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10 Prom Updo Ideas to Make Everyone’s Head Turn

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For most of us, prom night is a fuzzy memory marred by not-so-subtle makeup, questionable dress choices, and awkward boutonnière-clad dates. Luckily, we’ve learned from the error of our glittery ways and are here to offer some fresh ideas and a little hair guidance. First and foremost—don’t think that you have to head to a salon for a great updo or celeb-worthy waves. You can definitely score a prom-ready look at home all on your own.

That being said—here are 10 chic and easy looks that you can do to make your night special and timeless: 

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A Spring Hair Makeover: Hello Ginger!

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Spring is supposedly in full bloom, which means it’s the perfect time to embrace tiny tweaks that result in jaw-droppingly awesome results. For some Birchbox staffers those changes might include a wardrobe refresh or a breakfast overhaul, but I always welcome a new season with a new hair color.

Inspired by Mad Men's Joan, I took the plunge and dyed my cool-toned brunette locks a warm red hue. To score the ginger-y shade, I trekked to Brooklyn’s High Horse Salon and handed my lame tresses over to hair stylist Allison. 

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A Chocolate Bar With Half the Fat, Mood-enhancing Products, And More
The greatest news ever: Chemists at the University of Warwick have created a legit chocolate bar with half the fat. [Greatist]
Dark lip colors can be intimidating. Here are a few pieces of advice to make moody hues more wearable.  [Refinery29]
Rumor has it that the hilarious Alec Baldwin is angling to host his own late night talk show. [EW]
Make your morning beauty routine a bit happier by using these mood-enhancing products. [Well + Good NYC]
Perfect your brows with these pro tips from Benefit makeup artist Lisa Potter-Dixon. [Birchbox UK]
You won’t be afraid to wear bright eyeshadow after reading these ten tips. [Beauty High]
—Charisse
Check out the worst makeup snafus ever created by YouTube Beauty Guru Sharon Farrell.

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A Chocolate Bar With Half the Fat, Mood-enhancing Products, And More

—Charisse

(Photo: Thinkstock)

Glossy, Bright Lipsticks Are Our Spring Must-Have

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We’re kissing winter’s berry-hued, vampy lips goodbye and greeting spring with brighter hues. This year’s spring collections are filled with eye-catching pops of color, like bold oranges to pinks, and we’re using these chubby lip pencils from Aussie brand Mirenesse to score the look. Made with a slightly waxy texture, they glide on like a gloss but have the rich color and staying power of lipstick. (Bonus: you can use them to brighten up your cheeks, too!)

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Deborah Lippmann Debuts Ice Cream-Inspired Polish, Beyoncé and The Great Gatsby, And More
Deborah Lippmann has unveiled its spring lacquer collection inspired by mint chocolate chip, oreo and cotton candy ice cream. Yum! [Refinery29]
As if we weren’t already excited for the movie as is—Beyoncé is rumored to be covering an Amy Winehouse song for The Great Gatsby soundtrack. [Glamour]

Just in time for the season six premiere this Sunday, John Slattery of Mad Men dishes on his fitness routine and more. [Q]


The winter to spring transition can make outfit selection tricky—puffer? No puffer? Here’s how to stay warm without sporting a parka. [Cheeky Chicago]
Sad news for Girls fans: Christopher Abbott, a.k.a. Charlie, has abruptly decided not to return for the show’s third season. [New York Post]
—Charisse

(Photo: Deborah Lippmann)



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Deborah Lippmann Debuts Ice Cream-Inspired Polish, Beyoncé and The Great Gatsby, And More

The Craziest Thing We’ve Ever Seen Someone Use to Make Nail Art: Video Of The Week
There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 
We’re big fans of using household items like tape to add some extra flair to our manicures, but we’ve never thought of using dental floss as a nail art tool before. This week we’re trying out this tutorial by CutePolish for getting an abstract stripe design using a dental floss pick. Watch below to see how to get the look yourself. 
What do you think of this design?  Let us know in the comments!
—Charisse
Learn how to get a chrome inspired manicure here.
(Image and Video: CutePolish)

The Craziest Thing We’ve Ever Seen Someone Use to Make Nail Art: Video Of The Week

There are so many amazing videos on YouTube, we have a hard time keeping up with all of them. You name it, there’s a video about it. Wondering how to turn flat, limp strands into sexy supermodel hair? There’s a video for that. Always wanted to see what a moonwalking pony would look like? There’s a video for that. That’s why we’ve decided to choose one video a week to share with you. Keep reading for this week’s pick. 

We’re big fans of using household items like tape to add some extra flair to our manicures, but we’ve never thought of using dental floss as a nail art tool before. This week we’re trying out this tutorial by CutePolish for getting an abstract stripe design using a dental floss pick. Watch below to see how to get the look yourself. 

What do you think of this design?  Let us know in the comments!

—Charisse

Learn how to get a chrome inspired manicure here.

(Image and Video: CutePolish)

How to Wear Blue Eye Makeup Without Looking Like You Stepped out of the 80s: Birchbox Intern Diaries

I could not be more excited that some spring weather is finally here. With a new season, comes new beauty trends. Case in point: blue eyeshadow dominated the Spring ‘13 runways but we know for most women it conjures up images of bad 80s Glamour Shots. Not to worry, it is possible to wear blue eye makeup without looking cheesy. Watch to see two different blue looks on Birchbox staffers Bre and Juliette.

What 80’s trends do you hope make a comeback?  Let us know in the comments.

—Charisse

Get even more blue eye makeup in the Birchbox shop, Code Blue.

China Glaze’s Nail Polish App, Justin Timberlake’s New Video, and More
Find out what’s trending, search for new colors, and try on polishes with China Glaze’s new Nail Polish App for Apple products. [BellaSugar]
Justin Timberlake debuts his newest music video Mirrors, a retelling of his grandparents love story. [Huffington Post]
Add some charm to your ponytail with this easy DIY leather hair tie. [Cupcakes and Cashmere]
Get ready for Easter with these adorable spring manicures—complete with candy and bunnies. [Glo]
Alexis Bledel is engaged! The Gilmore Girls star will be saying I do with her co-star Vincent Kartheiser, from Mad Men. [Glamour]
Bump up the height and texture of your ponytail using tricks from this video. [Refinery29]
Here’s how to wear sand-textured nails four different ways. [Glamour]
—Charisse
Learn about cool ways to get involved in fitness to keep up your workout routine, here.

(Photo: China Glaze on iTunes)
 

China Glaze’s Nail Polish App, Justin Timberlake’s New Video, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: China Glaze on iTunes)
Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel, Spring’s Standout Lip, and More
Keira Knightley has been tapped to play Coco Chanel in an upcoming film directed by Karl Lagerfeld celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Chanel boutique. [Refinery 29]
What’s the must-have beauty trend this spring? A superbright lip. [BellaSugar]
Spruce up your strands with these seven natural hair products that add some mega shine. [Well + Good NYC]
Here are the eight ways you might be ruining your nails. [SheFinds]
—Charisse
Get the most out of your beauty sleep with these brightening overnight facial treatments.

(Photo: Chanel)

Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel, Spring’s Standout Lip, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: Chanel)