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For some women, lipstick is the only makeup requirement necessary. Need a little boost to your attitude? Throw on your favorite shade, and you’re instantly in a better mood!
The hard part? Finding the perfect tint for you. Luckily, in honor of #NationalLipstickDay, we’ve put together a list of the MINDBODY San Diego office’s favorite hues, styles, and brands!
“It’s hard for me to find a product that doesn't dry my lips out, especially a matte red lip color. I love how moisturizing the Bare Minerals lipstick is, and the color looks amazing on all skin tones. It's the perfect red for day to night!"
- Lauren Thalman, Product Manager
“I’ve been a loyal “Brownie” by Bobbi Brown fan for over 8+ years now (and have gone through way too many to count!). It’s the perfect pinky/brown shade that adapts to your natural lip color. A semi-matte finish combined with enriching, hydrating vitamins C and E, it keeps your lips nourished all day long!”
- Devin Dilday, Marketing Communications Specialist
Color: Shining Moment
“This shade of pink is the perfect pop of color—any time of the year. I love the high-shine, lightweight formula. It glides on seamlessly, almost like a gloss. It keeps my lips moisturized and nourished with the perfect amount of subtle color, so it’s great for work, happy hour, or running errands.”
- Brittany Raine, Team Lead, Marketing Content
Color: Bold, Juicy Coral
“It’s one of my faves and all-time best selling lip treatment for a reason. The entire Sugar Coral lip collection includes SPF 15 that moisturizes, protects, and smoothes your lips with a little bit of color. It’s the practical and stylish, so you can feel good during the day and spice things up at night. Can’t get enough of it!”
- Keana Noons, Marketing Manager
Color: Pure Zen
“You can always find Pure Zen in my purse! I love the semi-glossy finish and comforting feel. It also provides long-term hydration, as well as an instant shine. It’s the perfect pick-me-up throughout the day and into the night!”
- Mariah McFarland, Manager, Product Management
“My favorite lip product at the moment is Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom! During the summer I like to keep my lips protected from the dry heat in San Diego. I love the light rose scent, and even though it’s not technically a lipstick, it has a hint of pink which is great to wear any time of day!”
- Hanna Hutchison, Consumer Marketing Services Associate
Color: Purple Aura
“I got Revlon® Super Lustrous™ Lipstick as a sample from BeautyCon and immediately bought it after. It’s great for days you don’t want to wear makeup but want to add a little bit of glam in your life. If you want to make a statement with bold lip color and don’t know where to start, this one's for you!”
- Yuki Daniel, Executive Assistant
“My skin is too sensitive for most makeup, so I use Burt's Bees' Beeswax Lip Balm to keep my lips hydrated. I love that it's natural and has Peppermint Oil in it for a nice little tingle. I keep one in my car and one in my bag for whenever I need to reapply!”
- Erica Arvanitis, Copywriter
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you.
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