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How to Milkmaid Braids: GIF Tutorial

While we adore video tutorials, sometimes we need a quick step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to see a difficult step again. Plus, aren’t they just more fun to watch? We’re introducing a new series of beauty gif tutorials that teach you how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes—in simple, animated ways.

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For our first tutorial, editor Meredith shows you how to do an adorable and oh-so-simple milkmaid braid. (Trust us—it’s easier than you think!) Read on to see what products you’ll need and learn how to get this chic summer look in just eight steps.

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A Crush-worthy Superman Roundup, Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter, And More
In honor of this month’s upcoming Superman flick Man of Steel, here’s a look back at the franchise’s most memorable leading men. [NY Mag]
Fueling rumors of a 2016 election bid, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has finally joined the Twitterverse. [Los Angeles Times]
Italian fashion designer and tanning aficionado, Roberto Cavalli is penning a dishy autobiography set for release this October. [Vogue]
Tata Harper, founder of the chic all-natural skincare line, shares the botox-free ingredient that actually freezes wrinkles and softens creases.[Well + Good NYC]
From twisty chignons to chic fishtails, braids make any outfit look a little more interesting—try one of these super breezy options for your next big event. [Beauty High]
Soho baker Dominique Ansel made cronuts NYC’s latest food craze. Now, a Dallas-based chef has taken to Twitter with claims that she invented the buzzed about treat. [Grubstreet]
—Ally
No need to abandon your exercise while traveling—these easy poses by yoga pro Tara Stiles will help you de-stress and beat jet lag. 
(photo: Warner Brothers)

A Crush-worthy Superman Roundup, Hillary Clinton Joins Twitter, And More

—Ally

No need to abandon your exercise while traveling—these easy poses by yoga pro Tara Stiles will help you de-stress and beat jet lag. 

(photo: Warner Brothers)

Miley Cyrus’s Hair Transformation, Easy Braided Updo Tutorial, Experts Answer Your Top SPF Questions, 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 you need to read this weekend.
The Great Miley Cyrus Hair Transformation: From Hannah Montana blonde to a seriously short buzz cut, here’s a comprehensive Miley hairstyle retrospective.
Easy Braided Updo Tutorial: If you can do a basic braid, you can do this gorgeous wedding-ready style in just 10 minutes.
A Visual Guide to Mastering Man Bracelets: When temperatures rise and your sleeves roll up, it’s important to know how to expertly accessorize your wrists.
Ask Us Anything: SPF: In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, we had 3 experts weigh in and answer your top questions about SPF. 
Patrick Stewart’s Passionate Speech Against Domestic Violence: We love Patrick Stewart, and we applaud the thespian for his eloquent answer to a fan’s question about the importance of standing up to domestic violence.
—Bre
June begins Saturday! See what we’ll be up to this month in our June Agenda.

Miley Cyrus’s Hair Transformation, Easy Braided Updo Tutorial, Experts Answer Your Top SPF Questions, 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 you need to read this weekend.

  • Ask Us Anything: SPF: In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, we had 3 experts weigh in and answer your top questions about SPF. 

—Bre

June begins Saturday! See what we’ll be up to this month in our June Agenda.

Celebrity Hairstylist Janine Jarman’s Guide to Picture-Perfect Bridal Hair

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.

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I can’t believe it, but the day has finally come. My wedding is tomorrow (!) and I couldn’t be more excited. To ensure that my tresses are at their best before I walk down that aisle, I paid a visit to my go-to stylist, Janine Jarman of Shear Genius fame, to get a quick trim at her charming Hollywood salon Hairroin. (Fun fact: this spot is also a great place to score brilliant braids.)

Given that Jarman’s highly-publicized wedding looked like a dream, I couldn’t resist asking her for some helpful tips on hair for the big day. Read on for eight great takeaways, straight from the source.

1. Don’t hide behind your hair."Have your hair in such a way that a side of your face is exposed, because you don’t want to cover your face in pictures. If you have long hair, clear a shoulder before photos or tuck a few strands behind the ear."

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4 Braids to Try: Guest Blogger

Doing your hair can be a challenge and let’s face it: Throwing it up into a topknot every day gets boring. Christina over at Hair Romance believes your hair is your best accessory and it should always be treated at such. This week, she’s sharing all her best tips and tricks to make every day a good hair day. 

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Braids are one of the hottest hair trends and seen on catwalks all over the world during fashion week. From the basic braid seen at Valentino in Paris to the crown braids at Alice + Olivia in New York, braids are the “it” hairstyle you have to try right now.

Above is a selection of four of my favorite braids and here are links to tutorials for each: 

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Our Favorite Work Week Hair Tutorials

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If you’re anything like me, you probably get into a hair rut every once in a while. Working at a beauty company certainly makes it easier to find hair inspiration, but week after week I still find myself sporting the same styles 90 percent of the time: down and slightly messy, or up in a ponytail. For May, I’m aiming to expand my hair horizons with some new work-appropriate styles. Keep reading for five of my favorite hair tutorials, featuring styles you can easily do before rushing out the door in the morning.

The French Fishtail Braid

The French braid is soooo over—it’s all about the French fishtail now. Just kidding, but this style is dressy and easier than it looks (plus, it will have your coworkers complimenting you on your creativity).

The Princess Roll

Equally cute for work and a dinner with your parents, this style is a crowd-pleaser in the Birchbox office. Bonus: Remove the roll at the end of the day for happy-hour ready soft waves.

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Backstage at Alice + Olivia: A Chic (and Totally Easy!) Braided Updo

These days, it takes something a little edgier than a fishtail braid to make our jaws drop. At Alice + Olivia’s Fall 2013 show, the amplified, messy braids we spotted backstage fit the bill—our mouths are still open in awe.

As a throng of eager beauty bloggers jotted down notes, Moroccanoil’s Artistic Director and Lead Stylist Antonio Corral Calero explained, “I was inspired by all of you guys.” What did the hair maestro mean? The look played off the collection’s street-style aesthetic. (We also like to think he was inspired by all of us Birchbox staffers.)

To create the look, Calero applied a pea-sized amount of nourishing Moroccanoil Treatment to damp hair, and followed with a quick spritz of Moroccanoil’s soon-to-be-released Heat Style. Next, he used a blow-dryer for about 5-10 minutes. “The hair doesn’t have to be completely dry,” Calero said, “you simply want to add texture.” He then created a center part, divided the model’s hair into two sections, and braided each section to make two pigtail braids. Don’t aim for perfection: “We want it to be messy—not perfect!” he said. Sounds like our kind of style. 

—Ally

Follow all the New York Fashion Week fun at Birchbox NYFW.

Marchesa’s Braided Crown, Anne Hathaway’s Custom Vegan Boots, and More


A step-by-step guide to recreate the braided crown updo from the Marchesa spring 2013 runway. [Refinery29]


The crazy Tom Ford bondage boots Anne Hathaway wore to the Les Miserables New York City premiere were custom-made and vegan. [Fashionista]
A look at the indiscriminate use of the term “curvy” to describe women of all sizes from 2 to 22. [The Cut]
Learn how to do a jewel-toned smoky eye—just in time for all of your holiday parties. [Beauty High]
Is copper the hot new anti-aging ingredient? Check out this list of products that contain the metal and learn how it can help skin retain its youthfulness. [NYTimes]
Accidentally doused yourself with one spritz too many of perfume? Here are a couple of tips on how to remove unwanted fragrance. [The Cut]
(Photo: refinery29.com)

—Hallie

Have you checked out our awesome holiday gift sets yet? See what we’re eyeing for our friends and families (and ourselves)!

Marchesa’s Braided Crown, Anne Hathaway’s Custom Vegan Boots, and More

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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How to: Messy Fishtail Braid

This week we have a special treat in store for all of our blog readers: a guest vlogger! Our latest video star is none other than YouTube whiz Rachel Martino. A Brooklyn resident, she excels at hair, makeup, all things personal style, and, oh, French, too. (Fun fact: she has a separate YouTube channel en Francais!) Check back each day this week for more from this multitalented fashion and beauty maven. 

Be sure to check Rachel out on her blogtwitter, her Youtube channel, and her French YouTube channel!