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 February 10.


It’s hard to believe that we’re already back in the throes of New York Fashion Week. Follow our backstage adventures via the ##bbnyfw hashtag. For even more fun snaps, follow these secret weapon celeb makeup artists on Instagram.

Perfect Harmony

If only we could’ve been a fly on the wall at the US Ambassador Matthew Barzun’s home this week, where Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Cara Delevingne hung out and sang a pretty three-part rendition of The Knife’s early aughts hit, “Heartbeats.” Why doesn’t this video last forever?

Biker Babes

Click through this slideshow of Morocco’s all-girl bike gangs by photographer Hassan Hajjaj for some major inspiration. They’re tough and cool—if a little intimidating—with a feminine flair.

Wake Up Healthy

You can thank Christine Avanti, nutritionist to stars like Chelsea Handler and Jeremy Piven, for this roundup of healthy breakfast ideas, including a delicious-looking concoction called the Coco Espresso Smoothie. We’ll be taste-testing it against an old fave, our Chocolate Love Smoothie.

Let the Games Begin

Despite getting off to a rocky start, the Sochi Olympics have finally begun. While you wait for your favorite event to air (hello curling!), take at Elle’s batch of female winter Olympians through the years.

Conspiracy Theory

Refinery29’s “beginner’s guide” to the Illuminati is a fun lunch-break read, full of factoids, historic details, and funny theories on the mysterious group…if they even exist.

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