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Our Top Beauty Predictions for 2014

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We don’t have a physic on call, but we do have access to an impressive group of bloggers, makeup artists, and skincare gurus. We reached out to our favorite experts and tapped their trend-spotting powers to find out what will be hot—and what won’t—come 2014. Click here to check out their predictions.

—Ally

Searching for a beauty trend you can pull off right now? Here are 3 supercool ways to update your mani for fall

6 Seriously Helpful Haircare Tips from a Pro Stylist

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Birchbox staffers are a fun and eclectic bunch, and come from a variety of fascinating backgrounds before they started here. Case in point? Operations associate all-star Amanda Bergen. Prior to moving to the Big Apple (and promptly getting scooped up by the Birchbox team), the Michigan native whipped lame locks into shape as a professional hairstylist. When we found out about her amazing past, we knew we had to get her to spill her top tips:

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Color Blocking for Hair, Jennifer Lawrence Goes Brunette, and More
Say goodbye to the ombré hair trend and hello to colorblocking! Would you ever try a streak across the middle of your mane? [Glamour]
Jennifer Lawrence steps out as a brunette to film Hunger Games: Catching Fire reshoots mere hours after accepting her Oscar as a bright blonde. [UsMagazine.com]
Fashion’s Night Out is on hiatus for 2013. Sponsors of the crazed fashion evening announce their joint decision in hopes to alleviate some burden on retailers’ budgets and planning. [WWD]
Allure’s Editor-in-Chief, Linda Wells, dishes on her favorite beauty buys from across the pond. [Allure]
-Charisse
Want more on the always hilarious Jennifer Lawrence? Click through for a clip of her encounter with Jack Nicholson.
(Photo: Getty Images)

Color Blocking for Hair, Jennifer Lawrence Goes Brunette, and More

-Charisse

Want more on the always hilarious Jennifer Lawrence? Click through for a clip of her encounter with Jack Nicholson.

(Photo: Getty Images)

6 Volumizing Tricks for Thin Hair

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In a world where Blake Lively's full, seemingly-endless locks reign supreme, having fine hair can feel like a curse. Rather than heading to the salon for a drastic treatment or attempting a scary Donald Trump-esque comb over, try these Birchbox-tested (and approved!) volumizing tricks to fake a thicker mane

—Ally

Oscar Blandi’s invisible Pronto Texture and Volume Spray amplifies puny strands and creates a sexy, tousled texture. 

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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Trend Alert: Ladies in their 40s, 50s and 60s Now Have the Boldest Hair

British artist Daphne Guinness leads the trend in women rocking edgy hair. (Photo: ohnotheydidn’t.livejournal.com)

We’ve covered a number of crazy hairstyles on this blog, from Miley Cyrus’ asymmetrical platinum cut to Katy Perry’s orange locks on the cover of L’Officiel. But we definitely didn’t anticipate this new trend that’s hitting hair salons across the country. The New York Times is reporting that the bravest, edgiest hairstyles aren’t on the heads of teenagers and 20-somethings anymore—but women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

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Embrace the Frizz: 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.

Photo: nymag.com

Last night I was flipping through the runway shots from the spring 2012 collections and I did a double take when I landed on Oscar de la Renta’s RTW line: holy frizz! Every woman was sporting a head full of extra crimped and volumized hair, and they looked absolutely gorgeous.

Suddenly I’ve become inspired to try and work with my frizz, too. While it can seem like one of our biggest hair enemies, I think it’s time to put down our guns (or hardcore hair oils), girls. Let’s embrace this voluminous look.

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Polish + Nail Strips = Nail Art For Dummies

Mix and match your nail strips for a whole new mani wardrobe. (Photo: refinery29.com)

—Caroline

For more edgy manicure ideas, check out our Office Supplies Nail Art tutorial.