The sun is finally shining here in New York, and I’m ready to switch up both my wardrobe and beauty routine to better suit the rising temperatures. Unfortunately, this means dealing with my worst enemy—oily skin. It’s a daily battle to fight off that inevitable shine, which also means trying to prevent additional acne flare-ups. Who needs that when all I want is to be fresh-faced and bare-shouldered?
With that in mind, I came up with a few battle-tested tricks that have kept my complexion clear in warmer weather. Here are my five favorite tips for keeping breakouts at bay in the spring.
Earlier this week, I was in Paris for a hot second to meet with the phenomenal (or should that be trés magnifique?) JolieBox team. Naturally, I carved out some time to do some important on-the-ground research—namely, eating and pharmacie-raiding. Now it’s a well-known fact that the French are spoiled when it comes to skincare. Every block, you’ll find a pharmacy filled with products and brands that would make your head spin (and ours did). In addition to makeup artist favorites like Embryolisse, there are all sorts of things that you can’t get easily in the US. I asked JolieBox’s editorial director, Mathilde Lacombe, to give me a shopping list of her favorites. Here’s what we scooped up.
Bioderma Matriciane Firming Matrix Cream: “French girls love this brand. It’s famous for being very tolerant even if you have acne or dry skin. The texture is like a gel and not too oily. It moisturizes the skin very, very well—perfect for combination skin and you don’t have to use too much.”
it’s that time again, and we’re sending a big congrats to the winners of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. To kick off our upcoming collaboration (it’s set to debut next spring), we invited winners Greg Chait of the Elder Statesman, Tabitha Simmons, and Jennifer Meyer to our office for a…
Here at Birchbox HQ, we’re fully immersed in the holiday season. (You can probably tell by the look of our festive Gift Guide.) Our latest sweepstakes is just as festive, revolving around two of our all-time favorite things: nail polish and diamonds!
Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, 11/29) between 1:30 and 4:00pm some of our editorial team will be camped out in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, near Crosby and Broome streets. We’ll be interviewing real life women (that means you!) about their beauty routines, the products they can’t live…
Nothing gets us giddy like a good wedding. Katelyn Koepke Lewis, one of our lovely freelance writers, got hitched this October and we couldn’t resist asking her to share her bridal wisdom. The former PR maven and J-school grad recently went back to her editorial roots, working as a feature writer and editor for Be U Weddings, a Chicago-based blogazine. This week, Katelyn’s sharing her newlywed advice, from bridal beauty tricks that you can use post-wedding to how to pick hostess gifts for your new in-laws.
Considering it’s Black Friday and you’re all undoubtedly scouring stores for killer deals (report back!), I thought I’d take the day’s name to heart as color inspiration—for lips! Yep, I’m going there: the vampy, brooding, almost-black lips we saw all over the fall runways. From deep wines to cherry blacks, here are my of-the-moment picks for keeping the pout chic, but not too gothic. (C’mon, you know you have to at least try this dusky, seductive lipstick craze!)
Around the Birchbox office, we get as excited about new serums as most people get about, say, their birthdays or a brand-new Justin Bieber track. What can we say? We’re invested in keeping our complexions smooth and line-free for as long as possible.
In addition to loads of SPF, the best way to protect your skin against premature signs of aging is by applying a potent serum day and night. They act like targeted skin boosters, sinking deep under the surface of your skin to deliver high concentrations of actives. Really, it’s the equivalent of feeding your complexion a truckload of vitamins.
Lately, we’ve been using Vitivia’s innovative vitamin treatments, which come in single-use capsules that make it easy to know exactly how much to apply. Each capsule contains a high dose of pure vitamin A or C, both of which have major anti-aging benefits.
Deep side parts were everywhere at New York Fashion Week’s spring 2013 shows, and we couldn’t wait to try this dramatic style ourselves. Changing up your part is the easiest way to seriously alter your look without getting a haircut, but it takes more than a comb to get these sleek ‘dos. We…
Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
Whenever I see a woman with cool glasses (wayfarers are my favorite!) and standout makeup, I get seriously jealous. I look more four-eyes than fabulous when I try to recreate the makeup and eyeglasses look. I wanted to find out what I was doing wrong, so I appealed to a couple of makeup artists for some answers.
Curl Those Lashes Your top eyelashes should be curled, says Carl Ray, a makeup artist in Washington, D.C. “Curling will prevent them from touching the lenses of your glasses.”
The key to staying energized, banishing stress and staying focused may have been under our noses all along. When inhaled deeply, certain scent notes have the miraculous ability to influence our emotions and moods. Case in point? Moroccan rose—the extra-pleasant floral is a natural…