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Best in Class: Sweat Friendly Products

During Sephora’s sale for VIB and VIB Rouge customers, I hoarded up like there was absolutely NO TOMORROW. When you power through products as fast as I do given the nature of my job, it’s amazing to stock up at a great price!

Many of my clients at Barry’s ask me HOW THE F$%* my face is still somehow intact after a killer hour in the studio. While some may believe it’s genetic, it’s really not! Outside of application skills (which I’ll elaborate on soon next year in some vlogs!), it’s truly product based. Anyone can have equally great results, and here’s my list of must haves so you can follow suit!

Step 1: PRIMER. PRIMER. PRIMER.

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Just as it is with clothing, it goes without saying that without the proper undergarments, your look is guaranteed to fail. Primer and skincare are key when it comes to maintaining your look for one workout, or a killer 14 hour day. My four must haves are:

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (use as a toner pre-primer)

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfection

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Anti-Aging)

My secrets for a flawless base: apply skincare first! I use the SKII Essence first, applying with a cotton pad. If I have extra time, I press the pads into my skin and leave them in areas where I’m most prone to smearing or oil. LET DRY! Next, apply a primer all over the face, and a special one for eyelids. LET DRY! Proceed with foundation. 

Step 2: Foundation

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A little bit of foundation (or a fuller coverage BB cream or powder) helps mask blotchiness and flush, which helps you look that much more put together after a workout. However- please make sure you wash it off shortly thereafter and reapply to save your skin from impurities and potential breakouts! My favorite non-cakey natural finish/fuller coverage foundations/BB Creams/Powders:

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Application: I am a HUGE fan of the Beauty Blender. It can take you from light to full coverage with continued application. You’ll look airbrushed and flawless at the end. It also helps blend in concealer and even out blush application/etc.

Step 3: Waterproof Eye Products

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When it comes your eyes, you need something with a little bit of water resistance. If you are a mascara junkie like myself, you NEED this tube in your arsenal: The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Topcoat. I am super picky about my mascara, and hate having to swap mascara because of it not being waterproof. This product allows me to rock my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir while teaching or taking class. If you’re looking for a regular waterproof mascara, as I mentioned a year back in my post on surfing, Tarte makes a BOMB one. Details here:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Topcoat

Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara

Self explanatory. Wand away with your fave mascara, let dry, then swipe on topcoat. 

Step 4: Setting Sprays/Powders

I CANNOT. LIVE. WITHOUT THESE.

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Make Up For Ever is one of my go-to brands when it comes to shadows and powders for a reason. They specialize in camera ready performance, so naturally, as a gal who’s in front of the lens a lot, its the obvious choice. I always have their HD Pressed Powder on hand. EVERYWHERE. It sets your makeup and doesn’t disturb it during reapplication later in the day.

I also use a setting spray, especially for a night out that I know will be a sweaty one with dancing, concerts, etc. Urban Decay slays the game with their All Nighter Spray. If you are super oily like me, their De-Slick is equally bomb. No sloppy smoky eyes here.

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Rules: Powder. Be sure to lightly dab with a large powder brush all over. Then, apply a light spray all over! Easy.

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Black Friday: The Athleisure & Beauty Pulse

If you’re overwhelmed by what to look for tomorrow, I feel you!

I’ve rounded up my top picks at some of my favorite athleisure and beauty retailers and their respective promo codes (if any).

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Carbon38 is offering 20% off sale and full price items. The coolest part? GUYS are now able to shop here! There’s some LEGIT stuff for guys on here, so if you’re also shopping for someone, check it out too! If you are new to Carbon38 (guys and gals), take 25% off your purchase with my code: MGRAGG50. My fave picks from this year’s markdowns are the following:

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Varley Highland Crop, $42

Varley Terri Crop, $42

Alala Pulse Poncho, $102

There’s more to come tomorrow, so check back to new links!

Nordstrom

You can access their sale right NOW. Nordstrom is having mega sales when it comes to workout shoes, not just their activewear. My new favorite Nikes are on serious markdown, snag ’em right now here! My favorite leggings from Nordstrom are the Zella Live In Leggings, and Alo Moto Leggings, only $30/$79 right now on their site.

 

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Nike

Nike is releasing several retro remakes, to include the 1988 Air Jordan 3 OG. One of the more current and coveted styles that’s also being released is the Zoom KD 9, which I CANNOT wait to snag!

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Athleta

Athleta is offering 20% store wide, and refreshments and other exciting in store surprises, and online will be following suit in their promos. Use code BOOST at checkout online. I’ll be live Insta-story’ing my top picks in store today.

Sephora

Sephora released a lot of amazing gift sets and travel size options of their luxury brands, to include my Rouge sneak peek shown here. OMFG for Too Faced and Urban Decay, two product faves for when I sweat! I’ll be live Insta-story’ing my top picks in store today too.

My other top picks: 

Living Proof Style Lab Kit

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Wash

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The Velvet Edit

As a lover of all things 90’s, its safe to say that I was thrilled to see velvet back on the runways at New York Fashion Week this year. When I found it being combined with track jackets, I was ecstatic! This black and crimson gem of a find at Forever21 is literally EVERYTHING right now. It’s been on repeat all week since I snagged it.

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I also received a pair of leggings from The Girlfriend Collective last week, and had been dying to get a chance to test them out. I know, just when you think you don’t need yet ANOTHER pair of black leggings, hear me out: THESE. ARE. A. MUST.

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From the high quality thick fabric with one hell of a buttery feel against the skin, to the literally perfect design and seam placement, these pants are hands down some of the best I’ve ever owned. Another amazing fact about them? The story behind them. Much like Everlane or Warby Parker, this brand focuses on a direct-to-consumer business model, as well as being environmentally conscious: the material is made from recycled plastic bottles. Additionally they focus on fair trade practices when it comes to manufacturing. They’re seriously amazing.

Another amazing fact? You can snag a pair for FREE with the cost of shipping ($19.95). For FREE you guys. These pants speak for themselves, and I guarantee I’ll be buying more when they officially launch.

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Outfit Details

Jacket: Velour Bomber Jacket, Forever21

Shirt: V Neck Basic T Shirt, Zara

Leggings: Black Legging, c/o The Girlfriend Collective

Shoes: Juvenate Sneaker, Nike (on mega sale at Nordstrom right now!)

Sunglasses: ‘It’s My Way’ 55mm Oversize Sunglasses, Quay Australia

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, Granite

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, Cool Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent in Fuchsia Fétiche

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund

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The Gigi Boot

On October 25th, Stuart Weitzman announced the super-secretive collaboration with Gigi Hadid, the Gigi Boot, with a mini film produced by James Franco, titled #doitright. In the film, Gigi is captured preparing to box, clad in an elegantly edgy ensemble of activewear. Instantly, I knew that the hiker inspired heel needed to become a part of my wardrobe.

They arrived last evening, and I wasted no moment to get them out on the town.

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The boot comes in three colorways, Iron Specchio (featured), Copper Glass, and Croco Calf Leather. Being a lover of cool tones, I was immediately sold on the Iron Specchio. They are insanely comfortable, which is absolute GOLD living here in San Francisco. They may be my most favorite shoes to date!

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The coolest fact about these boots, is the celebration of Stuart Weitzman’s philanthropic partnership with Pencils of Promise, a movement to build three schools: in Ghana, Guatamala, and Laos. My mother is an educator, so it was a cause that truly spoke to me as well. There is nothing more powerful than knowledge, and furthering education is a cause that will always be dear to me.

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Gigi’s wish to make these boots transitional definitely came true! I have paired them with my favorite line of activewear here, Michi, and felt absolutely unstoppable walking the Embarcadero last night. The new Revolver Vest is super transitional, and can be paired with literally anything. I cannot wait to pair it or these boots with an evening ensemble.

I am also loving the new matte lipstick by YSL, and it’s quickly becoming my daily wear. It’s a comfortable wear matte as well, and makes it through the day without peeling or feathering. It comes in every color imaginable, and is well worth the $37 investment!

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Outfit Details

Vest: Revolver Reversible Wrap Vest, Michi

Sweater: Wool Hoodie (OLD), MOUSSY in Gray, similar here

Leggings: Psyloque Legging, Michi in Black

Boots: Gigi Boot, Stuart Weitzman

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, Granite

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, Cool Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent in Fuchsia Fétiche

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund

 

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Fenty x Puma: Urban Gothic Meets Athleisure

I’d been dying to snag a few pieces from Rihanna’s Fenty x PUMA line, as there’s nothing out there in the athleisure space that speaks to me more. Known for her avant-garde and often provocative sense of style, she’s created an athleisure collaboration that is just that: unapologetically fashion forward.

It’s been nearly a year since the collection first hit the catwalks of New York Fashion Week, and a little over a month since the collection hit retailers, and as soon as my haul arrived, I was hooked! Rihanna’s dark, urban gothic style is very similar to my own, so the blend of it with current athleisure trends was a match made in heaven.

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Out of all the items in the current release, I was drawn to the Kimono the most. My other affinity when it comes to personal style tends to be inspired by Japanese trends (hello nail art!), so naturally, it’s bold shape and characters were a total draw. I’m a track jacket junkie, so it’s seamless blend of track and kimono was also a mega sell.

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This jacket goes from the studio right to the street, and can even be paired with a night out ensemble. I wore it to a special event with bumble&Bumble last weekend, and it was a huge hit! Additionally, stay tuned as well for an exciting collab with bumble&Bumble, my favorite wash and wear hair product line! I’ll be sharing my product lineup/how to’s on how my hair stays so perfectly styled with one or less wash a week (these photos are a whole week!).

Also of note is my FAVE T-shirt of all time: the Express One Eleven V-Neck Tunic Tee. It’s also on sale for less than $30, so snag one now! It’s incredibly soft, versatile, and flattering on every body type. I have one in nearly every color, and take a size small.

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Outfit Details

Jacket: Puma x Fenty Kimono Tricot Track Jacket, Puma, in Black/White

Top: One Eleven V Neck Tunic Tee, Express, in White

Bra: Rize Bra, Michi, in Black Python

Shoes: Roush Two, Nike, in Black

Sunglasses: 62Mm Aviator Sunglasses, Rayban, in Black/Blue

Wallet: Monogram Leather Large Flap Continental Wallet, Saint Laurent, in Light Grey

Beauty Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Black Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, Cool Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, in Cruella

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund

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Retreat to Miami

As you can imagine, building a new career and starting a business from the ground up can be a daunting and grueling process. This past year has been one of the most challenging and physically exhausting years of my life, however I wouldn’t change it for the world! I’ve accomplished some pretty stellar goals ahead of schedule, and I can’t wait to start sharing some of them with you soon.

However, that said, it was high time for me to take a moment to reset and unplug.

Last month, my boyfriend and I decided to take a trip away from San Francisco to get away from the daily stresses of our lives in San Francisco. I, in particular, had become increasingly irritable and negative, and needed to hit pause to wrangle myself back on track. After weighing some options, we decided on Miami as a perfect opposite environment in which to do so: summer heat, beautiful beaches, and excellent dining adventures!

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Among the greatest highlights was the view from the hotel. Each evening, the skies got increasingly more clear, and on the last day before dinner, we took a moment to really enjoy it.

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This Herve Leger dress was such a fun pick for our final night’s outing in the budding neighborhood of Wynwood, Miami’s up and coming design district. Known for it’s colorful art/industrial architecture, craft cuisine, and trendy cocktail scene, it fit perfectly. Wearing it was a necessary escape from my usual San Francisco atheisure mixed with sweaters and booties!

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The last day was of course spent soaking up the last bit of sun at the pool at the W. We could think of no better way to end the trip, and leave on a relaxed and happy note! I of course brought my favorite swimsuit, the Mazzy from Agent Provocateur. If you’ve never tried one on, do yourself a favor and do it! It’s iconic and a classic for a reason. Its universally flattering on so many body types, as well as being comfortable and totally chic. Its well worth the investment. This color is sold out currently, see the links below for more options.

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It was such a blessing to get away, and I am incredibly grateful for the chance to pause and spend quality time doing some of the things I love with one of those I absolutely adore.

Key Highlights

  • W Hotel (Miami Beach): This hotel is breathtaking in every way, modern, fun, but not over the top crazy on the entertainment factor. The pool was my second favorite part after the view from the room, as the poolside bar and cabana reservations were next to none on cocktail/food selection and ambiance. The spa was pretty great as well, we took advantage of a morning there the day after our arrival.
  • Dinner at R House (Wynwood): Vibrantly eclectic, this restaurant and lounge offers excellent cocktail infusions, and an integrated art gallery. While dining, we were given the story behind the current artists and some of the stories behind the art work on display. If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience with a touch of funk, this place meets the mark.
  • Drinks at Wood Tavern (Wynwood): Quintessential Wynwood. If you’re looking for a raw and less gentrified place to grab a drink, Wood Tavern is an excellent choice. It’s been around long before the current wave of trendy redesigns in the area, and offers a great selection of cocktails as well as a substantial outdoor space. It reminds me so much of Zeitgeist back in San Francisco. PS: they make a killer Manhattan.
  • Drinks (and sushi…AND PASTRIES YOU GUYS) at Kiji Cuzco / Mercado Negro (Wynwood): If you are looking for super trendy, super industrial, check this place out. They serve up specialty cocktails as well as have a pastry counter around back in their attached bar space. Who doesn’t love pastries and cocktails? I know it’s my personal dream of a match up!

Outfit Details

Dress: Carmela One Shoulder Dress, Herve Leger (via Rent the Runway) similar (option to buy) here

Shoes: Bianca Platform Pump, Christian Louboutin in Black Patent

Bag: Classic Small Double Flap Bag, Chanel in Black Caviar

Swimsuit: Mazzy One Piece, Agent Provocateur in Blue/Pink (SOLD OUT), Bikini version in link

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Black Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick, Fuschia in Excess

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund

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Barry’s: From the Street to the Studio

It’s been an absolute whirlwind start to the year! This blog post is grossly overdue, and I cannot express how excited I am to get back to my regular routine of doing what I love most: blogging.

This year marked the beginning of a full time teaching schedule at Barry’s Bootcamp, coupled with my current career training and writing. That said, I have been on the move, with little time to fit in all my passions. Over the past few months, I have had the chance to pioneer an athleisure styling column with Barry’s on their blog, The Intel.

I have since styled two outfits, one for each collection released this year. You can find out more here!

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My favorite collection and outfit to date is the one I styled this past week: our “Leather & Lace” collection. I am in love with this Split59 tank, and wear it everywhere, including styled into some of my nighttime looks out on the town here in San Francisco. It’s an incredibly transitional piece, especially for being so racy!

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I am also currently obsessed with Allbirds! If you haven’t heard of them, you definitely will shortly! They are taking over the world of fitness and lifestyle wear, and I cannot be more excited by it! The model is 100% wool, making them washable and resilient to odor. They are the perfect blend of fitness function and urban chic athleisure, and have survived multiple Barry’s classes and workouts, and still look pristine. If my shoes (and feet!) can survive a week of powering down the Barry’s tread, they can handle anything.

I was first introduced to them by one of my private training clients, who heads up their marketing, and helped them launch. They are a San Francisco based brand, and are some of the coolest people I’ve met in the industry of fashion/fitness/outdoor enthusiasts. Follow them here on Instagram.

Buyers beware: grab your favorite colorways before they sell out, as colors will not be released again! These gorgeous blue runners are sold out unfortunately, however, there are three other colors currently available on the website.

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Outfit Details

Tank: c/o Splits59 Havana Noir Performance Tank, Barry’s Exclusive

Leggings: c/o Onzie Cut Out Capri, Barry’s Exclusive

Sweatshirt: c/o Barry’s Bootcamp Waffle Pullover (in studios only)

Sunglasses: RayBan Aviators, Orange

Shoes: c/o Allbirds Wool Runners, Blue (colorway SOLD OUT)

Makeup Details

Foundation: Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation, Fawn

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Luminous Flush

Brows: Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, Black Brown

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Black

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick, Fuschia in Excess

Hair: bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry, styled with Sultra Bombshell Wand in 1.5 inch model

 

Photos by Alvin Holden, Barry’s San Francisco Instructor