Q&A with The Real Housewives of Miami’s Joanna Krupa

Joanna Krupa

Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? I like Kiehls Panthenol Protein Moisturizer Face Cream but recently I’ve also started using a European cream called SVR Lysalpha Active Cream. Since I don’t tan my face, I love the La Prairie Cellular Self Tan for Face and Body SPF 15. On my body, I use Palmers Cocoa Butter and also Nivea Essentially Enriched Daily Lotion for when my skin feels extra dry.

Q: In the lead up to a big magazine photo shoot, what does a typical day’s diet consist of? I never really had to diet but I just don’t overeat, meaning when I feel like I’m getting full I just stop eating otherwise it’ll lead to me wanting even more. I also try to eat less carbs and sugar before an important photoshoot.

Q: What is your typical workout routine? I typically like to do a whole body workout. I do pilates training once a week with a private trainer in L.A. But mainly I love doing classes –kickboxing, kettlebells; & this cardio ‘pound’ class with drumsticks at the Equinox gym in West Hollywood, which is so much fun and you really feel the burn. I change up my routine so my body doesn’t get used to the same workout. It all depends on my schedule but I try to workout at least twice a week but on weeks where I have more time and energy, I’ll up that to 3-4 times.

Q: Probably the most envied body part of a swimsuit model are those long, slim legs! Do you have any tips for toning the thigh area? Inner thighs is the hardest part to workout and honestly I still haven’t figured out a secret routine for them!

Q: What are your model tips for making your stomach look as flat as possible? Honestly, I wish I found the secret because I never had a perfectly flat belly! [laughs]

Q: Do you use any supplements to maximise your results? Sometimes I’ll use Slimfuel because it doesn’t make me feel jittery.

Q: Do you still taking dance classes after your time on Dancing With the Stars? Did training for the show transform your body? To be honest, I haven’t. I would need a teacher like Derek [Hough] in order to continue and it would take hours a day to learn new dances. The show definitely made my body leaner but didn’t lose any weight on the scale.

Q: What tips do you have for looking your best in a revealing photo shoot? Stay away from carbs a few days before and drink lots of water to flush out any water retention and get rid of that bloated look. I’ll also have a girl come by my house and spray tan me because a bronzed body looks a lot sexier and it makes a huge difference on a shoot.

Q: It takes tremendous discipline – and good genetics! – to be a top model: what advice would you give women who feel that they could never have the physique of a pro model, but want to make the best out of what they have? No one is perfect and we all have to accept what God gave us. My advice is to eat healthily with lots of fruits and veggies, low carbs and workout regularly to look and feel your best.

Q&A with model Ashley Mattingly

Ashley Mattingly

The Texan beauty and Playboy cover girl tells us what makes her feel glamorous, her beauty essentials, and how she gets photoshoot ready.

Q: What makes you feel glamorous? I feel the most glamourous when I’m on a shoot and I’m with a stylist getting my hair and makeup done. It makes me feel beautiful even if I’m not feeling great that day because it makes me think, “Wow, I’m so blessed to get to live every girls dream.”

Q: What is your favorite part of your body? MY BOOBS! I did get them enhanced, I was an A-cup and now I’m a small C. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of getting it done before but they look very natural and people ask me everyday if they’re real or not. Everyone is usually in shock and I’m glad that I did it because now I feel more confident.

Q: What do you think makes a woman sexy? You have to be impecably classy and non-judgemental, just give people chances.

Q: What is your favorite self-tanner? I go to Portofino in Beverly Hills. I get the body scrub first, then I get the personalized spray tan where they airbrush you from head to toe.

Q: Do you go to a facialist or dermatologist for extra treatments? I’ve learned that without getting facials, your skin begins to get rough and hard. Once I started getting facials, which I recommend at least once a month, my skin became less irritated and I noticed I was having less outbreaks.

Q: What is your daily skincare routine like? I use a Cle’ de peau cleanser, it’s a must with oily or dry skin. You have to use a moisturizer even if you have both skin types. I swear by it! I follow it up by using Epicuren facial cream. I love it; it does not make your face feel oily but still makes your skin feel fresh and clean.

Q: Have you had any cosmetic surgery? I’ve had botox for some things on my face that I was concerned about and it did get rid of some lines but don’t be pressured to rush out and do it. Remember girls – beauty comes from the inside and that is the ultimate truth!

Q: Have you picked up any great makeup or hair tips from stylists on shoots? Absolutely! I get most if not all of my tips from my stylists. Shout outs to Marilyn Cole. She works for Alterna and gave me CAVIAR blonde shampoo and conditioner. It actually has real caviar in it and my hair has never felt so soft and smooth before. I always listen to the pros.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career so far? What would be your dream modeling job? It’s hard because I’m torn between being Playboy’s Miss March 2011 and also being the spokesmodel for Femme Noir Swimgerie. It’s such an honor to have graced the pages of Playboy and to have a swimwear line that wants you to be their spokesmodel as well. It’s been an amazing ride for a small town girl so I would say I’m already living my dream.

Q: Do you diet year round to always be photoshoot-ready? I’m not one of those diet freaks where you eat celery all day long, but I don’t go overboard and eat a tub of ice cream when I know I have photoshoot. So it’s a balance, just like life, don’t go overboard without being cautious.

Q: How do you prepare for a big shoot? It’s more about knowing who and what I’m shooting for so that I can get in a state to be confident! [laughs] Before any shoot I HAVE to have my body scrub before my spray tan, eyelashes and I’ll do my own makeup if I have to. Otherwise I always use my girl Sarah Creninm.

Q: What are your tips for getting a flattering photo? I don’t have a signature pose because I have always believed that when I step in front of a camera I have to be myself, otherwise the picture that’s captured won’t be who I truly am…and that at the end of the day is all it’s about!

Editor’s Review: Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush

Editor’s Review: Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush

As a fair-skinned blonde living in L.A, I’m always on the hunt for an amazing self-tanner that lets me wake up with that oh-so satisfying bronzed glow. I haven’t the patience to lay out regularly to get an all natural color – and I definitely have no interest in frying my skin and dealing with head to toe dark sun spots later on. So I rely on magic in a bottle!

I’d heard great things about the Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush (Victoria Beckham is a huge fan of the brand) so I was excited to try it out for myself.  I always prep my skin the night before applying a fresh layer of self-tanner (I have the ol’ bath-exfoliate-shave-moisturize routine down to a fine art).

So I’ll admit I didn’t follow Rodial’s directions exactly when it came to application.. and I learnt the hard way lol They recommend using it in your shower cubicle but of course I just plopped a towel on the floor and sprayed away – then realized the fine mist travels everywhere. Second tip – try to hold your breath! Because it’s very similar to an actual spray tan, you’re continually applying the aerosol so just be careful you’re not inadvertently inhaling along the way (cough cough..)

Shake the can and then hold it 30 cm away from your skin and spray slowly, evenly and continuously. You don’t need to rub it in and it goes on like a dream – even coverage, no spotting, and so easy to get every body part. I never apply self-tanner to my face as I am acne-prone & use benzoyl peroxide/retinol nightly, which just strips it off anyway. But you could easily spray on a makeup sponge to apply, taking extra care around your eyebrows and hairline. Allow it to dry before dressing.

I do believe the trick to really gorgeous convincing color is to have some kind of base tan as it tends to give self-tanner a more natural undertone (and means it will fade more evenly). But base tan or not, the Rodial tanner gave a really nice brown (no orange-y hue!) color to my skin. It is one of the pricier products on the market but you do feel the quality when applying the spray and with the end result. You get about 4-5 full body applications in a bottle so it could be a good beauty splurge if you have a beach vacation or a night out coming up you need to look extra glam for

Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush; $45.00, SpaceNK

How Pilates & sushi get model Hope Dworaczyk photo shoot ready

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This savvy fashionista was a runway model & television host before bursting on the international scene as a Playboy cover girl. The striking Texan beauty just finished a stint on Celebrity Apprentice and is now making a name for herself behind the camera, writing and producing the makeover show, ‘Hope & A Smile’.

Q: What are your must-have beauty products? Illamasqua Lipstick in Obey, Osis “Dust It” for giving major volume at roots and YSL “Touche Eclat” to minimize dark circles and highlight my cheekbones and brow bones.

Q: What are your top hair care tips? Because I have naturally curly hair, my stylist tells me to let it air dry and avoid heat when I’m not working. I don’t color my hair so my damage comes from heat.

Q: How did you make the transition from modeling to hosting? Were you nervous about being on-camera, or did it feel natural to you? When I started hosting Inside Fashion I was still walking runways and would pull double duty by also interviewing the designers. I loved being on camera but learning to be good at it took time. I was very nervous when I started. I didn’t want to forget to ask someone like Diane Von Furstenberg an important question.

Q: How did becoming a Playmate in 2009 come about? Were you approached, or did you attend a casting? Holly Madison asked if I’d like to fly to L.A. and do a test shoot for Playboy. I flew out and then found out I was going to be on the cover with Seth Rogen.

Q: With all the editing that goes on for reality TV, were you apprehensive about being on Celebrity Apprentice? Were you happy with how you were portrayed? I’m not sure about other shows but we were all ourselves. I was the youngest one and I think I handled it with brains and class.

Q: You’ve said that you never wanted a ‘9-5’ job. Is your career as glamorous as it seems or is it a lot more work than you thought? I would never complain because I wake up every day and feel lucky that this is the life I get to live but it’s definitely not always easy. The traveling and being away from your family and loved ones is a huge sacrifice for me.

Q: After Playboy and other revealing shoots, you must be very comfortable in your own skin – or do you still get insecure sometimes when stripping off? I am comfortable in my own skin but actually very shy about my body. On a day to day basis, I tend to cover up and not want to be looked at. I always throw on a blazer and I hardly ever show cleavage if I’m not working or headed to an event.

Q: What beauty prep do you do before a shoot that other women could apply before hitting the pool in a bikini? You always look better tanned. Since the sun is so bad for skin I LOVE L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze Spray. It’s easy, you can do it yourself, and it never looks orange. Also, invest in Laser Hair Removal, especially for the bikini area.

Q: What makes you feel glamorous? Really big hair à la Sophia Loren and a smoky eye.

Q: In the lead up to a big photo shoot, what is your workout and diet regime like? I eat very clean most of the time – low carb & lots of sushi and greens. If I really need to lose fast before I shoot I’ll eat as much sweet potato as I want but nothing else for the days leading up to the shoot. I’ve worked out for ten years now and when I started doing SPX Pilates I saw my first real results. It was amazing.