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Beauty On the Go

Look & Feel Fresh—Fast!

Written on January 26, 2011 at 7:13 am , by

Staying fresh and put together during a marathon, time-crunched day can be a challenge—but not to worry, FITNESS is here to help! Here are a few of my favorite ways to look and feel great on the go, no matter what my busy schedule has in store:

  • Hydrate your face. Rehydrate your skin in a dry, stuffy office or classroom with a mist of purified water. We like Evian Mineral Water Spray; it releases a light, invigorating mist that won’t disturb your makeup. Or fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for an even more moisturizing, therapeutic treat.
  • Beat the tangles. All that running around can leave your hair a tangled mess. Carry a compact brush with mirror that folds to fit in your bag- we love Sephora Collection Printed Pop-Up Brush, decked in a supercute bee pattern. Just running the brush through locks a couple times can bring them back to life; to add volume, brush the roots up and back.
  • Freshen up. It seems simple, but one of my favorite ways to feel refreshed is to brush my teeth—something about the clean feeling gives me an ultimate boost. I keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in my purse for a mid-day touch up. On days when I’m really crunched for time, I pull out a Colgate Wisp, a miniature toothbrush with built-in paste.

-Kari LaPrade, contributing blogger

Good Sports

Written on December 20, 2010 at 10:13 am , by

At the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Event, we sat down with Julie Solwold, Vice President of Event Marketing for Paul Mitchell. Listen in as she talks about the importance of beauty from the inside out and why the company loves to work with athletes:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Beauty Rules

Written on December 14, 2010 at 7:26 am , by

Beauty Rules CoverBobbi Brown‘s new book Beauty Rules is packed with tips on makeup (of course), skincare and self-esteem. She also interviews models, salon professionals and female athletes—including Morgan Pressel, the youngest-ever winner of a major LPGA golf tournament—to cull their top beauty tips. Here, a few of my favorite pearls of beauty wisdom from the book:

  • Healthy is beautiful. Anything that’s good for your body is good for your hair, Bobbi maintains.
  • Wear layers. Layer gloss on top of lipstick for a really rich pout.
  • Lighten up. Always wear concealer when you use black eyeliner. Otherwise, you’ll wind up looking tired.
  • Skip a wash. There’s no need to wash your hair everyday, unless of course you work in a coal mine (or are prone to super-greasy roots). Bobbi suggests cleansing strands no more than every other day: Try out a dry shampoo on the days in between!

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Gold Medal Styling

Written on December 13, 2010 at 6:57 am , by

FITNESS got a chance to chat with Kathleen Firth, hairstylist at Raika Studio in New York City, as she styled the hair of Olympic gold medal-winning skier Hannah Kearney. Take a look:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Get Shine-Free Skin

Written on December 7, 2010 at 6:01 am , by

It’s no secret that I have an oily complexion. It seems like the more I try to fight it, the worse it actually gets. Instead of battling it with harsh chemicals and rubbing alcohol, I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to work with my slick skin:

Moisturize- Never skip the moisturizer. If you skimp out on moisturizer your skin actually produces more oil because it’s thirsty. We like Origins Zero Oil moisturizer with Saw Palmetto & Mint. It’s super-lightweight and hydrating, with a hint of salicylic acid to instantly reduce shine.

Go oil-free- Look for foundations and powders that are free of added oils that can build up on top on your already oily skin. I like MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. It goes on smooth and the result is a matte look that helps minimize the appearance of oil.

Blot away- To get rid of excess oil during the day, I never leave the house without blotting sheets. My favorite are Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. They soak up the oil without smudging your makeup—and they’re compact enough to fit in your pocket, which is great for the on-the-go girl!

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Beauty Talk with Olympic Skier Shannon Bahrke

Written on December 1, 2010 at 9:31 am , by

Silver and bronze medal-winning Olympic skier Shannon Bahrke took a break from the slopes to sit down with FITNESS at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling even. Listen in as she shares her on-the-go beauty tips:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Fresh Skin with Carol Alt

Written on November 22, 2010 at 10:43 am , by

At 49, supermodel and actress Carol Alt isn’t afraid to reveal her age, because she’s looking better than ever. On top of a diet of raw foods and treating her body to the recommended amount of sleep, she follows an all-natural beauty regime. We got the chance to chat with the stunning skincare entrepreneur about her new raw food-based line, Raw Essentials, as well as what’s inside her makeup bag. Take a peak:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Paralympic Athlete Alana Nichols Talks Beauty

Written on November 18, 2010 at 6:57 am , by

We asked Alana Nichols, the first female Paralympic adaptive alpine skier and basketball player, (talk about inspiring!) for her on-the-go beauty secrets and must-have products as she got glamorized at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling Event. Here are a few of this gold medalist’s tips:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Secrets of Olympic Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis

Written on November 8, 2010 at 11:39 am , by

We asked Olympic silver medal-winning snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis for her on-the-go beauty secrets and must-have products as she primped at the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Pre-Styling Event. Here’s what she had to say:

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

The Beauty Equation

Written on November 4, 2010 at 11:47 am , by

The FITNESS beauty department loves Nigel Barker’s new book, Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You. And not only because it features photos Nigel took of our Beauty Director, Eleanor Langston (with her husband), and our Associate Beauty Editor, April Franzino (with her mom—see both below, along with a behind-the-scenes shot of Nigel and April). In the book, Nigel uses his 20 years of experience in the industry to cast aside the conventional rules of beauty. He goes into depth on self-image, and shares tons of tips from beauty insiders. A few of my favorites:

  • When applying foundation, try using a sponge that has been moistened with water first. This will help dilute the product and give you a sheer and even application.
  • Pick one feature to emphasize: your lips, cheeks or eyes, and play it up while you downplay the others.
  • When wearing the right clothes, any body type can look great; the key is balancing your ensemble to create an even, uniform look.

For more secrets and expert beauty advice, pick up a copy of Beauty Equation. What are your favorite beauty books?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern