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Ciara on the Grammy’s, Her Wedding Day Beauty Plans and Her Must-Have Product  

Written on January 21, 2014 at 10:28 am , by

Beauty intern, Chelsea, snapped a selfie with Ciara!

Not only is Ciara working on her sixth album, planning a wedding and performing at the official Grammy’s after-party, she just announced she is pregnant! It’s not hard to see that Ciara is practicing what she preaches as Degree Women’s DO:MORE ambassador. We got to sit down with Ciara to learn more about the DO:MORE campaign and how she juggles it all.

Tell us more about the Degree Women DO:MOREcampaign and why you’re passionate about it?
“I’m so excited about teaming up with Degree Women because the campaign is all about inspiring and encouraging women to work hard and to do more of what they love. I really relate to that because being an entertainer, it’s all about facing challenges and figuring out how to improve and get better and to do more. So I get to share my challenges and share my journey in hope of inspiring other women to know that we’re all the same and you can do more and you should always work hard to achieve your goals. So that’s what I really love about this campaign. In addition to that, this year I’ll be performing at the official Grammy after party. It’s going to be so much fun and there’s really cool videos online [here] where you can see how I prepare for a night like this. You get to hear about the hard work and the journey and why I do more.”

What is your favorite part about the Grammys and does anything change knowing that you have to perform afterwards?
“My favorite part is being able to see the performances. I love stage-show presentation. I always love seeing what my peers are going to do and I love seeing the unexpected. And then of course, yes, after the show is definitely something I’m looking forward to but I’m also going to definitely be taking a nap in-between after I go to the show! So it’s all about balance in that day.”

How are you juggling everything you have going on while also preparing for the Grammys?
“The key word is balance! That’s what it’s all about for me. It’s about really taking everything one day at a time. Still working hard, still doing more, still doing all that good stuff but just balancing everything out and adjusting where I need to. But I still go into it with the same mentality of wanting things to be great. I still go into it with the mentality of wanting to have an energetic show and most importantly wanting to have fun!”

Do you have a pre-Grammy beauty routine to get your skin perfect?
“It depends on the day. Sometimes I go and get a good microderm. I love microderms, I do it once a month. But sometimes when I know events like that are coming up and I have enough time, I’ll go by a dermatologist to get it one time. I make sure it’s close to when I’m doing the event because your skin really does glow and you get off some of that dead skin and the look is very fresh. I’ll do something like that and then if I feel dehydrated, I’ll do a mask that hydrates your face a little bit. But it’s really simple to be honest. It’s not a whole lot that you do. I always believe that less is more so we try not to over apply the makeup but we try to apply enough so it can last throughout the long day of the red carpet and all the moving and everything.”

So with everything else going on, you also have a wedding to think about! Do you know what you want your hair and makeup to look like for the big day?
“I have an idea, I know the feeling I want. I want elegance more than anything and I want classic. I can’t say exactly what the creative ideas are but I know the feeling and that’s definitely elegance and classic.”

Is there a way Future prefers your hair?
“It’s so funny, he likes it all kinds of ways actually! I know he likes when I wear my hair out of my face, he loves that! And he actually loves my hair blonde. Sometimes I talk about going dark and he’s like, ‘yea, but that look right there is hot!’ So I don’t know, I definitely want it to be easy; I don’t want to have to be fussing with my hair.”

Well, it’s obvious that you look great! What do you do to stay active and has it changed at all now that you’re pregnant?
“I train with my trainer, Gunnar [Peterson]. When we train, we do an hour session. We just modified things, you know I can’t do crunches or anything like that, or lay on my stomach anymore, but we still do things that are close to what I would do if I wasn’t pregnant. And it’s all about still keeping that energy up, still keeping the cardio strong and just having balance in your body overall.”

Since you are so busy, is there a beauty product must-have that makes you feel put together on the go?
“I always have a pinky/nude lip liner and I take a peach/nude lipstick to lay it on top of the liner so it gives your lips more dimension and the liner gives you a fuller lip. I always have to have that combination! Something about it lifts your face to me. I also love concealer. You know, sometimes if you don’t want to do a full face you can put a little bit under your eyes and it just makes you look refreshed.”

So, since we’re talking about the Degree DO:MOREcampaign, do you have a favorite formula you like to wear?
“I’ve tried everything in the world and there’s honestly nothing like Degree. I promise you, if you’re not wearing it, you need to switch! Because it’s one of those things that you’re going to always feel fresh, if you are sweating, this protects you. It activates when you move and protects you when you move. So that’s what I love about the deodorant but it’s also fresh and it’s really strong! This deodorant lasts overnight and when you start over again in the morning, it lasts the whole day. There’s nothing like it!”

Is there anything you do to help calm you down in stressful/sweaty situations besides wearing your Degree deodorant?
“It’s psychological, I do believe that. You have to tell yourself sometimes that you’re not really feeling what you’re feeling. You have to pause and breathe. I think that when you take a moment and just pause you kind of slow down the reaction of sweating and everything getting out of control. So, I think a lot of it is mental.”

 

—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern

The Genius Behind Our February Short Hair Makeovers: Meet Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkin  

Written on January 17, 2014 at 8:00 am , by

Jen Atkin is the mane mastermind behind some of Hollywood’s hottest hair (think: the Kardashians, Katy Perry and Sophia Vergara) as well as the celeb stylist for Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy. When we planned our February hair feature Chopped, we just knew we had to work with her. On set, she spilled these tips for getting the cut you want and leaving the salon happy. Avoid a hack job by going to your next appointment prepared. “Bring photos, especially if you’re making a big change,” suggests Atkin. Or create a Pinterest board of looks you like and scroll through it with your stylist on your smart phone. Just be ready to shift your expectations depending on your texture and the time you’re willing to spend working with it. “It’s so important to be honest about how high- or low-maintenance you want your cut to be,” she says. To see videos of three readers’ major makeovers, click here, here and here.

Official Hairstylist for the U.S. Open, Julien Farel, Shares His Sporty Style Tips

Written on September 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm , by

Just before the U.S. Open wraps today with the men’s final match between Djokovic and Nadal, we snuck in some time with the official hairstylist for the tournament, Julien Farel. For seven years, Farel and his team have been offering their services in the official player salon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Here, he shares with us his tricks for keeping the players looking like aces through grueling, multiple-hour matches.

Julien Farel cutting Ana Ivanovic’s hair in the salon.

So you set up a salon on site for the players. What kind of services do you offer?
“There are over 500 players and they all have access to any kind of services that they want. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, we cannot do any color or chemical treatments but if they need any kind of other services: hair cut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure, eyebrow waxing, tweezing or makeup, they can come in and get it done.”

And how does the styling work? Do the players tell you what they want or do they let you have some creativity with it?
“It depends. If they go on camera, they will come to get a quick braid or ponytail and sometimes a touchup for makeup. If they are playing, they usually skip the makeup. If not, sometimes we reopen the salon just for the biggest players. Sometimes you have to drop what you’re doing to just go and take care of them, especially the well-ranked players.”

Donna Vekic sporting a braided style at Julien Farel salon.

We’ve noticed a lot of braided hairstylists on the women this year. Are braids a big trend right now and what’s the trick to getting the look right?
“It is a very good style for tennis because it locks all the hair into place. For the U.S. Open, we use our anti-aging hair care technology and our styling products, which have UV-protection [Farel launched a 21 SKU product line back in 2011 available at dermstore.com]. So for a braid, we often apply some products on the hair before they go into the game to protect their hair. After the game, they sometimes come in because they get sunburned and we apply Julien Farel Haircare Vitamin Calm ($43, dermstore.com), which is a great product to repair sunburn because it immediately nourishes the scalp. It has anti-inflammatory ingredients, like algae extract and vitamin E to help replenish vital nutrients and combat harmful UV-rays. But because of the humidity and the heat, a lot of them are coming into get some gel or gloss to lock the hair in place, so in that case we do a ponytail or a braid out of the ponytail.”

It has been awfully humid for most of the Open. What’s your best tip for blocking humidity out of your hair?
“Yea, we use an anti-frizz balm [Julien Farel Haircare Zero Frizz Relaxing Balm ($32, dermstore.com)]. We offer that to make sure we can help to protect the hair. For me, it’s really about protecting the hair in every way we can so by moisturizing, making sure the hair feels better, to be moisturized from the end to the root or by having something where the hair is going to be protected from the sun.”

These matches can last for hours so what’s your secret for getting the styles to last?
“Well, if it’s a case of someone like Nadal who is wearing a bandana, or others are wearing bobby pins and some hair bands, or some ponytails and some braids and the reason is because these things help to lock the hair into place. So if you’re winning, you go on camera right away and you still look good because after the players finish the match, they’re not going to come to the salon to get their hair done because the people, especially the press, want them to comment right as they are on the moment. They don’t want you to wait to think about it. They want to feel the emotion.”

Want a Personalized Beauty Consultation with FITNESS’s Beauty Director? Here’s Your Chance!

Written on July 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm , by

Calling all FITNESS readers in the New York Tri-State Area! We love when beauty gives back in a big way and that’s exactly what will go down on Thursday, August 1st 2013, at the second annual Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editors Day at Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York City. I’ll be at the Trish McEvoy counter (her products are amazing!), taking appointments from 12pm to 7pm, so whether you want a mini-makeover, to talk fitness and beauty tips, or if you simply want to donate to an awesome charity, you can register for your 20-minute appointment here (hurry, slots are filling up fast!).

Beauty Director, Heather Muir, at last year’s Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editor Day.

A one-on-one sit-down costs $30 and all proceeds go directly to Look Good Feel Better, a program that helps cancer patients cope with the physical side effects of treatment by boosting their self-esteem and improving their quality of life. If that’s not awesome enough, you’ll also receive a free full-sized gift—a Trish McEvoy Face Shaper (blush, bronzer, highlighter and powder in one!) followed by a makeup application or skincare or fragrance consultation. So swing by on your lunch break, bring your mom, sister, friends or coworkers and get beautified while you’re helping others.

Stacy Keibler Spills On Her New Partnership and Her Fitness and Beauty Secrets

Written on July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

Photo Credit: Diane Bondareff

If you don’t know Stacy Keibler from her pro wrestling days or currently, an actress/model, maybe this will ring a bell: she’s the statuesque beauty who owns the red carpet and former girlfriend of George Clooney. The woman knows a thing or two about staying fit and looking hot. She recently partnered with Colgate Total to launch their new mouthwash, Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield, at “A Wish for a Swish” in Times Square, New York. We caught up with her to find out what the event was all about, then got to pick her brain on her best workout and beauty tips.

Tell us about “A Wish for a Swish” and why you got involved. 
“I partnered up with Colgate Total to launch their new mouthwash and we encouraged people to come out to Times Square to help us break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people that were simultaneously swishing mouthwash. Colgate has already kicked it off by donating $50,000 dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but for every person that attended they donated an additional dollar. And for every person that posted a smile picture on their Facebook page, they also donated a dollar, so it’s all for a good cause. I’ve worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for years, so it’s a charity that’s definitely close to my heart. This was such a fun way to raise money for them!”

As a retired professional wrestler, what are some of your best tips for getting and staying fit?
“I think that it’s really important to get your heart rate up everyday. It doesn’t matter if it’s just walking, or doing some jumping jacks as long as you get your blood flowing and sweat a little bit. One of the other things I’ve learned is that it’s really important to have proper form when you’re working out even if that means using weights that might be lower in weight then you think you can actually do; it’s more important to have correct form so that you’re not injuring yourself. And I’m a big, big believer in ‘you are what you eat,’ so I think that above all, it’s really key to become conscious of exactly what you’re putting into your body.”

Acting and modeling keeps you super-busy, how do you manage to fit in your workouts with your schedule?
“I take exercise DVDs with me when I’m traveling. I have all different kinds so I can pop them into my computer in a hotel room, anywhere. And for me, if I can’t find the time to workout, it’s all about what I’m eating and putting into my body. Over the years I’ve sort of experimented with different things and I know what works for my body. Everybody’s different and so different things affect people differently, but I know what works for me.”

Any favorite meals-on-the-go?  
“I actually travel with protein and with a green powder. I have my shaker with me so at anytime, no matter where I am, I can basically have a healthy meal.”

What are some beauty tricks you’ve learned for looking fabulous in front of the camera?
“I think the most important thing is hydration. Having a few ounces of water every half hour is great for anti-aging. If you always keep yourself hydrated it makes your skin look great.”

What beauty essentials are always in your purse?
“Definitely blotting papers! And I always have Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ($15, amazon.com) for my lips. I also have facial sprays that are organic and natural. I love a really hydrating mist that I can just spray on my face when I’m on the go because they make me feel so refreshed.”

E! News’ Catt Sadler Spills her Style, Fitness and Beauty Secrets

Written on May 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm , by

Catt Sadler brings us the latest entertainment news every day as a co-anchor on E! News, but it’s her chic style that’s garnering headlines this time. She’s teamed up with Scotch-Brite (you know, the home cleaning products’ company) to give you the chance to win $5,000 toward a new wardrobe and a personal style consultation with Sadler through their First Impressions Photo Contest. Here, the working mom of two shares some of her styling secrets, the best ways to make a good impression, as well as, her favorite workouts and beauty tricks.

So tell us about the contest.
It’s very cool. Essentially we’re encouraging people, fashionistas especially, to make their best first impression by uploading a photo of themselves to the Scotch Brite Facebook page with a couple lines below it as to why they are making the best first impression. The contest goes through May, and then in June, our judges will narrow the participants down to fifteen finalists. In mid-June, the public can go online and vote for their favorites until it’s narrowed down to three finalists. Then, I will pick the final winner, and they’ll get a $5,000 wardrobe makeover, which is pretty awesome, and an online style consultation with me. We’ll have an online chat situation where I can answer questions and give them tips or even look at their wardrobe and help them get rid of stuff.”

What’s your best advice for making a good first impression?
“Well, I have a couple of tips. Some of them are pretty traditional style advice like mixing highs and lows [prices]. I think everybody knows that’s a good way to go when you’re shopping. I don’t think you need to throw a lot of money into the really trendy things like floral blouses that are in. You can buy those for cheap, but then you’ve got those investment pieces like [points to her Chloé bag] this.  Yes, I did invest in this little puppy. But I will have this forever and if I have a little girl, I’ll pass it down. These are timeless pieces that certainly supplement any outfit nicely, so splurge on the pieces that are going to be around for a while. I do something called ‘last looks’ everyday before going on TV, which I think can be good advice for girls before they leave their house: smooth your flyalways or get the lipstick off your teeth. And that ties directly to the Scotch Brite Printed Lint Rollers ($4, staples.com) because you don’t want little fuzzies all over you. You have to do that ‘last look’ to make sure you’re crisp, chic, looking good before heading out the door. If I had to pick one other one it would have little to do with fashion and that’s just more about the energy and the spirit that you convey. I think that’s huge when you’re making a first impression. Whatever it is that you want to convey to whomever it is, your boss, or a hot guy at the bar, you want it to be the best representation of yourself.”

 What’s your style advice when it comes to working out—do you care about looking trendy at the gym or do you just throw on clothes and go?
“Well, I rarely work out in a gym because I’m a mom of two and working full-time and I travel quite a bit. I do workout in the hotel gyms if I’m on the road, but I don’t belong to a gym per se. But I still do care about how I look and that’s because I feel like, without question, I do a better workout if I feel like I look better. I am thoughtful about what I put on, less about color and more about fit.  Even in my house, I do the Tracy Anderson DVDs. She’s a friend of mine and I’ve been doing those DVDs for a long time. I have a wall mirror so, I may not be in the gym but I’m still looking at myself and the more I see change in my body and the better I look and the cuter I look in that pair of shorts, the longer I tend to workout. So, it does matter.”

You mentioned doing DVDs but do you have any other favorite workouts?
“You know, those methods are pretty strict in that you do it six days a week for an hour at a time, and I certainly do not do that. I’m like most people; I go in waves. I work out really hard for six weeks and then I don’t do anything for a month. You know, I just think it’s the way we all realistically are in our daily lives. I try to move no matter what. My kids and I, we go hiking or I ride bikes with them, but other than really doing those videos, I will mostly just run. That’s my thing. When it’s gorgeous in L.A., like why am I in my living room doing DVDS? Get out the door! I always thought running was challenging. I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than three miles in my life, I’ve never done a marathon or anything, but the better you get at it and the more fit you are, the longer you want to go. So I was actually just interviewing a bunch of Olympic athletes that are hopefuls for the Sochi Olympics and this cross-country skier was telling me you just need to go to the ‘pain cave.’ And I was like, ‘what’s the pain cave?’ It’s about this whole mental place you have to go. If you can get yourself 30 seconds, then that turns into another minute and then that’s three more minutes. So I think of this now and I go to the ‘pain cave’ and then when I’m running I’m like, ‘You can do it! Don’t stop!’”

What are some go-to healthy meals or snacks that you make for yourself and your kids?
“I’m not a cook; I’m not going to make that up. We’ve gotten really into seaweed and kale. That has become our replacement for chips. They actually like it and that’s awesome, and it’s actually easy for me to do. I just put raw kale on a baking sheet and throw some olive oil and some salt and pepper and put it in the oven and then it becomes crispy and they’ll eat it for days.”

What are some of your best beauty tricks that you picked up from being on television everyday?
“For starters, when it comes to hair, I think showing your face is always a really good thing to do. There was that period when it was really trendy to have your hair in a middle part and you’re all covered up. But I definitely don’t think that’s the way you want to go, especially when it comes to making a good first impression. I think people should show their face more. That helps. The other thing is, and it’s tricky these days with high-def television, but I think skin is really important. Of course they put a ton of makeup on me with being on TV and of course we all want to appear flawless with our foundation, but I think you want to look like you have skin.  You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a mask ever. The only other last trick, which applies to television and real life, and my obsession, is contouring. You don’t need the bone structure because it becomes your bone structure. I think it can make a night and day difference, but it’s about choosing the right product, whatever that is. Some makeup artists I work with use a dark stick foundation; I’m not as big a fan of that. I just like a dark bronzer, and the right brush, and just don’t overdue it because then you can look crazy leaving the house and that’s not the goal.”

Softball Star Jennie Finch on Beauty, Brawns and Being a Busy Mom

Written on September 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm , by

Jennie Finch representing Team USA.

Jennie Finch is one of the most recognizable faces of women’s softball. Formerly a Team USA and Chicago Bandits’ pitcher, Finch retired from the sport in 2010 to focus on her family in Louisiana. With two kids and a third on the way, time-saving beauty products are key. We chatted up the busy mom on looking good and staying fit.

What are some your must-have beauty products?

“I love Phiten hair products (yuko-usa.com)—their shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. I also like Natural Advantage Skincare All Day Moisturizer (naturaladvantage.com)—it’s not too heavy and yet I feel hydrated, and it has SPF 15 which is so important. For makeup, I use MAC foundation (maccosmetics.com) if I’m going out, but I try to stay away from wearing makeup if I don’t have to. I love MAC mascara (maccosmetics.com); I can’t get enough on my lashes. If I’m not wearing much makeup, I’ll add a little bronzer to give me that sun-kissed look. I like Estée Lauder bronzer (esteelauder.com). I try to get away with lip balm unless I’m going to an event. I also love anything from Kiehl’s (kiehls.com).”

How do you stay active?

“I met this awesome running group when I started training for the New York City Marathon last year. We were new to the area and I was able to meet incredible women and friends and workout with them so that was a huge blessing. We mix it up by doing Cross Fit and running. I’ll do squats, lunges, and Pilates, too. I get bored so I like to switch it up. With kids, it’s not like you can get a full hour in everyday so I try to fit it in wherever I can like taking the boys for a walk, jumping on the trampoline, a quick game of soccer, whatever gets your heart rate going. I’ll try to take the stairs, park a little further and pick up my pace when walking; just as long as I’m getting my heart rate up. For me, exercise is a stress reliever so I just feel so much better if I just get out for a walk and get outside. I try to get the most of that in as I can. Pregnancy is getting a little uncomfortable now but I try to run as long into the pregnancy as I can. As my pregnancy goes further along, it’s a lot of biking and doing the elliptical so I don’t have a lot of bouncing.”

You are a busy mom of 2 boys. What’s your get-ready routine like?

Jennie with her husband, Casey Daigle, and two sons, Ace and Diesel.

“When you have kids, it’s all about being adaptable and quick. It’s kind of like getting ready whenever I can. If they go down for a nap and I know I need to get ready for a certain thing, I do it then when they’re sleeping. Sometimes, I’ll let my youngest play with my makeup bag to keep him entertained, or put him in the bathtub which frees me up to get ready because he likes playing in the water. We live in Louisiana in the country so I don’t get ready very often. I’m super casual unless I have to be at a function. When I’m home, I’m home and it’s just me and my boys and animals and country living.”

Do you change your beauty routine when you are pregnant? 

“I feel like with my last pregnancy, I wore a lot of makeup because I was trying to feel pretty at certain times so sometimes I wore a little extra makeup usually on my eyes. But not much has changed. Moisturizer is so important and I have all sorts of cocoa butter and lotions that I use. It’s all about comfort when you get down to it. The most beautiful thing about pregnancy is that it’s not about you so whatever makes you comfortable and makes it easy on you and what helps you enjoy it is that most important thing.”

How do you like to pamper yourself?

“For me, I travel a bunch so when I’m home I hate to take the time away from my kids but if I do get pampered, a manicure and pedicure is at the top of the list. I grew up in Southern California and the difference from that and Louisiana, it’s just a whole different lifestyle and pace and I’ve come to enjoy it and just enjoy that quieter life. Even just a couple minutes with my coffee in the morning just those 10 minutes or whatever time you have to yourself is important and enjoyable.”

As November approaches, many New Yorkers are getting ready for the New York City Marathon. You ran it last year just 4 months after giving birth! Do you have any advice for runners this year?

“I think just enjoy it. I got teary eyed probably 15 times throughout the race. It’s the most amazing thing to be a part of and I never compare anything to the Olympics but it’s comparable just to be a part of something so much bigger than yourself. To run through the 5 boroughs and to soak up the whole city with people from around the world is so magical. A lot of people are going for times and pressure but first and foremost just enjoy it. There’s a lot of things you can’t control with your body that happen so just roll with it because you’ve put so much time into accomplishing that goal. I was so touched by so many people running for different causes, all different shapes and sizes and ages and diversity and a lot of incredible athletes. I was so inspired. It’s hard to even explain. After running it, I understand why people get so addicted to it because it’s so special.”

Olympians’ Look-Great Secrets, Continued

Written on July 9, 2012 at 11:58 am , by

Our “Play On!” feature in the July/August issue (pg. 44 – 50) is packed with beauty must-haves and tips from Olympians and Olympic hopefuls like Lolo Jones, Kerri Walsh, Natalie Coughlin and Hope Solo. Here’s a bonus selection of tricks these super athletes shared with us:

Sarah Groff, 30, a world-class triathlete, Hanover, New Hampshire

Eat clean. “When I’m eating better—less processed, more whole foods—I break out less,” says Groff. Her good-skin staples include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, a little soy, fish and animal protein.

Lolo Jones, 30, a world champion hurdler, New Orleans, Louisiana

Play up eyes. On race days, Jones skips the pore-clogging face makeup and focuses on her eyes with soft-colored cream shadows. She says Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows hold up well in heat. “Even after three hours of non-stop sweating, my eyes still look good.”

Natasha Hastings, 26, an Olympic gold medalist and track and field sprinter, Atlanta, Georgia

Be gentle. “Between color and relaxers, my hair is just over-processed,” Hastings says. “My stylist put me on to Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I put it on before I shampoo and I’ve seen a drastic change in the health of my hair.”

Shalane Flanagan, 31, an Olympic bronze medalist and 10,000-meter runner, Portland, Oregon

Treat your feet. Flanagan gets a pro pedi before every major race. “I’ve heard from podiatrists that they are really good for runners’ feet and can prevent toenail damage,” she says. Flanagan likes fun, bright polish shades, but is also known to match her polish to her team uniform.

15 Minutes With Celeb Chef + Clairol Natural Instincts Ambassador Giada De Laurentiis

Written on June 25, 2012 at 11:13 am , by

Our two favorite subjects— beauty and food!— collided when we sat down with celebrity chef and cookbook writer Giada De Laurentiis at a Manhattan hotel last week. Here’s what the new spokeswoman for Clairol Natural Instincts (and yes, she’s just as stunning, down-to-earth and sweet in person as she is on TV! Her shade? #12 Toasted Almond) had to say about…

Working with Clairol “Being a chef and a cook, a long time ago I was told that beauty deals don’t really come for people like myself. I always try to bring glamour and beauty and sensuality into the kitchen and into Italian food, so I thought it wouldn’t be that crazy of an idea, but it’s very competitive. I was so honored when they actually to a leap of faith and picked me. We have the same philosophy: I believe in a balanced lifestyle, and Natural Instincts makes you feel good about your hair. It makes it shiny, silky and smooth. And I’m a working mom, so I don’t have three hours to spend in a salon: This masks and blends in grays and brings out the golden hues in 10 to 15 minutes, which is what every woman wants.
The best thing about boxed color “I had never used their boxed color before, and I fell madly in love with the included conditioner. That conditioner rocks. I use it once a week on the last two to three inches of my hair, where it gets dry because of all the blow-drying. It gives that extra bounce, as if I just got a trim.”
Her biggest hair color mishap  “I lived in Paris when I was younger at cooking school and I was inspired by the Parisian women who have jet black hair and white, white skin. So, I decided to dye my hair jet black—a big, fat mistake. And it took me a long time to get that color out.”
The product that never leaves her bagCoverGirl LashBlast Mascara. I carry a little mascara, some sunscreen with a tint, a little bit of blush and just balm. I use that Rosebud Salve in Strawberry because my daughter is four and she’ll kiss my lips even more because she loves that flavor and it just smells good. That and I can just go with my regular life—to go to school, go to the grocery store, run errands, whatever.
The secret to her amazing hair “I get a blowout once a week and make it last the full week. I have curly, dry hair, and if I washed it more than that, it would break. And my blow-dry looks better as it sits— the second, third, fourth day. The dirtier it gets, the better! In the morning, I don’t brush my hair: I just flip it over, back up and go. I don’t pull out a curling iron or any of that—I don’t have the time nor the patience.
And skin (hint: It’s in your pantry) “I don’t go to bed with makeup on, and I exfoliate every single night with a mix of olive oil and baking soda. The olive oil gives moisture and baking soda takes out any other stuff on my skin. I don’t leave it on—I just scrub and rinse. It gives my face this wonderful glow, and I don’t have to wear as much makeup during the day.”
Five things always in her kitchen “Olive oil, different shapes of pasta made from different flours like brown rice, lentil, etc., jarred tomato sauce (disclosure: I sell my own pastas and tomato sauces at Target), frozen peas, jarred artichokes and frozen shrimp. You can whip up a meal with that.”
Advice for novice cooks “You don’t need to cook, you can just assemble. Let’s say you want to bring something to someone’s house: You can make a beautiful caprese salad that’s colorful, especially now in summertime. Take lots of different colored tomatoes, heirloom, vine-ripened, whatever, then slice with fresh mozzarella and layer with basil on a platter. Top it with a little extra virgin olive oil and some smoked salt, which enhances all of the flavors and tingles your tastebuds. And you’re done—you haven’t “cooked” a thing. Number two: Have a great knife. A sharp, really nice knife that feels good in your hand will help build your confidence in the kitchen.”
One food she’d never give up “Chocolate. When I was shooting Everyday Italian, I would keep paper cups of Ghirardelli chocolate chips in the freezer for a little chocolate fix in the afternoon. When they’re cold, they take longer to melt in your mouth, so a little bit goes a longer way. Right now, I love my iced Americanos with agave—that’s my treat.
Her hubby’s favorite dish “Penne with spicy sausage, mushrooms and peas. It’s a sauce-less pasta: I sauté them all together with olive oil and Parmesan cheese. That’s it, my friends, that’s it! It can be very, very easy. Another one of my favorites is lemon spaghetti, which is just lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper, tossed with spaghetti. That’s a stapleyou can add any protein to it.”
How she stays so slim “I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything. I taste a lot, but I don’t really eat full plates of food, ever. I do yoga four days a week, usually at 5:30AM before work. And I paddle board with my husband. It’s great core exercise and very Zen because you get away from land for a bit, which is quiet and peaceful.”
Staying fresh-faced on the go “When I’m shooting, it gets hot. So I use Evian water mist on my face constantly to rehydrate, rather than sticking on more and more powder. My skin just soaks it up. And I always wear sunscreen—day or night, rain or shine. When I paddle surf, I wear a full wetsuit and a hat. I look like the biggest loser on the planet, but I don’t care. My husband’s always like, ‘I can’t see you! Where are you? Where’s your face?’”
Her guilty pleasure “Lately it’s been croutons. I love making them. I’m talking good ones with cheese and lots of olive oil. Earlier this year, I’d carry little baggies of croutons to snack on when I got sick of almonds!”
She doesn’t mind splurging on “Travel—we just went to Rome. But, I’m not going to lie, I love shoes and jewelry. But a splurge doesn’t necessarily have to have an expensive price tag. It’s just taking a little extra time and doing something that makes you feel good about yourself.”

3 Key Beauty Tips for Triathletes

Written on May 15, 2012 at 9:34 am , by

The number of people participating in triathlons has increased 50 percent in just the past two years—putting involvement in the U.S. at an all-time high. If you’re one of them, Brooke Jackson, M.D., a dermatologist and director of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago, shares these key beauty tips for each leg of a triathlon.

  • SWIMMING: Coat your hair lightly with conditioner before you put on your cap to protect against drying, color-stripping chlorine.
  • BIKING: Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes (bikers have an increased risk of cataracts) and prevent squinting, which causes crow’s feet to form.
  • RUNNING: Put on a hat made of a breathable material like Dri-Fit to protect your scalp from the sun and ward off strand damage.