Thursday, November 21, 2013

Slowly, slowly.

I have been in the process of cleaning out my diet. I am eliminating addictions, or trying to, slowly. Right now, I am candy, chips, chocolate, and ice cream free. Since I used to eat candy and chips every day, I am working hard to avoid those and it is not easy. Next, I am removing bread. I may remove all dairy, as delicious as some cheeses are, my stomach is sometimes angry at me for eating any at all - I typically stay away from milk as my body really hates milk! That's okay with me, coconut milk works to fill that void. I don't know if there is an equivalent of non-dairy cheese that fills the same desire.
However, I am learning that the cravings for the candy have mostly gone away (chips not so much - I miss the salt!!). I feel healthier and stronger.
I also have been running and working out, which is so stress-reducing and calming! After a long day at work, an hour or two in the gym doing squats or running or ab work is exactly what I need and want.
It is sometimes still surprising to me how much I enjoy exercise! I am glad to enjoy it!
I don't know if I have lost weight, but I will check and let you know soon!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dr. Scholl's For Her Cozy Comforts Shoe Inserts

I actually don't usually like to use fuzzy things in my shoes- I attempted Uggs back in middle school and hated them.
These are not like that at all. They are cozy but not sweat-inducing. The fabric is wickable and supportive. I love it!
I have never been so comfortable in a long time! My feet love these inserts!

I am a Scholl's For Her convert!

Thanks, Influenster! These products were given complimentary for testing purposes. My opinion is mine alone and I was not coerced into making a positive review!

#DrScholls is the hashtag for twitter. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rimmel London US ScandalEyes Mascara Review!


Alright, I am a huuuuuge fan of ScandalEyes Mascara now. It is a new product that is coming out this month (November) and you should definitely buy it. I am a connoisseur of mascara. I have different brands jumbled together in my makeup bag. Or I did until I got ScandalEyes complimentary from Influenster. Now it is the only mascara in my bag. I am obsessed.

The formula is smooth, slick, but doesn't look shiny or greasy at all. It goes on smooth and takes a minute to dry on your lashes - which is GREAT because it gives you extra time to put another layer (or five like I do) on. It curls your lashes the tiniest bit, just a hint of a curl, which is just enough for an all-natural fresh-faced girl like myself. I prefer to look like I'm not wearing makeup except my lashes occasionally. And ScandalEyes actually fits both bills! If I want to look fresh faced and clean, a layer or two is perfect, opening my eyes up to look bigger without looking all thick and caked on. If I want to do a smoky, sexy eye, a third layer is just perfect, it makes my eyes look dark and mysterious and like you want to drown in my green-blue pools. 

Some tips: 
1. Open your mouth. I don't know why, but my eyes don't wiggle as much!
2. Wiggle the brush to brush the mascara on cleanly over your lashes.
3. To get a light, fresh look, one or two coats is just enough. For a sexy, smoky look, add a third coat!
4. Shut your eye to get just enough mascara on your lower lashes to open them up, but not enough to make them look awkwardly heavy. One brush-over with your eyes closed is enough!

#retromania #scandaleyes #rimmellondonus (Do hashtags work in blogs? Guess I'll find out!)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A soliloquy on fitness.

I have been running lately. Big running kick. I am slow, but I push myself to run further every time. Or longer. Or faster. One of the three.

My fastest mile is 12:42. My longest time is 34:24. My furthest distance is 2.5 miles. It may not be quick but from starting at 15:54, I have improved in speed. From starting at 12:30, I have improved in length. Starting with .4 miles, I have improved in distance.

I am proud of myself for sticking with this. It has been about 2.5 weeks and I am working to keep it up. Some days, I laze at home and watch Big Bang Theory. Most others, I am out running. I can be proud of that!

I hear lots of shaming and bashing to women who aren't fit and that breaks my heart. I hear women shame and bash themselves. Do I have a perfect body? No. No, I don't. Do I love myself regardless? Yes. Yes, I do. Will I let my imperfection stop me from doing something I enjoy? NO! You are a beauty in yourself and you have every right to be in the gym and every right to sit at home with a jar of pickles (okay, maybe that isn't the most unhealthy food but it is my favorite food and I can eat a jar a day...easy).

I truly believe that when you don't shame or bash yourself, no one is going to do it for you. I don't hear bad comments about my body. Maybe I ignore them or they are said behind my back, but I know that I am pretty, fun and passionate and if my ____ is a little ____ than yours, get over it. I know I have.

Focus on the positive. Focus on the present. Do what makes you happy.

For me, that means I will be up (in the gym, just working on my fitness) on that treadmill, running my cute little butt off. I will do jump split squats. I will make up weighted exercises to do and laugh when I look ridiculous. I am having FUN getting fit and enjoying the journey. That's what life is about, right?

Rimmel London ScandalEyes #retroglam #retromania

Alright, the more I use the ScandalEyes mascara, the more I love it. Lately, it seems like most mascara wands use plastic/silicon bristles so the brush like wand of ScandalEyes is great! It really brushes the mascara on ALL my lashes without the pulling pain that I get with plastic wands. I enjoy the formula as well! It is smooth, easy to use and covers well. My lashes are black with this stuff! I love it!
I definitely am particular when it comes to mascara so I was doubtful when I received it, but I like it a lot. I plan on replacing my usual mascaras with this one solely because it works so much better! I am super grateful to +Influenster for putting this product in the #RoseVoxBox ! It is a fantastic product. I am an official #retromania fan!

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NOTE: This product was a complimentary product from and is for testing purposes. I was given it freely with no requirement to say nice opinions are my opinions!