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Instagram Video: (Maybe Not) The Best Thing Ever?

Jamie Oliver takes us for a spin.

Over the weekend, our Instagram feeds blew up with minivids galore, thanks to the social media platform’s newly released video feature. And while we love a good puppy or idyllic beach scene every now and then, we’re conflicted about the onslaught of of video selfies. (Kind of cute? Or a wee bit over the top?)

Call us naysayers, but it’s less appealing to watch a pixelated video of our friends eating a really delish sandwich than it is to admire a mouthwatering snapshot pre-chowdown. It’s almost as if witnessing the full scene takes away a bit of Instagram’s charm. Is it possible that what was so fun before was that we got to experience the anticipation, and then imagine the final result? 

The jury’s still out on Instagram video, but we’ll be keeping close tabs (and of course experimenting ourselves). In the meantime, here’s a sampling from some recognizable names to give you a sense of the future silliness that awaits.

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Madonna Goes Makeup Free, Men Try Tinted Moisturizer, And More
We love seeing celebs embrace the natural look like Madonna did over the weekend while out and about in NYC. [The Cut]
Jezebel asked a handful of men to try tinted moisturizer and then took pics of the before and after—check out the even complexion and skin tone results. [Jezebel]
Alterna has created a 10-in-1 leave-in caviar CC cream for hair to reduce damage, hydrate, and much more. [WWD]
Kate Middleton’s favorite dress designer, Issa London, will be collaborating with retailer Banana Republic on a 40-piece collection to hit stores this August. [Refinery29]
—Charisse
See how Mad Men inspired our very own Ally Corliss to change up her hair color.
(Photo: INF/Elder Ordonez)

Madonna Goes Makeup Free, Men Try Tinted Moisturizer, And More

—Charisse

See how Mad Men inspired our very own Ally Corliss to change up her hair color.

(Photo: INF/Elder Ordonez)

Kris Jenner Lands a Talk Show, Cory and Topanga Cast their Daughter, and More
"Momager" Kris Jenner lands her own talk show on Fox. [E! Online]
Beyonce gives a behind-the-scenes look at her Pulse NYC fragrance photo shoot. [BellaSugar]
Disney’s Girl Meets World has cast its newest member—Cory and Topanga’s daughter! [Yahoo]
Here’s how to get an easy and oh-so-cute heart mani for Valentine’s Day. [The Beauty Department]
A look at the entire history of red lipstick dating back to Cleopatra. [Elle.com]
—Charisse
Learn how to get the perfect red lip by watching this step-by-step video.
(Photo: Nick Saglimbeni/20th Television)

Kris Jenner Lands a Talk Show, Cory and Topanga Cast their Daughter, and More

—Charisse

Learn how to get the perfect red lip by watching this step-by-step video.

(Photo: Nick Saglimbeni/20th Television)

Bold Brows and Blonde Hair: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her Hairistocracy column.

Actress Vahina Giocante at Cannes in 2009. Photo: zimbio.com

I love musing over audacious hairstyles that, at the end of the day, I’m just too wimpy to take the plunge and try. Since alter-ego day (pick your dream superhero or profession!) is coming up this week at Birchbox HQ, I’ve been filling my head with extreme hair dares. With my imagination running, I finally settled on a look I’d love to go through with if I had the courage: a full-on blonde dye job (I’m naturally dark brunette) with bold dark brows à la Madonna in the ’80s! 

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Reading List: Madonna’s Too Sexy at 53, Audrina Patridge’s Makeunder, More Movie Polishes, and More

Phew, we made it through another week and April (and spring!) is just a few days away. We hope you’re out enjoying the weekend but in the meantime enjoy a few of our favorite stories from the week.

Photo: xojane.com

  • Madonna’s having a bad week (or a great one, depending on how you look at it). First her new music video was restricted to 18+ on YouTube, and now the commercial for her new fragrance, Truth or Dare, has been banned from ABC pending some changes. The network found the ad too sexy. Click through to see for yourself. [Fashionista]
  • Bumble and Bumble is coming out with a new collection of products specifically for color treated hair. Our own experience with fading color is enough to convince us we need to try this. [Style.com]
  • We can’t get enough of reality stars getting made-under. They always end up looking so much better and make us wonder why they bother loading on so much makeup. Our most recent obsession is Audrina Patridge: the hottie from The Hills  looks even better au natural. [xojane]
  • Now that Hunger Games madness has abated, we’re moving on to the next big movie. Right now that’s the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp revival of Dark Shadows. It won’t be out until May 11th but you can start planning your movie night manicure now with a collection of four Dark Shadows polishes by Orly. [Allure]
  • A new study suggests that people who eat more chocolate are thinner. And before you start asking questions, it’s legit. And just in time for Easter. [YouBeauty]

—Lorelei

Now that spring is officially on the way, we’re getting our hands and feet into shape! Shop our favorite items in the Birchbox Shop.

Reading List: Educational Nail Art, Tom Ford Sells A Lot, Madonna Jumps on the Celebrity Fragrance Bandwagon & More

Happy November! The holiday season has barely started and already we’re well on the way to being overwhelmed. That’s why we’re taking the next couple days to relax and read up on some of the stories we missed this week. Here are a few to start with. Have a great weekend!

  • Mom really does know best. We love this cute slideshow of chic women and the beauty advice their moms gave them. No surprise — they’re all beautiful! [Refinery29]
  • Tom Ford’s new cosmetics collection is doing amazingly well. We can’t say we’re surprised but his event at Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday sold $52K worth of products and was one of the biggest events in the retailers history. [WWD]
  • Madonna is launching a new fragrance called Truth or Dare. And it’s not just another celebrity fragrance; It’s the first in a series of lifestyle products. [TheGloss]
  • Do you need a good stretch? Find out a few secrets for getting the most out of your pre-workout routine. [Equinox Q Blog]
  • You know nail art is serious business but now it’s getting some real attention for its educational powers as well. A Rabbi outside of NYC is using nail art as a device to teach students about the Torah. [Fashionista]

— Lorelei

Snowstorms will be here before you know it. Stock up now on your winter skin must-haves.