team birchbox

Team Intros: Meet Dave!

Some days, it feels like Birchbox runs on coffee (Stumptown, obvi) and Aussie power. Our crazy brilliant CTO, Liz, hails from Oz, as does Dave, our new-ish Senior Technical Product Manager. Between his hardcore running abilities (he’s a seasoned ultra marathoner) and endless patience with less-techy Birchbox staffers, he’s a total gem. We’d say that Team Content is Dave’s biggest fan, but we know we have serious competition from the rest of the company.

Dave Morrison, Senior Technical Product Manager

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

Unofficial role: Google Analytics Guru

Fun fact: I’m partial to a jog and recently completed my first ultramarathon—100km (62.13 miles for the Americans in the audience) through the National Parks of Sydney.

Beauty confession: From time to time, I’ll use my girlfriend’s hairdryer.

Currently loving: Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer (thanks Birchbox Man!).

Worth the splurge: For swimmers, Kiehl's All-Sport Swimmers Cleansing Rinse for Hair and Body. Nothing works better to nix that chlorine fragrance.

What beauty product most baffles you? Not a product, but threading! What’s wrong with good ol’ wax!?

Meet the rest of the Birchbox Team here and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

The Negative As A Postive: Mood Board

Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.

We had a real lesson in lighting this week creating a photo studio in our office and it got us thinking about contrast and balance. In design, we often speak of ‘white space.’ But we often forget about the negative (dark) spaces and they can often be just as interesting, relieving, and helpful. So as you go about your day, keep your eye out for the negative spaces in your life. Negative doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. 

1. Flickr 2. hipopotamstudio 3. Farbor-Sid 4. Tumblr

Team Intros: Special Ops

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Ally and Emily, our brand-new operations gurus. Now we have three more to add to their ranks. These girls are the superheroes of our company and without them we’d be lost (and even more importantly, so would all your customer requests, queries, and comments). Meet the newest members of our Operations team.

Loren, Operations Associate

Hometown: Fort Lee, NJ

Fun fact: I love going to electronic shows. A few months ago a DJ at one of these shows accidentally broke my arm, yet I still keep going back!

Beauty confession: I’m obsessed with nail polish and have a blog that I (try to) update with pictures of the funk.

Currently loving: Zoya Mitzi (Mod Matte Collection), Lanza Silk Hair Serum, and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (Dark Brown). And watches. And maxi dresses.

Worth the splurge: An amazing perfume. And maybe an awesome polish :P

Best beauty trick: Never sleep with makeup on!

Paulina Anderson, Operations Associate

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Fun fact: A couple months ago I gave up drinking coffee, and I found a new addiction love in Guayaki’s Mate Chocolatte tea! You gotta try it!

Beauty confession: I’ve never worn foundation or colored my hair!

Currently loving: Fekkai’s Summer Hair Beach Waves spray, O.P.I.’s San Tan Tonio, and Weleda’s Gentle Cleansing Milk—I bought it this weekend and I swear that my husband has never found my face more kissable!

Worth the splurge: The perfect summer dress :)

Best beauty trick: A tiny bit of pure jojoba oil on your face as moisturizer, daily mantras, and seriously—a genuine smile!!

Jillian Rissman-Sherr, Operations Associate

Hometown: Los Angeles

Fun fact: I once found a lost dog, and it ended up being Jessica Alba’s. I’m also in the background of a paparazzi photo of Britney Spears. 

Beauty confession: My mom has always picked out my perfume for me. She has good taste! 

Currently loving: My Mason Pearson brush. Feels soo good!

Worth the splurge: Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel Pads. 

Best beauty trick: I wear mascara every day, so I like to moisturize my eyelashes with Vaselline at night to keep them from drying out. Another eyelash tip:  I coat the tops of my top lashes while looking down, and then underneath them while looking up to make them extra long.

Team Intros: Meet Caroline!

We like to think we know a good thing when we see it but sometimes it takes us a while to figure it out! That was the case with one of our new team members: Caroline. She initially started as an intern with our beauty partnerships team at the end of October but quickly proved that she was a huge asset to the team. Fast forward a few weeks to November and Caroline officially became a relationship manager! We’re lucky we grabbed her when we did because she’s helping us work with even more amazing brands in the months to come! 

Caroline Everett, Brand Relationship Manager

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Unofficial title: Southern Gem

Fun fact: I spent a summer in Thailand and hitch-hiked everywhere.

Beauty confession: I will adjust my schedule if I’m having an unusually good or bad hair day.

Currently loving: Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner in Navy. It has a built-in smudger and sharpener!

Worth the splurge: BY TERRY Eye Primer.

Best beauty trick: I layer a face oil underneath my night cream. It keeps my skin moisturized, even when the heater in my apartment is pumping!

Team Intros: Meet Mai!

If you’re an avid reader of the Birchbox Blog (which you should be), you’re already well acquainted with Mai. Our intrepid Copy Writer is writing a weekly Ingredient Decoder column, as well as plenty of daily posts. In addition to her way with words, we love Mai’s ability to find the best Asian food within a 10-block radius of our office, adorable outfits (see evidence below), and quirky sense of humor. 

Mai Wang, Copy Writer/Blogger Extraordinaire

Hometown: Miami, Florida.

Unofficial title: Speed Demon.

Fun fact: On vacation a few years ago, I ate a three-hour lunch at a Las Vegas buffet, waited for them to put out the dinner items, and ate again!

Beauty confession: Working at Birchbox makes me a commitment-phobe. Since I’m always testing new products, I switch cleansers and moisturizers every other week.

Currently loving: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. I spritz it onto my face and neck at random points of the day. The clean rose scent is addictive.

Worth the splurge: Juno Body Transformative Body Lipid Serum. So pure and so good for your skin.

Best beauty trick: For foolproof cat eyes, I put on pencil liner first, then trace over it with liquid liner.

Catch up on Mai’s Ingredient Decoder column — you’ll never look at coconuts the same way again!

Team Intros: Meet Noha & Whitney!

If there is one department at Birchbox that you’ve probably spoken to at one time or another, it’s our Operations team! These stellar staffers respond personally to hundreds of emails and phone calls each week. So when it came to adding to their ranks, you know it was only the best of the best. Our newest team members, Noha and Whitney, are pretty impressive. In between interning at MSNBC and the UN, working in publishing and at A & E’s Biography channel, Noha started a club at her alma mater, Rutgers, to expose the student body to Arab culture, which ended up winning an award from Governor Corzine. She could be in law school right now, but she chose us instead! (Birchbox FTW!). On the other hand, Whitney has not one but TWO regional Emmys! The filmmaker is also a big TV buff (go figure) and is currently loving American Horror Story on FX. 

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Team Intros: Meet Stacy!

We’re on an intro kick! Now, we’d love to introduce you to the lovely Stacy, who comes to us from American Express, Nielsen, and, most recently, Zagat Survey, where she worked on subscriber acquisition online. We managed to woo her to Birchbox in December — yay! Extra fun-facts you should know about Stacy: 1. She has amazing, glowing skin. We’re still trying to figure out her secret. 2. She also has a beautiful daughter, Alexis, who’s almost a year old and has stolen all of our hearts. Here’s a little bit more about her:

Stacy Graham, Director of Acquisition

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

Unofficial role: Pied Piper 

Fun fact: I’ve traveled to six out of the seven continents and I plan to go to the seventh (Antarctica) very soon!

Beauty confession: I’ve used Oil of Olay as my facial moisturizer since I was 14 years old.

Currently loving: Bond No. 9 Union Square perfume.

Worth the splurge: A great deep tissue massage.

Best beauty trick? Exfoliating your skin everyday. It keeps you looking young!

Team Intros: Meet Nicole!

Rarely a day goes by without a Birchbox staffer uttering the words, “Nicole is amazing.” And she is. Really freaking amazing. From keeping our kitchen stocked with fresh fruit and almond milk to making sure we have recycling bins and dental insurance, she really is the cat’s pajamas. Case in point: Today she’s orchestrated an early Halloween party complete with kegerator, costume parade, and lots of candy. We’d be lost without her.

Nicole Fealey, Office Manager

Hometown: Currently live with my husband and daughter in Astoria, NY (NYC’s “left bank”) but grew up in Coeymans Hollow, New York USA! Points for anyone that can find it on the map without using Google.

Unofficial title: Captain Amazing

Fun fact: My husband and I love animated comedy TV (We DVR South Park, Family Guy, Simpsons & Archer) and dream of writing for those shows some day. Having a child of our own only makes them funnier.

Beauty confession: I have been growing out my eyebrows for over six years after some serious over-plucking in college. They might be back to normal by 2018. When I walk into a salon to have them done, they just shake their heads.

Currently loving: Aveda’s renewing lip treatment. The change of weather is wreaking havoc with my lips and this really helps to heal them.

Serious fragrance splurge: Clive Christian 1872 for Women. It will be the first thing I buy when I win the lottery. I ration the little bottle I was gifted for important events!

Best beauty trick: No tricks up my sleeve at all! Seriously, if I had a beauty column, I would have to beg Mark Bittman to let me call it “The Minimalist.” I am glad I have the Birchbox team to teach me everything they know.

Team Intros: Meet Candice!

We know a smart cookie when we see one, which is why we tried to hire Candice way back in the spring. Fast forward six months, and we finally managed to lure her away from her glossy magazine job. She’s the newest member of Team Content, and is bringing plenty of social media savvy and editorial wisdom. We’re delighted to have her!

Candice Chan, Associate Editor

Hometown: San Mateo, California

Unofficial title: Lifesaver

Fun fact: I love sharks! I’ve been fascinated by them since I was a kid, even though they kind of terrify me.

Beauty confession: I tried to bleach my hair in high school and came out with orange, orange tips. Never. Again.

Currently loving: Jouer’s Moisturizing lip gloss in Birchbox Pink. It’s such a fun pop of color and excellent for a night out.

Worth the splurge: Facials with someone who knows your skin! Maintenance check-ins make all the difference. I’ve been seeing the same facialist for years, and whenever I don’t do at least a seasonal session with her, my skin starts rebelling.

Best beauty trick? Take a fifteen minute cat-nap before you head out at night. It’ll brighten up your mood and skin.

Another Birchbox staffer favorite? Nuxe Multi-Use Dry Oil with Shimmer. A little goes a long way, and gives skin the prettiest sheen.

Team Intros: Meet Techies Jereme, Isabelle, and Marie

Birchbox is having a growth spurt! We just moved into a brand-new swanky space and we’ve already managed to fill up the majority of it. Much of that has to do with all the new hires we’ve brought on board recently, several of which are on the tech team. We are so, so, SO happy to have them here—a web startup can’t function without plenty of talented techies!

Jereme Corrado, Systems Architect

Hometown: Kerhonkson, NY. I grew up on a small strawberry farm in the Catskill Mountains.

Fun fact: I’ve hitched through most of the lower 48.

Unofficial Title: Mr. Fix-It

Beauty confession: I tried the AHAVA Natural Dead Sea Body Mud we were giving out and I really loved it. But I’m really out of my element here. I’m still working on using lotion daily after Rachel told me that my once-a-month policy was probably a little too spartan.

Currently loving: My new record player, Rega p3. It’s pink! 

Worth the splurge: My dog Walter’s new haircut, which is $85! (Mine is $14.) 

Best beauty trick: The secret to a happy summer in the city, as a man, is powder in your unmentionables.

Isabelle Rice, Technology Intern

Hometown: Short Hills, NJ

Fun fact: I once escaped a bear that was stalking me while I was hiking. I am now extremely overconfident of my ability to deal with bears.

Unofficial Title: Speedy Gonzales

Beauty confession: The only way I buy new makeup is by going to makeup counters and having them do it for me. I don’t trust myself to choose well.

Currently loving: Straw fedoras! I can’t really pull them off, but I love when other people do.

Worth the splurge: A good tinted moisturizer like Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint. It’s great and light for the summer while protecting your skin long term.

Best beauty trick: Drink lots of water!

Marie Matheson, Software Engineer

Hometown: Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, Canada

Fun fact: I was once pulled up to street perform in Paris in front of hundreds of people.

Unofficial Title: Web Maestro

Beauty confession: I rocked a perm gone horribly wrong just five short years ago.

Currently loving: Pocket dresses

Worth the splurge: A good haircut

Best beauty trick: Spray gel for up-dos

Ashton Hangin' 10 in Sao Paulo, Kim K Furious Over Cher Rumor, and More From Around the Twitterverse

The good, the bad, and the just plain weird from the Twitterverse this past week:

While the celeb gossip sites swirled with the news that Demi had entered the hospital (exhaustion, anorexsia, whip-its?!), Ashton was hangin’ ten on the streets of Sao Paulo… 

https://twitter.com/#!/aplusk/status/161492306900430848

One of our absolute favorite classy ladies, Ellen Degeneres, put out a Tweet that we don’t quite understand—but we suspect we would have liked to have been at that party:

https://twitter.com/#!/TheEllenShow/status/163084042391126017

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Out of the (Birch)Box

After a long day at work, the funny things around the office start to seem normal, but trust me, we’ve got some out of the Birchbox stuff, check it out! 

Left: The other day I mentioned how beauty lovers are also animal lovers. This is our favorite shaped snack: cheddar bunnies!

Right: Eric and Molly were really curious about what would happen if they had a child, and it’s a miracle…their virtual result was actually born at age three.

Left: We enjoy our view of New York City so much that we’ve opted not to invest in blinds, huge sheets paper do the job just fine.

Right: Who needs forks when you have a lifetime supply of chopsticks…sushi anyone?

Left: One of our beloved investors sent us some sweet monogramed kicks. They happen to be just my size…hmm…

Right: Jennie, our E-Commerce manager, sporting her second place flag-football medal. It usually hangs on the wall—we’re really proud of our accomplishments here!

Left: Our delicate plant, held together with hair clips, would you expect anything else from a beauty company?

Right: Our Brand Team’s mascot, Ms. Martini, a New Orleans native. I think that pretty much sums it up.

—Shana 

What's in Our Birchbox Makeup Bags?

If you haven’t already noticed, the Birchbox team is pretty obsessed with the products we sample. We just can’t help ourselves! Not only that—we’re also guilty of toting around our favorite BB samples in our Birchbox makeup bags. Dorky, we know. Here’s a peek at what we consider daily essentials.

MEREDITH STEBBINS

I own lots of products, but I only take my faves with me to get ready after my morning workouts. My daily musts: Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible, which allows me to go longer between washes, and of course Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint, which I go through like it’s water. Josie Maran’s Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain is my newest obsession and I never go more than three days without exfoliating with Kate Sommerville’s brilliant ExfoliKate.

MAI WANG

Currently in my makeup bag: Harvey Prince Eau Flirt. I love this fresh scent. The dual notes of lavender and pumpkin are calibrated to make you irresistible to men. I also have Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream, a botanical balm that keeps my hands moisturized.


NICOLE RIVERA


I love stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, especially in Lionfish—I prefer the bronze color because it’s more subtle than a harsh, black liner. Also I like to carry around Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream as well as Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment to keep my hands and lips from getting dried out. CAROLINE EVERETT


I really can’t live without my Laura Geller I-Care Eye Liner because it truely does last all day. Colorescience Pro Mineral Foundation Powder Brush SPF 20 is also a must for me because—with my fair skin, I need my products to have SPF even in the winter. This Colorescience brush with foundation is so convenient, especially when I am getting ready quickly.  MOLLIE CHEN

I have not one, but two, Birchbox makeup bags! I keep my gym “essentials” in the ikat one and my everyday products in the canvas one. A few highlights: Nuxe Multi-Use Oil: I apply this to my face every morning. I love the light texture and pretty scent. ByTerry Hyaluronic Face Glow: Adore the fluffy, souffle-like texture and the fact that it gives my skin an even look—even before makeup. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint: You guys are probably bored of me telling you how much I love this product. Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser: I got this super foamy wash in my Jan Birchbox and it’s a new favorite.  GUM Teeth Cleaners: A must for someone who snacks as much as I do. MCMC Fragrances in Maine: My absolute favorite.

KATIA BEAUCHAMP

I’m so happy with the new Birchbox makeup bags because they can hold so much! Currently I’m carrying Jouer Lip Enhancer, which I’m totally addicted to. It’s such a step up from typical lip balm. I also always have Deborah Lippmann Stripper To Go nail laquer remover because you just never know when you’ll be inspired to change your polish on the spot!

—Rachel

We’d love to see what your favorite products are that you keep in your makeup bag! Send us a photo reply!

Blue Note: Mood Board

Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.

We’ve been watching the nights get shorter every week and we love the moment right after the sun sets when the sky turns that beautiful navy blue color. It’s that time of day when you can still see the silhouette of the buildings or houses or trees (wherever it is that you may live). We have a lot of navy going on in our creative department as of late, and it’s a color that we’re completely sold on for the coming months. 

1. We Heart It; 2. Pinterest; 3. Details; 4. Ffffound; 5. Pinterest; 6. Flickr;

Team Intros: Meet Alicia!

We’ve mentioned Alicia on our blog in the past (she has a killer vanity stuffed with products), but we haven’t officially introduced her yet. It’s only been a couple months, but we can’t even remember how we managed to get our work done without her. Not only does she kick butt at creating our product pages and articles, but she also comes from six years at Estee Lauder, which means she is in-the-know about beauty. (But we like to think we’re showing her a few new tricks, too.)

Alicia, Production Manager

Hometown: Toms River, NJ. (It’s claim to fame is that it’s home to the 1998 Little League Champions and currently featured on The Jersey Shore.)

Fun fact: I can whip you up some awesome Thai Curry. I love Thai cuisine and even took cooking classes while in Thailand last year.

Beauty confession: Up until a few years ago, my makeup only consisted of eyeliner and concealer. These days though, I am an full blown addict.

Currently loving: Essie’s Trophy Wife polish.

Worth the splurge: Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I put it on a huge burn scar on my arm and it’s now virtually unnoticeable. If that’s what it can do for a pesky mark, imagine what it can do for your face!

Best beauty trick: I put eye primer on my lips before applying lipstick. I use Estee Lauder’s Stay-In-Place EyeShadow Base.

Nothing But Neons: Mood Board

Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.

1. allthingsgirlyandbeautiful.tumblr.com 2. blog.madpropsboston.com 
3. pinterest.com/paolalembert 4. obaz.com 
5. iranzuguijarroplaza.wordpress.com

We’re so inspired right now by the bright neon colors we’ve been seeing in beauty and fashion. We’re especially excited when we see a mix of neons and nudes! It’s a great way to be subtle but still make a statement.

Find out what else is inspiring our amazing creative team by checking out these other mood boards.

Team Intros: Meet Charlie!

Our creative team has gone from a one-woman show to a two-person force, thanks to our new graphic designer, Charlie. (Yippee, Jess finally has some company!) If we had to sum up what Charlie does in a nutshell: she makes things look pretty. Very pretty. From creating eye-catching newsletters to helping source beautiful imagery for content to assisting with our recent redesign, she wears many artsy hats and we ♥ her.

Charlie, Graphic Designer

Hometown: Dix Hills, NY

Fun fact: I’m thoroughly obsessed with Mad Men. I dyed my hair red last Halloween as an ode to Joan and I kept it that way.

Beauty confession: The entire year before my wedding, I washed and conditioned my hair with horse shampoo and conditioner because a stylist at a salon told me it would make my hair grow faster.

Currently loving: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio.

Worth the splurge: Number 4 Lumiere d'hiver Reconstructing Masque.

Best beauty trick: Dry Shampoo! Lately I’ve been using Blow Faux Dry Shampoo and I love it.

Team Intros: Meet Leah!

Happy Monday! How about another Birchbox Team intro to brighten up your morning? Meet Leah, a former Bain consultant and private equity investor who graduated from Harvard Business School in 2011. We’re excited that she ignored all those other sexy startups to join our team. She’s tiny but mighty, a strategic force with reeeediculous PowerPoint and Excel skills. Did we mention she’s also a dream to work with?

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Leah, Director - Beauty Partnerships

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA.

Unofficial role: Powerpoint Whisperer.

Fun fact: Used to run a baby clothing company.

Currently loving: Limited Edition Bride Box - perfect for my wedding next June!

Worth the splurge: YSL Matt Touch Primer — I’ve never used a mattifer that was so smooth and perfect under makeup or on its own!

Beauty trick: Cocoa butter mixed with shea butter is absolutely the best heavy duty body moisturizer for the winter months, plus it’s great for making skin tone more even.

Beauty confession: I love the look of dark lipstick but haven’t found the perfect one yet. Still looking…

Team Intros: Meet Kelly!

Aside from being talented and having worked at a startup before, Kelly fits right in at Birchbox for another reason: she loves to snack. Ah, a girl after our own hearts. We must also admit that it’s pretty fantastic to have yet another staffer with enviable hair — Kelly is a daily source of inspiration because her ‘do hasn’t looked anything less than perfect even once since she started. Sure, it might just be good genes, but we still plan to ask her for her blowout secret sometime in the near future.

Kelly Reynolds, PR Manager

Hometown: New York, NY

Unofficial Role: Herder of Cats

Fun fact: I’m a snack-food addict and usually found raiding the Lucky Charms stash in the Birchbox kitchen.  

Beauty confession: I’m terrible at remembering to remove my eye makeup at night. 

Currently loving: Our limited edition Here Comes the Bride box. As a recently engaged girl, this is at the top of my bridal shower wish list (hint hint!).

Worth the splurge: Tinted moisturizer. It’s the one thing I always have on.

Best beauty trick: Fill in your brows! It makes a bare face look polished. 

Excellent advice! Pick up some arch-grooming advice in our Brow Quick Fix.