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Reading List: How To: The Perfect Sleek Blowout at Home, 5 Videos To Get You Ready For Columbus Day Weekend, And More

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. 

  1. How To: The Perfect Sleek Blowout at Home: Scoring a salon-quality blowout at home used to feel impossible. But with a practice and the right products, we’re confident these tips will help you master the look.

  2. Ready for a Comeback: We know that fashion is cyclical (hello again 90s grunge), but some beauty trends that have made their way back into the spotlight are worth giving a try.

  3. 5 Travel Videos To Get You Ready For Columbus Day Weekend: Happy long weekend everyone! If you have some plans to get away for the mini-holiday (or anytime in the near future) these videos will get you ready to jet-set.

  4. Performance Wear Finally Goes To Work: While we’d love to bike or walk to work, the risk of damaging our office attire has always held us back. Luckily, a few brands heard our cries and are creating clothes that are performance-proof and work appropriate.

  5. How To: Get the (Romeo &) Juliet Look: Just in time for the latest iteration of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, our Birchbox UK editors have come up with several gorgeous Juliet-inspired looks you can try for yourself.

—Ashley

We love our liquid liners, but check out the one that changed this editor’s life.

How to Score the Perfect At-Home Blowout: GIF Tutorial

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I’m always on the hunt for the best tools and products to get a salon-worthy blowout at home that will really last all day. Last week, I took home some products from indie hair brand amika that claimed to keep my blowout looking fresh long after the first day. After deciding to turn my bathroom into a DIY blowout bar, I documented the whole thing on Instagram. Read on to see how my locks held up despite a crazy busy work week:

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Packing List: New Hampshire

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This weekend, I’m heading out of the sticky city and up to the fresh air of Andover, NH. I’m lucky enough to have a friend with a lakefront house, and even luckier that she doesn’t say no when I ask if she’d like some company. Happily, there isn’t much to do except kayak, cook with the bounty of the local farmer’s market, and make our annual pilgrimage to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair (which is as awesome as it sounds). Product-wise, it’s all about restoring and repairing—here’s what I’m bringing along.

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Amika’s Creative Director Vita Raykhman on Designing Eye-Catching Prints, Her Hair Routine, and More

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Photo: William Hereford 

I’ll never forget the day I first used amika’s Obliphica Nourishing Mask. It came in a big, colorful orange tub that dwarfed all my other shower products, and the thick cream inside smelled amazing. What was really impressive, though, was how shiny and healthy it made my hair look, even though I only left it on for thirty seconds instead of the recommended five minutes. I knew I had stumbled upon something special.

Since that memorable day, my hair and I have become very good friends with amika. The brand’s treatments and styling tools work magic, and they’re also famous for their distinctive design, especially in the form of eye-catching prints. I got in touch with Vita Raykhman, amika’s Creative Director, to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at this stylish hair company, including their plans to make an exclusive mini blow dryer together with Birchbox! 

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Birchbox May 2013 Sneak Peek: Beauty Diaries

This month our theme is Beauty Diaries—get ready to spill the beans! We want to hear all about your beauty secrets, what products you try first in your Birchbox and more. To kick things off this month Katia, Hayley, and Mollie are picking out a few of the products they hope to receive in their boxes. Let us know in the YouTube comments what products you’re missing from your makeup bag and you could win all their picks! 

—Lorelei

Join Birchbox by May 14th to receive a May box this month!

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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Cop Jessica Chastain’s Pre-Oscars Look!
At a recent pre-Oscars party, Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain rocked a subtle but oh-so-chic combo of pretty pink lips, matte skin, and impeccable liner. Here’s how to recreate her look: 
Step 1: You won’t find a lick of shine on Jessica’s flawless face. Before applying your go-to complexion perfectors, start with a mattifying moisturizer like this one from Benta Berry to get a totally even canvas.
Step 2: Add pale peachy blush to the apples of your cheeks. Opt for powder that you can use to build up the color like Benefit’s Coralista shade.
Step 3: Draw attention to your eyes by lining your upper lash line with an inky liner like this one from stila. No matter your skill level, you can achieve the perfect line with these troubleshooting tips. Follow with a few coats of mascara.
Step 4: Now for the fun part—your lips! Grab a long-lasting, vibrant pink (we’re currently obsessed with Elizabeth Arden’s Blush Lipstick) and follow these easy application tips. 
Step 5: Complete the look by adding a deep side part to your hair and smooth away any frizz with a nourishing hair serum like this one from Amika.
—Ally
Check the Birchbox Twitter feed for more Oscar commentary and red carpet trend spotting.

Cop Jessica Chastain’s Pre-Oscars Look!

At a recent pre-Oscars party, Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain rocked a subtle but oh-so-chic combo of pretty pink lips, matte skin, and impeccable liner. Here’s how to recreate her look: 

Step 1: You won’t find a lick of shine on Jessica’s flawless face. Before applying your go-to complexion perfectors, start with a mattifying moisturizer like this one from Benta Berry to get a totally even canvas.

Step 2: Add pale peachy blush to the apples of your cheeks. Opt for powder that you can use to build up the color like Benefit’s Coralista shade.

Step 3: Draw attention to your eyes by lining your upper lash line with an inky liner like this one from stila. No matter your skill level, you can achieve the perfect line with these troubleshooting tips. Follow with a few coats of mascara.

Step 4: Now for the fun part—your lips! Grab a long-lasting, vibrant pink (we’re currently obsessed with Elizabeth Arden’s Blush Lipstick) and follow these easy application tips.

Step 5: Complete the look by adding a deep side part to your hair and smooth away any frizz with a nourishing hair serum like this one from Amika.

—Ally

Check the Birchbox Twitter feed for more Oscar commentary and red carpet trend spotting.

From Russia with Love and Shine: amika’s Color pHerfection Shampoo

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A classic Russian nesting doll (so cute, right?) and a color-enhancing shampoo from Brooklyn-based amika might seem like two polar opposites. But both have roots in Siberia, Russia’s mysterious and frosty tundra. Though it’s best known for its freezing temperatures, this expansive region is home to some of the most diverse plants and herbs on the planet. Thanks to the abundance of greenery, Siberia is (funny enough) the source of the hair industry’s hottest ingredients: sea buckthorn berry oil or obliphica oil which packs a rare mixture of omega 7 acids and the vitamin C levels of 15 oranges. The combination leaves locks shiny, glowing and gorgeous.

Luckily, there’s no need to brave the permafrost in search of the magical elixir since amika’s hair experts have made it the key ingredient in their lush Color pHerfection Shampoo.

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