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We Heart Drew Barrymore’s Wavy Updo and Pink Lips

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(Photo: FameFlynet Pictures, NBC)

Drew Barrymore recently stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to chat about her beauty line and life as a new mom—but we were too busy ogling Ms. Barrymore’s adorable spring look (for an up close view, check out the video below) to hear everything she was saying. The actress sported an adorable weekend look combo of pretty pink lips, bouncy waves fastened in a high ponytail, and fetching foral-print jeans. Here’s how to recreate her look just in time for Saturday brunch: 

Step 1: You won’t find a single blemish on Drew’s flawless complexion. Before applying your go-to complexion perfectors, prep your skin with a mattifier like MAKE’s Face Primer SPF 30

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Level Up Your Birchbox Gift Subscription with These Best-Sellers: Special Ops

We’re always talking about the staffers in the Birchbox office, but the ones who you interact with everyday are the ladies of our hard-working Ops team. These fabulous femmes handle all of your customer service woes. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know them even better—so here’s a peek at who’s on the other side of the phone.

We know it’s no easy feat to check each person off your holiday gift list, which is why we wanted to make gifting easier and even more awesome by amping up our gift subscriptions. This season, when you place a gift subscription order (for both men and women), you can add any of these best-selling products to your order so they arrive with the first gift box. The best part? You can add up to five of the items listed below—and they’ll all arrive with your giftee’s first shipment.

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L.A. Beauty Insider: Backcombing, Revisited

Here’s a potentially unexpected truth about beauty in Los Angeles: backcombing used to be a dirty word. For a time hair-teasing was only really advocated by emo kids (who could forget this asymmetrical ‘do), but now it’s been chicly revised by a new wave of beauty mavens.

Just this week, Nasty Gal's brilliant beauty guru and stylist Stacey Nishimoto declared that “backcombing is the new beach wave.” Given L.A’s hair track record, that seems like a pretty lofty statement. However, it only took one glance at the blazing babe accompanied by her brave claim to realize that this updated teasing technique makes pretty much anyone look good, it just has to be done right.

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5 Beauty Products that Help Support Breast Cancer Research

It’s a scary statistic: one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re supporting the search for a cure by picking up some new beauty products. All this month, many of our favorite brands are donating a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer nonprofits, and you’ll also find limited edition goodies in every shade of pink (a.k.a. our favorite color). We love the idea of looking good and being a do-gooder at the same time. Click through to check out five of our favorite products for the cause!

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DIY Easy Breezy Hair Knot: Guest Blogger

We love surfing Heather Walczuk’s blog, Beauty Unbiased, for her smart and on-point makeup reviews, pretty photos and her upbeat insight. The resident New Yorker always has great tips for making the most out of your products, which is why we’re excited that this week she’s sharing tips about her fave summer finds, makeup-artists must-haves, and how to get a gorgeous top knot.

Few letters strike fear in my heart the way “DIY” does. As a five-year-old, I was already disillusioned by the idea of creating my own cards, friendship bracelets and the like. Basically, I have always been that bad at DIY-ing. This easy, breezy top knot was originally created by a stylist from the Butterfly Studio Salon at the Birchbox “Gossip Girl” season finale party. I loved the results so much that I stepped outside of my DIY phobia and replicated it at home.

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Embrace the Frizz: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her Hairistocracy column.

Photo: nymag.com

Last night I was flipping through the runway shots from the spring 2012 collections and I did a double take when I landed on Oscar de la Renta’s RTW line: holy frizz! Every woman was sporting a head full of extra crimped and volumized hair, and they looked absolutely gorgeous.

Suddenly I’ve become inspired to try and work with my frizz, too. While it can seem like one of our biggest hair enemies, I think it’s time to put down our guns (or hardcore hair oils), girls. Let’s embrace this voluminous look.

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The Perfect Blowout: Guest Blogger

The moment you start reading Alex Yeske’s dreams + jeans blog, you know one thing for sure: the girl has excellent taste. Musing on everything from fashion to beauty to design, the recent Syracuse grad has a knack for spotting pretty things — a skill that no doubt serves her well in her day job as a graphic designer for Madewell. This week, we’re lucky enough to have her guest blogging for us about everything from her beauty must-haves to how to get the perfect blow dry.

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My hair is naturally wavy and tends to get frizzy when there’s any sign of humidity. To keep my strands manageable and sleek, I have to blow it dry. Here’s my step-by-step to achieving the perfect blowout.

Tools you’ll need: A blow dryer with a nozzle, a round brush, leave-in conditioner, frizz tamer, and clips.

1. While hair is still very wet, spray a leave-in conditioner or detangler on it. (If you spray once your hair is already dry, you’ll end up with sticky strands.)

2. If you have bangs, dry them first to prevent any annoying cowlicks or waves from getting out of control. Be sure to have a nozzle on your dryer!

3. Without using a brush, get some of the moisture out of your hair by throwing your head over and using your dryer. Be careful and don’t let your hair get too dry.

4. Now apply a frizz tamer. I love using Moroccan Oil. Only apply from the middle of your hair to your ends.

5. Start with the back of your hair and pull sections forward as you dry. I started using a boar bristle brush and it’s made a huge difference. Work your way forward piece by piece. Keep each section small and make sure to layer the hair evenly on the brush for the best results.

Enjoy your straight, frizz-free hair! And remember, practice makes perfect so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right away.

In case you’re interested in a super-clear visual, check out our video on how to master the blow out.