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The 4 Best Beauty Apps (Plus a Bonus Fashion App!)

Written on September 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

If you’re like us, you could get lost in the Sephora aisles and die happy. But who has time for that? Between early-morning workouts and evening plans, looking good can sometimes feel like a struggle. But busy bees and beauty junkies take note—your routine is about to get a lot easier. We’ve rounded up the best free apps on the market to help you maximize your time without sacrificing your style.

Beautylish: This app is the ultimate on-the-go resource for beauty enthusiasts who spend way too much time browsing Pinterest and Youtube. Get quick inspiration with step-by-step tutorials and gorgeous hair, nail and makeup designs, or check out the community forums for product reviews and prices before you hit the drugstore. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you when you get obsessed with this app! (Available for iOS,Android.)

Hair Cast: Nothing is more frustrating than spending an hour blowing out your hair, only to have it puff up the moment you step outside. Next time, check to see if frizz is on your forecast with Hair Cast by Clairol. Just enter your hair type and zip code, and this handy app quickly figures out how your hair will hold up in local weather conditions, while also giving you a customized styling tip. It’s like having a personal weatherman in your pocket—except, you know, reliable. (Available for iOS, Android.)

OPI: If you’ve ever sneakily tested a dozen nail polish colors before buying one, this app is for you. OPI’s virtual studio takes the guesswork out of polish picking by helping you select your best shade through an adjustable skin-tone finder. You can also browse through OPIs newest collections, save favorite polishes for later and connect to Facebook for OPI’s top tips. It’s simple, mess-free fun. (Available for iOS)

MyUVAlert: We’re sticklers about sun safety here at FITNESS, and you should be, too! Thankfully, Coppertone has made being sun-savvy even easier with MyUVAlert. Just type in your zip code to get real-time UV index forecasts, recommendations on sun protection gear, customized tips and—our favorite—timed sunscreen reminders. (Bye bye, sunburns!). (Available for iOS, Android.)

Closet: You’ve worn your clothes a hundred times, your drawers are jam-packed and yet every morning, you can’t find anything to wear. Sound familiar? Enter: the Closet app, which lets you browse your outfits on the go, so you can plan a week’s worth of looks wherever and whenever you want. Just take pics of your clothes, organize them into categories, build an outfit and add the completed looks to a calendar. You can even keep track of when you last wore something, so no more “didn’t I just wear this?” uncertainty. (Available for iOS)

 

—Chloe Metzger, editorial intern

Stay Put Makeup for Labor Day Weekend

Written on August 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm , by

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The sunny months of summer are slowly dwindling down (wah!), and though we’ll miss our weekly escapes to the beach, we certainly won’t miss the frizz, sweat and slip-right-off-your-face makeup that comes along with them. So just in time for the last big weekend of the season, make sure your look stays put with these easy long-wear tips.

Go Prime Time:
While this step is more-often-than-not overlooked in most beauty routines, it’s an essential way to lock your makeup in place for a flawless finish. Apply a face primer in areas where excess oil develops throughout the day such as your T-zone. Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control ($42, sephora.com) tackles two issues at once: it makes sure your makeup has heat-proof longevity and helps banish any breakouts thanks to its salicylic-laced formula.

Next step, no creases! When you want to avoid that icky line of caked shadow on your lids, start with an eye shadow primer like cult favorite Urban Decay Cosmetics Original Primer Potion ($19, urbandecay.com). This makes shadow appear more vibrant and promises 24-plus hour wear. FITNESS’ associate beauty editor Molly swears by the shade Eden.

Lighten Up:
When the heat is on, skip the full coverage foundation and opt for a lighter version like a BB or CC cream that has skin-boosting benefits such as smoothing your complexion and adding instant radiance. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35, clinique.com) is lightweight and oil-free, but still manages to mask imperfections. Plus, it protects skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Gel With It:
Pack away your powder blushes and choose a cream or gel consistency. They tend to last longer and offer a natural pop of color. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise ($24, sephora.com) gives your cheeks a pretty, dewy flush, and it lasts for up to 14 hours! It’s infused with 50% coconut water, so it feels nice and cool on those really hot days.

Get Set:
Locking your makeup in place is a step you can’t skip. While some setting powders cause skin to look dry and cakey, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34, sephora.com) does just the opposite. It regulates shine while still looking radiant.

Line Up:
Minimalism is key when it comes to eye makeup. Most times, a subtle winged look is all you need to feel pretty and polished, but the last thing you want is for your wing to go droopy. With Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($20, sephora.com) your look will stay sleek and smudge-proof for hours. We love the Cobalt shade!

Stop Smears:
Everyone dreads removing tough-to-budge waterproof mascaras. However, with the threat of raccoon eyes induced by sweat or a quick plunge in the pool looming, long-wear formulas are a must for keeping eye makeup in tact. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara ($8, ulta.com) lengthens lashes and adds insane volume without running down your face mid-day.

Think Barely-There:
When it comes to lips, keep it sheer. Try Dior Addict Lipstick in 643 Diablotine ($31, dior.com). The sheer poppy red gives a gorgeous wash of color without being too overwhelming. Lightly blot this on your lips and apply a lip balm like Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla Macadamia ($4, target.com) over for amped-up hydration.

Take It Off:
When the end of the dog day rolls around, reach for Almay Longwear & Waterproof Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($7, ulta.com). This stuff instantly sweeps away hard-to-remove makeup without leaving the sensitive eye area irritated.

You’ve got the tips. Now, get inspired with these budge-proof summer makeup combos.

 

—Karee Hackel, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Eyeshadow

Written on August 16, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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

Favorite Find Friday: Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection

Written on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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

Favorite Find Friday: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment

Written on August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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

Favorite Find Friday: Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil

Written on July 26, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

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

Favorite Find Friday: Sweaty Bands

Written on July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

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

Summertime Skin, Sun and Stay Fit Tips from Top Derm, Jeanine Downie, M.D.

Written on July 17, 2013 at 10:52 am , by

Photo Courtesy of Jeanine Downie, M.D.

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

Favorite Find Friday: Viva La Juicy Rollerball

Written on July 5, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

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

Carly Rae Jepsen Talks Natural Beauty and What’s on her Workout Playlist

Written on July 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Photo Credit: Rob Hoffman

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.”