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Fireside Essentials: 4 Must-Haves to Keep You Cozy

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With inclement winter weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to stockpile essentials for keeping comfy and warm all season long. Even if your roaring fire is of the television variety, these items are guaranteed to lift your spirits. Happy Holiday! 

—Ally

Head over to the Holiday Shop to find special deals today through Thanksgiving!

This Week Only: Special Holiday Perks at Birchbox!

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What’s one Friday of the year when you can have a full week of great shopping? Starting today, we’re honoring the spirit of Black Friday while taking things to a whole new (read: awesome) level. For the days leading up to Black Friday (11/25–11/28), we’re introducing new deals exclusive to our Holiday Shop. The catch? You have find them yourself. So go ahead and start hunting—just look for the “Holiday Perk” logo alerting you to the latest finds. (You can also check out our Scavenger Hunt Pinterest board for more on the offers.) And remember: Every new day brings new deals. 

—Amary

Let the holiday parties begin! Learn to create an elegant holiday updo in this Birchbox video collaboration with InStyle.

Shop like a Birchbox Editor with Flipboard

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Now that you’re acquainted with the Birchbox app (if you’re not, you should be!), we’re thrilled to unveil an exciting way to interact with Birchbox one-on-one: a swipe-able, shoppable, shareable catalog courtesy of Flipboard.

How does it work? After downloading the free Flipboard app for your phone or tablet, follow Birchbox to have access to both an easy-to-browse catalog of items in the Birchbox Shop as well as our helpful blog posts and articles. After that, you’re in charge! Start curating (a.k.a. “flipping”) and sharing your own personal wish lists. You’ll be on your way to becoming your friends’ and family’s own personal Birchbox editor.

To kick things off, we’ve rounded up a couple of holiday must-haves straight from the Birchbox Holiday Shop. From 25 deals under $25 to products for even the most luxurious person on your list, we’ve made it easy for you to get great gift inspiration.

Once you get the hang of it, create your own magazines and share with friends!

—Maura

Share your Flipboard magazines with @Birchbox on Twitter! We can’t wait to see what you create.

Birchbloggers: How Will You Sparkle This Season?

Here at Birchbox HQ, we’re fully immersed in the holiday season. (You can probably tell by the look of our festive Gift Guide.) Our latest sweepstakes is just as festive, revolving around two of our all-time favorite things: nail polish and diamonds!

This month we sampled étoile’s Winter In Central Park Collection, nail polish with actual diamond dust in the formula. The collection is inspired by a snow-covered Central Park, one of the prettiest symbols of the holiday season. To celebrate, we’re giving away étoile’s winter polish collection as well as a pair of 1.1 carat diamond earrings! Click here to enter now.

We also want to see your blog posts about your favorite sparkly looks for the holidays. Where will you add a little extra shine: Your makeup? Outfit? Manicure? Once you’ve entered the étoile sweepstakes, email us a link to your blog post. We’ll pick our favorites to be featured on the Birchbox Blog.

Please send all blog submissions to Birchbloggers@birchbox.com by December 12th.

—Loren

P.S. Need a hairstyle to go with your festive holiday makeup or outfit? Check out these 5 gorgeous braided hairstyles to try at your upcoming holiday parties, courtesy of our friends at Beauty High.

Say Hello to the Birchbox Holiday Shop!

Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away, which means that holiday gift-giving season is right around the corner. Don’t fret! Whether you need the perfect present for Mom, Dad, your dry cleaner, or your boss’ boss, we’ve got everything you need in the Birchbox Holiday Shop!

We’ve gotten rid of the usual gift-finding headaches by curating eight easy-to-shop categories: Gift comfort or luxury to people on your list like your sister-in-law, your BFF, or yourself (we promise it’ll be our little secret). Boyfriend or husband not huge on grooming? Help him spruce things up by gifting something from our handsome category.

If you’re on a budget, browse our stocking stuffers under $25 or spread some Birchbox love by picking up a subscription or gift card. The best part of everything in our Shop? You get free shipping on all orders over $25 until December 31. Plus,there’s always free and easy returns. And, as always, you earn points with every order that you can use to save money on future purchases. Keep your holiday shopping simple and stress-freejust mosey on over to the Birchbox Holiday Shop now!

—Hallie

Jessica Alba is a Last-Minute Holiday Shopper. Are You?

Jessica Alba on December 22 doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. (Photo: Zimbio)

I must admit, I did a fairly large amount of my holiday shopping yesterday and the day before. I had every intention of getting all my gifts early this Christmas and spending lots of time being thoughtful. Instead, just like years past, the holiday totally snuck up on me amidst a frenetic work schedule.

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Gift-a-Day 1: Selfless Mom

Who doesn’t love an advent calendar? Whether it’s the drugstore kind with the clip art graphics or an elaborate Martha Stewart dealie with chocolates hidden behind each flap, there’s something lovely and child-like about counting down the days. In honor of this year’s holiday season, I present Birchbox’s completely non-denominational, wholly subjective Gift-a-Day holiday countdown. Everyday from today until December 31st, we’ll be posting one awesome beauty product that is just perfect for someone on your list. First up: Selfless Mom.

For Selfless Mom: Perricone MD Cold Plasma

She’d never buy this pricey miracle cream for herself but she’ll love how it makes her skin feel healthy and pampered. Because she’s not one for frivolous luxurious, she’ll appreciate how effective this cream is at brightening, toning, and hydrating skin.

It’s that Time of Year

The day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. Now before you think about hitting the mall, why not check out the Birchbox Shop? We’ve put together a handy gift guide with our picks for everyone on your list, from your spoiled brat sister to your not-spoiled-enough mother. We even have products for men — you know your boyfriend would love to add Kiehl’s to his grooming rotation. The best part? You earn points with every purchase, which translate to dollars off your bill. And if you’re stumped by a tricky giftee, simply shoot us an email, tweet, or Facebook message. We’re professional gifters and we love to give advice.

(PS we think a Birchbox subscription would make a pretty awesome gift to just about anyone…)