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June 2012

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Assistant Samantha Shelton

Written on June 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, Editorial Assistant Samantha Shelton gives us a peek at her primping routine and reveals her go-to’s for achieving a fresh-faced look. 

Describe your style in three words or less: Fresh, natural and laid-back.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara, Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit (perfect for pre- and post-gym!) and no-slip hair ties.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? If I’m coming back from an A.M. workout, I hop in the shower and make sure to use Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash (pink grapefruit is my fave). Then I pop in my contacts, brush my teeth using Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Extra White + Scope Outlast toothpaste and try to remember to floss. I go natural with my makeup, but always make sure to have at least a swipe of mascara on. If I’m looking for a more polished look, I dot on concealer, add some foundation, eye liner and shadow and a tinge of blush.
At night? I really make sure to take care of my skin before I head to bed (and I make sure my pillowcases are washed often!). I’ll take off any residue from the day with the Neutrogena wipes, then use a sudsy face wash. I add on a light night cream, brush my teeth and hit the sheets!
Post-workout? I always try to remember to take off my makeup beforehand, and the Neutrogena wipes are perfect for it. A few quick swipes and I’m done – and they smell so good! If I’m not heading home right after my workout for a shower, I’ll wash my face with an acne wash. Add some deodorant and a spritz of body splash and I’m set to go.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A manicure and pedicure! My close girlfriends and I make a weekend date out of it – brunch, then mani-pedis to relax, recharge and catch up on each others’ lives. It’s a great way to reconnect and I leave with fun colors and a treatment that makes me feel pampered.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Embrace your curls! I grew up wasting so much time on my hair, trying to make it stick-straight because I was one of the few girls with curly hair. My mom and hair dresser always hated that! I finally got sick of the extra work and realized my curls look amazing when I treat them right. Now I avoid heat-styling as much as possible, and my boyfriend says my curls are one of his favorite things about me.

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream

Written on June 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm , by

Being a beauty editor forces us to be fickle— new launches to test arrive at our desks every day— so very few products become mainstays in our arsenal. One that’s remained unmatched over the years is Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream. The lightweight olive oil-based formula has the miraculous ability to instantly turn our strands from straw to silk. We use it as a leave-in conditioner or work a dime-sized amount over dry strands to smooth and add shine, making split ends disappear and even the most abused hair (like ours) look healthy again.

Tell us: What’s the hair styling product you can’t live without?

Beauty From The Barre

Written on June 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm , by

Up until starting college a few years ago, I was a ballerina. When you’re propped up in pointe shoes for hours at a time, there’s little tolerance for beauty woes. Ballerinas have primping solutions that stand up to the thickest sweat, most unflattering lighting and unruliest hair. And you don’t have to be Natalie Portman to get the in.

Flash-Friendly Makeup:

Take a peek at a principal dancer’s makeup kit and there’s not a speck of glitter or shimmer in sight. Stage lighting makes shimmer look like grease and sweat, and so do the flashes on your best friend’s camera. If you know you’re going to be getting mobile upload notifications throughout the evening, switch out your illuminating foundation for a matte yet hydrating formula, like Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation— you’ll find yourself untagging fewer pictures. Use a highlighter just on cheekbones to catch the light, but be sure to keep blush and bronzer matte.

Topknot 101:

The buns perched on the top of ballerinas’ heads look polished and sophisticated, but when you try the look on yourself it’s more of a Christmas elf situation. Here’s your guide to conquering the bun:

  1. Study your cheekbones: Your ponytail should be gathered at your crown following the angle of your cheekbones to create the most flattering proportions. So, if you were to draw a line from the top of your cheekbone to the base of your pony, the line would be straight.
  2. Don’t twirl too tightly: If you twist your pony too tightly before you wrap it around the base, it’ll create an awkward, lopsided shape. Give it a few twirls, then slowly start your spiral.
  3. Use two hands: As you’re spiraling with one hand, use the other to gently press the bun against your crown. This will prevent the dreaded doorknob shape (FYI: donuts are the ideal shape.)
  4. Tuck and pin: Tuck the tips of your hair underneath your formed donut. Next, grab the hairpins. Note: not bobby pins, hairpins. They’re different. If you have superthick hair, the drugstore hair aisle won’t cut it. Bunheads Hair Pins hold up through 32 fouetté turns—the true test of a hair product’s prowess.
  5. Mess it up: You don’t want your knot to look too perfect. After all pins are secured, lightly pinch little sections of your donut. It’ll make it look effortless—like you didn’t just get a full tricep workout trying to put your hair up.
  6. Spritz, baby, spritz: Mist your ‘do with hairspray. You’ll find Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray backstage.

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Senior Editor Bethany Gumper’s DIY Nail Art!

Written on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 am , by

Bethany's beautiful two-toned manicure!

When Senior Editor Bethany Gumper came by our desk showing off her DIY nail art, we had to share: The dual-toned mint green and purple manicure is perfect for late spring/early summer, and looks intricate but is super-easy to do. She modified these simple instructions from Julie Kandalec, a celebrity manicurist in New York City in our May 2012 “Nail It!” feature:

  • Paint on two coats of a base color, like mint green, and let your nails dry.
  • Using an accent color, such as lilac, swipe two more coats over half of your nail.
  • Finish with a topcoat for shine and staying power.

Make a *Free* Donation to Children’s Charity With John Frieda + Stacy Keibler

Written on June 5, 2012 at 10:43 am , by

Haircare brand John Frieda is pairing with TV personality and actress Stacy Keibler (she of the lustrous, George Clooney-mesmerizing blonde locks) to raise money for HAIRraising, a charity that supports the Children’s Hospital Boston. For each viewing of the video here, where Stacy reveals how she’s using Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray to brighten her strands, John Frieda will donate $2 to the cause. An easy way to lighten up— and give back.

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Beauty Intern Cody Marick

Written on June 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm , by

This week, the newest addition to the FITNESS Beauty team, Beauty Intern Cody Marick, doles out her beauty routine deets and favorite product picks.

Describe your style in three words or less: Obsessed with skincare.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Sheer Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I cleanse with Cetaphil, swipe on Renee Rouleau Revitalizing Ginseng Toner with a toning cloth and then apply a moisturizing sunscreen (above). After that I’ll figure out what I’m going to do with my hair—usually just leave it down and natural or twist it into a bun. Then I’ll do my makeup. It’s different everyday, but always mascara. Always. I often reach for Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Washable Mascara.
At night?  Remove my makeup with Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, cleanse with Cetaphil and my Clarisonic Mia, and swipe on toner (above). Then I apply a dark spot treatment—Kiehl’s, Clinique and Garnier make effective ones free of hydroquinone. Finally, finish with a moisturizer and eye cream.
Post-workout? Shower!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A really great blowout.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? My mom has been dabbing on eye cream (constantly throughout the day) for nearly her entire life—and it shows! She’s completely Botox and filler free. I hope that my adoption of her dedicated eye cream habit will serve me well, too!

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Groundwork

Written on June 1, 2012 at 10:31 am , by

Our summer makeup bags house only the toughest humidity defenders— think mattifying primers, cheek stains, and tubing mascara. MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Groundwork is sure to maintain its makeup bag real estate through Labor Day. The double-duty eye primer/eye shadow combo doesn’t budge: Not even a hot yoga class can make it crease (we’ve tried!). The taupey-nude creates a veil of subtle definition over our lids while the slightest hint of shimmer brings out the tiny flecks of color in our irises. Best of all, our 6PM touch-up ritual is no longer needed.

—By Cody Marick, Beauty Intern