Written on September 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
If you’re like us, you could get lost in the Sephora aisles and die happy. But who has time for that? Between early-morning workouts and evening plans, looking good can sometimes feel like a struggle. But busy bees and beauty junkies take note—your routine is about to get a lot easier. We’ve rounded up the best free apps on the market to help you maximize your time without sacrificing your style.
Beautylish: This app is the ultimate on-the-go resource for beauty enthusiasts who spend way too much time browsing Pinterest and Youtube. Get quick inspiration with step-by-step tutorials and gorgeous hair, nail and makeup designs, or check out the community forums for product reviews and prices before you hit the drugstore. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you when you get obsessed with this app! (Available for iOS,Android.)
Hair Cast: Nothing is more frustrating than spending an hour blowing out your hair, only to have it puff up the moment you step outside. Next time, check to see if frizz is on your forecast with Hair Cast by Clairol. Just enter your hair type and zip code, and this handy app quickly figures out how your hair will hold up in local weather conditions, while also giving you a customized styling tip. It’s like having a personal weatherman in your pocket—except, you know, reliable. (Available for iOS, Android.)
OPI: If you’ve ever sneakily tested a dozen nail polish colors before buying one, this app is for you. OPI’s virtual studio takes the guesswork out of polish picking by helping you select your best shade through an adjustable skin-tone finder. You can also browse through OPIs newest collections, save favorite polishes for later and connect to Facebook for OPI’s top tips. It’s simple, mess-free fun. (Available for iOS)
MyUVAlert: We’re sticklers about sun safety here at FITNESS, and you should be, too! Thankfully, Coppertone has made being sun-savvy even easier with MyUVAlert. Just type in your zip code to get real-time UV index forecasts, recommendations on sun protection gear, customized tips and—our favorite—timed sunscreen reminders. (Bye bye, sunburns!). (Available for iOS, Android.)
Closet: You’ve worn your clothes a hundred times, your drawers are jam-packed and yet every morning, you can’t find anything to wear. Sound familiar? Enter: the Closet app, which lets you browse your outfits on the go, so you can plan a week’s worth of looks wherever and whenever you want. Just take pics of your clothes, organize them into categories, build an outfit and add the completed looks to a calendar. You can even keep track of when you last wore something, so no more “didn’t I just wear this?” uncertainty. (Available for iOS)
—Chloe Metzger, editorial intern
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 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm , by Fitness Magazine
The sunny months of summer are slowly dwindling down (wah!), and though we’ll miss our weekly escapes to the beach, we certainly won’t miss the frizz, sweat and slip-right-off-your-face makeup that comes along with them. So just in time for the last big weekend of the season, make sure your look stays put with these easy long-wear tips.
Go Prime Time:
While this step is more-often-than-not overlooked in most beauty routines, it’s an essential way to lock your makeup in place for a flawless finish. Apply a face primer in areas where excess oil develops throughout the day such as your T-zone. Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control ($42, sephora.com) tackles two issues at once: it makes sure your makeup has heat-proof longevity and helps banish any breakouts thanks to its salicylic-laced formula.
Next step, no creases! When you want to avoid that icky line of caked shadow on your lids, start with an eye shadow primer like cult favorite Urban Decay Cosmetics Original Primer Potion ($19, urbandecay.com). This makes shadow appear more vibrant and promises 24-plus hour wear. FITNESS’ associate beauty editor Molly swears by the shade Eden.
When the heat is on, skip the full coverage foundation and opt for a lighter version like a BB or CC cream that has skin-boosting benefits such as smoothing your complexion and adding instant radiance. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35, clinique.com) is lightweight and oil-free, but still manages to mask imperfections. Plus, it protects skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Gel With It:
Pack away your powder blushes and choose a cream or gel consistency. They tend to last longer and offer a natural pop of color. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise ($24, sephora.com) gives your cheeks a pretty, dewy flush, and it lasts for up to 14 hours! It’s infused with 50% coconut water, so it feels nice and cool on those really hot days.
Locking your makeup in place is a step you can’t skip. While some setting powders cause skin to look dry and cakey, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34, sephora.com) does just the opposite. It regulates shine while still looking radiant.
Minimalism is key when it comes to eye makeup. Most times, a subtle winged look is all you need to feel pretty and polished, but the last thing you want is for your wing to go droopy. With Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($20, sephora.com) your look will stay sleek and smudge-proof for hours. We love the Cobalt shade!
Everyone dreads removing tough-to-budge waterproof mascaras. However, with the threat of raccoon eyes induced by sweat or a quick plunge in the pool looming, long-wear formulas are a must for keeping eye makeup in tact. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara ($8, ulta.com) lengthens lashes and adds insane volume without running down your face mid-day.
When it comes to lips, keep it sheer. Try Dior Addict Lipstick in 643 Diablotine ($31, dior.com). The sheer poppy red gives a gorgeous wash of color without being too overwhelming. Lightly blot this on your lips and apply a lip balm like Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla Macadamia ($4, target.com) over for amped-up hydration.
Take It Off:
When the end of the dog day rolls around, reach for Almay Longwear & Waterproof Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($7, ulta.com). This stuff instantly sweeps away hard-to-remove makeup without leaving the sensitive eye area irritated.
You’ve got the tips. Now, get inspired with these budge-proof summer makeup combos.
—Karee Hackel, beauty intern
Written on August 26, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
While you’re stocking up on back-to-school basics for your little ones, make sure to pick up a very important, yet easily forgotten essential—sunscreen. We know, you’re sending your kids to school, not to the beach, but children actually spend a great deal of time exposed to the sun walking to and from school, outside at recess, during after-school sports and on field trips. And considering that the new FDA regulations state that sunscreen remains effective for 80 minutes max, the stuff you slather on your kids in the morning will most likely wear off by lunchtime.
But before you pop some SPF in your child’s book-bag, consider this: Only two state policies exist that allow for sunscreen use and application during the school day (crazy, right?). In fact, a school ban on sunscreen (it’s technically considered a drug) left two children from Tacoma, WA with severe sunburns during a school field trip last year. One year later, policies affecting sunscreen usage in schools remain nonexistent or vary from state to state and potentially even within school districts. The worst part: new data shows melanoma rates are rising among U.S. children.
Luckily, two savvy sun-care brands are trying to change that:
Coppertone has launched their Making the Sunscreen Grade program, which educates parents with tools and information on how to help protect their children from the sun and enables them to start a conversation with their schools to make sun protection a priority during the school day. You can find more info here as well as download the full Making the Grade sunscreen guide.
Supergoop! has implemented Project Backpack, which not only serves as a vehicle to influence change in these state policies, but also provides SPF to schools in the U.S. so that kids have what they need to protect their skin during time on the playground or athletics. For every SPF 30 Everyday UV lotion ($15, supergoop.com) sold, Supergoop! will donate one backpack-sized sunscreen to partner schools in the U.S. Click here for more info.
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 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
We all want our bodies to look lean and strong, so we hit the gym hard, but those sweat-inducing workouts can sometimes wreak havoc on our skin. Renee Rouleau, Esthetician and Skin Care Expert, gets it—as a CrossFit addict, she knows all about wanting to tone up without having to deal with embarrassing breakouts or runny sunscreen. So we asked her to answer some of your top workout-related skin-care Q’s.
In terms of skin health, how important is it to drink water before and after a workout?
“Since you lose so much water from perspiration, it’s crucial to replace it by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after workouts. The electrolyte-replacing drinks are especially helpful for re-hydrating the body. From a skin-care standpoint, research concludes that drinking water is the least efficient way to hydrate the skin. Skin hydration levels have much more to do with what you are using topically on the skin. A product like the Renée Rouleau Skin Drink ($38, reneerouleau.com) helps hydrate the skin very well. Apply it post-workout to restore hydration.”
I like to wear a headband or a bandana to prevent sweat from dripping down my face, but will that cause breakouts?
“I wouldn’t recommend headbands, bandanas or even hats across the forehead as they can cause a build up of oil and perspiration in the pores which will result in little clogged bumps or acne. If your skin is not prone to breakouts, this may not be an issue for you. If you find that you’re getting clogged pores, try to keep your accessory further back on your hairline but not directly across the forehead.”
How bad is it to wear makeup to the gym?
“Eye makeup and lipstick are fine to wear. Should you really feel the need to wear foundation, try mineral-based powders as they are sweat-resistant, breathable and won’t clog pores. Either way, you want to clean the skin and remove oils and sweat post-workout.”
I like to remove all my makeup before a workout, but then my skin feels a little dry. Is applying a moisturizer before sweating OK?
“When you exercise, your skin loses water due to evaporation, leaving the skin dehydrated. Dehydrated skin increases surface lines and causes skin cells to die prematurely, leading to aging as well as dead skin cell build up and clogged pores. Using a lightweight moisturizer will help to retain the water in the skin. If you are exercising outdoors, it’s best to use a very light moisturizer with a sunscreen.”
I sometimes can’t shower immediately after the gym. Could that cause body acne?
“Showering immediately after a workout can definitely help keep your back clear. The people that are most likely to get back breakouts are the ones that produce excessive oil. Generally, those who have oily skin on their face will also have excessive oil production on the back as well. Since oil is a breeding ground for bacteria, one of the ways to reduce back breakouts is to shower often. Keeping the skin clean can make a huge difference. Exfoliate your back with a mild cleansing gel and exfoliating cloth three times a week and apply an anti-bacterial lotion to help keep your back clear.”
I always apply sunscreen but I sweat a lot. Do I just sweat my sunscreen right off? If so, how can I stay protected besides wearing a hat?
“Apply your sunscreen prior to working out so it has time to absorb fully. No sunscreen can withhold intense sweating so it’s important to reapply often. You can also apply a mineral powder with SPF over your sunscreen for added protection. Most mineral powders tend to be water-resistant so they will hold up better to sweating and therefore keep you protected better. Since one of the major contributing factors to the aging process is the production of free radicals caused from exercise, it’s very important to take antioxidants to minimize the damage. One simple way to help suppress the free radical activity is to take Vitamin C (500 mg) thirty minutes prior to exercise. It takes about thirty minutes to dissolve in your system and activate, so while you are exercising you’re sure to have full Vitamin C protection for the cells in your body.”
Written on August 19, 2013 at 9:32 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
We get it—you don’t want to carry your entire beauty arsenal around in your gym bag. Luckily it doesn’t take tons of tools to look sleek postworkout. Meet The Jet-Setter by Sarah Potempa ($99, joyus.com), a small but mighty four-inch iron (featured in the September issue of FITNESS, on stands now!) that clams frizz, straightens strands and smooths that annoying ponytail crease in a snap. No outlet? No problem—it’s rechargeable and cordless, and now you can get it (and anything else you toss in your cart) for an even bigger steal! Head to joyus.com and enter the code JETSET9 for 15% off your entire order now through August 30, 2013. Then, check out styling tips from the creator, celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa here.
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 14, 2013 at 11:48 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
As a new mother with a thriving acting career, Malin Akerman knows how to juggle a hectic schedule. Between spending time with her son, Sebastian, and her husband, she’s also playing Debbie Harry, lead singer of the band Blondie, in the new film CBGB out this October (some of her other blockbusters include Couples Retreat and Rock of Ages). Now she’s adding television star to her resume by starring in a new ABC comedy, Trophy Wife, this fall. In an attempt to be the best wife and mother she can be, she’s taking care of herself by squeezing in workouts and taking care of her family by stocking the fridge with healthy snacks. She let us in on what it’s like to juggle it all. Watch our interview below.
Written on August 12, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
We’ve all been there: the moment you’re walking (running) to your airport gate as you go through a mental checklist of everything you packed for your trip—for business, vacation or with family, whatever—when you realize you forgot your most beloved beauty product (um, talk about sheer panic). Well, you no longer need to settle for going without your fave mascara or must-have blush—Benefit’s got your back (and your face). This fall, they are launching their Glam Up & Away! automated retail kiosks in an airport near you. With 25 locations nationwide, including JFK, Austin and Las Vegas, the super-luxe and cheeky vending machines look like vintage pink buses and will offer jetsetters access to 30 best-selling products. So now all you girls-on-the-go can touch up before your plane touches down!