10 Beauty Products I Can’t Live without

In the recent years, largely since I went back to work after baby, I started to care a little more about my looks. Not so much in comparison to many others, but more in a how can I make myself put together without spending a lot of time on it care. Not to mention, I’m in my mid-thirties now and surely I won’t look like I’m in my mid-20’s forever (or so I’ve been told) so I gotta keep myself looking pretty.

So I’ve found – over a lot of trial and error, my can’t-live-without’s. As little man has grown, my time to make myself pretty has diminished. Greatly. So I’ve simplified my get ready for work routine. I’m not alone though, I bet every working mom – any mom really – would say the same. There’s never any time. There’s beauty in a simplified routine (pun mostly intended) and I’m so glad I’ve found a routine that works for me.

I typically have 45 minutes to an hour to get dressed, get little man dressed, get myself dressed and made up and get out the door (hopefully with a packed lunch and breakfast). There is rarely a day when I don’t at least have mascara on – even on weekends.

I should also add, that I don’t spend tons on my appearance – as I’ve discovered through trial and error and reading reviews – you really don’t have to.  Most of my favorites are purchased at Ulta or Target because that’s where I can afford and I’m not about to drop $50 on mascara or $60 on overpriced lipstick.

So here are my ten products that I use/can’t live without.

Skincare: Moisturizer | Night Mask | Cleanser

I don’t have a huge routine when it comes to skincare – I use moisturizer every day (Boots Botanical Moisturizer  (with SPF 15) ) once or twice a week I use this  Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Night Mask at night which leaves my skin with a healthy glow when I wake up. Of course I have my cleanser and once in a blue moon (aka when I remember) toner. I love the Yes to Grapefruit cleanser which I use every day.

Make up

Primer | Bronzer | Eye Liner | Eye Shadow | Mascara | Mascara Primer

My makeup routine can be done in less than ten minutes. I prime with this ELF primer (the price point is so right), use Benefit Dallas bronzer for a nice glow, (Benefit pressed foundation with a little blush in the winter months), Sophie Kashuk eye liner, eye shadow and then mascara primer and mascara. I love the Falsies mascara by Maybelline which took me a while to find (trial and error folks) but now it’s my go to. I never used mascara primer before I got a sample of it in a Target Beauty box a few months ago now I can’t live without it.

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Hair

Heat Protectant | Dry Shampoo

I recently got my hair highlighted for the first time in over five years. Thanks to my stylist, I use this purple shampoo (how did I never know of this?!) and I started (shame on me) using the amazing CHI Heat Protectant – if you use a straightener or curling iron and aren’t using this, shame on you.

Finally, since I don’t wash my hair every day, I couldn’t live without dry shampoo – I used to use Not My Mother’s brand which was good… but then I read something about Batiste and gave it a try and it is so much better. I use this on days typically when I don’t workout (otherwise I will give my hair a good wash) but if I showered and then went to spin class, I won’t still shampoo again, so I’ll shower cap it up and use this.

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Voila! My must have products – that I love and use every day. 

What are your must haves? What’s worth the money and what’s not?

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Race Recap: Annapolis 10 Miler

A while ago, a friend of mine in my MRTT group convinced a bunch of us to run the Annapolis 10 miler. I had previously boycotted this race because I was pissed about it being canceled a few years ago (thanks, Hurricane Irene).

Thankfully, unlike previous years it was a. not a monsoon, and b. not a million degrees.

Expo

I hit up the expo first thing – we got fun MRTT tank tops that I had to pick up. The expo was a decent sized – all outdoors at the Naval Academy Stadium. The “swag” was a pretty bad ass bottle opener and a hat. On point Annapolis Striders!

We enjoyed an afternoon at a brewery (carbo-loading!) in Dundalk with hubs and little man – we played some cornhole and sipped on a sampler. On our way home, we picked up my favorite pre-race dinner of sushi and laid low for most of the night.

Of course, right before bed, I realized I hadn’t found my hand held water bottle and had a rage blackout since I bought it specifically for the A10. Needless to say, I did not find it and went to bed angry. Whoops.

Race day

Alarm went off at 5:25, snoozed, got out of bed at 5:35, rushed to get ready, grab a mini bagel and run out the door. Made it to Annapolis, hit traffic right before the stadium (damn you Rowe Blvd!!!) but still made it to the Blue Angel jet with less than 5 minutes before the scheduled MRTT photo. That’s what I call winning.

MRTT AACOMD

The weather was really, really perfect. We started opposite way of Zooma which was different BUT convenient given we had prime spots to hit up the quickly shortening lines for the port-a-pots as the start time got closer.

A group of us started the race together but got split up less than a mile in when one of our group members sprained an ankle on a pothole. Stupid Annapolis roads 🙁

Alas, three of us kept going running 4 – 1 intervals. I’m going to reiterate that the weather was beyond perfect for August in Annapolis. The hills, didn’t seem as bad as everyone made them out to be, and despite the run through some quieter neighborhoods on the Severn/Arnold side of the Severn River, the crowds were friendly and encouraging.

My knees, which have been acting up lately and that I’ve been getting some PT on, weren’t terrible until Mile 8 and that horrible downhill on 450 approaching the Naval Academy bridge.

I kept the attitude positive – the Naval Academy bridge at mile 8.5 is rough. But I kept us motivated with my countdown. The last half mile is around the stadium and up the final hill past the Blue Angel at the Naval Academy stadium – for anyone who has run Marine Corps marathon before, the uphill at the end of EVERY race is like a toned down version of the last .2 miles running up to Iwo Jima.

Annapolis 10 mile run

I finished strong – please excuse the incredibly awkward fuel belt/race belt. Note to self – one or the other. My time was 2 minutes slower than the CB10 miler back in April BUT, this was hillier, and I trained slightly better. I felt stronger at the very least whereas with Cherry Blossom I hit a big ole wall around mile 7. The intervals certainly helped me keep my knees and feet in decent shape. Though there were a couple of times I definitely walked when I didn’t need to necessarily (that picture I took on main street… 😉 ) but I had fun and really, unless you’re running for the big bucks…having fun and not getting hurt is all that matters.

Chip Time: 2:03:22
AG: 148/165 (solid BOTP!!! No shame!!!)

In 2018, I’m gunning for that sub 2 hour time!

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Five Reasons to Run Zooma Annapolis

Zooma is one of my favorite local races and this year they’re celebrating 10 years of the Annapolis Zooma race.  They also recently updated their website and announced the rest of the 2017 and early 2018 race schedule. I’m lucky enough to be an ambassador for the third year, but I am so excited to be a part of this organization and this running community. Also, Zooma was one of the first races I signed up for when we first moved back to this area so it has a special place in my heart. 

Here are five reasons to sign up for the Zooma Annapolis race this year: 

  1. The scenic course

You get some stunning views of the bay and historic Downtown Annapolis – seriously, running in DTA is one of my favorite places – not to mention the first half of the course is relatively “flat”-ish (disregard the Naval Academy bridge…). The course has some gorgeous views of the Severn River as you cross the Naval Academy bridge and of course the state house and the Bay. 

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  1.  The community

Imagine running with 5,000 of your closest friends. This race has always been one of the friendliest and most supportive in terms of the people running alongside. Though I’m much more of a solo runner, I always see fantastic runner friends on the course. 

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  1. The After party

Wine for days my friends. The Afterparty is historically sponsored by Barefoot wines. They usually have fun music, massages available, and decent food for a post-race party. Who doesn’t want to hang out in the Navy Marine Corps stadium listening to good music sipping on fun wine?

  1. The swag

The swag is ALWAYS solid for this race. Feetures socks (my favorite!!!), in the past they’ve also included yoga mats, cute shirts and recently added medals to everyone’s race (NOT just the Half Marathon).

  1. A distance for everyone

Don’t want to run a half marathon? No big deal. They have a 10k and a 5k – which all have the same benefits. The 10k is my favorite distance (full disclosure, most half marathons in Annapolis have the same course and I LOATHE going up the hill after the Naval Academy bridge so I stick to the 10k in this race)

Can’t make it to the Annapolis race? Join us virtually or at one of the other awesome races Zooma is putting on in Florida, Cape Cod and Texas.

Registration is open for all of the races and regardless of whether you do Florida, Cape Cod, Texas or Annapolis, you can use code HEIDI2017 to get 10% off your race registration. Prices go up May 22 for Zooma Annapolis so if you haven’t signed up there’s still time! 

 

**FTC Disclosure: As a Zooma race ambassador, I do receive a free entry to the Zooma races, however, all opinions here are my own. 

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[REVIEW] November Stitch Fix

Two months ago I was ready to quit Stitch Fix. After an array of terrible fixes, I was tired of being bummed out and disappointed. So, I emailed them, they responded, credited me my $20 fix fee, and gave me a new stylist. I figured, I’d give it ONE more shot.

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This stylist…was better. Everything I’ve read is to be as specific as possible with your stylist and if you like a stylist to hang onto them for all your might. I haven’t found a stylist I love yet, BUT if I had this one again, I wouldn’t be upset.

Drew Filigree Collar Necklace, $28

At first look, this is a pretty statement piece, but when you feel it, it just felt a little cheap, and for $28 I was kind of m’eh on it. I couldn’t really get it untangled, so i knew from the start, that it wasn’t a good piece for me.

Verdict: Returned

Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant, $78

liverpool skinny pant

I got these pants in red last year and I lurrrrrrve them. So I was really excited when I asked if they had them back (they did) and they were in my box. Navy is a solid color and since these are so versatile for office or weekend, these were definitely a keeper.

Verdict: Keep

Koda Split Neck Blouse

koda split neck blouse

Super cute. But didn’t quite fit right. I don’t think the petite tops really fit me well – they tend to be too tight in the hips. I was kind of bummed the fit was a touch on the small side but while the top was cute, the polka dots were a bit big for my liking. Color me picky.

Verdict: Return 

Claussen Ruffle Hem Top

claussen ruffle hem top

Not quite seasonally appropriate – super cute and flowy, had I gotten this in like…July I probably would have kept it but alas, not so right for November.

Verdict: Return

Salma French Terry Blazer

salma french terry blazer

Man, this blazer was ALMOST a win. It was a bit out of my budget AND the sleeves were too long and when I tried to exchange the size, other sizes were sold out. Had it fit just a touch better, I would have possibly convinced myself to keep it. Maybe. Probably not. That being said, the fact that you can now exchange sizes with your fix is a totally awesome upgrade.

Verdict: Returned

Overall, this fix was definitely a step in the right direction. A bit closer AND they listened to my request for my favorite pants. I still switched it to quarterly. I needed a little bit of a break – i think my bank account needed a little bit of a break too.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? If not, it’s worth a try at least once – not that you can ever get just one. Seriously. If you do sign up, I’d love for you to use my link!

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Friday Five: Back again

I’m in a post-inbound whirl. I had a Friday Five last week…but I never added a picture, then I fell asleep on the train and never posted it so….whoops. But, here are a few sweet reads to take you into the weekend!

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  1. If you’re not in this group on Facebook, I highly recommend it. The admin, has a blog and this post is everything you need to buy on Amazon. yep. I said it. Amazon. I’ve got this top and this vest and these shoes in my cart right now just waiting for me to hit purchase (they’re also on the wishlist for the holidays..hint hint hint).
  2. The title of this post alone is everything. But seriously, why do brands think they can pay creatives next to nothing or pay us in product for our time? NOT. OKAY.
  3. I don’t run with the jogging stroller anymore, because Little Man hates it, so to all you running mamas with your strollers? You rock and inspire me everytime i see you hitting the trails.
  4. Previous offices have had no dress code, I loved this article because my general way of thinking is dress for the job you want not the job you have so even when i was at an office with no dress code, I always took my cues from my bosses when it came to wardrobe.  (h/t from Work Edit).
  5. This outfit on Jean is EVERYTHING. You can just order every piece and box it up and ship to me. Is there a JCrew Factory Santa for that?

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My #inbound packing list – a post-mortem if you will.

One year later… still missing my nana.

Next week:
November Stitch Fix review and Thanksgiving outfit inspiration

 

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In My #Inbound16 Suitcase

I tend to be an over packer. Like serious over-packer. I was gone for five days and I think I packed nine tops, four bottoms and four pairs of shoes. So, taking a lesson from some of the inspiration I used to pack  for this particular trip (this post, this one and this post mainly), I’m sharing my best packing tips and what I loved in my #inbound16 suitcase.

 

inbound suitcase

Tops:
Blazer (Gap – old, similar) | sweater | tunicbutton down | ruffle hem sweatshirt (LOFT, similar) | striped tee | Striped Peplum top (similar..ish) | pintuck popover |

Pants: 
Black Ponte Pants | Jeans |

Shoes:
booties (Old Navy, similar) | Flats | leopard flats (Madewell via Poshmark – similar)

Not pictured: this fantastic sweater which I wore home on Saturday with these leggings (which are back this year and on sale for 40% off!!) and these riding boots.

Lessons for dressing for a conference – from conference room to the cocktail hour 

Plan, plan, plan. Seriously. I had an idea what I wanted to wear but really, I suppose I didn’t need to bring ALL of my favorite fall wear. I did some pinning, but if I stuck to my outfits and did a little more suitcase capsule planning, I might have been better off and been less likely to over pack.

Dress comfortably. This goes without saying, but heels are out. I didn’t end up wearing my booties so I could have left those. I did pack my riding boots – but I wore them on my way home from CT not at the conference as I suspected. We didn’t go back to our hotel rooms between conference/keynotes/dinners/going out – a luxury I had during my first Inbound experience so dressing business casual was a good thing.

Check the weather. I forgot my jacket, y’all. I lived in Boston for five years, just because it’s in the 60’s and I don’t need a jacket in Maryland, doesn’t mean I should leave my jacket behind. I totally did this as I rushed out the door on Tuesday morning. WHOOPS. You see, my suitcase didn’t have room for my blazer, so I just wore that. Except, it was like 10 – 15 degrees colder in Boston than in Maryland. Dress for the weather where you’re going homies. Don’t forget a jacket when going to New England in November. Rookie mistake.

I loved inbound – that’s a separate post for another day but between the fantastic people watching and the incredible speakers and breakout sessions, if you’re in marketing, this is one conference you don’t want to miss.

What are your favorite packing hacks?

 

 

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What I wore: A Pretty Fall Floral

For those of you who sometimes wonder if Influencer Marketing really works, I will say that yes. Yes it does. How do I know? Take a peak in my closet my friends.

I mean think about, think about what you read and the purchases you make. 90% of my clothing in my closet, I most likely saw on a blog and was like oooooh that’s cute.  Most of the times, it works. Others, it doesn’t and gets returned.

what i wore fall florals

Thus the inspiration for this beautiful top from Old Navy that’s some Fall Floral win. I saw it on a couple of blogs, and ordered it online on a whim. At first, I was kind of undecided but when I got it and put it into action, I’m so glad I kept it.

fall floral outfit

{Ponte Pants (similar) | Tank (exact) | Sweater (similar) | Shoes (similar)}

To be honest, I’ve never been one for florals – I’m much more of a stripes kind of gal, but these florals are kind of amazing and won me over. So for me, florals are one of those things that I always think I’ll like…but kind of just never really work out quite right. Thankfully this fall i feel like the floral trend is a little more on point and not too…grandmothers drapery-esque as I sometimes feel florals can trend.

Also, these ponte pants are among my favorite pants ever. They feel like leggings, and kind of look like leggings but also have back pockets, belt loops and a button and zipper like normal pants – so they pass for work pants for me in an office that frowns upon leggings. Ponte pants are the next best thing. #sorrynotsorry.

 

So huzzah for that!

Have you tried florals on this fall yet?

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Friday Five: Out Goes September

Happy Friday friends!! Another Friday, another month – where is all the time going!?

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  1. I think I’ve mentioned this podcast before but seriously, they speak my truth. The Girl Next Door podcast talked this week about creating happiness and absolutely inspired a post – something they said about friendships really resonated with me. Give it a listen!
  2. I am officially obsessed with this Loft top. I wore it last weekend with sandals and leggings, Monday night date night with my Tory Burch flats, and yesterday at work with booties for a rainy Thursday. It’s so versatile, comfortable. Highly recommend.
  3. I love this post on to do list styles and how to be more productive from HubSpot.
  4. I’ve recently started doing Body Pump in lieu of running (darker earlier, and I’m not really training for anything so kind of taking a break/trying something new) i feel like I need this tank just for the name. That and I have two of the racerback tanks in this style that took me through a couple of triathlons last year.
  5. Yep, all of the pumpkin recipes. I would like to try all of them.

 

On the blog

  1. My favorite podcasts. What have you been listening to lately?
  2. Stay tuned next week for my first Kid Box review and the October Currenly Linkup.

Worthy for the weekend

Loft Sale: 40% sale and select fall favorites. $20 off sweaters. My picks: Floral Peplum blouse, Speckled Henley top, Classic boyfriend sweater.

Old Navy: 30% your order. This cut out tank top, this swing top, this striped top (because you can never have too many), this poncho sweater. (ends 10/1)

JCrew Factory: Buy one sweater, shirt or t-shirt, get one 50% off. this pretty popover,  this cardigan (because you can never have too many), this tie waist sweatshirt.

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My Favorite Summer Dress

I heard on the radio on the drive home from work the other day that we’ve had a stupid number of days where it was at least 90 degrees – 49 days to be exact. So over half of the past 60 days have been too hot to handle if you will. So I’ve been leaning on dresses a bit more – even though at least half of those 49 days, I’ve had my heater on at my desk at some point or another. Office temperature wars – it’s a real thing.

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{dress (similar)  | shoes (similar)  | belt | Necklace – similar}

Fun fact, I also bought this dress in two other colors – red and blue (sold out). To me, these dresses are perfect for a business casual environment – they can be dressed up with a cardigan or blazer, or dressed down with flats and a fun belt. The red did shrink a touch on me which I was none too pleased with so I sized up when i bought the blue and the stripe.

jcrew dresses

I’m really a go-with-what-I-know-works kind of gal – so when I see something that i like that looks good on me or that I feel confident in, I’m going to go with it.

What’s your go-to summer outfit? 

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My Favorite Home Workouts

Hubs is out of country for about a week and a half. Fitting in workouts – like running or my favorite pilates classes at the gym are difficult with near 100 degree temperatures, work, a 35-minute commute, and a 3-year-old who doesn’t enjoy the gym daycare who also has an early-ish bedtime. So time to dust off some of my favorite at home workouts.

I love to find plans, but the reality is, I have workout ADD and can’t stick to a plan so I always modify to my own likes and needs and whatever i’m feeling that day versus sticking to the same workout for 3 months.

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Bikini Body Mommy

I have a group of mom pals who have done many of her 90 day challenges. She’s also expanded her offerings and has great prenatal videos, an abs series and nutrition guides that are optional for a nominal fee. I enjoy these videos because the workouts are generally 15 – 20 minutes long and because of the length, motivate you to kick ass and take names in that short workout span. Because I don’t typically do the whole series, I’ll double up on workouts – i.e. one strength day and one cardio day to make the most of it – even then, the workouts are still around 25 – 30 minutes at most.

Blogilates (pop pilates OR cardio beat)

I recently checked out these videos – they’re fantastic. I love her challenge format, and the calendars have great, short workouts as well as healthy living tips. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to learn more about pilates – plus Casey is adorable and has great energy in her videos.

21 day fix

I’m a big fan of the 21 day fix. I’ve done all of the videos, but haven’t done the 21 day fix all the way through. The workouts however, are between 20 – 30 minutes and are sure to work up a sweat. Plus Autumn Calabrese isn’t completely annoying. While I didn’t mind Shakeology, it was a bit pricey for me. But I highly recommend finding a coach (they’re a dime a dozen) if you decide to do the 21 day Fix program.

PiYo

Another Beachbody program, but last night I did the sweat workout just for kicks. I was dripping by the time the 34 minute workout was done. A great, low-impact workout that is pilates and yoga inspired and doesn’t require any equipment. Consider it pilates/yoga combo…on steroids.

I’m also a big fan of finding HIIT workouts on pinterest – whether I’m working out at home OR hitting the treadmill at the gym – the workout resources on Pinterest are endless.

What are your favorite at home workouts when you can’t make it to the gym? 

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