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 August 18.

Chill Out for ALS

Wondering why your Facebook feed is filled with people dumping ice buckets on their heads? These videos are part of a viral campaign to raise awareness for ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Read more about ALS and the reasoning behind the challenge, then consider donating to the very worthy cause like we did last week! (Hello Giggles)

Help Select the Next Big TV Series

Amazon is back with another round of original pilots, which will be available for streaming beginning August 28. This year's offerings come from big-name directors like David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Whit Stillman (Last Days of Disco), whose Paris-set pilot stars The OC's Adam Brody as an American expat living in the City of Lights. (AV Club)

Learn the ABC's of Fall Fashion

This exhaustive compilation of the season's hottest trends has us (believe it or not) itching for sweater weather. What we'll be wearing come September: Mod, '60's-inspired cuts, cozy shearling coats, and modern milkmaid braids. (The Cut)

Electrify Your Makeup

Talk about contouring. Artist Nobumichi Asai uses projection mapping to create mind-blowing patterns and effects on one model's face to create a futuristic phenomenon people are calling "electronic makeup." Watch and be wowed—and slightly freaked out. (Gizmodo)

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