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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 November 25.


Almost fifty years later, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” gets a facelift with this incredible, interactive video by director Vania Heymann. Channel surf through 16 different shows—a home shopping informercial, the nightly news, a Real Housewives-style reality romp, and more—as all of the characters mouth the words to Dylan’s legendary tune. Mind = blown.

Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

Well isn’t this cute? Baggu’s all-gif lookbook brings its entire holiday collection, from a fuchsia suede tote to their signature nylon carry-alls, to brilliant life. (One thing you won’t find: our Birchbox exclusive Baggu envelope clutch!)

Copy Katniss

We’re guessing that you caught Catching Fire opening weekend but, like us, you don’t want the magic to stop. Lucky for us all, The Cut has rounded up a slew of video makeup tutorials from the film. We can feel it, we’re one step closer to becoming Katniss.

Selfie or Self-conscious?

It’s official: selfie is the word of the year, and already the word has sparked a battle of the blogs. While Slate thinks selfies display confidence, Jezebel argues they’re a cry for help. Where do you land on the issue?

Movie With a Mission

Birchbox HQ recently hosted a special screening of Lori Silverbush’s A Place at the Table, a documentary that takes a close look at child hunger in the U.S. As food stamps become harder to acquire, and access to healthy fruits and veggies becomes more difficult, we’re seeing a rise in both childhood hunger and, in turn, obesity. Order it and find out what you can do to help here.

Smooth Tunes

Last week Devonté released his latest album, Cupid Deluxe, under the moniker Blood Orange. We’re hooked on his moody, late-night R&B that features guest vocals from people like Chairlift’s Caroline Polacheck and the Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth.

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

Actress Jessica Chastain shows her sense of humor in this new video from Not only does it incorporate “text speak” in the most naturalistic way, but it also pokes fun at our celeb-obsessed culture.

Be Still, Our Hearts

In what seems like a match made in TV heaven, we’ve learned that Adam Brody and Leighton Meester (aka The O.C’s Seth Cohen and Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf) are engaged! Perhaps we’ll have to dig up our limited edition Gossip Girl Birchboxes for the wedding gift?

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