Hey guys! So hopefully you've been watching my fitness videos and are up to date, if not, you can watch them here! Today, I wanted to talk about what's in my gym bag and talk you through the beauty products I grab before heading to the gym. Personally, I hate going to the gym with a full face of make up as I feel like it sweats into my pores so on good skin days, I'm all about no make up, particularly if I'm in a spin class! However, somedays, I do wear make up to the gym so I'm going to talk you through my top make up products to wear to the gym and also give you a little look inside my gym bag. I go to David Lloyd which is an epic gym, I'd say it's more of a leisure centre than gym, with a country club feel so I always ram my gym bag full and get ready there after too. It's the perfect post-work out pamper and these products certainly help!
I personally try to go to the gym on a morning before I'm ready for my day, that way, I can shower at David Lloyd (the showers are great) and get on with my day from there. Somedays, I just roll out of bed, jump straight into my gym kit and work out, but other days (we all have 'bad face days') I just have to wear a little bit of something.
Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy - When I am wearing make up, I make sure I wear more natural brands because I feel like they wont go into my pores as much/make me break out, this is why I find Bare Minerals brilliant. Their Blemish Remedy range actually works with the skin so I feel less guilty applying this all over my face, particularly their Blemish Ready concealer.
femfresh Wipes - Feminine hygiene is something that really shouldn't be a taboo, because I do a lot of travel and a lot of exercise I am often running around and feeling very sweaty. Too much info?! But seriously, tight leggings at the gym in a hot spin room really doesn't do good things for my body which is why I use femfresh, I've talked about my love for this brand before, their wash has long been in my shower but for the gym, I take their beautiful little packs - they just look like face wipes too. I usually always put these in my handbag too so that when I've got crazy long days of meetings, I feel comfortable and confident knowing that everything is fresh. They're like body face wipes. There's nothing to be embarrassed about anyway, they work with your pH levels to ensure you're fresh and clean which is so essential after a hot and sweaty gym work out! femfresh are the best when it comes to knowing skin care, and their new packaging is just my fave!
Clarins BB Cream Skin Detox Fix - Clarins is another one of my favourite brands for kind to skin products. I find their BB creams are light, kind to the skin but give buildable coverage. I try to wear things that don't 'cake' on my face when in the gym, so opt for BB creams with skin loving benefits or tinted moisturisers, that way, if I'm having a bad skin day, I'm not bearing it all but equally, I'm not going to sweat too much nastiness into my pores.
Elizabeth Arden City Smart - This is pretty much the next stage of your skincare after your moisturiser and gosh it's pretty brilliant. I use this as a primer but actually, it's more of a protective filter for the skin. It comes out skin coloured but it's super light as it is made for protecting the skin from pollution, something I really need when I'm rushing around all the day. This is probably a good one to wear if you're going out for runs in the city.
femfresh Daily Body Wash - I have a huge Victoria's Secret bag which I take to the gym (I really need to find myself a nice newer gym bag though!) and I make sure it always has shower gel, a good shampoo and conditioner in, my femfresh wipes and then this little cutie, something I've only just discovered in this packaging and size, the femfresh daily body wash. The best thing about this body wash is that it can be used all over the body, after all, our lady area is just skin after all. I was told by my Mum years ago never to wash ‘down there’ with shower gel as it can be really bad for you, that’s why I stick to femfresh because it maintains a balance in pH levels and cares for your body as a whole rather than irritating the skin. This is ideal for travel and for taking to the gym, it's always in my gym bag.
Caudalie Eau De Grape - You guys know by now just how much I love my Caudalie exilir, a serious hydrating handbag essential, but this tends to be in my gym bag to cool me down after working out. It hydrates your skin and cools it with grape water, I always feel like my skin needs soothing after a hard spin class so this is perfect.
Lips - I don't feel complete without something on my lips so always put a dab of Clarins Lip Perfector - it has a hint of colour but it gives you the most incredible natural glossy finish, an EOS lip balm - this makes my lips super smooth or an Espa lip oil - this sinks into my lips so they look hydrated when I walk into the gym and they feel great throughout my workout. You also cannot beat Nuxe, Reve De Miel - forever my favourite for natural, soft, hydrated lips.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser - Another great 'kinder' to skin product. I can quickly put this on my face when I'm in a rush before the gym and know that I've got a light flawless base but it isn't too heavy for me.
Deodorant - I switch between Sure anti-bacterial which you may remember me writing about, purely because I cannot stand the thought of bacteria building up on my body so I like the idea that this fights it off! As well as this, I've started using femfresh deodorant and PROTECT deodorant which is actually designed by Birchbox.
Sony h.ear Headphones - Last but not least, headphones! It was really scary for me to move away from the standard white iPhone headphones in the gym because these are WAY too pretty to sweat in, however, their wireless nature makes them incredible and I love how comfortable they are. They adjust so nicely and are honestly the perfect gym headphones, the sound is amazing and they block everything else out so you can really get lost in your workout!
You can find out all about my workouts here!
What do you take to the gym with you? Do you like the sound of any of these products? Do you wear make up when working out?
*I worked with femfresh on this but as always it's 100% my honest opinion!
Lots of love, Em x
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