Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Last September, I ran my first half marathon.  It was one of my finer moments mentally, but not physically, as you can see ;)

I trained for months, but I never lost any weight.  I trained my body to run long distances, but I wasn't training my body to change.  Overall, I was happy with my race time and my accomplishment, but I don't think it's something I want to do again.  I'm much more suited to weightlifting, so I'm going to focus more on that this year.

I still like running and I plan to do some 5K and 10K races this year.  So, I have been trying to walk more and stay active throughout the day in general.  And, I've incorporated two high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts into my routine each week.  My HIIT workouts last about 20 minutes plus a 5-minute warm-up and a 5-minute cool down.  During the 20 minutes I alternate short intense repetitions with short recovery periods.

I like this type of workout because I can tell it really helps improve my performance overall.  Plus, it increases your resting metabolic rate (RMR), which helps burn fat.  Here is a sample treadmill workout if you want to give it a try!  If you can't handle the speed or incline right away, just be patient and work up to it!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sephora Online Shopping Trip - Product Reviews

As I mentioned, I made a Valentine's Day haul at Sephora.  Lots of products to recap, but I'll try to keep it concise for you!

Clinique Long Last Glosswear - $15 - First time buy and I would buy again.  It's sticky, hence the long-last part.  I bought it in Bonfire, which has a nice color that would suit anyone.  Flecks of glitter, but not in a juvenile way.  Love it!  I want some other colors!

Bobbi Brown Corrector - $23 - Third time buy.  I love this stuff - it cancels out the dark circles my grandmother passed onto me better than anything I've ever found.  I only have to buy this about once per year.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit - $33 - Third time buy.  It goes over the corrector and brightens.  Love love love!  Again - it lasts me about a year.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long Wearing Formula - $16 - Second time buy.  I love this mascara because it's the "tube" type that doesn't budge and the brush is tiny - easy to use.  I have oily lids and this doesn't cause raccoon eyes!  This is a darkening mascara, which I like for my light lashes.  If I want thickening, I add a Maybelline mascara.  Right now I'm using Stilletto.

Sephora Collection Instant Eye Makeup Remover - $8.50 - First time buy.  Where have you been all my life??!!  Not too oily, not too creamy and works wonders, even on my Clinique mascara.  With other makeup removers, I cannot get that mascara off without serious work.  Just buy this - seriously.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube Original - $20 - First time buy.  I have been using MAC's Paint Pot, but I love UD products, so I thought I'd try this.  I love how this goes on and works great to prevent creasing, etc.  I like the MAC coverage a bit better, but next time I will buy the UD again.

FREE SAMPLE - Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment - $85 for 2 oz.  I liked the scrub, but personally I wouldn't spend that on this product because it wasn't that much better than much more inexpensive stuff I've tried.  I am in love with the scent and results of this for only $7.  Love me some Target.

FREE SAMPLE - Marchesa Parfum D'Extase - $60 for 1 oz. - I like the name more than the scent.  It was way too floral for me.  But, if you love floral, it's a clean scent, so go for it.

FREE SAMPLE - Carolina Herrera 212 Men - $58 for 1.7 oz. - I liked it, but the scent didn't curl my toes or last long on my hubby.  He said he likes his CK1 much better.  I don't know if that dates him or if the ol' tried and true is still the best ;)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guess what I bought myself for Valentine's Day?

Who needs chocolate and roses when you have Sephora? Here are the goodies I got today. I'll do a follow-up post with product reviews next week.

Have a happy Valentine's Day!