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Ben Affleck Wins Big, Life-Changing Beauty Inventions, and More
Ben Affleck wins big with Argo for Best Picture and the award is fittingly presented to him by Michelle Obama via satellite from the White House. [NY Daily News]
What exercise routines did stars have to stick to in order to get red carpet-ready for last night? Here’s a breakdown. [Well + Good NYC]
Very sad news: Wojciech Inglot, founder of Inglot Cosmetics, passes away at 57 years old. [USA Today]
Jennifer Lawrence stuns in the latest Miss Dior campaign, following in the footsteps of the lovely Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. [Refinery29]
Burt’s Bees taps Call Me Maybe singer Carly Rae Jepsen as the face of its new body care line. [WWD]
Our lives could dramatically change due to these five amazing beauty inventions—think hands-free hair dryer! [Glamour]
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-Charisse
Learn more about the Vampire Facelift, recently tested by Kim Kardashian.
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Ben Affleck Wins Big, Life-Changing Beauty Inventions, and More

-Charisse

Learn more about the Vampire Facelift, recently tested by Kim Kardashian.

(Photo: Mark Davis for WireImage)

Reading List: Retro Mila Kunis for Dior, Fruity Nail Art, Lady Gaga’s Fragrance Now in Soap and More

Phew, we made it through another week of sweltering heat (here in New York, at least) and we’re ready for the weekend! What are your big plans? We’ll be catching up on some reading, spending time with friends, and relaxing in general. Here are a few of our favorite stories from the week. Let us know in the comments how you’re spending your weekend!

  • We’ve always had a soft spot for Amy Poehler but a new video featuring her giving a young viewer advice about wearing makeup just made her one of our favorite people ever. Watch the sweet video above. [Huffington Post
  • Busy Philipps snapped a twitter picture of her fruit-tastic mani earlier this week. Color us intrigued! [Twitter
  • WWD revealed more information about Lady Gaga’s first fragrance, Fame, due out in late August. The fragrance will be sold in three different sizes and will also include a black soap, black shower gel, and a black body lotion to be rolled out gradually. [WWD]
  • Mila Kunis looks adorably retro in her new campaign for Miss Dior. Carine Roitfeld styled the ad campaign, which will be out in the August issue of Elle Hong Kong. [Fashionista]

—Lorelei

This month we teamed up with Glamour to pick products that are inspired by the five senses. Find all our July products in the Birchbox Shop.

Reading List: Mila Without Makeup, MAC + Carine, America’s Next Top Model Shake-Up, and More

It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday. Okay, do you have Rebecca Black’s crazy catchy song stuck in your head? Good. Now you’re ready for the weekend. Before you jet off to all your fun plans, read a few of our favorite stories this week.
Photo: WWD
  • Today, MAC announced their latest limited edition collection and it’s a doozy—they’ll be partnering with Carine Roitfeld. The French editrix’s collection will focus on a smoky eye, bold brows, and nude lips. Also coming up for MAC: a nautical-themed ‘Hey, Sailor!’ nail polish collection. [WWD, SheFinds]
  • Kelly Osbourne changed her hair once again, this time to a more vibrant purple shade than we’ve seen on her before. Do you like? [People Style Watch]
  • America’s Next Top Model and Tyra Banks shocked the blogosphere today when it was revealed that three of the longest standing members of the cast will not be returning for the next season. Instead, they are rumored to be bringing on bloggers as judges. [Fashionista]
  • Finally, in news that isn’t really news: Mila Kunis was spotted leaving a gym without makeup. Totally normal but she still looks lovely, which is nice. Stars, they’re just like us! [Stylelist]

—Lorelei

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Can You Handle It?: Celebrity Close-ups

Here’s our fun Friday find: We just learned about Celebrityclose-up.com, a fascinating tumblr that gives an unadulterated, extra-personal look at Hollywood’s biggest stars. Everyone from Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, to Mila Kunis, to Ashton Kutcher, are featured in photos that give an uncomfortably close look at minute facial details. 

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The Top 5 Moments From Last Year’s Oscars

We’ve been waiting for months and one of the biggest nights of the year is almost here: the Oscars! We’ll be live tweeting and critiquing this Sunday night, so don’t forget to follow us at #bbredcarpet. And in preparation for the occasion, we wanted to do a roundup of last year’s hightlights. Tell us in the comments: what have been your favorite Oscar moments? Are you looking forward to tuning in?

Photo: DailyMail.co.uk

The Hosts: Anne Hathaway and James Franco

Anne made a splash with her eight (yes, eight!) outfit changes, including this custom Lanvin tuxedo. As always, James was charmingly aloof and pleasant to look at. But somehow together, they just didn’t click. Here’s hoping that hosting pro Billy Crystal will bring back a little magic this year. 

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Reading List: There’s Still Some Summer Left in This Summer

Image of J.Crew catalog from Fashionologie.

Yep, that’s right, it’s still summer. It’s also time to start getting excited because August Birchboxes are shipping by by early next week. Here’s what you should read while you’re waiting for the mailman to deliver that little pink box.

  • After Fashionista heard that Mila Kunis got a $7000 facial to prep for her Friends With Benefits press junket (not the first time she’s had one, either) they started looking into other ridiculously expensive beauty treatments. Would you treat yourself to a $50,000 diamond manicure if you could afford it?
  • Lucky for us, WWD has information about the newest beauty innovations from the Cosmoprof North America trade show and they’re things we’ll actually be able to indulge in over the next year. According to the article, nail innovations and hair-straightening treatments were the big trends.
  • Big news from two of our favorite shops this week. First we found out from Elle that Zara is finally launching an e-commerce shop that us Yankees can order from. We still have to wait until September 7th but there is light at the end of the tunnel!
  • In more fun news, J. Crew will be showing at NYFW for the first time this September. Their collections have gotten increasingly lust-worthy the last several seasons so here’s to hoping this one’s the best yet. FashionEtc has the location and timing details.

P.S. Did you know that Birchbox is on Pinterest? We’re still getting our feet wet but we’ll be pinning up a storm now that we’re there. Come hang out with us there too!

-Lorelei

Top 8 Oscar Celebrity Hairstyles

At last night’s Oscars there were plenty of red carpet triumphs (and blunders—I won’t get into that), but the prettiest looks of the evening were all well complimented with to-die-for hairstyles. I’ve rounded up my eight favorites of the night. Click through and scroll to the bottom to cast your vote for the best hair!

Mila Kunis: She blew me away on all fronts: her dress, her makeup, her physique. If I had a pick for overall prettiest of the evening, I would absolutely choose her—no doubt about it. I especially loved how the star’s romantic updo perfectly complimented her super-feminine Ellie Saab stunner. Bravo, Mila! Bravo!

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Oscars Superlatives

Photo: Just Jared

Is it us or was last night’s show a snooze? Really, between James Franco’s dazed countenance (what on earth is he on?) and the lack of drama, we were almost wishing Kanye would show up to shake things up. As for the fashion, there were some definite wins (and fails), but all in all, it was a pretty low energy lot. Here, our completely subjective picks and pans:

Misplaced Accessories: A tie. First, there was Amy Adams, whose ’90s-style lariat necklace marred an otherwise inoffensive Starry Night-inspired dress. And then Gwyneth Paltrow, who looked positively stunning (is that what a vegan diet does for you?) and toned in a molten metallic Calvin Klein dress—except for that strange brooch anchoring her hip. Minus that, she was a major win.

Role Model: We know, we’re like Helen Mirren fan girls over here. But really, she is just an absolute stunner—and endlessly classy. We could all take a few lessons from her.

Lessons in Lace: Scarlett Johansson’s boho waves and simple makeup looked dreamy, but her eggplant Dolce & Gabbana lace dress reminded us too much of grandma’s curtains. Mila Kunis, on the other hand, was spot on in her frothy Elie Saab number. The lavender worked perfectly against her skin tone, and the peekaboo aspect of the lace kept it from being too froufrou.

Age Approps: True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld looked like a darling princess in her nude Marchesa gown, and held her own on the red carpet. We’re predicting big things from this mega-talented 14-year-old (here’s hoping she stars in the upcoming Hunger Games adaptation!).

A+ for Effort: Co-host Anne Hathaway clocked in a whopping eight costume changes — no small feat, considering the majority of the dresses were impressively form-fitting. What does it say about her choices that our favorite was her adorable tuxedo?

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