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4 Pricey Beauty Treatments You Can Do Yourself
We all fantasize about a life of unlimited facials, manis, spa days, and salon visits, but those of us on a budget have to be a bit more practical (read: creative). 
Here at Birchbox we’ve done our homework and have made some exciting discoveries in the realm of DIY beauty treatments. But when faced with waxing, chemical peels, highlights, and microdermabrasion, which ones can you easily do at home (and which ones should you leave to the pros)?Birchbox writer Natalie shares her insider tips to getting the lavish treatments of your dreams without sacrificing all of your cash.
—Ashley
Now that you’ve saved some money, save some time too with these three ways to get ready faster!

4 Pricey Beauty Treatments You Can Do Yourself

We all fantasize about a life of unlimited facials, manis, spa days, and salon visits, but those of us on a budget have to be a bit more practical (read: creative). 

Here at Birchbox we’ve done our homework and have made some exciting discoveries in the realm of DIY beauty treatments. But when faced with waxing, chemical peels, highlights, and microdermabrasion, which ones can you easily do at home (and which ones should you leave to the pros)?

Birchbox writer Natalie shares her insider tips to getting the lavish treatments of your dreams without sacrificing all of your cash.

—Ashley

Now that you’ve saved some money, save some time too with these three ways to get ready faster!

China Glaze’s Nail Polish App, Justin Timberlake’s New Video, and More
Find out what’s trending, search for new colors, and try on polishes with China Glaze’s new Nail Polish App for Apple products. [BellaSugar]
Justin Timberlake debuts his newest music video Mirrors, a retelling of his grandparents love story. [Huffington Post]
Add some charm to your ponytail with this easy DIY leather hair tie. [Cupcakes and Cashmere]
Get ready for Easter with these adorable spring manicures—complete with candy and bunnies. [Glo]
Alexis Bledel is engaged! The Gilmore Girls star will be saying I do with her co-star Vincent Kartheiser, from Mad Men. [Glamour]
Bump up the height and texture of your ponytail using tricks from this video. [Refinery29]
Here’s how to wear sand-textured nails four different ways. [Glamour]
—Charisse
Learn about cool ways to get involved in fitness to keep up your workout routine, here.

(Photo: China Glaze on iTunes)
 

China Glaze’s Nail Polish App, Justin Timberlake’s New Video, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: China Glaze on iTunes)

My Latest Nail Art Obsession: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

There have been a lot of new additions to the nail world recently—crackle polish, magnetic lacquer, and nail strips, to name a few. But temporary tattoos for nails? Now this I’m excited about.

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DIY Easy Breezy Hair Knot: Guest Blogger

We love surfing Heather Walczuk’s blog, Beauty Unbiased, for her smart and on-point makeup reviews, pretty photos and her upbeat insight. The resident New Yorker always has great tips for making the most out of your products, which is why we’re excited that this week she’s sharing tips about her fave summer finds, makeup-artists must-haves, and how to get a gorgeous top knot.

Few letters strike fear in my heart the way “DIY” does. As a five-year-old, I was already disillusioned by the idea of creating my own cards, friendship bracelets and the like. Basically, I have always been that bad at DIY-ing. This easy, breezy top knot was originally created by a stylist from the Butterfly Studio Salon at the Birchbox “Gossip Girl” season finale party. I loved the results so much that I stepped outside of my DIY phobia and replicated it at home.

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How to Trim Your Own Bangs: Guest Blogger

We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.  

When I was 12, I was determined to trim my own bangs, so I slowly cut a straight line across my forehead. Result: one side was definitely higher than the other. So I cut another straight line. Then another. And another, until my bangs were roughly 1 mm long.

Don’t let this happen to you! I spoke with Taylor Ingram, Cutting Specialist with Paul Mitchell The School in Costa Mesa, California, to find out how to trim your bangs the right way:

1. Keep It Dry
Cutting wet bangs is a bad idea—Taylor has seen some jump from right above the eyebrows to the middle of the forehead once dry. “You should style your bangs – not just air dry them—before trimming,” he says.

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The Best DIY Beauty on Pinterest: Guest Blogger

We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.  

I love DIY and looking at pictures of dessert, so naturally, I love Pinterest. My latest obsession is finding ways to create my own beauty products. Here are a few of my favorite finds:

DIY Lip Stain by The Beauty Department
I have a confession to make: I’m not really a lip gloss or lipstick girl. Getting your hair stuck in your super sticky gloss on a windy day? The worst. That’s why I love lip stains. This homemade version is super easy; plus you can totally play around with the recipe and use different fruit combinations to get different shades.

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Facebook’s Board Gets Its First Female Director

Trailblazer Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO. (Photo: forbes.com)

-Caroline

To find other women who inspire us, check out our Birchbox Crush series.

Scrapbook Scissor Nails: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

I’ll admit that I’ve done my fair share of scrapbooking, but I haven’t laid a hand on a pair of zigzag scissors in years. When I spotted a rack of funky scissors by an art store checkout a few days ago, I knew it was time to bring them back into my life. This time, it’s all about the nails.

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4 DIY Beauty Treatments for Foodies

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.


Photo: Stylo Girl

Although there are a host of fantastic beauty products on the market today, sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics and utilize the foods that contain natural beauty benefits. After you’ve graduated from the good old cucumber slice as a natural eye de-puffer trick, there are tons of other earth-friendly recipes out there that can be executed using yummy products from your fridge. Who knew that playing with your food could be a good thing? Here are four fun treatments to whip up at home:

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