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.


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.


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.


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!)



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.



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.



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.


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!



*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)



Lydia Hudgens Photography

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


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