Battle of the Mascaras – I Need YOUR Help!

Hi beautiful readers!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and I think now is the perfect time to try my experiment since I am prepping for a big dance concert. I am going to have a mascara battle royale – or a mascara battle – to see which drug store waterproof mascara is the best mascara to wear to rehearsal and the gym!

I am always looking for a good mascara to wear when I workout because I don’t wear a lot of makeup when I am training, and mascara is usually the only beauty product I apply before a good sweat. A few weeks ago on my Facebook page I asked my followers what mascara they believed was the best mascara to workout in! I only received a few comments – one of which mentioned the Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof formula. I myself am partial to the L’Oreal Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara.

Nonetheless, I need you all to comment your favorite drugstore mascara you like to wear to the gym or to rehearsal – anywhere you sweat a lot – so I can choose which mascaras are going to battle! There will be a few criteria I will base my judgements on!

  1. Application/Formula – How does the mascara apply? How mant coats do I need to get my desired length/volume/etc.? How does it smell? Is the formula wet, dry, clumpy, smooth, etc.?
  2. Wearability – How does the mascara hold up through my workout? Does it smear or smudge? Flakes? Does it drip into my eyes and burn them while I sweat?
  3. Removal – How easily does the formula remove with vaseline? Is it gentle on my lashes when removing? Is there residue left behind on my lashes at the base or tip?

Using these three criteria as my grading rubric, I will choose between 3-5 different mascaras to test out! This not only will give me the chance to wear them during different dance and fitness classes, but it will also encourage me to get my ass in the gym more often to test the different formulas!

Please feel free to leave comments below! I really want to know your favorites!

Thank you for all of your help in advance!


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Post-Rehearsal Hike – Stairway to Heaven Trail

Today after company class and rehearsal, I took a hike up to heaven 💓 By that I mean I took the Stairway to Heaven Trail (a part of the Appalachian Trail) up to “the view”, which overlooks a valley and the Appalachian mountain range. And seriously guys – it was heaven!! The sky was pure blue, and the smell of the fresh pine and earthiness of the forest was invigorating! The breeze at the top of the mountain was incredible also, and dried all of the sweat I perspired during my trek up there. Even more amazing were the hawks that flew so close – you could see the definitions between their feathers!


The warm sun toasted my skin and gave me happy, grounding vibes. Sometimes hiking by yourself helps you find your center more than ballet class 🙏 I rehearse out of NY state, and I pass this trail every week on my way to rehearsal. Switching up my workout routine by taking this hike instead of going to the gym was a fun change to challenge my body in a new way. It was my second time climbing this trail (I climbed it last year), and it was even more exhilarating this time around. God bless this beautiful country! 💓

What are your favorite trails to climb in your state/around the county? Do you like to hike for a workout, and have you ever hiked alone before? Let me know!


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My Top Ways to Stay in Shape For Summer

Good evening Leaps readers!

I hope you are all having as splendid a day as I’m having! Tonight I want to discuss all of my favorite ways to exercise. Summer is just around the corner, and although my swimsuits are high-waisted, I’m still hanging on to my New Year’s fitness goals (well, somewhat). I’ve been eating healthier and losing a little bit of weight, and so once summer hits, I want to create more muscle tone than I currently have. I will be reactivating my gym membership (since I can’t afford it while I am in school), and will continue eating as healthy as I can. Here are my top four ways I exercise during the summer time!

1. Traditional Gym Workout


I decided to start with this one because this is the most common for me in the summer. I will go to the gym and start with either a run on the treadmill, stairmaster climb, or elliptical session for 25 minutes. Then I dry my face off, wash my hands, and do either an arm circuit with free weights, a glute/body weight circuit, or do legs on the machines. I finish every workout with 10 minutes of abs and 20+ minutes of stretching! I switch which muscles/muscle groups I target every gym session so I’m toning and firming all parts of my body.

2. Yoga


With my gym membership comes unlimited fitness classes, so I try to make it to 2-3 yoga classes a week. I LOVE yoga. Not only is it a workout, but it’s good for centering and focusing one’s mind and thoughts. Furthermore, you are toning and creating long LEAN muscles. And nothing beats shavasana (“corpse pose”) at the end of class when you can lay there and meditate. Sometimes the instructors will even come around and massage your temples or shoulders while you meditate. Taking a yoga class is a win-win!

3. Barre Fitness


Another fitness class my gym offers, this class combines Pilates, yoga, and ballet techniques to create an integrated workout that also creates lean and long muscles and muscular definition. Unfortunately, the barre teacher at my gym is not the best, and I don’t really like the instructor, but it’s a good alternative to not being able to make it to a dance class (dance is expensive especially over the summer and I am on a tight budget!). If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, but don’t want to go to an open adult ballet class (that might be intimidating for people who have never danced before), barre fitness is a great way to combine basic ballet positions and movements into a full-body workout.

4. Hikes


I love hiking! There is something about being out in nature that is peaceful and fun! This summer, I want to go on more hikes since I wasn’t able to go as frequently last summer. Hikes help you explore new places while also exercising your whole body! Plus, you get to take in nature’s beauty and some amazing scenery!

Those are my top 4 ways I workout and will continue my fitness journey this summer!

Have you ever tried yoga or barre fitness? What’s your favorite way to workout? Post your favorite workouts in the comments so I can try something new this summer!

Have a great night!