Current faves: Quarantine week 10, Skin Twin, Apple watch and weekly workouts

Hi, friends! How are you? Thank you for being here to visit the blog today. I hope things are going well in your neck of the woods, all things considered. I feel like better times are ahead for us all. 

Our week (week 10 of quarantine, oh my) has been fine, and we’re looking forward to a three-day weekend for Memorial Day in the U.S., although everything is basically still closed for us here. We’re in for some more family time, home workouts and hopefully some nice weather, and I’m also teaching a virtual barre class.

Now, let’s do the faves …

Current faves

Beauty

Skin Twin foundation is here!

I am so excited about this new product. Beautycounter has a brand new foundation, and it’s absolutely amazing, because it’s a makeup with skincare combined, and it’s nontoxic and super clean. It’s called Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation.

Skin Twin on Ashley - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

I was able to preorder my Skin Twin foundation a couple of weeks ago, and I’m in love with it. I like it better than any other clean foundation I’ve ever used.

It has a natural second-skin coverage, which is breathable. There are 18 shades to choose from, it comes in a sustainable package, and the best part … it has built-in hyaluronic acid, so it improves your skin while providing coverage. 

I am 100 percent certain that I will be wearing this foundation moving forward. By the way, I’ve been putting on makeup every few days even in quarantine, because it makes me feel good. How about you?

Ashley with Skin Twin shades by Beautycounter - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

Here’s what you should know about Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation:

  • All-day lasting wear
  • You can choose from 18 different shades for every skin tone, but it’s easy to choose a shade once you know your color family
  • Provides buildable and breathable coverage, so you can layer on for fuller coverage or do one layer for light to medium coverage
  • Contains hyaluronic acid to plump the skin instantly and reduce the look of fine lines over time
  • Super clean ingredients, never tested on animals, nontoxic and safe for all skin types
  • Comes in a sustainable bottle, which is easier to pump than a tube

If you’ve been using Beautycounter Tint Skin foundation, you can find an exact shade match with Skin Twin. And Skin Twin will eventually replace Tint Skin, as the Tint Skin inventory runs out.

Skin Twin shades by Beautycounter - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

As far as shades: I ordered the Light 210 (was Linen in Tint Skin), Light 230 and Medium 210, and I can actually wear all of them, but I think Light 230 is my best match.

You can shop Skin Twin here.

And please use this tool if you need help figuring out your shade

You can also send me an email, and I’ll help you out.

By the way, if you order from the links above, you’ll be shopping with me. And thank you for your support!

Special Memorial Day free gift with purchase

Right now, through Tuesday, if you spend more than $125 with Beautycounter, you get to choose a free gift of choice, while supplies last (your options are a full-size Countermatch Recovery Eye Cream, Countermatch Adaptive Body Lotion or After Sun Cooling Gel). You can also combine this with the first-time buyer 20 percent off deal that you get by entering your email here. Yay!

Why choose clean foundation?

But really, why should you care about clean makeup?

You should pay attention to the labels on your foundation, because you put it all over your face and it stays on for several hours or even all day. That means the product gets a chance to seep into your bloodstream via the skin, and if the foundation contains harmful chemicals or toxins, you could potentially negatively affect your health and hormones. Other than lipstick, foundation is one of the biggest items you should consider swapping for clean.

But of course, you don’t need to choose clean beauty for absolutely everything, but every little swap in the right direction helps.

I recommend checking the safety of your current foundation on the Environmental Working Group’s Healthy Living app. All you have to do is scan the barcode, and you’ll get a rating on toxicity and allergen content. It can be eye-opening. 

Technology

I finally have an Apple watch

Dave got me an Apple watch for Mother’s Day, and I’m loving it!

For the first few years that the Apple watch was out, I decided I didn’t want to be connected via my wrist and was completely against it. Well, time’s have changed.

When I’m hanging around with Brady a lot and trying not to be on my phone, it’s nice to know that I can be notified if I have a call or text on my wrist.

Not to mention, I am all about the heart-rate and sitting-tracker features that you get with the Apple watch. Basically, your goal is to stand up and move around for a minute once an hour at least for 12 hours during the day, and you even get a reminder if you’ve been sitting for too long. This is a challenge we all need.

New Apple watch - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

(My new 40mm Apple watch with the pink sand sport band.)

I’ve been using the activity tracker as well and invited a few of my friends to share their activities with me, which has been cool. I used to be a slave to the 10,000 steps-a-day rule when I wore a Fitbit years ago, but I’m not doing that any longer. Instead, I’m mindfully making sure I have regular movement throughout the day, and the watch is supporting that, in addition to being pink and cute.

A few other features? The walkie talkie (Dave and I use it when we’re in different rooms, because he has an Apple watch too), being able to control your iPhone and check the weather.

I’m just scratching the surface with the functionality, but so far I’m really enjoying it. Who knew?

Fashion 

Wearing new stuff

Okay, this is a totally random favorite. But does anyone else buy new things and then wait to wear them for something special? Yes, me too. 

Because I was supposed to go on two weekend getaways during the quarantine that were cancelled, I had already accumulated some new clothing, shoes and jewelry that I planned to debut. Well, old Ashley would never touch those items and keep the tags on them — saving them.

However, I realized that I would be waiting a very long time. So little by little, I’ve pulled out some new tops and jewelry and put them on during the weekend just because. It feels nice.

Here’s a new top and earrings in play from Saturday …

Getting dressed in Work Hard shirt - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

(This top and these earrings and of course, this red lipstick.)

In fact, I’m not the only one who thinks this feels good. I recently listened to a podcast all about happiness, and one of the big tips was to use your good stuff and your new stuff for no reason at all, just to spark joy. After trying this out, I wholeheartedly agree.

Workouts

Weekly workout recap

Here’s how I was moving last week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 30-minute Les Mills GRIT Strength, practiced POP Pilates for 20 minutes, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught 45-minute barre virtually, 12 p.m., 20-minute cycle, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 30-minute strength workout, practiced POP Pilates for 20 minutes, 9 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 45-minute POP Pilates virtually, 12 p.m., 45-minute weights circuit, 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 30-minute cycle, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday: Taught 45-minute barre virtually, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday: 20-minute yoga session, 10 a.m.

This week was a great week of workouts, because I picked up weights three times, taught three virtual classes, did some cycling (which I can’t believe I’m enjoying so much) and had a light day of recovery. I have to admit, I’m pleased with my workouts right now even without the gym. I had some extra POP Pilates practice sessions in there because I debuted a new “release,” but otherwise, I kept to short workouts.

And after every big strength workout I completed, I grabbed a protein shake using Organifi complete plant-based chocolate protein and water — ice cold.

(Use the code ALADYGOESWEST for 15 percent off your order on the Organifi site if you want to try this protein powder, because it is literally one of the best tasting on the market.)

Ashley with Organifi shake - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

Best reads

A few things from around the web …

  • Free virtual classes. There are some amazing free classes on social media from athletes, dancers and more right now, which could totally be fun. Here’s a round-up list of who and what. If you try any, let me know.
  • Home ergonomics. It’s really important to set your computer and work station up so you don’t strain your neck. Check out these simple tips for working from home safely.
  • Princess Diana documentary. I watched “Diana: In Her Own Words” last weekend, and it was super sad, but it’s an interesting look at the tough life lived by Princess Diana, told from actual recordings she actually did with a friend. It’s free on Netflix and was definitely not very complimentary of the Royal Family at that time. I may have cried at the end. Who wouldn’t?

And here’s the quote of the week from the Calm app, which I use to do my daily morning meditations

Perfection quote via CALM and Brene Brown - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

A Lady Goes West favorite archives …

Five positive changes I've made during quarantine by A Lady Goes West

Review of POP Pilates workout and class by A Lady Goes West

That’ll do it for today Thank you for being here, my friends. I’ll see you on Instagram! Take care! xoxo

Questions of the day

How was your week?

How have your workouts been going lately?

Do you wear any wearable trackers or smart watches?

How long do you wait to debut new things?

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5 Comments

  1. Hello ashley! I love your blog! I’ve been following you since quarantine started. I look forward to seeing your latest and your go-tos! I’ve fallen in love w les Mills and now am practicing w Tracey Anderson. Have you reviewed her workouts?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Sara! Thanks so much for reading! I love that you’ve been doing Les Mills. What’s your favorite Les Mills program so far? And I’ve actually never tried a Tracey Anderson workout. What do you think of them?? Happy Friday! 🙂 xoxo

      1. I LOVE them! They are hard and awesome. I’ve seen immediate results. I’m loving the body combat! 🙂 My favorite. Thanks for all the love you share. It’s palpable. Have a wonderful weekend.

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