Maria Menounos Talks Inexpensive Spring Trends, Keeping Her Workouts Fun and Her Best Kept Hair Secret
Extra co-host Maria Menounos is tearing up New York City promoting her new film, Adventures of Serial Buddies, a comedy out this week and her latest fashion project with Marshalls. In between her Better TV and Today Show segments, Menounos and I caught up on fashion, fitness and, of course, beauty.
What are you working on with Marshalls?
“I’ve been shopping at Marshalls for years thanks to my mom. I love that you can go there and get on-trend pieces for prices that won’t break the bank. Marshalls has these amazing buyers who make deals with companies so you get what’s in department stores, like bags from Italy, for less. You can buy three dresses instead of one, and saving money is really important. My savings has helped me own a property and make a movie! Plus each store offers something a little different.”
What are some of your favorite spring finds from Marshalls?
“This mustard dress that I’m wearing is one of them. They have tons of great wedges—black and nude, white bags, printed and lace tops and chambray blouses, which I love with white shorts and wedges.”
I know you’ve done DWTS and even WWE wrestling. What’s your favorite workout?
“I do this all day [running from one gig to the next]! Sometimes I play basketball with a bunch of guys. I recently took a Spin class, which I loved but thought was really hard. And once, I took this drum class, where we were doing squats the whole time. I like to make my workouts fun so I don’t feel like it’s work. And speaking of WWE, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. I got a trainer and learned how to wrestle. They were shocked.”
What’s your go-to healthy snack?
“Rickland Orchards granola bars—they’re really yummy and easy to eat on the go.” (Menounos is a spokeswoman for the company.)
Your hair and makeup look gorgeous. Any tips to share?
“I take off my makeup off every night, even when I’m working late and I’m on my computer answering emails in bed until 1 in the morning. The Neutrogena face wipes are my favorite. And before bed, I use the Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue to keep my hair soft and looking healthy.”
Neutrogena celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman helps stars like Molly Sims, Zoe Saldana and Bridget Moynihan stun on the red carpet. We asked her to share insider secrets so you’ll be party-ready for any occasion this holiday season.
Go Back to Basics
“Create an everyday look that works for you. You need foundation, blush or bronzer, eyeliner, mascara and a lip color. These are what you put on everyday and just go. For a nighttime look, you just add more of your daytime basics. Many women mistakenly believe they need two sets of makeup and two different looks for day and night. You don’t; you just need to take your signature look and boost it a bit. One of my favorite products to add to my basics is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($13, neutrogena.com). It’s one of the best primers I’ve used. It goes under your foundation but it also works as a highlighter. I use on top of makeup all the time. It has optical diffusers, so I love it as a highlight under the brow. I’ll even dab it right over shadow on the lid. It gives that beautiful glow without any shine.”
Think Subtle Sparkle
“Women are especially drawn to glitter during the holidays, but you only want to use it as a liner, not as eye shadow. It should never be on your lid. Just use it over your black liner for that accent of glitter. You could pick a gold, you could pick a green, but it should always be a whisper. If it’s anything more than a whisper it looks costume-y. It should never be your focal point. Obviously, if you look like your Christmas tree, you’ve gone wrong!”
Pump Up One Feature
“Do all your beauty basics, then add your accessory piece. That could be a winged liner that could be glitter or that could be a red lip. There are a lot of fun elements to try. I think women always want to feel classy and elegant but they want to have that moment of trend, but yet they don’t want to be trendy. So for me, if you stick to the beauty basics and add an accent like a bright lip, you always look put together. It lets you save a lot of money, too because you just add that one extra piece that you like.”
“One of the best things you can pack in a clutch is the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm ($9, neutrogena.com) because you can use it as your blush and your lipstick and it’s tiny! I’m really about double duty beauty. Swipe it on the apples of your cheeks and blend in with your fingers and then use it on your lips. And, of course, pack mascara. I don’t pack powder; there’s a bathroom everywhere you go, so you can blot yourself in the bathroom. Tissue is a great blotter. Plus, if you’re wearing a primer, you don’t’ need to continually put powder on your face. That’s another one of the biggest mistakes women make. Powder is not really your best friend.”
As much as we love a fun, outdoor workout, we hate how it turns us into hot, sweaty messes. One thing we’re always in awe of: how top-notch athletes manage to look so good! To find out their secrets, we chatted up Christal Engle, the 26-year-old pro-volleyball playerwho has her eyes set on the Olympics in 2016. Engle dished about the beauty products she digs, and how you can score an effortless look pre- and post-workout. You won’t want to pass on this advice before your next friendly competition on the beach!
FITNESS: In your sport, you’re exposed to a lot of sun! How do you protect your skin?
CE: “Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! I carry it wherever I go and apply everywhere, especially on the face, chest and shoulders. That’s what gets the most sun when you’re playing beach volleyball. I use SPF 75 on my face and reapply four or five times per day. I’m only 26 and I already see sun effects. And I wear sunscreen all the time!”
FITNESS: Do you have a favorite brand?
CE: “I use COOLA organic sunscreen. It’s a new company, but they have things for your face and body; they have mist sprays, everything. People don’t realize when they’re in the sun how much it affects them. Even with 75 SPF or whatever, the rays still come through. I’m fairly tan but I wear sunscreen all the time.”
FITNESS: What about makeup? Do you wear it while playing?
CE: “Yes, but not a lot — I’ll just put on waterproof mascara. I’m not one of those super girly-girls who has to cake it on, but you want to perform beautifully. That’s Oakley’s motto [editor’s note: Engle is sponsored by Oakley], and I like to stay pretty and work hard.”
FITNESS: Do you do anything to protect your hair?
CE: “Not really, because I like the natural highlights that I get from the sun. I just had my hair done and I asked them if I should be doing anything specific, and they said just to use sunscreen and get trims every couple of months. But I have to be careful of salt water! If you go into the ocean after a game, you definitely want to get a good shampoo that cleans it really well. I know Neutrogena Clean Replenishing is a good one.”
FITNESS: And I’m sure being out in the sun and sand all day must make you feel dry…
CE: “It does! And I find sand everywhere. It’s ridiculous. I have to moisturize a lot and I make sure that has SPF in it, too.”
How do you make working out look so good? I’m a hot mess when I sweat!
CE: “I recommend using wipes afterward. When we’re working out and playing in the sand, our hands get dirty and we wipe our foreheads, making our faces grimy. Wipes clean that all up – Bioré Daily Cleansing Cloths are great, I also use Evian Facial Mist Spray—it’s amazing! I use it after matches on my face and reapply sunscreen.”
FITNESS: What about when you’re not on the courts? How do you go from game to glam?
CE: “I use two items: mascara and bronzer. Bronzer just brings life to your face – you could be super tired, but if you put that on, it brightens you up. I love L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze. For mascara, I use CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion because it doesn’t run when I sweat and it’s super easy to take off, making it perfect for beach volleyball. As for my hair, I love doing a high twisty bun after a game because it works whether it’s wet or dry, and it’s somewhat fashionable.”
Tell us: How do you bounce back after a sweaty workout?
—By Laura Cofsky, editorial intern
Categories: Beauty On the Go | Tags: beach beauty, Biore, bronzer, Christal Engle, COOLA, CoverGirl, hair, L'Oreal, makeup, mascara, Neutrogena, Oakley, pro volleyball player, Shampoo, skin, sunscreen, sweat
This week, new Beauty Intern Leah Cayson spills the details on her beauty style and can’t-live-without-it product picks.
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, classic and polished.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara and Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bamboo Pink
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After showering, I cleanse my face with Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser and moisturize with Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer. I comb my hair and apply L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Force Vector Thermo Active Treatment. I love this product because it doesn’t feel like I have anything in my hair and it protects my strands while I blow-dry. While I allow my hair to absorb that product and air-dry a little, I apply makeup. I constantly change up products, but always use my three “can’t-live-without” products, above. After I apply my make-up, I blow dry my hair and I’m ready for the day!
At night? I take my makeup off with the Neutrogena wipes, above, then apply the same cleanser and moisturizer that I use in the morning.
Post-workout? I haven’t mastered the post-workout glow. I usually look like I jumped in a pool when I’m finished working out, so I have to shower!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? My bi-weekly manicures and pedicures always make me feel great! I love playing with color and it just makes me feel good when my fingers and toes are bright and shiny.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I’ve always thought people are more attractive when they smile, so I love for my teeth to be pearly-white. I floss and brush my teeth twice a day and use whitening strips when I feel like my teeth aren’t as gleaming as they could be.
—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Hair-obsessed! You can have the best outfit, shoes, bag, etc., but if your hair is stringy, unkempt or worse, if you’re sporting a style from the “Friends” era, you instantly lose your style credibility. The reverse is also true: A killer hair cut with attitude and of-the-moment-style will instantly give your wardrobe a boost. So shop at Target but never skimp on your hair!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Phyto Phytomist Instant Hydrating Conditioner and Bumble & Bumble Does it All Styling Spray.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face with Neutrogena Grapefruit Face Wash, then I lightly swipe my skin with DDF Glycolic Toner and finish off by applying Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream-Night Formula all over my face. I also take Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for Hair and Nails.
At night? I cleanse my face and neck with Triaz Face Cloths.
Post-workout? I run every morning before getting ready for work, so my post-workout routine is my morning routine.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? My weekly mani/pedi.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? The best advice I ever got was not to wash my hair everyday. I wash it one to two times per week, and it’s healthier and stronger than it’s ever been! The funny thing is that it no longer gets oily. Since I have wavy hair, I just prop it up in a high bun for my morning run and when I let it down, the waves look full and healthy— no blow-dry time required!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, super-chic Fashion Intern Cindy Park shares the products and tips that keep her looking polished on the go:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Consistent and simple
What are the three beauty products you cant live without?:Neutrogena Make-up Removing Wipes, C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve and the Clarisonic Mia.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning?: I use my Clarisonic to cleanse, then sweep on Origins Purifying Tonic, apply Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizer and top it off with an Aveeno sunscreen.
Post-workout?: I wipe off sweat and grime with Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Wipes.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good?: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: When the mask dries up and I peel it off, I feel like I’m taking off a layer of dull skin and am left with a cleaner, fresher face. I also love Bobbi Brown Creamy Lipcolor in Pale Plum. It gives me the perfect pop of color when I want to look more awake.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received? Wear sunscreen every single day. You won’t regret it!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Ummm…lazy!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleanser Wipes, Goody Spin Pin and Almay One-Coat Dial-Up Mascara. Ever since I got Lasik earlier this year, I’m more into eye makeup.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After applying moisturizer, I slap on the only five products in my makeup bag in this order: concealer, eyeshadow primer, blush, eyeshadow and mascara. The end. My hair is pretty much just dry shampoo and go. If down isn’t happening, a high bun is cute and easy.
At night? Shower + air-dry my hair + brush teeth + floss + hair in a ponytail + zzzzzz!
Post-workout? I always take off my makeup before I work out (which explains my love for those Clean & Clear Wipes). So it’s really just about hopping in the shower. If I work out during lunch, I spray my hair with Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair after showering.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A massage. I don’t get them often, but when I do, I’m in heaven.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? My friend Carolina, who has gorgeous skin, has been using spray-on sunscreen since before it was cool. So she got me hooked. It’s especially important before I head out for a run—no more tank top tan lines! My go-to is Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock Body Mist SPF 45.
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
This week, Fashion Assistant Marla Horenbein spills her no-fail beauty finds and secrets.
Describe your beauty style in three words or less? Easy breezy!
What are three beauty products you can’t live without? I am totally addicted to my CHI Flat Iron without it, my hair would be one frizzy, curly mess! I also can’t live without my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes. I love how clean they make my face feel, even before I wash it. And to keep my summer glow year round, I rely on my Too Faced California In A Compact Bronzer.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, then apply a face and body moisturizer to keep my skin feeling soft and smooth. I usually spray some dry shampoo onto my hair to give it a fresh boost and then run my flat iron over any stray strands. After I’ve touched up my hair, I usually get dressed and then apply my makeup. Bronzer and blush first, eyeliner and mascara second, and lip balm or gloss third. Nothing crazy, just simple and easy!
At night? Before going to bed, I take off my makeup and hop in the shower (I hate getting into bed feeling dirty!). After my shower I moisturize, then I apply a curl relaxing cream to my wet hair, and twist it into a knot on top of my head so that it doesn’t dry super-frizzy.
Post-workout? It depends on the time of day that I hit the gym. I either shower (if I go early before work), just wash my face (if I go when I get out of work), or wash my face and spritz some dry shampoo onto my hair (if I go on the weekend before running errands).
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Can I name two? I love getting my bi-weekly manis/pedis because they make me feel fresh and polished. I also LOVE getting my hair colored. My family and friends have a joke that I have identity crisis because I am constantly changing the look of my hair!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? I have always thought that a smile is one of the most attractive features on a person. That being said, you can’t have a great smile without amazing pearly whites, so I always make sure to brush my teeth twice a day. My grandfather was a dentist, so he used to yell at us if we didn’t brush our teeth. I used to hate it when I was little, but now I totally appreciate him for that!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
This week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop is a bit of a twist, as the subject is me—Jaclyn Smock, the new beauty intern for fall 2011. Read on for a peek at my primping rituals and must-haves!
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, warm and fresh.
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Physician’s Formula Mineral Correcting Powder, blush (right now I’m using Salma Hayek Nuance Blush in Apricot) and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face with Glo Therapeutics Clear Anti-Blemish Cleanser, then I moisturize with Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer. Next, I spritz on Skindinavia 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish, which helps set my makeup and control my oil and shine. After I do what I call my “pre-face,” I put on Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 and set it with Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder. My skin is very oily so I find that tinted moisturizer works best for my complexion. After my skin tone is evened out, I apply blush, then I add a little e.l.f. Mineral Black Eye Liner on my bottom lids and finish with Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara. Once I’m done with my face, I move onto hair: I work some John Frieda Take Charge Curl Boosting Mousse through my curls, finish with a little bit of TRESemmé Climate Control Finishing Spray, and I’m out the door. This may sound like a lot but it only takes me 15 minutes!
At night? I remove the day’s makeup with Neutrogena Night Calming Cleansing Cloths, wash my face with my cleanser, and top with moisturizer. To finish off my nightly routine, I put Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector and Skin Brightener all over my face. The color weirded me out at first (it’s brown) but it really does work!
Post-workout? Once I’m done working out, I head home to shower and wash my face. When I get out, I moisturize and spray Glytone Acne Back Spray on to ensure that I never get bacne!
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Facials—I love everything about them! I have done at-home versions before, but I still prefer a pro facial. I truly believe in monthly facials, if your budget permits. Facials quickly resolve most skin concerns and you leaving feeling so refreshed!
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Know the difference between day and night makeup. I believe in light eye makeup during the day then going dramatic at night to really look alluring.
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
Categories: Beauty On the Go | Tags: beauty products, Clean & Clear, Clinique, facials, FITNESS staff, Glo Therapeutics, Glytone, Jaclyn Smock, John Frieda, makeup, mascara, Neutrogena, Physicians formula, Salma Hayek Nuance, tinted moisturizer, Tresemme, Viktor & Rolf
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