Second Look Inside My Bullet Journal

Back in January I purchased a Bullet Journal and a couple of weeks later made my first YouTube video showing the pages I had created so far. Fast forward a couple of months and I thought it was about time I updated you on my progress and how I’m using the journal.

I have filmed another video for you (yay!) and it’s basically me talking you through each page since the end of my first update/video. The first video ended at page 12 and this video talks through pages 13-30.

Since there is the video I don’t want this post to be long and a re-hash of everything the video covers but I will share a few points:

  • I have decided one page is best for my weekly spreads. There’s enough room to jot down ideas everyday and the spreads are neat and tidy.
  • My bullet journal is where I am keeping track of the Products I Want To Finish In 2018. I have drawn up a grid and listed all the products and months in the year. Each time I use a product it gets a tally mark.
  • I wrote down a hard copy of my 30 By 30 list because I really want to achieve as many things on the list as I can and I will date each one when it is completed.
  • One of the 30 things I want to complete is to watch every episode of Poirot. I drew up a TV series tracker with all of the episodes and each episode gets a cross when it is watched. I was feeling arty so I had a go at drawing Poirot’s moustache and I think it turned out well. I am so proud of the page I had to share a picture of it!

The Poirot page in all its glory!

I hope you enjoyed this post and the video – as always, thank you for reading!

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First Peek Inside My Bullet Journal

On January 2nd I bought myself a Bullet Journal. On New Year’s Day I was looking at different layouts, watching YouTube videos and reading blog posts on how people use theirs. I do have a weekly planner but I use that more for appointments. My aim for this journal is to use it to house organised lists (called ‘collections’ in the Bullet Journal world) and write in it every day – how I’ve been feeling and what my day has been like etc.

MY bullet journal equipment:

1. Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal (Navy) – The journal is close to A5 size. I originally wanted a black journal but shops were sold out. The last shop I went to had navy, red, light blue or green. I went for navy as it is closest to black.

2. kikki.K Slim Ballpoint Pens 5pk – kikki.K stationery is lovely and they always have packs of these pens in cute designs. Lots of people like to use fineliners or calligraphy pens but quite often they bleed through the pages. Ballpoints don’t do that and I already had this set of pens so I figured I would use them up.

3. kikki.K Notebook Elastic – The bullet journal doesn’t have a pen loop but this elastic has space for two pens and fits perfectly around the Leuchtturm. These elastics are made to fit A5 and A6 notebooks.


I filmed a video showing the pages I’ve created and how the key and index works. I figured it would be easier to include a video rather than write a post with lots of pictures. I was very nervous about the video and I hope it’s okay. Enjoy!

I thought it would also be helpful to include some tips in case you wanted to start your own bullet journal:

  • Decide whether you want dotted pages, lined pages or blank. I knew I wanted dotted. I can’t write straight on blank paper and dots help keep things tidy when you’re doodling and ruling lines.
  • A key and index are essential.
  • Keep it simple!
  • Don’t plan all your pages at once. Allow for spontaneity.
  • Be sure to number your pages or get a journal with numbered pages (like the Leuchtturm!)
  • Watch YouTube videos and use Pinterest to search for layout ideas and collections* to include in your journal.

*Collection = Every topic in your journal on it’s own page, e.g. gift ideas, goals, reminders, recipes, blog post ideas, places you’ve visited. The more you journal the more you’ll learn what you want and come up with your style. The page numbers of each collection are added to the index so you can flip through and easily find them.


Feel free to leave any questions and let me know if there’s something you’d like explained further. Thanks for reading/watching!

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Halloween Makeup Tutorial

I’m not really one to celebrate Halloween but this year I wanted to create a cat inspired makeup look! I didn’t want the look to be difficult to achieve and I had a couple of ideas in mind to get the look I wanted: smokey eyes and a berry lip. Let’s jump right in!

Products Used:

Face

1. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – This foundation is my favourite when I want more of a matte finish. It doesn’t have SPF so I also knew it would look nice in pictures. This foundation has good coverage, for this look I applied two light layers and blended them out using my Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques.

2. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair – This is my holy grail concealer and it blends so nicely with the Max Factor foundation.

3. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – I applied a smidge of this on top of the Collection to further eliminate redness and to even out my skin tone.

4. Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder – I wanted my skin to look more on the matte side so I applied this to the tops of my cheeks, my forehead and my nose and chin, basically any area that gets shiny.

Eyes

5. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel – I am still using this to fill in my brows. Enough said.

6. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette & Makeup Revolution Iconic 2 – I used a combination of shadows from both of these palettes. I started with two matte base shades from The Nudes before using a dark, plum shade through the crease from the Iconic 2. I then applied a darker shimmery brown from The Nudes on the centre of the eyelid and finished with a dab of shimmer from two shades in the Makeup Revolution palette. I also applied a little bit of the brown shade from The Nudes under my lower eyelashes to complete the look.

I have included a diagram and marked which shades I used on both palettes with a diamond.

7. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara – Another of my holy grail products! This mascara lengthens and adds volume to my lashes which I love. The lashes look beautiful and fluttery and compliments the eyeshadow shades well.

Lips

8. Rimmel 107 – This is one of my favourite lip colours and I instantly knew it would be perfect for this look! The berry shade looks stunning with smokey eyes.

The Finished Look:

(I know the whiskers aren’t straight and nose shape isn’t perfect but I still had fun creating this look!)


Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? What do you think of my cat makeup?

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Inside My Blog Planner

Inside My Blog Planner!It’s crazy to think when I first started my blog two years ago I had absolutely no posting schedule whatsoever and would write posts as and when I felt like it. I started getting into a regular schedule in May 2015 after starting my job and knowing I wasn’t going to have as much free time as I previously did. I made the choice to post three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I find my blog is busier during the week and it means I can use weekends to construct posts for the coming week.

It wasn’t until late last year I thought I need some way to keep track of what I’m posting and when so I don’t get confused and ramble on about something that’s already been posted on the blog… twice. I came up with the idea to use an Excel spreadsheet as when I’m typing it’s always handy to have a calendar near for dates and future reference.

Excel Blog Schedule

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I start off by heading up each month and highlighting it blue then I have two columns: one for the publishing date and another for the title of the post. Once the post has been published I highlight that cell red as you can see in the image above. I find this system really helps you see everything at a glance and it’s surprising how quickly each month fills up! Seeing the dates in a list also makes you more aware of holidays and breaks or time away and how you can fit posts in around those.

Over the past couple of weeks I also decided it would be useful to have a handwritten copy of my blog schedule in case something happens to my laptop and I can’t get to it. I have turned an A4 notebook into a blog planner and use one page as one week. I chose my ‘Nice Melons’ notebook from Typo because the cover always makes me laugh and insinuates something a bit cheeky which is actually the reason I bought it!

Complete Week in Blog PlannerUsing strips of washi tape I divide the page into three sections (one for each post) and begin to fill them in. I head up with the date and each of my posting days in an assigned colour. I then jot down the title of each post and write a mini checklist of the key things I need to do before the post is published e.g. take photographs of certain items or schedule the post. I draw a little box beside each task and once it is complete it gets marked off. I have also included a place to record my weekly number of views so I can monitor the traffic of my blog and see which posts readers liked and were popular. At the back of the notebook I plan to create a list of potential post ideas which I can add to and cross off from as needed.

Blog Planner KeyMy blog planner key so I don’t forget what each colour is for.

So, there you have it, an insight into my blog planner! If you’d like me to go over or clarify anything don’t hesitate to ask. I enjoy posts like this as they inspire you and give you ideas to adapt and come up with your own system. If you think my system is easy to understand and you’d like to implement any part of it, go ahead! I’d love to know if this post helped you and how you plan your blog posts.

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Vanessa White Inspired Makeup

Vanessa White MakeupHappy Monday lovelies! Recently I’ve found myself becoming a fan of nude-brown lips. Normally I don’t like brown at all but I have always thought a nude lip looks beautiful paired with a smoky eye or a bright shimmery eye look. Today’s post features a makeup look inspired by Vanessa White. Vanessa is a British singer and member of one of my favourite bands The Saturdays. Vanessa’s makeup is always immaculate and there are a few key points to achieving her look; a matte (or nude) lip, dark smoky eyes and a flawless base.

I don’t wear a lot of smoky browns so it was fun to create this look and experiment a bit with darker colours. Obviously my skin is paler than Vanessa’s but I knew the look I was going for and adapted her signature style to suit me and my skin tone.

The Menu

Vanessa White Makeup MenuProducts listed in order of application:

1. Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser – I squeeze a small amount into the palm of my hand and apply it using my middle finger. Thin, frequent layers soak into the skin more easily and are less likely to clog pores.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist – I spritzed this onto my face after applying moisturiser to give an extra bit of hydration.

3. Brown Eyebrow Pencil – I hardly ever fill in my eyebrows but I know Vanessa is a fan of a bold brow. Mine are naturally quite thick (lucky me) so I filled them in slightly to give a hint of definition. I did this first so any harsh lines would be covered by foundation/concealer.

4. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – I opted for this foundation over my Rimmel Match Perfection as this gives a more matte coverage and more coverage in general; adding to that flawless look.

5.  Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair – As usual this was applied on my chin and around my nose where I have some redness. I also applied a small amount to the outer corners of my eyes to brighten things up a little so they wouldn’t look too dark with all the eye makeup.

 6. Australis Concealer Stick in Light – I don’t use concealer stick a lot anymore since I purchased Maybelline’s Fit Me but I decided to change things up a bit and try and use this for some contouring. I applied this on my chin, my forehead, down the centre of my nose and on my cheeks in a triangle shape.

 7. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – I lightly dusted this bronzer into the hollows of my cheeks and up onto my forehead and jawline using a ‘3’ motion.

8. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Eyeshadow Palette – This palette had to be it with the gorgeous browns and taupes. Shade 3 was applied as a base all over the lid followed by shade 7 which was used in the crease as a transition shade. Shade 6 was then applied over shade 3 and blended with shade 8 to create the dark smoky look.

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9.  Rimmel Supercurler Mascara – This mascara adds a lovely curl to my lashes and the curved brush really allows you to get into each individual eyelash and wiggle the brush to distribute product.

10.  Dainty Doll Cream Blusher 003 Billion Dollar Babies – This blush is literally the perfect everyday, barely there shade. I wanted to use this nude shade to add a little something to my cheeks without going over the top with colour.

11. Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer in 200 Comet – Vanessa prefers a matte lip to a gloss but this is the closest lip product I own colour wise to her style. What I love about these lip lacquers is that the finish is somewhere between glossy and matte. The formula is not sticky and packs a punch on the pigment front. Comet also inspired this post and this look!

End Result

Vanessa Makeup Selfie 1 Vanessa Makeup Selfie 2I haven’t done a post like this before and I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you’d like to see more along the same lines.

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