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10 Things We Learned from September 2014 Birchbox Samples

We may not be headed back to school, but we could still fill a Trapper Keeper with the tips we picked up from the assortment of September’s Birchbox samples. Read on to get a glimpse at some of the products you may receive this month, plus the fun facts we learned from playing with them.

This (Awesome) Face Mask Will Spook Your Roommates

Our new favorite at-home beauty treatment? Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask. The sheet mask relies on Korean charcoal to detoxify and tighten skin, and leaves your complexion smoother and brighter, with less-visible pores. But the best part is that the black mask makes you look like a bandit. Your roommates or significant other will freak when they see you wearing it, but it works so well that you won’t care.

Highlighter is the Answer to a Fading Tan

Alas, the season of bronzer is behind us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t cop a naturally luminous look. Enter TEMPTU’s S/B Highlighter. Mix the sheer, pearlescent formula into your foundation for all-over radiance, or use it strategically as a highlighter—a few dabs in the corners of your eyes will make you look wide awake. You can also mix it into your blush for a custom cheek color with a hint of shimmer.

Parsley Is an Undercover Skin Savior

Gotu kola, a leafy plant that’s part of the parsley family, has been used in traditional Eastern medicine for thousands of years to treat everything from psoriasis to stomach ulcers. Acure Organics Day Cream, which we sampled this month, contains a dose of gotu kola stem cells, which help firm skin and protect against age-accelerating free radicals. Sure beats grinding up the herb and applying it yourself.

It’s A-Okay to Wash Your Hair Every Day

You don’t have to feel guilty about lathering up three days in a row—provided you use the right shampoo. Infused with hair-softening hydrators, Dear Clark, Resurrecting Wash is designed to bring dry, damaged, and color-treated strands back to life. It’s so gentle and moisturizing, you could easily mistake it for conditioner. For a double dose of hair-reviving magic, follow with Dear Clark, Resurrecting Rinse.

Nude Polish is the New Metallic

Leave it to RUFFIAN, the runway-inspired lacquer collection, to create the perfect on-trend nude nail polish for fall. RUFFIAN Naked, a shiny neutral hue that’s not too pink, not too beige, and worthy of an entire season’s worth of wear. Like all of RUFFIAN’s creations, it looks fully pigmented with just one coat.

The ‘90s Are Back in a Big Way

We used to associate Tommy Girl’s Spray Cologne with coming of age—and experimenting with fragrance for the first time—in the ‘90s. But like us, this quintessentially American scent is all grown up. With its blend of bright fruits and wildflower-inspired florals, it’s equal parts cheerful and romantic. One spritz puts us in a good mood (and Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” in our heads).

There's Hope for Hair-Twirlers

If you're like us and you're constantly playing with your hair, then you're probably no stranger to breakage and frizz. Manhandling your strands can weaken them over time. Help fend off a future attack by smoothing on some of Davines OI / Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion, a lightweight elixir that strengthens hair and helps prevent breakage with antioxidants. And who knows? Your newly sleek texture may remind you to keep your hands away from your scalp.

It’s Better the Second Time Around

Regardless of your feelings about the second Hunger Games book, there are times when the sequel is just as great as the original. We feel that way about the Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 eye shadow palette. It’s just as versatile as their original one, but the colors range from a pale pink to a rich, wine purple. With twenty shades to choose from, you’ll never tire of mixing and matching these rosy hues.

You Can Fight Pimples While You Prime

At this point you’re no doubt a primer convert, convinced of its essential role in keeping your foundation streak-free and your cheek color long-lasting. But the ingredients in Jouer’s Anti-Blemish Matte Primer can help you treat breakouts at the same time, thanks to an infusion of acne-fighting salicylic acid.

Birchbox Has a Perfume Birthday Twin

This month, we’re celebrating our four-year anniversary—and it just so happens that one of our favorite fragrance lines also launched in 2010: Atelier Cologne. Give their Vanille Insensée cologne a try—or any one of their other citrusy scents—and you’ll see why they’re destined to remain a favorite for many years to come (just like us!)

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