What’s in my gym bag? – Beauty Brunch Link Up

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As promised #BeautyBrunch is now a weekly weekend Link Up! Today I wanted to talk about one of the biggest parts of my life and how it impacts my beauty routine – working out at the gym.

Since moving to Milwaukee and starting my job at Kohl’s I’ve been going to the gym at least 8 times a month. I go to the WAC which is a wonderful facility and has so many locations! I love it.  During the week I mostly do cardio like running on the treadmill, elliptical or stair master. On the weekends I take a strength class and do yoga. I have also recently started to use Kayla Itsine’s Bikiny Body Guides and these are the 28 minute workouts I do at home 2-3 days a week. I know this seems like a lot, but it’s much needed because I work in the office.

There are a few other things you should know about my workout routines. I always work out at night during the week, weekend workouts are the only morning ones due to class schedule. That will explain my product choices.

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Let’s start with hair care, because that’s the biggest part of my gym beauty routine. As you can see there are 2 sets of shampoo/conditioner. One is Clairol Shimmer Lights, aka the purple shampoo. I use it once a week to brighten up my balayage. I always think this product is going to stain my apartment shower, and use it only at the gym. If you have bleach blonde hair I highly recommend this set. I got it at Sally’s Beauty Supply a couple years ago, and since I only use it once a week, it’s lasted me a very long time. Do you have a favorite purple shampoo? Do tell, because I am always up for trying new things!

The other shampoo and conditioner set is OGX Biotin and Collagen series. It’s essentially the thickening series filled with high performance blend of powerful ProVitamin B7, collagen, and hydrolyzed wheat proteins. I love the smell of these products and how my hair feels after.

But a shampoo and conditioner duo are only as good as the leave-in treatments I use after. I have two as well. Once again my obsession with having two of almost everything is surfacing. Don’t worry, I also think it’s weird 😉

The first one that I use is Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter by OGX. The cool thing about this product is that it can be either left in or rinsed out. If you choose to rinse it out, then it acts like a mask. Otherwise you can use it as a leave in treatment, which I prefer to be completely honest. I feel like my hair has been extremely weakened by all the bleaching that’s why I like to use this as a leave in. This product contains argan oil, silk amino acids, soybean oil, coconut oil, and shea butter extract. Plus OGX is an extremely affordable brand.

When I choose to rinse out the OGX hair butter, I follow up with Nexxus Humectress Luxe Lightweight Conditioning Mist. I have written a very detailed blog post about this Nexxus series before, so if you are interested in reading it, you can check it out here. This product contains Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, and Honey Extract. Once again it aims to strengthen your hair and reduce breakage. I spray it on towel dry hair and comb through. Easy 🙂

Now that I am done walking you through my hair care, let’s talk about skin care. I use Exposed Skincare Microderm Scrub. I have to admit I use it as a face wash and feel like it gets the job done.

Next I apply Pevonia Power Repair Hydrating Toner. It’s a spray so no need to pack cotton rounds for the gym!

Lastly I use Brevena Restore and Hydrate Overnight Cream. This skincare line is made in Minnesota, and I have been using this moisturizer for a while now. Sometimes I use it as a day time cream. Breaking all the skincare rules over here, I know. This lotion contains Macro B Complex®, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil and Vitamins C and E.

Well there you have it, the contents of my gym bag 😉 What skincare products do you use? Would you be interested in a more detailed post about my workouts?

Make sure to link up your latest beauty posts! I can’t wait to see what products you have been trying out:

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Monday Mode Link Up is Back – March 27

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Happy Monday! Rachel, Jewel and I are back with Monday Mode Link Up! I hope you are as excited as we are 🙂

From New York to Minneapolis, to finally coming back to Milwaukee, I can’t wait to get back to my routine. I never thought I would say that, but I am really excited to go to my regular gym classes, dive into work and start cooking healthy meals again! What are you excited for this week?

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January Book Club

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Hi and welcome to a new category on my blog – the monthly book club! This is inspired by an actual book club that I am beyond excited to be a part of. My friends Sarah and Kaitlyn of The Duck and the Owl are the ones who set it up, and everyone that you keep seeing in my group photos on Insta is in it too! This month we are reading The Mothers by Brit Bennet.

I look forward to reading this book, and I will be sharing my review and thoughts at the end of the month. Meanwhile, if you would like to read along, we would love to have you!

#DaretoDarken with Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara + Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DaretoDarken #NeverGoNaked #CollectiveBias

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Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

As someone who’s always had very fair eyelashes and eyebrows (practically blonde), I can’t leave my house without mascara. It is my number one must-have and go-to product if I am running late. It was always bizarre to me how a small product like that could make all the difference.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the new Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara that is meant to gradually tint eyelashes over time (at minimum, 2 weeks of daily use). Today I wanted to share a simple tutorial using a couple other Rimmel London products to show you how I go from a day-to-night look with mascara!

I am going to stick to 3 products for this eye look: Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara, Coulour Precise Eyeliner, and Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Opener (all available at Target).

Step 1: Start by preparing your face. I usually use a CC cream and some powder for a matte effect. I also always make sure to define my eyebrows, they are a frame of your face!

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Step 2: Apply Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in the inner corners of your eye and along the bottom lash line if desired. Blend it out.

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Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 3: Apply Colour Precise Eyeliner. I really liked this product, even though I’ve never tried or really heard of it before. It has a very fine tip, making application a lot easier. It also lasts a very long amount of time. I wore it in the pool yesterday and it never got smudged (but of course I wasn’t doing any diving, just some light swimming).

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Here are some tips when it comes to eyeliner application, especially if you don’t want it to smudge or go in your crease:

  • Prep your eyelid with some eyeshadow primer
  • Brush eyeshadow or powder over it, I use powder, it makes the look more natural, yet more dramatic
  • Apply the liner by starting out in your inner corner, then outer, and meeting in the middle.
  • Try not to blink until it is dry 😉

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Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Step 4: Time for mascara! On a day-to day basis I only apply mascara to my top lashes, but adding it to my bottom ones always makes my eyes look so dramatic!

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Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

Like mentioned above Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara not only tints lashes over time, but also provides instant volume.

Tips on using the mascara:

  • To see the most intense tinting effect make sure to use this product daily
  • Visible results after 2-4 weeks
  • This product contains a lasting lash-tint complex with natural colorant that gradually darkens your lash color, plus a unique combo of creamy, ultra-black lash volumizing formula.

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Rimmel Volume Colorist Mascara

To learn more about the product – go here. And don’t forget to take advantage of a Cartwheel offer – 25% Off all Rimmel Eye featuring Volume Colourist Mascara!

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Monday Motivation

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With our kind of happening at the moment move, my new job, trying to figure out our way around a new city and everything else in between, I decided it would be wise to create some sort of a blog schedule to stick to. My Monday motivation is to figure what that schedule will be. I am leaning towards a two posts a week schedule, that will allow me to write one style and one beauty related post. I think this will be the easiest thing to do, since I can shoot an outfit over the weekend, as well as focus on a beauty product review or creating my monthly favorites round up. What do you guys think? I don’t want to aim for the moon at this point. I am preparing myself for an exciting, yet challenging stage in my life, and want to take things slow. If any of you have tips on how to do that, they would be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to give up on blogging, as I am enjoying it immensely. However, I don’t want it to take over my free time.

Sam and I went to Milwaukee for a hot second over the weekend. It was a really short trip, we left Minneapolis on Saturday around 8.30 am, and came back on Sunday around 6 pm. All we wanted to do is get keys to our new apartment, and move in as much stuff as we fit the night before into his mom’s car (which is a lot bigger than ours). When we were unpacking, some of the boxses’ contents was a total surprise to me. You see, the stuff has been packed since end of May, early June, so I forgot what was in what box. And the only labeling I did was write “Fragile” on some of the boxes.

One of the reasons I am really excited about our new apartment, and why we decided against getting a house, is the opportunity to downsize. I have piles of stuff I’ve been planning on using in my DIY projects, clothes that I will “someday” wear, office supplies, etc. I think I’ve been able to downsize significantly since we sold our house, but I want to organize everything as well. That’s why a couple weeks ago I bought two books on the KonMari method. I will definitely keep you posted on how that goes. So stay tuned.

All of the photos in the post are from my photoshoot for ALACLOTH! I have some rad jeans one too! I will definitely miss my Minneapolis blogger/social media family, so if you are in Milwaukee or know someone there, send them my way! I am a firm believer that blogger friends are the best friends!

thrift style thursday link-up // july 21 // planning for fall

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It’s never too early to start planning for fall! Last Wednesday was a nice cool day here in Minneapolis (compare it to almost 100 degrees today), so I got to wear my new Steve Madden booties I got through ThredUp.

Booties were such a hit this spring and last fall, that I went ahead and got myself a few pairs, preparing for the season and my new job. Of course I had to get several different pairs all in different colors – black, brown, and olive. You will definitely be seeing them in the upcoming posts.

And now for the link up (yes, I know I am a day late 😉 )

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Brown & Greene Floral

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Last week I got the most beautiful and fragrant delivery from Brown & Greene Floral right on time for my Birthday. This beautiful bouquet combined my favorite roses and peonies with sweet-smelling mint in a beautiful vase that I will definitely be taking to our new apartment with us.

Brown & Greene Floral Market is the most adorable little corner store in Southwest Minneapolis on the corner of 44th Street and Beard Ave South. They produce such gorgeous florals, you will fall in love. I had so much fun integrating my bouquet into the interior of the house. From simply setting it on my night stand to using it as a centerpiece for dinner, to making it the center of the living room, these flowers immediately became a family favorite. I’ve never enjoyed a bouquet of flowers as much as I’ve enjoyed this one before.

This July they are celebrating their 15th anniversary with a number of events {European flea market, floral design class, a vase drive and a huge soiree at the end of the month}.

Country Financial Contest

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Having just recently graduated from college, I know all about the cost of education and how expensive it can get! Two years ago when I went back to school, I had a goal in mind – a goal to get a new degree, get a job, and go on adventures all over the world. I am excited to report that I’ve successfully accomplished the first two, and the next one is in the works, because I am about to get my passport next week!

Setting personal goals is important, but so is education. The two go hand in hand, and if it wasn’t for my degree, I wouldn’t be where I am now. A lot of my friends have young kids and I want those kids to someday be able to look back and say they feel accomplished.

That’s why today I partnered up with Country Financial to spread the word about “Own Your Future” Challenge, a challenge where you can win $10k ($5K for you and another $5K for your school).

Not every parent can grant their child’s every wish, but they can provide the right opportunities at school and in life! I want to encourage you to participate in the “Own Your Future” video challenge. All you need to do is visit Country Financial’s Future Booth 7/11-7/24 and enter the Own Your Future Challenge! Record a quick video inside the Future Booth aAnswering two questions:

  1. If you won $5,000, how would you use it to own your family’s future?
  2. If you won $5,000 for a local school, how would you want them to spend it?

Then you’re entered to win $10,000. Can’t attend an event? Get out your phone and record your own video. You can still enter the contest here. Submit a video by 7/24 to start owning you future!

The contest is open for parents with school-aged children residing in the Minneapolis region.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Country Financial. All opinions are my own. #FutureFocused #OwnYourFuture 

Thrift Style Thursday Link-Up // July 14 // 90’s in bloom

 

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Roses are red and pink and white and purple! They all fit on this 90’s spaghetti strap dress so nicely. Happy Thursday, enjoy the link-up! Tomorrow is my Birthday!

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Nexxus New York Salon Care Collection Review

Disclosure: “This post is sponsored by Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”

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Summer is finally here and I am so glad to be spending all my free time outside, but with the sunshine, the heat and the humidity comes the question of hair care. While some would say – why bother? I think it’s extremely important to take good care of your hair, especially in the summer months. Besides, if the products you are using leave you feeling like a celebrity, who can say no to that?

You know you are Russian when your hair products are infused with caviar! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Therappe and Humectress line by Nexxus New York Salon Care is a replenishing hair care line with caviar complex! Nothing fishy here, not even the smell! The line includes a line of shampoo, conditioner, lightweight conditioning mist, masque and serum infused with caviar complex to help your hair retain moisture. It’s perfect for normal to dry hair. My hair has been on the drier side, especially since I started getting balayage, so this line is my new go-to. I look forward to washing my hair so much more now, and actually have to remind myself not to do that every day. The products are enriched with concentrated Elastin, Keratin and Wheat Proteins to increase hair’s strength and manageability. In addition, new Protein Care Actives penetrate the hair fiber to repair protein structure, making hair stronger from within.

I am absolutely in love with the masque and caviar serum. The masque has a butter like texture that you won’t want to wash out, I use it once or twice a week depending on my hair condition, so if I spent too much time at the beach, or outside, I know my hair will need that extra masque boost.

The serum is the very first serum Nexxus has ever created! How awesome is this? It features concentrated conditioning oil encapsulated in pearls and suspended in a water-based rebuilding serum rich in nutrients and protein. You can use this serum on damp or dry hair. The best part is you can use it as often as you want, no harm in that, only benefits.

Now as important as hair care is, you can’t forget about styling. I stick to one simple rule of summer hair style – make it as easy and effortless, as possible. And Nexxus has a line for that. I was able to test Finishing Mist, Dry Shampoo and Mousse by Nexxus New York Salon Care.

Finishing Mist with fluid-fix complex helps me lock my waves in place if I am using my curling iron, as well as provides a lasting hold with a brushable finish.
Mousse with Keratin Protein offers styling with natural movement and beautiful fluidity, perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle.

And finally, the dry shampoo with pearl extract is truly a godsend. Dry shampoo would be one thing I would take to a deserted island, it’s that big of a necessity. I especially like this one, because it offers a quick refresher, without using too much of the product!

Nexxus New York Salon Care has turned my summer hair care routine around, making my hair more manageable, touchable, and fluid!

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