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September 2011

What’s Your Makeup Style?

Written on September 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm , by

For an upcoming story, we’re looking for FITNESS readers’ thoughts on makeup styles and inspirations. Please take the poll below and look for tips tailored to you in upcoming issues. Thanks for participating!

—The FITNESS Beauty Team

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Web Editor Colleen Moody

Written on September 15, 2011 at 9:50 am , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, we asked Web Editor Colleen Moody (a former beauty editor!) for the scoop on her tried-and-true primping habits and must-haves.

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Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Natural, polished and simple.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller and Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely adapted to the “less is more” philosophy. In the morning, I use a dab of undereye concealer, do a few coats of mascara and a swipe of bronzer along my T-zone. I work out in the mornings, so I’ll use Pureology Colour Stylist Antisplit Blowdry on wet hair after showering to give myself a quick blowout. Or, if I’m really tired that day I just spray some Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray all over, throw it up and walk out the door!
At night? If I get home from work, and I’m in for the night, I’ll wash my face as soon as I walk in the door– I like to let my skin breathe when it can! I’m very big on eye creams, and I’m always testing out  new ones. Right now, I love Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Cream: It keeps the skin under my eyes perky and fresh. Instead of using a moisturizer at night, I use Tarte 100% Pure Cold Pressed Maracuja Oil– it hydrates my skin while I sleep and makes it ridiculously soft!
Post-workout? Again, I’d be lost without my trusty dry shampoo. I have a ton of hair and washing it every time I exercise is not only bad for it but very time-consuming! Like our fitness editor Jenna, I make sure to take off all my makeup before a workout to prevent any breakouts. Afterwards, I’ll splash my face with cold water and moisturize for a quick pick-me-up.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? This is kind of weird – but hairspray! I used to have really short hair (think Rihanna circa 2008) and it’s taken me forever to grow it out. I love that with a quick hair flip and spritz of hairspray you can give your style a boost that looks great all day! Other than that, I’m a fan of a good manicure. I type all day long, so having a pretty pair of nails to look at while I work makes me happy.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? It’s important to protect your skin but also your hair! Whether you color it or not, you should never, ever use heated tools like a flat iron or blow dryer without spraying heat protectant in it first. It protects your hair’s health, prevents split ends and keeps your highlights from fading. For those sunny beach days, I spray L’Oréal Paris  Everpure UV Protectant to shield my hair from damage from the sun and any other elements. Why spend money on your strands if you’re not going to take care of them?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Do Makeup Setting Mists Work?

Written on September 14, 2011 at 9:46 am , by

Even as the temp starts to cool and fall dawns upon us, running around through your daily routine can make anyone’s makeup go into meltdown mode. Prepare for these sticky situations by investing in a makeup finishing spray, mists made with special polymers that are meant to keep pigment in place on your face. We put two popular options to the test.

The Players: Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix and Skindinavia 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish

The Promises: These spritzes claim to prolong the lasting power of your makeup, resulting in fewer touch-ups.

The Winner: Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix was true to its word and kept our makeup looking perfect. Be sure to hold the bottle half an arm’s length away from your face, though, because the nozzle delivers a powerful application. One spritz will last you all day!

The Runner-Up: Skindinavia 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish made our makeup a bit cakey, which is especially hazardous for women with oily skin who already have trouble keeping their makeup in place. Try this if your skin is on the drier side; if you’re oily, avoid it.

Tell us: What’s your go-to makeup setting product?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

A “Fresh” Take On Beauty Shopping

Written on September 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm , by

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Last week, Fresh founder Alina Roytberg walked us through the brand’s newly revamped apothecary-style Union Square flagship store in New York City. Here, a photo tour of the stunning highlights:

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The store mixes the elements of a bakery (see the ‘cake tower’ of their iconic soaps, above right), a kitchen (the communal washbasin and island in the center, below), a library (rows of shelves and books interspersed), and a laboratory (see the glass vats dispensing previously-discontinued fragrances, above). You can sample products in the shared sink and Kitchen Table area, fill a mini bottle and experiment with your favorite fragrances at the Sensorial Bar, surf the web on in-store iPads, learn the story behind the brand’s products and ingredients through an interactive wall, and get your goodies gorgeously wrapped (for free!) at the Gift Bar—truly a beauty buff’s paradise and worth a stop if you’re near NYC.

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Fresh Flagship Store, 872 Broadway at 18th Street,
New York City.

Tell us: What’s your favorite place to shop for beauty?

Do Cute Babies Grow Up To Be Gorgeous?

Written on September 12, 2011 at 9:55 am , by

Beautiful-Baby-Sleeping-WallpaperFew of us can resist fawning over a beautiful baby—but it turns out that being a cute infant doesn’t guarantee you’ll grow up into an attractive adult. In a study published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, psychology researchers had independent reviewers rate the facial attractiveness of photographs of infants (24 months and younger) and the same group as adults (16 to 18 years old). They found no relationship between being a pretty baby and a beautiful grown-up, even after conducting the study twice.

Tell us: Do you think beautiful babies make beautiful adults?

Favorite Find Friday: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturising Protective Lip Balm SPF 60+

Written on September 9, 2011 at 9:56 am , by

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When prepping for my 12-day trip to Italy over Labor Day, I surprised myself and did the unthinkable– I fit all of my clothes, shoes and beauty products into a CARRY-ON. My husband’s jaw dropped when I rolled out my kid-sized suitcase. Space was definitely at a premium, but I luckily included my MVP (most valuable product) of the vacay: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturising Protective Lip Balm SPF 60+. The texture is ideal– not too oily, but not goopy either. One swipe kept my lips hydrated all day, and I love that it has such a high SPF, since the skin on your lips is extremely thin and sensitive to damage. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way, so one tube will last you months. An added bonus: It doesn’t have any shimmer in it, so I got my husband hooked on it too.

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Beauty Intern Jaclyn Smock

Written on September 8, 2011 at 11:03 am , by

This week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop is a bit of a twist, as the subject is me—Jaclyn Smock, the new beauty intern for fall 2011.  Read on for a peek at my primping rituals and must-haves!


Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, warm and fresh.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Physician’s Formula Mineral Correcting Powder, blush (right now I’m using Salma Hayek Nuance Blush in Apricot) and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face with Glo Therapeutics Clear Anti-Blemish Cleanser, then I moisturize with Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer. Next, I spritz on Skindinavia 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish, which helps set my makeup and control my oil and shine. After I do what I call my “pre-face,” I put on Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 and set it with Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder. My skin is very oily so I find that tinted moisturizer works best for my complexion. After my skin tone is evened out, I apply blush, then I add a little e.l.f. Mineral Black Eye Liner on my bottom lids and finish with Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara. Once I’m done with my face, I move onto hair: I work some John Frieda Take Charge Curl Boosting Mousse through my curls, finish with a little bit of TRESemmé Climate Control Finishing Spray, and I’m out the door. This may sound like a lot but it only takes me 15 minutes!
At night? I remove the day’s makeup with Neutrogena Night Calming Cleansing Cloths, wash my face with my cleanser, and top with moisturizer. To finish off my nightly routine, I put Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector and Skin Brightener all over my face. The color weirded me out at first (it’s brown) but it really does work!
Post-workout? Once I’m done working out, I head home to shower and wash my face. When I get out, I moisturize and spray Glytone  Acne Back Spray on to ensure that I never get bacne!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Facials—I love everything about them! I have done at-home versions before, but I still prefer a pro facial. I truly believe in monthly facials, if your budget permits. Facials quickly resolve most skin concerns and you leaving feeling so refreshed!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Know the difference between day and night makeup. I believe in light eye makeup during the day then going dramatic at night to really look alluring.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

The U.S. Open’s Hot Hairstyle

Written on September 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm , by

For the 5th year in a row, hairstylist Julien Farel, owner of Julien Farel Salons in New York City and Cabo San Lucas, is courtside styling the hair of the U.S. Open athletes. Farel has managed to give the female players glamorous yet practical hairstyles for their matches. We got the scoop on this year’s most-requested look:

FITNESS: What’s the hottest hairstyle for female players at this year’s US Open?
Julien Farel: “Long braids, either  loose or fishtail. Braids allow you to have a ‘look’ without trying too hard. They are very popular with the players from Eastern Europe because it allows them to have a great hairstyle—soft waves full of body compared to their normally fine hair—for interviews after matches.”

FITNESS: How can we do the styles at home?
JF: “For the loose braid, take three separate sections and braid from side-to-side down the back of your neck.”

FITNESS: What makes this style great for playing sports?
JF: “It gives you a great style that is still tight and out of your face. It also protects your hair from the sun.”

FITNESS: Does this style translate to the gym and everyday exercise?
JF: “Absolutely! Braids are more attractive than the average ponytail; they are more glamorous. If you aren’t running heavily, you can allow your braids to be looser and softer. They are also perfect for going out after the gym because once you take your braids out you have perfect beach waves.”

FITNESS: What players have you done this style on?
JF: “Jelena Jankovic, but others will follow.”

Channel your inner athlete and spice up your workout hair by ditching the pony and sporting a stylish-yet-functional braid!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Sneak Peek at Missoni for Target Beauty!

Written on September 6, 2011 at 11:53 am , by

MSBeauty2emailThe much buzzed-about Missoni for Target collection includes everything from clothing to shoes to men’s, children’s, housewares (even a bike!)—and of course, beauty. Here’s a sneak peek at our favorites from the limited edition line (from top): Valet ($20), Train Case ($25), Medium Purse Kit ($13) and Rectangle Kit ($10), and 24-Pack Bobby Pin Slides ($7 per set; below). Get ‘em while you can, starting Tuesday, September 13 in Target stores and on Target.com. Happy shopping!401465 Missoni Look Book

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori Dedić

Written on September 1, 2011 at 10:51 am , by

This week, Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori Dedić reveals the secrets to her glowing skin, beachy waves, and how she looks great through the most stringent of workout regimens:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Laid-back, natural and über-girly!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Kérastase Aqua Seal Leave-In Hair Conditioner to condition my hair while I sleep; Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Whisper; and any sea salt spray for my hair.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? If I’m going from my morning SoulCycle class, I have to be quick to make it to the office on time. So I’ll take a quick shower, slather my hair with a Kérastase cream and put it into a high bun to air dry, swipe on a little eyeshadow (always a light pink or light gold), then mascara and eyeliner, and finish things off with lipgloss. Around mid-day, I take my bun down and let my wavy hair loose—by then it’s super-voluminous!
At night? If I’m heading out for a date with my husband or to meet up with friends, I’ll reapply some eyeshadow and spray a light-hold hair spray into my hair to give it some more oomph. I really take care of my skin before I go to bed after I’ve worked out and ran around so much during the day. I always take my makeup off with CVS Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes—they truly make my skin glow. I wash my face with a very sudsy facial wash, and never go to sleep without putting on a nighttime serum (Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum) and cream (Estée Lauder Time Zone Night Anti-Line/Wrinkle Creme). I think it’s really important to stick to your nighttime beauty rituals because your skin repairs itself while you sleep.
Post-workout? Whether I’m working out in the morning, hitting up a gym class at lunchtime, or doing my marathon training run in the evening, I try to take off all my makeup when I work out, then wash my face with cold water afterward and apply a lightweight moisturizer. I always feel instantly refreshed.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? I try to get a facial once a month—I work out so much that I think my skin needs that refresher treatment to wipe away any excess oil, treat any sun spots, even out my skintone and exfoliate like I can’t at home. I love trying new spas as well because it’s fun comparing and seeing what I like best.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Stop highlighting your hair! For years I damaged my hair by making it blonder and blonder (and just trying to keep up with the roots!), and ended up making it extremely dry. One day I realized that I’d forgotten what my natural hair even looked like and that was such a shame! So I stopped everything and went to hair rehab for about a year. Plus, I was working out and training for races so much I kept throwing my hair in a ponytail, so I thought when would be a better time to let myself “go” so to speak. The best thing I ever did was let myself be natural—I’ve never gotten more compliments about my hair and who knew all that was underneath all those treatments I was getting (and money I was spending). Stop fighting the beauty you were given: Embrace it! And I have to thank Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City for helping me love what I have and teaching me how to have healthy hair.