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daydreams: flowers + oils + skincare

Currently dreaming about investing in natural, organic skincare. Below you’ll find a few lovely companies (all are highly recommended) and their suggested regimens for my skin type (oily). In the meantime, you’ll find me attempting to DIY my products with recipes from here and there (which I am, indeed, also enjoying).

Among the Flowers:

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1. Wash with Mud Cleanser (use a clean, natural towel to pat your face dry)
2. Follow with Rose Petal Hydration Mist to tone.
3. Lastly, use Luminescent Face Serum
2 oz, 2 oz, 2 oz respectively
Total investment $102
Extra: use code “editthis” for free shipping

Biossance

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1. Cleanser – Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil (with vitamin a, b & c)
2. Eye Gel – Squalance + Peptide Eye Gel
3. Vitamin C – Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (anti-aging)
4. Probiotic Moisturizer – Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
6.7 fl oz, .05 oz, 1 oz, 1.6 oz respectively 
Total investment $208
Extra: Get 4 ml of 100$ Squalane Oil & Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, code “FREESAMPLE”

Cold Spring Apothecary 

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1. Clarifying Charcoal Cleanser (deep cleans while being gentle and restorative)
2. Sea Clay & Charcoal Toner (helps to balance the pH and hydrate the skin while also further cleaning pores)
3. Clarity Facial Oil (use 3-4 drops, acts as a moisturizer)
4. Sea Clay & Charcoal Mask (use 1-2x per week; comes in powder form – add water or honey, or add to the charcoal cleanser; apply for 5 minutes before rinsing)
5. Clarifying Facial Exfoliant (use 1-2x per week; an option over the Sea Clay & Charcoal Mask)
4 oz, 4 oz, 1 oz, 4 oz, 4 oz respectively
Total investment $133 – $168
Extra: Contact their retail shop for free samples ($6 shipping fee)

Farmaesthetics

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1. Fine Herbal Cleanser (gentle cleanser)
*. Sweet Milk & Orange Peel Exfoliate (mix with the Fine Herbal Cleanser 2-3 times per week to help regenerate surface cells)
2. Pure Complexion Tonic (gentle toner)
3. Nutrient Dense Fine Facial Oil or Nourishing Lavender Milk (light moisturizer)
4. Cool Aloe Mist or Classic Waters (facial misters that work to cleanse, refresh, and hydrate the skin)
5. Herbal Hydration Complex (weekly mask)
8 oz, 4 oz, unknown, 0.85 fl oz, 8 oz, 4 oz, 2 oz, 2 oz respectively
Total investment $212 – $232

French Girl Organics

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1. Rose Cleansing Wash (to cleanse the skin and balance the pH)
2. Rose Facial Polish (Rinse face, pour a small mound into hand and add a bit of water, use the mixture to exfoliate, rinse after scrubbing; use 1-2x per week)
3. Creme Lumiere (soft dewy look), Creme Fraiche (hydration), or Neroli Facial Serum (hydration with matte finish – good for oily skin and under makeup) as a moisturizer
4 oz, 4 oz, 2 oz respectively
Total investment $104

Glossier

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1. Cleanse with Milky Jelly
2. Tone (Witch Hazel)
3. Treat with Supers (Super Glow + Bounce for morning, Super Pure + Bounce for evening)
4. Moisturize with Priming Moisturizer (morning) or Priming Moisturizer Rich (evening)
5. Protect with Invisible Shield (morning)
6 fl. oz, 0.5 fl oz (set of 3), 1.7 fl oz, 1.7 fl o, 1 fl oz respectively
Total investment $174

Herbivore Botanicals 

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1. Bamboo Charcoal Soap (cleanse morning and night)
2. Jasmine Green Tea Toner (helps for balance)
3. Lapis Facial Oil (hydration, reduces redness)
4. Blue Tansy Mask (exfoliate 1-2 times per week)
5. Blue Clay Spot Treatment (use as spot treatment or all over)
soap bar, 4 oz, 1.7 oz, 2.3 oz, 2 oz respectively
Total investment $193
Extra: Free samples, no shipping fee!

Mullein & Sparrow

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*. Facial Detox Kit (1-2 times per week), or the Clay Face Mask (2 times per week)
1. The Cleansing Powder
2. Soothing Face Mist Toner (lavender and witch hazel which sooth, calm, and balance out excessive oiliness; can use throughout the day)
3. Rosemary and Clary Sage Facial Serum (oil moisturizer)
To simplify, start with the Complete Skincare Kit for Combo/Oily Skin and supplement with the Facial Detox Kit for a once to twice weekly treatment.
Unavailable, 1 oz, 2 oz, 2 fl oz, 0.5 fl oz respectively
Total investment $100 – $125

S.W. Basics

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1. Cleanser (with rosewater, glycerin, and tee tree oil)
2. Toner (with apple cider vinegar and witch hazel, and clary sage and sandalwood essential oils)
3. Apricot Oil Cleanser
4. Hibiscus Mask (2-3 times per week)
4 oz, 4 oz, 2 oz, 2 oz respectively 
Total investment $90.99

True Botanicals

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*Basics Collection
1. Hydrating Cleanser, Basics
2. Hydrating Mist, Basics
3. Hydrating Oil, Basics
4. Hydrating Serum
5. Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20
4 oz, 2 oz, 1 oz, 1 oz, 1  oz respectively
Total investment $192 (if bought as a set) + $40 (sunscreen) = $232.00 for Basics Collection
*Clear Collection
1. Hydrating Cleanser, Clear
*. Polishing Grains, Clear (exfoliate)
2. Nutrient Toner, Clear
3. Pure Radiance Oil
4. Vitamin C Booster & Antioxidant Booster (alternate between the two throughout the week; can be mixed with serum or water based product and applied to the face, neck, and chest)
4 oz, 0.6 oz, 4 oz, 1 oz, 0.35 oz each
Total investment $185 (if bought as a set) + $44 (polishing grains) + $162 (boosters) +40 (sunscreen) = $431 max
Extra: Free samples with $5 shipping fee

Hello Glow (Homemade DIY’s)

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1. Cleanse: Homemade Honey Face Wash
2. Tone: Simple DIY Toner Recipes
3. Moisturize: Custom DIY Face Oil
4. Exfoliate: Homemade Face Scrub
5. Protect: Green Tea Infused Homemade Sunscreen

Other brands and contenders:
Birchrose + Co
Burt’s Bees
Honest Company
Juice Beauty
KORA Organics
Votre Vu

Interested in researching natural skincare and upping your current routine? I suggest doing the following:

1. Know your skin type first. Here is a helpful source.
2. Have a general idea of what kind of skin care routine you’d like to have. They can range from a ten-step korean skin care routine to a three-step french skin care routine. Some examples:

Cleanse, Exfoliate (1-2x per week), Tone, Moisturize, Protect (Hello Glow)
Morning: Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Moisturizer, Sunscreen (Well + Good, Byrdie, EveryGirl)
Evening: Makeup Remover, Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Oil, Moisturizer/Night Cream (Byrdie, EveryGirl)
Simple: Cleanse, Eye gel or cream, Moisturize (Byrdie); or Cleanse, Tone, Serum (Well+Good)
Morning: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Toner/Essence, Serum, Moisturizer, SPF (FP Blog)
Evening: Makeup Remover, Cleanse, Spot Treatment, Mist, Serum, Moisturizer, Oil, Eye Cream + Lip Treatment (FP Blog)

3. Begin researching organic, natural skin care companies (such as the ones I have listed above – and there are also many more!).
4. Ask for product and routine suggestions from the brands directly.
5. Try samples (a lot of companies offer them!).
6. Make the switch! Start out slowly by changing one product of yours at a time (your cleanser, then toner, then moisturizer), or invest in an entirely new routine at the start. Then, customize to your liking.

What have I decided on, you might ask? Well, I haven’t. It’s so hard to make a decision, though I’ve narrowed down the list a little bit. My top choices are – Cold Spring Apothecary, Farmaesthetics, French Girl Organics, Herbivore Botanicals, and True Botanicals. I’m unable to make a purchase at present so have at least a few more months to make a final decision!

Help me decide! Which one is your favorite? What do you like about it?

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Fall in Love with Finance

If you were to ask me what I like to do for a hobby I’d say, studying finance! One of my goals for twenty seventeen is to become more financially fluent through self-education and by surrounding myself with financial news, economic content, and budgeting tips. Since beginning, I’ve fallen more in love with finances and I’m quite excited to expand my knowledge as time goes on! Following are some resources I have found helpful.

Learn the basics of personal finance through self-education:

CNN Money Essentials

Dave Ramsey Baby Steps

Wells Fargo Financial Education

Khan Academy Finance and Capital Markets

Better Money Habits from Bank of America

Become financially fluent and surround yourself with financial content:

Budgeting program blogs: YNAB | EveryDollar | Mint | Mvelopes

Tax filing blogs: H&R Block | TurboTax | 1040.com | Tax Slayer

Publications: CNNMoney | Wall Street Journal | Forbes | Time Money |  Business Insider

All things finances: InvestopediaWise Bread | Daily Worth | Nerd Wallet | The Simple Dollar | Smart Dollar | Daily Finance | Bigger Pockets | LearnVest | Consumerism Commentary | I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Lifestyle publications (their career + finance content): Darling Magazine The Achiever | The EveryGirl Career and Finance | Apartment Therapy Money | Real Simple Money | Art of Manliness Money and Career

Inspiration: The Minimalists | How Millenials Can Overcome Their 6 Biggest Financial Challenges (The Art of Manliness) | The Best Financial Decisions to Make in Your 20s (Darling Magazine)

There are also a plethora of economic podcasts, books, and personal blogs on frugal, minimal living that are easy to find when you start looking.

Each above source has their own social media accounts but personally, I have found it helpful to follow most through my LinkedIn account so as to keep financial and economic content separate from my personal social media.

Be inspired.

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo