August 29 2014

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The Beauty Bro Down


With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s time to pay respects to the men in your life. While most dads typically don’t put in special requests for face creams and hair gel, we know—deep down—they all want to be pampered. Backing us up on this theory is Kim Verbeck, a celebrity groomer who works with such well-kempt gentlemen as Ryan Reynolds, Javier Bardem, Justin Timberlake, and Jon Hamm. “When it comes to buying a gift, I think the strategy is to get him something he would never buy himself—basics every guy needs. Start with a good skincare system, eye cream, and razor. Guys trust us ladies to know a lot more about these things.” With that in mind, we rounded up our favorite new men’s personal care essentials, because if you love something on this list, chances are he will, too.

Four Him
Taking Clinique’s famed 3-Step approach one nudge further, Organic Male OM4 is a complete skincare conditioning system comprising four components: a face wash, pH toner, serum, and moisturizer made with biodynamic botanicals and food-grade natural ingredients. Designed for sensitive, oily, normal, and dry male skin, the products sink in fast—in four minutes, to be exact.

Organic Male OM4 kits, $170 each,

Green Means Go

If he can’t swing a trip to ARCONA’s Facial Studio in Santa Monica for its Men’s Performance Facial—a 50-minute shape-up to tone and purify—hook him up with the SoCal brand’s Starter Kit. The eight-piece assortment comes with handy boosters—think pads spiked with aftershave to nix ingrown hairs, a serum to treat sun damage, and a firming face/eye cream—all made with active natural extracts.
ARCONA Men’s Starter Kit, $95,

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Salt Of The Earth: Eight Surf Sprays To Get You Through The Summer


Beach hair may be our favorite thing about summer. But if there’s no wave-riding in your future, there’s always surf sprays, the saltwater texturizers that true beauty connoisseurs have come to think of like fine wine, carefully examining the bottle to determine the source, the blend of ingredients, and the time spent on the shelf. Every brand has its own unique formula that offers a slightly different take on briny tousling, and since there’s no rating system for weighing the options, we took the liberty of playing salt sommelier to search out the best varieties for your hair, whether it’s fine, thick, straight, or curly. No, no. Thank you.

The East Coast Classic

Iconic and often imitated, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray is housed in a bottle made from wet suit material to shield and protect the ingredients inside, which include sea kelp and magnesium sulfate to add body and a matte texture.

Best for: Fine, straight hair.

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Don’t Forget Your Liquids


We’re poised to do a fair bit of traveling over the next few months to keep up with a jet-setting significant other, so has become one of our favorite Web destinations of late. (Don’t worry, our laptop will be clearing security with us, so Beauty Counter will be going global.) To keep us properly addicted to its revolving cast of miniature, TSA-approved beauty essentials from brands like Jonathan Product, Pangea Organics, and Dr. Hauschka, site creators Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz have recently added customized kits to their offerings. The six collections include standouts like the Urban Traveler, a set of face towelettes, sanitizers, a mini body lotion, and a lip balm; the Gym Kit, which boasts a dry shampoo, a refreshing mint-scented body wash, and an herbal deodorant; and Duff’s own picks like Philip B Avocado & Peppermint Shampoo and Lightweight Conditioner, Ole Henriksen’s Walnut Scrub (exfoliating is a must to boost skin cell renewal while you’re on the move), and Dr. Hauschka lip balm, an all-natural in-flight savior. Look out for an After Sun and Sun kit as well, which launch in two weeks—just in time for Coachella and the beginning of the summer festival season.

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