In honor of Cyber Monday, we brought back our famous “Surprise Kits.” This time you get to choose which “Surprise Kit” is best for you, based on your skin type. Use promo code: “Dry12″ or “Oily12″ – Valid today only on www.bosciaskincare.com.
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In a saturated beauty market, it can be hard to find the right beauty products or simply know where to start. That’s why Birchbox is a smart, streamlined, and fun way to discover high-end beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products. Birchbox sorts through the clutter to send you what works and what’s worth the upgrade.
This month, Birchbox has teamed up with Glamour and their special July boxes feature some top brands and products, including our very own boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++.
We caught up with the super-busy Co-Founder of Birchbox, Katia Beauchamp – she told us the first beauty product she ever used, what would be the soundtrack to her life, and the hardest thing she’s ever done.
What was the first beauty product you ever used?
I think it was Lip Smackers Vanilla Frosting lip gloss. I also had an early experience with Nair- thanks for not letting me shave too soon mom. Agree that it is dangerous!
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I use Spotify and Pandora much more than anything I have downloaded. I am listening to my Adele and MGMT list a lot on Pandora lately. I tend to think that it would be the sound track to Thomas Crown Affair, but it is probably closer to Country Strong. My husband and I are both from Texas.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Why?
Sheryl Sandberg. Her career path and the level of impact she has today based on her position at Facebook is inspiring. Plus she has a family. I believe you can have it all, you just have to define what all is for you.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Does flying count? I mean flying like a bird, not in an airplane. If super-human is out, I would love to learn how to cook like a serious chef. Not to work in a restaurant, but for family and friends. I am an amateur, but love having people over today and my husband and friends might say that the best Mexican food in New York comes from our apartment.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Probably obvious – Birchbox. It is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me, but there are daily challenges; that is no different from any job, but what makes it hard is that it is so much a part of you that you cannot take anything lightly – from a not nice tweet to a stressed out employee, everything stays with you. Of course, by the same token the great moments are unmatchable and those happen daily too!
What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
I loved spying on people and was big on hiding in closets, under tables, etc to get all of the non-juicy information from my family members. It became un-cute fast!
When was the last time you had an amazing meal? What was it?
In Jerusalem last week! We went to a restaurant called Yudaleh. Everything was inspired; we focused on the fish dishes based on the chef’s recommendation. In the middle of our meal he had a drum solo on pots and pans – delicious and so much fun!
On this special day where we celebrate MOM, we would like to wish all the fabulous mothers out there, a Happy Mother’s Day!
With Mother’s Day just a few days away, we started thinking about Mother’s Day gifts. What should we get our boscia moms…perhaps perfume? No two moms are a like, so we can’t just get any ol’ perfume! Then we remembered our friend Sarah Horowitz, founder of Sarah Horowitz Parfums, a Westlake Village, CA-based fragrance house. We visited with Sarah to chat about Mother’s Day and to find out more about her and her own mom!
Does your family have any Mother’s Day traditions? My friends and I all had kids within weeks of each other so on Mother’s Day we like to all go to the park together. But in the morning, my husband and daughters usually make a nice breakfast. We’re very food centric. It’s just nice to relax and not have to work!
What are your Top 5 gift picks for mother’s day gifts?
- Fragrance! Obviously custom blended fragrance! (visit Sarah Horowitz Parfums)
- Spa gift/manicure/pedicure – but you have to guarantee that you will watch my kids while I enjoy this!
- If you could give “time” as a gift that’s great – time spent with friends or family over a great meal. I want to enjoy their company.
- Starbucks gift cards – you can never have too many!
- Chocolates/flowers – sounds cliché but no one doesn’t ever not smile. You just feel special.
What’s your favorite part about being a mom? Seeing their faces in the morning. It’s the best when I come home and my 3 year old runs to the door as if she hasn’t seen me in 10 years! That feeling is great!
Share a memory of your mother. My mom went to law school when she was 40 and also graduated at the same time I graduated from college. I loved that because it showed me it’s never too late! If you want it bad enough you can achieve it. I appreciate that she gave that to me.
My mom also has a saying: “In life there are 2 kinds of paths, one that is paved and one that you need a machete for…” She would always say that I was always a machete kind of girl and that is something that has always stuck with me.
How did your mom influence how you approach being a mother? As far as something tangible, my mom sang me a lullaby to sleep when I was younger, which her mom sang to her and now I sing my own version to my own children. Besides that I’m very hands on like her. I enjoy cooking for my family and being an active part of their lives. My mom is the kind of person that would try something once and experiment and would encourage me to do the same I hope to raise my kids to explore and try new things as well, and to be strong, independent girls.
As we’ve all become more aware of how we can each be more environmentally conscious, this month we’re talking to Danny Seo. Danny is an environmental lifestyle expert with best-selling books, television programs, products, magazine and syndicated newspaper columns. Through all his efforts, including “how-to” lifestyle lectures, he is able to share the creative ideas that made him America’s leading lifestyle authority on modern, eco-friendly living.
Today, you’re an environmental lifestyle expert, but what did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was much younger, I would be in charge of decorating the family Christmas tree but wanted to do it in the most recycled way possible. So I fixated on ornaments that were either made from recycled or natural materials, but had to look a certain way, too. It was that fixation that led to me being hired to create holiday trees for a local department store (before I was 16) that helped me nurture my design skills. Those two worlds—design and sustainability—soon merged and become who I am today.
Your bio says that on your 12th birthday you founded the organization Earth 2000. What was the turning point in your life that made you want to become environmentally friendly?
I share the same birthday as Earth Day (April 22), so you can’t help but be influenced by the fact your birthday is marked with so much news about the perils of our natural world. Starting to think if I were born on Valentine’s Day, I’d be obsessed with love. Maybe.
For those people out there who want to take the first step to being more “green” what do you recommend?
Think Big. I think we all want to be green but think it means giving everything up. If you’re in the market for a new car, think about getting the absolute most fuel efficient one you can afford. Need a new fridge? Get the most energy efficient on the market because those suckers are on 24/7 and are real energy hogs if you get the wrong one. Don’t obsess over the small stuff…. it’s the big ticket items that matter most.