What’s in my gym bag?

The gym is my sanity. If I didn’t go to the gym I would probably be a total crazy person. Fitting the gym in some days can be a challenge so I have to have my gym bag stocked and ready to go at all times. I’ve compiled a list of my necessities to keep in my bag so if I want to stop at the gym on the way home from work I can.

1 // adidas Weekender Duffel Bag

I love this bag because first its super cute. Second, its very functional. I love how big it is so I can keep my spin shoes, hair stuff, supplements etc. There’s room for it all!

2 // PreWorkout from WM Nutrition

There are so many things about this PreWorkout that I love. It doesn’t make you jittery & can be taken in pixie stick form. I absolutely hate downing a bunch of water before a workout because it makes me feel sick. I’ve tried plenty of other pre workouts that also make you feel like your skin is crawling & this one does not do that at all. 2 things to note about this PreWorkout. 1 – it will melt & turn into goo if you leave it in your car. 2 – I prefer the regular PreWorkout the All-Natural is EXTREMELY SOUR.

3 // BCAA’s from Scivation

If you don’t know what BCAA’s are, they’re amino acids that help your muscles to recover quicker. It also has electrolytes to help replenish after getting your sweat on. These are by far my favorite that I’ve found so far (brand & flavor).

4 // Burt’s Bees Chapstick

This is the one thing in my bag that I cannot live without. If I don’t have moisturized lips I can’t function or focus on my workout because I become consumed with how dry my lips are. I have always been a believer in Burt’s Bees the texture is tacky which I love & it lasts thru a whole training session.

5 // Make-Up Wipes

I have this exact box which includes full sizes for at home & little travel sizes that are perfect for the gym! The last thing I enjoy doing is working out in a full face of make-up. You can also use them to freshen up post workout if you need to run to the grocery store or know you’re going to be delayed in washing the proof of your hard work off.

6 // Headphones

Pretty much a given in any gym bag is headphones. I like my beats, but they are actually an older model so this is the current version that’s out. I’ve had them for year & they have an amazing sound quality. I will say that I love to steal my moms AirPods whenever I get the change though.

7 // Wet Brush

Still obsessed with the Wet Brush. I have to talk myself out of buying a new one every time I see them in Target. They don’t hurt your head & work like a dream.

8 // Batiste Travel Size Dry Shampoo

Always have to have dry shampoo on hand to keep your hair lasting!

9 // Hair Ties

This one is pretty obvious if you have long hair.

10 // Cycling Shoes

I love these spin shoes I got from Pearl iZUMi. If you’re from Utah and you can make it into their outlet store they always have deals going on.

11 // Nike No-Show Socks

After one bad incident of forgetting socks at a post work gym session, I make sure I have an extra pair of these no-show socks.

12 // Redken Travel Size Hairspray

My favorite hairspray again is a given because nothing bothers my more than pieces of hair in my face as I struggle for oxygen.

Xx, Kennah

Top 5 Nudes from MAC

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing all of my favorites from MAC! There’s a special place in my heart for them because when I first started wearing make-up it was the only brand I really knew about so going to the MAC counter was magic. Here are my top 5 go to nude lips I’ve been using for years as well as some bonus favorite products from MAC!

1 // Amplified Lipstick in the color Blankety

2 // Satin Lipstick in the color FleshPot

3 // Matte Lipstick in the color Really Me

4 // Cremesheen Lipstick in the color Creme D’Nude

5 // LIMITED EDITION Cremesheen Lipstick in the color Bosom Friend

Other FAVS from MAC :

6 // Pro Longwear Paint Pot – I use the colors Painterly & Soft Ochre as a base for my shadows.

7 // Strobe Cream – I use color goldlite under my foundation & it makes you skin look so healthy and glowy. Also good for a no make-up make-up look.

8 // Prep + Prime Fix+ – I love the original, makes you so dewy & it is the best smell ever.

Xx, Kennah

Beauty Hacks You Can’t Live Without

1 // When applying your face lotion in the morning and at night don’t forget to bring it down your neck! Fighting age is a constant battle.

2 // Apply facial lotion while your skin is still wet to help it absorb into your skin better.

3 // Warm your lash curler or mascara tube with a hair dryer or under hot before applying to help give you some extra lift & prevent clumping.

4 // If you have lash extensions, wet your lash spoole and brush the top of your lashes to remove any eye shadow fallout.

5 // Clean your beauty sponges by putting them in a cup of water in the microwave for 60 seconds!

6 // You can put spoons in the freezer or use tea bags to help with eye puffiness.

7 // Use a toothbrush and hairspray to keep flyaway hairs in place.

8 // Use dry shampoo at night before your hair is dirty to prevent & absorb the oils before it’s too far gone.

9 // Use bio oil to help acne spots or scars heal quicker.

10 // Apply lotion to your hands, elbows, and feet before a spray tan so they don’t absorb more color than the rest of your body creating an uneven skin tone.

11 // You can make your eyes look bigger by lining the water line with a white liner.

12 // If you accidentally get mascara on your skin, don’t rub it right away & smudge it! Wait for it to dry & get a clean make-up brush to rub and it will flake off.

Xx, Kennah

High Performance Planner

I shared this on my Instagram story & had quite a few people ask me where I got the High Performance Planner for my boyfriend so I decided to share a little post on it.

My favorite podcaster Rachel Hollis shared this when she had Brendon Burchard on her show. Brendon is the one who created this High Performance Planner. It doubles as a planner + a journal.

This book has daily pages with a morning mindset section that helps get you into the right mind set to help your day run smoothly & ensure you have an optimistic way to start the day. The middle section is the planner section for notes, to-dos & appointments. The last section is a journal to review the day with inspired questions & finally scoring your day.

Weekly pages will help you review the week to assess how well you’re doing with your goals & help you identify ways to improve.

Finally there is monthly pages with places to right major projects you’re working on or any upcoming deadlines. There are also prompts along the bottom to help with assessing & setting goals.

Xx, Kennah

Ride or Die Hair Tools You Need

I just recently purchased a new hair drying tool that I’ve been loving so much it inspired me to share it along with my ride-or-die hair tools I’ve been using.

I’m sure you’ve seen posts floating around on this Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer and let me just tell you it as amazing as everyone says. I have very thin & extremely fine hair & I’ve tried everything to help volumize my hair. This hair drying tool does the trick! If you’ve ever wanted to blow out your hair on your own, now you can! I only use it on the low setting because it can get very hot. Every time I use this tool I get compliments on how shiny my hair is. I will note that the cord on this is quite short actually.

Next for curling I’ve been using this NuMe Magic Curling Wand for about 3 years & it is my ride or die. One of the features on this wand is that it turns itself off after its been sitting which I love, no worrying if you did or didn’t shut it off when you’re rushing out the door. It also allows you to control you heat which a lot of wands do not. There is no clamp & I just carefully wrap my hair around the titanium barrel. It does come with a heat-resistant glove, but personally I’ve never used it. My hair has a hard time holding a curl but this wand works every time for me.

Another great curling iron is the s1 beachwaver. You might think it’s strange that I have 2 curling irons on here, but they do very different things. This curling iron has a clamp & gives a more “beach wave” with its ceramic barrel. It does come with a learning curve because you don’t wrap the hair around the barrel yourself you clamp it and press the arrow for which direction you want your curls to go & this iron wraps it around for you. It has a nice little stand built in. With this curling iron you can also control the temperature & it has a self shut off after 30 minutes.

CHI & me are thick as thieves. We go wayyy back & I’ve always had really great luck with their straighteners. A straightener is kind of a straightener but I’ve never had any problems with mine & they’ve lasted for YEARS. It has a nice long cord, you can control the temperature & the newest version has the auto-shut off feature. (Mine doesn’t have this which tells you how long I’ve had it).

I also added my favorite hair products :

When you’re using heat on your hair always make sure to use a heat protector. My favorite is the 44 Iron Guard.

My favorite hair spray is the #28 Control Addict from REDKEN. They have different numbers for the level of hold. Higher the number higher the hold.

I spray my hair after the shower with this it’s a 10 miracle leave-in product it helps detangle your hair & gets rid of frizz better than ANYTHING! I have been using the it’s a 10 miracle leave-in product plus keratin.

I use Esquire’s Shaper to smooth fly aways & through my ends. It smells AMAZING. It’s actually meant for guys hair, but I swear by it. It’s a low shine.

My number 1 shampoo & conditioner duo is this one from ColorProof. Its mint & leaves a nice menthol cooling sensation & is super moisturizing.

One of my favorite shampoo & conditioner is Paul Mitchel’s Tea Tree its also great for moisturizing especially during the winter months.

Another favorite is Joico’s k-pak shampoo & conditioner. The K-pak is my favorite to use after dying my hair or when it’s feeling damaged.

Xx, Kennah

The 5 Love Languages

Do you know what your love language is? No? This post is for YOU! I came across this concept from Gary Chapman a little over a year ago & there is no arguing how true it is. There are 5 love languages & each person has 1 main language in which they receive love. Not everyone is the same & while you might think you’re loving them so hard by spending quality time with them, it may not be translating to your partner or even child. Yes, kids have them too! I’ve listed each language below & a short description of each.

Words of Affirmation – this love language uses words to affirm other people & their feelings. This sounds like “You look beautiful today” or “I really love how funny you are”.

Quality Time – this love language is all about spending time & giving the other person your undivided attention.

Physical Touch – this love language uses physical touch as the strongest way to receive love. Holding hands, back tickles, cuddling etc.

Acts of Service – this love language actions speak louder than words.

Receiving Gifts – this love language gifts are what makes them feel loved.

At this point you still might not know what your love language is, so there is this handy little quiz you can take.

Gary Chapman also has a book called the 5 Love Languages that goes further into detail. It’s great if you want to have successful relationships. If you don’t have time to read, sign up for Audible. It has been so nice to listen to books in the car on the way to & from work or while getting ready in the morning.

Xx, Kennah

V-day Gift Guide under $50 for Her

Happy Valentines day!! If you don’t know what to get the special lady in your life OR if you don’t know what to ask your man for, I got you!

Also wanted to throw in this little quote I found online…

“Do girls still like getting flowers?”

“Yes but we don’t want to tell you we want flowers because then you’re just going to get us flowers because we want them but we want you to get us flowers cause you want to get us flowers, you know?????”

Your girl will thank me later because I promise you she is thinking the same thing. NOW to the gift guide:

The cutest mixed metal dainty rings! Best part is these are under $50 & they’re on AMAZON which means prime shipping & you don’t even need to leave your house.

Got a fashionista on your hands? This rainbow stripe sweater is the perfect transition into spring!

Any beauty lover would die for this GlamGlow Mask + Moisture gift set!

Everyone needs this candle. EVERYONE. The Capri Blue Volcano candle is easily the greatest smell to ever bless the earth & I’m not just being dramatic.

I know I’m not the only girl with a sweet tooth, sugarfina set of 4 candy is fancy & so delicious. Perfect for the occasion & I’m sure she will share with you too!

If you’re want to give a more “homey” feeling gift but maybe you’re not all that crafty, these coupon books are PERFECT.

The self help girl will love this book Big Magic! I just read it & I’m starting it over again! It’s all about letting go of fear.

Make-Up loving Mama will blush over this amazing NARS Blush.

Xx, Kennah

Winter Nightly Skincare Routine

Hi guys! Thanks for coming back to my blog. This week I am tackling a huge problem I am struggling with RIGHT NOW! Dry winter skin! Everyone who lives in Utah knows this same struggle, here are my tips so your face doesn’t feel like its splitting when you smile.

Step one when getting ready for bed at night is to remove all my make-up from the day. I love these bulk packs of Kirkland wipes from Costco, I’ve found a ton of make-up wipes aren’t wet enough to take off all your make-up and then you end up using more than one. These aren’t like that at all.

Step Two is washing your face! I use my Clarisonic cleansing brush along with baby soap because my face is really dry and sensitive right now.

Step Three is this facial spray from Mario Badescu, I use the Rosewater one. If you didn’t know, your skin will absorb your moisturizer better if your skin is wet first!

Step Four of course is moisturizer. My favorite winter moisturizer is The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb from belief. It smells so dang good & works wonders.

Step Five isn’t one I do every night, typically only when I’m really struggling or have a spot that is extra dry. With me it’s usually my chin or nose. Bio Oil is a great option for extra love.

Step Six, we cannot forget about the lips! I’ve shared this before & I’m still in love with this Laneige Lip Mask. I also wanted to note that this thing lasts a long time! You’ll wake up in the morning with a soft plump pout.

3-4 Times a week I use this exfoliating facial wash a few times a week. I swear it makes you feel like a new woman. The citrus scent is so refreshing, it will really wake you up if you use it in the morning!

BONUS : If your hands are really dry use working hands lotion! It’s the same as the healthy feet that I’ve loved.

Xx, Kennah

What’s in my Make-Up Bag : Drugstore Edition

Alright ladies & gentleman (if you’re a guy & you’re reading this just know I love you) it’s FINALLY here! I’ve tested and compiled a list of all my favorite drugstore products. I was honestly surprised after testing these because you really can’t tell that big of a difference between the prestige brands vs drugstore on certain products. I’m here to tell you it can be done!

Maybelline Master Blur Stick Primer

NYX Pore Filler Primer

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation – I had heard so many people talk about this foundation, but I never believed that it could be good at the price point. WRONG. This foundation is now my everyday go to.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer – Seriously this bronzer smells like coconut dreams.

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner – Goes on like butter. Stays like sharpie.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise – My ride or die mascara.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter – I’m obsessed with these drops, a little goes a long ways I always blend with my fingers. This is liquid gold.

NYX Butter Gloss – They have so many awesome colors, but one of my favorites is creme brulee.

Xx, Kennah

Favorite Podcasts

Heavy Checklist – “A podcast touching on an array of topics. featuring Discovery Channels Heavy D from the hit tv show Diesel Brothers. Along with long time friends and guests.”

This podcast covers pretty much everything. Entrepreneurship, family, faith, fitness, philanthropy, growth etc. I love this podcast because it really is a checklist. It is so motivating & at the end of each episode they challenge you to implement a few things each week, all of which I have loved.

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations – “Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. Hear personal Oprah’s selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.”

Nothing more needs to be said about this podcast, it is perfectly described. Listening will leave you feeling radiant with positive energy.

Up & Vanished – (Season 1) “Payne tackles his first cold case story, the long unsolved disappearance of Georgia high school teacher and former pageant queen, Tara Grinstead. The 11-year old case remains the largest case file in Georgia history. Up and vanished aims to tell compelling, true stories and give these cases the exposure they deserve.”

This podcast always leaves me wanting more. I also love that when Payne starts out he isn’t a seasoned professional and he has no problem telling you he’s learning as he goes. This cold case is cracked because Payne brings so much attention to the case. You must listen to this guilty-pleasure.

Rise Podcast – “Rise is a podcast hosted by Mogul CEO Rachel Hollis. A bold conversation with fellow business powerhouses that provides the listener with real-life tangible takaways.”

I love Rachel Hollis in general, if you haven’t read her book Girl, Wash Your Face. Go buy it. RIGHT NOW. Hands down the #1 book I’ve read to date. She is real and honest. She really is tangible to everyday people like you and me trying to chase our dreams. Her & her story are both equally inspiring.

The GaryVee Audio Experience – “On this podcast you’ll find a mix of my #AskGaryVee show episodes, keynote speeches on marketing and business, segments from my DAILYVEE video series, interviews and fireside chats I’ve given, as well as new and current thoughts I record originally for this audio experience!”

This recommendation comes along with a caution that it is not suitable for all audiences. GaryVee is VERY intense, some episodes too intense for me but there are some GEMS hidden inside. Gary is wildly passionate & extremely motivating. If you’re ever stuck in a rut, he will pull you out. Parental guidance advised.

Rise Together – “Hosted by Rachel and Dave Hollis the Rise Together podcast is more than just a conversation about their relationship. Each episode is filled with tangible advice that will get you and your partner to be the best versions of yourselves.”

Again I’m obsessed with Rachel Hollis & I think relationships are SO IMPORTANT. Probably the most important thing. Her and her husband who are pretty dang funny give their best relationship advice.

What are some of your favorite podcasts? Send me a message! I am ALWAYS looking for new ones to listen to.

Xx, Kennah