Newsflash: Not all beauty editors have perfect skin. You can trust me when I tell you I actually have problematic skin. Some people brush this off to me being dramatic or exaggeratory, but really, I have a pretty serious case of cystic acne and some serious skills when it comes to covering it all up (even my derm was fooled when I walked in for acne treatment). I’ve tried everything under the sun, and I mean everything, from spot treatments, to 3-step systems, even kitchen remedies—you name it, I’ve tried it. Topically, nothing has really worked that well for me until I started using BeautyRx Skincare by Dr. Schultz. I’ve only been using the products for two weeks and am already seeing a major improvement. My blemishes are cleared (and no new ones are threatening to pop up), my pores are smaller and my complexion has a new-found glow thanks to the Daily Exfoliating Serum ($65, beautyrx.com). It’s an 8% glycolic exfoliant that helps unclog pores and brighten dull looking skin. I apply three drops all over my face before bed and wake up to a fresher and clearer complexion (and one step closer to finally having my dream skin).
The weather in New York City has been pretty unpredictable lately—a nor’easter one week; sunny the next. Sudden changes in temperature and humidity (or Nemo!) pretty much wreak havoc on my skin and leave it looking dry and dull until I slathered on First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Face Cream ($44, firstaidbeauty.com). I massaged it into my tight skin before bed and instantly felt more hydrated. When I woke up, my skin looked dewy and even. The texture, which helps to strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier, feels like a gel-like cream—super light and fast-absorbing—a must-have for the rest of this crazy-weathered winter!
Brooklyn Decker Dishes on Mixing Up Her Workouts, Her Best Beauty Trick and Her Facial Hair Preference on Tennis Star Andy Roddick (Swoon!)
Brooklyn Decker is known for her smokin’ hot Sports Illustrated spreads and acting alongside some A-list stars like Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. But when she’s not on set, she’s just like the rest of us: she splurges on sweets (especially on Valentine’s day), gets bored with her workouts and loves kissing her smoothly-shaven husband, hottie Andy Roddick. Today, she teamed up with Gillette to host The World’s Largest Shave & Kiss Event conveniently on—you guessed it—Valentine’s Day. Gillette conducted a month-long, nationwide social experiment where women were asked to kiss their guys before and after they shaved to pick their preference: a smoothly-shaven smooch or a stubbly kiss. The results are in…drum roll, please:
So what’s the verdict? Do women like their men shaven or stubbly?
“Well, Gillette traveled to 16 states and found out that 85% of women actually prefer guys to be clean-shaven, which is surprising because facial hair is so popular now so I would think that it would be around 50/50. But it turns out that the majority of women do prefer a smooth face.”
And did they prefer just the look of it or the feel when kissing?
“Both. But how they did the study was that they had couples kiss pre and post shave. Then they took the survey with the women after the kiss, so it had a huge influence. They definitely preferred kissing the guy more when he was clean-shaven, which obviously, on Valentine’s Day is very important.”
Definitely! And which do you prefer with your husband?
“I like the look of stubble but I hate the beard burn that I get on my face. It’s almost like razor burn but on my face! It’s like these little red bumps.”
And it hurts!
“Yea! I figure, I have to shave my legs so I feel like the guy should have to shave his face. And luckily the Gillette Fusion Pro-Glide ($13, drugstore.com), is the number one dermatologist-recommended razor for sensitive skin. So a guy can protect his face and protect yours as well, which is kind of nice. So girls, if you want to do a roundabout hint to your guy, a subtle hint, give him a razor for Valentine’s Day!”
So, I love all of your active pics on Instagram. What are some of your favorite workouts?
“Yes! I do all sorts of stuff. I’m really into weight-lifting lately because I have a trainer. A lot of people are like, “You jerk, you have a trainer!” So I know I’m lucky. But he helps me a ton. He’s a big believer in women lifting weights because you’re protecting your bones, it’s so much healthier, you can eat more and you have more muscle mass so you don’t have to worry so much about it so I’m doing a lot of that. I’m training for a marathon, so I’m running. I’m kind of like an ADD worker-outer. I want something different all the time. So I’m always trying to find something new, whether it be hiking outdoors or being indoors in a gym working out. Just something to keep your blood moving a little bit.”
Do you ever workout with Andy?
“I do! I do, actually. It’s usually me, desperately trying to keep up but yea, occasionally. My ego takes a little bruising so it’s a rare occasion.”
Does he make you play tennis?
“No! Not even in the slightest.”
That’s good! Okay, so Valentine’s Day usually involves lots of sweets and sugar. What are some of your strategies for staying on track with healthy eating?
“I think you should indulge! I think that’s the fun in Valentines Day. I mean, for as long as I can remember, since I was a little kid, you give each other little circle lollipops and candy. There’s something really fun and nostalgic about that and I don’t think that should be ignored but I also don’t think it should derail any fitness or health goals you have. I love sweets. I think the biggest thing is just eating what you want, not everyday, not all the time, but as long as you’re staying physical and you’re staying active, you can allow yourself to indulge on Valentine’s Day because you deserve it and it’s fun. But I think the more women obsess over it or the more people obsess over it, the worse it gets, the harder it gets to stay on track.”
Any great insider beauty tips you want to share?
“I think some of the best beauty tips probably involve multi-purpose products— products that can be used for several things. Makeup artists are constantly doing that. You can use a razor to shave; or you can also use it to exfoliate your skin before a spray tan. There are all sorts of things you can do. You can use a lip balm for example on you lips, cheeks and eyes for a glow. I constantly find, because makeup artists are usually in a rush, they’re trying to get you out the door and looking really good fast, so multi-purpose products are always a big secret that they use.”
Girls’ Star Allison Williams Spills on Her Hit Show, Her Skin-care Routine and Her Obsession with SoulCycle
Breaking beauty news: HBO’s Girls’ star Allison Williams was just crowned the new face of Simple Skincare. Let’s just take a moment to talk about her shiny, perfect hair, her gorgeous smile and her fluttery long lashes. I had the pleasure of chatting with her about the insider beauty secrets she picked up in hair and makeup, her favorite workouts and what’s it’s like to work on one of the hottest shows in television. Watch my interview here!
With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, there’s no better time to get all romantic and wear the most classic color in the beauty world: red (obvi). From sheer cherry to true red to vampy oxblood, there’s a shade for everyone. Here, three sexy ways to wear it.
On your lips for day:
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Mightiest Maraschino ($16, clinique.com)
“After trying red after red, this one is now my favorite go-to red lipstick. The juicy cherry color—it’s the perfect combo of red and pink—pops against my ivory skin tone. The subtle shine makes it feel fresh and less severe than a matte lipstick. Plus, the hydrating formula keeps my lips feeling soft all day—very kissable!”
-Molly Ritterbeck, associate beauty editor
On your lips for night:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8hr Lip Gloss in Cherry Flash ($10, lorealparis.com)
“I usually stay away from red because it can be a little tricky to pull off, but this sheer gloss makes it so easy. It’s so long-lasting—perfect for long nights when re-applying is not always convenient. The vibrant color stays true and leaves my lips looking full and shiny.”
-Jessica Carter, beauty intern
On your nails:
Kevyn Aucoin The Nail Lacquer in Blood Roses ($26, Barney’s stores)
“I was never a huge fan of red nails until I swiped on this deep berry plum polish. It has a black base so it’s a little grungier than most red shades. I wear two coats of it on short, squoval nails and feel instantly chic.”
-Heather Muir, beauty director
If you’re overwhelmed by the contents of your makeup bag (what you should be using, what colors you should be wearing, how you should be applying them?) then Make Up For Ever’s Mobile Beauty School could be your beauty life-saver! The Paris-based professional brand and its artists are hitting the road to help women everywhere learn how to do their own makeup. As part of their Make Up Bag Remix program, their team of professional artists will take a look inside your makeup bag and teach you how to properly use all the products you already have, regardless of the brand (yes, that means you don’t need to break the bank on new loot!)! They’ll also help you ditch the ones that aren’t right for you due to shade or texture. Think of it as a makeover for your makeup bag. Bonus: the service is totally free!
Now through April, the mobile tour bus will be visiting these major cities:
- San Francisco, CA: February 9th – 10th
- Las Vegas, NV: February 16th- 17th
- Dallas, TX: February 23rd-24th
- Miami, FL: March 2nd – 3rd
- New York, NY: March 9th – 10th
- Boston, MA: March 23rd – 24th
- Chicago, IL: April 6th – 7th
- Toronto, ON: April 13th – 14th
Visit facebook.com/MAKEUPFOREVERUSA to book a 30-minute one-on-one makeup bag evaluation appointment with a professional artist. Sessions are available from 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 7:00pm on Sunday.
After your hands-on lesson explaining how to utilize all your products, you’ll walk away with a new makeup bag, a custom face chart detailing how to use each product, and a list of additional product recommendations from an artist to round out your look. Plus, there will be a pro photographer on site to capture your “after” look!
For those of you who are on-the-go, you can still stop by the tour bus for quick lip and complexion touch-ups throughout the day.
Kate Hudson’s never looked hotter (um, hello, Golden Globes!). But she’s not spending all day getting pampered at the spa—she has an upcoming film (Me and My Shadow), she guest-stars on Glee, and she’s the face of both Almay and Ann Taylor—all on top of being a mother of two. With this resumé, it’s refreshing to find out that Hudson is just as normal and down to earth as the girl-next-door characters she plays in movies. If it weren’t for her movie star looks, I might have forgotten how famous she was while we were chatting. She let us in on her love of beauty and how she gets her workouts in on Glee.
Tell us how the partnership with Almay came about?
“It’s been a couple of years so now it’s like a family. When I met with them, it was just amazing. The first thing they told me was how the company came about. I’m a sucker for romance—“Al” is the man who created this line for his wife because she had such sensitive skin that she could never buy any makeup. So he literally created products for his wife so she could wear makeup. Isn’t that cute? I love Al! And they’re all about other things like enhancing a woman’s natural beauty and the idea of not masking yourself to be someone different. Then I got to use the products—that was the good thing for me. I don’t want to sell a product that I can’t say I like. So they sent me all the products and I used them all the time! Now as the relationship continues, the stuff they bring me, they really want to know how I feel about it, if I like it, if it works well. They really believe in the product. I love that. So I feel like I can promote it. They make me feel like I’m a real part of the company.”
Are you introducing it to makeup artists you work with?
“You know what’s funny; a lot of them use it. I’ve worked with a lot of professional makeup artists and the eyeliner is something I see them using. And another thing that they love are the Oil-Free Makeup Removing Sticks ($6, almay.com). Every makeup artist that I know has those swabs! I’m so lazy, I wash my face but when I go to bed, I find that I still have stuff on my eyes.”
What’s your all-time favorite Almay product?
“My all-time favorites are the Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($5, almay.com) and the Makeup Removing Sticks because I just use them all the time. And the eyeliners!”
So what’s the best unusual beauty tip you’ve ever heard?
“There was this old school makeup artist who said she used to work with this actor who would stick his face in ice water everyday. So I started doing it and it really works. Your face just de-puffs!”
You’re doing a lot of big dance numbers on Glee, did you train for it? Your body looks amazing!
“You can’t train for Glee because you only get six hours of rehearsal. That’s the one thing that I found shocking because the only other time I ever did anything like this was in Nine and we had six and a half weeks of rehearsal to do one number, and then I go to do Glee and I’m thinking that we will have several rehearsals, and we get only six hours all together to do a big number. You know you go in and record the song; it’s like being thrown into the fire. But it does take me back to dance class, when I was younger. It’s also frustrating because your extensions are not the same but the more I do the dancing, the more it’s starting to come back. The last number I felt much more like my dancer body than when I started. It’s fun to be home with my sons and for me to be able to take the oldest to school. I’ve never done television like this. I did Party of Five when I was sixteen and then after high school I just got a couple of movies so I’ve never really done much television.”
Shaving cream isn’t really something I put much thought into. I usually just use whatever I have in the shower, even if that means using hair conditioner or even soap (don’t tell!). But when I recently used EOS Moisturizing Shaving Cream ($4, store.evolutionofsmooth.com) I was instantly hooked. The formula comes out rich and creamy and creates a whipped-like lather. It was so hydrating, I didn’t even need to use a body lotion afterwards—my legs felt so smooth and silky, even my boyfriend noticed the difference!
I usually opt for shimmery nude shadows for my everyday look—they’re subtle yet they still highlight and define my eyes. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Shimmering Taupe ($19, elizabetharden.com) is a perfect go-to shade. The gray-brown color coordinates with nearly every blush and lipcolor combo imaginable and the soft pearlescent finish has just the right amount of sophisticated sparkle. I use it all over my lids, or along my crease to add depth to my look.
Model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova witnessed just how tragic natural disasters can be. After surviving a tsunami in Thailand in 2004, she returned to the region and was blown away by the mass destruction and devastation that resulted from the Indian Ocean earthquake. Unsatisfied with the response from other organizations, she set out to create her own non-profit, international charity, Happy Hearts Fund, to help improve children’s lives by building and rebuilding schools in areas affected by natural disasters. Now she is teaming up with Clinique to help spread smiles across the globe by introducing a limited edition fragrance, Happy Heart ($37, clinique.com), as well as a T-shirt with the message “Make Someone Happy,” ($16, clinique.com). $10 from the sale of each fragrance, and $5 from the sale of each shirt will go directly to Happy Hearts Fund. I chatted with Nemcova about the partnership and her insider fitness and beauty secrets.
Tell me about the Happy Hearts Partnership with Clinique.
“The partnership is a match made in heaven, for one, because Clinique is so focused on education. Their consultants are extremely educated, so they can teach their customers. Number two, their consultants are very passionate about education and children, and that is what we are the most passionate about, so it’s a perfect partnership. The philosophies of both brands are very much aligned, even with colors. And what I am excited about is that this partnership will be able to rebuild more schools and create many happy hearts in the lives of children, who have been forgotten after natural disasters.”
What’s your favorite thing about the fragrance?
“The smell is really uplifting. When I get a little down, or tired during the day, smelling it uplifts me. It has sweet notes of mandarin orange and floral notes of water lily, rose and geranium. It’s really a beautiful fresh light dance. And I love the packaging. It was done in a beautiful way where the hearts connect when you put them together. $10 of this fragrance goes to rebuilding schools and the lives of children, so it reminds you that your heart is connected to those children.”
We know you are constantly on the go for work. How do you stay on track while travelling?
“For me, the best way is to go to the gym and do a routine but I also love to go to Physique 57 a lot, so using some of their techniques while I’m traveling helps because you don’t need much and it’s incredibly effective.”
What are some of your insider beauty tips?
“I do actually have a new one: we have a tradition in the Czech Republic that we put honey on our faces during Christmas dinner to be beautiful on the inside for the next year. I went to get a facial last week and the facialist was fantastic. Without me telling her about the honey, she told me a trick which is incredible—put a little bit of water on your face and then cleanse your face with Manuka Honey 16+ ($36, soap.com) and it gives you an incredible glow. So it goes back to the tradition which has some truth in it because honey has lots of antioxidants in it. And I used to put honey on my skin when I was a teenager—I used to go and sleep with it on my face. It was a little bit messy. So this tip is less messy!”
What are some of your favorite beauty products?
“I absolutely love Clinique All About Eyes Serum ($28, clinique.com) which is an anti-puffing eye serum. It’s amazing. It’s so cooling, even just the cooling effect, it makes a huge difference. It’s one of those products that you get addicted to.”