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July 2010

Made in the Shade

Written on July 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm , by

Found! All of the shadow shades, plus liner, mascara and highlighter, that make brown eyes pop (and I mean POP!)–in a single kit. P.S. This custom kit is also available for other eye colors.

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Road Test: Beat the Heat Beauty Finds

Written on July 14, 2010 at 9:51 am , by

With temperatures hitting 103 degrees this summer in New York City, we’re fighting unruly hair and makeup in the FITNESS offices. Our beauty intern, Catherine, put sweatproof makeup to the ultimate test: no reapplying for at least 12 hours. Are eye creams and lip stains a match for the concrete jungle? Check out the results!

–Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern

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Running (and Shampooing) for a Good Cause

Written on July 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm , by

FITNESS was there as founder of Shoe4Africa Toby Tanser and owner of Cutler Salons Rodney Cutler kicked off their fundraiser “Shoe4Africa Children’s Hospital Journey.” The two will be running 250 miles (whew!) to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to build the largest public children’s hospital in Kenya. Hear all about it here…

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Fun-Sized Finds

Written on July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm , by

ss_101553168_8Phone. Check.
Lip Gloss. Check
Curling iron. Check?

Trying to cram your favorite beauty products into your gym bag? Now you don’t have to! From shimmery shadows to dry shampoos, your makeup must-haves now come in portable packaging. Our beauty director, Eleanor, shared her picks with Better TV. What are your favorite on-the-go products?

(Click on the image to see Eleanor’s interview!)

Tax Time

Written on July 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm , by

It’s official. The much-anticipated “tanning tax” went into affect on July 1st, 2010. The ten percent tax on individuals receiving indoor tanning services was put in place by the U.S. federal government in an effort to generate $2.7 billion over the next ten years for health care reform, and to reduce the incidents of skin cancer as a result of exposure to ultraviolet lights from tanning beds (which were officially classified as carcinogenic in 2009).

Thoughts? If you tan in a salon, will the tax force you to cutback? And if you don’t use tanning beds, what’s your tip for getting glistening skin without the burn?

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Beauty on a Budget

Written on July 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm , by

37415_1410440374657_1041900077_31054444_269186_nWith over 90,000 square feet of dresses, tops and price tags, I was ready for a workout when I arrived at the new Forever 21 flagship store in Times Square (New York City).

The store, spread out among four floors, boasts an adorable New York City theme. Each section is decorated for a unique area, right down to a real taxi! Just as I was blissfully wandering through “Williamsburg” and “Central Park,” I stumbled upon my new favorite spot in the city — the Love & Beauty section!

Forever 21 launched their  beauty line last fall, but the flagship store boasts the largest selection I’ve seen. From eyeshadow palettes and shimmery blush to decorative tissues and tweezers, the collection is perfect for someone looking to boost their makeup bag on a budget. I couldn’t find a product that cost more than $8!

Luxurious Shimmer Powder, $3.80

Luxurious Shimmer Powder, $3.80

The flagship store is open until 2 a.m. — perfect for busy women who can’t always find the time to shop. You can also order from the entire collection online.

Sales associate, Caroline Eco, walked me through the beautorium and showed me  her favorite finds for women on-the-go. I especially love the Luxurious Shimmer Powder ($3.80). The soft peach shimmer looks great on my skin and the convenient case (with built in puff and mirror) is perfect for my gym bag. I also picked up some blotting papers in a cute floral case ($1.80) to control shine in the summer heat. And, after checking the price three times, went home with a natural eyeshadow quad for $2.80. I’m hooked!

–Catherine O’Neill, beauty intern

Seeing Spots?

Written on July 7, 2010 at 10:56 am , by

Tyra BanksApparently, so is Tyra Banks, host of America’s Next Top Model! According to Debra Jaliman, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City freckling in the summer is a genetic tendency (Tyra, you can thank your mom for them). Melanocytes, melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis, cluster right under the skin in patters and get activated in the sun to form spots. Regardless of how cute they are now, it’s important to prevent this activation as much as possible with SPF. “If you keep activating them, they will stay and not go away in the winter,” says Dr. Jaliman.

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Look Beautiful — In Minutes!

Written on July 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm , by


Do you ever feel like your beauty routine is more of a marathon than a sprint? This morning, FITNESS beauty director, Eleanor, shared her favorite five-minute-finds with WPIX11 Morning News. Whether you’re running to work or from the gym, these products are perfect for the busy girl on the go. Ready, set, gorgeous!

Eleanor’s Favorites:

• Crest 3D White Stain Shield Whitestrips ($34.99, drugstores)

• Benefit One Hot Minute ($30, Sephora) [SHOWN ABOVE]

• Rimmel London 60 Seconds Nail Polish ($3.30, drugstores)

• Neutrogena Ageless Restoratives 5 Minute Facial ($24.99, drugstores)

• Barielle 60 Second Mani-Pedi ($25, Nordstrom)

• Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment ($5.99,drugstores)

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Soften Your Skin for Summer

Written on July 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm , by

Want easy, inexpensive tricks for touchable, soft skin from head to toe? Watch this segment that I did with Kathie Lee and Hoda last month. It was so fun to tape, and I think we featured great, simple secrets that you can do at home or on the go. Plus, they’re all natural, too! Let us know if you’ve tried any of these get-gorgeous recipes or have your own special beauty concoction that you swear by. Click on the beach bag to watch the segment!

-Eleanor Langston, Beauty Director

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