on.


    You only have one carry-on suitcase for a weeklong trip. What do you bring with you?
    My travel uniform consists of dresses. I can't pull off the khakis and T-shirt look: I just look dopey. I pack as few shoes as possible, and I love a cute pair of Pumas. It's very important to leave room for souvenirs.

    What is your beauty regimen while traveling?
    Amore Pacific cleansing oil is the best product ever, and I am slavishly devoted to it. For moisturizers, I

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  • 5 Things to Know Before Coloring Your Hair

    by Lorelei Orfeo, Birchbox

    Whether you're refreshing your highlights for the summer or going all out with colored dip-dye, there are a few things you need to know before going under the foils. Whether you're refreshing your highlights for the summer or going all out with colored dip-dye, there are a few things you need to know before going under the foils.

    Whether you're refreshing your highlights for the summer or going all out with colored dip-dye, there are a few things you need to know before going under the foils. We talked to celebrity hairstylist Mitch Stone (whose chi-chi clients include Jennifer Lopez and Kristin Davis) to get the cardinal rules of hair coloring.

    GOING LIGHTER IS MORE DAMAGING THAN GOING DARKER
    If you're interested in making a change, but aren't sure which way to go, consider going darker, especially if you already have dry or damaged hair. Stone says, "When you are coloring darker, you are actually depositing color as opposed to stripping it out of the cortex. This is a much harsher procedure and it takes a harsher chemical: bleach." While we love our blond highlights, we'll be considering some caramel or cocoa shades next time we head to the salon.

    Related: Power of Three: Head Gear

    'VIRGIN HAIR' IS BEST FOR COLORING
    The healthier your hair, the better your color will look. "The

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  • Airport Shopping Guide: Buy This, Not That

    by Candice Chan, Birchbox
    Snag these hidden gems in your terminal's shops to help prep for your flight.Snag these hidden gems in your terminal's shops to help prep for your flight.
    Seasoned travelers know that the key to surviving long delays or layovers is mastering the terminal map. What are the drink spots to hit, the food spots to avoid, and the kiosks with the best snack and magazine selection? While we can't tell you the layout of every airport, we can tell you the healthiest and most cost-efficient products to pick up on the way to your gate.

    BUY BARS, NOT CHIPS
    Terminal shops are notorious for their huge selections of candy bars, gum, and extremely salty nuts. When you stock up for your flight, skip the over-iodized bag of peanuts. Instead, look for a healthy granola bar, fresh fruit, and plenty of water. We like LUNA Bars because they taste good and have plenty of vitamins (including calcium, iron, folic acid, and Vitamin D) to keep us balanced on a long flight.

    BUY WIPES, NOT HAND SANITIZER GEL
    There's nothing like a few hours on a plane to make you feel downright grimy. Instead of drying hand sanitizer, pick up

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  • How to Travel with Perfume

    by Julia Bainbridge, Birchbox
    A girl's gotta have her fragrance. Find out how to pack perfume here.A girl's gotta have her fragrance. Find out how to pack perfume here.

    With the potential for spillage and breakage, it's tempting to leave your favorite scent at home. But we'd never give up that easily. Here, a fragrance fiend shares her top tips for traveling well-scented.


    PICK ONE FRAGRANCE AND STICK WITH IT
    We'd love to be able to pack a gaggle of scents to match our moods when traveling, but it's just not realistic. You've got to commit to one fragrance unless you want to run into big trouble with those not-so-forgiving TSA folks. How to choose? Pairing a scent with your destination makes logical sense, but we encourage you to think about how that destination makes you feel. Take the Caribbean, for example. A fragrance with a bounty of tropical florals seems appropriate. However, because we'll be feeling sexy, tan, and have voluminous hair (thank you, ocean), we're better off with something that has warm vanilla notes instead.

    Related: How to: Pick Your Perfume

    WRAP IT UP

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  • Beauty Trip: England

    by Lorelei Orfeo, Birchbox
    We've always had a thing for British culture. Check out these lust-worthy brands from across the pond.We've always had a thing for British culture. Check out these lust-worthy brands from across the pond.

    Between the Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics, and ongoing Kate and Wills mania, there hasn't been such lust for British culture on our side of the pond since the Beatles invaded in 1964. It truly is the summer of the Brits. On the beauty front, our colonizers are known for two distinct styles: English rose ala Kate Middleton or trendy rocker (a descendent of the punk styles of the '70s) ala Kate Moss. Our favorite British brands epitomize the two personalities perfectly. We'll see you at tea. Cheerio!

    EYEKO:
    This newcomer to the states has been around since 1999 in the UK and first gained attention when Kylie Minogue revealed she was a fan. We love how ingrained in iconic British culture the brand is: their mascaras and eyeliners are inspired by British supermodel Twiggy and Mod fashion; founders Max and Nina Leykind live on Abbey Road; the Eyeko logo is a nod to British coats of arms. More importantly we can't live without their smudgy Fat Eye Sticks

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  • Survival Kit: Travel Edition

    by Mai Wang, Birchbox

    Three Birchbox staffers share their carry-on essentials. Three Birchbox staffers share their carry-on essentials.

    As proud Birchboxers, we know better than to rely on iffy hotel soaps and shampoos when we're on the road. But the definition of "travel essential" varies widely from staffer to staffer. We polled three very diffeent types of travelers to find out which products they always pack in their carry-on.

    FIRST CLASS PRINCESS
    Becky Case
    Becky Case, Senior Software Engineer
    Last trip: Israel
    BY TERRY Crème de Rose Nutri-Lift Comfort Cream. I love the scent, and the formula is so creamy that it helps my skin withstand an arid airplane cabin.
    Clarisonic Classic Sonic Cleansing System. I never go on a trip without this cleansing brush. It removes dirt, desert dust, big city smog, or whatever you come across during your travels.
    Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I used this grease-zapping styling spray in Tel Aviv when I had 15 minutes to go from desert dustball to wedding party perfection.
    Comodynes Self-Tanning. Since I'm prone to sunburn, I use these portable self-tanning towelettes to get

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  • by Mollie Chen, Birchbox

    Keep reading to learn all the products we're coveting this month.Keep reading to learn all the products we're coveting this month.
    When we think summer, we think skin: baring it in bathing suits or sundresses (and, of course, protecting it with SPF). This month's beauty debuts will keep you glowing and gorgeous in even the hottest weather, starting with an all-over body perfector and an anti-aging face bronzer. You'll also find a yummy body scrub, a blockbuster-inspired nail set, and more.

    Jouer Luminizin Body GlowJouer Luminizin Body GlowJOUER LUMINIZING BODY GLOW
    This genius product does for the body what Jouer's award-winning Luminizing Moisture Tint does for the face. Loaded with shea butter, the slightly pearlescent cream keeps skin hydrated while adding a luminous sheen-very model-like, no? Thanks to honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine, it also smells intoxicating.
    $36; jouercosmetics.com

    Related: May Launches

    Mor Essential Salt & Sugar Body ScrubMor Essential Salt & Sugar Body ScrubMOR ESSENTIALS SALT & SUGAR BODY SCRUB
    Australians have it all: stunning beaches, fun accents, and this homegrown brand's ultra-chic home and bath products. MOR's latest addition is their Salt & Sugar Body Scrub, which uses

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  • Long-Haul Beauty: Products to Last Your Entire Flight

    by Candice Chan, Birchbox

    Fly in style and beauty with our travel tips for the friendly skies.Fly in style and beauty with our travel tips for the friendly skies.

    The longest flight in the world, between Newark and Singapore, is 18 hours and 50 minutes long-almost an entire day! We can't help but wonder: how do you survive that epic a journey? (Besides lots of movies and snacks, that is.) We asked San San Wogan, a United/Continental flight attendant with 40-years of airtime under her belt, for tried-and-true tricks for getting through a lengthy ride with your skin, style, and sanity intact.

    PRE-DEPARTURE
    Airplane air is notorious for sucking moisture out of your skin (humidity is at an ultra-low 10 percent-the same as the thin air atop Machu Picchu!), but that doesn't mean you should cake on heavy makeup and moisturizers. Wogan says to keep things light. "You don't want to use anything oily, because you'll block your pores," she says. "Look for products that sink in easily and absorb into your skin." Pick water-based products like a BB cream instead of heavy foundations, and gel-based cheek stains instead of powder

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  • Fuss-Free Vacation Nails

    by Anna Norman, Birchbox

    How to get great nails when you're far afield.How to get great nails when you're far afield.

    Whether you're trekking Machu Picchu or lounging on the beach, the last thing you want to focus on is a raggedy manicure. We've rounded up a handful of tricks to keep you well-polished and chip-free wherever your travels may take you.

    NAIL POLISH STRIPS (FOR TOES, TOO!)

    We don't recommend whipping out a bottle of nail polish on a plane, but how about a mid-flight mani with dry nail polish strips or stickers? Whether you apply them on the road or at home, polish appliqués dry instantly, won't smudge, and wear longer than a traditional mani. There are tons to choose from, but we like Incoco's classy Nail Polish Appliques and Nail Rock's fashion-forward patterns. There are even toe-specfic strips, thanks to the new Pedicure Salon Effects from Sally Hansen. Snakeskin pedi, anyone?

    Related: On the Strip: The Nail Strip Trend

    SALON OR AT-HOME GEL MANICURES
    Glossy nails that will make it through a two-week vacay without a single chip? Sign us up! Long-lasting gel

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