Makeup Monday – July 10, 2017

Hellooooo MBC friends!! Before I tell you what I am totally obsessed with now a days – something totally awesome happened to me this week. SOMEONE ASKED ME TO TEACH THEM HOW TO DO THEIR MAKEUP. It was one of my best friends BUT STILL. Coolest thing ever. 

So what product am I super obsessed with? 

Kylie Cosmetics – Kylighter in French Vanilla

Sorry for the stock photo. Mine has a huge chunk missing from transporting it. It must have hit against something. Oh well. 

Kylie Cosmetics website describes it as a soft icy gold. It is so sparkly and you don’t need much to get the soft glow. Add a little more to the brush for that blinding highlight. I love Kylie Cosmetics but I was super skeptical of the Kylighters. A lot of the makeup guru’s didn’t have anything good to say about them. But I still took the plunge and purchased it. I’ve had it for a few months but just recently became obsessed with it. 

Now, I have been using it as a highlighter BUT where I really fell in love with it is on my eyes. YESSSS FELICIAS – you can use highlighter on your eyes. I’ve been using it on the inner corner of my eyes to really make it pop. I’ve used it with oranges, pinks, browns, and like every color in between. Here is a pretty terrible picture but it’s like the only one I have. 

Mmmm. Makes your eyes SHINE. I’m obsessed. I’ve you have seen me lately that’s what I’ve been using. 

Sooo long story short. I use my kylighter to highlight and for eye shadow. Try it out and let me know how it works for you!!! Follow my blog & social media. ❤️❤️


Flexin’ Friday – July 7, 2017


: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something 

: the act or process of motivating someone

: the condition of being eager to act or work 

: the condition of being motivated

: a force or influence that causes someone to do something


I have wonderful sources of motivation in my life, that’s not the problem. I love to workout out. I love lifting heavy weights. I love encouraging other people to go after their dreams. I enjoy people being successful. I actually kind of like when people beat me at something because I know I gave my best so that person must have also given their best. 

My problem is internal. I have the hardest time staying motivated, especially with my nutrition, especially working at a grocery store. It’s hard to resist temptations. It’s so easy to go buy whatever I want no matter how much I food prep. It sucks. When I start eating like crap everything else suffers. I lose my motivation to go to the gym. I even have some days where getting out of bed is the struggle. Just because I decided to eat something I know I shouldn’t. I haven’t found the ultimate motivation to keep me on track. I haven’t found that why. It’s easier to lay in bed and watch Netflix. It’s easier to eat a slice of pizza than to food prep for the week. I need to find that why and that motivation to keep me from slipping into these disaterious cycles. 


New Brew Wednesday – July 5, 2017

Hello to my MBC friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday and ready to get back to the grind. 

The Fourth of July is by far my most favorite holiday. I love the weather, spending time with your family and friends, and blowing off fireworks. What I really love is relaxing with a beer in my hand and not a care in the world. I tried the most interesting beer I’ve ever had yesterday. 

Owl’s Brew Radler – Short and Stout

Type: Shandy/Radler

ABV: 5%

IBU: 10

Description: Chocolate stout blended with brewed masala chai, pineapple juice, coconut water, and agave nectar. 

Holy cow. Let’s take every flavor possible and throw it in this beer. So I’m the weirdo who smells her beer before she drinks it. The chai you can smell from a mile away. And to much of everyone’s surprise the first sip was actually pretty enjoyable. So I passed it around to a few family members and they agreed. I hit a few wiffle balls with my cousin Josh and came back to it. The next few sips were not nearly as enjoyable and I couldn’t even finish it. All the flavors were just not mixing very well on the warm summer day. Shame on me I should have known better but was still pretty disappointed. I do want to try more from Owl’s Brew Radler!! I visited their website while writing this post and they have a lot of good flavors that are not nearly as crazy as this one. I hope Wegmans gets them soon. 

I ended up giving this a 3.25 out of 5 stars on Untappd but it was after the first sip. I probably would give this a 2 at the end of the day. 

Have a great Wednesday and I’ll be back Friday for some FLEXIN’. Follow my blog and my social media ❤️❤️

Makeup Monday – July 3, 2017

Happy Monday!!

A few weeks ago I read an article on about women wearing makeup while doing Crossfit and the pressure of females to look feminine while working out. The link is here. It’s a good read if you workout and love make up!! 

One piece of makeup I never thought about was tinted moisturizer. When I read the article and how a lot of females wore it I was like DUH LAUREN. Like what a great idea. Shortly after that I purchased Elf’s tinted moisturizer in the shade fair. I fell in love. It’s so nice for the summer. My skin is a little blotchy so I like how it evens me out without leaving me looking too cakey. Also it’s the summer. It’s hot. You sweat. And makeup runs. 

I did work out in it last week and it wasn’t good. I had sweat marks everywhere. I am not sure if anyone noticed but I for sure did when I got into my car. I was slightly mortified. I might try that out again when I purchase another tinted moisturizer. 

I can’t wait until I try some different brands. Do you use tinted moisturizer? Let me know what you use so I can try them out! Follow my blog and social media ❤️❤️

Flexin’ Friday – June 16, 2107

Hiiii everyone! 

Two years ago I was at ECMC recovering from surgery to insert a rod and four screws into my leg. I didn’t know it then but I would slip into a slight depression. I hated every moment I was on crutches. I hated every time I had to take a pain pill just to fall asleep. I hated that I was limited to what I could and couldn’t do. I did go to Toronto for a Yankees game and crutched around the stadium, but I hated it (it was like 100 degrees, sitting in the sun, big ugly boot, needless to say the pit stains were – real struggle). I was back at work and it was good to socialize but my crutch would slip on anything that was on the ground and guess what – I hated it. I feel like everything that I did – I hated. I was known as the girl with a broken leg. 

I took that mentality after I was off my crutches. I hated to do anything. I never wanted to go out. Going to the gym was terrible. I had some crazy stressors at work.  I was still in so much pain because I was trying to push myself more than I probably should have been. I was in so much pain they ended up taking the screws out in my ankle. That helped a little but not much. All I wanted to do was lay in bed because that’s what I did for three months while recovering from my broken leg. 

Like many people when I am facing any type of stress or anxiety I turn to food. I am the queen of stress eating and working at a grocery store is THE worst. My dad being the best person in the world would get me whatever I wanted when I couldn’t. I wanted to stop but couldn’t. It was easier to hide in a bag of potato chips than it was to face the demons in front of me. I gained a crap ton of weight. 

Somewhere in the past ten months – I don’t know where, or why, or when but I was like Lauren get over yourself, you’re better than this. A lot of things changed. So maybe that’s what it was? I really couldn’t tell you. Somewhere along the line the switch just flipped. I honestly feel like a completely new person. 

Yesterday, I ran the Corporate Challenge. Two weeks ago I asked my coach if he thought I could do it and I wanted him to be honest with me. He asked me why I would even question it. And I told him I haven’t run more than a mile in two years (and if anyone knows me – running is NOT my thing and never has been). He told me it was going to hurt but that I could do it. Sooo I did it. Last year I volunteered to work it so I didn’t have to run it. I took the easy way out. This year, with my new mentality, I ran it. Slowly, with a little bit of pain I sprinted across the finish line in 42:15. I almost cried. I never thought I would ever be able to do anything like that. Again, not only am I NOT a runner but I never thought my leg could handle anything like this. 

I’m constantly surprising myself. It’s the coolest thing ever. I came home today after a really long day of work and dealing with my mom around 6pm. I missed the last class at the gym. I looked up the workout, made my own, and did it in my back yard. I WOULD HAVE NEVER DONE THAT SIX MONTHS AGO. I would have gotten a sub and watched Netflix the rest of the night. My legs were super heavy from the run so I made a stupid choice to do single unders. But hey, I did it. 

So my advice to my MBC friends. It’s okay to surprise yourself. You WILL have to feel some sort of discomfort along the way. The feeling of accomplishment is totally worth it. 

Have a wonderful weekend and follow my social media and my blog! ❤️

Makeup Monday – June 12, 2017

Hello friends!! If you’re a loyal follower of MBC you’ve noticed I took a week off. Some times you just need a break right?! I’m back and better than ever. Enjoy Makeup Monday!!

So Thursday June 1st I got eye lash extensions from Continental School of Beauty. I went with my friend Jess. Overall, I had a decent experience, she did not. Honestly it made me so sad she didn’t enjoy it. 

For eye lash extensions they put a longer lash on as many individual lashes as they can. Continental uses 10-12 lengths. I use to go to another place and they used up to 16. I believe it’s millimeters but I honestly have no idea.  

Below is my before and after. 

Top: before

Bottom: after 

Don’t mind my gross pores. I didn’t have any make up on!! Anyways, there is definitely a difference. They are more fuller and a little longer. 

I honestly love the extensions for the first day or two. After that you realize how much of a pain they are. They say beauty is pain? But for real, you can’t really rub your eyes, you can’t put your face into your pillow, washing your face is a hassle and so is the shower. You’re not really suppose to get them wet.

So to wrap things up. I rather spend my money on a great tube of mascara. Maybe one day I’ll master fake lashes. Right now when I try to put those on, they end up on my eye brows. Don’t ask. It’s not pretty. 

Have you ever had eye lash extensions?! What do you think of them?? Follow my social media, like this post, and follow my blog ❤️

Flexin’ Friday – June 2, 2017

Hello everyone!!

So, it is that time of year – Crossfit Regionals. The five best male, female, and team athletes in each region go to the Crossfit Games. I think your chances of making the Crossfit Games is like 0.01% or something insane like that. Thats not the point of this blog today. My blog is about the injuries that have been plaguing the mens side of competition but more importantly the why these guys are getting hurt.

Incase you don’t follow Crossfit, there have been 28 men who have torn their pec muscles in Regionals. Just men, and just men competing individually. Some are people I have never heard before and some are men who have made it to the Crossfit Games. My heart aches for Dan Bailey. He is one of my favorites. I am sure the number is going to rise and The Barbell Spin is keeping track here.

Now, I am going to admit I am pretty naive when it comes to somethings. I threw the question out at the gym the other day about what everyone thinks of all the pec tears? I thought for sure everyone was going to criticize the programming for Regionals. There is no barbell and all dumbbells which is a huge shock. It was the first time ever in Regionals that there wasn’t a barbell. But then again, we shouldn’t really be shocked based on all the dumbbells in The Open and Dave Castro does what he wants. Event 2 is heavy dumbbell snatches and ring dips. This is where the pec tears are happening. I thought two things when the pec tears starting happening. 1. WOW these guys have not trained with the dumbbells at all and 2. WOW Dave Castro is a jerk programming two shoulder/chest heavy movements together. Again, when I posed the question at the gym, I assumed everyone thought the same thing I did. Then I got rocked back to reality.

PEDs – Perfomance Enhancing Drugs. 

I thought REALLY? PEDs are in Crossfit? Where people will eat strict paleo, will turn their nose up at Coca-Cola, and haven’t experienced the greatness of Mighty Taco? These same people will shoot PEDs into their bodies? Then I was told – these athletes are competing for money, sponsorships, and its their livelihood. I guess, I thought. It really isn’t a lot of money for completely putting your life on hold to train 24/7 – IN MY OPINION. I was also told that it is more common than I think and people in the area, even possibly at my gym are on PEDs.

I guess when I hear of PEDs I think of Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa in the late 90’s and not my beloved Crossfit.


It is just something to think about. I don’t ever want Crossfit to be riddled with PEDs the way Baseball has been. If someone is doing better than before I will ALWAYS give them a high five and hope its because of hard work and not steroids.

Have a wonderful weekend!! Follow my social media and my blog – it will be a fun time I promise ❤ See you MONDAYYYYY!