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10 Must-Have Holiday Nail Polishes
The Birchbox holiday party is tomorrow, and we at Birchbox HQ have already begun planning our makeup looks. Thanks to this handy list, we won’t have to think twice about our nails—these 10 sparkly, shiny shades are all we’ll need for our holiday season engagements.
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10 Must-Have Holiday Nail Polishes

The Birchbox holiday party is tomorrow, and we at Birchbox HQ have already begun planning our makeup looks. Thanks to this handy list, we won’t have to think twice about our nails—these 10 sparkly, shiny shades are all we’ll need for our holiday season engagements.

Not a subscriber yet? What are you waiting for? Join by December 17 to score the December holiday-themed box!

Kate Moss Is Back In The Design Game, Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Polish, And More
Another reason to look forward to spring: Kate Moss will be launching her new collection with Topshop in April. [Vogue]
Do try out some deep purple eyeshadows this season. Don’t apply incorrectly and end up rocking two black eyes. [xoVain]
Deborah Lippmann is repping Broadway with her latest polish release, which includes three colors inspired by Wicked. [Elle]
Just in time for Reign's October 17 premiere, practice this romantic hairstyle inspired by the show. [Beauty High]
Welcome to Insta, Gwyneth! [Instagram] 

—Ashley
Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with our morning must reads.

Kate Moss Is Back In The Design Game, Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Polish, And More

—Ashley

Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with our morning must reads.

Top 10 Eye-Catching Manis From Spring 2014’s NYFW

The days of over-the-top nail art manis may be behind us, but plenty of designers opted for colors and designs that were memorable at the Spring 2014 shows. Here’s a look at our absolute favorites and get this: so many of these ideas are actually wearable! 

  1. Ruffian: The brand is known for its signature crescent moon mani and this season, nail artist Cheryl Natoli took the look to new heights by extending the darker accent color further up the nail. What’s even cooler? She used only shades from Ruffian’s first lacquer collection, which is exclusive to Birchbox(Photo: Tom Newton)
  2. Mara Hoffman: Using Hoffman’s trademark prints as inspiration, nail artist Honey for Maybelline created bright orange flourishes that stood out nicely against the nude base color. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  3. Prabal Gurung: Candy-color nails were done best for spring at Prabal Gurung, where nail artist Ana-Maria for Sally Hansen was being mindful to contrast lip and nail colors. (Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen)
  4. Tadashi Shoji: This opalescent matte nail created by Katie Hughes for butter London was such a stunner in large part because of its simplicity. (Photo: Courtesy of Butter)
  5. Suno: Bright orange digits like these seen at Suno (courtesy of Maybelline) are predicted to be the hottest nail color for spring 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  6. Tibi: If you want to have a go at nail art, but don’t have the steadiest of hands, this look created by JINsoon is right for you. We’re particularly fond of it because the black lines only appear on three fingers on each hand. (Photo: Courtesy of JINsoon)
  7. Kate Spade: Cap toe shoes were the inspiration for Deborah Lippmann's punchy color-block design at Kate Spade. (Photo: Tom Newton)
  8. Rebecca Minkoff: Since the show was inspired by Frida Kahlo, manicurist Michelle Saunders for Essie decided on a Day of the Dead design. (Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  9. Cynthia Rowley: To get these blinged out manis, nail artist Casey Herman for Essie used a mishmash of blue, black, and two different sparkly topcoats.(Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  10. Charlotte Ronson: Nail artist Shelly Burns for Color Club opted for a uniform polka dot design that’s not just adorable, it’s also easy to replicate yourself.  

To take a look at other great NYFW trends, click here. 

Age Restrictions On Polish Remover, Deborah Lippmann’s Newest Sparklers, and More
Perhaps a little extreme, you now have to be 18 or older to buy nail polish remover from CVS. [Fashionista]

From grunge-chic to textured nails, here’s a look at fall’s biggest beauty trends. [Beauty High]
Add some serious shine to your digits with Deborah Lippmann’s new line of glitter and holographic polishes. [Elle]
No need to leave your pets at home anymore. Carry them with you using these cage-inspired necklaces and headpieces. [Glamour]
In her new Allure interview, Jennifer Garner’s talks about motherhood, not wanting to be known as “the wife of Ben Affleck,” and more. [Allure]
3.1 Phillip Lim’s complete collection for Target is now up for viewing and we’re lusting after, well, everything. [Refinery 29]
—Geraldine
If you’re contemplating a Bambi-inspired eyelash extension, inform yourself with these do’s and don’ts.

Age Restrictions On Polish Remover, Deborah Lippmann’s Newest Sparklers, and More

How to Get More From Your Shave, Deborah Lippmann’s Mani Tips and More

Extend the life of your shave with these game-changing tips. [She Finds]
Thoughtful career advice from Hollywood’s most inspiring women? Yes please. [Glamour]
Thanks to these 3 tips for using nail wraps on short nails, even our stubbiest nails can join in the fun. [Allure]
9 helpful dos and don’ts for strong, healthy nails courtesy of Deborah Lippmann. [Huffington Post]
These 10 natural beauty ingredients actually live up to all the hype. [Bella Sugar]
—Geraldine
Here’s the 411 on seasonal flowers so you can afford a bouquet every week.

How to Get More From Your Shave, Deborah Lippmann’s Mani Tips and More

Deborah Lippmann’s Punk Rock Polishes, Jimmy Fallon’s Baby Monologue, and More

We’re dying to get our hands on Deborah Lippmann’s new limited edition punk rock collection. [The Cut]
New father Jimmy Fallon gave an adorably hilarious monologue about his baby daughter on his late night show. [E! Online]
Take a peek at the first shot of Marc Jacobs’ beauty ad. [Beauty High]
Despite eating traditionally fatty foods, Italians always seem to look fit and healthy. Here’s how to enjoy pasta sans weight gain. [Q Equinox]
Cotton, tulle, silk—yawn. We love this dress made out of book pages. [Glamour]
Here are the many reasons why blueberries truly deserve to be called a superfood. [Greatist]
You might be skipping the most important step in your manicure: rubbing alcohol. [Allure]

—Geraldine
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Deborah Lippmann’s Punk Rock Polishes, Jimmy Fallon’s Baby Monologue, and More


Have you gotten your hands on our new limited edition Birchbox for CEW boxes?

White Hot: Nailing It

Operations Coordinator, Loren, has a thing for nails—and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related.

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We’ve had our eye on the white polish trend since we first spotted the look at spring Fashion Week—and now that it’s finally warm enough to really embrace the bright hue, the color has completely blown up here in the Birchbox office. 

While it might not necessarily be your go-to color, we love that white is such a versatile and classy summer shade. (It can really give an outfit extra pop!) I’ve rounded up three of my favorite white polishes to try if you’re feeling adventurous:

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The Quintessential Spring Fashion and Beauty Look 
Spring and summer are my happiest times of year because I can wear my favorite clothes. (Note: I am an u-g-l-y cold weather dresser—I spend the entirety of the winter bundled in a rather unflattering Patagonia puffer.) With warm days just around the corner—fingers crossed—I am ready to shed my un-chic layers and embrace my most beloved trend of the season: chambray. 
I’ve spent a lot of time in the Madewell store recently (everyone on Birchbox’s mailing list got a $25 off $75+ and I took full advantage) and as a result, I’m really inspired to layer denim on denim—on denim! If you and I happen to have my same taste, then you’re in luck: I’ve shopped out my fave Madewell look from head to toe. 
Clothing: 
Jean Vest: There’s something really badass about a shrunken denim vest. It adds edge to even the girliest of outfits and is just as great over long sleeves as it is over tank tops. 
Perfect Chambray Ex-boyfriend Shirt: The loose fit and light wash make this a versatile essential. 
Skinny Skinny Ankle Jean in Black Frost Wash: If you don’t have a great pair of slim-fit black denim in your closet, run (don’t walk) and pick up a pair stat. These go with everything. 
Beauty: 
Marcelle BB Cream: This all-in-one multitasker masks imperfections, hydrates, controls shine, and delivers anti-aging benefits. It’s literally perfect for achieving that laidback Madewell look. 
Oribe Apres Beach and Wave Spray: Getting that tousled just-out-of-bed look is a breeze with this divine-smelling spray. 
Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace: This it the “it” polish color this season. Trust me. 
C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream: The minimalist look doesn’t mean skipping out on moisture. Keep lips hydrated with this yummy balm. 
Benefit Benetint: There is no easier way to fake a natural flush than with this lip and cheek stain. 
Eyeko Curvy Brush Mascara: Give lashes serious oomph using this volumizing wand and formula. 
—Meredith 
Want more tips on how to look like a Madewell girl? Watch our video!

The Quintessential Spring Fashion and Beauty Look 

Spring and summer are my happiest times of year because I can wear my favorite clothes. (Note: I am an u-g-l-y cold weather dresserI spend the entirety of the winter bundled in a rather unflattering Patagonia puffer.) With warm days just around the corner—fingers crossed—I am ready to shed my un-chic layers and embrace my most beloved trend of the season: chambray.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Madewell store recently (everyone on Birchbox’s mailing list got a $25 off $75+ and I took full advantage) and as a result, I’m really inspired to layer denim on denim—on denim! If you and I happen to have my same taste, then you’re in luck: I’ve shopped out my fave Madewell look from head to toe. 

Clothing: 

  • Jean Vest: There’s something really badass about a shrunken denim vest. It adds edge to even the girliest of outfits and is just as great over long sleeves as it is over tank tops. 
  • Perfect Chambray Ex-boyfriend Shirt: The loose fit and light wash make this a versatile essential. 
  • Skinny Skinny Ankle Jean in Black Frost Wash: If you don’t have a great pair of slim-fit black denim in your closet, run (don’t walk) and pick up a pair stat. These go with everything. 

Beauty: 

  • Marcelle BB Cream: This all-in-one multitasker masks imperfections, hydrates, controls shine, and delivers anti-aging benefits. It’s literally perfect for achieving that laidback Madewell look. 
  • Oribe Apres Beach and Wave Spray: Getting that tousled just-out-of-bed look is a breeze with this divine-smelling spray. 
  • Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace: This it the “it” polish color this season. Trust me. 
  • C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream: The minimalist look doesn’t mean skipping out on moisture. Keep lips hydrated with this yummy balm. 
  • Benefit Benetint: There is no easier way to fake a natural flush than with this lip and cheek stain. 
  • Eyeko Curvy Brush Mascara: Give lashes serious oomph using this volumizing wand and formula. 

—Meredith 

Want more tips on how to look like a Madewell girl? Watch our video!

Diagonal French Tips: 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.

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Unless you’re heading to prom or a wedding, French tips in the classic pink and white color scheme can feel a little dated. Luckily for us, there’s a new way to wear the time-tested favorite this spring. French manicures with a pop of bright, unexpected color were all over the Spring 2013 Fashion Week runways, and it’s such a simple look to recreate at home. I love this orange and nude diagonal design from the Lauren Moffatt show. Here’s how to get the look.

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