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How To: Curl Short Hair

You may know Birchbox staffer Whitney as one of our dedicated discovery specialists, but what you probably don’t know is that she’s also a creative genius at work behind the scenes of our video program. Since she’s a hairstyling wiz to boot, we recently dragged her out from behind the camera to show off her skills with a curling iron on her newly-chopped hair. Watch the video above to learn how to transform a short bob into a curly style, perfect for a Saturday night out or getting prepped for the holiday party season.

Who says girls with long hair get to have all the fun? Let us know in the comments what your favorite short hair styles are—we may just persuade Whitney to make another tutorial! 

—Lorelei

Find all the products featured in this video in the Birchbox Shop.

Have You Seen Our Holiday Beauty Series with InStyle Magazine Yet?

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We’re thrilled to announce we’ve partnered with the beauty gurus of InStyle Magazine to help you shape up your beauty routine for the Holidays! Watch our exclusive video tutorials with InStyle Editors, plus shop all the products you need to pull off the look in the InStyle Editors’ Shop. We’ve got a holiday makeup look you can pull off in ten minutes or less, a chic and grown-up bun updo, and tips for relaxing amid all the craziness. Watch the tutorials below and then find all the InStyle picks in the Birchbox Shop.

How To: Elegant Holiday Updo

How To: Holiday Party Makeup in 10 Minutes or Less

How To: Create an Indulgent DIY Spa Experience

—Lorelei

Shop all the InStyle beauty picks in the Birchbox Shop.

Four New Beauty Looks To Try This Fall

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Fall is the perfect time to break out of a beauty rut. The seasons are changing and so should your style. We know it’s easy to get stuck wearing the same ponytail and eyeshadow everyday but trying new styles can be very rewarding. Here are four ways to shake up your makeup and hair routines without going overboard:

1. How To: Contour Your Face   

Don’t let contouring intimidate you. Birchbox staffer Deepica proves it really is simple to execute. This tutorial will help define your face and make your cheekbones pop while still looking natural. 

2. How To: Fill in Your Eyebrows with Benefit Brow Zings 

We’re firm believers that filling in your brows should be added to any makeup routine. It adds instant polish to your face, can make you look more awake, and helps frame your eyes. 

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6 Gorgeous Classic Wedding Updos: Lover.ly

We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their expert advice for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.

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(Photo by: Elizabeth Messina on Kiss The Groom via Lover.ly)

We’re all about the wedding trends, but when choosing your hairstyle, we absolutely adore the classics! There’s a reason that wedding updos like the French twist, low chignon, and high bun are always in style: these looks are elegant, flattering, and oh-so-lovely. Here are some of our favorite traditional and time-tested updos to inspire your wedding day look.

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The Wolf of Wall Street Trailer, Lancôme x Alber Elbaz Images, and More

—Meredith 

And speaking of effortless summer ‘dos, check out our milkmaid braid GIF tutorial!

Your New Favorite Everyday Hairstyle: The Princess Roll!

Stop everything. This cute, super easy hairstyle is about to become your new go-to style. Not only is it a favorite among Birchbox staffers, but it’s a highly requested tutorial from our members. We can understand why: it takes less than five minutes, requires nothing but a simple headband and some hairspray, and can easily transition from the office to a dinner with the ‘rents.

—Lorelei

Read the original Birchbox Princess Roll tutorial here.

MAC’s Sweet Tooth, The New OCC Lip Tar, and More
MAC launches a dessert-inspired makeup collection called Baking Beauties and it looks yummy. [Refinery29]
Children of the ’90s, it’s time to rejoice: Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains It All will become its own book due out in fall 2014! [Glamour]
You’ll never believe what these two ingredients can do for your hair. [Allure]
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics creates a product for a fellow employee to help raise funds for her gender affirming surgery. [Refinery29]
This is possibly the coolest fashion month recap we’ve ever seen, but we definitely feel bad for the graphic designer that had to put it together. [Fashionista]
—Charisse
In need of a more natural makeup look?  Learn about the beauty essentials from California girl Sophie of Angel Food Style.
 
(Photo: MAC Cosmetics)

MAC’s Sweet Tooth, The New OCC Lip Tar, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: MAC Cosmetics)

In North Korea, Women Can Choose from 18 Haircuts

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North Korean salons allow women to select from 18 pre-ordained haircuts. (Photo: AP)

Most of us have experienced the pre-haircut indecision that accompanies every visit to the salon. But if you’re a woman living in North Korea, your options don’t feel as overwhelming…because the government dictates your hairstyle. According to the New York Daily News, women living under Kim Jong Un’s regime can select one of 18 cuts ranging from a blunt bob to a shoulder-length perm (as evidenced by the photo above, which was taken at a North Korean salon). And here’s the real kicker: single women are required to keep their hair on the short side, while married women are allowed to wear perms and slightly more flamboyant styles. 

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The First Victoria’s Secret Polish Collection, Prince Releases New Single, and More
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Victoria’s Secret releases it’s first full collection of nail polish. [Refinery29]
It’s been a while, but pop legend Prince has just released a new single. [Huffington Post]
There are a lot of mixed reactions to the news that the Pentagon is lifting ban on women serving in combat. [New York Times]
Shhh…E! Fashion Police star Kelly Osbourne is secretly engaged to Matthew Mosshart! [Glamour]
Taylor Swift may be young, but she’s already created a song for every type of breakup drama.  [Seventeen]
We are swooning: Mad Men and the handsome Don Draper are set to return in April for the show’s sixth season. [New York Times]
From Brigitte Bardot to Blake Lively, a look back at the best celebrity long hairstyles of all time. [Shine]
-Charisse

In a rush? Check out these five amazing tips to fix your hair fast.

The First Victoria’s Secret Polish Collection, Prince Releases New Single, and More

-Charisse

No More Hat Hair!

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It’s been extra cold in New York this week, and everywhere we look there are beanies, furry caps and structured wool hats galore. We love a warm noggin in the wintry months, but we also like to have the same voluminous, gorgeous hair that we’d sport at any other time of the year—a serious conundrum. That’s why we asked celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager for her best tips on avoiding static, preventing flat hair, matching our styled strands to the right cap and more. 

Here are 5 tricks to help you avoid hat hair.

—Candice

Need more beauty tricks to get through these colder months? Here’s how to combat winter dry skin.