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SRSLY’s Hair Commandments: Guest Blogger

If you haven’t heard of the online comedy series SRSLY (pronounced “seriously”) yet, let us be the proud first folks to introduce you. If you have heard of it, then you’ll know why we love the two brilliant NYU and Upright Citizen Brigade alumnae behind it. Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson’s short, snappy videos are loosely based on their 20-something lives in New York. The hilarious moments adeptly touch on experiences that many of us have every day. All this week, they’re sharing their beauty inspirations in their typical witty style.

(Photo: favim.com)

We love hair talk, and we’ve got some SRSLY strong opinions. Check it, don’t wreck it (your hair, that is):

1. Save the ponies for the glue factory.
That means no ponytails, EVER! (Okay, fine: at the gym it’s cool). Your hair shouldn’t be like a scary secret attic creature. Let it be free! If you’re rocking a chronic pony, it’s probably time for a haircut.

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Emma Stone’s Red Is Hollywood’s Most In-Demand Hair Color

A natural blonde, Emma Stone’s funny girl roles and red dye job have helped to separate her from other young starlets. (Photo: instyle.com)

—Hallie

For those of you on a budget, we’re loving Cool Mom Picks’ great present ideas and their roundup of holiday discount codes

5 Questions For…Stella Cadente Founder Stanislassia Klein

Like many great fragrance lines, Stella Cadente was born out of a fashion label first. Founded by Stanislassia Klein in 1991, the French cosmetics, interior design, and apparel brand expanded into fragrance in 2005. Nowadays, the company sells three distinct and lovely scents (and we hear that there may be more on the horizon!). We had the chance to chat with the Paris-based designer-cum-perfumer about everything from her dream collaborations to the process of creating a fragrance. 

1. What led you to launch your first fragrance?

To me, perfume cannot be separated from the rest of my work. It was a natural step in the creation of the brand. It sums up all my creative work in a bottle.

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Attention NYCers! Want to be in a Birchbox Video? Come Meet Us in SoHo Tomorrow!

Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, 11/29) between 1:30 and 4:00pm some of our editorial team will be camped out in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, near Crosby and Broome streets. We’ll be interviewing real life women (that means you!) about their beauty routines, the products they can’t live without, their biggest beauty regrets (sad DIY dye jobs, bright blue eyeshadow in middle school, etc.), and more.

Come hang out, meet us, and be part of a super fun video! Keep an eye on @birchbox on Twitter for any updates and tweet at us to let us know when you’re heading over.

See you mañana! 

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Birchbloggers: How Will You Sparkle This Season?

Here at Birchbox HQ, we’re fully immersed in the holiday season. (You can probably tell by the look of our festive Gift Guide.) Our latest sweepstakes is just as festive, revolving around two of our all-time favorite things: nail polish and diamonds!

This month we sampled étoile’s Winter In Central Park Collection, nail polish with actual diamond dust in the formula. The collection is inspired by a snow-covered Central Park, one of the prettiest symbols of the holiday season. To celebrate, we’re giving away étoile’s winter polish collection as well as a pair of 1.1 carat diamond earrings! Click here to enter now.

We also want to see your blog posts about your favorite sparkly looks for the holidays. Where will you add a little extra shine: Your makeup? Outfit? Manicure? Once you’ve entered the étoile sweepstakes, email us a link to your blog post. We’ll pick our favorites to be featured on the Birchbox Blog.

Please send all blog submissions to Birchbloggers@birchbox.com by December 12th.

—Loren

P.S. Need a hairstyle to go with your festive holiday makeup or outfit? Check out these 5 gorgeous braided hairstyles to try at your upcoming holiday parties, courtesy of our friends at Beauty High.

From Straw to Shiny Strands: How I Revive My Hair in One Night

Editor Lorelei reveals her secret to shiny hair—and it’s a simpler trick than you’d think.

A few weeks ago Candice wrote about the steps she was taking to restore her hair after coloring it for the first time ever. (You can see her cute highlights in action here!). As someone who’s been coloring my hair every shade under the sun (blonde, blonder, strawberry blonde, black, etc.), for about 15 years, I can relate.   

For a long time I accepted that coloring my hair meant it wasn’t going to be very nice. It’s always gorgeous for a few washes post-salon until the toner—and the shine—fades. After years of this I finally realized that I should do something about it. Enter Birchbox and a slew of hair-saving tricks. Now, in addition to my hydrating shampoo and conditioner, I also use a moisture-infusing hair mask once a week—and it’s made a huge difference in the quality of my formerly straw-like hair.

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The Spa at The Peninsula: Guest Blogger

Though we’re New Yorkers, we’ve always had a thing for Chicago—the gorgeous lakefront, the deep dish pizza, the friendly people—plus, one of our editors calls it home! Which is why we’re pumped to bring you a guest blogger series from CheekyChicagoThe online lifestyle magazine is packed with the latest events to attend, restaurants to hit, and of course, places to shop. Lucky for us, Cheeky’s Editor-in-Chief Erica Bethe Levine is imparting her Windy City wisdom all week long.

Anti-aging. Ick. I can’t even accept the fact that I’m of an age where this dirty word is part of my daily vocabulary. Although I take very good care of my skin, use high quality products, and remove my makeup even after a too-much-Champagne kind of night, I am certainly not one to take it to the extreme. Botox? Never! Facelift? As if! But I’m very happy to embrace any sort of skincare treatment that the Peninsula Spa has up its pretty little sleeve.

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Whoa! Kate Middleton Now Has Bangs

The Duchess of Cambridge rarely changes up her style—and we’re big fans of her new fringe. (Photo: en.dowloadswallpapers.com)

Stop the presses: Kate Middleton just got bangs. We’ve had our eyes firmly glued on the Duchess of Cambridge’s long, flowing brunette hair for ages, and this is the most radical change she has ever undergone. Click through to see her new look!

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This Holiday Gift Set From Tarte Will Make Anyone Go Bananas

More often than not, we add a makeup palette to our beauty arsenal and immediately fall in love with one or two items (lip color, eyeshadow)—while the rest of the hues end up being seriously neglected.

But this holiday season, we’ve found a must-have palette to gift (and to get) that solves that problem: introducing Tarte’s newly launched (as in several hours ago) Treat Yourself to Gorgeous palette collection. Why is this so awesome, you ask? Because you can split the set into three individual sections and only keep what you really love. Amazing.

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SRSLY’s Lip Stain Face Off: Guest Blogger

If you haven’t heard of the online comedy series SRSLY (pronounced “seriously”) yet, let us be the proud first folks to introduce you. If you have heard of it, then you’ll know why we love the two brilliant NYU and Upright Citizen Brigade alumnae behind it. Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson’s short, snappy videos are loosely based on their 20-something lives in New York. The hilarious moments adeptly touch on experiences that many of us have every day. All this week, they’re sharing their beauty inspirations in their typical witty style.

Emma Stone pulls off a gorgeous watermelon lip stain at the 2012 MTV movie awards. (Photo: zimbio.com)

If you ask us to pick our single favorite beauty product, it has to be lip stain. It’s the quickest way to look chic and pulled together, it lasts all day so you get major bang for your buck, and it’s consistently theone thing people compliment us on. We wear lip stain to every meeting, on every video shoot and when we want to confidently flirt with the cashier at Trader Joe’s. We’ve tried a lot, so here are our picks for the best lip stains on the market:

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