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Holiday Party Style, DIY Decorating Tips, and More

1. Get Crafy!: In this video, Birchbox staffer Charlie shows us three awesome holiday decorations that you can make at home. Pass the glitter!

2. How To Tie a Bow Tie: This cute little video from Birchbox Man totally demystifies the intimidating prospect of trying a real-deal bow tie. Easier than we thought!

3. Holiday Party Style: Finally! The Birchbox holiday celebration is tonight, and three lucky staffers will don adorable dresses courtesy of Rebecca Taylor. See how they styled their dresses, and pick up a few tips for your own office party!

4. Awards Season Begins: This week, we were totally psyched to see so many of our favorite ladies nominated for Golden Globes. From J. Law to Kerry Washington, we can barely wait to see what beauty looks they sport on the red carpet.

5. Natural Shimmer: Meanwhile across the pond, staffers at Birchbox UK tested out some seriously shimmery eyeshadows. See how they got the understatedly chic look!

—Maura

Join Birchbox before December 17 to receive our holiday-themed Sparkle & Shine December Box! 

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! 

—Lorelei

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How To: Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial

A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook followers to vote on their favorite medium-length hairstyle and this triple braided overwhelmingly received the most love. Whether you need an easy wedding updo or a pretty way to keep your hair up, this boho-chic hairstyle should do the trick. All it takes is three simple braids, some bobby pins, elastics, and of course, hairsprayAnd while it’s lovely on its own, don’t be afraid to twist it to your taste—you can add pretty hair clips or other embellishments to make it your own.

Check out Candice’s video for the full tutorial on this gorgeous look. 

What are your go-to hairstyles for medium-length hair?

—Geraldine

Looking for a look that’s more sleek and professional? Here’s how the achieve the perfect easy sock bun.

Ruffian’s First Nail Lacquer Collection, Tina Fey’s New NBC Show, Hosting Your Own Cocktail Competition, and More: Weekend Reading List

Introducing Ruffian’s New Nail Lacquer Collection: One of our favorite New York-based fashion labels has finally created their very own polish collection—and you helped pick three of the shades. Find out all the deets in the video above.

Host Your Own Cocktail Competition: Jazz up the party by staging your own DIY cocktail competition. From wild cards to secret surprise ingredients, here’s how to keep things interesting for your guests.

The Nose Has It: Florists Weigh In on Our Favorite Scents: We asked top New York floral designers to lend us their olfactory expertise to deconstruct some of our favorite scents.

From Power Rangers Villain to Skincare Entrepreneur: An Interview with Jennifer Yen of Pur~lisse [xoVain]: Pur~lisse founder Jennifer Yen opens up about scoring her role on the hit children’s show and taking big chances to start her own business.

Tina Fey Has a New Show on NBC! Plus, a Liz Lemon GIF Tribute: Our favorite comedic femme fatale is coming back to NBC with a new show—and we are excited. To honor her time as Liz Lemon, here’s our GIF tribute to some of the best lessons Fey’s taught us over the years. 

—Geraldine

Take the time this weekend to learn how to properly layer skincare and find out how you can get an exclusive Juice Beauty lip gloss for free.

4 Essential Eye Looks to Know

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Whether you’re new to the eye makeup scene or interested in going back to the basics, we’ve rounded up the four eye looks that you need to know. From a work-appropriate cat-eye to bold, eye-popping liner, we’re touching all the bases so you can rock your gorgeous peepers in any setting.

1. How To: Neutral Cat-Eye

Cat-eyes tend to fall on the dramatic side of eye looks but for those of us who want a more subtle look, here’s how to get a cat-eye that’s clean and neutral. Using a gel eyeliner like Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner guarantees precision and lets you decide how thick or thin you want the line to be. 

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Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial, Flowers for Every Season, How to Score Dewy Skin, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

—Geraldine

The Perfect Sock Bun Tool, Fighting Frizzy Hair, BBQ Essentials, & More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

How To: Sock Bun Tutorial with The Wrap Up: Our social media guru @racheljosilver loves this hairstyling tool so much that the sock bun has become her signature do. See how easy it is to look put-together and chic in no time.

Frizz Frenzy: Summer humidity never fails to turn a good hair day into a bad hair day. Whether our hair is straight or curly, the moist, sticky air always manages to bring out the worst. Here are our top solutions for fighting the frizz.

5 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home: Pamper yourself this weekend with one of these simple, but effective at-home treatments. Not only are they luxurious and nourishing, but with all the dough you’ll save, you’ll definitely be able to afford that extra bottle of champagne.

4 Unexpected Summer BBQ Essentials: From all-natural hand wipes to bold platters, these items take the basics to a whole new level. Step up your game and you’re sure to be the belle of backyard bbqs.

What Sleeping in Your Makeup Does To Your Skin [Daily Mail UK]: It’s essential to remove our makeup before bed, and for the most part, we do. But for those days when you feel too tired or lazy to cleanse, the results of this mini experiment will get you right back on track.

—Geraldine

You don’t have to spend your whole weekend under the sun to get a bronzed look. Surprisingly, the right nail polish will take care of that.

A Look Back on a Century’s Worth of Beauty

If you haven’t had a chance to see P&G Beauty’s time capsule video looking back at a century’s worth of beauty and style—stop everything and watch it right now. This cute compilation of looks from the 1920s till now showcases some of our favorite beauty looks: flapper bobs, Rosie the Riveter-style head scarfs, Farah Fawcett hair, and today’s sock bun

Check out the video above for a full flashback to iconic styles from the last 100 years, then tell us: which one is your fave?

—Candice

Looking for more hair tutorials? Hop on over to Birchbox’s YouTube channel for a full selection of how-to’s for your mane.

Have You Signed Up For Your April Women’s Health Birchbox Yet?

There’s still time to get your hands on all the goodies that were handpicked by the Women’s Health beauty editors for this month’s Birchbox. Sign up by this Sunday, April 14th, and you’ll receive your first box this month. We’ve filled it with items inspired by the theme “Tiny Tweaks, Big Results” and we’re carrying that idea through everything we do this month. Watch the video above to find out just a few of the products we’re sampling this month, and let us know what small changes you’re making in your life!

—Lorelei

Sign up by Sunday, April 14th, to receive an April Women’s Health Birchbox.

How To: Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

You don’t have to be British to appreciate the soothing powers of a well-timed cup of tea. Spending a few moments to brew and enjoy a cup is one of our favorite stress-relieving tricks, and that’s especially true of Kusmi Tea Paris’ Wellness Essentials. They have varieties for boosting energy, relaxing, and even raising your sprits. If you’re a tea lover like us, watch this video to learn how to brew the perfect cup, whether you’re enjoying it by yourself or with friends. You just might be inspired to take a little tea break this afternoon. 

—Lorelei

Find more of our favorite teas in the Birchbox Shop