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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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.
As much as we love neutral manis, every now and again we want to act like badgalriri and paint on bolder, more risqué hues. For a much-needed shakeup, we’re turning to these eye-catching shades from LAQA & CO. Beyond the gorgeous colors, the long-lasting formula stays chip-free noticeably longer than many other lacquers. Plus, each polish eschews toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene, and DHP.
Best of all? Today only, you can snag one of these polishes for just $6 (originally $11). But hurry: The promotion only lasts for 24 hours and supplies are limited. Click here to snag this product, no promo code required.
We spend a lot (read: an almost embarrassing amount) of time on YouTube. We’re always searching for new tutorials, unboxings, hauls—really anything fun. This month, we came across some time-saving tutorials that we just had to share. From nails to hair, these videos will have you looking good faster than you can say Birchbox.
There is just never enough time to let your nails fully dry. Cutepolish saves the day with the five tips that will take you from wet to set in a flash.
Shaving a couple minutes in the morning, especially on those days when you can’t stop hitting the snooze button, is extra valuable. lilifeefifofum has a crazy quick tip to get your top and bottom lash lines done all in one swipe. We couldn’t believe how great it looked and can’t wait to test it out.
We’re all about sock buns and top knots here at Birchbox. Melissa Raymond reiterates (with the cutest accent we’ve ever heard) just how fast and fabulous sock buns can be.
What are your time saving tips?
Check out some of Birchbox’s video tutorials here.
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.
We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their expert advice for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
(Photo by: Nikole Ramsay on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly)
When you’re planning a fall wedding, there’s no rule that says you have to stick to the traditional color palette of red, orange, and yellow. If you want a sophisticated and unexpectedly eye-catching look for your autumn wedding, try incorporating one of the new colors trending this season: deep mossy green. Paired with charcoal, white, silver, and hints of blush, it reminds us of the way the sky looks after a fall thunderstorm. Not sure how to pull this off yourself? Take a peek at a few of our favorite inspiration images below to help fire up your imagination:
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.
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.
As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every so often, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
My fair skin prefers to freckle instead of tan, and my foundation is almost always named ‘Ivory,’ but I still crave at least a bit of a summer glow. I don’t love self tanner, but I do love faking a tan with carefully selected nail polish. Nail polish to look tan, you ask? Yes, this pale girl promises it actually does work.