Monday, August 29, 2016

August Favorites | Ms Pam Blam

Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-powder - I rediscovered this dry shampoo when I was traveling at the end of July. I traveled for the first time with only carry on luggage....I had to try and cut my liquids way down so I decided to travel with this dry shampoo. It's amazing! The powder just gives your hair a refreshed look plus adds volume which is great. I had some great hair days while traveling!

Sephora Eye Masks - I've tried several different eye masks and I keep coming back to the Sephora collection. They have some great eye masks that just refresh and hydrate your under eye. I try to use these about once a week, my favorites are Orchid, Pearl, Rose and Avocado.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil - This product was in my Current Skincare Routine I posted back in December and it's still in my skincare routine. I love using this oil at night, seriously my skin has never looked better. I wont use this every night, I alternate between this oil and Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil.  

Sephora Instant Moisturizer - Another product that was in my Current Skincare Routine and I'm still currently using is the Sephora brand moisturizer. I honestly still haven't found anything better than this stuff. It hydrates my dry skin and leaves my skin primed and ready for makeup in the morning.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Flow Foundation - I've heard everyone rave about this foundation. It's been described as a dewy and radiant foundation, perfect for dry skin....well anytime I hear the word dewy I know I HAVE to give the foundation a try. I love this foundation, it gives me the perfect summer dewy skin glow that my dry skin craves. I've mixing this with my BB cream so I have some SPF and I've been wearing this all summer.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - This is always a must have in my makeup bag. This is my go to setting spray and it works great with the L'Oreal foundation. Most dewy skin foundations don't last long so I like to use a setting spray to lock in my foundation and make it last all day long.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer - This has been talked about a lot on my blog, it is still my go to concealer. This stuff covers whatever you need covered and stays in place all day without being too dry.

Mac Prep and Prime (Radiant Rose) - Over top of my concealer I've been wearing the Mac prep and prime in radiant rose. This is a great highlighter under the eyes just to brighten everything up and make you look more awake. Best liquid highlighter I've used for the under eye area.

Let me know in the comments below what your favorites where for August!!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fitness Update | Blam Bombshell Fitness

 15 days to go!!! I can't believe my last fitness update was almost a month ago....where has the time gone?

As the end of July I was down in Nashville attending Beachbodys Summit Conference - it was incredible! The weather cooperated and was very hot - our hotel was about a 20min walk away from the conference so we decided to walk to and from the conference everyday. By the time we got there we were dripping in sweat - neither my husband or I were used to that kind of heat.

Regardless we got to attend some great workshops that educated us more about the business, we got to meet some amazing coaches from the team AND we got to attend some awesome workouts.

 If you follow me on any of my social media accounts (Snapchat [mspamblam], Instagram, Facebook) it might have looked like I was down there for a really fun vacation....but nope it was for expanding my business. I honestly came back with over 30 pages of notes and some great new ideas for Blam Bombshell Fitness! I am really looking forward to running some more fitness groups and see how the rest of the year plays out.

It was great because even though I was down there for business we were able to attend workouts held by Beachbody so I never missed a beat with my workouts.

However, when I got was all business. I sat down and wrote out my last and final month of training before my qualification race to make team Canada for worlds in 2017. I decided to kick things off with one last final round of 21 Day Fix EXTREME. I planned it out so I would end my program one week before my race - I like to tapper off before my race and let my body recover. Today marks day 13/21 - I am so proud of myself for NEVER missing a single I've lost 5 pounds so I really can't complain.

Not going to lie it hasn't been easy. Not only am I doing 21 Day Fix EXTREME but I am have to get in my running and biking workouts. Some days I'm workouting for over 3 hours just to get all my workouts in - other days, like a rest day, just consists of a 21 Day Fix EXTREME workout and I've made sure that something easy like yoga falls onto those days.

Making my own training program has been tough to find that balance of training hard to make me faster&stronger but still allowing me active rest days to let my body recover.

Unfortunately last Saturday when doing some running/biking training and transition training I hyper extended my knee....yes again with my knee. I do have an old knee injury that keeps creeping back into my life. As I was practicing jumping on and off my bike at transition I came down a little too hard on my knee.

Transition is defiantly one of my weakest parts of the race. There are some athletes that just fly through's defiantly a good place to break away if you are caught up in a pack of people.

On race day it's going to be very important for me to get through transition quickly if I'm with a pack of people during the run because the bike is draft legal. That means if I can stay with a pack of people we can actually help draft each other on the bike so all of us don't have to work as hard as we would if we were on our own.

My transitions have defiantly been getting better but I sure am glade I still have 15 more days to practice. I honestly haven't practiced transition since my last worlds competition in 2013 - oh well they must have that saying "it's just like riding a bike" for a reason.

I have to say I've been putting in a TON of work into  my training and it's really rewarding when people actual start to see the results pay off. Yesterday I was out biking hills and running husband has been a good sport and has kept me company on a few of my training sessions. Yesterday he gave me the biggest complement and said my hill climbing was getting so much better he couldn't keep up with me AND  my running had improved dramatically withing the past 2 weeks. Normally he can out sprint me but yesterday I was out sprinting him & my dad....and lets be honest my dad has been training and raced more triathlons than me this year- he even did another half Ironman in early July so he's in good shape.

So what's in store for me these final few days? I have another week and a half of hard training and then I will begin to tapper off. I'll be finishing my 21 Day Fix EXTREME program next Saturday and then I will probably be backing off of home workouts until after the race. I will keep Pilates and yoga from 21 Day Fix EXTREME in my training rotation as active recovery but that's about it.

The most important thing for me right now is get my knee back to 100% and stay injury free on these final few days.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask Collection

 I purchased these mud masks back in June and since then I've been HOOKED! I featured these masks in my June Favorites and even now that we are in August they are still a favorite.

I have an obsession with face masks...I can't even tell you how many I have tried. I think that they are so relaxing and refreshing after a long day. I enjoy taking off all my makeup, putting on a mask and crawling into bed with a good book.

Some of the mud masks that I have tried in the past work wonders but leave your skin feeling dried out - for someone that already has dry skin like me, you typically try to stay away from masks like that.

These masks are so whipped and creamy, they glide onto your skin like a dream and dry in place. Honestly I feel asleep with one of these masks on for about 1 hour and when I woke up my skin felt so refreshed. Your skin feels hydrated after removing the mask - it's the best feeling ever.

These masks are designed to hydrate, detoxify, nourish, clarify, firm, and refine your skin. They are solutions for pores, loss of firmness/elasticity and dryness. Each mask is formulated with 100% Pure Argan Oil - which is something I use everyday anyway! My skin drinks argan oil up and loves the benefits.

If you are interested in trying these I highly recommend picking up the sample pack like I did. That way you get to try out all the different formations and find out which ones are your favorite.

Have you tried out this mask? Tell me what you thoughts were in the comments below.