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Reading List: A Sophisticated Updo (for Short Hair too!), How to Become a Morning Person, and More

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.

1. The Bouffant Pony: Birchboxer Whitney shows us how to create a chic bouffant pony. Spoiler alert: As you can see in the photo, it involves LOTS of teasing.

2. How to Become a Morning Person: Early risers are not only healthier but also happier. Check out this helpful interview for tips on how to give your AM snooze habit the boot.

3. Queen Kate: This week model and icon Kate Moss turned 40 years old (where has the time gone?). Take a trip back through two decades of magazine covers in this feature from our UK outpost.

4. 4 Clever Ways to Maximize Your Travel Bag: Did you know a contact lens case can double as a travel container for foundation? Before you take off on your next trip, check out these handy tips for making the most of the products you pack.

The World of Knockoff Cosmetics, Kate Moss Is Now A Vogue Editor, And More
When drugstore brands go copycatting big-name products, is the effect good or bad? [Refinery29]
She models, she designs, she sings, and now she writes? Kate Moss is the new contributing editor at Vogue. [Huffington Post]
Use this guide when you need to choose between buying local or organic so you always end up with the best pick of produce. [Well+Good NYC]
Wanted for winter: An uber-trendy “Teddy Coat.” [Stripes and Sequins]
You may be making some surprising mistakes when washing your face. Avoid them with these tips. [Beauty High]
—Ashley
Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with our morning must reads.

The World of Knockoff Cosmetics, Kate Moss Is Now A Vogue Editor, And More

—Ashley

Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with our morning must reads.

Kate Moss Is Back In The Design Game, Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Polish, And More
Another reason to look forward to spring: Kate Moss will be launching her new collection with Topshop in April. [Vogue]
Do try out some deep purple eyeshadows this season. Don’t apply incorrectly and end up rocking two black eyes. [xoVain]
Deborah Lippmann is repping Broadway with her latest polish release, which includes three colors inspired by Wicked. [Elle]
Just in time for Reign's October 17 premiere, practice this romantic hairstyle inspired by the show. [Beauty High]
Welcome to Insta, Gwyneth! [Instagram] 

—Ashley
Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with our morning must reads.

Kate Moss Is Back In The Design Game, Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Polish, And More

—Ashley

Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with our morning must reads.

The New Yorker Gets A Redesign, Gap’s Sweet New Ad, And More

—Ashley

Want more buzz-worthy news? Stay in the know with more of our morning must reads.

The Royal Baby App, Diane Von Furstenberg’s Home, and More
Want the latest scoop on the royal baby? There’s an app for that. [She Finds]
Dior tweeted a little sneak peek of its bathtub photo shoot with Robert Pattinson. Sorry ladies, he’s fully clothed. [Beauty High]
Legendary supermodel and fashion icon Kate Moss opens up about plastic surgery, weight, fashion, and much more. [Allure]
Here’s a rare look into Diane von Furstenberg’s Connecticut estate. Check out that lipstick tree! [Tales of Endearment]
Are artificial sweeteners really that bad for you? Find out once and for all. [Greatist]
Keep your skin summer perfect by learning how to avoid and deal with ingrown hairs. [Bella Sugar]
Down-to-earth celeb mom Jennifer Garner is the new and first celebrity face of Max Mara. [Huffington Post]
—Geraldine
Birchbloggers have more tips for perfect summer skin. For starters, mineral makeup won’t clog pores.

The Royal Baby App, Diane Von Furstenberg’s Home, and More

—Geraldine

Birchbloggers have more tips for perfect summer skin. For starters, mineral makeup won’t clog pores.

Jourdan Dunn Out At Dior, Ruben Studdard to Join The Biggest Loser, and More
Jourdan Dunn gets cut from Dior’s Couture show. According to the model’s Twitter account, she’s not a part of the lineup “because of my boobs." [Huffington Post]
Ruben Studdard will be the first celebrity to compete on the The Biggest Loser. We’ll be rooting for the former American Idol winner as he works toward his weight loss goals! [People]
Red, white, and blue nail art ideas just in time for the holiday. [Beauty High]
Here are the 14 best things to eat after working out. [Buzzfeed]
Kate Moss is now designing cell phone cases. No doubt, there will be lots of leather and charms. [Fashionista]
DJ Harley Viera-Newton talks about her vintage style and penchant for thrift shopping. [Glamour]

—Geraldine
 
If you’re planning on using some of that vacation time to visit NYC, here’s an insider’s guide to the city.

Jourdan Dunn Out At Dior, Ruben Studdard to Join The Biggest Loser, and More

—Geraldine
 
If you’re planning on using some of that vacation time to visit NYC, here’s an insider’s guide to the city.
Kate Moss for St. Tropez, Phillip Lim Collabs With Target, and More
Kate Moss is now the first face (and body) for self-tanning company St. Tropez. [Beauty High]
Another exciting designer collaboration from Target! The store will debut a collection with Phillip Lim on September 15. [Refinery29]
The founder of fashion house Missoni, Ottavio Missoni, has passed away at 92. [Glamour]
Giuliana Rancic lists her five wellness essentials and dishes on the changes to her fitness and eating habits since becoming a mom. [Q]
Detoxify your diet and start getting ready for summer with these five guides. [Well + Good NYC]
The Great Gatsby’s hair and makeup artist gave Allure all the deets on turning Carey Mulligan into Daisy Buchanan. [Allure]
—Charisse
Watch this easy-to-follow video tutorial to score an ice cream sundae inspired manicure just in time for the weekend.

(Photo: St. Tropez)
 

Kate Moss for St. Tropez, Phillip Lim Collabs With Target, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: St. Tropez)
 

4 Fierce Fashion Campaigns for Stellar Spring Lip Inspiration

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Spring officially starts next week! Besides cleaning out my closet to make room for brighter hues and lighter fabrics, it’s time to reevaluate my beauty sitch. While I can never resist a red lip, this might be the perfect time to get adventurous and experiment with new hues. With that said, here’s a roundup of four additional spring campaigns that shine a light on perfect pouts.

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Photo: Fashion Gone Rogue

Rouge: Okay, this one isn’t exactly “adventurous” as it’s still a red lip, but this story really wouldn’t be complete without a Cara Delevingne cameo. Polish fashion label, Reserved, was inspired by ’80s and ’90s beauty for this campaign, hence the Robert Palmer pucker. Make’s Silk Cream Lipstick and this handy how-to are all you need to channel the look.

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Kate Moss For Kerastase, How-To Get Ombré Hair At Home, and More

-Charisse

Check out how we covered NYFW in the Birchbox Editors’ Fashion Week Diaries video.

Our Blizzard Nemo Essential: Color Club’s Brand New Polish

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When we’re facing an approaching blizzard, our thoughts turn to hot soup, cozy blankets…and hunkering down with friends for a mani party. The upside of being trapped inside all day? There’s little risk of smudging your fresh polish.

As Nemo hits the Northeast, the hue that will brighten my spirits and make me think of tropical climes is Color Club’s recently released Wild Cactus. The rich emerald shade is totally on trend, matching Pantone’s Color of the Year (stay tuned for our video all about emerald), and looks great with my paler-then-pale skin. Tough enough to weather the storm, the rock-solid formula stays chip-free for days and is free of harsh ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. 

—Ally

Flash forward: You’re nails are done, your laundry is folded, and now you’re totally bored. Delve into our amazing behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week!