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Stay Put Makeup for Labor Day Weekend

Written on August 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm , by

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The sunny months of summer are slowly dwindling down (wah!), and though we’ll miss our weekly escapes to the beach, we certainly won’t miss the frizz, sweat and slip-right-off-your-face makeup that comes along with them. So just in time for the last big weekend of the season, make sure your look stays put with these easy long-wear tips.

Go Prime Time:
While this step is more-often-than-not overlooked in most beauty routines, it’s an essential way to lock your makeup in place for a flawless finish. Apply a face primer in areas where excess oil develops throughout the day such as your T-zone. Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control ($42, sephora.com) tackles two issues at once: it makes sure your makeup has heat-proof longevity and helps banish any breakouts thanks to its salicylic-laced formula.

Next step, no creases! When you want to avoid that icky line of caked shadow on your lids, start with an eye shadow primer like cult favorite Urban Decay Cosmetics Original Primer Potion ($19, urbandecay.com). This makes shadow appear more vibrant and promises 24-plus hour wear. FITNESS’ associate beauty editor Molly swears by the shade Eden.

Lighten Up:
When the heat is on, skip the full coverage foundation and opt for a lighter version like a BB or CC cream that has skin-boosting benefits such as smoothing your complexion and adding instant radiance. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($35, clinique.com) is lightweight and oil-free, but still manages to mask imperfections. Plus, it protects skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Gel With It:
Pack away your powder blushes and choose a cream or gel consistency. They tend to last longer and offer a natural pop of color. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise ($24, sephora.com) gives your cheeks a pretty, dewy flush, and it lasts for up to 14 hours! It’s infused with 50% coconut water, so it feels nice and cool on those really hot days.

Get Set:
Locking your makeup in place is a step you can’t skip. While some setting powders cause skin to look dry and cakey, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34, sephora.com) does just the opposite. It regulates shine while still looking radiant.

Line Up:
Minimalism is key when it comes to eye makeup. Most times, a subtle winged look is all you need to feel pretty and polished, but the last thing you want is for your wing to go droopy. With Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($20, sephora.com) your look will stay sleek and smudge-proof for hours. We love the Cobalt shade!

Stop Smears:
Everyone dreads removing tough-to-budge waterproof mascaras. However, with the threat of raccoon eyes induced by sweat or a quick plunge in the pool looming, long-wear formulas are a must for keeping eye makeup in tact. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara ($8, ulta.com) lengthens lashes and adds insane volume without running down your face mid-day.

Think Barely-There:
When it comes to lips, keep it sheer. Try Dior Addict Lipstick in 643 Diablotine ($31, dior.com). The sheer poppy red gives a gorgeous wash of color without being too overwhelming. Lightly blot this on your lips and apply a lip balm like Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla Macadamia ($4, target.com) over for amped-up hydration.

Take It Off:
When the end of the dog day rolls around, reach for Almay Longwear & Waterproof Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($7, ulta.com). This stuff instantly sweeps away hard-to-remove makeup without leaving the sensitive eye area irritated.

You’ve got the tips. Now, get inspired with these budge-proof summer makeup combos.

 

—Karee Hackel, beauty intern

Pro Surfer Courtney Conlogue Shares Quick Workout Tips and Hair & Skin Saving Products

Written on July 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm , by

Photo Credit: James Dombrowski

Courtney Conlogue and her surfboard carry quite the record. As a leading competitor with multiple wins and titles, she is one of the best women surfers to emerge out of Orange County, California. With summer in full swing and (hopefully) a trip to the beach penciled in on your calendar, we tapped her for the best ways to workout fast, and how to keep your strands looking fresh after some serious sun damage. Plus, if you’ve always dreamed of jumping onto a surfboard and hanging ten, Conlogue shared her tips on how to get started.

How do you train to stay fit during surf season?
“I’ve gone through a couple of phases. During my track and field days, I was really bulking up and that wasn’t really working out for me. So right now, I’m currently using either low weight or just my weight in my workouts. And incorporating endurance, power, speed, agility, all of those things and balance especially. Working out on the Bosu ball has been my favorite right now.”

Photo Credit: Shayne Nienaber

And that helps with balance in the water, right?
“Yeah, I do a lot of rowing stuff, reverse push-ups, inverted push-ups, hamstring curls, single-leg snaps on the Bosu and single-leg toe touches. Actually, right now, I’m trying to make a video with all my surf workouts. I’m not sure when it’s going to come out, but I’m pretty excited to do a little workout and have it where other people can try it out.”

How do you manage to fit in your workouts when you have a tight schedule?
“I just kind of make it happen whenever I see a little bit of a gap—whether it’s twenty minutes or an hour. You can do a solid workout that lasts twenty minutes; all you do is have less of a break. The maximum break I really do in a workout in between sets of sets is probably 20-30 seconds. And when doing that, your body learns to recover a lot quicker and you build a lot of endurance. I’ve always found that to be really good, especially with surfing.”

Being in the sun and salt water all the time can be pretty rough on your skin and hair. What are your best beauty tips for keeping your skin and hair healthy?
“I always have leave-in conditioner in my hair no matter what. That’s one of the things I do. I just leave the conditioner in because my hair is always getting moisture and nutrients sucked out of it, especially with the sun and the salt. So I use that as a protectant, and then I have a UV spray and it’s like a hairspray that you spray on your hair before you go into the water. And then for my face, I always like to put night cream on and I’m always wearing sunscreen—the higher the SPF, the better. I like foundation sunscreen because it gives you a little tint and it stays on better.  What else? I’ve been doing this little thing when I go into the sauna, I put a hair mask in my hair, and put a towel on my head and just let it kind of bake and it re-moisturizes and gives it back its nutrients.”

Do you use any waterproof products?
“When I’m doing photo shoots and stuff like that I do wear waterproof mascaras.  But I go natural when I’m in the water. I don’t bother looking good when surfing most of the time, I think natural is best. I’ve always found being natural at the beach is what the beach is about.”

What’s your advice for someone who wants to get into surfing but is intimidated by it?  
“I think the key is just knowing how to swim—know the basics. And then I think having a surf instructor, having an individual lesson with a group of friends or just yourself with someone is always really helpful because it gives you that confidence and comfort knowing they always have your back. I do a couple lessons here and there with people in programs and stuff and I always have my eye on everyone, making sure they have the best time of their life when they’re out so they want to go out again. We love getting more people in our community as a part of the surfing family. So I think just getting out there and having fun because no matter what, you’re going to have a blast once you get on the board. And then you get into a couple waves and you stand up, that thrill you get when you’re dropping down the wave is just awesome.”

Favorite Find Friday: Softsoap Limited Edition Maui Coconut Splash Moisturizing Body Wash

Written on May 31, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

While the majority of New Yorkers are getting a little cranky due to the 90-degree temps, I’m loving the recent heat wave. Though it does make me wish I was jetting off to a tropical island in the middle of nowhere. And while no such vacation exists on my summer calendar (wah!), I made my own quiet little escape—in my shower. It’s not as glamorous, I know, but I grabbed Softsoap’s Limited Edition Maui Coconut Splash Moisturizing Body Wash ($3, drugstores) from the beauty closet and scrubbed up after the gym. The formula is luxurious with a rich, hydrating lather, but the scent is what’ll really get you. The bright floral notes mixed with a hint of sweet coconut intoxicate you like your favorite fruity, umbrella-on-the-side cocktail. This might sound a bit dramatic, but seriously, the experience is so relaxing it might just be enough to hold me over until I can finally get to that white-sanded slice of paradise.

Lauren Conrad’s Beauty Essentials (And What She’ll be Sippin’ on All Summer)

Written on May 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm , by

Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Lauren Conrad wears many different hats: She’s a fashion designer with two lines—one is called Paper Crown; the other is an exclusive line for Kohl’s called LC Lauren Conrad. She’s a writer and has her own series of fiction tales as well as style and beauty guides. She’s even made a must-check-daily contribution to the blogosphere with a blog she created with her hairstylist, Kristin Ess, and makeup artist, Amy Nadine, called thebeautydepartment.com (if you don’t already follow it and her on Instagram @laurenconrad—you should start!). Recently, we chatted with her about her latest venture, a partnership with Malibu (yes, the rum), plus health and beauty tips.

So tell us about Malibu’s new launch.
“Well, I am partnering with Malibu to launch Malibu Island Spice, which is only 70 calories a serving so I’m really excited.”

What does the new flavor taste like?
“It’s similar to the original Malibu, but it’s a little bit bolder and it has coconut, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon in it. It’s really good.”

Do you have a favorite drink recipe that you like to use it in? 
“I like to mix it with coconut water—it tastes like a little Piña Colada.”

It’s great that it’s only 70 calories. Do you have any high-cal indulgent foods that are off-limits in your diet? 
“I have only-every-once-in-awhile foods.  I think whenever I restrict myself to the point where I’m not allowed to have something, it is the only thing that I want. So, for me, I have foods that are special occasion or treat foods, whether it’s pasta or something as simple as dessert, that’s not an everyday thing. I think you should still enjoy good things.”

How do you like to stay fit?
“I think it’s more about a lifestyle rather than just trying to go on a diet as soon as you want to come down. I think small, healthy choices are what works best for me. I think it’s staying active and it’s just little things. I think that going on diet can be a bit intimidating. For me, it never really worked.”

Switching gears a bit to beauty, we follow your thebeautydepartment.com blog. What’s your best advice for getting ready in a hurry?  
“I do it often. I think it’s just finding products that work well for you and really just getting into a routine. I can do my entire face in five minutes if I need to. I ideally like to take a little longer because I actually enjoy doing my makeup, but I think it’s just finding no-fuss looks that work.”

If you had to choose, what are the three beauty essentials that you have to have?
“I like a good foundation. That’s really important to me. I have some discoloration on my skin, so I need something just to even it out. And then, probably a blush and a mascara if I’m only picking three for the day.”

Favorite Find Friday: L’Occitane Eau Captivante Cologne

Written on June 15, 2012 at 11:55 am , by

OK, so L’Occitane Eau Captivante Cologne isn’t gym bag-friendly by any stretch of the imagination, but indulge us: The green-tinged, light-as-air spritz smells addictively like freshly cut mint and basil muddled with lime and orange, warmed up with a bit of lavender (yes— it somehow manages to be earthy, tart, sweet and soft all at the same time). The stunning, hefty art deco-esque etched-glass bottle reminds us of a vintage heirloom and instantly becomes the focal point of any vanity. Plus, at 10.1 fluid ounces, it’s like a Costco-sized bottle off perfume, and as such, should last you far beyond summer.

Tell us: What’s your favorite warm-weather fragrance?

Senior Editor Bethany Gumper’s DIY Nail Art!

Written on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 am , by

Bethany's beautiful two-toned manicure!

When Senior Editor Bethany Gumper came by our desk showing off her DIY nail art, we had to share: The dual-toned mint green and purple manicure is perfect for late spring/early summer, and looks intricate but is super-easy to do. She modified these simple instructions from Julie Kandalec, a celebrity manicurist in New York City in our May 2012 “Nail It!” feature:

  • Paint on two coats of a base color, like mint green, and let your nails dry.
  • Using an accent color, such as lilac, swipe two more coats over half of your nail.
  • Finish with a topcoat for shine and staying power.

Favorite Find Friday: MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Groundwork

Written on June 1, 2012 at 10:31 am , by

Our summer makeup bags house only the toughest humidity defenders— think mattifying primers, cheek stains, and tubing mascara. MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Groundwork is sure to maintain its makeup bag real estate through Labor Day. The double-duty eye primer/eye shadow combo doesn’t budge: Not even a hot yoga class can make it crease (we’ve tried!). The taupey-nude creates a veil of subtle definition over our lids while the slightest hint of shimmer brings out the tiny flecks of color in our irises. Best of all, our 6PM touch-up ritual is no longer needed.

—By Cody Marick, Beauty Intern

Olay’s Handy Guide to Navigating the New SPF Rules

Written on May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm , by

Our friends at Olay just shared this fun infographic explaining the FDA’s new sunscreen rules— plus protection tips— right in time for Memorial Day weekend. Here’s to a happy, safe summer!


Shaving Secrets

Written on July 26, 2011 at 9:26 am , by

Last week we got a chance to chat with Gillette Venus dermatologist Ellen Gendler, M.D., clinical associate professor at New York University School of Medicine who answered our burning questions about shaving. She has seen and treated every hair removal issue under the sun during her 26 years practicing in New York City. Check out our interview:

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  • What type of razor is the best choice for dry skin? If you have dry, sensitive skin, choose a razor with a have pivoting head, rather than a straight head, which has harsh angles that can damage skin. I like the Gillette Venus ProSkin Moisture Rich Razor because the head moves with the contours of your body, plus it has a shave gel bar built right in. It’s easy to travel with because you don’t even need to carry shaving cream.
  • Is shaving before or after a workout better for our skin? I would say that there’s really no difference, as long as you shave in the shower. Never dry shave!
  • Is it bad to leave a razor in the shower near the running water in between uses? You should not leave your razor in a wet area because harmful bacteria can build up on it and rust can form, which warps the blade, risking nicks and cuts. Many razors come with cases that can be suctioned to the shower wall to help keep the razor dry when not in use. Also, if you expose razors with built-in shaving cream bars to water when you’re not using them, the shave gel will disintegrate.
  • How can we prevent painful nicks and cuts from shaving? Be careful to contour the razor to your skin. Different people may need different razors, but stick with one that pivots rather than a straight edge, as previously mentioned. A pivoting head makes it easier to glide over areas like the knees and ankles without catching on the skin’s nooks and crannies.
  • Does shaving make a self-tan fade faster? Shaving will definitely make your self-tan fade because you are exfoliating a layer of skin where you’ve applied the tanner. Be sure to moisturize skin before you shave and use a hydrating shaving cream to minimize the exfoliating effect.

By Amanda Downs, beauty intern

The Heat is On!

Written on June 13, 2011 at 6:22 am , by

Regular jog sessions in the scorching summer heat (the temp reached 100 in NYC last week!) can be tough on our skin, so Aquaphor and Chris Carmichael, CEO and President of Carmichael Training Systems, shared some simple tips to prevent chapped lips, chafed skin, and blistered feet during your weekly training:

Feet first. To avoid injuries, replace those worn-out running shoes every four months or 400 miles. Slather on a salve like Aquaphor® Healing Ointment before you run and after showers to keep your feet free of blisters and cracks.

Stay hydrated. Keeping your body water content up means less stress and increased performance. But how to drink on the run? Practice grabbing cups of water from tables so you’ll be ready to hydrate on the big day. Just pinch the top of your cup to avoid spills as you go.

Prevent chaffing. Keep your thighs, underarms, and more from being rubbed raw with a moisturizing ointment. Spread it on any areas that chafe before you hit the pavement, including under bra straps and waistbands.

Stretch out. Flexible muscles in your legs, hips and torso are a successful runner’s secret weapon. Give them a good stretch both before and after you hit the pavement.

To keep track of your fitness goals, join the Aquaphor online training community here.

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—By Kelly Garner, beauty intern