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3 Stunning Looks to Try to Celebrate Auld Lang Syne

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Although my go-to party look is a super-smoky cat eye and a rich rouge pout, some occasions deserve more experimentation. While perusing for New Year’s Eve beauty inspiration, I stumbled upon this brilliant editorial in French magazine Madame Figaro. Although the feature is meant to promote three of the season’s fiercest headbands, it also showcases three fantastic makeup options for this year’s ultimate party.

(Photo: Madame Figaro)

1. Victorian Vixen: Channel your modern Marie Antoinette by dipping into your spring pastel palettes for this look. After filling in brows, lightly apply Make Up For Ever’s #93 Irish Green (an exact match) or Stila’s Night Sky (a charming blue alternative) around the entire eye. Complete the look with a few coats of Alicia Silverstone for Juicy Beauty’s Pure Kissable Lip Color for the perfect pink pucker and a swipe of a creamy blush, like Jouer’s Poppy. Top your messy bun with a standout bejeweled headband and you’re good to go!

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5 Braids You Can Wear to All of Your Holiday Parties

While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.

Left: Elie Saab; right: Emilio Pucci. (Photos: Imaxtree)

With holiday season in full swing, having a few go-to hairstyles in your arsenal is pretty essential. Most of us have our favorite bold lipsticks that we keep in our purses to swipe on when we realize we have to run from work (or school) to three different holiday parties, but our hair can be a completely different issue. Luckily, the trends on the fall/winter runways had plenty of different styles to inspire us, from bouffants to braids.

Most of us have been braiding our hair since we were in elementary school, so we immediately took to this trend—and it’s one that has become a runway staple ever since Guido Palau sent girls down Alex Wang’s runway in spring of 2010 with disheveled side braids. This season, we saw the braid take on a few more forms, from the milkmaid to cornrows, and they all work equally well for your holiday activities. Click through to find some inspiration for your packed holiday calendar, and for how to adapt these looks to your off-the-runway life.

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30-Second Hair Looks You Have to Try Right Now

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

All I could manage to do over the last couple of days—other than watch the weather channel and nervously eat Goldfish crackers—was pin pretty pictures on Pinterest. I’ve been finding a ton of quicklooks (think things you can do in 30 seconds or less) and I had to share them. Here are three of my favorite ‘dos plus an expert’s tips on getting the looks just right:

(Photo: trendyhaircutstyles.blogspot.com)

The Tousled Bun: For a messy (but chic!) look, Vanessa Fernandez of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City suggests sticking with your natural texture and adding a texturizing spray (like Davines For Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer) to create separation. “Flip your head upside down; spray, scrunch, and smooth your hair upwards toward the ends, twisting it until it’s in a bun shape and securing with a hair tie,” she says.

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Dispatch From Paris: A Twist on the Classic French Braid

The flirty days of spring and summer may be far behind us, but no one—least of all the Birchbox team!—seems ready to give up on the braid trend. Our friends at JolieBox obviously feel the same, as evidenced by Malvina’s crazy awesome revamped French braid below. 

Mathilde says: "We love to give the traditional French braid a bit of a twist!"

Want to see how the Birchbox team has been wearing braids this season? Check out the gorgeous fishtail Katia wore to the office and Meredith’s wraparound fishtail tutorial, courtesy of Shu Uemura!

How To: Updated Fishtail

In the past we did a sweepstakes with Shu Uemura where we posted images of four different braid styles and let our Facebook fans vote for their favorite. The winning look was an off-to-the-side wrapped fishtail, so we traveled to see the stylist who created the look, Carter Todd at the John Barrett salon, to give us a step-by-step breakdown. Click through for the entire photo tutorial! 

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The Votes Are In: You’re So Over Ombre Highlights and Nail Art

Earlier this month, we revealed the results of Beauty Pulse Survey, including the trend that respondents were most excited about (beachy waves, duh). But what about the meh factor? Respondents said that they are totally over ombre highlights and nail art—the trends tied, each with 22 percent of the vote. That said, the Birchbox community is generally trend-loving, with 36 percent of respondents still psyched about all the trends we listed. If you’re ready for something new, we have suggestions for you.

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5 Places to Score Brilliant Braids in LA

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

It’s no secret that the ladies of Birchbox are smitten with braided 'dos—and I share their affection. In fact, the braid craze is at its peak here in L.A., and a bevy of salons now offer styling services dedicated to these trendy twists. The next time you find yourself on the West Coast, be sure to stop by one of these hot spots to step up your braid game.

Nine Zero One Salon
901 Westbourne Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This place is special in my heart because their Braid Bar will hook you up with any style under the sun for $25 a pop! And these guys are wizards at it—case in point above. I received so many inquiries the day Nine Zero gave me this half-up look, which their stylist whipped up in about six minutes.

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What Will Replace the Topknot this Summer?

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

Last summer (and fall and winter) was all about the topknot. And for good reason. The style is simple, cute, versatile and works on every hair texture imaginable. I have dreadlocks and I ALWAYS whip them into a topknot. But all good trends must come to an end (we’ll save the fact that trends are cyclical and always make a comeback for a separate post).

With the impending demise of the high bun, the question of the summer is: What is the new top knot? It’ll be tough to find a style that is both high-fashion and low-maintenance, and versatile enough to work with everything from fine and straight tendrils to super thick and curly strands. Here are three possible contenders straight from Birchbox’s Pinterest hair board.

Image: everlytrue.tumblr.com

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Hey Chicago! Come Get Braided with Birchbox and Kérastase!

Windy City, here we come! Next Wednesday, June 6th, we’re teaming up with Kérastase to throw a braid party at Maxine’s Salon, right off of Miracle Mile. Kérastase’s genius stylists will be there to give you the braid style of your dreams—think intricate fishtails, romantic crown plaits, and more. Naturally, there will be plenty of bubbly and sweet treats, and you’ll leave with a Kérastase-filled Birchbox worth $35! 

Space is limited so book your time slot now!