Today’s workout

Today I went to Total Woman gym, my happy place! I haven’t been in ages.


I’ve started Couch to 10k over, for seemingly the umpteenth time. I’m working on speed now, and I’m not unhappy with today’s result. I’m still in Week 1!


I also did a TCA patch test. A such as I like twice-weekly Mandelic acid peels, I’m ready for something stronger. Wish me luck!

How was your day?


Wendy

Weekend Shenanigans

Good morning and happy Monday! Here’s my weekend wrap-up, in case anyone is still reading this blog…

Cracked up open this bottle on Friday. This is not the Jose Cuervo we drank in college!

Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia extra-añejo tequila

I put this in my hair Saturday morning and left it in all day. My workout partner gave me a couple of sachets of Kiehl’s olive oil deep conditioner. She gets the big tub of it! I might spring for it too and put it into regular rotation.

Kiehl's Fruit Olive Oil Deeply Reparative Hair PakI put this in my hair Sunday morning and left it in all day. I always pick up a few sachets of whatever deep conditioner is on sale at Sally’s, so I’ve got a few to use up. My hair is in rough shape! My goal is to go through my stash, and then start a new one!
180Pro Miracle Damage Eliminator

I went to Costco and stocked up on my veggies for the week – cucumbers, bell peppers, and tomatoes are nice to munch on at my desk. Plus I got blueberries for my Shakeology and oatmeal, and trusty bananas.
CostCo fruit and veggies

And maybe a little something else for the week, too! Yes, I can totally eat 1.87 lbs of cheese in a week.
KerryGold Dubliner cheese

I went to REI and bought some trail runners for the Verdugos 10K I signed up for next weekend. REI ain’t cheap! But they pay their employees well, the employees are very knowledgeable and treat the customers well, so it’s worth it. Plus, I had $30 in dividends to apply to the purchase.

La Sportiva Trail Runners from REI

I spied this top on the clearance rack. It’s a lightweight baselayer that I think will work well as a running top. It’s not like I bought just because of the color or anything…

Lightweight baselayer from R

Now off to work to pay for all these purchases…

How was your weekend?


Wendy

NYX Butter Lipsticks

I was recently feeling sorry for myself a little blue, so I popped over to Target to browse the clearance aisle in the beauty department (as you do).

NYX Butter Lipsticks were on sale for $2.54! I hadn’t yet tried any, so I scooped up one of each available color.

Swatches and review of NYX Butter Lipsticks in Razzle Fiesta, Sweet Tart, and Moonlit Night.

I got these three:

Swatches and review of NYX Butter Lipsticks in Razzle Fiesta, Sweet Tart, and Moonlit Night.

Razzle Fiesta – this seems to me to a true cool pink, almost a hot pink.
Sweet Tart – a warmer pink, bordering on coral.
Moonlit Night – this is a deep plum color.

Swatches and review of NYX Butter Lipsticks in Razzle Fiesta, Sweet Tart, and Moonlit Night.
When I was in high school, a friend of mine worked at the local CVS. Her job in the beauty department was to check each and every lipstick to see it it had been swatched. If it was, she’d chuck it in a bin and it would get shipped back to the company. But, no danger of that with NYX – taking the plastic wrap off the lippies was nearly nail-breaking, so you know your lipsticks won’t be contaminated.

Here are my swatches:

Swatches and review of NYX Butter Lipsticks in Razzle Fiesta, Sweet Tart, and Moonlit Night.

Left to right: Razzle Fiesta, Sweet Tart, Moonlit Night.

I know I’m totally late to the butter lipstick trend, but these from NYX are quite nice. They’re sheer, soft, and easy enough to put on without a mirror. My favorite is Moonlit Night, but I suspect Sweet Tart will be the one I wear most often because it’s fairly neutral. Razzle Fiesta is beautiful, but not great with my yellowish skin. Not that I care…I’ll wear it anyway.

No complaints from me on these lippies, and they certainly did cheer me up! I’ve never tried anything from NYX before, but I’ll be stalking the Target endcap for more markdowns, especially for the butter lipsticks.

Have you tried butter lipsticks from NYX? What’s your favorite color?


Wendy

Manicure Monday – Zoya Mimi

Happy Monday! I’m back with one of my most favorite nail polishes in the history of nail polish…Zoya Mimi.

Zoya Mimi

If there is a more pretty-pretty princess shade than this, I have yet to find it. If you know of one, please tell me! Zoya Mimi is a deep, sparkingly, royal purple with flashes of hot pink glitter. It’s just fabulous.

Zoya Mimi

I use three coats over Orly Bonder base coat. I probably could have just used two coats, but I wanted to make sure the color was fully saturated. Now, this polish has a bit of a rough texture because of the glitter, but with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, it was very smooth.


Zoya Mimi

I have quite a few Zoya polishes thanks to those Earth Day promos they used to run (maybe they still do? I don’t know ). The colors are always unique and varied, but more than any other brand I’ve used, a base coat and top coat with Zoya are essential.

What’s on your nails today?


Wendy

December Empties

Good morning! Here are some products that I used up in December.

December empties including Lucy Minerals, Indelible Eye Pencil, L'oreal Miss Manga mascara, Avon Moroccan oil shampoo, Suave Moroccan styling oil, J&J baby bath

Lucy Minerals Sweet Dreams facial oil: I love love love this product. Never did I think I’d be someone to use oil on my oily face, but somehow it works. I’ve got back-ups of this.

Suave Moroccan Styling Oil: I think I got this in a goody bag from some event a couple of years ago. It’s lasted for-ever. I really like this product since it made my super-fine tangly hair easy to comb. I’m always hesitant to use styling product since I skip the shampoo and only use conditioner on my hair, but this stuff washes out nicely without leaving residue behind.

December empties including Lucy Minerals, Indelible Eye Pencil, L'oreal Miss Manga mascara, Avon Moroccan oil shampoo, Suave Moroccan styling oil, J&J baby bath

Indelible Eyes Waterproof Eye Pencil in Brownstone: This has replaced Avon Glimmersticks as my go-to eyeliner. It leaves a crisp and defined line, and doesn’t smudge too much on my oily lids. I wish it came in a lighter color since Brownstone is nearly black, but I bought a backup anyway.

L’oreal Miss Manga Voluminous mascara: I got this last year at a blogger event. You really can’t go wrong with L’oreal mascaras. This is a great mascara that gives length and volume. But…I wish it came in brown.
December empties including Lucy Minerals, Indelible Eye Pencil, L'oreal Miss Manga mascara, Avon Moroccan oil shampoo, Suave Moroccan styling oil, J&J baby bath

Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan oil shampoo: Since I don’t use shampoo very often, this sat around in the shower for months and months. When I did use it, I didn’t have to use conditioner afterward. Imagine that! With my super-fine, tangly hair, I didn’t need conditioner. It’s a miracle. I’d repurchase but I’ve got another bottle of shampoo laying around that will take ages to finish…

Johnson&Johnson baby bedtime bath: Meh. I thought this would smell lavender-y and dreamy, but it kind smelled like Elmer’s Glue.

What products have you used and loved recently?


Wendy