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Hot Makeup That Can Withstand a Snowstorm

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Winter beauty can be tricky: Staving off chapped lips and dry skin while still managing to look cute is no easy feat. Add unexpected weather elements like snow flurries to the mix, and you can be in for major trouble. What’s a girl to do if she doesn’t want to hole up inside all winter? We took our question to a slew of outdoor pros—including an Olympic skier—to learn how they cold-proof their makeup routine. Read all about it in this month’s issue of the Birchbox Magazine

—Mai 

L.A. Looks Gel Lives On, The FLOTUS Gets Bangs and More: Reading List

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 cozied up on your couch or in between activities this weekend.

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(Photo: Birchbox Man)

Feeling out of the loop on the latest news? Catch up on everything you need to know with our morning must reads.

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab, Juicy Couture Couture La La, and More: January 2013 Product Launches

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From a brightening moisturizer to a nail polish duo that lets you score a glossy gel-mani at home, we’ve rounded up the best new beauty loot you need to try right now. Upgrade your regimen with these beauty essentials and you’ll be on your way to #mybestyear. 

—Ally

Don’t forget to tell us how you’re making 2013 your best year ever—Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram us with #mybestyear.

Resolution: Make One Dish Perfectly

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Here’s my game plan to impress an entire dinner party in the near future: Make this ridiculously delicious pork chop dish. (Photo: Alex Farnum)

While I love reading our Editorial Director Mollie’s recaps of creating delicious dishes and unforgettable feasts, the sad truth is that I would barely consider myself a cook. (My current specialties: pasta with canned sauce, cereal and milk, and re-heated takeout.) This year, I’ve resolved to both save money and eat healthier by whipping up more recipes at home.

Now, courtesy of Birchbox Man and the cooks from Mile End Delicatessen and Roberta’s in Brooklyn, I’ve found the first dish that I’m going to master: Pork Chops with Apple Chutney. Serious endeavor? Possibly. Likely to totally amaze anybody when I make it for them in the future? Yes x 100. 

Skip on over to the Birchbox Man Guide to find out more on the one dish you need to make for a knockout dinner party.

—Candice

Need more recipe ideas? Here’s how to make the perfect apple pie crust, a One Lucky Duck salad, and more.

How to Stay Motivated Past January: Well-Balanced

You wouldn’t know it from how much we talk about cookies, but Birchbox staffers are a pretty healthy bunch. We love our veggies and mind-clearing workouts, and are always up to try the latest fitness class or nutrition bar. Check back weekly for our Well-Balanced columns, with the latest in food, fitness, and more.image

Wellness essentials, clockwise from top left: awesome gear (love my fuchsia New Balance Minimus kicks); fun healthy food (purple cauliflower!); friends (team Birchbox workday workouts); and motivation (my Jawbone UP knows how much I move and sleep).

Every January, gyms and juice cleanses capitalize on the fact that most of us are feeling newly energized and ready to make a change, whether that means losing ten pounds or cutting out refined sugars. The problem is, those changes don’t usually make it past January. Over the years, I’ve made and broken a million resolutions (wellness and otherwise) and I’ve come to a few conclusions: keep your goals small and achievable, build in rewards, and be nice to yourself. Here are some of my best tips for keeping that New Year energy going well past January.

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Not Quite a Cookie But Still Pretty Delicious: Harvey Prince Skinny Chic

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I love brands with a good back story, and it doesn’t get much better than Harvey Prince. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: brothers Shaan Hathiramani and Raj Hathiramani create a scent for their mother; mom loves scent; scent explodes into an international fragrance business. Sheesh, the best present I ever gave my mom was an iPad. 

Beyond making legions of kids feel like inadequate parental parent-gifters, Harvey Prince is all about creating functional fragrances. (Read: scents that do more than smell nice.) Their first creation, Ageless, features notes designed to make you feel more youthful; Eau Flirt sneakily includes ingredients proven to attract the opposite sex; and Hello has layers of optimistic citrus and florals.

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A Mesmerizing Hair Routine That Mends Stressed Strands

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Remember those red and yellow lava lamps they sold in mall gift shops back in the 90s? I really sort of loved them. For all their kitschy and hilarious tendencies, I was always transfixed when I would watch those pretty orbs of color gently floating up and down. Which is why I got excited when I found an unexpected haircare star that bears a striking resemblance to the ill-fated lighting devices: Ojon’s rare blend™ oil Total Hair Therapy

I’ve been eyeing this futuristic three-tiered oil ever since it landed in the Birchbox Shop. Not only does the strikingly colored bottle look awesome (and hit those nostalgic heart strings for me), it really works to restore damaged hair—and some of you will have the chance to try it yourselves in this month’s Birchbox! If patience is not your strong suit, click through to learn more about what to expect from this versatile product. 

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