Friday, January 27, 2017

Top Five Friday #82

It's the weekend!  To kick it off, I'm here to talk about some of my favorites this week.  Here we go!

Play! By Sephora

Ouai Treatment Mask
I'm a little disappointed that this sample is so tiny, because I could only try it out twice.  I'm not sure if it really made a difference in my hair, but I did seem to have good hair days after using this.  It's currently sold out on Sephora's website, so who knows if I'll end up trying more!

Tarte FRXXXTION Stick
Finally...a skincare product that I love and isn't $$$.  This is an exfoliating cleanser that you just smear on your face (no messy hands to deal with..score!).  The first time I tried this, I rinsed it off immediately, and the second time I left it on for about 8 minutes.  My face felt soft and looked great after rinsing it off both times, so I'm thinking of buying this in the future.

Youth to the People Cream
I've been using this as a moisturizer after I shower at the gym (I love this bag because I get so many minis to put in my gym bag!) and it's fine.  I don't see anything special about it but I like it!

Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact
Unfortunately this didn't match my skin at all, and I don't wear foundation anyway.

Clinique Almost Lipstick
I actually have this same lipstick in a mini that I got as a gift with purchase years ago.  I like the shade, because it's a pretty berry color that's buildable and comfortable.  I'm happy to have a backup but a little bummer to get a product that I already own!


 Cooking/Baking IG Videos

This is probably one of my most random favorites ever, but I'm completely obsessed with watching cooking and baking videos on instagram.  I'm not sure what it is about them, but they're completely addicting and so satisfying to watch.  Some of my favorites are cookie decorating, cake baking, and food hacks.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the top videos under #cookies on Instagram, or the accounts by Yolanda Gampp and Vegan Videos 


Avocado Bagels 

For the past few weeks, I've been eating tons of avocado bagels at work!  I guess this is a sister or cousin to the popular avocado toast, but I think I like this even better.  After runs, I always seem to crave carbs and fat, so this is what I'm reaching for.  It's easy to take to work, because I just grab a bagel and an avocado at home, then cut it open and spread half an avocado on each half of the bagel once I'm at work.  It's so delicious and easy, but keeps me satisfied until lunch!


Working on My Form

I've been trying to make small changes to my form in order to be more efficient and get faster, and have been learning a lot about cadence.  Right now, my normal cadence is around 164 steps per minute, and my goal is to get closer to 180.  There are a lot of tips on how to get there, and I found this article really helpful.  I also saw some advice on reddit, where someone suggested using a metronome on runs to hit a goal or use the cadence capability in Spotify.  


Friday Funny

On Wednesday night/Thursday in Australia, Venus Williams won her semi final match at the Australian Open.  Her reaction was priceless and she seemed just like a giddy girl!  I can't wait to watch the finals match between Venus and Serena..it's definitely going to be one for the ages.


linking up with ErikaHeather, and Friday Five
Have a great weekend!

26 comments:

  1. Aw, I love Venus. She is so cute. Do you follow Chelsias on IG? If not, you totally should.

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  2. I LOVE avocado toast. I'll have to try this sister, avocado bagel. MMM. :) Happy Friday!

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  3. I'm obsessed with watching the cooking and baking videos too! Why are they so addicting and satisfying lol?! I've tried a few of the ones I've seen and they are always delicious.

    Have a great weekend!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams 

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  4. My cadence is definitely low, somewhere between 150 & 160 usually. I'm hoping that doing more work at HMP will help me improve that. It's definitely higher when I do speedwork, but haven't figured out how to not have a lower cadence when I do slower long runs.

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    1. Same for me. I think I'm just too slow for my easy runs lol

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  5. My cadence has always been on point but not because I've got good form (I run really weird) but because I have super short legs! I run like a soccer player. Long torso, short legs, baby steps. My friend Lora is 5'2 and I'm 5'7 and our legs are the same length. Yep.

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    1. I think it's also because you're super fast :)

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  6. I love watching cooking and baking videos too! They bake everything look so easy and good!

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    1. yes they do! love it, and also jealous of the skill.

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  7. I wish I could keep avocados on hand often they have such a short window between being hard and going bad.

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    1. True..I usually have good luck with avocados luckily!

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  8. I LOVE watching sugar cookie decorating videos on instagram. The doughmestic housewife is my favourite but all of them are just so soothing. I also fully admit to getting immense satisfaction out of watching the little 'Tasty' videos that Buzzfeed makes. This week I discovered adding avocado to a bagel sandwich with bacon & cheese is delicious!

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  9. My brother in-law is a baker, and seeing him do cake decorations with such ease, is mesmerizing!

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  10. Wow that cake is crazy!! I'm much more of a cook than a baker so I'm often amazed at beautiful cakes!
    Avocado bagel is such a good idea! I need something hearty for when I start to get starving around 10am at work! I cant take a lunch until noon and I eat breakfast at 6:30, so I need something!! Thanks for the idea!

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    1. I hope you like it! I'm usually starving at work but that tides me over.

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  11. I love anything with avocado so avocado bagels sound perfect! <3

    Hope you've had an amazing weekend, girl!

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  12. I hate when samples are too small to get more than just one or two uses out of-- it's usually way too hard to know if you like something that quickly. But love minis for traveling! I always get sucked into cooking or baking decorating videos on instagram too!

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    1. It's annoying, but the value is always so high in these bags so I can't complain!

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  13. i don't follow tennis but her reaction is fabulous! i love avo on toast, why have i never tried it on a bagel? my favourite after running food used to be peanut butter + banana on a bagel. SO GOOD.

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  14. What is this avocado bagel you speak of... I must try!

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