Favourite Workout Leggings

Once you go lulu you never go back. Yes. I know. They are extremely expensive, like too expensive. But, they without a doubt, always fit. ALWAYS. Yes my size varies, but anytime I need a pant, lulu always comes through. I have been thinking, what are the best leggings for running? The gym? Etc. But not all leggings are made equal

So for running, I have a very specific criteria: can’t fall down, must feel comfortable and not constricting on my legs, should have a drawstring. This will be a future post because my expectations for running clothes are a lot different then for gymwear.

For working out/HIIT/lifting/personal training: My only criteria is comfort and breathability. More specifically, I also like a pant that doesn’t fall down while I’m working out.

Brand wise: I like Lululemon, Gymshark, and Adidas. Ah such a wide range. My personal problem with a lot of brands is they just don’t flatter my body. I find that Lululemon really knows how to make a legging that has a nice wide waistband and flattering on the behind. I honestly, have religiously worn Lululemon pants for everything. These leggings are ranked by favourite fit.

Lululemon aligns (for typical gym wear, a quick spin session, some weights). They are buttery soft, flattering and of course highly overpriced. But, I really like these for general gym wear. YES I would say if you are sweating a lot these will show sweat, but not to the point that I feel uncomfortable which I think is great. 

Gymshark seamless, lululemon aligns, lululemon fast and free

Lululemon crops, the fast and free and the pacer crop. Both of them are amazing and feel like you are wearing nothing. They also don’t fall down at all, they are good for ALL types of exercise and running, which is a bonus. I mean shouldn’t they be good at everything considering the price? I think yes.

The Gymshark fit and seamless legging. So I was very skeptical about purchasing Gymshark. Mainly because there is no physical store and its USD prices but I was convinced that I should try some stuff. AND THAT I DID. The seamless collection is my personal favourite, I have the blue and “black”. The blue is great, squat proof and sweat proof. I also enjoy the fit legging. While not as popular as the flex and seamless, I really like them.  I have heard a lot of people say they aren’t squat proof, but I have the black with the lilac waistband and they fit perfectly don’t budge during my intense HIIT workouts, and aren’t sheer, I give them an A+. I also recently got the ombré seamless: these also hide sweat. I’m very impressed.

Purple Gymshark leggingsMy adidas mid rise climalite leggings. They feel similar to the align pant just slightly thicker, ever so slightly. Link is similar but not the exact pair I have.

What are your favourite workout leggings!?

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Project Pan Roulette

Recently I discovered a AMAZING YouTube channel called Rebecca Morgan and her blog morerebe and Alexandra Sjosten (she is so cool). Please check out their channels and blogs! They are both great! They have a series called “project pan roulette” and since this was my first time hearing about it, I thought gee that would be a cool thing to join in on! So I messaged Rebecca and she was so kind and authentic and said of course! She kindly sent me the categories and I put them into random.com like they did and voila got my project items! The project lasts four months so this will be ending on July 9th!  I have really loved discovering YouTube channels about shopping your stash and project pans and am so happy they let me join on this project!

So my goals: hit pan on two items and use each of them so that they have visible progress.

Annabelle Lip GlossCategory 1: A product you don’t like. For this I chose the physicians formula sportswear mascara. I bought this because I was looking for a mascara, with good ingredients and that was more waterproof than my beloved organic Mascara from them. But this wand IS REALLY SWORD, every time I use it it’s like a super poke but I’m determined to try and use it!

Category 2: A product you received as a gift. For this one I chose the balm mary luminizer. She’s beauty and she’s grace, she is the balm Mary luminizer. Honestly this was my first champagne highlighter. My first one was my body shop bronzing dome in champagne (which is now done). I got this from my aunt a few Christmases ago and I can see the rings so I think I can hit pan by July

wetnwildcomfortzonemilaniblushhighlighterCategory 3: A product from a previous project. I chose Milani luminoso for this category.  I have never had a previous project BUT this is something that last summer I was determined to get use out of so I chose it for this category. Again, my first blush ever that wasn’t something my mom bought me! And the first item I bought because of YouTube hype. It’s actually got quite the dent in it and with spring (theoretically speaking) just around the corner I thought why not?

Category 4: A product you wouldn’t repurchase. So this might be a bit odd, but I went with the Wet n Wild comfort zone palette. Yes, I know, in the beauty world this is a cult classic. BUT I just never use it…like ever…..so my goal for this is to use one of the crease shades and the dark burgundy shade. It is high quality and a lot of the shades are dupes for MAC (which is a part of the reason I bought it) however realistically I don’t wear green eyeshadow or cool duochrome ones. So I’m going to focus on the more neutral shades and hopefully hit pan on the one shade! Goals friends, goals.

annabelleeyshadowCategory 5: An item from your favourite brand. One of my favourite brands in  Annabelle. I chose their chrome eyeshadow in rose gold. Again, I love this item. It’s more of a summer item but I think that I will be able to make even more of dent in the next four months

Category 6: A product of your choice. This was ambiguous but I chose the Annabelle lip lacquer in Adore Simply. This is most underrated brand in my opinion and one of my dare I say, favourite brands? I have been wanting to get more use of this one and have been really into lipgloss lately!

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What are you trying to use up?


Things I liked and did in February

Ah February, or as i like to say, the shortest month in the universe. It was a decent month. I had reading week (my last one ever, tear) and it was basically my last month of semi – relaxing. March is all the events and all the assignments. But you know what, I am also (hoping) to start training for my half marathon. However, I had an incident with the stairs so I’m put on hold currently.

Whittle Buttons bo-boosk. My wee kitty bitty! I saw her on reading week, (my very last one) and I also got to see my mother and my bestest friend. Whenever I go home, I really appreciate the home vibe. I love the throwback to when I used to skate, and the easiness of having an at home gym set up and laundry. Back to Buttons, she is a lovely wee bean and is just such a little girl and is so affectionate! She also has the cutest meow (okay I will stop now but just look at this adorable photo) IMG_0755.jpg

While I was at home I did some cardio workouts in the basement because my town was an ice rink and I wore my blue gymshark seamless leggings. I have to tell you they didn’t show my sweat – at all. This was so impressive to me because I have long since been a hardcore black or super dark blue workout pant gal; but these impressed me. Good job gymshark, thank you for diversifying my bottom half of my workout wardrobe. 

My physicians formula butter bronzer. Gee I forgot how great this was. Fun fact: this was my first bronzer EVER that’s right it’s probably 2 years old when I got it at Walmart two summer ago. It’s LITERALLY the never ending bronzer. It’s more of a sculpting bronzer than one that warms you up but I really like it for daily use, and then layer on a shimmery bronzer if I feel like it. They came out with a few more shades which is tempting but I must resist!

Decluttering lipsticks. Ahh letting go of my liquid lipstick phase. I finally parted my Colourpop liquid lipsticks, they just smelled so bad and same with my Too Faced one in Queen B! The only ones I haven’t brought myself to get rid of are the NYX soft Matte lip creams…they are just so good and creamy! I have tried time and time again and I just find myself not wanting to get rid of them. They are probably (embarrassingly) around two years old so its probably time for them to do, but I predict during spring cleaning I may have to part with them. But decluttering has really been enjoyable and at some point I’m going to have to move so decluttering was inevitable!

My project pan. This has really made me think about product, value and what I gravitate towards (hence my ongoing decluttering of products to pass onto friends). And it’s not that the colours or formulas of the products I’m not using are bad, but they are just not things I gravitate toward in my everyday. Which relates to the first point: when moving I want to lighten my load in all aspects of my material life.

What have you been liking and doing this month?


Project Pan update

I’m so excited for my first project pan update. I’m so excited to share my progress. My last post I said that I had too many shades of blushes, and as I was looking at the stuff I bought, tried once, I thought; it’s time to give this to a friend. These products are amazing, but just not the right colour or just products I don’t truly need. Hence, my need to do this project and force myself to shop my stash! I hope you enjoy reading through the progress I’ve made! IMG_0868.jpg

Covergirl nudes: I have made so much progress on this. I have hit pan on my dark brown shade (been using that as a brow powder) and then my sparkly white shade for my brow bone colour. This is the one where visibly you can see I have actually made progess. 

Colourpop lunch money highlighter (pictured below): the pan has expanded. Not by much but it has expanded and I’m so happy to see this. I use this literally everywhere that I want to highlight.

IMG_0865.jpgMy Pur Potted concealer: again, the metal part has expanded and I’m so happy to be done this. When I’m done this I have two other concealers to use up.

My 100% Pure lip caramel: I can’t really tell the progress on this one but I think it’s pretty good. I wear it pretty much every day and am starting to see the glass inside which is a good sign.  Not gonna lie, I forgot about my Mac lip liner in Oak….I keep forgetting to use it and misplacing it.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: I don’t know? As I said before this is a never ending bronzer and I don’t think I have made a dent. This is literally the never ending bronzer. 

IMG_0866.jpgThe NYX dark circle corrector: this wasn’t something that I used everyday leading up to this update but I have been trying to use it. However, I find it can be really difficult to use because I have got such a dent in it already getting my finger in there has been a doozy.

Thus far I have learned that this is a really good thing to keep me focused and second guessing myself when I see that drugstore lippie that I heard Rachhloves talking about but I know I have 4 similar shades sitting at home. I know that may seem like common sense to all of you cool folks, but for me this is something that is significant. We are always trying to find that “perfect” something and I think that can get really consumerist and make us lose sight of why we fell in love with beauty in the first place.

 

What have you used up lately?


Let’s Talk Motivation

It’s snowing. It’s raining. It’s too hot. I’m tired. All excuses we all as runners have used before. Lately in my city, it’s been so snowy, and guess who doesn’t plow the sidewalks? The city. They are markers for ankle sprains and sore hips.

I have been missing more runs than I’d like and the reasons have been two fold: I’ve been lacking motivation to put my layers and hit the road and its hella snowy here and they don’t plow. I have been doing more HIIT workouts at home, going to the gym etc, and maybe running 2 days a week and at that shorter recovery runs. I have done a few above 5K.

However, I am starting half marathon training next month (pray for me folks) and I want to try and do as much running as possible.

My first tip: adjust your expectations for the length of your runs. Especially if you live in a city where they don’t plow anything. Even if you just get in 2km tempo run or 4km, it’s still a run, it’s still exercise and it’s still training.

My second tip: adjust your speed. I know, as so many runners know, when you are going slower than usual this is mentally tasking. Its hard, its not easy, I don’t care what anyone says, asthmatic or not, running is difficult. When the terrain is rough you have to slow it down so you don’t injure yourself, yes it’s frustrating if a 5K takes you 5 mins longer than usual but that’s the nature of the beast.

My third tip: enjoy the slight break from running. Add in more HIIT workouts to get cardio and keep your lungs going. Do cardio at the end of your strength workouts. YES none of these replace the feeling your lungs get when running. Also you can hit up the treadmill, but the treadmill is just not my cup of tea. I’d rather hit the storm outside! (and yes I have done this multiple times this winter).

Remember, sometimes not having motivation as a runner can be your body saying slow it down. Maybe that’s not true, but with this terrain my muscles, shins and knees are a lot more sore then when my terrain is smooth and I think it’s good to shorten distance when you are lacking motivation as to not get even more discouraged.

What do you do when you find yourself unmotivated?


Things I liked and did In January

January was such an odd month for me, I am in my last semester of university, I am a bit scared for what is afoot next year but excited. It was also a month where finding motivation (oddly enough) to run has been a bit lacking, but that is all part of the running journey! Despite my lack of motivation, I have discovered and rediscovered some great stuff! 

First I discovered a new favourite legging. The Gymshark fit legging. Okay maybe not favourite but I have to be honest, when it comes to the gym I wear my lululemon aligns or fast and free crops 90% of the time. But, when I received these last month I started wearing them and they are great! Not as flattering as the aligns, but it’s exciting to find a brand that has leggings that ARE FLATTERING and fit, as well have great material. Stay tuned for a post about workout and running leggings!

My mineral fusion lip tints. These have been so nice to use when I want some colour but don’t want the fuss. when I need a red lip but don’t want to fuss these are great.

The Body Shop Drops Pure Translucency Essence Lotion. In December I bought this because i wanted to add more hydration to my routine. This is a great addition of hydration to my routine.  I layer this one after my toner and before my serum.

My DIY facial oil. This bad boy is made out of argan oil, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil and lemon essential oil and I really love it. I would like to try rosehip oil as my carrier oil next time as i make it cause that one is a bit more hydrating. BUT this keeps my spots at bay and hydrates my skin.

My crossroads candle in cranberry muffin. This was something that my best friend convinced me to buy. I have been guilty of loving bath and body works candles but they don’t last long at all and this is something that really bothers me. This candle smells natural, it’s a clean candle (meaning it burns clean into the air) and smells like fresh baking AND it burns so slowly which means it is worth the price.

What did you like and do in January?


My Favourite Nude Lipsticks

I do love bold lipsticks, but I also LOVE nude lipsticks. In fact I think I own far too many for one human. I thought I would give a shout out to my favourite nude lippies, all cruelty free!

100% Pure lip caramel in truffle. Yes, I know you are likely sick of hearing about this bad boy. BUT it’s beautiful. It’s a darker rose toned nude but still perfect for everyday. I like rubbing it into a lip balm for a stained effect.

Burt’s Bees lipstick in suede splash. This is a beige nude with a drop of pink in it. I love this lip colour and formula. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The first shade I bought was nile nude and I wasn’t overly enthralled since it was SO nude. But I got this shade after seeing the Anna Edit talk about it on her channel I bought it and I haven’t looked back.

Lush lipstick in perspective. Another youtube made me buy it, crueltyfreebecky recommended this is in one of her dupes videos. It is the PERFECT nude. As soon as I put it on, I know I can take on the day with a rose toned hues and a lipstick that is healthy and clean.

Milani nude creme. This is one of the first lipsticks I purchased for myself when I got into makeup in summer 2016. This is a really great nude. It’s not too brown and not too pink, it’s a great mix of both and I really enjoy that. It works every time and smells really good.

NYX Soft Matte Lip cream in Stockholm. These are 100% lippies I bought because I heard a ton about them on Youtube. BUT they remain the only liquid lipstick I actually like. They are matte, but they aren’t dry and crackly like other liquid lipsticks.

Tarte quench lip rescue in buff. This is a new one to my collection but its just so easy to use on the daily, is moisturizing and you don’t need a mirror. I like to take this one to school and use it on the go because it’s basically a glossy, peachy nude shade.

What is your go to nude lipstick?


Using up the makeups

Recently I have been thinking about the ingredients in my makeup, and how I don’t even fully use all the makeup I own. A lot of it I bought was because of hype, because I wanted to try it, because I thought I needed five million different shades of blush. That being said, I have whittled down my lipstick collection significantly, but have realized that I don’t take much thought when it comes to buying makeup, drugstore makeup specifically. Higher end makeup I generally put in a lot more thought to buying because of its price. Which got me thinking, why don’t I treat all purchases like this? So I’m going to try an experiment. You may have seen this floating around the inter webs but I’m going to try and hit pan on the following products. Hopefully by the end of 2018 (which is a generous timeline) but I am committed to finishing up products to then replace them with healthier versions. I may add more products as I go but for now enjoy my project pan goals!

My first one is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. THIS IS A NEVER ENDING BRONZER. The problem is I have had this for since summer 2016 (I know my memory serves me in this but somehow not on exams) and its the light bronzer version, which is unfortunate because then it’s too light in the summer. But I think I can do it.

The Colourpop highlighter in lunch money. I have also had this since 2016 and I have hit pan on it so I must complete it.

My Covergirl nudes palette: I have already hit pan on 4 of the shades so I think it will be easy to do.  This palette is surprisingly really easy to hit pant on as well. The shadows are very soft so I think that might be why it’s so easy to use up.

My 100% Pure lip caramel. I want to use this up mainly because its made from fruit pigments and clean ingredients so I would like to try to use this up. Its also a beautiful darker nude and matches everything. 

My Mac lip liner in Oak. I have had this since 2015 and since I want to transition to more clean beauty I just want to use this one up because it’s a nice easy nude lip liner and wears nicely under all my nude lip colours.

My PUR potted concealer. This is probably the best concealer I have ever tried, it was a bit pricey but also its just so easy to use. I have hit pan on it and I have had it since April 2017 so I have actually been using it up quite nicely.

NYX dark circle corrector. I think I have this since Sept 2016?  I do like this product and have used up quite a bit of it.

What are your makeup goals for this year?


Running: the Winter Edit

The main question I get from non-runners: how do you run in the snow? How do you run in the cold? And it got me thinking, how do I run in the cold? I have grown up with a mother who ran in -30 at 5:30 am with a head lamp…so you could say I had an advantage in terms of having someone to go to for winter running advice. But many people don’t have such a person, so I’m here to shed some light on the big bad world of winter running.

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Shoes: I hate to break it to you but you will have to purchase a new pair of winter runners if you don’t want to fall and break something.

A hat: you should get yourself a running hat and a headband in case it’s a bit of a warmer winter day. A hat is a must when it’s freezing. You need to cover your noggin folks

Gloves or mitts: keep those hands warm. I recommend the Lululemon ones (as I always do) but you can get great pairs at Marshalls or Winners. My mom got me these ones for Christmas  My friends. Trust me you’ll thank me for this.
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A neck warmer and a buff: covering your neck is essential to keeping you warm and also when you cover your face with them it warms the air, which is especially good for those with asthma.

IMG_0601.jpgA base layer long sleeve and a jacket or a vest: depending on the weather I like to wear a vest and base layer long sleeve like this one for the days that are -6 Celsius however say it’s -25 Celsius I will wear my base layer long sleeve, my fleece half zip and my thinner running jacket that is a nice added layer. It really depends on where are you located because where I live it is warmer then where I am from so I don’t need as much as say my mom wears, but the key is layering. Layering and base layers are essential to running outside in the winter.

Lastly: safety and reflective wear: I don’t usually run when it’s dark but even so it’s very important that your are seen! I have a bright orange vest and bright purple pants with reflectors on them in case it gets dark while I run or is grey and overcast.

Thanks for reading this post ma friends! Happy winter running!


2018 Intentions and Goals

This is my second annual New Year intentions and goals post! 2017 was a good year for me personally. Of course, there were highs and lows in my life personally and events in society that have affected the world at large, but nonetheless 2017 has been a overall good year for me. 2018 will be the year of transition for me and I can’t wait to see what it brings after I graduate the big bad university.

Run 21km. I feel like this may have been a goal last year but I made it to 12km. This may have something to do with my injuries that interrupted me but this year I shall do a half marathon.

Keep up with blog content. I really felt this year like I honed in on my skills. This was more towards the second half of the year. With my current job I have learned a lot about Abode illustrator and want to foray into Lightroom to improve my photo qualities. I also feel like I have found what I enjoy writing about. While those that know me know that I am an activist and enjoy long discussions about world happenings I also love running (WHO AM I) and beauty/lifestyle/skin care/becoming more environmental and I can’t wait to create more content.

Drink lemon water (super millennial I know). My mom got me this snazzy water bottle that has a little shield so the fruit doesn’t go through the top. Also I want to drink more matcha lattes so I’m going to order a snazzy whisk from amazon so I can finally make them properly.

Get a real bullet journal. In the summer I ordered one from amazon, but it’s a bit too big to drag around at school so I want to get a legit one from Chapters, so I can take it everywhere and keep up with my habit tracker and purchases and inserting events and such into my calendar etc.

Buy less crap. In general since I have begun a capsule wardrobe I have actually been really good in 2017 with clothing purchases. But it’s other random things that make me go “where did all my money go” you know? I haven’t been horrible with makeup, I bought four palettes over the course of 2017, not too bad for me but excessive for others but I find myself going to “run errands” because I am bored when I could likely use that time for something that is a bit more productive.

Eat out less. I used to think I didn’t get fast food very often and then I started tracking my expenses and by god Chipotle gets me every time. I spent more on fast food then I thought. I am going to limit myself to the eating out once a week. While the max I would do in a normal week is twice, I think it’s doable with my school and work schedule for this semester to only do once a week.

Read more. Particularly more career books and more personal finance books.  I know this is a goal I had last year and did not follow through. I read hardly any books in 2017. My goal is to read more both nonfiction and fiction. I got Estee Lalonde’s book Bloom: Navigating life and Style for Christmas as well as and the Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and her Flowers. I finished Bloom in a day and can’t wait to start Rupi’s novel once I get back to school.  I will start with that then move my way onto what is on my shelf currently.

Find a great clean and green mascara. I have been eyeing the lily lolo one and the 100% Pure black tea ones but I want to find one that doesn’t flake easily or run easily. It can be done it will just take some searching. Any suggestions for green beauty mascaras?

Do 38 military style push-ups. Again, this is a goal that will hopefully be attained. It will require a lot of work on my part as I know I slack on the strength but not this year!

Graduate. Obviously this is the goal of university, but it is coming so fast and I’m really excited to see what 2018 brings!

What are your goals or intentions for 2018?