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January 2011

L’Oréal’s Newest Face: Gwen Stefani!

Written on January 18, 2011 at 7:37 am , by

We’ve loved Gwen Stefani since we were teenagers: She’s always nailed the balance between being sporty and strong yet still beautiful and feminine. Apparently beauty behemoth L’Oréal Paris agrees, as they’ve just named her their newest spokeswoman. Appropriately—thanks to her trademark rouge lips—she’s appearing in ads for the brand’s upcoming Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolour (which you may have caught during Sunday’s Golden Globes). Congratulations to Gwen!

Favorite Find Friday: Philosophy The Color of Grace Shimmering Face Powder

Written on January 14, 2011 at 11:05 am , by

Chilly temps and gray mid-January days can sap the glow right out of your skin. Our complexion-reviving secret weapon: Philosophy The Color of Grace Shimmering Face Powder We dust the softly gleamy pink powder over our cheekbones to catch the light and on the rest of our face for a soft-focus, touched-by-candlelight finish. How do you keep your skin glowing through winter’s dreary days?

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Thrifty Thursday: Animal Attraction

Written on January 13, 2011 at 11:22 am , by

Our love for animals and beauty products meets in these whimsical, creature-adorned treats. They’re guaranteed to make you smile every time you pick them up! (We’d know—all three currently have a home on our desk.) From left:

Soap and Paper Factory Patch NYC Whale Solid Fragrance—despite its moniker, does not smell like a whale; rather a unique mix of patchouli, basil and jasmine.

Alora Ambiance Triple Milled Shea Butter Soap in Bimbi As indicated by it’s duck-dotted wrapping, smells fresh and faintly sweet, like a baby’s skin.

Tokyo Milk Little Art Flat Pocket Mirror in Graphic Bird slips undetected into—you guessed it—your back pocket.

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Olympic Skier Hannah Kearney Talks Beauty

Written on January 12, 2011 at 9:18 am , by

Olympic gold medal-winning skier Hannah Kearney chatted with FITNESS about skin cream, skiing, and looking great on the go as she prepped for a recent red carpet event. Take a peak:

Revamp Your Skin

Written on January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am , by

It’s a new year—the perfect time to get your skincare habits on the right track. We got advice from Kate Somerville, celebrity aesthetician and founder of Kate Somerville Skin Care, on how to get your best skin (and body!) ever in 2011:

  • Do a detox. “With a new year, it’s time for a new game plan: Detoxify through exercise, nutrition, steaming and massage. When you detoxify, you’re getting rid of toxins and impurities, giving you more energy than you’ve ever had before, and leaving your skin looking luminous.”
  • Cleanse, exfoliate, pamper, repeat. “You can externally detoxify three ways. The first is to cleanse daily – morning and night – with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type.  Exfoliating is another form of detoxifying.  I suggest using an exfoliant on your face two or three times a week, which leaves the healthy cells on the surface and helps keep pores free of impurities.  The third way to detoxify is with facials: I recommend having them monthly, whether at a skin-care salon or doing them at home.”
  • Look inward. “Cleansing internally is equally important, and can be easily done with certain drinks and foods.  You can get a really effective cleanse by cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, added salt, meat and processed food from your diet for just three days.  Drink only water, juice or herbal tea; and load up on a variety of raw, fresh produce.  The fiber in the fruits and vegetables acts like a brush throughout your intestinal system, sweeping away all the junk as it goes through.  This kind of detox will not only cleanse your body, but it will also recalibrate your taste buds.”

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Favorite Find Friday: Korres Lip Butter

Written on January 7, 2011 at 9:17 am , by

On my last day as an intern at FITNESS last summer, beauty director Eleanor Langston pushed a handful of Korres Lip Butters into my hands. “You have to try these; they’re a beauty editor favorite,” she said.

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She didn’t mention they were addictive! Since then, I haven’t left the house without a tub of the rich, buttery formula in tow. The product is perfect for winter lips in need of moisture. And, the tinted shades add just the right touch of shine for both every day and special occasions. You can even dab a little onto your cheeks for a natural flush of color. I love Wild Rose — the sheer, deep red is gorgeous — but there are six other great colors to choose from at just $10 each. What are your go-to winter lip products?

— Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger

Fake a Vacation

Written on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

With a blizzard just behind us in New York and a few more months of grueling winter ahead, I’ve begun to dream of tropical vacations and the feeling warm sun on my (SPF-protected) skin. All the gloomy weather makes this the perfect time to try an innovative self-tanner formula like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. The foaming product spreads evenly, allowing us mortals to apply tanner with minimal to no streaking, and it dries in about a minute. If I can’t actually go away on a vacation this winter, this tanner is sure to help me fake it!

-By Michelle Ernest, beauty internST_003

Behind-the-Scenes: January Makeover Shoot

Written on January 5, 2011 at 9:18 am , by

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peak at the “before” and “after” photo shoots for our January 2011 “Pretty Simple” makeover story. Be sure to check out the final product on page 39 of the January 2011 issue, out now!

New Year, New You!

Written on January 3, 2011 at 9:08 am , by

It’s the time of year to make resolutions, and beauty is no exception! Ours: To be less lazy with our hair. We usually just wash and go, but want to try more styling techniques this year to mix things up. What are your beauty resolutions for 2011?