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 December 30.

Hurry Up!

If ever there were a good excuse to stay in and watch Netflix, here it is: Starting on Jan 1, 2014, 89 titles will disappear from the streaming site. Some of the soon-to-be fallen soldiers? ‘90s throwbacks Can’t Hardly Wait and Titanic, classics like Roman Holiday, and newer favorites like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Get watching!

"Healthy" Chocolate?

Good news for the chocaholics out there: scientists have experimented with a new recipe that uses extracts from seaweed to reduce the fat content in chocolate. Next at Trader Joe’s: Dark chocolate bars with caramel and… seaweed? Only time will tell.

Get Paid

If you’re resolving to be more financially savvy in the new year, start by reading writer Ann Friedman’s “GIF Guide to Getting Paid”. Using a series of GIFs, Friedman coaches you through the nerve-wracking process, from doing your research, to the big ask. We suggest taking notes.

Breaking Upwards

The holidays are a time for coziness and cheer, but sometimes they can bring just the opposite: a breakup. This month, Vogue has some advice for those who find themselves navigating a rocky beginning to 2014.

Pint-Sized Yoncé

We admit it—we’ll click on any Beyoncé-related news item. This week, our Bey candy came in the form of a 12-year-old dancer named Charlize Glass. Watch this incredible video of her jamming to the singer’s new track, Yoncé. Fingers crossed that we spot her on stage with Queen Bey in the future.

New Year, New You

If you’re like us, you love going glam for New Year’s Eve. To help you you find the right sparkly, shiny look, we’ve created the Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve Makeup Glory. Cheers!

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