December 2012: Editor’s Letter

When it comes to presents, it’s not just about what’s inside. We love the mystery of an elegantly wrapped gift and the anticipation of a long-awaited package. That’s why we gave this month’s Birchbox a holiday makeover—the exterior is just as festive as the contents within. We’ve chosen an assortment of treats that will help you look party-ready all season long, from Sampar’s Parisian chic skincare and Cartier’s glamorous scent to a brand new CC Cream by Juice Beauty that you’ll want to wear every day.

Dust off your spangliest skirt (or ugliest sweater!) and charge into the season armed with new beauty tricks. We’ve got a guide to lust-worthy holiday clutches and the best makeup to put in them and celebratory hairstyle ideas that are easy, medium, and hard. If the season’s social swirl has you stressed out, equip yourself with our survival kit and get a jump on your New Year’s skincare resolutions. Did we mention we also have an interview with red hot pop star Rita Ora? Feeling crafty? Watch our DIY gift wrap video to get inspired and upcycle your Birchbox this season into the perfect vehicle for a special present.

—Mollie

Highlights from the December issue:

No More Hat Hair Yes, dear reader, you can keep warm without ruining your coif. We’ve got tricks for avoiding static, flat strands, and more.

Holiday Nail Art There’s no better time to give your manicure a glitzy update.

Get a Jump On New Year’s Skincare Resolutions You don't have to wait until January 1st to start making over your complexion.

How To: New Year’s Eve Makeup Makeup artist Stefanie Syat shows us how to get a dazzling silvery look without looking like a glitter bomb.

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