5 Ways to Primp Like an Olympian

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With the 2014 Winter Olympics over in Sochi, Russia in full effect, you may wonder how these athletes, both the men and women, primp and prep. Maybe you’re not wondering… but if you took the time to read this far you’re going to find out anyway, because I know you at least looked at the pretty picture ­čśë

Olympians…..

  1. Stay glossy. That’s right, I said it. Glossy. Exposed lips need moisture, love and protection. Some awesome picks – Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm (a cult love of men and women and also boasts SPF 25), or, if you’re feeling a little more patriotic for the good ol’ U S of A, IT Cosmetics has News Anchor Blue. Even though it looks like the lip gloss of a smurf it goes on sheer, but has enough of a hidden tint to make your teeth appear whiter. So when you’re up there accepting that gold medal, you can really shine!
  2. Stay fresh. These athletes work so hard, clearly sweating up a storm. Keeping smells at a minimum is a win for yourself as well as the people around you. For women, Dove has a New Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant/Deoderant that offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection. It’s also full of ingredients known to moisturize the skin. There are several scents available, but there’s also an unscented version that the men can pick up. We won’t tell – what happens at at the Olympics, stays at the Olympics.
  3. Are always prepared. And the best way to be prepared is by having all of the essentials. Pinch Provisions makes mini-emergency kits for both men and women (pictured) that is stuffed full of 17 must-have items. When you’re traveling anywhere, you never know what you might need. It’s best just to have it on hand. I personally always have one of these little kits in my purse.
  4. Brush their hair. Olympic athletes are the best of the best. This means they’re going to be sought after for photographs. The Wet Brush is the best I’ve found for detangling wet hair fast, and it’s not huge, so it can easily be slipped into your gym bag. It works for any hair texture on men, women and children.
  5. Have no time for dry, discolored skin. Therefore, stock in a facial moisturizing oil is necessary. A good one is the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil (pictured) which is rich in vitamin C which keeps the skin from looking dull and will also fight against fine lines and wrinkles.

Clearly this isn’t an official list, I just like to have fun cause I’m a fun kind of gal, but the stuff mentioned would make sense living inside their duffel bags. Of course, it goes without saying that Olympians also need heavy sunscreen, creams, lots of water for that inner hydration and probably a whole lot of icy hot.

If you were headed to the Olympics as an athlete, what would you bring?

Pinch Provisions Leopard Minimergency® Kit Photos & Review

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You’ve seen me speak about Pinch Provisions on multiple occasions. I first discovered the Minimergency Kits and also purchased my first one (and also bought one for my step-sister) back in April when I went to NYC for IMATS. It’s just a good idea to have the essentials for emergencies, especially in a big city where things are ridiculously expensive.

Luckily I still have most of the items in my kit and still carry it with me in my purse. Now they have the kits in metallic gold or silver leopard bags! *FAINTS* You all know how I love my leopard ­čśë

What Pinch Provisions says about the Leopard Minimergency® Kit:

Navigate the urban jungle in style with a new Leopard Minimergency┬« Kit by Pinch Provisions┬«.Each Pinch-perfect pouch is available in a gold and silver leopard-print. Measures 3.5″ x 2 ” x 2″.

The Leopard Minimergency Kit contains anything a gal might need…IN A PINCH┬«. Includes 17 must-haves: hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, safety pin, mending kit, Shemergency┬« tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and an adhesive bandage

So, all of this……

Fits in this little bag……

Flipping amazing… all of the necessities in a compact area and in a nondescript yet fashionable bag. If you don’t own one, you should. Or, give them to your girlfriends (or guy friends, they make a man version!) for a little holiday gift or stocking stuffer!

The Pinch Provisions Leopard Minimergency Kit retails for $15.00 and are available at pinchprovisions.com.

Top 10 Items in My Purse ~ Beauty Edition

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Do you know how hard it is for a beauty blogger to condense the beauty items that he or she needs in their bag? Pretty freaking hard. But I love this Top 10 Tuesday post because it’s forced me to clean out my purse and cut down on the basics (six lip products are definitely basic right?!).

Above is my Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel. The actual name is escaping me right now, and I can’t find it online =\. This particular style was released during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but it’s currently on sale even cheaper! It’s not on the website right now, but I saw them on the sale table at my local store.

Onto the beautiful beauty contents! In no particular order:

  1. Hair Brush – I probably don’t need to explain that.
  2. IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation – for touch ups, which actually aren’t needed very often when I use this, but it’s important to keep a spare on hand anyway ­čśë
  3. Hand Cream – So important. I hate that tight, itchy, dry-hand feeling! The one in the picture is from L’Occitane, but as I run out it changes into whatever small size of something I have at the time.
  4. Nail File – Again, no explanation needed. The above is from the Tweezerman Cynthia Rowley Series. I like this one in my purse because it came with that protective plastic case.
  5. Anti-Bac – At any given time I have at least two of these in my purse. I have kids and play areas are gross. Malls are gross. It’s just a lot of gross out there. The above are Eucalyptus Mint from Bath and Body Works and Pure Seduction from Victoria’s Secret.
  6. Mirror – That circular zebra bling thing up there is a mirror. This is more for someone else. Like if someone asks if you have a mirror they can use… I don’t want to give them my powder compact… because …. well… germs, yo.
  7. First Aid Kit – Again, I have kids. That thing is full of band-aids, tweezers (also Tweezerman), hand wipes, gauze… as well as Visine for momma ­čśë And I also throw hair ties and bobby pins in there so they don’t get lost in the depths of my always huge purses.
  8. Lip Products – There are six in the picture and you don’t want to even know what was in there before I went through it. I tend to throw smaller sized products in my lip bag as “just in case” type things. Above I took my top 6 and it’s a mixture of Dior and LipSmackers. And, of course, the MAC Lip Conditioner for good measure. I can’t stand dry lips. Could you tell?
  9. Hand Towelettes – These are for emergency hand/face wipes for me or my kids. They smell so awesome and are really handy.
  10. Pinch Provisions Mini Emergency Kit. These are FULL of every beauty emergency item you’ll need (such as bandages, safety pins, stain remover, pain reliever, double sided tape…and a whole lot more – 17 in total!). I keep a set in my bag at all times. These are available at Sephora.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Items in My Purse! Check out what the other bloggers have in their bags and be sure to tell us what your must haves are!

****Some items received in this post are press samples. All opinions are 100% honest. This post also contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.