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July 2011

Holidays in July!

Written on July 28, 2011 at 9:21 am , by

The thermostat may be soaring to record levels outside, but believe it or not, the holidays are in full swing inside the FITNESS beauty department.  Here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the plethora of holiday gifts and products we’re wading through for our November/December issue, on stands the last week of October!


Staffer Beauty Snoop: Art Intern Abby Silverman

Written on July 27, 2011 at 7:24 am , by

For the first installment in our new Staffer Beauty Snoop series, we asked art department intern Abby Silverman to spill the beauty products, tips, and tricks that she can’t live without. Here’s what she said:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: “Trendy, bold, glamorous.”
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, Marc Jacobs Lola Perfume and Maybelline New York Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara.”
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? “When I get of the shower I always brush my teeth and apply moisturizer to my face and body. Then I do my hair, and last, I apply my makeup.”
At night? “I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes for my face as well as Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover with cotton balls to remove eye makeup. I follow with a face wash and finish off with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer.”
Post-workout? “I typically wash my face before I work out because I like to feel refreshed and ready to go. If I don’t wash my face pre-exercise, I always wash it after because I don’t like leaving sweat and makeup on my skin.”
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? “I absolutely love getting my nails done. When I look down at my hands and see perfectly polished nails it makes me feel girly, clean and put together! When I don’t get my nails done, I have a secret obsession with painting my nails. I probably paint them every other day.”
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? “If you’re trying to grow your hair out, it’s better to get it regular trims every two to three months rather than waiting to get it cut every six months. If you don’t cut your hair, it will cut itself!”

By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Shaving Secrets

Written on July 26, 2011 at 9:26 am , by

Last week we got a chance to chat with Gillette Venus dermatologist Ellen Gendler, M.D., clinical associate professor at New York University School of Medicine who answered our burning questions about shaving. She has seen and treated every hair removal issue under the sun during her 26 years practicing in New York City. Check out our interview:


  • What type of razor is the best choice for dry skin? If you have dry, sensitive skin, choose a razor with a have pivoting head, rather than a straight head, which has harsh angles that can damage skin. I like the Gillette Venus ProSkin Moisture Rich Razor because the head moves with the contours of your body, plus it has a shave gel bar built right in. It’s easy to travel with because you don’t even need to carry shaving cream.
  • Is shaving before or after a workout better for our skin? I would say that there’s really no difference, as long as you shave in the shower. Never dry shave!
  • Is it bad to leave a razor in the shower near the running water in between uses? You should not leave your razor in a wet area because harmful bacteria can build up on it and rust can form, which warps the blade, risking nicks and cuts. Many razors come with cases that can be suctioned to the shower wall to help keep the razor dry when not in use. Also, if you expose razors with built-in shaving cream bars to water when you’re not using them, the shave gel will disintegrate.
  • How can we prevent painful nicks and cuts from shaving? Be careful to contour the razor to your skin. Different people may need different razors, but stick with one that pivots rather than a straight edge, as previously mentioned. A pivoting head makes it easier to glide over areas like the knees and ankles without catching on the skin’s nooks and crannies.
  • Does shaving make a self-tan fade faster? Shaving will definitely make your self-tan fade because you are exfoliating a layer of skin where you’ve applied the tanner. Be sure to moisturize skin before you shave and use a hydrating shaving cream to minimize the exfoliating effect.

By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Our Meet & Greet with CoverGirl Taylor Swift!

Written on July 25, 2011 at 10:01 am , by


Last week, we had the privilege of meeting CoverGirl Taylor Swift before her first Speak Now World Tour show in Newark, New Jersey. Taylor was one of the sweetest celebrities we’ve ever met, complimenting our outfits when we met her, giving big hugs, and jumping up with excitement when we recognized she was wearing her new fragrance, out in late fall. We found out that her vibrant red lip came courtesy of CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot—”The brightest shade they have!” On her nails, she sported a creamy seafoam green shade, similar to Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple. Check out the photo of my sister, Taylor, and I above—the night was definitely a dream come true!

Favorite Find Friday: It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask

Written on July 22, 2011 at 11:05 am , by

This week’s scorching heat has taken a toll on our hair—limp, sweaty lengths plus dry, straw-like ends aren’t a pretty combination. So we’ve been turning to It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask. The thick treatment detangles, nourishes, defrizzes, softens, and restores moisture to our abused strands. We use after days in the sun, in the ocean and pool, and post-exercise to revive our hair. Tell us: What product brings your hair back to life?

—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Beat the Heat

Written on July 21, 2011 at 7:03 am , by


It’s the season of ice cream cones, long nights, pool parties—and scorching temperatures (it’s 100 in NYC today!) that throw a wrench in your standard beauty routine. No need to panic or flee for the indoors: These summer essentials will keep you feeling fresh and looking great.

  • Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes: These refreshing, cucumber-scented wipes are great for calming sensitive skin: One towelette gently removes any sweat and dirt on your face.
  • Visine Summer Spectrum Relief Eyedrops: Say goodbye to itchy, dry eyes. This special summertime formula combines three different moisturizing ingredients to soothe eyes inflamed by the sun, salt, and wind. Put one drop in each eye after a swim or whenever your eyes feel irritated.
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum: Formulated with hydrating argan oil, this serum helps hair stand up to humidity. When strands are dehydrated, they literally lift off your head in an effort to suck moisture from the air—hence, frizz. The oil infuses hair with the moisture it needs, so it won’t become fuzzy in its quest for more.
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara: The perfect mix of length and shine without any dreaded clumps. My lashes feel light and weightless—especially nice in summer, and it’s waterproof, so it won’t sweat or swim off!

What’s in your summer beauty survival kit?

—By Kelly Garner, beauty intern

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Written on July 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm , by

Last Monday, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian (lucky me!). They’re launching a collection of 14 new Kardashian Kolors with Nicole by OPI. The nail polishes are inspired by Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie, and they’ll all be available in Wal-Mart stores by this holiday season. My two favorite shades: Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi, an orange-red, and Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam, a deep emerald.


The sisters said that they ALWAYS use the identical color on their toes and fingers, and I thought that was interesting because I never do. What about you guys? Do you rock the same shade for your mani and pedi or do you pick different colors?

What Beauty Product Brings You Back?

Written on July 19, 2011 at 11:26 am , by

Everyone has beauty products that remind them of childhood or their past—for us, the smell of Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond Moisturizer will always remind us of our grandmother (Personal plea to Jergens: Never change it!) We asked fellow FITNESS staffers what beauty product brings back memories for them:

  • Coppertone sunscreen reminds me of my aunt when I was a kid—she wore it all the time at the beach. I still only use Coppertone! Love the smell and the memories of my aunt.” —Elaine Roake, photo director
  • Bonne Bell Lip Smackers bring me back to when I was young and I got a plastic candy cane filled with them in my Christmas stocking. I was so excited and felt so grown-up using them, pretending it was lipstick (which I wasn’t allowed to wear yet!)” —Lisa Haney, senior health editorJG_Original_10oz_sm
  • Tommy Girl perfume: I wore it every day in high school. Whenever I smell a whiff, I think of walking the hallways with friends, and my crush, who wore the guys’ version. I still think it smells awesome: fresh, floral, and clean.” —Sarah D’Angelo, assistant editor
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been my go-to face moisturizer since I was in my early teens, first learning about beauty products. My mother used it, so my sister and I followed suit, applying it morning and night. I can’t live without it!” —Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern
  • Pond’s Dry Skin Cream reminds me of kissing my mom goodnight as a kid and getting a whiff of her fragrant lotion. And cherry-flavored Chapstick makes me feel carefree and young again because it seemed like every kid in my second grade class had a tube!” —Betty Wong, editor-in-chief
  • Noxzema The Original Deep Cleansing Cream will forever transport me to scrubbing off makeup in high school.” —Bethany Gumper, senior editor
  • “Olay—Oil of Olay back then! My mom used to always have a jar in the bathroom when I was growing up. She now has Olay lotion in the squeeze container, which always makes me smile when I see it. I even use it when I visit!” —Mary Anderson, deputy editor

Tell us: What beauty product takes you back in time?

Bedtime Breakouts

Written on July 18, 2011 at 11:05 am , by

We all thought our acne would be gone after high school, but alas, it persists—for years and sometimes decades, many blemishes incubating while we sleep. Here, a few simple ways to reduce unsightly breakouts that occur while you snooze:


  • Wash your pillowcase once a week. Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that accumulate on pillowcases can cause bacteria buildup and breakouts.
  • Try sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your side puts your face in direct contact with the buildup on your pillowcase and sheets, and suffocates your pores.
  • Don’t sleep with hair products on. If you’re deep conditioning your hair overnight or have leftover product in from during the day, either wash your hair before bed or cover it with a shower cap before lying down. Oils and waxes in hair products are known to clog pores and bring on blemishes.
  • Avoid cosmetics, lotions, and lip treatments that contain lanolin, petrolatum, oleic acid, certain vegetable oils and lauryl alchol. The National Women’s Health Information Center found these ingredients are more likely to cause acne.
  • Get enough sleep! Sleep is vital to every element of your health. If you’re sleep-deprived, your acne will take longer to clear and will only get worse.

—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Clarins FEED 15 Pouch

Written on July 15, 2011 at 10:36 am , by

Do good and look good with the Clarins FEED 15 Pouch, on sale today, which contains the brand’s iconic Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer. The sale of each pouch provides 15 meals to underprivileged children through the United Nations World Food Programme, with the goal of feeding 1 million children within the next two years.