Fitness Friday: Sporting Life 10K 2017

Myself and Jordan before the start of the race
Myself and Jordan before the start of the race

This was my third time running the Sporting Life 10K as I had somehow gotten myself roped into it by my coworkers. I say “roped into it” because a the 10K distance is my least favourite race distance. There’s just something so awkward about 10K – you have to run close to your 5K pace… and yet it’s for double the distance! Ugh! Plus, I had kinda bombed my last 10K race in New York City (that race recap can be found here) so I kinda figured I wasn’t really set up properly (in training) for this distance.

The one massive upside though? Almost the entire course for the Sporting Life 10K is downhill, which automatically means you’ll be pulling a faster time overall.

The start zone for the Sporting Life race - facing south down Yonge Street
The start zone for the Sporting Life race – facing south down Yonge Street

My friend Jordan and I live in the same neighbourhood so we Ubered up to the start zone and got in our corral mere minutes before the race started. I like getting there just before the race starts because then you’re not standing around idle freezing your butt off until you start running, so it worked out well for us! We were both in the 56-59 minute finish time corral. I was hopeful for a 56 minute finish, but my last race a month prior had been just shy of 60 so I was kinda doubtful. Jordan had never done a 10K race before, but he’d run the distance the previous week and had clocked in around 55 minutes, so he could’ve potentially gone in the faster group. As our group started out, we wished each other well and started out at our own pace.

I tried to find my coworkers throughout the race, but I never saw them. I knew we were in the same corral, but when the race has approximately 20 THOUSAND people in it, it can be very difficult to find someone amongst the masses!

Hitting the finish line track mats!
Hitting the finish line track mats!

Although the 10K distance is not my favourite, this IS a lovely course. The downhill section (basically the first 7-8 kilometers) gives you a completely different vantage point than you would normally see in any given race. You’re constantly looking far down ahead of you and all you can see are masses of people. It might look like a crowded mess at times (and it certainly feels like that when you’re trying to get around people!), but it’s a beautiful mess because you know that we’re all in this together.

Sidenote: This was one of the WORST races in recent memory of people coming to a crashing halt in the middle of the course. People please – DO NOT STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COURSE! Slow yourselves to a halt by the sides, not in the middle! (Read this post on What NOT To Do In A Race – it might be helpful.)

All finished!
All finished!

I crossed the track mats a little bit unaware of my finish time – I couldn’t for the life of me remember what my previous paces had been on this course. I prefer comparing this race only to my other Sporting Life races because of the downhill aspect – everyone is automatically faster on this course, so using this as a personal best time is just ridiculous since it has severe advantages over even a flat course.

In the end, I finished the race with a time of 56:12 – which turned out to be my fastest on this course (by 11 seconds from my 2014 race). Even more interesting is that I basically kept the same pace for the entire race – which is something I almost never manage to accomplish. My first 5K was at a pace of 5:36/k and my second 5K at 5:38/k. Usually I plummet in speed for the second half of any race, so  this really felt like I had more endurance overall. I was DEAD pleased about that!

This year is shaping up really well for my race paces and I’m so, so happy that I finally feel on track again!

2017 Sporting Life 10K map and stats via my Garmin
2017 Sporting Life 10K map and stats via my Garmin

Race Recap

  • Finish Time: 56:12
  • Pace: 5:37 per kilometer
  • Overall placement: 6118/18500
  • Age group placement (Female, 30-34): 409/1687
  • Gender placement (F): 2314/10552

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg (Review & Swatches)

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg

NARS has just recently launched their Charlotte Gainsbourg collection- a 15-piece collection of which I have two items. For those uncultured fools (I’d be one of them), Charlotte Gainsbourg is a French woman born from two icons: British movie star and Hermès muse Jane Birkin (Birkin bag anyone?) and French music legend Serge Gainsbourg. Interestingly enough, Gainsbourg has been quoted as saying she doesn’t wear much makeup and the best piece of advice she ever received (in regards to makeup) was “to not put too much on”.

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg

So perhaps it’s for that reason that the collection focuses a lot on glowing tints of colour (although the eyeshadow duos say otherwise) via the Multiple Tints, the Hydrating Glow Tint, as well as the Lip Tints. The bulk of the collection is geared towards natural beauty and sheerness – an effortless aesthetic that is often associated with the French.

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg - Multiple Tint in Jeanette
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg – Multiple Tint in Jeanette

Most interesting to me was the Multiple Tint. I have a few Multiples (which is NARS‘ version of a combo lip and cheek product, although I almost always wear it on my cheeks) that are a chockful of colour which means you need to tread lightly with the product. While it can be nice to have full pigmentation, for the summer, and on my cheeks, that’s generally not what I’m going for. I want something more luminous, sheer, but with a solid wash of colour.

And the Multiple Tint delivers! This particular shade is Jeanette – a sheer berry by their standards (and a poppy pink by mine!).

NARS Kohliner in Zinc
NARS Kohliner in Zinc

The other item I tried out is the Kohliner in Zinc – a slate grey pencil that you’s swear was actually blue by that colour tag at the bottom of the pencil. This is a twist up product (but be careful – it doesn’t wist back down!) that smudges out easily. You’ve got plenty of time to layer it on your eye and then go in with a brush before it sets. Once it does set though – it’s definitely not going anywhere!

NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg swatches - Multiple Tint in Jeanette and Kohliner in Zinc
NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg swatches – Multiple Tint in Jeanette and Kohliner in Zinc

The Multiple Tint in Jeanette is absolute perfection in my books – that’s the EXACT colour I want on my cheeks when I’m going for that flushed look. And I love how it’s got a hint of sheerness to it – makes for much easier blending on the cheeks. Although it appears creamy in my swatch, rest assured that it dries down completely on the cheeks.

I’m not much of a eye pencil person (liquid’s my jam) but the Kohliner in Zinc is very easy to use. I appreciate how it glides on smoothly with minimal fussing. I also seriously appreciate the fact that it doesn’t dry down immediately and there’s some wiggle room – I was able to go in with a pencil brush after layering it down to smoke it out a little bit.

Wearing the Kohliner in Zinc smudged along my upper lash line
Wearing the Kohliner in Zinc smudged along my upper lash line

Wearing Zinc along my upper lash line. I was able to layer it down, smudge it with a pencil, and then add a bit more to roots of my lashes to add depth.

Wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks
Wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks

For reference, I have some bronzer on towards the back of my cheekbones, but I’m not wearing any highlighter. What you see on my cheeks and lips is only the Multiple Tint in Jeanette.

Full face wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks, and the Kohliner in Zinc on upper lash line
Full face wearing the Multiple Tint in Jeanette on my lips and cheeks, and the Kohliner in Zinc on upper lash line

Final Thoughts

Although I only tried two products from the NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg collection, I was quite enchanted by them. The Kohliner is really quite nice, even though it’s not a product that’s in my usual wheelhouse of looks. The Multiple Tint though… that thing has stolen my heart. Any kind of cheek tint in that kind of luscious red colour is an absolute win for me.

Did anything from this collection pique your interest? Let me know!

To check out the whole NARS x Charlotte Gainsbourg collection, take a peek at it on sephora.ca or on sephora.com.

 The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

What’s On My Face – Volume 48

So the sad reality is that I actually haven’t done a “What’s On My Face” since July of last year! I know why though… it’s a combination of YouTube pretty much becoming the better visual format for a makeup tutorial, but also because Challenge Weeks seem to interest people a lot more than a random assortment of looks. (I get it – it’s easier to work from one palette instead of a whole pile of them.)

Anyway, on with the looks!


This one actually dates back to May 2016 – I wore it in my Makeup Geek Favourites video (and those recommendations still hold true!).

Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Unexpected through the upper crease.
  2. Makeup Geek Blacklight on the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Pop Culture on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Makeup Geek Duchess on the outer corner.
  5. Makeup Geek Phantom on the inner corner.
  6. Makeup Geek Baby Face on the brow bone.

I created the wing with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and lined my lower water line with Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. I coated my lashes with Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and the popped on a pair of House of Lashes Noir Fairy false lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay in Buff and Nude
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
  • Blush: Urban Decay Bittersweet
  • Highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills Crushed Pearl 
  • Lips: Inglot AMC Lip Gloss in 541

I love, love, LOVED how this look came out. It was very orange based because I was wearing all black to a NYX Halloween event last year.

Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee through the top of the crease.
  2. Makeup Geek Chickadee on the inner third of the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Poppy on the middle third of the lid.
  4. Makeup Geek Razzleberry on the outer third of the lid and pulled through the crease.
  5. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie on the inner tearduct.
  6. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

I used Lit Cosmetics’ California Soul glitter to line my lower lash line and used Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer on the lower water line. I created the wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and coated my lashes with Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara. I’m also wearing a pair of Lashlorette fake lashes by Esqido.

Face

  • Foundation:  Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla and Warm Ivory
  • Bronzer: NYX Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: Not sure – I didn’t write it down!
  • Highlighter: BECCA Champagne Pop
  • Lips: MAC Barbecue

Just an eye look for this one because… uh… the lips were that beautiful tarte Fairytale shade (the teal one), but I hadn’t retouched them and by the time I took photos they looked atrocious. I had thought they looked okay so I filmed an entire video with them… and it’s really just ghastly. (You’ll be able to see how bad it looks in tomorrow’s video though.) I did love the eye look though!

 

Eyes

  1. MAC Cork through the top of the crease.
  2. MAC Stars n Rockets through the crease.
  3. tarte Fairy on the outer corner.
  4. Too Faced Gliterally on the lid (it’s the same as the discontinued Too Faced Blue Fire glitter if you have that).
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit – Blue Ice on the inner tearduct.
  6. MAC Blanc Type on the brow bone.
  7. MAC Steamy layered on first, with MAC Parfait Amour on top.

I used the ARTDECO High Precision Liquid Liner to create the wing and lined my lower water line with MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s Aqua XL Liner in  M-26. I coated my lashes with tarte‘s Tarteist Lash Paint mascara and applied a pair of Ardell 811 Faux Mink lashes.


A look using the warmer shades in the Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette! I’m wearing this look in my Sephora VIB Sale + Ulta Haul video.

Eyes

  1. Juvia’s Place Cairo through the crease and on the lower lash line.
  2. Juvia’s Place Casablanca on the lid.
  3. Juvia’s Place Ada to deepen up the outer corner.
  4. Juvia’s Place Dahia on the inner tearduct.
  5. MAC Blanc Type on the brow bone.

(Ignore the 7 – it was a mistake!) I created the wing with MAC‘s fluidline in Dipdown and coated my lashes with essence The False Lashes Dramatic Volume Unlimited mascara.

Face

  • Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
  • Blush: Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Coloured RainedElectric Rain

And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed the roundup!