Written on July 25, 2014 at 9:17 am , by Heather Muir
My favorite part about being a beauty director is helping women feel better about themselves (playing with products is a close second). None of us are perfect but I’ve learned a few insider beauty tricks over the years that I love to share. Those of you who live in the tristate area can come get them first hand. On Thursday, August 7th, I’ll be at the Clarins’ counter at Saks Fifth Avenue from 12pm-7pm chatting with women just like you! For the past few years, I’ve participated in Beauty Editor Day and it’s always an amazing experience. Whether you want a new makeup look (I’m the master at smoky eyes!), need skin care advice (on zits to wrinkles) or just want to ask me your burning beauty questions, book a 20-minute appointment here. Participants get a cool free gift but even more exciting, the proceeds from your $30 session go toward Look Good Feel Better, a charity that helps cancer patients regain confidence during and after treatment. Post-consultation, you’ll look gorgeous and feel great, I promise. Hope to see you there!
Written on July 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm , by Heather Muir
Calling all FITNESS readers in the New York Tri-State Area! We love when beauty gives back in a big way and that’s exactly what will go down on Thursday, August 1st 2013, at the second annual Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editors Day at Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York City. I’ll be at the Trish McEvoy counter (her products are amazing!), taking appointments from 12pm to 7pm, so whether you want a mini-makeover, to talk fitness and beauty tips, or if you simply want to donate to an awesome charity, you can register for your 20-minute appointment here (hurry, slots are filling up fast!).
A one-on-one sit-down costs $30 and all proceeds go directly to Look Good Feel Better, a program that helps cancer patients cope with the physical side effects of treatment by boosting their self-esteem and improving their quality of life. If that’s not awesome enough, you’ll also receive a free full-sized gift—a Trish McEvoy Face Shaper (blush, bronzer, highlighter and powder in one!) followed by a makeup application or skincare or fragrance consultation. So swing by on your lunch break, bring your mom, sister, friends or coworkers and get beautified while you’re helping others.
Written on March 28, 2013 at 10:47 am , by Heather Muir
One of my favorite ways to get motivated to workout is by wearing a cool outfit (hey, whatever floats your boat, right?). So I was thrilled to learn that my favorite Spin class—Flywheel Sports—recently partnered with one of my favorite celebrity designers—Lauren Moshi (a sister-brother duo that uses amazing fabrics and hand draws all of their designs)—on a rocker-esque line of pieces that are perfect for killing it at the gym (or your favorite Spin class, just saying) or hanging out on the weekends. I’m most excited to slip on the white tank pictured above but the collection also offers comfy black and white sweatshirts and sweatpants, all stamped with Flywheel’s tagline, “You So Fly” and Moshi’s signature diamond lips’ print. When you’re mustering up energy for that last mile, hill or rep, seeing one of these sassy pieces in the mirror might be just the boost you need. You can get your hands on the clothes at Flywheel studios in New York City, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and more. For more info, go to flywheelsports.com.
Written on March 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm , by Heather Muir
After spending a few days in the heat during a work trip in Palm Beach followed by a few days in the freezing temps in NYC, my skin was confused to say the least, going from oily to dry. But my facial skin wasn’t the only place that suffered from the quick climate change. During my weekly blowout, I noticed my scalp (yes, it’s skin, too) was freaking out (and by freaking out, I mean flaking—gross, I know), too. So I reached for Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Deep Nourishing Treatment Mask ($6, drugstore.com) in hopes of nipping the flakes in the bud. I also called up the brand’s celebrity dermatologist, Francesca Fusco, for tips on fighting and preventing flakes. She said that when applying shampoo and conditioner, to lightly massage the product in with my fingertips—not nails, a mistake some women and stylists make. She also said that instead of skipping conditioner at my roots to increase volume (a trick I always do!), to slather it on my roots directly, assuring me that my scalp was craving moisture and that the conditioners were light enough that they wouldn’t weigh down my blowout. Guess what? A few days after taking the advice, my flakes were gone (such a relief) and my hair was bouncy despite applying the mask from roots to ends.
Written on March 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm , by Heather Muir
Spitfire hottie Jenny McCarthy wears a bunch of hats: mom, author, model, comedian, cover girl, environmental and autism activist and most recently, spokesperson for Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X ($449, triabeauty.com). Check out page 48 in our March issue for more info about the handheld device, which is the first FDA-cleared at-home laser to use the same diode laser derms do. But despite her many roles, the blonde bombshell is as candid as celebrities come. Immediately following her appearance on the Rachel Ray show, McCarthy and I chatted in the green room about how after 20 years in Hollywood, she looks better than ever. When the first words out of McCarthy’s mouth were, “Sorry, I’m PMS-ing,” I knew it would be a good interview.
How do you cope with PMS?
“Bikram Yoga! It makes me feel better, it helps me stay in shape and it’s an all natural way to keep my face firm. You know how when you get a facial and they steam your skin for 90 minutes? That’s how Bikram leaves my skin—it tightens it.” [Later, McCarthy proudly acknowledges that she’s been getting Botox injections for the past eight years.]
Are you wearing Spanx right now?
“No—Spanx would just push everything up. This dress is tight. My diet’s horrific right now—I’m up 14 pounds since moving to Chicago. I go up and down, so when I’m up, I pick a date [to lose the weight by] and I have ‘no fat Tuesdays.’ I talk about it on my blog splash.suntimes.com. I find losing weight in a group is better. I tell women to text a ‘chubby buddy’ what they eat so they’re held accountable. I just texted my friend that I had three potatoes.”
What’s your go-to healthy snack?
“Watermelon. It’s my little secret. It helps me with not retaining water and it balances my blood sugar levels.”
If you could splurge on any food, what would it be?
“Pizza, cheeseburgers, milkshakes and onion rings, all of which I’m allergic to.” [McCarthy is allergic to gluten and dairy.]
Is it harder to look hot now than it was during your Singled Out days?
“Back then, I played against it. I didn’t think about it. Now, being 40, I want to present myself in the best way.”
How do you stay in shape?
“I do Bikram a few times a week and light weights three times a week.”
What’s behind your partnership with Tria?
“I like doing stuff in the privacy of my own home. And I like that there are different levels [on the device] so you can use what’s comfortable. They’ve found a way to remove hair as good as they do in the doctor’s office in your own home. While I’m single and doing photo-shoots, it’s great for maintaining [a hair-free look]. 20 years ago, I did laser hair removal, but I stopped because I couldn’t stand the embarrassment, then I waxed and shaved. You don’t want to look like Fred Flintstone’s beard down there!”
What are some of your other favorite beauty products?
“I put these eye masks on when I fly. I stopped getting acrylic nails because I don’t have time so now I use Kiss press on nails —they’re convenient and inexpensive. When I do TV, I always wear fake lashes. I don’t wear perfume because I’m sensitive to it. I get spray tans once a week at Brown Buns in L.A. [McCarthy’s sister’s company]. I always feel slimmer; it gives the illusion I’m leaner and it hides stretch marks.”
How has your beauty routine changed since becoming a mom?
“I do everything that I can at home—facials, hair removal, spray tanning, Insanity DVDs, weights, treadmill.”
What’s your favorite music to workout to?
“I’m a Pandora Pink Radio kind of girl.”
Maria Menounos Talks Inexpensive Spring Trends, Keeping Her Workouts Fun and Her Best Kept Hair Secret
Written on March 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm , by Heather Muir
Extra co-host Maria Menounos is tearing up New York City promoting her new film, Adventures of Serial Buddies, a comedy out this week and her latest fashion project with Marshalls. In between her Better TV and Today Show segments, Menounos and I caught up on fashion, fitness and, of course, beauty.
What are you working on with Marshalls?
“I’ve been shopping at Marshalls for years thanks to my mom. I love that you can go there and get on-trend pieces for prices that won’t break the bank. Marshalls has these amazing buyers who make deals with companies so you get what’s in department stores, like bags from Italy, for less. You can buy three dresses instead of one, and saving money is really important. My savings has helped me own a property and make a movie! Plus each store offers something a little different.”
What are some of your favorite spring finds from Marshalls?
“This mustard dress that I’m wearing is one of them. They have tons of great wedges—black and nude, white bags, printed and lace tops and chambray blouses, which I love with white shorts and wedges.”
I know you’ve done DWTS and even WWE wrestling. What’s your favorite workout?
“I do this all day [running from one gig to the next]! Sometimes I play basketball with a bunch of guys. I recently took a Spin class, which I loved but thought was really hard. And once, I took this drum class, where we were doing squats the whole time. I like to make my workouts fun so I don’t feel like it’s work. And speaking of WWE, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I got a trainer and learned how to wrestle. They were shocked.”
What’s your go-to healthy snack?
“Rickland Orchards granola bars—they’re really yummy and easy to eat on the go.” (Menounos is a spokeswoman for the company.)
Your hair and makeup look gorgeous. Any tips to share?
“I take off my makeup off every night, even when I’m working late and I’m on my computer answering emails in bed until 1 in the morning. The Neutrogena face wipes are my favorite. And before bed, I use the Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue to keep my hair soft and looking healthy.”