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Favorite Find Friday: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat

Written on September 21, 2012 at 11:34 am , by

I love painting my nails (especially for the weekends!) but I don’t have the time or the patience to wait for them to dry. I would love to leisurely relax post-manicure while my polish dries, but instead, I instantly feel the urge to use my hands to do something and end up with a smudged mess. That was until I got my freshly-mani’ed hands on Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, ($6, drugstores). This anti-chip topcoat dries in seconds, seriously, and gives your nails mirror-like shine for days. I even started bringing it to the salon with me and asking the manicurist to use it as my topcoat so I can walk right out and get on with my day.

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Intern Lisa Turner

Written on June 21, 2012 at 9:25 am , by

A fresh crop of summer interns are inhabiting the FITNESS office, so we asked Editorial Intern Lisa Turner to give us a peek at her beauty routine and spill the secrets to her bright-eyed look.

Describe your style in three words or less. Polished, low-key, simple.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Vaseline! I would die without it. I use it all day as lip balm, and then at night to take off my eye makeup after I wash my face. I also love  MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer for under my eyes. I’ve had it for years and am just running out now. Lastly, bobby pins. You can never have enough! Somehow I manage to lose them really easily.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After washing with a salicylic acid cleanser, I spot treat any breakouts that have appeared overnight. Next, I smooth on an oil-free foundation, put concealer under my eyes and dot Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage on any imperfections. I set it all with a loose powder, then add a peachy powder blush on top. If I’m going to work, I’ll add a little eye shadow and mascara. I usually just stick a lipstick in my purse to apply after my morning coffee. If I’m going out, I’ll line my lids with a liquid or cream formula in black. I don’t put eyeliner on the bottom rim because I feel like it makes my eyes look small and tired.
At night? Cleanse and spot-treat. I’ve recently been using the Avon Anew Resurfacing Expert Serum too, and I spread it on my face, neck and chest.
Post-workout? Shower! Sometimes I’ll wash my face, too, but I try not to wash it too often, so I’ll just give it a quick rinse.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Red lipstick makes me feel really sassy.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Don’t overpluck! Take chances and do your best to hide imperfections, but don’t go overboard. We almost always look better if our natural features are showing through.

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Assistant Samantha Shelton

Written on June 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, Editorial Assistant Samantha Shelton gives us a peek at her primping routine and reveals her go-to’s for achieving a fresh-faced look. 

Describe your style in three words or less: Fresh, natural and laid-back.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara, Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit (perfect for pre- and post-gym!) and no-slip hair ties.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? If I’m coming back from an A.M. workout, I hop in the shower and make sure to use Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash (pink grapefruit is my fave). Then I pop in my contacts, brush my teeth using Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Extra White + Scope Outlast toothpaste and try to remember to floss. I go natural with my makeup, but always make sure to have at least a swipe of mascara on. If I’m looking for a more polished look, I dot on concealer, add some foundation, eye liner and shadow and a tinge of blush.
At night? I really make sure to take care of my skin before I head to bed (and I make sure my pillowcases are washed often!). I’ll take off any residue from the day with the Neutrogena wipes, then use a sudsy face wash. I add on a light night cream, brush my teeth and hit the sheets!
Post-workout? I always try to remember to take off my makeup beforehand, and the Neutrogena wipes are perfect for it. A few quick swipes and I’m done – and they smell so good! If I’m not heading home right after my workout for a shower, I’ll wash my face with an acne wash. Add some deodorant and a spritz of body splash and I’m set to go.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A manicure and pedicure! My close girlfriends and I make a weekend date out of it – brunch, then mani-pedis to relax, recharge and catch up on each others’ lives. It’s a great way to reconnect and I leave with fun colors and a treatment that makes me feel pampered.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Embrace your curls! I grew up wasting so much time on my hair, trying to make it stick-straight because I was one of the few girls with curly hair. My mom and hair dresser always hated that! I finally got sick of the extra work and realized my curls look amazing when I treat them right. Now I avoid heat-styling as much as possible, and my boyfriend says my curls are one of his favorite things about me.

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Beauty Intern Cody Marick

Written on June 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm , by

This week, the newest addition to the FITNESS Beauty team, Beauty Intern Cody Marick, doles out her beauty routine deets and favorite product picks.

Describe your style in three words or less: Obsessed with skincare.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 Sheer Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I cleanse with Cetaphil, swipe on Renee Rouleau Revitalizing Ginseng Toner with a toning cloth and then apply a moisturizing sunscreen (above). After that I’ll figure out what I’m going to do with my hair—usually just leave it down and natural or twist it into a bun. Then I’ll do my makeup. It’s different everyday, but always mascara. Always. I often reach for Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Washable Mascara.
At night?  Remove my makeup with Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, cleanse with Cetaphil and my Clarisonic Mia, and swipe on toner (above). Then I apply a dark spot treatment—Kiehl’s, Clinique and Garnier make effective ones free of hydroquinone. Finally, finish with a moisturizer and eye cream.
Post-workout? Shower!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A really great blowout.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? My mom has been dabbing on eye cream (constantly throughout the day) for nearly her entire life—and it shows! She’s completely Botox and filler free. I hope that my adoption of her dedicated eye cream habit will serve me well, too!

—By Cody Marick, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Intern Brittany Vickers

Written on February 27, 2012 at 11:53 am , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Editorial Intern Brittany Vickers shares her keep-it-simple beauty routine and secrets for an effortless look:

Describe your style in three words or less: Natural, fun and comfortable!
What are the three products you can’t live without? CoverGirl Lash Blast MascaraGarnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray and a moisturizer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, then apply a tinted moisturizer and mascara. Next I’ll dry my hair, use my flat iron to style it and I’m good to go!
At night? I wash my face, hair, and use a carrot-infused face lotion to moisturize. Occasionally I’ll use a face mask to exfoliate my skin.
Post-workout? Depending on how much time I have, I either shower or I just give my face a quick rinse and head to the next thing on my to-do list!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Getting my hair cut! I always feel brand new and exciting.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve received (or thought of yourself)? My hairstylist taught me to spray my brush with hairspray and then run it through my strands to keep frizz and flyaways at bay.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Beauty Intern Wanda Rosa

Written on January 26, 2012 at 10:10 am , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, new spring beauty intern Wanda Rosa spills the must-haves and secrets that keep her looking great through work, classes and workouts:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, bold and glamorous!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without?  My CROC Flat Iron, Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and lipgloss— I have too many to count!
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After a quick shower, I moisturize my face and apply primer. Then I put on foundation (mentioned above) which I love because of its flawless coverage, Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer, a bit of eyeliner and lipgloss. I smooth a heat protectant over my hair, straighten it, and then I’m out the door.
At night? I remove my makeup with a towelette, moisturize and I’m ready to sleep!
Post-workout? After I workout I have to shower— no surprise there! I can’t continue my day if I don’t feel fresh.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Getting my eyebrows done: I feel like a new person once my arches are trimmed, shapely and beautiful.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Always remove your makeup before going to bed! Leaving it on can result in clogged pores, breakouts and dryness. It takes just a minute and your skin will thank you!

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Beauty Intern Leah Cayson

Written on January 5, 2012 at 9:34 am , by

This week, new Beauty Intern Leah Cayson spills the details on her beauty style and can’t-live-without-it product picks.



Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, classic and polished.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara and Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bamboo Pink
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After showering, I cleanse my face with Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser and moisturize with Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer. I comb my hair and apply L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Force Vector Thermo Active Treatment. I love this product because it doesn’t feel like I have anything in my hair and it protects my strands while I blow-dry. While I allow my hair to absorb that product and air-dry a little, I apply makeup. I constantly change up products, but always use my three “can’t-live-without” products, above. After I apply my make-up, I blow dry my hair and I’m ready for the day!
At night? I take my makeup off with the Neutrogena wipes, above, then apply the same cleanser and moisturizer that I use in the morning.
Post-workout? I haven’t mastered the post-workout glow. I usually look like I jumped in a pool when I’m finished working out, so I have to shower!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? My bi-weekly manicures and pedicures always make me feel great! I love playing with color and it just makes me feel good when my fingers and toes are bright and shiny.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I’ve always thought people are more attractive when they smile, so I love for my teeth to be pearly-white.  I floss and brush my teeth twice a day and use whitening strips when I feel like my teeth aren’t as gleaming as they could be.

—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Fashion Director Argy Koutsothanasis

Written on December 15, 2011 at 8:03 am , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, fashionable and fiery Fashion Director Argy Koutsothanasis spills her tried-and-true tips for looking put-together from head to toe:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Hair-obsessed! You can have the best outfit, shoes, bag, etc., but if your hair is stringy, unkempt or worse, if you’re sporting a style from the “Friends” era, you instantly lose your style credibility. The reverse is also true: A killer hair cut with attitude and of-the-moment-style will instantly give your wardrobe a boost. So shop at Target but never skimp on your hair!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Phyto Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner and Bumble & Bumble Does it All Styling Spray.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face with Neutrogena Grapefruit Face Wash, then I lightly swipe my skin with DDF Glycolic Toner and finish off by applying Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream-Night Formula all over my face. I also take Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for Hair and Nails.
At night?  I  cleanse my face and neck with Triaz Face Cloths.
Post-workout? I run every morning before getting ready for work, so my post-workout routine is my morning routine.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? My weekly mani/pedi.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? The best advice I ever got was not to wash my hair everyday. I wash it one to two  times per week, and it’s healthier and stronger than it’s ever been! The funny thing is that it no longer gets oily. Since  I have wavy hair, I just prop it up in a high bun for my morning run and when I let it down, the waves look full and healthy— no blow-dry time required!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Associate Photo Editor Karina Dearwood

Written on December 1, 2011 at 11:20 am , by

This week, we asked Associate Photo Editor Karina Dearwood to spill her beauty must-haves and secrets for an effortless look:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: No-fuss and natural!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Origins Starting Over Moisturizer with Mimosa, Dior Addict Lip Polish in Fresh Expert and Mally Double Ended Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I use Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo for a cleanser, followed by my Origins moisturizer. If I’m wearing my hair curly, I load up on the Matrix Smootherapie Leave-in Cream to fight frizz. If it’s straight, I give it a couple brushes. I finish with a few coats of mascara and lip gloss then I’m good to go!
At Night? Origins A Perfect World Cream Cleanser (I’m obsessed with this brand!) followed by Finacea Prescription Gel to fight problem areas once I go to bed. My favorite night indulgence is to put on foot lotion followed by fuzzy socks!
Post-workout? I usually exercise in the evenings, so after the gym I’ll take a shower and finish up with my nightly routine. 
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A blowout at home or at a salon makes me feel ultra-glam!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? The key to wearing makeup is to make it look like you’re not wearing any at all!


—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Fashion Intern Cindy Park

Written on November 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, super-chic Fashion Intern Cindy Park shares the products and tips that keep her looking polished on the go:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Consistent and simple
What are the three beauty products you cant live without?:Neutrogena Make-up Removing Wipes, C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve and the Clarisonic Mia.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning?: I use my Clarisonic to cleanse, then sweep on Origins Purifying Tonic, apply Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizer and top it off with an Aveeno sunscreen.
Post-workout?: I wipe off sweat and grime with Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Wipes.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good?: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: When the mask dries up and I peel it off, I feel like I’m taking off a layer of dull skin and am left with a cleaner, fresher face. I also love Bobbi Brown Creamy Lipcolor in Pale Plum. It gives me the perfect pop of color when I want to look more awake.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received? Wear sunscreen every single day. You won’t regret it!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern