The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: The Sephora VIB Holiday Shopping Event

As difficult as it is to resist Sephora during the holiday season with their limited edition sets, free gift wrapping, and sparkly holiday décor, Sephora sweetens the deal with its two biggest offers for Sephora VIB members. (Note: I believe … Continue reading

The Group Fitness Class Obsession, Explained

With the rise of trendy fitness classes you hear about all the time, such as SoulCycle, Pure Barre, and the like, you might be thinking what all the fuss is about — especially with the hefty prices often associated with group classes. As a self-proclaimed fitness class junkie (though I have yet to try either of the classes mentioned above), I wanted to share why I love group fitness classes and how they have changed the way I exercise.

1) The Environment

I’ve tried the at-home workout. It’s a no-brainer — why pay for classes or a gym membership when you can work out in the comfort (and convenience) of your own home? This is exactly the problem! There are so many distractions at home that it is easy to push working out to the side in favor of literally anything else. The act of getting dressed in your favorite workout clothes and leaving the house helps get you into the mindset and committing to working out.

2) Getting Social

Another great part of group fitness classes is you don’t have to do it alone! Forget your running “buddy” that always cancels at the last minute, thereby giving you an excuse to skip out as well. Your group fitness instructor (and class regulars) will always have your back. There’s a built-in accountability factor here as well, and regularly scheduled fitness classes make it easy to incorporate exercise into your routine.

3) Pushing Your Limits

The other tough thing about at-home and even gym workouts when you’re on the machines and doing exercises on your own is that you are your own self-motivator. This might be enough for some people but for myself, I find that I push myself so much harder when I’m in a class. Not only do I want to keep up with the instructor and everyone around me (I can be a *little* competitive), a good instructor inspires you push yourself to your limits and keep going even if you think you can’t.

4) Your Instructor Fearless Leader

A good instructor not only pushes you to your limits but also checks your form to make sure you are executing all the moves, lifts, etc. correctly to ensure you are working the right muscle groups and, more importantly, not potentially injuring yourself. Some instructors will also answer questions after class and their share fitness and healthy living tips. Don’t be afraid to ask your burning questions!

5) Having Fun

The first fitness class I ever signed up for was a Zumba class, because it was the “trendy” class of the time and seemed like a fun way to get my cardio exercise in as someone who hates running with a burning passion. To this day Zumba is my favorite go-to cardio class, with step aerobics coming in as a close second. Through fitness classes something I once hated (cardio workouts) has turned into something I love and look forward to.

For those of you that dread going to the gym or feel like you’re in a fitness rut, I highly encourage signing up for a fitness class! Try something new and you might discover your new favorite way of getting healthy and fit.

Which fitness classes have you tried? What are your favorites?

Summer Beauty: Less Is More

The rising temperatures and threat of makeup meltdown can make it difficult to want to put on any makeup at all — and you don’t have to! For those that do, below are a few tips to ensure your makeup stays fresh and in place all day long.

Prime Time

Makeup or no makeup, your skin needs to be protected and moisturized. Don’t rely on your makeup to do this for you! Apply your favorite serum and layer your sunscreen of choice on top. There are also great sunscreen and moisturizer all-in-one options on the market.

Cream > Powder

Whenever you can, opt for cream formulas over powder (blushes, eyeshadows, highlighters, etc.). Creams blend into the skin for a more natural finish and cream blushes and highlighters in particular add a beautiful dewiness to the complexion.

Strobe Away

Skip the bronzer and let your natural summer tan take center stage. Create dimension by highlighting the high points of your cheeks, the cupid’s bow, the brow bone, and anywhere else you want to draw attention.

All Eyes On The Lips

For a quick and easy way to amp up any look or for those who have issues with eye makeup smearing, melting and creating a huge mess (me), go for a bold lip and simply play up the eyes with a few swipes of mascara. Put on your favorite tinted balm, crayon, stain, or lipstick and pop it in your bag for any emergency touch-ups during the day.

Set It (And Forget It)

Don’t underestimate the power of a good setting spray, which can extend the wear of your makeup and really lock those colors into place. Not to mention, a quick mist post-application or even later on in the day can soothe skin and provide a quick pick-me-up.

What are your favorite summer makeup tips? Favorite products that beat the heat and last all day long?

The Body Shop Olive Body Scrub

Description: “Reveal brighter, smoother skin with exfoliating crushed walnut shells and crushed olive stones in a creamy body scrub. [For] normal to dry skin. Community Trade organic olive oil conditions skin. Sunflower oil moisturizes and softens skin. Carrot oil and … Continue reading