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Reading List: Easy Nail Art, Team USA Style, and How to Have More Fun With Your Hair

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything in the Birchbox Magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top posts that we don’t want you to miss.

1. How To: An Easy Nail Art Tutorial: Birchbox editor Meredith shows us how to use OPI’s new Sheer Tints to create this graphic nail art design.

2. The Team USA Style Guide: We don’t know about you, but we are obsessed with the Sochi Olympics. Here, the Men’s Guide breaks down the looks behind Team USA’s athletes.

3. Being a Blogger is Harder Than it Looks: Here, Birchbox Spain investigates what really goes into life as a full-time blogger.

4. How to: Have More Fun With Your Hair: There’s more to styling than updos and straightening irons. Here are our favorite ways to shake things up, from the chin up.

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3 Supercool Ways To Update Your Mani For Fall

We’re head over heels for Ruffian, the NYC-based clothing brand that recently launched into beauty—exclusively with Birchbox. We love thee polishes so much, we even asked the Birchbloggers, our hand-picked community of bloggers, to share their own Ruffian Manicure tutorials. Here are some of our favorite looks: 

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Blogger BRAVENEZZ used Hedge Fund from the crowdsourced collection to make her wild animal print accent nails. 

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Plus-Size Bloggers Are The Fashion Industry’s Newest Stars

Nicolette Mason, a fashion blogger and Marie Claire columnist, shows off a self-styled outfit. (Photo: Nicolette Mason)

In the world of high-end fashion, a plus-size model is pretty much any woman who shows the slightest hint of curves—hence why Kate Upton has occasionally been classified in this category. Glossy lady mags and other mainstream media outlets have a bad reputation for over-featuring particularly thin women. If you wear anything above a size 2 (the average American woman is a size 12-14), it can sometimes feel impossible to find a model who shares your body type. 

Now a new breed of bloggers are increasing the visibility of plus-size women in fashion. The New York Times reports that independent plus-size fashion bloggers are gaining a following by showcasing their ability to dress in on-trend outfits that show off (rather than hide) their bodies. 

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Calling All Bloggers: Enter our Jurlique Giveaway!

One of the fantastic brands we are featuring in April is Jurlique. Not only do their skincare products feel (and smell) amazing on your skin, they also have an impressive dedication to planet earth. The eco-conscious company’s packaging is already 95 percent recyclable. And now Jurlique has pledged to reduce its energy and water consumption as well as its amount of waste to landfill by 20 percent by 2015. 

How can you top that? Products that help make us AND the Earth beautiful! So, we want to hear from you. Send us your blog posts about a Jurlique product you have tried and loved or can’t wait to try. On Monday, we’ll pick three bloggers who will have their posts featured on the Birchbox blog. They’ll also win the product they wrote about!

Send your blog posts to: birchbloggers@birchbox.com.

—Rachel

Need some inspiration? Check out Jurlique in the Birchbox Shop

Blogger Spotlight: Fashion Week Favorites

On Friday we showed you some of the hair and makeup styles from New York Fashion week that we plan to translate and wear off the runway. We asked our community of bloggers to tell us the runway looks that are inspiring their real world fashion and beauty style. Here’s what three of them had to say:

Aling Z, What’s Last Call? 
This week on NPotW (Nail Polish of the Week), I’ve decided to take some inspiration from the always fabulous New York Fashion Week. I came across this manicure on Nylon Magazine’s blog and just had to try it out. Learn how Aling mastered this mani on her blog: What’s Last Call?

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Last Day to Enter to Win Custom Zoya Polishes!

Today is your last day to vote for the blogger mood board that will inspire a custom polish collection by Zoya! Check out the final two mood boards below and then head over to our Facebook page to view the rest of the boards and vote for your favorite. The board with the most votes will inspire a custom polish collection by Zoya and by voting you enter yourself to receive the entire custom collection!

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Calling All Bloggers: Show Us Your Reds!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s no surprise that red and pink are showing up on lips, hair, and eyes. Naturally, we want to see how you are wearing reds and pinks this season. Send us blog posts and videos of your favorite red and pink beauty and fashion looks. On Monday we’ll pick our favorites to feature on the blog! Looking for some red-spiration? Check out our Love is In the Air Pinterest board!

For a chance to have your blog or video featured on Monday send links to community@birchbox.com!

—Rachel

Low on red and pink? Shop our Valentine’s Day gift guide.