The Perfectly Packed Gym Bag

The perfect workout begins with the right equipment. I’m not talking dumbbells & jump ropes; I’m talking the stuff you need in your gym bag for before & after breaking a sweat. If you have your gym bag packed & ready to go the night before, that 6am jog won’t be half bad. Here are the things I always keep in my gym bag:

1.) Makeup Bag 

For the essentials, obviously.

2.)Makeup Remover Wipes

Don’t forget to wipe your face before & after sweating it out.

3.) Deodorant 

Your gym crush will never be anything more than eye candy if you smell bad.

4.) Chapstick

I don’t leave the house without it.

5.) Hair Brush

Tame your flyaways…

6.) Hair ties & Headband

Have you ever tried working out with your hair down?

The perfect bag for all the little things.

7.) Body Spray

See #3.

8.) Hand Sanitizer

I don’t even want to know how many people touched the treadmill handles before I did.

9.) Yoga Mat

You can crunch without worrying about contacting lice.

10.) Headphones

If I had to choose only one item to have in my gym bag, it would be this.

11.) Snack

Preferably not a brownie or bag of chips. Bars are always a good choice, or bring a packet of protein to mix into a drink.

12.) Water

I think this is a given.

What are your must-have gym bag items? Let me know in the comments or on social media! 

xo,

jazz

Tanning Essentials

It is finally June which means there’s no denying it’s officially summer time. If you’re anything like me, you’re dreading the heat, but looking forward to the dark glow you’ll have come September.

I used to spend my summer days lying out baking. Because of that, I have plenty of tips & essentials that are necessary to survive a day of sunning. I still use a lot of these products when I’m at the beach or hanging poolside with friends, even though I’ve switched to the less natural, yet safer, version of tanning. You can find the perfect self tanner here. 

The first, most important item, is sunscreen. I used to avoid wearing sunscreen if I was going to be around people because some don’t smell good at all. But I found the perfect high SPF sunscreen that doesn’t smell & it has been a lifesaver. I use Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen in SPF 30, and it can be found at most drugstores. When tanning, it is important to have some protection, so an SPF of 30 protects your skin, but doesn’t take away from that color!

After liberally applying sunblock, I put on Banana Boat Protective Spray Oil. It’s a tanning oil that has shine & aids in a quicker tan, but also offers some protection from those rays.

To protect my face from the sun, I wear a hat. Function & fashion. Shop my cute picks here:

Women’s Braided Sun hat with Chiffon Scarf

Pom Pom Straw Hat

Can’t forget about the eyes. I dig cat eye sunglasses. My favorites here. 

Once you’re fully protected from the sun & ready to relax, put on some music & grab a book or magazine. Tanning is the perfect excuse to binge read Vogue or finish that book that’s been on your nightstand for 3 months. For some ideas of what to read, check out my article here. 

And of course, any time you are going to be out in the sun, drink water! Lemon slices & umbrella  straw optional…

Happy tanning!

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xo,

jazz

Top 5 Summer Beauty Essentials

I love summer for so many reasons, but one of my favorite parts of the season is the low-key look that is always in style. A dark tan, mascara, some highlight & lip color & you’re set. Below, I’ve outlined the essentials I use to create the perfect, laid back look that we all want this time of year.

The first product I swear by is Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. It’s a self tanner that can be applied straight out of the shower & takes the place of your regular body lotion. It creates a gradual tan that doesn’t smell & leave any orange residue or streaks. I did some research on self tanners because I’ve been reading a lot about skin cancer & how tanning increases the risk, so I decided to try the more artificial way of adding color!

My second favorite product is a Charcoal & Black Sugar face mask. It feels so cool on my face & exfoliates my skin as I apply it. It’s super easy to take on & off & leaves the skin feeling so soft. A must try for your next spa night!

Another product I’ve been using for awhile now, but continue to love, is the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. It comes in a cute glass bottle & takes only a few sprits to refresh all day makeup & hydrate. I’m all about hydrating from the inside & out!

For summer makeup I don’t like applying a full face unless I’m going out because I usually end up just sweating off what I just put on! I’ll usually start with sunscreen & primer & then just add a bit of highlight to the cheek bones. I use the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector  because it has just enough subtle shimmer to not look too glam, but add a glow. I tend to use the lighter colors so the color looks more natural.

The last product I can’t live without is Burts Bees Lip Shimmer. It adds a tint of color, but isn’t overwhelming like most lipsticks. I apply it over regular chapstick & then again throughout the day. There are so many color options & I usually stick to neutrals, but feel free to experiment!

Those are my beauty staples for this season & all year around as well! The Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is great for adding some color in the dead of winter & the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mask is perfect for using mid-day to freshen up makeup. I’ve linked all the products below:

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Charcoal & Black Sugar face mask

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mask

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

Burts Bees Lip Shimmer

Let me know what your favorite summer beauty products are in the comments! 

xo,

jazz