Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spring to Summer Beauty Essentials

The weather is finally changing, the humidity is starting to set in and that means also swapping out beauty favorites to accommodate our changing skin texture! Today's post is all about some of my recent favorites, some new, some old, for a change in season for the warmer months ahead.

Recently I have been getting a couple questions on my tanner and this is the one I have been using for the past few weeks. I definitely prefer this to drugstore brand Jergens and St. Moritz, which I have both used religiously and I'm so glad I bit the bullet because you really can't compare the long lasting effect and blended texture of St. Tropez to the other brands. I apply 1x a week, at night and rinse off in the morning.

This blush is a gorgeous shade of burnt orange/pink, best for those with medium to dark or olive complexion. I've had this sucker for maybe two or three years and I just hit pan a couple months ago! Blends so well, the color pay off is great and definitely lasts longer for my dry skin compared to a wet-blush and beauty blender.

Y'all. This texturing spray is heaven sent. I did a quick insta story a couple weeks ago right after I had curled my hair and the volume was gorgeous. I just do a quick spritz at the end, a little at the root and then finger comb + scrunch to get that Jessie James Decker type of messy-do.

This stuff. Smells. SO good. I recently saw Emily Gemma rave about this on her blog and knew I had to try it. I love wearing my hair straight but my hair is so awfully damaged that it's hard to keep it looking healthy and shiny. Directions for this spray are to use after straightening, let sit for a few minutes before styling and voila! My hair is SO soft and looks so much shinier, without being greasy, with this spray. Perfect to tame your tresses when the humidity kicks in and you really want the precious time it took to actually STYLE your hair to pay off against the summer heat.

I love Skin Food brand, anything! I used to buy their face masks (ya know those 9.99 ones at Sephora in different colors?) for .11 each on Amazon! Ships (usually free, actually) from Korea but so worth it. I paint this mask on my nose and chin when my pores get considerably clogged from the heat, let sit and gently wipe away to avoid any redness. It's super non abrasive, great for sensitive skin and doesn't leave your face all dry.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Making Fitness FUN

Fitness. To some it is a regular part of everyday life. To others, it can be extremely daunting. I've definitely been on both ends of that, but have slowly made lifestyle choices to head me into a healthier, happier direction. Today's post is all about making fitness a fun part of your daily routine and some links to my favorite videos, apps and clothing to hopefully inspire you to take a few minutes or hours each day JUST for YOU.

Last summer I had joined a nearby gym and started to dive a little bit into fitness to start leading a healthier lifestyle. It wasn't until a series of (we've all been there), traumatic break ups and low points that I wanted to really make some physical and mental changes. I started working with an (awesome) trainer and slowly started seeing some progress in my muscle gain and most importantly, my mental state. I really surprised myself with how much I was actually capable of achieving. I now have a routine down and am so happy I have dedicated time to zone out of work, personal life, and anything else going on during the day to just focus on myself for (at least!) an hour. 

My favorite Youtube/Fitness Accounts:

Great for blasting fat, HIIT workouts, etc. I focus more on heavier weights + little cardio but I love their pictures, videos, yoga routines, etc. Every year they do their Bikini Series program to get you in shape for the summer season - live workouts, recipes, social media giveaway, etc.

She has SO many awesome videos for different scenarios i.e. Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Digestion. I recommend her 30 days of yoga, taking a few minutes each day for an entire month to introduce to the practice of yoga if you aren't sure where to start.

I would say this could be considered a series for those looking to really SWEAT. They have a ton of different videos with longer durations and it's really to do them with no weights or heavier weights.

I wish I could be friends with her in real life, she is so realistic and funny! I love her workouts because they're actually at a gym and her Instagram clips are great if you want to try something new at the last minute.

-- Instagram --

This girl is RIPPED. She is the ultimate definition of fitness mom goals to me (ha!) and she has some really great gym workout clips that I bookmark on the app for when I'm out of ideas, or just need a swift kick to the booty to get some motivation going.

Can I please live where she lives? This girl is always hiking, biking, running, or doing yoga in Colorado with the most gorgeous views! --Major girl crush on all her cute fitness outfits, too--

This account is my favorite source for unique leg and booty gain workouts from other Instagram users. Again, I bookmark these on the app when I need some new ideas!

-- Apps, Other --

I love this app because of how much more accurate it is to myfitnesspal. It's also more visually appealing, easier to search for different foods, it sends you reminders and also has meal plans with their premium version.

I typically choose Marshall's as my go-to for fitness clothes. I love the brand 90 Degree by Reflex because of how soft and long their leggings are. Their tank tops are super fitted, too which is great. 

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Jeggings > Jeans

If anyone were to pull open the drawers of my wardrobe, it wouldn't be a surprise to find that I only own maybe two or three REAL pairs of jeans. I have praised American Eagle jeggings for years and I will wear them to my grave (haha!)

They are seriously so so comfy. I have bought the black ones four times (actually stocked up in fear that they would discontinue them), then rejoiced when I knew they weren't actually going to and had them in multiple colors. I just bought these super cute, muted pink ones this season! They had a BOGO sale and I definitely wanted to take advantage of it.

They are the perfect mix of jean and legging but slightly more legging material. I love that they don't sit too high or too low at the waist and they're perfect with light, flowy tops. They have a couple knit pairs that they feature in fall/winter that are perfect for the cold weather but this pink pair is a lighter fabric - great for spring!

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