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Ruffian Manicure Tutorial, Bobbi Brown + Katie Holmes’ Epic Makeup Release, Mixing The Perfect Hair Product, 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.

—Ashley

Catch up on the latest Birchbox reads here.

The Clueless Closet Becomes A Reality, Ben Affleck as Batman, and More
It’s our teenage dream come true: Cher’s digital closet from Clueless is coming to a home near you. [Huffington Post]
We were pretty psyched to hear that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman for the upcoming 2015 sequel to Man of Steel. [CNN]
The next big beauty trend? Holographics. [Cosmopolitan]
Katy Perry owns the throne in this new perfume ad for her scent Killer Queen. [The Cut]
We’re supportive of anyone who wants to express themselves on their big day, but this may be the most inappropriate wedding march ever. [Glamour]
—Katrina
Just when you thought you heard it all, South Korea introduces a plastic surgery that leaves you with a permanent smile. 

The Clueless Closet Becomes A Reality, Ben Affleck as Batman, and More

—Katrina

Just when you thought you heard it all, South Korea introduces a plastic surgery that leaves you with a permanent smile

The Origin of Falsies, Lady Gaga’s Inaugural Nod, and More
Who doesn’t love luscious fringe? A look back at the history of false lashes. [New York Times]
White House staffers are in for a real treat tomorrow night. Not only are Katy Perry and Beyonce set to perform at the Inaugural Ball, but it has just been confirmed that Lady Gaga will also be singing. [Yahoo]
Katie Holmes is making a name for herself in the beauty world: The actress has been confirmed as the new spokeswoman and co-owner of Alterna. [Beauty High]
Can this at-home microdermabrasion gadget be the answer to getting flawless skin? [Refinery29]
Setting the standard for spring’s “It” polish colors, Chanel just released its new seasonal trio of lacquers, Precieux Printemps. [SheFinds]
Jennnifer Aniston has been tapped as the new face—and body!—of Aveeno. [Pretty Connected]
The very honest Kelly Ripa discusses how she uses Botox for preventative reasons. [omg!]
-Charisse
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The Origin of Falsies, Lady Gaga’s Inaugural Nod, and More

-Charisse

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Deborah Lippman’s New Lip and Nail Duo Had Us at Hello

Don’t be afraid to match your lip color to your nails (or vice versa) this fall. (Photo: shefinds.com)

—Hallie

Even better than Deborah Lippmann’s lip duo? A curated collection of her must-have nail lacquers.

Katy Perry Is Almost Unrecognizable on Cover of L’Officiel Paris

Katy Perry channels Grace Coddington on the cover of L’Officiel Paris this month. (Photo: Huffington Post)

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Oprah’s Natural Hair, Yin-Yang Nail Art, and Tan Mom Gives Up Tanning: Reading List

Welcome to August! It’s been an exciting week here at Birchbox HQ—we hosted an event with Caudalie, revealed the theme for our August box, and took a break to learn a little something from Birchbox Man about summer cocktails. This weekend, we’ll be catching up on the covers for all of our favorite September issues and relaxing. 

(Photo: Jezebel.com)

  • For the first time ever, Oprah appears on the cover of September’s O Magazine with her natural hair—un-straightened or blow dryed. The mogul looks even more gorgeous than usual! [Jezebel]
  • If you’ve ever seen a drag show, or RuPaul’s Drag Race, you know the hair and makeup are just as important as the clothes. In a new photo series, photographer Leland Bobbé captures men with half their face made up in drag. The transformations are remarkable. [Refinery29]
  • The rising queen of nail art, Katy Perry, has ying-yang nail art on the cover of Elle's September issue. Learn how to recreate the look yourself with black and white polish. [Beauty High
  • Tan mom stopped tanning for a month (kind of) and looks waaaay more normal. But can she continue to stay away from the booth? [InTouch
  • Growing up, there was one show that made learning about science cool: Bill Nye, the Science Guy! A new video with Bill teaches us how to tie a bow tie, super useful for helping the men-folk in our lives get prepped for fancy summer weddings. (Looks like it’s our turn to impart a little knowledge to Birchbox Man.) [Coco Perez]

—Lorelei

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