In Masking We Love

I’ve been using Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask for four weeks now, two times a week and I absolutely love it! I’ll admit, I never got into masking or skin care products before. As I got older, however, I realized it’s not only super beneficial for my skin, but I also really enjoy the me time and doing something for myself.

What first caught my attention with Leahlani’s products is that they are all natural! If you follow them on Instagram you will fall in love with not only the beauty that they live in, but the beauty in their products!

“Leahlani Skincare is a Hawaii based artisanal skincare line made from fresh Hawaiian nectars, potent and vibrant botanical actives and luxurious, tropical beauty oils. Our products are blended fresh weekly in intimate batches in our private studio on the lush North Shore of Kauai Island.” – Leahlani

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The Mermaid Mask is perfect if you are a first time user because it’s easy to use & gentle on your skin. My skin has always been sensitive to lotions, makeup products, etc. and I haven’t had an issue. – Also, two problem spots I wanted to work on were the dark circles under my eyes & my greasyΒ forehead. I have noticed a HUGE improvement in both areas!

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The best part is you don’t need a lot either when applying. I know for me when I was looking online at products the containers looked really small – this is not the case. It’s super affordable and the sizes are perfect. Like I said, I’ve been using it for a month now and I still have a full jar. It comes with a little spoon as well so you don’t have to guess how much to scoop out.

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Just add a little bit of water and apply! Most times I leave mine on for 15-20 mins, but there really is no wrong answer. Enjoy it with a glass of wine, or while you clean the house, up to you! I think it’s beneficial to not only do something good for your skin, but to take time out of your busy day to do something for YOU. It may seem like a little thing to do for yourself, but the first thing to get pushed to the side is our own personal health. If masking two nights a week helps you feel better -DO IT. Everyone benefits.

Thanks for hanging out with me and I hope you enjoyed my quick little review! I’ll be sure to update you with more products and routines in the future! I’d love to hear what products you use and love in the comments or head over to my Instagram & let me know there!

Always,

– Tara

 

My 3 Step Fitness Routine

I think I finally have a routine and the gym! If you have been following me on my Instagram you probably have witnessed my many Instagram Story gym sessions. Which mostly consists of photos or boomerangs. -Lol

Even though I try to go at least 3 days a week, I never really had a routine while I was there. I always would go to the treadmill and afterwards be done. I think it was mostly because I didn’t know what machines to use or how to use them? BUT with a little help I caught on pretty quick.

If you are reading this going – “I am the same way.” I would recommend asking someone who works at the gym how to use the machine or going with a friend so you can both learn together ( its less embarrassing with a buddy – LOL). Below, I am going to share my recent routine with you and REAL photos. These are not staged so judgement free zone. – I can’t always look good πŸ™‚ J/K

STEP 1.

When I get to the gym I start with either the treadmill or elliptical for 25 mins. Now, you can make this as easy or as hard as you want. I generally do a fast paced walk on an incline, however, if you want to run that’s fine too.

STEP 2.

After my 25 minute walk/run & depending on what day it is, I’ll workout my upper body (chest & arms) or lower body (legs and butt). I usually do another 10-15 minutes working out these areas. As far as how much weight to use, that’s completely up to you and how much you are comfortable with. I stick to 30-40 pounds. You don’t want to over due it or hurt yourself, but you still want to sweat a little.

STEP 3.

My final step while at the gym is stretching. Most gyms have a designated area for this, usually with mats available. I don’t have a specific amount of time for stretching. Sometimes I incorporate Yoga moves to push my workout a little more, other times I just cool down.

After that I’m done! Since doing this routine I have lost 5 pounds in about 2 weeks. I also haven’t changed my diet (I love food too much) however, I will most likely change up this routine to push myself and try for better results. BUT we all have to start somewhere! As someone who doesn’t really enjoy working out, I know that just doing it is an accomplishment.

-Oh and make sure you have a good playlist! I swear it makes a HUGE difference in your mood when working out.

Thanks for hanging out guys! If you’ve been wanting to workout more I hope this helped you. Tag me on Instagram & we can cheer each other on!

Always,

Tara