I commute on the daily basis, especially my commute to and from my morning workout and even to work. For the most part, I like to listen to…Read More
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Today we’re going to talk hair. More specifically all the details about my hair. Before I start, I’m going to break it up into four categories, color & cut, hair washing schedule (yes, I’m psycho), how I style, and products I use. Let’s get right into it…Read More
I leave for Israel in less than a month, which means it’s time to start shopping. I normally just go to the mall and pick up some things, but this time I want a theme since it’s an international trip. When I picture Israel, I think of neutrals (white, black, nudes, and maybe pops of coral).
I started using Curology about 6 months ago, after I suddenly developed tons of acne on the center of my forehead and above my lip. Prior to using Curology, I had tried other acne fighting creams but nothing worked super well. Before I jump right in and talk about Curology, I want to give you some background about my skin.
I started getting little whitehead bumps in 6th grade. My acne wasn’t the worst but it was definitely embarrassing as many of my friends had flawless skin. It took me several years and self experiment to figure out that most of my acne was caused by genetics and partially dairy. While my skin did improve when I cut out dairy, I was still getting whiteheads and sometimes painful cysts on my forehead. Somehow, my skin eventually cleared up on its own junior year of high school.
Towards the beginning of senior year, I started getting big white heads on my forehead and above my lips. Not fun especially since this was the time for school ID pictures and senior portraits! This was the worst my skin had ever been. I was extremely self cautious and embarrassed of my skin especially since I was a swim instructor. After searching the web, desperate to find something that would help my acne, a Curology ad popped up in my instagram feed and I began to do some research and signed up for my free trial.
how Curology works:
Before you sign up, you take a quiz answering questions about your skin concerns (acne, acne scars, wrinkles, etc.) You will also be asked to take pictures of your skin. After completing the quiz, you will be paired with a dermatologist who will create a custom formula for your skin’s need. The provider will send you a notification for a “consultation” listing the active ingredients in your treatment and inform you on what the ingredients are designed to do. Next, the bottle will be shipped right to your door!
I started using Curology late October of 2018 and after using it for about 6 months every night, I see a huge difference in my skin. My acne scars have slightly faded and I rarely get pimples anymore. I must warn you, the first two weeks of using Curology, you might develop tons of pimples because your skin is purging. In my case it lasted about only a week. All the gunk that was under my skin was being brought to the surface of my skin. After the second month, my skin had pretty much cleared up; by the third month, my acne scars were starting to fade. I still use Curology to this day, but not as consistent as before. I use it about 3-4 times a week depending on how my skin is feeling/looking. Overall, I think Curology is the main reason my skin cleared up so quickly! I will be sharing my skincare routine soon for those of you wondering what other products I use!
In the meantime, if you would like to try out Curology for free your first month use this link! I recommend trying out the plan that includes the superbottle, moisturizer, and cleanser if it is your first time and ONLY use those products for one month.
*This is not a sponsored post although some links are affiliated.
As a daughter of a CFE Certified Financial Educator®, I hear the words, “save before your spend!” a lot. I have learned some tips throughout the year and I’m definitely not an expert, but I think I may have some tips that I can share to help you start managing your money better!
1. Pay yourself before you spend.
This is a super important tip, besides creating a budget. Paying yourself means to put money aside for savings before you spend it all. When you’re younger and you don’t have bills to pay, it’s the best time to save your money. I like to put at least 50% of my income into savings.
2. Create a budget (and follow it).
I took a financial literacy class and the number one tip was to create a budget. I had never created a budget but I had always kept track of my spending so this was something new for me.
I make my budget on the app, Pennies. I know it’s $4 but definitely worth it! Since I’m only a junior in high school and I do have a job my budget looks something like this:
10% goes into essentials
which for me is tithe
60% goes into savings
this goes into my savings account
10% goes into my business
anything from YouTube to running my blog
20% goes into lifestyle
spending money for when I’m out with friends
3. Get a job.
I know if you’re younger you might not be able to get a job, but there are other ways you can earn money. You can tutor (I use to do this when I was in 5th grade and got $15/hr a week), babysit, walk your neighbor’s dog, or ask your parents to do extra chores or jobs around the house to earn a little bit of cash.
4. Think before you spend.
Just because you want it, doesn’t mean you need it. I have to tell myself this all the time! I’ve only made two big purchases that I can think of, both of which I had thought about at least three months before purchasing.
the only two things:
5. Create a financial goal for yourself.
It’s easier to save money for the future, if you know what you’re saving for. Many of us know that we should be saving for the future, however we never know what we are saving for. Having goals makes it much easier to save. Here are some of my goals. I know I want to have some spending money when I’m in college and won’t be able to work as much. I want to purchase a house within two years of graduating college. I want to be self-employed which means I need a safety net.
Whatever your goal might be, make sure to write them out that way you can always look to it. I hope this blog post helps you out and encourages you to budget!
your wallet will thank me later,
All images borrowed from Pinterest.