Hopefully, you’ve been paying attention and have already entered our awesome #MyHairToday giveaway by tweeting a pic of your hairstyle (one lucky winner will receive amika’s entire line of Obliphica haircare products!).
While we were putting the sweepstakes together, it dawned on us: What would happen if we gave you more than 140 characters? Maybe you’ll share a full-length tutorial on how you achieved today’s hairstyle? So your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take the #MyHairToday giveaway one step further and write a blog post. Send us links to your how-tos that showcase a photo of your hair, the tools or products you used, and a quick explanation, and we’ll pick our three favorites to highlight on the Birchbox Blog next week! (Please send your blog links to Birchbloggers@Birchbox.com by midnight Tuesday, August 7th.)
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
The former Mrs. Tom Cruise on the cover of Elle's August issue. (Photo: Pier 59 Studios)
When I first saw Katie Holmes sporting fabulous fringe by celebrity stylist Andy LeCompte on Elle’s August cover, I wanted to know everything about it. Although I’ve been rocking fringe for the majority of my life (here’s a recent snap) and know a thing or two about how to maintain it, I still get fringe envy from time to time. Holmes triggered this sensation and forced me to beeline it to my go-to hair guru, Jeremy Davies-Barbala—the senior creative director at Sassoon Salon.
If you’re wondering why I keep saying “fringe” and not “bangs,” blame it on Jeremy. The exceptionally stylish British expat shutters at the b-word, insisting that “fringe” is a more suitable description of the style. I think he’s right. Here are his easy dos and don’ts on nailing the look:
Birchbox staffers Jamie and Lorelei enjoying the chic Caudalie Spa at the Plaza Hotel.
Last night, we teamed up with one of our favorite brands, Caudalie, to throw an awesome event for our New York subscribers. Tri-borough area Birchboxers had the chance to score eye treatments, head and arm massages, and oxygen infusion facials—plus, an opportunity to meet the company’s founders, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas—at Caudalie’s Vinotherapie Spa in the Plaza Hotel.
We were excited to see so many gorgeous members in attendance (ladies, you make up one stylish crowd)! But the extra-exciting moment for us editors was sitting down with Mathilde and Bertrand to find out their favorite summer beauty trends, and the product that they just can’t stop talking about. Click through to see pics from the event and find out about Caudalie’s hottest new product!
When we were growing up, August was filled with excitement and anticipation (or maybe a little dread) for the start of another school year. This month, we’re bringing that same thrill back to our customers—grown-up style—with our Beauty School theme. We promise, no pop quizzes (whew), but we’re not revealing anything else just yet. Stay tuned over the next few days for more details, and get psyched—we’re officially making it cool to get schooled.
In the meantime, have you scoped out all our awesome July stories? Don’t miss them in the Birchbox magazine.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more aware of age-appropriate beauty. I feel older, more mature, and more capable, and I want my looks to represent that. But as someone who loves trying the latest beauty trends, I’ve had to work a bit harder to be sure I look age-appropriate. Here’s how I make sure I don’t look like I’m trying too hard to be younger or older.
Follow trends you love and ones that seem like a natural fit for your current look. The key is to wear the look and not let the look wear you. Don’t follow every trend that comes along; just follow ones that make you say, “That’s so my style!” Not everyone can rock the kind of lavender hair normally reserved for little old ladies, but when Kelly Osbourne did it, we all took one look and realized it was clearly a natural progression of her look and style.
Remember Megan, the Birchboxer who won a trip to hang with us in New York and attend our “Gossip Girl” season finale viewing party? Quick refresher: Megan created an amazing makeup tutorial and won our video contest back in May. We flew Megan out to NYC, where she got to stay at the Standard Hotel, hang out at Birchbox HQ, and attend our exclusive “Gossip Girl” season finale viewing party (with an appearance by Kelly Ruthorford!).
Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
Ayren and her guy, back in the day, before being bald was cool.
Pop Quiz: You’re single and you have three guys to pick from for a date. All of the fellas are physically equal (let’s just say that they’re all in Usain Bolt shape), and the only difference is their hair. Who do you choose?
A. The guy with a full head of thick, curly strands. B. The looker with visibly thinning fringe. C. The man with a completely shaved head.