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We Heart Drew Barrymore’s Wavy Updo and Pink Lips

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(Photo: FameFlynet Pictures, NBC)

Drew Barrymore recently stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to chat about her beauty line and life as a new mom—but we were too busy ogling Ms. Barrymore’s adorable spring look (for an up close view, check out the video below) to hear everything she was saying. The actress sported an adorable weekend look combo of pretty pink lips, bouncy waves fastened in a high ponytail, and fetching foral-print jeans. Here’s how to recreate her look just in time for Saturday brunch: 

Step 1: You won’t find a single blemish on Drew’s flawless complexion. Before applying your go-to complexion perfectors, prep your skin with a mattifier like MAKE’s Face Primer SPF 30

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Currently Obsessed With…Oils!

You may have noticed lots of your favorite brands coming out with oil-based products in the last year, and for good reason. These products are a far cry from the greasy, dirty kind of oil that clogs your pores and weighs down your hair. In fact, these oils are all about working with your skin and hair type to either cleanse or hydrate. My favorite cleansing oils fit the old adage “like attracts like” by pulling out the bad oils and leaving skin with plenty of moisture, not stripped. My must-have hydrating oils sink in immediately and are much longer-lasting than moisturizers. Check out a few of my all-time faves below.

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Back to Nature at Helmut Lang

The Show: Helmut Lang

The Nails: Essie

The Makeup: Sunday Riley

The Hair: TIGI

The Vibe: All natural. The models backstage at last night’s Helmut Lang show looked as though they had just returned from a chic camping trip. The makeup by Sunday Riley was minimal and focused on fresh skin and the hair by TIGI was roughed up and pulled back into loose, low messy ponytails.

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Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2012: Dewy Skin and a Flash of Blue

New York Fashion Week is still a month away but we’ve been getting lots of inspiration from the pre-fall collection presentations going on this week. Our favorite so far is Stella McCartney, whose Monday night presentation featured models with dewy skin (courtesy of Sunday Riley) and a bright flash of blue liner. 

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Sunday Riley Juno Body Transformative Lipid Serum: Gift of the Day

‘Tis the season, which can mean only one thing: You are in search of great holiday gifts. Well, look no further. Whether you’re stumped about what to get a co-worker, your dad, or your bestie, we have something for everyone on your list. Check back every day this month for a new dose of gift-giving inspiration — and get ready to deck your halls with much more than holly.

Why this makes a great gift: We can’t rave enough about this splurge-worthy body serum (in our humble opinion, it delivers better results than a slew of spa treatments). It has a cornucopia of potent plant oils — including blackberry, black cumin, grape seed — that help reverse sun damage and restore elasticity. 

It’s perfect for: Your hardworking mom who seldom treats herself, your grandma who loves to putter around in the garden, your little sister who spent a little too much time tanning on her beach towel last summer.

Price: $105, available on birchbox.com.

For more great gift ideas, visit our Holiday Gift Guide.

Get The Inside Scoop With Our New Product Videos

We know it can be tricky to learn how to use all the new products in your monthly Birchbox, and to shop for items you haven’t tried yet. That’s why we decided to add exclusive how-to videos to select products in the Birchbox Shop. We’re kicking things off with three of our favorite holiday-worthy products: the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, the LaROCCA Champagne and Shimmer Supreme Creme, and the Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum. Check out the videos, and expect to see more in the near future! 

What other products from the Birchbox Shop do you want to learn more about? 

Get Glowy With Face Oils: Guest Blogger

Who doesn’t love toast? We sure do, and as much enthusiasm as we have for the delicious complex carbohydrate, we love the blog A Piece of Toast even more. The masterminds behind the beauty amalgamation of covet-worthy products, style inspiration, and yes, yummy food, are sisters Sally Ann and Molly Bernadette. This week, the Molly is graciously bringing her flair to our blog, dishing on everything from the best hair masks to perfect holiday gifts. 

Face serums and oils seem to be one of the biggest trends in skin care these days and after reading so many positive reviews about the benefits and ‘glow’ they deliver, I jumped on the bandwagon — and haven’t looked back since!  If you haven’t tried incorporating oil into your daily skin routine, I hope I can convince you…

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Worth the Splurge?: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about where to draw the line with spending on grooming products. I’m sure there are some people out there who would say that you can’t put a price on beauty. There are also those who are adamant that less expensive drugstore products work just fine. My theory is this: both are right.

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Guest Blogger: Stripes and Sequins

This week, we’re lucky enough to have the uber-talented Grace of Stripes and Sequins on board for a week of blogging fun. As one of our most loyal fans — she was one of Birchbox’s beta members and has been with us ever since — we’re thrilled to have her on the blog. She’s a DIY whiz, savvy beauty and fashion blogger, and one of the nicest people we know. First up: Grace’s Beauty Essentials.

Like any beauty product junkie, my must-have product list has a revolving door. I’m constantly on the hunt for new products, so I’m always switching it up. But these are some that I can’t live without.

Right now, I’m all about hydration.  Cetaphil Body Cream is an oldie but a goodie.  It’s the richest body cream I’ve found, and gentle enough to (gasp!) use on my face when it gets really dry. Sunday Riley Juno Facial Oil is also amazing.  Although spreading oil on your face seems a bit counterintuitive, this one is lightweight and absorbs incredibly quickly. I put a thin layer just after washing my face, and my skin is instantly happy. I’m a little bit obsessive-compulsive about eye cream. I tried Face It’s Smooth Eye-Operator a year ago and was instantly hooked.  It zaps dark circles while hydrating intensely.

As far as beauty products go, for lips I’ve gone back to another favorite: Benetint. I apply a coat, do my eye makeup, and then apply clear gloss. The tint/gloss combination is just…juicy!  To give my skin a glow, I use Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint.  (Discovered this one via Birchbox and instantly became obsessed!) I use only the tiniest amount on my cheeks, temples, and brow bone – it instantly brightens winter skin. For eyes, I’m addicted to Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara. This stuff proves that drugstore mascara works just as well as the expensive stuff. It lengthens and separates like no other.

I have thick, wavy hair and I swear by Moroccan Oil. I cringe a little bit writing it, as the stuff has gotten so much buzz. But it works, plain and simple. Once my hair dries, I use Garnier Glossing Spray (another blogger introduced me to this and it’s amazing – works just as well as Fekkai) to de-frizz and sleekify.

Check back tomorrow for more of Grace’s beauty and style intel. In the meantime, get inspired to try new products in our Shop!