Here’s A Couple Dumbbell Workouts!

One of the best things I ever invested in for working out at home is a pair of dumbbells. I got them on sale, and they came with 2 “bars” and then 4 x 7.5 weights and 4 x 2.5 weights. The most I lift is about 20 lbs (unless I’m doing sumo squats) so these are perfect, as each dumbbell will be 20lbs.

So I’ve been creating and thinking up full body workouts to do at home. These are great for days when I’m too lazy to drive 20 minutes to the gym, or when I’m short on time (after working a 12 hour shift). Sorry the graphics are kind of lame, I’m still working on that aspect of the blog!

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My Daily Makeup Routine

This is my go-to makeup routine for every single day. Sometimes I switch it up and make it more simple or more elaborate (I’ll explain how I do that below), but these are my go-to products that I keep reaching for.

I don’t wear makeup every day. Sometimes getting up at 5am for work is enough, and getting up any earlier simply to put on makeup doesn’t make the cut over 15 more minutes of sleep. But on my days off, special evenings, etc. Here’s what I do.

Everyday I use myface Covergirl 3-1 Foundation. This has been my go-to foundation since it came out. I typically have it in 2 shades: 1 a little light for my skin, and 1 that matches my tanned skin (self tanning or summer time). When I run out of the darker shade, or if I want lighter coverage for the day I mix in some of this Garnier BB Cream. It’s the older version that’s super liquid. I actually want to try some new BB creams that are a little thicker, any recommendations on those (leScreen Shot 2014-08-26 at 8.29.44 AMave a comment telling me!)

Every once in a while if I’m extra tired and have some dark circles under my eyes I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer

To set everything I use the Revlon Colorstay Face Powder in Translucent. I like the translucent powder so that it matches my face no matter what shade it is.

And finally for my face, if I feel like it I will contour/bronze with the NYC Bronzer in Sunny (only shade available). This is an awesome, cheap product that works as well as any high-end bronzer in my opinion.

eyesI have a lot of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows, but I typically gravitate towards Barely Branded, Tough as Taupe, or Bad to the Bronze. They’re more neutral colors and good for everyday wear. On other occasions I gravitate to 2 different palettes, The Balm’s Nude ‘Tude which is a mix of shimmer and matte colors, or Wet And Wild’s Comfort Zone palette, that’s all shimmer colors, but very nice neutrals (and it’s cheap!)

And for mascara I ALWAYS use my Benefit They’re Real. Hands down the most expensive product I use (that’s not saying much at $26), but I will repurchase this over and over again.Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 8.45.13 AM

 

 

 

And finally for my lips I just swipe on some chapstick. Sometimes I’ll use a Baby Lips for some color, but most often it’s plain chapstick to keep them moisturized.

Keeping it simple means a quick and easy routine in the morning that involves little thought and not too much time to look nice.

What are your go-to makeup products for an easy, stress-free morning?

 

The Best Iced Coffee.. Ever

I love iced coffee. Morning, afternoon, evening. Through summer AND winter (and yes, I live in upstate New York where winter could be -10 degrees). I love it black, or with cream and sugar. I love it flavored (except hazelnut), but I love it MOST when I make it at home and save myself $2+ every day. Someone explain to me why iced coffee costs more than hot coffee????

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I found this recipe that I love, to make it at home. However, it makes a very large batch (a gallon), and for just me, that’s a lot! Especially since after 2pm I’ll drink decaf so I can sleep! So now, I brew my coffee differently, which I’ll show you in a second, but I use her “sweet cream” recipe to sweeten my coffee. If you’ve ever had Thai Iced Tea, it’s the same stuff they use to sweeten that. Oh, and did I mention I also LOVE thai iced tea and make that at home too?

Sweet Cream

  • 1, 12oz can of evaporated milk
  • 1, 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk

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(photo from cravingcomfort.blogspot.com/2011/07/last-iced-coffee-recipe-youll-ever-need.html)

Mix together and refrigerate.

Now.. On to the coffee. This Bodum Iced Coffee French Press is the perfect thing. I got mine from amazon for $69.00. While this is steep, this thing lasts forever, and is easy to clean, and the perfect size for my fridge.

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So what I do: fill up the container with water, add approx. 6Tbs of coarse-ground coffee (I usually do 6 heaping spoonfuls because I like it strong). Then you stir it all up, and put the lid on (the one you see leaning on the pitcher in the above picture). Leave it in your fridge overnight. In the morning, you take off that lid, and put on the one seen in the picture, and press the plunger down (french press). There’s a nice button to push that opens up the pour spout. Now, usually I have a batch in a pitcher in the fridge and a batch in this – one regular, one decaf. 

All you have to do now is get out your favorite glass, fill it with ice, and pour your cold iced coffee over it. If you want to add the sweet cream do that too! Another idea is to add chocolate syrup, and make your own iced mocha!