A Note to Bloggers: Beware of Scammers

For me, blogging is just a hobby. I don’t get paid to do it. I do it on my own time, whenever I want. But for most of the people that I have come across, blogging is a job. It’s a full-time commitment that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Blogging can easily become a job through product review, advertising, and endorsements. This week, a “company” wanted to collaborate with me on I Sort of Beauty, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that it was a fake solicitor.

I’m naming the company because I would hope that this does not happen to anyone else. Two weeks ago, Tops Wedding reached out to me on email to ask me to collaborate with them. Here’s how it went:

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Work It: My Working Out Update

Did I ever mention how much I dread doing leg presses? I can press my own weight now, but it comes with so much pain the next morning. I remember the first time I tried to press my weight (120 pounds) last month and I pinched a nerve. I stretched and did everything right after my workout, but didn’t soak my body in warm water to soothe my muscles.

The other night, right after my workout, I got home and jumped right in the tub and soaked my body in Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salt. The product claims that the minerals,

 bring fast relief from aches, pains and bothersome skin conditions. Turn your bath into a pain relieving, rejuvenating spa with the potency and effectiveness of Dead Sea Bath Salt.

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The Dead Sea Bath Salt contains magnesium, potassium, bromides and calcium chlorides. All of these minerals contribute to the therapeutic benefits, and reduces inflammation and discomfort – exactly what I need after a two hour workout. I dissolved one cup of the Dead Sea Bath Salt into a tub of warm/hot water. After soaking in the tub for 20 minutes, I followed up with a steamy shower. The next day, I was still in a bit of pain, but no where near what I experienced that last time I was at the gym…and a bonus? My skin felt super soft afterwards. (Retail: $24)

photo 5Mainly, I  focus on abs because I want a tight core, but I do other workouts at the gym as well. I have not used a jump rope since I was in middle school, but I’ve been using one lately to work on my cardio. It’s a lightweight 10ft long cable and spins super fast. As a beginner,  I was skeptical about this jump rope because it actually hurts if you miss a step and hit yourself by accident. You can imagine that a clumsy person like myself got hit a couple of times before I got it right. After a couple of tries, I got into the groove easily. I find the cable a bit too long, but it can be adjusted to suit the user’s height. According to the site:

 

  • Rope Handle Turns at a 90 Degree angle to prevent tangling and bending.
  • The Secret Sauce to Blasting Fat is by doing 50-100 jump ropes, a few times and a few minutes daily, anytime and anywhere! 
  • The rope is also very light, making it easy for beginners to master double and even triple unders. 
  • This is a wire rope so WIRE CUTTERS may be needed to cut the rope. Made of very tough material, meant to increase durability for the rope regardless of the environment you train in. Perfect for Cross Fitness Training, Boxing, Endurance Training & General Cardio
  • PORTABLE – With the rope, you also get a nylon bag to carry it in so you can bring it with you everywhere and Start Jump Roping when you have a few moments!

I’m still excited for my ‘new year, new me’ body! 2015 is just two months in and I can’t wait until Summer is here.

Are you working out? What do you use to soothe your muscles after a workout? What tools do you use to workout with? Tell me in the comments section below!

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Fit And Fabulous!

Looking beautiful on the outside is just as important as feeling beautiful on the inside. I’ve been paying more attention to my mind, body, and soul lately. That just means eating healthier, taking care of my body, and getting all the ‘me’ time I think I need. This year, I decided to set monthly goals instead of keeping to a yearly resolution (we all know those things never really work out all year round). For January, I wanted to start working out two days a week and yoga once a week. I have not really been able to get to a yoga class but have been doing intense workouts to make up for it.

It’s been about three weeks since I’ve set these goals for myself. Here’s an update of how I have been doing:

Leg Presses: I started out with 120 pounds for the first week, but now, I am able to do 210 pounds. I feel like it’s the most intense workout because my legs really feel like they’ve been through a beating afterwards. I actually hurt my tailbone last week from lifting too much. I’m being more careful this week because I’m no good at the gym if I’m injured. I’m hoping to max out at 280 pounds, double my weight. 

Biking: Biking is my favorite workout. I started out with 5 miles in 15 minutes, and can do a 5 mile ride in 10 minutes now. My goal is to be able to bike 5 miles in 8 minutes. 

Running: I HATE running. I used to be better on the treadmill but I’ve kind of fallen behind. My numbers are not great but I’m able to do a mile in 12 minutes now. I’m hoping to be able to do a mile in 10 minutes by the end of the month. 

Abs/Core: Did I tell you that my boyfriend has rock hard abs? He has been my trainer lately and I’m so jealous every time we work out together. I definitely look at my abs after every rep to see if my abs have formed yet. It’s kind of laughable, but I just really want a strong core. Oh, and I HATE planks. We’ve been doing a lot of sit-ups and one-minute planks. I’m so sore by the end of it all, but it will all be worth it when my first ab forms! 

I also told you in my previous post that I have decided I wanted to lose some weight as an incentive to push harder in my workouts. I weighed in at 123 then, I am at a healthy 120 pounds now. MY goal is to get to 118, so just two more pounds to go!

Here’s to being fit and fabulous in 2015!

What are your goals this year? Do you have any good workout suggestions you can offer? I’d love to hear them! Tell me in the comments section below. 

Facial Pampering Session With My Beauty Diary

I think we can all agree that the best way to wind down after a crazy work week is to sit back, relax, and do absolutely nothing. On my days off from work, you can find me doing just that…with a face mask on. Lately, I’ve been grabbing My Beauty Diary as my go-to face mask. Yesterday, after a two hour workout at the gym, I came home and went straight to bed with my My Beauty Diary mask. My Beauty Diary specializes in facial masks suitable for various seasons and skin types. They have over 10 different masks targeting every skin concern.

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I’m currently using their aloe line since I  have normal skin, but deal with a bit of dryness in the wintertime. The mask claims to make your skin “appear optimal moisturizing, comforting, and soothing.” I choose the aloe line because there are also a lot of benefits of incorporating aloe vera extract in your skin care regimen, especially when dealing with dry, dull skin.

 Directions:

  • Cleanse and tone face before applying mask.
  • Put the mask on and leave it for 20 – 30 minutes, then peel off.
  • Massage the excess essence on the face and neck. No rinsing is necessary.
  • Follow-up with your daily moisturizer.

photo (7)I have read that many other people find this mask hard to put on because it tears so easily. Sorry to burst your bubble but you’re doing it wrong. The mask is lined with a piece of paper that you have to rip off and a lot of people who use this mask have been taking it off before applying the mask to their face. The best way to do this without tearing the mask is to place the whole mask on your face and then peel off the outer layer (pictured here). The mask should easily conform to your facial structure, just pressed it down on your skin where you want it to stick. I promise, it works like a charm.

Now, you can have some fun with this mask. I like to annoy my boyfriend by sticking my face up close to his and pretend I’m Michael Myers. Or you can just sit back, relax for 30 minutes and let the mask work it’s magic.

What I love most about this mask is how soft it leaves my skin feeling I really can’t stop touching it every time! And for the first time, my boyfriend agrees! If you follow my blog, you’d know that he’d rather I slather cocoa butter on my face. A bonus is that it smells very light as opposed to some of the other heavily scented face masks I own. Aloe vera generally is not overpowering, so this mask would be suitable for those who are sensitive to smell. I bought these masks at a small shop in Chinatown, but you can find them online at yesstyle.com for about $13 for a set of 10 masks.

I love pampering myself with a face mask whenever I can. What face masks are you using? Let me know in the comments section below. 

Not to be Cliche, But ‘New Year, New Me!’ is in Full Effect

I’m so sore today. Why did I do that to myself yesterday? Why did I do all those leg and abs exercises? Ugh. For someone who has not been to the gym in a while (2 months) I really felt like hurling after my workout yesterday. As much as I despise New Year’s resolutions, I think they are necessary if realistic. With each passing year, I’ve always set a goal for myself but it always falls through midyear. This year, in 2015, I’m going to try something new and only do monthly goals. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so here’s what the next three months will look like for me:

January 2015: This month’s goal is to hit the gym two days a week and yoga once a week. Yesterday was the first day back at the gym. My boyfriend, who is also training me, showed no mercy and I doubt he will go easy on me in any of our future workouts.

February 2015: February is all about eating healthy. I’ve started eating a salad a day, whether it be for my full meal or as a side, but this month will be all about fruits! I never eat enough, so I’m going to start eating an apple and a banana a day. Yum!

March 2015: This month, I think, will be the hardest. No eating out and no takeout. None whatsoever. I spent so much money in 2014 on dinning out and takeout when I could have made my own meal, so this month will be a big change in diet and finances. So just a heads up friends, don’t invite me out, we will be having dinner parties instead! 

For some motivation to tackle this month’s goal, I decided I want to lose 5 pounds. Weighing in at 123 pounds on Friday, January 9, I hope to be at a healthy 118 by February 1st. Hey 2015, let’s do this.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain