Holiday Outfit Ideas

Whether you are attending a holiday party or you’re simply spending time with family and friends like me, you may be unsure about what to wear. I know that for some people, the idea of dressing up can be a bit stressful, especially for bigger events, so today, I am here to help! I have put together three different holiday outfits to wear for any occasion! Whether you would describe your fashion sense as “casual” or “classy”, these three outfits should spark some inspiration!

This first outfit is for those of you who prefer a more classic look. You can never go wrong with black and white. I think that these two colors always look good together, and this outfit may be my favorite of the three! I first took some simple black pants and paired them with a long sleeved black top with pearl accents. I then took a white peacoat to wear on top. Lastly, I wore my black knee-high boots (which you will see me wear quite often in the winter time).

Next up, I have an outfit that is for those of you who don’t really love to dress up and prefer a more casual or comfy look. First, I took a pair of dark wash jeans and paired them with a simple white sweater. If you are a fan of color, and you want to stand out a bit more or feel more festive, a red or green sweater would look just as nice! I then took a pair of faux leather boots to match the outfit. With a simple outfit like this one, I recommend accessorizing with a shiny pair of earrings or a nice necklace. You can also add a scarf to the outfit for a cozier feel.

And lastly, this outfit is for those of you who like to have a bit of fun with fashion, and would describe your style as “girly” or “trendy”. This is a beautiful red off the shoulder dress with a scalloped neckline. I wore this dress a couple years ago for Christmas Eve and I still adore it to this day. I paired it with the same knee-high boots from the first outfit!

Whenever I want to wear dresses or skirts in the winter, I’ll typically pair them with my knee-high boots. Since it can get pretty cold where I live at times, I always wear knee-high socks with my boots to stay warm. Even though it’s not much, it still helps (plus, I don’t spend a ton of time outside in the winter anyway, so when I do, I bundle up and rush inside!)

I hope that these outfits gave you a bit of holiday fashion inspiration, and I hope that these tips were helpful! And if you still want to wear sweatpants and hoodies instead, trust me, I feel you! Let me know which outfit is your favorite in a comment below. Thank you so much for reading!

Saying "Yes" to New Opportunities (And Why You Should Never Fear Growth)

I recently said yes to an opportunity that is going to lead me to one of my biggest dreams. I don’t think I’ve fully processed the thought that it is going to happen, but I am still very excited for this experience. I am not going to share it with you just yet, but I will be posting all about it on my social media accounts and of course my website in the near future!

Anyone who knows me knows that I can be very quiet and introverted a lot of the time, especially around people I don’t know. I don’t have many friends, and I often keep to myself. I prefer to be at home with my family over anything else. I like having an everyday routine, and I love planning. I enjoy staying safe in my comfort zone, to put it simply. The only problem with this is that opportunities will pass you by when you constantly choose the safe option. I saw a quote recently that said, “The safe option could fail too” and it stuck with me. I don’t want to be the person who says no to opportunities that are going to help me grow; I’ve done it enough already. When I think of the woman I am trying to become, I imagine her saying yes more often to things that are good for her, and I imagine that she is extremely confident in herself and her choices. This is the woman I want to be. And maybe deep down I am her. Maybe she’s finally shining through.

Lately I feel like many great things have been coming my way. I have so much to look forward to. I think that this has been happening because I have been putting so much positivity and love out into the world for so long and it’s making its way back to me. I have been focusing on constantly bettering myself, loving myself, and being kind to myself. If you know the purpose and goal of my blog, you’d know that it is all about finding confidence in myself, and for you, my readers, to find confidence in yourselves. This self-love journey that we are on together is rocky and imperfect, but I know in my heart that we could all benefit from showing more love and kindness to ourselves. Saying yes more often is one way that I am bettering myself and pushing myself to grow.

I have thought long and hard about making this decision that I cannot wait to share with you all. It is something that I have been dreaming about for so long now. Just because I have been dreaming about this, it doesn’t mean that the decision was easy for me to make (eventually, I will discuss why). I turned to my family and friends to get their opinions and advice. I am so extremely grateful to have good people in my life whom I trust and value the opinions of. They helped me weigh the pros and cons, and they supported me. This decision may have seemed like a no brainer to some, but to me it was important and it required me to think. I believe that you should never make big decisions on a whim, but you also shouldn’t over think it too much. I am still trying not to stress or worry so much. It’s good to be aware of the consequences of our choices, just don’t let them consume you.

I am proud of myself for choosing to take a risk. For choosing to do something that absolutely terrifies me, because even though I am terrified, I am excited as well. One of my biggest dreams is about to come true. This is a big step for me to take, and I am a bit nervous for what’s to come, but I know this opportunity is bound to bring me good things. It is going to help me grow.

Don’t be afraid of growth. Don’t be afraid of failure. I am learning this now, and I am so excited to see where this journey takes me. I will be sharing this decision with all of you in the new year, so stay tuned! If you are stuck trying to make a difficult decision, this is your sign. If it is going to help you grow, take the risk. Thank you so much for reading! I know this isn’t a holiday related post, but I wanted to share it with you before the year is over! Be on the lookout for more holiday posts coming very soon!

The Holidays in My Home

There is no denying that this is my favorite time of year! I love it for so many reasons, but one of the biggest ones is that I get to relax and be with the people I love the most. I get to enjoy fun holiday treats that I may not eat at any other time of the year, and my room is decorated with Christmas lights and garland. Today, I wanted to chat a little bit about this time of year, my family’s traditions, and how we celebrate the holidays in my home!

I’m not going to lie; it can be difficult for me to get into the holiday spirit when I am still in school! I am in my third year of college and I am currently studying for finals, which can be pretty stressful. I am trying to get into the holiday spirit, but I feel like I will fully get into it once the semester is over (2 more finals to go)! During the holidays, I love to just be at home, watching Christmas movies and wearing cozy pajamas. I used to drink hot chocolate almost every day because I was so obsessed with it. Now I really only drink it occasionally, but even more so around Christmas time!

My family has quite a few little traditions that we follow every single year. Most of them are small, but they’re meaningful to my family. Every year, my mom will get us Christmas pajamas and fuzzy socks on Christmas Eve (they’re usually matching in some way), and we have a little party for my immediate family. We always do our own version of “The Feast of the Seven Fishes”. My Grandma and Mom will always make clams, shrimp, and sometimes lobster tails and we will also have cheese plates, fruit and vegetable plates, bowls of chips and dip, and all of the desserts including cookies, ice cream, and pie. We’ll play some Christmas music and just hang out in the dining and living room for a bit. After this, a few of us will sometimes play a bored game like Pictionary (my uncle and I are always a team and we always win). This is actually a more recent tradition, but my siblings and I will also play Mario Kart or Mario Party before we all go to bed on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Even though I am getting older and some of that Christmas magic is no longer with me, I still end up waking up early on Christmas Day. I still get excited. My parents have actually told me that before me and my siblings were born, they used to open presents on Christmas Eve, but I never really liked the idea. On Christmas, once everyone is awake, we will start to go through our stockings and open gifts. Christmas music will be playing in the background as we open our gifts one by one. Every year we end up laughing so much because my family will sometimes write “To: (insert embarrassing or random nickname they call us here)” on our presents. There’s nothing better than seeing your loved ones reactions when opening gifts that you picked out for them and with my family’s sense of humor, there is bound to be some weird/funny gift exchanges!  I feel extremely grateful to receive gifts on Christmas from my family members.

After this, we will just spend some time together and I’ll definitely be eating all of the chocolate in my stocking! Every Christmas dinner has been the same for us for quite a while now: stuffed shells (because you can never go wrong with pasta)! My Mom usually makes the shells with ricotta and mozzarella cheese with marinara sauce. It is so delicious and I always look forward to having it! Then a little while later we will take out some of the leftover cheese plates, fruit, chips, and desserts from Christmas Eve! We also have a variety of drinks out on the table.

For New Years Eve, we celebrate later on in the day. Once again, we will put a few snacks out on the dining room table, and we will have the TV on to watch the ball drop in New York City at midnight. We’ll take some photos and get our noise makers and whistles ready. At this point, I am already in my pajamas. We also follow another tradition on this day: before the stroke of midnight, my family needs to eat 12 grapes for the 12 months ahead, and if you finish all of your grapes before midnight you will have good luck in the New Year! I am not sure where this tradition really came from, but we’ve been doing it all our lives. Once midnight hits, my family goes around the room to hug each other and say “Happy New Year”.  On New Year’s Day, we always go to one of our favorite Italian restaurants for lunch, and after this, the celebrations come to an end and we begin the New Year with each other, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about me and my family and how we celebrate the holidays! Leave me a comment below, and tell me how you celebrate the holidays or if you have any traditions you follow! Thank you for reading!

Fall 2019 Playlist

Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to share my fall playlist with you! Some of these songs are more recent, and others are a little older, but these are the songs that I have been listening to on repeat lately! My music taste is kind of all over the place, but as you will be able to tell, pop music is my favorite. This will be my last fall related post, so after this you should expect quite a few holiday themed posts which I am so excited to share! Let me know what’s on your fall playlist in a comment below!

. Shameless – Camila Cabello

. Liar – Camila Cabello

. G Walk – Lil Mosey, Chris Brown

. Don’t Call Me Angel – Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Ray

. If You Need Me – Julia Michaels

. Ransom – Lil Tecca

. Cry For Me – Camila Cabello

. Zero – Chris Brown

. Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

. Space – Maren Morris

. Easy – Camila Cabello (OK, I just love anything that she does. So obsessed with her!)

. Lights Up – Harry Styles

. Freaking Me Out – Ava Max

. Visions – Dirty Heads

. Playing To Win – Fox Sinclair

. Lose You To Love Me – Selena Gomez

. Wish You Well – Sigala, Becky Hill

. Roxanne – Arizona Zervas

. Look At Her Now – Selena Gomez

. CPR – Summer Walker

. Body, Tonight, Come Thru – Summer Walker (basically her whole album “Over It”)

. Hesitate – Jonas Brothers

. Circles – Post Malone

. Graveyard – Halsey

. Noticed – Lil Mosey

. Every Single Time – Jonas Brothers

. What A Time – Julia Micheals feat. Niall Horan

. I Love You – Billie Eilish

. The Principal, Nurse’s Office, Strawberry Shortcake – Melanie Martinez (her new album K-12 is amazing and so creative! If you haven’t heard it, go check it out. There’s a message in every song).

. Say My Name- David Guetta

. Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

. Lovely – Billie Eilish

. Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone

OOTD: Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American readers/followers! I hope that you are having a beautiful day full of family and good food! Today I wanted to share my Thanksgiving OOTD (outfit of the day) with you! I know to some it may seem silly to dress up when you are only going to be in your dining room all day, but still, I enjoy dressing up and looking put together all of the time!

This outfit of the day is going to be pretty simple. I recently purchased this jumpsuit from Lulus.com (a new favorite store of mine)! This is the “Lace and Lies Terra Cotta Crochet Lace Cropped Jumpsuit”. I purchased this jumpsuit for $16.00! When I was online shopping for some holiday outfits, I happened to come across this jumpsuit and I knew I had my Thanksgiving outfit. Not only is this outfit comfortable for me to lounge around in while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner, but it is also fashionable and perfect for the end of fall!

As someone who has an absolutely terrible shopping addiction, it is important for me to find stores that have affordable yet stylish pieces, and Lulus.com has quickly become one of my favorite places to shop! This is where I bought the “Someday Swoon Royal Blue Embroidered Midi Dress from my “End-of-Summer Blues OOTD”! I also purchased a dress that I will share with you on Christmas Eve, so stay tuned for that!

On Thanksgiving Day, my family always wakes up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I will usually eat a very small breakfast and we won’t eat very much at all until the dinner is ready! I spend Thanksgiving with my immediate family. I have a pretty big family, so they are all I need! I love being able to spend a day at home, just relaxing and eating some good food with the people I love the most! (Not going to lie, I am so excited for Black Friday shopping too!)

I am grateful for my family, my friends, my health, my education, and of course all of you! I really appreciate those of you who read my blog posts and follow me! It means so much and I love being able to write and share what’s in my heart with the world. I hope that I can continue to inspire you and help you on your journey to confidence!

Thank you for reading! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you are thankful for, and what your favorite Thanksgiving food is (mine is mashed potatoes and we make a delicious meat stuffing every year)!

What’s in My November Ipsy Glam Bag + A Fall Eye Makeup Tutorial

I seriously cannot believe that November is almost over! Every month seems to fly by, but the good news is that I receive my Ipsy bags every month, so I am always looking forward to that! Today I wanted to share what was in my November glam bag and review it for you all. I also wanted to include a fall eye makeup tutorial using the eyeshadow duo that I received in my glam bag this month!

This month, Ipsy wanted its members to embrace their wild side (hence, the print on the bag). I think this month’s bag is adorable and the print is definitely on trend right now! I rated the overall bag a 4/5 stars because there was one item that I felt I did not necessarily need.

Inside the bag:

  • Gigi Gorgeous: Living Lip Balm in Natalia

This lip balm is perfect to throw in your bag as you’re leaving your house, and it smells like vanilla, which is my favorite scent! Although I love lip balms, I really did not need another one! I rated this products a 3/5 stars.

  • Pixi by Petra: Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Mineral Bronze

I love getting eyeshadows in my glam bags, and when I saw this duo I thought the colors were beautiful and perfect for fall. I really like the brand Pixi by Petra, so I was excited to find that I had gotten this product. While the colors are beautiful, I did find it just a little bit difficult to blend them, but other than that, I love the duo! The colors are perfect for a more dramatic eye look! (This duo is also an exclusive product for Ipsy members!)  I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Vasanti Cosmetics: Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom

I think that when it comes to makeup, for me personally, I can never get enough lip products! I find that lip products (particularly lipsticks and liquid lipsticks) are my favorite things in the world. This lip gloss keeps my lips moisturized while adding a beautiful pop of pink. I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Eva NYC: Freshen Up Dry Shampoo

I loved receiving this product because I was just recently telling a friend of mine how much I love dry shampoos. Dry shampoos can be extraordinarily helpful when you just don’t have the time to wash your hair. If I am up really late one night cramming for a test, and I didn’t exactly have the time to wash my hair the night before, I will get ready for the day and right before I walk out the door I will spray a bit of dry shampoo on my roots and rub it in. This dry shampoo works really well on my hair, and I may or may not have used it a few times already! It just keeps your hair looking fresh rather than greasy! I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • IT Cosmetics: Confidence in a Cream

This is the product that I chose to receive in my November glam bag. I don’t use it every night since it is only a sample size, but when I do use it I immediately feel like my skin can breathe. I just put a small amount on my fingers and gently rub it into my skin. I love using this product after washing my face at night, and it leaves my skin feeling light and clean. I also rated this product a 4/5 stars.

Eye Makeup Tutorial:

I created this eye makeup look using my Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo from my glam bag this month, as well as a couple other products that I will mention below! This eye look is perfect for the fall and winter time, or just a night out with friends. I wasn’t planning on having the look turn out so dramatic, but I ended up really liking it!

  • I started this look off by applying an eyeshadow primer all over my lids.
  • I then took my Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo in “Mineral Bronze” and applied the lighter brown/taupe color all over my eyelids.
  • Next, I took a single eyeshadow by IBY Beauty in the shade “Headliner” and applied this to the outer “V” of my eyes (don’t get too sloppy with this shade. Keep the color right in the outer “V”. Don’t blend it too much just yet). I also took this same color, and lined my lower lash line.
  • Then I took the darker bronze color in the Pixi eyeshadow duo, and applied this into my crease. The eyeshadow duo is VERY pigmented, so be sure that if you use it, you gradually build the color. Remember it is much easier to apply more of a color than to have to remove it.
  • BLEND. You should always blend your eyeshadows to avoid harsh lines. Blending will make the look come together beautifully, especially when using more than one color or darker eyeshadows. As I mentioned before, these shadows were just a bit difficult to blend, so I had to work on this for a little longer than usual.
  • Once the shadows were well blended, I took my OFRA Cosmetics OFRA x Madison Moondance Highlighter and applied this to my inner corners as well as my brow bones.
  • Next, I curled my lashes and took my favorite mascara, the Thrive Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn, and coated my top and bottom lashes.
  • I then applied a small amount of my Benefit Cosmetics: Gimme Brow  + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 4.5. After this, I simply brushed my brows up and over.
  • Lastly, I lined my waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner by Essence.

That is the completed eye makeup tutorial! I hope you enjoyed this blog post! My next couple posts will be a bit more fall themed as well, but once December comes I plan on sharing quite a few holiday related posts. I may be posting a little more often next month as well! Thank you so much for reading!

My Experience at the Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins Tour

When I was 11 years old I went to my first concert ever. I got tickets to see Selena Gomez who, at the time, was probably my biggest idol. A few years later I got to go see Justin Bieber with my mom and my sisters, then a couple years later we got to see him again. The last “concert” I went to was at a bar/club where my best friend and I saw Kane Brown perform. And now, another one of my best friends and I got to see the Jonas Brothers on their Happiness Begins Tour. We had bought the tickets quite a few months ago, so we’ve been waiting a while and we were SO excited to get to see them perform live! We grew up listening to their music and watching them on Camp Rock and their TV show “Jonas”, so we felt like one of our childhood dreams was coming true!

We arrived at the venue, and of course we took a ton of photos. We found our seats, which were even better than I thought they’d be! We were sitting a few rows back from this platform where the DJ was standing. I had a feeling that the Jonas Brothers might come up to that platform to sing, but I wasn’t too sure (I was right, but we’ll get to that in a bit)! Every time I attend a concert, I forget that a lot of waiting is involved. Before anyone came out on stage, the DJ was playing songs that everyone in the audience knew, so we were all singing along to “Dancing Queen”, “Single Ladies”, and “Truth Hurts” while we waited. Right in front of us was a group of people who were dancing and just having a good time and entertaining everyone around us. I also had to laugh because I noticed quite a few men who were no doubt dragged along by their girlfriends to see the Jonas Brothers. Most of the people that attended the concert were young women rather than kids which was expected and also really cool since, like I said, so many of us grew up with them.

Then Jordan McGraw, who, after a quick google search, we found out was Dr. Phil’s son, came on stage. We had no idea who he was at first, but we ended up really enjoying his music and we both agreed that we would look into it some more! After he performed some of his songs, we waited another 20 minutes or so for Bebe Rhexa. I actually didn’t know she was going to be performing until the day of the concert, so I was really excited to see her since I love her music! She performed some of her most popular songs: “I’m A Mess”, “Meant to Be”, and “Me, Myself & I”. I also found out that she wrote “The Monster” by Eminem ft. Rihanna, which she performed as well. Another 20 minutes passed after she performed and finally it was time for the Jonas Brothers.

They came down from the ceiling and they opened with their song “Rollercoaster”. Of course, this is when the crowed got the loudest and everyone was freaking out. One thing I love about concerts is that you get to be in a room full of people who, despite their differences, have one big thing in common: a mutual love for a person or group of people and music. I absolutely love their new album “Happiness Begins”, and I was so excited to hear the songs performed live! Some of my favorites from the album are: “Only Human”, “Strangers”, “Rollercoaster”, “Every Single Time”, and “Comeback”, just to name a few. I was also hoping that they would perform some of their older songs since so many people have been fans of theirs from the beginning! They performed: “S.O.S.”, “Burnin’ Up”, and “Lovebug” which are some of my favorites (they performed a few other older songs as well, but I was not as familiar with them)! They even sang “Gotta Find You” from Camp Rock! In the middle of the concert, Nick came out and sang a song from his solo career, and that was “Jealous”. Joe ended up doing the same thing and sang “Cake by The Ocean” by DNCE. I love when artists interact with their fans at concerts, and Kevin, Joe, and Nick expressed their love and gratitude for us, and even asked us to choose a song for them to sing!

There were many highlights from this concert, and one of the biggest ones for me was when they all walked up to the platform that was only a few rows in front of us, and they sang their song “Hesitate”, which is an incredibly beautiful song, but seeing and hearing it live and having them be so close to us made it feel even moreso. As they performed the song, the platform lifted them up and slowly spun them around right in the middle of the arena. I know it is not likely, but it really felt as if I was making eye contact with them when they were looking out at us from the platform. A few other favorite moments were when they sang all of the throwback Jonas Brothers songs like “Lovebug” because I was really looking forward to hearing them!

I have to say, even though I really haven’t been to many concerts in my life so far, this one was truly the best. I had such an amazing time. Our seats were great (the best seats I have had at a concert), and they performed pretty much all of the songs that I really wanted to hear. By the end of the night, my friend and I had almost lost our voices, but it was so worth it! There is something very magical about going to a concert and being able to see someone you love and admire right in front of you, and this is definitely a day that I won’t ever forget. Let me know what your first concert was in a comment below!

(If you would like to see a few photos and videos from the concert, check out my Instagram: @sacchere14.)

Workout Essentials: What’s in My Gym Bag

Hey everyone! I am so excited to share this post with you today! If you are an avid gym goer like myself, you may or may not be aware that there are certain things that you can add to your workouts that will help you reach your goals, big or small. These items can also help you feel more comfortable in the gym. Today I am going to share what is in my gym bag, and why each of these items are essential for me to have!

  • Headphones

This one is pretty obvious, but there have been times where I have forgotten my headphones at home, and it was AWFUL. (If you are an iphone user like me, and you are using headphones that aren’t from Apple, make sure to bring the headphone jack with you!) Even though the gym is always playing music, I prefer to have my own playlist going while I work out!

  • Cell phone armband

While I am working out, I do not want to have to worry about where to put my phone. I always keep an armband in my gym bag so that I can place it on my arm, and if I need to change a song or text someone back, I can still use my phone while wearing the armband.

  • Resistance bands

If you are weight training, resistance bands are game changers (particularly for lower body days)! Resistance bands are used to add resistance to your exercises. Your muscles will work against the resistance, which in turn makes exercises more challenging, but more effective as well. Using these will also help target your glutes, so I use resistance bands during glute activation and for various exercises on lower body days such as hip thrusts, squats, and fire hydrants. If these sound like they would be useful to you, I highly recommend looking into buying them. They can get expensive, but I would not recommend buying the ones made of rubber latex, because they can roll/slip, and I have had one break on me before. Try buying ones that are labeled “non-slip” and made of a stronger material. Make sure to buy a pack that includes bands at different levels (light-heavy).

  • Velcro ankle straps

The cable machines add constant tension to your exercises and they help you control your movements. Ankle straps can be very helpful for cable machine exercises such as glute kickbacks, lunges, hip abductors, and hamstring curls. I do not use these every lower body day, but trust me when I say that you will FEEL it in your muscles when you use the cable machine!

  • Personal hygiene items such as:
    • Deodorant/perfume
    • Lotion or hand sanitizer
    • Razor
    • Hair ties
    • Feminine products

It is so very important to make sure that you are heading to the gym with personal hygiene products. Before I go to the gym, I always put deodorant on, and I spritz on a tiny bit of perfume/body spray. I like to keep a mini deodorant in my gym bag just in case I ever forget to put some on, or if I need to reapply while at the gym (if you are the kind of person who sweats a lot, using a bit of baby powder on your armpits can keep you dry longer)! You DON’T want to be the person who smells like body odor, but you also don’t want to be the person who reeks of cologne (we all know these people). A little can go a long way, but just remember to be aware of and take care of your personal hygiene.

I keep lotion and a razor in my bag just in case. My legs tend to get very dry, so if I am wearing shorts or cropped leggings, I like to put on a bit of lotion. I also wash my hands after every workout since I am constantly touching dumbbells or machines that other people have touched. If you want to carry hand sanitizer instead, you can definitely do that!

There have been times when I have walked through the doors of the gym and I realized that I didn’t have a hair tie on me. I had to ask at the front desk if they had hair ties, but all they could offer was rubber bands (if you have ever put a rubber band in your hair, you know it is not fun to take out).

Don’t ever forget feminine products. I always have something on me just in case.

  • Water

I always try to drink 8 cups of water a day. It is extremely important to drink water, especially during a workout. I always bring 2 bottles to the gym with me (I usually drink at least one of them during my actual workout). In total, I drink 4 water bottles a day.

  • A quick post-workout snack

If you aren’t going to eat a full meal after a workout, you should still try to eat something. Eating after a workout is very important, so try to get something in your stomach and eat a full meal as soon as you can. If you are going to grab a snack, make sure it is healthy and that there is a decent amount of protein in it.

  • Towel

I always bring a clean hand towel to the gym with me because you never know who was using the bench or machine before you. You should always make sure to clean the equipment after you use it, and if you feel the need to, you can clean it beforehand as well. I place a towel wherever I am going to lay my head down, and I make sure that the side that is facing the equipment does not ever touch my face or my head.

  • Lifting gloves

If you don’t want calluses or rough hands from lifting, you could always wear gloves. I used to wear them when I first started working out, but I don’t really care to wear them anymore. The lifting gloves can also help with your grip. If you are a beginner, or you just want to try them out, I recommend it.

  • Barbell pad

I actually do not have a barbell pad at the moment. My gym does have a few, but I would prefer to use my own. Barbell pads are great for protecting your neck and shoulders when doing any exercise where a long bar or barbell is going to be over your shoulders. They can also help when doing hip thrusts and they can make performing exercises much more comfortable. I am asking for one for Christmas so hopefully I will have my own soon!

Thank you so much for reading! Leave me a comment and let me know what your gym bag essentials are! If you feel that I missed something and want to recommend it to me, I would love to know in a comment below!

Review: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

I have tried quite a few mascaras since getting into makeup. I have always loved Maybelline mascaras, particularly the Lash Sensational mascara (my favorite up until now). In my August Ipsy Glam Bag, I received the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions MascaraTM and I was surprised to find my new favorite. I did not expect to fall completely in love with this mascara, but I absolutely did.

Thrive Causemetics is a brand that supports women who are overcoming challenges such as cancer, domestic abuse, and homelessness among many other things. The brand is all about uplifting women, so with every purchase that you make on thrivecausemetics.com, the brand donates to charities to support women to thrive. Their products are also 100% vegan and cruelty free (check out their website for more details)!

I love the meaning behind the brand, and although I have only tried one product from Thrive, it definitely stood out. As I previously mentioned, Maybelline mascaras have ALWAYS been my favorite, and even though I still plan on purchasing Maybelline mascaras, I have a new favorite mascara that tops any other one that I have ever tried.

This is the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn (Rich Black) and it is $24 (full size). I am always looking for mascaras that will lengthen my lashes, give them volume, and keep them separated. No one likes mascaras that clump your lashes, or ones that don’t give you the length that you want. This mascara exceeded my expectations. It is a long-wearing tubing formula, so when you want to grab your makeup remover and remove this mascara, it will come right off and it won’t leave any black residue on your eyes at all! If possible, I would try to find a sample size of this product before you purchase the full size since, at least in my opinion, it costs a lot for a mascara.

As you can see, there is an incredible difference in my lashes from before and after. In the “before” photo, I have no makeup on my lashes whatsoever; I simply took a photo of my natural lashes. In the “after” photo, I applied a couple coats of the Thrive Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara.

I love trying out different mascaras, and I am so glad that Ipsy included this mascara in my August glam bag because it is now a product that I plan on continuously buying! Thank you for checking out my newest blog post! I plan on doing more product reviews in the future, so stick around! Until next time!