FITfluence Launch Event

I love being a blogger. Not only have I made friends all over the world, but I get invited to exciting events like this and that. And last week I attended the launch of the FITfluence event at YouTube Space LA.
YouTube Space LA, Fitfluence
The panel was made up of influential YouTubers, including a couple of my favorites, Tony Horton of P90X and Cassey Ho from Blogilates.

This event was spectacular – there were a tons of vendors on hand, giving out goodies. Just look at this incredible goody bag! It’s stuffed with awesome gifts.

LeSport Sac backpack
Free Le Sport Sac bags?! Yes please!

BeBit YouTuber
YouTube Channel BeFit
had these workout accessories.

LVFT steel water bottles
I don’t know about you, but I always need these steel water bottles – one for my desk, one for my night stand, they’re just really handy to have around.

Hickies elastic shoelaces
How awesome is this concept – elastic lacing system from Hickies. Since I don’t wear shoes in the house, this is really convenient for slipping lace-up shoes on and off at the front door.

exo made with cricket flour, PB&J
Hmm. I don’t think I’ll eat this. I have nothing against cricket flour, but I am pestacarian and this doesn’t really fall into that category.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it., selfies
was giving away this selfie system…I haven’t used it yet but I’m keen to try it!

Tarte Park Avenue Princess, Lights, Cameras, Splashes mascara
Woot! Waterproof mascara and bronzer from Tarte!

And the highlight of my evening:

Tony Horton, Bring It! P90X


Do you follow any YouTubers? Who’s your favorite?


Quick and Easy Makeup Tips for Busy Women

Good morning, peeps! As you can tell by the dearth of recent posts, I’ve been go, go go! lately. How does a girl keep herself looking good with little spare time? Finding time to glam yourself up can be an uphill struggle for busy women. Here are some handy tips that will help you incorporate your beauty routine into your busy schedule.


Fall Trend 2010 Grunge Smokey Brown MAC Eyeshadow

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Get organized

You can achieve a fast, flawless look if you establish a little bit of order to your makeup regime. Dedicate a station in your bathroom, bedroom, or wherever is most convenient to do your makeup. Ideally the station will include your makeup kit, a mirror, a seat, and a clock. Your station should be neat and tidy so that you can find everything quickly and easily. The night before, make sure that you have everything you need at your station to avoid wasting precious time searching for missing items. I like to put out my makeup the night before, just like I do with my clothes.

Makeup on the move

It is a good idea to have two makeup kits; one that stays at home and a portable one. This means that if you don’t have time in the morning to apply your makeup, you can do it during your commute (assuming you’re not driving!) or when you get to work. This does not have to mean spending lots buying two of everything. Think about what you will need in your portable kit. You may need to apply moisturizer and mascara after being at the gym, but you will not need to bring your entire post-workout skin care kit. You will save money if you purchase a selection of miniatures, like a miniature comb, for your portable kit. Personally, I buy minis for the cute factor, but they really are handy, too!



Pare down your makeup kit

Most women will have hundreds of unused eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail polishes in various locations around the house. It is a better idea to have a small number of good quality essentials rather than a large number of cheap and nasty products. You can purchase good quality makeup here or ask friends for recommendations. Dedicate some time to sorting through your makeup and get rid off all the items that are old or that you do not plan to use.  I just did that this week and I’ve way pared down my stash. Once you have done this, think about your makeup routine and whether there is anything you can comfortably omit. You may be stuck in a makeup rut, having done the same routine for years. Why not try doing things a little different – it might just save you time and money. Makeup shops and department stores often offer free makeovers. At the very least, the makeup assistants may be able to offer you advice on how you can streamline your makeup routine.

Makeup Brush on White Background

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Long-term makeup

You could cut out (most of) your makeup routine altogether if you invest in long-term makeup. To do this, you should book an appointment with a professional beautician who can tint your eyelashes and eyebrows. The tinting will last for over a month. I’ve had my lashes professionally tinted, and I do my brows at home. There are now nail polish products available that last for two weeks or more without chipping. Again, you should visit a beauty salon to get this done. Although this might be expensive in the short-term, in the long-term this could save you money and, of course, time. And time = money!

What do you do to streamline your morning routine? Any more tips for us?


Can You Get a Toned Tummy at Home?

Hey guys – you know I love my gym, and I love my P90X Ab Ripper X video…but sometimes I want a little variety in my workouts without the DVD barking orders at me and I want to do something without a full workout, so I got this list of ab workouts to do at home.

FloorCrunchGeorge Stepanek

A toned stomach seems to be the Holy Grail of women’s fitness.. Although there’s focus on toning everything else, a tight and flat stomach is what so many women strive for (including me!). And although it’s not the be-all and end-all, it is a nice thing to have. If you don’t have a lot of time for the gym, or you feel like your time at the gym isn’t doing enough, there are lots of ways you can tone your stomach at home. You can even do it at the office while you sit at your desk. As well as more strenuous toning exercises like crunches, there are plenty of more subtle exercises you can do anywhere and at any time. If a toned tummy is what you’re looking for, try these simple exercises you can do at home to trim down your midriff.

Of all the lower ab exercises, crunches are the ones that everyone thinks of when they want to tone their stomach. There are lots of different variations on crunches, from standard ones to reverse crunches. They’re perfect for exercising at home. An exercise mat will make things more comfortable, but you don’t need any special equipment, so you don’t need to go to the gym. Try bicycle crunches where you bend and straighten your legs or a crunch twist, moving your upper body to the side.

Use an Exercise Ball
Using a stability ball can help you to tighten your tummy. Lie flat on your back, with your arms and legs straight out. Hold the ball above your head and bring it above your chest as you raise your legs to meet the ball. Place the ball between your ankles and lower it to the floor with your legs as you straighten your arms above your head. You can repeat this move 10 to 12 times, but remember to keep your lower back pressed to the floor.

Stomach Toning at Your Desk
Exercises that you can do while you’re sitting down are always great, because you can do them anywhere. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, which many people do, it can help to have exercises you can fit your daily routine without giving up your free time to the gym. One of the easiest ones to do is an ab squeeze. All you need to do is hold in your abs as tight as you can for two to three seconds before letting go. Repeat the movement for a set of reps. You can tighten your oblique muscles too by contracting your muscles sideways.
Ab squeezes are the most subtle exercise because you can do them without anyone noticing. If you want to try some other exercises, they might be best left to your lunch break. Try some seated crunches, by putting your feet flat on the floor and curling your body toward your knees, squeezing your abs as you go. You can also try doing leg pull-ins by sitting on the edge of your chair (not one with wheels!) and extending your legs straight out in front of you. Lift your legs off the floor and lean back slightly, and then bring your knees into your chest as you move forward.

What do you think of these exercises? I am going to try to incorporate the ab squeezes at my desk.


Ultimate Flat Top Buffer

Good morning! I recently found myself in need of a new foundation brush, and Lucy Minerals was having a sale….So I took the plunge and bought one of these spendy Ultimate brushes.
I bought the Ultimate Flat Top Buffer (on sale for $18)

Ultimate Flat Top Buffer, Lucy Minerals

Ultimate Flat Top Buffer, Lucy Minerals

I love this brush! Synthetic hair brushes are not only nicer for our animal friends, but they’re so, so soft.

Ultimate Flat Top Buffer, Lucy MineralsUltimate Flat Top Buffer, Lucy Minerals

Flat top brushes are fantastic for mineral makeup. It layers on beautifully and evenly. I’m quite tempted to buy a back-up, and maybe a regular kabuki brush for finishing powder…

What kind of makeup brushes do you use?




Non-Scale Victories Linkup

Good morning! Today I’m participating in KTJ’s non-scale victory linkup.


I realized that the entire four months I was in Mexico, I didn’t eat a single Oreo. Not a one! I even passed up Oreo-themed desserts at the hotel happy hour.
no oreosThis is a huge victory, because Oreos tend to be my comfort food. I tend to eat those bad boys when I’m away from home (no idea why). I ate tons of Oreos when I lived in Japan and when I was travelling in SE Asia (although to be fair, that was because there were lots of different varieties).

In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I’ve eaten an entire box of Oreos. Yay me!