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Birchbox Crush: Salma Hayek is Anti-Peel

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Salma Hayek has quite a list of accomplishments. Besides her numerous starring roles, the 46-year-old star is also a mom and the founder of Nuance, a new cosmetic line based on her grandmother’s recipes. (She also happens to have the most gorgeous skin we’ve ever seen—here’s hoping we look half as good when we’re her age!)

We interviewed Salma in this month’s issue of the Birchbox Magazine, and here’s what she had to say about her counterintuitive approach to anti-aging: 

I don’t believe in peels. A lot of people were doing peels starting years ago. Yes, in the moment they look fantastic. Now they don’t. Now I look better. Do not do things that make your skin thin out. Because if you inject it or pull it, you will look old. I also don’t do microdermabrasion. None of that.

Read the rest of the interview here. 

—Mai 

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How to Style Curly Hair, Salma Hayek, What Birchbox Moms Want, and More: Reading List

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 you need to read this weekend.

  • What Birchbox Moms Are Wishing For: We try to honor our moms all 365 days of the year, but every May, we do a little something extra for the women who bought us our first lip glosses. 

—Bre

Mom always knows bestSee what life lessons these four Birchbox staffers learned from the women who raised them right.

You’ll Never Guess Who Inspired Salma Hayek’s Beauty Brand

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Salma Hayek looks stunning in this pic from the Golden Globes. (Photo: Getty)

I consider it a Hollywood mystery: Salma Hayek hasn’t aged a day since she debuted in Desperado way back in 1995 (granted, I was in second grade at the time, and my perception of grown-ups may have been a little skewed). Well, it turns out that the Mexican-born actress inherited more than just good genes from her family: she also got great beauty recipes. I recently got the chance to try Hayek’s beauty brand Nuance, which launched in 2011 in CVS stores nationwide. After performing numerous desk trials, I was particularly impressed by the pretty eye palettes and creamy moisturizers, both of which are a major step up from your average drugstore find. Intrigued, I set out to learn more about the backstory behind the brand.

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Sideways French Manicure, L’Wren Scott’s First Fragrance, and More
Learn how to recreate this superchic sideways French manicure in just five easy steps! [SheFinds]
Mass weddings took place yesterday all over the world because it was 12-12-12, the last triple date for a century. [CNN]
A Panama woman was caught smuggling three pounds of cocaine into Barcelona—in her breast implants! [Fashion Etc.]
Nirvana reunited for the first time in 18 years for the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief concert, with Paul McCartney standing in for Kurt Cobain. [Refinery29]
Two former Elle editors are rumored to be starting their own magazine. [Fashion Etc.]
See which celebrity manicures created the most buzz in 2012. [Beauty High]
Designer L’Wren Scott launches her first fragrance at the Barney’s New York flagship. [WWD]
(Photo: shefinds.com)

—Hallie

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Sideways French Manicure, L’Wren Scott’s First Fragrance, and More

(Photo: shefinds.com)
—Hallie
Looking for something else you can do in just five easy steps? Check out our sock bun tutorial!

A First Look At The New Vogue Documentary

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye gives a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of fashion’s biggest tastemakers. (Photo: fashionista.com)

—Hallie

We were thrilled to be included in First Round Capital’s Cyber Monday roundup along with some of the coolest e-commerce sites in the business! 

Salma Hayek’s Skin Woes: Notable Quotables

Notable Quotables is a weekly series featuring a great quote. Whether it’s the founder of a beloved beauty brand, an eccentric makeup artist making headlines, or even a super-stylish celebrity, our favorite tastemakers always have something worth sharing. This week everyone’s talking about Salma Hayek’s interview with Lucky Magazine. The star opened up about her own issues with acne when she was younger. It’s nice to know that as stunning as the star is, she’s had to deal with some of the same acne problems that we have. Celebrities: they’re just like us!

"You want to talk about bad skin? I had acne. And this acne was so bad it sent me into severe, severe depression. Like I couldn’t leave the house. I’d wake up in the morning and lie there and touch my face before I got up, just to prepare myself to look in the mirror!"

—Salma Hayek to Lucky Magazine

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