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Self Magazine’s 2012 Healthy Beauty Awards: Dr. Jart, Yes To & Many More

Health and beauty: a winning combo, no? At this morning’s Self Magazine 2012 Healthy Beauty Awards, the theme was products that make you look and feel amazing.

The event, held at the Museum of Modern Art, revealed 89 winners across the categories of face, makeup, nails, sun, hair, and body—from Top Acne Spot Solution (hello, Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Spot Stick) to Best Deep Conditioner (woot Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Conditioner). The products were chosen by a panel of Self readers who tested them in their own homes and submitted their honest feedback. I recognize plenty of favorites on the list, but there are also ones I’m excited to try!

Beyond celebrating the phenomenal products, Self’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Danzinger, also set the tone of the event by bringing attention to social media. She told the audience of editors, industry execs, and brand bigwigs that companies shouldn’t try to strong-arm their message—they should just ensure that people are talking about their products and their brands. As a Twitter and Instagram addict, I loved hearing her give a digital call to action.

Check out the Birchbox products that made the Self list!

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Gorgeous Sexy Hair Ideas from Blow NY

Photo courtesy of Blow NY

For this month’s story on second-day hair, I talked to two of Blow NY’s star stylists: Naeemah Carre and Gregory Patterson. They patiently explained why dirty hair always looks and styles so much better, and how you can fake the look with the right products. But the best part of talking to them was getting their foolproof tricks for gorgeous textured hair. Forget sleek and try these techniques:

Naeemah Carre: The Bun + Scrunch

Brush your hair and then tilt your head over and spray it with a light hold product like Blow Out Spray. Then gather it into a high bun. You can wear it like this to bed to wake up with a great look, or just leave it in for an hour if you’re pressed for time. When you take down the bun, be sure to brush hair and scrunch to revitalize the body.

Gregory Patterson: The Twisty Pony

Here’s an easy party style you can do at the end of the day before you go out. First poof a little dry shampoo onto your scalp to absorb any oil, and also freshen up the hair. Massage into the scalp and brush through with a natural bristle brush to enhance shine. Next, spritz a sea salt spray all through the hair. Section into four sections and twist each section so you achieve four dread-like ropes. Use a blowdryer to heat each section, then finish with a shot of cold air. Afterward finger-comb your now-textured hair and secure into a high ponytail just below the crown. Now, twist the ponytail into a very modern textured chignon. Secure with large u-shaped hair pins. You can accessorize with a cute jeweled or feathered headband — it’s an instantly glam modern textured chignon that will work for even the most elitist of parties.

Want more hair ideas? Check out our messy bun video. Obsessed with Blow NY (we know we are)? Read about them on our brand page. Have technique requests? Email us at info@birchbox.com.