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September 2011

Favorite Friday Find: Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash

Written on September 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm , by


After a long, hard week, there’s nothing better than a relaxing hot shower. To make your experience more like the a spa treatment, try lathering up with Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash. This cleanser contains nine percent glycolic acid to exfoliate rather than beads or granules, so it leaves your skin feeling as smooth and your tub clean— and also helps to even out discolored patches.

Tell us: What’s your favorite “treatment” body wash?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

We Named A Hard Candy Eyeshadow!

Written on September 28, 2011 at 10:51 am , by

During a meeting with Hard Candy at our office a few months back, the brand asked us to choose and name an Eye Def Metallic Cream Eyeshadow to be released in the fall. We picked the color that caught our eye, a shimmery brown, and then the name— Golden Earth, a homage to the hue being both glamorous and wearable at the same time. Check it out, above!

Tell us: If you had the chance to name a beauty product, what product and name would you choose?

Unconventional Beauty Solutions

Written on September 27, 2011 at 10:03 am , by

Primping products and treatments can be costly: Save some money by cashing in on these household products that do double beauty duty.

  • Cooking Spray The trick to mastering an at-home manicure is making sure you don’t smudge your newly painted nails, since we don’t have those handy salon dryers. Instead of waiting the requisite half hour for your digits to dry, grab cooking spray (like Pam) from your kitchen and spritz an even application onto nails. They’ll be dry in mere minutes!
  • Antibiotic Topical Cream (like Neosporin) As if having zits weren’t traumatic enough, once they’re gone, they can leave scars behind. Instead of rushing out and buying a skin tone corrector with a hefty price tag, dab a little Neosporin on the afflicted areas. Within days your pesky scars will begin fading away.
  • Dryer Sheets Dryer sheets are handy for more than just laundry. Run the sheet over your hair to tame static and flyways, fast.

Tell us:  What unconventional beauty solutions do you use?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Benefit’s New House of Beauty

Written on September 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm , by

Last week, Benefit Cosmetics opened the chandelier-clad doors of their flagship boutique in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. When we arrived for our tour of the three-level beauty emporium, we were greeted by a display featuring the first-ever Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain (right) created 35 years ago from pressed rose petals by the brand’s founders Jean and Jane Ford. The precious original vial was transported via armored vehicle (!) from Benefit’s home base in San Francisco for the occasion.

The boutique not only stocks the brand’s full line of products, but is also home to an On the Spot! Beauty Bar, offering a full menu of primping services, including:

  • Lash and brow threading, shaping, and tinting
  • Face and body waxing
  • Body and face airbrush tans
  • Faux lash and makeup application

The best part: You can drop in at your leisure, no appointment necessary.

Benefit Boutique SoHo: 454 West Broadway between Prince & Houston St., New York City

Favorite Find Friday: Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30

Written on September 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm , by

Today may be the first day of fall, but that doesn’t mean you should stash your sunscreen until next summer. Even on dreary days like today, we protect ourselves with SPF, like Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30. This silky lotion absorbs quickly, smells slightly sweet, and does double duty, offering extra protection with a trio of antioxidants: vitamins A, C, and E. Our skin has been smoother than ever and virtually irritation-free since we’ve started using it.

Tell us: What’s your go-to daily SPF?

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Intern Alyssa Belanger

Written on September 22, 2011 at 10:32 am , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, we asked Editorial Intern Alyssa Belanger (a former Miss Teen Tennessee International) to spill the products and tricks that keep her looking gorgeous.


Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Simple, polished and classic.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish StickSoap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumper and MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Phloof!
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I’m all about simplicity. After my morning cup of coffee, I’ll brush my teeth, style my hair and put on my makeup for the day. I wear MAC’s Phloof! Eye Shadow every day because it is a great soft tone that can easily transform into a nighttime look.
At night? At night, I take out my contacts, brush my teeth and wash off my makeup with water and a gentle soap. I like to use an exfoliator a few times a week and hit any problem areas with my Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick.
Post-workout? I never feel totally clean after a workout until I’ve used my facial toner to remove all of the makeup, sweat and buildup from the day that a makeup remover may leave behind.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? I instantly feel better after treating myself to a pedicure. I’m constantly in tennis shoes for my workouts, or in high heels for work, so it takes toll on my feet.  But once I have a nice soak in warm water and a fresh coat of nail polish on, I’m refreshed and ready to conquer many more miles!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? “Less is more.” When it comes to beauty, the focus should be on highlighting what you love most about your look rather than hiding it with tons of products!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Make Friends With Your Hair!

Written on September 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm , by

Two in three women describe their hair as having “a mind of its own”,  according to Dove (we agree!), so the brand is launching the Make Friends With Your Hair campaign with actress Rashida Jones. Create a short video sharing your hair’s “alter ego” and submit via the previous link for a chance to win one of three trips to New York City for a hair transformation with Dove celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend. Then, fans will vote on their favorite, who will go on to star in a Dove commercial. Here’s a peek behind the scenes on the set of Rashida’s TV ad for the campaign:


FITNESS Beauty Awards 2011: The Winners!

Written on September 20, 2011 at 6:55 am , by

At long last, we’re proud to present the winners of the 2011 FITNESS Beauty Awards! Check them out (runners-up are online only) here and read the full story starting on page 54 of the October issue, on sale today! We gave you a behind-the-scenes peek back in May, but here’s the full lowdown on the rigorous, six month-long selection process: 

Our expert panel (below) helped us narrow down 1,162 new beauty products to about 300 finalists. We distributed these selections to reader testers, who scored each on such factors as effectiveness, texture, scent, and ease of use to end up with these 60 first-place champions.

Dermatologists Mona A. Gohara, MD, of New Haven; Brooke Jackson, MD, of Chicago; Elissa J. Lunder, MD, of Wellesley, Massachusetts; Hema Sundaram, MD, of Washington, D.C. Hairstylists Tommy Buckett of New York City, Clyde Elezi of New York City, Jet Rhys of San Diego, Kattia Solano of New York City. Makeup artists Landy Dean of New York City, Jackie Gomez of Brooklyn, Jenna Menard of New York City, Emily Kate Warren of New York City and San Francisco

Soothe Sensitive Skin

Written on September 19, 2011 at 7:21 am , by

ClearSkin_316wIn the October issue of FITNESS (on sale tomorrow!), we have a must-read feature all about sensitive skin, which is perfect for the 60 percent of American women who say they have complexion irritation. We feature a couple of fantastic makeup products that will help you fake flawless skin, but you should also try these incredible makeup tricks from Emily Kate Warren, a makeup artist in San Francisco and New York City.

Time to prime. If you have red patches, instead of trying to cover up all of the ruddiness with a concealer, simply pick a primer in a yellow or green tint. The tint will help tone down these areas so they’re not so obvious. Next, use tinted moisturizer all over, then spot cover with a yellow-toned concealer to camouflage as needed.

Don’t fight it. Leave the natural redness in your cheeks and simply sweep a matte, pale pink blush on the tops of your apples. Similar to embracing your hair’s natural texture, it’s more flattering to play up your natural rosiness on your cheeks. Just apply it lightly–the more you swipe, the more you’re going to make your cheeks look red.

Tell us: What are your makeup tricks for sensitive skin?

Favorite Find Friday: Mary Kay Beauty That Counts Creme Lipsticks

Written on September 16, 2011 at 9:38 am , by

Beauty That Counts Lipsticks

Starting today through December 15, $1 from the sale of each Mary Kay Limited-Edition Beauty That Counts Creme Lipstick will support The Mary Kay Foundation, which grants funding to women’s shelters across the country (they’ve donated $25 million since 2000!). Choose from—or all—three shades (from left): Give Hope, a golden rust red; Give Dreams, a bright pink; and Give Joy, a creamy peach . An easy, pretty way to sweeten your smile—and help save lives.