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Glam Your Way Into 2011

Written on December 30, 2010 at 10:47 am , by

New Year’s Eve gives all women an opportunity to be bold—so why not make a statement with your makeup? To create a simple yet dramatic look, we love the combination of a matte red lip and false eyelashes. For that kiss (we hope!) at midnight, stick to a lip stain instead of lipstick and your pout will last into 2011!

Our picks: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in Cherry Pop and Revlon Fantasy Lengths False Eyelashes in Intensifying. Happy New Year from FITNESS!

-Michelle Ernest, beauty intern

Thrifty Thursday: Clear Mascara

Written on October 21, 2010 at 10:38 am , by

I switch out beauty products like I switch out shoes—way too often. But the one product that has managed to stick around in my makeup bag is Maybelline New York Great Lash Clear Mascara. It goes on smooth, and never gets dry and flaky. I use it to tame my eyebrows, and under mascara as a base coat to make my lashes pop. My lashes are naturally curly and can go a little crazy on their own, so I use it alone during workouts to keep them groomed but natural. The best part: It’s under $5! What’s your favorite thrifty find?


-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern

Tried-It Tuesday: Fresh Foundation

Written on September 21, 2010 at 10:39 am , by

When deciding on a full-coveragebrush_powder foundation, it’s best to go natural. Like many women, I have fallen victim to a cakey appearance when trying to diminish blemishes and imperfections. Thankfully, I’ve come to realize that I don’t need all that heavy goop to get effective and long-lasting coverage. I’ve recently traded in my cream foundation for a mineral one, and not only do I look and feel fresher, but the coverage is the same as my old stuff! A personal favorite of mine is Maybelline New York’s Mineral Power Finishing Veil Loose Powder. The powder gives a natural finish, and unlike heavy foundations, it won’t clog pores (added perk: it comes with a 100% natural kabuki brush for even application).

Dermatologist Heba Abdulla, M.D., of Lakes Skin Centre in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, gave me all the facts on mineral makeup: It lacks fragrances, synthetic dyes, and preservatives, all of which can irritate the skin.  And, because most mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, it also helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. If U.V. rays are your concern, try the brand ColoreScience, which has earned the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval.

When it comes to foundation, less really is more.  Have you tried mineral makeup? If so, what did you think of it?

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern