Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine

I recently received this incredible goody bag in the mail from Neutrogena.

Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine, Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, bacne, salicylic acid

It was a collection of gym essentials – a headband, 1-lb weights, a cute pink string bag, facial wipes, and a post-workout body wash to combat bacne (back acne).

Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine, Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, bacne, salicylic acid

The Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash is my favorite item in the goody bag. If you’ve been reading the blog for any time at all, you’ll know that I have been waged in a multi-decade war against acne. I don’t just have it on my face and back (like this body wash is designed to combat), but on my chest, too. But! The salicylic acid in this body wash has really helped tone it down. The body wash has a refreshing citrus-y scent, and I haven’t noticed that my skin is any drier because of it, just smoother and clearer.
Thank you, Neutrogena! I didn’t even know that specialty body washes for torso zits existed, but now that I’ve tried it, I’ll never go without such a product again!

What products do you use in the battle against acne?


Wendy

Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Good morning friends! I’m still catching up on my posts, so here’s an entry that I probably should have written two weeks ago. I was recently invited to the Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen event in Hollywood.

Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

A perk of blogging – I get invited to amazing places and events that I’d otherwise not even know about! So I grabbed my WingWoman Candice and off we went.

Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

First off, everything in the studio was PINK so I knew we were in for a good time.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

I love Benefit’s retro-cool look.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

There were celebrities! Here’s the commotion at the VIP entrance.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Here are some of the celebrities at the event.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Somehow I missed the part of the invitation that stated this was at the Benefit Cosmetics Tattoo Parlor…now, I have a tattoo and it REALLY REALLY HURT, so I wasn’t about to sign up to get another one. Instead, we opted for temporary tattoos!

Candice got the Benefit logo.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

I got the WingWomen logo.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

There was a goody bag at the end of the evening! They’re Real Pushup Eyeliner and Mascara samples sizes were handed out in these cute pink bags. I’ve been wanting to learn how to draw a cat-eye and this seems like a great tool for practice.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Thank you Benefit for inviting me and Candice to this fun event! We enjoyed the cocktails, atmosphere, and our mini-makeovers.

Do you know how to wing out your eyeliner? Any tips for me?

 

 

Shakeology Vegan Tropical Strawberry, Chocolate Shakeology, taking Shakeology to the airport

 


Wendy

The LAST Sunday Social

Can you believe it?! This is the last Sunday Social from Neely and Ashley . Thank you for this wonderful link-up, ladies! I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with in November.

Sunday Social with A Complete Waste of Makeup Blog

1. How did you come up with your blog name?
I like blush, and I like barbells, and I really like alliteration.

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I am a bit reserved and shy In Real Life, so I like being able to drone on and on here on my blog. Thanks to everyone who reads!

3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can’t live without?
I am so grateful that my little corner of cyberspace has resulted in friends across the globe.

4. Facebook or Twitter? Why?
Facebook (add me as your friend!) – I like Twitter but it moves too fast.

5. If one celeb read your blog, who would you want it to be?
ShaunT? Tony Horton? Sagi Kalev? Any of those guys would be great.

6. What is something you want people to know about your blog?
It’s a hobby, not a job, so enough with the “you haven’t kept up with it very well” messages, kthxbye.

How’s your weekend?

Shakeology Vegan Tropical Strawberry, Chocolate Shakeology, taking Shakeology to the airport


Wendy

Travel Tuesday – Tula de Allende

Happy Tuesday! Now that I have a bit more time, I’ll try to keep up with Travel Tuesdays. I don’t want to forget any of the amazing things I’ve seen. Today, a recap of the day trip my work buddies and I made to Tula de Allende.

The town of Tula de Allende is in the lovely state of Hidalgo and about an hour’s ride from Mexico City’s north bus station.

We went directly from the bus station to the archaeological zone. The entrance was ~$4. Before seeing the ruins, you can stop at the small museum that houses some of the artifacts from the Toltec site. The Toltec culture peaked around 700AD.

chac mool Tula de Allende hildalgo mexico

This is a chac mool. It completely blows my mind that this figure can be seen in the Yucatan peninsula and in central Mexico. The two cultures (Toltec and Maya) must have had contact, but historians are still fighting that one out.

flag bearers Tula de Allende mexico
A flag-bearer.

zona arqueologica Tula de Allende Hidalgo Mexico
From the museum, we walked through this nice desert landscaping.

santisima muerte Tula de Allende mexico
On to the ruins themselves! Here’s a carving on the side of one of the structures – the skull is still a feature in Mexican culture today.

zona arqueologica Tula de Allende Hidalgo Mexico atlantes
These kind of reminded me of totem poles in the Pacific Northwest, but in the Toltec culture they’re called atlantes and are made of stone. Carved from stone! These statues are representations of warriors.

zona arqueologica Tula de Allende Hidalgo Mexico

The town of Tula de Allende is very charming – we walked through the town center and found this drawbridge over the Rio Tula.
Tula de Allende Hidalgo mexico

drawbridge Tula de Allende Hidalgo mexico

The Cathedral and Ex Convent de San Jose de Tula is just past the town square and was founded in 1543. 1543!
exconvent and cathedral of san jose de tula founded 1543

exconvent and cathedral of san jose de tula founded 1543

exconvent and cathedral of san jose de tula founded 1543

exconvent and cathedral of san jose de tula founded 1543

The cathedral’s altarpiece took my breath away. I loved the contrast of the modern mural and the colonial architecture.
I’ve noticed that quite a few altarpieces in Mexico reflect local history as well as the traditional figure of Jesus on the cross – Tula was no exception. My photo isn’t great, but you can see an atlante and a chac mool on the left, conquistadores and Franciscan missionaries on the right.
exconvent and cathedral of san jose de tula founded 1543, altar piece, triptych

Thanks for looking at my photos!


Wendy

Run10Feed10 Santa Monica Race Recap

On Sunday, I ran the Run10 Feed10 in Santa Monica to which I’d been invited – I posted about it here. It was my second time running this race, and I’m sorry to say that my time did.not.improve. It didn’t improve! I’d hoped that after training (very occasionally I confess) at high altitude in Mexico City, I would have sped up a bit.
But alas, that was not the case for this race. I’ll just let Garmin tell the story.

RUN10 FEED10-National Charity Race with Women's Health Magazine & FEED Foundation

Normally I try to think Progress, not Perfection, but I didn’t make much progress here. I guess I will just keep doing my Couch to 10K app and working at it!

The race itself was really nice – you can’t beat the scenery once you hit the oceanfront.

Plus we got these lovely gifts for completing the race!

RUN10 FEED10-National Charity Race with Women's Health Magazine & FEED Foundation

Thanks again to Women’s Health magazine for the invitation to the race – I enjoyed the run and the reminder that I need to keep training!

If you’d like to help combat hunger in your neighborhood, you can donate here.

How was your weekend?

 


Wendy