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Kate Walsh’s Feel Good Tips and Tricks to Beating Allergy Face

Written on April 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm , by

Kate Walsh credits her amazing bod to portion control and hikes with her dogs. (Photo courtesy of Zyrtec)

I’m about to tell you something, and you may not like me after I say it: I’ve never suffered from allergies. But from what I can tell, it does not look like a good time. Sneezing, wheezing and countless other symptoms leave me giving puppy eyes to my fellow commuters in the morning as they try to put their best face forward. But ABC’s Private Practice star Kate Walsh does have allergies, and completely understands what it feels like to be zonked out all day dealing with them. I got the chance to chat with Walsh as she teamed up with Zyrtec to get her tips to looking good inside and out in every season.

What exactly is “Allergy Face”?

Allergy Face is puffy, watery eyes, sneezing, a stuffed up nose, you name it. It’s basically all of those things that make you want to hide under the covers. Which is annoying, because springtime is the season to finally get outside and enjoy the great weather.

Have you ever woken up with Allergy Face before filming or making a public appearance where you needed to look your best?

I basically have Allergy Face every day once spring hits. In California allergies can be year-round. Between the Santa Ana winds, dry winters and then the spring season something is always blooming and blowing around. Before I was diagnosed with allergies I never wanted to admit that I had them. I just told myself I was a person who sneezed a lot!

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Rock Your Own Red Carpet (Or Other Big Event)

Written on February 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm , by

Follow these tips to look fabulous at your next big moment. (Photo courtesy of Golin Harris)

While it’s true awards season is winding down, that doesn’t mean other big events aren’t about to crank up the heat (wedding season is quickly approaching!). Slim-Fast is encouraging women to turn special occasions—a red carpet event, wedding, vacation, reunion or something else spectacular—into a major “wow!” moment that leaves people turning heads.

So how can you get your “wow” on? Slim-Fast gathered a team of experts to create the Studio WOW! team, including fashion stylist Jacqui Stafford, celebrity hair and makeup stylist Joey Maalouf (he did Jessica Alba’s hair for this year’s Golden Globes!) famous photographer known for his role on America’s Next Top Model, Nigel Barker, and Slim-Fast nutritionist Ali Auerbach, R.D.

We nabbed some quick tips from the pros to help you dazzle the audience at your next event.

From fashion stylist Jacqui Stafford:

  • Embrace color. “I’ve never met a woman who doesn’t look good in red,” Stafford says. “She always looks confident, classic and feminine.” Try a dress in the vibrant hue that closely follows your frame for a slimming effect.
  • It’s all about the little things. Stafford showed us five fast, simple ways to change a look using only one accessory. Can you guess it? A scarf! Tie it around your waist for a belted look, or drape it for the circle scarf look that’s hot right now.
  • Don’t douse yourself with trends. We’re all about pulling brilliant ideas from the runway, but remember to keep it realistic. “Fuschia is a hot color for spring,” Stafford says. “Incorporate it into your look with accessories, like an eye-catching handbag or belt.”

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Beat Bad Breath

Written on February 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm , by

Don't let smelly breath keep you from a goodnight peck! (Photo by Sarah Kehoe)

If you’re gearing up for a hot date next week, the last thing you want to worry about all night is what’s going on in your mouth. Yet bad breath is one of the biggest date deal breakers, and something that can be totally avoided. To help you prep, try these tips from creator of Supersmile and New York City dentist Dr. Irwin Smigel. Happy smooching!

1. Use a dollop of aloe vera when brushing your teeth. It has the ability to kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses that live in your mouth.

2. If tongue cleaners aren’t at your disposal, brush the back of your tongue with baking soda. It will remove toxic acid that can lead to stale breath.

3. Make your own peppermint oil or tea tree oil mouthwash. These antibacterial herbs are a natural way to freshen up.

4. Drink plenty of water! Dry mouth is the leading cause of bad breath.

5. Go green with your diet. Green foods that contain chlorophyll are internal purifiers.

For a quick freshener while you’re out, try Supersmile Quikee On-the-Go Tooth Polish. By putting a drop on your tongue and smoothing over your teeth you’ll get a blast of mint flavor while also instantly whitening your chompers. Perfect for any dinner that includes red wine!

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Fashion Diaries: Tribal Tales

Written on January 20, 2012 at 9:44 am , by

Lots of colorful jeans!

Earlier this week the fashion and beauty departments teamed up to shoot one of our April beauty features (get ready for some amazing spring makeup!) and we put a cool tribal spin on it to showcase one of our favorite spring fashion trends. We all had such a blast at the photo shoot, playing around with fun prints, bright colors and tons of sky-high, stacked heels. You’ll have to wait until our April issue hits newsstands in mid-March to see the final outcome, but until then, here is a little sneak peek of our day, with some behind the scenes footage!



Heels, beyond heels, beyond heels!

So many jewels to choose from!







Mixed patterns and chunky necklaces were a constant theme.

One of the seven looks we shot that day.








Click here to see how to trick out your own wardrobe in tribal prints!

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Get Gorgeous for the Gym or Any Get-Together: Tips From The X Factor Style Team

Written on December 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm , by

Rock your party—or your fitness class—with these stylin' tips. (Photo by Sara Forrest)

Part of the appeal of many reality shows is picturing yourself as a potential star or competitor…That’s not just me, right? But how do everyday folks get so glam for all of the lights and cameras? On The X Factor, they do so with the help of a style team—a trio of beauty experts who have transformed some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for films, music videos or red carpet events.

We asked each of the members of the dream beauty/fashion team to share a few tricks for looking great anywhere from the gym to the street to a holiday party. (You can also find more pointers on the team’s Facebook page and on Twitter @thestyleteamusa.)

June Ambrose, the fashion guru of The X Factor, celebrity stylist and author of Effortless Style

  • Go ’80s. “I live in the Flashdance look for the gym—a sports bra layered beneath a sweatshirt that falls off the shoulder! Pair that with leggings and leg warmers and you are ready to go while ‘under construction.’”
  • Take some help. When dressing up, “a good foundation is key, no matter how fit you are. I always encourage my clients to wear shapewear. It’s like a petticoat back in the day—a bare necessity.”
  • Look hot for the holidays. “I love playing with lace as a texture. It’s romantic and festive with velvet. Sequin jackets are also great to pair with a dark matte dress, pant or shirt. You’ll look slim with shine on top!”

Ken Paves, the hair guru for The X Factor, A-List hairstylist, coif makeover king for The Biggest Loser and BFF of Jessica Simpson

  • Leave the product at home. “Less is more when you go to the gym. Hair product + sweat = mess! I think Nicole Richie always looks great going to and from the gym. She looks like she means business while staying cute!”
  • Your go-to ‘do from gym to gorgeous. “Apply a little dry shampoo near your roots and pull your hair up in a great ponytail or chignon—high or low—and add a chic headband. Done!”
  • Accept your imperfections. “Jessica [Simpson] was so excited for me when I told her I was doing the X Factor, but we had to laugh because she knows I’m a tortured singer at heart. I just can’t sing!”

Kristofer Buckle, the makeup artist for The X Factor, get-gorgeous pro who has worked with the likes of J. Lo, Mariah and Demi

  • Go fresh-faced…or not. “I am a true makeup advocate! I think it’s important to do what you can to look your best no matter where you go. For the gym, I tell my clients to try just a little concealer around their eyes, waterproof mascara, blush and tinted lip balm.”
  • The big trend: there are no trends (except eyes). “People are following their own personal style instead of forcing trends. What is true to you will never go out of style. Lashes and mascara are big—everyone looks great with more lashes, whether it’s from a great volumizing mascara or individual lashes glued on.”
  • Hands off! “Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated, but keep whatever you do neat. And don’t touch your face…ever!”

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Gifts That Give Back: Eve Echo

Written on December 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm , by

These soaps are also cruelty-free! (Photo courtesy of Eve Echo)

We’ve made our (shopping) lists, checked them twice, but now we’re searching for some items to add that will do more than just look nice. How about some gifts that give back? That’s why we were pumped as soon as we heard about Eve Echo!

The beauty company is teaming up with the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), a non-profit Natalie Portman loves, and 100 percent of company net profits will be used for micro-loans for women in economic need. Whether you’re a fan of liquid hand soap or hand sanitizers, Eve Echo has options—with scents like lavender vanilla, pomegranate peppermint and coconut butter. But what we love more than the aroma is the fact that the $10 to $14 we spend on these items goes directly to provide low-interest loans to women who can then start their own businesses and provide for their families. After one year, the woman repays the loan, which will be distributed to another female in need (they call this the “Echo Effect.”)

To learn more about the loans and to buy products that can make an impact on another woman’s life, visit eveecho.com.

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Does Your Hair Keep You Out of the Gym?

Written on August 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm , by

Turn heads for your biceps and your bouncy curls! (Photo courtesy of Sarah Kehoe)

Turn heads for your biceps and your bouncy curls! (Photo courtesy of Sarah Kehoe)

When it comes to excuses to miss a workout, we’ve heard them all. But here’s a reason every woman has probably used at least once  — skipping the gym so you don’t mess up your hair.

According to this CNN article, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin stopped by the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show this past weekend to talk about the belief that ethnic women don’t exercise because it might ruin their hair.

Benjamin said in her conference that she’s talked to a number of women of all ethnic groups who admit that after spending anywhere from $50 or more on their hair, the last thing they want to do is get sweaty and muss up their ‘do. According to the American Journal of Public Health, less than 30 percent of minority women in the U.S. get the recommended level of exercise. Reasons cited were lack of time, economic constraints, and the hassle of personal care, such as their hair.

“I don’t think it’s limited to African American women,” Benjamin said. “Other ethnic groups would come up and say the same thing. I’ve heard it from Hispanics.  I’ve heard it from a couple of my older white patients that I have at home.  They’re saying I get my hair done every weekend — I don’t want to be exercising after I get my hair done.”

So, what’s the solution to this hairy situation? Benjamin recommends working out at night and asking your stylist for help. They often have products and recommendations that will make your style last longer, even after a exercising. Need more advice? Check in with our Beauty on the Go blog, for the latest tricks and must-have products from our beauty editors.

Now tell us: Have you ever skipped a workout because of your beauty routine?

5 Natural Ways to Stop Cellulite

Written on August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm , by

woman on beach

Photo courtesy of SparkPeople

Eighty percent of women report having at least a little cellulite. And even though it isn’t harmful, it’s not exactly welcomed. Here’s a round-up of some healthy lifestyle habits that have been shown to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. They seem obvious, but if you commit yourself to them they might help you see results…

    1. Lose weight. Although you may not be able to get rid of cellulite completely, when you lose body fat by exercising and eating a healthy diet, you can greatly improve the appearance of dimpled skin because you’ll have less fat pushing up against your skin.
    2. Resistance train. There is no such thing as spot training (losing fat in a specific body area by exercising it), but by strengthening and building your muscles—particularly in areas where you carry cellulite—you can give your skin a more even texture and tone.
    3. Do cardio. Aerobic exercise is a fantastic way to burn calories and burn fat, thereby reducing the size of fat cells under the skin.
    4. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains can give your body the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to properly burn fat and keep your skin and tissues healthy. In fact, healthy proteins from nuts, beans and fish, and antioxidant-rich green tea, berries and garlic can help build up collagen—a connective tissue that helps plump up the skin and makes the signature peaks and valleys of cellulite less extreme. A healthy diet full of vitamin C, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids can also improve skin texture.
    5. Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is an easy way to improve the texture of your skin. It seems counterintuitive, but by drinking more fluid, your body actually releases excess fluid that you may have been holding onto (including in your cellulite-prone areas).

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      Boost Your Swimsuit Confidence

      Written on July 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm , by

      Swimsuit Cover Up Girl

      Photo courtesy of SparkPeople

      Summer might be in full-swing, but we know how daunting bathing suit season can still be. Follow these easy ideas so that you can feel more comfortable baring it all on the beach:

      1. Shop for the bathing suit that fits your body well. Swimsuit technology has dramatically improved, allowing you to accentuate your most likable features and minimize those you are the most self-conscious about. There are loads of two-piece suits available which let you purchase a different size for your top and bottom. If you are lucky enough to have a bathing suit specialty shop in your area, skip the department store and head there. The sales personnel will be well trained in helping you find the best fitting and most pleasing suit.
      2. Buy a suit you love, not just one you think makes you “look thinner.” Rather than black, pick a color or pattern that makes you happy, and shows off your eyes and skin color.
      3. Choose a cover-up that fits beautifully. Hiding behind a big tank will make you feel frumpy and actually make you look larger. There are wonderful wraps, swim skirts and dresses that you will enjoy wearing.
      4. Have fun with accessories. Purchase fabulous sunglasses and a colorful floppy hat to shield you from the sun’s rays. These will draw attention to your face, not your body. If you love fun jewelry, don’t be afraid to wear it to the beach or pool. Inexpensive colorful, waterproof watches are all over the stores these days.
      5. Pay attention to your grooming. A great summer haircut, manicures, pedicures, leg waxing, faux tans, and waterproof make-up will make you feel better and put together.

      Don’t let worries of how you look in a swimsuit spoil your summer fun. We are at our best when we are engaged in experiences that make us happy. Feel the warmth of the sun (but don’t forget your sunscreen!), bask in the coolness of the ocean or pool, relax in the comfort of family and friends around you, and be grateful that the lazy days of summer have finally come around again!

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      Can a Cocktail Make You Even More Beautiful?

      Written on June 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm , by

      Sip smart. (Photo by Jack Miskell)

      Written by Danielle Paquette, editorial intern

      Sip vodka to banish blackheads, tequila to erase wrinkles and rum to diminish dryness. There’s a cocktail for every skin woe, claims Randy Falcon, a mixologist at swanky New York City nightclub Provocateur.

      I bellied up to the bar for some serious research and Falcon poured me a vibrant red Teddy Bear—one of 11 alleged drinkable facials. The blend of fresh lime juice, crushed mint, muddled strawberries and Belvedere is designed to unclog pores, according to the menu. Extra vitamins, minerals and “power powders” are mixed to delay aging.

      But what can a shot of liquor do for my face (besides give me puffy eyes in the morning)? “You’ll feel and look a lot better with this than if you had a vodka tonic,” Falcon said. “It’s all in the fresh ingredients. ”

      Since Provocateur unveiled its bar-meets-spa selection in April, health-conscious celebs have been spotted dropping $22 a glass. And with cocktail names like “Sweet Enchantment” and “Spring Flower,” why shouldn’t I, too, buy into promises of a gorgeous morning-after?

      “Beauty drinks are a fun idea, but alcohol tends to dehydrate the skin and cause it to look dry,” says Tess Mauricio, M.D., a dermatologist in San Diego. No amount of kumquat, cucumber or pomegranate can cancel that consequence, she warns. “However, in moderation, drinking can reduce stress. That won’t hurt your complexion.”

      After finishing the Teddy Bear in three swigs, I definitely felt more relaxed. It was fresh, fruity, refreshing—all of the qualities I desire in a drink.  So I had another.

      When my alarm sounded at 7:30 a.m. the next day, I didn’t feel like a beauty queen. I didn’t feel particularly hungover, either. And after a look in the mirror, I realized I hadn’t found the secret to skin radiance in a cocktail or two.

      But a night on the town put me in a great mood, and that’s worth the occasional puffy-eyed morning.

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