Written on January 21, 2014 at 10:28 am , by Fitness Magazine
Not only is Ciara working on her sixth album, planning a wedding and performing at the official Grammy’s after-party, she just announced she is pregnant! It’s not hard to see that Ciara is practicing what she preaches as Degree Women’s DO:MORE ambassador. We got to sit down with Ciara to learn more about the DO:MORE campaign and how she juggles it all.
Tell us more about the Degree Women DO:MOREcampaign and why you’re passionate about it?
“I’m so excited about teaming up with Degree Women because the campaign is all about inspiring and encouraging women to work hard and to do more of what they love. I really relate to that because being an entertainer, it’s all about facing challenges and figuring out how to improve and get better and to do more. So I get to share my challenges and share my journey in hope of inspiring other women to know that we’re all the same and you can do more and you should always work hard to achieve your goals. So that’s what I really love about this campaign. In addition to that, this year I’ll be performing at the official Grammy after party. It’s going to be so much fun and there’s really cool videos online [here] where you can see how I prepare for a night like this. You get to hear about the hard work and the journey and why I do more.”
What is your favorite part about the Grammys and does anything change knowing that you have to perform afterwards?
“My favorite part is being able to see the performances. I love stage-show presentation. I always love seeing what my peers are going to do and I love seeing the unexpected. And then of course, yes, after the show is definitely something I’m looking forward to but I’m also going to definitely be taking a nap in-between after I go to the show! So it’s all about balance in that day.”
How are you juggling everything you have going on while also preparing for the Grammys?
“The key word is balance! That’s what it’s all about for me. It’s about really taking everything one day at a time. Still working hard, still doing more, still doing all that good stuff but just balancing everything out and adjusting where I need to. But I still go into it with the same mentality of wanting things to be great. I still go into it with the mentality of wanting to have an energetic show and most importantly wanting to have fun!”
Do you have a pre-Grammy beauty routine to get your skin perfect?
“It depends on the day. Sometimes I go and get a good microderm. I love microderms, I do it once a month. But sometimes when I know events like that are coming up and I have enough time, I’ll go by a dermatologist to get it one time. I make sure it’s close to when I’m doing the event because your skin really does glow and you get off some of that dead skin and the look is very fresh. I’ll do something like that and then if I feel dehydrated, I’ll do a mask that hydrates your face a little bit. But it’s really simple to be honest. It’s not a whole lot that you do. I always believe that less is more so we try not to over apply the makeup but we try to apply enough so it can last throughout the long day of the red carpet and all the moving and everything.”
So with everything else going on, you also have a wedding to think about! Do you know what you want your hair and makeup to look like for the big day?
“I have an idea, I know the feeling I want. I want elegance more than anything and I want classic. I can’t say exactly what the creative ideas are but I know the feeling and that’s definitely elegance and classic.”
Is there a way Future prefers your hair?
“It’s so funny, he likes it all kinds of ways actually! I know he likes when I wear my hair out of my face, he loves that! And he actually loves my hair blonde. Sometimes I talk about going dark and he’s like, ‘yea, but that look right there is hot!’ So I don’t know, I definitely want it to be easy; I don’t want to have to be fussing with my hair.”
Well, it’s obvious that you look great! What do you do to stay active and has it changed at all now that you’re pregnant?
“I train with my trainer, Gunnar [Peterson]. When we train, we do an hour session. We just modified things, you know I can’t do crunches or anything like that, or lay on my stomach anymore, but we still do things that are close to what I would do if I wasn’t pregnant. And it’s all about still keeping that energy up, still keeping the cardio strong and just having balance in your body overall.”
Since you are so busy, is there a beauty product must-have that makes you feel put together on the go?
“I always have a pinky/nude lip liner and I take a peach/nude lipstick to lay it on top of the liner so it gives your lips more dimension and the liner gives you a fuller lip. I always have to have that combination! Something about it lifts your face to me. I also love concealer. You know, sometimes if you don’t want to do a full face you can put a little bit under your eyes and it just makes you look refreshed.”
So, since we’re talking about the Degree DO:MOREcampaign, do you have a favorite formula you like to wear?
“I’ve tried everything in the world and there’s honestly nothing like Degree. I promise you, if you’re not wearing it, you need to switch! Because it’s one of those things that you’re going to always feel fresh, if you are sweating, this protects you. It activates when you move and protects you when you move. So that’s what I love about the deodorant but it’s also fresh and it’s really strong! This deodorant lasts overnight and when you start over again in the morning, it lasts the whole day. There’s nothing like it!”
Is there anything you do to help calm you down in stressful/sweaty situations besides wearing your Degree deodorant?
“It’s psychological, I do believe that. You have to tell yourself sometimes that you’re not really feeling what you’re feeling. You have to pause and breathe. I think that when you take a moment and just pause you kind of slow down the reaction of sweating and everything getting out of control. So, I think a lot of it is mental.”
—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern
Written on January 17, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
Jen Atkin is the mane mastermind behind some of Hollywood’s hottest hair (think: the Kardashians, Katy Perry and Sophia Vergara) as well as the celeb stylist for Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy. When we planned our February hair feature Chopped, we just knew we had to work with her. On set, she spilled these tips for getting the cut you want and leaving the salon happy. Avoid a hack job by going to your next appointment prepared. “Bring photos, especially if you’re making a big change,” suggests Atkin. Or create a Pinterest board of looks you like and scroll through it with your stylist on your smart phone. Just be ready to shift your expectations depending on your texture and the time you’re willing to spend working with it. “It’s so important to be honest about how high- or low-maintenance you want your cut to be,” she says. To see videos of three readers’ major makeovers, click here, here and here.
Written on January 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
When it comes to foundation, I’m not afraid of major coverage (let’s just say, I’m not a tinted moisturizer kind of girl). Having struggled—and sometimes still struggle—with acne for years, I know that foundation, concealer and powder are my complexion’s best friends. But when using all three, you run the risk of your makeup looking heavy and caked on (what we like to call friends without benefits). So you really have to look for formulas that hide breakouts but still look natural—like real skin. Enter Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation ($35, coverfx.com). Even though I work in the beauty industry and have access to hundreds of products, I was introduced to this one through a friend. It was just that good that she had to share it. The first time I used it, I was hooked. You can apply it alone as your base with the included sponge (damp or dry) or you can swipe on your favorite foundation and brush this over top as a finishing powder like I do. It offers additional coverage to the spots where you need it most and sets your makeup in place without looking thick. It comes in 24 shades so there’s a match for everyone. I keep two shades in my makeup bag at all times: one for the summer and one for the winter. Just like your bestie is there for you through, say… a break up, I can always rely on my favorite powder through any breakout.
Written on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
The start of a new year ushers in resolutions, adventures and—trend alert—the must-wear Pantone color. For 2014, the color experts chose Radiant Orchid, explaining it “blooms with confidence and warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination.” The hot hue is a pretty combination of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones, making it so soft and sweet, it works amazingly well as a flattering makeup shade. We’ve rounded up some products that will help you showcase the color of the moment (just avoid wearing them all at once!).
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mina ($17, sephora.com)
If you’re a little intimidated to test out a new hue on your face, try it out on your tips first. This sweet shade looks good on most skin tones and isn’t too bold for the office.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Violine Out of Control ($34, sephora.com)
If you love your lip gloss but hate having to re-apply it, this one is for you. The plush applicator allows the stay-all-day formula to glide on easily and in a just-right purple-pink tint.
Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush ($30, sephora.com)
One sweep of this radiant orchid blush on your cheeks is all you need to wake up your complexion. Go light on the application by using a plush powder brush (this way you’ll avoid an overdose, which can result in a Barney-like look).
Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara ($14, sephora.com)
This two-in-one eyeliner and mascara is all you’ll need for your next night out. A glitter infused take on the color of the year can be worn along your lash line, on your lashes or, yes, even both.
—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern
Written on January 3, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
When it comes to my nightly skincare routine, I have one goal: get it done as quickly as possible so I can hit the sack. So when I attempt to add new products into the mix, they never last very long because I get tired of the extra step…until I was introduced to Nude Skincare Purify Toning Water ($26, sephora.com). Toners remove excess oil and dead skin cells that may be left behind after washing. You simply put a few drops on a cotton ball and swipe it across your face and neck then follow up with your moisturizer or night cream. It is formulated with natural ingredients, like cinnamon, ginger and burnet root to help purify your pores and balance oil production. I have not only seen improvement in the tone of my skin but I’ve also noticed my skin looks smoother and gets less oily. Well done, toner, you have officially landed a permanent spot in my highly coveted nightly skincare routine.
—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern
Written on December 25, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
Happy Holidays! Wishing you and yours all the best.
The FITNESS Beauty Department
Written on December 23, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
A festive manicure is your ticket to looking party ready. Whether you want to go all out with glitter or rock a subtle take on sparkle, we whipped up some nail looks to get you into the holiday spirit:
To really let your holiday spirit shine, try this standout combo: apply two coats of your favorite red—we like Clinique Nail Enamel in Red Red Red ($13, clinique.com)—and top it with a sparkly polish, like KB Shimmer Kringle All the Way ($9, kbshimmer.com). Apply the sparkles to all ten tips or just one bling finger like we did.
If you’re in the mood for a sophisticated take on shimmer, try pairing a deep eggplant polish with textured gold flakes. We like Julep in Jillian ($14, julep.com) and Gianna ($14, julep.com). Apply two coats of the eggplant then add a drop of the gold glitter to the base of the nail near the cuticle and lightly drag it toward the tip for a faded effect. Finish with a clear topcoat.
For a more understated way to do glitter, we like this holiday polish from Essie in Toggle to the Top ($9, Ulta.com), which already has the sparkle in the polish. Just apply two coats and finish with a quick-dry topcoat.
Not a fan of sparkle? No problem! Nothing says holiday more than a classic red polish. Here are some of our new favorites. Swipe on two coats and finish with a topcoat.
—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern
Written on December 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
stressful lovely time of year when you wrack your brain trying to think of the perfect gift to give loved ones. For us beauty girls, we love sharing the gift of pampering and helping people feel pretty. The perfect way to do this: gift someone with a Julep Maven Box ($20 per box, julep.com). Simply go to julep.com and sign yourself or your friend or family member up for Julep’s monthly beauty subscription. Complete the quick quiz so your Maven box (delivered each month) is full of products customized to your style (if it’s for a loved one, do your best to answer for her). The box includes exclusive access to new hand-picked trendsetting nail colors, cult favorite skin care products and the latest beauty tools delivered right to your door.
Holiday bonus: there’s an exclusive promo code just for FITNESS readers! Enter FITNESSDEC2013 at checkout now through December 31st, 2013* and your first Maven Welcome Box is free. Doing so also signs you up for the Julep monthly beauty subscription. There are no obligations so you have the option to cancel, skip or send your box to a friend at any moment.
If you’re looking for a last minute present, this is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Written on December 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm , by Fitness Magazine
Who doesn’t get a little giddy over a sock full of miniature goodies? No one does mini sized items better than beauty brands, which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite bite size beauty treats that are guaranteed to make any woman on your list happy this holiday.
Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio ($28, sephora.com)
Kiss dry lips buh-bye! Each tube is packed with hydrating sugar (sweet!), SPF 15 and sheer color (in pink, red and brown) so that lips are both pretty and protected.
Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting Linens ($5, boscia.com)
Leave the shine for the tinsel—and dab away excess oil on your t-zone with these peppermint-scented blotting sheets. Each sparkly, pink package comes with 100 sheets, which reduce shine without messing up your holiday makeup (because we know how hard you worked on it).
Benefit Show Me The Love Set ($36, benefitcosmetics.com)
Every makeup bag could use this set of essentials. Primer, mascara and blush come in this cute pop art tin, which doubles as the perfect makeup brush holder.
L’Occitane Hand Indulgences Set ($28, sephora.com)
Hand cream is a good go-to gift and L’Occitaane has made it especially easy to give this holiday season with this set of three limited edition hand creams. In jasmine, violet and rose scents plus a formula made with 20 percent shea butter, the lucky recipient is going to have a hard time choosing which one to slather on first.
Marc Jacobs Rollerball Trio Gift Set ($39, nordstrom.com)
Meet a fragrance lover’s dream: each fragrance has a slightly different take on floral (think daisy, musk and jasmine) and comes in a rollerball applicator that’s perfect to toss in your gym bag or purse.
Tarte Rare Gem Limited-Edition Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler ($19, tartecosmetics.com)
Because when else can you justify buying a purple blinged out eyelash curler?! The sparkly beauty tool also comes with a tube of Tarte’s Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara so your lashes will stand out when standing under the mistletoe.
—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern
Written on December 9, 2013 at 10:23 am , by Fitness Magazine
The perfect gift can be hard to find, especially for those special guys in your life. Whether it be your hubby, boyfriend, brother, dad or friend, dudes are usually stocked up on the basics, like socks, ties, shirts and underwear. The one thing most guys usually don’t treat themselves to: You guessed it—beauty—er, “grooming” products. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite giftable picks that’ll make him smile (and smell good, too!) just in time for the holidays.
Bulldog Skincare Holiday Bundle ($25, us.meetthebulldog.com)
This kit takes the guesswork out of a man’s skincare routine. With an easy three-step system, any guy can manage using the Original Face Wash, Shave Gel and Moisturiser. The best part: it comes with a man-friendly carrying case so he can stash all his bathroom essentials in an easy-to-go pouch—perfect for travel.
Jack Black Balm Squad Lip Quad ($25, nordstrom.com)
Sick of him always stealing your lip balm? Well now he can have his own. Jack Black has created the perfect lip balm for men. This holiday set includes four flavors of moisturizing SPF 25 Intense Therapy Lip Balms that any guy wouldn’t mind pulling out of his pocket. Bonus: it’ll get his lips ready for your mistletoe moment!
Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 Limited Edition ($82, neimanmarcus.com)
Cologne is the perfect gift for the holidays because, let’s be honest, what man goes fragrance shopping for himself? Whether he only wears it on special occasions or on the daily, this limited edition Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men will please any nose with its notes of grapefruit, coriander, basil, ginger and a touch of tobacco. And with its sleek platinum bottle, you won’t mind if he leaves this one out on the bathroom counter.
Sephora Collection The Self Made Man Dopp Kit ($38, sephora.com)
This handy kit includes all of the necessities, like nail clippers, nose scissors, a lint brush and even a bottle opener! It’s all neatly packed away in a leather carrying case so you can know where to find it when an emergency strikes—the perfect gift for the guy-on-the-go on your list.
Trunk Club ($100-$300 per piece, trunkclub.com)
The only thing guys hate worse than shopping for you (give them a break, it’s hard!) is shopping for themselves. Enter Trunk Club, a website that sends you a customized wardrobe, handpicked by a stylist, based on answers to a personal style quiz. They send multiple options with a prepaid return slip to send back whatever you don’t like so you’re not charged until after you choose your items. Talk about convenient! Any stylish stud would love this monthly surprise.
Swiss Stays ($8-$50, swissstays.com)
For the guy you’re not so sure what to give or the guy who has everything, this is the gift he didn’t even know he needed! These adjustable collar stays will leave him wondering how he ever lived without them. They expand to four different sizes to fit all 24 different collar sizes on the market so he’ll always look sharp in a dress shirt.
—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern