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Before Anything Else: Intern Edition

“Monthly Favorites” is the YouTube tag that refuses to die, and for good reason: 1) it’s a great way to share and discover new and thrilling products/tools/snacks/media, and 2) there’s nothing more compelling than knowing what other people find compelling. Before Anything Else is our version of “Monthly Favorites,” and each month we feature new people with new perspectives. This month’s BAE features our intern crew: Andrea Kostovick, Mallory Wackerman, Francesca Mosconi, and Eliz Kuscu.

Feeling #StyleHaulNights Haulloween FOMO? 👻

Friday was our annual #StyleHaulNights Haulloween Party where we danced like crazy, feasted on fried mac n’ cheese balls, over-indulged in bottomless sips, and relished a private performance from our costume contest winner, “Miss Lauryn Hill”!

Broke Girl’s Guide to Unpaid Internships

College internships are invaluable and allow us to test drive our prospective fields. They give us fast access to new work environments and help us gain much-needed experience as we start out on our professional paths.

Daniel Smith, SFX Makeup Artist

Daniel Smith is an LA-based SFX makeup artist who has created incredible work for Disney, Buzzfeed, and Teen Vogue. This month, having committed to #31DaysofHalloween, Daniel is  posting a new scary look each day on his Instagram account.

Tips on Getting the Perfect Fro

Over the years I’ve tried countless hairstyles in an effort to get the perfect fro - braid-outs, twist-outs, bantu knots, wash n’ gos - but what I’ve discovered is that the styling method isn’t actually all that important. What is important is finding the right cut, and then finding the right products to maintain that desired style.

DIY Haulloween Costumes and a HUGE #StyleHaulNights Giveaway!

October is here, which means our favorite time of year is nigh: Haulloween! In preparation of our annual #StyleHaulNights Haulloween party, we’re sharing some of our favorite costumes. Outfits you can assemble on the cheap with bits & pieces from thrift stores and your closet.

Before Anything Else: September

A little over three months ago, I embarked on a journey with Accutane. I’m now halfway through my treatment and am suddenly obsessed with skincare. Like really. The amount of money I spent on products after my last paycheck? Out of this world.

In the Crosshairs

Razors! Lasers! Tweezers! Hot wax!

Bali: A Scrapbook

Joellen Lu, our Senior Social Media Manager, took a 35-hour INSANE-but-totally-worth-it flight to Bali this summer, and came back with billions of beloved photos, food recs, hike recs, beach recs, and just a TON of genuine enthusiasm for Indonesia and its culture. Here, below, is Joellen’s bright, mega-inspiring scrapbook/travel guide. Enjoy it. It’s made with love, just for you. 🏝

Alicia Claire de Mello on Thrifting & Ethical Fashion

Two years ago I decided to start a YouTube channel. I struggled over what video should be my first, but eventually decided on a thrift haul, as I’ve always been an avid thrifter. To my surprise, that video did fairly well, and now thrift hauls are definitely my most watched type of content. Which, of course, excites me, because thrifting has always been my primary way of purchasing new clothing.

Before Anything Else: August

“Monthly Favorites” is the YouTube tag that refuses to die, and for good reason: 1) it’s a great way to share and discover new and thrilling products/tools/snacks/media, and 2) there’s nothing more compelling than knowing what other people find compelling. Before Anything Else is our version of “Monthly Favorites,” and each month we feature a new person with a new perspective. This month’s BAE is Chiaki Samonte, our graphic designer.

Aeshia DeVore Branch, Pretty Girls Sweat

Aeshia DeVore Branch is the founder of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, a healthy lifestyle brand that makes fitness fun and affordable for women. She’s also the mastermind behind PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT fest ATLANTA, an annual fitness festival, SWEATlebrity Awards Show, and fundraising effort that benefits Sporty Girls Inc, Girls On The Run, Dance 411, and TeenDiariesFoundation.org.