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Birchbox Staffers’ New Year’s Resolutions

No matter how many times we break our New Year’s Resolutions, we can’t help but hope for the best as a new January approaches. 2012 was a big year, but as you’ll see in this video, Birchbox staffers have even bigger plans for 2013.

We’ll be kicking things off on the right foot with a whole slew of articles and videos designed to make 2013 your best year yet. Look out for those early next month, but in the mean time, tell us what you’re resolving to do this year! Just leave us a note in this video’s YouTube comments.

Help us achieve one of our New Year’s Resolutions by subscribing to our YouTube channel! There you’ll find exclusive videos, how-to tutorials, and tips for getting the most out of your beauty products. 

Our Favorite 5-Minute Holiday Hair Tutorial

We’re well into holiday party season, and that means you need some new tricks for wowing your friends, family and coworkers—especially when you’re going straight from the office to the party. Our favorite style this season is an upside-down roll, also known as a Gibson roll. It takes less than five minutes but looks like it requires way more effort. Watch as we show you how to create this sophisticated updo. 

—Lorelei

Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video tutorials every month! 

Behind the Scenes at Our SoHo Video Shoot!

Our editorial team spent most of today at a video shoot in downtown Manhattan. We took a break from our regular studio to film one super-secret video (we can’t wait to share the deets—subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to know), one fun lifestyle video, and one video starring some of our members! You’ll have to wait to see the finished products, but wanted to share a few behind the scenes pics. Take a peek below!

Editor Meredith getting the celeb treatment this morning. Is there anything better than getting your makeup done (especially when it’s by @ReivaMakeupDiva)? Can you guess where we are?

Editorial Director Mollie Chen super excited to meet and interview some of our members downtown this afternoon. Fun fact: She’s wearing our producer’s dad’s gloves.

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VIDEO: Getting Easy-Breezy Waves is as Simple as Using This 1 Tool

Lately I’ve been a little obsessed with wavy hair. My hair naturally dries stick straight and has a bad habit of flattening out evenafter I’ve spent hours blow-drying, curling, and hairspraying it. Call it a case of the grass is always greener, but I’m loathe to step out of my apartment without at least a little wave in my strands.

So when Birchbox staffer (and former proprietor of an underground salon in her dorm room) Bridgette offered to show us how to curl hair using Sedu’s genius clipless curling iron, I jumped at the chance to get her on set. Watch the video after the jump to learn her technique for natural-looking, never over-done waves. 

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VIDEO: He Says, She Says: BORGHESE Fango Delicato

One of the best parts about working with the men of Birchbox Man is hearing their opinions on the products and trends we’re testing out. They’ve insisted guys aren’t into red lipstick before (we’re still going to wear it anyways and we think that that idea may be incorrect), but occasionally they make some other interesting observations that we do want to go down in the books. That’s why we’ve started a new video series called He Says, She Says—an opportunity for one of our lady editors to sit down with our men’s editor, Martin, and chat about their different perspectives. First up, editor Candice Chan and Martin go over the benefits of a product we all love: BORGHESE’s Fango Delicato mud mask. You might be surprised to hear why each editor can’t get enough.

—Lorelei

Find Fango Delicato and more of our favorite BORGHESE products in the Birchbox Shop.

VIDEO: Madewell + Birchbox: 5 Fashion Must-Haves for Fall

If you walked around the Birchbox office on any given day, you’d probably see at least 20 of our staffers sporting outfits from Madewell. It’s not the official dress code, but it might as well be. Not only is our HQ located just a few blocks from one of their stores, but their collections always strike the right balance of cool and casual. That’s why we were thrilled to have a chance to interview Madewell’s Head Designer, Kin Ying Lee, a few weeks ago at our September video shoot. The topic? Fall fashion, of course. Specifically: what five pieces we need to add to our closet this season. Click play and start taking notes: you don’t want to start your fall shopping without this list. 

—Lorelei

Don’t miss out on more from our interview with Kin, plus her tips in our Fall 2012 Look Book

VIDEO: Smoky Eye 101

A great smoky eye is something every woman should have in her makeup wheelhouse. It’s universally flattering and dresses up any outfit. White t-shirt and jeans? Throw on some heels and a smoky eye and you’re ready for a night out. Since smoky eyes usually involve dark (if not black) eyeshadow, most women we know are a little intimidated to try them at home. But it’s surprisingly easy! Watch as Birchbox staffer Deepica breaks down the steps to the perfect smoky eye. 

Sets like stila’s in the light eyeshadow palette are an easy way to get everything you need for a smoky eye in one place. 

VIDEO: How To Cut Your Own Bangs

We’ve all been there: desperate for a bang trim but totally unable to get to the salon. So instead of waiting a few weeks, we take matters into our own hands and snip, snip, snip. Which usually means we end up with scraggly or way too short bangs. Never again! We enlisted the help of stylist Jeff Chastain to teach our own Candice how to cut her bangs on camera. Watch, be amazed, and try it yourself! 

—Lorelei

Grab some hair repairing products from the Birchbox Shop and start showing off your new bangs in style!

VIDEO: Liquid Liner Troubleshooting

Liquid liner is classic and chic—but only if you know how to apply it. Our latest favorite from British brand Eyeko is so easy to use you’ll be sporting a daring cat eye pronto. And don’t worry if you’re a little out of practice. Watch our video for troubleshooting tips and quick shortcuts that will help you get the perfect line.

—Lorelei

Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Liner comes in punchy Olive and Turquoise—perfect for adding a flash of color.

VIDEO: How To: Apply Cheek And Lip Stain

We’re crazy about multitasking products. After all, who wants to spend hours applying makeup when you could be brunching with friends or checking out the latest Ryan Gosling flick? That’s why we’re so obsessed with theBalm’s super-efficient lip and cheek stain, Stainiac. Watch our video to learn how to use a stain to get a long-lasting rosy lip and cheek. 

—Lorelei

For more products that will last all day and night, read our guide to long-haul beauty.