How To: The Updated Holiday Updo
You’d think that after several years as a beauty editor, I would be a pro at trying out new hairstyles. The truth is, I tend to stick with a handful of standby styles. But now that the holidays are in full swing, I have plenty of opportunities (read: P-A-R-T-I-E-S) to expand my horizons. Next on my list to try: This elegant updo as demonstrated by our equally elegant staffer, Lorelei.
Great for medium to long hair, this look is perfectly polished without being the least bit severe. It’s the sort of ‘do that instantly dresses you up—I can see myself rocking it both in the evenings with a cocktail dress or during the day with a skirt and heels. I’m also newly into adding sparkly adornments to hair (very ’90s of me, I know). But seriously, when done in moderation, I love a bit of festive flair. Lo’s pretty pin works especially well towards the back of the head, but I’m also fond of these smaller sparklers from L.Erikson that are delicate enough to frame your face.
What holiday hairstyles will you be trying?
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Each month we thank our lucky stars for all of the unboxing videos our wonderful subscribers share with us (and with all of you!). For November, our theme was #MoreGood—encouraging us all to be good to others and good to ourselves. While you wait for your December boxes, let’s take a look back at some of our most smile-inducing November unboxings!
Cakesntae531 discovered lots of new favorites in her November box. She can’t wait to test her new Mighty Leaf flavors during her nightly tea time.
After opening her November box, it was clear that Kelly Gilmore was digging her samples. She couldn’t wait to try out the POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer she received—might we add, it looks amazing!
LISA ROSADO dot COM loves getting and gifting Birchbox. In November, she was intrigued by the design of the tube mascara she received from Eyeko and the idea of being able to use every last drop of the product.
To see even more unboxing videos check out our November playlist.
Want to reuse your November Birchbox as a fun photo box? Check out our crafty how-to!
We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
Photo by: Bryce Covey on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly
Thanksgiving marked the beginning of “engagement season"—however if you were on Facebook over the weekend, you probably already knew that! Though not as popular as spring and summer, the period from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to schedule your engagement photos. We adore these seasonal shoots—there’s nothing like snuggled-up couples to melt our hearts! Even if you’re not snowed in you can still create a romantic wintry setting with cozy sweaters, string lights, hot chocolate, and even some fake snowflakes. Here, are some of our favorite winter engagement sessions to inspire you.
Birchbox December 2013: Sneak Peek!
It’s finally here! The first look at December’s holiday-tastic Birchbox. In this Sneak Peek, our co-founder Hayley and editorial director Mollie discuss the sparkly, shiny highlights from this month’s box. From a duo of pout-perfect chubby lip pencils to a multi-tasking healing balm from Jessica Alba’s natural skincare line, we’ve got you covered from head to toe. Keep in mind these are just a few of the products our subscribers will receive—we have to keep some secrets after all!
Want to get your hands on all the featured samples in the video? Answer the question at the end of the video in the YouTube comments and you’ll automatically be entered to win. We’ll pick one winner on Dec 30 and notify them via YouTube message. To steal a line from Catching Fire, “May the odds be ever in your favor!”
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Even when we can’t hop across the pond, our Birchbox counterparts in Europe keep us in the know with insider deets on the coolest goings-on. Every week, we’ll be sharing our favorite Instagrams from each of the four Birchbox teams so that you can travel the world without getting on a plane.
This week, the Americans in the office treated the UK team to some delicious homemade pies for Thanksgiving! #yum
In Spain, we partnered with Swarovski for Barcelona Shopping Night. The first customers to visit the flagship Swarovski store in Barcelona found an amazing surprise—a Birchbox!—to add even more sparkle to their holiday shopping.
Juliette from the Birchbox France editorial team loves notebooks of every kind. Here, a small sampling of her adorable collection.
In the US, we celebrated all the things we’re thankful for, including subscribers like you! Happy Thanksgiving from Team Birchbox!
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If a turkey hangover kept you from participating in Black Friday’s shamazing sales—don’t worry. This Monday, you can shop to your heart’s content and score Bonus Birchbox Points! Translation: Indulge your inner shopaholic without the guilt.
From the perfect holiday gift to that lip gloss you’ve been eyeing, we’ve got tons to offer—but hurry, this deal expires at midnight sharp. So slide your tootsies into your warmest slippers, cozy up to an It’s a Wonderful Life marathon, and comb through our Shop to find goodies for everyone on your list.
To take full advantage of these awesome steals, just refer to this handy cheat sheet:
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Can we go ahead and call it? Thanksgiving is the most epic of holidays. It’s one of the only times when eating as much as possible is not only acceptable behavior but downright celebrated. The only downside is that all that stuffing tends to leave us, well, stuffed. Before you bid a tearful goodbye to your skinny jeans forever or opt for more drastic measures, turn to this roundup for a little wellness inspiration. Our detox menu will blast away bloat and ensure you kick off the approaching New Year (yeah, remember resolutions?) as the picture of good health.
1. Take 10
Think staying healthy requires a hefty time commitment? Think again. Each of these wellness breaks only takes ten minutes or less to complete. Make them a part of your daily routine, and we guarantee you’ll see a difference, inside and out.
2. Take it to the Streets
And by streets, we of course mean taking your fitness quest to the great outdoors. When temperatures plummet, runners fall in one of two categories: those who resign themselves to the treadmill, and those who layer up and tough it out. Planning to brave the elements? Here’s a checklist of the apparel, equipment, and grooming goods you’ll need.
3. Hunker Down
Often, it’s not a lack of will power but a lack of free time that keeps us from our daily sweat sesh. The solution? Maintain a small, well-curated collection of tools and weapons for your touch screen that will actually serve you well. Here are seven of our favorite apps to help you streamline your routine and simplify your life.
4. Workout, Anywhere
There’s no need to abandon your exercise while traveling. These easy poses by yoga rebel Tara Stiles, founder of New York studio Strala Yoga, will help you de-stress, beat jet lag, recover from plane-induced tummy troubles, and more. Best of all, you can do them anywhere—even a tiny hotel room.
5. Get Your Chocolate Fix
Who says healthy foods can’t taste good? Created by Dr. Lipman and goop, this rich smoothie combines raw cacao (yes, chocolate), honey, and a couple secret ingredients. Find out how to make this creamy treat and why it’s so good for you.
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After eating dessert and clearing the plates, there’s no better place to be on Thanksgiving Day than on the couch, in a tryptophan-induced dream state. My family has a post-feast tradition of cozying up in the living room, building a fire, and popping on the biggest-budget blockbuster we can find On Demand. While this year’s pick is still up in the air (my vote’s for the apocalyptic laugh fest This Is the End) here are some of my favorite classics (with mass appeal) for a food coma film fest, listed in order from family-friendly fare while the kids are still awake to a late-night horror classic:
1. The Kid-Friendly Family Film: Home Alone (1990)
Funny to kids and adults alike, 20+ years later Home Alone has yet to lose its luster. Macaulay Culkin shines as mischievous eight-year-old Kevin McAllister, mistakenly left behind after his family heads to France for Christmas vacation. With the threat of the Wet Bandits (a couple of knuckleheaded crooks), Kevin does the best a third grader can do to protect his home (and himself) from harm. Hilarity ensues.
2. Trite (But Terrific) Rom-Com: Love Actually (2003)
I don’t care how many times I’ve seen it, I love Love Actually. (Word on the street is that a lot of guys love it, too.) With its intersecting romantic vignettes, charming British cast (Hugh Grant at the Prime Minister anyone?), and a Mariah Carey finale number, there really is something for everyone. I’m jonesing to watch this one just writing about it.
3. Epic Babysitting Odyssey: Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
I remember watching this movie on one of the first nights I was allowed to stay up late with the adults in my family. For those of you who haven’t seen it, one night of babysitting goes awry for a teen in the Chicago suburbs. With the kids in the backseat she braves flat tires, stolen cars, and a blues club showdown, all in the span of one insane night. Do they make it home before the parents to? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out.
4. Hard-Boiled Crime Flick: The Departed (2006)
Once the kids’ table hits the hay, my family tends to want some high-stakes suspense. Martin Scorsese’s Serpico-referencing cop drama is just as thrilling as it is funny—both Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg play comic roles—and the rest of the cast is as good as it gets: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, and Vera Farmiga.
5. Scary Movie: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
With a painfully full Thanksgiving belly, you may find yourself relating to poor Rosemary Woodhouse, the unknowing mother of a demon child, played by Mia Farrow in this classic horror film. As Rosemary nears her due date, she finds herself at the center of a creepy conspiracy that involves not only her husband and neighbors, but her doctor too. The movie’s strange and chilling finale is one you won’t forget anytime soon.
Photo: 20th Century Fox
A Thanksgiving-Worthy Makeup Look in Ten Minutes or Less
If we know our members (and we think we do), you’re probably feeling a teensy bit stressed about tomorrow’s big holiday, especially if you’re hosting. Lest you think that we’ve left you in the lurch in the looking cute department, we’re sharing this holiday-ready makeup look from our Editorial Director Mollie, and InStyle’s Beauty Director Kahlana Barfield.
A sheer bronze eye is just the right amount of shine, and we swear you can do this look in between basting the turkey (or, in my case, tofurkey) and setting the table. Let us know how it goes and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
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Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. To get geared up for the season we’ve combed YouTube for the best in festive inspiration. From inventive hair to delectable homemade desserts, we can’t wait to put these ideas to use:
If your calendar is covered with holiday festivities, this knotted holiday updo from Kayley Meslisa is a great look to recreate. Not only does it put on a spin on the classic braids we’ve come to love, it can also be customized to fit any fete.
You know it’s time for the holidays when Starbucks brings out their holiday cups. HelloMaphie was so inspired by the spirited red coffee holders that she created this quick and easy nail art tutorial.
Last but not least: Holiday sweets! This apple crumble pie by EssieButton is not only perfect if you’re throwing a party, but works as a fun hostess gift too.
Where do you look for holiday inspiration?
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