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Q&A with “The Biggest Loser” Host Alison Sweeney

Written on August 17, 2011 at 10:05 am , by

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The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney has joined forces with Crest and Oral-B on the Life Opens Up Project, which encourages people to share and vote on videos showcasing how having a healthy smile has affected their lives, with two participants winning a trip for two to New York City to appear on the Rachael Ray Show and up to $25,000 to make a dream come true. We got the chance to ask Alison about her role in the program, plus got the inside scoop about The Biggest Loser‘s next season and our September issue cover girls, Olivia and Hannah:

FITNESS: What made you want to partner with Crest and Oral-B on the “Life Opens Up” project?
AS: “I teamed up with Crest and Oral-B as a spokesperson for the Life Opens Up Project campaign because I know the importance of a healthy, confident mouth through my career as an actress, author and television host. My mouth plays a role in how I interact with individuals as a wife, mother and friend in my personal life as well. Your mouth is usually the first thing people notice about you, and when you have a healthy mouth that you can be proud of, that confidence really shines through!”

FITNESS: The Biggest Loser winners Olivia and Hannah are our September issue cover girls (check out the issue, on stands this week!) What did you learn from them?
AS: “I can’t say enough how much I love Olivia and Hannah.  They are both such amazing women.  They inspired me so much during their season.  Watching them overcome their obstacles and facing their weight loss journey side-by-side, together, but still allowing each other to do it on their own too.  I was so moved by their sisterly connection.”

FITNESS: What’s in store for the new season of The Biggest Loser?
AS: “It’s an exciting season.  This is a wonderful group of people and I have really enjoyed getting to know them.  Again, we are seeing tremendous weight loss on the scale, but also big breakthroughs in the gym and in their minds!  There have been some really fun moments but it will, as always, require tissues to watch.”

FITNESS: What do you think about the newest The Biggest Loser trainer, Anna Kournikova?
AS: “I have really enjoyed getting to know Anna.  She is such a driven, hard-working person, it’s impossible not to admire how committed she is to helping these contestants.  And I can’t say enough how nice she is.”

FITNESS: What are your go-to beauty products for post-workout and when you’re on the go?
AS: “I work out outdoors a lot. Whether it’s a hike with my kids or just an outside yoga routine, my go-to beauty product is SUNSCREEN!!! (Editor’s Note: You go, girl!) I rely on the one I use for the kids because it’s water/sweat proof, so it’s perfect for tough cardio routines too.”

FITNESS: What are the best beauty tips you’ve picked up over the course of your career?
AS: “Mostly I’ve learned from super talented make-up artists that less is often more.  On set, we use more makeup because of the lights than is natural for everyday looks, so I can’t really do the fancy red carpet stuff, but I can pull myself together for a night out. Key things to remember: Blend out the eyeliner with a Q-Tip, curl the lashes before applying mascara, and add some sort of light lip gloss or lip stain (I always forget that and end up searching my purse for whatever color I can find in there)!”

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Editorial Assistant Karla Walsh

Written on August 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series is Editorial Assistant Karla Walsh. Here, she spills the beauty secrets and favorites that never fail:


Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Simple and sporty.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Scunci No-Slip Evolution Hair Ties and a hair wrap towel (similar to the Turbie Twist)!
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? First, I pop in my contacts, floss and brush teeth (in that order, and Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste is my favorite brand) and wash my face again with Neutrogena. If I’m feeling extra low-maintenance or it’s supposed to be super-hot, I just curl my eyelashes for a bright-eyed look and call that good. For a more polished look, I dot on concealer where needed, add a touch of foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner and blush. And I always spritz on a little Burberry London Eau de Parfum.
At night? After walking around a lot and occasionally doing evening workouts, I often shower at night. I put my hair up in my towel to help it dry, brush my teeth and blow dry the rest before bed after winding down with a book. My stylist always gives me a dry-and-go cut so I can just wake up and hit the streets!
Post-workout? If I have time, I hop in the shower, but I’m also not ashamed to admit that I’ve mastered the shower-free refresh: Towel off, wash face, change clothes, add deodorant and perfume and revel in the post-workout rosy-cheeked glow!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A pedicure! I walk all over the city and the sandals I rotate through during summer aren’t the most protective (or supportive, sadly). Not to mention how hard I beat my feet up in the gym! So treating them well always feels amazing.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Conditioner is a perfect swap for shaving cream. It keeps your skin silky smooth and glides right through the razor blades.

By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Promising Products

Written on November 30, 2010 at 6:35 am , by

Although I’ve only been an intern at FITNESS for two months, my bedroom has become a hoarder’s paradise. I have dedicated my weekends to bringing home and testing out the newest (and most promising) beauty products, eager to find which are worth the extra primping time. I’ve narrowed down my top five favorites, all of which live up their labels!


  • Crest 3D Whitestrips: I know I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of at-home whitening systems, but I can definitely make an exception for these. As promised, my teeth were noticeably whiter after just three days, and I experienced no pain or sensitivity.
  • RapidLash: I’ve been using this product for a little over two weeks now, and already see an improvement in the length and thickness of my lashes! Since you only have to apply the serum once nightly, it’s the perfect easy and effective addition to your nightly beauty routine.
  • Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque: My hair has never looked and felt as great as it did after using this weekly treatment. It smooths out dry ends and adds shine without weighing the hair down, leaving you with healthy, to-die-for hair.
  • Laura Geller Eye Spackle: This lightweight eyeshadow primer glides onto your lids, and keeps shadow intact for the entire day. Zero reapplication required!
  • Zeno Hot Spot: Although small, this mini blemish clearing device packs a lot of power! Use at the first sign of a pimple, and see results within an hour. This is one beauty tool I’ll keep around forever.

What are your favorite new beauty finds?

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern