10 Ways to Lighten Up with Your August 2014 Birchbox

Laugh Your Head Off (Without Telltale Lines)

Pumped for the latest crop of summer comedies? Go ahead and yuck it up with abandon. Powered by science-backed ingredients, Paula’s Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum erases pesky laugh lines, crow’s feet, and other signs of a life hilariously lived. Bonus: It doubles as an eye cream.

Cool Down Your Eyelids

It’s too darn hot to bother with fussy brushes and messy powders. On steamy days, use your fingertips to apply Laura Geller Beauty’s Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow. The melt-proof formula delivers a much-appreciated cooling sensation on contact, and comes in a range of shimmery, sea-inspired colors.

Lather Your Way to Bliss

Studies show that fragrance has the power to snap us out of a foul mood. Soak in the good vibes—literally—with Not Soap, Radio® Happiness Inducing Body Wash. Infused with stress-relieving lemon, this paraben-free cleanser is guaranteed to brighten your outlook, and the effect will linger long after you’ve toweled off.

Dial Up Your Skin Glow

Laura Mercier has the perfect fix for a dull, dreary complexion: Her tone perfecting crème goes on luxuriously smooth and works to fade discoloration, soften rough patches, and boost overall radiance. For extra wattage, swirl on some of ModelCo’s Shimmer Bronzer, which gives skin a sheer, golden glow.

Wake Up Your Hairstyle

This kind of humidity can make even the most iron-clad blowout roll over and play dead by mid-afternoon. Halfway through the day, infuse limp locks with instant volume (and a sweet scent) using amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, a weightless spray that refreshes hair sans residue.

Take a Load Off

Conditions are ripe for a last-minute getaway. As you consider your options (Mountains? Beach? Lake?) streamline your makeup bag with Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm, a multitasked with SPF 30 that minimizes pores, controls oil, and hydrates skin. In short, it will let you spend more time hiking through the woods, lazing by the shore, or taking a morning dip.

Speak Freely

As you work your way through a spate of al fresco happy hours, last-hurrah beach outings, and other excuses to mingle, there’s no need to second-guess the state of your breath. Toss Hello Breathspray in Pink Grapefruit Mint in your purse to keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean on the go. The spritz is alcohol-free, so it won’t sting like other breath sprays can.

Try a New Twist on Citrus

You know what oranges smell like, but no fragrance quite captures their zesty allure like Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue. With highly concentrated notes of both sweet and bitter orange, this long-lasting scent will keep you feeling lively from the top of the morning into the wee hours.

Fake a Flush

As the layers come off and the A/C stays on, our main focus is on keeping cool—but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a rosy glow. Enter theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac, a dual-purpose lip and cheek tint that lets you paint-on a subtle flush with your fingertips. Bonus: it’s packaged in a travel-friendly vial perfect for slipping into your beach bag or purse.

Take It All Off

Before you turn in for the night, make sure your face is completely free of pore-clogging makeup with CAILYN Cosmetics Dizzolv'it Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm. Applied to dry skin, the lush formula works to hydrate dry complexions and blast away dirt, oil, and waterproof makeup in a single step.

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