Notable Quotables is a weekly series featuring a great quote. Whether it’s the founder of a beloved beauty brand, an eccentric makeup artist making headlines, or even a super-stylish celebrity, our favorite tastemakers always have something worth sharing. Today we came across this quote by Ashley Greene, the lovely star of Twilight, and we couldn’t help but feel she might be our kindred spirit. After all, we’ve all made some pretty questionable decisions when it comes to our hair.
"My hair’s been every color under the sun, and some are good and some are bad. I think the biggest mistake I ever made was when one of my friends was like, ‘You should just iron your hair with an iron.’ It was not good at all. It was just stick-straight. I was probably around 14 when I did that; I did a lot of dumb things at 14. That was bad. I used to also scrunch my hair. I used entirely too much hair gel. It was highly flammable, extremely crunchy. I feel you like you could break it. It was not a good look for me."
—Ashley Greene to Stylelist
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‘Tis the season, which can mean only one thing: You are in search of great holiday gifts. Well, look no further. Whether you’re stumped about what to get a co-worker, your dad, or your bestie, we have something for everyone on your list. Check back every day this month for a new dose of gift-giving inspiration — and get ready to deck your halls with much more than holly.
Why This Makes A Great Gift: We all lust for straight, shiny hair, but no one wants to spend hours wrestling with their hot tools. Problem solved with this genius flat iron, which heats up in just 25 seconds and delivers pro results — no tug-of-war required. Hands down the best flat iron we’ve ever used, we especially love that the ceramic plates add shine and zap frizz.
Perfect For: Your curly haired friend who’s addicted to heat styling, your well-groomed sister, and yourself.
Price: $159.99, available on birchbox.com.
Find more great gifts on our Holiday Gift Guide.
To my father’s never-ending dismay, I always forget the difference between an Allen wrench and a Phillips head and couldn’t put together an Ikea cabinet to save my life. Suffice to say, I will not be stepping anywhere near a power drill anytime soon. But, over the past year, I have become quite proficient in another type of tools — those of the beauty variety. Which is why I’m so excited about our brand new Tools category in the Birchbox Shop. We’ve filled it with the all-star cleansers, brushes, hair dryers, and more that we can’t live without. You’ll find the Clarisonic, the cleansing brush that is responsible for Team Birchbox’s glowing skin, plus a super-powered flat iron and the cutest mini eye touch up kit. Oh, and a teasing brush — everyone needs one of those.
Don’t know where to start? Check out Amika’s Go-Go Travel Set — a small but mighty hair dryer and flat iron duo. A must for travel but too adorable to keep hidden under your sink.
In 2011 I’d like to take the time to do the small beauty things that make me happy. It doesn’t take very long to get my nails painted in a fun bright color or to straighten my hair in the morning but both can significantly improve my mood.
To give yourself the ultimate DIY mani, read nail guru Deborah Lippmann’s guide. Or check out some of our favorite get-happy polishes.