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How To: The Updated Holiday Updo

You’d think that after several years as a beauty editor, I would be a pro at trying out new hairstyles. The truth is, I tend to stick with a handful of standby styles. But now that the holidays are in full swing, I have plenty of opportunities (read: P-A-R-T-I-E-S) to expand my horizons. Next on my list to try: This elegant updo as demonstrated by our equally elegant staffer, Lorelei. 

Great for medium to long hair, this look is perfectly polished without being the least bit severe. It’s the sort of ‘do that instantly dresses you up—I can see myself rocking it both in the evenings with a cocktail dress or during the day with a skirt and heels. I’m also newly into adding sparkly adornments to hair (very ’90s of me, I know). But seriously, when done in moderation, I love a bit of festive flair. Lo’s pretty pin works especially well towards the back of the head, but I’m also fond of these smaller sparklers from L.Erikson that are delicate enough to frame your face.

What holiday hairstyles will you be trying? 

—Meredith

To shop all the products in the video, visit our InStyle Holiday Shop. 

Get It While You Can: Our Limited Edition Precious Metals Box! 

We have officially upped the luxury ante with our latest limited edition box. Introducing: Precious Metals, a collection of products that sparkle, shine, and glimmer, from jewelry-inspired headphones to high-shine polish. All of the glitzy contents add up to a whopping value of $330—and we’re selling it for just $120! Basically, it’s a gold mine (pun intended) of goodies. And it should go without sayingbut we’ll say it anyway—that this box makes for a great holiday gift, especially for anyone special on your list. But act fast, these things are flying faster than hot cakes!

—Meredith 

Find even more delightful gifts in the Birchbox Holiday Shop

Have You Seen Our Holiday Beauty Series with InStyle Magazine Yet?

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We’re thrilled to announce we’ve partnered with the beauty gurus of InStyle Magazine to help you shape up your beauty routine for the Holidays! Watch our exclusive video tutorials with InStyle Editors, plus shop all the products you need to pull off the look in the InStyle Editors’ Shop. We’ve got a holiday makeup look you can pull off in ten minutes or less, a chic and grown-up bun updo, and tips for relaxing amid all the craziness. Watch the tutorials below and then find all the InStyle picks in the Birchbox Shop.

How To: Elegant Holiday Updo

How To: Holiday Party Makeup in 10 Minutes or Less

How To: Create an Indulgent DIY Spa Experience

—Lorelei

Shop all the InStyle beauty picks in the Birchbox Shop.