Flex Friday

Shop: Tank (similar one, two) | Sports Bra | Leggings | Shoes | Nails 

Flex Friday or Fitness Friday whatever your fancy make it count. Lately I have not been making it count and I am definitely feeling it. This is the same old song and dance and I am ready to change it. Not as a New Year’s resolution but like now. I am ready for barre, cycling, and maybe another 1/2 marathon, who is with me? This is ridiculous, but it is my own fault. I should start a support group for the “I use to workout, but fell off”. Who wants to join? But in all seriousness I feel like I am ready to get back and I have noticed that I do better working out in the winter. There is no better time then present. And working out isn’t complete unless you have cute workout clothes right? Shop some of my favorite athleisure picks below.
XoXo
Alli 

                                                               Photography: Erin Trimble 

Athleisure

Shop: Tank | Leggings | Shoes | Watch 

Hi All! I have totally been a slacker! I need some motivation to get my life together and get in shape. I have around 125 days till the big day so I need to get it in gear. What workouts are you all doing? I am looking for something that will get me toned, meaning it incorporates weights. I am good at the cardio part of working out but I am not sure of a good weight routine. Definitely open for suggestions. What has worked for you? September will be here before I know it!
One thing that is always motivating to me is athletic wear or athleisure. Having the perfect outfit while getting your excise on is a must! So I have picked out some of my favorites and linked them below. What are you wearing while working out? 
XoXo
Alli 

New Year, New Skincare Routine

New Year, New Skincare Routine! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to take better care of my skin. Meaning use great products, protect it from the sun’s harmful rays, not using damaging chemicals that can dry out my skin, and removing my makeup every night before bed. Sounds easy enough, right? It is, if you find a skincare system that you love! This year I plan on trying multiple skincare products at different price points to find what my skin really loves.

First up is the Elemis Biotec X Foreo Energizing Skincare System. I love the Elemis line. I have tried multiple other products and have not been disappointed. My favorite in this skincare system is the night cream and the Luna Play. Check out my YouTube video below or here on how to use the products and why these two are my favorites.

XoXo
Alli

                                                         Skincare System C/O Elemis 
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Makeup Monday: Skyn Lounge

                     

This Makeup Monday is rather different then ones I have done before. Today I am talking about dermaplaning, which is a new way to exfoliate! Dermaplane is a treatment that uses a blade to remove hair/peach fuzz, as well as minimize scaring and improve overall texture and tone of the skin. You will immediate experience brightening of the skin and smoothness once finished. 
Last week I had the opportunity to visit Skyn Lounge Clinical Day Spa and receive dermaplaining. When I say my skin feels amazing, I mean it! My makeup goes on easier, unwanted hairs have been removed, and my skin is healthier and rejuvenated. This treatment takes 45 minutes and last 4-6 weeks. The investment is $95, but if you pair it with any other skincare treatment you can add dermaplaning for just $35 (now that is a deal!). If you are in the Louisville KY area I definitely suggest visiting the Skyn Lounge. They offer many services such as, facials, chemical peels, waxing, massage and makeup application. 
After the dermaplane treatment I had the opportunity to get my makeup done. Skyn Lounge offers brow and lash tinting, makeup lessons, and special occasion makeup. You can book them for any event and function that you have in your life. 
I would definitely recommend Skyn Lounge for all your skincare needs. Esspically since Fall is around the corner, everyone’s skin can use a little TLC.
XoXo
Alli 
                      
                      
                      

                               

                      
                     
                     
                      
                     
                      
                     
                               Dermaplaning and Makeup application c/o Skyn Lounge.

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Sky Organics

Happy Thursday All! I am trying to step up my beauty, skincare, and haircare game. So these organic and pure products by Sky Organics are right up my alley. They pride themselves on using only natural ingredients, being save to the earth and animals. Sounds like my kind of products. One thing I do love  about Sky Organics is that each product comes with an ebook or postcard to tell you how to use it and what its benefits are. Some of my favorites from the collection are the Mango Butter and the Castor Oil. Check out my other favorites in my new video here or below.
XoXo
Alli
Products c/o Sky Organics

Winter Skin Care with Joanna Vargas

Taking care of you skin is extremely important, especially in the winter. This is why I love pampering myself with a facial. While I was in NYC last week I had the privilege to experience a Triple Crown facial from the Joanna Vargas Salon. This 60 minute facial includes microdermabrasion, mircocurrent and oxygen infused therapy to help hydrate, lift and tone loose skin, as well as, combat fine lines and wrinkles. 
My personal skin complaint is dryness, so the Triple Crown facial was just what it desired. It left my skin feeling rejuvenated, youthful and moisturized. I felt refreshed and did not even want to apply makeup after the session because my skin looked so great. I suggest you try it!
If you are in the NYC or LA area definitely visit the Joanna Vargas Salon. They offer multiple treatments, such a the Triple Crown facial, power peel, full body microdermabrasion and many more (which can be found here), just to name a few. The staff in the NYC office were wonderful. If you have any questions about scheduling talk to Kimberly and if you are interested in the Triple Crown facial request Elizabeth. 
Some of my favorite products that I use to keep my skin looking youth after a facial are the hydrating cream and the exfoliating mask. What are some of your ride or die skincare products for the winter time? Shop mine below and check out all her products here.
XoXo
Alli

Before Facial 

After Facial: Skin is smoothed and hydrated 

Triple Crown Facial c/o  Joanna Vargas Salon

Vitafive

Let’s face it, the food that we eat is not givings us the nutrients that our body needs in order to live and sustain a healthy lifestyle. So the next best way to get all the goodness your body desires is to take supplements. 


The supplements that I have been using lately is Vitafive. This company makes custom vitamin packs to fit your health needs. For around $1 a day Vitafive makes personalized gummy vitamin packs that are sent to your doorstep every 4 weeks. They are prepackaged in the amount you need for each day. Used code aa30 for 30% off.

Vitafive has eight different gummies to choose from,Vitamin  D3, Biotin, Vitamin C, CoQ10, Multivitamin, Calcium & D3, Omega 3, and Melatotonin. You can put anywhere from 1-4 vitamins in a pack. They also have pre-made packs, such as, immune, sleep, beauty, active,  essential, brain, and heart. Check out the pre-made packs here

I like Vitafive because they are easy to travel with. Just take the number of packs you need on a trip and their is no extra hassle. It’s easy to order and you get all the extra nutrients that you need. Vitafive offers free shipping and they have a registered dietitian on staff to help you if you need. And since they are gummies, they taste great and you do not have to worry about hard to swallow horse pills. 

                         
Any bloggers looking for a good affiliate to to collaborate with let me suggest Vitafive. Click the link here for more information. If you try them out come back and let me know how you like them.
XoXo
Alli  
                             

Vitamins c/o Vitafive

Enza Essentials

There are a lot of skincare products out there, but none of them have done what Enza Essentials (website here) has done for my skin. I have honestly found my favorite everyday go to. My skin feels so nourished and soft after using this skincare line. I have to stop myself from touching my face so much because my skin feels so smooth.


One thing that makes Enza Essentials great is that they customize their products to fit your particular skincare needs. You can take their customized skincare questionnaire (here) and based on your responses they organize what products are best for you. When you receive your skincare system it comes with step by step instructions on when to use each product, wether it is day or night. If you use these products as stated you will see your skin change for the better within days.

Enza Essentials has three different skincare systems to choose from. The Saturation System, Sustaining System, and the Extraction System. When you purchase a whole system you receive 20% off.  Since I have dry skin the Saturation System was the best choice for me (found here). This system includes their Saturation Cleanser, Aloe Scrub, Toner, and Herbal Creme. Literally after just a couple of day I could tell a difference in my skin. It was brighter, dewy, smooth to the touch and more even. My skin has never looked better since I started using Enza Essentials.

Enza has many other great skincare products that are not part of the systems but are definitely crucial to having great skin. I had the opportunity to try their Eyebright Intensive Eye Creme, Glycolic Serum, Vitamin C Creme, and their Advance Protection SPF 30.  I cannot say enough good things about all these products. The Vitamin C Creme definitely provides that extra moisture you skin needs. The Eye Creme combats fine lines and wrinkles. Their SPF blocks against the suns rays and does not leave that chalky looking layer on your face as many other brands do. It blends in with your moisturizer. Many serums breakout my skin, but not Enza’s Glycolic Serum it goes on smooth and helps hydrate and nourish.

If you try Enza Essentials come back and tell me which products are your favorite.

XoXo
Alli
                          
                                         
                                    
                                     

Skincare products c/o Enza Essentials

Friday Five 3/18

                    
Happy Friday! I am starting a new series on the blog called the Friday Five. A couple Friday’s a month I will review five products on the blog anything from skincare, clothing, health products, to hotels. So I will start this Friday with five products that I think you will enjoy! 

We are all looking for a great scrub to remedy many of our skincare problems. Well this Arabica Coffee Scrub (found here) combats many of these issues. This scrub is packed with antioxidants, which helps fight against aging skin, such as wrinkles and sun spots. This scrub is gentle enough to use on your face. The caffeine from he coffee reduces puffy eyes and lightens dark circles under eyes and helps eliminate acne and acne scars. I love this product because it is 100% natural, animal cruelty-free, and a reasonable price point. Not only does it moisturize the skin with coconut oil it helps diminish cellulite. Caffeine also tightens the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite when used regularly. Coffee scrub is successful is helping remove stretch marks and spider veins. The sea salt in the scrub removes dirt and dead skin for a youthful appearance. I wanted to use this scrub because I suffer from eczema and coffee scrubs target the dry skin spots and help keep moisture in. I would definitely recommend Arabica Coffee Scrub (found here).
Coffee Scrub c/o First Botany 
I receive many products to review for myself and to promote to other women. So I decided I needed to review items that interest men. This watch from Woodie Spec is a stunner (found here, similar here and here). I love the two tone color, the natural wood and black leather compliment each other. Very stylish and hip. Any man would love this accessory. It is masculine enough but yet a women could appreciate it and maybe want to sport it herself. I would totally rock it! No two watches are alike because no two pieces of wood are alike. A part of every purchase from Woodie Spec goes toward children in need  through World Vision. I would definitely recommend adding this watch to your collect or giving it as a gift to a man in your life. 
Watch c/o Woodie Spec 
So if you are like me you misplace things often and it takes you forever to find them. I have found a solution. This Beets BLU key finder (which can be found here, similar here)  prevents the loss of many of your values such as your phone, keys or even wallet. This thing is a lifesaver. Basically you attach it to what you seem to misplace the most. For me it is my keys, so I would attach it to my key ring. Using an app on your smartphone the pager tag that is attached to your missing item produces an alarm to alert you to where the item is. This simple genius idea is definitely a timesaver and a lifesaver. The setup process is easy to install and the key finder is easy to use. This item is for you if you need a little help keep up with things.
Key Finder c/o Beets BLU
I have been working on my health and fitness a lot lately. Lets face it the older we get the more aware of our health, weight, and lifestyle we are. I have decided to use many products to help me along in my journey. One is the Beets Blu heart rate monitor (found here similar one here). This heart rate monitor is compatible with smart phones. It syncs easily with iPhones and Androids, and enhances many of your fitness and health apps, such as, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, Digifit and many more. It is also very easy to use. The heart rate monitor is attached to an adjustment belt you wear around your chest while exercising. The strap is comfortable and lightweight. It delivers an accurate heart rate though ECG technology. Beets Blu monitor helps you track activity with a cardio focus within your target heart rate, as well as tailor your workouts to age a skill level. Having a heart rate monitor with my workouts makes a big difference in my exercise routine because I can track my performance and know when I have made progress. 
Heart Rate Monitor c/o Beets Blu 

A good scale is another thing I have added to my health and fitness journey. I like the EatSmart Precision 550 Extra Wide Digital Scale (found here similar here). Not only is it stainless steel it is wide and sturdy, 15”x13”, so the weight of your whole body is supported.  This scale has four sensors to ensure accurate measurements. It has a large screen with blue LCD backlight which is easy to see. But the best part is that it beeps three time when your weight is registered so that you can step off and view the scale. It also has “Step-On” technology that allows you to get your weight instantly. The scales weight capacity is 550 lbs. which is the highest on the market (.2 lbs increments) and it is easily switched from lbs/kg. It runs off 3 AAA batteries (which are included). The EatSmart scale has a 100% money back guarantee and a two-year warranty. I would definitely recommend this scale. I am enjoying mine and know that it will help me get to my health and fitness goals. 
Scale c/o EatSmart
Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli

Booya Fitness Cardio Blast Challenge

Have you ever heard of Booya Fitness? If not you should. It is an awesome company that has designed many different workouts that you can do from the privacy of your own home. Workouts such as Barre, Cardio kickboxing, HIIT, Sports Conditioning, Dance, and many more.

They have over 100  HD videos and over 25 categories of workouts from the industry’s hottest studios. Booya is great for all fitness levels and has over 50 programs designed for different goals, audiences, and schedules. They send you daily reminders and organize done-for-you workout plans to fit your specific needs. Booya offers a 30 day free trial (with code absolutelyalli) so there is no reason not to try it out. I personally love it and it definitely beats wasting gas driving to a packed gym. After your free trial you can continue to use Booya for $9.99 or cancel at anytime.

The best time to join is now because Booya Fitness is doing a Cardio Blast Challenge from February 29- March 13, 2016, just in time for you to get your body in great shape for the warm weather that is to come. During this challenge you have the opportunity to win one of 3 great prizes. See the videos on the challenge and  prize reveal below.
 How to win:
1. Join Booya Fitness here by using promo code: absolutelyalli
2. Complete at least 1 workout during the duration of the challenge to be eligible to win prizes 
3. Follow me @absolutely_alli and @booyafitness on Instagram 

                                           

                                            

So who is joining me in this challenge?? I have linked some of my favorite activewear to get you motivated!