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April 2011

Fresh Hair: A Bouncy Blowout

Written on April 14, 2011 at 8:11 am , by

For our April Fresh Hair feature, FITNESS staffers tested four new products that claim to speed up your blow dry time. Watch as the stylist on our photo shoot shows us how to get a bouncy post-excercise blowout, fast:

Compacts for a Cause

Written on April 13, 2011 at 9:52 am , by

We’re wild for these gorgeous CoverGirl Limited Edition Clean Powder Compacts ($7 each): Each purchase provides a week’s worth of clean drinking water to a child in a developing country, in partnership with the charity Children’s Safe Drinking Water. The compacts, which come in Sensitive, Normal, and Oil Control formulas, are available now at food and drug retailers as long as supplies last, and in Walmart stores starting in June. Do good, look good!

Fresh Hair: Loose Side Braid

Written on April 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Third in our series: A loose side braid, best for long hair:

Favorite Find Friday: One Just 4 Me! Brown Sugar Oatmeal Natural Body Soap

Written on April 8, 2011 at 11:17 am , by

Our April “Raise the Bar” Beauty Buys page is bursting with our favorite soaps for skin and hair. Another that’s recently taken up residence in our shower: One Just 4 Me! Brown Sugar Oatmeal Natural Body Soap, a creamy, gently sudsing bar that’s flecked with real bits of oatmeal, so it exfoliates as it cleanses. It makes our skin feel soft, not tight, and we love the subtly sweet scent it leaves behind. What’s the best bar soap you’ve tried?

Fresh Hair: Bun + Headband

Written on April 7, 2011 at 10:15 am , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Next up: A bun plus headband combo, perfect for medium-length hair:

Saving Face

Written on April 6, 2011 at 9:29 am , by

As a college studenproduct_2_0-1t, my schedule can get a little hectic. Unfortunately, my tired skin is often a dead giveaway of a stressful week.

When a term paper threatens my complexion, I turn to Skyn Iceland the Antidote Quenching Daily Lotion ($45). The invigorating formula (free of harsh chemicals) refreshes and rejuvenates my skin. I use it morning and night—and sometimes even smooth a little on my T-zone during my 2P.M. slump.

The lotion reduces redness, prevents breakouts and calms irritated skin. After a tough spinning class, it’s the perfect antidote to my red, splotchy face. Just because the going gets tough doesn’t mean your skin has to! How do you treat your over-worked skin?

—Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger

Fresh Hair: An Easy Twist

Written on April 5, 2011 at 11:21 am , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, workout-friendly hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Learn how to execute each style yourself with our series of behind-the-scenes videos on the set of the story’s photo shoot. First up: An easy twist. Stay tuned for the next installments in the coming days!

Recover from a Half-Marathon

Written on April 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm , by

Yesterday was FITNESS magazine’s annual half-marathon, so I know that the 8,000 women who participated are probably pretty sore today. I had a BLAST running the race. It was so uplifting, motivating and encouraging to see all of these women cheering for each other and genuinely wanting each other to succeed. Here are some stretching exercises to aid your recovery from Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie and the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza:

Hamstrings:

  • Standing, holding the left ankle with the left hand, pull backwards to feel the stretch, switch foot.
  • Lying on your back, bring one knee to your chest.  Hold for 30 seconds.  Do the same with the opposite leg.  Then bring both knees to your chest and hold for 30 seconds.
  • Lying on your back with one leg on the floor; the other leg is bent, place a rope (or towel) on the ball of the foot, hold the rope and straighten to stretch.

Calves:

  • Facing the wall at arms distance, place one foot close to the wall and bend that knee and arms to stretch opposite calve. Switch legs.
  • Place ball of foot on the edge of stairs, lower one heel, then switch.
  • Sit with both legs straight. Loop a rope around the ball of one foot and pull each end of the rope. Flex your feet.

Lower Back:

  • Bend as if you are going to touch your toes and hang. At each exhale lower your hands.  Slowly roll back up one vertebra at a time.

Makeover Monday: Polish Up

Written on April 4, 2011 at 10:10 am , by

We usually stick to solid polish on our nails, but these funky new trends may inspire us to expand our horizons:

HALF MOON

This twist on the classic French manicure has been hot since it appeared on the runway at numerous shows this spring, and the likes of fashion risk-takers such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga have been seen wearing it.

SPLIT NAIL

When we saw this outside-the-box nail trend, we couldn’t help think of a little spring ladybug (admit it – you see it too!) The flirty and feminine split nail is a fresh way to wear your favorite spring hues. While this, and the half moon above, are styles better left to nail technicians, we think the split nail is definitely worth a salon splurge.

MATTE FINISH


A matte finish is a cool switch from the traditionally glossy nail. A product like Butter London’s Matte Finish gives any polish a matte look in one coat.

CRACKLE POLISH

We usually try to avoid chipping our polish, but the new crackle lacquers actually add a textured, chipped look to nails. We’d layer a crackle top coat like OPI Black Shatter over our regular hue for a fun night out with friends. Which of these nail trends will you try?

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: TheBalm Hot Mama! Blush/Shadow

Written on April 1, 2011 at 10:29 am , by

We all have days when we need something that makes us look alive—fast. A dusting of pinky-peach, slightly glimmery TheBalm Hot Mama! Blush/Shadow does the trick for us: In seconds, we have a healthy, just-in-from-the-outdoors flush, and our bags/dark circles are less noticeable. You can even swipe it on lids and lips for a pulled-together look in a flash. What’s your favorite beauty-boosting product?

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