Tag: Natalie Portman
  • Empowerment with Clarisonic

    We have given you the tools to clean your skin more effectively. We want to take it to the next level and empower you to have a positive impact on more than just your skin in 2011.

    Share your story with us of what empowers you and gives you confidence and hope. Have you improved your life or someone else’s? How have you changed something for the better?  Have you overcome something you never thought you could?  What has made you grow and learn in the past year? We look forward to hearing your stories of empowerment. Each week at random one lucky story writer will be chosen to win a Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System.

    New Year is a great time to start empowering yourself and others. Visit our website to read other empowerment stories and you might get inspired to take the next step and make a positive impact. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook page to share with your friends and family what has empowered you and encourage them to do the same in 2011.

    While on the red carpet at the Black Swan premiere, we asked the actresses what empowerment meant to them and have the fabulous footage of their answers below.

    Here’s to you in 2011! You can share your stories on our website and we look forward to hearing all of your stories!

    January 12, 2011 by clarisonic Comments
  • Black Swan: Natalie Portman’s Ballet Workout

    We had such a lovely time at AFI Fest 2010 and loved our Clarisonic Empowered Woman of the Year’s Mila Kunis’ and Natalie Portman’s film, Black Swan. Both actresses endured intense training prior to filming to not only learn the fluid moves of a ballerina, but look the part as well.  Vogue‘s recent Ballet Beautiful piece details Natalie Portman’s workout with former New York City Ballet dancer, Mary Helen Bowers for more than a year, up to 8 hours a day, six days a week.

    In addition to swimming, strength and endurance training, Bowers’ workout routine for Portman included muscle building exercises such as the bridge series.  This is a series of lifts while lying on your back with your knees bent and toes raised in demi-pointe, lift and lower your hips; first big dips then miniscule, held up by only your right leg, then the left; with your knees pinned together, and then apart.

    *Image courtesy of Shape Magazine

    The workout continues with dips and push backs held up entirely by your hands and heels as well as barre exercises dipping from relevés into grand pliés. Vogue also mentions that Portman’s trainer, Mary Helen Bowers, meets her clients all over the world and is launching an online studio this month if you want to get in ballerina shape. Have you seen Black Swan and if so, what do you think of Natalie Portman’s transformation for the part?

    December 24, 2010 by clarisonic Comments