Mizuno Wave Sky Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential.

Mizuno Wave Sky

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About:

Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.

  • All new Mizuno SmoothRide: New maximum cloudwave technology coupled with full length, articulated U4icX midsole delivers a plush, flexible ride
  • New thicker and premium anatomical sockliner for improved fit and comfort
  • U4icX strobel lining for added comfort
  • Mizuno DynamotionFit: 3 panel upper construction with skin-like seamless midfoot and minimal forefoot for a disappearing fit

My Experience:

Mizuno made my go-to pair of volleyball shoes back when I was competing. Because those were my staple, I was eager + quick to accept the chance to try their running shoes. This pair of Wave Sky’s is pair #2 of running shoes I’ve tried by Mizuno; you can read that first review here on the Wave Catalyst.

What I love most about the Mizuno Wave Sky is that from the second I slipped my first foot into the shoe, it felt comfortable. I didn’t have to wiggle my foot around a bunch to get comfy and I didn’t feel like I needed to break them in. That’s HUGE to be able to take them for a spin right out of the box. For me, that’s rare.

I’ve done a few sprint workouts and a longer (3 mile) run and these shoes suited both distances great. I’m sure at a higher mileage, they’d be perfect.

With the Crossfit I’ve been doing, I don’t run more than a few miles at a time. I actually feel like a much better runner when I’m focusing on shorter distances at a faster pace while being super mindful of form. I’ll be keeping these in my gym bag especially for days when the WOD calls for running.

They provide enough of a cushion that they will sufficiently absorb the shock of several mines, yet low-profile enough to feel sleek and smooth; not clunky. That combination of not clunky + adequately cushioned seems like a hard one to come by. Mizuno knows what they’re doing in constructing this shoe.

December Box: Simply Earth Eos + 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!”

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My Experience:

 

This is month numero 2 of receiving the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe box and I am really loving it–top to bottom! The ideas + creativity that goes into the box + quality of the oils are excellent and I find myself wondering + anticipating what’s going to be in the next month’s box.

I’ve dabbled in the crafty part of the box but my favorite aspect is that they provide portable little bottles for on-the-go use as well as the drop ratios of the different oils to get a really aromatic blend. These little projects that Simply Earth includes would be the perfect task for a kiddo, I’d imagine!

I am absolutely enthralled with the coffee essential oil (I’d go swimming in coffee if I could) and I love adding the Citrus   Burst to the coconut oil as a hair serum! It leaves my hair smelling enlivening and delicious.

This Christmas box includes goodies to create: bath bombs, hand warmers, a diffuser necklace, supplies to create a roll-on and EO’s especially chosen for use in a diffuser. LOVE.

Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Brightside Skincare Review + Giveaway to Come!

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com:

Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)
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Brightside Skincare

Overall Rating: images-8

About Brightside Skincare:

Brightside Skincare products provide an alternative to the harmful skincare options available in today’s US market. The product line is free-from fragrance, parabens, sulfates, lanolin, phthalates, carcinogens, cruelty and gluten. It comes in anti-aging formulas, as well as for acne-prone skin. Currently, the only ‘safe’ options are very costly and most people cannot afford to purchase them. With Brightside Skincare, women of all ages can have access to an affordable, effective and safe skincare regime. Check out the Brightside Skincare website here: Brightsideskincare.com.

Products I tried:

Gentle Tea Cleanser: This 81% organic, non-foaming, organic Aloe juice and anti-oxidant rich Green Tea Extract based cleanser is perfect for deep-cleaning and sloughing off dead skin layers. For all skin types.

Gentle Toner: 95% organic and loaded with DMAE & MSM. DMAE is an amazing nutrient that gives the skin a toned and firm appearance. MSM is soothing and calming, especially for irritated and inflamed skin. For all skin types.

Facial Serum69% Organic. Packed full with active DMAE and MSM this is the perfect serum for all skin types, including blemish prone, oily and sensitive skin. It can be used in addition to a moisturizer on normal, mature and dry skin. For combination or acne prone skin, this serum will offer needed hydration without feeling greasy.

Rooibos Tea & Olive Moisturizer: Vegan & 91% Organic. Every aspect of this lotion is beneficial for your skin. Rooibos Tea is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects on the skin. For all skin types except blemish prone skin.

Rooibos & Olive Eye CreamFor all skin types. A rich cream, enhanced with Rooibos Tea, Hyaluronic acid, Lavender, Blue-Green Algae, Calendula & Pomegranate extracts and Evening Primrose to retain moisture in the tender and delicate skin around your eyes. Contains active ingredients that work synergistically to balance, sooth, regenerate and supply moisture. This rich cream can be used

All Natural Vanilla Lip BalmQuench your lips with this very emollient natural lip balm. For all skin types.

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My Experience:

My journey of navigating through the world of “how in the world is the best way to take care of my skin?” has been a relatively long one. It feels like I’ve been troubleshooting my skincare routine since I was in middle school, trying to feel out why my skin isn’t regulating itself, why I get breakouts, what products are helpful, which ones aren’t, etc.

To spare you every details, I’ll simply say that I have discovered this to be true:

Your healthiest skin ever comes from using organic ingredients!

Ultimately, this gigantic layer of skin on your body is partially responsible for eliminating impurities and toxins from your body. Thus, you are crippling your skin’s ability to do this by applying toxins onto it. Those toxins are going the wrong way! Getting toxic skin care products out of your beauty cabinet should be the first step in seeking healthier + more balanced skin.

Enter: Brightside Skincare

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The story behind a product line can really speak loudly in regards to the quality + integrity that goes into each product. I really enjoyed watching Kerri’s video (https://goo.gl/EOAZcT, I encourage you to watch it). She’s a beautiful, humble woman seeking a better way to guide her skin to optimum health.

First of all, I love that she provides several products with the intention that they will be used in sequential order. Our skin is dynamic and ever changing and I’ve learned it needs help periodically detoxing + staying vibrant + eliminating dead skin cells. With Brightside Skincare’s product line, you start by cleansing, then you tone, then nourish with a serum, then quench with a moisturizer and then touch up the eyes and lips with the eye cream + lip balm. This after effect is a clean and glowy complexion.

So, let me walk you through how this line fits into my everyday routine….

I am a very active gal, working out at 5am most mornings and promptly heading to work (managing a juice shop) until the afternoon. I start the day with some powder + mascara + lip balm on my face and that normally gets me through until I get off work. At the end of the day, my face is normally covered in perspiration and the light make up I’ve worn throughout the day. I find myself craving a shower + good face wash. Brightside Skincare products allow me to do this without stripping all of the natural moisture off of my skin. This is important because skin needs to be balanced and quenched, not stripped and covered in chemical-ridden products.

I found the Gentle Tea Cleanser to be a nice balance of mild yet effective. It has a creamy + dense texture while also doing the job of cleansing. I like the usage of witch hazel as a natural cleanser + astringent.

Following with the Gentle Toner allows me to close all of my pores, get rid of any excess makeup that I missed while cleansing and prepare my skin to be get hydrated with the Facial Serum and moisturizer.

I like the idea of using the Facial Serum before the moisturizer. The Facial Serum contains jojoba oil (my all-time favorite oil for facial skin). Like Brightside Skincare mentions on their website, jojoba oil resembles the qualities of the oil that skin naturally produces. It’s also close in pH to it, making it an excellent compliment.

My absolute favorite part of their website is this breakdown that is shown on the Facial Serum product page (https://goo.gl/woBZxG). I think it is so helpful and shows transparency when a brand lists the ingredients and the reason why each of them is in there. It shows that each ingredient has a reason + purpose and what that purpose is.

One thing I learned on my acne journey is not to stay away from moisturizer, despite the fact that it is seemingly counter-intuitive to add moisture to an acne-ridden face. I really enjoy the ingredient choice and performance of the Rooibos Tea + Olive Moisturizer. You can tell it’s going to work well right as it comes out of the bottle. It’s very hydrating without being cakey at all. If you find that your skin is especially acne prone, you may want to check out Brightside Skincare’s Light Moisturizer as an alternative to this more dense moisturizer.

Now is a great time to also mention that for a large portion of my life, I would describe my skin as oily + acne prone. With much attention to my diet and nutritional needs, I would now describe my skin as normal (it took years). I think it all started to balance out. Your skin is connected to every other system in your body, so it makes sense!

Thus, I was excited to try Brightside Skincare’s “normal skin” line, considering my skin’s current state. I find that my skin looks + feels better (especially during the colder months) when I keep my moisturizer close by for daily usage. With that routine, the Rooibos + Olive Eye Cream and All Natural Vanilla Lip Balm act as the perfect follow-up + touch-up tools (if you will) to keep my skin feeling glowing and moist.

My skin care routine plays a big role in my daily efforts to catalyze my body’s natural process of detoxifying. It’s another way to help your body eliminate and cleanse. Brightside Skincare provides you a full product line to help detoxify your system and skin.

Many women shop at department stores for their fancy or luxury skin care items, those of which cost $50 or more per product and hundreds for the entire product line (and–the ingredient lists are scary!). So, why not spend a bit less and increase the quality of the ingredients a ton? That’s a no brainer for me.

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This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com: Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)

Click here: Amazon http://amzn.to/2e4VvQe.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY! Simply Earth EOs: 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!

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My Experience:

It would be a pretty accurate thing to say that I’m geeking out on essential oils as of lately. Particularly for their versatility and pureness, I really value and get a lot of use our of essential oils every single day. Here are some of my favorite uses:

-Homemade toothpaste + deodorant

-Flea repellent for my dog

-Homemade body spray

-Laundry deodorizer

-Hair perfume

The idea of curating a monthly box for customers to enjoy (that contains 5 Eos + Recipes + Recipe Ingredients + Recipe Containers) is super neat to me. It helps introduce people to essential oils with a fun + creative instruction manual, so to speak.

I am impressed by how this brand gives back + impressed with the packaging and curation of the themed box and even more impressed that they think I’m cool enough to pass along some goodies to me in order to retrieve my thoughts. Thank you, Simply Earth (rad name, btw)!

To Enter this GIVEAWAY for some Essential Oil goodness:

-SIMPLY leave a comment below telling me about your experience with essential oils. What’ve you discovered to be your favorite use?

Also, Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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prAna Apparel Experience

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prAna

Use code FFJCF17 for 15% off prAna apparel + gear to outfit your adventures 🌲

b i g g e r p i c t u r e s t u f f:

OUR PURPOSE – The Why Pursue sustainable, traceable, and responsible action to protect our environment and inspire the adventurous spirit.

OUR MISSION – The How Inspire, educate, and outfit our audience as we strive to fundamentally change the way clothing is made.

OUR MANIFESTO – The Promise We’re not in the business of making clothes, we’re in the business of setting the adventurous spirit free. We design with a purpose to inspire our audience to do as they will. We distill trends, fit, style, and performance to satisfy our audience’s basic needs, then get the hell out of the way so they can enjoy their own brand of experiences.

OUR VISION – The Way Transcend the Trends We’re more than makers; we’re doers. Our designs are inspired by our own experiences and built for our shared journey. We strive to make clothes that help us all thrive in any environment and embody our collective adventurous spirit so we can focus on what really matters. Whether you’re commuting to work or wandering the globe, rest assured we’ve been there and used those moments to design a better product

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My Experience:

No exaggeration; working with prAna is a dream scenario as a blogger. Ever since working in women’s apparel a few years back, I’ve been crazy about this brand. Not only is the fit exactly what I’m looking for, but I appreciate their commitment to sustainable fabrics. Don’t know what I mean, you can read a bit more on that here.

They are truly so unique in what they’re doing. They’re not sacrificing anything on their mission to create beautiful clothing while being mindful of where it comes from and how it’s made.

Even before being asked to participate in this campaign, I am the owner of 3 pairs of prAna jeans, one of my all-time favorite tank tops and close to 10 prAna dresses.

The Caraway Tight and Filament Tank were both two new items for me to try. I was immediately drawn to the Caraway Tight mainly because of the high-rise feature of the pant; I also thought the pattern had a subtle uniqueness to it that is rad.

Wearing a tank that has such beautiful detailing and is somewhat fitted was a new concept for me. I wouldn’t normally pick this tank out because I typically go for a loose fitting top and a skin-tight bottom (after typing that out, I realize how weird that sounds).

That said, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised with how this one performs and feels. Though it lets your figure show, it’s not so tight that it feels uncomfortable, restrictive, or like it’s cutting in. You can tell there must be quite a bit of design work going into creating these pieces.

As a taller gal with long legs (almost disproportionate to my torso), I really have to rely on a high rise pant to have the top of the pant sit where I’d like it to so that I’m not tugging on them the whole time I’m working out. I love that prAna came out with a pant that has a higher rise. They provide a good amount of compression that’s flattering on the body and also pulls everything in tighter for workouts.

Learn more about the empowering message + information that prAna is spreading in these inspiring videos: The Not Impossible Mission of the Conscious Consumer and Why Hemp Matters.

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Blonyx Beta Alanine Experience

Blonyx Beta Alanine

Blonyx Beta Alanine

Overall Rating: 4-stars

About:

BETA-Alanine is a clean and simple supplement that will increase muscular endurance during short to mid-range, high intensity training. It is ideal for athletes wanting to squeeze a few extra reps out of a 10+ rep set or a few more meters / calories from their short interval sprints.

High intensity training causes a build-up of lactic acid in the muscle. This results in a burning sensation in the muscle, a loss of power and eventually fatigue.

In muscle cells, BETA-Alanine is combined with the amino acid histidine to create carnosine. Carnosine buffers lactic acid build-up slowing the onset of fatigue.

BETA-Alanine is a modified version of the amino acid alanine. It can be made in the liver and is then transported via the blood to the muscle cells for carnosine production.

We need to top up the BETA-Alanine we make by getting it in the diet. BETA-Alanine is found in foods like meat and fish.

Research shows that supplementing the diet with an additional 6g/day BETA-Alanine increases muscle carnosine levels resulting in an increase in muscular endurance from acid buffering.

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Beta Alanine performance benefits:

-enhances rowing performance at shorter distances (500-2000m)

-improves cycling capacity and sprint performance

-extends time to exhaustion when training at high intensity for short bouts (up to 5 mins)

-can increase power output when doing high intensity interval training like Airdyne sprints

-when doing strength based training, BETA-Alanine increases the volume of training (number of reps), an athlete is capable of achieving

-may also be an antioxidant and have other health benefits

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The Science

-When training at high intensity, we rely on anaerobic metabolism to provide energy.
A byproduct of this is lactic acid which, if intensity is high enough, will build up in the muscle cells

-It is widely thought that the pH changes caused by lactic acid build up causes muscle fatigue.
-Increased carnosine levels in the muscle through BETA-Alanine supplementation therefore slows the onset of fatigue
 

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My Experience

Ever since I first started lifting weight and regularly doing Crossfit, I’ve found that my nutrition is ultra important in order for me to recover properly and not feeling endlessly sore through weeks + months of consistent training.

When training volume and intensity are high, I think many people assume they can afford to eat a bunch of junk because they are “burning a lot of it off,” when in reality, you’re body’s need for clean fuel is even more prevalent when you’re going hard.

For me, when I’m fueling my body up well through macro-balanced nutrition and good supplementation, I feel like I have superpowers, especially during exercise.

Regularly taking this Blonyx Beta Alanine before workouts, I can definitely tell a difference in my ability to perform. Not only do I have a surge of energy, but I feel like I can do more reps and last longer at a high level of performing. I can definitely feeling the science working. That lactic acid build up fee

I like how portable the little container is, it’s super easy to throw into my lunch or gym bag.

Something noteable to mention (while not necessarily a bad thing) is the tingly feeling on my skin that I get when I take beta-alanine. It feels like light touches all over. It’s a little strange, but it doesn’t hurt at all. It generally adds to that energetic feeling that this supplement provides.

This brand is making a big splash in the Crossfit world, as I’ve been many athletes trying it out and incorporating this product into their routine. It’s definitely worth looking into if you’re looking for a little extra edge on your workouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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