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SpaFinder Wellness Week is Here!

Written on March 13, 2013 at 11:05 am , by

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Who doesn’t love a good deal on fitness classes and spa treatments, right? Which is why we’re pretty psyched it’s Wellness Week over at SpaFinder Wellness *right now.* What this means: Well, what’s most enticing is that if you buy a $25 gift card, you get an extra one to use this week. (Sounds like a good girls’ date to us!)

But it also means that throughout the week, leading wellness experts, chefs, and celeb trainers from the nation’s top gyms, spas, and wellness providers have been sharing their tips, tricks, recipes, and tools. If you check out the SpaFinder Wellness site, you can find some of the free events, open houses, workshops, consultations, and more.

FITNESS is headed to a special event in NYC tonight to check out product demos from some of the nation’s top beauty, skin-care, and wellness companies. Click on over to @FITNESSColleen’s Twitter feed later tonight or tomorrow to see how it went! 

Country Music Star Kellie Pickler’s Beauty and Fitness Secrets

Written on June 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm , by

Pickler sounds just as pitch perfect in person as on her new album. (Photo by Russ Harrington)

Kellie Pickler broke onto the music scene at age 19 when she made it to the top six on season five of American Idol. The bubbly country star has only garnered more fans since the show, releasing three albums (including “100 Proof” earlier this year), winning PETA’s “World Sexiest Vegetarian” title and marrying songwriter Kyle Jacobs. All of this joy comes from a past filled with struggle—she was raised by her grandparents after her mom left when she was two and her dad was in and out of jail.

Most recently, the low-key Pickler (“If I’m not working, I’m in a ponytail, baseball cap and boots,” she says) signed on to be the face of Tone Skincare’s new Fruit Peel Body Wash. In honor of the partnership, we sat down with her to learn more about her beauty routine, fitness habits and musical inspirations.

“100 Proof” seems to be your best-reviewed album so far. What do you attribute that to?
I made it as country as I was allowed to! Traditional country is my favorite style. Everyone’s definition of country is different, but there’s room for it all. I co-wrote six songs on this album, including one with my husband called “Mother’s Day.” The album is really a reflection of my soul.

In “Mother’s Day” you sing about someday possibly having a loving relationship with a daughter of your own. Have you and Kyle given any thoughts to expanding your family?
That’s something that is important to talk about before you get married! You have to make sure you both want the same things. We’re not actively trying, but if it happens, it happens.

As a vegetarian, what are some of your favorite foods?
I love vegetables. Asparagus is my favorite and I really enjoy grilled onions, peppers, zucchini and squash. I love fruit too and drink a lot of water to get all of the junk out! It’s really true about “you are what you eat.” What you eat really is reflected on the outside. Still, I splurge and have a cake and ice cream, just not everyday.

Keep reading to find out how Pickler stays fit without the gym and which reality shows she tunes in for!

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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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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.

More from FITNESS: Yes, you can drink and still shrink! Check out our round-up of delicious low-calorie cocktails.