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Monday, September 1, 2014

Amelia Island Vlog

Hi everyone,
I put together a weekly vlog while in Amelia and thought to share with you. Hope you enjoy.



Lots of love
Ansa

Maine In September - Inspiring Autumn Pictures

I'm so excited it's September and Autumn is around the corner. Here are some pictures I took last September in Maine. Looking forward to Autumn bringing lots of hiking, festivals, lots of chai tea and pumpkin  spice late, colorful tree leaves and a lot more jogging outside.





Happy September. 
Lots of love
Ansa 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Getting back into running long distance...and it feels good.

So after indulging quite a bit during vacation (just a few picks of the many indulging foods we had tsk tsk!!) it is time to get back into shape.






I absolutely love running and after taking a week off to relax and enjoy the beach I am back at it...this is a very sleepy me this morning at  am ish. I'm back at running 4-6 miles a day and doing a 10+ miles on Saturday. I ran my last marathon in Maine this May and now that Autumn is around the corner, I'm thinking about registering for another race soon.

I aslo absolutely love yoga especially hot yoga and it's something I try to do twice a week. The stretching helps loosen some of the tight muscles that are a result of running. Looking forward to posting about a new race soon.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Illamasqua lipstick in Obey - Swatches

As summer is nearing the end, I am reaching for some bright neon colors to enjoy before I swatch to darker berry shades. Illamasuqe Obey is a highly pigmented bright poppy orange shade.  The color is perfect for spring and summer and it makes me think of summer days on the beach enjoying lemonades and watermelon. 

The color is one of the most pigmented lipsticks I own. I tab my finger to apply this instead of applying it straight from the tube. I absolutely love this shade for spring and summer and if you're looking for a very bright poppy summer shade, this is the perfect one to pick up. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Davines NaturalTech Energizing Gel

This year I've decided to let my hair go more to its natural stage and I challenged myself not to use any heat or any products that contain silicones. Once I stopped using those products and heat, I noticed my hair was quite dry and damaged (masked by all the silicones and heat) so I knew the only solution to growing out strong healthy hair was to remove the damaged hair. So two weeks ago I went to my hair dresser and asked her to cut off all the dry damaged part. Here is a before and after pictures.

I'm now in the market to test out some products that would help my hair grow fast and healthier and one of the products recommended to me by my hair dresser is Davines Naturaltech Energizing gel. It comes in a tube and you're meant to massage it into your scalp to stimulate the scalp and provide nutrients to the scalp and hair.




Here are the active ingredients:
  • Beta-glucans - polysaccarides that boost the protection of the cells;
  • Caffeine phytoceuticals - stimulate the cellular methabolism and improve blood circulation;
  • Sirtuins - longevity proteins with a strong anti-oxidant action;

I've only just started using it so I will report back after 6 weeks in any results I've seen from it, but I'm hoping for quick hair growth and lucius hair.

Hope you all are having an amazing day. 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Birthday FOTD and French food

Last week was my birthday and we were in Amelia Island. We ate dinner at the local French restaurant called Le Clos. This must be my fourth birthday I've celebrated at this restaurant and I absolutely love it. Florida is always warm so I wore a very simple outfit both shirt and skirt from Ann Taylor and shoes from BCBG.

 Below is the diner starting with salad, to grouper and creme brule.



That evening we got some rocky road chocolate fudge and enjoyed the sunset. 

I absolutely love French food. It's so rich and so delicious. We had a great day in Amelia and looking forward to going back. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nude lips - MAC Plink and Revlon Soft Nude

I'm definitely a lover of nude and natural lipsticks and a true believer that the right nude, depending on skin color, can make you look polished and refined but in a very subtle and effortless kind of way. My two favorite lipsticks at the moment are MAC "Plink" which is a stunning rose nude that looks so shimmery on the lips you can't opt not to wear gloss and revlon "Soft Nude" which is a honey nude. I absolutely love these two lipsticks for two very different reasons. MAC's Plink is so lovely on the lips. The amount of shimmer makes the lips very lush and glossy. Revlon's Soft Nude is a very natural nude which I love for a day at the office. On top of both,  I love to wear Buxom's gloss in "White Russian" a beautiful milky pink that plumps up the lips.














These three are some gorgeous nudes for any nude lipstick and lipgloss lover and I highly recommend.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Dior nail glow - swatches

Dior nail glow is a clear polish with a pink undertone. Once in a while I love the look of bare nails. I love how they look natural and clean but I still want them to look glossy and polished. For days like those, I go to Dior's Nail Glow. It provides that gorgeous "your look" but a thousand times better nail color.

The pink hue makes this such a gorgeous shade. I have several other natural looking bases but this is on a class of it's own. I absolutely love it. For the tips of my nails I use a Sephora crayon called Blanc and it's a while nail pencil. It keeps the tips looking white and fresh.


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