Personal Essentials For The Gym Bag

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This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Lately I’ve been updating what’s in my gym bag because I’ve found I need more things as time goes on. I used to just bring a towel, keys and my phone with earjacks, but because I have to quickly go from place to place I’ve been bringing a few more items in tow. I thought I’d share what personal care items I bring with me aside from a Towel and my gloves.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogDeodorant and Anti-Chaf Balm

When I think of working out, Deodorant is the first and more important thing for me. No one wants to work out next to someone who smells like an onion. It can be very distracting! So I make sure to bring extra just in case I forget in a rush at home. Lately, I’ve been using Dove at home, but keep a travel sized Secret Outlast in my bag for emergencies and touch ups.  I also just found out about Body Glide! I finally have been getting the confidence to wear shorts while I workout, but I have larger thighs and them rubbing together is no so comfortable when running.  Just rub it on anywhere that may rub and voila — your skin is protected with an invisible barrier.

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I rely on wipes just as much as my toddler does! Wipes are life, people. They are so easy and convenient to use.  I have several packages of these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes for my purse, gym bag and car and they have a nice clean scent to them. I feel like I can go straight to my daughter’s swim class and not smell like a foot sitting next to the other parents. And HELLO, face wipes are so important for the acne-prone like me. I still get breakouts, but wipes significantly cut down on the dirt and sweat left on my face and give me a little extra time before I can get home and do a real wash. These Derma E Hydrating Facial Wipes ones are perfect for me during the drier winter months when my skin feels tight, but needs to feel fresh and clean.

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I have a extremely hard time working out if my period hits and I’m not prepared. Since I’ve been ramping up my workouts, my cycles have jumped by a week at a time and hasn’t quite settled on its new date yet. If I’m caught off guard and don’t take some Pamprin as soon as I know it’s coming _ basically become useless. I like the multi-symptom version the most because it helps with pain, irritability and bloat – all things that make me a miserable person for a few days — UNLESS I take something for it. I usually order them from along with my sugar free chocolate chips. Let’s be real, they’re all necessities. 

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My lips have been super dry lately and I tend to breath through my mouth when I workout so I need something for my lips so they don’t dry out. I sometimes just swipe a tube of my daughters Aquaphor but when I want something a little less messy I stick to my Coola Liplux which isn’t waxy, goes on smooth and has a nice scent to it. And I just discovered Seriously FAB Sunscreen Facial Mist which is actually meant to be put over makeup – but I like the easy application before a quick park run. It has an SPF 25 and has a nice fine mist so I just let it “air-dry” instead of touching my face more. I love having something SO lightweight when I run.

gym bag essentials iliketotalkblogDry Shampoo

Can you believe I only started using dry shampoo maybe a couple months ago? Seriously – WHERE HAVE I BEEN? This stuff seriously helps give my hair a little bit of life between washes. It won’t work when you have a sopping wet ponytail but once it’s dry you can spray and finger rake it through for some body — I love it. I cycle between Dove and this one from Batiste.

Do you have any of the same things in your gym bag? Did I just reminder you to add a few more? Let me know in the comments below.

Beauty Bloggers Best Beauty Picks From 2017 : Vol 2

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I hope everyone enjoyed the first volume of beauty bloggers best picks from 2017 —but we’re not done just yet! With so many amazing “must have” products out there, we couldn’t stop at 14 — so let’s find out what the rest of my beauty blogger friends claim as their star product from 2017!  I already created a small list of things I’d like to gift myself…but just as any beauty enthusiast would assume — that list is just going to keep growing! Grab your cuppa tea, get cozy on the couch, and scroll through to find out what else you may need to ask Santa for this year.  In case you missed Vol. 1, I’ll link it at the bottom of this list!

  1. Nicki of FutureDerm

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Repair 2:4:2

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“Hydrates in all of the ways that skin can possibly go dry — ceramides, cholesterol and other lipids, occlusive agents, emollients. Saved my skin during pregnancy!”


  1. Brooke of Blushing Noir

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

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“It makes my lashes look like I’m wearing falsies without going thought the pain and glue of actually applying false lashes. Every single person IRL that I drag to the store to buy this now swears by it! “


  1. Shannon of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub/Lip Mask/Lip Slip trio

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“This is the ultimate lip nourishing trio – from the super sweet exfoliation of the scrub, to the frosting-like lip mask to the nourishing hydration of the lip gloss, Sara Happ’s lip products are my go-to in keeping my pout looking perfect.”

  1. Renu of Cosmetopia Digest

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  The Hero Project Vit C 30

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“This is a 30% Vitamin C formulation that fades post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation faster than any other Vitamin C I’ve tried – without burning my skin the way some Vit C formulations did (apart from some mild tingling). It never oxidises, and is cruelty-free and vegan. I’ve bought five bottles already, and counting.“


  1. Lulle of Beaumiroir

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

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“1st my blogging niche is French beauty, so that’s my top pick by a French brand for this year. It’s a beautiful liquid matte lipstick that’s very comfortable to wear even for people with dry lips, and it leaves a stain that lasts forever. It has a very unique applicator and comes in a ton of vibrant shades from nudes to vampy and reds.”


  1. Marcia of Beauty Info Zone


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“PERSONA IDENTITY EYESHADOW PALETTE is the first product from this line and it’s a winner. The price is better than most palettes ($32) with 12 wonderful shades, both matte and metallic. It’s a neutral lovers dream if they want to step up the colors to be something more special. The combinations you can create are terrific and you have everything from light to very dark. It’s one of the smoothest palettes I’ve used this year.”

  1. Jen of My Beauty Bunny

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Tarte Maneater Liquid Eyeliner

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“I have been searching for a liquid liner that won’t smudge on my hooded, oily lids pretty much my whole life. I had given up on liquid liner (or ANY liner without a smoky eye to go with it). Then I received a sample of Tarte Maneater Liquid Eyeliner and I was SHOOK! It doesn’t smudge and it’s still fairly easy to remove at night. It’s cruelty free and vegan. Holy grail y’all!”


  1. Nikki of Nik Makeup Junkie

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

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“The colors in this palette are gorgeous. The mattes are super pigmented and easy to blend. The shimmers are very metallic and pigmented as well. This is a very well rounded warm palette with a ton of options. This is by far the best Naked Palette ever released.“


  1. Shelley of Polarbelle

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  The Pixi Beauty x MaryAmNyc Strobe and Sculpt palette

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“I’ve come across so many wonderful items this year that deserve recognition and at the top of the list is this palette and the Strobe & Highlight brush.  Panic ensues when I think about running out of my favorite contour color.   It is Neutral perfection and the whole palette can be used to create and healthy glowing look.   The brush has been made so that the sculpting head is the best bronzing and sculpting brush I’ve ever used.  It distributes powders evenly without blotchiness.  I’ve purchased backups because of my anxiety over running out and I’ve made quite a dip in my favorite color already.  No matter what I wear, these are s daily staple.“

  1. Katie of From My Vanity

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadow

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“I’ve always steered clear of glitter because it was a mess to try to use and it would make a mess on my face throughout the day. But with these Stila ones, there is NO mess to apply and I find that a little bit of glitter glue underneath keeps these beauties off my and on my eyes. I am SO excited that I can now enjoy a glitter eye look without the mess and hassle of the traditional kind!”


  1. Babi of ColorSutraa

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette

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“I have tested a lot of palettes this year and hands down, this has got to be my favorite! The shades are incredibly pigmented, velvety smooth and absolutely beautiful on my East Indian skin tone. Worth every single penny!”


26 Erika of Notes from My Dressing Table

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Foreo Luna

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“My Foreo Luna is an integral part of my skin care routine. This little sonic wonder deeply yet gently cleanses my skin, massages and soothes it and leaves my complexion soft, smooth and glowing. My skin looks younger, firmer and it’s primed for a perfect makeup application, too.”

27. Cindy of Prime Beauty

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  PUR Cosmetics PRO X Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette

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“This palette definitely can take you from day to night, quiet to smoky and it’s perfect for over everyone! I am totally smitten with this palette because of the wide variety of colors and finishes. Neutrals pops of color, liner shades, smoky shades–the PÜR PRO X Etienne Ortega Eyeshadow Palette is a winner. It’s also a value–18 eyeshadows for $42 ain’t bad!”

So spill it friends…what else did you add to your list? Share in the comment section below!


Beauty Bloggers Best Beauty Picks From 2017 : Vol 1

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It struck me last week that it would be really interesting to ask my fellow beauty bloggers what their favorite beauty item was from 2017. I value their opinions and often rely at least partly on their opinion when looking into new things to try. We are all lucky enough to explore products more frequently than the average enthusiast — so I feel I could get a well rounded view from them.

I’ve round up 27 of these awesome ladies suggestions for YOU to look into if you want to treat yourself. These are our FAVORITE picks that we can’t keep a secret. Let’s not waste anytime, and get started! Vol 1 will share the first 15 and Vol 2 will be shared very soon!

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1.Priyanka of Glamour and Giggles

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen

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“Perfect for all skin types, this vegan formulated liquid collagen preserves the skin’s youthfulness with key anti-aging ingredients like microalgae oil beads and natural sources of Vitamin E and omegas 3, 6, and 9. I noticed a difference within 2 days of use – my skin became smoother and over time it became brighter and more even. The price point is steep but it’s well worth it because actually does improve your skin both visually and the way it feels. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a product that brightens, firms, and overall provides a more youthful appearance!”

  1. Diane Mary of Diane Mary Beauty

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Doll 10 Beauty HydraLux Foundation

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“This full coverage foundation feels like nothing on my skin. It doesn’t cause my acne prone skin to break out and leaves my complexion looking like a porcelain doll. My favorite part is a special ingredient that is a “muscle relaxing peptide” inside that helps disguise the look of wrinkles instantly and used consistently it helps them lessen!”

  1. Noelle of XO, Noelle

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  ColourPop My Little Pony Palette

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“This is such a fun mix of colors and finishes! I admit I hesitated buying this at first because I wasn’t sure what looks I could really create but the possibilities are endless.”

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  1. Leelo of Beauty by Miss L

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Eve Lom Cleanser

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“Eve Lom Cleanser is a multi-purpose skin cleanser that is suitable for all skin types. It decongests, exfoliates and softens the skin. This cleanser easily removes all my makeup and makes my skin clean, fresh and smooth. Since you only need a small amount of cleanser then it will last you a long time.”

  1. Stephanie Louise of All Things Beautiful XO

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

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“This mascara has people convinced I’m wearing falsies! Now that’s an excellent mascara! Super black & doesn’t flake even on long days. “

  1. Kimberly of The Plastic Diaries

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Copper Amino Isolate Serum by NIOD

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“A total game changer in my skincare routine this year has been NIOD’s CAIS. I call it a daily multivitamin in a bottle – well, actually, it’s just one super important vitamin but by using it I’ve improved the health of my skin infinitely. There are so many copy-cat products bursting on to the scene but the original is worth every penny when it comes to skin health.”

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  1. Jennifer of Modern Chic

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

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“Exfoliation is a must step in any skincare, especially if you have dry skin. While exfoliators can be too harsh on the skin, the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel from The Body Shop gently peels off impurities, lifts dead skin cells and leaves the skin clean. This must have product has elevated my skincare game in 2017. “

  1. Emily of Haus of Hounds

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Hair Remedie Frizz Eliminating Towel

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“Did you know that your hair is the most fragile when it is wet? One of the main strategies I’ve used to regrow my hair after severely damaging it is to baby it while it is wet. I never realized how damaging a regular, terrycloth towel was until I switched to using the Hair Remedie Frizz Eliminating Towel about a year ago and saw what a huge difference it made to my hair. After I wash my hair, I wrap it up in this super soft towel for 10-15 minutes. When I take my hair out, my waves are already beginning to gain definition and my locks are completely frizz-free. I’m never going back to a regular towel!”

  1. Kathryne of Thefabzilla

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial

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“Vegan and cruelty-free, it combines AHA (25%) and BHA (2%). AHA or alpha-hydroxy acid helps enhance and brighten the face. Anecdotally, it can help diminish dark spots (beginning stages of sun spots or uncomplicated hyperpigmentation). BHA or beta-hydroxy acid is salicylic acid which helps keep oil at bay, unclog pores, exfoliate and manage mild acne. This product does sting for a few minutes but it’s one of those skincare wonders that I can actually see an immediate brightening effect on my skin. I use this once a week whenever I feel like my face looks dull.”

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  1. Courtney of Phyrra

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation

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“It’s rare for me to find a foundation that I don’t have to add a white mixer to make it match my skintone. The Huda Beauty FauxFilter Foundation in Milkshake is a perfect match for me and I love it. It also has excellent coverage if you like medium to full coverage (I actually sheer it out a bit) and a beautiful radiant matte finish. It’s also vegan.”

  1. Norah of Norah Loves Makeup

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Kevyn Aucoin Sahara Golden Rose Glow (for warm tones) and Limelight (for more fair skinned, pink undertones)

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“The most balanced combination of a bronzer/ highlighter with a dash of shimmer but subtle enough to be worn without looking like the tin man or over bronzed, builds nicely. “

  1. Stephanie of Brighter, Darling

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  by Terry Savannah Love palette

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“A little packs a big punch of color and I love using it on my eyes and face. Such a multi tasker product and my makeup always comes out flawless when I use it. “

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  1. Carleen of Beauty and Fashion Tech

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

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“This is hands down the best exfoliator I have ever used. It has a gentle mechanical action, plus an enzymatic action, for complete exfoliation. After starting to use it regularly this year, it has done wonders for my issues with adult cystic acne. I keep it in my shower and use it every other day. “

  1. Vanessa of Beauty Products Are My Cardio

Best Beauty Pick for 2017:  MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

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“From all the foundations I have tried this is the most skin like on me and versatile.   The shade range is amazing so I have found my perfect match! Its a natural matte finish so its not too matte but easily mixes with liquid highlighter for the perfect dewy look.  It also is a medium coverage but can be built up which is what I prefer. My absolute go to foundation.“

So what items have you already added to your wishlist…or shopping cart? Share in the comments below!