This Snow Day Unboxing Video Will Warm Your Heart
People like Nicola Foti (the charming spirit behind our new favorite unboxing video), make doing what we do totally worth it. Watch his literal surprise (“gasp!”) and delight (“this smells ahmaaaazing”) as he unpacks Birchbox’s Limited Edition Snow Day Box.
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We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.
As mentioned in last week’s post, this past weekend I participated in BeautyCon 2013, which was attended by more than 6,000 makeup gurus and aspiring beauty stars. (See a great recap here.)
In addition to being a panelist, I was also a judge in the NYX FACE Awards, where the country’s six up-and-coming YouTube gurus battled it out to become Beauty Vlogger of the Year and receive a cool $25,000. I sat down with the winner, Air Force enlistee Missy Lynn (aka Start2FinishMUA), to hear more about her inspiring journey and plans for the future.
Music Monday: Mumford & Sons — Hopeless Wanderer
This video made our afternoon. We strongly suggest a brief YouTube break to brighten up your Monday.
Say hello to Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Will Forte as Mumford & Sons.
"My Lipstick Story"
We love a bold lip. It attracts attention, brightens up the face, and just looks fantastic. But for the same reasons that lipstick is awesome, it can also be incredibly intimidating. That’s why were were so drawn to beauty vlogger and comedian Franchesca Ramsey's latest video, “My Lipstick Story.”
"My Lipstick Story" is about Ramsey’s insecurity about her lips growing up. To her, they looked like "identical burger buns" that didn’t need any more more attention with color. But a professional makeup session for a photoshoot last year changed all that and gave her the confidence to wear bold lipstick everyday. Our team can’t get enough of the ever-changing lipsticks in the video (think Beyonce’s Countdown video) and her inspiring monologue.
For a while now, I’ve been fascinated with lipsticks. From the perfect classic red to the brightest neon pink, my beauty dream is to collect every single shade and color. But whenever opportunities to wear them come along (read: everyday), I swipe on a bright coral or deep plum and later wipe it right off in favor of a natural tint or a “my lips, but better” shade. You see, despite my love for lip color, the attention-drawing aspect of it intimidates me. I’ve always thought that it takes a certain confidence to pull off a bold lipstick, but while that may be true, Franchesca has inspired me to believe that a bold lip can also empower and make you feel beautiful too.
What’s your lipstick story? Tell us in the comments!
To ease into wearing brighter lip colors, I’m sporting these bold and easy-to-pull-off lipsticks.