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Discovery Dash: Snag an Exclusive Serge Normant Trio

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We get a little bit weak in the knees when it comes to Serge Normant. In fact, we still can’t get over the fact that the stylist to the stars (Blake Lively, Julia Roberts, Gisele Bündchen, among others) touched Birchbox co-founder Katia’s hair. Serge Normant. Touched. Katia’s. Hair

Thankfully for us mere mortals, we can get an at-home taste of the Tinseltown guru with Normant’s luxe haircare line, which contains KeravisTM, a unique vegetable protein that strengthen strands and repairs damage. 

We love the revolutionary products so much that we’re offering an exclusive Serge Normant setMeta Silk Shampoo, Meta Velour Conditioner, and Meta Luxe Hairspray—during our second Discovery Dash.

But hurry: The promotion only lasts for 24 hours and supplies are limited. Snag your travel-size trio from now until 5 a.m. (ET) tomorrow, February 14—with a limit of two per cart—at a discounted price of $19 (a $30 value). 

—Geraldine

See the entire Serge Normant hair care line in the Birchbox Shop.

Top 3 Tips to Keep Your Curls in Shape: Guest Blogger

As much as we love fast fashion and popular style from the Zaras and Bloomingdales of the world, sometimes we just want a beautiful, totally unique piece from an adorable boutique. Enter Shoptiques, an e-commerce site that allows you to shop local stores in the U.S. and Paris. This week, Tracey Wallace—Shoptique’s Director of Content—is giving us the lowdown on the best shops and how to pick standout pieces that play up your individual style.

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Naturally curly hair isn’t something to hide, much less straighten. Curly hair is an essential part of who you are and what makes you, you. Instead of letting the grass look greener on the straighter side of hair care, learn a few easy tricks to make your hair healthier, shinier, and frizz-free from here on out.

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7 Ideas for Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Hairstyles

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New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, which means it’s time to stockpile noisemakers, experiment with crazy glitter—and of course accessorize your party frock with dazzling hair. Whether you’re spending the night at home glued to a Ryan Seacrest special or dashing off to a high-octane bash, you can ring in 2013 with these Instagram-worthy hair styles. After all, beyond the bubbly, NYE is basically one giant Instagram session.

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Sneak Peek: Birchbox December 2012

December 2012’s Birchbox theme is “All Wrapped Up.” In the spirit of the season, we’ve designed a Birchbox that looks even more like a present than usual! It’s packed full of products that we’d love to give and get this month. From a customer favorite fragrance by Juicy Couture to a non-sticky lipgloss by ModelCo (with a mirror right on the tube!), these are just a few of the samples we’re sending out in December.

PLUS, click through to our YouTube page and leave a comment on the video to be entered for a chance to win each of the full size products featured in the video. 

Don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive videos, sneak peeks at Birchbox products and makeup and hair tutorials. 

Fall Haircare Tips from Frédéric Fekkai

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.

Celebrity hair guru Frédéric Fekkai is here in LA to prep for today’s Saks Fifth Avenue appearance at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St), where he’ll be offering personalized one-on-one consultations. Because Birchbox fans deserve nothing but the best, I checked in with the iconic stylist to offer some exclusive on how to transition your hair care from summer to fall. Read on for his tips and, if you’re in LA, call 714-540-3233 x210 to secure your time with Fekkai!

1. Use a deep clarifying cleanser to rid your hair of summer build-up. “After months of exposure to beach sprays, sunscreen and chlorine, your hair may not feel as clean and nourished as you’d like. The build-up your hair has endured can diminish shine, movement, and touchable texture. Try using the new PrX Reparative Shampoo ($30) which helps remove build-up and impurities while nourishing and detangling each strand.”

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A First Look at The Marilyn Monroe MAC Collection


MAC’s Marilyn Monroe inspired line hits stores later this month. (Photo: instyle.com)

—Hallie

Feeling out of the loop this week? Don’t fret, here’s all the news you need to know.

Wishing the Original Emoticon a Happy 30th Birthday!

Thirty years ago, the original emoticon was born, forever changing the way people communicate online. (Photo: theatlantic.com)

—Hallie

Catching up on the news? Find out everything you need to know with our morning must reads.

Wonderland’s Summer Hair Guide: Guest Blogger

Our latest guest blogger, Ally of Allyson in Wonderland, is an oil and gas professional with a serious eye for great finds. We can’t get enough of her gorgeously crafted blog, where she shares her love for style, travel, and photography. This week she’s giving us a peek into her personal beauty treasure chest—and we’re taking notes.

Summer is not the best time for hair. It’s hot, humid, and for a fine-haired lady like me it’s almost impossible to have a good hair day! I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to do my hair, then I step outside and poof: it falls flat, frizzes, or curls up. I’m always looking for a wonder product to give me the world’s most perfect hair. Until I find that miracle potion though, I have three excellent products on standby.

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4 Amazing Hair Products For A Beach Vacation: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her Hairistocracy column.

Summer vacations are about to kick-off and in less than a week, I’m boarding a cruise for a week-long tour through Mexico and the Caribbean! Obviously, I can’t help but muse over the hair products and accessories I’m going to pack to make sure I’ve got gorgeous hair from day one. 

Signing onto Free People’s blog, BLDG 25, yesterday, I stumbled over a sneak peek of their May catalog, which was shot in Miami. This is totally the look I’m going for.

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How to Get Voluminous Waves: Guest Blogger

If you’re like us, you really enjoy trying new hairstyles. Whenever we need inspiration, we visit Stephanie Brinkerhoff’s creative and brilliant Utah-based blog, Hair and Makeup By Steph. Brinkerhoff is a hair genius and this week, she’s sharing all her best styling tips, from how to look like you were born with curls to creating perfect waves with your flat iron.

1. Section out the top half of your hair and clip it aside for later. Spritz the bottom half lightly with hairspray. I am using Kenra Volume Spray 25.

2. Using a 1 1/2” curling iron, curl the bottom half of your hair away from your face.

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