7 Ways to Power Up with July’s Birchbox

Psyched about our Women’s Health partnership this month? Wait ‘til you dive into this month’s samples, and the other fun products we’re adding to the Birchbox Shop. Here are just a few ideas for “powering up” your routine, with a little help from the samples you may receive.

1. Cut your morning routine in half.

Just think what you could accomplish by reclaiming an extra 15 to 30 minutes in the A.M. (and yes, more shuteye counts as an accomplishment). Our get-ready-quick routine: at night, shower and shave with Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream, and which hydrates skin with shea butter. Bonus if you follow with the brand’s Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel. In the morning, spritz on amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo to add volume to slept-on strands. Instead of layering on moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation, switch to one multitasking product like Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, which has SPF 20 to protect against the sun and light-diffusing minerals to give skin an even glow.

2. Take a beauty cue from Kate Moss.

The supermodel is the new face (and body) of St. Tropez. And if her bronzed-goddess photo shoot isn’t enough to convince you of the brand’s expertise in faux glowing, their Self Tan Bronzing Lotion Face will make you a believer. It may seem scary to apply self-tanner to your face, but St. Tropez’s unique formula guarantees an even, natural-looking color, and the Applicator Mitt makes this lotion a breeze to apply.

3. Pack a “go bag” for summer fun.

Be prepared to skip town on short notice by keeping a packed bag at the ready, like this one from Kate Spade Saturday. In addition to your skincare essentials, add in these summertime musts: A water-resistant sunscreen, like Supergoop!® Everyday SPF 30 with Cellular Response Technology, and a fuss-free dry shampoo, like Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. For travel-friendly lip color, try Benefit Cosmetics’ new Posiebalm, which doubles as a sheer tint and hydrating balm.

4. Rock power brows at the beach.

A set of commanding arches isn’t just for the runway. Now you can rock them seaside by using Ofra’s Universal Eyebrow Pencil, a water-resistant formula that won’t streak the minute you get splashed sea water. To give your arches major definition, simply fill them in with the pencil, then blend in the color with a small brush. The shade is universally flattering, whether you’re a fair-skinned blond or an olive-toned brunette.

5. Schedule some R & R for your skin.

From hopscotching between beaches to partying at BBQs, summer fun can take its toll. After a day in the sun, replenish your complexion with COOLA Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery™ After-Sun Lotion. Perk up with skyn ICELAND’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, which soothe and depuff eyes with Icelandic glacial waters.

6. Master the smudge-proof manicure.

Nail wraps look hard to pull off, but ncLA make them super easy to apply—even if you’re a newbie. Made from ultrathin, self-adhesive fabric, these Nail Wraps look painted-on, and come in all kinds of chic designs dreamed up by a team of Hollywood stylists. Watch our simple application tutorial here.

7. Upgrade your workout (and clean up)

The key to maximizing your calorie burn? Mixing things up. If you’re a cyclist, get thee to a swimming pool. Or, if you jog the same route every single time, run on the beach, where the sand will add extra resistance. Once you’ve worked up a whole new level of sweat, rinse off with 100% Pure’s Gingerade Shower Gel, which has aloe to hydrate and green tea to protect skin. After showering, seal in moisture with NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion. Here’s to powering up!

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