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Scarlett Johansson Is The Sexiest Woman Alive, Beauty Products For Breast Cancer Awareness, And More
The beautiful Scarlett Johansson has been named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive—again. [Huffington Post]
Pucker up for these awesome new lipstick launches. [BellaSugar]
These 10 metallic nail polishes are gorgeous and chic for fall. [Beauty High]
In an odd trend, monuments are replacing celebrities for plastic surgery inspiration. [The Cut]
Get ready for the most fetch show ever: Mean Girls the musical. [Vulture]
Vans is planning to relaunch its Juniors brand, which makes shoes especially for teens. [WWD]
Next in line to walk down the aisle? Lauren Conrad and boyfriend William Tell are officially engaged. [Us Weekly]
—Ashley
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Scarlett Johansson Is The Sexiest Woman Alive, Beauty Products For Breast Cancer Awareness, And More

—Ashley

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

Lauren Conrad’s New Haircut is Giving Me Bang Envy
Like most women I know, I’ve gone through many different periods of lusting after straight bangs. Every few seasons I’ll catch a glimpse of someone with impeccable bangs and think it’s the most glamorous, gorgeous haircut in the world. Basically, it’s the Brigitte Bardot effect—I want that retro chic hair. Nevermind that I’ve HAD straight bangs and they were no where near as glamorous as Bardot made them look. So you can imagine my chagrin at seeing Lauren Conrad's most recent cut—perfectly blunt bangs. Here we go again. 
I’m refusing to get bangs until at least September—I know first-hand how sweaty bangs can get during a humid summer—but the next few months will be torture. Since I’m prone to impulsive haircuts and dye jobs I want to know from our readers: What’s the most impulsive hair change you’ve made? 
—Lorelei
(Photo: Instagram.com/LaurenConrad)
Great bangs can get a little unruly—tame them with dry shampoo when you don’t have time to wash. 

Lauren Conrad’s New Haircut is Giving Me Bang Envy

Like most women I know, I’ve gone through many different periods of lusting after straight bangs. Every few seasons I’ll catch a glimpse of someone with impeccable bangs and think it’s the most glamorous, gorgeous haircut in the world. Basically, it’s the Brigitte Bardot effect—I want that retro chic hair. Nevermind that I’ve HAD straight bangs and they were no where near as glamorous as Bardot made them look. So you can imagine my chagrin at seeing Lauren Conrad's most recent cut—perfectly blunt bangs. Here we go again. 

I’m refusing to get bangs until at least September—I know first-hand how sweaty bangs can get during a humid summer—but the next few months will be torture. Since I’m prone to impulsive haircuts and dye jobs I want to know from our readers: What’s the most impulsive hair change you’ve made? 

—Lorelei

(Photo: Instagram.com/LaurenConrad)

Great bangs can get a little unruly—tame them with dry shampoo when you don’t have time to wash. 

The New York Times’ Oscar Gown Tribute, Elizabeth and James To Launch Handbags, and More
The New York Times creates an interactive photo archive of Oscar gowns over the last 15 years. Consider us mesmerized. [New York Times]
Lauren Conrad’s stealth trick to make sure her bright lipstick doesn’t stick to her glass. [LaurenConrad.com]
More proof that the Olsen twins are bent on fashion world domination: Their Elizabeth and James line is set to launch its first collection of handbags this July. [SheFinds]
Which hair colors can make you look younger? [Glo]
Save money on your morning cup of Joe with these thrifty tips. [Her Campus]
11 stylish sweatshirts that are so cute, you might not want to actually work out in them.  [Well + Good NYC]
-Charisse
Learn how to use the Benefit Fine One One makeup stick to get bright cheeks and coral lips.
(Photo: New York Times)

The New York Times’ Oscar Gown Tribute, Elizabeth and James To Launch Handbags, and More

-Charisse

Learn how to use the Benefit Fine One One makeup stick to get bright cheeks and coral lips.

(Photo: New York Times)

The “Rachel” Cut Creator Teams Up With Aniston Again, DIY Gel Polish Removal, and More
Add this easy braid to your list of ideas for second day hair. [Refinery29]
The “Rachel cut” creator, Chris McMillian, teams up with Jennifer Aniston again, but this time to promote the haircare line Living Proof. [WWD]
Do you wash your hair every day? Read this to uncover the truth behind common beauty do’s and don’ts. [Lauren Conrad]
Has your gel mani grown out and you have no time to visit the salon? Here’s a tutorial on how to take off that gel polish at home. [The Beauty Department]
Instagram’s December numbers fell significantly because of a change to their Terms of Service. [Complex]
-Charisse 
Keep your face fresh this winter with this quick tip from one of our favorite resources, Pre-Dame.

The “Rachel” Cut Creator Teams Up With Aniston Again, DIY Gel Polish Removal, and More

-Charisse 

Keep your face fresh this winter with this quick tip from one of our favorite resources, Pre-Dame.

Lauren Conrad Launches Eco-Friendly Travel and Accessories Line

We can’t wait to try out these adorable bags. (Photo: laurenconrad.com)

Since her Laguna Beach days, we’ve always had a thing for Lauren Conrad. From her awesome site, The Beauty Department, to her gorgeous Paper Crown clothing line, to her handful of books, the girl has shown that she’s a very versatile business woman. Now, the star is venturing into the eco-chic arena with a line of travel accessories called XO(eco)

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Lauren Conrad Is Releasing A New Book About Beauty!

Photo: usweekly.com

We’ll admit it—there’s a contingent of Birchboxers in the office who are Lauren Conrad fangirls. Her antics in The Hills and Laguna Beach aside, it’s hard not to be a supporter of her when she has winged liquid liner down to such an art and has done a stellar job with her website, The Beauty Department. Her new book, Lauren Conrad Beauty, is set to be released in October and we’re already itching to get our hands on it.

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Top 3 Celebrity Beauty Looks for Holiday 2011

This holiday season, we’re taking inspiration from our favorite celebrities. We’ve got the deets on how to recreate three stunning Hollywood looks — all you need to do is decide which to wear to your BFF’s fiesta and which to save for New Year’s Eve. See, we knew that US Weekly addiction would pay off. Click through to read more.

Reading List: Awesome Ladies

Another Friday, another Reading List, folks. This week we just happened to come across an unusually high number of stories about awesome women. Whether they’re founders of beauty companies, the brains behind brilliant websites, models with fun attitudes, or just ladies teaching us how to make great nail art, we couldn’t get enough. 

Lara Stone at her favorite pancake house. Photo: T Magazine

  • Stop the presses! Lauren Conrad is starting a beauty line! Okay, this really shouldn’t have been so surprising to us since she already has a successful beauty blog, TheBeautyDepartment. Nevertheless, we can’t wait to see what she comes up with. [Fashionista]
  • Okay, we’ve been trying to get marble nails right for months now. Somehow it  never seems to work, but after watching Connie from Refinery29 do it, we have newfound inspiration — and faith in our own abilities. Wish us luck and go watch her tutorial! [Refinery29]
  • Quite a few members of the Birchbox team are hanging out in LA this week (we just hosted a fab party with Smashbox last night) and have been looking for lots of fun things to do while they’re there. We stumbled across this profile of two of the coolest LA ladies we wish we knew: Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power from Who What Wear. [Into The Gloss
  • Speaking of awesome ladies, W Mag has an interview with Dany Sanz, the founder of Make Up For Ever. We had no idea she was so charming. [W Magazine]
  • Finally, since it is still fashion week somewhere, we have a little model inspiration. Dutch beauty, Lara Stone hung out with Lynn Yaeger in The Netherlands for a piece in T Magazine. [T Magazine]

—Lorelei

Have a great weekend! Use your downtime to catch up on all our new September articles!