routine

2018 New Year, New Body

Hi Aspirers there is one thing I’m tired of and that is my weight. Guess what it’s time for a change! Yup I said it a change! When I was in college I lost about 40lbs but over time I’ve gain half of the weight back and I’m not loving it. I still fit in the same size because my weight gain was evently spread out. You know what it’s hard to lose it again. I would exercise and then stop for awhile, then start again and stop for awhile. It felt like a never ending cycle. Recently I figured out why, I was bored. I get bored so easily doing the same workouts. So I decided to create a random workout plan and hopefully it’ll challenge me to continue working out. I chose this workout method for it to be fun and random everyday that I worked out so I won’t get bored. Each time I pick a popsicle stick I won’t know the difficulty level until it’s picked. I’ll be pushing myself daily.

I’m sharing this with you all because I want you to hold me accountable and I would love for you to join in as well. Continue reading and find out my plan for a new body!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions:

1. Label all your ziplock bags. Label one bag REP or SETS, second bag EXERCISE, and the third bag TIME FRAME (how many seconds, minutes, or times). The markers I bought to write in the bag wasn’t working on the bags so I used paper and taped the labels on like so.

2. After you label your bags it’s time to label your popsicle sticks. For the REP or SETS popsicles I put 2, 3, 4, and 5 reps. You’ll know how many times you’ll have to repeat that one exercise.

3. For the EXERCISE sticks I put random exercises and something fun I decided to add (can you spot it lol). I’m planning on adding more don’t worry. Some of the other exercises that aren’t shown: knee crunches, planks, arm circles, flutter kicks, etc.

5. For the last bag TIME FRAME I wrote multiples of 5s and I wrote up to 50. The reason why I was specific on the time length because it’s based on how long you were planning to workout. Say if you chose to workout for an hour and you randomly selected sit-ups and 50. You then can decide if you want to do sit-ups for 50 seconds, 50 times, or 50 minutes of sit-ups. If you want a good variety of your workout doing the same thing might not be the best thing.

After you labeled your bags and your popsicle sticks it’s time to workout!

My plan is to workout 2-3 days a week for an hour. Once my strength builds up I want to add more difficult exercises so I can continue to progress. If you are trying this method you could create ziplock bags with warm up and cool down options. Make this method your own. I don’t have a personal trainer so I have to do something that’ll work.

Stay tune for updates on my progress and I’m planning on showing you a snippet of my workout. If you decide to do this method or something similar comment down below.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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#favFriday: Everyday Makeup

     

  
When it comes to my everyday makeup routine I like to look as natural as possible so if you want to know how I get my look continue reading.

I’ve listed my favorite makeup products to complete my everyday makeup routine below. I’ve listed the makeup in the order I apply them. 

1. Eyebrows 

 
I can’t leave my house without my eyebrows looking good. I’ve tried brow kits and brow pencils but the color is either too light or too dark. So I started using an eyeliner pencil and I haven’t put it down yet. 

  • Where to purchase: Ulta 

2. Concealer 

 
Before this product I would buy Smashbox concealer but I thought $20 was way too much for a concealer stick. I came across this shade and it works just as good and it last longer. I use concealer to shape and smooth my eyebrows out. I also apply it before I put on my foundation to hide blemishes and highlight under my eyes after I put on my foundation.

  • Where to purchase: Walmart

3. BB Cream

  
Before using BB cream I didn’t know what it was until I started watching different YouTube channels. One day I was in the makeup aisle and decided to try it out. I love how light weight it felt on my face. Before using this I would use MAC liquid foundation. Between the two I wouldn’t go back to MAC. BB cream makes my skin look more even and I love the cheaper price. 

  • Where to purchase: Walmart

4. Press Power

 After applying my BB cream I apply my press powder to blend and lighten my face back to the original color. The BB cream and the powder combine creates my exact skin color.  

  • Where to purchase: Walmart

5. Eyelashes

 

One thing I wish I have is longer eyelashes and thanks to this mascara it makes me look like I have some.  

  • Where to purchase: Walmart

Here are some pros and cons for using my makeup.

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Easy to apply
  • Great for women of color

Cons: 

  • Not available in all Walmarts
  • Small selection in stores 
  • The color names isn’t the same with all the products so it’s a little confusing on deciding which color is right for you. 

I hope you enjoyed reading my favorite makeup products for my makeup routine. You can also visit Ulta website and Black Radiance website to purchase these items as well. 

I’ll like to know what are your favorite makeup products? Leave a comment below. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee