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November 2010

Makeover Monday: Secrets from Dancing with the Stars

Written on November 15, 2010 at 6:53 am , by

Celebrity makeup artist Zena Shteysel has had her fair share of experience in the beauty industry: Her skills have been featured in print campaigns, several feature films, and some of Hollywood’s most-watched TV shows, including Dancing with the Stars (see her in action at right), where she earned an Emmy award for her work beautifying contestants such as Kelly Osbourne and Laila Ali. Zena gave FITNESS some on-the-go advice, as well as a peak inside her makeup bag:

FITNESS: You must be so busy traveling to make up your celebrity clients. What are your best on-the-go beauty tips?

Zena Shteysel: My favorite products for on-the-go are those that make me look awake and fresh quickly. For me these include a brightening concealer for under the eyes, a champagne shimmer eye shadow on the lid, mascara, blush and a lip gloss in a pink color.

FITNESS: If you had to clean out your entire makeup supply and keep five items, what would they be?

ZS: Brow pencil or powder, concealer, mascara, blush and lip gloss.

FITNESS: Do you have any weird beauty tricks you swear by?

ZS: My favorite beauty trick is lining the inside top lash line with black eyeliner to intensify the eye without looking like you did anything.

FITNESS: What’s the most important thing to keep in mind when trying to achieve a flawless complexion?

ZS: To achieve a flawless complexion the most important thing is to take care of the skin. Make sure to cleanse the skin before bed and use sunscreen during the day.

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

Written on November 12, 2010 at 9:10 am , by

We went on a trip with our girlfriends last weekend, and the most-swiped item in our toiletry bag was Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. The sugar and olive oil-based facial scrub smells delightfully citrusy and gets rid of dead cells thanks to citric acid in lemongrass and orange peel extracts. We wet our face, work a bit between our fingers and then massage into skin. After a rinse, our skin looks and feels like new—purified, vibrant, soft and refreshed, even after a red-eye flight and early-morning wakeup.
What beauty product do your friends swipe from your stash?



Behind-the-Scenes Beauty with Leighton Meester

Written on November 11, 2010 at 7:30 am , by

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and celebrity hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan gave FITNESS a peak behind the scenes of their latest photo shoot for Herbal Essences. Enjoy!

Cold Weather Beauty Treats

Written on November 10, 2010 at 10:35 am , by

As the shops in New York City start filling their windows with festive decorations, cold air is creeping in, too. These beauty treats keep us hydrated on chilly days (and the delicious scents are a calorie-free bonus!):

draft_lens2324152module17040252photo_1235237469KurigcoffeeChapstick Lip Balm in Cool and Soothing Peppermint: This twist on the classic lip balm seals in moisture with a cooling sensation and prevents chapping. Plus, the it smells and tastes like peppermint, so it instantly freshens breath.

Lumene Spa Repairing Body Butter: This formula is ultra-creamy and has a refreshing citrus scent. I use it at night before bed, and wake up with smooth, silky skin. The formula is light enough to wear during the day, too.

Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Foot Cream: This is my guilty pleasure after a long day at work. The rich cream has the aroma of Serendipity’s famous hot chocolate, plus peppermint oil to relieve feet after a day of pounding the pavement.

What are your favorite beauty indulgences for brisk days?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Stick With It

Written on November 9, 2010 at 10:31 am , by

Could all the beauty products you need be packed into three little sticks? If you ask model and former makeup artist Cindy Joseph, the answer is yes. Her line, Boom! by Cindy Joseph, consists of just three pocket-sized twist-up sticks, perfect for tossing in your gym bag and dabbing on-the-go:

  • Boomstick Glo (below, right): A hydrating olive oil and beeswax balm formulated by Cindy’s beekeeper friend in Hawaii that can be used on cuticles, lips or face. This one has earned a spot in my (very-crowded) purse!
  • Boomstick Color (below, middle): A berry hue for lips, cheeks and eyes that flatters all skin tones—it’s based on a shade she mixed at photo shoots and used on the full spectrum of celebs and models, from Uma Thurman to Naomi Campbell.
  • Boomstick Glimmer (below, left): A subtle shimmer highlighter that can be used to accentuate cheekbones, brighten up the inner corners of eyes or layer on lips for a more dressed-up look.

Talk about a streamlined routine! What beauty essentials do you tote every day?

Secrets of Olympic Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis

Written on November 8, 2010 at 11:39 am , by

We asked Olympic silver medal-winning snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis for her on-the-go beauty secrets and must-have products as she primped at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling Event. Here’s what she had to say:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Johnson’s Melt Away Stress Body Wash

Written on November 5, 2010 at 11:24 am , by

It’s been a crazy week here at the office—which leaves us longing for some TLC. This weekend, we’ll be winding down with Johnson’s Melt Away Stress Lavender & Chamomile Body Wash: The creamy lilac liquid smells of soothing lavender, warm milk and chamomile, and the hydrating glycerin-based formula leaves our skin soft. Best of all, it comes in a hefty 20 oz. bottle that lasts forever (and costs less than $6)! What’s your can’t-live-without-it body cleanser?


The Beauty Equation

Written on November 4, 2010 at 11:47 am , by

The FITNESS beauty department loves Nigel Barker’s new book, Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You. And not only because it features photos Nigel took of our Beauty Director, Eleanor Langston (with her husband), and our Associate Beauty Editor, April Franzino (with her mom—see both below, along with a behind-the-scenes shot of Nigel and April). In the book, Nigel uses his 20 years of experience in the industry to cast aside the conventional rules of beauty. He goes into depth on self-image, and shares tons of tips from beauty insiders. A few of my favorites:

  • When applying foundation, try using a sponge that has been moistened with water first. This will help dilute the product and give you a sheer and even application.
  • Pick one feature to emphasize: your lips, cheeks or eyes, and play it up while you downplay the others.
  • When wearing the right clothes, any body type can look great; the key is balancing your ensemble to create an even, uniform look.

For more secrets and expert beauty advice, pick up a copy of Beauty Equation. What are your favorite beauty books?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

FITNESS Beauty Awards 2010

Written on November 3, 2010 at 7:25 am , by

What’s at the top of the beauty crop? Watch Associate Beauty Editor April Franzino chat about some of our favorite finds from FITNESS’s 2010 Beauty Awards on Better.TV.

See a list of all the winners and runners-up in each category here. Happy shopping!

Tried-It Tuesday: Damage Control

Written on November 2, 2010 at 9:27 am , by

When I visited my hometown in Texas this past weekend,  I made an appointment to see my hairstylist, Jessica Broome of Headquarters in Kaufman, to switch up my fall style. After coloring my hair, she took me to the sink and started raving about a new shampoo and conditioner she has fallen in love withTIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Shampoo & Conditioner. They come in levels 1, 2 & 3 depending on the condition of your hair. She recommended level 3, Resurrection, for me because I use bleach in my hair, making it more brittle than most. Level 1, Re-Energize, is for those of you with normal hair that just needs a little pick-me-up. Level 2, Recovery, is right in the middle—damaged, but not yet at intervention point.

“I have styling products that I know are great, like CHI Keratin Mist, but this is the first shampoo that I can honestly say I recommend,” Broome said. Her hair felt and looked fantastic, so I knew I had to try it. She used it to wash and condition my hair, and even after getting highlights, my hair felt much softer and more manageable than prior to my visit. Bonus: It smells wonderful, too! What’s your favorite shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern