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Nicole Richie’s New Bob, A Downton Abbey Clothing Line, And More
Nicole Richie cuts bangs and a bob! Does it remind anyone else of Anna Wintour’s ‘do? [Refinery29]
You’ll soon be able to add a touch of Downton Abbey to your life: The show announced that it will launch a home decor, clothing, and beauty line. [Racked NY]
Essie nail polish got a Tumblr! Click here to check out the adorable welcome page. [Essie]
What’s the daily routine of a Ralph Lauren model like? Find out now. [Q]
Check out this Birchbox Man guide to SPF and protect your skin from the sun. [Birchbox Man]
Les Misérables star Amanda Seyfried is replacing Liv Tyler as the new face of Givenchy. [Beauty High]
TOMS and Jonathan Adler have announced their collaboration for a new sunglass and case line. [SheFinds]
—Charisse
Learn how to create a perfect fishtail braid from guest blogger Christina of Hair Romance.

(Photo: © VS/Splash News/Corbis)

Nicole Richie’s New Bob, A Downton Abbey Clothing Line, And More

—Charisse

(Photo: © VS/Splash News/Corbis)

How To: Fake Finger Waves like Edith from Downton Abbey and Charlize Theron

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Photo: PBS

Retro finger waves have been popular for a few years now. Charlize Theron and Megan Fox have both worn them on the red carpet, but it wasn’t until Edith from Downton Abbey started wearing them this season that we really fell for the look. Although authentic finger waves are arduous and time-consuming to attempt (they involve shaping each wave with your fingers), you can fake the same look with less time and effort.

Note: This look is easiest to do if the front layers of your hair are between your chin and shoulders in length.

Click through for the step-by-step photo tutorial:

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Our Favorite Moments from Downton Abbey’s Season 3 Premiere: Shirley MacLaine, Branson’s Bed Clothes, and Mary and Matthew’s Adorable Antics

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(Photo: PBS.com)

I don’t know about you, but when the latest installment of Downton Abbey premiered last night I felt like I was awaking after an 11-month slumber. (You may have noticed that our obsession the show didn’t stop while it was off the air. Not even a little.) That theme music! Those elegant credits! Laura Linney’s slightly ill-fitting blouse in the intro!

The upstairs/downstairs gang is all back for Season 3 with the war thankfully behind them and Matthew and Mary prepared to finally cement their will-they-or-won’t-they relationship. Read on for our favorite and not-so-favorite moments of the season opener. Warning: Spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t yet watched the episode, don’t click through! 

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CEO of Missoni Still Missing After Plane Disappearance Friday
Vittorio Missoni and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni were traveling in a small plane off the coast of Venezuela when it disappeared on Friday. There’s still no sign of the plane or passengers as the search continues. [Fashionista]
Katie Holmes’ debut ad as the first celebrity spokeswoman for Bobbi Brown was just released and it’s clear that single life agrees with her. [Huffington Post] 
Wait…marshmallow is good for our skin? No, not the fluffy sugar puff you’re thinking of, but turns out marshmallow root is in a bunch of our favorite products. [Beauty High] 
We’re over the moon that our favorite period drama, Downton Abbey, is finally back stateside and Vulture’s weekly recap’s are the perfect way to start Monday morning. [NY Mag Vulture]
Urban Decay is expanding their popular “Naked” collection with a new BB Cream, setting sprays, and a set of travel size polishes! [Racked]
(Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images for Audi Fashion Festival)
—Lorelei
If you resolved to get your skin looking fabulous this season, get a head start by looking to our favorite skin-saving products in the Birchbox Shop. 

CEO of Missoni Still Missing After Plane Disappearance Friday

Vittorio Missoni and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni were traveling in a small plane off the coast of Venezuela when it disappeared on Friday. There’s still no sign of the plane or passengers as the search continues. [Fashionista]

Katie Holmes’ debut ad as the first celebrity spokeswoman for Bobbi Brown was just released and it’s clear that single life agrees with her. [Huffington Post] 

Wait…marshmallow is good for our skin? No, not the fluffy sugar puff you’re thinking of, but turns out marshmallow root is in a bunch of our favorite products. [Beauty High] 

We’re over the moon that our favorite period drama, Downton Abbey, is finally back stateside and Vulture’s weekly recap’s are the perfect way to start Monday morning. [NY Mag Vulture]

Urban Decay is expanding their popular “Naked” collection with a new BB Cream, setting sprays, and a set of travel size polishes! [Racked]

(Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images for Audi Fashion Festival)

—Lorelei

If you resolved to get your skin looking fabulous this season, get a head start by looking to our favorite skin-saving products in the Birchbox Shop

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Stila Launches Skincare, Foldable Hunter Boots, and More

Stila is expanding its repertoire with a new six-piece skincare line! [Fashion Etc.]
This past year yoga, juicing, and facial oils were all the hotness. See what other trends defined in the wellness and fitness world in 2012. [Well+Good NYC]
Be prepared for rainy days with the new and improved, foldable Hunter boots! [Fashion Etc.]
Prettify your Instagram feed by following these 50 fashion editors. [Racked]
Tricks to steal for New Year’s Day—Pat McGrath’s guide to hiding undereye dark circles. [Glamour]
There is now a bra with built-in pockets to help you store your credit cards and cash. Seriously. [Huffington Post]
Watch as this guy creates an incredible gingerbread replica of the Downton Abbey estate! [Grub Street]
—Hallie
Still stuck on your holiday beauty look? Check out our crown braid tutorial and Holiday Beauty Pulse survey for inspiration!
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Stila Launches Skincare, Foldable Hunter Boots, and More

—Hallie

Still stuck on your holiday beauty look? Check out our crown braid tutorial and Holiday Beauty Pulse survey for inspiration!

Carine Roitfeld Is Harper’s Bazaar’s New Global Fashion Director

Life after French Vogue seems to be going quite well for Carine Roitfeld. (Photo: fashionetc.com)
—Hallie

Jumpstart your week by catching up with the latest news in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle

How To: Vintage-Inspired Faux Bob

Editorial intern Hallie, who normally sports flowing locks, embraces her new style.

Ever since we discovered Downton Abbey, our love of early 20th-century British style (the dresses! the accessories! the intricate updos!) has spiraled into a full-blown, DVR-rewinding obsession. From what little we’ve seen of season 3 (which premieres next January on PBS) we’ve already fallen for the finger waved faux bobs that Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil are sporting. 

That’s why we turned to the pros to help us create a modern take on the signature flapper look. “This is such a bespoke style that fits all hair types, lengths, and textures,” says stylist Jenevieve Perry of Prieto Select Salon. “It’s perfect for a day out running errands yet can be glammed up for any special event.” Armed with Perry’s instructions, we created this must-try look on our fabulous intern Hallie. Learn how we did it in a few simple steps

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Watch Downton Abbey’s Leaked Season Three Trailer

All does not seem to be well in paradise for Lady Mary and Cousin Matthew. (Photo: Styleite.com)

Feeling out of the loop on beauty news? Read the rest of our morning must-read news from this week.

Reading List: Hair Botox, Tuxedo Nails, No-Mascara Downton Abbey Set & More

Happy Friday! The forecast for this weekend says snow, which is a great excuse to cuddle up with your iPad or Kindle and a big mug of hot chocolate. Here are some of this week’s top stories to keep you company.

The editorial team at Birchbox are all huge fans of PBS’ Downton Abbey, the gossipy period drama set in Edwardian England. Compared to all the elaborate clothing (and hats!), the makeup is strikingly minimal. As in no-mascara-allowed-on-set minimal. [BellaSugar]

We loved Zooey Deschanel’s tuxedo nails at the Golden Globes and will definitely be trying this out for our next fancy party. Watch the tutorial for tips! [Bella Sugar]

We all know how effective Botox is at smoothing skin but what about Botox for your hair? A new product promises to smooth the surface of your hair in the same way! [Refinery29]

According to the New York Times, the big trend for 2012 is imperfect makeup and hair. Color us thrilled. That means more snooze time in the AM! [NY Times]

Nail strips aren’t going anywhere, judging by the number of new brands popping up. Fashionista has the latest from UK-based Nail Rock, which takes a cheeky approach to their designs. We’ll skip the vagina (yes, you read that right) pattern but we’re in love with the tribal design. [Fashionista]

—Lorelei

Forecast for this weekend says SNOW! In addition to your hat and scarves, invest in a winter-proof moisturizer like VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Lotion.