Favorite Activewear

favorite activewear

It's not that I don't like working out, it's actually the opposite, but sometimes things get busy with school and work and I just don't feel like going to the gym. Everyone always talks about rewarding yourself for going to the gym in order to stay motivated and it's because it's super effective. However, it's not super effective if you're rewarding yourself the way most people do–with junk food. That's why I reward myself with cute new workout clothes. 

First of all, I don't think you should ever completely eliminate foods from your diet if you like them. If I want to have doughnuts one day, I'm going to have the doughnuts and not make myself wait for a specific day to eat them. As long as you're eating a well-rounded diet and treating your body well, you're fine. 

Now because you're already making smart food choices, eating your favorite snacks in moderating, you don't need to reward yourself with a bunch of food and potentially ruin some of your progress. Instead, buy some cute activewear to get you excited about your next trip to the gym!

I'm not a fan of the new, super complicated activewear that's really elaborate because it's not comfortable to workout in. The "athleisure" trend definitely has a time and place, but it's time and place does not include them gym. If my sports bra has a zipper, mesh, and 20 different straps on it, it's not going to be fun to wear to the gym. (It's also not going to be fun to get out of after the gym). 

Here are some of my favorite activewear options:
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Lululemon has my favorite sports bras and Victoria's Secret has my favorite leggings (the high-waisted ones are the best). I've know Lululemon's leggings are even better, but the VS ones are more affordable. Forever21 also has my favorite cute, but budget-friendly options!

Favorite Cold Weather Beauty Products

first aid beauty lip repair

Surprisingly, it's been pretty cold in Florida this past week. I'm pretty excited to be able to wear all of my sweaters now. Cold weather clothes are my favorite and I love being able to wear layers. (Except when I'm trying to go to the gym–then it's not very fun).

The downside of the cold weather, especially since my body was used to a very humid 80 degrees, is dryness. My hair, skin, and lips are hating the change so I definitely had to step up my moisturizing game.

Between long-time favorites and some recent new purchases, here are some of my must-have cold weather beauty products (and you can shop the images below!):

For dry hair:

Coconut oil treatment - Applying straight up coconut oil to your ends and leaving it on for 20 minutes can be a lifesaver. Just be sure to shampoo well after because it can be difficult to wash out. (But I don't recommend this for super fine hair).

Bumble & bumble quenching masque - Apply to hair once a week for ten minutes to restore moisture.
For dry skin:

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion - A more budget friendly option that hydrates surprisingly well. I love Aveeno products, my mom kept buying them for me insisting that I needed to use more lotion.

Kiehl's Creme De Corps - Hands down my favorite body moisturizer. It's super thick but absorbs really quickly and isn't greasy at all. You can't feel it on, but your skin feels soft all day long.

For dry hands:

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve - I just really love Kiehl's (can you tell?) and their hand salve works just as well as their body moisturizer.

Josie Maran Argan Oil - I wrote a post about all the way's you can use this product a while ago. I can't actually use it on my face, but it's a lifesaver for your cuticles.

L'Occitan Almond Delicious Hands - Non-greasy and super moisturizing, and it's enriched with almond milk and almond oil.

For dry lips:

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm - My personal favorite that I think works the best, my only complaint is that it's not in a tube so you have to apply it with your finger.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy - Another one of the few products that work for my extremely dry lips. Seriously, so good.

Leave any of your suggestions in the comments! (I'm definitely always open to trying more products). 

Whim Nail Polish

nail polish

As of today, I have officially started my last semester of college. I also applied for graduation and I'm already stressed about what I'm going to be doing after graduation.

SO, I would obviously rather talk about my giant nail polish collection that is getting increasingly larger. (Seriously, I may be developing a problem). I usually stick to OPI or Essie because I'm obsessed with them, but I stopped in Ulta while I was home for break and decided to pick up two colors from Whim

Their packing is so cute and minimalist that I couldn't resist. 

Since it was winter break when I bought these, it was officially time to paint my nails (almost) black and keep them that color. I used Catwalk, and to switch things up a little bit, I did an accent nail with their glitter polish in Rock N Stroll.

Whim nail polish is free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, camphor and formaldehyde resin. They're supposed to be similar to a gel manicure but without a UV/LED light or special removal. The polish stayed on pretty well without chipping, except the glitter polish did peel off pretty quickly. I really want to try the base coat and top coat, though, and see if using their full "3 step system" works even better.

Whim nail polish is only available at Ulta–so if you want other options that are similar, you can shop them below!