What’s In Your Makeup Bag?

afterlight-20 Hello.  Have you heard my cries/tweets for help? For the past 2 weeks I have been a victim of juvenile acne, searching for a cure.  It is true. My skin is so embarrassing, I’m so thankful “pizza face” is not a thing anymore, or that I’m an adult so it’s inappropriate for anyone to call me that.

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Anyways, I desperately bought everything (meaning 2 products) at Brazilia that the girl who shaped my unruly muppet eyebrows suggested for my poor skin.

So with all this new product, I thought I’d show off what’s in my makeup bag.  Now that I look at it, this looks like a lot of stuff.  But mostly I’ll get into something, think it’s a great idea, stick with it for a while, and then just get tired of how cumbersome it becomes (or just seems to me).  I’d much rather be running and/or cooking!  Honestly, if I could (and if my skin would clear up and allow), I’d go makeup free every day. This portion of my “getting ready” takes so long because I dread/dillydally putting on makeup. I get so easily distracted.

Anyways, I do not claim to know anything about makeup or beauty. I’m more of the drug-store kinda girl, who actually just recently graduated (as in, last weekend when I splurged on some “department store makeup” essentials).  I finally have a full set of “big girl makeup” because last Christmas I also decided I wanted to stop looking 16 years old, and that makeup was the solution.  So I dropped some $$$ at Sephora for a few staples that I had been missing – e.g. eyeshadow palette, decent blush, bronzer, etc.

Here’s what I use, morning – day – night. I basically look the same all the time. Except for when I have zit cream smeared over the entire surface of my forehead :-P Then, as my bf likes to say, I look like an “Indian going to war.”


  1. Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream- said to replenish good bacteria back into your skin. Thing one from Brazilia.
  2. CND Solar Oil – for my horrendous hang-nails.
  3. Clinique Almost Powder Makeup – my first powder compact that actually matches my skin…what a concept!
  4. Covergirl LashExact Mascara – cuz I’m a basic betch.
  5. NARS Blush in Orgasm – it’s so pretty.
  6. Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream – I was using this before I got the bacteria cream.
  7. Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup – again, first lotion to match my skin.
  8. Sephora Brushes – “PRO Angled blush” and “must-have powder shadow.”
  9. Slanted Tweezers – my favorite for a good grip.
  10. Two-Faced Natural Eye Palette – the only eyeshadow you will ever need.
  11. Sephora Baked Sculpting Trio – for bronzing and highlighting, when I feel like it.
  12. Tom’s Honeysuckle Deodorant – the scent is pleasant and doesn’t remind me of BO the moment I put it on (like baby powder).
  13. Tweezerman Rose Gold Eyelash Curler – so I could feel fancy.
  14. CVS brand eye makeup remover -cheap.
  15. Revlon ColorStay liquid liner – an easy-to-use eyeliner.
  16. Dermalogica mediBac clearing skin wash – I actually got this stuff at FitBlog LA last year, but then unknowingly bought the same stuff at Brazilia.

 What’s in your makeup bag?  One thing you can’t live without?


Nutty Dragon Bowl

Seriously, I think the Vitamix is the best investment I’ve ever made.  Because every time I make a smoothie, it makes me so happy.  My smoothies turn out more perfect than I ever could have imagined.  So thick and folded together.

In addition to loving my Vitamix, I absolutely love pitaya and peanut butter.  At first, I thought this was the weirdest combo, but it’s one of the best!  I don’t really know how to describe it other than it’s kind of tropical with a rich and creamy hint at the end.


Nutty Dragon Bowl
1 packet Pitaya Plus puree
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, strawberries)
1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp. granola
1/2 medium banana, sliced
2 large strawberries, sliced

  1.  Put pitaya puree, almond milk, frozen banana and peanut butter in a blender.  Blend until desired consistency.
  2. Top with granola, banana slices and strawberry slices.

And if you don’t want a bowl, just a smoothie to-go, here’s an even easier version:

Simplified Nutty Dragon Smoothie
1 packet Pitaya Plus
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  1.  Place everything in a blender and blend until you reach a nice and smooth consistency.

Also see: Homemade Acai Bowls


Meatless Monday: Easy Peasy Quinoa Salad

This dish is super easy to make, with a few ingredients you can buy in advance( and have on hand) because they’re frozen!  Trader Joe’s has some of my favorite frozen foods/ingredients that make dishes like this super simple (e.g. peas and grilled asparagus).  Add a couple more ingredients (some may very well be staples) and you have an easy Meatless Monday dish.


Easy Peasy Quinoa Salad
Serves 2
Inspired by Two Peas & Their Pod
2 cups quinoa, cooked (with vegetable broth)
1 cup peas
14 grilled asparagus spears, chopped
1/2 avocado
2 cups of kale
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp. good quality evoo
Salt & pepper, to taste

  1. Toss the kale with lemon and evoo.  Then prepare each serving dish with a 1 cup bed of kale.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, asparagus, peas, and avocado.
  3. Top each bed of kale with the quinoa mixture.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Week In Review: April 13

The weekend’s almost over and I’m far from renewed and ready for the week to start…I’m EXHAUSTED.  If somebody offered me a 100% rest day, with the stipulation that I would have to stay in bed all day, I’d probably take it (even though that would normally drive me insane).  But my bed is reaaaally comfortable now that I have my fluffy comforter back on (fresh from the dry-cleaners) and Piper has refrained from peeing on it again (and again, thank god).  Please see below for notable pictures from the past week as I take a nap (at 8pm) while my cauliflower roasts.


Boxed-lunch with a view


At the El Agave Del Mar Restaurant & Tequileria Grand Opening party


Trying to find/make a copycat recipe for these


Wearing the same lip color as Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue, haaay (P.S. all of her makeup was Clinique)


I feel like this should be an ad for something. So playful, lolz


 Today’s food prep, similar to last week with some modifications

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Yoga sculpt
Mon – Yoga sculpt + 6 miles
Tue – 5.25 miles w/ Piper
Wed – 6 miles w/Piper + yoga sculpt
Thu – Yoga power hour
Fri – 6.25 miles
Sat – 12 miles
Total Weekly Mileage: 35.5 miles
Total Miles with Piper: 17.5 miles
Hours cross-training: 4 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 458.85 miles


Asheejojo’s Guide To: Running 6 Miles In The Early Morning When You’re Afraid Of The World

Happy Friday!  Ready for another “Asheejojo guide?”  This one hits near and dear to my heart, probably because I am a freak and the most overly cautious person ever.  But here I will teach you my secret as “how to run 6 miles (or more) in the early morning when you’re afraid of the world.” Because isn’t it said that most crimes happen in the early morning? (at least, that’s what I’ve heard)  So that’s why I never like running outside, alone, in the dark.


For a while this left me in quite a dilemma.  There was always the option of the treadmill.  But for me, I absolutely cannot run on a treadmill for more than a couple miles.  It’s so boring and I end up running slower than I would outside (seems weird because the belt should propel me?).  And obviously, I couldn’t go outside alone.  But NOW I can share the grand solution: half and half.  Treadmill for 3, outside for 3.


Before I moved to my new place, I never really had this option.  If I wanted to run on a treadmill, I would have to drive to the gym.  And if I wanted to run somewhere decent, I would have to drive to the location.  Fortunately, now I can go down about 17 floors and hop on a treadmill.  And after the treadmill, I can exit immediately from the building and go for a nice run (when it’s light of course).  Sometimes I’ll even throw in an attack dog for good measure too! ;-)


What are your tips for running in the early morning?
Are you fearless?
I am not (obviously).

Also see: Asheejojo’s Guide To: A Long Run


My Routine for Beautiful Confidence

photo-12 Health is much more than looking good —it’s about feeling good. So when bikini season rolls around, everyone wants to look good. But it shouldn’t be one season you strive to look and feel your best —you should strive to be beautifully confident year round!

My lifestyle and routine is always a work in progress, but some things I do because they give me an extra boost of beautiful confidence. A look into my daily routine would include:

  1. Morning run – gets me going for the day and makes me feel good knowing I did something for myself before the day’s even started.
  2. Hot cup of coffee – warms me from the inside out and makes me feel happy.
  3. Nourishing food – eating clean, healthy, and nutrient-dense food ensures that I’m giving my body the care it needs for all the work it puts out.
  4. Walks during work – sunshine, scenery, and ocean breezes break up the day.
  5. Yoga Sculpt – provides a good sweat, subtly tones my muscles, and refreshes my mind and body.
  6. Fat Girl Six Pack by Bliss – gives my tummy a tingle while it tones and tightens with 6 natural ingredients. This helps to supplement the benefits of exercise and healthy diet.

What’s one thing you do daily that gives you a boost of confidence?

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Bliss, however, as always, all thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.


Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Originally, I made this for our running club potluck last Saturday.  Amidst the other amazing brunch dishes, I didn’t really know how I felt about it.  But it was super easy to throw together (a lot easier than I thought because I was kinda dreading baking), so I decided to add it to my weekly meal prep for breakfast/a morning snack.

Now that I’ve had it as a stand-alone dish, it’s a lot better than I thought!  Even when I omitted the sugar this time.  And while I’ve only had it cold, I can only imagine how much better it is when it’s hot.

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from Family Fresh Cooking
2 cups Coach’s Oats (or regular rolled oats)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened Applesauce
3 cups almond milk
13.5 oz can of unsweetened Light Coconut Milk
1 large fuji apple, diced
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
Toppings: 1 fuji apple (thinly sliced), pomegranate flavored craisins and chopped pecans


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon) in a large bowl.
  3. Pour in applesauce and all milks. Add apples and sugar (if using).
  4. Let the mixture sit to absorb some liquid for 10-15 minutes. Set the toppings aside.
  5. Put the oatmeal mixture in the baking dish (I divided the mixture into two round casserole dishes).
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes. The oatmeal might appear not done when you take it out of the oven. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  7. Top with toppings of your choice.
  8. Put it in the refrigerator overnight for best results. It will thicken nicely in there.
  9. To serve, cut and re-heat as needed.



Meatless Monday: Breakfast Tacos & The Big Vegan Bowl

So yesterday’s Sunday meal prep kind of falls in line with my meatless Monday.  Everything for the week, breakfast through late-afternoon snack, is either vegan or vegetarian.


On the menu for this week:
1. Breakfast tacos (+ a green smoothie)
2. Oatmeal bake (recipe coming this week)
3. Oh She Glows “The Big Vegan Bowl”
4. Banana and almond butter
5. Dinner (tbd)
6. “Dessert” smoothie

My goal for this week is kinda different, but it’s to eat more.  Even though I feel like I eat a lot, and a lot more than the average person, it’s still not enough for my activity level.  For example, today I’ll go to yoga sculpt and then run 6 miles.  I learned yesterday from the yoga teacher that any of his class burn upwards of 600 calories.  Add on another ~100 calories for every mile I run, and I’ve burned around 1200 calories for the day.  So when I only eat 1500-1800 calories, I’m basically subsisting on 300-600 calories.  When you don’t get enough calories in to counter-balance the amount of calories out, your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows to a crawl.  So while I’ve been working out a lot and eating clean, I feel like I’ve hit a plateau.  This could potentially be from my body going into starvation mode and clinging on to everything it can.

So I have nothing to lose by adding more high-quality, nutrient dense foods.  And while it’s hard to actually eat a lot of calories when you’re eating this kind of food (try eating 2 cups of broccoli and tell me you don’t feel like it’s going to start coming out of your ears!) I’m going to try supplementing meals with smoothies and continue eating real food snacks.

Breakfast Tacos
4 eggs
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup frozen grilled bell peppers, thawed (from Trader Joe’s)
2 nopales tortillas

  1. Preheat pan over medium heat.  Whisk together 1 egg with yolk and 3 egg whites (discard yolks).
  2. Spray pan with cooking spray and pour out the egg mixture.
  3. Let it sit until golden brown and completely set (~3 minutes).  Flip and cook until golden brown.
  4. Remove from heat and cut egg omelet in half.
  5. Assemble each taco with one tortilla, 1/2 egg omelet, 1/8 cup black beans, 1/8 cup bell peppers.

The Big Vegan Bowl
From Oh She Glows (with slight alterations)
INGREDIENTS (for each bowl):
1 1/2 cups kale
1/2 cup cruciferous green blend (from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup roasted chickpeas
1/2 cup roasted japanese yam (or sweet potatoes)
1/4 avocado, sliced
2 Tbsp. eggplant hummus
1/2 Tbsp. hemp hearts

  1. Assemble the bowl with the ingredients listed above.  For directions on roasting chickpeas and/or sweet potatoes/yams, see Oh She Glows.

Of possible interest (thanks Andy for the links!):
Starvation Mode: Are You Eating Enough?
Why 1200 Calories Isn’t Healthy or Acceptable


Week In Review: April 6

I can’t believe it’s almost the start of another week.  Friday around 3pm I was literally shocked it was Friday (it felt like Thursday), even though I knew it was Friday…make sense?  I think it was because I had absolutely nothing going on, but had this nudging feeling like I was forgetting something.  Oh ya, I had to make an oatmeal bake!


This past week was a pretty good week in terms of running.  Tuesday I took Piper out for a 5 mile run.  Initially I was going to do treadmill, then maybe a couple miles outside with her, but then she started crying as I was about to leave so I grabbed her and out we went.  It started to rain mid-run, slightly harder than a mist.  It was so funny to watch her bounding, while flinging her head back and trying to eat the rain.

My heel pain (I’ve been dealing with some plantar fasciitis for the past couple of months) started flaring up again after Sunday’s race, and even more so after Wednesday night’s workout (we did Yasso 800′s (my first time doing them) after a hill workout to work on running well on tired legs).  But the pain seems to go away with a little bit of ice and not linger day-in and day-out like it had been for the longest time.


Anytime I do a recovery run the morning after a hard workout (such as Thursday morning), I can barely function.  My achilles was tight, but my tape was in the car and I was too lazy to go get it.  So instead I wore compression socks with my tights and looked like a ninja.  I ran 3, very slow miles, on the treadmill.  Slow as in 5.7 mph was tough, and I only made my way up to 6.7 mph.  After 3 miles I was done with the treadmill, so I grabbed Piper and went out for another 3.  Breaking it up made the run completely palatable.  Also, that girl’s up to 8 miles this week…she says she’s ready to start write a running blog!

Friday I rested, but in terms of running, I found out I got off of the waitlist and into the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon.  Too bad it’s in less than 2 months and I’m nowhere near trained.  Hopefully my luck pans out for a fall marathon…otherwise I might be looking at one in 2015.

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Saturday we went out for an easy, 2 hour run, which ended up being about 3 times around the golf course and 14.5 miles.  Whenever we run on this trail deemed private/for exclusive member use only, I make sure I’m super friendly saying “good morning” to everyone, and even engaging in some small talk “how are you – good -how are you?”  Afterwards, we indulged in an amazing potluck brunch (like a gourmet buffet) which doubled as a surprise birthday celebration for our running coach. 

Weekly Workout Recap:
Sun – Warm-up + Carlsbad 5000 5k = 6 mi
Mon – Yoga sculpt + 6 miles
Tue – 5 miles w/ Piper
Wed – Yoga sculpt + 6.5 mi (hills & Yasso 800’s)
Thu – 6 miles (3 treadmill, 3 w/Piper) + yoga power hour
Fri – Rest
Sat – 14.5 mi
Total Weekly Mileage: 44 mi
Total Miles with Piper: 8 mi
Hours cross-training: 3 hours
2014 Miles YTD: 423.35 mi


Double Cookie Blend Oatmeal (with PB & Banana, naturally)

photo 1-6 Happy Saturday morning!  I’m out and about on a long run right now, but I just wanted to share a new product that made my favorite new breakfast (as of yesterday): My Oatmeal.  My Oatmeal allows you to create your own custom oatmeal.  You even get to name it!  I had a hard time deciding on what flavor to make because all of them sounded potentially amazing.  I decided to go with my true love: cookies (and all kind of cookies).

My “double cookie blend” creation included:
Oats: Signature Smash Blend (combo of instant, 5 grain and steel cut oats)
Flavors: Oatmeal Cookie & Snickerdoodle
Fruits: Dates & Golden Raisins
Nuts: Pecans
Sweetener: Brown Cane Sugar Granules

They suggest that you add a sweetener if you add any flavors so that it comes out right. I went with what seemed like the most natural option.

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When it came to making the oats, I was worried it might be a little too sweet.  You see, I had already been picking out and snacking on the raisins/dates and got a little sugar high.  So I made my bowl with 1/2 My Oatmeal, and 1/2 regular oats. It turned out perfectly thick, with just the right amount of sweetness. And naturally I had to top it with some banana slices and peanut butter.

I am in love with this new breakfast and can’t wait to put it on repeat!


Double Cookie Blend Oatmeal
1 cup water
1/4 cup My Oatmeal “double cookie blend”
1/4 cup whole grain rolled oats
1/2 banana
1 Tbsp. chunky peanut butter


  1. Heat water in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove and add all oatmeal. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Cover and microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Stir and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Top with banana and peanut butter. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I received this product via Fit Approach for my original thoughts and opinions on My Oatmeal.


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