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When summer rolls around, I find myself getting into more of a structured beauty routine. I think it's because holidays and more exposed skin are looming over us, it gives us that little kick up the bum we need to get into a solid routine. Of course we want to look our best all year round but because the weather is better in summer (if we're lucky that is), I find myself wearing less products than I would in the winter months which means looking better naturally. I'm all about stripping it back to the bare essentials and using a few essential products that help give me a radiant and healthy summer glow.


The first products I can't be without would be my favourite Simple Kind to Skin face wipes which I take with my wherever I go as well as my elemis pro collagen cleansing balm - my skin cleansing dream team. There's nothing worse than feeling caked in makeup when you're hot and sweaty so I always have these two products with me to ensure I can remove my makeup thoroughly and easily. I'm also pretty lazy when it comes to skincare so they're ideal for a quick freshen up when I'm in a rush. I also find them really hydrating which is great on days my skin has been faced with any kind of sun exposure. The cleansing balm has been a favourite for years now - it literally melts makeup away with the tiniest amount, leaves my skin soft and radiant and it smells amazing too. 


To add an extra glow and some colour to my skin, I use the Khiel's midnight recovery concentrate before bed which gives my skin that added boost of moisturise it craves after sun exposure. This is one of those products that makes a difference after one use and leaves the skin so radiant and glowing - I can't recommend it enough. I've also been loving the Tan Luke self tan face drops which I mix into my moisturiser before bed. It contains a tanning ingredient so when mixed with moisturiser, it acts as a self tanner for the face without being quite as dark and unnatural looking as some regular tans. I always feel like my skin looks ten times better with a tan so this has been such a good find for me - I use it for a few days if I feel like my skin is starting to look a little drab and the colour lasts for a good week before I need to re-apply.


Another product I've been using every day recently is the Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright enamel toothpaste. Much like my skin, I want my teeth to look good all year round but for some reason, I always want my them to look their best in summer. Maybe it's something to do with being more tanned and smiling more because the sun is shining and I'm happier? Who knows but either way, good teeth are a must for me and toothpaste is something that's often overlooked as a beauty product despite it being one of the must-haves for our overall health and appearance.

I wore braces for years to get my teeth straight, so keeping them in tip top condition is something that's really important to me. I've also suffered from worn enamel (which can be caused by too much acidic foods in our diet like fruit - something we probably all eat more of during the summer months). With this being said, I'm very fussy with the toothpaste I use and Sensodyne Pronamel has always been a brand I can rely on to do what it says on the tube. I used to use their Pronamel Daily Protection but their new Strong and Bright has the addition of polishing away stains as well as actively helping to strengthen enamel for healthy, whiter teeth* - the two key features I look for in a toothpaste. I mean, who doesn't want their teeth to be healthy, strong and white?! 


A couple of body products I use all summer round would be my Palmers Cocoa Butter natural bronze gradual tanner as this is the most natural looking gradual tanner I've come across and you only need a couple of applications for a nice healthy colour. I love to use this after I've been away to keep my tan topped up too! Not to mention is smells good enough to eat. 

To enhance a tan even further, I love using highlighters and my absolute favourites are No.7 shimmer body oil for the body and MAC Soft & Gentle for the face. These two paired together give the perfect glow that goes so perfectly with sun-kissed skin. Seriously, I'd bathe in the stuff if I could - you can never have too much highlighter, right?


Finally, summer fragrance. For me, it's all about the sweetly and fruity of citrus scents and one of my faves at the moment is definitely the Missguided 'Babe Power' - I was super sceptical about it at first but it's actually really nice! It has a fresh fruity scent - total summer vibes. Not to mention it comes in a rose gold bottle shaped like a can. YES!

What are your Summer essentials?! I'd love to know so let me know in the comments below.

You can pick up Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright Enamel toothpaste here or at your local Boots

*VS Daily Protection. 
All views are my own.

*This post contains advertorial content* 

When summer rolls around, I find myself getting into more of a structured beauty routine. I think it's because holidays and more exposed skin are looming over us, it gives us that little kick up the bum we need to get into a solid routine. Of course we want to look our best all year round but because the weather is better in summer (if we're lucky that is), I find myself wearing less products than I would in the winter months which means looking better naturally. I'm all about stripping it back to the bare essentials and using a few essential products that help give me a radiant and healthy summer glow.


The first products I can't be without would be my favourite Simple Kind to Skin face wipes which I take with my wherever I go as well as my elemis pro collagen cleansing balm - my skin cleansing dream team. There's nothing worse than feeling caked in makeup when you're hot and sweaty so I always have these two products with me to ensure I can remove my makeup thoroughly and easily. I'm also pretty lazy when it comes to skincare so they're ideal for a quick freshen up when I'm in a rush. I also find them really hydrating which is great on days my skin has been faced with any kind of sun exposure. The cleansing balm has been a favourite for years now - it literally melts makeup away with the tiniest amount, leaves my skin soft and radiant and it smells amazing too. 


To add an extra glow and some colour to my skin, I use the Khiel's midnight recovery concentrate before bed which gives my skin that added boost of moisturise it craves after sun exposure. This is one of those products that makes a difference after one use and leaves the skin so radiant and glowing - I can't recommend it enough. I've also been loving the Tan Luke self tan face drops which I mix into my moisturiser before bed. It contains a tanning ingredient so when mixed with moisturiser, it acts as a self tanner for the face without being quite as dark and unnatural looking as some regular tans. I always feel like my skin looks ten times better with a tan so this has been such a good find for me - I use it for a few days if I feel like my skin is starting to look a little drab and the colour lasts for a good week before I need to re-apply.


Another product I've been using every day recently is the Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright enamel toothpaste. Much like my skin, I want my teeth to look good all year round but for some reason, I always want my them to look their best in summer. Maybe it's something to do with being more tanned and smiling more because the sun is shining and I'm happier? Who knows but either way, good teeth are a must for me and toothpaste is something that's often overlooked as a beauty product despite it being one of the must-haves for our overall health and appearance.

I wore braces for years to get my teeth straight, so keeping them in tip top condition is something that's really important to me. I've also suffered from worn enamel (which can be caused by too much acidic foods in our diet like fruit - something we probably all eat more of during the summer months). With this being said, I'm very fussy with the toothpaste I use and Sensodyne Pronamel has always been a brand I can rely on to do what it says on the tube. I used to use their Pronamel Daily Protection but their new Strong and Bright has the addition of polishing away stains as well as actively helping to strengthen enamel for healthy, whiter teeth* - the two key features I look for in a toothpaste. I mean, who doesn't want their teeth to be healthy, strong and white?! 


A couple of body products I use all summer round would be my Palmers Cocoa Butter natural bronze gradual tanner as this is the most natural looking gradual tanner I've come across and you only need a couple of applications for a nice healthy colour. I love to use this after I've been away to keep my tan topped up too! Not to mention is smells good enough to eat. 

To enhance a tan even further, I love using highlighters and my absolute favourites are No.7 shimmer body oil for the body and MAC Soft & Gentle for the face. These two paired together give the perfect glow that goes so perfectly with sun-kissed skin. Seriously, I'd bathe in the stuff if I could - you can never have too much highlighter, right?


Finally, summer fragrance. For me, it's all about the sweetly and fruity of citrus scents and one of my faves at the moment is definitely the Missguided 'Babe Power' - I was super sceptical about it at first but it's actually really nice! It has a fresh fruity scent - total summer vibes. Not to mention it comes in a rose gold bottle shaped like a can. YES!

What are your Summer essentials?! I'd love to know so let me know in the comments below.

You can pick up Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright Enamel toothpaste here or at your local Boots

*VS Daily Protection. 
All views are my own.
I'd like to bring up a topic that has been an interest of mine for many years.  Early on in my financial journey, I stumbled on an audio book that forever changed my viewpoint on the most effective way to earn money.  That book was called Multiple Streams of Income by Robert Allen.  In the book, Robert encouraged us to diversify our income sources.  I loved the premise of the book and contemplated someday putting his ideas into practice.

As time when on, my career began to take off and I relied solely on a paycheck.  But that wasn't a bad thing because the money came every two weeks.  But as I moved up the ladder, I noticed a flaw in this system.  One article I read even called a job a risky way to make money.  In my mind, I'm like "how can that be?"  The money is always there on payday.  What could go wrong?

But over the course of my career, I fired a countless number of people.  Most of them came to work that day not expecting their income to suddenly stop.  Sure, you can get another job, but who knows how long that'll take or if your earning will be similar to what you had before.  Basically, your livelihood is in the hands of strangers.  That is completely risky if you ask me.  One day, I was at a seminar and the speaker said something I'll never forget.  While speaking on one topic, he suddenly proclaimed to the audience "I don't work for a paycheck, I live my life and I earn money while doing so."  That's all I ever wanted.  Since then, I've wanted to live up to this mantra.

This past week, I spent some time in the wonderful country of Belize.  I rented a luxury villa and relaxed as I experienced all the amenities the island has to offer.  As I ate fresh seafood at restaurants on the beach, the only thought that constantly went through my mind is "how do I make this last forever?"
I ran through scenarios in my mind and technically, I could pack up, move to Belize and continue to earn a living that could support my new lifestyle.  My husband, on the other hand, couldn't easily transition because he earns money from a traditional 9-5. If we were to move.  His income would completely stop. I'm not saying I want to live there permanently, but I do want more of these types experiences without the restriction of having my income tied directly to my time.

The most obvious way to do this is to focus on generating passive income.  Passive income is such a sexy term because it implies that we make money without having to do any work. The concept of passive income is real but somewhat misleading.  The type of income that's generated from little to no work will likely be minimal.  You might get to a place where you can live off passive income, but that typically happens once you've been building up your income streams for years.

The key is to start the journey.  Take small steps now and they will eventually grow into larger opportunities later on.  For the sake of our conversation today, I'll refer to passive income as flexible income because there is work involved. But it still entails creating revenue that isn't directly tied to you being at a certain place during a fixed time window during the day.  Flexible income can be scaled where traditional income is more linear. You don't have to wait a year for a performance review to increase your earnings.  And if you wanted to travel or incorporate more adventures into your life, you can.

So how does one begin their journey to flexible income?

The options are endless but for the sake of this article, I'll try to narrow down the options to keep it simple. Nowadays, people fall into two main categories -- consumers and producers.   Most of the population are consumers.  We get our paycheck then spend it on stuff.  Every time we use our money to buy a good or service, we are contributing to the producers.  They create the products we use, provide our services and entertainment, they are involved everything we utilize in maintaining our lifestyle.  Most people pay for their goods/services and move on.  Rarely do we think about the fact that someone else is on the receiving end. Someone's business & life is thriving because of where we decided to spend our money.  It didn't really connect with me until I started walking/driving through the high-end neighborhoods in our city.  In my mind, I knew that these people did not have typical jobs. They were making their money in a completely different way than everyone else.

We've been consumers for so long that it's hard to switch our mindset to become producers.  We think it's too hard and completely out of reach.  And maybe it was out of reach years ago.  But times have changed. The internet has broken down the barriers that once kept us bound to a restricted way of life.

Now it's fairly "easy" to make a side income.  When I say easy, I really mean it's accessible.  The knowledge of how to do it is at the tip of your fingers. All you have to do is ask Google or Youtube and you'll find countless resources on how to get started.  My message to you is "do what you can to earn your first independent dollar."  Once that happens, anything and everything becomes possible.  For a while, your paycheck income will still be a main source of funds but that doesn't matter.  As long as you're generating some type of income, you're moving in the right direction.  If for some reason, you lose your main source of revenue, you can choose whether to look for another job or grow your business.

Everywhere you look nowadays, producers and consumers are commingling.  On social media, you have people who go there purely for entertainment. But there are also people on there who make tens of thousands of dollars on there.  When you go to Amazon, you shop. But do you ever think about how many individuals have replaced their work income thanks to opening up a merchant account on Amazon?  Those are real people.  And they're not special.  You can do what they do.  But you probably haven't thought of yourself as one of them.

I have friends who love to travel.  They're always talking about wanting to quit their jobs to travel full time.  I tell them about all of the people who travel the world while making a healthy income.  They are aware that this possibility exists, but they remain immobilized and don't do anything about it.  They believe that they have to automatically make six figures while traveling and they don't know how to do it.   My advice to them is to see if they can small goals and ignite the domino effect.  If it were me, I'd set a goal to get reposted by a hotel or travel page on Instagram.  Once that happened, I'd set another goal to try and obtain a lower price hotel stay by offering to feature them.  If that worked, then I'd set a goal for a free stay or free trip. Eventually, I'd move towards getting compensated for the work I did to bring awareness to the hotel or travel destination.

You see, most people think about starting something and focus too much on making millions. It's intimidating and keeps us stuck.  I say start with the smallest goal you can think of and start working from there.  Keep moving the needle forward and, before you know it, you will be within reach of making that six figure income we all dream about.  A friend of mine called me the other day and was like "guess what Nadege, I made my first $100.00!"  I couldn't contain my excitement.  Months ago she talked about starting her online jewelry business and soon it was a reality.  She's been working on it in between the other projects she has going on.  She took a while to build her online store but I kept telling her.....keep pushing until you earn your first dollar.  Her first sale came in and then she quickly made over $100.00.  Now my message to her is to try to get to $1000.00. Once you earn $1k, you can convince yourself to try to earn $5k then $10k.  It doesn't have to happen right away, but it needs to happen.

What I'm saying is that, in this day & age, almost everyone can (and should) have a means to generate additional income.  A really good book I highly recommend if you want to transition from receiving only paycheck income to building an income that supports your ideal lifestyle is MJ DeMarco's Millionaire Fastlane.  MJ just came out with a new book called Unscripted: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship which currently has a 5-star rating.  I haven't read it yet but I trust his philosophy on creating wealth outside the typical earning structure of the corporate world.   Even if you adore your job and the people you work with, why not try to make extra money just to elevate your lifestyle or to save for large purchases in the future.  Don't leave your entire financial standings at the hands of others.  I urge everyone reading this who wants to improve their lifestyle, to just start! Take the first step.  And once you do, keep moving forward 'till you reach your destination.