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Pro Travel Tips From Flight Attendants

Written on September 17, 2014 at 10:57 am , by

Between the grueling flight schedule and essentially living out of a suitcase, it’s fair to say that flight attendants have one tough gig. But Cabin Crew Member for Emirates Airline, Marta Bil, makes traveling look easy (and looks good while doing it). She shares her tips on staying fresh during flights so you can have a “ready-for-vacay” glow straight out of the gate.

All of the Cabin Crew members wear red lipstick. Do you have a favorite brand?
“I have a couple of favorites. Inglot Cosmetics is my personal favorite brand. But we are all wearing different brands. You must use whatever suits your skin and the type of beauty that you are because as you know, we represent over 160 nationalities in the world, so you have to find one that suits your personality or look.”

What other makeup items are you allowed to wear?
We are only allowed to use certain shades. It can be gold, brown or black. Natural shades. You must always use mascara—my favorites are Rimmel and Bourjois and either eye shadows or eyeliner or both so that it’s visible. Other than that, we have to take care of our uniform so it always looks spotless. Also, the nails are very important so we need to always make sure they’re nicely done. We can use a red color or a natural color.”

What are your must-haves for freshening up on the plane?
“There are a couple of things that I always carry with me and use anytime during the flight. The air on flights is very dry, so I use a cream under my eyes just to make sure that the skin looks good and doesn’t get dehydrated. Another thing that I bring is a facial spray like Evian Mineral Water Spray ($12, sephora.com) just to refresh my makeup. Also, it’s always good to bring a lip balm and hand cream—that’s something I never leave my house without. And of course a toothbrush and toothpaste.”

What’s your strategy for packing an organized carry-on?
“I learned the easiest way is to put the heavy stuff in first, then the pants all together on one side, shirts on the other and shoes in between with all the cosmetics bags.”

What’s the best beauty tip you picked up from another country?
“I use this product from South Africa, its called a Bio Oil ($17, ulta.com), but you can buy this all over the world but it’s not that well-known in the United States. We use it from time to time for our faces because it’s an oil and after a 14-hour flight your face gets really dry. I use it in the morning and the evening.”

Any other tips for staying hydrated on a long flight?
“The most important thing during the flight is drinking water and having a healthy diet.”

—Julie Ricevuto and Molly Ritterbeck

Favorite Find Friday: My Recipe for Glowy Skin

Written on September 12, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

I mean this in the most humble way possible, but I am constantly asked about what I use on my skin to make it look so “amazing.” To be quite honest, I am always surprised by these inquiries because, like many of us, I’ve struggled with acne for years and am pretty critical of my skin, always wishing it was just a little more perfect, less blemished, more even, with fewer fine lines. Maybe that’s just a byproduct of working in the beauty biz or some leftover insecurity from my teen years, but the best thing about beauty is that it can help you love the skin you’re in. So when a friend of mine recently demanded to know what I put on my face, I gave her (and now you) the full run down. Below, my favorites for pretty, radiant skin:

Beauty Rx Progressive Peel ($70, beautyrx.com)
This at-home glycolic peel sloughs away all of the icky, dead skin that makes your skin look dull. The system includes three glycolic products: an 8% serum, 10% pads and a 15% cream so you can increase the strength over time without causing irritation. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and it’s been doing wonders for my skin and minimizing breakouts.

Lancôme Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup ($43, lancome-usa.com)
I started using this glowy foundation years ago after discovering it was a must-have for makeup artists on set and never went back. It’s seriously like a candle light filter in a bottle. The teeny tiny pearl particles (they’re subtle, not shimmery) give your skin a soft radiance.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave. Princess ($30, tartecosmetics.com)
It seems counterintuitive if you want luminous skin, but I opt for a matte bronzer over a sparkling one for the most natural-looking results. The rich brown color gives you a healthy, sun-kissed look. Plus, the longwear formula stays put all day.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Peony ($27, bobbibrowncosmetics.com)
For me, the finishing touch is always a little pop of pink on the apples of my cheeks. This shades flatters most skin tones and gives you a pretty flush.


Nail Art Inspiration: My Rapha Cycling Cap

Written on September 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm , by

One of the best things about nail art is that you can draw inspiration from anywhere. With a little bit of polish and some creativity, the possibilities are endless.  Since getting into cycling, I’ve realized that nail art is big among female riders. It’s one of the few beauty moves that’ll last through a long ride. (Well, that and waterproof mascara, of course.) Plus, it looks super cute peeking out of your fingerless gloves. So when I decided to head to my first Rapha Cycle Club Women’s Ride, I grabbed my Tempest cap, designed for the Rapha Tempest Festival in England this past July, and settled in to create some mini masterpieces on my tips to match it. Here, I outlined the step-by-step instructions:

1. Apply two coats of a navy polish to all but one nail on each hand (for a list of the exact polishes I used, see below).
2. Paint the remaining nail on each hand a bright red shade. I let the base colors dry and waited a few hours to ensure the polish was completely hardened before starting the design.
3. Working with one color at a time, use the Striping Brush from the Butter London Backstage Basics Nail Art Tool Kit to paint a sideways V on each nail.
4. After, clean the brush with nail polish remover, pat dry and repeat with the remaining colors.
5. Using the same clean Striping Brush and the first navy polish, draw a Rapha “R” on your red nail and let dry.
6. Finish with one layer of a fast dry clear top coat to add shine and lock your design in place.

Products:
Navy: Jenna Hipp I Cast A Spell on Blue ($10 for set of 8, costco.com)
Red: Ciaté Paint Pots in Mistress ($8, sephora.com)
Striping Brush: Butter London Backstage Basics Nail Art Tool Kit ($18, butterlondon.com)
Mint: TopShop Nails in Minted ($10, Nordstrom stores)
Pink: Nails Inc. NailKale in Regents Park ($14, sephora.com)
Gold: Formula X Effects Brushed Metallics Nail Color in Ambitious ($13, sephora.com)
Plum: Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in New Oxford Street ($14, nailsinc.com)
Clear: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($10, ulta.com)


Score a Customized Beauty How To Video From YSL

Written on September 9, 2014 at 11:29 am , by

If you’ve ever shopped a department store makeup counter, you probably walked away from the chair with mixed emotions: you’re super excited about your hot new look (and beauty loot) but bummed that you might never be able to recreate exactly what the makeup artist did. You tried to pay close attention, we know, but even beauty savvy girls forget where to put what and how much to use. The high fashion cosmetic line, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), is merging makeup with cutting edge technology to help change all that. Now at select YSL makeup counters across the country, you can—get this—leave your makeup session with a video (it’s emailed to you) of the pro doing your makeup and narrating each step so you have an up close and personal play-by-play that you can watch and copy at home. The email will also include a list of products you with links to buy in case you didn’t purchase them but wish you had. This genius idea is made possible thanks to Google Glass. How it works: the pro wears them while consulting with you and painting your face. When you get home, just press play and there you are–your features (not a model’s or YouTube star’s) so you can watch (pause and rewind) the video, making replicating those smoky eyes, bold brows or bronzed skin totally doable. We love it when beauty and brains combine. For a list of participating locations and news on upcoming events, follow YSL on Twitter at @Love_YSL_PRgirl and Facebook.


Erin Andrews Named CoverGirl’s New GameFace

Written on September 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm , by

Erin Andrews may be on the sidelines when she’s interviewing football players for Fox Sports, but the sunny sportscaster is at the top of her game. With the kick-off of the NFL season upon us, Andrews is putting on her gameface in more ways than one. She was just named ambassador for CoverGirl’s #GameFace campaign. Believe it or not, women make up an impressive 46% of the current NFL fan base so CoverGirl is once again celebrating female fans. Last year, it was all about nails with their sporty “fanicures.” This year, CoverGirl created 32 makeup looks to let women everywhere rep their favorite team. Once you put on your gameface, you can share it on social media, using the “gameface” hashtag. At the end of the NFL season, CoverGirl will award the woman with the best gameface a pair of Super Bowl tickets. Here, Andrews explains why it’s perfectly cool to love makeup and sports.

 Tell us more about the new CoverGirl campaign.
“I am very excited; it fits me to a ‘T.’ I like to take care of myself and wear makeup and I love sports. There’s always controversy around that and I think it’s hilarious. It cracks me up. Are we still having this conversation? It’s 2014! It’s ok to love the way you look and love football. I’m ready to put that thinking to bed.”

Amen to that! What’s your first CoverGirl memory?
“I called it ‘my base.’ I used the powder in the green case with the little applicator. It never really matched but it made me feel special. In high school, it was like, ‘I have to go to the bathroom to put my base on.’ It felt so rad. I used it at dance competitions. I’d open my Caboodle and there was my base.”

You are getting ready to hit the road for a crazy busy football season. How do you keep up with your workouts?
“I’m obsessed with Pilates on the reformer. But on the road, I do a bunch of online workouts. Physique 57 has good ones. Or I’ll grab 5-8 pound weights and use them for 30 minutes to get a sweat on. Or I’ll look at the area and find a barre class or Pilates class. I need structure.”

How do you keep your diet in check?
“I’m strict on the road because I know my workouts won’t be the same. And I travel with men and we’ll eat at steakhouses where there’s six appetizers and dessert. I skip the bread, try not to eat pasta with every meal, order fish, but I will have French fries. I focus on portion control, no soda but I don’t deprive myself. I eat a hotdog every game at halftime.”

That’s amazing! What’s your favorite?
“A Fenway Frank but I’m bias. The Dodger Dog is good too.”

Do you do your own makeup?
“I do my own makeup for games. I make sure I look bright around my eyes because they show how tired I am. I have to be there 4 or 5 hours before the game and there’s no room in the bathrooms and the lighting’s bad. I build with concealer throughout the day but I try not to pack it on because it can look crusty. I love the CoverGirl Jumbo Glosses and LashBlast Volume Mascara. I don’t use self tanner because I can’t stand the smell.”

On scorching hot days, how do you prevent looking like a hot mess on the field?
“I drip a lot. I’m just going to put it out there, I’m a stomach sweater. I skip lotion, reapply powder and I dab my face with a Gatorade towel. I don’t have time to care too much about how I look, which is weird because 50 million people are watching me but everything needs to be quick and easy.”

On days when you feel crappy, what’s your confidence-boosting trick?
“Working out; getting a sweat on always clears my head and makes me feel better. And fried chicken.”

Who has been your favorite interview?
“David Ortiz when I gave him the MVP trophy at the World Series last year. He’s one of my dad’s favorite players and on his home team and my dad helped me write my questions.”

 

Photo courtesy of CoverGirl


Kerri Walsh Jennings Shares her Sweet Skincare Secret

Written on September 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm , by

When beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings isn’t celebrating her recent winning streak (she has three Olympic golds under her belt!), showing off her killer six-pack or strutting down the ESPYs’ red carpet, the busy mom of three is taking good care of her skin. Jennings keeps it radiant for every occasion with a surprising ingredient that also helps her train—honey. She stashes the golden nectar in her gym bag as a source of natural energy during workouts and in her bathroom to use on her skin. Here, Jennings serves up her best skin and workout secrets.

You spend a lot of time outdoors for your job, which can be hard on your skin. What is your skincare regimen like?
“I’m in the sun all the time; I live in Los Angeles, so I accrued a lot of environmental damage and I’ve become aware of what the environment does to my body and my skin. Honey has become a key ingredient for my skincare routine. I was just saying that I had a really long, hot tournament; I had the Manhattan Beach Open for the AVP Tour. It’s the most prestigious tour and I won, which I’m so grateful for. But I left there feeling like I had aged 10 years because I was in the sun so much. I wear my visor; I’m in the shade as much as possible but still, the sun is persistent. So I literally could not wait to get home when the tournament was over to do my honey and oatmeal face mask. [Recipe: Grind 1tbsp. oatmeal into powder in a food processor. In a small bowl, mix with 2 tsp. of honey and ¾ tsp. of distilled water until a thick paste is formed. Apply mask and let sit for 20 minutes then rinse.] It replenishes the moisture and makes me feel awesome. I do that at least once a week, especially after I’m in the sun all day. Then, I’ve come to rely on my skin coach with Skin Authority. I partnered with them for the last few years. I have a skin coach who educates me on what I should be putting on my face, why and which product is for what. They have a Resurfacing Accelerator ($50, skinauthority.com), which is my favorite product of theirs aside from their SPF that I obviously live in. It helps rejuvenate new, fresh skin cells and gets rid of the dead skin. It’s something that I love and I feel that every woman regardless of age would appreciate. Obviously, hydration is also a really big issue. I know the importance of hydration as an athlete for sure, but I think it’s so easy to take for granted when you’re living your normal life as a woman. I’ve really tried to make sure that I’m well hydrated. It has absolutely made a difference.”

You spend hours competing and practicing in the sun. What’s your sun protection game plan?
“I apply all my sunscreen before I leave the house. I get out of the shower and I put it on so I know I am covering all the areas. If I get to the beach and I’m distracted, I’ll inevitably miss a spot and have a big red mark somewhere. On my face, I go from the outside in, because a lot of times people miss their hairline or their ears because they are only applying it from the center out. So this helps to make sure I’m very covered there. I wear big, Oakley sunglasses, not only to protect my eyes from the sun but to also protect the sensitive, delicate area around my eyes. I stay in the shade as much as possible. I have an SPF sarong that I put on to cover my chest. I love the sun, I love the benefits of it but it definitely takes a toll, so I love to be in the shade and wear pieces of clothing that will cover up and help me stay sun smart.”

What level of SPF do you wear?
“A minimum of 30 when I’m out there competing. The higher the better for me, for peace of mind. But people think they can apply sunscreen once and survive the day but re-applying is such a big part of it. The amount that you’re really supposed to use per application is pretty significant. Most people only use a quarter size to cover their whole body and for me, more is more with regards to sunscreen. Put it on, reapply, and be smart about it.”

What’s the best sweat-proof sunscreen out there?
Skin Authority Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42, skinauthority.com) is what I use when I’m competing and it doesn’t run in my eyes. It’s a beautiful sunscreen and it goes on really smooth and won’t run. Which is a good thing because if it runs in my eyes I can’t see the ball!”

So we’re totally envious of your abs! How do you keep your core so ripped?
“I think it’s a function of my job! If I don’t have a strong core then I’m in trouble. I do a lot of Pilates and I did it before, during and after pregnancy. I do it twice a week, as much as possible. If you can get in the Pilates studio and become aware of your core and learn how to actually use it, it’ll give you a healthier spine, which gives you a healthier body. I think a lot of people, when they work out, tend to push out their abs and contract them, when in reality you’re supposed to pull your belly button to your spine and do the movements. I think people are working really hard but doing it a little bit off, and Pilates taught me to do things right.”

Besides Pilates, do you have any other favorite workouts?
“I love to lift weights. I like being toned and I like the fact that the more muscle mass I have, the more my body is going to be more efficient at burning calories. I love that aspect of weight lifting. I don’t lift very heavy weights; I lift for my job and for my body type. But it makes me feel confident when I have muscle on my body so that’s something I love. I really love keeping a variety in my workouts. I have fun trainers who keep my body guessing. They’ll take me to the track one day, to the beach another, on hikes and stuff like that. I think variety is really important. And it’s important to keep your body guessing and I’m really lucky that the people I trust so much are really adventurous.”

 

Photo courtesy of the National Honey Board


Favorite Find Friday: Paintbox Manicure

Written on August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

This past Sunday, I competed in the New York City Triathlon (you can read all about it here) and though the race itself was awesome, it required a ton of preparation leading up to it. Aside from the weeks of training, I had to make sure I had all the right gear (because let’s be honest—when you look the part, you feel more confident). So in the final weeks, I grabbed some race day essentials: a Zoot wetsuit and Speedo goggles for the swim in the Hudson river, a Timex water-resistant watch to keep tabs on my pace, a cute and colorful Specialized #aeroiseverything tri kit for the bike and run legs, a bag of my favorite all-natural hydration mix from Skratch Labs along with four water bottles (I’m a salty sweater!) and—my favorite accessory of my race day look—a Paintbox gel manicure to match my kit! I know, I know, you don’t necessarily need a fresh mani before a big race but I’ve made it a personal tradition because it helps calm my nerves. I went to the high-design nail art studio here in New York City with some friends on a day I was feeling really anxious about the race. Doing something fun and pampering was just what I needed to get my mind off any triathlon-related worries. I opted for gel so it would stay intact through swimming, biking and running, and I brought a picture of my kit so the manicurist could match the colors. My friends and I nicknamed the design my “racing stripes” and honestly, it really pumped me up for the big day. I got a ton of compliments from a few girls in transition so it helped me make some friends, too (always a plus when you’re racing solo!). Just like an amazing hair day can give you the confidence to crush a job interview or land a hot date, a cool nail design can actually give you that little extra boost for a big athletic event. So next time you sign up for one, go ahead and treat yourself!


Want a Makeover from Yours Truly?

Written on July 25, 2014 at 9:17 am , by

My favorite part about being a beauty director is helping women feel better about themselves (playing with products is a close second). None of us are perfect but I’ve learned a few insider beauty tricks over the years that I love to share. Those of you who live in the tristate area can come get them first hand. On Thursday, August 7th, I’ll be at the Clarins’ counter at Saks Fifth Avenue from 12pm-7pm chatting with women just like you! For the past few years, I’ve participated in Beauty Editor Day and it’s always an amazing experience. Whether you want a new makeup look (I’m the master at smoky eyes!), need skin care advice (on zits to wrinkles) or just want to ask me your burning beauty questions, book a 20-minute appointment here. Participants get a cool free gift but even more exciting, the proceeds from your $30 session go toward Look Good Feel Better, a charity that helps cancer patients regain confidence during and after treatment. Post-consultation, you’ll look gorgeous and feel great, I promise. Hope to see you there!


Favorite Find Friday: SwimSpray

Written on July 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm , by

 

The past few weeks, I’ve been training for the New York City Triathlon, which means a lot more time spent in the pool than I’m used to. And though training has reminded me that swimming is one of the best total body workouts, it’s also pretty tough on your hair and skin. Not only am I extra dry, I’ve been walking around smelling like a pool all day—ick. So I tested out SwimSpray ($15, swimspray.com), an 100% natural vitamin C spray that neutralizes the odor of chlorine on your hair, skin and suit. After swimming, simply rinse off, spritz the solution on the chlorine-smelling areas (I spray it in my hair and over my skin before jumping in the shower and on my bathing suit before washing it) and then shampoo or wash as usual. Since the formula is all natural (made up of just vitamin C and water) it’s great for kids and the convenient spray bottle packaging allows you to spritz the little ones even when they’re squirming all over in their suits. I would thank the makers for helping me deal with that unmistakable chlorine stank, but honestly—I think my cube neighbors are more grateful!


Big News for Breakouts: Dial Launches New Acne-Fighting Line

Written on July 15, 2014 at 9:25 am , by

We all know Dial as a classic hand soap brand, accompanying sinks for years. Personally, we love their body washes and lotions (like the Frozen Yogurt Body Wash and 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion), but now—they’re breaking into the acne business with three new products clinically proven to give you clearer-looking skin in just three days. The new Acne Control line features a dermatologist-developed formula with two-percent salicylic acid, which helps slough away excess oil and dead skin to prevent breakouts. It’s available in three forms: a face wash, body wash and body and face bar, so whether you’re seeing pimples pop up on your face or struggling with bacne, there’s an option for you. The best part–everything is under $7 and available at mass retailers so you can get your hands on it (and get clearer skin) fast! We’re going to toss one in our gym bag to help prevent breakouts from tough sweat-sessions at the gym!