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Carly Rae Jepsen Talks Natural Beauty and What’s on her Workout Playlist

Written on July 2, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Photo Credit: Rob Hoffman

Who hasn’t belted out the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe at some point? The rising star found mega-fame with her debut single and has been rising up the charts ever since. I got the chance to chat with her about a recent partnership with Güd, a natural beauty line from the makers of Burt’s Bees, and what music gets her heart pumping during her favorite workouts (hint: it involves stadium stairs).

Tell us about your partnership with Güd. 
“Basically, I was kind of won over by the slogan, ‘happy is beautiful.’  I love the idea that Güd products are natural, and they aren’t harmful to the environment or animals. All of those things just reassured me, and I knew that when I was choosing a partnership, I wanted to pick something that felt like a product I had grown up with, and I have grown up with Burt’s Bees, so Güd just felt like the best of both worlds.”

What’s your favorite scent in the line?
Pearanormal Activity. It’s more subtle than the other ones, but I feel like I can wear it everyday.”

Why are natural products so important to you?
 “I just grew up with them. My mom’s kind of a hippie at heart and she has always hammered home the fact that your body is a temple, and all that kind of stuff. I think you grow up and you get fed a whole bunch of different ideas about what it takes to be beautiful, and I personally love the idea that natural is beautiful. Doing stuff that isn’t harmful to yourself is the number one most important thing in my books.”

What are some of the best beauty tips you’ve picked up from photo shoots and red carpet events?
 “There are a few things that I’ve fallen in love with. For one, there’s this little bun thing that’s called a bun donut, and it’s a really simple way to put your hair up. You just wrap your hair around it and have a perfect bun. It’s super easy to do. I’ve also learned to love fake lashes. When it’s a red carpet event especially, it’s fun to play with fake lashes. And then CND Shellac (prices vary, cnd.com for salons) nails are my favorite because I play guitar a lot, and when I get a manicure, it’s ruined five minutes later. Even though it’s a little rough on the nails when removing, every once in awhile I go and get Shellac instead because I know my nails will be prettier for longer and I can play as much as I want!”

Singing while dancing on tour takes a lot of stamina. How do you stay in shape?
 “One of things I used to do when I was on the Justin Bieber Tour was run. When I was looking at the stadium and figuring out what I was going to do in my hours before meet-and-greet time, I decided to start running the stairs. My security guard and I would get in running gear and run the stairs of the stadium, which was cool for two reasons:  it gets your butt in shape, but it’s also a way to get perspective and be like, ‘Wow, someone’s going to be sitting up here!’ I need to make the show big enough to reach them.’”

What songs or artists do you listen to when working out?
 “I listen to Robyn—she has my favorite workout music.”

Your debut single, Call Me Maybe, was a huge success. What’s that one song right now that you just can’t get out of your head?
“There are a few songs that I love right now. I like the new Miley Cyrus single, and I like ‘I Love It’ too by Icona Pop. I’m a big fan of Fun too; I think they’re pretty rad. I love all of their music.”

Tell us about your new single and collaboration with Nikki Minaj.
“It was a really cool partnership! I love working on projects with someone I typically wouldn’t. We come from two totally different worlds, so it was fun for that reason especially. I was really happy that she agreed to be on the track, and I think it wasn’t totally done until she added her verse to it.”

Favorite Find Friday: Sarah Potempa The Wrap Up

Written on May 17, 2013 at 10:18 am , by

As the weather’s warming up, my go-to hairstyle these past few weeks has been the top knot (just like every other girl in New York City). It’s easy, and can transform dirty strands into a cute style. I’ve played around with nearly every “bun-stuffing” contraption that has come into our office and my favorite is the Sarah Potempa The Wrap Up ($12, sarahpotempa.com). You simply pull your hair into a ponytail and slide the pony through the opening in the middle. Then, roll it up to the base, fold the flexible ends into a round bun and voilá—an instantly chic updo. If you have layers and a few pieces poke out, just smooth them down with hairspray and pin into place. You can go for a formal look (I used it to style my hair smooth and polished for a recent wedding I attended), or try something a little more piecey and casual (my messy bun held up through a training session with The Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince!). The possibilities are endless. And it comes in a smaller size, The Half Up ($9, sarahpotempa.com) so girls with fine or shorter hair can get in on the fun too.

Beauty Q&A With March Cover Girl Rebecca Romijn

Written on March 12, 2012 at 11:17 am , by

You can read about FITNESS cover girl and Wella Professionals celebrity ambassador Rebecca Romijn‘s workout and diet secrets in our March issue— but we got her to reveal how she gets those beach waves and that fresh, glowing skin, plus the products she can’t live without.

FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag?
Rebecca Romijn: I always carry Wella Ocean Spritz to refresh my hair. It mimics sea water and adds great texture. It’s a very good low-maintenance solution for someone who’s on the go.

FITNESS: What are your haircare, makeup and skincare routines like on a typical day?
RR: I cleanse and moisturize my face in the morning and at night, and never forget sunscreen.

FITNESS: What are your secrets for looking great no matter where you are and what you’re doing? Do you have a go-to makeup look or hairstyle?
RR: I don’t wash my hair every day; in fact I always prefer “second day hair”. It’s easy and it does what I want it to do!

FITNESS: What are you gym bag beauty essentials?
RR: I always carry a hair elastic and bobby pins in my gym bag to put my postworkout hair into a bun. A bun is an easy classic. I also put on a great pair of sunglasses and Smashbox O-Gloss for my lips. The pink shade is natural-looking and perfect on everyone. And I love the texture.

FITNESS: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
RR: My biggest beauty indulgence are regular facials, and I splurge on Oyxgen Plasma by Knutek. It’s a miracle-worker, and I use it morning and night when I cleanse. Oxygen helps with fine lines and to heal blemishes.

FITNESS: What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from the makeup, hair and skincare experts you’ve worked with?
RR: The best tip I’ve learned from makeup artists is to regularly use the Clarisonic on my face. Even if I think I’ve removed all my makeup, it’s amazing how much cleaner my face becomes after I use my Clarisonic. It’s possibly the best investment I’ve made in my skincare routine since I’ve been an adult.

What’s Your Go-To Workout Hairstyle?

Written on June 27, 2011 at 11:05 am , by

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Many of us struggle with how to wear our hair while we exercise. We polled FITNESS staffers for their strategies:

  • “I usually wear a Lululemon headband—bangs flapping in my face are distracting—and a simple ponytail. On hot days when I run outside, though, a braid is a must because ponytails get sweaty and gross.”—Bethany Gumper, senior editor
  • “I wrap a French braid into a bun, so it’s off my face and out of the way. My trainer calls me sporty spice!”—Heidi Smith, art department intern
  • “My hair is super-thick, so I wrap a headband around the base of my ponytail so that it stays put no matter what, and I can actually focus on my workout, rather than how my hair looks.”—Marianne Magno, assistant web editor
  • “I tie my hair into a tight bun. Because I have curly hair, this technique helps to give my hair volume post-run. I keep it up while showering, then let it down and air-dry. My hair’s left looking really full and lush.”—Argy Koutsothanasis, fashion director
  • “I twist a loose top-knot high on my head to prevent dreaded ponytail creases, keep my waves intact and the sweat off my neck.”—Eleanor Langston, beauty director
  • “I wear my hair in a low ponytail with a side part. It keeps the hair out of my face but still looks cute.”—Marla Horenbein, fashion assistant
  • “Ponytail always. I can’t stand having hair in my face when I sweat. My dance teacher trained me as a kid: No hair in the face, ever!”—Betty Wong, editor-in-chief
  • “Pulled back into a low, kind of loose bun. It’s neat, off my neck, and still looks good.”—Cheri Crump, sittings editor
  • “In a ponytail with a headband—it’s a must to keep shorter layers out of my eyes. I swear by rubber Scunci hairties for my ponytails: They’re so durable!”—Karla Walsh, editorial assistant

How do you wear your hair when you work out?

Fresh Hair: Bun + Headband

Written on April 7, 2011 at 10:15 am , by

Sixty-five percent of women want their hair to look good when they go to the gym, according to Pantene. In our April Fresh Hair feature, we highlighted three flattering, speedy hairstyles that keep strands in place while you sweat. Next up: A bun plus headband combo, perfect for medium-length hair: