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Birchbox Partners with Us Weekly!

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If you’re already a BIRCHBOXer, you may have received this months box in collaboration with Us Weekly! For February, the beauty subscription service which delivers top notch beauty samples to your door every month for $10/month,  is filled

Happy Valentine’s Day to us! Our Makeup Drive was a Success

boxes of makeup You realize in life, you make time for the things that are important, even where there’s no time. Generally when it comes to New York Fashion Week  there’s no getting ahold of me — literally it’s the 2 week span my friends and family know not to call or text because I’m completely unavailable. Well right before the designers hit the runway, I was forwarded an email from the non-profit, Family-to-Family, which was working on a special drive in honor of Valentine’s Day, collecting unused cosmetics to help distribute them to women in homeless shelters on the 14th.

Great Last Minute Gifts for Under $100

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In the 11th hour, here are some great picks all under $100!

NOW OPEN: Birchbox Pop-Up Shop

Guess what my fellow beauty junkies? Our favorite delivery beauty service has opened up a pop-up shop, in honor of New York Fashion Week. Open today, Birchbox has launched Birchbox Local, an amazing 2 floor sample shop filled with products full size and mini from some of our favorite beauty brands.

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Located in Chelsea Market in NYC’s Meatpacking District, Birchbox Local gives

Birchbox Busts SPF Myths with Supergoop! Founder Holly Thaggard

Ask me my #1 beauty, skincare, or anti-aging tip and it will always be wear SPF. But all sunscreens are not created equal and with all the confusing information out there, Birchbox has busted through some common SPF myths with the help of SPF expert and founder of Supergoop!® Holly Thaggard. Hear what she has to say

Did you hear? PC Weekly Round Up

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Pretty Connected was featured in Beauty High’s Favorite Beauty Bloggers Spill Their Must-Have Spring Products! Guess which products we Love! (Or just click HERE.)

Lord & Taylor is having their Friends & Family sale, in stores and on lordandtaylor.com now through Monday, April 22nd. Almost all regular and sale merchandise will be 25% off and cosmetics and fragrances will be 10% off.

The Budget Babe is offering an exclusive 20% at Boohoo.com. Just enter code BUDGETBABE at checkout.

On Monday, April 15, Refinery29 is launching Beauty Nation: An interactive, local, community based platform for bloggers and readers ready to uncovering the best, and most innovative beauty secrets.

If you’ve ever wondered why you should avoid Sulfates, Alcohols, Fragrances and Parabens in your beauty products (and how to identify them on the ingredient list), check out this article from Beauty Press.

From Sunday, April 14th, through Thursday, April 18thBobbiBrown.com is offering 20% off all orders + Free Standard Shipping on all orders $75+.  In addition, customers will be helping to support Bobbi’s favorite charity, Dress for Success Worldwide, as $10K from the sales made online during this time period will be donated to the organization.

Beauty Sweet Spot shares some of her favorite spring beauty products, see what made the list!

How cute is Birchbox’s NEW Limited Edition Home Box?!

Don’t forget, we’re hosting a Virgin, Saints and Angels giveaway for their St. Christopher locket ($221 value). Don’t miss out! Enter HERE.

UK-based shoe designer, Joanne Stroker debuts spring/summer 2013 collection in the US. [The Mag]

Gift Guide: Gifts that keep on giving…

Long be the days when a subscription implies you’re getting a magazine (although that’s still a great gift in my book). Now there’s a everything from a bacon of the month club to cheese to wine, coffee, beauty products… here are some of our favorites!

1. Craft Coffee ($19.99 – $29.99/mo) – Subscription based artisan coffee delivered fresh to your doorstep. We’re talking 12 oz of great coffee to sample every month from 3 different roasters. Each bag is nicely labeled with variety, origin, production, roasting and tasting notes. craftcoffee.com

2. Zagat Wine Club ($139.99/12 bottles) – Imagine… A case of 12 carefully selected wines sent to you every three months. That means that at minimum, you have at least one bottle on hand every week! Plus they’re so confident in their experts that there’s a 100% money-back guarantee if a wine ever fails to meet your expectations. zagatwine.com

3. Birchbox Men’s  ($20/mo) –  Most women know Birchbox as a great way to sample new beauty, skincare and hair products from brand favorite like NARS, Stila, Smashbox, Benefit… on the cheap ($10/mo). Now, men can get in on the same great product curation every month spanning grooming and lifestyle products. birchbox.com

4. GLOSSYBOX ($21/month) – Founded in Berlin, GLOSSYBOX is similar to Birchbox in concept, however while Birchbox is strong in bringing in new products from brands you know, love, and have likely purchased from your local Sephora; Glossybox is great for learning about new international products and brands you may have never heard of or tried before. Plus the wrapping is divine. It truly feels like you’re getting a present every month. Check out their holiday gifting specials: glossybox.com/gifts


Gift Guide: PC Top Holiday Picks!

Who’s on top of their holiday shopping? Here are some of my personal picks of gifts I’ve gotten (mostly for myself) and loved!

1. Royal Apothic Conservatory Collection Candle in scent English Rose ($26) – this candle is lie a little piece of heaven. It’s a soy-blend wax and burns for 60 hours. It’s larger then it looks in the picture (5″h, 3″ square) and is gorgeous from package to scent. It’s like walking through a rose garden, the scent is superb.

2.  Sarah H. Reynolds Original Frame Notecards & Envelopes ($22/set of 10) – I love sending cards and this versatile set includes two of each print of five original charcoal frame drawings and ten envelopes by NY based artist, Sarah Reyholds. Leave your love note, thank you, or even your own drawing or picture inside one of these beautifully drawn frame (or use stamps!) and send. I like that they are artsy and give you a foundation to customize the card and they work for number of different occasions so they are handy to have around.

3. International Sanctuary Beautiful Green Necklace ($40) – As seen in my video campaign with SpaFinder (and regularly in photos on my instagram page, I wear this necklace all the time. This website (and necklace) are amazing. iSanctuary works to help victims of human trafficking reintegrate by employing survivors.  Their mission to end human trafficking through

PC Goes to Warsaw! A View of the Polish Cosmetics Industry

From the moment I stepped back into NYC last week the #1 question I’ve been asked is What we’re you doing in Poland?? Well besides instagraming and tweeting up a storm… (Thanks for noticing); HBA Global invited a handful of bloggers and buyers – I’m talking Felicia from This That Beauty, Danielle from The Style and Beauty Doctor, Heather from Beauty Unbiased, Alice of Miss Alice An, Rachel from Birchbox and me! — to attend the inaugural Polska Cosmetics conference and Beauty Forum Expo to learn more about the beauty industry in Poland.

{Team Poland: Danielle, Rachel, me and Felicia at dinner!}

I’ll be honest, prior to landing in Warsaw my knowledge of their industry was limited to – isn’t that where Inglot is from? Yes, it is! However after spending almost a week in that beautiful city, I learned so much!

For starters… how are these for some fun facts?

  • Helena Rubenstein was the first manufacturer to offer a sun-protecting cream and who popularized mascara and color face powders, was born and set up her first cosmetics company in Cracow, Poland.
  • Max Factor, also born in Poland… His real name, Maksymilian Fakorowicz.
  • The very 1st alcohol based perfume in history, “The Queen of Hungary’s Water” was created in the 14th Century thanks to it’s Polish namesake, Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary.
  • During the economic transformation post 1989, foreign companies such as Avon, Proctor & Gamble, and Colgate Palmolive invested in new factories in Poland.
  • Poland and Lithuania are the only countries in Europe where cosmetology is taught at a university level.
  • Poland is the 6th largest cosmetics producer in Europe.

Considering Poland is located in the center of Europe and is a member of the European Union coupled with their world-class research and development facilities, low employment costs, and high experience and flexibility within the industry opens them up to a world of possibilities (literally). And that hasn’t gone unnoticed.

In a 3 year effort to expose and grow the cosmetic and beauty industry, the European Union and Polish Ministry of Economy have co-financed The Promotion Programme; which will support the