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How To: A Crown Braid Tutorial

Who needs a 2014 tiara when you’ve got a crown braid? If you’re still looking for a hairstyle to wow your fellow party-goers tonight we’ve got just the ticket with this tutorial. Watch to learn how to recreate the look yourself with step-by-step instructions from Birchbox editor (and hair guru) Meredith. 

—Lorelei

Don’t stop here! We’ve got you covered for all manner of beauty woes with our top 10 videos of 2013!

Have You Seen Our Holiday Beauty Series with InStyle Magazine Yet?

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We’re thrilled to announce we’ve partnered with the beauty gurus of InStyle Magazine to help you shape up your beauty routine for the Holidays! Watch our exclusive video tutorials with InStyle Editors, plus shop all the products you need to pull off the look in the InStyle Editors’ Shop. We’ve got a holiday makeup look you can pull off in ten minutes or less, a chic and grown-up bun updo, and tips for relaxing amid all the craziness. Watch the tutorials below and then find all the InStyle picks in the Birchbox Shop.

How To: Elegant Holiday Updo

How To: Holiday Party Makeup in 10 Minutes or Less

How To: Create an Indulgent DIY Spa Experience

—Lorelei

Shop all the InStyle beauty picks in the Birchbox Shop.

Birchbox Staffers Share 5 of Their Fave Mascaras

Mascara is one of those products that’s a total game-changer. Great formulas can immediately make your eyes appear brighter, wider and more awake without leaving behind telltale smudges—and for that reason it’s one of the must-have products on every Birchbox staffer’s desk. But eyelashes come in all varieties—some are short and thick, some are long and thin—which is why we asked five team members with different lash types to tell us their top mascara picks.

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Normal: IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

"I’ve recently fallen in love with the It Cosmetics formula. It doesn’t smudge or flake and a few coats makes my lashes full and thick. Also, the lash ball at the tip of the wand makes getting my lower lashes so much easier." —Meredith Stebbins, Editor and Senior Manager, Traffic & Trends

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How to Milkmaid Braids: GIF Tutorial

While we adore video tutorials, sometimes we need a quick step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to see a difficult step again. Plus, aren’t they just more fun to watch? We’re introducing a new series of beauty gif tutorials that teach you how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes—in simple, animated ways.

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For our first tutorial, editor Meredith shows you how to do an adorable and oh-so-simple milkmaid braid. (Trust us—it’s easier than you think!) Read on to see what products you’ll need and learn how to get this chic summer look in just eight steps.

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Throwback Thursday: Birchbox Goes to Prom

Oh, prom. Not so long ago, many a Birchbox staffer went all out for that big night, and of course we took tons of photos to commemorate the epic event. In honor of prom season, we knew we had to share these pictures with you—even if we’re cringing (or laughing) at the choices our younger selves made. The hair! Those dresses! That glittery eyeshadow… Read on for a peek at some of our, err, favorite memories from high school.

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Meredith Stebbins, Editor and Senior Manager, Traffic & Trends
"This feels like a lifetime ago! Thankfully I went for classic hair and makeup, so I don’t have any regrets about that. And, in fact, I still have this dress. It’s a deep navy raw silk Ralph Lauren gown with a bright emerald lining. I’ll never wear it again, but I love it too much to give it away.

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Behind-the-Scenes Big Hair Tip from Stylist Serge Normant

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We’re shooting our February videos today, and one of the highlights of our lineup was a cameo from the famed stylist Serge Normant. Fresh off the plane from L.A. (where he styled Julia Roberts’ hair for the Golden Globes over the weekend), Normant sat down with our co-founder Katia for a step-by-step tutorial.

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$50 Off Your Next Rental from Rent The Runway!

When it comes to holiday parties, we love getting dressed up, but we usually want to wear something different and exciting to each special occasion. That can be a bit straining on our wallets so if you’re like us, Rent the Runway is your jam. We’re obsessed with the site, which lets you rent designer dresses for either four or eight days at a fraction of the retail price. What’s more, they give you a free backup size, you can also rent accessories, and returning is a breeze (just pop your items in the mail using the pre-paid padded envelope that’s provided). And here’s another reason to browse the site right now: You can take $50 off your next rental of $125 or more by using the code BRCHBX50 at checkout.* (Definitely don’t wait to use this deal, it expires on February 28th, 2013.)

To get you inspired for your next festive fete, here are two ultraglam looks with corresponding beauty recommendations:

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Packing List: Bali

Our editor Meredith just jetted off on the ultimate island vacay: Bali. We couldn’t be more jealous of her exotic destination—the closest we’ve ever gotten is Eat, Pray, LoveAll week, she’ll be exploring temples, lounging on white sand beaches, and eating plenty of spicy Indonesian food. The only perils? Heat, humidity, dehydration, and, oh yeah, getting sand in everything. Here are the team’s suggestions for what to take on an exotic adventure—whether it’s to Bali or beyond!

KOR Aura Water Bottle: ”When you’re traveling a long way, staying hydrated on the plane is critical. Over-spending at airport concession stands, however, is not. That’s why I’d recommend packing a reusable bottle in your carry on. Just don’t fill the bottle until you’ve passed security!” -Caroline

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