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Reading List: Metallic Makeup Tutorial, Behind the Heart-melting Superbowl Puppy Commercial, and More

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

1. Gunmetal Eye Makeup Tutorial: Birchbox staffer Alina shows us how to create this metallic eye look using Coastal Scents’ new Revealed Palette.

2. Superbowl + Loveable Puppies: Thomas on the Birchbox Man team chatted with the creator behind the heart-melting Budweiser Superbowl ad starring one adorable pup. Read to get some insider info.

3. 5 Beauty “Don’ts” You Should Actually Try: We love the renegades in our U.K. office who dare you to break some well-known beauty rules. Truth be told, we’ve been known to be a little rebellious ourselves (read: unwashed hair).

4. My So-Called Flaws: We l-o-v-e this honest and personal essay from Birchbox editor Ally, who opened up about her struggle to make peace with an eight-inch scar left after an unfortunate boating accident.

Want to test out the Coastal Scents Palette? Come on over to our Shop to snag it!

Complexion-Clearing Tricks for Sensitive Skin, Superbowl Style Controversy, 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. Stay warm!

4 Complexion-Clearing Tricks for Sensitive Skin: pūr~lisse founder and skincare expert Jennifer Yen told us her fool-proof tricks for saving her finicky skin from acne, hives and rosacea.

How To: French Fishtail Braid: Regular braids are SO over. Just kidding! We still love them, but this combination of a French braid and a fishtail braid is so cool we may never separate them again.

Trend Alert: How to Style the New Bob: Life changes, like welcoming a new year, always make us want to change up our hair. Luckily there’s a hot new hair trend we can get behind. Check it out and get your stylist on the phone.

Quarterback (Style) Controversy: Flacco vs. Kaepernick: Get prepped for Sunday’s big game with these lowdown deets on Flacco’s and Kaepernick’s Birchbox Man-worthy style. Included: junior prom suit rentals, flat-brimmed hats, and temporary tattoos.

Celebrating Grand Central Terminal, Then and Now: A century ago, Grand Central Station was brand-spanking new and extra luxurious—which meant it even had a women’s hair dressing parlor. Even cooler? Seeing the layout of the actual New York Times from Feb. 2, 1913.

Stay up to date on the latest and greatest news—check out our morning must reads.

Entertaining Expert Carlo Geraci on How to Host a Soup-er Bowl

Entertaining expert Carlo Geraci from Carlo Says…, has already told us how to throw the perfect baby shower and set the perfect musical mood; now he’s helping us break out of the wings-and-nachos Superbowl mold. (Not that there’s anything wrong with wings and nachos, of course.) Read on for his original take on game day food—just in time for this year’s big football face-off.

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My Aunt Rena in California has been the ringmaster for all of our family get togethers over the years, with the most famous event being her Soup-er Bowl party.

While Soup-er Bowl Parties usually take place the weekend before the big game, I think it’s a fantastic idea for halftime entertainment. The game plan is simple: each guests brings a homemade soup, either a recipe that has been in their repertoire for years or a new one they’ve been eager to try. After sampling all the recipes, you crown a winner. 

At Chez Carlo this past weekend, my good friend Dickie Baker brought his acclaimed French Onion Soup. I made Brussels Sprout Soup with Mimolette Cheese (recipe included below), Lawrence Treglia made a very healthy Tuscan Vegetable Soup, and Colleen Quinn decided to try out a new recipe for Mushroom Bisque. Not only was Colleen’s soup sublime, but also the winner of the coveted golden ladle and a gift certificate to A Cook’s Companion, one of my favorite local cooking supply stores. Click through for instructions on throwing your own Soup Soiree or Soup-er Bowl Party!

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Superbowl: We Care. Really. Seriously!

Photo: Peachy Green

You might be surprised how often the subject of football comes up at Birchbox HQ. But it does, and not just because Matt Field is a sports fanatic. As Katie Baker pointed out in the NY Times last weekend, 34 percent of the National League viewers are women. Anecdotally we can tell you that our staff has at least three die-hard female football fans (don’t even bring up the Jets around Katia – she’s still sad). And so, here’s Matt’s take on this weekend’s match up, and why you should care.  

At 6:30 PM EST this Sunday night, people across the country will make the ages old pilgrimage towards their lazy boys and local taverns in preparation for Super Bowl XLV. Jerseys will be donned, copious hot wings will be eaten, the Black-eyed Peas will perform, and at the end of it all, one city – Pittsburgh, PA or Green Bay, WI – will rejoice, while the other will capitulate into a state of enduring melancholy, consoling itself only with the knowledge that “next year will be different.” So what?, many of you may be asking. Why does this matter to me?

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