Sunday, April 10, 2011

"My Favorites Things" & Ifitness Giveaway!

I decide to combine the two things that pretty much take up allot of my life on this post, running and makeup. I started running about 4 years ago, and have been a makeup artist in between my “adult job” for about 8 years


From Runner to...


Makeup Artist...


I always get questions from people about products, or how to’s in running, make up, hair, or skin care. So I'll be doing product reviews once a month on things that I absolutely love. Now, this isn't only for the ladies either, I'll have tons of stuff coming up for my male readers as well! I'll be reaching out to a few friends of mine in the hair and skin care industry to help out with how things work and why they love them too. Hope you'll enjoy this as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

So here are the first set of products that I don't leave the house without!! I have all of them in my gym!!




Eminence Organic Skin Care Toner: Sweet Red Rose Mist


I LOVE THIS TONER!! During the summer I used to get small break outs on my shoulders and chest from sweating during my workouts, especially around my sport bra area. I reached out to my friend Caleah who is a esthetician in the San Diego area for help. She suggested that I use this toner before and after my running, as well as before bed. Here’s how she said it works,



The Sweet Red Rose Mist is a great after workout product because it is formulated for dry dehydrated skin. As you are expelling energy, you are sweating and losing moisture. Not only would the rose mist replenish moisture to the surface level, but it has salicylic acid in it to remove surface impurities and kill bacteria, which is necessary after sweating toxins out of your skin. This particular mist also contains Lemon to tone and refresh the skin. Any of the Eminence Mists are great, if someone has dry dehydrated skin, rose is ideal, if someone has oily/breakout prone/ or normal skin then Lime or Rosehip are good choices. Rosehip has a super high concentration of natural Vitamin C, which is good for protection in sunlight and acne but not as good for blackheads, so avoid Vitamin C products if you have blackheads. My personal favorite is the Lime, I used it on a daily basis during those sticky summer days in Los Angeles, and even took it with me to the beach, day spa and used it at night before bed, and even sprayed it on my yoga mat, and in my hair. The Lime mist is refreshing the only downside is it makes you really want a margarita!


Like I said before I LOVE IT!! This is a must have in your gym bag and at home. You can get this product on Amazon for about $35.00. My bottle has lasted me about 6 months.



Redken Color Extend Sun



ATTENTION SWIMMERS!!!!!!!! This one is for you!! Since I started swimming last year I was afraid of one thing, my hair color. I spend allot of money on my hair, so I wanted something that was going to keep my hair healthy and keep my hair color still looking fresh. My stylist Diane Couto of Valdemar Hair Studio recommended I try this product. The spray protects your hair from UVA/UVB rays and chlorine damage, its also water resistant. I spray it all over, then throw my swim cap on right over it. When I run outside I spritz just a little right on my ponytail. If your going to put sunblock on your face why not your hair too. You can also get this from Amazon for about $15.00 or a local hair salon that uses Redken products.



Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70




I can’t express to you how important it is to use sunblock, and its the #1 thing that people forget to put on, this is for the male readers as well SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!! I use this alone as well as right under my makeup ALL THE TIME. It’s really sheer and doesn’t have that greasy feeling and it water proof for swimming. This is also another product that was recommended to me from Caleah. She had a few others that she wanted to mention as well,


“I like the Sport Face SPF 70 for runners, and the Sheer dry touch which ranges from 15 to 70 for daily use. You can use a lower SPF like a 15 or 20 for daily use so you can still get the benefits of sunlight and Vitamin D, but even minimal protection is needed daily. I also like Neutrogena Kids Watergaurd SPF spray in a 70. The Kid or Baby versions of water resistant sunscreens are a good workout option because they a usually formulated to avoid transfer into the eyes, and are a little more gentle on the skin”


These products can be found at any grocery store type stores starting at $9.99.




Lululemon Key Cuff



I always enjoy going out for a “naked run” but I always had to find a place to put my house key. I would normally throw it in my sports bra, but its gross and uncomfortable having something that sharp in there. I had to find something! A few friends use this cuff so I decided to head over to Lululemon and pick one up. This cuff is fantastic!! I’ve used in many races holding my GU, also used it for money and have even put my credit card in there to take a running trip to the store. Its easy to get things out and it holds ALLOT. It comes in several colors and can be found at your local Lululemon Store for $10.00



Ifitness Hydratin Belt


Once I got my Iphone the hydration belt that I had didn’t have a pocket big enough for the phone as well as other things. It was either buy a arm band for my iphone, which added more things to carry around on my run, or just not run with my phone at all. I already had the double pouch belt, but I needed a hydration belt that would fit everything. I saw Ifitness came out with one at the Surf City expo, bought it and used it the next day for the race. I forgot I even had it on, no bounce, didn’t slide up, and sits perfect on your hips..honesly it was super comfortable. There are two small elastic slots that I used to hold my GU packs, or you can also attach your bib to them. The pocket is big enough for my phone, car key, and ID. The belt alone made me a instant fan, but to make me a bigger fan is their customer service. I emailed them after Surf City to express how happy I was with the product and got an immediate response from Hailey thanking me for the email. A few weeks later I had to contact Hailey again because a small tear started to form near the bottle pocket. I asked if they were going to have a booth at the LA Marathon expo which was about 3 weeks away, and if it was possible to do exchange. She immediately replied back to me letting me know they wanted to make sure I had a belt before the expo for training, so she was shipping one out to me. About 2 days later a new belt arrived in the mail. Not to mention she supplied shipping information instantly to me to return my first belt. It didn't matter if I hadn't returned mine back yet, they only cared that I had a belt for my training. Not sure how many online stores would do this, but Ifitness took care of everything! So if your looking for a new hydration belt, I highly recommend this one for both the product and service! You can either purchase one from their online store or.....WIN ONE here!


Its very simple to enter, there are 3 ways so you have 3 chances!!



1. Leave a comment here.


2. Retweet my blog post, but remember to add my name when retweeting so I can keep track @kristylpants.


3. Go to Facebook “like” Ifitness on Facebook. Leave a comment on their page letting them know I sent you!



Winner will be announced next Tuesday, make sure to tell a friend! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE and thanks for stopping by!




29 comments:

  1. I will definitely buy the Redken hair protector, and I'm so pumped to hear how fabulous iFitness's customer service is! I hope I win the belt!! Wee!!

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  2. I "liked" iFitness on facebook and mentioned you!!

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  3. Just found you through iFitness! Great blog!

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  4. Already "liked" iFitness and liked their post of you.

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  5. I have a Lululemon cuff too but never thought about putting my gu in there! Thanks for the idea. The hydration belt looks nice and compact! Hope I win;)

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  6. Tweeted. :) I'll have to check out the lululemon cuff. Cool.

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  7. I have to try that Sweet Red Rose Mist. Thanks

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  8. Already like Ifitness on fb. Left comment that you sent me.

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  9. The hydration belt looks nice. Cool stuff!

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  10. So many great tips!!! I use the same sunblock :)

    I need to check out that cuff thing. I actually always wear a wrist sweat band on really long runs just to wipe sweat off my face and stuff - I wonder how this would work...

    And I LOVE my iFitness belt! But I don't have the one w the bottle holder which I would love to have!!!

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  11. Great Blog post Kristy! Being a new runner I am willing to try things that work for the pros :) I really like the Lululemon wrist thing. I will be ordering one for sure! I am such a product whore, Allure magazine being my favorite place to get the ins and outs on new stuff. I will be looking forward to your monthly updates. Going to facebook to like Ifitness now. xoxo-Monique

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  12. Hey, we share some fave things - I LOVE that Neutrogena sunscreen (well, as much as one can love a sunscreen) and I love my lululemon key cuff. I have been trying to justify (to myself) getting an iFitness belt for a few weeks now...

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  13. Even if I don't win the belt, I was super-psyched to get your feedback on this - I'm looking for a new one to replace the one I never use (because I loathe it!!) So now I have someone who I totally trust giving me their take on the iFitness belt! Thanks Kristy! xoxo

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  14. I love the nutrogena facial lotion!!! Great coverage without feeling greasy!! Good picks Kristy!!

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  15. found your blog on the ifitness facebook post! that toner looks fantastic! and i would love to win the ifitness belt after reading your great review! gotta love great customer service!

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  16. I've been running half marathons and the one thing I realize I need is a good no-bounce hydration belt. Stopping at water stations really slows my finish time. Thank you!

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  17. I'd love to get it! I don't think you need separate comments for each entry, do you? I also Tweeted the contest, and I already like iFitness on FB but I posted on their wall too.

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  18. I loved your list of favorite things. I hadn't heard of the cuff before. I am going to have to look into that one for sure. I have the iFitness racing belt and love it, but I don't have the hydration belt. It looks totally awesome. I would love to try it out.

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  19. I'm a new follower :) Great giveaway and great favorite things. I'm definitely checking out the lulemon wrist thing!!

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  20. I tweeted too https://twitter.com/#!/carlyrachael/status/60081360387325952

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  21. I always look at those Lulu cuffs when I am checking out. Never thought about putting a gel in there.

    I have a regular ifitness belt I love but am VERY curious about the hydration one because I always run with water no matter the distance.

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  22. I liked IFitness on FB and left them a comment, too!

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  23. It's always fun to read others' posts about their favorite things. The reviews always make me want to go shopping...

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  24. I liked iFitness & posted on its wall.

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  25. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/carrotrunr/status/60146090703462400

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