beauty fail + other Thursday things

Hi friends! How are you? What day is it? What year is it? What’s going on?? As much as I’m loving this festive blur and non-stop partying with the girls, I’m looking forward to some kind of structure in my life again. My 2019 planner has been entirely neglected so far, but for now, I’m trying to just enjoy the moments and know that routine is around the corner.

Snow day

It’s snowed in Tucson the past couple of days! By the time we woke up on New Years it had all melted (oops) but we had the opportunity to play in a straight-up winter wonderland yesterday. When we woke up, snowflakes were falling in the backyard! We put tights on under our pants, did the tank top, shirt, sweater and jacket combo, mittens, beanies, and took a drive to Agua Caliente park where it was blanketed (ok, a lil patchy) with snow. We had the best time throwing snowballs at each other, making a mini snowman, and attempting snow angels. 

Snow day 2

It pretty much never snows in Tucson, so it was pretty amazing that we got to see it! We also got a surprise snow in Valdosta last year. This is a pic from our backyard almost exactly one year ago. (Someone please hold me while I cry because the girls are so big now.)

Snowman 3

The fam came over the other night and we ate potluck style (my mom brought quiche and broccoli cheese soup, while I made Ina’s roasted vegetable soup and a giant cheese board).

Cheese board

All of the usual staples were there: different types of cheese, smoked salmon, charcuterie, dried fruit, nuts, Harry & David pear, Skinny Dipped almonds, Whisps, olives, an olive tapenade, Dijon, and jam. It was one of my messier boards – I put it together super fast while the girls were playing with their doll house – but it did the trick. 

Fitness-wise, it’s been a little interesting to get in workouts this week. Our two main babysitters were both out of town, and barre3 Play Lounge was booked up. I’ve done a couple of Peloton classes, and also got in a BODYPUMP workout while the girls played. (Sometimes while they’re home, I’ll stream a Physique 57 class or get in my own strength workout.) I don’t have any barbells or plates right now – they’re all still in Georgia – but did the release using a couple of pairs of dumbbells. I really like the 108 release so far and think the biceps track is my fave.

Now that we talked about food and fitness… I have to tell you about facial hair. There’s no way to seamlessly transition to this topic. I’m sorry.

So I feel like over the past year, I’ve heard beauty bloggers rave nonstop about Tinkle razors for shaving peach fuzz and lady mustache. I was definitely intrigued, but weirded out. Like shave your face? Won’t that give you a 5-o’clock shadow? Will it make you prickly? It was something I thought was cool, but just stored the information in my brain in case I needed it later. My facial hair has never bothered me and I’m fortunate that it’s blond for some bizarre reason (my arm hair is, too! Thanks, dad. <— he’s blond). 

Tinkle razor fail

Then, one afternoon, I caught a glimpse of myself in the rearview mirror and my peach fuzz glimmered in the sun. I was like WTF and made an Amazon impulse purchase when we got home. A couple of days later, the Tinkle razors arrived and I was oddly excited to give them a try. I washed my face, dried it, and went to town on the peach fuzz. It was gone instantly and my face felt super smooth! Feeling overconfident, I decided to go for the lady mustache which is where I MADE A MISTAKE. Yes, I got the little bit of peach fuzz off. I put moisturizer on my newly smooth face and went to bed feeling like I was in on an awesome secret!

Then, a couple of days later, I licked my lips and felt a strong poke on my tongue. The lady mustache was back and it was angry. It was sharp, spiky and painful. When you shave hair, you hack it off at the thickest part, which makes it more pokey. Fail to meeeeeee. I just had to share this information so it doesn’t happen to anyone else. Peach fuzz: sure. Lady mustache: HARD NO.

So there ya go.

Any beauty fails lately? Any wins? Did you have a hard time getting in workouts this week or did you rock it?

See ya in the morning with some faves!



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  1. Cara's Healthy Cravings on January 3, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Oh Gina, that sucks!!!
    I have to admit, I did giggle out loud at your expense 😉
    Way to be real!
    Hopefully the hair grows back somehwhat normally.

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:07 am

      you are free to laugh it up. i think it’s hilarious now haha

  2. Amanda P. on January 3, 2019 at 10:23 am

    When I was in my early 20s (I’m 40 now), I was getting my eyebrows waxed when the lady said “Oh, I see that one side of your mustache hair is longe than the other”! First of all, I did not know I had mustache hair, Second of all, One side was longer than the other!?! So, I let her wax it………Fast forward to the next day when I woke up and my upper lip was red, swollen and covered in little break out pimples. And then by an awful freak chance, I had to go to a funeral and see family I had not seen in years the next day. I have never had it waxed again. I either bleach it or use this little electric trimmer thing and keep it trimmed. Lesson leaned!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:06 am

      oh noooooo. that’s why i’ve been afraid to wax it! i get those little pimples when i wax my eyebrows so i was like, “all over my lip? no no no”
      does it grow back stubbly with the trimmer thing?

      • Amanda P. on January 4, 2019 at 8:37 pm

        Not too bad. There’s still some stubble but its soft

  3. Diana on January 3, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I’ve used Nair for the face on my stache before and felt like it worked pretty well. I love getting it (and my eyebrows) waxed, but ya know, budget. I can so imagine that feeling of finding out this amazing secret and then being like oh no, mistakes have been made! Made me chuckle 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:05 am

      haha the things we go through

  4. Carrie Bui on January 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Waxing is where it’s at. Have you been to European Wax Center? I love them. My location is way up in Oro Valley.

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:05 am

      no i haven’t! here in tucson i go to sweet cheeks and really like it there

  5. Tracy on January 3, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Ever since I went through early menapause, facial hair has plagued me. Luckily, its blond as well, but I SEE it and it bugs me beyond, especially when using natural sunscreens. For the past couple of years, I have been going every couple of months and having it sugared, which is much gentle than waxing. If you find a better solution, please share….

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:04 am

      that’s a great tip! i’ll see if there are any places that sugar wax around here

  6. Dominique on January 3, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Omg I love your honesty about using the little face-razors! I’m intrigued but have been too scared to try it because, well, I’m a brunette mammal with brunette hair…which means my brunette peach fuzz which is not noticeable without a magnifying mirror could potential turn into brunette stubble. And it’s a HARD NO for me on that haha.

    However, even though I don’t mind my peach fuzzies, I tame the lady ‘stache by threading and 10/10 HIGHLY recommend it! I’ve got it done professionally a couple times, but I do it myself now. All it took was 15 min of watching a youtube tutorial and a $0.98 spool of thread from walmart, and now I can do it in 5 minutes whenever I notice things are looking a little furry. (And I haven’t had to buy another spool of thread since 2016 so it’s hands down the most cost effective hair removal ever haha.)

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:04 am

      ok i feel inspired now! i watched a youtube video and will give it a try this weekend. maybe next week i’ll have no eyebrows from this. (i tend to get a little overexcited about these things)

  7. Cristal on January 3, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Oh my goodness, you had me lol “The lady mustache was back and it was angry.”
    I have been bothered by all the peach fuzz on my face lately too. I haven’t heard any good solutions, yet.

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:03 am

      same. part of me is thinking i need to just be like the girl from greatest showman and rock it

      • Cristal on January 4, 2019 at 8:48 am


  8. Jana on January 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Lol – she can get real angry! I use the tinkle for peach fuzz…my make up goes on so much smoother. Love that.

    For the the lady stache….that bitch is going down by laser…..*pew pew*

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:03 am

      haha that’s what i was thinking! i didn’t know if it would be tough to laser since it’s lighter colored hair though.. worth going in. this can’t be a thing

  9. Crystal on January 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Omg I am laughing so hard right now because the EXACT SAME THING happened to me with one of those razors. Never again 😐

    So crazy about the snow!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:02 am

      i’m sorry it happened to you but glad i’m not alone!

  10. J on January 3, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    I use those same razors for my face and I’ve had great success. I am very fair. Maybe worth another try?

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:02 am

      did you do your upper lip or no? i’m wondering what i’m doing wrong! i’ll still use it for my random peach fuzz for sure

      • J on January 4, 2019 at 7:05 am

        Yep that’s actually the only thing I use it for!

  11. Julia on January 3, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Notes from a friend –

    1. Waxing can leave you with weird issues… like, when you sweat your mustache region won’t turn red like the rest of your face.
    2. Once the hairs get pokey, you can tweeze them really easily.

    Again, wise counsel from a friend, NOT ME. (wink, wink, yeah?)

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2019 at 1:01 am

      haha this is what i needed to hear.

  12. Katie on January 4, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Oh man I was blessed with thick dark hair on my head…and all over my face hahaha. I’ve totally had waxing fails where it burned my lip and I had a cool scab until it healed. I’ve moved on to threading my eyebrows and getting laser hair removal everywhere else!! It is so worth it.

  13. Milena on January 4, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    lol I’m dying over here!! how are there only 3 comments about this?? I figured just about everyone has a “hard lesson” in the facial hair department.

    Happy New Year to you and your fam 🙂

  14. Kara on January 4, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I’m so upset that this happened to you, Gina! I always hate when I get a brow wax and they ask if I want anything else waxed-I know they’re talking about my upper lip. But I’m like hell to the no for that exact reason!!! There’s got to be a fix to this problem!!

  15. Amy on January 4, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I totally use the Tinkle on my upper lip! The hair grew back pokey at first, but it softened up after I kept using it (I also use it really quickly several times a week, so if there are pokey hairs I just shave them off again). Maybe your skin just has to adjust?

  16. adrianna on January 5, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    i bought these about year ago, too, and maybe i’m doing it wrong?! or my hair is just too much, bc i cannot get them to work correctly! i still have peach fuzz (and a strong ‘stache!, but that gets a good ol waxing). HALP readers haha! i’ve actually cut myself a few times, too, so there’s that fail…

  17. Meg on January 6, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I literally started singing “this is me” Greatest Entertainer style as I read this because I did the same thing! I then tried the Sally Hansen facial hair remover and give myself a chemical burn so I’ve given up! Thank God my husband refuses to wear the glasses he so desperately needs!

  18. Erin on January 6, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I have had great luck with tinkle razors all over my face, but I have really fine facial hair to start, so it never grows back stubbly.

    Beauty fails- eyelash extensions. I am super fair and have white-ish, invisible eyelashes. Talk about fake-looking to suddenly have thick dark lashes 24/7… oh and the spray tan. Oh geez. I have never had a reall tan in my entire life- I’m too pale. Well I got a spray tan and it looked so unnatural. They didn’t make me pay for it 🙂

    We got snow in North Scottsdale but I was in Costa Rica so I missed it 🙁

  19. Adrienne on January 11, 2019 at 12:51 am

    OMG-“Lady mustache was back and it was angry”. I lol pretty hard at that. I too have a slight stache that I wax every now and again. Thank you for being awesome and real.

    Peloton lady pals for life!

  20. Emily on January 15, 2019 at 11:44 am

    You should get a flawless instead! It works so well! It’s more like a mini electric razor. It’s the size of a tube of lipstick and you can’t even feel it. It’s a life changer. A friend recommended it to me and I quickly bought one for myself off Amazon. It doesn’t leave you with any stubble!

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