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Beauty: My under $10 drugstore makeup favorites

18 Jan

Between my makeup obsession and my work as a beauty editor I have the extreme pleasure of trying tons of different high end beauty products. But the truth is, one of my favorite places to explore my beauty product passion is actually the drugstore. It’s a great way to experiment with adventurous colors without forking over tons of money. Plus, to be honest,  sometimes I just think some of drugstore products are just the best! Here are a few of my must have favorites and bonus(!) everything is under $10!!!

  1. Revlon Moon Drops – Creme Lipstick, Persian Melon 585; $7. This is a beautiful shade that makes for the perfect bright lip. It’s also one of Emily from CupcakesandCashmere.com’s favorites.
  2. Revlon Colorstay Brow Enhancer $7. This dual sided stick has a precise, colored brow wax on one side and shimmery highlighter on the other. It’s not only great for  filling in brows, but also helps them stay in place. I have tried pencils, pens, powder and some combination of the three and this is hands down my favorite. It makes my brows look perfectly polished and it’s easy to use!
  3. Maybelline Dream Mousse Shadow in Ivory Illusion, $3. This color might be a little hard to track down but it’s worth the effort.  I love it as a shadow base or cheekbone highlighter. I bought it after reading Scarlett Johansson’s makeup artist uses it to give ScarJo her ethereal glow.
  4. Covergirl Wetslicks Amazemint Lipgloss $5. This Elle and InStyle magazine approved lip gloss has a shiny but not sticky texture, comes in a fabulous variety of shades and has uber-refreshing peppermint oil that keeps your breath fresh and minty. I love Freedom of Peach for a shiny Victoria’s Secret glossy nude lip and Red Riot for going out. P.S. this shade has been known to make smiles look extra white!
  5. L’Oreal Pro Manicure Nail Polish in Mango-Get-Em $5. Every single time I wear this polish people ask me where I got my nails done and I always say “my living room” 😉 This polish lasts forever and (just like the name suggests) it makes your manucure look professional for a fraction of the price.
  6. Physician’s Formula Baked Bronzer and Shimmery Powder $9.71 I live in Seattle meaning I can get pretty pale so I love adding a little bronze glow… and sunlight,well with all the rain here,  is a little hard to come by. I want my bronze to  look fresh and natural which is why I love this bronzer…it’s a swirl of a few different bronzes and a touch or gold shimmer which makes it a nice affordable alternative to the MAC bakes bronzers. Plus I hear Blake Lively‘s makeup artist uses it on the gorgeous star all the time.
  7. Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm; $9.  It’s beyond genius that Revlon added a balm to this stain because I always used to carry cherry chapstick to wear overtop of it which kept my pout moist and fresh looking. Stains are so great because they’re easy to apply, stay put and look natural plus this one comes in beautiful vibrant shades. It’s the simplest way to enjoy the bold lip trend. I love this stain in the colors Desire and Passion.
  8. Wet and Wild Eye Liner Pencil $0.99. Yes, 99 cents! Scott Barnes is one of the top celebrity makeup artists and is responsible for the gorgeous A-list faces of Jennifer Lopez,  Gwyneth Paltrow, Penelope Cruz plus many more and he uses this eyeliner. Not only does it have a smooth, easy to apply texture you can sharpen it with every use to get that perfect line and it’s only 99 cents so you don’t feel bad about frequently replacing it!

Happy Budget Beauty!


Fitness Class Review: High Intensity Training (HIIT)

18 Oct


Interval training is all the rage now, and for good reason! It helps you burn more calories in less time (love this), helps improve your speed and endurance and recent studies have shown it can actually reduce belly fat (double love this!). High Intensity Interval Training (or HITT as it’s sometimes called) is a full body cardio workout and involves alternating short bursts of super intense work with a low intensity recovery. These intervals are usually performed in a 2:1 ratio so for example,  20 seconds of work followed by 40 seconds of rest and repeated for 9-20 minutes. However,  you can take these intervals up to about one minute long just make sure the work interval is very hard since one thing that sets HIIT apart from other interval training programs is the short duration and  high intensity of the intervals.


I’ve taken several HIIT classes and I also happen to teach one. One of my student’s favorite classes involves a 5-10 minute warm up (since the intervals are so intense I like to make sure everyone is totally warmed-up for the class) followed by 4 / one minute intervals with 90 second recoveries using jumprope, burpee, alternating front kicks and shuffle intervals. Then we move onto 4 /:45 second intervals with one minute recoveries using mountain climbers, high knees, flying lunges and squat jumps and finally 4/ :30 second intervals with :30 second recoveries using wide knee run, air jacks, hitch kicks left leg and hitch kicks right leg. If the class really wants to turn it up I’ll add 30 second relay sprints between the interval groups. This workout usually burns 550 calories in about 40 minutes.  

I’ve taken HIIT classes that alternate one minute of intense cardio like sprints on the bike or jump squats with one minute of full body strength training like pushups or squat presses. The class lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and makes a nap afterwards absolutely necessary.


  • HIIT training is so demanding and intense that it’s proven to change your body and lower your body fat composition. You become a fat burning machine and if that’s not reason enough to try it then I don’t know what is!
  • Flat abs and a strong core
  • Plyometrics like jump squats will tone your legs and literally lift your butt inches higher
  • If you incorporate pushups and burpees get ready for ripped arms and sculpted shoulders


  • This workout is short and flies by which I love since I’d rather be catching up on my Bravo TV than spending all day in the gym.
  • The intensity means you get an after-burn so you’ll burn and extra 100 calories trying to decide if you’re on team Teresa or team Caroline and wondering what happened with Dina…?
  • Pushing yourself past your comfort zone is always a rewarding experience. You’ll feel tough and like you can overcome anything after one of these classes or workouts.
  • Get out the skinny jeans because 2-3 of these workout per week will have you tight and toned in no time!


Every celeb does this kind of training…Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Jessica Biel, Giuliana Rancic, every Victorias Secret model, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Beyonce to name a few. If you see someone who has a lean toned body I bet they do interval training!


My HIIT class is at the University of Washington Intramural Activity Center so (bummer) you have to be  UW student or staff to take it…but if you live in Seattle I’d give these a try…

Club Zum in downtown Seattle: The class is called Hard Core

David Barton Gym in Bellevue: The class is called Melt

Elite Fitness Bellevue: Drop in Bootcamp Class on Sunday mornings at 9am or Wednesdays at 1pm.

Feel Fab Fridays: My new favorite nail polish

30 Sep

One of my favorite Saturday morning traditions is painting my nails. I think it’s one of the best ways to feel pretty with spending a lot of money, plus experimenting with nail polish is perfect for  tiptoeing (pun intended) into more daring fashion trends.

In Seattle we are super lucky to have Julep Nail Parlor at our finger tips (totally promise this is the last pun) their polishes are all- natural so there’s no chemical smell and they name their bounty of fabulous colors for colors’ celeb inspiration! Blake is a sunny yellow, January is that perfect Betty Draper red and Gwyneth is a classic pink. Oh, you can also change your shade based on whether you’re feeling more like a Carrie, Miranda, Samantha or Charlotte.

If you live in Seattle then  grab your girlfriends and visit the salon for the Julep Manicure and Pedicure…fabulous masssage, exfoliation, paraffin treatment..it’s the best. I’m obsessed with how creamy, rich and shiny the nail enamels are plus my pedicure lasted over a month. This nail polish makes you look and feel expensive and guarantees to get you noticed!  If you can’t make it into one of the salons no worries, Julep sells all their nail polishes online. Given that were are headed into fall I’m loving the Catherine (as in Duchess), Pippa (as in Catherine’s sister with the now famous booty), Vera and Amanda.

Julep Nail Parlor www.julep.com