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How To: Curl Short Hair

You may know Birchbox staffer Whitney as one of our dedicated discovery specialists, but what you probably don’t know is that she’s also a creative genius at work behind the scenes of our video program. Since she’s a hairstyling wiz to boot, we recently dragged her out from behind the camera to show off her skills with a curling iron on her newly-chopped hair. Watch the video above to learn how to transform a short bob into a curly style, perfect for a Saturday night out or getting prepped for the holiday party season.

Who says girls with long hair get to have all the fun? Let us know in the comments what your favorite short hair styles are—we may just persuade Whitney to make another tutorial! 

—Lorelei

Find all the products featured in this video in the Birchbox Shop.

Outdoor Beauty Essentials
Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
(Photo: Casey Liu)

Outdoor Beauty Essentials

Once the weather finally warms up, it’s time to reevaluate our beauty routines for a new season. We’re putting away our full-coverage foundations and pulling out a higher SPF! Rising temperatures can also lead to melty makeup face (never cute) so take a look at our favorite outdoor beauty essentials in the video below. Whether you’re heading to the beach or pounding the pavement in the city, they’ll help you beat the heat all spring and summer. 

What are your favorite products to combat the heat and sun rays? Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

(Photo: Casey Liu)

Watch This Video For a Special Promo Code to the Birchbox Shop!

Every year, Pantone, the International color authority, releases their Color of the Year. The color for 2013 is Emerald—a truly fetching hue that looks good on just about everyone. To show you how to incorporate this eye-catching shade into your daily routine, our editor Meredith reveals her best tips for beauty and accessories. PLUS, since we want you to be on the forefront of the trend, we’re offering a special promo code, which can be found by watching the video. Use the code at checkout when you spend $25 in the Birchbox Shop and include at least one item from our emerald category in your cart. Hurry though, this offer is only good through March 10th. 

—Lorelei

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Stila Pro Artist Sarah Lucero’s Favorite Foundation Tool

This morning, we’re shooting videos with Stila’s Pro Makeup Artist Sarah Lucero, who is just about the coolest person ever. The LA-based artist is showing us a must-learn look inspired by the Fall 2011 runway shows. But first, she gave me a little tutorial in flawless foundation application. She uses Beautyblender sponges, which in addition to be adorably egg-shaped and fuchsia, help foundation melt into the skin for a completely natural finish. She dampens the sponge, dips it in the makeup, and lightly rolls it onto skin. The makeup blends in perfectly, no lines, smears, or creases. And, she says, you can use a damp Beautyblender sponge to freshen up during the day — simply roll it across skin to revive foundation. Guess what tool I’m lobbying to have added to the Birchbox Shop?

—Mollie

Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, check out our archive of how-to videos!

3-Minute Makeup Routine

Today was another one of those mornings. Hit the snooze button one too many times and finally dragged myself out of bed with barely enough time to dash out the door to work, let alone make myself look presentable! Thank goodness for our editor Meredith’s 3-Minute Makeup Routine, which has saved me many mornings. It’s one thing to say you can do a whole makeup routine in three minutes, but it’s quite another to pull it off while the clock is ticking. Luckily our handy video breaks it all down. Watch and you might wonder why it ever took you longer to get ready!

-Lorelei

Find all the products Meredith used to create her 3-minute look on our Birchbox video page!

All About Mascaras

If you’re anything like us, mascara is probably one of your desert island makeup items. We rarely leave home without it! But just because you’ve been wearing mascara since middle school doesn’t mean your trusty formula is still the best. But how to choose a new one? Enter Mollie Chen, Birchbox’s Director of Content. She’ll break down why we love some of our favorites and give her expert tips for perfect mascara application.

-Lorelei

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