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Impress Your Guests with Truffle Salt: Special Ops

We’re always talking about the staffers in the Birchbox office, but the ones who you interact with everyday are the ladies of our hard-working Ops team. These fabulous femmes handle all of your customer service woes. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know them even better—so here’s a peek at who’s on the other side of the phone.

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‘Tis the season for entertaining! Which is why we recently launched the Birchbox Limited Edition Home Box, packed with all kinds of tips, tricks and goodies for hosting a fabulous dinner party. One of the stars you’ll find in the box is the Sabatino & Co. Roma Truffle & Sicilian Salt. A luxe ingredient like truffles might seem intimidating, but it’s a simple, delicious way to amp up any dish and much easier to use than you think.

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Sky-high Hair at Chanel Pre-Fall 2013, Pizza Hut’s Fragrance, And More


For pre-fall 2013, models at Chanel got tall, teased, Elizabethan-style ‘dos and crazy-cool graphic black liner. [Beauty High]
How to choose the right concealer for your skin tone. [Beautylish] 
Nails Inc. is bringing leather-textured manis stateside with their Bling It On Black Leather & Skulls nail set.  [SheFinds]
Thanks to enthusiasm from social media, Pizza Hut is launching its own pizza-scented perfume. [Fashionista] 
Gold leaf nails are a major trend right now. Here’s how to create your own gilded mani with foil from a craft store. [BellaSugar]
—Hallie


Once you’ve found the perfect concealer, be sure to use the right technique! Here’s how to use Benefit Cosmetic’s concealers to hide all your skin woes. 

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Sky-high Hair at Chanel Pre-Fall 2013, Pizza Hut’s Fragrance, And More

My Top 10 Beauty Product Stocking Stuffers: Guest Blogger

Emily Loftiss, of Loftiss Says…, is a style and beauty maven who can take even the worst fashion debacle and make it a winning situation—who else could turn an old, too-small dress into an awesome style find from your own closet?  This week, she’s telling us her top shopping picks for the holidays, her 5-minute trick to scoring gorgeous night out makeup, and more.

Oh, it’s that time of year when you are looking for gifts for everyone from your bestie to your grandmother. Instead of buying her items that might just take up space and leave her unimpressed (mom, I still don’t forgive you for the orange in the foot of my stocking!) check out my fool proof list below. Grab even a few of these and I promise you’ll hit it out of the park!

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1. Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

This product is magical in every way—it gives you a gorgeous, healthy glow! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to have that golden look. Plus, the packets are perfect for traveling too!

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Holiday Fun with Miss Jessie’s

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It’s no secret that all the curly-haired girls on the Birchbox staff are huge fans of Miss Jessie’s products. We’re always vying for samples of the brand’s heroic frizz-tamers. So when I scored an invite to the annual Miss Jessie’s holiday party—hosted by none other than co-founders Titi and Miko—I was thrilled. Other staffers have raved about their parties before, so I had to see for myself. Let’s just say that they did not disappoint! 

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Today’s Obsession: 10 Crosby Derek Lam x Glamour Nail Wraps

These days, it seems like just about everyone in beauty is doing a collaboration with some celebrity, designer, big-name artist, or other. (Well, they do say two heads are better than one!) But nothing could have prepared us for the triple threat presented by these new, limited edition nail wraps from Glamour's seventh-annual Fashion Gives Back program. Born out of the efforts of Los Angeles nail brand NCLA, Glamour, and 10 Crosby Derek Lam, these babies give a nod to beauty, fashion, and tech. 

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Coming soon to a mailbox near you!
In honor of our December theme, All Wrapped Up, we decided to give the exterior of your Birchbox a festive makeover. Our creative team decked out the box with pink stripes and ribbons that make it look even more like a present than usual—totally adorbs, right? (Fun fact: this is our first ever jazzed up Birchbox.)
Boxes will begin shipping soon—let the countdown begin!
P.S. Spread even more joy! Gift your favorite fellow a Birchbox Man subscription here.

Coming soon to a mailbox near you!

In honor of our December theme, All Wrapped Up, we decided to give the exterior of your Birchbox a festive makeover. Our creative team decked out the box with pink stripes and ribbons that make it look even more like a present than usual—totally adorbs, right? (Fun fact: this is our first ever jazzed up Birchbox.)

Boxes will begin shipping soon—let the countdown begin!

P.S. Spread even more joy! Gift your favorite fellow a Birchbox Man subscription here.

Birchbloggers: What’s in Your Dream Chocolate Bar?

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(Photo: Pinterest.com/enoqueribeiro)

The holidays are in full swing, and while we love festive decorations as much as the next girl, what we love most are all the treats! What great celebration is complete without peppermint, mulled cider, and the most delicious candy of all—chocolate?

If you’re a cocoa lover like the Birchbox staffers, get ready for some fun. We’ve partnered with one of our favorite chocolatiers, Chuao, to host a chocolate fanatic’s dream giveaway. Enter for a chance to win 500 chocopods from Chuao by answering the question, “What’s in your dream chocolate bar?” This prize might just overshadow those Willy Wonka golden tickets.

So tell us Birchbloggers: what’s your favorite holiday-inspired chocolate recipe? Is it pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies? Kitchen sink brownies? Black forest pie? Once you’ve entered the giveaway, send us your blog posts highlighting the delectable chocolate treat you plan on cooking up this holiday season. Email your entries to birchbloggers@birchbox.com by Wednesday, December 12—and we’ll pick our favorites to be featured on the Birchbox Blog!

—Loren

Don’t know enough about Chuao? Here are all the deets about the San Deigo-based chocolatier.

Pop Quiz: What do Raquel Welch and the Cast of Sex & the City Have in Common?

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You might be surprised to find out that all five of these incredibly successful, gorgeous women all have one thing in common (besides being silver screen stars): wrinkle-banishing beauty brand Frownies. Raquel Welch professed a love for Frownies Facial Patches in her aptly titled autobiography Beyond the Cleavage, while Sex & the City’s makeup artist Eve Pearl confessed that the brand’s Wrinkle Treatment was an on-set essential. But our current Frownies fave, which some of you will be receiving in your Birchbox this month, are the revitalizing Eye Gels patches.

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Lena Dunham Does Twiggy, Kate Bosworth Can Sing, And More
For a new ad campaign, Maybelline painted models to represent different New York scenes, ranging from the George Washington Bridge to Times Square. [Fashionista]
Check out the first official picture of Ashton Kutcher as a young Steve Jobs for the upcoming biopic! [Refinery29]
Lena Dunham shows off a Twiggy-inspired beauty look for her Entertainment Weekly 2012 Entertainers of the Year photoshoot. [Fashion Etc.]
Celebrities everywhere have been ditching long locks for chic bobs. See who’s recently made the chop! [Beauty High]
Anna Wintour is being considered for a U.S. ambassador position to either the U.K. or France. No, really. [Bloomberg]
A retrospective of the best and worst Hollywood beauty trends of 2012. [Glo]
Kate Bosworth sings “Winter Wonderland” for the new holiday Topshop ad campaign. [Huffington Post]
—Hallie


Want to copy Lena Dunham’s Twiggy look? Check out the ’60s mod eye featured in this beautiful “Bedroom Eyes” video from British brand Eyeko! 
Want to copy Lena Dunham’s Twiggy look? Check out the ’60s mod eye featured in this beautiful “Bedroom Eyes” video from British brand Eyeko

The Healthy Hair Challenge: Going Blonder Without the Damage

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Me before and after getting my hair colored. Don’t I look so much blonder? 

This might come as a shock, but I’m not naturally this blonde. OK, well maybe that’s not a shock per se, but I do pride myself on finding extremely talented colorists. (Shout out to Jeff Chastain here in NYC and Robert Parrish in Chicago.) And now I’m adding a new name to the small list of hue wizards I trust: Noelle Chen, the director of education and a master stylist at Soho’s very posh Dop Dop Salon. 

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