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The Mardi Gras Run!

Last weekend I participated in the Mardi Gras run (a Wiz Event) and it was definitely a fun, but smaller event.  This race had 4 options: 15k, 10k, 5k run, and 5k walk – I chose the 5k run.  The 5k was $40 and I used a $5 off discount code which brought the total with tax back to about $40.  I don’t normally spend this amount on a race, but I love Mardi Gras (I’m from Southern Mississippi) aaannnd the medal is pretty dope.  Wait til you see 😉

The race was advertised as a “big celebration with jazz music and more great tunes”.  I would say it was more of a mediocre get together with a retired DJ.  You tried your best Mr. DJ, I give you a gold star. 🙂  The event was held at Hospitality Point in the Mission Bay area.  Parking was free and it was fairly easy to find a decent spot.  The venue was a bit smaller than expected, but the course was scenic and easy to follow.  Much to my surprise, however, there were only three Porta Potties along with one women’s bathroom and one men’s bathroom.  I really anticipated more bathrooms given this was expected to be such a huge celebration.

 

The course had nice support from the volunteers and water along with beads and leis were offered at the halfway mark.  The DJ kept up the energy as each finisher crossed and we were met with medals and water as well as bagels, peanut butter, and bananas.

There were a few vendors, but again I expected a bit more…and there was a photo booth along with a food truck offering authentic New Orleans cuisine. Some participants dressed up in festive costumes so I really enjoyed the vibe of this race, but was definitely expecting a bigger celebration.  I felt that there could have been a bit more energy (this is supposed to be Mardi Gras after all) and maybe even some activity stations for the kids.  I didn’t order anything from the food truck because I wasn’t really craving fried food at 9am after running 3 miles and food was not included in the registration price.

I did try a sample of the Arctic Zero frozen dessert.  I tried the salted caramel flavor and was surprised at how tasty it was since it was…are you ready…lactose free, gluten free, GMO free, fat free, and Kosher.  Basically it was made from swan saliva and unicorn blood, but it wasn’t bad.

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Also, let me just say…the organizers of this race clearly have never been to an actual Mardi Gras celebration as there was not one drop of alcohol in sight! Overall, I would say it was a well-organized race with a decent attempt at recreating a Mardi Gras party, but sadly it fell short in the celebration area.  I do feel that it could be improved and I hope to see a much bigger celebration in future years.

So what was the SWAG?

Your eyes are not deceiving you…That is a light up jester hat!

Shirts were offered for an extra $10 so I passed on that one.

A string of beads and a lei.

Free professional pictures.

Beautiful scenery cause I always count that as swag.

And a rad medal.  15k participants received the same medal, but with a fancier ribbon.

I would mostly likely do this race again because I’m a sucker for unique medals…but maybe they will at least have Daiquiris at the next one.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

~SM

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Walmart Beauty Box (Winter 2015)

I was super excited to receive my newest Walmart beauty box this season!  If you recall, Walmart beauty boxes are a flat $5 and are shipped every season.  Again, I’ve heard that different people receive different samples in their boxes…so here is a review of what I got in mine!

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Walmart got a little coconut happy with this box…maybe they were trying to bring a tropical feeling to the winter blues…I dunno, but so. much. coconut.

Goody slideproof hairbands – I actually love these!  I have long, thick and wavy hair, so I am pretty picky when it comes to hairbands.  I took these on a three mile run and I was surprised that they didn’t budge!  Also no snags or pulling, so I will definitely be purchasing these in the future.

NSpa exotically creamy coconut rich body butter – This has an unnecessarily long name, but I really loved the texture and scent of this cream!  It goes on smooth and has a nice creamy feel.  The coconut smell was pleasant and not too overwhelming.

Aveeno skin relief body wash (nourishing coconut) – I really liked the feeling of this body wash, but wasn’t a huge fan of the scent.  It seemed fake and made me want to get off the island.

Aveeno skin relief lotion (nourishing coconut) – I felt like the lotion was okay, nothing fantastic and again, I wasn’t a fan of this particular coconut scent.  I do normally like Aveeno products because some of the products contain natural ingredients.  Sidenote: I say “natural” loosely as Aveeno is a division of Johnson & Johnson so a lot of their products aren’t as “natural” as they claim to be. You can research that and draw your own conclusions, that’s just my personal opinion.

Pantene Pro-V extra strong hold hairspray – I think this hairspray did a pretty good job keeping my hair tame throughout the day.  It does claim to be humidity resistant for 24 hours, but there isn’t a whole lot of humidity in Southern California so it was hard to really test that.  But I did like the smell, it reminded me of cotton candy! Yum!

That’s it for the regular size samples, now on to the one-time use packets…

Jergens wet skin moisturizer (refreshing coconut oil) – I found this lotion to be a bit thin and my skin felt a little irritated after using this right out of the shower.  I also wasn’t a fan of the coconut oil scent.

Jergens wet skin moisturizer (nourishing monoi oil – Same feelings as above, except the scent was much nicer.

L’Oreal total repair 5 restoring shampoo – I’m not exactly sure it restored my hair in one use, but my hair felt clean and smelled nice.

L’Oreal total repair 5 damage-erasing balm – This was obviously a thicker texture and meant to be left on for 3-5 minutes.  Again, not sure if it erased damage in one use…but I would probably give it another shot.

L’Oreal total repair 5 restoring conditioner – Okay, real talk.  I honestly wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use this along with the damage-erasing balm, or use it in a different session.  The instructions on both the balm and the conditioner said to use it after using the shampoo, but didn’t specify whether or not they weren’t meant to be used together.  Anywho, I used this right after rinsing out the balm because I always need conditioner.  My hair felt smooth and clean after and I would probably use this product in the future.

Olay tone perfecting cream – The cream felt nice, but using it once isn’t enough to determine if it was effective in perfecting tones.  It had a nice, lingering smell…it kind of reminded me of a grandma, but like a cool and fun grandma.

Olay regenerist wrinkle reducing cream – It claims that visible wrinkle results start after one use, but I couldn’t tell a difference.  Although to be fair, I don’t have many wrinkles to begin with.  Maybe I will try it again in a few years.

Jennifer Aniston fragrance – See previous blog post for thoughts on this.

L’Oreal skin shade swatch – This little guy was actually pretty handy.  How many times do you stand in the aisle staring at all of the foundations and guessing which one will best match your skintone?  It’s usually hit or miss, so this little guide takes the guesswork out of all that.  There are three levels: warm, neutral and cool.  And each level ranges from 1-10.  You basically just peel one of the nine swatches off and stick it on your face.  Whichever one looks closest to your skintone is the winner!  That’s it!  Easy as pie!  And in case you were wondering, I’m a Cool-1.

Add a few coupons into the mix and that’s a wrap!  Another awesome beauty box from WalMart!  Get yours here.

What did you get in yours?  I would love to know!

~SM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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