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Favorite Find Friday: Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection

Written on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Even the most beauty-obsessed girl can find herself in a routine rut. Shimmery champagne eye shadow, a bold winged cat eye and peachy-pink blush is my go-to beauty look, but let’s be honest—wearing the same shades day after day can get a bit boring. While I love to switch up my humdrum routine with a bright lip or smoky eye, I never even thought of messing with my classic beauty staple of black mascara until now. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara Limited Edition Collection ($7, drugstores) has upped the ante in the mascara game with six insanely gorgeous shades available only for the month of August. From Wink of Pink, a flirty bubblegum hue, to Green with Envy, a gorgeous grown-up emerald, these in-the-moment mascaras are sure to shake up your makeup look. While you might think these jewel-toned hues seem a bit much, I swear, they are subtle enough for office wear. Plus, they have the same lash-thickening formula that has landed the original version in every beauty maven’s makeup bag. My trick: I love to keep my eye makeup minimal and skip the shadow so these mascaras can take center stage.

—Karee Hackel, beauty intern

Soccer Star Julie Foudy Talks Self-Esteem, Sports & Staying Fit

Written on October 19, 2011 at 11:54 am , by

Former U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Captain and current ESPN host Julie Foudy has teamed up with the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem, encouraging women to commit to spending one hour doing a self-esteem building activity with a girl in their life during Dove Self-Esteem Weekend (October 21st – 23rd). We got the chance to ask Julie about her participation in the program as well as her own empowering endeavorer, Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy (plus a bit of beauty, of course!).

FITNESS: What was the inspiration behind starting your own leadership academy?
Julie Foudy: I was running soccer camps for a long time and it was solely just soccer. When I retired in 2004, I thought oh-my-gosh, we should be teaching these girls so much more than just how to kick a ball. The beauty of sports for me has always been life lessons, confidence, self-esteem, how to deal with adversity and being apart of a team. So a small group of us got together to create and mix all of those elements together. We all realized the tremendous value that the game has on building strong character traits, so we started the academy with the message of self-esteem and confidence-building.

FITNESS: What do you feel is the most beneficial aspect that your foundation provides to girls?
JF
: It’s that they leave empowered.A real epiphany occurred when the girls would leave camp,and we would get constant feedback from parents about how their kids are more confident and starting their own leadership projects. It’s really empowering to have these young girls be leaders in their own communities and take chances.The truth is only 4% of women identify themselves as beautiful, so it’s incredibly important to put the seeds of knowledge into young girls.We use soccer as the vehicle to transport a greater message.

FITNESS: Why did you decide to get involved with the Dove Movement for Self-Esteem? 
JF: I got involved with Dove because they matched up with my own beliefs. At the academy, I have my girls watch the Dove Evolution video. Dove’s campaign is so important to me especially since I have a 4-½ year-old, Izzy. She is already saying things like, “Mommy, do I look beautiful?” In my house, I’m teaching that beauty is on the inside; even at an early age this issue needs to be addressed. At the leadership academy that is exactly what we are doing.

FITNESS: What advice would you give to young women to improve and maintain a healthy self-esteem?
JF: To laugh out loud, to take that step. To not be afraid to be silly, to have fun and to take risks! One of the things girls tend to do is step back instead of forward; follow your gut and surround yourself with a good support system.

FITNESS: What is your beauty routine before going on camera? In everyday life?
JF: I’m lucky when I’m at ESPN because they do my hair and makeup. I’m not the best with makeup at all; I didn’t learn how to apply mascara until I was out of college. So, in my everyday life, I don’t wear that much makeup.

FITNESS:What are your go-to beauty products for when you are on the go?
JF: I love M.A.C. Cosmetics, and my go-to mascara is Maybelline Great Lash. It’s the best and makeup artists swear by it!

FITNESS:What types of workouts do you do? 
JF: When I played soccer,I had a good motor and I loved to run. I still run quite a bit, but after having two kids,I realized I needed to be a little more organized. So, I’ve been trying to start running with my friends.When I was playing soccer, workouts were fun because we thrived off of each other; we were a collective team, so I need to get back that team support system.

FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?    
JF:  It has to be winning the 2004 Olympics.The team was getting older, we had gone into a second overtime and I had a sprained ankle. It didn’t look good, but we all wanted it so much,so we were going to do what ever we could to win! And I actually ran the Santa Barbara half marathon without training and after being pregnant. I ran the whole thing, but I thought I was going to die at the end of it!

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Web Editor Colleen Moody

Written on September 15, 2011 at 9:50 am , by

In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, we asked Web Editor Colleen Moody (a former beauty editor!) for the scoop on her tried-and-true primping habits and must-haves.

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Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Natural, polished and simple.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller and Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve definitely adapted to the “less is more” philosophy. In the morning, I use a dab of undereye concealer, do a few coats of mascara and a swipe of bronzer along my T-zone. I work out in the mornings, so I’ll use Pureology Colour Stylist Antisplit Blowdry on wet hair after showering to give myself a quick blowout. Or, if I’m really tired that day I just spray some Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray all over, throw it up and walk out the door!
At night? If I get home from work, and I’m in for the night, I’ll wash my face as soon as I walk in the door– I like to let my skin breathe when it can! I’m very big on eye creams, and I’m always testing out  new ones. Right now, I love Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Cream: It keeps the skin under my eyes perky and fresh. Instead of using a moisturizer at night, I use Tarte 100% Pure Cold Pressed Maracuja Oil– it hydrates my skin while I sleep and makes it ridiculously soft!
Post-workout? Again, I’d be lost without my trusty dry shampoo. I have a ton of hair and washing it every time I exercise is not only bad for it but very time-consuming! Like our fitness editor Jenna, I make sure to take off all my makeup before a workout to prevent any breakouts. Afterwards, I’ll splash my face with cold water and moisturize for a quick pick-me-up.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? This is kind of weird – but hairspray! I used to have really short hair (think Rihanna circa 2008) and it’s taken me forever to grow it out. I love that with a quick hair flip and spritz of hairspray you can give your style a boost that looks great all day! Other than that, I’m a fan of a good manicure. I type all day long, so having a pretty pair of nails to look at while I work makes me happy.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? It’s important to protect your skin but also your hair! Whether you color it or not, you should never, ever use heated tools like a flat iron or blow dryer without spraying heat protectant in it first. It protects your hair’s health, prevents split ends and keeps your highlights from fading. For those sunny beach days, I spray L’Oréal Paris  Everpure UV Protectant to shield my hair from damage from the sun and any other elements. Why spend money on your strands if you’re not going to take care of them?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer

Written on August 26, 2011 at 10:33 am , by

Concealers have come a long way since the old lipstick-style sticks. The latest and greatest? Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer. The creamy, hydrating formula blends seamlessly and lends the perfect amount of coverage. Plus, it has a built-in cushiony, soft sponge applicator that fits in the crevices of your face and feels so pampering on skin.

Tell us: What’s your go-to coverup?

Staffer Beauty Snoop: Art Intern Heidi Smith

Written on August 18, 2011 at 9:52 am , by

Next up in our Staffer Beauty Snoop series, Art Intern Heidi Smith shares her quick and simple beauty tips, tricks and obsessions:

Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Fresh, relaxed and playful.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Clean & Clear Morning Glow Oil Free SPF 15 Moisturizer, Soft Lips Lip Balm SPF 20 and Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black Mascara.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I put my makeup on while my hair is still wet to save time and let my hair air dry as much as possible to save it from the blowdryer. I like an easy, fast routine.
At night? Before bed, I wash off all my makeup and put on moisturizer.
Post-workout? I don’t like when I see girls with caked-on makeup at the gym. I want my skin to breathe, so I keep my face clean while I workout and wear only sunscreen. Afterward, I jump in the shower.
What beauty product instantly makes you feel good when you use it? A light-textured lip gloss like Lancôme Paris Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss. Anytime I’m nervous, like before a date or special event, I put on this gloss and it instantly makes me feel sexy and more confident.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Don’t wear mascara at the beach or pool: Raccoon eyes are not attractive!

—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

Great Lash Gets Dressed Up!

Written on August 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm , by

GroupIt’s been 40 years since Maybelline Great Lash Mascara was born, and the brand is celebrating with a Limited Edition Designer Collection of the iconic wands decked out in designs by fashion stars Tracy Reese, Max Azria and Vivienne Tam (above, from left). A few fun facts about the lash classic:

  • The original pink and green tube was inspired by the color scheme of designer Lilly Pulitzer, who was just starting out when the mascara launched.
  • Great Lash is the #1-selling mascara in America.
  • One tube is sold every 1.7 seconds in the United States.

Pick up your collector’s edition exclusively through Target while supplies last!

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

Beat the Heat

Written on July 21, 2011 at 7:03 am , by

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It’s the season of ice cream cones, long nights, pool parties—and scorching temperatures (it’s 100 in NYC today!) that throw a wrench in your standard beauty routine. No need to panic or flee for the indoors: These summer essentials will keep you feeling fresh and looking great.

  • Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes: These refreshing, cucumber-scented wipes are great for calming sensitive skin: One towelette gently removes any sweat and dirt on your face.
  • Visine Summer Spectrum Relief Eyedrops: Say goodbye to itchy, dry eyes. This special summertime formula combines three different moisturizing ingredients to soothe eyes inflamed by the sun, salt, and wind. Put one drop in each eye after a swim or whenever your eyes feel irritated.
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum: Formulated with hydrating argan oil, this serum helps hair stand up to humidity. When strands are dehydrated, they literally lift off your head in an effort to suck moisture from the air—hence, frizz. The oil infuses hair with the moisture it needs, so it won’t become fuzzy in its quest for more.
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara: The perfect mix of length and shine without any dreaded clumps. My lashes feel light and weightless—especially nice in summer, and it’s waterproof, so it won’t sweat or swim off!

What’s in your summer beauty survival kit?

—By Kelly Garner, beauty intern

Olympic Swimmer Summer Sanders Chats with FITNESS

Written on June 21, 2011 at 10:56 am , by

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Gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer, TV host, and mom of two Summer Sanders is busy supporting Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, but recently took the time to chat with FITNESS. Here’s what she had to say about swimming, sunscreen, and beauty must-haves:

-FITNESS: What made you want to get involved with Merck/Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson?
Summer Sanders: “As a mom of two little kids, swim and sun safety are a priority and the opportunity to share that info was the main reason. I’ve worn Coppertone Sport forever and it’s what I put on my kids everyday.”

-FITNESS: What do you love most about swimming?
SS: “Being outside and getting a chance to see my kids push their boundaries, have fun with friends, and enjoy the water. It makes me feel like a kid myself!”

-FITNESS: What are your top tips for fellow swimmers?
SS: “For a swim workout, choose the non-peak sun hours in the morning or evening. If you are playing in the pool, remember to always put on sunscreen and don’t forget your sensitive areas, feet, ears and scalp. I highly recommend checking out the Coppertone MyUVAlert app.”

-FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?
SS: “The New York Marathon in 2002 because I soaked up every ounce of energy from my fellow competitors and the thousands of people who came out to cheer us on.”

-FITNESS: What’s your best beauty advice for fellow swimmers?
SS: “Sunscreen! And moisturizer post-swim.”

-FITNESS: What beauty products can’t you live without?
SS: Coppertone Sport sunscreen. I put it on under my makeup every day. My Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and Kiehl’s lip balm.”

Kiss of Approval

Written on February 23, 2011 at 7:53 am , by

In preparation for Valentine’s Day last week, I scoured the beauty closet for the best products for my kisser. I’ve glossed, blotted, stained and have finally found the few that gave me the perfect pout.

Stain it:

I admit it: I was afraid of  lip stain, but now I want to shout my devotion from the rooftops! My favorite was the Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstain in Wink of Pink. It gives the perfect hint of color that actually lasts the several hours that other lipsticks and glosses boast.  Since this product is a stain (so yes, it stains your lips), you need to make sure you pick the right color for your skin tone. Start off with neutrals to be safe, and if you choose something too bright, try layering gloss or tinted balm on top to mute or change the color.

Smear it:

While I went with a stain for a bold punch of color, I loved MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Bare Again for its understated and easy-to-wear tone. It goes on like a lipstick, looks like a gloss and hydrates like lip balm: The lip product jackpot!

Hydrate it:

Silky Korres Lip Butter is my pick to hydrate winter-worn pouts while providing a brightening kick of color. And the flavors are so yummy that you’ll never got back to ordinary balm again. My favorite: jasmine. Pucker up!

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern