Birchbox’s Modern Mermaid Limited Edition Box

Birchbox Limited Edition Modern Mermaid Box

Birchbox’s limited edition Modern Mermaid box is all about summer and I’m currently in love with it, the gorgeous blue tones have me feeling all aquatic up in here. What better inspiration for summer than the mythical beauty of a mermaid?

For $44.00, the sea goddess inspired limited edition box includes:

  • RUFFIAN Endless Summer Nail Polish Trio
  • Vasanti Kajal Eye Pencil
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Mascara Topcoat
  • Coola SPF Lip Lux
  • Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Spray
  • Atelier Cedrat Enivrant
  • Stephanie Johnson Mermaid Mirror

This box includes some great summer staples, like the Anastasia topcoat and the sea salt spray. The Anastasia topcoat  makes any mascara, including your favorite mascara, waterproof so you can get in the water and not worry about your lashes. Plus the sea salt spray is great for beachy waves for this time of year.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Girl's Guy

Every girl has a guy to gift. Be it your man, your dad, brother or best dude. Our final gift guide this week is all about The Girl’s Guy. Presents for the special, and usually difficult to shop for, guy in your life. This list is a mix of practical and splurge, and hope it gives you some inspiration this holiday.

The holidays are a perfect time to treat your guy to some new skin and body care. I know my husband always appreciates some new product! Try the Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit for a sampling of travel goodies in a portable bag. We love it even more so because it includes a bar of our favorite dude soap.

Fact. Men hate spending money on nice slippers. Fact. Men appreciate warm and cozy slippers during the wintertime. UGG Australia ‘Ascot’ Slipper is a thoughtful and practical gift. Plus, these have a hard bottom so you can step outside in them.

I grew up getting socks and underwear in my stocking and every year. So naturally, it’s something I always gift to my guy. These J Crew Socks are a splurgy spin on a staple and I think they amp up the fun factor a bit. Plus, they’re super warm and cozy.

The gift that continues to give each month, of course, a Birchbox Man subscription! Available in 3, 6 and 12-month varieties.

I picked up the Old Calgary Alpha Wallet for my husband this holiday (shhh….don’t tell) and I think he’s going to love it. He carries way too much in his wallet and this will help him lighten his back pocket and be super stylish at that same time. Don’t you just love the leather patch?

Wild Ophelia Chocolate is man sweets. How fun are the flavors? We like Beef Jerky (it’s actually YUM!), New Orleans Chili and Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chip. Perfect stocking stuffer!

Searching for the perfect gift? Check out our previous gift guides for The Product Girl, The Party Girl, The Eco Girl and The Active Girl.

Birchbox Debuts Limited Edition "Home" Box and Pop-Up Shop

Birchbox delivery days are almost always the high point of my month. Side note: today will be that day, as my box is currently out for delivery with my local USPS. Beyond just the obvious joy a box of beauty goodies brings me, Birchbox has also introduced me to some awesome “extras” — like the Mighty Leaf Green Tropical Tea (the best), the Twistband and even stylish plastic zip bags. So today’s news of a limited edition Birchbox Home and Holiday Pop-Up shop is truly exciting. The limited edition box, priced at $58 (with a $140+ value) is a must-gift for the holidays — for yourself or the hostess who graciously opens her home to you on Thanksgiving AND Christmas (in my case, my sister — sorry for the spoiler, Tricia!)

Get in on the CC Cream Action with Birchbox Exclusive WEI to Go Sleepover Kit

Still wrapping your head around BB Creams? Well, ready or not, CC Creams are coming. This “color control” cream is like a “beauty/blemish balm” in the sense it doubles as makeup and skincare, but the CC offers more in the way of coverage and skincare.

A way to get in on the CC trend? The new Birchbox exclusive WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit, featuring a travel-sized duo of WEI’s Real Clean Gelled Oil Cleanser and Ideal Skin Perfect Finish. This kit is a girl’s best friend, especially ones who find themselves traveling often. One of my biggest challenges traveling is cleanser. I live for my oils, but they are difficult to travel with and I loathe decanting full-size items. Minis are a must.

And, the Ideal Skin Perfect Finish is a correcting CC Cream (three shades in total – light, medium, tan) with healing botanicals, like mandarin peel and licorice root extract. The formula is super lightweight and lends pretty good coverage. Word is that some Birchbox subscribers will be receiving this in their September box, and for everyone else, it’s available for $19 exclusively on

Birchbox Teams with Glamour for July Box

We got a sneak preview of the Birchbox July 2012 box, curated by the beauty editors at Glamour magazine. We adore the ladies at Glamour and their blog, The Girls in the Beauty Department, and were so excited to see what fun they had with Birchbox this summer. The theme is parallel to the “Five Senses of Summer” July issue of Glamour and includes beauty goodies and lifestyle extras to stimulate the senses of beauty junkies everywhere.

So what was in my box?

See it: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (love)

See it: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (in purple!)

Touch it: Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint (one of our favorite TMs!)

Smell it: Oscar de la Renta live in love fragrance (so very feminine and fresh!)

Taste it: Larabar Cherry Cobbler (yum, and only 110 calories!)

Hear it: Neon Earbuds + Glamour Spotify playlist (really excited about these)

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? If not, what are you waiting for? For $10/month, this is such a treat! It’s led me to discover a new a favorite tea, a facial oil that makes my skin absolutely glow and even fashionable Band-Aids.

Let us know what you think of the Birchbox/Glamour collab!

Birchbox Preview: Cynthia Rowley + Band-Aid “Beach Sport Kit

Tucked inside my handbag is my “mom kit.” I’m not a mom, but you’d never know it by the endless aspirin, hand sanitizer, dental floss, Neosporin and Band-AidsI carry around. I’m basically a walking CVS. Which is good, since I happen to injure myself quite often (curling irons are my nemesis as are the corners of desks and tables). Oh, and I average 1-2 blisters a week from all of the walking I do. I’m really awesome at life, at least I like to think. Now that you have some context, it will come as no surprise that I am JAZZED about these Cynthia Rowley BAND-AIDs is selling in their shop. Like an excitement level 10.

The prints on these “Beach Sport” Band-Aids make me want to go get all athletic at the beach. I especially love the wetsuit zipper one. And the Beach Sport Kit from Cynthia Rowley doesn’t get any handier. The packaging is so cute (my kind of “mom” kit) and there’s tiny packets of Neosporin inside.

The prettiest boo-boo cover-up!

Birchbox is selling both the Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids and the Beach Sport Kit in their store this month. Trust me, the resealable Beach Sport bag makes this so worth it — and honestly, I almost want to get a paper cut just so I can sport one of Cynthia’s designs! What do you think?


Ain't No Party Like a Birchbox + Benefit Party

Earlier this week, the folks at Birchbox took Chicago by storm, hosting events for subscribers and beauty lovers in the Windy City at the Benefit Boutique on Armitage and at Maxine’s Salon. When Birchbox comes to town, beautiful things happen! Birchbox night at Benefit included bubbly, brows, Sweet Mandy B’s treats and tons of those familiar pink boxes. Benefit has been a partner of Birchbox since the beginning, and I can recall getting several Benefit goodies in Birchboxes over the yearh and a half I’ve been subscribing.

Love this display of Hervana!

Benefit’s brow services are the best in town. Did you know that you get a free brow shaping on your birthday? With mine coming up in July, I’ll be sure to make a trip back! La-La at the Armitage location is the best (she’s in the top picture at right) and she gave my brows some major TLC. I think her words were, “Wow, girl, you needed this.”

The team of artists were on standby for makeovers and touch-ups as well, as was Benefit’s new super hero, SpyGal. With her secret weapon, The Porefessional, SpyGal helps minimize pores and perfect complexions everywhere. Benefit actually teamed with Marvel Entertainment to create a SpyGal comic book — which is so cool. Think she could hang with the Avengers crew?! 

If you haven’t yet used The Porefessional, now’s the perfect time. I love this product in the summer. I carry a mini with me (thanks, Birchbox!) at all times and use it to refresh my T-zone and under eye area at the end of the day. I also like to mix a bit into my TM or foundation (it’s perfect with Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow!) to help smooth everything out.

With the purchase of a ticket to the B + B event ($35), we got a $30 voucher. I’m all stocked up on SpyGal’s weapon of choice, so I picked up a new tube of They’re Real (when I repeat buy – you know it’s a good product!) and Benefit’s Blush Brush. I’ve been wanting to try their new brushes for awhile, and I’m really liking this one because it is smaller. I have a little face and sometimes large brushes spread too much product on my cheeks.

What are your must-have Benefit products?

What's New in Beauty: Beauty Bar Sample Society, One Love Organics, Revlon + a Giveaway

Remember when we told you about Beauty’s foray into the sampling world with the “Sample Society?” From the looks of the first box, this one appears every bit worth the attention. Samples included:

  • Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream (1.6 oz)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (.45 oz)
  • REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask (15 ml)
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen (.14 oz)
  • Oscar de la Renta Espirit D’Oscar Eau de Parfum Rollerball (.1 fl oz).

We remain obsessed with One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm, and this piece from the ladies at Birchbox has some AMAZING tips on how to use this wonder salve. Oh, and they’re selling it too! Yay! [Birchbox]

This video on how to do your brows, sans salon, is a must-watch. [Refinery 29]

Want.THIS. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Bronzer. [Saks]

A pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio without makeup….still unbelievably gorgeous! [US Weekly]

We’ve teamed up with Revlon in 2012 to deliver “how-to” videos every month! We kicked off March with the Smoky Eye. Check it out here, and don’t forget to enter our giveaway of the Revlon Photo Ready Eye Primer + Brightener.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Travel Savvy Thanks to Birchbox + Vichy

The special Birchbox Vichy box arrived just in time for a series of business trips. These baby-sized samples are 3-1-1 friendly, and also, perfect for skin. Win-win. As if we needed another reason to love Birchbox, they go ahead and create a special box with Vichy, in addition to the monthly subscription, and offer it to a segment of subscribers based on their beauty profiles. Vichy has been around since the 1930s, named after a small town in France known for its antioxidant-rich mineral waters.

I tested several of these products while traveling for work, and was really impressed! While the moisturizer samples added weight to my carry on bag due to the glass pacakging (very chic), it was worth it. The Aqualia Thermal Cream Fortifying & Soothing 24-Hour Hydrating Care moisturizer is so soothing. After a few hours on a plane, four hours of sleep at the hotel and a nearly 18-hour day that ended with a return flight back to Chicago, my skin stayed hydrated. I didn’t even get a travel blemish (the worst).   Also, Vichy’s Purete Thermale 3-in-1 step Cleanser is made for traveling, or those looking to save some time. It’s a cleansing milk, toning lotion and makeup remover all at the same time. Effective, too!

I’m on another trip this weekend, and these Vichy samples are tucked into to clear, TSA-approved ziploc. I’ll hopefully be avoiding the travel blemishes on this trip, too. Let us know if you were one of the subscribers that recieved the box. We’d be interested to know your thoughts.

VOTE for Product Girl in the Zoya + Birchbox Custom Nail Polish Sweepstakes

Calling all Product Girl readers!

We need you to help rock the vote for us in the Birchbox + Zoya nail polish sweeps. We created a mood board with our color inspiration for spring and summer, along with 11 other fabulous bloggers, and the top three winning mood boards will be turned into a Zoya Nail Polish that will be sold exclusively via Birchbox.

Our Mood Board is all about Papaya. A delicious blend of orange and pink. Don’t you just want to wear this shade everywhere — shoes, shorts, cheeks, and of course, NAILS?!

Voting is open now for one week, and you can vote once a day! We’d love if you could show Product Girl Papaya some love! Click here to vote on the Birchbox Facebook page. By voting, you’re also automatically entered to win the entire collection.