A SoulCycle Instructor's Mascara Review | @halliekwilson

My Quick Beauty Fix

As we’ve established, I pretty much sweat for a living — and as a result, the balance of looking professional without (1) destroying my skin and (2) toting around an entire freakin’ pharmacy has proven to be an ongoing battle.

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I mentioned this in a post last week, but I will admit to wearing a minimal amount of make-up when I workout — minimal being the key word, because, well: Raccoon eyes… We’ve all been there.

And let’s be frank: Fitness is a fairly looks-based industry.

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In the wake of yesterday’s pre-sweat ensemble, today I’m sharing the other side of my style — an outfit that takes me from the studio to an event.

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Cozy pants on the way in, pencil skirt on the way out.

You’ll notice I’m wearing the same Old Navy tee as I was yesterday, just dressed up with a chic black skirt — which, to be honest, is so easy it almost feels like cheating. (Let’s not forget to mention that the entire store/site is up to 40% off, so get your shop on while you can!)

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I don’t wear much make-up to begin with, but there are certain products I use for a quick, two-minute fix on my face — both before and after I teach or hit the gym.

And at the end of the day, here’s the deal with wearing make-up when you work out: If it’s not designed to withstand sweat, it’s gonna come off — and you’re gonna look terrifying.

These products I’m referring to are the items you saw in my bag from earlier this week, but recently there’s been one stand-out star that’s been my one-fix wonder: Rimmel London’s Wonder’Lash mascara.

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Now, it goes without saying that a waterproof mascara is a fitness instructor’s number one must-have make-up essential, but finding the right one is kind of like dating around to find the perfect mate. You know? Most have some of the qualities you’re looking for — but not all.

I’ve ended enough of my SoulCycle classes with scary black-rimmed eyes to know what type of make-up I can and cannot wear when I’m working out, so consider today’s post a sweat-proof, “shit that stays put” summary. A lesson I’ve learned the hard way so that you don’t have to.

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Both on the bike and off, a few swipes of waterproof mascara and a tinted lip make me feel more confident and pulled together.

I first found out about Rimmel’s Wonder’Lash when the brand reached out and asked me to try it (we’re all about full disclosure around here), but I actually really like it. And I’m still using it.

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It’s formulated with Moroccan argan oil, which conditions, softens and smooths lashes so they don’t clump. The oil also adds a bit of volume to your lashes, but not in an unrealistic sense — the result is just a natural, softer, longer lash look (as you can see from the photo above).

I wash my face a lot (especially after classes), so part of the reason I’ve been loving this is because it’s waterproof, yet very easy to remove — so you don’t have to worry about breakage or seemingly staining the under-eye area of your face. No stiff, crunchy mess to wash off after your workout. Hooray!

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*In this post:

Grey shirt: Old Navy (I also like the vintage-style tanks)
Pencil skirt: Vince Camuto (sold out, more styles here)
Vegan leather tote: Nordstrom (it’s reversible!)
Neon pumps: J.Crew (similar here and here)
Mascara: Rimmel London Wonder’Lash
Lipstick: NARS matte lip pencil in ‘Never Say Never’

*Click to shop: this post (below)

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Lydia Hudgens Photography

Thanks to Rimmel London for partnering on this post — and for keeping me raccoon-free during class. 

 

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