Jordin Sparks reveals her secret to losing 30 pounds!

In an exclusive interview with AOL Music, Jordin Sparks reveals the secrets to her new body!

You posted a personal photo of yourself posing in an itty-bitty bikini on your Twitter page just a few days ago …

[Laughs] Yes! Well, I was going to go lay out and I was taking a picture, because I loved the bathing suit I was in. And it turned out so good and I was like, “Should I post this? Should I not? Should I post this, should I not? I have no idea. I don’t know what to do!” So, it was a battle.

So you wanted to show off your new body. How did you lose all that weight?

Something just clicked with me back in December and I said, “You know what? Instead of just talking about being active, I’m just going to go do it.” A lot of things happened like being active and making better choices, better portion control, nothing crazy. I made chicken alfredo last night for me and my friends, so it’s nothing crazy. But instead of having three servings, [I] just eat slowly and go with one and see if you’re still hungry after.

Did you feel any pressure from the industry to slim down? You told People earlier in your career that you were “comfortable” in your own skin and that you liked your curves. What changed?

I thought I looked good then as well! I think I look good at any shape or size. I did just turn 21 so … how do I explain this with out offending anyone? Let me put it this way, I’m still pretty young and its just one of those things that just happened. It wasn’t as if I was like, “Oh my God, every body else is so skinny and I have to be like that and be just like them.” It wasn’t that at all. It was just that I know I feel better when I’m more active and I know that it will do well for me in the long run. My schedule is getting so insane and I would much rather be healthy.

Every time someone sees a slimmed-down picture of me it’s not because I felt the pressure of the girl next to me being size 2, so I have to be that way too. It’s just making the choice for myself to be healthier, because I know that I’m less sick when I’m more active, I have more energy when I’m more active. And I definitely need all the energy I can get with this new song!

Yes, ‘I Am Woman’ is a pretty high energy, empowering female anthem. Who are some of your female role models?

In the industry, Gwen Stefani: [she's] definitely the epitome of female empowerment. I love how she rocks that red lipstick no matter where she goes. She has a great fashion sense and she’s comfortable with herself. You see her in pictures from way back when, and she’s always been comfortable with who she is. Having the blue hair and doing crazy things — it’s just really cool to see someone like that. She’s beautiful and she was a mentor when I was on ‘Idol,’ which made me love her even more. In my personal life, my mom and my grandmothers are all so strong and they just go to show the power of working and having kids and wanting to do your own thing and taking care of business.

The single and ready to mingle Sparks also spills her celebrity crush, current ‘Idol’ favorites and school-girl giddiness about her upcoming gig on tour with New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE – ALSO LISTEN TO JORDIN’S NEW SONG!


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Olivia Wilde opens up about divorce, dating, and what her mother taught her about beauty!

Olivia Wilde graces the June cover of Glamour magazine, and I think she looks amazing! Olivia will be seen next in ‘Cowboys vs. Aliens’ opposite Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

The ‘House M.D.’ opens up about her divorce from Tao Ruspoli, whom she married when she was 18, and getting back into the dating scene.

“The mark of a good marriage is partnership and continuing to feel inspired by your spouse,” she tells the magazine. “I had that with Tao. But the end is not necessarily the tragedy. Staying in a relationship that is no longer working is the tragedy. Living unhappily—that’s the tragedy.”

What does she think of getting married so young? “Everyone said it to me—and I had to figure it out for myself—but you change so much. I’ve learned it’s important to spend time in a relationship with yourself and not being defined by your partner.”

She was rumored to have dated Justin Timberlake (after his split from Jessica Biel) and Ryan Gosling recently. With that said, she says she’s not a player. “I wish I could play the field. But it’s so not me. I go 100 percent into everything. And I’m a really good girlfriend.”

“I’m opening up my heart to the idea of dating. It’s funny—my friends would always come to me for romantic advice, [but] I know nothing, and things have changed since I was dating in high school! I’m really trying hard to spend this time working on myself.”

Her mom taught her a thing or two about beauty. Of her mother, she said,  “She’s gorgeous and she taught me that a real feminist doesn’t apologize for her beauty. You can be a sexy, beautiful woman and be the smartest person in the room.”


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Mother’s Day special: Spend $75 – get a free orchid!

Just in time for Mother’s DayCalvin Klein euphoria has partnered exclusively with Macy’s and Calyx Flowers. From April 1 through May15h,e with the purchase of $75 or more from the euphoria fragrance collection, you will receive a beautiful potted phalaenopsis orchid plant from Calyx Flowers.

Qualified customers will receive a redemption gift card at time of purchase with a unique promotion code to log on or call Calyx Flowers and have their orchid sent to themselves or a loved one at no cost.

euphoria is an addictive oriental fragrance that contrasts exotic fruits, seductive florals and a rich, creamy signature.

top: pomegranate, persimmon, lush green accord

mid: dewy lotus blossom, champaca flower, black orchid

dry: liquid amber, black violet, cream accord, mahogany wood

This Spring, Calvin Klein Fragrances introduces a limited-edition product to the best-sellingeuphoria fragrance line, euphoria Spring Temptation. Where euphoria is mysterious, sensual and creamy, euphoria Spring Temptation is light and fresh.

top: pear blossom, guava leaf, waterfall accord

mid: pink lily, dewy violet, freesia petals

dry: creamy sandalwood, white amber, frosted musk

The euphoria orchid promotion is exclusively at Macy’s stores nationwide while supplies last. The promotion is valid for in-store purchases only.

Go here for more info.


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Napoleon Perdis Mother’s Day Giveaway

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Mother’s Day Gift Box

Mothers of the world should be spoiled on Mother’s Day. That’s why Napoleon Perdis, who attributes his own passion for makeup to his glamorous mother, is a big believer in properly gifting the important women in one’s life. With this in mind, the makeup guru has created a luxurious Mother’s Day Box Set to make moms everywhere swoon.

The luxurious limited edition Mother’s Day Gift Box includes the Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad 5 (soft pink and grey shadows), Luminous Lip Veil and the new Nickie’s Rose Cream Blush, a vintage-inspired coin purse all wrapped in a chic ribbon wrapped white and black gift box valued at $100. Check out the luxurious gift box on the Napoleon Perdis site here.

About Napoleon Perdis
Napoleon Perdis picked up his first makeup brush at the age of 13 to help his glamorous mother primp for a soiree. Since then, the self-taught makeup artist has long dreamed of spreading his glamour gospel. A native of Sydney, Australia, and now based in Los Angeles, Perdis has always sought to demystify makeup, and transform runway and red carpet trends to reality. In addition to taking his company global, the leading artist has a line exclusively for Target called NP Set. Since its unveiling in the U.S., the brand has attracted celeb fans including Jessica Szohr, AnnaLynne McCord, Leighton Meester, Kelly Osbourne, Debra Messing, Jessica Lowndes, Shenae Grimes, Amanda Bynes and among others.

Gift set includes;
Prismatic Eye shadow Quad 5 #11667
Lip Veil Tangerine Slice #11719
Rose Blush #13906
Mothers Day Box #13824
Black and Gold Striped Cosmetic Bag
Price: $49.00US $59.00AU

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