I used to be super athletic in high school, & I used to play sports & run because I'm part Filipino, so that side of my family kinda' pushed me to be athletic, multi-talented, etc., so I took private lessons for almost everything growing up, even outside of sports, haha. But yeah. I had one of the fastest mile times in my class because I could literally run that shit in five minutes. I've always loved working out in the gym, from focusing on different parts of my body on different days to dead-lifting weights, running, etc.
^^^ If you think that I have a shitload of medals from running, my mom has way more because she's an ultra marathon runner, which is probably why she's so skinny & such a milf. She was a really big influence when I was in high school, & she still is. She's where I got my love for running from, & even though she worked out in the gym a lot when I was in high school, too, I didn't really get into it until after I graduated & actually worked at a few gyms. Unlike running, my love for the gym was something that I found on my own, but I still to have a soft spot for running. A few of my favorite races that I ran were the Nike Women's half marathon (you get a Tiffany's necklace after you cross the finish line with a Nike swoosh engraved on it), the Lulu Lemon half marathon in Canada with my mom, etc. I really love the fact that my mom's active because whenever I come visit her back in my home town, we always go running together, or sometimes, we sign up for races & run them together, but there are some races that we run on our own, even if we can't run them together. Even though she works out at the gym as well, out of the both of us, she's the one who's more into running. I mean, duh. She's an ultra marathon runner. I'm more into working out in the gym because I was a certified personal trainer. So, we each do both, but one of us does one more than the other. I've worked at, like, four different gyms after high school while going to school, & it was one of the best & most fun jobs ever, lol.
I used to work at City Sports Club in Fremont, & I worked eight hours a day for six out of seven days of the week while going to school, but I wasn't really trippin' off of it because for a gym job, it was hella fun, & I was consistently making $800+ every single paycheck, plus my commission, but if you know me or if you're one of my homies, then you'd know that I got fired from that job for harassing & bullying two of my co-workers, LMFAO. If y'all know Linda or Ryan Jordan, then they know everything, hahaha. Linda's my home girl, & Ryan Jordan was my co-worker, & he easily became one of my really close friends that I partied with outside of the gym. Anyway, shortly after I got let go at City Sports, Ryan transferred & got a job at Bally's gym in Fremont... & so did Linda (what are the odds?), & Ryan referred me, so I got hired there as an uncertified personal trainer. They don't usually do that, but they only hired me because 1.) Ryan referred me, 2.) I'm a nursing student, so I already took a lot of classes that were related to the gym because they were required for my major (for example, I took nutrition, anatomy, etc.), & 3.) I was already working out at the gym on my own outside of this job with my own routines, & I was always helping other people work out, giving people tips, etc., so as you can see, I was already extremely knowledgeable in all of the areas required for my job. I did, however, still get certified while I was working there (& while I was training to bikini compete), so yes, I'm certified now. Bally's paid for my program & my CPR certification, which as a nursing student, I needed that as well anyway, so everything literally worked out in the end, lol. I really loved being a personal trainer because people always asked me for tips on diet, exercising, etc. The only thing that I didn't like about being a personal trainer was that some of my clients would text me at, like, 6 in the morning when I was still asleep because they were always asking me about nutrition facts & what they should eat for breakfast, but it's all good. I haven't worked in a gym in a while, but it was literally one of my favorite jobs ever.
Anyway, I encourage everyone to be active & / or go to the gym all of the time, even if you're already skinny because that's how I am, but you should still tone your body, watch what you eat, & just be healthy in general. I'm hella skinny with a very low fat percentage (which yes, I do measure very often), & I also have a really fast metabolism, but I still like to watch what I eat & go to the gym just to be kind to my body. Going to the gym's so fun & therapeutic. I love it. & Of course, I do spoil myself & indulge in unhealthy but yummy ass food sometimes. You guys should also join the Nike Training / Running Club in San Francisco. They have a lot of events that you can book & join & be apart of. I also do boxing, pole dancing / pole fitness classes (which is a really good work-out, especially for your core), Lulu Lemon Run & Yoga Club, etc. For boxing, I usually go to B Street Boxing Gym in Burlingame, but I've also trained under one of my former co-workers at City Sports. His name's Jerry, & he trained hella UFC fighters. Let me know if you want his contact information.
I love working out because I like giving my man heart attacks from looking so damn good all of the fuckin' time, lol.
Pat McGrath, a celebrity & designer runway make-up artist, has been teasing everyone with limited edition products because she has a full & entire make-up line releasing at the end of 2016. Her latest release were these Skin Fetish 003 highlighter kits, & I finally got my claws on the "Nude" kit, just in time for summer. This release is limited edition as well, & they're sold out online on both the Sephora website & Pat McGrath's website. There's also a highlighter in "Golden", & they both retail for a pretty penny of $72, but with tax included & everything, it was actually $78.40. I think the reason why that they're so expensive is because you get three items in a pack, & they're not sold individually, but I'm sure that if they were, each product alone might be a little cheaper, but Pat McGrath said that she wanted them all packaged together because they're all important tools that she uses on her clients back stage at every show, & she felt that she couldn't use one without using the others because each product plays an important role in achieving a dewy & flawless finish. All of the products in each of the highlighting kits have different textures, & mixing these different textures together - if done in the right way - will give you that effortless glow. The highlighters are also supposed to be an "online exclusive", but I went to the Sephora in Valley Fair mall in San Jose to pick up some stuff, & I didn't see any of them displayed anywhere, but I just asked them if they had them in stock anyway because fuck it. It didn't hurt to ask or try, & sure enough, these supposedly "online exclusive" highlighters were actually in the back, even though I was expecting a, "No. They're only sold online," answer. They said that they just don't display them or promote them, but if you ask them, they actually do have them. I picked this up, like, three days ago, & they said that they only had a little bit left, so if you're local, & if you wanna get them since they're sold out everywhere, then go to Valley Fair mall, & ask them.
Both the "Nude" & the "Golden" highlighters come in a pack / kit with a double-sided clear balm & cream highlighter stick, a powder, & a make-up brush, & it's packaged with either couture silver or couture gold sequins in them, depending on which one you buy or get. I got the "Nude" highlighter, but I'm gonna tell you guys a little bit about the "Golden" one in a little bit, too, because I swatched that highlighter kit in Sephora, too.
The brush is really whatever to me, but the powder's my favorite. I'm not too crazy about the double-sided clear balm & cream highlighter stick either, but I still use it. The clear balm smells hella good, kinda' like vanilla, & you can also use the clear balm over your eyes & put some of the powder over it & use it as an eye shadow. The powder's so fuckin' pretty though. It looks white, but when you glide your finger over it & swatch it, it's actually an iridescent pink, & you guys know that I have a love for all things holographic & iridescent. <3 <3 <3 When I put it on, I feel & look like a strawberry glazed donut & / or a rainbow fish. It's hella pigmented, but at the same time, it's actually really subtle, & not overwhelming. I love it.
The "Golden" one isn't really that different. It's just obviously more golden, but I didn't get it because it was just kinda' overwhelmingly too glow-y for me, & the powder's a lot more pigmented & glittery.
In the right photo above, I swatched all of the products in the higlighting kit. The first one's the iridescent powder, the second one's the clear balm, & the third one's the cream highlighter.
I hope you guys get both of the highlighting kits or the one that you guys want! & If not, then you can find dupes for these high-lighter kits at Looxi Beauty. The high-lighter dupe for the Pat McGrath high-lighter kit in "Nude" is the Looxi Beauty high-lighter in "Stripped", & the high-lighter dupe for the Pat McGrath high-lighter in "Golden" is the Looxi Beauty high-lighter in "Stiletto".
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