Monday, April 21, 2014

What's In My Gym Bag



Aside from feeling sore the next day (or 2) the major downside to going to the gym is having to deal with the after effects of your kick ass workout: hair a mess, sweat dripping from places you can't remember ever sweating from before, and if you're human you probably have a not so appealing smell to you (just admit it). I try to go to the gym early enough that I have time to go home before doing anything else or I do it late at night before bed. If I can't fit either of those things I find myself needing to make myself look presentable and have a socially appropriate smell before going to work, running errands, or even out to lunch with friends. Here are some of my tips to make post workout prep fast and easy! This will even be great for a post gym class pick me up for those who are still in school! I've included some most affordable drug store alternatives when I can!

Burt's Bees Facial Towelettes ($6) are the only facial cleansing pre-moistened towels I use. I have tried most of them out there and found that they make my face itchy. These are my favorites, they work wonderfully, and they even have a formula for sensitive skin. I always give my face a quick rinse with water afterward simply because I feel like my face is cleaner if I do that. Something about just wiping down your face and not rinsing is weird to me. I use this to remove any makeup before my workout. You can use another to remove any sweat or remaining makeup that you missed after your workout but I love to use this Cucumber Cleaning Lotion from Mario Badescu ($15) with a cotton pad. I LOVE this stuff. I use it in my daily routine and rave about it regularly. I put it into a small, travel size container so I am not dragging my big bottle around and refill it as needed. This cleans your skin so well and leaves it feeling refreshed.

I'll hop in the shower at the gym (cheap Old Navy flip-flops come in handy here) and pop my hair in a shower cap. I'll give myself a quick wash down with my favorite body wash (I also put this in a small travel container). When my hair was longer I would put it in a braid or a bun near the top of my head to keep the sweat from getting in my hair from the back of my neck. I would skip the shower cap and just let steam from my shower moisten my hair a little bit to give it a wavy texture. Now that it is short I throw it in a cap. Grab your favorite dry shampoo if you need it and brush through. I use Tigi Catwalk (about $20). I found it helps to not make your ponytaile or ties too tight if you are fine with adjusting your hair a couple of times during your workout. Try getting those no crease ones that are the stretchy ribbon type fabric tied together.

The best part about a workout is that your skin is going to have color and glow! Utilize this and go easy on the makeup. I use NARS tinted moisturizer (around $40) with Rimmel Stay Matte powder (around $5) or if I have no breakouts I will just use Bare Minerals. I will use a little bit of bronzer like Lorac Baked Bronzer ($5-7 for the mini size) or Rimmel Natural Bronzer ($4-6), a brown eyeshadow only a little darker than my skin like MAC paint pot in groundwork ($20) or I use the same bronzer I just put on my face and lightly brush it into my crease, and some mascara like They're Real by Benefit ($23) or if you are like me you throw in the sample mascaras you get from Sephora or Ulta that you like. Sometimes I will throw on some eyeliner if I want the extra touch-to keep things simple and as natural as possible I use a brown eyeliner right on the lash line. Keep your makeup light and natural and let your post workout flush work its magic. I then throw on Burts Bees Mango Nourishing Lip Balm or a tinted lip balm. I'm really liking the lipstick that was included in the birthday gift from Sephora this year and I have been using that a lot, it's Makeup Forever's Rouge Artist Natural in N9 ($20 for the full size).

I toss in a couple of Real Techniques brushes- the retractable kabuki, an eyeshadow brush, and the big powder brush.

Spray with your favorite perfume or body mist. Instead of bringing the whole bottle around you can purchase a roller ball version if available or put some into an atomizer (I believe Sephora has them at a pretty affordable price) and you are on your way!

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