How to Be Confident in The Gym

No matter if big or small, tall or short, no matter what age...we all deal with insecurities and overcoming them is never easy. Once you set that goal of going to the gym and trying to go for your dream body there should be nothing keeping you from doing so, not even your own mind, your own insecurities! Here are a few tips on how to focus in the gym to reach your goals and how to ignore everything else.

 1. First of all: Always go with a plan! At least have an idea of what you want to do, which part of your body you want to work on or what exercises to do. Always keep moving, unless you are stretching :) If a machine is occupied, move on to the next.

2. No matter how much sweat, runny makeup or nasty noises, make yourself at home! The gym should be a place where you feel comfortable. If you don't feel like you can do as you like, you won't feel comfortable enough to really get into your workout. Nothing should distract you to the point where you don't want to be there.

3. Prep your gym visit with the right outfit, makeup and music! Looking good while working out is an instant confidence booster! I always wear (minimal) makeup to the gym and make sure my music player is charged! See i.e. "Get Ready with me Gym Style"

4. Speaking of...wearing headphones or ear buds of some sort tells other's you are not interested in chatting. For some reason especially guys can get really chatty in the gym. I always have them with me, sometimes even if I don't listen to anything just to make sure I don't get interrupted.

5. If you do get interrupted and you do not want to talk because you are there to workout, say so! There is no shame in saying thanks but no thanks! Sometimes #beastmode comes with #bitchmode... don't ever worry about that! You are there to show off your fitness not your communication skills. You are still a nice person, you are just also really busy getting that cardio done!

6. I always like to get inspired by images. My mind is very visual oriented. So I like to go through my Instagram and get inspired by my favorite athletes and the fitness community. Seeing how strong others are, how much other people sacrifice even to work out, to make the time and reaching their goals gets me motivated. With all that in mind, I like to visualize even while I do the exercise, what the result will look like. Everything else, I just simply blend out. 

7. Most importantly, and I know this is something many women struggle with, don't ever get irritated by guys watching you workout. I don't care if they look at my booty or my biceps. The time they waste on watching me instead of working out, is their loss. I usually try to really not even bother much with my surrounding and really watch my posture and correct form, set my mind to strictly focus on the exercise not on other people or what is happening at the reception.

8. No matter if you're lifting 3 or 300 pounds, you deserve your place in the weight section! Simply ignore those heavy duty lifters. Even they had to start somewhere...now it's your turn!

In conclusion, I usually have my music in, focus and I don't greet no one, I even avoid eye contact with people. I don't waste time, I know what I want. So should you. And as cheesy as it sounds, it's true: everyone has a first day in the gym. You can only move forward from there.

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Into The Fall 2014

Today was the very first day one could actually feel what the calender has been telling us all along - summer is over and done. [fill in sad face here].
Fall has arrived and so has my appetite for darker makeup colors....

Burgundy is still on top of my list for this seasons glam lip colors. But for the office and everything in between, I chose to start off my fall makeup with a smudged out green eye look and a soft berry lip color.

I have been even more so excited about my new favorite nail color. Crabtree & Evelyn's nail polish in Mocha. I had introduced their new nude collection of nail polishes back here but never expected to fall for this particular one so hard.

Other products used: 
Lips: In detail reviewed here: Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lip Gloss 
 in "Rose Hill"

What are you looking forward to this fall season?


Uma Total Rejuvenation Night Face Oil - Beauty From Its Source

Sun exposure, a stressful lifestyle, junk food...there are many reason why we need to take a closer look at our mind, body and soul. Stressed as ever, I ventured out to find something new for the big 3 R's: Relexation, Rejuvenation and Revitalization.

My dry skin always makes sure to remind me, if I don't get enough sleep, I haven't eaten my veggies or life just has been off. And since the next spa treatment just never seems to be quite around the corner, treating my skin at home with the right care is important. 

Uma Oils - Beauty From Its Source

Uma is a line of luxury skin care and wellness oils, natural and organic. Extracted and bottled in India, Uma oils harvest the deepest Ayurveda and Aromatherapy secrets. Giving your skin the rich care it needs to recover from all the madness you put it through during the day.

I use the rejuvenating oil mostly at night instead of a regular moisturizer to let all the ingredients sink into the skin. Consisting of Lemon, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile and Rose in a Pomegranate Oil base, just a few drops are enough to give your skin that dewy glow back and keep moisture locked in.

Thinking ahead of colder fall and winter month, I couldn't think of a better way to relax...
Uma Oils is of those brands, where beauty is not just another word but truly has meaning that you can feel! Definitely check them out here:  http://www.umaoils.com/  and on their Youtube channel!

What is your secret weapon when it comes to skin care? Have you ever tried Aromatherapy?


Lighten Up with Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss

Yep, turns out Whitening Lightning does much more than just teeth whitening! They also have fabulous lip glosses in their repertoire....

Want to try something new and have fun at the same time? The makers of Whitening Lightning certainly know how to do that. You know when you are in a darker room and try to accurately do your lips? Ya, that can go wrong quite a bit, especially when you are trying out that smoking hot new red...but wait, there is a light at the end of that tunnel...

Whitening Lightning lip glosses come with an incorporated light! How fun is that! 
Not sure how long it'll hold up but it does bring the light where needed and over drawing your lips won't be an issue any longer. 
The formula does need a second to warm up but once on the lips, it feels like a beautiful cream without any scent or taste to it. Well done!

Other products used here: 

Have you ever tried any of the Whitening Lightning Products? How do you like them?


My Go-To Summer Makeup Look

Can you believe it, September is knocking on the door...which means fall is not far away. Completely ignoring that however, I am still more into talking about summer and dazzling makeup items, that stand out to me the most...because clearly I have used them more than enough this year.

Since I have been keeping my makeup this summer more in the neutral zone as shown here
I wanted to share what I have been loving lately for the times when I do put on a bit more.

Trying to actually use up some of the products I accumulated over time, I have gotten a whole lot of use out of these who packages: 

For the eyes
4 different shadows and 2 cream products make a lot of magic happen.

  For The Face
Buxom's Summer Essentials "Glow & Tell"
That lip gloss in 'Tonya' and the luminizer in 'Venus' make such a pretty team. It is a winner from every angle, quite literally.
I have reviewed this kit last winter for everyone else like me, who doesn't like to give up on that summer glow just because it says December on the calender.
Find my full review here!

I know fall is already around the corner and even though I am not getting excited for the cold, I am getting excited to pull off some more dramatic and color intense looks.
What are you most excited for when it comes to fall?