5 Friday Favorites: Beauty Products

If you ask my boyfriend I’m most comfortable laying around on the couch in what he calls my grandma sweater and sweatpants sans make up. But every girl (and guy!) wants to still feel pretty though right?

Well, of course! Here are my favorite products to use so that I can feel confident in my skin and not load up on (too much) make up.

  1. Fre Skincare. OMG this face wash just after one use created miracles. My skin instantly glowed and the cracked skin on my eyelids from the cold quickly healed. It’s made for people that love to work out and protects your skin from break outs and damages caused from sweating it out. Want to try it out? Use my code CJOY for 20% off your first order!unnamed-2

 

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2. Dry shampoo. Specifically, Batiste dry shampoo. Sweating it out and washing  your hair almost everyday will take a number out on your strands. So I really try to only wash my hair when I go swimming because then you really need to get those chemicals out!

 

 

3. Burts Bees. I know most people have heard of this and use it, but why change what isn’t broken? Just like my eye lids, my lips crack bad. All year. This stuff is natural and saves lives from unkissable lips 😉images-2

images4. Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. I’m terrible with make up, once I realized my white eye shadow phase was not a good look, I kinda gave up. I don’t know how to apply it and I don’t like the overwhelming experience of make up stores. This one is fun because it comes with directions and I don’t look like a clown in these colors!

 

5. Biotin gummies. But this isn’t a beauty product you tell me? Well, think otherwise! Gummy-Bears-NutstopSince I started taking biotin gummies regularly, my nails are stronger and my hair is shiner and grows faster! Easiest beauty regime I’ve ever had!!

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5 Friday Favorites: Podcasts

1.Well-Fed Women (Formerly the Paleo Women Podcast)

This podcast is hosted Noelle Tarr and Stefani Ruper, who are extremely funny and you should expect witty banter (I laugh to myself on my long runs when I listen to it). But don’t let that fool you. They are EXTREMELY smart and well read. They cover topics from empowerment for women by women, health issues that most women don’t want to talk about, fitness and body image. With over 100 episodes there are so many topics that they cover, I’m sure you’ll find something that applies to you.

2. Mind Body Musings by Maddy Mood

I just recently discovered this podcast because I happened upon her instagram and her life experiences really speak to me. She talks a lot about escaping perfectionism and expectations, and stop wasting our lives with overthinking. She does talk a little bit about health and fitness because she comes from the body building world as well, but she really focuses on self care to be the best you.

3. The Body Love Project with Jessi Haggerty

The title of this one says it all. I share the same outlook as her when it comes to diets and body image in the fitness industry. My favorite episodes so far have been “F*ck your fitspo with Sarah Vance” and “Melissa Carmona on Body Image across cultures.” Jessi is real and honest and doesn’t try to sugar coat anything which I can really appreciate.

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4. Bigger Pockets

Not really my favorite, but I’m into it because it’s helping me learn about a different way of earning money without really having a traditional job. Can I please retire by 35? K thanks.

5. Case Files

Ok, this is my guilty pleasure. I love shows like CSI and Criminal Minds, but now that I have SUCH a long commute (compared to me 10 minute walk) I don’t have much time for TV. So this supplements that for me! This podcast covers real crimes, solved and unsolved that have happened all over the world. It’s pretty interesting because there are some that were really big in the news and others that I can’t believe that it wasn’t bigger news!

Grokker Review

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I get a chance to review run products. This post is spoonsored by Grokker and I received a free three month trail to facilitate my honest review. The post may also contain affiliate links.

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If you’ve kept up with my blog, you know I hit a rut last year when it came with fitness (if you haven’t check out the post here: https://christinemince.com/2015/04/30/finding-my-balance-and-not-tipping-over/). This year I made it a goal to try out different work outs and fall in love with working out all over again, but between training for my races and my wacky work schedule sometimes it’s hard to get to different studios with a strict schedule.

So when I got chosen for the Grokker campaign I was super excited! I could do some cool work outs without having to adhere to someone else’s schedule or worry about travel. I also sometimes have to get my work outs in at 4am and with it getting darker out earlier and public transportation doesn’t start until 5:30am in Boston, I can get my work outs done without leaving my home!!!

My favorite work outs were definitely the HIIT ones, I like a nice short and sweet work out and these were short enough that I could do 2 or 3 videos hitting different body parts. Here’s one example of the videos I tried out!

https://grokker.com/p/j/bio3qyr4xb31

I also really liked the pilates and barre work outs. I teach barre myself so these gave me tons of new moves for my class! Lastly, I really enjoyed the spin classes! I love to spin, but as I said before it’s hard for me to fit classes in my busy schedule. I recently got a bike trainer so that I can use my own bike as a stationary one, and these classes are perfect to help keep my motivated for an hour and really challenge me!

I loved Grokker because there pretty much is something for everyone to try out and discover something they may not try with a lot of people watching them in class or too scared to even try it out.

Check out Grokker for yourself! Use the code: 99CENTS for 99 cents for first month of premium or you can win a free 3 month premium membership if you follow me, Grokker and Fitapproach  on instagram and tag a friend to win a free 3 months of premium membership to their site!

#LoveBulu: Bulu Box Review

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I get a chance to review fun products. This post is sponsored by Bulu Box and I received a box free of charge to facilitate my honest review. The post may also contain affiliate links.

I’ve done a few subscription boxes in the past, one for clothes and one for make up. I always enjoyed getting the little package during the month with surprises inside. For the most part I’ve liked what I received, a few things ended up being gifted or returned but other than that I’ve discovered some new styles I like and beauty products that have changed my routine. So when the opportunity to receive a Bulu Box came up, I was thrilled. image1

My box arrived last night finally and I right away tore it open, excited to see what goodies were inside and this is what I found:

First there’s the itch cream, which right now I am thankful for since it’s summer and I’m spending a lot of time outside and I get eaten alive. Seriously, it’s like the bugs are just attracted to me, hopefully it helps with my misery!
After that is the Mediterra Bar, which was sundried tomato basil flavored. I LOVE anything basil…well most things. This one, just not my cup of tea, I’ll stick to the sweet granola bars instead!

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Then we get to something interesting….protein powder made of Crickets! Apparently, this form of protein is more sustainable, and by the looks of the ingredients, more natural. Normally I would be weirded out by this but my boyfriend is currently really into cricket granola bars lately, so we’re going to try this product out together. Yay bugs!

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Next is Island Boost, which is to help with muscle cramps and hydration during really tough work outs. I’m saving this one for one of my long runs!download

Hiding in the back is a strange looking T shaped tooth brush. I guess I’ll save that for traveling? Lastly, dietary fiber powder. Um…maybe someone out there knows I have trouble going sometimes???

If you want to try out Bulu Box for yourself, FitApproach and Bulu Box have teamed up and are offering 50% off your first 3-month subscription. Just head over to Bulu Box and add the SWEATPINK code during check out! ck to the sweet granola bars instead! and Bulu Box have teamed up and are offering 50% off your first 3-month subscription. Just head over to Bulu Box and add the SWEATPINK code during check out!