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How to Fake a Tan Without Sunless Tanner: GIF Tutorial

We’ll never tire of video tutorials, but sometimes we want a step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to take a second look. Plus, they’re pretty fun to watch. Our new series will show how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes to sunless tanning—in simple, gif-tastic ways.

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Summer calls for a number of sleeveless occasions and sometimes we just don’t have time to go through the whole process of fake tanning to get that pretty bronzed glow. Enter: Caudalie Divine Legs. Part skin-firming lotion and part bronzer, this lightweight lotion gives limbs a subtle glow that even the palest of ladies can appreciate. 

And despite its name, there’s no reason you can’t use this lotion on your arms. In fact, we encourage it! Read on to see how editor Lorelei gets her arms bronzed and even in just a few minutes. 

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1. Grab your Caudalie Divine Legs and pump a small amount of lotion into your palm. And don’t worry about accidentally staining your hands — this innovative formula washes right off with soap and water!

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Friday Funday: 4 Ice Cream-Inspired Manis

Stop everything: did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month (aka the best month ever!?) We’re happily supporting this frozen treat initiative by eating the confection everyday. And since we’ve got ice cream on the brain all the time, we’re keeping the cravings at bay just a tiny bit with this delicious looking roundup of ice cream nail art:

Self-Scoop Cone by Lulu’s

These scoops and cones are cool graphics on their own, but summer magic happens when you get to put them together.

Ice Cream Sundaes by Kayla Shevonne

We’re transporting ourselves to a retro ice cream parlor with these striped pastel nails. Plop a cherry or some sprinkles on top and you’re good go!

Chocolate Drips by College Fashion

Sweeten up your look with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Be as creative as you want. We’re loving the strawberry syrup statement nail.

Mint Chocolate Chip by This is Bisque

Despite its name, the star of this mani is the waffle cone. Feel free to try other ice cream colors. After all, any flavor can match with a delicious base.

Which manicure is your favorite? Would you try any of these?

—Geraldine

Ice cream nails aside, would you try a nail ring?

4 Fuss-Free Summer Braids to Try This Weekend

Happy first day of summer! With all your upcoming festivities—BBQs, brunches and beach days included—we know you’re too busy to bother with complicated hairstyles. Which is why we rounded up these four simple braid tutorials to help you keep your hair in check no matter what your activity.

Four-strand Braid by A Cup of Jo

You’re probably more than familiar with the classic three stranded braid. But did you know that plaiting with four pieces is just as easy?

Crossover Cascade Braid by A Bird’s Leap

Dress up a your favorite summer dress with this pretty, but not terribly difficult, option.  And good news for all you curly haired gals: this look works beautifully with your hair too.

French Twist Braid by Michaela Noelle Designs

This look is absolutely effortless and perfect for days when you need to look put together in 30 seconds. Chic and sophisticated in under a minute? Yes please.

Mini Crown Braid by She Lets Her Hair Down

This hairstyle is the perfect finishing touch to a bohemian-inspired maxi dress. The best part? It’s even cuter on short hair.

—Geraldine

Looking for one more braid to try? Don’t miss our super easy-to-follow GIF tutorial on Milkmaid braids

How to Milkmaid Braids: GIF Tutorial

While we adore video tutorials, sometimes we need a quick step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to see a difficult step again. Plus, aren’t they just more fun to watch? We’re introducing a new series of beauty gif tutorials that teach you how to get our favorite looks—from braids to cat eyes—in simple, animated ways.

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For our first tutorial, editor Meredith shows you how to do an adorable and oh-so-simple milkmaid braid. (Trust us—it’s easier than you think!) Read on to see what products you’ll need and learn how to get this chic summer look in just eight steps.

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Miley Cyrus’s Hair Transformation, Easy Braided Updo Tutorial, Experts Answer Your Top SPF Questions, 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.
The Great Miley Cyrus Hair Transformation: From Hannah Montana blonde to a seriously short buzz cut, here’s a comprehensive Miley hairstyle retrospective.
Easy Braided Updo Tutorial: If you can do a basic braid, you can do this gorgeous wedding-ready style in just 10 minutes.
A Visual Guide to Mastering Man Bracelets: When temperatures rise and your sleeves roll up, it’s important to know how to expertly accessorize your wrists.
Ask Us Anything: SPF: In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, we had 3 experts weigh in and answer your top questions about SPF. 
Patrick Stewart’s Passionate Speech Against Domestic Violence: We love Patrick Stewart, and we applaud the thespian for his eloquent answer to a fan’s question about the importance of standing up to domestic violence.
—Bre
June begins Saturday! See what we’ll be up to this month in our June Agenda.

Miley Cyrus’s Hair Transformation, Easy Braided Updo Tutorial, Experts Answer Your Top SPF Questions, 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.

  • Ask Us Anything: SPF: In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month, we had 3 experts weigh in and answer your top questions about SPF. 

—Bre

June begins Saturday! See what we’ll be up to this month in our June Agenda.

How To: Skull Nail Art: Guest Blogger

If you’re into nail art, then you’re probably familiar with Chelsea King’s designs. As the artist behind Chelsea’s Get Nailed, this nail-addict-turned-blogger somehow finds time between classes at UC Irvine to produce nail art tutorials, sell her own press-on nails, and post her intricate and inspiring manicures. This week, Chelsea is offering up her best nail tips and a few exclusive (and pretty awesome) nail art how-tos for beginners and experts alike.

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This skull design was inspired by those Alexander McQueen scarves that I have been lusting after for ages. A skull on your nails can be transformed from rocker to girly depending on what you pair it with. Adding studs can make it look super punk, but adding florals can tone it down to look cute.

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How To: Monochromatic Color Block Nail Art: Guest Blogger

If you’re into nail art, then you’re probably familiar with Chelsea King’s designs. As the artist behind Chelsea’s Get Nailed, this nail-addict-turned-blogger somehow finds time between classes at UC Irvine to produce nail art tutorials, sell her own press-on nails, and post her intricate and inspiring manicures. This week, Chelsea is offering up her best nail tips and a few exclusive (and pretty awesome) nail art how-tos for beginners and experts alike.

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A popular nail art trend this summer is the color-blocking mani. Here’s how to take it up a notch by using a monochromatic color scheme and some studs! For this design, chose three colors in the same color scheme, ranging from dark to light.

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How To: Chevron Nail Art: Guest Blogger

If you’re into nail art, then you’re probably familiar with Chelsea King’s designs. As the artist behind Chelsea’s Get Nailed, this nail-addict-turned-blogger somehow finds time between classes at UC Irvine to produce nail art tutorials, sell her own press-on nails, and post her intricate and inspiring manicures. This week, Chelsea is offering up her best nail tips and a few exclusive (and pretty awesome) nail art how-tos for beginners and experts alike.

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Chevron nails have always been a favorite of mine! Take them to the next level by painting in this intricate pattern. You can use as many colors as you like, and either do it as an accent nail or on every finger for a crazy-impressive mani!

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10 Prom Updo Ideas to Make Everyone’s Head Turn

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For most of us, prom night is a fuzzy memory marred by not-so-subtle makeup, questionable dress choices, and awkward boutonnière-clad dates. Luckily, we’ve learned from the error of our glittery ways and are here to offer some fresh ideas and a little hair guidance. First and foremost—don’t think that you have to head to a salon for a great updo or celeb-worthy waves. You can definitely score a prom-ready look at home all on your own.

That being said—here are 10 chic and easy looks that you can do to make your night special and timeless: 

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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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