January 2013: Editor’s Letter

When we were throwing out ideas for our January theme, we started joking around about how we wanted to make 2013 the best year ever. (Remember that VH1 series? Those were the days.) The more we thought about it, the more we liked the idea of approaching a fresh calendar year not with the goal of overhauling our life, but of making small improvements that would add up to a big boost in overall happiness—like loading up the January box with exciting new brands like alessandro and My™, as well as cult products like Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre and Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening Mousse.

We’ve also created a handy fold-out poster with 25 ideas for ways you can kick off 2013 on the right foot—starting with eating breakfast, of course. And the Birchbox Magazine is packed with fun stories, from ways to increase your energy (without coffee!), a roundup of snowstorm-proof makeup, and an interview with yoga guru Tara Stiles. Jump-start your wellness resolutions with our video about the five most common gym mistakes and brush up on your braiding skills with our French fishtail tutorial. And don’t forget to tell us how you’re making this your best year ever—Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram us with #mybestyear.

—Mollie

Highlights from the January issue:

Birchbox Crush: Tara Stiles The so-called “Yoga Rebel” shares her tips for staying balanced without sacrificing important things like the homemade version of a Wendy's Frosty.

Trend Alert: How to Style the New Bob Uptown and downtown trendsetters alike are chopping it all off. Find out how to work this versatile new look.

At-Home Gel Manicures We put the new DIY gel manicure kits to the test. Find out how our lacquer stood up.

The Five Most Common Workout Mistakes We asked an Equinox fitness expert to show us how to maximize our gym time (and avoid injuries!).

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