July 22, 2016

Princeton Insider: Shop the Best of Birchbox

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From Barkboxes to Broboxes, there seems to be a subscription box for just about anything or anyone. While we appreciate the thrill of receiving any package with our name on it, the staff at Urban Agenda Magazine has a proclivity for our Birchboxes. Not only do they give us the chance to try new products, but they also make it feel like it’s our birthday every. single. month. Whether or not you’re ready to gift yourself with this monthly indulgence, Birchbox offers full-sized versions of all their samples online. Here, we outline some of our favorite products from Birchbox.

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Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, $29

If you’re not using bronzer, you’re missing out. Whether you use it to give your face a little definition or sweep it all over to warm up your skin, bronzer is a year-round must. Get on board with Hoola, Benefit’s bestselling pressed bronzer. The silky powder that comes in a cute mirrored compact, and can be used all over or as a contouring shade. We love how the chestnut color glides on without any prom-style glitter and blends in easily.


Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, $28

We have tried every trick in the beauty book to keep makeup on all day, but when it comes to taking it off, we aren’t so excited about the extra tug and pull. With a gentle formula that’s actually a match for our waterproof smoky eyes and lip stains, wiping away the day just got a whole lot easier. Double duty to the rescue: This remover also conditions and refreshed as it cleanses.


Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer, $24

Lashes worthy of a double take? Look no further. Swipe on this primer under mascara to dramatically boost length and separation, or wear it alone to define and tint lashes for a naturally feathered look. Unlike those hard-to-cover white primers, the mink brown color blends in seamlessly under mascara (or on its own). Plus, its custom extra-flex brush moves with lashes to avoid clumps, and the gel formula is both water-resistant and packed with conditioning vitamin B5.

Clarisonic Smart Profile

Clarisonic Smart Profile, $299

Sorry, smartphone-we have a new favorite piece of smart technology: this intelligent update to the customer-fave Clarisonic skincare system. It’s designed to communicate with SMART-enabled brush heads to know your skincare needs-and automatically give you the type of clean you need. Developed with microchips that engage with the device for an eleven-times-deeper clean, these hi-tech brush heads auto-adjust speed and power depending on if you’re targeting your face, body or feet. (There’s also a turbo boost button for major problem areas.) Plus, the new user-friendly interface features a battery indictor and alerts you when it’s time to switch to a new brush head. This kit includes samples of Clarisonic’s Refining Skin Polish and Refreshing Gel Cleanser, so you can get your clean on right away.

CLEAN Rollerball Layering Collection (Air, Cool Cotton, Warm Cotton, Fresh Laundry, Rain)

CLEAN Rollerball Layering Collection (Air, Cool Cotton, Warm Cotton, Fresh Laundry, Rain), $18

While some women swear by a signature scent, we find it a lot more fun to experiment with fragrance on a weekly-or daily-basis. That’s why this mix and match set of five intoxicating scents is right up our alley. Designed to be worn solo or layered together to create a one-of-a-kind blend, they’ll have you hooked from the very first sniff. For when you’re feeling flirty and ultrafeminine, there’s Air, a melange of lush green accords, freesia, peony, and amber. Looking to exude a more sultry vibe? Try Warm Cotton, a subtly sexy blend of citrus, floral, and amber. Keep things light and sparkling with Cool Cotton, featuring notes of crisp green apple, lemon zest, and mimosa blossom, or Fresh Laundry, a mix of Brazilian orange, rose otto, and night blooming jasmine. And for a perfectly pure, elegant scent, try Rain, featuring delicate notes of daffodil, dewy melon, and water lily.

Supergoop! At Play Value Set

Supergoop! At Play Value Set, $45

Life may not always be a beach, but it certainly feels like one when we’ve got this Supergoop! At Play Value Set on hand. With four of the brand’s expertly formulated, paraben and oxybenzone-free sunscreens, it has everything we need to enjoy a day in the sun while keeping our face, lips, and body safely protected from both UVA and UVB rays. (And the supercute tote is a fun bonus.) For our face, there’s the Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology, an oil-free formula packed with antiaging antioxidants, as well as the Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen with Olive Polyphenols SPF 40, a hypoallergenic formula that calms sensitive skin. The Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50 features a spray-on formula that dries quickly for full-body protection. And don’t forget your lips: The Fusion Lip Balm SPF 30+ in Mint keeps them shielded from the sun and has a subtle, sheer pink tint. A $59 value!

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow, $28

We’’ll be the first to admit: Smooth, dewy skin is right at the top of our beauty wish list (right next to endless, clump-free lashes). This multitasking BB cream gets us much closer to our goal——and with minimal effort. It hydrates and calms skin, evens tone, controls shine, lightly masks imperfections, and, thanks to tiny flecks of light-reflecting pigments, infuses skin with a fresh-from the-yoga-studio radiance. This hypoallergenic, gluten-free, perfume-free, and oil-free formula is perfect for those with sensitive skin.


R+Co DEATH VALLEY Dry Shampoo, $29

This dry shampoo will do more than clean up your hair; it’ll lend it a kind of untamed texture—not unlike the landscape from which it takes its name. Just a few sprays will absorb excess oil, increase volume, and add definition.

Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, $26

There’s a lot to love about gelato. This luminous, warm highlighter celebrates the Italian dessert’s rich texture with a formula that applies like a powder but feels like a cream, making it easily blendable and ideal for building to your perfect coverage. Another plus? The pretty 3D design ensures you get an even sweep of product until the very last application.

Jouer Tint

Jouer Tint, $22

Petite enough to fit into your daintiest evening clutch, this two-in-one pigment gives both lips and cheeks a wash of creamy color. Each square compact comes with a built-in mirror, and the moisturizing formula is designed to be applied directly with your fingertips. We love how the sheer pigments blend in easily to give skin a healthy, dewy finish.

bkr Glass Water Bottle 32 oz.

bkr Glass Water Bottle 32 oz., $45

Minimalism is based on a single guiding principle: That simplicity and beauty are often one and the same. These glass-made vessels embrace that notion on every level, offering a stylish, eco-friendly alternative to disposable bottles and BPA-heavy plastics. Made with simple glass and food-grade silicone, these bottles are a welcome departure from the excesses of a buy-and-toss world. Best of all, a portion of each sale goes to charities like the Obakki Foundation, which brings the gift of clean water wherever it’’s needed most.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer - Ghost Edit

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer – Ghost Edit, $18

Created by the beauty icon who launched Hard Candy (and sparked our polish obsession in the 90’s), Smith & Cult strikes that perfect balance between gorgeous and edgy (just look at their shade names to see what we mean). This covetable, semi-sheer polish in a nude pink shade is vibrant, chip-resistant, and 8-free—meaning the formula is free of not-so-nice ingredients like dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, and triphenyl phosphate.