Autumn is my favorite season of the year (hands-down!), so I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate little fall touches into my daily life. Here are three ways you can get in the seasonal mood:
Suds up with a seasonal body wash. Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Muffin Body Wash is incredibly moisturizing and gives my whole bathroom a Thanksgiving-esque, fresh-baked pumpkin pie scent…yum!
Try on a new fall hair color. After an accidental color mishap, Mel Galiano, a genius colorist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in NYC turned my botched, too-dark color into a warm caramel brunette with bright, sunkissed ends. Crisis, averted!
A pumpkin facial: Pumpkins are packed with mild enzymes and vitamin C, which (when applied topically) can exfoliate your skin by dissolving dead skin cells. The Sense Spa at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC offers a great seasonal facial from now through November 30th. (A supercool touch: They keep your slippers in a heater, so they’re warm and toasty when they put them back on at the end of the facial!) Can’t make it to the spa? Renee Rouleua’s Pumpkin Smoothing Peel will make even tired skin gleam.
Am I missing any fall beauty products that you love? What’s your favorite season of the year and why?
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!
Perhaps it’s because NYC has had a string of sunny, 70-degree weather this past week, but right now I’m obsessed with beauty products that help extend your summer glow. My newest fave: MAC Cosmetics Optical Bronzer. By pairing a golden bronzer with sheer fuchsia blush, this compact makes your skin look healthy, warm and glowing. With an angled blush brush, simply sweep the powder on the apples of your cheeks, then dust it down into the hollows for an I-just-did-cardio radiance. An added bonus: The ultracool zig-zag pattern is artsy and just plain fun to have in your makeup bag!
Tell us: Do you prefer bronzer, blush or both?
In the October issue of FITNESS (on sale tomorrow!), we have a must-read feature all about sensitive skin, which is perfect for the 60 percent of American women who say they have complexion irritation. We feature a couple of fantastic makeup products that will help you fake flawless skin, but you should also try these incredible makeup tricks from Emily Kate Warren, a makeup artist in San Francisco and New York City.
Time to prime. If you have red patches, instead of trying to cover up all of the ruddiness with a concealer, simply pick a primer in a yellow or green tint. The tint will help tone down these areas so they’re not so obvious. Next, use tinted moisturizer all over, then spot cover with a yellow-toned concealer to camouflage as needed.
Don’t fight it. Leave the natural redness in your cheeks and simply sweep a matte, pale pink blush on the tops of your apples. Similar to embracing your hair’s natural texture, it’s more flattering to play up your natural rosiness on your cheeks. Just apply it lightly–the more you swipe, the more you’re going to make your cheeks look red.
Tell us: What are your makeup tricks for sensitive skin?
When prepping for my 12-day trip to Italy over Labor Day, I surprised myself and did the unthinkable– I fit all of my clothes, shoes and beauty products into a CARRY-ON. My husband’s jaw dropped when I rolled out my kid-sized suitcase. Space was definitely at a premium, but I luckily included my MVP (most valuable product) of the vacay: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Moisturising Protective Lip Balm SPF 60+. The texture is ideal– not too oily, but not goopy either. One swipe kept my lips hydrated all day, and I love that it has such a high SPF, since the skin on your lips is extremely thin and sensitive to damage. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way, so one tube will last you months. An added bonus: It doesn’t have any shimmer in it, so I got my husband hooked on it too.
Summer’s humidity, sweaty workouts and windy beach days can all wreck a hot-hair day and give your style the dreaded F-word: FRIZZ. Here are some of the best tips and strategies that top stylists have given me to prevent pouf and foil frizzies.
“To keep flyaways from forming around your hairline, start blow-drying your roots and around your crown first. Because these areas are most prone to frizz, it’s best to eliminate any humidity as soon as possible.” –Noemie, Hairstylist at Prive Salon in New York City
“Spritz a bronzer brush with a shine spray and smooth it over flyaways. Because the bristles are lightweight, they won’t pancake your strands, the way your hairbrush would.” –David Evangelista, a celebrity stylist in New York City
“Before you work out, spray your hair from roots to ends with a dry shampoo to absorb water. Next, brush strands flat around your head, then cover them with a silk scarf before you sweat. Afterward, blast roots for a few minutes with a blow-dryer on cool.” –Jet Rhys, owner of the two eponymous salons in San Diego
Last Monday, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian (lucky me!). They’re launching a collection of 14 new Kardashian Kolors with Nicole by OPI. The nail polishes are inspired by Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie, and they’ll all be available in Wal-Mart stores by this holiday season. My two favorite shades: Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi, an orange-red, and Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam, a deep emerald.
The sisters said that they ALWAYS use the identical color on their toes and fingers, and I thought that was interesting because I never do. What about you guys? Do you rock the same shade for your mani and pedi or do you pick different colors?
Summer can wreak havoc on your skin (sun! sweat! breakouts!), so now’s the time to make sure yours is smooth and supple. I quizzed our beauty team for their top exfoliation tips, so you can sail through the hottest season of the year looking radiant and fresh.
“I’ve found the best thing that works to rejuvenate my sensitive skin is the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System. The brush is incredibly gentle, and I use it every night to take off my makeup and the day’s grime. It removes six times more dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone, and its sonic frequency produces over 300 movements per second. Pretty impressive, right? Plus, I love that my night cream absorbs into my skin more readily.” –Eleanor Langston, Beauty Director
“I’m an exfoliating fiend. I use a glycolic acid peel pad in the AM before my sunscreen and a retinol treatment at night to keep my skin healthy-looking and glowing. When I shower, I slough off dead skin cells with a microdermabrasion stick like Blinc Resurfastic Face, followed by a moisturizing mask.” –April Franzino, Associate Beauty Editor
“I love St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it’s inexpensive and makes my face feel ultra-soft. For my body, I use Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash daily, and I never have any sensitivity.” –Kelly Garner, Beauty Intern
“I used to think that the more I cleansed, the clearer my skin would be, but boy was I wrong! My skin became unbearably red from daily sloughing, so now I use a scrub two to three times a week and never on consecutive days. My secret: Apply your scrub in the shower. Steam’s heat helps soften skin, so you can rub without irritation.” –Amanda Downs, Beauty Intern
Skip the blowout: How gorgeous is this relaxed, undone bun that FITNESS reader (and my friend!) Blake Cotton tried out today? It only took her about seven minutes, and I think it’s a pretty, easy alternative to a ponytail for work or an updo for a date night. You could even wear it exercising too! Here’s the step-by-step:
1. Start with air-dried hair and clip the front and top sections up and out of the way.
2. Create a messy bun at the nape of your neck.
3. Take individual pieces from the front sections and loosely twist them, pinning the pieces into your bun as you go until you reach the top section.
4. Back-comb the crown area for subtle lift, then twist and pin that section into your messy bun.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month, so we are going to feature weekly sets of sun protection secrets from Mona Gohara, M.D., FITNESS advisory board member and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University. Get set to up your sun smarts and stay safe all summer!
Day 22: One person dies of melanoma each hour. The most common cancer amongst women in their 20s takes someone’s life every 60 minutes. However, if detected early, melanoma is curable. Do monthly self skin checks to seek out moles that appear new or different.
Day 23: Examine all your parts. Don’t forget to look at the palms, soles, behind the ears and in the scalp-melanoma can occur on non-sun-exposed skin as well.
Day 24: One is the magic number. One blistering or five non-blistering sunburns in childhood double the lifetime risk of melanoma.
Day 25: Know your risks. Other risk factors include: those with a family history of melanoma, individuals with fair skin and light eyes, or multiple moles and tanning bed use.
Day 26: No one is immune. Everyone regardless of skin color is at risk for skin cancer. In fact, when skin cancer occurs in brown skinned individuals it is usually more aggressive and more likely to metastasize. The most common locations for melanoma in people of color are the palms, soles, under the finger/toenails and on mucous membranes (mouth or genital skin). Amongst those with darker complexions skin cancer is more likely to occur in areas of previous trauma, scars, burns or radiation-although the sun plays a role it is not the most likely culprit. Daily sun protection, yearly visits to the dermatologists and monthly self-skin checks are recommended for all ethnic groups.
Day 27: Melanoma and breast cancer are linked. Recent studies have shown that those with melanoma are more likely to get breast cancer and that those with breast cancer are at a higher risk for melanoma. This could be as a result of genetics or more diligent cancer surveillance in these populations. Other people at an increased risk for skin cancer are organ transplant recipients and those with lowered immune systems such as HIV+ patients. All of these groups should establish care with a dermatologist in order to ensure early detection should a problem arise.
Day 28: Beautiful skin is healthy skin. Protecting your skin daily will ensure radiant skin for life. May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Share with buzz with your family and friends; spread the word, save a life.