Happy What I Ate Wednesday! I have to say that I’ve had a great 2015 so far. I started the year by setting quite a few health and fitness related goals and I’ve been keeping up with them religiously. Fitness wise, I’m doing a blend of the Tone it Up Love Your Body challenge, focusing more on the cardio portion of the challenge, and the Barre3 challenge for toning. With this more ‘rigourous’ daily workout schedule, I try to focus on my calorie intake to make sure I don’t go into a deficit, especially on the cardio days.
If I know I’m going to be active in the day, I love to eat oats for breakfast. It gives me a ton of energy and I love how you can swap ingredients in and out to change it up. This morning, I had a mix of steel cut and rolled oats with one mashed banana mixed in. On the top, I sliced up half a banana and sprinkled a mix of chia seeds and hemp hearts all over. To drink, I had some chai tea and a glass of water with my vitamins. One of my health goals for 2015 is to get into a consistent vitamin routine. With my breakfast, I take a multivitamin, B12, D, biotin, calcium, and a probiotic. I take another multi, calcium, and probiotic with my dinner. I’ve been really diligent about it so far and I’m excited to notice a difference in my skin, hair, mood, energy levels, stomach, etc.
For lunch I had a giant, finely chopped, massaged kale salad. I tossed in cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, minced garlic, cilantro, and a few tablespoons of quinoa. I drizzled a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top with some freshly cracked pepper. This has been one of my go-to salads lately. It’s so fresh and satisfying. The more you massage the kale, the better in my opinion!
Before I went for my workout, I had a quick caprese salad as a snack. I sliced a few different types of tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, fresh mint (I’d prefer fresh basil, but this is all I had), and balsamic vinegar. I also had a handful of organic salted popcorn.
After my workout, I whipped up some honey garlic shrimp quinoa salad. This is easy to toss together and is still as good (a bit better in my opinion) the next day. I love that it has a lot of crunchy veggies and a really flavourful sauce. It’s a winner and one of my most popular posts on my blog! This really filled me up, but I still need something sweet everyday. For dessert, I defrosted a frozen sugar cookie cookie from my Christmas baking marathon (not pictured).
And that’s what I ate. Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!
What has been your favourite meal so far this week?
Today I’m sharing my top five most beloved and repurchased beauty items with you. I know it can be overwhelming to sort thru all the different products in a drugstore or a department store, especially if you don’t do your research before. So to make it easy, if you’re looking for a new makeup remover, exfoliator, mascara, hair mask, or a foundation – look no further. These products are tried, tested, and true by me. They receive love from me all year-round. And I continue to resort back to them for different reasons.
I wanted to kick things off with my number one favourite beauty product – Bioderma Sensibio H2O. I can’t remember the last time I tried a different makeup remover. I don’t think I ever will because I don’t think I could find anything I love more than this. This is a fragrance-free cleansing water that removes makeup and dirt easily with absolutely no irritation to the skin. I typically use this morning and night to cleanse and remove impurities before washing with a normal cleanser. It requires no rinsing so it’s great for those lazy evenings when you don’t feel like washing your face. Because it’s a water-based product with no oil, it’s great for putting on a cotton swab to clean up any eye makeup mistakes without messing up the rest of your makeup. I can’t say enough good things about this product. You just have to try it out for yourself. In Canada, you can buy it at Shoppers. It should be readily available across Europe. You can also order it on Amazon.
My second most repurchased skincare item is Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate. I’ll start out by saying this is on the pricier end, all of Kate Sommerville’s products are. In my opinion, this is worth it. This exfoliant is made of fine particles, enzymes, and lactic acid. You scrub a pea sized amount into your face, without too much abrasion, and let it sit on there for a minute and let the enzymes do their thing. The results are immediate. Your skin looks fresh, supple, and glowing. I tend to use this two to three times a week, switching it up depending on the weather and the condition of my skin. If you try this product for yourself and the ‘burn’ from the enzymes and acid is a little too intense for you, they also make a gentle formula.
My go-to drugstore mascara is CoverGirl’s Clump Crusher. It’s not the most popular mascara in their ‘lashblast’ range, but it’s my favourite. You can apply tons and tons of layers of this without it clumping – the name doesn’t lie!. Because of the fine brush, it allows you to define your bottom lashes without it looking over done. On the top, you can get right into the base of your lashes for plenty of volume and separation. It’s also great for pairing with other mascaras, especially in the evening when you want a bit more drama.
Another makeup product that is well-loved by me is Make Up Forever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I love this because you can use it in the daytime for a more natural look. To do this, I use a pea sized amount blending it into my skin with my Beauty Blender or I add it to moisturizer for an even more natural look. In the evening, you can build it up to a more full coverage look. The finish blurs out imperfections and because there’s no SPF, it looks great in photos. The other big plus is that with a bit of powder, this lasts for hours with no touch-ups required.
My hair is dry as hell all the time, especially in the winter. I use hair masks instead of conditioner because I need the extra moisture. I do have quite a few high-end hair masks that I love, but I haven’t found one that I want to continuously pay $60+ for. That is why I continue to buy Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle. This is really inexpensive. You only have to leave it on for a few minutes and it does the trick at softening my ends and adding a bit of shine. The only downside is that I can never find this in Canada, so I stock up whenever I go to the US. The fact that this isn’t in Canada, alongside the other Aussie products, makes me worry that there’s some bizarre ingredient in it that’s not legal here yet. Ignorance is bliss.
It wasn’t too hard to narrow this list down to five because I only focused on the things that I use all year around and continue to repurchase above other products. I will say that there were a couple of products that deserve honourable mentions: St. Tropez Tanning Mousse and Benefit’s POREfessional.
What are your top five most repurchased beauty products?