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March 2012

Favorite Find Friday: Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in L.A.

Written on March 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm , by

We’re on an endless quest for the perfect pink lip color, and have finally found true love in Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in L.A. The medium-rose hue has just enough pigment and subtle gold flecks to enhance your lips’ natural shape and color, making them look pouty and lush. Shea butter makes the formula feel as hydrating as a lip balm, and ginger and peppermint extracts give it a refreshing bit of tingle. It complements any makeup look, requires zero effort, and brings us as close to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s pillowy pout as we’re ever going to get— all we’re really looking for in a lip product!

Tell us: Have you found the perfect pink lip color?

Can Being Beautiful Help You Get A Job?

Written on March 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm , by

A pretty face can get you more than dates and free drinks, according to a new study.

Turns out there’s merit to putting your best face forward: Attractive job candidates get called back 36 percent more frequently than those who aren’t as good-looking, according to a paper published by the Institute for the Study of Labor. In the study, which took place in Argentina over two months, investigators sent 2,500 applications to positions in various fields, including a photo of the person.

They found that 10.3 percent of attractive applicants got called for interviews– and were contacted sooner– versus 7.6 percent of the unattractive candidates. Researchers gauged physical beauty based on facial proportions found to be appealing in previous studies.

Tell us: Do you think pretty people have an advantage when applying for jobs?

Look Like the Ladies Of Mad Men

Written on March 27, 2012 at 9:58 am , by

Steal the retro glam makeup look of the ladies of Mad Men with these two limited-edition collaborations. We think Betty, Joan and Peggy would approve.

Estée Lauder Mad Men Color Collection

Both encased in gilded, vanity-worthy packaging— even the boxes are a vintage-y brocade print— the Lipstick in Cherry and Creme Rouge in Evening Rose lend that timeless just-bitten flush to lips and cheeks.

Refinery29 + Julie Hewett Mad Men Spring Essentials Makeup Kit

This set includes all you need to recreate any of the leading ladies’ old Hollywood makeup looks: The perfect red lipstick, Rouge Noir; Cheekie Pot Cheek & Lip Shine in Destiny, a rosy mauve; flat-topped Cheekie Brush; an Eyeshadow Quad that contains three neutrals (Bellini, Pearl and Siren) and one dark defining powder (Noir); and a portable Mini Liner Brush.

Behind the Scenes of our April “Ready, Set, Glow!” Feature Shoot

Written on March 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm , by

Our “Ready, Set, Glow!” makeup feature in the April issue (check it out on pages 40 – 44!)  shows you seven ways to update your standard makeup look for spring— in a single step. Here’s a peek on the set of the photo shoot for the story, where celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez— whose clients include Beyoncé, Zoe Saldana and Marisa Miller— worked her magic:

 

Favorite Find Friday: Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow

Written on March 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm , by

A true testament to a product’s greatness is when it elicits compliments every time you wear it. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow is one of those rare specimens. We trace the pinky-beige gleamy pencil along our bottom lashline no matter what eye shadow, liner (or lack thereof) we’re wearing– it lends an ethereal brightness to tired eyes and distracts from dark shadows. Its eye area-awakening abilities trump all forms of caffeine and any eye cream we’ve ever used. People are constantly asking us what the magic liner is, and now the secret’s out.

Tell us: What beauty product always earns you compliments?

Get an (Almost) *Free* Stephanie Johnson Makeup Bag from Playtex!

Written on March 20, 2012 at 11:18 am , by

File this deal into the “sounds too good to be true but actually is” category: Stephanie Johnson, designer of the world’s cutest makeup bags and one of our all-time favorites, has created two designs especially for Playtex Brands that can be yours for the price of two boxes of tampons. Now through August 31, mail in two specially-marked packages of Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons (18 count or larger) or Playtex Sport Tampons (14 count or larger) to receive one of the chicly-printed makeup cases shown here, each a $45 value.

Pro Tennis Player Caroline Wozniacki’s Secrets to Flawless Skin

Written on March 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm , by

Professional tennis player and Proactiv spokesperson Caroline Wozniacki manages to have flawless skin despite constant sweat and sun exposure on the court, so we jumped at the chance to get her secrets. Here’s what she said about the products that keep her looking gorgeous, her on-the-road routine, and her proudest career moment.

FITNESS: What’s your haircare, makeup and skincare routine like on a typical day?
Caroline Wozniacki: I really try to keep my daily routine simple and natural.  I always like my skin to feel light and clean, so I really try hard to use products that are good for my skin and keep me looking naturally fresh.  Since I travel so much, I like to make sure my routine can easily come with me from country to country! I make sure to drink a lot of water, get plenty of sleep and moisturize my skin every day.  I find that doing these simple things are easy ways to keep me looking my best.

FITNESS: You’re constantly on the court and exposed to the harsh sun. How do you keep your skin protected?
CW: I wear SPF under my daily moisturizer every day. I’m on the court and outside playing so much that I don’t want to have to worry about my skin getting damaged from the sun.  So I just make sure I am properly protected every day. Now it’s such a routine that I pretty much have SPF on all the time!

FITNESS: How did you start working with Proactiv?
CW: I started having bad breakouts when I was about 15 years old. I was playing a lot of tournaments back then, so I was in the public eye a lot and didn’t really feel comfortable with all the cameras around because I wasn’t confident about my skin.  I decided to give Proactiv a chance, and my experience was really positive. After about a week, I started to see significant results. I was so happy, and didn’t have to worry about breakouts anymore.  Since I love the product so much, I figured a partnership with them was a great idea.

FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product never leaves your bag? Why?
CW: Once again, SPF is really important to me so I always have some in my bag with me.  You never know when you’re going to need it! I’m also obsessed with a bunch of the Oriflame lip glosses so I keep those on hand most of the time as well.  I hate when my lips are dry or chapped! So I always like to have lip treatments with me, and if they have SPF in them, even better.

FITNESS: What are your gym bag beauty essentials?
CW: Definitely my blister patches! Compeed makes these amazing blister patches that I keep in my gym bag all the time because I wear them almost every day.  Blisters are the absolute worst when I’m playing or practicing and can really affect my game so having the patches on me makes a huge difference.

FITNESS: What does your training consist of?
CW: Naturally I spend a lot of time on the court, but I also spend a fair amount of time training off-court. I also like to mix it up and have some fun with boxercise.

FITNESS: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
CW: I definitely indulge in my fair share of massages, but most of them are more sports therapy.

FITNESS: What are the beauty products you can’t live without?
CW: Proactiv 3 Step System, Proactiv Refining Mask, Compeed Blister Patches, Oriflame Giordani lip gloss line, Oriflame Divine Body Cream and the Proactiv Advanced Blemish Treatment.

FITNESS: Where do you get the confidence and energy to keep working your absolute hardest on the court?
CW: I’ve always been very motivated to do my best when I play.  It’s definitely a passion and drive within me that keeps me going and playing my best.  I also come from a family of athletes, so they have always been very supportive and motivating which helps me stay focused and try my hardest.

FITNESS: What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
CW: Holding the #1 position for so long is definitely something I am really proud of.  I finished at #1 for two years in a row, so that is something I really strive to reach again.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Eco-Armour Shaving Foam & Body Wash in Soothing Citrus

Written on March 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

We’d always been indifferent to shaving creams— until we found one that could double as body wash: Eco-Armour Shaving Foam & Body Wash in Soothing Citrus. The fluffy, light as air formula comes in an easy-to-use pump bottle, rather than a bulky can, and is based on a cocktail of natural ingredients like coconut oil, glycerin and aloe that leave skin smooth. And we can’t get enough of the refreshing bergamot and grapefruit essential oil-derived scent.

Tell us: Do you use a shaving foam, cream or gel? If so, what’s your go-to?

One-Day-Only Deal Alert! Tarte on QVC

Written on March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm , by

qvc maracuja set from tarte

Photo: Courtesy of Tarte

Listen up, beauty babes: Tomorrow, Friday, March 16, you can score $200+ worth of eight high-performance Tarte Cosmetics products, for just $59.96, on QVC and QVC.com. As the featured “Today’s Special Value,” this set—the Miracle of Maracuja Skin Smart Collection—is packed with some perfect products to transition you from spring to summer:

*Pure Maracuja Oil – The essential fatty acids and vitamin C leave your skin brighter, firmer and more hydrated.  When we tested it out, we were shocked to notice smaller pores. “Oil.” Pfff. We think it’s some sort of magic. (Extra FYI: It usually retails for $46.)

*Maracuja Waterproof Creaseless Concealer – Super-creamy; So yes, it really is creaseless.

*Cashmere Waterproof Gliding LinerSo smooth

*Airblush Maracuja Bouncy Blush – A pretty “poppy” color!

*QVC Exclusive Airbrush Finish Bamboo Blush Brush – Helps you score an air-brushed look

*Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara – A Tarte favorite, thanks to the lengthening + volumizing formula

*QVC Exclusive Beauty & The Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad – The shades are pink cloud, silver mist, purple fog and dark ash.

 *Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss – The peachy nude shade is exclusive to this QVC collection.

All that, and you get to save nearly 140 bucks.  Hop on over to QVC.com this Friday to score the deal. (P.S. – While we’re on the topic of saving money, don’t miss our “Financially Fit!” exclusive survey that FITNESS conducted with Yahoo! Shine!)

—By Christie Griffin, digital director

Giorgio Armani Fragrance + UNICEF Team Up For Clean Water

Written on March 14, 2012 at 10:36 am , by

Sweet charity: Giorgio Armani Fragrance is partnering with the UNICEF Tap Project to deliver clean, safe drinking water to children around the world. Do your part— and smell great in the process—by participating in the Acqua For Life Campaign between March 1 and 31st.

  • $1 from the sale of each Acqua Di Gio for Men and Acqua di Gioia for Women spray cologne or gift set puchased will be donated
  • $1 for the first 100,000 people who “like” the Acqua For Life Facebook page will be donated
  • Up to $15— 100 percent of the retail sales price—of each 10ml Acqua di Gioia Rollerball Eau de Parfum purchased will be donated