Well, friends we are about to put this series to a close. It’s been really helpful to sit down and make lists and goals for our spending over the next couple of years. As with anything, life is a process and I hope to work towards each of these goals with care.
Looking ahead, I really want to get better when it comes to what I spend my money on. This might seem a little redundant after reading my other investment posts, but I really want to make sure that not matter what I’m spending my money on, I’m spending it wisely. If I could make any goal based off this series, that’s what it would be. I want to be thoughtful about what I purchase as well as careful. I want to invest in products that are going to last the test of time, survive passing trends as well as strengthen my body. There’s definitely something to be said about putting meaning to your purchases.
For our last post, I want to talk beauty. This is something that I’ve fought back and forth with since I was a teenager. While it’s simple to buy cheap products at the drugstore and not give it any thought, I’ve really been struck by what is actually contained in those bottles. With all the care I take to read labels at the grocery store, I find myself naturally picking up beauty products and doing the same. One of the main rules in the Paleo diet is if you can’t read the words in the ingredients, it is off limits. So why then am I slapping chemicals all over my face for my pores to soak up? Granted, you can’t escape all the strange words in these kinds of products, but you can definitely make an effort to avoid some of the harsher chemicals. I’ll explain more about what I’m trying to avoid for each product!
01. Makeup is a toughy for me. I struggled with acne so much in high school that once I finally found a beauty regiment that worked, I didn’t want to change it. Now that I’m realizing what kind of ingredients go into a lot of cosmetics, I am understanding that I need to be choosing products that are backed by natural ingredients. I have been making the shift to solely using natural based make up over the past few months. Tarte has by far been my favorite brand. Their cruelty-free cosmetics are packed with skin food ingredients like vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and plant extracts. What you won’t find in these products are, parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosa, synthetic fragrances and gluten. You can read more about the Tarte product history here.
02. Skin care. This is an area I really can attest to! When you care for your skin, you can see the rewards immediately. So in addition to a healthy diet, you need to be treating your skin with rich, nutritional products. Aesop has created a brand whose philosophy is: We advocate the use of our formulations as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine, and a regular dose of stimulating literature. That sounds pretty spot on to me. The treatment their products bring to skin is centered around using anti-oxidents to the users advantage. For more info, check out their site.
03. Bath products. This is huge and often overlooked. For me, bath time is a necessary activity to keep my nerves down throughout the week. It’s the only time when I can go into a room by myself, close the door, leave me phone in another room and unwind. I make a note to leave all my “devices” out of bath time. I’ve tried putting on Netflix and just sitting for a soak, but inevitably I end up seeing new social media updates come in and I can’t help but look. So for me, bath time is candles, silence, and delicious bath products.
04. Ceramic heat tools. This is probably the best thing you can do for you hair! If you’re taking care of your hair while styling, you will find that you need way fewer products to keep it tame. Ceramic tools glide through hair which cuts down on snagging and tearing as well as apply heat more evenly requiring fewer passes.
05. “Clean” nail polishes. Alright, people. Don’t have a cow over this one! I know, $15 seems like quite the price tag for a nail polish, but stick with me. When you use a good polish that can last over a week’s time, you’re getting the same results as a salon. So you might get 20-30 polishes out of a bottle of $15 polish rather than one for around $30. Butter London polishes last a full week, go on like a dream and dry in just a few minutes. I can’t say enough about these products. As a added bonus, they don’t use any formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP in their products. Win-win.
06. A good quality set of make up bags. This is something you can really save money on in the long run by putting a small investment in at the beginning. Make up bags get tossed around a lot so I like to have one large one for home use and a small one for travel. This helps to control the amount of wear and tear. I have found myself going through cheap bags (usually the freebies with purchase) quickly over time and realized that investing in a quality set of lined bags cuts down on future purchases. And let’s face it- makeup is expressive. So you want to be sure you’re keeping it safe in sound in whatever home you choose!
That’s all for the series! I hope you have all enjoyed taking this journey with me. I am excited to have goals to work towards as I look at my shopping lists in all areas of my life.
Until next time!