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Back to Basics Hair Care: A Fine (Hair) Frenzy

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From out-of-control curls to lackluster color, we all wrestle with our personal hair frustrations. This week, our friends across the pond at Birchbox UK tackled an issue that hits close to home for me: fine strands with zilch volume. Lucky for me (and for you), there are plenty of ways to fake a fuller mane—without resorting to a Donald Trump combover. Click here to see our coworkers’ tested, approved, and totally spot-on tricks.

—Ally

PS: Our British co-parts will be addressing a new hair headache each week. Hop on over to the Birchbox.co.uk to find solutions for your particular hair gripe.

5 Things We Can’t Live Without This Month, Hemingway’s Travel Tips, and Our Favorite Celebrity Hair Tutorial Yet! 

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 that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

How To: Bright Eye Makeup Tutorial with MallyWhen you are low on sleep, your eyes are the first place to show it. Counteract dark circles with this easy wide-awake eye makeup tutorial from celebrity makeup artist Mally of Mally Beauty. Think of this look like an espresso shot for your face.

Hemingway’s Travel Tips for Working on the RoadWhen he wasn’t writing some of the 20th century’s most celebrated prose, Ernest Hemingway was traveling the world. Here’s some choice advice from the prolific novelist on getting work done when you’re far afield.

How To: Connie Britton WavesThat. Hair. No one pulls off wavy, strawberry blonde—and sometimes straight up red—quite like Connie. Cop the sassy actress’ signature ‘do with this hair tutorial. 

Lady Gaga’s Art of the Matter: Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga certainly knows a thing or two about turning heads. This month, the over-the-top popstar chats with Elle magazine about her upcoming album, the artists that inspire her, and, of course, her wacky fashion sense. 

How to Keep Your Summer Glow All Year Round: Fall may be upon us but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your glow-y summer skin going all year long. Birchbox UK’s Editorial exec Grace shows you how to use these fab products from the theBalm cosmetics to keep your skin looking fresh well into apple-picking season.  

—Ally

 A new September equals the start of a new school year! Score our back to school favorites in the Birchbox Shop.

Cop Lily Collin’s Sophisticated Fall Look

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I hate to use the f-word, but fall (yes, that f-word—what were you thinking?), is right around the corner. I’m searching for autumnal beauty inspiration and I found it in this photo of the lovely Lily Collins at the Canadian premiere of her new flick, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In case you adore this look as much as I do, here’s how to recreate it: 

1. Collins’ bold expressive brows are such a fan fave, they even have their own Twitter account! You’ll want to shade in your brows to get a similar look. We like this versatile pencil from IT Cosmetics, which works on variety of hair colors and the waterproof formula won’t smear or smudge.

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New Veronica Mars Photos, MObama Joins Instagram, and More
The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie is currently filming and photos from the set will certainly have fans speculating plot points. [Huffington Post]
First Lady Michelle Obama is now on Instagram! [Perez Hilton]
Rebecca and Uri Minkoff talk about the importance of consumer interaction and being nice in the fashion industry. [Fashionista]
Blake Lively admits to trimming her own split ends, but is she actually damaging her trademark hair? [Allure]
The founder of Urban Compass shares his must-have health list for surviving a startup. From rooftop yoga to office-wide-meals, we certainly approve. [Q Equinox]
—Geraldine
Envy Blake’s summer glow? Check out these natural summer beauty tips from celeb makeup guru Katey Denno.

New Veronica Mars Photos, MObama Joins Instagram, and More

—Geraldine

Envy Blake’s summer glow? Check out these natural summer beauty tips from celeb makeup guru Katey Denno.

4 Color-Protecting Ingredients You Should Know

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Summer is approaching, which means that many of us will be visiting the salon for a lighter hair shade, highlights, or both. This year, we’re getting smart about protecting our expensively dyed hair from the sun. Protect your strands against UV rays with our handy round-up of the best color-protecting ingredients: 

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An Unstoppable Fan Favorite: Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle

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From cropped Amélie-style bangs to Mad Men-inspired red, my hair is always a work in progress. But as a result of my locks’ chameleon-like nature, I’m constantly battling split ends, tricky knots, and dryness. Thankfully, I’ve got a top-notch product in my corner that tackles it all: Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle.

Developed by a seasoned stylist, this paraben- and sulfate-free detangler seals in moisture, safeguards color, and adds major shine. Plus, the lightweight mist also provides protection against UV rays and heat.

Like most beauty editors, when I discover a product I love, I like to think it’s my little secret. But it turns out that I’m not the only one who’s fallen for Beauty Protector’s charms.

Since launching exclusively in the Birchbox Shop, beauty bloggers, YouTube gurus, and subscribers have been buzzing about the heavenly scented elixir’s hair-transforming powers. Take a look at these rave reviews from our customers:

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A Spring Hair Makeover: Hello Ginger!

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Spring is supposedly in full bloom, which means it’s the perfect time to embrace tiny tweaks that result in jaw-droppingly awesome results. For some Birchbox staffers those changes might include a wardrobe refresh or a breakfast overhaul, but I always welcome a new season with a new hair color.

Inspired by Mad Men's Joan, I took the plunge and dyed my cool-toned brunette locks a warm red hue. To score the ginger-y shade, I trekked to Brooklyn’s High Horse Salon and handed my lame tresses over to hair stylist Allison. 

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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.