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How My Mom Got Me Hooked on Elizabeth Arden Everything

I discovered my love for manicures in high school. I’m dating myself a little by revealing this, but in my teenage years the French mani was the biggest nail trend—and it was definitely my favorite look. I had asked my mom for advice on the best place to go in Chicago (where I’m from) and as far as she was concerned, there was only one option: Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon and Spa.

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Getting a manicure with my mom at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa in Chicago two summers ago. 

So I made an appointment and I must say, I was hooked instantly. Not only are the nail techs (shout out to Margarita!) and service so great there, but the luxury of Elizabeth Arden’s standard warm cream manicure is beyond. Seriously, it puts your regular old salon-around-the-corner to shame. As my mom puts it, “once you go Red, you never go back.” And she’s right. To this day, a decade and a half later, it’s still still my go-to place when I’m home. 

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Rock a Red Lip on the Big Day: Lover.ly

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 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 best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.

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(Photo by: Stephanie Williams on Inspired by This via Lover.ly)

When it comes to wedding day beauty, many brides opt for a classic look: glowing skin, smoky eyes, and pink or nude lips. But there’s another classic look we love: bold lipstick. And while we’re fans of a vintage red lip, there are so many other ways to show off this look; it works for modern, boho, and traditional brides alike. Here are our favorite bridal bold lips from Lover.ly—and some tips on how to score a gorgeous crimson pout.

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The Window Thigh Dress, Red Lipstick as Concealer, and More
Georgia May Jagger introduces a brand new window dress trend. [Huffington Post]
Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shares a must-try red lipstick trick for deep skin tones. [Huffington Post]
Throwing a Cinco de Mayo party this weekend? Try one of these 10 recipes for a healthy entreé option. [Greatist]
Estée Lauder launches its first new scent in a decade. [BellaSugar]

Introducing a new skincare system to your face? Try this “moisture sandwich” trick to help ease the process. [Glamour]

—Charisse
Have you seen our Birchbox Man channel? Check it out to learn a ton of cool grooming tips and much more.
(Photo: © Harry Pluviose ./Retna Ltd./Corbis)

The Window Thigh Dress, Red Lipstick as Concealer, and More

—Charisse

(Photo: © Harry Pluviose ./Retna Ltd./Corbis)

The Search for the Ultimate Red Lipstick

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Lancôme ROUGE IN LOVE in Rouge Saint Honore

My recent editorial stint at Birchbox isn’t entirely to blame for my sudden infatuation with red lipstick. But my co-workers wholeheartedly supported my newfound fixation, and I was suddenly inundated with lipsticks, glosses, and stains in various shades of crimson, brick, and scarlet.

As methodical as I usually am (very), there was no real strategy to my sampling. I smeared on the proffered color and solicited feedback. This one was too glossy, that one was too matte; this one made me look like the blow-up doll in Old School, that one aged me. I tended to like pink- and blue-reds over reds with orange-brown undertones, and preferred a bit of shine, but not too much.

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The New York Times’ Oscar Gown Tribute, Elizabeth and James To Launch Handbags, and More
The New York Times creates an interactive photo archive of Oscar gowns over the last 15 years. Consider us mesmerized. [New York Times]
Lauren Conrad’s stealth trick to make sure her bright lipstick doesn’t stick to her glass. [LaurenConrad.com]
More proof that the Olsen twins are bent on fashion world domination: Their Elizabeth and James line is set to launch its first collection of handbags this July. [SheFinds]
Which hair colors can make you look younger? [Glo]
Save money on your morning cup of Joe with these thrifty tips. [Her Campus]
11 stylish sweatshirts that are so cute, you might not want to actually work out in them.  [Well + Good NYC]
-Charisse
Learn how to use the Benefit Fine One One makeup stick to get bright cheeks and coral lips.
(Photo: New York Times)

The New York Times’ Oscar Gown Tribute, Elizabeth and James To Launch Handbags, and More

-Charisse

Learn how to use the Benefit Fine One One makeup stick to get bright cheeks and coral lips.

(Photo: New York Times)

Sneak Peek! Smashbox’s Limited Edition “Love Me” Collection

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Valentine’s Day normally conjures up images of gourmet chocolates and long-stemmed roses, but this year I have my sights set on a different kind of gift: Smashbox’s recently unveiled limited edition Love Me collection.

Yesterday, I got to ogle the new goodies and meet the man behind the makeup: renowned artist Curtis Kulig. In 1999, Kulig moved from North Dakota to New York City, picked up a can of spray paint, and began emblazoning the words “Love Me” on rooftops and billboards all over the city. He quickly gained a cult following, and now the tag can be seen on everything from Van’s sneakers to Tokyo street signs.

Inspired by Kulig’s signature aesthetic, the collection features bold colors and sleek, modern packaging. These are a few of our favorites from the line that’s now available in select department stores and Sephoras:

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Kris Jenner Lands a Talk Show, Cory and Topanga Cast their Daughter, and More
"Momager" Kris Jenner lands her own talk show on Fox. [E! Online]
Beyonce gives a behind-the-scenes look at her Pulse NYC fragrance photo shoot. [BellaSugar]
Disney’s Girl Meets World has cast its newest member—Cory and Topanga’s daughter! [Yahoo]
Here’s how to get an easy and oh-so-cute heart mani for Valentine’s Day. [The Beauty Department]
A look at the entire history of red lipstick dating back to Cleopatra. [Elle.com]
—Charisse
Learn how to get the perfect red lip by watching this step-by-step video.
(Photo: Nick Saglimbeni/20th Television)

Kris Jenner Lands a Talk Show, Cory and Topanga Cast their Daughter, and More

—Charisse

Learn how to get the perfect red lip by watching this step-by-step video.

(Photo: Nick Saglimbeni/20th Television)

Totally Crushing On: Tom Ford’s Holiday Lipsticks
These gorgeous crimson lipsticks just hit our desks and we couldn’t be more smitten. The Jasmin Rouge collection, inspired by Tom Ford's spiced-floral fragrance of the same name, features two cherry-reds (Slander and Narcotic Rouge) and two crimson-reds (Reckless and Diabolique).
My personal favorite is Narcotic Rouge, a matte finish cherry, that’s the ideal mix of berry and bold red and will be great for all those upcoming holiday soirees. Keep an eye out for these pretty shades at Neiman Marcus this month!
We know these lipsticks are super-luxe, so we picked our favorite rouge hues that won’t break the bank. Here are our top three:
Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Lip Treatment: This hydrating, silky formula goes on sheer at first and builds up to a pretty crimson.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick: We love this option with our favorite LBD since the highly-pigmented formula has a satiny matte finish. 
Beauty Is Life Red Lipstick: For a long-lasting shade (say, to last through holiday cookies, cake and mulled cider), we always reach for this cherry shade.
—Candice
Have the lipstick but don’t know how to wear it? Here’s how to apply a flawless red lip. 

Totally Crushing On: Tom Ford’s Holiday Lipsticks

These gorgeous crimson lipsticks just hit our desks and we couldn’t be more smitten. The Jasmin Rouge collection, inspired by Tom Ford's spiced-floral fragrance of the same name, features two cherry-reds (Slander and Narcotic Rouge) and two crimson-reds (Reckless and Diabolique).

My personal favorite is Narcotic Rouge, a matte finish cherry, that’s the ideal mix of berry and bold red and will be great for all those upcoming holiday soirees. Keep an eye out for these pretty shades at Neiman Marcus this month!

We know these lipsticks are super-luxe, so we picked our favorite rouge hues that won’t break the bank. Here are our top three:

—Candice

Have the lipstick but don’t know how to wear it? Here’s how to apply a flawless red lip

10 Mix-and-Match Products For Traveling: Guest Blogger

We’re devoted fans of all things polish in the Birchbox offices, so of course Gina Galullo’s nail polish blog, Prim and Polished, caught our eye. A lawyer-by-day and a lacquer connoisseur-by-night, Galullo posts thoughtful reviews of new shades along with colorful swatches, so even novice polish-wearers have an insider’s guide to the prettiest hues. This week, she shares the products she can’t live without, plus the work-appropriate shades you can even rock in your cubicle.

Pictured: 1. Skin 79 Hot Pink BB Cream 2. Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel 3. Revlon Color Stay Whipped Cream Foundation 4. NYX Powder Blush in Pinkie 5. Milani Liquif’eye in Black 6. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Black 7. Too Faced Shadow Insurance 8. Wet n’ Wild Vanity Palette 9. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells 10. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick.

Not only do I love nail polish but I love makeup as well. It can be difficult to decide what to pack sometimes when traveling, so I wanted to show you what I brought on a recent cruise.

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