Real Talk

Budgeting 101.

As someone who works in the finance field, I’m shocked it’s taken me this long to write this post. I think sometimes I forget to address the things in life that I’m decent at and familiar with and instead focus on what I’m trying to improve.

When it comes to budgets, money, etc., I’ve always been pretty comfortable with it. It’s the part of my brain that works almost automatically and I’m not doing a ton of research on how to make myself better here. BUT, I realized that it is an area of contention for a lot of people – and hopefully some of you reading today! I actually had a lot of fun putting this together (big nerd moment happening here) because I’m confident and think I have some helpful tips to share! Plus, I actually like numbers (and excel!) and sort of enjoy writing about technical subjects like this.

The Basics of starting a budget – take inventory.

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Beauty

7 hygiene habits to ditch in your 20s because, there’s no more room for excuses.

I’ve talked about it before but your 20s are that weird decade where you simultaneously feel like a kid and an adult. I think that because this is my last year as a 20something, I have become obsessed with it!  We often still follow our old habits from college or even high school that are totally teenager appropriate, but don’t exactly spell responsible adult. But as your teens slip further away and 30 inches closer, there are several hygiene habits you should ditch in your 20s. You may have gotten away with them ten years ago, but some of these things just aren’t going to fly any longer.

As you’ve probably heard a million times, things change when you age. You can’t necessarily get away with things that you did when you were young because your body and skin are changing, so it’s important to ditch bad habits when you’re young and set yourself up with a good routine that can carry you through adulthood. It’s easy to get lazy when it comes to beauty and hygiene, but it’s time to change all of that. Even if it takes you an extra five, fifteen, or even thirty minutes, it’s worth it, and your future self will thank you.

It might sound gross, but most of us are guilty of following some of these hygiene habits, and you should totally forget about them ASAP.

Makeup remover is not a cleanser.

The important thing is just making sure you take your makeup off, right? Wrong. The pads aren’t cleansing your skin — they’re just taking the makeup off. Even though it’s an extra step, you still need to cleanse as well as remove your makeup.

Clean your darn brushes!

Just because they don’t look dirty, doesn’t mean they don’t need washing. Products and bacteria build up on your brushes, which you then put on your face, causing break outs. Make sure you wash your brushes every two weeks or so, minimum.

Fabric spray is not the answer.

Just like on your makeup brushes, bacteria can build up on your sheets and pillowcases! When you lay on them every night you are transferring bacteria back onto your skin and clogging your pores, it could cause you to break out, so make sure you actually wash your sheets every week! EVERY WEEK!

Stop touching your pimples!

You know this one without me having to telling you, but as tempting as it is – do not pop your pimples. In addition to potentially scarring your face, popping pimples can cause bacteria to spread to other areas of your face, creating more breakouts. Just don’t do it anymore.

FLOSS!!!

Brushing your teeth isn’t going to cut it — you need to take the extra two minutes and floss, too. It removes bacteria and plaque from your teeth in places that your tooth brush can’t get, so if you want to maintain good oral hygiene, you better floss.

Water is not enough.

Shaving sucks in general, and spending a lot of time on it makes it even worse, but don’t just wet (or worse, dry) and shave. You should be using a gel, cream, soap, or something on there to coat your body so that you don’t cut yourself and you get a closer shave.

Up your soap game!

If you haven’t invested in a cleanser yet, it’s time to. Soaps have a high pH, so when you use a soap that has a pH of 13, it strips your skin of natural oils and lipids, and so it makes you look a lot older and makes your skin more irritated. Instead, use a beauty bar, pH neutral, or non-soap cleanser. You are an adult now, start reading the labels and educating yourself on what you are using on your body.

It might be hard to break these habits now, but trust me, you will be so thankful you did in the long run.

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XOXO.

B.

Real Talk

Excuses.

Excuses. Excuses. We are all human and we all make them, probably on a daily basis. But, there are some excuses in life that you and I and everyone NEED to stop making. Today I want to talk about the top 6 excuses we need to stop making NOW!

I don’t have enough time: This to me is the one I feel like I say the most and the one I hear the most from others. It is really easily applied in any situation without even thinking about it. From exercising to meal prepping to attending a book club. Listen, we all have busy lives. It’s not so much a matter of not having time, but prioritizing the time we do have. Do you spend 3 hours a day scrolling through your Instagram feed? Could that be used to do something else? Could you do your laundry on a weekend so you can make it to that Wednesday night yoga class?

I’m not a morning person: Umm listen, neither am I! In fact I think my boyfriend may be one of the only true morning people that exist in this world! Even if you aren’t a morning person just be positive about how much you COULD get done! If you feel like you’re strapped for time during the day, maybe some of that time could be found in the morning?

I don’t have anyone to go with: So…. go alone? Go see that new movie, make a reservation for 1 at that new restaurant! Shopping? For sure go alone but if you’re unsure of a purchase, snap a photo to your BFF before purchasing it. There is NOTHING I can think of you can’t do alone!

I don’t know where to start: If everyone who is anyone said that and went by it, where would our world be? If you don’t know where to start, start by asking for help. Go online and do some research. Get a mentor. Talk it out with friends or loved ones. But start!

I wouldn’t be any good at it: I hate when I hear people say this. Of course there are things that some of us are just better at than others, but you will never know if you don’t try. So take that negative self talk and kick it to the curb! You got this!

Oh I can’t pull that off: This is me all the time. I see something cute or that I love but think  “nah I can’t pull that off” and I keep walking. Still, try it! Whats the worst that happens? You really can’t pull it off?  But darling, that’s what dressing rooms and return policies are for!

What is one excuse you NEED to stop making?

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XOXO.

B.