Spring 2016 Makeup Trends

Hi beauties!

Spring is in the air!… Except for the days it’s still cold out. BUT that doesn’t mean we can’t jump into spring makeup! The trends this season?

  • Red lips paired with a bare face.
  • Electric eyes
  • Glowey, bronzed skin

So, who freaked out when they saw red lips? Or “electric” eyes? Yeah, those can be scary words. There are definitely ways to tone those looks down if you still want to be trendy, but feel comfortable.

This was my take on a bold red lip & electric eyes.

  • Instead of a full on, red lip, try this coral-ey, peachy, errr… pinky lipstick. The beautiful Matte Sangria by Face Stockholm.
  • Rather than bright blue electric eyes, try a bright peach eye with a hint of yellow and gold. These colors are flattering on everyone! Shadows are by the wonderful Inglot.

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Remember! Try not to feel pressured with makeup. Have fun with it, experiment & find what’s perfect for you 🙂

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How to Get Your Body Back on Track

How many of you have the travel bug? Once you realize that your home isn’t the only place in the world, staying put is no longer an option. Being born and raised in New York, it’s very easy to believe that the bubble of buildings is the only place on Earth. But there’s no better excitement than getting on a plane to a brand new place. The sites, the adventure, the people.

But , most importantly…the food. Am I right, or am I right?

I love food. All of it. I’ll try anything once. So eating healthy for me is a conscious decision every meal, every single day. When I recently went to San Diego you can best believe that I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I’m talking breakfast, then Doritos in the car on the way to whatever adventure, then usually some sort of Spanish food for lunch, icecream after…the list goes on. The result? 5 pounds that felt and looked like 20.

Maybe 5 pounds isn’t so bad. Maybe I was being overdramatic. But for those of you that are super strict with their fitness and diet routine, especially females, how many can relate that just a few pounds shows pretty easily?

I then remembered why I eat the way I do every day. Structured & nutritious.

How did I lose that weight in a week you ask?

  • Water! About 3 liters every day (a gallon is about 3.7 liters).
  • Cardio! Sled pushes, burpees, rope slams, Jiu Jitsu, stairs, tire flips. Errrrthing.
  • Weights! Pick things up and put them down!
  • Food! No I didn’t starve myself. I just simply ate what I normally do. Chicken, eggs, a crap ton of veggies, fruits (minimal amounts), protein powder, nuts, oils, cheese.

So basically just getting back into my normal routine.

It’s amazing how the body changes and adjusts. It goes through so much every day to keep you alive and healthy, so treat it right. It’s okay to veer off sometimes to enjoy life, but always find your way back.

All About that Glow

Hi beauties!

Now, more than ever (thank you instagram), EVERYONE is obsessed with glowing and everyone wants to “highlight to the gods.” Who the heck came up with that saying btw? What does that even mean! -___- Anyway…

I do love my skin to shine just as much as the next girl. Some days I go for a subtle, natural, fresh glow. Then there are the days I want my highlight to be seen from miles away, disco ball status.

Here are my current favs to get that dewy skin. What’s great is that you can taylor them all to fit your style 🙂

1. “Soft and Gentle.” Classic. Forever a favorite. If MAC ever discontinues it I’ll die.

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2. Giella “M Glam.” It’s a mineral loose powder that I use both on my face and my eyes. A little goes a long way…buutttt I still use a lot.

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3. Becca Cosmetics “Moonstone.” There’s the pressed powder and the liquid, which are both amazing. I tend to use both at the same time (you totally don’t have to go that far though).

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TIP! For an overall dewy finish, mix a tiny bit of your liquid highlighter in with your favorite foundation.

Voila!

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California Fit

Humans are creatures of habit. We find what we like, get comfortable and do the same things day to day. I eat the same meals every day (this isn’t for everyone, I know) & go to the gym to work on the body part designated for that day. But what happens when you get out of your element and go on VACATION?! Woooo! How can you possibly stay fit and keep that smoking bod that you work so hard for every single day?

There are two very important things to keep in mind.

First things first.

Get out of the mindset that physical activity HAS to be in the gym. The world is full of so many beautiful places & if you’re a fitness freak, unfortunately experiencing all the world has to offer may mean that you can’t drive to a gym 10 minutes away.

Second, but just as important.

Enjoy the time you’re spending being active. Take in the present moment that you’ve been given & suck all you can out of it.

So Last week I went to San Diego, California for the first time. Man, that’s a beautiful place. It really makes me dislike commuting to Manhattan everyday and running into crazies on the dirty subway. But anywho…

Here are some of the ways my boyfriend & I stayed active while devouring all the food San Diego had to offer us 😀

  • Our resort had a gym (if you’re lucky enough to have this, take advantage!) I will say that we had to get creative with our exercises since it was a small gym with limited equipment. But the swole sesh was a success so that’s all that matters right? RIGHT!
  • Peddle Boating. How awesome was it that I was able to eat my giant gluten & carb filled sandwich while exercising?!
  • Running on the beach. Doesn’t the beach just make you want to run? Even if you hate running like I do. Or, maybe it just makes you want to lay there like a beached whale… But, I bet California beaches will make you want to get moving! The sand will burn out your legs faster than you can think. This is also prime time to take in the moment.  Look around you. Feel the sun on your back and the waves hit your feet.   Give thanks for being able to move today.027
  • Kayaking! This was the first time I kayaked in the ocean and let me tell you, my arms were tired after rowing for 2 minutes. I guess all my bicep curls don’t really prepare me for much? We also may or may have not fallen out of the boat trying to get past a wave. Lifting yourself back in the boat? Yeah that’s a workout within itself.
  • Uhhh… who knew walking over 2 miles down the beaches would make my legs hurt? Apparently it does. Leg pump anyone?

Bottom line, get active people! There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your vacation but still move that wonderful body of yours.

 

The Dreaded C Word…Cardio.

     Okay ladies, let’s be real here. How many of you head to gym and go straight to the same spot every time? The treadmill, the elliptical or the stairmaster. You set the timer for 45 minutes and count every.. single.. one of them. You do this 5 days a week and wonder why you don’t see any changes with your body. Trust me,  I’ve been there.

     Before I ever picked up a weight, I’d go upstairs to the elliptical section in my little corner and go for 60 minutes.YIKES. I thought I was doing this great workout, 6 days a week. Sometimes I’d throw in some abs or jump on the treadmill. But I was never sore the next day. My muscles never felt fatigued. Worst of all, my body never changed.

     My body didn’t start changing until I grabbed weights, but I’ll save that for a later date. For this post let’s just stick to cardio. Guys, there are SO many toys to use in the gym to get your heart pumpin! If your gym has it, try using the sled (shown below)! You don’t even have to add any weight. As a beginner you can just push the sled itself. I can guarantee that pushing the sled for 30 seconds will get you more

tired and fatigued than 5 minutes walking on the stairmaster will.

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      Maybe the sled sounds like a torture device to you. Then how about jumping onto a box? Or jumping lunges? Or jumping squats? Anything that requires you to jump, really. Do health issues prevent you from jumping? ….Battle ropes! Peep my handsome man beasting out on the ropes 😀

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     There are so many different ways to get your heart rate up and your lungs working other than staying stagnant on a cardio machine. Can those machines be great? Sure! There’s definitely days when I run sprints on the treadmill, or warm up my body on the stairmaster. But take it from someone who has dreaded the gym and wasted hours on a cardio machine getting zero results. Switching it up will make your workouts more fun, more rewarding and best of all, get you better results  :)!