Beauty and Self-care on a Budget

Disclaimer: The content of this post isn’t sponsored. I’m just sharing with you a tip that will benefit you and help you save a bit of money. 

Taking care of our bodies and appearance is so important because it makes our self-esteem increase and confident people are happy people.

Today I want to share with you an online store that I’ve been a customer of for years now. This store makes taking care of yourself a bit less expensive.

www.maquibeauty.com is actually a Spanish website that only ships to the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

They always have sales going on. They sell makeup products, hair products, etc. The brands go from drug-store/cheaper to high-end.

They’re all original products but less expensive. If you love makeup as I do, then you’ll feel like you are a kid in a candy shop. There are several men products as well!

Like I said previously, I’ve been a customer for years and I’ve never had a problem with them.

This post was a bit different than what I normally post, but I thought it would be nice to share some tips like this. So, I decided to start a new category on my blog called Hacks, and I hope they’ll be as useful to you as they are for me.

I’ll see you in my next post.

7 Habits of Successful Business Owners

Starting a business is an exciting but scary process. To actually succeed at it you need to develop some habits.

In this post, I’ll be sharing with you 7 habits that will lead you to success.

1.Plan your finances

Successful business owners know exactly how much they need to invest and how much they need to have on the side for the small period of time it takes to have profited from the investment.

2. Knowledge

Investing in knowledge is the key to be successful. Knowledge is power, and knowing how to promote your business and maximize your gains will have a really positive impact on your business.

3. Successful colleagues

Be on top of your successful colleagues, try to learn from they’re work and experiences. They started out just like you, they have a lot to teach.

4. Goals

Have long-term and short-term goals. It’s good to know exactly what you’re working towards, it will give you motivation and purpose.

5. Have a schedule

This is really important, plan your whole day so you can get everything you’re supposed to get done throughout the day. Always stick to it.

6. Learn from your mistakes

Making mistakes at the beginning of starting a business is normal. You must learn to acknowledge them and learn from them. Realize what went wrong and start over.

7. Consistency and perseverance

Be consistent with your work and be persistent. It might take a while to achieve the results you want, but it’s definitely not impossible. Keep working towards your goal!

I hope this helped you! Thank you for reading it and, I’ll see you in my next post.

How to travel on a budget

Travelling is definitely one of the best things we can do. Discover new cultures, new ways of living and make so many new memories is so unique. But, it could also be quite expensive, so here are 5 tips to travel on a budget.

1.Know the best time of the year to travel

Avoid travelling on the holiday season, everything is more expensive around that time.

2. Buy the plane ticket in advance

Buying the plane ticket in months advance will make your trip less expensive.

3. Free fun

Research all the free fun you’ll get access to, like free museums, etc.

4. Book in advance

The activities that aren’t free and you really want to take part in, should be booked in advance. It will save you money and time.

5. Use public transportation

Instead of taxis or ubers, use public transportation, this will be a lot cheaper and a lot more fun because you’ll get to see more things and find better places.

I hope these tips were helpful for your next trip.

I’ll see you in my next post.

What you should do to stop being broke

This could happen to anyone. Sometimes, things don’t go according to what we previously planned, but it doesn’t mean everything is lost. You can take this as an opportunity to learn and grow new habits.

Here are 6 tips that will help you get out of your reality.

1.Write down all your expenses

Know exactly where you’re spending your money on. Write down every single item that you buy during the month.

2. Divide them

Divide all the items into two categories.

Wants: all the things you are perfectly fine living without.

Needs: all the things you can’t live without.

Also, make sure to figure out how much you spend on each category.

3. Cancel your subscriptions

Cancel all the unnecessary subscriptions, for example, your Netflix subscription or your gym membership. This step will make you have more money on the side.

4. Sell items you no longer need

This is a fast way of making some extra money. I have a post that goes a bit more in debt about this tip.

5 simple ways to make extra money”.

5. Downsize your lifestyle

Try to move to a smaller house so you can pay a lower rent or, move back to your parent’s. Be aware this is only a temporary situation, so don’t be afraid to live with them for a while.

If you’re paying a car debt, you could try to sell it, pay off your debt and get a cheaper one or, instead, you could use public transportation. Again, this is temporary.

6. Get new habits

Start cooking your own meals instead of going out to eat. Clothe shop only when necessary. Quit outside coffee and snacks, bring your own coffee and snacks with you. Make, the start of an emergency fund, a priority.

These are all the tips I have for you. I’d like to highlight the importance of an emergency fund. It’s definitely something, that in case of losing a job or any other unpredictable event, will help you get back on your feet.

Once you move forward from this moment and are finally back on you’re feet, make sure not to stop doing some of the steps on this post. Continue to stay on track of your expenses and don’t live above your means. For example, save money to buy a car instead of getting a loan. This will completely change your reality.

Thank you so much for reading it, I really hope this post helped you and, I’ll see you in my next.

How to keep productivity going

I used to struggle with staying productive throughout the day. I made a few changes that really changed my productivity levels. So, I’ll share them with you.

1.Make a list

This will help you structure your day. You’ll know what are the things you need to get done and writing them down makes a huge difference. Don’t forget to tick them out as you achieve them, it will give you a good feeling of accomplishment.

2. Have snacks with you

Having snacks and water with you will make you a lot more productive throughout the day because you won’t be feeling the need to get up often to eat. It won’t break your logic during work.

3. Start with what you dislike

As much as you may love your job, there are always a few bits that aren’t as enjoyable as we’d like. So, I advise you to start with those “chores”. This will make you want to finish them faster so you can start what you actually like, doing so, your productivity levels will stay balanced.

4. Have a clean environment

Clean and tidy your workspace. Sometimes, when we are working in a messy and clutter space, our productivity and motivation simply vanish. Having a clean and aesthetic pleasing working area makes our productivity rise.

5. Sleep 8 hours per night

Sleeping the right amount of hours per night improves the way we think, our memory and, of course, our productivity. This is crucial for us to do well at our jobs.

6. Mindset

This is probably the most important tip. You need to have the right mindset. Having a positive attitude towards your day, work and goals will definitely make you better at it. Your productivity and your happiness will completely change!

Let me know if these tips helped you. Thank you for reading it and, I’ll see you in my next post.

How to manage your time when you work at home

This post will help you manage your time, in order to be more productive and succeed at your job. There’s also a printable that you can download that will help you schedule your day.

Here are the steps to budget your time and still be productive.

1.Set Goals

Write down all of your goals for the day. Be realistic, don’t add too many things that you’ll know you won’t be able to achieve. That will only make you feel stressed and frustrated.

2. Budget your time

Out of the 24 hours of the day, take off the time you spend sleeping (8 to 9 hours) and budget the rest, in order to maximize your available time. You are left with 15-16 hours, set morning and an afternoon schedules.

I made a printable to help you design your perfect schedule for the day, click here to get it.

3. Set times

For each goal that you wrote down to accomplish during the day, add a maximum time to finish it.

4. Improvements?

Figure out what do you need to improve, what changes do you might need to make to be more productive.

Let me know if this helped you improve your time management. Thank you for reading it and, I’ll see you in my next post.

Self-care Investments that will make you save money in the long-term

Self-care should be seen as a necessity. It really is a need, it does well to our body and mind.

On this post, I’m going to focus on the physical self-care and in the future, I’ll make a post about self-care investments for our mental health.

These are things I realized I was spending a lot of money on and to be quite honest with you, I’m not willing to give up on my self-care habits because they do make me feel more confident and more happy with myself. Instead, I decided to make a few changes in order to save money in the long-term.

1.Nail Kit

I absolutely love having my nails done, but I realized I was spending 120 dollars every month on them… that’s 1,440 dollars at the end of a year! So, I decided to buy a nail kit and start getting them done myself. The whole kit (with the UV light and all of those products) was 200$. I’ll be honest, it took me a few tries and a lot of Youtube videos to get them perfect, but it’s definitely worth it!

2. At home hair treatment

My hair is super wavy and, personally, I think I look better with straight hair. So, twice a year I used to permanently straighten my hair at a salon. It is an expensive treatment so I thought I should try an “at home straightening treatment”.

The cons are:

-It’s a two people job. I definitely couldn’t do it by myself, fortunately, my mum was able to help me with it;

-It doesn’t last as long as the professional one does;

-The application is a bit messy.

The pros are:

-It feels like the chemicals are less strong (there are a few in the market that are natural and don’t have chemicals but I’ve never tried them so I don’t know if they actually work.)

-They aren’t expensive;

-You can do them at the comfort of your own home;

-My mum and I definitely had a fun time whilst doing it.

Overall, it is a good investment, it makes you save money and that is always a plus.

3. At home Gym

This is one of my favourites. I really dislike going to the gym, I’m never 100% comfortable but, at the same time, I love working out. Also, my gym membership was quite expensive.

I know I’m not the only one feeling this way about the gym, so I started to follow some Youtube workout videos. Then I bought weights and I will buy more equipment. I already had a threat-mile at home, so that helped me a lot. I definitely recommend this tip.

4. Permanent hair removal

This was definitely something I had been thinking about getting for a while. I decided to invest in an IPL device. There are several prince ranges out there which is a really good thing, I don’t remember the exact price of mine, but I know it wasn’t more than 200 dollars. This really works, it takes a lot of treatments to make the hairs completely disappear but it so worth it. Unfortunately, the biggest con about this device is that it doesn’t work on every skin colour or hair colour, you’ll have to do a little research to figure out if it’s something you’ll want to get.

5. Teeth whitening Kit

I’ve always been a bit sceptical about these, I always thought that only the whitening treatments at the dentist would work, until I tried them myself. I got mine at a pharmacy, so it was a little expensive but definitely less than going to the dentist doing the procedure. I recommend trying but just make sure to do a little research before you buy one, be sure that what you’re getting isn’t extremely aggressive to your teeth.

I hope these tips were useful and let me know which ones you’d like to try or already have tried.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

How to work from home and be Productive

I recently started this blog and soon realized this is what I want to do for a living. I’ve never been this happy, I finally found “my purpose”. I take this blog as serious as a job, so I work really hard on it, I’m sure this will be the way that will lead me to success.

If you are a blogger or work from home and want some inspiration to be productive, then this is the post for you. There’s also a free weekly planner printable to help you organize your days, to download it click here.

This is the weekly planner you’ll get.

1.Wake up early

I like waking up early and take my time getting ready, that way I’m not in a rush meaning I’ll be really calm and relaxed once I start working. It’s also a habit that makes me feel more productive because I have more time available to do everything I set myself to do that day.

2. Do some sort of activity

I usually stretch and do a little bit of yoga and, sometimes I even do a small workout. This makes me feel very alert and ready to tackle my day. Keep in mind, running after your children to get them ready counts as a workout haha.

3. Set the goals for the day

This step will make you feel pressured (in a positive way) to accomplish everything you set yourself to achieve for the day. Make a realistic list, or you’ll be frustrated. I like to see it in a weekly planner, like that it’s easier for me to plan according to what I did the previous day. Also, at the end of the week, you will feel like you were super productive, that will boost your confidence and it will make you improve on your work every day.

4. Plan out your meals

At the end of every day, I like to make a small list with ideas for meals for the following day. This saves me a lot of time meaning I get to get more things done.

5. Have fun

Now that you spend your day being extremely productive, you deserve to have fun and relax. Be with your family and friends, watch a few episodes of your favourite series, just enjoy your time. Don’t forget to be proud of your achievements, you might not have the results right away, but you will have them!

Thank you so much for reading it and let me know if you have more tips to be productive, hopefully, the weekly planner helped you! I will see you in my next post.

5 things you should stop buying

We all are affected by consumerism, and everything is so reachable nowadays, that we often don’t realize how much money we are overspending on our day-to-day lives.

So, here’s a small list of tips you can incorporate in your routines, that will have a huge impact on your savings at the end of the month.

1.Stop buying coffee outside

You can make your own coffee and bring it with you instead. Those fancy coffee shops are usually extremely expensive, plus those drinks have too much sugar in it. Your health and your wallet will appreciate it.

2. Join your local library

If you’re as addicted to books as I am, you’ll find that at the end of the month you’re practically broke. To change this, I joined my local library. I pay a low monthly fee and I get to loan tons of books. You should definitely try it.

3. Get reusable water bottles

First, we all know that we need to drink a couple of liters of water per day. That equals 4 small plastic bottles. This isn’t just affecting the environment but is also making you overspend every day. If you get those reusable bottles, you’ll be saving both your money and the environment.

4. Quit or decrease dine outs

This is pretty self-explanatory. If you decrease going out for meals you’ll save more money, but obviously, don’t make this a strict rule, you can be flexible. The point is to save money but still enjoy life!  

5. Review your subscriptions

Go through your subscriptions and figure out what you actually consume. You should finish or adjust the ones that you are no longer using.

That is it, thank you for reading it. I’ll see you in my next post.