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Peptides: Decoded

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When it comes to skincare, it’s important to know exactly what we’re putting on. And while we recognize ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids, silicones, and natural oils, there’s one ingredient that’s left us mystified: peptides.

Skincare pros have been buzzing about them and their skin-firming benefits for years, but what exactly are peptides and how do they work. Straight from the experts, find out everything you need to know about these powerhouse ingredients in Peptides: Decoded.

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Angelina’s First Appearance Since Surgery, Kim and Kanye Are Having a Girl, and More
Angelina Jolie steps out in a custom Saint Laurent gown for her first red carpet appearance since her double mastectomy. [Fashionista]
It’s official —Kim and Kanye are having a baby girl! [Glamour]
This weekend’s Chime for Change event celebrated women and here’s a celebration of their best looks from the night. [Bella Sugar]
Are epilators worth the pain for fuzz-free legs? [Refinery29]
Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was too much to handle, but author George R.R. Martin had his reasons for writing The Red Wedding. (caution: spoilers) [Entertainment Weekly]
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Catch up on all things Birchbox in our weekly Reading List.
(photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis)

Angelina’s First Appearance Since Surgery, Kim and Kanye Are Having a Girl, and More

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Catch up on all things Birchbox in our weekly Reading List.

(photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis)

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.
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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. 

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

101 Hair Tips, Zooey Deschanel Launches Nail Decal Line, and More
Your hair might not always be your best friend, but at least there’s hope to get through bad hair days with these 101 tips. [Beauty High]
Nail art queen Zooey Deschanel launches her own nail decal line. [Refinery29]
Victoria Beckham says she won’t be putting on makeup in front of her youngest daughter. [Huffington Post]
Color Wow creates the first “makeup” for hair. [Elle]
Here’s everything you need to know about eyelash extensions. [Well + Good NYC]
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101 Hair Tips, Zooey Deschanel Launches Nail Decal Line, and More

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Check out all of our top products in the Best Sellers shop.

The Great Miley Cyrus Hair Transformation

Miley has been on the top of everyone’s minds lately, with her recent split from fiancé Liam Hemsworth and her new music video with Snoop Dog (err...Lion).  All of the Miley news got us to thinking about her many hair transformations and after doing a little digging, we thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane. From long brown waves to a seriously short buzz cut, here’s a comprehensive Miley hairstyle retrospective: 

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Radio Disney Totally 10 Birthday Concert
July 22, 2006

Can you believe this was only 7 years ago? Little Miley was just getting her  start as Hannah Montana and often wore her blonde wig out and about. 

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H&M Admits: “The Models We’ve Had Have Been Too Skinny”

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Plus-size model Jennie Runk in H&M’s latest swimwear campaign

The conversation around body diversity has been a long-standing debate in the fashion world, but it seems that chatter is coming to a head. From blogger Gabi Gregg’s fatkini to the first realistic plus-size dress form, the way we think about fashion is shifting and now big brands are getting involved. In a new interview with Metro, H&M’s CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, has promised that the Swedish retailer will be more diverse in their advertising and to “not give the impression that girls have to look a particular way.” 

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Amelia Earhart’s Plane Possibly Found, the Best Day-to-Night Wardrobe Pieces, and More
A new sonar image from the southwestern Pacific Ocean may have revealed the remnants of Amelia Earhart’s plane. [Mashable]
Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross launches a haircare line, which actually makes a lot of sense. [refinery29]
What makes Google employees so happy? [Greatist]
This is a tweet of a Vine of an Instagram of a Tumblr post of a Facebook post of a tweet. [Mashable]
Go ladies! 40% of American households now include a woman as the family breadwinner. [New York Times]
Diane von Furstenberg’s private chef offers 5 cooking tips she’s picked up while working for one of fashion’s most iconic women. [Q]
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Nail artist and guest blogger Chelsea King shares her 8 favorite nail products for a better manicure.

Amelia Earhart’s Plane Possibly Found, the Best Day-to-Night Wardrobe Pieces, and More

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Nail artist and guest blogger Chelsea King shares her 8 favorite nail products for a better manicure.

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

In the last year, we’ve been following the growing discussion surrounding Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and the original debate that seemed to kick it all off—whether women can truly have it all. (Funny enough, the discussion has become such a hot topic that now it’s actually come full circle: in this month’s issue of Esquire, men are also wondering if they too can achieve that highly coveted work-life balance.)

When we came across this new video from Lean In it sparked conversation again in our office. The video questions why fewer women see themselves as leaders, and asks us to consider what we (as women) would do if we weren’t afraid? How would we lead? It’s a worthwhile question for everyone to consider.

With that in mind, we asked a few of our staffers to anonymously tell us what they would do if they weren’t afraid. Here’s what they had to say:

I honestly aspire to live up to the the Beyonce lyric (lifted from the song Ego) ‘You don’t have to call into work ‘cus you the boss.’ Deep, deep, DEEP down I’ve always wanted to have my own business—even though I have no idea what that business would be! ”

If I had the chutzpah, I would sign up for singing lessons and learn how to properly use my pipes. I’d finish by doing a solo performance at a bar or nightclub for all of my friends.
"I’d quit my job to make documentaries."
If I were braver, I’d accept the initial investment that was offered to me and focus on my own start-up.”
"I’d write a script for a super-smart, Nora Ephron-style romantic comedy."
"I’d stop trying to be an expert at everything, quit wasting time, and just do all of the things I’ve dreamed of doing: work for myself, write a book, move to a different city (or country), travel more, become a yoga teacher—nothing is out of reach!"

Now it’s your turn—what would you do if you weren’t afraid?

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Oily Eyelid Fix, Naomi Watts Channels Princess Di, and More
Get your liner to stay put with just a touch of powder and a blending brush. [The Beauty Department]
How exactly does an average 14-year-old spend a day on social media? [Huffington Post]  
Naomi Watts looks strikingly similar to the late Princess Diana in this first official photo from her upcoming biopic. [Perez Hilton]
Never forget to water your houseplants again thanks to this handy new app. [Waterbug]
After only three weeks with lighter locks, Anne Hathaway is back to brunette. [People] 
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Oily Eyelid Fix, Naomi Watts Channels Princess Di, and More

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

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