Want Longer, Fuller & Shinier Hair? The Expert Tips You Need To Know

Luscious, long, full and glossy locks – it needn’t be the reserve of Victoria’s Secret models and the Kardashian sisters with an army of top-notch stylists and an arsenal of extensions. “Consulting with a professional when trying to achieve longer, shinier and fuller hair will not cost you and arm and a leg if you go in prepared,” says Allison Burr, owner of Mint The Salon, who has beautified the likes of supermodels Irina Shayk and Selita Ebanks. With these expert tips and small changes to your daily routine, you’ll be inspiring hair envy in no time.

REGULAR HAIRCUTS

“Triming your hair is a must. It is the first step towards healthy hair.  Once hair is split there is no way to bring it back to life.  You could spend millions trying with disappointing results.” Try sticking to regular 6-week appointments with your stylist for maintenance.

GO GENTLE

Washing your hair everyday strips it of natural oils, which are essential for hydration. “Hair is like skin: when it’s dry it needs moisture,” says Burr. Switch to a gentle formula, like L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo, and use a dry shampoo to refresh your roots on days in between.

CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION

Saturate your locks with an intensive conditioning treatment once to twice a week while you’re in the shower or bath as the steam opens up the hair shaft, allowing the product to penetrate more deeply. (Try Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment, $12-$42) If you want to go beyond at-home treatments, you can put yourself into more professional hands, says Burr. “Go into a salon and see a professional so they can consult with you for proper treatment.” A conditioning consultation at Burr’s salon includes a review of scalp, current hair condition and lifestyle.

SHINE BOOSTER

For extra glossiness, blast your hair with cold water before you hop out the shower to seal the cuticle and promote a smoother, more polished finish.

FULL BODY MAKEOVER

For extra fullness all over, generously squirt volumizing mousse onto a comb and distribute evenly from root to tip. Flip your hair over and blow-dry from underneath. (Try Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, $22) Letting hair air-dry when using mousse tends to lead to a rather crispy finish.

HAIR DIET

A-list celebs & models swear by Viviscal, a blend of fish proteins, horsetail extract & Vitamin C for hair and nail health.

BREAK YOUR BAD HABITS

Avoid using your blow-dryer & flat iron more than a few times a week, since heat is a key cause of dried-out, lifeless locks. One of our fave styling tips? Before bed, gently twist slightly damp hair into a ballerina bun and secure with a bobby pin. Shake out in the am for bouncy, voluminous waves – no heat required.

Ever tried matching up the length of the broken strands around your hairline to where your ponytail starts? It’s visible, but avoidable, damage. “Stay away from wearing a ponytail while sleeping & using rubber bands in your hair at all times as these are two of the most common and worst habits which contribute to breakage,” says Burr.

When sleeping, opt for fabric scrunchies (totally 80s we know but one must suffer for beauty) or try a low, loose braid to avoid pulling on the hair during the night.

Your hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet. Comb through your conditioner using a wide-toothed comb in the shower for no-fuss detangling. And never scrape your wet hair back for your morning workout session!

How To Create A Big Bouncy Blowout At Home

There is nothing quite like the feeling of when you have had your hair teased and coiffed in a salon, but unless you are a professional lady of leisure, that’s sadly not an everyday option! The way to get around this is get your blow dry to last as long as possible.

Follow celebrity hair stylist Lee Stafford’s step by step guide to achieving this luxuriously glamorous blowout look:

  • Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner such as My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.99). Rough dry your hair with a towel and give a quick blast of heat using my BLow DRy FASTER AC HAiR Dryer.
  • Apply a handful of volumising mousse to the roots of your hair. (Try Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $15-$26)
  • Section your hair into manageable sections. By sectioning around the crown of the head you will be able to add big volume to the hair.
  • My BLow DRy FASTER AC SALon DRyer has an ultra slim concentrator which is perfect for controlling the airflow, perfect for creating the style you want
  • Blow dry your damp hair using the medium heat and high speed setting. The hotter the setting, the more lift you will attain from your hair.
  • Blow dry hair section by section, starting at the back of the head and work around.
  • Don’t use too much heat as you can dry out or damage your hair.  Be sure to vary the heat and wave the dryer so that you don’t concentrate the air flow on one section of hair for too long.
  • As you blow dry your hair use a round or metal vent brush to lift and separate sections of hair as this will help to create a perfect, long lasting blow dry finish.
  • Aim the hair dryer airflow down the hair shaft, from the roots to the ends of the hair curling the brush round as you go in order to get the glamorous flick at the ends and it will also help add lift. Drying down the hair shaft will smooth the cuticles so your hair will be left smooth and shiny.
  • Use my sock diffuser that comes with the dryer to add volume without the frizz into your hair. A little trick to remember when blow drying your hair is not to touch your hair with your hand. Let the hair dryer and diffuser do all the work.
  • Blow dry your hair until it is completely dry and use the freeze shot after drying to set the style.
  • Finish with a spray of hairspray (Try Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, $25)

The Queen of the ‘Instagirls’ // Gigi Hadid on taking the fashion world and social media by storm

Social Supermodels Like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Fueled by Instagram and Twitter, Are Hitting the Fashion Stratosphere

Supermodel Gigi Hadid is big on social media.

It’s about 6 p.m. on a chilly Tuesday in late March, and model Gigi Hadid, equipped with a jar of charcoal pencils, is gleefully scrawling enormous hashtags on the stark white walls of a photography studio in lower Manhattan.

“I could do this all day!” effuses the 19-year-old Los Angeles native, who has, in fact, spent the better part of the day here, posing in sky-high stilettos. The following day, she posts a photo from the shoot on her personal Instagram account, with a caption thanking the makeup artist for her “on fleek” eyebrows. Some 24 hours later, the image has garnered more than 185,000 likes and 1,400 comments from her 2.5 million followers on the app. (Hadid’s total social following, including Twitter, has grown to more than 2.8 million.)

It’s that social media clout—not to mention the stunning face, killer body and irresistible personality—that has helped propel Hadid, seemingly overnight, from up-and-coming model to global fashion celebrity. And brands have taken notice. Over the past year, Hadid has scored big contracts with the likes of Tom Ford, Victoria’s Secret Pink and Maybelline.

Along with contemporaries like Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne, Hadid is part of a new wave of digitally savvy models taking the fashion industry by storm. Dubbed “the Instagirls” by Vogue, these millennial models have achieved success both in the realm of high fashion and the commercial world—a rarity since the supermodel era of the ’90s. These days, some models are just as likely to be found on the Paris runways as in the pages of a celebrity weekly or Taylor Swift’s latest Instagram post—or in Kloss’ case, on the cover of Vogue with her good friend Swift.

“Social media has allowed these girls to have a voice and a platform and not just be some random, anonymous model,” says Teen Vogue editor in chief Amy Astley. “Young people today are totally open to a self-invented person who uses technology to launch their career and put their message out there,” the editor adds.

Hadid was just 14 when Instagram first launched, and she recalls having had an innate sense of social media long before she began consciously using it to further her career. “I think it’s always come naturally to just be genuine on social media and to put things into words that people can relate to, rather than putting things in a way that makes them feel that they can’t be a part of it,” she explains.

In high school, having gained a bit of notoriety from appearing in two Guess campaigns and a few episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (on which her mother, former model Yolanda Foster, is a cast member), Hadid began hosting her own Q&A sessions on Twitter, dubbed “Ask Gigi”—something she continues to do when time allows. “I answer random things like, ‘What was your favorite class in high school?’ ‘What’s your favorite ice cream?’ Stuff like that,” she relates

Dubbed ”the Instagirls” by Vogue, these millennial models have achieved success both in the realm of high fashion and the commercial world—a rarity since the supermodel era of the ’90s.

After graduating high school two years ago, Hadid relocated to New York to pursue a degree in criminal psychology at The New School. By the end of her freshman year, she had made her New York Fashion Week debut and was the newest face of Tom Ford. By the following September, she was booking runway shows for Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel.

All the while, she continued promoting herself via social media, posting a mix of captivating selfies, behind-the-scenes shots from her modeling projects and inside looks at her life as a teenager hanging out with family and friends (including Cody Simpson, her indie-musician boyfriend, and friends like Kendall Jenner). By the beginning of 2015, Hadid had amassed nearly 1.5 million followers on Instagram alone.

When it comes to landing major beauty and fashion contracts, having a built-in social following can be a priceless advantage.

“If a model happens to come with a few thousand or a few million followers, that’s amazing for brands,” notes Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown. “Especially if you’re a brand that wants to target a new, younger demographic, you’d have to consider [hiring] those girls in a second.”

“There are tons of examples of successful working models who don’t have a big Instagram following and aren’t interested in social media,” adds Teen Vogue’s Astley, “but it’s becoming something more and more that the ad clients are looking for—and all the girls know it. The game is definitely changing.”

In January, the game changed for Hadid when she revealed (via Instagram, naturally) that she had scored her biggest contract yet with beauty brand Maybelline—a deal that has the potential to make her into a household name. According to Maybelline’s global brand president, the model’s social following played a key role in the decision to hire her. “Gigi is extremely connected, and beyond being connected, she is fantastically engaged with women around the world,” he says. “She is extremely relevant for the millennial consumer, not only because of who she is externally—her beauty, her fashion, her style, her sexiness—but also because she is a girl that has amazing confidence, has amazing drive and is willing to share that with women through social channels.”

Just before Hadid’s Maybelline announcement, Estée Lauder made headlines by hiring its own Instagirl: Kendall Jenner, the 19-year-old Kardashian sister who, with a social media audience of nearly 40 million (including 22 million on Instagram), is by far the most-followed model in existence.

While it has taken big sister Kim Kardashian years to become accepted by the fashion industry—which is notoriously wary of “lowbrow” celebrity (consider the backlash over Kardashian’s Vogue cover last year)—the statuesque Kendall has been widely embraced since she signed with Elite Model division The Society Management in 2013. On top of dozens of runway appearances, she has appeared in ads for Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld—and just last week signed with Calvin Klein Jeans.

Jenner’s Estée Lauder deal represents a significant step for the cosmetics giant in reaching out to a younger audience. By signing her, the brand gets instant access to millions of women in its target demographic. “Whether you like it or not, people are fascinated by her life and the world in which she lives,” says Estée Lauder global creative director Richard Ferretti. “The fact that she is now behind the scenes at runway shows and going to these great parties, there’s great interest in that.”

Ferretti notes that Jenner also happens to have a resumé worthy of an Estée Lauder model. “The fashion designers love her, and her fashion credibility and her personal style is pretty outstanding,” he says. “So that, as a representation for our brand, is pretty incredible.”

Both Kendall and Gigi are very professional, really hardworking and grateful for where they are,” adds Astley. “They don’t ask for any special favors. They’re physically great specimens. And the fact that they’re known to the public and have a big social following is extra, and it’s great.”

It’s not just the newcomers who have benefitted from this social media revolution. “Girls who have already had success in modeling have been clever about leveraging social media to make themselves known outside the small world of high fashion and expanding their careers, because the high-fashion career can be a short one,” says Astley.

For the Instagirls, building a personal brand online isn’t just about boosting their modeling pursuits. It’s also a form of insurance against the inevitable aging out that happens in fashion where someone in her late 20s is considered ancient.

Originally published in the March 30 issue of Adweek magazine. The story story and pictures can be viewed here.

Editor’s Pick: How to cover acne and imperfections!

I wish I could be one those Gisele-types. You know the kind of girls that run out the door with perfectly tousled curls and just a smidge of tinted moisturizer and a lick of lip gloss. Alas, like so many others out there, I have dark circles to conceal, acne blemishes and scars to camouflage and a sunkissed complexion to fake!

In another post, I’ll talk about the products and treatments I’ve found to be super helpful in tackling the blemishes and imperfections themselves. But in this post, I wanted to share the makeup & method I use everyday that I think is great at covering even the worst of breakouts and making me feel pretty again :D

After moisturizing (and letting it sink in for 10 minutes) I always start with a small amount of primer. It makes such a huge difference in how your makeup goes on – and makes it last all day long. I currently use the Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, which I think is particularly good if you tend get an oily t-zone like I do during the day. I’m also a fan of the lightweight water-based Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light & the velvety Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primerin green, which aims to minimize the appearance of redness.

When it comes to covering up the skin on my face, I believe there shouldn’t just be a thick blanket of foundation. However bad you think your skin is, there are always areas that aren’t actually affected by acne (and I like to think as a beacon of hope that one day all the skin on my face will be that ‘normal’!) For me, that is my forehead, the sides of my face and usually my upper cheeks.

I found this amazing how-to video by top celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge in which she shows how to cover up acne in the most effective and yet beautiful way. She has a similar philosophy in which she says camouflage just the affected areas of your skin – and emphasize glowing, natural looking skin for the rest of your face.

She too advocates starting out with a sheer foundation all over just to even out the skin tone and building up the areas with blemishes either with concealer or foundation. I’ve tried a few foundations but I always end up coming back to the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (right now I blend shades 2.0 & 3.0 together for a warm neutral) I like that it’s specifically oil-free, non-acnegenic, non-comodogenic, controls oil, resists smudging & never melts off. I can apply it in the morning and make it through a workday, workout and dinner and never have to touch it up or reapply concealer.

I warm the foundation on the back of my hand and then use a foundation brush to apply the sheer layer of foundation all over. I bought the No.7 Foundation Brush while I was in the UK (which Lisa actually uses in her video too). I then use a damp beautyblender sponge with a gentle patting motion to apply more coverage where I need it and just to blend the edges. If you haven’t tried the beautyblenderyet, I highly recommend it. It is absolutely amazing and I would never do my base without now.Obsessed.

I then apply concealer under my eyes and just to the more obvious blemishes (with the sponge & foundation, sometimes you don’t even need to add concealer) I like the Chanel Correcteur Perfectionand the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer. After waiting a few minutes for the foundation to settle, final step is to set everything with some loose translucent powder. I use the velour puff to gently press a tiny bit of powder over the blemishes just to set it in place (otherwise a brush might dislodge the concealer) and then dust a little bit over the rest of my face using a large fluffy powder brush. I currently use the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder. Try to dust in a gentle downwards motion rather than buff in circles as you may get more powder trapped on the ‘peach fuzz’ hairs on your face and make your base looked more caked on.

So that’s the base done and now you start to do all the fun stuff like beautifying your eyes or contouring your cheekbones. More importantly, you can stop worrying about whether everyone is staring at your bad skin (they’re not) and get back to enjoying your day!

I’d love to hear about your favorite products so please leave your comments below!

Kim Kardashian’s glam master Mario Dedivanovic shares his secrets to polished & oh-so pretty makeup

To aspiring makeup artists everywhere, Mario Dedivanovic is a super hero of sorts. Don’t just take our word for it. One only needs to check out the YouTube videos dedicated to re-creating his concealer technique, his packed out workshops, or the 72,000 and counting Twitter followers that refer to Mario as the ‘go-to glam master’ or the ‘god of makeup artistry.’ While Mario has spent the past decade showcasing his skills on countless editorials and red carpet looks, there is one particular client that has firmly cemented his status as an iconic beauty maker. Mario’s self-professed ‘muse’ Kim Kardashian’s flawless complexion, perfectly arched eyebrows and fluttering lashes have set the bar on how modern glamour girls want to look – polished and oh-so pretty. We asked Mario about his makeup kit essentials, what every woman should be doing to enhance their beauty, and how we too can create eyes and cheekbones that pop.

How did you start out in the business? What was some of the best advice you got along your journey to success? I was introduced to the beauty business when I was 17-years-old and began working at Sephora in NYC. I was hired to work as a fragrance consultant but the makeup was more interesting to me. I fell in love with the art of makeup and was determined to become a great makeup artist. A great piece of advice that I learned early on was to always compete only with myself and not others. To do better today then I did yesterday…better tomorrow then I am today.

Fans of your work say they can immediately spot a celebrity face that you’ve transformed; how would you describe your signature makeup style? I don’t really think much about my ‘signature style’ so it’s hard for me to answer that one. I love to do very polished, pretty and clean makeup and I try to be consistent with my work. For me, there’s nothing worst then being hit or miss.

What are your absolute essential products you have in your makeup kit? I have so many essentials in my kit and they change from time to time; Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer, Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes, Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Eye M Glam all over highlighter, Smolder eye pencil by MAC – the list goes on.

Your fans travel from around the world to attend your workshops; what questions do you seem to get asked time and time again by guests? Before I did workshops, I was afraid that people would ask me a lot of questions about my clients or would be more interested in the whole celebrity world. I was surprised and relieved to see that wasn’t the case at all. Most of all who attend my workshops are very serious about makeup and the majority of the questions I get asked are about product names and shades that I’m using, my technique and tools. I always allow for questions the entire time I’m working so that they really have an understanding of what I am teaching.

Could any beauty fan benefit from your workshops or just makeup professionals? Any beauty fan can certainly benefit from attending one of my workshops.

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Your ‘muse’ Kim Kardashian has become a beauty icon for her sculpted cheekbones, defined brows and ultra-glam lashes: what easy tips can you give for emulating this look? Don’t over pluck or wax your brows and fill them in using pencil or powder. Curl lashes and apply Lancome Hypnose Mascara to top and bottom. Use individual eyelashes in medium to really open up the eyes. Lastly, highlight your cheekbones and eyes with Eye M Glam.

What is the one thing every woman should do to enhance her face and beauty? The eyebrows are very important and frame the whole face so I would definitely recommend keeping your brows groomed and in a shape that best flatters your face.

What is the biggest mistake you see women making with their makeup all the time?Just an FYI – I don’t usually critique a woman’s makeup in my mind upon meeting her, LOL. People always assume that I do. If I were going to critique as a whole, I’d say the biggest mistake women make with their makeup is choosing the wrong color foundation and/or not blending their makeup as much as they should be.

You are a master of contouring: what are your go-to tools and products for achieving this look? Is it worth investing in special contouring brushes or palettes? Quality brushes are always worth investing in and will make your application much easier and last longer. I contour using different products, depending on the skin tone I’m working on or the effect I’m going for. I like to contour using a foundation that’s a few shades deeper than the skin tone and always blend it into the skin and hairline with a damp beautyblender sponge.

Is there a celebrity or model you would love to work with, or give a glam makeover?Yes, of course ;-) I feel as though I’m just getting started, so please stay tuned.

When is your next workshop? I was recently the Keynote Speaker at The Makeup Show in L.A and it was an incredible experience to say the least. I do plan on hosting more workshops in the future and I’d love to travel to Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, London, Australia and the Middle East & wherever else people ask of me to go.

Pilates, Body Fat Stem Cells & Coconut Oil? Make Your Chest Look Its Best!

As this year’s awards season rolls around, chances are every actress will have her own personal Golden Globes on display. Fortunately, Hollywood’s top dermatologists and facialists are on hand to dish out lasers, treatments and peels to ensure they rock a delectable decolletage in front of the cameras. Here are their top tips to keeping cleavage wrinkles (eek!) at bay and skin toned and firm (Hint: ditch the push-up bra!)

The neck and cleavage area always has been a sure tell of aging. After all, no one is immune to genetics and gravity’s pull. And no amount of makeup or exercise can affect neck cords and deep cleavage lines (though sunblock, of course, can help prevent fine lines and pigmentation damage). But in 2015, there are a multitude of ways to improve the skin from the chin down — called the decolletage — ranging from less invasive topicals and microdermabrasion to chemical peels, lasers and even surgery.

Beverly Hills facialist Ronit Falevitch likes exfoliation for the decolletage: “When you remove dead skin, you get new healthy skin.” To get rid of lines and pigmentation in the area, he advises weekly glycolic peels, microdermabrasion and vitamin C, followed by hydrating honey masks and “light therapy that stimulates collagen.” An alternative is “a mix of hydraquinone and Retin-A, a cocktail I mix up as a topical” (neck-only treatment is $150; face, neck and chest, $500). Olga Lorencin Northrup, owner and top facialist at Kinara Spa on Robertson Boulevard, adds a special secret ingredient to her microdermabrasion machine, an oxygen-sodium bicarbonate serum ($300): “We call this a ‘poreless neck and chest facial.’”

For deeper lines, Falevitch recommends a chemical peel, while Northrup opts to add a 20-minute microcurrent: “It’s a fine electrical current that lifts the muscles underneath, a nonsurgical face-lift” for the decolletage. She says clients “really see a difference” after three treatments ($900).

“Using the stem cells of one’s own body fat as an injectable to plump skin… The fat is extracted by liposuction from the thighs or belly and injected with the serum into cleavage lines, for an almost permanent filler effect.

To combat visible loss of collagen and elastic fiber — i.e., the sags — Beverly Hills dermatologist Peter Kopelson recommends photodynamic therapy, which combines the use of an intense pulsed light (IPL) machine with a substance called Levulan to remove brown spots ($800). “The light energy, when applied in a series, also activates collagen and tightens loose skin,” says Kopelson. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Lawrence Koplin, another proponent of IPLs, explains that they “injure and make the skin heal itself. For the girl who’s been too long at the beach, the top layer of the neck and chest can be addressed by the IPL.” Plus, there’s no downtime. Procrastinators — or last-minute switchers to low-cut gowns — can undergo the treatment on Golden Globes day (and many do) for a quick tightening effect.

Now, what about those two deep cords in the neck that often start to appear on women around age 45? Kopelson applies Botox every two or three months to relax them ($800 to $1,200, depending on the severity of the cords), a very popular treatment among women and gay men, he notes. But Kopelson adds that there’s a reason why fillers aren’t injected into those valleys caused by cords in the neck and chest area: “You don’t want to cause bumpiness; the neck and chest area have very thin skin.” (Other doctors, such as plastic surgeon Leif Rogers, are not averse to using ultra-fine and thin fillers, such as Belotero, for decolletage wrinkles; $850 per syringe.)

Lasers have varying degrees of intensity, with stronger therapies including the Pearl and the Erbium, Kopelson’s favorites. Beverly Hills dermatologist Harold Lancer is an advocate of laser peels for serious grooves, from fractional Erbium, Venus or Diva lasers (all three are great for peeling and tightening) to an EndyMed 3DEEP laser, which uses little gold pins to create tiny wounds that rev collagen output for healing, ironing out crepey texture and chest lines along the way.

An advanced turkey neck can benefit from the newly FDA-cleared ultrasound technology called Ultherapy ($4,500 for face and neck), which tightens the area around the jawline with more energy than lasers, says Rogers. It treats deeper layers of skin with little visible healing, and can take three months for best results. “It even has a breast-lifting component,” he says.

For deeper neck and chest wrinkles, Koplin believes in using the stem cells of one’s own body fat as an injectable to plump skin ($8,000 to $14,000). “Stem cell nanostem serum improves the skin rather than injuring the skin,” he says. The fat is extracted by liposuction from the thighs or belly and injected with the serum into cleavage lines, for an almost permanent filler effect.

An even more invasive treatment is ThermiTight ($4,500), which delivers radio frequency under the skin with a probe, heating tissue to the point where it increases collagen. “After that, it’s only surgery,” says Rogers, “a little incision under the chin, cut the muscle a little, tie it together, and you have a new neck by platysmaplasty,” or neck lift. It seems that for some pronounced neck bands, only a good old-fashioned lift will do ($6,000 to $8,000).

Yet the laser-, voltage- and needle-averse need not despair. Lifestyle changes, such as cutting out sun exposure, smoking and alcohol, can help (although nothing can prevent lines in the breast area caused simply from sleeping). A low-fi tip from Northrup that anyone can try — and women over 50 should — is massaging in nutritive serums or oils (coconut oil “is fantastic for the chest”).

Lancer also recommends a high-protein, low-carb and no-added-salt diet to improve skin texture, and Pilates to keep the musculature under the skin firm, making it tighter. And please note, ladies, that according to Lancer, push-up bras can cause cleavage lines, and breast implants make them even worse! Lancer adds that, whatever you do, “the skin has to match from the dinner table up” — meaning, if women are having facial treatments, they would be wise to also treat the neck and chest or their skin tones won’t jibe: “It’s a dead giveaway.”

Skinny Secrets: Beverly Hills bombshell Lilly Ghalichi

If Mattel were ever going to design a Persian Barbie doll, they wouldn’t have to look much further than Lilly Ghalichi for inspiration. This Beverly Hills bombshell (who co-founded the luxe swimwear lineHave Faith – Swimgerie, along with another G Girl, Jennifer Stano-David) has turned mirror pics into a fine art with her perfectly tousled hair, towering Louboutins & all-out glam style.

We asked the bronzed beauty to share in her own words all her stay skinny secrets!

“I know what I’m about to say is going to make every girl despise me, but the real reason I’m so skinny is honestly due to my genetics.  I have the smallest bones on Earth, my wrist literally look like that of a 6 year old’s.  As a result, I will naturally always look super, duper tiny.

Everyone in my family is ultra-thin.  Great for my sister and I, maybe not so great for my brother! Lol. We’re all blessed with something amazing- great hair, beautiful eyes, long legs- for me, it’s being skinny! I HATED it when I was younger.  Kids would make fun of me and call me Olive Oil, and I had to wear sweat pants under my jeans (sometimes 2 pairs!) because even the size 0 was WAY too big.  I cried all the time and even saw doctors to try and gain weight.

Now that I’m an adult, I love it :)

With that said, I do give a little effort to keep my body looking skinny-tight rather than skinny-fat (and, yes “skinny fat” exists, skinny girls get cellulite too!). I’d love to share my skinny secrets with you and your readers.

Diet.  As far as dieting goes.  That entire term is really a foreign concept to me.  I eat whatever I want, and I am a sugar queen- desserts are my weakness.  However, diet is the NUMBER ONE factor for me on how my body will look.  If I eat poorly, it shows.  Although I’m still skinny, I get a little gut, and my butt/thighs look soft also.  When I eat clean, it really shows as well- definition in my abs and all.

When I have to be beach or photo shoot ready, or maybe if I have a new crush I want to impress, I follow a few diet guidelines:

1.     No sugar (unless is natural sugar such as in a piece of fruit)

2.     No Carbs with Dinner, and

3.     No food at all after 8pm.

These 3 simple rules will turn my body from flab to fab in about a week.  No exercise required.  They say that diet is 75% of how your body will look, from experience, I absolutely agree. Although I don’t “diet”, I do have a few very healthy habits naturally, they definitely contribute to why I’m so thin.

For example, I DESPISE alcohol.  You cannot pay me to have a drink.  It tastes disgusting, and the way it makes people act is even more repulsive to me.  I know that alcohol is full of empty calories, so by not drinking, I’m likely sparing myself of tons of unnecessary pounds (and morning regrets!). Also, I don’t drink soda.  Carbonation burns my nose and esophagus.  I have always hated soda, or any carbonated drink, even as a kid.  Sodas are full of sugar and liquid calories, so again, another step I naturally do that I’m sure helps contribute to my skinniness.

Workout. I LOVE to workout.  Cardio is a huge stress reliever for me, and sweating makes me feel alive.  When I was in law-school I had the BEST body.  I used to run about 3 miles-4 times a week because I was so stressed out.  Too bad I was too busy with school to show off my beautiful body!

These days, I don’t have a lot of time to squeeze in exercise.  My partner Jennifer Stano and I run a swimsuit company together (Have Faith – Swimgerie, www.HaveFaith.com), and summer is our busiest season.  When I do find the time to squeeze in a workout, I love to Spin, and I have recently become obsessed with Pilates.

For anyone that hasn’t tried spinning, it is the most incredible cardio workout.  You can easily shed 1000 calories in 1 hour if you give the class your all (in fact where I spin (Cycle House in West Hollywood) they offer a class called “The 1000 Calorie Ride”, no one leaves until the calorie counter hits 1000!). When I walk out of a spin class, I’m completely drenched in sweat. The only downfall to spinning is that I actually get too skinny if I go too much! Although skinny is sexy, women need curves too.

Pilates is the second type of workout I do when I have the time.  It’s low impact, and it creates long, lean muscles rather than bulking you up.  Pilates is definitely a great way to be skinny, yet still have a perky butt, and definition in your legs and torso. My class is always filled with models, so clearly it’s working for a lot of girls!

When I’m preparing for something, I will spin 3 times a week, and do pilates 3 times a week (usually on the same day, back to back!).  During busy season at work (like right now..) I will maybe find the time to spin once a week. I need motivation- a trip/shoot, or boy!”

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Skinny Secrets: Model Renee Somerfield

Would you say you’ve always been naturally skinny, or is it a product of diet & exercise?

I have definitely always been skinny. My physique is naturally very petite and I am quite tall (5’10). Growing up, this felt very awkward but I have grown to love and embrace my body! I work hard to keep my body looking healthy and fit, which means eating 6+ times a day and working out with resistance and weights to make sure I maintain lean muscle… I don’t like looking too skinny!

Describe what you typically eat and drink over a normal day? What will tend to order if you eat out at a restaurant? 

A healthy lifestyle is something I encourage and being a passionate vegan makes it easy to eat clean! I believe in eating as natural as possible, the way mother nature intended. I avoid all animal products like meat, dairy & eggs and stick to green, wholesome foods from the earth. A typical day would include avocado & tomato on rye bread or organic muesli with almond milk and fruit. For lunch I love soy/veggie pattie burgers, Mediterranean salads, wholegrain pastas or a toasted baked vegetable roll.

For dinner I love making Thai dishes with veggies & tofu, Mexican tacos or burritos with beans & LOTS of chilli, baked veggies with hummus or vegetable soup with beans and pasta! I have a recipe book with over 500 vegan recipes, so it never gets boring and always stays fun and nutritious! And believe it or not, I rarely have a problem being vegan and eating out, there are so many yummy, healthy choices – you just have to look!

 

What are some of your golden rules to being skinny? (for example, no food after 8pm, zero alcohol, no dairy or carbs) What are some of the common mistakes you see other girls making?

I believe that nourishing your body with healthy, natural and nutrient-rich foods will show on the outside. I can thank my positive attitude, lean body, glowing skin and healthy hair and nails for my clean inside! Common mistakes I see are drinking too much alcohol, using recreational drugs, indulging in processed and convenient foods, relying on caffeine for energy and sleep deprivation. Give your body the love and respect it deserves!

How many times a week do you workout, and at what intensity? What kind of workouts do you swear by for a slim, lean body? Is it a huge time commitment?

I like to workout 4-5 times a week for about an hour depending on my schedule. You will never find me at the gym, I’m always keeping it fun and fresh outdoors! I love long distance running, walking my dogs, sand dune sprints and Pilates with weights. If the weather is horrible or I am traveling and can’t fit in a workout, I will use a resistance band! I think the key to fitness is finding something you love and enjoy! If you loathe going to the gym (like me!) then try an outdoor class, swap the treadmill for the sand or go for a bike ride with a friend. Working out is meant to be fun, not a chore!

If you really want to tighten up and get a super flat stomach before a big shoot – what do you do to prepare?

I don’t do any emergency dieting or training before a shoot. I believe in a healthy lifestyle, not a quick-fix diet. Making sure I am eating clean and moving my body insures I am always bikini ready!

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The Glamour Girl’s Guide….. To Making It In Hollywood

So you think you have the look? You have what it takes to be scene-stealing starlet? Ready to buy that plane ticket and hightail it to L.A? Not so fast. Like every roadmap to success, you need a game plan. So we asked movie producer Martin Blencowe, the man behind big screen flicks starring A-list talent from Bruce Willis to The Rock, for his insider expertise. In our Glamour Girl’s guide, we share tips on how to be smart and savvy, stand out in a crowd, and discover why it’s called showbusiness.

What advice would you give girls looking to move out to L.A to make it big in modelling or acting?

Having a good attitude is so important. I don’t care how beautiful you are, if your attitude stinks I won’t want to work with you – or recommend you in future for other opportunities. This business is very interconnected and people talk. What goes around, comes around. My other tip? Have a backup plan. If you’re moving out to Hollywood and giving it all you got because this is your dream, good for you. However, be smart about it. Set yourself goals, and be smart about making money and establishing a career for yourself in the event that being an actress just wasn’t meant to be. Plan ahead to get ahead.

Is being an actress in L.A as glamorous as it sounds?

I think the fantasy is always greater than the actual reality. It’s not all great paying jobs, photo shoots and red carpets. In this business, you’re going to face a lot of criticism and rejection, tough competition, and you need a strong work ethic and a great deal of determination to get ahead. If you become a working actress, then there are definitely ‘perks’ to the job, but it’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get to that position.

Any practical prep work we should be doing?

Whether it’s acting classes or a dialect coach to work on your American accent, it doesn’t hurt to get some professional guidance if you can afford it. And take care of your body and your appearance. You always want to be ready for whatever opportunity comes up. You only get one chance to make an impression in front of a producer or casting director so you want to make sure you’re prepared and on point for any potential role.

Your new TV show, RESCUE 3, is from the creators of the iconic Baywatch. What has the casting process been like? Can we expect the same kind of bombshell female stars?

It’s a really exciting project and it will feature similar elements of action, beautiful beaches and yes, beautiful women. We have a few female leads cast so far, but we are still on the hunt for someone with that ‘wow’ factor. To this day, Pamela Anderson is still synonymous with that red bathing suit so I’d like to see lightening strike twice with Rescue 3 and create a new star. We will be holding a final casting soon and I will keep Glamour Edition posted closer to the date. G

The Ultimate Cellulite Busting Regime: Say Hello To Tighter, Firmer & Smoother Skin

It’s a beauty concern that plagues 90 per cent of women’s lives – no matter your size or shape. Essentially, cellulite is a disorder of fat cells caused by poor lymphatic drainage & poor circulation, worsened by inflammatory responses. Poor drainage means that fat cells become congested and surrounded by toxins. Then they store more and more fat. More fat means less circulation, so tissue becomes deprived of nutrients and in turn creates thick fibres around the fat cells to stop them from growing. These thick fibres pull the tissue beneath the skin – leading to the lumpy appearance that cellulite is known for.  While there is no ‘cure’, that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to visibly reduce the appearance of dimpled skin, or prevent it from getting worse. Read our simple tips that attack cellulite from 3 angles by improving circulation & lymphatic drainage, decreasing the size of fat cells, and calming inflammation. These steps can easily be incorporated into your beauty regime – and will have you saying hello to tighter, firmer, and smoother skin in time for bikini season.

1. DRY SKIN BRUSHING

Before each bath or shower, stroke a body brush gently from feet to the top of thighs to circulate trapped fluid and deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells. Earth Therapeutics Tampico Skin Brush, $9.

2. LIGHT CARDIO

Make it a habit to walk or cycle for 30-60 minutes every day to stimulate lymphatic drainage and help burn stubborn fat cells.

3. STRETCH

After working out, take the time to stretch to return muscles to original length, and reduce water retention. Exercise classes like pilates and yoga improve cellulite by allowing lymph (fluid containing white blood cells) flow to move easier through fatty areas and flush toxins.

4. TAKE A BATH

Trainer James Duigan, whose clientele includes supermodels Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elle Macpherson, says that Rosie swears by taking baths with added Epsom salts before a big swimwear shoot. Add one to two cups of Epsom salts (available at drugstores) to your bath to draw out toxins and help speed up weight loss. Try Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution, $5.99

5. SKIP THE SUGAR!

While you’ve all heard that sugar is bad for your waistline, you may not know exactly why: the hormone insulin is responsible for how your body makes and stores fat. It also provokes inflammation (which also is the biggest cause of aging!) The more sugar we eat – whether it’s fruit, pasta, bread, rice or potatoes – our cells become more resistant to insulin, so the body makes more. High insulin means more fat is stored, in this case on our thighs and butt, and more inflammation takes place so that fat cells become even harder to destroy. It’s a vicious cycle. Try Mulberry Leaf Extract, which helps slow the entry of sugar into the blood so insulin levels do not spike: New Nordic Mulberry Zuccarin, $25.99.

6. FIGHT INFLAMMATION

Try to pack as many anti-oxidants into your diet to counteract the negative impact that inflammatory responses have on the body: try brightly-colored fruits and vegetables, green tea and spices like cinnamon and turmeric. Try: Natrol The Ultimate Anti-Oxidant Formula, Capsules, $11.25.

7. HYDRATE

While it may seem counterintuitive to load up on water when you’re fighting fluid retention, hydrating your body with 2 litres of still, cool water every day will help flush out unwanted toxins.

8. GET YOUR CAFFEINE KICK

A jolt of caffeine isn’t just for your energy levels – studies show that it encourages fat cells to unload their contents. Try celeb fave NIP+FAB Cellulite Fix, $17.95, which uses a caffeine and Indian forskolin enriched complex to activate fat breakdown, promote the removal of toxins and improve firmness of skin.

9. PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS

Want more results? Consider getting zapped with some radiofrequency, rated as the most effective treatment for cellulite. The waves heat up the tissue, causing the fat cells to use energy to cool down. This stimulates the skin to tighten up and regain its elasticity. SmoothShapes, a new treatment that liquefies fat through light and laser energy and then forces it to be expelled through the lymph system, has also been gaining a lot of buzz for its results.

10. FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!

Even supermodels have a little help. In 2009, VS Angel Selita Ebanks revealed it takes an hour, maybe longer, to apply body makeup to the girls before a show: “It’s all about creating the illusion of this amazing body. People don’t realize that there are about 20 layers of makeup on my butt alone.”