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Sports Illustrated Model Nina Agdal’s Secrets to Getting the Perfect Wax

Written on October 7, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

For most of us who wax, the act is kept private. But for Sports Illustrated model, Nina Agdal, it’s just part of her job. So much so that she has teamed up with European Wax Center as their new brand ambassador. We caught up with Nina to find out how to get the perfect wax as well as some of her off-duty beauty secrets.

What interested you in being a brand ambassador for European Wax Center?
“Since my job is to always be kind of half-naked in swimsuits and lingerie, it’s important for me to have good skin, so European Wax Center is a great fit. They have a great waxing procedure that’s painless and makes your skin so smooth. I always make sure to go before a shoot to get my skin ready and I like going there specifically because it’s comfortable, everyone’s so nice, it’s clean and it’s pretty.”

Do you have any tips on getting the perfect wax, or products you use pre/post wax?
“I use The Exfoliate ($38, waxcenter.com) before I get waxed just to make sure my skin is clean and smooth. Their waxing is so painless that after, you don’t really need anything. They have products to use after if you’re in pain, but you don’t really need it. Just put on some lotion and you’re good to go.”

What’s you’re favorite part of being a Sports Illustrated model?
“It’s just like a family, honestly. To be a part of that family is such a pleasure. Everybody is so nice and they help you a lot with putting your name out there and you do a lot of PR stuff for them and of course you get to go on great trips and do great events because of it and I’m just so happy to be a part of that.”

Since you are out on the beach in the water and sun for these Sports Illustrated photo-shoots, what tips do you have for keeping your makeup in place?
“I think when you’re going to the beach; you have to keep it as natural as possible. Of course, put on sunscreen to protect your skin both for now and for later but besides that, waterproof mascara and a little brow. European Wax Center has a Natural Brow Powder ($20, waxcenter.com) too which I use. It’s not a pencil; a pencil can be too stiff but this is really easy. When you’re going to the beach, curl your lashes, [apply] waterproof mascara, a little brow and maybe a little bronzer. I feel like the worst mistake you can make is putting on foundation before going to the beach because it’s just going to melt down your face and look like a disaster.”

What are your beauty must haves when you’re off-duty?
“I really like the ck One Cream + Powder Bronzer Duo ($25, Ulta.com). I use it on my cheekbones but you can also use it on your nose or eyelids and it just gives you a nice glow. And then I use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm ($33, elizabetharden.com) hour on my lips. You can even put it on your eyelids too if you just want them to be a little glossy.”

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

Happy 60th Birthday, Olay!

Written on October 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm , by

Olay is such an iconic beauty company so it’s hard to imagine a time when bottles of its cleansers and creams didn’t line the drugstore aisles. Today, as the brand celebrates its 60th birthday, we take a look back to its creation: In 1952, South African chemist, Graham Wulff, developed Oil of Olay to replace the greasy creams that were on the market at that time. He and his wife, Dinah, mixed the first batch by hand (and eventually, he sold the company to P&G). Since then, Olay has become both a household name and the number one skincare brand in North America. I have a personal relationship with some of the products—I can remember my grandmother using Oil of Olay when I was younger, and when I smell the signature fragrance today, it brings back happy beauty memories. To celebrate its 60th birthday, Olay is opening their vaults to share some vintage advertisements to bring back that nostalgic feeling for everyone:

Read on to see more vintage ads and our favorite Olay products.

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Customize Your Skincare

Written on February 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm , by

You can customize sneakers, frozen yogurt, kitchens—and now skincare: The new bespoke line Truth Art Beauty allows you to co-create your own natural skin products in three simple steps. Choose your base (for example, sea salt or brown sugar for a body scrub), boosters (like antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients) and essential oils (grapefruit, spearmint, orange, lavender, etc.), then your product is custom-blended, so you’re able to see what goes into it from start to finish. Our favorites: The Body Buff, infused with fresh coconut, super-rich Eye Balm (below) and silky, luxurious Body Salve (above).

Benefit’s New House of Beauty

Written on September 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm , by

Last week, Benefit Cosmetics opened the chandelier-clad doors of their flagship boutique in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. When we arrived for our tour of the three-level beauty emporium, we were greeted by a display featuring the first-ever Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain (right) created 35 years ago from pressed rose petals by the brand’s founders Jean and Jane Ford. The precious original vial was transported via armored vehicle (!) from Benefit’s home base in San Francisco for the occasion.

The boutique not only stocks the brand’s full line of products, but is also home to an On the Spot! Beauty Bar, offering a full menu of primping services, including:

  • Lash and brow threading, shaping, and tinting
  • Face and body waxing
  • Body and face airbrush tans
  • Faux lash and makeup application

The best part: You can drop in at your leisure, no appointment necessary.

Benefit Boutique SoHo: 454 West Broadway between Prince & Houston St., New York City

A “Fresh” Take On Beauty Shopping

Written on September 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm , by

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Last week, Fresh founder Alina Roytberg walked us through the brand’s newly revamped apothecary-style Union Square flagship store in New York City. Here, a photo tour of the stunning highlights:

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The store mixes the elements of a bakery (see the ‘cake tower’ of their iconic soaps, above right), a kitchen (the communal washbasin and island in the center, below), a library (rows of shelves and books interspersed), and a laboratory (see the glass vats dispensing previously-discontinued fragrances, above). You can sample products in the shared sink and Kitchen Table area, fill a mini bottle and experiment with your favorite fragrances at the Sensorial Bar, surf the web on in-store iPads, learn the story behind the brand’s products and ingredients through an interactive wall, and get your goodies gorgeously wrapped (for free!) at the Gift Bar—truly a beauty buff’s paradise and worth a stop if you’re near NYC.

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Fresh Flagship Store, 872 Broadway at 18th Street,
New York City.

Tell us: What’s your favorite place to shop for beauty?

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Beauty Intern Jaclyn Smock

Written on September 8, 2011 at 11:03 am , by

This week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop is a bit of a twist, as the subject is me—Jaclyn Smock, the new beauty intern for fall 2011.  Read on for a peek at my primping rituals and must-haves!


Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, warm and fresh.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Physician’s Formula Mineral Correcting Powder, blush (right now I’m using Salma Hayek Nuance Blush in Apricot) and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face with Glo Therapeutics Clear Anti-Blemish Cleanser, then I moisturize with Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer. Next, I spritz on Skindinavia 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish, which helps set my makeup and control my oil and shine. After I do what I call my “pre-face,” I put on Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 and set it with Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder. My skin is very oily so I find that tinted moisturizer works best for my complexion. After my skin tone is evened out, I apply blush, then I add a little e.l.f. Mineral Black Eye Liner on my bottom lids and finish with Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara. Once I’m done with my face, I move onto hair: I work some John Frieda Take Charge Curl Boosting Mousse through my curls, finish with a little bit of TRESemmé Climate Control Finishing Spray, and I’m out the door. This may sound like a lot but it only takes me 15 minutes!
At night? I remove the day’s makeup with Neutrogena Night Calming Cleansing Cloths, wash my face with my cleanser, and top with moisturizer. To finish off my nightly routine, I put Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector and Skin Brightener all over my face. The color weirded me out at first (it’s brown) but it really does work!
Post-workout? Once I’m done working out, I head home to shower and wash my face. When I get out, I moisturize and spray Glytone  Acne Back Spray on to ensure that I never get bacne!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Facials—I love everything about them! I have done at-home versions before, but I still prefer a pro facial. I truly believe in monthly facials, if your budget permits. Facials quickly resolve most skin concerns and you leaving feeling so refreshed!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Know the difference between day and night makeup. I believe in light eye makeup during the day then going dramatic at night to really look alluring.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori Dedić

Written on September 1, 2011 at 10:51 am , by

This week, Fitness Editor Jenna Autuori Dedić reveals the secrets to her glowing skin, beachy waves, and how she looks great through the most stringent of workout regimens:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Laid-back, natural and über-girly!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Kérastase Aqua Seal Leave-In Hair Conditioner to condition my hair while I sleep; Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Whisper; and any sea salt spray for my hair.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? If I’m going from my morning SoulCycle class, I have to be quick to make it to the office on time. So I’ll take a quick shower, slather my hair with a Kérastase cream and put it into a high bun to air dry, swipe on a little eyeshadow (always a light pink or light gold), then mascara and eyeliner, and finish things off with lipgloss. Around mid-day, I take my bun down and let my wavy hair loose—by then it’s super-voluminous!
At night? If I’m heading out for a date with my husband or to meet up with friends, I’ll reapply some eyeshadow and spray a light-hold hair spray into my hair to give it some more oomph. I really take care of my skin before I go to bed after I’ve worked out and ran around so much during the day. I always take my makeup off with CVS Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes—they truly make my skin glow. I wash my face with a very sudsy facial wash, and never go to sleep without putting on a nighttime serum (Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum) and cream (Estée Lauder Time Zone Night Anti-Line/Wrinkle Creme). I think it’s really important to stick to your nighttime beauty rituals because your skin repairs itself while you sleep.
Post-workout? Whether I’m working out in the morning, hitting up a gym class at lunchtime, or doing my marathon training run in the evening, I try to take off all my makeup when I work out, then wash my face with cold water afterward and apply a lightweight moisturizer. I always feel instantly refreshed.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? I try to get a facial once a month—I work out so much that I think my skin needs that refresher treatment to wipe away any excess oil, treat any sun spots, even out my skintone and exfoliate like I can’t at home. I love trying new spas as well because it’s fun comparing and seeing what I like best.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Stop highlighting your hair! For years I damaged my hair by making it blonder and blonder (and just trying to keep up with the roots!), and ended up making it extremely dry. One day I realized that I’d forgotten what my natural hair even looked like and that was such a shame! So I stopped everything and went to hair rehab for about a year. Plus, I was working out and training for races so much I kept throwing my hair in a ponytail, so I thought when would be a better time to let myself “go” so to speak. The best thing I ever did was let myself be natural—I’ve never gotten more compliments about my hair and who knew all that was underneath all those treatments I was getting (and money I was spending). Stop fighting the beauty you were given: Embrace it! And I have to thank Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City for helping me love what I have and teaching me how to have healthy hair.

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Art Intern Abby Silverman

Written on July 27, 2011 at 7:24 am , by

For the first installment in our new Staffer Beauty Snoop series, we asked art department intern Abby Silverman to spill the beauty products, tips, and tricks that she can’t live without. Here’s what she said:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: “Trendy, bold, glamorous.”
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, Marc Jacobs Lola Perfume and Maybelline New York Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara.”
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? “When I get of the shower I always brush my teeth and apply moisturizer to my face and body. Then I do my hair, and last, I apply my makeup.”
At night? “I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Makeup Remover Wipes for my face as well as Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover with cotton balls to remove eye makeup. I follow with a face wash and finish off with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer.”
Post-workout? “I typically wash my face before I work out because I like to feel refreshed and ready to go. If I don’t wash my face pre-exercise, I always wash it after because I don’t like leaving sweat and makeup on my skin.”
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? “I absolutely love getting my nails done. When I look down at my hands and see perfectly polished nails it makes me feel girly, clean and put together! When I don’t get my nails done, I have a secret obsession with painting my nails. I probably paint them every other day.”
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? “If you’re trying to grow your hair out, it’s better to get it regular trims every two to three months rather than waiting to get it cut every six months. If you don’t cut your hair, it will cut itself!”

By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

What Beauty Product Brings You Back?

Written on July 19, 2011 at 11:26 am , by

Everyone has beauty products that remind them of childhood or their past—for us, the smell of Jergens Original Scent Cherry-Almond Moisturizer will always remind us of our grandmother (Personal plea to Jergens: Never change it!) We asked fellow FITNESS staffers what beauty product brings back memories for them:

  • Coppertone sunscreen reminds me of my aunt when I was a kid—she wore it all the time at the beach. I still only use Coppertone! Love the smell and the memories of my aunt.” —Elaine Roake, photo director
  • Bonne Bell Lip Smackers bring me back to when I was young and I got a plastic candy cane filled with them in my Christmas stocking. I was so excited and felt so grown-up using them, pretending it was lipstick (which I wasn’t allowed to wear yet!)” —Lisa Haney, senior health editorJG_Original_10oz_sm
  • Tommy Girl perfume: I wore it every day in high school. Whenever I smell a whiff, I think of walking the hallways with friends, and my crush, who wore the guys’ version. I still think it smells awesome: fresh, floral, and clean.” —Sarah D’Angelo, assistant editor
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been my go-to face moisturizer since I was in my early teens, first learning about beauty products. My mother used it, so my sister and I followed suit, applying it morning and night. I can’t live without it!” —Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern
  • Pond’s Dry Skin Cream reminds me of kissing my mom goodnight as a kid and getting a whiff of her fragrant lotion. And cherry-flavored Chapstick makes me feel carefree and young again because it seemed like every kid in my second grade class had a tube!” —Betty Wong, editor-in-chief
  • Noxzema The Original Deep Cleansing Cream will forever transport me to scrubbing off makeup in high school.” —Bethany Gumper, senior editor
  • “Olay—Oil of Olay back then! My mom used to always have a jar in the bathroom when I was growing up. She now has Olay lotion in the squeeze container, which always makes me smile when I see it. I even use it when I visit!” —Mary Anderson, deputy editor

Tell us: What beauty product takes you back in time?

What Beauty Product Never Leaves Your Gym Bag?

Written on July 6, 2011 at 9:35 am , by

We took a Spin class last week with fellow FITNESS editors, which made us wonder what beauty goods they tote along with them. Here’s the one product that never leaves these FITNESS ladies’ gym bags: 101735938

  • “Lip balm! My lips tend to get dry during my workout, so lip balm keeps them kissable. I love Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil- it smells delicious!” —Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern
  • La Fresh Instant Body Soother Wipes—they’re the perfect way to cool off and freshen up right after a workout. I wipe one over my neck, face, and shoulders for a quick pick-me-up, and keep a stash in my purse for sticky summer days.”—Colleen Moody, web editor
  • Neutrogena Deep Clean Sport On-the-Go Cleansing Wipes take up no space in my gym bag, thanks to individual packets. I use one wipe before and one after my workouts.”—Amanda Downs, beauty intern
  • “Face moisturizer—gyms usually have body lotion, but not the good stuff for your face! It also helps with clearing off any leftover eyeliner if the shower didn’t do the trick.”—Mary Anderson, deputy editor
  • “I can’t head to the gym without my Dove Clinical Protection Visibly Smooth Antiperspirant/Deodorant Solid in Wild Rose. It keeps me smelling fresh without the clumpy residue.”—Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern
  • “My face lotion! After a sweaty SoulCycle session, I always need to jump in the shower and rinse off. I don’t go anywhere without my La Roche-Posay face lotion with SPF. It’s smooth, light, and comes in a nice travel size. “—Jenna Autuori, fitness editor

What beauty product never leaves your gym bag?