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A Week of Nail Art: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Lorelei

Title: Assistant Editor

A Week Of: Awesomely cool nail art (a.k.a. Birchbox’s obsession)

Monday: Essie in Turning Heads Red ($8.00), Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat ($14.40), Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Blazing Blue ($1.49)

I felt very patriotic with this red and navy moon mani. I’m already planning to resurrect it for Fourth of July weekend, potentially with a little star detail if I get ambitious. In this case, I had already been wearing the red for a day or two but wanted to spice it up a bit with a matte topcoat and the navy. I used Turning Heads Red by Essie, the Matte Finish Topcoat by Butter London, and Blazing Blue Insta-Dri by Sally Hansen.

Tuesday: Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets ($17.90) and Daytripper ($16.00)

I’m obsessed with these new shades by Deborah Lippmann, Between the Sheets (purple) and Daytripper (pink). They’re so fun and punchy, I couldn’t resist wearing them together. I did get a few weird comments from people that thought I mistakenly wore two different colors, but I loved it.

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A Week of Taming The Wave: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Hayley

Title: Co-founder

A Week Of: Styling her ultra-wavy hair

Monday: This is my ultimate ‘do nothing’ hairstyle. My secret is to wash with Blow Up Daily Volumizing shampoo and conditioner and let it air dry. If frizz arrives later (which it often does), I follow up with Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine hair serum.

Tuesday: Stick straight! My fancy GHD straightener was definitely worth the splurge. Less than ten minutes on dry hair and I’ve got my ‘do. I pinned up one side to really show off my new favorite accessory: my green hair feather! A couple spritzes of Blow Heat Is On protective styling mist makes me feel less guilty about all the frying.

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A Week of Colorful Mascara: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Jenna

Title: Marketing Manger

A Week Of: Colorful Mascara

Monday: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux CILS in Extreme Blue, $30, yslbeautyus.com

I decided to start the week off with a bang and go for a bright blue shade today (plus, it matched my shirt). The formula glided on and easily, coated all of my lashes instantly, and added a ton of volume. I absolutely love this mascara. 

Tuesday: Mally Volumizing Double-ended Mascara in Sapphire, $22.80, qvc.com

I went for blue again today, but the effect is much more subtle. I think this one would even go well with a smoky gray or blue shadow without looking overdone.

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A Week of Eyeliner: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Alta

Title: Brand Relationship Manager

A Week Of: Eyeliner

Monday: Sue Devitt Eye Pencil Intensifier in Bangalore, $22, birchbox.com

Who doesn’t love the idea of easy eyeliner? The latest shades from Sue Devitt’s line of Eye Intensifier Pencils makes glamming up a breeze.The pencil goes on thick, creating a liner/shadow effect, which was perfect because I was going for the smudgy less-perfected look. The finishing touch? Volumize your lashes with a thickening mascara such as the Benefit BADgal Lash or DiorShow Exstase. The contrast helps amp up the fun fun-yet-sophisticated olive color.

Tuesday: Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Liner in Aqua, $42, nordstrom.com

I’ve never been one to shy away from winged liner. This time, I wanted to take this look to next level by incorporating some serious color. Using the Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Liner in Aqua, I started from the inner most part of my eye and drew 1/8” line above my lashes. I then filled in this line to create a thick, dramatic burst of color. To create the wing, I extended my original line out and slightly up, making it gradually thinner. if you’re not sure how far to extend the wing, my trick is to use my eyebrow as a guide. Your wing should extend farther than this point.

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A Week of Blush: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Thanh Tran

Title: Director of Interactive

A Week of: Really beautiful blush

Monday: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Pearl Wine Pink, $24, shuuemura.com

This was a bright fuchsia powder blush. The brightness was actually perfect for Valentine’s Day, and it made my exciting plans of interviewing pediatricians a touch more romantic. (Oh, the life of a 8-month-pregnant woman). Later, I layered some shimmery gold eyeshadow over it to add a little bit of sparkle for dinner.

Tuesday: Stila Custom Color Blush, $20, birchbox.com

By now, I know not to be too afraid of the bright pink blush. It worked perfectly for the rosy cheek look, and it really does change shades. Science is amazing!

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A Week of Hair Knots: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our team members tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, we’ll give you five fun ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Birchboxer: Katia

Title: Co-Founder

A Week Of: Hair Knots (she is a styling master!)

Monday: I wear my hair in pony tails—a lot—so I loved introducing these small accents to make the look more polished and interesting. I started by smoothing my hair using Oscar Blandi’s Olio di Jasmine hair serum and then I just grabbed a small section and tied a knot in the middle of it. I did this two more times, using bobby pins to hold pieces of hair in place while I was working.  When I was ready to finish the style, I simply secured all my hair in the back with a low pony tail.

Tuesday: Okay, I will admit it: I am obsessed with Blake Lively’s perfectly unkempt hair. How does she make me pine over frizz?!? After distributing Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray throughout my hair, I pulled my hair back into a loose pony tail. Taking a generous chunk of hair of hair already pulled through, I wove a knot around the hair tie to completely cover it.

Wednesday: I really wanted to style my hair long and loose since I never wear my hair down (and my handsome husband loves it). So, I took two pieces of hair from the crown of my head and tied them together in a simple, straightforward knot. Then I knotted those same two pieces again, giving my hair a pretzel-like design, and I pinned the ends to keep everything in place.

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A Week Of Fuchsia Lipstick: The Birchbox Beauty Diaries

The Birchbox Beauty Diaries is a regular feature where one of our staffers tries out a new beauty look every day for one week. Whether it’s lipstick or eyeshadow, different hairstyles or fun makeup techniques, our employees will give you five different ideas for how you can shake up your routine.

Staffer: Mollie

Title: Director of Content

A Week of: Fuchsia lipstick (Nothing scares her!)

Monday: Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Spark, $23.69, amazon.com

Mondays are always a bit of a trial so I definitely like a fun lip color. This gloss looks sparkly in the tube but goes on glossy and shimmery. It’s thick enough to add color but sheer enough that it’s not a crazy lip statement.

Tuesday:NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Funny Face, $24, amazon.com

I discovered this perfect fuchsia through my friend Nandita, who spied it on the models at J. Crew’s Fall 2010 collection viewing. I’ve since turned many friends on to it. I love that it’s matte—when paired with a bare face, I feel almost Parisian.

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