Category : Beauty

Nancy Rose Performance Winner!

Photo courtesy of Nancy Rose Performance

The Nancy Rose Performance Wear Contest was really enjoyable. I love reading all of your different interests in fitness. Normally I do an old fashioned drawing by placing everyone’s name in a hat, but this time I used a computer program that randomly generates names for contest. That was far easier than writing all the names on scraps of paper. Should have thought of this before!

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Nancy Rose Performance Review and Fitness Clothes Giveaway!

Nancy Rose Performance
Since I train at home, I walk into the garage wearing some unusual outfits (especially when it’s cold outside). When Nancy Rose Performance contacted me regarding their workout clothes, I felt a little tingly. I could actual train in style!

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The Fittest Booties Dish Out Fave Jeans Picks

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Question: Why do women  who lift always wear workout clothes?

Answer: Because nothing else fits.

I know, fit girl problems, right? But when Black Eyed Peas asked me what I was going to do with all that junk in my trunk, I honestly did not know the answer.

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Hello Coconut Oil Deodorant, Good-bye Commercial Antiperspirant

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Coconut oil is a great deodorant

The longer you are married, the deeper your discussions grow. You move away from surface and cutesy talks to dig into the grittier part of life– like pit stink.

My husband and I both agree that commercial antiperspirants just aren’t the way to go. We were never big fans of them, but what’s the alternative? All the natural deodorants you find at the health food store do not work.

But then I found a great alternative that comes right from the kitchen. It’s simple, yet effective and works better than anything I’ve purchased over the years.

 

Coconut Oil Deodorant Recipe

¼ cup cornstarch

¼ cup baking soda

2-3 tbsp. coconut oil

 

Blend the cornstarch and baking soda together really well. Then slowly add in the coconut oil, combining to get a consistency much like a solid deodorant stick. I find it works best if the coconut oil is hard, so you may have to put it in the fridge for a bit.

A word to the wise, DO NOT by any means taste this. Okay, so I learned that the hard way. I always taste the food I’m cooking and it was an impulse to dip my finger in and test it. I didn’t even know I was doing it. It was awful!

I leave mine a little creamy and just store it in a bowl. You can make it thicker and shove it down into an empty deodorant stick, but that’s just too much effort for me.

When you’re ready to use it, just take a small amount in your fingers and spread it around. Not only does the coconut oil work as a moisturizer, but the natural antimicrobial properties works to keep bacteria at bay. The cornstarch and baking soda work to keep you dry, however you may experience a bit of skin irritation with the baking soda if you apply after shaving. If this happens, you can skip the baking soda that day and just use coconut oil with cornstarch.

And, no joke, you are stink free all day. I apply this in the morning and still smell fresh before bed.

Admittedly, I’m a stress sweater. So as far as perspiration control, I feel it works just as good as anything I’ve used in the past.

 

Do you have a natural deodorant that you prefer? Share below!

 

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DIY Exfoliating Scrubs to Rescue Winter Skin

DIY sugar scrub

DIY sugar scrub

Winter is a cruel mistress to your skin. The low humidity, harsh winds, and cold temperatures wick natural moisture away, leaving you cracked and peeled from head to toe.

If you tend to slather on moisturizer and lip balm all day to soothe winter dryness, you may be missing a crucial step to a healthy glow: exfoliation. Dry skin cells build up over top of healthy new skins cells. Moisturizer applied over dry skin will not fully penetrating your skin to nourish new cells.

Exfoliating removes the layer of dead skin cells so that moisture can reach newer, healthier cells beneath. Exfoliation also helps improve skins appearance with more even tones and a natural glow.

If you head to the beauty isle you will find loads of exfoliating scrubs that can cost a pretty penny running anywhere from $8 for the generic version to well over $50 for higher end brands. I opt to make my own from products I find in my kitchen. Homemade exfoliating scrubs are a very cost effective way to soothe dry winter skin.

Here is a brief tutorial on creating body and facial scrubs from items found in your pantry:

 

Step 1- The Base

A good exfoliating scrub will have an oil base. This helps the scrubbing particles glide over your skin and provides a nice lock of moisture after you wash.

Any kitchen oil will do (well, you probably don’t want to use vegetable or canola oil). So this is likely a personal preference or an availability factor. Coconut, almond, and walnut oil have fragrant smells. Olive oil may smell harsh on it’s own, but when mixed with sugar it’s actually quite pleasant. If you want no smell at all, opt for grape seed oil.

 

Step 2- The Scrubbies

You will want some sort of abrasive particle to help scrub away dead skin cells. Most shower scrubs use sugar, and this is also what I prefer. I use raw sugar (turbinado) for my shower scrub, but brown sugar or refined white sugar works well, too. If you find your skin ends up red and irritated after exfoliation, you may want to use a finer grain sugar.

Salt is another option. Course sea salt is great for a full body scrub and finer salt works well for the face and neck. Another alterative for a facial scrub is baking soda with olive oil. This works well for those with acne prone skin.

 

Step 3- Combining

When I make an exfoliating scrub, I don’t measure. I start with the sugar or abrasive in a small container—eyeballing what I think I will need for a few days. This is usually around ¼ cup.

Then I slowly add in the oil, stirring it together to get the right consistency. You will want the abrasive to be fully coated and no more. You will want more abrasive than oil in the mixture. Turbinado exfoliating scrubs will likely require more oil than scrubs that use finer particles.

 

Step 4- Optional Add-Ons

You don’t have to stop at just the base and the particles. Adding in essential oils, honey, citrus, and other scents is a great way to help relax your mind and heal your skin.

 

Step 5- Scrub Time!

Wash your skin thoroughly from head to toe and rinse. Apply a palm-size amount of exfoliant to a loofah or your hand. Rub an area of skin using a circular pattern for a good 30 seconds. Continue to do this for your entire body and then rinse.

Note that you will have a small amount of oil left on your skin. This works as a moisturizer.

 

Caution: Though I haven’t experienced this with homemade exfoliants (I have with store bought ones), your shower or tub may get slippery. Be careful in the tub and make sure to wash out all oil residues as not to injure someone else. A bath mat may prevent any accidents from happening.

 

And to clarify, I did not injure anyone with a slippery tub. I just ended up with a super slippery tub when I used a sugar scrub from a store.

 

 

Tips

You can certainly use a sugar or salt scrub on your face. I’ve never had issues with the oil causing a break out. For dry lips, dab a bit of scrub on them and rub with an old toothbrush to remove dead skin before applying lip balm.

I recommend once you master your favorite recipe to store a good amount in an old cosmetics tub or plastic container. That way you have it on hand and can exfoliate 2-4 times per week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pv.Body Review and Offer: Your Fitness Wear Personal Shopper

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Even though I’m a fitness buff, gluteal goddess, wielder of the iron bar … I totally miss the mark when it comes to fitness apparel. I was born without the shopping gene.

I know, hard to believe. My husband’s got it. My daughter’s got it. My mom’s got it. But I’m the girl who grabs 10 of the same item off the clearance rack and runs with it.

Not sexy.

What I need is a personal shopper. Someone who can take a list of my favorite colors, styles, and activities, blend them up and serve me a dish of the perfect fitness outfit every month.

Well, would you believe me if I told you this just happened?

Pv.Body is an online fitness apparel service that personally selects a fitness outfit each month catered to your individual preferences. You take a quiz, create a personal profile, and for just $49.95 a month you get a workout top and bottom each month delivered to your doorstep.

Before I ramble on, check out this quick video that explains what Pv.Body can do for you:

Pv.Body sent me my package the other week. I had no idea what to expect. I clicked a few buttons online, crossed my fingers, and waited for Mr. Postman. This adorable magenta foil envelope bedazzled my porch one afternoon, and inside it held sleek black workout pants and a bright blue top.

Those are my colors! I didn’t even tell them that. They just knew! As I unwrapped my little gift, something beautiful caught my eye: Made In USA. Nice!

First I tried on the top. As I slid the high quality, moisture-wicking material over my shoulders, it felt like a second skin. The top had such a flattering fit, and is racer back—which is my favorite cut.

I love the racerback style with the crossover straps.

I love the racerback style with the crossover straps.

Next, I wiggled into the pants.  The material is cozy, and the fit is nice. I love how they hug me in all the right places. I am not a big fan of tapered ankles or high waists (which these pants have), but I honestly felt really comfortable in them despite these features. If I saw these pants on the rack, I would pass them up because I typically don’t look for this style. However, I am glad Pv.Body sent them to me because I can add to my fitness pant repertoire (which is sadly very limited).

Sleek, fitting, perfect.

Sleek, fitting, perfect. Can you find King Pig?

I’ve perused some high-end fitness apparel stores (that I shall not name, but you know), and can easily compare this outfit to what I saw hanging in these high-end store windows. However, this entire outfit cost about what you would pay for a sports bra at these other unnamed retailers.

Everything hugged my curves, yet was stretching so that it moved with my body as I worked out.  I did a full body strength training session and coached a client while wearing these duds. I honestly felt like I wasn’t wearing anything—in a comfortable way.

Not hiding these curves

Not hiding these curves

They didn’t bunch or rise up awkwardly as I moved. Everything stayed in its place, kept me cool, and cozy through my long day.

My Pv.Body experience has shed new light on how I view fitness clothing. In the past, I bought what was cheap, easy to throw on, and hardly durable. I would go through fitness pants and tanks quickly, constantly replacing them every month.

It’s nice to have quality clothing that is affordable and something I don’t have to put a lot of thought into. Pv.Body does all the hard work for me. I just stay home and peer through the window waiting for my package to arrive.

 

About Pv.Body

 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy: pvBody is easy. Take the quiz, sign up and boom, an awesome package arrives at your door each month with a hand picked outfit for you!

Every outfit is styled just for you by a pvBody expert. Each month you receive an outfit worth $150, but you pay just $49.95. You’re getting great, quality pieces for a fraction of the retail cost thanks to the relationships pvBody has built.

pvBody is not just another clothing company, but a lifestyle brand. Their blog is a great place to check out tips and tricks for healthy, delicious meals and at home workouts.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of pv.body. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

 

Since I’m a big fan of Pv.Body and a big fan of you I want to extend this special offer so that you can have the same great experience:

 

Signing up for pvBody gets you a $15 Lululemon gift card, plus 25% off your first month subscription.

 

To sign up click here!

 

 

 

 

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Shabby Apple Clothing Collection

The chilly morning air reminds us all that party season is upon us. Next week is Thanksgiving, and soon the holiday festivities will begin. Finding what to wear may be a bit more stressful than finding that perfect gift for your boss or boyfriend.

So when Shabby Apple contacted me this past week I felt it was fate. Those of you who’ve followed me over the year probably picked up on my hints that I am not a girl’s girl. It pains me to slip out of my yoga pants and into something pretty. Not that I don’t like pretty things. I just don’t know how to make them work.

I’ve always loved old movies. Classic movie mavens like Katherine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, and Vivien Leigh had such elegance. Their hair; their clothing, the way they carried themselves on film. You just don’t see that any more.

Not until I saw the Dresses from Shabby Apple.

I don’t affiliate much with companies, unless they offer something I truly stand behind. I decided to click through to the site to see what it was all about. Instantly I felt transformed, as though I was a lady of the Golden Era of film.

The style on Shabby Apple is sophisticated, elegant, and classic. I could easily see myself zipping up Quarry Skirt from their Highclere Castle collection, or slipping into Winter Ball from their Joyful collection for a holiday party.

I never get excited about clothes. I feel designers don’t get me, nor do they understand my body. But Shabby Apple is different. Not only does it bring back classic designs that are timeless, but the site also has a unique feature that after plugging in bits of information tells you the best fit for your body and instantly pulls dress that will look good on you.

Dresses from Shabby Apple

It’s like having your own stylist right at your fingertips.

And Shabby Apple doesn’t just offer clothing for your big night out. Much of their line could be worn during the day or for weekend outings. In addition, they also have fitness, swimwear, maternity, and kid’s clothing. They haven’t developed a large preteen line, but it’s in the works.

Okay, enough of my babbling. Go check out Shabby Apple yourself and let me know what you think. Perhaps your next party dress is waiting right there for you.

Seriously, check it out. I don’t gush about clothes. Ever. So when I do, you know it’s got to be good stuff.
(All links in this post are affiliate links for Shabby Apple and I can make commission from sales. But, I want you to own these clothes because they are gorgeous and chic, and I stand behind the brand 100%.)

Dresses from Shabby Apple

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Fit Females Help You Find a Bra for Every Sport

For years I cursed sports bras. Often I would go to the gym in my regular bra because wrestling in and out of a sports bra seemed like more work than my actual training. Yeah, imagine rinsing those out every day. Gross!

To top it off, I would often get tension headaches due to the tight straps and boob constriction. Making matters all the merrier, it was not uncommon to find me wandering hunched over out of my bedroom, arms dangling over head with a bra trapped somewhere between my armpits and my chin. Someone get me out of this thing, for heaven’s sake!

Recently I’ve found a few bras that do the trick, but wanted to reach out to my fellow fitness friends to see what they recommend.

I gathered a group of incredibly fit and active ladies from all different backgrounds. Want to know what to wear to yoga? I have a yogi to tell you what she wears. Need to get support for tri-sports? No problem! And, of course, I have a host of gorgeous ladies who train in the gym and out in the field.

Ladies, I present the best of the best sharing their favorite sports bras.

 

Champion

It seems Champion may be the go-to bra for fit females. Here are some of the favorites and reasons why.

My favorite sports bra is the Champion Double Dry Shiny Seamless Sports Bra. Actually in my profile picture and cover photo doing the deadlift I am wearing it

I like it because it has is thick enough to support a large chest and add a bit more shape to a flat chest without having any padding. It is also made of a shiny wick-dry material that is strong and more durable than something like cotton or nylon and holds it’s shape after months of use. Basically I feel like it holds everything in secure without wiring or padding, creates a nicer streamline shape than other sports bras I have tried and adds a bit to a flat chest without being obvious.

 

Michelle Drielsma

Michelle Drielsma
Sydney Strength and Conditioning
Exercise physiologist and strength coach
Website
Facebook 

 

My favorite sports bar is made by Champion. I love it because the band under your boobs is thick and doesn’t stretch out. Good support, super soft and affordable too!

Julia Ladewski

Julia Ladewski
Parisi Speed School
Competitive Powerlifter, strength coach, writer, and Girls Gone Strong Co-Founder
Website
Twitter

 

Champion c9 Cami sports bra

My favorite sports bra is the C9 Seamless Cami bra made by Champion USA. I stumbled upon this particular brand of bras one day while scooping out the Workout Apparel section at my neighborhood Target. The bright, neon colors of the display are what caught my eye and once I tried on the bra, I didn’t really want to take it off!

One might worry that because the bra is seamless and considered a cami, it might not fit well. This could not be further from the truth. The bra fits snugly without squeezing the very breathe out of you. I’m sure you all have worn a sports bra that squeezed you so tight you thought you were going to pass out! I also like that there are no weird cups or padding in this particular bra. There is a large assortment of colors and designs that you can choose and I may or may not have most of them. It’s nice to add a pop of color to your workout attire and the C9 allows you to do that.

Tenecia Phillips

Tenecia Phillips
Boobs, Barbells, and Broccoli
NPC figure competitor
Website
Facebook 

 

 

I use Champion sports bras. I don’t require much support, and just want something comfortable that won’t ride up. Champion’s been my go-to for years. It doesn’t hurt they have awesome colors.

 

Sara Grambusch

Sara Grambusch
Stories and Sweet Potatoes
Blogger and Fitfluential ambassador
Website
Twitter 

 

My favorite sports bra is the Champion Double Dry Seamless Sports Bra. It is secure and comfortable, so it doesn’t interrupt my training. The band at the bottom is flexible and helps the bra conform to my shape. I have yet to find as good a sports bra as this one!

 

Carrie McMahon

Carrie McMahon
This Fit Chick
Personal Trainer and Fitness Blogger
Website
Twitter

Kellie’s Pick

I recently discovered the Champion Powerback Underwire Sports Bra. I was drawn to this bra because you can actually order them in cup sizes. The largest issue I find with standard sports bras is the band to cup ratio. I need a larger cup and smaller band. Lo and behold, here it is.

Things I love: great fit for the band and cups, comfortable when wearing, good support, boob separation with the underwires (no uniboob, Jen!)

Things I don’t love so much: holy  how do I get out of this thing? The first time I put it on I thought I would never get it off. A lot of wiggling was involved. Over the course of a few wears it loosened up and isn’t so bad. It also has a clasp in the back which requires quite a bit of shoulder flexibility or extra set of hands. And it’s not lined. You can also add liners to it from other bras.

Lululemon

I don’t need a tremendous amount of support — we’re dealing with B’s here — so I have the freedom to shop based on style and quality instead. You know what I don’t find to be stylish? Mashed-together uniboob or a high front. (After all, why wait till post-workout to decorate your décolletage? Unless, of course, you’re in need of a real bra for real reasons, as Kellie is.) My other stipulation is that the bra be lined — I don’t appreciate surprise nips popping up in pictures.

Lululemon is the brand I find does the best bra work based on the criteria above. I got the bra in my photo there, but it’s no longer available online (the Lulu giveth and the Lulu taketh away). There are a handful of other options on their site, but oftentimes the stores have a better selection.

 

Jen Sinkler

Jen Sinkler
Experience Life Magazine
Fitness editor and former rugby player
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Twitter 

 

This is a toss-up between Nike and Lululemon, but I’m going to have to ultimately go with the latter. First things first, something about even hearing the brand name makes my heart flutter. Could it be the shockingly high prices? Nay. But their yoga pants can make any butt – well, almost any butt – look good. And there’s no price tag on that. Working out is working out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look good doing it! There’s something gratifying about wearing the same brand of clothing from head to toe. So for sports bras, I’m going to have to go with the Free to Be because it’s great for high-impact activities while still looking cute.

Sometimes, going to the gym is just an excuse to wear all your cute workout outfits… right?

Sohee Lee

Sohee Lee
Cressey Performance
Strength and conditioning intern
Website
Facebook
Twitter

 

My fave sports bra is LuLu Lemon – the Ta Ta Tamer! Its soft, washes well, keeps the puppies in place and also gives them a nice shape.

 

Rachel Guy

Rachel Guy
Athletic Fox
Strength and conditioning coach, physical therapy, IFBB Bikini Pro
Website
Twitter 

 

I’m big on high-impact activities, so support is key. The Lululemon Engage Bra works for running, circuit training, soccer (just about everything I love to do) — without creating the dreaded “uniboob” effect.

And for yoga and lighter activities, my new favorite is the Crissy Bra Top by Prana. As a fitness editor I’m wearing workout gear more days than not, so it’s fun to bring a little fashion into the mix sometimes.

Jordan Shakeshaft

Jordan Shakeshaft
Greatist.com
Fitness Editor
Website
Twitter 

Reebok

I’m a triathlete and built in a way that requires minimal support. I typically train twice a day, or in succession running right off the bike, and I sweat a lot. I need a light-weight, wicking, non-chafing, durable (lots of laundering), no-frills racer-back sports bra. I avoid clasps or Velcro but I do want lots of colors to choose from for days I prefer to run in just a sports bra and shorts. My favorite is the Reebok Women’s Core Seamless Sports Bra.

 

Cortney Martin

Cortney Martin
CortTheSport
Triathlete and bench press competitor
Website

Athleta

I love the Athleta’s Mayarasana Bra – soft, lightweight, seamless, anti-odor, anti-bacterial, moisture wicking, and breathable. The adjustable straps that convert from straight to racer back. Best of all, removable cups! Thank you, Athleta, for putting cups in a sports bra that is comfortable enough to wear all day, every day, and supportive enough to wear for work outs. The cups are key here – many low impact sports bras have no liners to hide the headlights! This bra looks great under clothing or all alone in the gym. I love it. I want everyone to know about it. If you are an A or B cup, it will change your life.

Ann Wendel

Ann Wendel
Prana Physical Therapy, PLLC
Certified athletic trainer, licensed physical therapist, certified myofacial trigger point therapist
Website
Twitter 

 

Marika

I love my Marika Athletic Bra. I wear and love the Marika medium impact, removable cups sports bra. It is a sturdy, but oh-so-soft cotton with light mesh racer back. I love that it gives me support and shape without feeling over stuffed, or strapped down.

I teach 16 Yoga classes every week, and it has held up wonderfully after countless wears and washes!

 

Molly Dindia

Molly Dindia
Harmony Yoga
Certified yoga practitioner
Website

Moving Comfort

Being extremely active and having a ‘D’ cup has made finding a good sports bra very challenging! I have tried countless brands and styles (even doubling some up for a few years!), and nothing has worked until… I discovered the “Juno” by Moving Comfort. It is my favorite and stands far above the rest. With wide adjustable shoulder straps so they don’t dig in, it’s a racer back cut, extremely supportive for high impact things like jump rope and sprints, and has an adjustable back closure. The best part is that it comes in a ton of really cute colors and is just around $50! It is the only sports bra I will ever wear!

Jen Comas Keck

Jen Comas Keck
Beauty Lies in Strength
Fitness and nutrition consultant, Co-founder of Girls Gone Strong
Website
Twitter 

 

Mark and Spencer/ H&M

My trusty medium impact black & pink sports bra from Marks & Spencers (M&S)…where *everyone* buys their underwear in the UK. I bought 3 of these as I loved them so much, unfortunately they’re no longer available, sob sob! It holds everything in place while still being stylish, I love the double thinner straps instead of industrial strength straps that feel like they’re cutting my shoulders in half!

I’ve also bought this one recently (from M&S also) and it’s great for high impact cardio work, good support and looks good too. Not normally a fan of underwired sports bras but it’s kinda padded so you don’t notice the underwire as much.

For low impact and weight training I’ve got 2 from H&M (black and lime green) and loving them. Cheap, cheerful, wash well and looks great!

I don’t normally buy the really expensive sports bras as I work out 6 days a week. I’ve got a set budget so I’ve opted to buy more of the inexpensive ones and have spares while some are in the laundry! There are some great inexpensive sports bras out there.

Bridgit (Wag Doll)

Bridgit (Wag Doll)
Fitness blogger
Website
Twitter 

 

These are some really great tips from some amazing women. I hope this post helps you find the perfect bra for your workouts and training. I know I am ready to test out a few on the list that I haven’t tried.

 

Did we miss your favorite? If so, share it in the answers below! 

 

 

 

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Are Healthy Bodies Finally in Vogue?

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The glossy new look of British Vogue cover has nothing to do with the ink setting, but rather with the models they plan to use for their new run of issues. The June 2012 issue of British Vogue kicks off their new Health Initiative campaign for 19 international editions– a pact with 19 editors to use healthy models that are of working age. 

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12 All-Over Beauty Products I Never Go Without

 

It takes a ton of trial and error to find the perfect beauty products. Once I do, I can’t seem to live without them. Here is my list of top favorites.

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