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38 posts tagged "Aveda"

Put Down Your Flatiron—Nature’s Frizz Fighter Has Arrived



CASSAVA ROOT (ca-sa-va root) / n./ 1./ A type of plant native to South America, it’s often eaten as a carb-heavy side dish in subtropical regions. / 2./ In its dried, powdery state, it’s what we know as tapioca; as a powder, it also can be used as laundry starch. / 3./ The ingredient has been tested by some countries to be used as a source of bioethanol, a type of fuel./ 4./ When applied to hair, these plant fibers block humidity and help smooth it down—e.g., “A dollop of cassava root every morning will help keep your strands straight during the dog days of summer.”

Try it: Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, $26;

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A New Side of Nail Polish; Women Go to Great Lengths to Snap a Selfie; and More


esteelauderEstée Lauder offers a new (and artsy) way to choose your perfect polish shade. Bottoms up! [Instagram]

From long, Gandalf-esque beards to fishtail-braided Fu Manchu whiskers, the latest photo craze around the Net is the “ladybeard.” Women with long-haired locks are sharing their hilarious (and highly skilled, if we do say so ourselves) selfies on Reddit, proving that the lumberjack look isn’t just for the boys. [Dailymail]

Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, died Saturday after losing his battle with cancer. According to WWD, the 72-year-old natural beauty advocate was inspired to found the eco-friendly brand after a trip to India, where he studied holistic systems and plants.

Milan fashion week is fast approaching, and with all the glitz, glamour, and excitement—er, eccitazione, shall we say—comes a few beauty emergencies that can make a jam-packed fashion week feel like hell. To help prevent mishaps (shoe-related ones, in this case), Byrdie compiled a list of seven anti-blister products that will make breaking in those new leather boots a bit easier while dashing from show to show.

A Spa Day With Stella McCartney



In contrast to the normal kerfuffle, the backstage scene at Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall presentation was relatively calm—almost serene. This could be attributed to the fact that the models were treated to expedited spa services by Sunday Riley. When I arrived, a steamed washcloth was being draped over the likes of Hanne Gaby Odiele, prepping her face for a quick four-minute mask consisting of Ceramic Slip Cleanser (containing French green clay to tighten pores and black pepper to ramp up circulation) and Good Genes (a treatment with lactic acid to exfoliate and licorice to brighten). After this first step was wiped away, Start Over eye cream—described as a “high-tech cucumber”—was applied to de-puff. To seal in moisture like “saran wrap,” the brand’s forthcoming facial oil (out in March), Artemis, was smoothed from forehead to chin. This blend of lemon ironbark, lemon myrtle, grapefruit, black cumin seed oil, and milk thistle seed oil tones, takes down redness, and, more important, absorbs quickly so that the girls could be passed on to face painter Neil Young.

“It’s one of those makeups that’s like a recipe; some girls need three ingredients and some need five,” Young said of the fresh-faced look. Concealer was applied only where needed, a taupe powder was used on “less angular” models to contour, and MAC Power Blush in Blushbaby was used to “cheat it a bit” and create a natural flush in a few cases. Lips were dabbed with balm, and brows were brushed up. The hair by Antoinette Beenders was equally as easy: Aveda Pure Abundance Style-Prep was spritzed at the crown, and ends were smoothed with Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil before blow-drying to enhance any natural texture. “It should look like the girls slept on it and put their hands through it,” Beenders explained. To finish, strands were tucked behind the ears for “toughness,” and for those with shorter cuts, the length was twisted into a knot near the nape of the neck. Will the undone hair and no-makeup makeup movement we saw for Spring 2014 continue to reign for fall? Hard to believe the answer is only a few weeks away.

Reminiscing With…Hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins


aveda-cropBeauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Celebrity hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins

The Product: “As a teenager growing up in the mid-eighties, I loved getting my hair cut. I was definitely a New Waver, and my hair resembled whatever cut Simon Le Bon had at the time. My mother went to a really expensive salon—Justin Parish in Birmingham, Michigan—and she would take me to her appointments on Saturdays. This place was the coolest; it was the first Aveda salon in the area and had a very modern design. It was there that I discovered Aveda Elixir. The leave-in conditioner was one of the brand’s original products, and it made your hair so soft and shiny. If you had a curl, it would set and control your waves. I would apply it by rubbing it between my hands and scrunching my ends, then combing it through. It was a rare find in that era of mousses and gels. Later, when I became a hairdresser, the Elixir was my go-to product. I put it in everybody’s hair. It was great for doing really smooth blow-outs, and it added a lovely slip, which gave you just enough control to create beautiful, technical haircuts. The Elixir has since been discontinued, and there’s seriously nothing that compares to it today. I still remember the scent—it was a little sweet and floral, but somehow never left a trace in the hair.”

The Fab Five: Little Holiday Helpers


The holidays are a time of giving, receiving, family gatherings, and fun. But all of that can also add up to a seemingly unscalable mountain of stress. Between shopping, traveling, and, in a few very special instances, cooking and playing host, too, there’s a lot on your plate right now. We don’t have the answers for dealing with unexpected guests, feuding relatives, and recipes gone awry, but we do have a few tried and trusted beauty remedies to help you stay calm and carry on. Here’s to a boatload of yuletide cheer—and the four-day weekend that comes with it.

The Perfect Pair
21 Drops Be Happy Duo
Packaged in a festive red box, this new seasonal set combines the aromatherapy brand’s #10 Calm, which boasts sweet orange fruit rind, vetiver root, and jasmine flower essential oils, and #12 Uplift, which features a blend of rose flower, lavender flower, helichrysum flower, and German chamomile flower oils to soothe stress—before assisting in a much needed attitude adjustment.

Code Orange
Kneipp Stress Free Bath
If you have time to steal away to a safe haven, which in all likelihood will be your bathroom since large family gatherings typically mean that living rooms, kitchens, and even bedrooms are considered part of the public domain, draw a nice hot bath and add one capful of this mandarin and orange essential-oil-spiked soak. A few deep breaths will melt away the memory of all five times you were asked when you’d be getting married in the span of a single hour.

Sniff Test
Persephenie Mental Clarity Smelling Salts
Packed with organic rosemary, ginger, lavender, and wild frankincense oil-infused Mediterranean sea salt and menthol crystals, L.A.-based perfumer Persephenie Lea‘s amber glass bottle holds the key to an afternoon second wind—with just a few whiffs.

Striking Oil
H. Gillerman Organics’ True Relaxations Stress Remedy
As part of H. Gillerman’s line of holistic, noninvasive therapies that target back injury, chronic pain, computer-related injuries, and stress comes a simple, pure answer to possessing the self-control not to say things you can’t take back. A few dabs of this serene lavender/citrus/woodsy oil on pulse points is meant to help you find the composure to make “thoughtful choices.”

Burn Notice
Aveda Warmth Candle
Adorned with sustainable lokta paper packaging, which is produced by the Himalayan Bio Trade Private Limited (HBTL) cooperative, and handcrafted according to the ancient tradition of Nepali papermaking, Aveda’s latest holiday candle is scented with spicy aromas of ginger, ginger lily, and clove. The festive scent should keep you in the mood for merry-making, while easing away any lingering anxiety.

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