How I Lost 40 Pounds (My Weight Loss Story, Diet & Exercise Tips & Tricks) | Video

I’ve been wanting to share my story of how I lost 40 pounds last summer for a while now, but never really knew what to say until now. I think the video explains it best, but if you don’t have 12 minutes to watch a video, I’ll condense it a bit on here.

My Weight Struggle

I wasn’t really an overweight kid. In the 6th grade I was bullied for my weight for the first time, and I think it triggered my weight gain over the years. I continued to get bullied for my weight through high school and I struggled with it a lot. I was maybe around 160-180 in high school, I honestly don’t remember because I avoided scales at all costs.

Once I started college, I was still living at home and had the same bad food habits from my childhood. I think an overall depression started my weight gain over the next few years and I grew to around 220 pounds. I moved out my 2nd year of school, and although I was still depressed because I had a crazy roommate that infuriated me, I was inspired to make better food choices and work out at my DTLA apartments’ gym. I was able to lose 10 pounds in 2 months and was down to around 192 before I moved back home because of my bad roommate situation.

Since then, I maintained around 200-210 for a couple of years. I found out I had PCOS and started getting seen by an endocrinologist to maintain it. Being a blogger and YouTuber with depression and very few friends led to a very isolated and sedentary lifestyle.

My Weight Loss Journey

In May 2014, I weighed 217 pounds. I got an internship at a PR firm and was motivated by my career and my doctor to lose weight. Through mainly diet I was able to lose 17 pounds in around 2 months. The next month, I only lost 6. Then I studied abroad. After I studied abroad I learned I lost 12 more pounds, bringing me to 35 pounds total. I lost another 5 pounds after coming home, bringing me to 40 pounds total. I started up a gym membership and went between classes during school. I was feeling a lot better physically and emotionally. Unfortunately I’ve gained some back, but I hope by sharing my tips, we can help each other!

My Diet & Exercise Tips

  • Small Improvements = results (as long as you’re making an improvement on almost every single thing you eat, you’ll see results)
  • Switch sugars: a nutritionist I saw recommended me to use sugar alternatives like splenda and stevia because they are not treated like sugar (or honey and agave nectar) are in your body. Plus, they’re usually zero or low calorie.
  • Healthy snacks: Apple slices with cinnamon or low fat caramel for dessert, hummus and vegetables, popcorn, nuts
  • Only drink water: This is pretty much a must! Your body will thank you. I skipped soda for the most part, but if you have to have something flavored, try a watered down lemonade, iced tea, or spa water and limit to once a day or less.
  • WALK!: I took the metro everywhere which leads to a lot of walking. It’s a half mile drive to the grocery store? Grab a utility cart and walk there instead!
  • Do exercises that you like: I like the elliptical, so I always do that. If you hate the treadmill, find something else you’d like! If you don’t like the exercise, you are going to want to skip work outs!

I hope my few tips can help someone out there. Whether you have a lot of weight to lose, no weight to lose, or just want to feel healthier, implementing these tips is so simple & it won’t take long for results. I’ve struggled with this for half of my life, and because of losing 40 pounds, the most weight I’ve lost in my life, I have the motivation to try even harder.

If you have lost a significant amount of weight, share your tips in the comments! Would love to get new ideas…

INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel Review (Shades 19, 20, 21)

INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel Review 19 20 21 (2)
INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel in 19, 20, and 21

As well all know, eyebrows are important. From Cara Delevigne’s famous arches, to #eyebrowsonfleek, and countless internet memes, the brow obsession has yet to cease.  The brand new INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel recently landed on my doorstep and I have not wanted to put it down ever since!

INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel Review 19 20 21
INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gels in 19, 20, 21

The Brow Liner Gel comes in 12 different shades, leaving a broad range to suit many different hair colors & undertones. I was sent 19, 20, and 21 to try out because I wasn’t quite sure which would suit my hair and eyebrows best. These gels are waterproof and creamy. I like that there is a lot of playtime while applying because it really helps with the blending process. But, after a little bit, your eyebrows aren’t going anywhere! I haven’t done the waterproof test, but I’d definitely say they’re at least water resistant. Sometimes when I remove my makeup my eyebrows like to linger…

INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel Review 19 20 21 Swatches
INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel Swatches (19, 20, 21)

The Brow Liner Gels are quite pigmented, but build able so you can pick your desired brow effect. Like a natural brow? Apply less product in gentle strokes. Want brows that wow? Add a bit more product to your angled brow brush and go to town. Shade 19 is a midtoned dark brown ideal for chocolate brown hair, shade 20 is a bit darker and cooler for espresso toned hair, and shade 21 is the perfect shade for me, a midtone universal taupe.

INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel Review 21 Swatch Tutorial
Wearing INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel in #21 on my eyebrows

I apply my INGLOT AMC Brow Liner Gel in #21 with an angled brow brush like Royal & Langnickel’s Brow Brush from their MODA Beautiful Eyes Kit (which reminds me- I need to review because I love it!).  I feel like it’s a straightforward application, but maybe I should do a tutorial! Persuade me in the comments… 😉

I am 100% in love with this product…it’s the first brow liner gel I’ve tried and loved! I definitely recommend you guys to order it online, or pick it up in an INGLOT store if you’re lucky enough to have one locally. Bonus- the AMC Brow Liner Gels retail for only $13!

**This post contains products that I have received for free-for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

What’s In My Bag? feat. Michael Kors | Video

I always love seeing what people carry in their bags, so I thought I’d share mine! I carry a Michael Kors Orange Crossbody Satchel that I got at TJMaxx. Because it’s out of season, I honestly have no clue what the name is or if you can get it anymore- I can’t find it anywhere online.

You’ll have to watch the video to get the whole experience, but here are just a few of the products I carry with me…

Bath & Body Works Pocket Bac Hand Sanitizer in Limoncello: I always need hand sanitizer for whenever I take the bus & train! I hate touching all the metal bars because who knows what’s on them!
Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses in Black: I adore these sunglasses- they’re the perfect fit for my face!
TUSK Business Card Holder: When I go to events, a business card holder is a must have because I always need to network & get my blog and YouTube channel out there!
RAVPower Portable Phone Charger (Charges 4 times for me!): My phone always dies when I’m out, so this is perfect to give it a charge or two if it dies & I’m still on the go!
Breakups To Makeup “Cross My Heart, Hope To Die, Stick Mascara in My Eye” Compact Mirror:  I love the saying on this mirror- it’s so cute! I always need a mirror for touch ups, or to just make sure I look good! I’m constantly checking if my face is too oily or if I’ve gotten something in my teeth.
Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette (My FAVE perfume!): Throughout the day I like to give myself a little spray of perfume to pick myself up. If I’m headed to an event or date, it comes in handy if I forgot to spray at home! And this perfume is my current signature scent- it’s so unique and I’m so obsessed with orange blossom. I first found it while I was studying abroad!
Face Stockholm Mimmi Lip Liner: Loving this nude liner right now- so many lip products pile up in my purse from other days!
Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Liner in 17C: This is the perfect orange lip liner- it lasts so long and works with all of my fave oranges!
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Lemon & Chamomile: I can’t live without this lip balm! It’s the best scent & moisturizes so well.
Milani Lipstick in Matte Nude: I love this drugstore matte lipstick right now- it’s my go to! The color and formula are both great, and who can beat that price?
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi: If I need some lip balm but I’m wearing makeup, I instantly go for this to give my lips a little color! I love the scent and it is really moisturizing.

Share in the comments: what do you carry in your purse with you that’s a must-have (but not a necessity like wallet/keys/etc.)?

**This post contains products that I have received for free-for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

#BringComfyBack with U by Kotex Lightdays Pantyliners & Choosing The Perfect Pair of Undies

U By Kotex Lightdays Pantyliners Review


Although I love fashion, being comfortable is always a priority for me- especially when it’s that time of the month! I’m such a stickler for comfort- I only wear one type of underwear (Victoria’s Secret Bikini in black), usually stick to t-shirts, and almost never wear heels.  Whenever I’m about to start my period, instead of potentially making a mess, it’s so easy to wear U by Kotex Lightdays Pantyliners just in case!

Whether you’re a pad or tampon girl, pantyliners are such an easy alternative to wear to prevent accidental leaks or during the tail end of your cycle. If you want to try them out for yourself, don’t forget to grab a free sample at!

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My Favorite Back To School Treat: M&M’S® Crispy!

M&M'S Crispy Review It’s almost time for school to start (some have even already begun!), and whenever I’m on campus I like to think of several snack ideas to keep me satiated throughout the long school day. This semester, I’m going to be on campus from around 12:00 to 9:00 PM! During my short class breaks I may not have time to grab a full meal, so snacking is crucial. I like to come up with a few savory snacks along with a few sweet snacks, because I have the biggest sweet tooth! Since I don’t always have time to make my own snacks, I pick up a lot from the store. I like M&M’S® Crispy because they are easy to find, affordable, and delicious. I lost 40 pounds last year, and even with that I didn’t diet or restrict my eating that much, it’s all about portion control. I could never give up my sweets, so if you eat in moderation you can eat whatever you’d like, as long as it’s combined with exercise. M&M'S Crispy Review 2 One package of M&M’S® Crispy counts as 2 servings at 90 calories each. If you split the package between midday and night, you have 2 snacks under 100 calories! I can’t say no to that. If you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to compromise your diet, I recommend having 1 serving per day, or only using your sweet treats as a reward. Have a big test? Reward yourself after studying or for achieving a good grade with some chocolate. Or, every chapter in your textbook you read, or answer you get right in a practice test, snack on a few M&M’S as a reward! Chocolate is the perfect motivation. I ate these a lot when I was studying abroad, because they are a regular flavor in Europe- but they didn’t have them back in the states until this year. As you can see by the below Facebook post from February, I was super excited to have my M&M’S® Crispy again! Sound off in the comments: what’s your M&M’S® flavor of choice?

Lovvvvved these when I was in Italy, they finally launched them here!

Posted by Olivia Frescura on Monday, February 9, 2015

Crispy M&Ms

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