Written on August 30, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
Contact lenses are one of those products that straddle the line between the beauty and health categories. I’ve been wearing them for over 15 years, never straying from my two-week disposables, and getting along just fine, but I always wondered how those few (ok, several) times I forgot to clean the case or the times I missed changing them on the right day could be affecting my eyes. It turns out, common mistakes like that could have seriously negative consequences, including infection and, in serious cases, blindness. Um, scary! So I consulted with my optometrist and decided to give 1-Day Acuvue TruEye Lenses (prices vary, acuvue.com) a try. This one-wear version is made of a super-breathable Hydrogel material so they feel comfortable without drying out your eyes. Another bonus: They offer the highest UV protection (blocking at least 96% of UVA and 99% of UVB radiation) available in a daily disposable. The best part for me was that you wear them for the day, then toss them; no cases or solution required. This makes them perfect for travel—just throw a few packs in your bag and go. I even trained for a triathlon wearing them, which anyone who swims knows that water inevitably seeps through even the best of goggles and into your eyes, and I had no issues with stinging or irritation. It seems pretty ironic that I couldn’t see what I’ve been missing all these years—until now!
Written on August 23, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
I’ve traveled all over the map this summer, from Texas to the Jersey Shore, Bermuda and San Diego. While prepping for these sunny destinations, the number one product on my to-pack list has been SPF. I am fair-skinned with an irrational fear of aging so I’ve tried dozens of formulas in search of one that not only adequately protects my skin, but also feels and smells good, too. You need to want to put this stuff on every 80 minutes. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon Sun Bum SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion ($16, trustthebum.com). It’s non-greasy texture is so light, I have no problem slathering it all over my face and body—no need for two options. The subtle coconut scent has just a hint of banana so it smells like a vacation in a bottle, but won’t clear out the entire tiki bar when you walk in. I plan on using mine this fall to remind me of my relaxing summer days spent exploring new places.
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 12, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
I live for sunny beach days (covered in SPF, of course!) spent reading a good book and listening to the waves roll in. What I don’t love: getting covered in sand. I like to perch in my beach chair and rest my feet on a plush towel to keep them clean. I don’t mean to sound high-maintenance but have you ever tried to slather sunscreen on sandy legs? It’s kind of painful and messy. So during my recent family beach vacation, I brought along something that promised to help. Meet the Powder Pouch ($9, powderpouch.com). Created by a fifth-generation beach family, this clever little fabric sack is filled with talc, which absorbs the moisture on your skin that makes the sand cling on. It works best on dry skin so if you just got out of the ocean, dry off a bit before using. Then pat the pouch against your skin and watch the sand fall off. This is a must-have for kids (we used it every day on my nine-month-old niece). Plus, a portion of every Powder Pouch sold in 2013 will be donated to the Long Beach Christmas Angel, Inc., which helps communities in need, including those affected by Superstorm Sandy, get back on their feet. So you can get sand relief and give Sandy relief at the same time. How cool? For more info, read here.
Written on June 14, 2013 at 11:20 am , by Fitness Magazine
One of the many perks of being a beauty intern at FITNESS is getting to experiment with different looks. Each morning, I switch up my eye makeup so I don’t get bored (yes, it helps I have a beauty closet to shop in!). Recently, I stumbled across skinny smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner ($19, tarte.com). The smooth, creamy tip glides onto my lids like butter (I hate hard eyeliners with pointy edges that hurt my skin when applying) and the color doesn’t smear even after a long day staring at a computer screen. There’s a smudger at the other end to help you create the easiest smoky eye on the planet (just swipe on the liner then go over it with the sponge tip to blur the line). What I love most about this liner is the variety of colors it comes in. Golden Tiger’s Eye is the perfect everyday brown. Feeling frisky? Try Amazonite Blue. It’s a guaranteed stand-out-in-the-crowd shimmer. I think I’ve found a keeper. In fact, I love them so much I might stop experimenting with other eye products each morning!
—Katelyn Blough, beauty intern
Written on May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
While the majority of New Yorkers are getting a little cranky due to the 90-degree temps, I’m loving the recent heat wave. Though it does make me wish I was jetting off to a tropical island in the middle of nowhere. And while no such vacation exists on my summer calendar (wah!), I made my own quiet little escape—in my shower. It’s not as glamorous, I know, but I grabbed Softsoap’s Limited Edition Maui Coconut Splash Moisturizing Body Wash ($3, drugstores) from the beauty closet and scrubbed up after the gym. The formula is luxurious with a rich, hydrating lather, but the scent is what’ll really get you. The bright floral notes mixed with a hint of sweet coconut intoxicate you like your favorite fruity, umbrella-on-the-side cocktail. This might sound a bit dramatic, but seriously, the experience is so relaxing it might just be enough to hold me over until I can finally get to that white-sanded slice of paradise.