Fall Hair Trends with Agave Lead Stylist Joel Calfee



Low ponies and hair buns were the biggest hair trends on the catwalk during fall 2013 fashion week. Agave lead stylist Joel Calfee gives tips on how to get each of these looks at home in less than 5 steps. What’s the key secret to all of these styles? Agave Healing Oil ($40), a non-greasy, lightweight formula that smoothes, hydrates, restores and transforms naturally frizzy hair. Follow these simple tips to get the look at home with Agave!

Low Pony

Whether they’re tame or wild, every girl loves a great pony. Simple and sleek or loose and lived in, this fall, ponies are everywhere. They're a versatile and easy style accessory for all hair types.

Messy Pony

1. Start by washing hair with Agave Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($25). Towel dry and apply Agave Healing Oil to damp hair from mid-length to ends, using hands to work residual product upwards just off the roots.

2. Blow-dry hair with the Bio Ionic Style Dryer, using your hands to create a loose natural texture or a wide-tooth comb for hair that’s slightly unruly to give it more control.

3. Once dry, add a small amount more of Agave Healing Oil to create shine and softness.

4. Finally, Gather hair back at hair line and secure in pony.

Tip: For added looseness, tip your head forward slightly to where you just see your toes and gather hair back at hairline and secure while head is still forward.

Sleek Pony

1. Start by washing hair with Agave Shampoo and Conditioner. Towel dry and apply Agave Healing Oil to damp hair from mid-length to ends, using hands to work residual product upwards just off the roots.

2. Set a deep side part and begin to blow-dry hair downwards with the Bio Ionic Style Dryer until about 80 percent is dry.

3. Finish drying using the Agave Natural Bamboo Paddle Brush from scalp to ends. You can also use a round brush for hair that’s slightly unruly to give it more control.

4. While tipping head slightly upward, gather hair at hairline and secure in pony.

5. Bring head forward. Using a finishing spray, smooth down fly-aways. Add a small amount of Agave Healing Oil to hands and apply to pony tail and head for added shine and smoothness.

Hair Buns

Hair buns are great for effortless style. They can be a simple and transitional look, moving you from a daytime to a quick evening look, or recycle a look for second day style. Follow these steps to create a modern feel on this classic look.

Classic Bun

1. Start by washing hair with Agave Shampoo and Conditioner. Towel dry and apply Agave Healing Oil to damp hair from mid-length to ends, using hands to work residual product upwards just off the roots.

2. Blow-dry hair backwards with the Bio Ionic Style Dryer and using the Agave Natural Bamboo Paddle Brush from scalp to ends, or use a Bio Ionic Blue Wave Round Brush for hair that’s slightly unruly to give it more control.

3. Gather hair behind the high point on the backside of your head and secure into a high pony.

4. Using a finishing spray, smooth down fly-aways. Add a small amount of Agave Healing Oil to hands and apply to head for added shine and smoothness.

5. Backcomb pony for added volume, smoothing lightly with a Bio Ionic Silver Classic bristle brush and spray.

6. Wrap hair in circular shape and secure ends with a bobby underneath the bun. Add additional pins for support.

Messy Bun

1. Start by washing hair with Agave Shampoo and Conditioner. Towel dry and apply Agave Healing Oil to damp hair from mid-length to ends, using hands to work residual product upwards just off the roots. 2. Blow dry using a Bio Ionic Universal Diffuser to set hair for a natural, wavy look. For added texture, twist hair.

before diffusing.

3. Once dry, gather hair behind the high point on the backside and begin twisting hair to the scalp.

4. Keep twisting hair until it begins to wrap around itself.

5. Secure ends with a bobby pin underneath the bun. Add additional pins for support.

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Birchbox Launches First-Ever Limited Edition Box for Teens!

Birchbox, the discovery retail company changing the way men and women shop, is launching their first Limited Edition box curated specifically Birchboxers-in-training.

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, teens and parents can snag the Limited Edition: Head of the Class box for just $28 (a $80 value!). From Stila lip glaze and Jane Tran designer bobby pins to a trendy nail art kit by Color Club, this box has all of the necessary essentials to prep for the first day of school.

We heard the demand from our customers that the teens and tweens in their life were Birchbox fans and were looking for a Limited Edition box geared towards their needs,” said Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder of Birchbox. “With that in mind, we are excited to launch this box for both our teen customers and the young at heart.




The Limited Edition: Head of the Class Box Includes

• Birchbox Custom Chevron Pouch

• Color Club Nail Polish in Flamingo

• Color Club Nail Polish in Silver Lake

• Color Club Sequin Nail Art Kit

• Jane Tran Chrysanthemum Print Bobby Pin Set

• Poppin Pink Small Soft Cover Notebook

• Stila Lip Glaze

• Sisco & Berluti Friendship Bracelets

• willa® Start Fresh Foaming Face Wash or Face Friendly Clear Faced Moisturizer

Eden Organic Care Avocado Oil Review

Some people believe that drinking plenty of water, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, eating healthy, and exercising daily are the only surefire ways to have a clean bill of health. It tremendously helps, but it doesn't stop there. Many people continue to use chemical laden products, such as deodorants, creams, lotions, make-up, cleansers, and hair products. Since our skin is the largest organ, it absorbs these chemicals into our bloodstream. In fact, the average woman's body can absorb 5lb of make-up chemicals a year, as reported in this article here. This can result in irritation, premature aging, neurological diseases, and even cancer. So it's important to take care of our skin and one of the best ways to take care of it is to carefully choose products that are non-toxic.

Although many companies tout their brand or some of their products as "natural" and "organic" to pacify consumers that are becoming more and more aware of the effects of products that aren't touted as such, there are actual brands that are truly organic and natural. Meet Eden Organic Care. They have been certified 100% organic by the Soil Association under the COSMOS guidelines, the strictest certification for a company to receive in the United Kingdom. Also, they are one of the first beauty companies in the UK to obtain such certification.

Since launching in June, they have had considerable success and now supply their products through retailers in France and Poland and in the UK through their website and several local shops. In addition, they have had their avocado oil featured in a magazine called the Wealden Times and been featured in the August edition of Urban Coco (a magazine which is sold into 22 countries around the world and available in stores such as Harrods and Selfridges).




Their 100% organic cold pressed avocado oil doesn't contain preservatives, fertilizers, chemicals, artificial coloring, or additives. It also is not genetically modified. Furthermore, it has a wealth of proteins, fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E; lecithin, and beta-carotene. These ingredients work together to nourish, moisturize, and repair the skin, while neutralizing free radicals with potent antioxidants.

Although it is tempting, I avoid using it on my face to keep the breakouts at bay. Since it's great for damaged or dry hair (I fall into the latter), I liberally apply it on my ends to nourish and strengthen them. I avoid applying it anywhere near my hairline since that is where I break out the easiest. Between the T3 Source Hand-Held Shower Filter and this product, my hair hasn't looked this good in awhile! I also love to apply it on after stepping out of the shower to make my skin feel well pampered and moisturized. Overall, it's one the best multi-tasking beauty products I've used so far!

Disclosure: The product(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way affects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.

Not Sweating the Small Stuff with zero. Natural Deodorant



There is nothing more natural than sweating. Sweating helps our bodies regulate temperature and shoo out the toxins that are lurking within our bodies. Our sweat is a mixture of trace elements, water, salt, and it's often odorless. It becomes an issue when bacteria multiplies and decomposes in these secretions, thus causing body odor. Most deodorants on the market will help keep you dry and prevent odor, yet many of them contain aluminum zirconium, aluminum chloride, or aluminum chlorhydrate.

Strong evidence proves that these ingredients cause neurotoxicity and possibly cancer. These ingredients can also cause itching, redness, and skin irritation. Since sweat is a way of eliminating toxins from our bodies, our bodies are unable to do this when these ingredients are in present. Therefore, it backs up into the body, causing toxic overload. This is why I haven't looked back ever since forgoing unnatural deodorants a few years ago.

3Q Cosmetics zero. Natural Deodorant ($5 - $10) doesn't contain the icky, bad stuff - parabens, propylene glycol, or aluminum. Instead, it provides long-lasting protection throughout the day with Coconut Oil, Kaolin Clay, Baking Soda, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Lecithin, Zinc Oxide, Calendula Oil, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Frankincense Essential Oil.


Disclosure: The product(s) in this review was provided to the reviewer for keeps and the purpose of writing a review. This in no way affects the quality of the review provided. No monetary exchange occurred in exchange for the writing of the review. The views expressed in this review are strictly that of the reviewer. All reviews provided here are the work of the reviewer and remain completely unbiased.