We’re thrilled to welcome a new addition to the FITNESS staff: Nutrition Editor Juno DeMelo. We got to know her a little better by asking her to spill her no-fail beauty favorites and secrets:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Tried-and-true!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? Bobbi Brown Concealer, Philosophy Tinted Moisturizer, and dry shampoo.
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? I wash my face, slap on some moisturizer (literally, I slap my cheeks; I could swear I read somewhere that it helps your skin absorb product!), cover up any spots with concealer, line my upper lash line, put on a coat of mascara and dab cream blush onto my cheeks. Oh, and I run the flat iron through my hair every single morning. I spritz it with heat-protectant spray first, and so far, no split ends!
At night? I use Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, (Editor’s note: A mutual favorite—we love its thick, balm-like cream texture and refreshing eucalyptus-ish smell) wait an hour, then put on Retin-A. It’s the one pricey skin cream I splurge on.
Post-workout? I hate schlepping my makeup bag to the gym, so I usually just head home afterward and take a hot shower.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? A pedicure. Even though my mom was a manicurist when I was a kid—and I have two shelves worth of polish at home!—I can never get it to look as good as it does when the pros do it.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Don’t dye your hair. Until I go gray, I’d rather spend my money on healthy-hair products than highlights. Brown is beautiful!
—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern
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.
- Philosophy Supernatural Superglossy Lip Gloss SPF 15: This SPF 15-infused gloss is packed with antioxidants to keep your lips looking young and feeling hydrated, while shielding them from the sun’s drying rays.
- 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
Everyone has that eye shadow that they reach for day after day—you know, the one that’s guaranteed to make you look good. Ours? Philosophy Windows to the Soul Eye Palette in Box of Truffles. This quad of variations on brown has everything: A wearable bone base hue, neutral taupe that we wear as a wash, bronze that we like close to the lash line, and a chocolate that’s perfect as a smudgy powder liner. What’s your go-to shadow shade?
Chilly temps and gray mid-January days can sap the glow right out of your skin. Our complexion-reviving secret weapon: Philosophy The Color of Grace Shimmering Face Powder We dust the softly gleamy pink powder over our cheekbones to catch the light and on the rest of our face for a soft-focus, touched-by-candlelight finish. How do you keep your skin glowing through winter’s dreary days?
Along with the crisp air and colored leaves, autumn brings dry skin. While it’s easy to moisturize your body with creamy and freshly-fragranced lotions, it’s not so simple when it comes to your face. My sister Sabrina noticed her skin getting drier as the weather has become colder, leaving her face dull and her foundation flaky. She asked me what she could do to keep her face smooth throughout the season, and I told her my secret to keeping skin soft all year round: exfoliating.
Using a soft scrub in the shower removes excess dead cells and keeps flakiness at bay. For chronic dryness, it’s best to use scrubs with physical exfoliators like the beads in L’Oréal Paris Go 360˚ Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub or Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Also look for scrubs with fruit enzymes, like Wei East Pomegranate Buffing Beads Exfoliator.
For acne-prone skin, choose scrubs with salicylic acid, such as St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub. The salicylic acid clears breakouts, while the refreshing green tea component tackles redness and irritation.
Scrubs are not recommended for sensitive skin types, but don’t worry, we’ve still got you covered! Try an exfoliating pad instead, like Philosophy Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, which slough skin, tone and brighten without the harshness.
The final key to combating dry skin is to use a moisturizer with SPF. This will keep your face hydrated, makeup smooth and skin protected! What scrubs do you use to keep skin soft during the chilly months?
-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern
With fall well under way, haunted hayrides and homemade apple pies aren’t the only things to look forward to this season. Pumpkin-infused beauty products have made their way back into stores, and this time, they’re taking over the beauty scene. Not only do pumpkins make for delicious autumn desserts and side-dishes, but they are also ideal for skincare. Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants, and also contain enzymes with exfoliating properties. And because they are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, pumpkin-infused beauty products are a superb choice for those with sensitive skin.
I’ve compiled a list of the Fall 2010 pumpkin-infused beauty must-haves, which are available at Sephora, except where noted:
1) Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
2) Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
3) Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Lip Shine
4) Zia Treatments Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask (found at Zia Natural Skincare)
Too many trips to the pumpkin patches? Don’t throw out those leftover jack-o-lanterns! Try an easy at-home mask by combining 2 tbsp mashed pumpkins, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp honey, and 1/2 tsp milk, and applying to your face for 15 minutes. Will you try pumpkin-infused products this fall?
-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern