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Our January Birchboxes have flown the coop, which means you’ll be feeling especially appreciative of your local mail carrier soon. (And if you’re not a member, you still have time to join!. You might not know it, but the Birchbox editors try each and every product that we sample—here’s what we learned while smearing, sudsing, and swiping (yes, swiping) this month’s lineup.
Makeup is having a major Blueberries for Sal moment, and we’re full-on embracing the berrylicious trend. The eco-chic brand 100% Pure makes their Fruit Pigmented Mascara with kitchen staples like blackberries, raspberries, and black tea instead of synthetic dyes. The formula is great for sensitive eyes, and separates and lengthens like a pro.
From wood-burning fireplaces to less-than-romantic kitchen odors, there’s no end to the smells that can stick to our coats in the winter months. The dry cleaner is no longer our only solution, thanks to these awfully useful Dry Deodorant Swipes. They whisk away nasty odors on contact, leaving a freshly laundered scent in their wake. And, unlike a certain chemical spray that we’ve all-too-often wielded in a clothing emergency, they’re safe for delicate fabrics.
As it turns out, plants have stem cells too, and these undifferentiated babies have the power to grow into any organ, tissue, or cell of the living plant. As cool as that sounds, they also have regenerative powers in the human body—particularly on mature skin. Enter Liquid Gold Cell Quench. The breakthrough antiaging serum uses plant stem cells—and a slew of carefully picked ingredients—to accelerate skin’s natural repair process. Can we get a federal research grant up in here?
Anyone who’s seen the “Diet Coke + Mentos” video on YouTube can appreciate the power of a well-timed chemical reaction. And now, there’s a new way to channel our inner science fair enthusiast: OmniPotent’s Duosity Hair Treatment. The two-step hair mask requires you to mix both parts to activate the foaming formula. What you get: A super-potent, pH-balanced balm, and a healing concoction for dry, damaged strands.
We haven’t been this excited about plopping ourselves in front of a vanity mirror since the days when we played dress-up. Brand new to our Shop, Bésame Cosmetics is known for their reproductions of old-school makeup from the 1920s through the 1950s. And the packaging for their Classic Color Lipstick, inspired by 1940s Hollywood, gets the glamour vibe just right. In fact, their vintage creations have been featured in period TV shows and movies like 2012’s The Artist.
Frederic Fekkai—a.k.a. the Olivia Pope of the beauty world—knows how to make hair scandals disappear. And while it’s important to take good care of our locks, it’s good to know that the right products can deliver peak-of-health sheen on the spot. Fekkai’s Brilliant Glossing Créme, is our ticket to high shine any day of the week.
Despite the prevailing burlap-and-wood aesthetic at your local health food store, natural beauty products don’t all live on the boring end of the color spectrum. Case in point: INIKA’s rigorously all-natural line. The Mineral Eyeshadow in Eternal Marine provides vibrant, shimmery, mermaid-worthy pigment without the synthetic additives that give the eco-conscious pause.
The same protein that makes our hair strong as an ox can also save our skin. (Fun fact: keratin can be found in our skin’s outer layer and spurs skin to heal itself faster.) Founded on over 15 years of clinical research, Retrospect is leading the charge in keratin-based skin therapies with its very own patented version of the protein. For banishing dullness without going overboard and scratching skin, we love Retrospect’s keratin-rich Microdermabrasion Cream.
Everyone knows that the best part of staying in a fancy hotel is the free toiletries (or is that just us?). Gilchrist & Soames has been a staple of the world’s most exclusive hotels, resorts, and spas for almost thirty years. The luxury bath and body line is also available for home use and we’re huge fans of their London Collection Shampoo and Conditioner.
Supersalve Dr. Lipp’s Nipple Balm for Lips was originally formulated as a nipple balm for nursing mothers, but makeup artists swear by it—and for good reason. Backstage tricks include: using the sheer balm as an eye cream and cuticle salve, and to add a dewy look to eyelids and cheeks. According to Liz Pugh, a makeup artist on celebrity photo shoots: “I love to brush a little through the eyebrows for that glossy groomed look.”
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