Birchbox Short List

Forgive us for stating the obvious but: It’s Monday, and you’re not quite ready to start the work week. That’s why we’re bringing you the Birchbox Short List, a spirited guide to the best celeb gossip, videos, beauty news, and more. Think of it as your second cup of Joe—we promise we’ll leave you feeling ready to conquer the day (and week) ahead. Here, our picks for the week of January 6.

Happy New Year!

Holy moly, it’s 2014. Find out what some of our favorite thinkers and influencers are resolving to do this year—then tell us what you’re planning!

A History of Violence

Ouch! If you thought that eyebrow threading was torture, just take a look at The Cut’s history of horrific beauty treatments, from radioactive products to sewn-on eyelash extensions. I wonder what will be added to this list in the next hundred years? (Cough cough, bikini waxes, cough.)

To Ms. Potter!

Kudos to Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling for having her priorities straight. We recently learned the imaginative author lost her spot on Forbes' billionaires list due to donating a whopping $160 million dollars of her fortune to charity. We toast our butter beers to her generous spirit.

Okay, Cupid

A new study shares some secrets on how to perfect your online dating profile. A few takeaways? Proper grammar and spelling are always preferred (a study after our own heart) and full-body shots always trump portraits.

T.G.I… Workout Wear Friday

A new piece in Slate argues the case against “Workout Wear Fridays,” in which employees are encouraged (and in some cases rewarded) for donning their yoga pants and sneakers to their 9-to-5s. I hear what they’re saying—I personally hate wearing sweatpants in public—but a little 7-minute-workout break on a Friday sounds pretty good.

AA,BB,CC,DD,EE

You may know where this is going. WWD revealed news this week about yet another double-lettered beauty product. Behold, EE Cream (as in “extra exfoliating, that is), from Previse Skincare. The product touts Clarisonic-level buffing powers but we’ll believEE it when we sEE it.

Pret-a-Surf

Oh my, could it be? It looks like shower slippers are making the slow shuffle from their tiled floors and “onto the runway,” according the New York Times Style section. If only I had kept my Adidas slides from elementary school swim team, I wouldn’t have to shell out for Chloe’s $800 version.

Blueray, Be Gone

From DVD players to dial-up Internet (that still exists?), Time predicts the five tech products that will soon go the way of the dodo. As a girl who now has most of her dad’s vinyl collection, I look forward to the CD revival of 2044.

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