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October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Written on October 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm , by

Need last-minute inspiration for a Halloween costume? A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to throw a 90s-themed birthday party, which was SO much fun to see the different costumes. My inspiration for my costume was Cher from the movie Clueless. My husband’s inspiration was Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell.

Since I’m a beauty editor, you better believe that I got really into the hair, makeup and nails from the 90s. I applied a squared-off French manicure set the day of the party, and I even had to go to work in them the following Monday. (I couldn’t get them off!) For hair, Jessie James, a stylist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, decided to blow-dry my hair with each layer cupping my face, instead of twirling layers away from my face, which is way more modern. For my makeup, Landy Dean contoured my face with opaque, matte brown tones and applied an eyeshadow called “Mysterious Plum,” which he said that he has had in his kit since the 90s. We both ordered brick-like cell phones off of eBay, and I carried around shopping bags as accessories. I also had on a white velvet choker to spice up my outfit.

What are you going to be this Halloween? Hope you guys have a great time dressing up!

Feet First

Written on October 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm , by

Now that summer’s warmth is a distant memory and everyone’s sandals have been shelved, footcare often falls to the bottom of the beauty priority list. But even though your feet aren’t on display in winter, they can still take a beating. We asked Mary Lupo, M.D., a dermatologist in New Orleans, for advice on how to keep your feet in top shape through the cold-weather months— until it’s time for them to see the light again:

Feet aren’t usually exposed in winter, so what causes them to become cracked and damaged?
Heaters easily dehydrate the skin, and the hotter bath and shower temperatures people seem to like in winter can also be harmful to skin. There are fewer oil glands in the feet to protect them from drying out.

What is the best way to get rid of cracks and calluses?
Hands down: Theraplex FT Exfoliating Emollient. It’s a game changer! It contains salicylic acid to exfoliate the dead, dried skin cells, hydrators for deep nourishment, and even a little menthol to deodorize.

How should we care for our feet on a daily basis now that the weather is cooler? Apply a skin-sloughing foot cream with glycolic or salicylic acid, then slip on a pair of socks on for at least 15 minutes. Even better, wear your socks overnight or do this routine right after you shower before stepping out for the day. It’s so easy and will keep your feet baby soft all year!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush

Written on October 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm , by

After testing countless formulations, we’ve learned that not all dry shampoos are created equal. Some are just too chalky, sticky, wet, etc. One that comes close to perfection: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush. This spray goes on completely clear, absorbs oil, boosts volume, and leaves hair smelling slightly floral, yet free of residue. Besides using it to freshen strands post gym, on nights we don’t wash, we spritz it on our roots before bed, brush through, and wake up with full, fresh hair.

Tell us: What’s the best dry shampoo you’ve found?

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Nutrition Editor Juno DeMelo

Written on October 27, 2011 at 10:05 am , by

We’re thrilled to welcome a new addition to the FITNESS staff: Nutrition Editor Juno DeMelo. We got to know her a little better by asking her to spill her no-fail beauty favorites and secrets:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Tried-and-true!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Bobbi Brown Concealer, Philosophy Tinted Moisturizer, and dry shampoo.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, slap on some moisturizer (literally, I slap my cheeks; I could swear I read somewhere that it helps your skin absorb product!), cover up any spots with concealer, line my upper lash line, put on a coat of mascara and dab cream blush onto my cheeks. Oh, and I run the flat iron through my hair every single morning. I spritz it with heat-protectant spray first, and so far, no split ends!
At night? I use Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, (Editor’s note: A mutual favorite—we love its thick, balm-like cream texture and refreshing eucalyptus-ish smell) wait an hour, then put on Retin-A. It’s the one pricey skin cream I splurge on.
Post-workout? I hate schlepping my makeup bag to the gym, so I usually just head home afterward and take a hot shower.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A pedicure. Even though my mom was a manicurist when I was a kid—and I have two shelves worth of polish at home!—I can never get it to look as good as it does when the pros do it.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Don’t dye your hair. Until I go gray, I’d rather spend my money on healthy-hair products than highlights. Brown is beautiful!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

FITNESS’ Make Up For Ever Lipstick Shade!

Written on October 25, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

A few months back, we were lucky enough to choose, name, and get an exclusive advanced launch of a lipstick from Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural line of hydrating, sheer, easy-to-wear lip colors. First, the Beauty Department narrowed 50 shade options down to a single skin-brightening, looks-great-on-all red. Then, staffers brainstormed countless ideas for names and we conducted a vote to come up with the winner: FITNESS Red-y, Set, Go!, which reflects both the dynamic, active nature of the magazine and the vibrant, universally-flattering crimson hue. Check out the shade, right, and the full story on page 39 of our November/December issue, on newsstands today. Pucker up!

Order Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in #45 FITNESS Red-y, Set, Go! ($19) by calling 877-757-5175; look for the rest of the collection (50 shades total) in stores this spring.

Chatting Off the Slopes with Olympic Freeskier Sarah Burke

Written on October 24, 2011 at 7:51 am , by

Last week, we were lucky enough to have Olympic Freeskier Sarah Burke come visit our office. The gorgeous and super-sweet Canadian is constantly on-the-go (she just got back from New Zealand!), but made time to chat with us about everything from her weakness for Chanel to training for the 2014 Olympic Games. Take a peek:

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Lierac Sensorielle Multi-Use Oil For Face, Body & Hair

Written on October 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm , by

To many people, oil in beauty products is the enemy— but for those with dry skin and hair, the slippery stuff can be a saving grace. Our latest oil obsession is Lierac Paris Sensorielle Multi-Use Oil for Face, Body & Hair, a blend of argan, sweet almond, and grape seed oils with the light, creamy scent of jasmine, camellia, and gardenia extracts. We smooth it on rough patches on our face and body, pump a few drops into the bath, and run a bit through the parched ends of our hair for instant, lasting hydration and nourishment. Using the luxe oil in its gorgeous glass bottle just makes us feel fancy!

Tell us: Are you a fan of beauty oils? If so, what’s your favorite?

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Associate Art Director Lauren Kukafka

Written on October 20, 2011 at 7:21 am , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Associate Art Director Lauren Kukafka shares her keep-it-simple beauty philosophy and secrets:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Less is more!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Aveeno Cleansing Pads, DDF Aloe Toner and moisturizer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? The three products above I use in the morning and night. I never switch it up! If it works, why change it?
Post-workout? I usually let my hair air dry after working in a bit of anti-frizz cream.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good?  Washing up before bed. I am known to take a really long time. I love to feel really clean before bed, so I wash my face for like 20 minutes!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I have seriously sensitive skin, and I used to try lots of new stuff, just for fun. I would always be allergic to it, however, which is no fun! Now I know just to use what works.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Soccer Star Julie Foudy Talks Self-Esteem, Sports & Staying Fit

Written on October 19, 2011 at 11:54 am , by

Former U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Captain and current ESPN host Julie Foudy has teamed up with the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem, encouraging women to commit to spending one hour doing a self-esteem building activity with a girl in their life during Dove Self-Esteem Weekend (October 21st – 23rd). We got the chance to ask Julie about her participation in the program as well as her own empowering endeavorer, Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (plus a bit of beauty, of course!).

FITNESS: What was the inspiration behind starting your own leadership academy?
Julie Foudy: I was running soccer camps for a long time and it was solely just soccer. When I retired in 2004, I thought oh-my-gosh, we should be teaching these girls so much more than just how to kick a ball. The beauty of sports for me has always been life lessons, confidence, self-esteem, how to deal with adversity and being apart of a team. So a small group of us got together to create and mix all of those elements together. We all realized the tremendous value that the game has on building strong character traits, so we started the academy with the message of self-esteem and confidence-building.

FITNESS: What do you feel is the most beneficial aspect that your foundation provides to girls?
: It’s that they leave empowered.A real epiphany occurred when the girls would leave camp,and we would get constant feedback from parents about how their kids are more confident and starting their own leadership projects. It’s really empowering to have these young girls be leaders in their own communities and take chances.The truth is only 4% of women identify themselves as beautiful, so it’s incredibly important to put the seeds of knowledge into young girls.We use soccer as the vehicle to transport a greater message.

FITNESS: Why did you decide to get involved with the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem? 
JF: I got involved with Dove because they matched up with my own beliefs. At the academy, I have my girls watch the Dove Evolution video. Dove’s campaign is so important to me especially since I have a 4-½ year-old, Izzy. She is already saying things like, “Mommy, do I look beautiful?” In my house, I’m teaching that beauty is on the inside; even at an early age this issue needs to be addressed. At the leadership academy that is exactly what we are doing.

FITNESS: What advice would you give to young women to improve and maintain a healthy self-esteem?
JF: To laugh out loud, to take that step. To not be afraid to be silly, to have fun and to take risks! One of the things girls tend to do is step back instead of forward; follow your gut and surround yourself with a good support system.

FITNESS: What is your beauty routine before going on camera? In everyday life?
JF: I’m lucky when I’m at ESPN because they do my hair and makeup. I’m not the best with makeup at all; I didn’t learn how to apply mascara until I was out of college. So, in my everyday life, I don’t wear that much makeup.

FITNESS:What are your go-to beauty products for when you are on the go?
JF: I love M.A.C. Cosmetics, and my go-to mascara is Maybelline Great Lash. It’s the best and makeup artists swear by it!

FITNESS:What types of workouts do you do? 
JF: When I played soccer,I had a good motor and I loved to run. I still run quite a bit, but after having two kids,I realized I needed to be a little more organized. So, I’ve been trying to start running with my friends.When I was playing soccer, workouts were fun because we thrived off of each other; we were a collective team, so I need to get back that team support system.

FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?    
JF:  It has to be winning the 2004 Olympics.The team was getting older, we had gone into a second overtime and I had a sprained ankle. It didn’t look good, but we all wanted it so much,so we were going to do what ever we could to win! And I actually ran the Santa Barbara half marathon without training and after being pregnant. I ran the whole thing, but I thought I was going to die at the end of it!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Battle Breast Cancer With Beauty

Written on October 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm , by

The outdoors may be full of cool autumn hues, but inside stores there’s an aurora of pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Amidst this sea of good intentions, it can be difficult to discern which wares are actually helping the cause. Here, a list of five products worth checking out if you want to support breast cancer research: A sizable portion, if not all, of the purchase price of each is being donated to finding a cure.

Tell Us: How do you support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern