Reviews

GIMME Beauty Hair Ties – I Try Before You Buy

By on August 7, 2019

I am a sucker for a good Instagram ad, but I also love finding a good product that actually does what it is supposed to do. Today I am going to review GIMME Beauty’s GIMME Bands. I purchased the starter kit, but I will mainly focus on their headline product: the GIMME Bands.  

What I purchased:

GIMME Bands – Starter Kit: $12 on their website usually $20 GIMME Bands themselves cost $12 for a pack of 6.

Claims:

Strongest Hold – all day long

Retains elasticity for 6 months+ with daily use

No Slipping

No Snagging – Easy to remove

Secure yet gentle

Won’t Stretch Out

The Crease Test:

Now I do not expect a lot out of most hair ties because when your hair is held a certain way for hours, it’s going to want to stay that way when you take it out.

Even though my hair does look gross because I was working out when testing the product, I was surprised at the results. The crease was a little less noticeable with the GIMME Bands, than just a standard hair tie. It also kept my hair voluminous.

I agree with the claims that it does not slip or snag. I am the queen of having a hair tie halfway down on my hair. So, it is nice to have something actually secure. These hair ties are easy to remove and do not snag my hair.

Most importantly, GIMME Bands do not hurt my head even with a tight high up ponytail!

I gave the band to one of my friends who has extremely thin hair. She wore it to bed and has a positive review for it as well.

I used to be a huge fan of the ribbon hair ties that were included in the starter kit, but new ribbon ties are not my favorite. They have to get to a certain level of stretch before I get comfortable. The scrunchie is such a pretty color and a nice texture. It has the same results as the regular bands.  

I will not be going back to normal hair ties anytime soon that is for sure. I would call this a Clickbait yes approved product!

What is your favorite hair tie? Let me know in the comments below!

*Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of anyone or anything else.  

Continue Reading

Reviews | Softball | Uncategorized

InnerPro Sports App Review

By on July 31, 2019

Conveniently, on my way to Israel to play softball, I was given the chance to test out an app called InnerPro Sports. It is a player development program that focuses more than just physical ability. 

This app provides tailored workouts for positions, nutrition, mental game training, and personal self-reflection. 

I tested out the app while I was playing in Europe this summer. Typically, the program runs for $34.95 a month and has a free 14 day trial. 

These are the results: 

Training: 

This app provides legitimate training workouts are extremely tailored. Not only to which position you play, but takes into account soreness, if you have recently played or have a game coming up, and what kind of equipment is accessible to the user. 

I really like how customized the workouts are, especially if you do not have access to equipment. There is always a video of someone showing how to do the exercises. It reminds me of a workout DVD which is fantastic.

There has certainly been a lot of thought and research put into these workouts. 

The workouts were great because of how specific they are, but the only downfall is that when it comes to dumbbells it does not tell you how heavy to lift. At UofA, we used a program called BridgeTracker which automatically put how much to lift (with adjustments if necessary) and it would track all of the weight over the years.   

Mental Game:

I personally believe that the mental game is so important. Just because someone has the skill, does not mean that they have what it takes between the ears. It will make or break you. 

Personal Evaluation Training: 

L1: Understanding where you are now and where you want to go.

L2: Creating the best version of yourself. 

L3: Performance. Gaining consistent access to your skills. 

The video quality is excellent. The graphics are wonderful and the speaker, Eric is great. I watched all of the videos and I have learned a lot. I am on my way out as a competitive athlete, but all of this information can be applied to the real world. 

Nutrition: 

The app provides a good breakdown about what you should be putting in your body to hit your target to lean, maintain, or gain weight. It also makes it easy to understand macros and how much you should be consuming (which has always been confusing to me). 

The only downfall is that you would have to write down elsewhere (either by hand or another app) what foods you are consuming and how it fits in with your goals. 

Create Your Game (Morning and Evening Routine): 

Every day, this is where the user would look to where their destination is. They can put photos of what success looks like and read/expand upon what their own personal “Athlete Belief System” is.  In the morning, the user writes down what their targets of the day are and, in the evening, they can grade their progress. 

This is really good for people who really want to envision success the same way every day or for those who need reminders of why they do what they do. 

It creates a routine for an athlete, so they are not just going through their day without purpose. 

Generate State: 

I love this part of the app. This is where you can compile all the good things you have done and have it in one place. There is certainly something to be said about seeing all of your highlights and how it makes you feel. It is all about mindset and seeing yourself play your sport well makes it reality. If you can do it once, you can do it again.

Conclusion: 

For the holistic view of an athlete, I find this program fantastic for all athletes regardless of level.

Two Key Points:

  • The Personal Evaluation Training is by far going to be extremely useful for high school/college aged athletes. It should be assigned by coaches as homework and discussed. 
    • As I enter into the real world, I can take what I learned and tailor it to the job sector. 
  • The training workout will be best for young athletes, athletes who are on break from school who want a variation in their training, and older athletes past college who may not have access to trainers. 

For me, the price point ($34.95 per month for an individual) is worth it if you don’t have access to trainers or the app is used consistently for physical and mental training regiments. 

If you want to check out more see www.innerpro.com to sign up for your free 14-day trial. InnerPro also has team packages available where the coaches can view how their athletes are training anytime, anywhere. This pricing comes directly from the company www.innerpro.com/affilates.

*Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of anyone or anything else.

Continue Reading

Softball

European Championships 2019: Israel Softball

By on July 24, 2019

Now that I am back from Europe, I was finally able to recollect all my thoughts from the European Softball Championships! We got 9th place and went 7-2 at the tournament. That does, however, end our Olympic quest.

This tournament format is much different than I am typically used to. It starts out with pool play where it is a round robin with 5 teams. Based on how you do in the pool, then you get sorted into a separate pool for a more tournament style. There was three of these pools. The top pool was where eight teams would fight to be top six in order to qualify for the European/Africa Olympic qualifier. We were in the middle pool and fought for country pride and to earn the highest ranking possible.

It was such a great experience to be able to play teams from all over Europe and Russia. Everyone speaks different languages and they all come from different experiences and levels of softball. It’s fascinating to see all the different customs that these teams have and how they interact with the game.

Israel Softball definitely surprised a lot of people and I can’t wait to continue what will be the future legacy of this team.

What is something that you’ve been trying to achieve lately? Let me know in the comments below.

Continue Reading

Health

Summer Sunburn Misery

By on July 17, 2019

*This is a fun repost from a few years ago. I am still in Israel and you will hear more about that soon! 🙂 

I’m really white. Not the Starbucks frappuccino, Ugg Boots, and leggings type of white, but my skin is so pale that when I go outside I’m being cooked like a pizza. I have always had my run ins with the sun, but let me tell you about the summer from a few years ago.

I feel like I should have known better about protecting myself since skin cancer runs in my family and I have had some lesions cut out for prevention, but you live and learn.

Then this happened when I was working softball working camp:

The sun double burned me on the neck and legs. I wore long socks with shorts, but the sun still got me in the space between. Now, I have a sliver of a tan in the crack of my knee on my left leg where I got burned the worst.

Now after all of this you would think that I would just never go out in the sun with my skin uncovered ever again? Right? Wrong.

Now I’ve really learned my lesson. It’s a real hassle sometimes to put on multiple layers, but that’s something that I have to do to keep from turning red in .2 seconds of being outside.

Now you tell me, ” T this is why you should get a base tan.” and to that I tell you “NO!”. I already have my permanent hand tan and I’d just rather not take the time to damage the rest of my skin cell DNA.

My body reacts a certain way to the sun for a reason and when I’m sun safe, I’m happy.

Because I totally *much sarcasm* go swimming so much I bought this long sleeve swimsuit and swim pants from the internet. The top is from somewhere in China that I got off Amazon and the bottoms (which look like leggings, but I promise they are made for swimming) are from a modesty swim suit website.

This outfit was THE GREATEST THING EVER when I went swimming at my friend’s birthday party.  I didn’t have to worry about the sun and I had fun at the pool. How great is that?

Even though I felt like I looked like a total mom in it, I could not be any happier being outside.

Circumstances are different for everybody, but it is important to become comfortable in your own skin and ignore everyone’s crap. You have to be able make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy.

It definitely took a lot of time to get comfortable wearing pants and long sleeve shirts all the time around other people growing up. Not because I was physically uncomfortable, but because people would always say: “Aren’t you hot?” or “You’re so pale, you should get some sun.”

Now if I just tell someone who asks why I do what I do they are like “Oh, that makes sense”.

Strange thing that in the 115 degree Arizona heat I promise having my full body covered doesn’t make my body temperature any hotter than yours. It sometimes even has a cooling effect.

Moral is to get comfortable with yourself and always reapply sunscreen after 1.5 hours.

What is your worst sunburn story? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

T

This is a repost from a few years ago! 

Continue Reading

Health

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse Fail

By on July 3, 2019

My college best friend, Michelle, and I decided that we were going to do the Dr. OZ 3 Day Detox Cleanse because it’s the beginning of summer and why not?

Little did I know that I would make people’s day on Snapchat with how much I got my life together with this cleanse.

How much did I get my life together you ask?

Not at all.

And I’m about to give you this experience as real as Kim K’s ring.

So let’s begin with the price: Reading other blogs and reviews, I thought the price tag on this 3-day ordeal was going to be close to $100. Surprisingly, it cost me $63 for three days. I did, however, skip out on the Epsom salt and tea mostly because T does not like the taste of tea and I already had Epsom salt. I was pretty pumped because I read about people having good results from this cleanse.

Day 1: 

The first drink was not too bad, it was warm when I juiced/blended it so I put it in the fridge for a bit to make it colder. It was drinkable.

Then came the demise of the detox:

Even though I was pretty traumatized by that event, I drank whatever was left of the celery-cucumber lunch concoction and then made the dinner juice for later.

I’m not going to lie the breakfast and dinner juices were not too bad, but the lunch one was just not good at all.

I don’t know why the lunch recipe calls for so much celery and cucumber, but it fills an entire quart Ziplock baggie and trying to get all the ingredients inside my tiny blender seemed impossible.

Day 2/3: 

So I did not give up, I just opted to eat food with my juice drinks… I was making sure that my calorie intake would be enough in order to do physical activity… so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The juices tasted better during the 2nd and 3rd day because I think I knew what to expect this time around.

I also wound up going to In-n-out late after WCS on Friday night, but hey I got a lettuce wrapped patty. Which was actually really good and totally worth it.

I’m keeping track of what I consume on MyFitnessPal, so I’m still keeping to my goals, but this juice thing was a nightmare. Especially if you’re an on the go person, who is not always home for meals (aka staying over at a friend’s house).

As a side note, on day 2 I did feel less bloated.

I also clearly don’t know how to work a blender. Live and learn, but at least nothing is broken so some success right? 

Juice is not my answer for trying to start my forever journey for eating better, which will begin once I stop eating chocolate chips directly from the bag.

What is your favorite detox? Let me know in the comments below since I am clearly in need of a new one.

xoxo

T

Continue Reading

Softball | Travel

Israel Softball: Touring Israel Experience

By on June 26, 2019

This summer, I have been given the unique opportunity play for the Israeli National Softball team. As I write this, we are preparing for the European Championships. Last week, we were able to travel all across Israel. These were some highlights:

Masada: 

An ancient fortress, hike, and educational spot. Masada has an interesting history to where some people may feel an unknown juju while they are at the top of the plateau.  

Yad Vashem: 

This is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. It was an informative experience. We only had about 1.5 hours in there because they close at 5pm, but one could spend days in there. This was my second time at Yad Vashem and fourth holocaust museum experience; this museum has so many stories to tell and if you are ever in Israel, I recommend that you go. 

Western Wall (Kotel):

This is a holy site where people come from all over the world to pray. I was able to do this with my teammates and it was incredibly special. 

We also took tours of the underground tunnels at the Kotel. It is remarkable how they were able to excavate this site and how they are continuing to do so. 

Tel Aviv: HaCarmel Market Shook

HaCarmel market is one of my favorite markets. Here, you can purchase tchotchkes for your family at home. These stores will likely rip you off if you do not haggle, so do not take the first price they give you.

At the Shook there is also extremely cheap street food for 10 sheckles or less (less than $3).

Just beware, personal space does not really exist here. 

Rosh Hanikra

This is not only the border between Israel and Lebanon, but it is also home to beautiful caves with spectacular views.

Bahá’í Gardens 

This terrace garden is a magnificent site in the middle of the city of Haifa. This holy site belongs to those of the Bahá’í faith. It is a whole lot of green surrounded by city and desert. 

We arrived too late to walk up the terrace, but I still managed to get a picture of this beautiful garden from the gate. 

Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake in the northern part of Israel just near the Golan Heights. This lake has a lot of historical and religious significance and many people come to see and go in the Sea.  

Dead Sea

This is the lowest point in the world and you actually float in the water! The saltwater does burn, so do not shave right before you go. If you have any unknown papercuts or wounds, you will find out where they are when you go in. 

Unless you go to a spa, you will have to purchase Dead Sea mud from the stores nearby. 

That was my touring adventures in Israel! We head out soon to the Czech Republic for the European Championships! I can’t wait!

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, where is your favorite tourist spot?

Continue Reading

Makeup

Eyeshadow Face Off: Tarte v. Urban Decay

By on June 19, 2019

This is a battle between the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol. III Versus Urban Decay OG Palette

After receiving my Boxycharm last month, I realized that Tarte Rainforest of the Sea looked exactly like my Urban Decay palette.

The Urban Decay palette I am referring to is now discontinued, as I bought it half off at Ulta and saw multitudes of them at Nordstrom’s Rack. However, I still wanted to show the difference because Urban Decay does have really similar colors in their other palettes.

When I first saw the Urban Decay palette on sale, I nearly had a cow. It was my first “brand name” makeup purchase. I wanted to love it so much!

However, the real test for eyeshadow is making it through a softball game without half falling off.

Pros:

Urban Decay (1, aka dead palette)- Comes with a Brush, Comes with mirror. Neutral colors, shimmers, and darks. There is a good variety of colors, but I usually stick with one or two color themes and the palette offers about four.   

            Would stay on, but just enough to know it was there at some point. Color on the lid was pretty much non-existent. 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: All colors have at least a bit of shimmer, Comes with mirror, Simple variety of light neutral colors. You can see the light colors.

          I happened to wear this palette the game that I got hit in the face with a ball and a black eye resulted following the swelling. This eyeshadow stayed on that’s for sure. The next day I was still trying to carefully get all of the shimmer off of my eye.

Cons:

Urban Decay: Doesn’t stay on eyes for long time, no black color included (but there’s a dark blue), light colors don’t show up as well.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea: No brush. Palette fits a specific tone.

I feel like I became biased the second that I was able to try out the Tarte palette. I feel like there’s just not a comparison with a palette for every-day use. I realized that I like shimmer, and not everyone likes having the shimmer at all times of the day.

If you like the matte base color where you can then add the subtle shimmer, then Urban Decay is perfect for you.

For me, personally, I’m all about the glitter and shiny part of the eyeshadow and this Tarte palette fits that need.

What is your favorite brand of eyeshadow? Let me know in the comments below!

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Nike Internship Experience

By on June 12, 2019

In the summer of 2018, I traveled to Beaverton, Oregon to intern at the Nike Headquarters for ten weeks. It was an incredible experience. If you are seriously considering working in the retail corporate structure, I recommend that you apply for this internship. You will really get the feel if you want to pursue a similar job post college.  

This video explains how the process was to get the job and some tips and tricks for working there.

Have you worked any cool internships? Let me know in the comments below!!

Continue Reading

Softball

Women’s College World Series Experience: As A Player

By on June 5, 2019

This year was the first time in 9 years that Arizona Softball has been able to go to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS). The WCWS is where the top 8 teams in the country go head to head for a national championship. This is after a grueling regional of 4 teams where we played Harvard and then Auburn twice. I had a pinch-hit opportunity in the regional against Auburn where I hit a single up the middle that scored our only two runs. Pinch hitting is definitely a mindset, and I am glad that I was able to come through in that situation. The super-regional, that next weekend, was against Ole Miss, where we won two games to clinch a ticket to the WCWS in Oklahoma City. 

            The Monday after super-regionals we had practice and we left on Tuesday morning. No journey is without some road blocks; we got to school at 5:30 am to find out that a bird flew into the engine of our plane. We had to wait until 1pm to get a new plane. The flight was bumpy with lots of clouds and tornado warnings, but we got there and were ready to roll!! Unfortunately, we missed our practice slot, so our first stop was the NCAA Banquet that involved food and mingling with former teammates from other teams. I even got a picture with the Championship trophy! At this banquet, the NCAA welcomed us to the WCWS and gave out a few awards for national players of the year. Soon after, we went to the hotel to go to bed. 

            Wednesday morning, it clear that it had rained the night before and would continue to be gloomy for the rest of the day. Practice at the USA Softball Hall of Fame complex was cancelled, so we went to an indoor facility to practice instead. After practice, we rested, and then were treated to gifts from our equipment lady, Emily, aka Santa! It was a Nike swag bag filled with a bunch of goodies. We also received this cute wristlet from Rawlings.

         

   Thursday morning was game day! We warmed up on one of the fields behind the stadium field. Our bat bags were carried by volunteers around the ball park. That’s how you know you made it big time. It was a little strange though not carrying our own stuff. The locker room at the stadium field had name plates with our names on it and a gift from Degree. It was deodorant. Are they trying to tell us something? I am not mad though. 

            The field is a different experience. It feels like you are playing at a high-level minor league ball park. The stands are packed, it smells like ballpark food, and camera people are everywhere; by everywhere I mean mostly in the way. This stadium doesn’t feel too much different from our own beautiful Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium that was renovated/built this past year. Arizona softball has been lucky enough to have sold out games for weeks on end. We are used to playing for lots of people in a cozy atmosphere. HOF stadium is different because there are more spectators than actual fans there, so it does not necessarily feel like everyone is there just for your team or any team in general. The atmosphere is different and electric, but at the end of the day it is the same game that we can play anywhere in the country. 

            We won the first game against Washington. We lost to UCLA on Friday. Saturday there was a three-hour game delay during the first game of the day, we were the fourth game. Our game versus Alabama started at around 10:30/11pm. We were done around 1am, with unfortunately a loss playing on the biggest stage in the world.

After a five-hour plane delay, because a bird once again broke our plane, we finally flew back to Tucson. 

Our season and my college softball career are now over. The end. 

Continue Reading