No Heat Hairstyle’s For Summer
Low Bun By: Kendall Jenner
High Bun By: Jlo
No Heat Hairstyle’s For Summer
Hope everyone is having a great week so far! If you’ve been a blog reader for awhile now Im sure you’ve seen the hot trend of bloggers posting about the contents of “Whats in my bag?!”. Now, I dont know why any of you would care what’s in my bag but I tend to always love to read about what is in others – so I figured, why not!
Starting back after the New Year, in late January to be exact - I decided (after much convincing from my work & now fitness bff, Allison) to join ClassPass and really get in shape this summer. While I'd love to tell you I magically lost 15LB and feel amazing I will be honest...working out with our work hours is a real challenge. If you've followed along with S2N for awhile you probably have come to realize anything outside of work is a struggle these days for me, due to my long hour. I wanted to make working out a priority so I agreed to take on this fitness journey with AK (Allison). I've always been one of those people... If I look good, I feel good and in turn I thought it would make my work / life balance make more sense.
Fast forward to today, the end of June - I have taken 58 workout classes - averaging about 11 classes a month, which I think is an amazing accomplishment for me. I overall feel about 80% better and more energized each day. I workout very early in the morning so I am able to get to work by 7:30am ...yes, some days this makes me crash by about 4PM, but all in all workout has become a part of my life and I am not about to quit this lifestyle. I would recommend ClassPass to EVERYONE who loves classes vs. those of you who just love to hop on a treadmill and thats all you need. Growing up my life consisted around dance, cheerleading, sleep and school - I was extremely active but I was never one of those people who could head into a gym and "make the most of it"...I'm more like one of the people who dresses cute and goes to the gym to stand around, LOL. So, since ClassPass is ALL CLASSES - I knew it was for me!! If someone is giving me direction I am able to put 110% into the class as I want to be the best version of myself and be portrayed to be the best in the class. The other thing I LOVE about ClassPass is you can try a different class everytime if you wanted to, having the ability to have variety when working out is everything to me! If I am traveling, on set, feel like working out last minute - all I have to do is hop on the app or ClassPass.com, filter by my current location, time I want to workout and book a class! Yes, It is that easy! You can also choose the level you want each month, I am on the 10-Class Plan, which will give me 10-Classes per month at a set price, classes do not roll over, but I find that to be helpful to ensure I am working out as much as I would like. On the 10-Class Plan you can workout at the same studio up to 3x per month or go to 10 different studios if you would like! If you are in the Hoboken / NYC Area you MUST check out these studio - these are just some of my fav's I can't get enough of! (Bar Method, Sal Anthony's Movement Salon, Monster Cycle, Physique57, 4th Street Pilates) Living in Hoboken and working in NYC, this has been so helpful!! The prices for studios here are SOOO EXPENSIVE, so why not join ClassPass for a variety of classes, a set price per month and at your convenience?! SIGN UP FOR CLASSPASS HERE: (Try it out now and get your first month for only $19) Do you have a workout routine you can't get enough of? If so, leave a comment below - I would love to hear it! As always, thank you so much for reading!
I LOVVE shopping, some may even say I shop too much. Personally I don’t think that is possible, but my husband and bank account disagree. So when I was approached by Nilotic’s to try their skincare products and discovered that with every purchase I could make a difference, I knew that this was something special!
To start, I’ll begin with the products themselves. These fruit butters are bursting with antioxidants and skin healthy vitamins! As many of you may know, I have recently been posting about and working on my all natural eating habits for a better healthier me, and it should be no different when it comes to skin health either! Nilotic shea fruits butter is the only nut-derived butter that is consistently grade A, which means more Phyto-Nutrients for skin firmness, anti-aging benefits and acne treatment. (Must I say more?!?) On the contrary, the shea that we usually find in commercial beauty products are often grade D. So, not only is this a grade A formula, but it has large amounts of Stearic Acid and Oleic Acid (fatty acids). Steric Acid helps with fine lines, wrinkles, acne, cuts, burns, bug bites, and discoloration. While Oleic Acid makes for a super soft, silky, light ‘whipped’ feeling and includes antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E in addition to vitamin K.
These crèmes are all 100% pure and chemical Free, PETA approved & Cruelty Free, Vegan and Non Toxic. They are suitable for ALL skin & lip types, including sensitive skin. They are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and are dermatologist recommended. Outside of the incredible healthy benefits, I love how the crème melts into my skin. Consider coconut oil when you take a spoonful right out of the jar to cook with, it’s has a crème like texture but then as soon as it hits the hot pan its melts into a clear liquid. That is the best way that I can explain this amazing melting process, I love that it melts and absorbs right into my skin, and because of how it melts you really do not need a lot so your jar will last you a long time!
Now lets talk about why you have not 1, not 2 but 3 good reasons to shop with Nilotic’s!
Women’s Empowerment is also a priority for the Nilotic’s company and through the tree planting initiatives, noted above, you will find the local Shea women are learning through workshops and seminars on how to become full time entrepreneurs and support their families. Through these programs, like planting the trees and selling them back to the Nilotics company, Shea Women earn three times more than their West African counterparts so they’re able to support their families comfortably.
I do not know anywhere else you can find a product that is all natural, chemical free and absolutely amazing for your skin. I mean I use my crème before bed every night and put it on before my makeup every morning – I love how my skin has felt and notice a considerable difference when it comes to fine lines, red spots, and even puffiness under my eyes since I have begun using Nilotics. All of this along with supporting the children, economy and women’s empowerment programs in Northern Uganda is just the icing on top of the cake! Shopping has just changed people and its for the better! I am so very happy to offer a discount for your next purchase – Use the code below when you checkout for a 20% discount.
Thanks for Reading Friends!
“Makeup is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful, it is meant only to magnify the beauty that already exists.”
With Spring time right around the corner S2N is now thinking about ditching those winter makeup-routines and gearing up to bring back out those beautiful pink and blush colors pallets! I don’t know about you, but in the Springtime, I don’t want to deal with heavy makeup. When I go out at night during those warmer months, I usually wear a fuller coverage moisturizer and do my eyes a little more “glam”, but for my day to day makeup routine, I keep it pretty simple. I’ve always been more about lightweight products and accenting my natural glow than going for those full face heavy makeup looks. In my opinion, less is always more!
ATS’s SPRINGTIME DAY-TO-DAY MAKEUP LOOK:
I like to start off my look with a tinted moisturizer. I have extremely sensitive skin and am allergic to a lot of products, so I need to ensure that I keep to a pretty simple routine or I can break out in a rash or hives, and thats not fun for anyone! I prime my face with special doctor perscribed face lotion right after I wash it and then apply this Laura Mercier warm radiance tinted moisturizer. This helps illuminate my skin and give me that instant beachy springtime glow, it also has SPF 20 built is which is a big plus! It is a lightweight coverage moisturizer and doesn’t go on heavy and cake up your skin or clog your pores. I don’t like to use concealer because I’ve found It just tends to clog my pores and not enhance anything for me, so I skip that step and go right to bronzer after I moisturize. I’ve been using NARS products for years now and LOVE them all! I apply this NARS Bronzer on my cheek bones in the shade, Laguna. I have also used this one in the past and loved it, its a duel bronzer & blush and the color pallet is stunning!
Next, I apply this NARS blush pallet in the color, Foreplay (my go-to is the bright pink color pictured above at the bottom left of the pallet). I also use this blush (in the color orgasm) which is such a pretty shade for the spring. If I’m going somewhere right after work or going to be with friends and possibly taking photos, I then apply this highlighter by BECCA Cosmetics (in the color, Opal) on my cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose, this helps give a little sparkle/glow to your face! If Im going for a day-to-day look that I can wear into the evening, I sometimes then apply the POREfessional face primer by Benefit over all the above steps to minimize the appearance of pores which sometimes can be accented when applying makeup.
If I’m being honest I’m not a big lip color girl, I have a pretty pouty bottom lip and I’ve found that a lot of the Springtime bright colored lips make mine looks very, very large so I tend to avoid wearing lipstick during my day-to-day look. As an alternative I simply apply my SMITHS menthol lip balm and then this light nude MAC lip color in the shade, Fleshpot over the top. If I do decide to opt-in for a lipstick I usually go for one of these:
LANCOME: Rouge in Love
MAC: Fleshpot // Candy Yum-Yum
I haven’t changed my routine in over 10 years, I apply MAYBELLINE Great Lash clear gel or BadGal Lash by Benefit. I also take a ton of vitamins to keep my hair, nails and lashes healthy!
I use this pencil in the shade, Arch by Hourglass. A fun beauty tip: your great lash clear gel can also double as a way to keep your brows in place!
Photos by: ATS
For the final step I spritz my Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume or a drop of Lavender oil and I’m out the door. This casual, lightweight spring makeup & beauty routine should take you no more than 12 minutes in the morning, and leave you feeling polished and put together all day long!
Continue reading to check out KPR’s go-to makeup routine for Spring & what products she’s loving!
I often change my makeup routine, adding eyeliner here or a new mascara there. Its fun to switch it up, and when the seasons change I like to change along with it. Spring calls for a lighter makeup routine, and I am excited to share my go-to favorites!
Urban Decay – is a brand I have gotten really into this past year, and have adopted many of their products as everyday essentials. I begin with the One & Done complexion protector, it feels like you aren’t wearing anything at all. I mean what is worse then makeup that feels caked on (gross) this stuff is just enough coverage for spring and summer. I also love their line of Vice Lipsticks, I own like 4 of them! If you are looking for a nude everyday color, then go for Liar – It’s a definite go-to!
Okay my love for Urban Decay (UD) goes on. If you are someone who has naturally great brows, then consider yourself lucky – I absolutely do not. To help with my brow game I use the UD Brow Beater Pencil and Brow Gel to tam those ladies! These are always in my purse, just in case!
Photos by: B Photography
Aside from lightening up my makeup routine for the upcoming spring, I also like to lighten up my everyday jewelry. I am obsessed with Harper and Jewels, they have so many cute options and are always adding more & more to the site! I am a fan of simple jewelry for everyday use, and these two initial necklaces have been a great layering combination for me recently, but can also be worn separately for an even more simple look. The Monogram Disk is a perfect stand alone piece, if you are wearing a higher neck top it lays perfectly (Posted with a turtleneck here!) I also love wearing it with a simple tee. The One Letter Initial necklace is just so sweet and dainty – I mean it goes with everything! Harper and Jewels had so many monogram pieces, you have endless options to choose from. And if you are interested in snagging something for a friend, or yourself (self-love is always important!) then here is a little discount code that could help you if you can’t decide which to get – get them both! Use code: REPSOHO for 15% off your entire order.
Let us know your beauty favorites – We would love to hear about them!
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