Bullet Journal Setup October

So this months setup is a little late but better late than never, right? I did a full video on my channel of my October plan with me, ended up completely forgetting to take photographs for my blog and got wrapped up in some Halloween video projects. But enough rambling, I thought I’d still take the time and effort to share my setup for October because it is proudest month in my Bullet Journal yet.  I took to Pinterest for Halloween inspiration and really put some effort into decorating and doodling on my spreads. As per usual you can find all of my supplies that I used this month at the bottom of this post as well as where my inspiration for my doodles came from.

 

 

Cover Page


For my cover page this month I was inspired by Lucie from Journal Sanctuary, I changed the doodles slightly and added some candy corn then created a water colour effect with my Tombow blender pen.  I absolutely adore this cover page it’s minimalist enough for me but with those pops of fall colours that I love so much. It was a nice change from the wreath style of cover page that I’ve done every month so far in my journal.

 

Calendar Spread

So this month I decided to do something I haven’t tried before, which is a calendar spread. This being the first time I’ve ever drawn a calendar… I messed up. But hey, everyone makes mistakes and I don’t think it takes away from how adorable this page is.  I will say though, I’m not sure how well the calendar will work out for me since I really don’t go outside or do much. So it might end up being a pretty empty calendar by the end of the month.

 

 

Monthly Log

For my monthly log this month I took inspiration from Cristina over at My Life in a Bullet and split my month into a smaller calendar for events and a page to plan out all of my Blog, Instagram and YouTube posts. I also added a section in the bottom right corner for my goals for the month of October.  I then did a cute little doodle of some pumpkins just to add a bit of character to the page.

 

 

HABIT TRACKER

My Habit Tracker this month is the same old but I added cute little pumpkins instead of smiley faces. I also decided to track showering and a 15 minute clean. I’m not afraid to admit when I get heavily into a project that I let showering get much lower on my priority list than it should be. The 15 minute clean is something I want to attempt daily but it will take some effort to get that going as a habit, I can be quite the slob which would be a surprise to most since I am like Monica from friends with hygiene and cleaning. At least that is, everywhere in my house except for my bedroom. My bedroom always ends up looking like a bomb hit it from the accumulated mess I leave every time I get ready.  So hopefully a 15 minute clean a day will help me keep on top of that.

 

 

SPENDING LOG

My spending log is also the same this month with a section for things I need to buy and a wishlist of things I want. I also did orange instead of grey for the grid colours. As usual this will probably be a pretty empty spread by the end of the month because I don’t spend much. Such is the life of a broke ass bitch.

 

 

BRAIN DUMP

Since I had a spare page next to my brain dump spread I decided to do a little quote. Not sure who this is from but I’ve scrolled past it on Pinterest and it’s become one of my daily affirmations to remind my perfectionist self that I should be focusing on progress rather than perfection.  The little light bulb next to the title was actually a happy accident since I failed to line my text in the center of the box. I then did some small doodles of a hot chocolate and woolly hat in the corner just to make the page a little cosier.

 

 

JOURNAL PAGES

I also took inspiration again from Christina to try out a monthly Journal spread that prompts me to write 4 lines a day. I used to keep a little brown leather book that I wrote one line a day to summarise the events of my day and It saddened me that I gradually used it less and less, so I thought this would be a great way to keep me accountable to write something every day. The doodles were inspired by Luce Murray over on pinterest, again I used my Tombow blender to really bring the page to life. I’m really happy with how this spread looks, it just feels super cosy to open this up and do a bit of journaling before bed.

 

 

WEEKLY SPREAD

For my weekly spreads this month I decided to keep the same basic layout as I’ve been using for the past 2 months now. It really works out great for me to create little bullets of what I want to accomplish each day, as there’s just not enough room in a calendar to put down all the small tasks that I want to get done. For the titling I copied the Mistle toe Font style and did the same style of doodles as on my other pages to bring the page to life.

 

 

SUPPLIES USED

 

 

So that’s my entire monthly setup for October! I absolutely loved putting in the extra time to decorate my spreads with fall / halloween themed doodles. It makes me just constantly have my journal open on my desk so I can admire it. I’d love to know which spread was your favourite and let me know how your setup went this month!

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6 Affordable Fall Lipsticks


Fall is in full swing which means it’s time to whap out the berries, browns and burgundy lips. As a drugstore girl at heart I have quite the collection of affordable / drugstore fall lipsticks that I’m ready to rock this season, so I thought I’d show you my top 6 favourite affordable fall lippies. These are my go to colours that I grab most often and are by far my favorite drugstore formulas. I’ll be showing you both arm and lip swatches and (although I have porcelain pale skin) these lippies will be perfect for all skin tones as I tend to go for the bold dark colours in Autumn.

Swatches from Right to Left
LiveGlam Liquid Lip in Couture   https://liveglam.com/kissme?ref=Naomihallcro
Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip in Ravin Raisin   http://amzn.to/2wepH49
Maybelline Colour Sensational in Naked Brown   http://bit.ly/2gWpgcy
Colourpop Lippie Stix in Grunge   http://bit.ly/2eLDQiY
Colourpop Satin Lip in Toolips   http://bit.ly/2xbpPFp
Nyx Liquid Suede in Alien   http://bit.ly/2vSK1Nb

LiveGlam Couture is an amazing deep classic red. This is a matte long lasting formula and I mean long lasting, these suckers are hard to remove. I tend to find two coats helps make sure there’s no patchiness and a complete opaque colour all over the lips.  Liveglam is a subscription lip service, you get 3 liquid lips every month for £16.71 which works out a pretty affordable price per lippy especially for the quality. I’ve included my referral above so you can grab a free lippy with your first month if you want to try it out. I personally never thought I’d be into subscription makeup but I now own 10 liquid lips from Kiss Me and I’ve only disliked one lipstick I’ve received so far. So I’m pretty happy with them!

 

Wet N Wild Ravin Raisin is an amazing cool toned purple that makes me feel like a baddie. I cannot actually believe the pigmentation and creaminess of this lipstick. Considering it’s only a few pounds, hands down the entire Megalast range is my absolute favourite drugstore lipstick and the best quality you can get for the price.  It’s super hydrating so looks super smooth on the lips and doesn’t emphasise any dryness at all. If you haven’t tried these Wet N Wild lipsticks you should, they’re amazing.

 

 

Maybelline Naked Brown is an amazing burgundy plum. I don’t think it’s the most eloquent name for this colour, the packaging would make you think you were getting a medium toned cool brown but I’m not mad because this shade is a classic autumnal colour. The formula is also super creamy and pigemented, which can be hit or miss with some Maybelline shades where the colour is advertised as bold but comes out sheer.  The formula of Maybelline colour sensational is on point though. They’re super hydrating and comfortable to wear and look great on the lips.

 

 

Colourpop Grunge is one of my absolute favourite grungy lipsticks. This is the ultimate 90s grunge baby brown I think it’s an incredibly wearable colour, on very pale skin it does look more bold but there’s something classy about it. Colourpops classic lippie stix are my favourite lipstick formula, I think they compete with high end brands considering how insane the pigmentation and how creamy they glide on. Also if you haven’t tried their lippie pencils they are actually perfect so I’d highly recommend those. Colourpop overall just really slays the lip game and for £3.80 per lippy.

 

 

Colourpop Toolips is a gorgeous dark plum brown/black shade. The satin liquid lips are super comfortable, pigemented and creamy. They’re definitely my favourite type of liquid lip from Colourpop, the matte formula can be quite drying so if you don’t generally like liquid lips I’d recommened these because they’re very hydrating. This is a more bold vampy colour, maybe more Halloween appropriate but I like to wear it throughout fall.

 

 

Nyx Alien is your classic black liquid lip. The Nyx Suedes are super pigmented and look really great on the lips. They are a little more on the dry side and will start to fade away from the inner lip if you eat but I don’t really mind reapplying once or twice throughout my day. Black lips aren’t for everyone but I absolutely love wearing them, with a more neutral eye they can be more wearable and definitely make you feel like a badass. If you aren’t so brave this is an amazing go to for Halloween.

So those are my top 6 affordable drugstore lipsticks for fall. I also did a video live lip swatching my other faves for fall including lip liners! They are also all drugstore / affordable so I’ll pop that below if you care to watch. Honestly it seems like brands are upping their game and drugstore are really coming for those high end brands. I’d love to know your favourite lippies from the drugstore, my collection always has room to grow (heh) and I may or may not have a little bit of an addiction to lipsticks.

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Bullet Journal Setup September 2017

If you didn’t know, I have been Bullet Journaling for a few months now.  Bullet Journaling is a great way to keep track of your personal life, track your habits, keep up with your finances and manage your time. Not to mention it’s a great way to be a bit creative. There’s something inherently cosy about putting pen to paper, it’s something I don’t do a lot as someone who is always on her phone or computer. So even if you aren’t artsy, putting pen to paper is just so much more satisfying and personal than using a digital calendar. Since the month of September finally rolled around I thought I would show you my entire monthly setup. You can find all of my supplies used at the bottom of this post

 

Cover Page

I was feeling very autumnal with my cover page this month, the leaves have barely began falling from the trees but the rainy days and brisk air got me feeling fall. So I decided to do a basic wreath with a ring of sparce twigs decorated by autumnal coloured leaves.  I used my Tombow blender pen to create a water colour effect and went over the down strokes of my heading to create a faux calligraphy effect.

 

Monthly Log

For my monthly log and September Goals page spreads I kept it simple. I used a vertical layout for the monthly log and split it into two sections for my personal and professional events. I love this style because it allows me to plan my YouTube filming and editing schedule. It’s also a really great way to see visually how much time I’m allocating for personal and professional which let’s me hold myself responsible and not get too sucked into work and neglect my personal life.  I left a small place to bullet my monthly goals for September. I also added a section for next months events so anything that props up for October or anything that I don’t achieve this month to be moved into October will go here.  Finally I have a growth tracker box to track my monthly growth on my social media platforms and this is great just to give me an idea of how my progress is going and which platforms I could maybe improve on.

 

 

Spending Log & Habit Tracker

My favourite page in my bullet journal is definitely my habit tracker. This is where I keep on track with my morning routine steps and track important parts of my self-care like sleeping 7+ hours, exercising and staying hydrated. Below it I also track my mood by rating each day with a small dot and connecting the line at the end of the month to see my mood change in graph form! The page beside it is my spending log, this is where I track my spending throughout the month. I also have small boxes for items I need to buy and my wish list which I update throughout the month.

 

 

Daily Spread

After a long time of trying different weekly and daily spreads I decided to merge the two into a to-do list styled minimalist daily spread. I have a separate collection where I basically just have projects and brain dump pages, I forgot to take images of them but they are literally just the title and a blank page. I previously was using Boho Berry’s weekly spread that tracks projects and decided to switch it out to this layout and I love it.  With my projects put down on a blank page I can fill my days on my daily spread with simple to-do lists and reminders. I also have an upcoming section to put things that I want to forward onto the next week.

 

Supplies Used

 

 

So that is my entire monthly setup! The entire writing / drawing process is also in video form on my channel, if you love bullet journal set up videos then feel to subscribe as I shall be doing them every month. I’d love to know what you think of my September setup in the comments below and let me know what you mainly use your Bullet Journal for!

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Autumn Tag Questions 2017

The leaves haven’t quite fallen from the trees yet but with the cool rain and brisk air it already feels like Autumn. So I decided  to compile a list of Autumnal questions for all of you fall fans out there to answer and share your favourite parts of the Autumn season in 2017.

 

Autumn Tag Questions

1) What signifies the start of autumn to you?

2) Best way to spend a rainy day?

3) Your most fond autumn memory?

4) Favourite fall scent?

5) What are you most excited for this fall?

6) Favourite autumn song?

7) Favourite autumn movie?

8) What TV shows are you looking forward to this fall?

9) Favourite autumn colour?

10) Favourite fall fashion trend?

11) Your most loved outdoor fall activity?

 

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20 Steps to Clear Acne Prone Skin

So for whatever reason when the warm weather came I went from having mild acne to the worst cystic acne I’d ever had. It was all over my hair and jawline and even in places I’d never normally breakout like my nose.  Although I still get hormonal breakouts on my chin I’m happy to report I’ve completely cleared my bout of cystic acne. It only took me two months using these 20 steps. I hope they help you too in your journey to clearer skin.

 

1) Cleanse Less

Cleansing too much will over-strip the layer of sebum your skin naturally produces. This can result in dehydrated skin which, in turn, causes more oil production and worsens acne. The beauty industry makes a lot of money out of convincing us that our skin requires constant management and upkeep. Our skin actually does a good job of maintaining itself. The PH balance of your skin is very delicate and disrupting it can result in overproduction of sebum, which leads to acne. So leave your skin alone and try cleansing once every day in the PM. Dry or sensitive skin can also be cleansed with just water. Your skin should not feel dry or tight after cleansing, if it does then your cleanser is too harsh.

 

2) Change Pillowcases Regularly

Dirt will gradually build up especially on the areas that you press your face against like your pillows. The oils from your face and hair will absorb and transfer back to the face when you lie down to sleep.The build up of this dirt on your face can clog your pores and cause acne.

 

3) Use antibacterial sprays

It’s important to clean anything that could regular come into contain with your face like:

  • Mobile Phone
  • Headphones
  • Glasses
  • Helmets

 

4) Exfoliate

The very definition of acne is the clogging of pores. So exfoliation to remove the dead skin cells that can lead to clogging can make a massive difference. The best way to exfoliate is by using a chemical exfoliator. Physical exfoliation can often be too rough on the skin and fail to actually remove all the dead skin cells. Rough exfoliators and exfoliating washes often strip your skin too harshly which causes over production of sebum and worsening acne. If you use a physical I’d recommend a microfiber cloth. The most effective exfoliating products are chemical, a few to use on acne prone skin are:

  • Salyclic Acid (Oily skin)
  • Mandelic (Combination skin)
  • Lactic Acid (Dry, sensitive skin)
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Diluted with water)

 

 

5) Cut out Dairy

Dairy is one of the most common causes and aggravators of acne. This is because it contains a growth hormone called insuline-like growth factor (IG-F1) which is beneficial for babies and children and is found in breast milk. Research shows that this may have the opposite effect in adults by causing cells to grow and proliferate worsening acne . Dairy contains a large amount of insulin-like growth factor and this is probably the reason why there are so many testimonials that recommend removing dairy from the diet to improve acne.

 

6) Exercise Regularly

Excess sitting is associated with higher rates of anxiety, depression and disease. Since we know stress worsens acne it’s also worth knowing that regular exercise has been shown to decrease stress, increased energy and improve health. How much you move can also impact your lymphatic system, when it is backed up you can experience symptoms such as acne, dry skin, rashes, joint stiffness, lack of energy and brain fog. Exercise lowers cortisol levels, lowering inflammation in the body which, in turn, prevents acne.

 

7) Shower Daily

This might seem obvious but it’s important to shower daily, especially if you have body acne. You should also get out of your workout wear quickly after working out and shower after exercise or heavy sweating to avoid the clogging of your pores that can lead to acne.

 

8) Use a Shower Filter

Unfiltered water can clog the pores and lead to blemish prone skin or worsen your existing acne. “Hard water” basically means there are chemicals and metals within the water that can be tough on the skin. Getting a filtered shower head to remove chlorine, pesticides and bacteria from your water will keep your pores unclogged and prevent irritation.

 

9) Exfoliate Your Body

Exfoliating the body in the shower is the most effective way to reduce body acne. Make sure you use an antibacterial sponge or loofah, as sponges that hold in bacteria can make your acne worse over time. Soaps that mess with the skins PH can also make acne worse so avoid sodium hydroxide and use product that contain ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, dead sea mineral mud or activate charcoal to purisfy the skin without disrupting its natural balance.

 

10) Try L-Lycine

Traditionally people take L-Lycine for herpes and to keeps cold sores at bay. L-Lycine helps with calcium absorption, it produces collagen and elastin which aids healing of the skin. L-Lycine also produces antibodies for your immune system and helps with the production of hormones in the endocrine system, which can help prevent hormonal acne. It also helps enzyme production which aids digestion and absorption of nutrients.

 

11) Avoid Silicone Products

Silicones clogs up the pores as you sweat by creating a barrier on the skin. Although this barrier can be great for making sure makeup glides on smoothly, it can lead to the clogging of pores. So make sure you avoid products containing silicone and try to clean makeup off before exercise, especially if it contains silicone.

 

12) Get Good Sleep

Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can spike your insulin levels and lead to worse acne. It’s also worth trying to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day, I wrote an entire post on getting good sleep if you really want to know how to improve the quality of your sleep.

 

 

13) Get food sensitivity tests

Allergies are one of the most common causes of acne. Regularly consuming foods you are allergic to can cause bacterial problems in your stomach and can cause an array of systems that are often mistaken for lime disease or chronic fatigue syndrome. If you are someone who gets sick all the time or experience stomach pains then an allergy could be the cause of your bad skin and fatigue. It’s really worth getting tested for allergies and sensitivities for the sake of your own health.

Step 14) Get your hormones checked
Hormones and hormonal imbalances are a massive cause of acne. If you’re acne is mainly around your chin and jawline it’s worth getting your hormone levels and thyroid checked to see if the cause of your acne is an internal imbalance.

 

14) Improve Digestion

There’s a reason doctors refer to the gut as the root of all disease. When food goes undigested it spreads bad bacteria to the rest of the body and can cause disease. Your skin is an elimination organ so if your intestines are full of bad bacteria this can show in your skin. The theory in chinese medicine is that breakouts on the forehead suggest poor digestion, so if you have these or if you experience problems with your digestion then try to increase low stomach acids by:

1. Taking Zinc
2. Consume foods rich in fiber
3. Have Hot Tea/Drinks with Meals (Iced tea slows down digestion)
4. Avoid processed foods, refined sugar & soda (they inflame and weaken your intestines)
5. Avoid processed breads and pasturized dairy (they stick to the intestinal wall and build up)
6. Avoid antibiotics

15) Increase Digestive Enzymes

Several diseases can impede the body’s ability to release enzymes like celiac disease, Chron’s and diabetes. Even chronic stress can decrease the enzymes our intestine produce. Symptoms of enzyme deficiency include bowel troubles, skin rashes, acne, eczema, headaches and joint pain. Increase enzymes by:

1. Eating more raw (or lightly cooked) fruits and vegetables to your diet.
2. Drink a vegetable juice/blend in the morning
3. Chew your food (your gut has to work less the more broken down your food is)
4. Add ginger to meals
5. Take HCL Supplements

 

 

16) Drink Green Tea

Green tea is a proven antioxidant which is not just for all kinds of illness but also for acne. Studies have shown green tea has anti-cancer effects against breast and prostate cancers, these cancers are connected to IGF-1 and sex hormone levels that interestingly enough, cause acne. Epidemiological studies show that 3-6 cups of green tea per day show good results. Green Tea contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant. Often bottled teas contain little EGCG and are high in sweeteners, I’d recommend sticking to brewing green tea bags or leaves. Brew tea longer to extract more EGCG from your tea.

 

 

17) Take Multi-vitamins

Although I’d recommended changing your diet to really see a real impact to your skin to your skin, it’s also good to add nutrients wherever you can. Taking supplements can ensure you are receiving all the essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B12, C, D, E, Zinc, and essential fatty acids like Omega 3, 6.

 

 

18) Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a fantastic acne treatment solution. Applying 5% tea tree oil gel appears to be as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide for treating acne. Tea tree oil works more slowly than benzoyl peroxide but is less irritating to facial skin. Apply this twice daily to reduce acne severity, results have commonly been found to appear within 45 days of consistent application.

 

 

20) Sudocrem

This is my secret sauce, magic in a bottle, a miracle cure! Seriously though, Sudocrem does wonders for reducing the appearance of acne overnight. I apply it over any blemishes before I sleep and when I wake up my skin looks significantly clearer. Sudocrem smoothed sore of inflamed skin and is recognized for its healing properties, so no wonder it reduces acne redness and helps those nasty spots heal faster.

 

 

So those are my 20 steps you can take toward clearer skin. As someone with acne I know it can be a dampener on your self confidence. Sometimes acne is hormonal or even genetic so make sure you also see a dermatologist if your acne is impacting the quality of your life or your self-esteem. For me these steps helped me go from having moderate acne to mild acne, so I hope they help you achieve clearer skin.

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