Written on August 16, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
It seems like as soon as summer hits, a wave of products flood the shelves, boasting of melt-proof magic, heat-withstanding hold and overall hot-weather defying voodoo. And yet, by the time I get home from work—scratch that—by the time 3 p.m. rolls around, these supposed makeup “miracles” have caked up in my fine lines or slid down to various regions of my face. (Not so pretty.) Just when I’d almost resigned myself to perpetual raccoon eyes and creased shadows, I stumbled upon Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream Eyeshadow ($23, sephora.com). Holy wow. This creamy, hyper-pigmented pot of shadow is pure magic. Its not-too-thick, not-too-thin consistency is perfect for a swipe of sheer color, or to be layered for a stunning, opaque look that truly holds up all day. One 8 a.m. application of Aqua Cream #52 lasted through a 104-degree outdoor commute, a sweat-drenched Zumba class and a constant cycle of allergy sneezes. Yet, by the time I got home, my eyes still looked just as creaseless and fresh as they had 12 hours prior. And despite Aqua Cream’s waterproof formula, my lids easily wiped clean with only a little makeup remover. Although $23 per pot may seem a little pricey, trust me—it’s absolutely worth it.
-Chloe Metzger, editorial intern
Written on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
Even the most beauty-obsessed girl can find herself in a routine rut. Shimmery champagne eye shadow, a bold winged cat eye and peachy-pink blush is my go-to beauty look, but let’s be honest—wearing the same shades day after day can get a bit boring. While I love to switch up my humdrum routine with a bright lip or smoky eye, I never even thought of messing with my classic beauty staple of black mascara until now. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection ($7, drugstores) has upped the ante in the mascara game with six insanely gorgeous shades available only for the month of August. From Wink of Pink, a flirty bubblegum hue, to Green with Envy, a gorgeous grown-up emerald, these in-the-moment mascaras are sure to shake up your makeup look. While you might think these jewel-toned hues seem a bit much, I swear, they are subtle enough for office wear. Plus, they have the same lash-thickening formula that has landed the original version in every beauty maven’s makeup bag. My trick: I love to keep my eye makeup minimal and skip the shadow so these mascaras can take center stage.
—Karee Hackel, beauty intern
Written on August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
My hair and I have been through a lot together. I’ve been a blonde, brunette and redhead, and I have a tendency to be little too friendly with my hot tools. These styling faux pas have left my strands feeling dry, weak and in need of some serious T.L.C. Thankfully in recent years I’ve learned my lesson, steered clear of anything that could further damage my locks and treated my tresses to a hair indulgence once a week. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment ($6, drugstores) is my current go-to strand saver. Loaded with ultra-nourishing avocado, olive and almond oils, this quick fix instantly reverses signs of dryness and leaves my hair feeling super soft. It contains teeny-tiny crushed apricot kernels that smooth hair cuticles for amped-up shine and minimal frizz. After shampooing, I apply a layer of this starting mid-shaft all the way to my ends, comb through with a wide-tooth comb, clip my hair up off my neck (did you know the built-up oils from your hair products can cause back and chest breakouts?), wait three minutes, rinse and violà! – instantly refreshed, healthy hair.
—Karee Hackel, beauty intern
Written on July 26, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
Thanks to my extremely temperamental skin (seriously, it has a mind of its own), I have become somewhat of a skincare product fiend. If something promises a glowing, clear complexion, it’s safe to say that I’ve slathered it on my face. Recently I wanted to try something new, so I reached for Nude Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil ($78, sephora.com), and I wasn’t disappointed. Loaded with 10 precious plant oils and rich in Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, this oil reduces redness, adds intense hydration, repairs damage and creates a veil of protection to intensely nourish my problematic skin. While the word “oil” might send those with acne-prone skin running, this product has actually helped clear existing breakouts and prevent others from forming. Best of all, it is completely natural and chemical-free, which makes it perfect for my sensitive skin. I apply two to three drops, warm it between my fingertips and lightly pat it onto my face before bed, and I awake with clear, baby-soft skin. I think I may be packing up my skincare arsenal and sticking with this little power product—I’m sold!
—Karee Hackel, beauty intern
Written on July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
It’s official—I’m obsessed with Spinning. But I’ll be totally honest, I’m one of those girls in class that drips sweat. I can’t stand when my headband slides off my head mid-climb forcing me to stop my bike and reposition it, only to have it happen again (annoying!). Thankfully, I’ve found a new favorite accessory that stays put for an entire hour of class: Sweaty Bands ($15, sweatybands.com) are velvet-lined headbands that won’t move. Fitness instructor and Sweaty Bands founder, Donna Browning, developed these headbands from her own frustration with the slip-right-off-your-head kind we’ve all experienced and vows that hers will stay put through even the most strenuous workout. The velvet lining and strong, stretchy elastic have a tight grip and hold your hair without tugging or pulling. Plus, they come in 800 cool styles. I’m a sucker for Viva Diva from the Bling collection.
—Karee Hackel, beauty intern
Written on July 17, 2013 at 10:52 am , by Fitness Magazine
We’re all for low-maintenance beauty during the warmer months, but that ‘lax vibe of summer doesn’t mean it’s time to skimp on SPF or staying healthy. Jeanine Downie, M.D., board certified Dermatologist and director of her own practice, image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, N.J., shares her surefire ways to stay fit, safe in the sun and keep your skin glowing all summer long.
How do you stay fit?
“I exercise 7 days a week. Running is my favorite way to stay fit. But I also love spinning, swimming, kickboxing and lifting weights!”
What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?
“I used to swim competitively when I was younger so anytime I can swim outside is great for me. I also love to run and go kayaking.”
There are a lot of misconceptions about sweat and acne. Can you clear them up for us?
“I have a lot of patients who come in thinking that they need to shower before they work out, so they have a “clean sweat.” Also a lot of people think sweat causes acne. These are both common misnomers. Sweat is clean and doesn’t cause acne. And the right time to shower is after you work out, because the friction and moisture of sitting in wet gym clothes can cause acne.”
What’s your one go-to piece of advice that you offer to your active patients?
“I encourage all my patients to exercise a minimum of four times a week, while wearing broad spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 30 higher ever day, rain or shine. Working out decreases stress, increasing skin’s circulation and overall glow, makes hair and nails grow faster, makes your body work better, keeps you body trimmer and your mind more clear and focused! For all my active patients, I recommend washing with a gentle cleanser with salicylic acid and exfoliating 3-4 times a week with either a gentle exfoliating face wash with salicylic acid, glycolic acid or even just a nubby wash cloth and your own gentle cleanser with salicylic acid.”
What are your favorite summer products?
“Protecting your skin from harmful rays is incredibly important. I’m a big fan of spray sunscreen, like AVEENO Hydrosport SPF 30 ($8, aveeno.com) because its adherent and works great on wet skin! In the summer you don’t want anything that feels or smells too heavy so I switch to a lighter fragrance. My favorite is Dior Escale à Pondichéry ($75, dior.com).
Do you have any favorite healthy snacks that give you energy for your workouts and also have skin-benefiting ingredients?
“My favorite snacks are apples (there is nothing better than a crispy apple) and Ideal Protein Bars.”
—Karee Hackel, beauty intern
Written on July 5, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
I’m guilty of trying to stash my entire life into my purse. For beauty lovers like me, that includes nearly all of my makeup and a few of my favorite perfumes, which can really weigh me down. So whenever one of my go-to scents comes in a travel-friendly size, I make sure to stock up on it so I can keep the lightweight bottle in my purse or gym bag. One that I’m loving right now: Viva La Juicy Rollerball by Juicy Couture ($19, nordstrom.com). The fragrance smells amazing—with top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin, it has a yummy sweetness that blends with light florals like honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine. It’s pinky-size bottle fits almost anywhere—even a change purse or a clutch—so you can take it with you wherever you need to go and it’s perfect for touch ups throughout the day. Now, if only I can find mini versions of everything else in my purse!
—Katelyn Blough, beauty intern
Written on July 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
Who hasn’t belted out the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe at some point? The rising star found mega-fame with her debut single and has been rising up the charts ever since. I got the chance to chat with her about a recent partnership with Güd, a natural beauty line from the makers of Burt’s Bees, and what music gets her heart pumping during her favorite workouts (hint: it involves stadium stairs).
Tell us about your partnership with Güd.
“Basically, I was kind of won over by the slogan, ‘happy is beautiful.’ I love the idea that Güd products are natural, and they aren’t harmful to the environment or animals. All of those things just reassured me, and I knew that when I was choosing a partnership, I wanted to pick something that felt like a product I had grown up with, and I have grown up with Burt’s Bees, so Güd just felt like the best of both worlds.”
What’s your favorite scent in the line?
“Pearanormal Activity. It’s more subtle than the other ones, but I feel like I can wear it everyday.”
Why are natural products so important to you?
“I just grew up with them. My mom’s kind of a hippie at heart and she has always hammered home the fact that your body is a temple, and all that kind of stuff. I think you grow up and you get fed a whole bunch of different ideas about what it takes to be beautiful, and I personally love the idea that natural is beautiful. Doing stuff that isn’t harmful to yourself is the number one most important thing in my books.”
What are some of the best beauty tips you’ve picked up from photo shoots and red carpet events?
“There are a few things that I’ve fallen in love with. For one, there’s this little bun thing that’s called a bun donut, and it’s a really simple way to put your hair up. You just wrap your hair around it and have a perfect bun. It’s super easy to do. I’ve also learned to love fake lashes. When it’s a red carpet event especially, it’s fun to play with fake lashes. And then CND Shellac (prices vary, cnd.com for salons) nails are my favorite because I play guitar a lot, and when I get a manicure, it’s ruined five minutes later. Even though it’s a little rough on the nails when removing, every once in awhile I go and get Shellac instead because I know my nails will be prettier for longer and I can play as much as I want!”
Singing while dancing on tour takes a lot of stamina. How do you stay in shape?
“One of things I used to do when I was on the Justin Bieber Tour was run. When I was looking at the stadium and figuring out what I was going to do in my hours before meet-and-greet time, I decided to start running the stairs. My security guard and I would get in running gear and run the stairs of the stadium, which was cool for two reasons: it gets your butt in shape, but it’s also a way to get perspective and be like, ‘Wow, someone’s going to be sitting up here!’ I need to make the show big enough to reach them.’”
What songs or artists do you listen to when working out?
“I listen to Robyn—she has my favorite workout music.”
Your debut single, Call Me Maybe, was a huge success. What’s that one song right now that you just can’t get out of your head?
“There are a few songs that I love right now. I like the new Miley Cyrus single, and I like ‘I Love It’ too by Icona Pop. I’m a big fan of Fun too; I think they’re pretty rad. I love all of their music.”
Tell us about your new single and collaboration with Nikki Minaj.
“It was a really cool partnership! I love working on projects with someone I typically wouldn’t. We come from two totally different worlds, so it was fun for that reason especially. I was really happy that she agreed to be on the track, and I think it wasn’t totally done until she added her verse to it.”
Written on June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those girls lucky enough to breeze through their teenage years without breakouts. Once puberty hit, blackheads and pimples did too—with a vengeance. While Accutane helped for a few years in college, once the real stressors hit, my face broke out as if I had traveled back in time to visit my 16-year-old-self.
Fast-forward five years and my skin was in the same, sad shape. There were months when I saw barely-there blemishes, and others when I felt like craters took up mad real-estate on my face (attractive visual, I know). Tired of being a 20-something who had the skin of a pubescent teen, I enlisted the help of our beauty director, Heather Muir. She’s an encyclopedia of beauty knowledge, and after a quick chat about my skin-care regimen, I went home with new products to try and a facial appointment at the spa-to-the-stars Mario Badescu.
It’s been a few months since I started a new routine, and I’m happy to report nothing but glowing reviews! My skin will always need TLC, but it’s worth the work: I no longer need makeup to leave my apartment. Here’s what’s worked for me:
I rinse with Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam ($20, clinique.com) for a refreshing wakeup call. In the hot summer months, BB cream is my go-to coverup; I like Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector ($13, drugstores). If extra coverage is necessary, Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup ($27, clinique.com) does the trick. To treat flare-ups and dim redness, I’m obsessed with Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel ($10, drugstores).
It’s critical that the makeup comes off before a killer sweat session. When I’m at SoulCycle, I use Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser ($4, drugstores).
I grab Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes ($8, drugstores) from my gym bag. I’m obsessed with the pink grapefruit scent!
If I’m taking a shower at night, I love having Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($12, mariobadescu.com). The thick consistency makes me feel like I’m really getting out the gunk. If I’m not showering, I take the lazy-girl route and simply swipe with a wipe. Lucky for me, that’s totally OK: derms say that’s all I need. A quick dab of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17, mariobadescu.com) after and I’m ready for a good dose of beauty sleep.
If I’m having a breakout, I immediately slap on Origins Out of Trouble 10-Minute Mask ($23, origins.com). If it’s general upkeep, I like Origins Clear Improvement ($23, origins.com) to open up my pores. Every Sunday, I use the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush ($119, clarisonic.com), to take my skin straight to exfoliating heaven.
Facials! Justifying them to my no-frills boyfriend was a stretch at first, but having a professional do the painful-but-necessary extractions then smooth with specialized treatments has been the pore perfector I needed. But if the budget is too tight one month, my esthetician from Mario Badescu gave me these quick tips and product suggestions for an at-home spa session.
- Cleanse. Wash face and neck using a cleanser to clear skin and rid oil from the surface of the skin.
- Steam. Boil a pot of water. Remove from heat and pour into a wide bowl. Lean over the bowl so face is about 10 inches from the water. Hold for 3-5 minutes to relax pores and soften skin.
- Exfoliate. Apply a gentle face scrub to damp skin. Use fingertips to massage face in circular motions for 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water.
- Mask. Choose a mask that is appropriate for your skin type. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
- Moisturize. Lightly apply eye cream, face and lip moisturizer.
Do you have any tried and true solutions that have changed your skin? Do tell!
—Samantha Shelton, assistant web editor
Written on June 17, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
Vanessa Williams is a busy bee. Not only is she an actress, singer, dancer, author and mother of four, she was recently named the spokesperson for Clear Eyes. I chatted with her about how she does it all—from looking gorg in front of the camera to staying fit despite her crazy schedule.
How were you introduced to Clear Eyes’ products? Why do you love them?
“I was introduced through my makeup artist, Sam Fine, because we always start with Clear Eyes’ drops and then we continue with the makeup process, which usually takes about an hour or so. It’s all beauty-related. Between fashion shoots, camerawork and being in front of the lens, it’s important for me to use Clear Eyes. And it’s not only photo shoots, but any kind of film work where you’re working late hours, and supposed to be in the same scene and not make it look like you’re still working at two in the morning. So they definitely come in handy; they’re a necessity for me.”
Speaking of eyes, yours are stunning! Do you have any makeup tricks to complement them?
“One of my tricks is using a beige or white pencil on the inside of the eye. That opens up your eyes and makes them look fresh. I use white on stage just because I can use that for the distance. I think it depends on what environment you are in, but white makes the eyes pop and beige makes them look natural. It’s one of those foolproof guarantees. I’ve got the beige pencil traveling with me in my bag.”
Our readers are all about staying in shape. What’s your favorite way?
“Right now, I’m doing mixed martial arts at Westchester MMA, which I started in the fall. For the first half, it’s a cardio fit class, and then you put your boxing gloves on and work with a heavy bag about six foot tall. I do combinations: kicks, switch kicks, hooks and upper cuts. It’s fantastic. I do rounds of it, and between I also jump rope and run around the room, so it’s nice. Also, in Los Angeles, I use the program Drenched. The studio is called Body Theory, so it’s a cardio kick boxing class. I also do yoga, Alvin Ailey and Zumba classes. And when I don’t have anything, or when I’m traveling, I just jump on the treadmill for an hour and use some hand weights. I’ve just got to do something. Especially the older you get, you lose muscle tone so easily, and you just can’t afford to take any time off.”
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
“My favorite is Skinny Pop Popcorn, which I’ve been eating for about a year and a half now. I love popcorn, and it’s a guilt-free kind of thing. I can eat the whole bag, which has zero fat and still tastes delicious. It doesn’t taste like styrofoam; it tastes like really good popcorn with just enough salt.”
—Katelyn Blough, beauty intern