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Reading List: Messy Faux Bob Tutorial, a Valentine’s Day Playlist, and More

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything in the Birchbox Magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top posts that we don’t want you to miss.

1. The Messy Faux Bob Tutorial: If you love Taylor Swift’s new bob, get the look without the chop with this fake bob tutorial.

2. The Birchbox Romance Mixtape: Cancel your dinner reservations and cozy up for a night in with our romantic playlist on Songza.

3. How to Create a Mad Men-style Bun: If you’re like us, you can’t wait for Don Draper and the gang to return to your weekly TV schedule. In the meantime, watch this cute video from Birchbox’s France team for how to create a Mad Men-inspired look.

4. Red Carpet Beauty Secrets—Revealed! Read our interview with Us Weekly's Gwen Flamberg to get the scoop on red carpet beauty, what lip gloss Angelina Jolie uses, and more.

Angelina’s First Appearance Since Surgery, Kim and Kanye Are Having a Girl, and More
Angelina Jolie steps out in a custom Saint Laurent gown for her first red carpet appearance since her double mastectomy. [Fashionista]
It’s official —Kim and Kanye are having a baby girl! [Glamour]
This weekend’s Chime for Change event celebrated women and here’s a celebration of their best looks from the night. [Bella Sugar]
Are epilators worth the pain for fuzz-free legs? [Refinery29]
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was too much to handle, but author George R.R. Martin had his reasons for writing The Red Wedding. (caution: spoilers) [Entertainment Weekly]
— Bre
Catch up on all things Birchbox in our weekly Reading List.
(photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis)

Angelina’s First Appearance Since Surgery, Kim and Kanye Are Having a Girl, and More

— Bre

Catch up on all things Birchbox in our weekly Reading List.

(photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis)

MAC Debuts a Punk Couture Collection, RiRi’s New Hair, and More

On the heels of this year’s punk-themed Met Gala, M.A.C Cosmetics debuts a Punk Couture Collection available for a limited time. [SheFinds]
Famous on air psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, who is credited with helping to bring psychology to the mainstream, passed away on Monday. She was 85 years old. [New York Times]
Lighten your suitcase this summer with these vacation packing tips. [Cheeky Chicago]
Rihanna changes her hair color, yet again.  Check out how her blonde hue looks. [Glamour]
Leave it to the Refinery29 beauty team to invent one of the coolest ways to wear liquid eyeliner. [Refinery29]
The New York Times follows up on Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy op-ed with a piece on the painful dilemma facing women with BRCA mutations. [New York Times]
—Charisse
Love to colorblock your outfits?  Learn how to use this trend in your beauty routine from guest blogger, Annie Dean.
(Photo: MAC)
MAC Debuts a Punk Couture Collection, RiRi’s New Hair, and More

—Charisse

Love to colorblock your outfits?  Learn how to use this trend in your beauty routine from guest blogger, Annie Dean.

(Photo: MAC)

Trend Spotting: Floral Headbands

Which way would you wear it?  (Photos: refinery29.com, beautyhigh.com)

—Caroline

Click through to read our roundup of our favorite floral headband looks.

Oscar Superlatives: 2012 Edition

Photo: buzzsugar.com

Last night’s Academy Awards were a little snore-inducing, but it’s always fun to watch, and judge, the red carpet. Herewith, this year’s completely arbitrary, totally subjective picks and pans. 


Knock It Off
— We’re a little tired of the same, played-out looks from Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez. We’ve seen Angie’s all-black, high slit too many times to count, and her leg posing last night had us rolling our eyes. J.Lo’s plunging neckline and its maybe-maybe-not wardrobe malfunction moment, which recalled her famous Versace gown from the Grammy’s in 2000, made us want to throw a sheet over the whole look.

Photo: glamour.com

Fullest Fringe — Rooney Mara’s got the ’20s style flapper bangs down to an art now (she’s been sporting the look since last fall), and when paired with her beautiful Givenchy gown, it was a win by far.

Photo: people.com

Evening Superhero — We swooned as soon as Gwyneth Paltrow stepped onto the red carpet. Wearing a gorgeous, caped Tom Ford look paired with a low, deconstructed ponytail, we couldn’t take our eyes off the actress’ stunning style all night long.

Photo: people.com

Role Model — There’s no doubt that Meryl Streep is one of the most talented ladies out there (17 Oscar nominations!), but she’s also one of the classiest, most gracious winners, too. When she accepted her Best Actress award last night, we were taking notes on how to seem lovely, poised, and witty all at the same time.

Prettiest Peplums — Michelle Williams and Tina Fey were stand-outs on the carpet showing off this ladylike trend. We give them both an A+ for style.

Photo: hollywoodlife.com

Best Feel Good Moment — As fans of the original 1965 version of The Sound of Music, we were so happy to see Christopher Plummer (a.k.a. Captain von Trapp) nominated for his role in this year’s Beginners. But we were even more ecstatic when the 82-year-old won the award, making his mark as the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar.

—Candice

Need more Oscars? Check out our Pinterest board with our favorite looks from last night here.

SAG Awards Red Carpet Round-up: The Look-A-Likes

Photo: fabsugar.com

If you’re like us, you really only watch awards shows to catch the stars strutting down the red carpet in their fabulous (or less-than-fabulous) looks. Last night’s SAG awards didn’t disappoint: from Emma Stone’s knockout Alexander McQueen dress to Michelle Williams’ sassy red, lace-sleeved Valentino number to Viola Davis’ beaded Marchesa gown, there was so much style it kept our eyes glued to the screen.

But the best parts of the evening were a few stars that we swore were doppelgangers for someone else. Lookout, SAGs! It’s the attack of the look-a-likes. Click through to see our favorite “is that you?” moments!

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