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Holiday Party Style, DIY Decorating Tips, and More

1. Get Crafy!: In this video, Birchbox staffer Charlie shows us three awesome holiday decorations that you can make at home. Pass the glitter!

2. How To Tie a Bow Tie: This cute little video from Birchbox Man totally demystifies the intimidating prospect of trying a real-deal bow tie. Easier than we thought!

3. Holiday Party Style: Finally! The Birchbox holiday celebration is tonight, and three lucky staffers will don adorable dresses courtesy of Rebecca Taylor. See how they styled their dresses, and pick up a few tips for your own office party!

4. Awards Season Begins: This week, we were totally psyched to see so many of our favorite ladies nominated for Golden Globes. From J. Law to Kerry Washington, we can barely wait to see what beauty looks they sport on the red carpet.

5. Natural Shimmer: Meanwhile across the pond, staffers at Birchbox UK tested out some seriously shimmery eyeshadows. See how they got the understatedly chic look!

—Maura

Join Birchbox before December 17 to receive our holiday-themed Sparkle & Shine December Box! 

How Many Lipsticks Does One Girl Need?

Some girls rely on one go-to lip color, but I’m a firm believer that every occasion requires its own special shade. While a sexy red is fun for going out, I’ll opt for a neutral when I’m headed to a job interview. A new favorite is ModelCo’s Party Proof Lipsticks, which come in a variety of hues and feel great on my lips. The formulas are packed with hydrators and they’re very long-lasting so you don’t have to worry about frequent reapplication. 

Watch our video and see what colors we recommend for a variety of different situations. Then let us know in the comments below how many lipsticks do you think you need? 

—Katrina

With so many places to be, you’ll need to spruce up throughout the day. See what our Beauty Partnerships team uses to freshen up fast!

Top Beauty Blunders: Foundation Blending

Blending your foundation is an essential skill that every makeup-wearing gal should know. A great base not only sets the stage for your entire makeup look, but it also ensures that people are looking at you and not your poor makeup job. We’ve all seen unfortunate cases of mismatched foundation, too-bright concealer, awkwardly covered brows, and more. 

Here, Birchbox staffer Deepica shows us how to avoid these top beauty blunders. (We can admit it: We’ve all fallen victim to at least one of these issues at some point.)

What are some of your biggest beauty blunders?

—Katrina

Got your foundation blending down pat? Check out these 4 Essential Eye Looks to add to your beauty résumé.

How To: Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial

A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook followers to vote on their favorite medium-length hairstyle and this triple braided overwhelmingly received the most love. Whether you need an easy wedding updo or a pretty way to keep your hair up, this boho-chic hairstyle should do the trick. All it takes is three simple braids, some bobby pins, elastics, and of course, hairsprayAnd while it’s lovely on its own, don’t be afraid to twist it to your taste—you can add pretty hair clips or other embellishments to make it your own.

Check out Candice’s video for the full tutorial on this gorgeous look. 

What are your go-to hairstyles for medium-length hair?

—Geraldine

Looking for a look that’s more sleek and professional? Here’s how the achieve the perfect easy sock bun.

Ruffian’s First Nail Lacquer Collection, Tina Fey’s New NBC Show, Hosting Your Own Cocktail Competition, and More: Weekend Reading List

Introducing Ruffian’s New Nail Lacquer Collection: One of our favorite New York-based fashion labels has finally created their very own polish collection—and you helped pick three of the shades. Find out all the deets in the video above.

Host Your Own Cocktail Competition: Jazz up the party by staging your own DIY cocktail competition. From wild cards to secret surprise ingredients, here’s how to keep things interesting for your guests.

The Nose Has It: Florists Weigh In on Our Favorite Scents: We asked top New York floral designers to lend us their olfactory expertise to deconstruct some of our favorite scents.

From Power Rangers Villain to Skincare Entrepreneur: An Interview with Jennifer Yen of Pur~lisse [xoVain]: Pur~lisse founder Jennifer Yen opens up about scoring her role on the hit children’s show and taking big chances to start her own business.

Tina Fey Has a New Show on NBC! Plus, a Liz Lemon GIF Tribute: Our favorite comedic femme fatale is coming back to NBC with a new show—and we are excited. To honor her time as Liz Lemon, here’s our GIF tribute to some of the best lessons Fey’s taught us over the years. 

—Geraldine

Take the time this weekend to learn how to properly layer skincare and find out how you can get an exclusive Juice Beauty lip gloss for free.

4 Essential Eye Looks to Know

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Whether you’re new to the eye makeup scene or interested in going back to the basics, we’ve rounded up the four eye looks that you need to know. From a work-appropriate cat-eye to bold, eye-popping liner, we’re touching all the bases so you can rock your gorgeous peepers in any setting.

1. How To: Neutral Cat-Eye

Cat-eyes tend to fall on the dramatic side of eye looks but for those of us who want a more subtle look, here’s how to get a cat-eye that’s clean and neutral. Using a gel eyeliner like Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner guarantees precision and lets you decide how thick or thin you want the line to be. 

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Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial, Flowers for Every Season, How to Score Dewy Skin, and More: Reading List

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. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

—Geraldine

The Perfect Sock Bun Tool, Fighting Frizzy Hair, BBQ Essentials, & More: Reading List

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. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

How To: Sock Bun Tutorial with The Wrap Up: Our social media guru @racheljosilver loves this hairstyling tool so much that the sock bun has become her signature do. See how easy it is to look put-together and chic in no time.

Frizz Frenzy: Summer humidity never fails to turn a good hair day into a bad hair day. Whether our hair is straight or curly, the moist, sticky air always manages to bring out the worst. Here are our top solutions for fighting the frizz.

5 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home: Pamper yourself this weekend with one of these simple, but effective at-home treatments. Not only are they luxurious and nourishing, but with all the dough you’ll save, you’ll definitely be able to afford that extra bottle of champagne.

4 Unexpected Summer BBQ Essentials: From all-natural hand wipes to bold platters, these items take the basics to a whole new level. Step up your game and you’re sure to be the belle of backyard bbqs.

What Sleeping in Your Makeup Does To Your Skin [Daily Mail UK]: It’s essential to remove our makeup before bed, and for the most part, we do. But for those days when you feel too tired or lazy to cleanse, the results of this mini experiment will get you right back on track.

—Geraldine

You don’t have to spend your whole weekend under the sun to get a bronzed look. Surprisingly, the right nail polish will take care of that.

Hair and Makeup Tips from the Set of SUITS, Summer Beach Reads, Removing White Tee Stains & More: Reading List

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. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

—Geraldine

Excited to try a new manicure this weekend? Check out this airbrushed masterpiece from Miami Swim Week.