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Reading List: A Crown Braid Tutorial, Uncle Jesse, and More

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the Magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss.

1. How To: Perfect a Crown Braid: This beautiful updo is one of our favorite styles for when you’re sick of your long hair. 

2. Uncle of the Year—John Stamos: Birchbox Man takes us back to the ’90s this week with a thoughtful look back at the coolest uncle of them all.

3. Get NYE Ready: Rachel Zoe’s makeup artist teaches us how to get his untraditional smoky eye (think: khaki and gold!) for the biggest party night of the year.

4. Orange You Glad?: Last week, the Birchbox France team boldly explored an underused shade—orange. Watch their video to see how it’s done!

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7 Ideas for Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Hairstyles

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New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, which means it’s time to stockpile noisemakers, experiment with crazy glitter—and of course accessorize your party frock with dazzling hair. Whether you’re spending the night at home glued to a Ryan Seacrest special or dashing off to a high-octane bash, you can ring in 2013 with these Instagram-worthy hair styles. After all, beyond the bubbly, NYE is basically one giant Instagram session.

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The $5.25 Secret to Mega Glam Hair: Party Essentials

Well, 2011, it’s been real. New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, which means it’s time to dust off your sequined stilettos and track down some kitschy 2012 glasses. This week, we’ve clued you in to our party essentials, from highlighter to primer. The last weapon in our bag of tricks? A teasing brush. Read on for the secrets to glam hair.

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A special event calls for something more exciting than your usual ponytail. But you don’t need to book a pricey blow out — you can get celeb-worthy hair with a tool that costs less than a venti latte. Click through to find out more about this wonder product.

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4 Skin-Perfecting Primers: Party Essentials

We’re less than a week away from New Year’s Eve, which means you better start stocking up on noisemakers and kitchsy party hats now. Whether you’re spending the night at home with your besties or going to a glitzy bash, you’ll want to look even more gorgeous than usual. (After all, if New Year’s Eve is good for anything, it’s photo ops!) This week, we’re helping you out with five days of party essentials, starting with the the ultimate skin-perfector: Primer.

Before you even think about applying foundation or tinted moisturizer, prep your skin with a primer. This extra layer will fill in any lines on your face, smooth over any unevenness, and give you a completely uniform surface for your makeup. It’ll also help your makeup last longer, which is key for late nights. Click through for our picks!

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