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DIY Hair: Braided Updo: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

Fun fact, I really only know how to do 2 hairstyles! When I don’t hot-roll my hair I generally braid it and twist it up. Sometimes because I want to look nice for a party, sometimes because I do not have 10 spare minutes in the morning. Man, since we’re doing this all week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are really going to suck. But on the upside, if you only know how to do these two hairstyles, people will think you know a lot about hair and ask you questions.

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In Honor of Michelle Obama’s Birthday, Her 10 Best Looks: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

Michelle Obama turns 48 today, so first off, happy birthday! On account of the First Lady having such a bold, unique and refreshing sense of style, we went to the trouble of selecting her 10 best looks. This was a challenge! Let us know what we forgot. In looks from Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Rodarte, Lanvin and more.

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Gallery: The Top 25 Best Red Carpet Looks Of 2011

Gallery: Vanity Fair Looks Back On Its Best Nude Portraits

Red Carpet Rundown: Charlene Wittstock’s Best Armani Looks

The All-Natural Facial Loved By Celebs: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

You know how celebrities love to spill their beauty secrets, even when they have no idea what they’re talking about? Scarlett Johansson is the latest famous to engage in this particular kind of PR, telling Style.com that one of her favorite things to do for her skin is an all-natural honey facial.

“I use Manuka honey,” she said. “You just warm your face so that your pores are open (you can steam your face right after getting out of the shower), and then you just take a spoon and apply the honey directly to your face and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. It really adds an amazing glow and your skin is so soft afterwards. It pulls out the impurities.”

Well – if it’s good enough for Scarlett, it’s good enough for me.

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How Do Men Really Feel About Your Weight Loss Resolution?: TheGloss

TheGloss is one of our daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

Men hate it when you run around trying to diet and lose weight after New Year’s right? We can just go eat an entire pizza now? And continue doing so for all of 2012? Right? Right? We investigate!

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Reading List: Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! 2011 was so awesome that we can hardly wait to see what the New Year will bring. Not surprisingly, this week has been all about “Best of 2011” lists and resolutions for the coming year. Read up on the things we’ll miss next year, and the resolutions we’ll probably forget.

Photo: Fashionista

  • Beauty resolutions for the New Year that we can get behind. Instead of attempting some radical life change, why not try out a few small beauty tricks that make a big difference? [Refinery29
  • We couldn’t get enough of nail art this year and we weren’t the only ones. Check out this roundup of the best celebrity nail art from the year. [Fashionista]
  • Most celebrities probably make impressive resolutions and stick to them— I mean, they’re good at everything else, why not? But it’s more fun to make up some for them! Click through to see what The Gloss thinks Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson, and (swoon) Ryan Gosling should be focusing on next year. [The Gloss]
  • This was a big year for beauty, from the royal wedding to of course, nail art and lots of celebrity fragrances. Look back at all the biggest headlines from the year. [BellaSugar]
  • We asked a few of our favorite beauty insiders what their resolutions are this year. Catch up if you missed their posts this week! [Birchbox

— Lorelei

See you next year! If your New Year’s resolution is to get better skin, try new makeup, or just treat yourself more, you know where to go!

Would You Wear Nail Polish On Your Lips? Daphne Guinness Did: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

What happens when you wear nail polish on your lips? Besides looking pretty, obviously?

After Daphne Guinness “experimented” by applying her new MAC nail polish to her lips, celebrity make-up artist Rachel Wood noted, ‘As far as nail polish goes…I’m not sold on using it for the lips.  First of all most polishes contain fomaldehyde, not a substance I would suggest to ingest.’

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The Top 10 Craziest Crash Diets Ever: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

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Alessandra Ambrosio photographed alongside some cake back in 2009 

It’s never a good idea to crash diet…but they’re still popular, especially right around the holidays, when people are looking to ditch a few vanity pounds as quickly as possible. We’re holding Crash Diet Week in honor of all the stupid, misguided things we’ve done to lose weight, but here’s 10 of the very stupidest: like inviting a tapeworm inside you, chomping cotton balls dipped in orange juice or getting your ears stapled.

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Real Talk: Have You Ever Lost Weight By Dieting?

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Reading List: Holiday Makeup, 2012’s Color of the Year, and “Manta Claus”

Phew, we made it to Friday! This week we’ve been working extra hard to get all of our new December articles up (Find them here!) but we did have a little bit of time to get in some reading. See our favorite picks from the week below.
Photo: bellasugar
  • Old Spice just released their new holiday wish list campaign featuring Isaiah Mustafa as “Manta Claus.” The campaign is hilarious and a good reminder of last year’s Sesame Street parody commercial starring Grover. We could watch them both for hours. [Glamour
  • We can’t get enough of gift inspiration this week. Equinox pulled together the wishlists of editors, restaurateurs, and the most fit people we’ve ever seen. [Q By Equinox]
  • In just a few weeks we’ll be inundated with “Best of 2011” lists but for now we’re happily clicking through any that we find. We love this Top 10 Biggest Fashion Trends of 2011. [The Gloss
  • December isn’t just great because we get presents, it also means wearing fun (read: sparkly!) makeup at all times. Click through for some of the prettiest. [Fashionista]
  • Pantone announced the 2012 Color of the Year this week and it’s…Tangerine Tango. We can’t wait to rock the bright color on our lips, eyes, and cheeks, anywhere! [bellasugar

— Lorelei

Still finishing your own gift lists? Find our favorite picks in our gift guide.

New Plus-Size Dating Site Helmed By Former Top Model: TheGloss

TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.

Whitney Thompson–winner of America’s Next Top Model, “cycle” 10–was the show’s first plus size champ. She’s also the first alum to transition into…online dating? Thompson is launching a dating site for plus size women this week, called The Big and the Beautiful. Thompson got the idea after becoming fed up with her own struggles to find a date online.

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Reading List: The Hottest Cities, Daphne Guinness for MAC, Vintage Beauty Ads & Model Beauty

Welcome to December! This week we’re reading about the most attractive cities in the US, the latest celebrity to create a collection with MAC (isn’t there a new collaboration every week?), and ways to calm down our freaked out skin. Plus, learning about a new organic skincare line from a model and laughing at crazy vintage beauty ads. Keep reading for our favorite links this week.
Photo: Vogue.com
  • Travel and Leisure has released its annual reader survey of the cities with the most attractive residents. Among them are Charleston, Denver, and Miami. Our home town, New York, didn’t even crack the top ten. Hmph, obviously a mistake. [Huffington Post
  • Daphne Guinness designed a collection for MAC! The 21 piece collection will be available December 26th through February 9th and looks like it’s going to inspire quite a few post-holiday shopping sprees. [Refinery29]
  • It’s funny how much beauty standards have changed over the years. The Gloss dug up some vintage ads extolling the virtue of adding few extra pounds, something we don’t think we’ll be seeing in our magazines anytime soon. [The Gloss]
  • Sometimes, no matter how many awesome products you’re using, stress and other emotional problems get in the way of clear skin. This slideshow of some common issues and their solutions will no doubt come in handy this season. [Allure]
  • Speaking of clear skin, model (and Orlando Bloom’s Wife) Miranda Kerr has got it. Kerr, who studied nutrition before her career took off, will now be releasing an organic skincare line, Kora, in the US. It’s apparently been available since 2009 in Australia and is just making its way over here. We can’t wait to try it! [Vogue]

— Lorelei

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