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January 26, 2018

What We're Obsessed with This Month: January

Beauty Trend Were Falling For: Jade Rolling

Lorelei Orfeo, Senior Manager on Social + Content, recently got me started on jade rolling. It's the action of rolling smooth, cold jade stones (in the form of a nifty beauty tool) across your skin, like a facial massage. It comes from a 5,000-year-old Mayan and African Egyptian meditation tradition that not only is associated with balancing your chi (or "life force"), but it also increases circulation, improves skin elasticity, and de-puffs the eye area. The stone promotes lymphatic drainage, which basically means that it gets rid of all the toxins built up in your skin, leaving your complexion bright and glowing. Even if the spiritual element isn't quite your speed, the physical benefits of jade rolling are immediate (plus, it adds an easy, spa-like vibe to any routine). My favorite option? This gorgeous jade roller from Herbivore Botanicals.

Book We Can't Put Down: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Amanda Tolleson, Chief Marketing Officer at Birchbox, introduced me to this book. The protagonist, Eleanor, struggles with the appropriate social interactions in her day-to-day life, and her story about loneliness and isolation is a beautiful mixture of sad, funny, and uplifting. As with any good book, there are unexpected twists to keep you on your toes, but I don't want to give too much away. Let's just say that the lesson of the story for Eleanorand for all of us, reallyis it's never too late for life to be more than just fine.

Podcast Were Listening To: "Do You Follow?"

Rachel Jo Silver, founder and CEO of Love Stories TV and Juliette Dallas-Feeney, their brand-new Head of Brand Partnerships are both beloved Birchbox alumnae. In this smart, entertaining podcast, they answer all your social media and content marketing questions and you'll walk away learning something new from each episode. For instance, are you still not sure how to effectively use Instagrams Stories feature? Tune into the podcast to find out!

Song on Repeat: "Filthy" by Justin Timberlake

Is this not the comeback we've all been waiting for? If the lyrics and beat don't get you dancing in your seat, we're sure his performance at the Superbowl next month definitely will. We're beyond excited to see what choreography he has up his sleeve for the halftime show.

Latest Addition to Our Beauty Routines: H2O+ Beauty Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask

Kima Cooper, Director of Social + Content, got me hooked on this mask that starts to (hilariously) foam up as soon as it touches your skin. But it's so much more than just material for your next Instagram Story: The formula is rich in probiotics, so it brightens my complexion while also balancing and soothing skin with yuzu and champagne extract (seriously). Great skin and a great selfie opportunity? We'll cheers to that.


Alexis Bridenbaugh