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August 2010

Glowing Girls at the Emmys

Written on August 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm , by

We love the natural makeup look celebs favored at last night’s Emmy Awards—they let their own brand of beauty shine through (with help from some well-placed blush and lip color, of course). Our three favorites:

January Jones

Keri Russell

Claire Danes

Whose Emmy look do you covet?

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Kiss for a Cause

Written on August 27, 2010 at 10:32 am , by

If you want your voice to be heard, try speaking from a perfect pout! That’s the idea behind MAC’s “From Our Lips” campaign with Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper.

The movement addresses the challenges women face as the fastest growing group impacted by HIV/AIDS globally. Founded in 1994, the VIVA GLAM program supports men, women and children who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

As a huge Lady Gaga fan, I snagged a tube of her cool pink lipglass ($14.50). Everyone loves the feminine color and it makes for a great conversation starter. At FITNESS, we’re always ready to pucker up for a good cause!

The lipglasses will be available at MAC counters nationwide and online September 2nd through February 2011.

-Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern

Slumber Numbers

Written on August 26, 2010 at 9:42 am , by

One of my favorite stories in our new September issue is the Sleeping Beauty feature on page 42. While I edited the piece, I realized how important logging your seven or eight hours (or nine if you’re like me!) is every night in terms of your overall health and well-being.

Here are some bonus stats that I found from the National Sleep Foundation. I’m curious: How do you match up with these results? Do you disagree or agree?

55: Percentage of women who try to make up for lost sleep on the weekends.

53: Percentage of women who say they’re less likely to exercise when they’re sleepy.FITNESS_SLEEP_01_133

46: Percentage of women who eat foods high in sugar and carbohydrates when they’re tired.

11:02 PM: The average time women go to bed on weeknights. (6:40 AM is the average wake time.)

67: Percentage of women who have trouble sleeping at least a few nights a week.

Putty Goes Pretty

Written on August 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm , by

Step aside, pale pink: There’s a new neutral nail hue for fall—putty. These mushroom-esque mixes of gray and beige are perfect for active lifestyles; the colors are easy to paint on and the errant post-workout chip won’t be obvious. “Putty shades are fabulous on both hands and feet,” says Essie Weingarten, President and CEO of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. “They’re universally flattering, so any skin tone can wear them, but they look best on shorter, well-manicured nails.” Our putty polish picks: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Waking Up In Vegas ($16; below left), and Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly ($8; below right). What new polish hue will you treat yourself to this fall?



Yoga in a Bottle

Written on August 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm , by

Last week, I experienced my first ever yoga class at Yogamaya studios in New York City. As my breathing settled and I lunged into warrior pose, I was amazed by how relaxed I felt. I wished there was a way to carry the calming studio home with me after the session. Rather than lug my mat all over town, I dug through the beauty closet for a quick-fix product to throw into my purse. According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, a relaxing scent is the quickest way to unwind.

“The part of the brain that detects smell — the olfactory lobe — is connected to the emotional brain,” Hirsch says. “It’s totally different than any other sensory experience.”

Now, when I start to feel stressed, I reach for Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief ($10). This miniature miracle eases your senses while relieving tension, pressure and tightness. Just massage a small amount on your neck, earlobes and temples, and say “Om.”

–Catherine O’Neill, beauty intern

What’s Your Perfume Personality?

Written on August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm , by

Hey Guys: We’re working on an upcoming fragrance story, and we would love to know your thoughts about perfumes. Please take this quiz below and look for your results in our Nov/Dec 2010 issue. Thanks! -Eleanor

No-Mess SPF

Written on August 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm , by

Yes, you can reapply facial SPF without getting gooey—or messing up your makeup: Sunscreen powders offer physical UVA/UVB protection via minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Dust the sheer formulas over makeup before going out for lunch, at the end of the workday, or after your workout—they’re also great for reducing shine in steamy weather. Don’t use SPF powder as your day-at-the-beach facial protection or to replace your regular morning sunscreen, though; they’re best for touch-ups. Our picks (both are portable, spill-proof, and come equipped with handy applicators): Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45 ($30) and Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen Translucent ($44).

VEET Gives Back to Girls

Written on August 12, 2010 at 11:46 am , by

Donate to charity without spending a dollar: To celebrate the launch of the new Suprem’Essence line, for every “Like” of the VEET Facebook page, the brand will donate $5 to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation program that provides girls in struggling countries with necessities like healthcare, clean water, and school supplies. Cheers to VEET for making giving easy—and free!

The Body Shop Helps Stop Child Trafficking

Written on August 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm , by

At least 1.2 million children and young people are exploited in the global sex trade each year. It happens in virtually every country, even our own. Sex trafficking is now the third largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. The U.S. petition to fight trafficking officially launched in The Body Shop stores and online at www.thebodyshop.com/stop.

The Body Shop is also releasing a special edition Soft Hands, Kind Heart Hand Cream ($7), with approximately $5 from each purchase donated to ECPAT USA to help change the lives of millions of children and young people who are the victims of trafficking.

We got the chance to chat with cause supporter Katrina Bowden from the television show 30 Rock! Check out our interview below:

Fitness: You look amazing. How do you stay so fit?

Katrina Bowden: I work out with a trainer and he incorporates a lot of yoga and pilates into our strength training workouts…Living in New York you end up walking around so much and I think that’s so important too, just staying active.

F: Your lashes are so long! What mascara are you using?

KT: Lancôme Definicils. My favorite.

F: Why is being a supporter of “Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People“ so important to you?

KT: It’s very important to me because I personally didn’t know how big of an issue it was around the world. Millions of children a year are sex trafficked. I think it’s so wonderful that The Body Shop is forming this petition and giving people such an easy opportunity to sign and to help out just by going to their website…or into any of their stores. Anything we can do to help I think is really important.

F: Do you have any favorite Body Shop products?

KT: Yes. I love their body butters I love the coconut and the mango! They have great scents.

To sign the petition and find out more please visit www.thebodyshop.com/stop.

-Julianne Carell, Beauty Intern

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Behind-the-Scenes Beauty

Written on August 6, 2010 at 8:36 am , by

From delivering racks of workout clothes to interviewing experts, the Fitness interns know how to work up a sweat in the city! They shared their favorite beauty products for girls on the go!

Get the look:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Olay Daily Facials Express

Laura Mercier Foundation Powder

MAC Lipstick in Sandy B.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Crème

Fresh Soy Face Cream

Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

–Catherine Q. O’Neill, beauty intern