October Favorites!!

October was a pretty busy month for me school wise because for some reason, every professor I have wanted to have at least 2 projects or papers due every week. Needless to say, November isn’t slowing down either as we are nearing the end of the semester. I’m very ready for the year to be over so I can enjoy the holiday season! Since October was so busy, my favorites are very sparse because I really didn’t get a chance to try or buy anything new. For November, I’m setting a goal to get up at least 6 posts, if not more! So with that being said – here are my monthly favorites (:

Batiste dry shampoo for dark hair – $7 at Target

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So I recently went back to the dark side for fall and my normal amika dry shampoo was leaving a tiny bit of a white cast on my hair when I used it. I’ve heard so many people rave about this product so I figured I would try it out, quickly it became my go to for when my hair is darker. I’m not really fond of the smell and I can’t honestly describe it but the amika one smells 50x better, but this doesn’t leave a white cast and actually has a dark color in it so it doesn’t show up in your hair as obviously. It’s really good at sucking up all the oil out of my hair and I don’t feel like I have gross, coarse sticky hair afterwards. If you have dark hair – this will be your life saver!

Scentsy Whipped Body Souffle in No. 34 – $28 through Scentsy consultant

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Scentsy? Lotion? I know. I was SO skeptical about trying this but I recently hosted a Scentsy party in October and I absolutely fell in LOVE with this soufflé. The consistency is perfect, it isn’t too thick and absorbs SO fast into the skin. I actually was able to put leggings on right after I applied this with no problem – aka, leggings approved. It absorbs fast, but it still hydrates really well and leaves your skin so incredibly soft. Now, the smell… holy crap. Online it says “White satin and pearls. The fairytale is yours for the taking amongst lilting confectionary notes pretty enough for a princess”. I don’t know if that describes anything well enough but I 100% only ordered this because it said it was pretty enough for a princess, so, duh – naturally… 😀 I never smelled this before I bought it so I was hoping it didn’t smell awful, and it definitely delivered! It smells like flowers, but still has a very faintly sweet candy smell – it’s just a perfect mix of floral and sweet. I adore it & if you have the chance check out their body line + their laundry line. I was super impressed with everything I ordered, but this the most!

479 Degrees popcorn in asiago, parmesan + cheddar – $4 at Target

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Holy. Guacamole. New favorite popcorn hands down – even over the 3,000 calorie movie theatre popcorn. This stuff is so good and with only 130 calories, 6g fat, & 16g carbs, this is a very macro friendly snack. Not to mention, 1 serving is 3 cups so you get a pretty good amount of popcorn! I received this as a snack in my Love With Food box and fell in love with it. It doesn’t taste like healthy popcorn which is a huge plus because most popcorn has no flavor and tastes like burnt paper. This is full of flavor and is definitely my favorite to date! They have TONS of other flavors as well so if cheese isn’t your thing, I’m sure they have something to fit your flavor! (Salted caramel is the bees knees too!).

Reebok Crossfit Lifter 2.0 – $120 at reebok.com

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As you can tell by the picture, I’ve given these babies a good bit of use this last month. They are so comfortable and I really feel like a get perfect stability from them with my leg workouts. Deep squats are SO much easier in these and I can really drive through my heels. I haven’t gotten a pair of Reebok shoes I don’t love and these were no exception. I wouldn’t recommend them for cardio though.. definitely not running shoes X). However, totally amazing for lifting and WODs.

Snapea Crisps in Caesar – $2 at Kroger

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I also received these as a snack in my Love With Food box (I’ll do a review on my next box if that would be helpful? Amazing company!). I was so incredibly weary about these because I HAAAATTTEEEE peas and I figured these would taste like baked disgusting grossness. To my very pleasant surprise, these are SO delicious. They also have a peanut taste to them and the caesar flavor is my favorite – they also have lightly salted, peppered, wasabi and a few others! These have 120 calories, 6g fat, 16g of carbs and also 5g of protein! I like to pre portion these out and take them to school with me for when I need something on my stomach, they’re so good and coming from a person who absolutely hates peas – these will not disappoint!

So October’s favorites were very sparse, but I again was so busy and didn’t have a chance to try many new things out – but these were my go to’s for the month! November’s is sure to be exciting! Let me know what your favorites were for the month of October & if there’s anything you’d like to see a post on/ review on this month! As always, thanks for reading! (:

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What’s in my Gym Bag ?!

Just a quick post on some of the things I always have in my gym bag ! Enjoy (:

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I always keep extra shoes with me because if I want to go run I can! I usually wear my Reebok Nanos to the gym for lifting & Crossfit – so keeping comfortable running shoes with me is a must!

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Lifting straps – I don’t really use these a whole lot because they can essentially make you stronger than you actually are, but they’re good to have for assistance with dumbbell rows!

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My fitbook has quickly become my favorite tool for in & out of the gym! I can write my PR’s down, what exercises I did & also all my meals w/ calories and times! I find it really keeps me on track with my diet, which is huge because that’s the hardest part for me. This is one of my most important tools & I also just love notebooks & stationary things – so this is perfect! It also has a section for water and macros which I like a lot – plus research has shown that writing down what you eat can help you cut anywhere from 500-1000 calories in a day!

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I don’t always chew gum because sometime it makes me suck too much air in & then I get bloated – but this gum is really good & helps curb my sweet tooth – so I always keep it with me !

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Protein bars! I usually always have food with me anywhere I go. If I’m hungry after a workout and my protein shake wasn’t enough, I’ll eat one of these. I really like these because they’re not only really good, but they’re pretty good for you as well!

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I use these on days where going to the gym feels like a job. These are a good alternative to pre-workout because they’re sugar-free and there’s nothing really bad in them like some pre workouts. They don’t taste the best, I’m not gonna lie, but when you don’t have all kinds of additives, what do you expect? LOL – just chug it & plug your nose !

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Wrist wraps saved my life with some of the olympic lifts. I have a bad wrist & these really help stabilize and take the pressure off of them. These are 100% a must for me!

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Aminos! I think these aminos by scivation are the best I’ve tried. They taste great and I really do feel like they help with my next day soreness. I also think they help me power through my workouts when I’m feeling sluggish. I sip these throughout the day & my workout!

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Protein is always a huge part in working out because it helps build muscle faster than if you didn’t take any at all. This Cellucor protein isn’t my favorite, but it’s what I’m working with for right now. The flavor is Peanut Butter Marshmallow and I’m not gonna lie, it takes everything I have to get it down :X Nonetheless, protein in general is very very important for recovery & growth no matter what the brand!

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My favorite headphones. I hate wires, so these are perfect & they sound fantastic! Plus, what’s a workout without music?

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My Garmin Forerunner 15! I only use this for my runs, but it’s my favorite running watch to date! I’ve tried a few and I just love all the features of this one, plus it’s not too big and bulky!

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Random, but I always have chapstick because my lips get dry when I run or sweat too much – so this is a must!

& of course I ALWAYS have tons of water with me because it’s so incredibly important to stay hydrated while you workout. I also always have face wipes with me to get the sweat & dirt off but I used my last wipe yesterday and threw the container away 😦 I always use the Say Yes to Cucumber wipes that you can get for pretty cheap at Target!

Let me know what you keep in your bag!

Thanks for reading (:

March Favorites!

So as we’re coming to the end of what I like to think is the last winter month of the year (THANK GOD), I wanted to post a few items I used obsessively throughout the month of March. They will consist of makeup, fitness items and just random things I couldn’t get enough of. If you like any of these items let me know in the comments or tell me what some of your favorite items are, I’d love to hear because as we all know I love a chance to buy/try something new! Thanks for reading! (:

Disclaimer: I am NOT a photographer nor do I really have any experience with a camera. I grabbed the camera my parents used to use to take pictures at soccer games and random events- don’t judge haha.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation SPF 18- 60$ at SephoraIMG_5430

So I bought this stuff back in December I believe and I used it maybe once or twice and I was obsessed both time I used it. Well I just recently discovered my love for this foundation again at the beginning of the month. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it’s YSL and in my eyes they can do no wrong with makeup.It claims to have all day comfort- YES, I’ve never had such a comfortable, breathable foundation before. It says it has a soft-matte finish- uhhh, it feels like you’re putting velvet on your face. It also has SPF 18, which is great for the coming summer months because remember, your face/neck ages the quickest and nothing ages you faster than the sun, so put your sunscreen on. No tan is worth looking like a leather bag when you’re 50. If you’re curious, my shade is BR30- cool almond.

NARS Audacious Lipstick: Anna- 32$ at SephoraIMG_5433

THIS. LIPSTICK. IS. GORGEOUS. Guys! Oh my god, I am obsessed. I searched like 4 different Sephora’s and none of them had it until I went to a small one inside JC Penny’s and got the very last one! This is easily my favorite lipstick I’ve ever purchased and beats the hell out of all my MAC colors. It’s 32$ though… Seriously NARS? Whatever, beside the price, its a beautiful smoky rose color and I really don’t think it will look bad on any skin tone. This stuff is PIGMENTED too, one swipe across the lips and you’re covered for about 2-3 hours. It has a satin finish which I like because I hate skinny lipsticks (MAC frosted lipsticks… yuck) and sometimes I find matte to be super drying. I find using it with MAC Whirl is the best color combination and prevents the lipstick from fading too quickly. This lipstick is the best of all worlds when it comes to lipsticks & will be beautiful no matter the season!

stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick: Patina- 22$ at Sephora or Ulta

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So this lipstick is basically the same exact color as NARS Anna, BUT- its a liquid, matte dry lipstick. When still said Stay All Day- they weren’t kidding. The first time I put this on and let it dry, I had to use avocado oil to get it off. Its a beautiful dusty rose color & it has great coverage and pigmentation. I didn’t even need to use a lip liner with this color and it lasted for a good 6 hours before it started fading near the inside of my mouth but that’s probably just because I talk too much. It was also really moisturizing, it felt like I was applying water to my lips when I put it on. It has vitamin E and avocado oil in it, so it’s a great lipstick to wear as we try and recover from out wintery crusty crust lips.

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swatches. Patina on left, Anna on right.

Nike duffle bag with Swarovski crystals- 95$ on Etsy

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I LOVE this bag. It’s absolutely gorgeous and it fits anything and everything I need to take to the gym. I was using a drawstring bag to carry my Crossfit shoes, lifting straps, wrist wraps, protein and amino bottles, keys and water………. yeah. So this fits all that and honestly, if I wanted to put my cat in it and bring her I probably could. The owner of this Etsy shop is so incredibly nice, she answers any and all questions you may have and her prices are amazing because this is the best quality of Swarovski crystals I’ve seen to date. She has Nike shoes with crystals on them too and I plan on buy a pair, or 5, very soon! If you’re interested, check out her Etsy shop! Her prices are great and her product is amazing!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GoldHomeCouture

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0- 119$ at Rogue

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So for a while I was lifting in Nike shoes, and I’m gonna be honest here- Nike’s shoes are so adorable and I will continue to buy them for a lifestyle shoe, but they are NOT good lifting/exercise shoes. I was getting toe cramps and my arch of my foot would spasm every time I would do a Jerk or anything like that. So I invested in these babies and I will never go back. They have a wide toe box, opposed to Nike’s narrow toe box, that is great for lifts we do in CrossFit and Reebok really took their time with comfort on this shoe. I have never put a more comfortable shoe on my foot in my whole life. The stability these give you is also great! During Open Workout 15.5 there were A LOT of thrusters (if you did the workout, you know what I’m talking about…) and I felt so much more stable on my feet as I came up out of a squat and pressed the bar above my head. I’ll definitely be investing in more of these!

lululemon Tracker II short *2-way stretch- 54$ at lululemon

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I feel like I start every favorite off with “OMG I’M OBSESSED” or “OMG THESE ARE AMAZING!” But seriously…. THEY ARE AMAZING! These are by far the most comfortable pair of shorts I own (and I own 3 pairs) and I wear them for everything, CrossFit, soccer, walking, school, running, sleeping, everything. They’re so incredibly roomy- for my girls with bigger thighs, you need these. The website also says they’re sweat-wicking, but I wear compression shorts under mine when I workout so I cannot attest to that fact. But they are super lightweight and they have a side pocket with a zipper on them which is convenient for runs where you need to carry a key or money or what have you. Amazing, amazing shorts and these are probably my favorite favorite of the month 😀

iPhone 6 plus

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Again, OBSESSED. I love this phone and I know everyone thinks it’s a huge tablet and blah blah blah. I had the 5s before this phone and there’s just so much more on this phone! I honestly don’t know the difference, but I do know the camera is 5 times better and the battery life is amaze balls. My 5s would usually die in about 5 hours, but at the end of the day with this phone I still have close to 70% battery left. I went for the gold and I just love the hell out of it. If you think it’s too big, I assure you, my little midget hands (thanks Dad..) handle it just fine.

graze food subscription box- $6.99/week/bi-week/month

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So, I love food. Seriously, I eat every 2.5-3 hours. This is a food subscription service that you can request on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. I went for the bi-weekly service so I get 2 boxes a month. They have some really great choices to choose from on their website and you get 4 cute, pre-portioned snacks in every box. My mom and I both have this and the way it worked out with her bi-weekly service, we get a box every week! I pay 14$ a month for 8 snacks I don’t have to go out and buy, which isn’t bad considering I’ve done a service before that was 20$ a month 😦 I usually get a pretty good box and I’m currently munching on the thai sweet chili bites and they’re delicious. I like how I can grab a little snack and take it to school or wherever! If you’re interested in trying a box, I have a coupon code that gets you your 1st and 5th boxes for FREE! Code: MMYQDZQNB

benefit PUFF OFF!- 29$ at Sephora

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So I was unsure about this stuff after I got it. It seemed like it wasn’t doing anything. Until I tried it on a day where I had some SERIOUS eye bags and dark circles. It got rid of them almost completely and I looked like I had gotten 7 full hours of sleep opposed to the 4 I had actually gotten. It says it’s supposed to soothe puffy eyes and decrease the look of creases under your eyes. It really does too. I have really dry under eyes and they’re just really crease-y naturally no matter how much eye cream I put on. But this stuff really helps and the iron-tip applicator it has really cools and soothes the eyes. I also put it on before my makeup and I find my concealer creases MUCH less throughout the day when I have this stuff under it!

beats Powerbeats wireless headphones- 200$ at Target

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If you’re anything like me, these will save your life in the gym, on runs or any time you listen to music. I always used the earbuds I got with my phone or any other ones and they would CONSTANTLY fall out of my damn ear! I’m getting frustrated right now just thinking about it -_- and the cord I had to have plugged into my phone… no… just no. So I got these for Christmas and I use them every time I run or go to the gym and they’re amazing. Beats is known for their bass sound quality and these deliver just as much as the beats Solo headphones. They also have ear hooks, which sometimes come off, but I have small ears so that’s probably why, and it’s 15 times better than normal headphones still. They’re also bluetooth up to 30 feet so there’s no cord ! They also have a pretty good battery life of 6 hours on a full charge, sweat resistant, hands-free call taking and a volume control on the cord. They’re amazing, and you need them.

Monogrammed Sparkly water bottle- 22$ on Etsy

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I love anything sparkly and blue so drinking water out of this doesn’t suck haha. I drink around 64-70 ounces of water on a daily basis but for some reason, when I drink with this- it doubles. I have no idea why but I feel like I’m constantly filling it up and drinking more water. It’s so adorable and it’s insulated so your ice doesn’t melt in 4 seconds and give you kinda-cold water. The Etsy shop I got this from has LOADS of cute monogrammed/sparkly things and the owner is too sweet! I’ll leave her shop linked below so you can check it out!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dawlens

Redken Blonde Idol custom tone violet conditioner- 32$ at Ulta

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If you get your hair colored blonde and you aren’t using a purple shampoo/conditioner, you need to start. There’s cheaper ones out there, but this one is the best one I’ve found for my personal hair color. It has a customizable nozzle on the top that you can adjust to either give you more violet conditioner or more regular conditioner. I use this in the middle ( about 3.5) twice, sometimes 3 times a week. I just recently got my hair colored and I always love the color for a good month, then my blonde turns brassy, and I hate it. So this REALLY helps with that. It’s supposed to extend the vibrancy of your blonde in between salon visits and it deep conditions your hair. It absolutely does both and it smells really good too, which is always a plus, right?

Well, I hope you all liked this post and found a new product you want to buy or try out! I love all of these products and I really think anyone who tries them will too. Let me know some of your favorites!