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Customer Love Notes: A Devilishly Cool Polish Collection

Nerd alert: one of our favorite things to do is read the customer reviews in the Birchbox Shop. You all are an opinionated bunch—and we like it! We especially love the love letters you write to your favorite products. (Though we’re still waiting on the haikus and iambic pentameter.) From time to time, we’ll be highlighting extrasweet customer serenades. Next up: a crowd-sourced collection of fashion forward nail colors

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Last September, we teamed up with fashion design duo Ruffian on their very first nail lacquer collection. Ever since, Ruffian’s on-trend Crowdsourced Collection has been winning over legions of fans. Here’s what a few Birchboxers had to say: 

"Ruffian? More like smoothian. How was I blissfully unaware about to one of the glossiest, shimmeriest nail polishes ever!? I have the color "Hedgefund," a modest green color—I’d call it a feminine forest green. Love it. Plus, unlike most nail polishes, the wear and tear is at a minimum."—hilarying

"I just applied two coats of Fox Hunt RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer to my fingernails and I am in love. The color is perfect for fall without being pumpkin-y or school-affiliated burnt orange. The lacquer went on smoothly with full coverage and I found the brush easy to use, which is rare for this uncoordinated lefty. My nails look awesome in this color!"—GradysGal

"I love nail polish, but I am hopeless at making it look like the salon, even if I buy top-of-the-line brands. This polish is amazing. I painted my nails quickly before a week sailing in Greece. At the end of the week, this polish had BARELY even chipped!"-Ashley

These fan girls have convinced us—have you tried these miraculously long-lasting polishes? 

—Ally

Have your own product paramour? Pen a love letter to your favorite Birchbox products by leaving a customer review! 

Trend Alert: 4 Fall Looks for Your Nails
Dolling up your nails is one of the easiest ways to rock this season’s hottest trends: It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it doesn’t require a commitment if you don’t like it!Anna Norman, our nail expert go-to, suggests trying out moody tones, matte blacks, gilded tips, and color-blocked patterns for trendy tips this season. Click here to get the looks for yourself and find the perfect polishes for the job.
—Ashley
Get more fall nail inspiration from our amazing team of Birchbloggers.

Trend Alert: 4 Fall Looks for Your Nails

Dolling up your nails is one of the easiest ways to rock this season’s hottest trends: It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it doesn’t require a commitment if you don’t like it!

Anna Norman, our nail expert go-to, suggests trying out moody tones, matte blacks, gilded tips, and color-blocked patterns for trendy tips this season. Click here to get the looks for yourself and find the perfect polishes for the job.

—Ashley

Get more fall nail inspiration from our amazing team of Birchbloggers.

3 Supercool Ways To Update Your Mani For Fall

We’re head over heels for Ruffian, the NYC-based clothing brand that recently launched into beauty—exclusively with Birchbox. We love thee polishes so much, we even asked the Birchbloggers, our hand-picked community of bloggers, to share their own Ruffian Manicure tutorials. Here are some of our favorite looks: 

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Blogger BRAVENEZZ used Hedge Fund from the crowdsourced collection to make her wild animal print accent nails. 

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There’s a Trick You MUST Know Before Wearing Dark and/or Glitter Nail Polish This Fall

Glamour is one of our all-time favorite glossies and when it launched Glam Belleza Latina, a magazine dedicated to celebrating the beauty and style of Latinas, we were instant fans. Inside their latest issue is a feature on our very own cofounder Katia and her top beauty picks. Enter our sweepstakes here and you could win all of Katia’s must-haves—each prize is worth more than $125! And don’t forget to check out Glam Belleza Latina’s exclusive shop on birchbox.com—it’s full of their editors’ fave beauty finds!

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If you’re a regular reader of Glamour, you already know our definitive trick for removing glitter and dark nail polish in one swipe. But sometimes you don’t have the patience to mess around with a bunch of cotton balls and baby hair elastics—and that’s when this new, even speedier trick will come in handy.

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Four New Beauty Looks To Try This Fall

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Fall is the perfect time to break out of a beauty rut. The seasons are changing and so should your style. We know it’s easy to get stuck wearing the same ponytail and eyeshadow everyday but trying new styles can be very rewarding. Here are four ways to shake up your makeup and hair routines without going overboard:

1. How To: Contour Your Face   

Don’t let contouring intimidate you. Birchbox staffer Deepica proves it really is simple to execute. This tutorial will help define your face and make your cheekbones pop while still looking natural. 

2. How To: Fill in Your Eyebrows with Benefit Brow Zings 

We’re firm believers that filling in your brows should be added to any makeup routine. It adds instant polish to your face, can make you look more awake, and helps frame your eyes. 

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Nicole Richie on Nail Art, Vodka as Toner, and More

It’s still wedding season. Here’s some hair ideas to fall in love with.

5 Ways to Sparkle with Color Club Sequins

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Summer is ending and for our younger subscribers, that means school is right around the corner. Be sure to start the semester in style with help from our limited edition Head of the Class box, which is filled with A+ goodies including Color Club’s Sequin Nail Art Kit. Whether your back-to-school look is preppy or edgy, nail art is a great way to express your style (even if you have to wear uniforms!). Here are five ways to master your manicure using these snazzy sequins.

All-Over Glitz (thumb): For the ultimate in sequins, begin by painting one nail with one to two coats of nail polish (I’m using Ruffian Delirium). Pour a small amount of sequins onto a dish or tabletop, and while the polish is still tacky, dip the front of your nail in the sequins. Gently push down on the sequins to secure them to your nail, brushing away any excess. Use a clear top coat to seal the look. Continue nail by nail until you’ve completed your manicure. We love adding sparkle to one “statement nail” while leaving the rest simply polished.

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Gisele Bundchen is the World’s Top Model, A Nail Art TV Show, and More
Forbes has released its list of the highest paid models in the world—unsurprisingly, Gisele Bundchen is still leader of the pack. [Forbes]
Miley Cyrus is tired of her eye-popping short ‘do. So tired, in fact, that she’s started taking supplements to bring back her long locks. [Us Weekly]
Oxygen is developing a series centered around nail artists and brightly designed manis. Guess nail art is still a thing. [BeautyHigh]
These 28 bright women are changing (and leading) conversations in their industries. Add these game-changing thinkers to your Twitter feeds pronto. [Huffington Post] 
Still trying to master the topknot? These 40 different looks will help inspire you. [Bella Sugar]
A new study breaks down why women love collaborating in teams and why men prefer flying solo at work. [The Atlantic] 
—Candice(Photo: Jackson Lee/Splash News/Corbis)
Hungry for more news? Check out the rest of our morning must reads.

Gisele Bundchen is the World’s Top Model, A Nail Art TV Show, and More

—Candice

(Photo: Jackson Lee/Splash News/Corbis)

Hungry for more news? Check out the rest of our morning must reads.

EXCLUSIVE to Birchbox: The Ruffian Nail Lacquer Collection

A few months ago, we told you that we were working with Ruffian, one of our fave NYC-based fashion brands, on their very first line of nail lacquers. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the entire collection is now available for purchase exclusively in the Birchbox Shop

Every single Birchbox subscriber will be getting one of the polishes from the Crowdsourced Collection—a trio of polishes that were voted on by our Facebook fans—in their September box. The hues are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. There’s Delirium, a saturated metallic purple; Fox Hunt, an eye-catching orange with a touch of shimmer; and Hedge Fund, a sophisticated olive foil with a hint of gold. 

There’s also the Classics Collection, a set of three timeless hues. In no particular order, there’s Ruffian Red, a high-gloss cherry; Naked, a creamy neutral beige; and Ciré Noir, a smoky black with a sleek finish.

Learn more about what makes these lacquers so special straight from the designers themselves in our video interview with them at their studio. And once you’ve fallen in love with these spectacular colors, nab them here

Cuticle Art, One Direction’s Makeup Collection, and More
Nails are getting another upgrade with cuticle art. Think nail decals that can also be applied to your skin. [She Finds]
This guy proves that people can create misleading weight loss photos in under an hour. See the incredible series here. [Huffington Post]
The wait is over! The royal couple named their newest addition prince George Alexander Louis! [ABC News]
One Direction is launching their own makeup collection with MUA cosmetics and it’s geared towards—who else?—young girls. [MUA Cosmetics]
Another terrifying trailer for Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s Gravity has been released. [Glamour]
Fans of the late YouTube beauty guru Talia Joy Castellano are petitioning for her favorite brand, MAC, to make her lifelong dream come true: her own makeup line that benefits cancer research. [Beauty High]
Before you attempt to go surfing for the first time, here are five things you need to know. [Well+Good]


—Geraldine


The latest celebrity to bare her natural no-makeup faces is none other than the flamboyant Lady Gaga.

Cuticle Art, One Direction’s Makeup Collection, and More

—Geraldine
The latest celebrity to bare her natural no-makeup faces is none other than the flamboyant Lady Gaga.