Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. To get geared up for the season we’ve combed YouTube for the best in festive inspiration. From inventive hair to delectable homemade desserts, we can’t wait to put these ideas to use:
If your calendar is covered with holiday festivities, this knotted holiday updo from Kayley Meslisa is a great look to recreate. Not only does it put on a spin on the classic braids we’ve come to love, it can also be customized to fit any fete.
You know it’s time for the holidays when Starbucks brings out their holiday cups. HelloMaphie was so inspired by the spirited red coffee holders that she created this quick and easy nail art tutorial.
Last but not least: Holiday sweets! This apple crumble pie by EssieButton is not only perfect if you’re throwing a party, but works as a fun hostess gift too.
Where do you look for holiday inspiration?
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This Polish Belongs on the “Top Shelf”
Lately I’ve been reaching for my heavy wool coat instead of my lightweight leather jacket. Yes, dear reader, it can only mean one thing: Winter is officially upon us. With the seasonal shift in mind, I’ve decided it’s high time I revamp my nail polish game, too. While I loved the bright and neon polishes I saw on nails all over NYC this past summer, I’m ready to embrace this season’s warmer neutrals and dark, vampy hues.
Right now, my go-to shade is Color Club’s Top Shelf, a shimmering copper hue from the brand’s recently launched Cocktail Collection. It has a sleek, mirror-like finish that makes it look like you’ve dipped your tips in a pot of molten metal—but in good way. For an extra dose of cool, layer an assortment slim, colorful, and beaded bracelets, like these from Sashi.
Friday night here I come! What polish are you wearing this weekend?
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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.
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?
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.
Get more fall nail inspiration from our amazing team of Birchbloggers.
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:
Blogger BRAVENEZZ used Hedge Fund from the crowdsourced collection to make her wild animal print accent nails.
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!
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.
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.
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.