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Reading List: Beyonce Love (What Else is New?), Birchbox Goes Mobile, and More

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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. Birchbox Goes Mobile: You heard right. Finally, you can carry Birchbox in your pocket, courtesy of our new, easily customizable iPhone app. Go ahead, tap away!

2. 6 Must-Know Beauty Facts: Did you know that the Clarisonic origin story ties back to NASA? Check out these six baffling beauty facts compiled by our UK team—these will definitely make for optimal cocktail chatter.

3. BBC Reporter Gets Airbrushed: What does it feel like to get all of your imperfections erased virtually? Surprisingly, not that great. 

4. Bowing Down to Queen B: It’s no secret we’re big Beyonce fans here at Birchbox (ahem). Inspired by her superfan Chris Koo’s video love letter to “Crazy in Love,” we “count down” our favorite Bey-inspired tributes.

5. 5 Blushing Brides: Our friends at Lover.ly were tickled pink by the romantic, rose-colored gown trend seen at Bridal Fashion Week.

—Maura

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What It Was Like For This BBC Reporter To Be Airbrushed

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We know airbrushing is a reality. The models and celebs we see on the covers of our favorite magazines are almost always Photoshopped to achieve the insane level of perfection that has become standard.

While the debate continues (Are we teaching teenage girls to strive for something impossible? Is it right to idolize this kind of beauty? How much airbrushing is too much?), one BBC reporter, Tulip Mazumdar, wanted to know what it felt like to be the one having her imperfections erased virtually.

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The Return of the Selfie, Miranda Kerr’s Workout Routine, and More
How the selfie went from MySpace relic to a mark of social media importance. [The New Yorker]
Learn Miranda Kerr’s seven minute fitness routine and find out her secret to great skin. [Beauty High]
This inside look at Nicole Richie’s L.A. home is incredibly envy-inducing. [The Coveteur]
Helena Bonham Carter is the spitting image of Elizabeth Taylor in her upcoming BBC film. [Us Weekly]
Breaking down the unattainable physical attributes of Disney’s princesses: An illustrated guide. [blisstree]
Now you can track your dog’s physical activity with a Nike+ fuelband-like device called Whistle. [Greatist]
— Bre
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The Return of the Selfie, Miranda Kerr’s Workout Routine, and More

— Bre

Don’t forget — today is the last day you can order a Birchbox Man subscription to ensure delivery by Father’s Day.

(Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7)

Will and Jaden Smith Rap “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” The Nude Nail Takeover, and More

– Bre

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Reading List: Movers and Shakers

Mary-Kate and Ashley, and Ashley and Mary-Kate photos via Fashionista.com

We’re (almost) all settled in to our new office digs after moving just last night and luckily we’ve had a chance to brush up on our reading while unpacking. Here’s what has caught our eye this week:

  • Moving has us all on a bit of a DIY kick—let’s get crafty! This Monday The Coveteur profiled the queen of DIY, P.S. I Made This’ Erica Domasek. We had a blast interviewing Erica ourselves a few months back, so seeing her digs was a real treat. 
  • In fashion news, there’s been a real shakeup at Halston. Yesterday WWD confirmed rumors that first Sarah Jessica Parker and then Harvey Weinstein were severing ties with the company. You may remember that SJP has been the president and chief creative officer of Halston Heritage (the more affordable branch of the line) for little more than a year while Weinstein has had an equity stake, but little actual involvement for several years. Now, this morning we’ve just heard that designer Marios Schwab is out as creative director for the brand and there won’t be a spring 2012 collection. The label’s future certainly seems to be up in the air at this moment so we’ll be keeping an eye on wwd throughout the weekend.
  • Lately, golden makeup seems to be having a real moment. We’re calling it a new neutral and it’s our go-to hue when we need some glow. WhoWhatWear’s beauty board has some more ideas on how to wear it.
  • Fashionista posted a few of our favorite stories this week. The first is a roundup of their favorite hair blogs. There are some amazing ones out there and we’ll definitely be adding them to our feed reader. The other is a guide to telling Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen apart based on their outfits. It really is time that we figured it out. 
  • We don’t often find tons of television programs that delve into the beauty industry. That’s why we were so excited to see BellaSugar’s article about the BBC’s new miniseries called Perfume. The show takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar fragrance industry and we can guarantee you’ll learn something new.

—Lorelei

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