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Staffer Beauty Snoop: Senior Editor Bethany Gumper

Written on November 10, 2011 at 9:34 am , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, Senior Editor Bethany Gumper shares her keep-it-simple beauty routine and tricks that keep her looking flawless:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Ummm…lazy! 
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleanser Wipes, Goody Spin Pin and Almay One-Coat Dial-Up Mascara. Ever since I got Lasik earlier this year, I’m more into eye makeup.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After applying moisturizer, I slap on the only five products in my makeup bag in this order: concealer, eyeshadow primer, blush, eyeshadow and mascara. The end. My hair is pretty much just dry shampoo and go. If down isn’t happening, a high bun is cute and easy. 
At night? Shower + air-dry my hair + brush teeth + floss + hair in a ponytail + zzzzzz!
Post-workout? I always take off my makeup before I work out (which explains my love for those Clean & Clear Wipes). So it’s really just about hopping in the shower. If I work out during lunch, I spray my hair with Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair after showering.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A massage. I don’t get them often, but when I do, I’m in heaven.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? My friend Carolina, who has gorgeous skin, has been using spray-on sunscreen since before it was cool. So she got me hooked. It’s especially important before I head out for a run—no more tank top tan lines! My go-to is Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock Body Mist SPF 45.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Nutrition Editor Juno DeMelo

Written on October 27, 2011 at 10:05 am , by

We’re thrilled to welcome a new addition to the FITNESS staff: Nutrition Editor Juno DeMelo. We got to know her a little better by asking her to spill her no-fail beauty favorites and secrets:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Tried-and-true!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Bobbi Brown Concealer, Philosophy Tinted Moisturizer, and dry shampoo.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, slap on some moisturizer (literally, I slap my cheeks; I could swear I read somewhere that it helps your skin absorb product!), cover up any spots with concealer, line my upper lash line, put on a coat of mascara and dab cream blush onto my cheeks. Oh, and I run the flat iron through my hair every single morning. I spritz it with heat-protectant spray first, and so far, no split ends!
At night? I use Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, (Editor’s note: A mutual favorite—we love its thick, balm-like cream texture and refreshing eucalyptus-ish smell) wait an hour, then put on Retin-A. It’s the one pricey skin cream I splurge on.
Post-workout? I hate schlepping my makeup bag to the gym, so I usually just head home afterward and take a hot shower.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A pedicure. Even though my mom was a manicurist when I was a kid—and I have two shelves worth of polish at home!—I can never get it to look as good as it does when the pros do it.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Don’t dye your hair. Until I go gray, I’d rather spend my money on healthy-hair products than highlights. Brown is beautiful!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Associate Art Director Lauren Kukafka

Written on October 20, 2011 at 7:21 am , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Associate Art Director Lauren Kukafka shares her keep-it-simple beauty philosophy and secrets:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Less is more!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Aveeno Cleansing Pads, DDF Aloe Toner and moisturizer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? The three products above I use in the morning and night. I never switch it up! If it works, why change it?
Post-workout? I usually let my hair air dry after working in a bit of anti-frizz cream.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good?  Washing up before bed. I am known to take a really long time. I love to feel really clean before bed, so I wash my face for like 20 minutes!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I have seriously sensitive skin, and I used to try lots of new stuff, just for fun. I would always be allergic to it, however, which is no fun! Now I know just to use what works.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Fashion Assistant Marla Horenbein

Written on October 6, 2011 at 11:16 am , by

This week, Fashion Assistant Marla Horenbein spills her no-fail beauty finds and secrets.

Describe your beauty style in three words or less? Easy breezy!
What are three beauty products you can’t live without? I am totally addicted to my CHI Flat Iron without it, my hair would be one frizzy, curly mess! I also can’t live without my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes. I love how clean they make my face feel, even before I wash it.  And to keep my summer glow year round, I rely on my Too Faced California In A Compact Bronzer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, then apply a face and body moisturizer to keep my skin feeling soft and smooth. I usually spray some dry shampoo onto my hair to give it a fresh boost and then run my flat iron over any stray strands. After I’ve touched up my hair, I usually get dressed and then apply my makeup. Bronzer and blush first, eyeliner and mascara second, and lip balm or gloss third. Nothing crazy, just simple and easy!
At night? Before going to bed, I take off my makeup and hop in the shower (I hate getting into bed feeling dirty!). After my shower I moisturize, then I apply a curl relaxing cream to my wet hair, and twist it into a knot on top of my head so that it doesn’t dry super-frizzy.
Post-workout? It depends on the time of day that I hit the gym. I either shower (if I go early before work), just wash my face (if I go when I get out of work), or wash my face and spritz some dry shampoo onto my hair (if I go on the weekend before running errands).
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Can I name two? I love getting my bi-weekly manis/pedis because they make me feel fresh and polished. I also LOVE getting my hair colored. My family and friends have a joke that I have identity crisis because I am constantly changing the look of my hair!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I have always thought that a smile is one of the most attractive features on a person. That being said, you can’t have a great smile without amazing pearly whites, so I always make sure to brush my teeth twice a day. My grandfather was a dentist, so he used to yell at us if we didn’t brush our teeth. I used to hate it when I was little, but now I totally appreciate him for that!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Intern Alyssa Belanger

Written on September 22, 2011 at 10:32 am , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, we asked Editorial Intern Alyssa Belanger (a former Miss Teen Tennessee International) to spill the products and tricks that keep her looking gorgeous.

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Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Simple, polished and classic.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish StickSoap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumper and MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Phloof!
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I’m all about simplicity. After my morning cup of coffee, I’ll brush my teeth, style my hair and put on my makeup for the day. I wear MAC’s Phloof! Eye Shadow every day because it is a great soft tone that can easily transform into a nighttime look.
At night? At night, I take out my contacts, brush my teeth and wash off my makeup with water and a gentle soap. I like to use an exfoliator a few times a week and hit any problem areas with my Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick.
Post-workout? I never feel totally clean after a workout until I’ve used my facial toner to remove all of the makeup, sweat and buildup from the day that a makeup remover may leave behind.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? I instantly feel better after treating myself to a pedicure. I’m constantly in tennis shoes for my workouts, or in high heels for work, so it takes toll on my feet.  But once I have a nice soak in warm water and a fresh coat of nail polish on, I’m refreshed and ready to conquer many more miles!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? “Less is more.” When it comes to beauty, the focus should be on highlighting what you love most about your look rather than hiding it with tons of products!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern