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Written on November 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm , by

Calling all curly-haired girls! We know styling your spirals can sometimes be a bit of a challenge (frizzy flyaways, crunchy strands, too tight curls, etc.). It takes a lot of experimenting to find the right formula for curls that’ll give you a perfect hair day. One of our faves: Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer ($26, ouidad.com). Not only will this mousse-like product keep your strands soft and supple to the touch, it has a combo of olive oil, shea butter and glycerin to moisturize and nourish your hair for frizz-free shine. But if you’re in need of some serious deep hydration, you can opt for the Ouidad Curl Recovery Curl Defining Styling Soufflé ($26, ouidad.com). This formula is a bit thicker with Mafura butter and melon seed oil. It’ll melt into each curl to strengthen and repair damage. Plus, it smells like sweet butter—yum! But don’t take it from us. Find out for yourself. We teamed up with the curl experts at Ouidad to bring you this special offer: now through December 31st, you can get 15% off your entire order on ouidad.com. Just type in the exclusive code: FITNESS13 at checkout and watch the prices drop. Happy shopping (and happy hair days to come)!

Favorite Find Friday: Göt2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Spray Mousse

Written on April 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm , by

Next week, I’m traveling to Texas for the first time, and while preparing for my trip, I’ve been testing out hair products to use while I’m there. I love the look of voluminous hair, but I have naturally fine, straight strands that look flat and limp without any styling magic. The problem is, I hate spending more than a few minutes on my hair so I’m usually looking for a product that’ll do all the work for me. I found it with Göt2b’s 2sexy Voluptuous Volume Spray Mousse ($6, ulta.com). The unique spray formula makes it easy to target your roots. Here’s how I use it: I part my hair in several places along the top and crown of my head and spray it along my scalp. Then I mist it through the length of my hair for extra body. I flip my hair upside down to blow-dry, using my fingers to massage the product into my roots and a boar bristle brush to avoid tangles. When I’m done, you’d swear my hair was defying gravity. You get maximum lift that doesn’t feel dirty, as well as, workable hold and shine. I haven’t had to use my teasing comb in weeks. You know how they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas?” Well, I’ll fit right in the Lone Star State thanks to this miracle mousse!

Miss USA Alyssa Campanella Talks Makeup Tricks, Her Favorite Workout & The Dish She Can’t Resist

Written on March 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm , by

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to chat with down-to-earth, stunning Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, who spilled her secrets for looking great 24-7, her workout routine while on the road— even shared one of her specialty dishes! Read on to steal her tricks.

FITNESS: As Miss USA, you’re expected to always look gorgeous. What are your haircare, makeup and skincare routines like on a typical day?
Alyssa Campanella: Since I’m constantly in the spotlight, I have to always look polished. I wash my hair the night before so that it is nice and fresh for styling, but my makeup varies. I like to have a clean face, but if I have an appearance or event, I play around with colors or makeup styles. My skincare doesn’t really change. I use a pore-refining scrub, toner and a moisturizer daily. I also use a mask every two days to exfoliate. My legs tend to be on the dry side due to the changing weather in New York and being a California girl, so I slather on Australian Gold Moisture Lock, which smells great and keeps my legs hydrated while imparting a natural glow.

FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag? 
AC: Chapstick, since my lips dry quickly. I also carry mascara for touch-ups.

FITNESS: What are your secrets for looking great no matter where you are and what you’re doing? Or does it change depending on where you are?
AC: I like to be natural. I want people to appreciate their inner natural beauty, so I try to be as natural as possible. But when the event calls for glamour, I get dolled up.

FITNESS: How do you stay in shape when you’re on the go? What are your favorite workouts?
AC: I actually do a lot of core workouts without even realizing it. Even to pick myself up I do so with my core, and I attribute that to Pilates training. I’m not really a cardio fan; I’m more into muscle building. I do quick exercises when on the go. The trainer actually taught me this exercise called the frog, and it hurts but it definitely tones your legs. You basically squat like a frog and stand up, moving up and down. I thought it was easy, but by the sixth one I started crying “oh no, not 30!”

FITNESS: What are your gym bag beauty essentials? 
AC: To work out, I carry a ponytail holder, put my hair in a bun and slick it back. Afterward, I cleanse with a face wipe, then apply powder, eyeliner, mascara, lipgloss and whatever I have to wear for the day.

FITNESS: We hear that you love to cook and bake. What is your specialty dish? 
AC: One of my best dishes I actually made on New Year’s day for breakfast, which was banana bread. I wanted to stay awake until the New Year, so to stay awake I decided to bake. My father had bananas that were ripe so I woke them up by making banana bread french toast. It was such a hit! I made it for everyone and had a lime-infused berry apple salad on the side.  I credit my mom for the inspiration— she’s a great cook!

FITNESS: What’s your diet like? Are there certain foods or snacks that are your go-tos? 
AC: I actually don’t have a diet; if it’s present in front of me I eat it! I used to eat too much sugar, so I started adding fruits and veggies to my meal. I try to limit sugar and sweets, not to lose weight but to maintain it. Your body is a safe haven and you have to protect it. Bananas, I can eat them all day every day. I also drink this acai strawberry banana smoothie that’s full of antioxidants, which helps keep me full. It’s delicious on the go. The nutritionist also provides these fiber bar chocolate brownies that hold you over in between meals. My schedule is a bit crazy so I have to make sure there are snacks at the ready.

FITNESS: Red hair is famously the most difficult to care for. How do you keep yours looking so stunning? 
AC: I wash my hair with carrot-infused shampoo. My hair is fine and I’m naturally a blonde. I dye it every four to five weeks to keep up with the roots. I also use deep treatments. Before my title, my hair was always left natural, but as Miss USA it has to be kept nice and polished.

FITNESS: In terms of beauty indulgences, is there anything you splurge on? 
AC:  I enjoy a nice foot massage. I’m constantly running around and it works out your legs, but a nice foot massage always feels great! I actually don’t like when people touch my feet, but that’s the one time I will let them. I also like to have my nails done.

FITNESS: What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from the makeup, hair, and skincare experts you’ve worked with? 
AC: Since my hair is naturally thin and fine, it can be lifeless. At a photo shoot in California, the hairstylist taught me to add a little bit of mousse or foam when you’re trying to tease your hair— it gives it body and volume. We call it Texas pageant hair. It gives your hair life! A makeup tip: Line your eyes with a liquid liner first, but finish with a layer of black powder to keep it in place and polish the look.  Also, when using concealer, go for something that matches your skin or is one shade lighter. It really makes a difference when taking photos.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Fake a Vacation

Written on January 6, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

With a blizzard just behind us in New York and a few more months of grueling winter ahead, I’ve begun to dream of tropical vacations and the feeling warm sun on my (SPF-protected) skin. All the gloomy weather makes this the perfect time to try an innovative self-tanner formula like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. The foaming product spreads evenly, allowing us mortals to apply tanner with minimal to no streaking, and it dries in about a minute. If I can’t actually go away on a vacation this winter, this tanner is sure to help me fake it!

-By Michelle Ernest, beauty internST_003