It may be a cliche, but almost everything sounds better with an English accent, especially when draped in beaded gowns and finished with finger waves. Here, our top style takeaways and life lessons learned from Downton Abbey.
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This Polish Belongs on the “Top Shelf”
Lately I’ve been reaching for my heavy wool coat instead of my lightweight leather jacket. Yes, dear reader, it can only mean one thing: Winter is officially upon us. With the seasonal shift in mind, I’ve decided it’s high time I revamp my nail polish game, too. While I loved the bright and neon polishes I saw on nails all over NYC this past summer, I’m ready to embrace this season’s warmer neutrals and dark, vampy hues.
Right now, my go-to shade is Color Club’s Top Shelf, a shimmering copper hue from the brand’s recently launched Cocktail Collection. It has a sleek, mirror-like finish that makes it look like you’ve dipped your tips in a pot of molten metal—but in good way. For an extra dose of cool, layer an assortment slim, colorful, and beaded bracelets, like these from Sashi.
Friday night here I come! What polish are you wearing this weekend?
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Nerd alert: one of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially love the love letters you write to your favorite products. (Though we’re still waiting on the haikus and iambic pentameter.) From time to time, we’ll be highlighting extrasweet customer serenades. Next up: a crowd-sourced collection of fashion forward nail colors.
Last September, we teamed up with fashion design duo Ruffian on their very first nail lacquer collection. Ever since, Ruffian’s on-trend Crowdsourced Collection has been winning over legions of fans. Here’s what a few Birchboxers had to say:
"Ruffian? More like smoothian. How was I blissfully unaware about to one of the glossiest, shimmeriest nail polishes ever!? I have the color "Hedgefund," a modest green color—I’d call it a feminine forest green. Love it. Plus, unlike most nail polishes, the wear and tear is at a minimum."—hilarying
"I just applied two coats of Fox Hunt RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer to my fingernails and I am in love. The color is perfect for fall without being pumpkin-y or school-affiliated burnt orange. The lacquer went on smoothly with full coverage and I found the brush easy to use, which is rare for this uncoordinated lefty. My nails look awesome in this color!"—GradysGal
"I love nail polish, but I am hopeless at making it look like the salon, even if I buy top-of-the-line brands. This polish is amazing. I painted my nails quickly before a week sailing in Greece. At the end of the week, this polish had BARELY even chipped!"-Ashley
These fan girls have convinced us—have you tried these miraculously long-lasting polishes?
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We know airbrushing is a reality. The models and celebs we see on the covers of our favorite magazines are almost always Photoshopped to achieve the insane level of perfection that has become standard.
While the debate continues (Are we teaching teenage girls to strive for something impossible? Is it right to idolize this kind of beauty? How much airbrushing is too much?), one BBC reporter, Tulip Mazumdar, wanted to know what it felt like to be the one having her imperfections erased virtually.
Between running from classes to club meetings to study sessions, college students are certainly busy bunch. That’s why Amy Levin, founder and creative director of CollegeFashionista, has pulled together these tips to help students—or anyone, for that matter—get out the door in a jiff and still look stylish.
It starts the night before: I know that the last thing many people want to do when they get home from a late night of studying or partying is tend to their skin. But taking time to care for your skin at night will save you tons of time in the morning. A proper skin regimen will reduce redness, pimples, and even out your skin tone. Establish a routine that, at a bare minimum, includes removing your makeup and moisturizing. The Yes ToTMFacial Towelettes are definitely a staple in my skincare routine. They are gentle enough to use everyday, but really balance out my skin with their natural ingredients, such as tomato and watermelon extract.
We’re always on the lookout for fun fashion finds. To help us get inspired, we love Wantering, a search engine for the sartorially savvy (a.k.a. it’s your new shopping best friend). We’ve asked the trendsetters behind the site to share some of their styling know-how for the summer season. Here’s what they had to say about looking casual-cool on your off-duty days.
Hello heat wave! No matter what activities you have planned for your remaining summer weekends, we’ve got styling suggestions for you!