what is toner anyways?

 

WHAT IS TONER ANYWAYS? 🤔
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until a year ago, i thought toner was a just a pointless step in skincare routines! then i got on one of my research kicks & learned my face was missing out on some serious hydration + nourishment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
lemme make it easy & break it down for ya:
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toner is simply a liquid that gives your skin a quick hit of hydration 💦 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
〰 helps remove dead skin cells AKA rejuvenated glow ✨
〰 balances the PH of your skin 〰 can shrink your pores!
〰 removes any excess makeup/dirt your cleanser missed 👌🏼
〰 acts as a primer for your moisturizer/serums
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it gets ridda the bad stuff 👎🏼 balances the necessary stuff 🙌🏼 & preps your face for the good stuff 👍🏼
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PROTIP: put your toner on no longer than a minute after you cleanse to maximize its effect! some people like to just spritz it onto their face but i like to spray it onto a cotton pad & wipe outwards!
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i personally rotate through different toners! DIY green tea toner, ACV + water toner, young living’s toner, etc. my skin likes the switch up ☺️
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today’s concoction is a combination of micellar water + young living’s ART toner & it’s glorious! this pretty bottle is from Kuishi Home—i absolutely love the shape of it! & it works so so well.

why you should delete instagram for a day (or a week)

 
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reporting live from my stained sweatshirt, unwashed hair, & ten-times-reheated coffee to remind you to take a break from social media!!!

our brains are not meant to be consuming information on other people’s lives 24/7 at rapid-fire speeds. if you don’t become your own instagram gatekeeper...you will forget to call your close friend on her birthday bc your headspace is so full of instagram stories. you will miss out on a thousand meaningful conversations with your spouse at bedtime bc your attention is glued to a screen instead of their eyes. you will feel more like a distracted robot than a human with a heartbeat. (ask me how i know about these physical + emotional responses to technology overload 🙃)

delete the app for a day or a week! read a book! stare at the trees & marvel at the way they glisten in the wind! imagine the art we could create if we actually let ourselves daydream instead of opening this app every time we have a minute to spare. & on a spiritual level—i wonder how many words of wisdom + love God is trying to whisper to us that we’re simply not hearing bc our digital addiction is so loud? friends, the world will continue spinning if you unplug for a day. & trust me—you will feel like a brand new human 🎉 your real life is wildly, undoubtedly, & outrageously more important than the curated life of strangers. pay attention. no one can do that for you. (as always, only ever preaching to myself 💚)

xoxo, abigail

DIGITAL DETOX RESOURCES:
+ bored & brilliant book
+ sabbath podcast
+ boredom ted talk
+ benefits of digital detox

everyday matcha recipe

 
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another day, another matcha! this past year i have grown to love matcha oh so much. i know it’s trending & everything but it really deserves the hype.

i haven’t cut coffee out entirely (#myfirstlove) but i love switching between matcha & coffee. coffee gives me a quick burst of energy where as matcha gives me a steady energetic flow, without any jitters.

some benefits of matcha include:

  • high in antioxidants

  • improves mental focus + clarity

  • detoxifying properties

  • good for hair skin + nails!

  • contains an amino acid known as L-Theanine which promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain

  • induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers"

alright so there you have it! it took me a few times of drinking matcha to like it, but now i’ve got my recipe down to a science. here’s how you can make this creamy, delicious matcha latte!
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everyday matcha recipe:
〰 6oz of hot water ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
〰 6oz of warmed milk (almond, oat, or cashew milk works!)
〰 1tsp mizuba tea co matcha!
〰 2 scoops vital proteins collagen
〰 1 tbsp coconut buttah ✨
〰 1/2 tsp moon juice chaga ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
〰 tiny bit of organic maple syrup 🌲
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👉🏼 combine everything in a blender & blend on high for 1 min & pour the tastiest, frothiest goodness into your fave ceramic mug 😋