1/3: Friday Faves

Happy Friday! Thank you so much for your awesome comments on the Pilot’s marathon recap and my fitness predictions for 2014. I’m excited to write back to them during naptime today πŸ™‚Β 

Some faves from the week:


An underground Barre3 class! I’ve tried Pure Barre and Physique 57 -love them both!- and we have a Barre3 opening here in Tucson. Classes will begin in the spring, but in the meantime, the owner, Kate is hosting some underground and community classes. It was my first experience with this particular barre formula/style, and I absolutely loved it. Ok, so my thighs hated it– they were shaking like ccrraazzyyy. I especially enjoyed the yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.

Kate also surprised me with this cute goodie bag, cup and bracelet:

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I’m so excited for the studio to open and take more classes from her in the meantime πŸ™‚

-Fresh juices. I’ve been enjoying smoothies for the past month or so, but juices have also made a comeback in a big way. It’s a bonus that Livi goes crazy for them, and it’s much less expensive to juice here at home than to buy at Whole Foods.

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Latest combo: carrot, apple, cucumber, spinach, lemon, ginger

Things to stop stressing about this year.

-New Years Indian takeout. I think it’s good luck πŸ™‚ Also, I’m pretty sure that it was the first time I’ve ordered “spicy” and it actually burned my face off. My ears were on fire, and I was sweating. Touche, Saffron.Β 

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-Livi on her trike! We’ve had so much fun taking it around the neighborhood.

Livi on her trike

The tiny helmet kills me.

And just a note: I put my hand like that to snap a photo. Usually Bell’s leash is in my left hand and I steer Livi with my right.

Cleaning tips for the OCD person inside of you.

-2 (knock on wood) amazing runs. Fingers crossed the ol’ knee is on the mends.

-Wellness trends to watch in 2014.

-Sea salt dark chocolate caramels. TJ’s holiday collection, I’m already missing you.

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-Simple dinners. I made this chicken and veggie stir fry -with broccoli, carrots, garlic, ginger, Tamari, rice vinegar, sea salt and pepper- and then added cooked rice noodles + this spicy almond butter sauce. It was amazing, and the entire thing took less than 15 minutes.

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-Makeup basics! I have a few things on my everyday necessity list, and these three have been especially well-loved lately.

Benefit High Beam

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The colder, dry weather has taken its toll on my skin, and this adds the perfect amount of highlight and brightness. They call it “supermodel in a bottle”… I’m just happy to look like I do indeed have a pulse.

Naked 2

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I love EVERY shade in this palette, and the colors complement my skin tone and dark eyes. I was really stoked when Naked 3 came out, but when I saw it in person, I didn’t think it wouldn’t work well with my skin tone. The colors are gorgeous pink and blush hues, but with my olive skin and eye color, I thought they’d look too costume-y. Maybe I’m totally wrong, but I’m still crazy for my Naked 2 palette. Random side note: I leave the mirror protectors on my compacts… I have no idea why. At the end, I have an empty, sad-looking palette and a bright, shiny new mirror. Hashtag things that don’t make sense.Β 

Tarte waterproof clay eyeliner. This is usually what happens when you mix Gina + liquid eyeliner:

Putting eyeliner on


but I finally got the hang of it with this gel eyeliner. Tarte is my favorite brand since they use natural ingredients, don’t test on animals, and create gentle formulas which don’t irritate my contacts.

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-Your amazing inspiration boards! I’m making a little college to put together– keep ’em coming πŸ™‚

This morning, Livi and I are off on a little breakfast date, going to meet up with some friends, and run the usual Friday errands.

What are you up to this weekend?

Favorite everyday makeup product?

Awesome New Years feast?

Have a happy Friday!
See ya later today with a new workout video.



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  1. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on January 3, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I just recently bought the Naked 2 collection and LOVE it! It’s so amazing!!

    Tarte is my fav eyeliner too, but I’ve never tried that type (only the pencil ones). People always ask me how my eyeliner can still love perfect after teaching a super sweaty class and the answer is Tarte eyeliner. It’s amazing!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

      their pencil liners are my favorite, too. i’ve used them for a couple of years. check out ulta if you have one close to you. i got a 6-pack for $39 over the holidays!

  2. Kara on January 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m extremely excited to use some Christmas gift cards to get the Naked 2 eyeshadows. They seem like the perfect palette for me.

    My current favorite shadow that I use everyday though is Naked Lunch by Mac. Can’t live without it.

  3. Julie on January 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I’m horrific at putting make up on. Mascara is all that I can do so someone should do a Naked 2 or Naked 3 tutorial – you or Meg perhaps?

    My mascara and BB cream both come from BeneFit!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      ohh i’ll ask meggie if she wants to do one πŸ™‚

  4. Bianca on January 3, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I have a very similar complexion and love the Naked 2 palette. I have been applying the black shade with an angled brush instead of eyeliner for a softer look. I can’t seem to master gel eyeliner, but after a few years of practice I feel like I can finally put on liquor eyeliner without makeup remover on hand.

  5. Mary Jane on January 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for the make-up tips and product ideas! I think 2014 will be the year I add make-up (besides some cover up here and there) to my life. My current favorite product is Aquaphor for my lips. Ha! Happy Friday!

  6. Captain Competition on January 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I started juicing again in December. It is an easy way to get my fruits and veggies. We had some of those TJ’s sea salt dark chocolate caramels too. They were great.

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      i miss them already! hope you have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  7. Christie @ http://Kissesandkale.blogspot.com on January 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I really want to try a barre class! I danced when I was younger so I think I’d really love it. And I love your eyeliner picture! That’s exactly how I am with liquid eyeliner too.

  8. Erin @ The Almond Eater on January 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Love barre and I’m hoping to get more into it this year! It’s just so pricey. Ehhh well. Salted caramel chocolates=my favorite combination ever. Period. Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      amen to that. best combo πŸ™‚

  9. Ashley on January 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Whhhaaatt?! Barre classes in Tucson? I’m so excited for this! Is the studio called Barre3? When is this happening?
    I’m ready to get my pre-pregnancy body back and have been looking to add some new things in. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      YES! check out their Facebook page πŸ™‚

  10. Amber on January 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Love love love Naked2 and completely agree about Naked3!

  11. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on January 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I love gel eyeliner and the Naked 2 palette is MAGIC, I tell ya! It works miracles ;).

    Such a cute pic of Liv on her bike!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      totally agree- i’m obsessed!
      she is such a fun little thing πŸ™‚

  12. Becca on January 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Haha, I can relate to your story about the Indian food– I always order everything “extra spicy” when I’m in the States and then am shamed when the occassional dish is so spicy that I want to cry. That mostly just happens here in Mexico, though (habanero salsa, anyone?).

    How do you use that Benefit stuff? One of my make-up-wise friends gave me some highlighter and I can’t figure it out. I just look overly shiny.

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      hahaha. it hardly ever happens to me, too, but when it does… WHOA.
      i put a few dots on my forehead, cheeks, chin and one on the tip of my nose and blend

  13. Jackie on January 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I love naked 2 as well!!!!!

  14. Bonnie on January 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I have the original Naked palette, and have been wanting to try 2! Makeup faves: NYX butter glosses and Lancome Gloss in Love πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      LOVE the lance glosses!

      • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        lance = lancome haha

  15. Alex @ Kenzie Life on January 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I’m not sure if you wear a primer, but Tarte’s primer with amazonian clay is unbelievable. It smooths out my skin tone, hides any redness, and keeps my makeup on all day, even when I’m exercising. (I used to do makeup and have tried and tested so many and that’s the one I love best!) I absolutely love it! I’m still debating on whether or not I should get the Naked 3…I think I need to go test it out in person because it’s a little too pricey for me if I wouldn’t use it consistently! Thanks for the heads up about Tarte’s gel eyeliner–I’ve been using NARS and love it but a few more colors couldn’t hurt πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      ohhh, good to know! i will definitely check it out.
      i think you should definitely check it out in person, too. the colors were different than i thought they’d be.

      • Amber on January 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm

        I second her claim on Tarte’s Amazonian clay primer — I LOVE it!!!! So smooth, and give my ghostly skin a nice base when I don’t feel like wearing a foundation. Tarte’s bronzer and blushes are also on my list of favs.

  16. Ashley @ Broc Blog on January 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I like the almay eyeliner that you buy based on your eye color because I’m not good at figuring out makeup stuff.
    Also, I just had indian food for the first time a few weeks ago and found out that I really like it! For NYE I had pizza.

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      i have one of those eyeshadow packs and love it πŸ™‚
      have a great weekend!

  17. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I still love my Naked 2 palette as well — the 3 was much too pink for me!

    Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      totally agree!
      happy friday to you too πŸ™‚

  18. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on January 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    LOVE the stress less list. I am definitely going to be keeping those in mind this year!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      me too!

  19. lauren on January 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Wow- your hand looks pretty wrinkly in that photo of you holding livis tricycle. Do you think it has to do with so much restricting? I was looking at old posts the other day and you looked so much brighter and prettier with more weight on you!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      I’ve always had wrinkly and veiny hands, but it looks worse when I’m holding onto something and steering.
      5 years of youth, less stress and a tan makes anyone look brighter and prettier πŸ˜‰

      • Stephanie on January 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        See I disagree with lauren. Although being a mom gives us bags under our eyes, gray hairs and stretch marks, I think it also gives a new sense of happiness and glow and I can see it in Gina. Not to mention Gina’s rockin body not even two years post baby. Go you! You’ve never looked better πŸ™‚

        • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

          thank you, stephanie <3

          • jodie on January 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

            You are stunning Gina. You look fabulous!!

          • Fitnessista on January 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

            thank you, lovely!

  20. Rebecca on January 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I didn’t realize Tarte was cruelty-free, good to know! Urban Decay is as well, I looove the original Naked pallette. Sadly, Benefit is not cruelty-free which is too bad because I’ve really liked some of their products in the past.

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      i didn’t know that about benefit :/ i figured they were for some reason, as the high beam is the only recent thing i’ve bought. womp womp πŸ™

  21. Melissa on January 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I just purchased Barre3 workout package online since there was a discount from LivingSocial! I’ve never tried it before (let alone any barre style workout) so I’m excited and glad to hear some positive feedback! One of my resolutions was to try new fitness activities so here goes nothing!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      ohhh let me know how you like it! they’re offering a free 15-day trial right now πŸ™‚

  22. Lucie@FitSwissChick on January 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I just ordered the ninja Ultima Blender, I can not wait for it to get here so I can make juices!!

    I love that eyeliner pic story. Totally cracked me up, haha!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      hope you have a great weekend πŸ™‚
      enjoy your new blender!

  23. Leanne on January 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Hahahahaha omg that eyeliner meme is the story of my life. I was debating putting on liquid eyeliner for New Years, but decided I didn’t have enough time/patience to deal with it. I recently purchased the NYX curve liner, and I like it, but I don’t like how it does the “wing”, so I need a second liner for that…and then it just turns into a whole thing, haha. Also, when I curl my lashes, I find some brands of liner stick to my eyelash curler and peel off, and then I have this blank spot that I spent about 10 minutes precisely lining…So yes, I should try this tarte one! What type of brush do you use with it?

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      hahaha! i laughed so hard when i saw the meme πŸ™‚
      a brush comes with it, and it’s perfect!

  24. Livi on January 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Oh my gosh… I really want to get a Naked palate! They look so amazing, and I love neutrals colors!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      it was one of the best makeup investments i’ve ever made πŸ™‚ use it almost every day

  25. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    hahaha I love that image! That is so me when I try to use liquid eye liner. I occasionally do it right but it takes a lot of patience, practice, and going VERY VERY slow when most of the time lets face it I don’t when I am putting on makeup. I just save it for special occasions and stick to my pencil eye liner most of the time! I actually just found a foundation at Ulta which is their primer and foundation in one and LOVE it! I think it is my new favorite foundation.

  26. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on January 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I keep seeing the NAKED palettes everywhere. I don’t wear eyeshadow because I don’t know how to apply it – just like that picture shows, haha! I need a lesson, because I’d like to spruce up my look!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      that palette is extremely user-friendly. all of the colors are beautifully neutral!

  27. Sagan on January 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I look the EXACT SAME when using liquid eyeliner. Consequently I haven’t owned any in years. Methinks it’s time to try it again… if only for the entertainment value πŸ˜‰

    Must try Naked brand; I haven’t used it before. I am completely obsessed with my Burt’s Bees lip balm and Smashbox primer though!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      love that lip balm, too!

  28. Shaina Anderson on January 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    those caramels are so good! and that stir fry looks awesome! Not much is looking awesome to me these days so I might have to add that to next week’s meal plan.

    I broke the juicer out yesterday! Its been a while but I have wanted absolutely nothing to do with anything vegetable related for the last month so I forced some juice down for the bambino. Good news is Tripp loved it so we’ll be making it a regular habit. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      awww! that’s awesome tripp loves it. i loved the pic you put on Facebook! πŸ™‚

  29. Kes on January 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Just bought a new juicer after my last one decided it had enough. Really can’t do without it.

  30. Kellie @ keeprunninkellie on January 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I love how you refer to them as “underground ” barre classes…so secretive and intense for a fitness class.

  31. Laura B at FitMamaLove on January 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    That dinner looks delish!

    I love Tarte–their foundation and mascara are great and I love the ingredients. I haven’t tried the eyeliner yet, but I use a similar kind from other brands, so when I run out maybe I’ll give theirs a try next time.

    You look great, btw. I can’t believe how mean some people are, especially on the Internet.

  32. Beth on January 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    can you tell me how, exactly, you made the stir fry? I don’t know how to make a stir fry! Did you use frozen veggies? Cook the veggies and chicken at the same time, etc? Thanks so much!

    • Kate on January 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      not to step on gina’s toes but i just made it for the first time after asking my mom for advice and here’s what i did:
      1. cook the veggies and garlic first in an oil that will get very hot (canola, vegetable, etc)
      2. take out the veggies and cook chicken
      3. once the chicken is cooked, add the veggies back in and then add the almond butter sauce (which at first i thought was too milky so i dumped some out, but definitely leave it in because you’ll want the liquid)
      make sure this is all done on a very high heat & enjoy! thank you for the recipe gina πŸ™‚

      • Fitnessista on January 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        thank you, kate! i did it similarly, but cooked the chicken, garlic and ginger first (halfway), then added the veggies, noodles and sauce.

  33. Amber on January 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    OOOOooo I loved that article about Wellness Trends in 2014. I’m excited about a lot of those πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  34. jodie on January 3, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I love Barre3. They have online classes too. I have never tried Naked Makeup, but I always see it at Ulta. Maybe now I will since everyone likes it.

    I am back on my smoothie/juicing kick. Trying to eliminate added sugars as well. Hope you have a fun weekend planned. Working out is all know for sure I will be dong this weekend. Playing the rest by air.

  35. Andrea on January 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I have all the Naked palettes and Naked 2 is my favorite! It’s so versatile, it looks good on pretty much everyone! I haven’t tried the Tarte eyeliner – that may have to happen soon!

  36. Alexa on January 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I’m so happy you loved your first barre3 class! I’m a barre3 instructor and meant to recommend it when you posted about getting a barre certification because there’s a studio in San Diego. Please keep us updated!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      so awesome!! i can’t wait to check out the SD studio πŸ™‚ LOVE that they have childcare, too

  37. Alissa on January 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Have a crazy weekend planned (Sun/Mon/Tues), I have decided to really kick off my personal business in 2014 and have events lined up Sun-Wed this week and more next. Thank you for being a great inspiration to get out there and follow my passion.

    I have been on the fence about getting a Naked palette only because eye makeup and I don’t really seem to get along. At the moment I am hooked on E.L.F. face primer & covergirl’s natural foundation. I am slowing working on my makeup collection. I will have to really check it out the for we have the same kind of coloring, and I am just always worried about looking silly when I wear makeup.

  38. Jill Moyer on January 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Just found out about Barre3, and I must learn more about these “underground classes”.. I am getting married in 8 months and haven’t found anything I have liked since I moved from Colorado and away from Pure Barre. This sounds totally like my speed. I am excited just reading about Barre3. I need to know more.. I may just go and check out the location here in Tucson to see if I can find out more!

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